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Call for Applications: Family Health Teams

Call for Applications: Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is inviting applications from health care providers and/or communitybased groups for the establishment of Family Health Teams in the following Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs): North West, North East, Erie St. Clair, North Simcoe Muskoka, Central West, Central East, Champlain and South East.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is inviting applications from health care providers and/or community-based groups for the establishment of Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics in the following Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs): North West, North East, Erie St. Clair, North Simcoe Muskoka, Central West, Central East, Champlain and South East.

These LHINs were selected based on a range of key indicators of need, including proportion of Ontarians without a family health care provider, chronic disease prevalence and existing family health care resources.

These LHINs were selected based on a range of key indicators of need, including proportion of Ontarians without a family health care provider, chronic disease prevalence and existing family health care resources.

In addition, the ministry is extending an invitation for the establishment of Family Health Teams to existing Shared Care Pilots and to applicants interested in expanding family medicine training capacity in an interdisciplinary family health care setting, within any LHIN.

Completed applications must be received by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2009.

Completed applications must be received by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2009.

A comprehensive application package is available on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website at:

A comprehensive application package is available on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website at:

Family Health Teams are locally driven family health care delivery organizations which include family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and a range of other interdisciplinary health care providers who are committed to working together collaboratively to provide comprehensive, accessible, coordinated family health care within their local community.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are locally-driven primary family health care organizations, which include registered nurses in the extended class, registered nurses, family physicians and a range of other health care professionals, who will work together to provide comprehensive, accessible and coordinated family health care services to a defined population. These clinics are part of the government’s strategy to ensure that people have access to health care in their community instead of having to rely on hospital emergency departments.

Completed applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications can be submitted by e-mail, Canada Post or courier to:

Completed applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications can be submitted by e-mail, Canada Post or courier to:

Family Health Care and Screening Unit (FHT) Implementation Branch Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 1075 Bay Street, 10th Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2B1 Inquiries should be directed to: Greater Toronto Area: 416-212-1741, or Toll-free: 1-877-830-1808

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Life lessons from a late teacher Bob Teskey was “a good listener and companion.” This week, his wife Barb pays tribute to his legacy by walking in the Relay for Life. Her lesson: live your dreams.

Originally from Sarnia, retired teacher’s assistant Barb Teskey, 58, and her family are participating as team Family Ties in Grand Bend’s 12 hour Relay for Life at Klondyke Sports Park July 10 and 11. The survivor lap starts at 7 p.m. Teskey’s husband Bob was a teacher for 30 years, and was six months away from retiring from Cathcart Public School when he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Two weeks later, doctors had bad news: he had lung cancer, and it had already spread to his bones. Despite radiation on his hip, Barb and Bob received disheartening news on February 14, 2005: Bob would have to move into palliative care. Bob Teskey died two months later aged 54. He left behind two sons, and an expectant daughter-in-law.

As told to Casey Lessard Photos courtesy Barb Teskey Bob was a good companion. I miss his presence. I used to go out and walk all the time and knew that he was there waiting for me. Coming home at night and knowing that he’s not here to greet me and be here for me – you just have to cope. You have to go on. Bob and I were born and raised in London, and we went to the same high school. There were a bunch of us who hung out

The Teskeys: Adam, Barb, Matthew, Laura, and Bob

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Bob Teskey, a one-time smoker who had quit 15 years before, died in April, 2005 after a threemonth battle with an aggressive form of lung and bone cancer. He died two months before retiring from Cathcart Public School, and the parent of one of his students painted this portrait of him enjoying his favourite spot, Canatara Park in Sarnia.

in a coffee shop after high school, and we knew each other and had been friends for a long time. We were very good friends, so it was difficult to make that leap into romance. It just happened. Then we decided that we would be together. He had a wonderful sense of humour, and I think that’s why I was attracted to him. We had a lot of the same interests. Our favourite thing to do in Sarnia was walk in Canatara Park, and we spent a lot of time at a cottage in Kettle Point until the boys were 16. We always loved being at the beach and having a cottage. When he passed away, I knew a lake setting was where he would have loved to have been. With the pneumonia, we just assumed he would be okay. He was on medication for a couple weeks and it wasn’t going away. He went in for another x-ray and they saw a mass on his lung. In the original x-ray, it wasn’t there. You’re in a state of shock, and that point we weren’t aware of how aggressive it was. But it became very apparent that it was moving very quickly. It was Valentine’s Day that he had to go into palliative care. The cancer left him paralyzed from the waist down from that point. It doesn’t even give you enough time to think and to process it. You’re also in some denial that this is meaning that it’s the end. We hadn’t really wanted to believe it. He never once complained. He told me, “Barb, there are worse things with parents losing children to it.” He didn’t seem frightened. He didn’t say, Why me? He was very brave through the whole thing. His battle with cancer was very short. It was such an aggressive cancer, and for the last two months of his life, I lived in palliative care with him. We had all the comforts we needed, but it was a difficult time, especially at the end when he lost consciousness. The last few days were very tough, just sitting beside him. He was so looking forward to retiring and pursuing other interests, such as traveling. In an instant, your life is changed. When he was in palliative care, he was quite ill when I found out that our son and daughter-in-law were going to

