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Michelle Koricina, 19, of Ailsa Craig races 9 HP mini-sprint cars and is 1st in points so far this season, with 8 feature wins. The Oakwood Inn employee won the 2003 and 2004 championships in the 6.5 HP division.

Half-way to NASCAR Scale model drivers hit the track at Grand Bend Speedway Story and photos by Casey Lessard

Dillon West, 15, of Aylmer drives mini-trucks, which can reach speeds of 80 mph. He’s been driving for eight years. “Every time we come here we have a good time and it keeps getting better.”

Grand Bend Speedway’s existence is only half a secret, with many people seeing the sign south of the Motorplex but never really knowing what goes on at the oval half-scale track. Built in 1996 and expanded last year, each summer weekend, the track hosts drivers from ages seven to adult who participate in racing that resembles NASCAR, but with cars half the size of the models you see on the road. “It seemed like a good way to spend Saturday nights with the kids,” says Mike Koricina of Ailsa Craig, whose son and

daughter are Speedway veterans. “We’ve been here eight years. I do all the work on the cars to prepare them and make them go fast. Sometimes it’s too much (to handle), but it gives you quality time. It’s not a big money game. It’s not a lot of return. You do it because you like it.” “Every time we come here, we have a good time and it keeps getting better,” says Dillon West of Aylmer, who drives mini-trucks that reach speeds of up to 80 mph. Michelle Koricina, 19, is a two-time 6.5 HP micro-sprint champion (2003, 2004) and currently leads the 9 HP mini-sprint standings heading into the tail end of the season.


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Nathan Allen, 14, of Crediton drives 9 HP minisprints; he’s been driving for seven years. “These cars are faster. JCARs and 6.5 HPs are slow. These are the best.”

Brandon Ronald, 15, of St. Thomas has been driving JCAR ( Junior Canadian Auto Racing) for five years. “It’s competitive, but you’re out here competing with your friends.”

Noel Hamilton of London waves drivers onto the track. “I usually do the tow truck here, and I have a son in the 9 HP division and a daughter in the 6.5 HP division. Keeps them out of trouble and they like it.”

“Some guys roll and are back the next week.” “My brother did it first and I copied,” she says. “I’m a dancer, too, so it’s like opposites. But I wanted to try it and I really liked it. I like starting at the back and having to pass everyone to get to the front.” In a sport dominated by men, women like Koricina and Katlynn Freel don’t let the pressure get to them. “You kind of get looked at differently but

once you get in the car, it’s different,” Freel says. “It’s good to be a role model for the younger girls.” The 16-year-old Londoner takes her share of knocks, hitting the wall at the Flamborough track when she was nine years old. She’s stuck with it and plans to move up to the four-cylinder street stock class next year. “I’ve hit the wall a few times, but you have a

full roll cage and five-point harness, fireproof suit, Snell rated helmets,” she says. “Some guys roll and are back the next week. They get up and walk away. You can’t ask for anything else. You want to be safe.” For Michelle Koricina, her career may take a safer path as she pursues hairdressing at Marvel in November, but her passion remains on the track.

“I’d like to race at Delaware,” she says as she drops a hint while her dad listens, “if my dad buys me a truck.” Races at Grand Bend Speedway run Saturdays at 6 p.m. until October 4.To learn more, visit http://www.grandbendspeedway.com.


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Round and round they go

Racers take a practice spin ahead of Saturday night races at the Grand Bend Speedway. The vehicle are half-scale models of street models. Left: Michelle Koricina leads the way; she’s the points leader in her division. Below: Jesse Nethercott of Warwick watches his brother practice. “It’s pretty sweet. It’s pretty fast and loud.”


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When it’s over

Above: Scott Schloendorf of Vanastra, Steve Crocker of London, Tommy Kyle and Frank Schloendorf of Vanastra work on Scott’s 9 HP clutch, which he blew in practice. “It was random,” Scott says. “Sucks.” Left: Tyson Steeper of Lucan signs an autograph for Jack Macko of Forest while Mike Beneteau watches. “He’s my best friend,” Macko says of Steeper. Right: Katlynn Freel of London is one of the few women racers. She’ll be moving up to the four-cylinder street stock cars next year.

