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The Federal Government has agreed to an extension to the funding deadline for the work being done on the Leamington Marina. The extension request was a precautionary step to ensure that any delay would not result in Leamington footing the bill all alone. But no gift from the Feds comes without at least some strings attached. This is (in part) what the letter says: “The government of Canada has agreed to extend the deadline for the completion of your infrastructure related stimulus project funded under the Community Adjustment Fund. The deadline for completion of your project will now be October 31, 2011. However, there are important conditions governing the extension to your project. In order to amend your CAF contribution agreement, additional documentation is required. Specifically we will require: • A revised financial forecast for the project with estimated eligible costs; • A forecast of estimated eligible project costs and federal funding required from April 1 to October 31, 2011; • A detailed construction schedule for the project, signed by an engineer or architect (template not provided); together with • A solemn declaration concerning the construction schedule signed by an engineer or architect • A council or board resolution committing to finish the project before October 31, 2011, and accepting responsibility for any costs incurred beyond the October 31, 2011 date.”

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Brayden Romualdi had the honour of dropping the puck at the Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge Classic on Saturday, February 12 at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. Pictured taking the faceoff is Theoren Fleury of the Legends and Sean Beaul of the Leamington OPP. In back, from left to right, are piper Michael Hicks, OPP Constable Kevin O’Neil, OPP Staff Sergeant Beatty, OPP Inspector Derus and Marc Romualdi. Romualdi and his son won the honour of being the hononary coaches in an auction.


Abbey and Adrian Resendes of Wheatley had a front row seat to see their hockey heroes - the Hanson Brothers on Saturday night during the 10th annual Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge Classic held in Leamington. Abbey and Adrian are the children of Noelle and Manny Resendes. (SUN Photos)

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Leamington Council Shorts - Feb. 14 Draft ERCA Budget Seeks Increase in Municipal Levy

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Councillors Larry Verbeke and Rick Atkin informed council that they have seen the draft budget for the Essex Region Conservation Authority and it proposes around a $17,000 increase in Leamington’s apportionment—about $1.28 per household. Since they would really like to take Leamington council’s view back to ERCA budget debates, they recommended to council that the Conservation Authority Manager, Richard Wyma, be invited to make a presentation to council as soon as can be arranged. The rest of municipal council were thrilled with the idea and staff were directed to try and arrange it for some time in the next few meetings.

Budget Timing Questioned Councillor John Jacobs expressed concern about the lateness of budget deliberations this year. The municipal Treasurer, Cheryl Horrobin, indicated that the target for budget approval is currently some time in the week of March 14 or March 21 (depending on Council’s availability). “We have lost the first four or five months of 2011 to try and control costs and taxes,” said Jacobs. “For us to do our due diligence from this side of the table we need to see the numbers sooner.” He acknowledged that this was an exceptional year due to the many added pressures on the finance department caused by the tornado and the extensive infrastructure reporting requirements, but added that he hoped that next year a proposed budget could be presented earlier to council.

THIS WEEK’S MUSICAL BIRTHDAYS In 1946, J Geils of The J. Geils Band. In 1975, Brian Littrell of The Backstreet Boys ('I Want It That Way'). In 1988, Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty), R&B singer In 1940, Smokey Robinson, singer In 1933, Yoko Ono (broke up the Beatles) In 1947, Dennis Deyoung of Styx In 1952, Judy "Juice" Kay Newton ('Queen Of Hearts'). In 1972, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day ("When I Come Around") In 1956, James Ingram, singer, ('I Don't Have The Heart'). In 1952, Melissa Manchester, singer ('Midnight Blue'). In 1959, Ali Campbell of UB40 ('Red Red Wine') In 1972, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 ('Bent', 'Smooth')