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have our first grandchild, so I very much miss that he didn’t get a chance to meet his grandchildren. That’s one of the toughest things because we were looking forward to being grandparents. I believe he is with us and knows that he has a lovely granddaughter and grandson. He asked my daughter-in-law to make up photo boards for the funeral home, so she made them up really quickly so we could have them. We had the pictures in his room so that when people came in, we would talk about all the different pictures. It made it easier because we would talk about old memories. We didn’t really talk about his passing that much, other than he and I personally. We would just talk happy memories. A friend taped an interview with him for many hours, which I haven’t yet been able to listen to. He tells me he hasn’t yet, either. Because he was a Grade 8 teacher and young – he was only 54 when he died – of course, the children were devastated. He received all kinds of wonderful messages from the kids and parents. This was the first time my children had to go to a funeral, and it had to be their father. They were both overwhelmed by the number of people who were there. It was very difficult for them. Because this happened so quickly, we didn’t have time to prepare. If there’s anything you want to do in life, don’t put it off. You don’t know when your day is going to come. I was nervous I wouldn’t have a travel partner, but people always call. I basically say yes to everything people offer. Wherever they want to go, I’ll go. It’s very important to be happy and live your dreams before anything happens to you. Do what you want to do. We shared wonderful times together. I know he would have loved being up here at the water with me. It’s very difficult that he’s not able to share this with me. Barb recommends everyone should attend or participate in a Relay for Life. It’s not too late to register. Forms are available at the Bank of Montreal, or online at

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Senior division winners The Early Birds, John, Maggie, Will, Jake and Mary Earle of Zurich built a tree-lined mountaintop castle.

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Burgerfest coincided with Father’s Day, so family fun was part of the plan with a sand castle building contest. The winners in the Junior Division were Ethan Critchlow, Eleanor Naseby and Kevin Bartlett, above.

Arthur’s legend continues at Huron Country Playhouse Leading lady in Camelot was finalist on CBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria

Fifty years after celebrated musical writers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote the hit, Camelot makes its Huron Country Playhouse debut this week, with eight shows a week from July 8 to 25. Set in medieval England, the musical - from the team that created My Fair Lady, which appeared at the Playhouse last year - tells the story of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere, and her lover Lancelot. “ The Huron Countr y P layhouse is renowned for staging extraordinary musicals, and this production is no exception,” Drayton Entertainment artistic director Alex Mustakas said in a release. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this spectacular production to our audiences in Grand Bend for the first time.” Full of action, magic, and romance, Camelot is billed as a musical for everyone. The original Broadway production won four Tony awards, and spawned a film version that won three Oscars. Jayme Armstrong, a contestant on How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, takes the lead role of Queen Guenevere, made famous by Julie Andrews. Mark Harapiak is King Arthur, and Gabriel Burrafato plays Sir Lancelot. In all, the cast consists of 16 performers under the direction of Timothy French. Tickets for Camelot can be ordered by calling the Huron Country Playhouse Box Office at (519) 238-6000 or toll free at 1-888-4494463. To find out more about the 2009 season, visit

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Giving new meaning to wetting the bed

The annual Burgerfest bed races went with one hitch - heavy rains made for some slick tires. Despite this, Renee Olson, Jamie Mulligan, Elsa Parker, Cynthia Millar, and Susie McCann braved the downpour to win two titles (right): most creative bed and overall champions. “Pretty shocking,” said Mulligan, who was not expecting the win because the bed did not win the final race; the team of nurses earned points for various other reasons. The bedpans will be on display at the London hospital where the women work.

Randy Rapley, Peter Greff and Wes Ewar judged the best burgers in town; Jalapeño’s took the top prize.