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A race already won? View from the Strip By Casey Lessard

And they’re off. While there are several stories about racing and riding in this week’s edition of the Strip, the real story for the month is the fact that we’re faced with another federal election after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Rideau Hall this weekend. I heard the NDP and Bloc will make the difference this time, and I hope the Green Party gains some ground. But the reality is grim for now. My (distant?) dream is that the Greens win an election some day. But Canada’s political landscape seems more fractured than ever, and this election comes down to a battle of personality as much as policy. What scares me the most is the prospect that Harper will win a majority government October 14. Why? I can’t put my finger on it, but for some reason, I just don’t trust him. That said, I’m not sure what the alternative is. If it’s supposed to be Stephane Dion, there’s something about him that makes me think his is the wrong party for which to vote.

I met the prime minister once – shortly before his election win - when I worked at CKCO, and he sat beside me as he performed an interview. He’s handsome and friendly, and really seems like a regular, nice guy. That’s his real personality. So why does he come across as a jerk on television? Anjhela and I almost met Stephane Dion this summer in Toronto at the Green Living show, but we decided to pass up the opportunity. We just couldn’t think of something to say to him. Anjhela said he was handsome, and he’s taller than he looks. Apparently he’s really smart, but I can’t help thinking it shouldn’t have been him winning the leadership in 2006. There was so much hype around Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae that I can’t help thinking it should have been one of them. They’re likely both relieved and waiting for Dion to fade with a loss. Today, it seems inevitable.

Wheelchair users need parking Reader: Why aren’t police ticketing violators? To the Editor: All the kids are back in school and most of the visitors of Grand Bend have gone. The little town is almost empty. As I made my way to the bank I was a bit early so as I waited outside for 10 minutes and not to my surprise I counted 4 cars that parked in the handicapped parking space. I just shock my head and wondered is this ever going to stop. In this town of 1000 people, the law is not hard for police to enforce. I have to ask why people park there. Why? Because nothing is being done to stop them. There is no respect for the people who really need to use these spaces. I ask myself why this bugs me, as I don’t use the spaces and I don’t know anyone who is in a wheelchair. I really can’t answer that. To the people who abuse and use the handicap spaces, how would you like it if I were to park in your driveway and make you walk down the street to your house. You would be upset at me, wouldn’t you? So why is it that you people who do not need a wheelchair space park in these spaces and think it’s okay. Their argument may be, Yeah, I’m only

going to be a minute. Another we’ve all heard is, I only live down the street so I’m okay to drive drunk. I do love the law that reads handicap parking only. Why make it a law if police are not going to enforce it? I was upset last year when I needed the help of the Grand Bend police. I went to the downtown location in the wintertime when the town was dead, tapped on the door and a female officer looked at me and pointed to the phone outside. The phone didn’t work and I tried to tell her that, but she just looked at me as if to say, I don’t have time and don’t care to talk to you. She walked away and left me standing there. I thought, What would it have taken her to come to the door to see what I wanted? There could have been a police officer shot lying on the ground for all she knew. This example shows me that they simply don’t care. But I think not all police officers are bad, and neither are all of the people who park in handicap spaces. Patti Wilton Via GrandBendStrip.com

Reader: Extended lifeguard service would improve beach To the Editor: Your recent interviews with the Kovar family and with Grand Bend’s CAO on the tragic anniversary of the drowning of Jule Kovar is much appreciated, although such an event is never celebrated but remembered with sympathy and serious regret. Jule’s drowning, and this summer’s death of Ryan Albrecht under similar circumstances, remains an indelible blemish on the town and tourist community we are. I really appreciate your personal recall of conversations with the Kovars. Their pain and loss are unimaginable. Also, the research you did, and interview with Mr. Byrne, the Lambton Shores CAO, reveals in easy to understand terms the program in place, which is out of balance in the financial terms and in terms of the timing that the municipality allots for beach protec-

tion by lifeguards. Even nowadays, conservative institutions like banks do not run 9-5 services. So why in heaven’s sakes would a tourist safety service have such short hours of lifeguard hours, and limited safety equipment on site until the last drowning sparked the return of lifesaving rings on the beach. With the great amount of revenue generated each summer mostly by visitors to the parking lots, offset by the $48,000 cost of seasonal lifeguard service, clearly there is room for a much greater expenditure for this protection service, both by extending the hours and increasing the personnel needed. Maybe, just maybe, next year, with the much ballyhooed beach enhancement underway, someone at council will ask for and get the funding to allow more personnel and less bricks and mortar, especially with the past evidence and