he played a show at a High School in Seattle. 1971, The soundtrack to 'Jesus Christ Superstar' went to No.1 1977, Stevie Wonder and Chicago were big winners at the Grammy Awards 1980, Bon Scott died (The coroner's report stated he had "Drunk himself to death.") 1991, Bob Dylan won the Grammy lifetime achievement award 2003, 100 Great White fans died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig 2007, The hair salon that infamously shaved Britney Spears head put her hair up for auction (asking $1m) 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. He was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest. 1995, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch's Pamela Anderson on a beach. The bride wore a white bikini. 1995, Roxette became the first Western group to SONGS TO HIT #1 THIS WEEK perform in Beijing since George Michael in 1984 Gary Lewis and the Playboys- 'This Diamond 2004, Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt Ring' (1965) by advertisers to use ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote Expose- 'Seasons Change' (1988) haemorrhoid-relief products. Manfred Mann- 'Blinded By The Light' (1977) 1980, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman said he would Patti Austin/James- 'Baby Come To Me' (1993) leave the band in 1982 on the group's 20th Savage Garden- 'I Knew I Loved You' (2000) anniversary. He quit in 1993. The Platters- 'The Great Pretender' (1956) 1960, Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for Gene Chandler- 'Duke Of Earl' (1962) the album 'Elvis'. Bon Jovi- 'Livin' On A Prayer' (1987) 1974, Members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Debbie Gibson- 'Electric Youth' (1989) were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming Sly and the Family Stone- 'Everyday People' naked in the hotel pool. (1969) 2002, Thieves broke into George Michael’s home Bon Jovi- 'Livin' On A Prayer' (1987) and stole over $300 000 worth of items and did Wham!- 'Careless Whisper' (1985) $340 000 worth of damage. 2005, Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly MUSIC EVENTS ON THIS WEEK'S DATES punching a DJ at a strip club in Nashville, 1960, Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when Tennessee.

Municipal Council met in closed session prior to the regular council meeting in order to consider the applications received to sit on the Economic Development Committee. The Mayor and DeputyMayor are the council representatives on this BILL CHAPLIN committee. They will be joined by (in alphabetical order) Troy Gee, Nick Marcovecchio, Dan Santos, Louie Saad, Maureen Sutherland and Wayne Wharram.

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Presentation to Bill Derbyshire Lorraine Gibson and Carol Bell were at the Monday municipal council meeting to present former Councillor Bill Derbyshire with a certificate of appreciation for his four years serving on the board of the Migrant Worker Community Program. His contribution will be missed.

Proposed Greenhouse Development

As part of the site plan control process for a proposed greenhouse development, N.J. Peralta Engineering is being hired to prepare a drainage report about connecting to the Silver Creek Drain. The purpose of the study is two-fold: first, to determine if the drain has the capacity for the runoff from the proposed development, and second, to assess an appropriate assessment for this use of the drain. The entire cost of the study is borne by the developer.

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Tax talk

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Q. I am a senior. How do I split my pension income with my wife? A. Only certain types of pension income are eligible for income splitting, such as private pension income or payments from a RRIF. When you and your spouse file your 2010 tax return, you may be able to allocate up to 50 per cent of your qualifying pension to your spouse. You will need to complete form T1032 from the Canada Revenue Agency to elect to income split.

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By Keith Damsell (NC)—At 70 years of age, Timothy and Margo have enjoyed their retirement years. They’ve travelled extensively and they’ve entertained their growing family in their beloved home in Kingston, Ontario. The recent economic turmoil has affected their retirement savings and their prospects for the future in a way that could not have been imagined even five years ago. To lower their day-to-day expenses and improve their monthly cash flow, the couple considered selling their home and downsizing to an apartment or a condominium. Once they considered all the costs associated with selling and buying property, moving, and then paying either rent or property taxes and maintenance fees, they became convinced that there truly is no place like home. Financial considerations were not the only factor. Remaining in the home was important to Margo and Timothy for sentimental as well as practical reasons. The home is where they raised their family, but it’s also where they entertain their close friends who live around the corner. It’s located in the neighbourhood they know, steps away from a grocer, a doctor, and their bank. Relocation would have meant a lot more than just moving their stuff. It would have meant completely changing their life. Instead of selling, their financial advisor suggested the CHIP Home Income Plan, as a way to increase their monthly cash flow while continuing to enjoy their home. Through CHIP, Timothy and Margo could gain access to up to 40 per cent of the equity that was locked up in their home in tax-free cash with no monthly payments required. The full amount would not have to be repaid until the couple decided to move or to sell their home. “At this age, it’s nice to know that we have options,” says Timothy. “With no income, credit or medical qualifications, it’s easy to qualify for a CHIP Home Income Plan. And with extra cash and no interest payments to worry about, it’s a good way to regain the peace of mind we thought we’ve lost forever.”