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Cooking for a cure

Canadian Cancer Society Lambton County representative Helen Cole stopped by F.I.N.E. A Restaurant recently to meet with Erryn Sheppard and Jackie Stenhouse, whose Ladies Night for Breast Cancer raised $4364 for breast cancer research and services.

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Marcela Bahar’s Chippendale frame was one of the highlights of the Grand Bend Horticultural Society’s Festival of Homes, Gardens and Arts June 27.

Legion helps students get smart

The Grand Bend Legion donated two smart boards - touch screen teaching tools - to Grand Bend Public School recently. Here, Kloe Nardi gets help with a task from Sharon Crown while Mike Tieman and Bob Chapdelaine wait their turn. “I came to the Christmas dinner and the Grade 5s put the pressure on me,” Crown said. “They were the only ones without one. It took a while, but we got one and it did go to them.”

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All new beds, linens and TVs are part of the restoration of Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach.

A season salvaged at Bonnie Doone Hotel management sends message of thanks to all those who helped preserve and restore the beachfront landmark Heading into their 52nd year as a beachfront inn, The management of Bonnie Donne Manoron-the-Beach are thankful that a small March 29 fire contained to one room didn’t destroy their entire business. Although small, the f ire led to two months of restoration; luckily, the inn was able to open before the summer season’s onslaught. General manager Kristie McIndoe explains what happened and the fallout.

As told to Casey Lessard Photos by Casey Lessard Mom and dad started 52 years ago with five closet sized rooms, one shared bath but no tub or shower. Everybody washed their hair and bathed in the lake 52 years ago. There were no locks on the doors; every door had the little hook and eye job, so you could lock yourself in, but you couldn’t lock your stuff in when you left the room. Life was pretty simple. By the sixth year, they winterized it and we moved up here permanently. They slowly acquired the property around it. They lived in the business for 32 years, and eventually built their own home on one of the cottage properties.

The fateful morning

In a typical year, we get a drain snaked from the top of the manor to the sewers. It’s a typical thing that Andy O’Brien (of Grand Bend Sanitation) comes and does. We had set it up for a month earlier because, although we usually do it at the end of April, Dave saw Andy at the Tim Horton’s and said, let’s do it. They were here the next morning, and they were digging a hole to send the camera down. Dave had turned on the hydro just prior to that, and Andy handed him the cord to plug the camera in. Dave went inside and smelled smoke. He came out and asked Andy if he smelled smoke, too. Dave tried to go upstairs, but he couldn’t because the smoke was that intense. They figure it had been 10 or 15 minutes, tops. Dave called the fire department. The firefighters were so happy to save the building because in most cases, they just can’t get there in time or no one was around to see it start. The fire was contained to one room. They threw everything out the window and got the fire out. We called the insurance company who called in the restorers, WinMar. Literally within an hour-and-a-half, we were underway with restoration. We had vanloads of people here.

They say they have a 48-hour window to get the soot off so it doesn’t etch. Even with all the doors shut, there was soot in every room upstairs. Because it was cold, the hot fire led to condensation of soot. It was dripping down the walls and looked like someone brought in a hose and sprayed it down with tar.

A new experience

I’d never experienced a fire, and I had no understanding of devastation that was involved. I give WinMar so much credit. Everyone involved was so empathetic and knew their jobs inside out. They seem to understand that everything starts from scratch and you build on that. They understood that we are a family business that has a regular clientele and we didn’t want to disappoint them because of the many months we had prepared to get open. The insurance company cooperated with us on that, and gave us a six-day workweek instead of five. The month of May was gone. There was no office, no area for us to receive people. The building was turned back over to us June 1. Our season starts May 1, so we were a month behind. It took another two-and-a-half weeks to get the rooms rentable again.

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We didn’t have an area where patrons could approach us, so it was frustrating because no one could approach us other than by phone. Our biggest concern was that you build on the regulars with newcomers. Because they weren’t able to come and look around, for example if they come to the beach or for a drive and notice us, and we give them a tour, we lost that opportunity.

Preserving the business

Not a lot has changed here. We replaced our TVs with flat screen TVs, and any flat goods had to be replaced, like beds, linens, fridges and carpeting. But your perspective changes. You don’t worry about the little stuff so much. We’re very happy that we didn’t have to turn all our people away. It would be a horrible thing not to see our regulars again. We were very fortunate. The fire was going to happen, but if we hadn’t planned to clean that drain a month early, I’d be pulling my hair out right now. This week, we have people in their 18th year of visiting, and Shirley has come here 30 years. That’s what makes it all worthwhile, when those people come back and you get to see what has happened in their lives. That’s really why we’re here.