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practices of ignoring town assets and policies, such as the current beach bathroom/structure and main-street parking, and streetscape. We can expect much greater parking revenue in 2009 as there will be more spaces at the beach, and likely some type of metered parking system on the main street. In light of the changes coming, let’s not allow mediocrity to be an acceptable standard on the beach or Main Street. Grand Bend can promote itself as the best and safest beach on Ontario’s West Coast. Blue Flag beach designation does not require live lifeguard protection, but hopefully we would continue to allocate a large dollar value to keeping that in place, whether it comes from parking revenues or from the ever-increasing tax base from residents and business. But clearly, taxation need not be the source to provide this service or to pay for the

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planned Beach Enhancement. I look forward to this beach being renovated, and being the tourist draw it should be, but with sensible first-class concepts and ideas that maintain focus on the lake and beach; after all, the plans are to leave the lake and pier in place for the foreseeable future. Future generations will be left with the legacy of maintaining the new structures and maintaining this community assets and spirit of Grand Bend going forward. Again to those families whose lives have been permanently changed by drowning deaths in this community, our heart felt regrets and sympathy in very inadequate. Robert Webb Grand Bend

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Photo by John McQuarrie/RCMP Helping Emily get her Herbie the Love Bug prepared for the big race.

Soap Box Derby SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 a.m. – Registration  to : a.m. – Inspection and Practice : a.m. to : p.m. – Judging (nonracing) : to  p.m. – Lunch  to  p.m. – Racing

Ethan gets behind the wheel of his shark car.

For a man who refuses to grow up, the soap box derby is the perfect activity to do with your kids. Just ask Travis Davis. “You take a piece of plywood, start with a frame and build a shell according to the size of the individual and go from there,” says Davis, who built his first soap box car when he was in his 20s, and whose garage and home are full of toys with engines. The Dashwood Optimists, who will host the event, approached him to seek his input on a community event, and he suggested the derby. “So far I’ve had 12 people call me,” he says noting Matt Hayter is also selling kits. For $25, the Optimists provide car builders with wheels, axles, mounting brackets and a $5 gift certificate for RONA. Two drivers will begin on an 8’ ramp and race down a hill. Top speed is about 15 mph, Davis says. “It feels like you’re going down a hill in a real car,” says Ethan, 9, whose car is shaped like a shark. Sister Emily, 10, will be driving a miniature version of Herbie the Love Bug. “Weight is a major factor,” Davis says. “The lighter your car, the better off you are. We have a weight limit up to 200 lbs. The lighter the car and the child, the faster you will go. “It’s to bring the community closer together,” he adds, “so we have more fellowship and have a good time. Everyone’s welcome to come out, and we hope to do it every year.” Formore information, contact Matt Hayter at 519-237-3731 or Davis at 519-237-3152.

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South Huron Recreation Centre Hosted by Exeter Lions

The RCMP Musical Ride will headline an all-day event celebrating Canadians in Uniform Thursday, September 11 at the Exeter rec centre. The mounted police show will follow an all-day show featuring the OPP, Canadian Armed Forces, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Transportatoin, South Huron Fire Department, Canadian Coast Guard, Huron County EMS, Orange (air ambulance), and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. “They will be talking to kids, so they can see the people who help in their communi-

ties,” says South Huron District High School teacher Dave MacLeod, who will be the event’s honoured guest. “That ties into the younger grade curriculum. For the older kids, there’s a career component to it. It fits very well with the Avon District School Board’s campaign for character development. It’s going to be a great day. “This is an opportunity to ask questions, but one thing we stress is that they thank these people for the work they do.” Tickets are still available for the evening show, which is intended for adults. School children from the area will attend the afternoon event, and some tickets are still available for that show also. Funds go to the Exeter Lions to support youth programs, including Scouts and Guides, and other community work.

Kids take flight Sexsmith Pilots will be taking kids up again (for free) this week for their Young Eagles event, which was rescheduled from June to this Saturday morning. For more information, call Wayne Steeper at 519235-2441.