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Internet Safety and Youth February 8 was Safer Internet Day, a global program to make internet users, especially children, more cautious of their internet activity. The day is celebrated on second day, of the second week, of the second month of each year. Staying safe on the Internet means staying aware. Each of us is responsible for our own — and our families’ — privacy and safety on the Internet. Always know where your children are surfing, which links they are clicking on and the privacy policy of any website that asks for personal information (for example, if signing up for a gaming site). According to recent statistics published by the Pew Research Centre, 93% of teens aged 1217 are now on the Internet, 89% of them go online from home and 77% of them go online from school. Since most children’s online activity happens at home or at school, parents and teachers are positioned to teach kids about safer Internet practices. Some Internet sites and emails try to trick users into downloading unwanted files, purchasing products and giving away information. Keeping your children safe may require extra steps such as setting up an Internet filter on your home computer and using passwords to limit full Internet browser access. Four rules to follow when browsing the Internet that will help keep children and young people safe: • NEVER tell passwords or PIN numbers to anyone. Change user names and passwords regularly. • NEVER open email attachments or download files from unrecognized senders or websites. • ALWAYS be aware of what a website may do with personal information or pictures. If a site does not have a privacy policy, don’t disclose personal information. • REMEMBER that once you write, upload or add information to the Internet there is no going back — so think before you click. It’s more than a game: It’s your life Think before you post. How you represent yourself online -- the way you play games, the photos and texts you share, the design of your avatar, and what you have on your profile -- all add up to who you are. Invest in your online image. • Be a good sport. Virtual games can be fun, but remember to treat other players with respect. If you wouldn’t do it on the field, don’t do it online either. • Take action and report bullying. If you stand by and watch, laugh, or do nothing when you see bullying happen, you become part of the problem. Take the opportunity to create positive change. • Spread smiles with your phone. Texting is core to staying connected with your friends, and half of you send more than 1,500 texts a month. What you text is a reflection of you, so be thoughtful about what you say so you can be confident that your texts portray you the right way. • Unplug and connect with your world. We live in a 24/7 digital world, but don’t forget to unplug sometimes. Get out and connect with your friends in the real world.

We need to invent an unsend button Email is great, but in the 15 years or more that I’ve been using email I’ve learned some very valuable lessons. As a journalist I know how important it is to proofread what you have written, but somehow when it is an email proofreading is overlooked. I’ve regretted many an email when I wished I would’ve taken the extra couple of minutes to proofread my message. The most memorable was an email to a public school principal in regards to Mrs. So-andSo’s pubic area, which one parent called very unkempt and she thought it was very unprofessional. The parent b y S H E I L A M c B R AY N E had notified the paper about her complaint and I was just giving the principal a heads-up and chance to explain before the complainant took this any further. Well, of course by pubic, I meant public area in reference to the teacher’s desk… thank goodness I knew the principal well enough to receive a humorous response to my obvious typo. I’ve found out the hard way that people read differently than they talk. For instance, I never quite know how to spell yeah, as in, “yeah, I have the day off work!” Some people read this as a derogatory “yeah, more snow to shovel.” My best advice is not to use sarcasm in an email because it does not translate well and I try not to use the words yeah or yah to begin a statement because it is very easy to misread. I actually texted someone about a person’s death and I meant to say “yah, I heard that!” as in that’s terrible news, but what I texted was “yeah, I heard that!” as though I was happy about it! Wow, big difference and big mixup. Thankfully I talked my way out of that one… Another potential downfall is the reply button. This has a variety of misinterpretations. Sometimes when I mean to reply to all, I mistakenly reply to only the sender who then thought I was aiming my comment at her specifically, when it was supposed to be aimed at the entire group. Oops. Another trap I’ve fallen into is replying to someone with a long series of previous emails between other people that really should not have been included in the final email. I’m always leery of emails that circulate among a group of people, which then gets selective. Somehow the email ends up in the wrong inbox and you have egg on your face! It’s always best to proofread your email and double check who you are sending it to because after you push send… there’s no stop button or unsend button. I’m waiting for someone to invent the technology of an unsend button, which would give the sender time to repeal its submission. The sender would be able to take back an email up until the time the receiver opens the email.


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Southpoint Says... Do you have a winter escape plan?

Nick Nicodemo

“I went on a cruise with the Flyers. Had such a good time, I’m going to the Mayan Riviera with a couple of my teammates.”

Shauna Kraus

“I’m heading to the Sunshine State with my boyfriend and friends!”

Bruce Scott

“I’m headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, in April with my wife Jill. I will be playing hockey with my local travel team.”

Alexa DiNiro (left) and Abbey Resendes

Alexa: “Yes, I am going to

Florida.” Abbey: “I am not sure.”