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Thoughts of You

Teresa Marie Grand Bend

An Ontario Farm

Tim Clark Exeter

Go With The Flow

Rachel Watson Dashwood, youth category

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Above: Willow by Karie-Sue Maclean of Exeter, a first-time exhibitor

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July 11-17 - Hensall United Church Hensall By Design is back for its sixth year, and the juried exhibition has its largest roster of artists and pieces ever. At last count, 70 artists will hang 188 works at the show, which opens Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of work goes to support local charities and community groups, so if you’re interested in buying art, this is a good time to do so.

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Thank you again View from the Strip I want to send my gratitude to everyone who came to my art exhibition opening over the weekend. It was not only a pleasure to see old faces, but also to see the silent supporters who had never previously said hello. I had people visiting from as far away as England and Denmark (thanks for coming Darren). I am especially grateful to the few, including the Brits, who supported me by buying my work; you know who you are, and I hope others follow your example. It proves to me that the work I’m doing is valued, so thank you very much. Thank you also to Anjhela for performing, and to Tony and Lorraine for hosting. As always, my mom is my biggest fan, so thank

you especially. The show continues until the 26th, so be sure to stop by Bliss Studio in Port Franks when you get a chance. Thanks also to you, the people who are reading this paper right now. If you have this in your hands, it means that you believe in what I’m doing, and for that I’m grateful. If you’re not a subscriber, I hope you will consider signing up as it is the best way to give me the flexibility to cover events and find stories that no one else is covering. This area is full of interesting stories, and I do my best to report on as many as possible. It’s a short summer, and we’re already into it. Enjoy the good weather when it comes, and stay safe.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

Joan Love hopes charity will spread like fire, especially when people stop by her house to buy campfire starters she is making out of wax, wood chips, and candle wicks. The idea fulfills a challenge by Reverend Harry Disher, who gave a group of congregants at a swim meet $1 each as seed money to raise funds for a good cause. Love’s firestarters are inspired by a cub scout idea. “They work excellent in a campfire and in a woodstove,” Love says. “They last maybe 20 minutes to half an hour. People who use them are really impressed at how well they work.” People have donated almost all the materials to Love; she spent the $1 seed money on twist ties to seal the packaging. Priced at $1 for four starters, interested readers can stop by her home on Highway 81, just south of Crediton Road. A firewood trailer on the lawn has starters in milk bags and an honour jar for payments. All proceeds go to the Caring through Sharing program that buys canned and dry goods for the local food bank, as well as covering medical expenses not covered by OHIP. Publisher/Editor: Casey Lessard Advertising Sales: Casey Lessard Chief Photographer: Casey Lessard

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Joan Love and her campfire starters

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(Part two of a four-part series examining the monetary system.) One of the unspoken absurdities of our money system is government debt. Under our system, the only way a government can pay for its programs and services is through taxes or borrowing. Since taxes are never enough to meet its budget requirements, government is forced to borrow money. It does this through selling government securities such as treasury bills and bonds. These are basically IOUs with the promise to pay interest on whatever they borrow. The cumulative effect of government borrowing is well known. In Canada, the single largest federal spending item is interest payments on the public debt. In 2006, it amounted to just over 15 cents of every tax dollar. That figure is going up as the Harper government projects $64 billion in deficits by 2011. In the United States, the deficit has ballooned to an astounding $1.7 trillion. Government debt eventually reaches a point where it cripples a country. You see it in the conditions of the roads, in higher taxes, overcrowded hospitals, and child poverty – everything must be eroded in the name of servicing debt payments. Yet there is no lack of resources, labour, or knowledge to solve these problems; there is, however, a lack of money. This raises the question: Why is the issuance of credit controlled by private banks and not the government?