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Former Hollywood actor Stephen Shellenberger directs his trailer park neighbour as she acts in a scene for Joseph Arthur’s “Faith”.

Sylvana Liebregts is the crew; the Londoner shot and edited the video.

You’ve gotta have Faith Story and Photos by Casey Lessard It was a leap of faith, but a former Hollywood actor, a New York musician and a London (Ontario) camerawoman converged on an Ipperwash trailer park this summer in hopes of creating a music video that will also showcase the park to the nation and the world. Stephen Shellenberger, whose art is regularly shown at group shows at Bliss Studio in Port Franks, left Hollywood several years ago and directs the video for “Faith” by Joseph Arthur, a folk-rock musician based in Brooklyn. They teamed up with a friend of Shellenberger who owns London’s video production studio CIVA Communications, and who provided the team with Sylvana Liebregts, who shot and edited the video. It should hit MuchMusic this month if accepted by the music network, and there’s word it will air in the United States and France. “I’ve done some music videos in the past,” Liebregts said, “so I was thrilled when I was asked to do it. I’m crazy about music, so to be able to do this and combine my passion for filmmaking with music is incredible. Joseph’s a really nice guy and talented so it was an easy job to take.” Arthur has enjoyed moderate success in the U.S., with one of his songs featured on an EP as a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song was recorded and remixed six times on the EP by such artists as Peter Gabriel (who signed Arthur to his Real World label), Chris Martin of Coldplay, Justin

Timberlake, and by Arthur himself in a duet with Michael Stipe of REM. “I kept telling Stephen about Joseph,” said Arthur’s manager Peter Wark, whose office is down the street from Shellenberger’s Montreal home, “and he came out to see him play solo at the Montreal Jazz Festival. We gave him the record and Joseph said we should do a video. Stephen started calling me and he brought a lot of energy to the process. He had the idea from day one to do it at this trailer park.” “It’s amazing,” Arthur, born 36 years ago in Akron, Ohio, said of the area. “It’s a beautiful lake and I like this trailer park because I like the characters and the people here. It was Stephen’s idea to come here. It’s a song about faith, and I just trusted his instinct and I feel like it’s something interesting we’re making here.” Shellenberger lives part-time at the Huron Shores Trailer Park. He recruited some locals, including his neighbours and Miss Kettle Point, to perform in the video, which was filmed over several days at the park and at Ipperwash beach. “I’ve never shot a rock video before,” Shellenberger said, “and I love Joseph’s song and I though if we’re going to do it, let’s do it at my trailer park.” Shellenberger turned to art while acting in Hollywood, with roles in 30 films including A River Runs Through It with Brad Pitt, directed by Robert Redford. “I was always painting along the way,” he

said, “and then I went through a rocky breakup and my kids were taken to France and I started painting more and more. If you’re an artist, you will do whatever is necessary to create. Arthur hyper-focuses and puts out three albums a year. It’s a compulsion to do it.” Arthur’s album Temporary People will be his first full-length album for 2008, following four EP-length albums released in March, April, June and July. “When you’re really productive, you flood the market with your psyche,” Arthur said. “The Internet is a digital manifestation of humanity’s subconscious and it’s limitless. You can do as much or as little as you want. You could put out a record every five years or blog like crazy every day.” Arthur is a busy man, not only touring and producing music, but also running a New York art gallery, which is shutting down this month because of problems with the landlord (according to stereogum.com). He sets off for a tour of France and North America October 6. “Joseph does well, but he’s still struggling to get to the next place. I think everyone is,” his manager Wark said. “Success for artists is getting to the point where you can do your art and you don’t have to work a day job. Then you aim for the sky and hope you play for thousands and thousands of fans every night.” Canadian fans should get at least one glimpse of Arthur when his video hits the air on MuchMusic; he recorded an interview that is expected to air when the video makes