Make some noise


CALEWT responds re: Ontario rules out offshore wind projects

In 2006, Citizens Against Lake Erie Wind Turbines (CALEWT) was formed by a group of concerned residents of Essex County in reaction to a proposal to place 119 industrial wind turbines in Pigeon Bay, in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Our position has always been that a full, non-biased/impartial environmental assessment must be completed before consideration is given to any wind project proposal. We thought we were successful in convincing the Ontario Government Ministries that this portion of Lake Erie was environmentally too sensitive to proceed without proper due diligence. As a result, a moratorium was announced in October of 2006. That moratorium was lifted in 2008, for reasons unknown to us. Since that time, we have provided Municipal officials, Provincial and Federal Ministers with relevant information, as well as experts, all of which warned that these manmade structures could have a significant adverse affect on Pigeon Bay. We accumulated a tremendous amount of scientific evidence, which was provided to the Ontario Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as various Federal Departments responsible for our region of the Great Lakes. Our ultimate goal was to have Pigeon Bay designated as an area that would be excluded from consideration for industrial wind development. We believe that independent, non-biased, scientific studies would confirm our view that these structures could have a detrimental effect on water quality, bird migration routes, natural fish habitats, and tourism. This recent announcement from the Ontario Government seems to indicate that their evaluations have led them to the same conclusion, in that detailed studies must be completed before wind development is allowed on any Ontario fresh water bodies. We applaud this decision, and hope that this Government, or the others to follow, will live up to this commitment. CALEWT will be monitoring future developments relating to offshore wind policy, to ensure that our natural water resource is properly protected for future generations to enjoy. We would like to thank all those involved for their support over this campaign. Your views, comments and contributions have made a significant impact in protecting one of our most precious resources – fresh water. – Gord Meuser, representing Citizens Against Lake Erie Wind Turbines (CALEWT)

“A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person with a liking and enthusiasm for something such as a band or a sports team.” Anyone who is a parent, grandparent, sister, brother or friend has at some point been a fan of something or someone. In our area, we are lucky to have a range of sporting and artistic events that we find ourselves cheering often, somewhere. It is that time of year when our local hockey teams are finishing off their regular season and hopefully heading into the playoffs. Both our local Junior C and Junior B hockey teams are doing just that. These two teams are owned and operated by hometown boys and many of the players are local as well, so we have a lot to celebrate and support. Sitting weekly in the stands, I can’t help but wonder where everybody is and have discussed just that to my fellow fandom. Is our high tech society keeping people from actually becoming ticket holders? Are teens sitting at home on Facebook and adults perhaps watching Pointstreak from the comforts of their homes? Our trip to Sarnia on Saturday to watch the Leamington Flyers blew any thought of lost ‘fan clubs’ away. Walking into the Legionnaires home rink brought back memories of the early 1980s. At that time, the Flyers were a Junior C club. Many, if not all, of the boys on the team were local kids who attended high school in town. During regular season the stands were comfortably full and the season ticket holders had their favourite seating or standing areas. The girlfriends of the players regularly by SHANNON MATHESON sat in an area of the arena that was guaranteed to see a puck flying into the stands at least once a night. If you were lucky you got to take one home. It was during the playoff season that the seats were full and some members of the fan club resorted to sitting in the rafters. Those games were not only exciting to watch the play on the ice but the shenanigans in the stands too! It was a social event! Sarnia arena brought back my belief that communities still support their local sporting events. The seats were practically full and the crowd had fun participating. After one goal, I found myself getting pulled into the excitement and I too was clapping for the wrong team. With people of all ages attending, the enthusiasm made it hard for our boys to overcome. A few bad passes and penalties didn’t help either. Cowbells, horns and the human wave kept the momentum going, and in the end cheered the Legionnaires to a victory. Our local teams need our support, so gather up your cowbells, horns, whistles, grandparents and kids, and for the weeks to come let’s make some noise!


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

W-E Loves Talent Showcase a huge success!

The W-E Loves Talent Showcase, presented by Community Living Essex County and Ensemble, was held Thursday, February 3 at L’Essor High School in Tecumseh. The line-up of acts included dance troupes, singers, bands, pianists, a violinist and a karate demonstration. There were 40 children who participated, ranging in age from 6-20 years of age, with a total of 73 performers in all. “The talent just blows me away!” said Keri Robinson, DJ from the Mix 96.7 FM and emcee for the evening. Funds were raised to support chil-

dren and teens who have a disability to be active and included in their community (especially during the summer months) and to maximize opportunities for social interaction, sport and recreation, and community involvement. For optimal health and well-being, it’s important for all children to be active and involved in community activities. This was a pure example of kids helping kids. “While the main purpose of the event was to fund raise, there is another story about community,” explains Lisa Raffoul, parent consultant at Ensemble. “We developed relationships with people we would not have met otherwise.” The self-esteem of the young people in the community was strengthened. This is a true example of increasing the scope of community partnerships and coming together to benefit all children. Ensemble hopes to make this an annual event.