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In 1921, the great inventor Thomas Edison put it more succinctly: “If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good … both are promises to pay; but one promise fattens the usurer, and the other helps the people.” Abraham Lincoln realized this during the civil war, when bankers would only fund the war at interest rates of 24 to 36 percent. Since this would obviously bankrupt the North, he bypassed the private banking system altogether and authorized the printing of fully legal treasury notes (which is where the expression “Greenbacks” comes from). This money was not backed by reserves or gold, but by “the full faith and credit of the United States”. This interest-free money helped win the war and turn America into an economic power – the steel industry, the railroad system, and even free higher education was established under this innovative money system. Unfortunately, it was short-lived. After Lincoln was assassinated, the bankers resumed their place as the dominant money power. These days, the distracted public unleashes their anger over their deteriorating quality of life against political parties. They blame the left for raising taxes. They blame the right for cutting back social programs. A divided public suits the bankers fine because it means nobody is questioning why they have a monopoly on the money supply. The fact is, under the weight of enormous public debts, politicians don’t have a choice but to raise taxes or slash programs. Until we reorder the money system so that it benefits the entire public, and not just a private banking cartel, we’ll be hearing more of these tedious partisan debates for years to come.

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Welcome to summer A break from the heat Keeping the Peace

Advice from Mom

By Tom Lessard, C.D.

By Rita Lessard

Finally, summer has arrived and all of the children have completed another school year. Hopefully all the students had a successful year and will enjoy the summer. The parents, on the other hand, have the unenviable task of keeping all of those kids occupied. Most mothers work, so they have the big job of sending the kids to babysitters or camp or whatever other programs are available. Fortunately, I was able to be a stay at home mom for quite a few years so I could enjoy the summers with the boys. For a few years, we had a day program called SPARKS run by Steve Wuerth and Lynn Farquhar. These two young people were the finest I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Their skills as organizers and entertainers were phenomenal. The kids had a very fun time playing sports and games, doing crafts and going on field trips. The cost was minimal, so nobody felt it was a hardship to participate. I volunteered my services when I could and had a fun time doing so. My guys were always kept busy; they never said they were bored. Maybe they were smarter than the average bear because anyone who complained of boredom was put to work. Perhaps those people, considering the busy hot summers we used to have, looked forward to going back to school in September. Like that ever happened. That said, sometimes I think kids would prefer to be in school because they never say they’re bored there. Why do we subject them to all of the time that they have to stay home; after all, the poor darlings must be bored out of their minds. There are so many good things to do in the summer, if and when we get it. I think it’s a little late this year because I haven’t seen too many really hot days yet. Maybe it will last a little longer this year, say past November. I look forward to summer food, such as

fresh fruits and vegetables, and because we can be more active, we don’t tend to gain as much weight. I’ve often heard the expression, “give me a ball park figure,” and thought it meant a rough idea of the cost of something, so I was quite amused when my friend said her husband had quite a ballpark figure, meaning he was quite chubby because he loved hot dogs and beer. Who would have thought?

Car sickness advice

Heading on a summer road trip? Many people, especially children, experience car sickness, and apparently this is caused by a disturbance in your inner ear that throws off your sense of equilibrium. Apparently not moving your head is calming to your inner ear and will make you feel better. When the boys were young, we traveled quite a bit, but they never had car sickness because as soon as we were out of Exeter, they were asleep. I was, too. Having a portable DVD player is a great way to entertain kids on a long trip, but it’s the last thing you want for car sickness. Playing games that encourage the sufferer to look out the window are far better. My granddaughter Abby gets car sick a lot, so this tip is for you, Glen. For more, check

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are old and the architecture is beautiful. After a year in the desert, the noise of the city was almost overpowering. The second day, I joined a tour bus and traveled to Pompei. This city was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. It was completely covered and most of the people killed. The parts that had been excavated by the 1950s showed a lot of what life was like in the old days of the Roman Empire. It must have been quite a city. I spent the rest of my time wandering around Naples. The day of our departure, we were taken badk to the airport for the final leg of our journey to Montreal. Our airplane was called a North Star. Guess what! Bucket seats and box lunches again. When we got airborne we were told that the pressurization was on the fritz and we would be flying below 8,000’. Since we left most of our clothes in Egypt because of posible diseases being carried in them, all I had on was a pair of shoes, no socks, pants and a shirt, no shorts and a beret. The plane was cold as it was November and there was no heat. We stopped in Gibraltar for refueling and headed for Goose Bay, Labrador. While there, we were informed that the weather had closed in Montreal, but it might be clear by the time we got there. Luckily, the weather was fair enough for us to land in a snow squall. We cleared customs while we shivered and were given passes and train tickets to our hometowns. At the time, my home was Waterloo. When I stepped off the train in Kitchener, it was four below and snowing. I still had no clothing, so comingoff the desert five days before, it was a bit chilly. The best way to warm up, I figured, was to go directly to the Station Hotel and help the bar sales. A few hours later I hired a cab and walked into the house. You should have seen the look on my parents’ faces.