its Canadian debut. The album hits stores September 30. “Our aim is to do something more with this and see if we can expand on the idea of what a music video can be and is,” Arthur said. “Through all these avenues of distribution, we’re no longer limited as artists to formulate our products into a fixed idea of what is commercially viable.” “Having the video air on national television is probably the coolest thing to happen in my career to date,” camerawoman and editor Sylvana Liebregts said, “and it motivates me to make it really cool and really good. “The theme of the video is faith, and it’s a spiritual, personal song to him. I like a handheld feel; it’s more intimate and you can get into the action. A steady, tripod look is nice, but it’s sort of dry and more standard; there’s not much too it. In post-production we’re going to give it quite a distinct look. I want to make it look really cool, so I’ll spend a lot of time on it.” For first-time music video director Shellenberger, who has directed some shorts, it’s a brand new experience. “I’m flying by the seat of my pants,” he said. “I don’t watch a lot of videos, but I know what I would like to see. You have to trust yourself and believe it’s all going to be perfect. I’ve worked on films where you have so many cooks that the flavour is cooked out of it. You have too many people overseeing everything. The beauty of this is I do what I feel and that’s how it’s happened.”


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By Tom Lessard, C.D. A lot of strange and wonderfully humourous goings-on occurred in Huron Park in the 70s and 80s. One time I was employed in the stock room at Hughes Columbia Yachts and was asked by my boss to come in on a Saturday morning to help him do an inventory of all the boats. Each boat had a kit lock up, in which was stored most of the parts and installation equipment for the employees to use and install in and on the boat. Well, we got at it and spent about four hours checking items against the boat inventories. At about noon, one of the lead hands approached my boss and asked if he could find a vacuum cleaner as the one off his line had gone missing. We hunted all through the plant to no avail. It seemed all the vacuums had disappeared. This was a strange occurrence. With all the vacuums in the plant gone, someone either went to the store or brought one in from home.

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An investigation eventually found out what had happened. Word got around that one of the employees need a few dollars. He rounded up all the vacuums, took them home and had a yard sale. Case closed.

Even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 21, it ends for most of us when the kids go back to school. Personally, I think I’ll take it easy for the two weeks we have left, and hopefully we’ll have some sunny days so I can relax in the sun, watch the neighbourhood kids get on the school bus, and reflect on the happy faces of parents who watch their little darlings trudge on their way to the great task of learning. It has never been easy for most parents to see the little ones off, but as time goes by I’m sure they welcome the departure, especially when the young people reach Grade 6 or 7 and are more independent, and are hopefully still going to school whether they want to or not. I realize that schooling isn’t always easy, especially learning the English language. Take, for instance, some of the following sentences: • The bandage was wound around the wound. • The other day I went to the dump and it

was so full they had to refuse more refuse. • A person could lead if they could get the lead out. • Since there is no time like the present, I thought it was time to present the present. • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. • Can you imagine your license being invalid because you’re an invalid? • After I saw the tear in my stockings, I shed a tear. With all the words in our English language, it’s half a wonder we are so very confused. Some other words to consider: polish, desert, row, sewer; all have different meanings when used as a noun or verb. Mathematics is yet another great challenge. I wonder whether students are taught how to count, subtract, multiply and divide in school these days because I notice it’s often not a strong suit for many of the young people I work with. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in school, so I imagine the teaching methods have changed. Regardless of how you are taught, an education is very important, so stay in school as long as you can; you’ll never regret it. Congratulations to our very dear friend Bill Papineau of London, who celebrated his 80th birthday this weekend.

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athletics, which helps improve marks, and for those kids who are struggling, there is an extra half hour for them to get extra help from a teacher. School ends at 2:50, so some kids working in town will change their work hours to start at 3:00 instead.”

Experience: st year in education; Mitchell (teacher), St. Mary’s (teacher) Seaforth (vice principal), St. Mary’s (principal for last seven years) Home: St. Mary’s Family: Three daughters

To students:

“I always tell the kids my philosophy is “Learning more about the community and three-fold: To take pride in what they’re seeing what makes Exeter tick. Helping stu- doing, to promote excellence, and to create positive memories of school. If we can do all dents achieve success.” three, we’ve been successful.”

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Trends:

“Students have more opportunities in curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students have to be in school until they’re 18, and that’s helpful because many of them don’t mature until they’re 16 or 17 and realize the benefit of being in school. And the third thrust is participation in a high-skills major; South Huron will now offer high-skills majors in transportation and arts and culture. Students have to get required credits and co-op credits, as well as English and some certifications, such as WHMIS and first aid.”

To parents:

“I’m an open person, so if they have concerns I’m willing to listen to them.”