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Sorry about your luck Treasuring our heritage Fido... Come... Sit By Yvonne Passmore

My husband is working at a housing complex. He’s worked at a few and can tell you horror stories about the conditions that some people live in. Some of these people are content with a lifestyle that would appall most. Sadly, children and animals are often forced to live with these people. These victims have no say in who they live with or how they live. Recently my husband started a new project, and he is working near the owners of a new puppy. Acquiring a new puppy should be the beginning of a fun and optimistic relationship between man and his ‘best friend’. This puppy, just ready to begin his new life of love and adventure has drawn the short straw. More times than not, this puppy is tied and tangled in the owners’ backyard without adequate shelter and company. His hours spent barking, crying and whining don’t foretell a life of love, adventure, fun or that optimistic future that his littermates are hopefully enjoying. Many people would say, ‘it’s just a dog’, and that we have other more important things to worry about in life than the happiness of a puppy. Perhaps. However, our society has certain decency standards with regards to providing a proper, rich and loving environment

for our pets; some of those standards are law. Most of us take great care and consideration into the type of dog we get and sort out how to manage the daily care for that dog. I hope the smart ones realize that right now may not be the right time, and just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The prevalent mentality of entitlement leaves many victims in its wake, and this puppy is one of them. I have bred a few litters and have found homes for the puppies from those litters. My family is amazed, flabbergasted, amused and maybe even a little confused about how picky I am about potential puppy homes. I am very picky. I chose to bring those pups into this world and I feel it is my duty to find the best possible homes for them. It means I turn quite a few people away. They aren’t bad people. I’m sure most are lovely, but they did miss something that I feel all puppies need: time for true companionship. Over the centuries ‘man’ has continued to develop the dog to be dependent on people for all of it’s physical and mental needs. At least I can feel comfortable that none of my puppies are going to be that puppy that drew the short straw. I doubt the puppy’s breeder asked enough questions, and for that, s/he should be ashamed. Shame, too, on the new owners that brought home this puppy without much thought to his life. Thankfully there are organizations that can help, so we are taking notes, taking names and know who to call.

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By Jenipher Appleton (The following is a justif iable divergence from the usual topic of ‘our feathered friends’.) As a member and co-director of the Ailsa Craig and District Historical Society, it was recently my turn to open the museum and attend to any tourists who might happen by during an afternoon. The museum, also known as the Donald Hughes Annex, was originally the Ailsa Craig Baptist Church, erected in 1871. Now, lovingly restored as a tribute to local heritage, it houses a myriad of artifacts, antiques and objects of interest. It is readily found on George Street. Just follow the signs as you come into town from any direction. It turned out to be a slow day – actually nobody came – perhaps due to a pending thunderstorm. To pass the time, my first hour was spent enjoying some showcases and displays, including quilts, clothing, kitchen supplies, old sales receipts, ledgers, cameras, furniture, etc., from well over a hundred years ago. A look through some scrapbooks of local community events, along with some high school yearbooks, proved to be highly entertaining.

Then it began to rain. Hard. Really, really hard. When it rains like that I get nervous. What to do? Aha! I had brought along my current knitting project. I seated myself near the front door of the old church and began to knit. As my nerves calmed, it dawned on me that I was sitting in a 19th century building, surrounded by objects from a simpler way of life, doing exactly what a woman from the 1800s would likely do. My needles weren’t wooden, but the knitting process had not changed. My ball of wool was not cooperating as I demanded more yarn, so I put it into the bowl of a 1930s cream separator, which happened to be beside my chair. It worked, simply and effectively. After about an hour of rain pounding on the church roof, my husband burst through the front door, soaking wet. He said he had come to see what I was up to. “I had to shut down my computer because of the storm,” he announced. I smiled and continued with my knitting while my only ‘tourist’ for the day took a half hour away from the computer to observe the legacy of a much simpler era. And he really enjoyed it. If you’re wondering where the connection to my usual birdy topics is, when you visit you’ll notice there is pigeon poop on the front porch of the church. They live in the belfry. Summer hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, or: To arrange a tour, call (519)293-9388 or email

Everyone at the Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Grand Bend Volunteer Fire Department for saving our building on March 29th of this year. Their quick response and expertise saved our business. After two months of restoration, we feel very fortunate to open for our 52nd summer season, ready to greet our customers. Thank you to WinMar Property Restoration Specialists, their project supervisor Brent Harvey and each and every person who came here and helped us piece our business back together. The attention to detail by each employee and subcontractor made an overwhelming project possible. Karl Moore Flooring – London PNT – London Bluewater Plumbing – Zurich M & M Painting – Exeter

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Thank you to McIntyre TV and Appliance of Grand Bend, one of WinMar’s subcontractors, for the expert installation of a new air conditioner that happened to be in a rather frustrating location. Thank you Dennis. One more thank you to Bob Case Plumbing and Electric who are always there when we need them.

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O Canada!

Vintage Moments entertained the crowd as the headlining band for Grand Bend’s Canada Day celebrations. Guitarist Mike Tamasi of London gets Greg Gallello and Katrina Dickenson moving on the dance floor.




Paige Isen and Jake Morris of London.

Hank is a 12-week old English bulldog. Here he catches some Zs while his friends Mike VanLogtenstein of Kilworth and Jackie Ranger of London enjoy the band.


Brian Dale organized the music for the Canada Day celebrations, but it was also an opportunity to show off some of the work off his upcoming CD.

To Do List

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To Do List Community/Charity Tuesdays

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pt. Franks CommCtr Kids Matter every Tuesday. Join us as we crochet sleeping mats out of milk bags to send to the children in Africa and South America. Bring your lunch, scissors and a #7 crochet hook. Call Peggy Smith at 519-2965834 for details. 7 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo


5 to 7 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw

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9 a.m. - Port Franks comm. centre Euchre-Rama. Join the Port Franks Seniors for coffee at 9 a.m. and games at 10 a.m. Cost is $6.00 per person which includes lunch. Everyone is welcome. For further information call 519-243-3844 or 243-1126.

Wednesday, July 22

12:30 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion parking lot Grand Bend Men’s Probus Club Picnic and Fun Car Rally. First team will depart at 1:01. Picnic at Port Blake Conservation Area.

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7 p.m. to 7 a.m. - Klondyke Sports Park (9989 Klondyke Rd. Grand Bend) Relay for Life. Teams of 10 people walk, run, or stroll in this overnight event to raise money for cancer research, education and prevention. Participants pay $10 registration fee and raise a minimum of $100. Register at Registration forms available at Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce and Bank of Montreal. For further info call (519) 2382297 or (519) 238-6361.

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9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (pre-registration required) - Grand Bend Art Centre Jewellery Workshop: Precious Metal Clay Ring with Pat Wilde. $80 non-members; $75 members; ask about fees for partial days. To register or for more information: 519238-8978 or

8:30 a.m. - Port Franks Comm. Ctr. Family Fishing Day weekend. Free for all kids. There is no license required to fish on these days. Meet at the parking lot by 8:30am. Bring your fishing gear, your enthusiasm and we will provide worms for the fish. Hot dogs and pop will be provided at noon for our young fisherpersons. For more information contact Jim 243-2003 or John 243-3741.

Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17

6:30 to 9 p.m. to August 26 Life Drawing Group (Space limited; preregistration required)


1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre Grand Bend Drum Circle. Contact Anita at the Youth Centre or call 519-238-8759.

Saturday, July 11 & 12

3 to 6 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live Music with Bob Finlay

Saturday, July 18

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (pre-registration 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Pinery Baptist required) - Grand Bend Art Centre Church, Northville Workshop: Tur n on the Light in Vacation Bible School. Children 4-12. Watercolour Painting with Mary Abma. Pre-registration July 11 10 a.m. to noon. $80 non-members; $75 members; ask about fees for partial days. To register or for more Saturday, July 18 information: 519-238-8978 or grbartcen11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - South Huron Ag Building (behind rec centre) Big Brothers, Big Sisters Children’s 3 to 6 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Festival. Come visit the many stations, enjoy Live Music with Ben Shane & Bobby K lunch, watch stage shows, and be part of our

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8 to 9 a.m. - Lion’s Pavilion, by Legion Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for spouses and students. Call Beth Sweeney, (519) 238-5555.


9 a.m. – Port Franks Comm. Centre Healthy Lifestyle Exercise Program. Program includes warm up, low impact aerobic workout, strength work and stretching. Sponsored in part by Healthy Living

To Do List Lambton. Cost: Free!! Everyone welcome. Contact Cindy Maxfield, Health Promoter, 519-238-1556 ext 6 to register. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works studio, Port Franks Starting July 7 until July 30. Yoga Classes. Starting July 7 until July 30. Info and registration call Anne 519-243-3552 or visit . Beginners welcome. 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works studio, Port Franks Kid’s Yoga Classes. Starting July 7 until July 30. Info and registration call Anne 519243-3552 or visit . Beginners welcome. 