Personal tidbits:

“When I was transferred to South Huron, my oldest girl was ecstatic because she was heading into high school and I would no longer be working at the school she would be attending. “I like playing baseball and hockey. As a family, we camp, we bike and hike.”

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icon, Dolores Claman’s Hockey Theme. “It’s a simple theme with a format of AB-A coda,” Quintana says, explaining his entry. “They can all be used separately, and it would likely be used as smaller parts. It’s how I would respond to a goal, when people are excited at the rink. The first part has some stress and release, and the second part is more patriotic and uplifting, and the last part is a run-out, a big crescendo, like Yeah, we did it.” Currently, Quintana is competing with about 10,000 entries to make it to the public voting round. “I’ve listened to many entries; some are good and some are not. It’s luck based on what people will like. We all hope it means something to people.” Voting for the theme starts October 4. He’d like you to listen to it, and to vote for it if you think it’s worthwhile. To do so, visit anthemchallenge.cbc.ca and search for Pedro Quintana.

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Derek Regier tees off with his wife Lori and his aunt and uncle Ann and Mike Croft.“Mom and dad were all about family and friends. They’re all here. My parents aren’t here, but they’re still living and they’re still contributing to the church.”

Dale Regier of Parkhill, John Barkauskas of Grand Bend, Craig Regier of London, and Joe Regier of Dashwood approach the green. “The church was important to Dale’s parents, so it’s important to us today,” Barkauskas said.

Fran Roelands of Ailsa Craig suggests where her teammate should putt. Roelands joined her husband Matt and Glen and Judy Steeper at the tournament. “The rain cleared just as we were ready to tee off,” Matt said. “It’s better weather than the summer,” Judy added.

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A ghostly green glow Living in Balance

By Jenipher Appleton Summer was gone but the good weather lingered on into golden September. It was one of those lovely, almost autumn weekends that found us at the cottage on Three Mile Lake in Muskoka. Saturday passed pleasantly and dusk came relatively early. There was a slight chill in the air so my mother, my dad, my friend Debbie and I sat close to the openhearth fireplace. At the ripe old age of eleven, it seemed to me that the gathering darkness and flickering flames were setting the mood for one of my father’s choice ghost stories. Gradually the logs were consumed by the fire and shadows deepened in the room. There were no other cottagers in the bay that weekend so all was very quiet and still, except for the chirping of crickets heard through the screens of the front windows which faced the lake.

My father’s story concerned some poor man whose dying wife had persuaded him to bury her with all her jewels. Later on, the direst of circumstances made him decide to open her grave in order to extract the jewels therefrom. Dad’s quiet, slow, monotonous voice added to the spell of the moment. Debbie and I were paying rapt attention, along with my mother who had undoubtedly heard the story countless times. We followed the exploits of the desperate grave robber as he made his way to the cemetery. In the light of a dim kerosene lantern, he located the shallow grave and dug down until the metal of his shovel met the wood of the coffin. He opened it and in a rush of courage seized the jewels. We noted his frantic efforts to return the grave to its previous appearance. With backward looks he hurriedly made his way homeward. Now the moment of truth was near. It was almost time to bring everyone back to the present with a start; the man crept up the stairs to the bedrooms that he and his wife had shared. Suddenly…!! At that precise moment in the story, the whole cottage where we sat was alight with an eerie green glow, which filled every corner

of the room. My mother’s oil painting of an autumn forest, bathed in phosphorescence by the eerie glow, stood out on the back wall. We all spun our heads toward the source of the illumination. Down the bay sped a globular greenish-white object that grew in size and then quickly faded, leaving everyone momentarily speechless. Our senses having returned, we took to our feet and ran outside toward the lake. My father then explained that apparently a meteorite had raced through the atmosphere at the moment when one usually shouts GOTCHA! at the end of a ghost story. Meteor showers are common throughout August and September, but we normally are able to see them as what we might call shooting stars streaking down the sky on a clear night. We had been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. It is likely that a small, perhaps baseball-sized chunk of a meteor had broken through the earth’s atmosphere and taken its path right into the lake that ghost story night. It is an event that I will never forget as long as I live! Nor am I likely to ever have one of my own ghost stories so aptly punctuated.

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hassle, here are some interesting facts from Statistics Canada: “Canadian retail e-commerce just tallied its fifth straight year of double-digit growth, yet online sales still account for less than 1% of the total retail market, according to Statistics Canada. It is expected that the average amount that Canadians spend online will grow strongly over the next three years.” While the largest markets for online sales in Canada have been electronics and travel, it is reasonable to assume that we will follow the growth path of the U.S. and begin to see stronger sales in clothing, music, DVDs, gifts, toys and more. Even if you are not up for competing with the likes of Amazon.ca, there are plenty of opportunities for the little guy. Back in 2005 I partnered with business local Lisa Grady, the founder of Sport-Med, Inc., with a plan to take the niche sports medicine business online (www.sport-med.

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To Do List Dance. Daughter of Nile Supreme Sessions Fund 2009 “Viva Las Vegas” night. Cocktails followed by Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Show and Dance at 8 p.m. $40 per person. For tickets, contact Norm Camp at Mocha Shrine office 519-672-1391 or Patricia Sampson 519-6853449.

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 p.m. - Lakeview Restaurant Huron Countr y P layhouse G uild Luncheon meeting. Guest OPP Officer John Reurink speaking on “Getting your Home ready to go away for the holidays”. Members and guests welcome. Contact Mary at 519-238-5640 for details

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

 a.m. - Grand Bend Legion FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Grand Bend Men’s Probus Club meet a.m. to  p.m. - Port Franks  to  p.m. - Trivitt Anglican ing. Speaker Graham Hitchins speaks about Community Centre Church, Exeter Beginner and Intermediate Bridge. Cost “Double Lung Transplants”. Community Thanksgiving Celebration. is $45.00. Call 519-238-1239 for details. Oktoberfest. Featuring a German band from Kitchener, sausage, sauerkraut, hot dogs and WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 beverages for all ages. Proceeds to the Exeter EVERY FRIDAY  a.m. to  p.m. - Gill St. parking lot, Lioness Victoria Park project. More info Grand Bend  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion available by calling 519-235-4156. Grand Bend Farmers’ Market Meat Draw

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 to  a.m. - Grand Bend Legion Annual Legion Breakfast . Tickets: $5 available in advance at bar. : p.m. - Trivitt Anglican Church, Exeter Community Thanksgiving Celebration. “Evensong” service with community choir and orchestra followed by Shriners’ Fish Fry 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $15; children 6-12 $7. Tickets available by calling 519-235-4156 or from any member of the Exeter Lioness. Proceeds to the Exeter Lioness Victoria Park project.

Arts & Entertainment  to  p.m. - McNaughton Park, Exeter SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for  a.m. to  p.m. - G.B. Art Centre  a.m. to  p.m. - G.B. Art Centre Acrylic for Beginners with Debra Bailey. Complementar y Colours with Teresa spouses and students. For details, call 519-238-8978 or 519-238- Marie. For details, call 519-238-8978 or 5196874 or email grbartcentre@hay.net. 238-6874 or email grbartcentre@hay.net. WEDNESDAYS  to  a.m. - Lions’ Pavilion, G.B.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion : a.m. -  p.m. - Pinery Flea Market Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for Live Music with Midlife Crisis Live Music with Brian Dale spouses and students.

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: to : p.m. or : to : p.m. – Grand Bend CHC Mental Health Education and Support Group. Monthly support group for family FRIDAYS and friends that provides tools and strate to  a.m. - Lions’ Pavilion, G.B. Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for gies along with ongoing educational information. Contact Social Workers Mickey spouses and students. Gurbin or Lise Callahan at 519-238-1556 ext. 223 or 230 for details. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16  to  a.m. – Port Franks Comm.Ctr. Thursday, September 25 Healthy Lifestyle Exercise C lasses 2 to 4 p.m. – Grand Bend CHC begin. Please join the Grand Bend Area Community Blood Pressure Clinic. Community Health Centre’s “FREE” Exercise Program ever y Tuesday and Ever yone welcome. Have your blood Thursday from 9-10 a.m. Instructors Cathy pressure checked by one of our Nurse and Faye.Please contact Health Promoter Practitioners. No appointment necessary. Cindy Maxfield 519-238-1556 ext 231.

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Vol. 2 #10 Grand Bend Strip, September 10, 2008  

September 10, 2008 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper

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