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Beth Sweeney, (519) 238-5555. 6 to 7 p.m. - McNaughton Park pavilion, Exeter Thursdays Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for 9 a.m. – Port Franks Community gym members, spouses and students. Call Centre Beth Sweeney, (519) 238-5555. Healthy Lifestyle Exercise Program. Program includes warm up, low impact aerWednesdays obic workout, strength work and stretch8 to 9 a.m. - Lion’s Pavilion, by Legion ing. Sponsored in part by Healthy Living Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for Lambton. Cost: Free!! Everyone welcome. spouses and students. Call Beth Sweeney, Contact Cindy Maxfield, Health Promoter (519) 238-5555. at the GBACHC, 519-238-1556 ext 6 to register. 6 to 7 p.m. - McNaughton Park pavilion, Exeter Fridays Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for 8 to 9 a.m. - Lion’s Pavilion, behind gym members, spouses and students. Call BMO

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Monday, July 13

8 a.m. - Birch Bark Campground Swimming Lessons. Three weeks. All ages. For more information, call Jacqueline at 519-236-4958.

Thursday, July 16

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Blessings Community Store, Zurich Cooking Outside of the Box. Taste test and get ideas for yummy, low-cost, healthy recipes! Utilizing the Good Food Box. Call Miranda at 519-238-1556 ext 222

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Strip in the Kitchen

Hayter’s BBQ turkey, radicchio salad, plus green pea and cucumber shooters Recipes by James Eddington Eddington’s of Exeter 527 Main Street, Exeter 519-235-3030 -

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Hayter’s BBQ turkey with a tropical flare 2 large turkey fillets/tenderloins 1 lemon 1 lime 1 orange 2 tbsp Montréal chicken spice 1/4 tbsp vegetable oil Smoked hickory BBQ sauce to taste In large mixing bowl, add vegetable oil to turkey tenders. Squeeze, dice and shred lemon, lime and orange to mixture. Add Montréal chicken spice and barbecue sauce to mixture. Mix very well. Transfer into large Zip-loc bag and refrigerate overnight. Barbecue on medium/low heat for ~8 min. per side. Serve with sundried tomato pesto risotto and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Radicchio Salad

Green pea and cucumber shooters (chilled soup)

1 head roughly chopped or torn radicchio 1/4 red onion finely sliced 1/2 cup mandarin oranges 1/2 cup quartered strawberries 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced Slivered pecans (optional)

1 2 cups 2 cups 1/2 1 1 tbsp 2 sprigs

Toss all ingredients together and drizzle with dressing.

Balsamic Dressing

This recipe is a generic balsamic dressing that can be used with many different applications and be seasoned to pair with many different salads or dishes. Take equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Note: always buy balsamic vinegar which label states it is from Modena with 6% acidity. If is doesn’t, do not buy it! Mix equal parts with Dijon mustard to bind

English or field cucumber green peas vegetable stock red onion chopped green onion chopped vegetable oil fresh mint

Honey, garlic and salt & pepper to taste dressing. The more you add the thicker the dressing will become. The rest can be up to you. For example, if you like it sweeter, add honey! If you like it to burst with flavour, add fresh basil or oregano. If you like it tart, add lemon. Raspberries give it a fresh fruit appeal. Have fun with it, but make it truly your own!

In a frying pan, sauté chopped onions and garlic for ~10 min. on med. heat. In sauce pan, bring vegetable stock to boil. Add cucumber, peas, honey, salt and pepper. Once onions and garlic are sautéed, add to mixture. Keep cooking on medium heat for ~15-20 min. or until soft. Blend with hand mixer. Once smooth, refrigerate and serve when cooled. Great presentation is in shooter glasses, a nice refreshing start to a summer BBQ.

Vol. 3 #3 - July 8, 2009 Grand Bend Strip  

Award winning journalism from Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Inside: Barb Teskey runs the Relay for Life, restoring Bonnie Doone Manor, Canada...

Vol. 3 #3 - July 8, 2009 Grand Bend Strip  

Award winning journalism from Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Inside: Barb Teskey runs the Relay for Life, restoring Bonnie Doone Manor, Canada...