Leamington student 11-year-old Jessica DeSantis performs the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hockey Heroes vs. Leamington OPP

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During the second period of the game players from the Southpoint Mites had a chance to play the Hockey Heroes. Pictured here the pint-sized players celebrate a goal netted on Hockey Hall of Famer Billy Smith. (SUN Photos)

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This is a ‘love story’ that starts like many Canadian dreams… on a backyard rink. A young girl falls in love with a game that has stolen the hearts of generations of Canadians. A young girl whose talent and passion for becoming the best in the world could only be matched by her love of a young man. When Meghan Agosta heard her name called to represent Canada on the Women's hockey team at the Turino 2006 Olympics, her love of the game was never higher. The youngest player on the team, she quickly became Canada's hockey sweetheart as she scored a hat trick on her sixteenth birthday and brought home Olympic Gold. Her love of the game and passion for excellence drove this young lady to return to the Olympics four years later. This time, it would be on home ice, Vancouver 2010. This time, more than a Gold Medal was won. This time, her heart was won by a man from Quebec.

Dave Hanson of the Hanson Brothers tries to talk his way out of penalty from referee Ron Hoggarth

Marco Marciano knew that when Meghan walked into a room with the ring of her dreams, everyone would be looking at her. But he knew when she looked at that ring, she’d be thinking of him. That’s why he knew he needed something special, and he knew he’d find it at Wharram’s Jewellery in Meghan’s hometown of Leamington. A Canadian diamond to match the Canadian gold Meghan had won in Vancouver. Marco also knew he had to make the proposal something to remember. On Christmas Eve, with both families gathered around the living room, Marco insisted that his Olympic sweetheart open one present early. Everyone watched with bated breath as Meghan opened the nicely wrapped gift. From the box came a stuffed bear holding a little red bag. In the bag were two lucky GOLD chocolates and another white and GOLD box. In that second box - the ring of her dreams - from the man of her dreams.

Every love has a heart. When you trust your heart to someone special, you want the world to know it. Every love has a love story. A story that starts and ends with trust. Let your love find a heart. Let your ring tell your love story.

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“Tradition of Trust Continues” Bryan Trottier hoists a make-shift Stanley Cup for the Southpoint Mites as they did a victory lap.

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Ontario rules out offshore wind projects

MPP Pat Hoy is pleased that the provincial government is not proceeding with any proposed offshore wind projects, announced Fri. Feb. 11 by the Ministry of Environment. “We have heard the views of area municipalities, environmentalists, the fishing and boating industry and many others,” said Hoy. “No Renewable Energy Approvals for offshore have been issued and no offshore projects will proceed at this time. Applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff program will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended.” “We as a government remain committed to renewable energy. Renewable energy is a key part of our Open Ontario Plan to create clean energy jobs while improving air quality by closing coal-fired generation,” said Hoy. “We will be working with our U.S. neighbours to ensure that any offshore wind projects are protective of the environment. Offshore wind on freshwater lakes is a recent concept that requires a cautious approach until the science of environmental impact is clear. In contrast, the science concerning land based wind is extensive,” said John Wilkinson, Minister of Environment. “Wind power has quickly become an important Ontario energy source and is growing our clean energy economy, creating more good jobs for Ontarians. We’ve already brought over 700 onshore wind turbines online and our En-

ergy Plan will help us continue to build more wind power and position Ontario as a global leader in renewable energy,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy. “We need to base any future decisions on the best available scientific data. My ministry is working with our counterparts in the U.S. on offshore wind science and research to help ensure the protection of the Great Lakes,” said Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources. Ontario is improving air quality by increasing renewable energy and turning off dirty coal-fired generation in 2014. The recently installed 10 turbine Lake Vanern pilot project in Sweden is one of the only operational freshwater offshore projects in the world. A five turbine pilot project is proposed in Ohio for Lake Erie. Ontario’s Renewable Energy Approvals regulation requires extensive environmental reports, public, municipal and Aboriginal consultation, as well as noise assessments. Ontario has already attracted more than $16 billion in private sector investment in the Green Energy sector, and over 20 companies have announced plans to set up or expand operations in Ontario. Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan ( includes 10,700 MW of renewable energy – wind, solar and biomass – by 2018. This is equivalent to meeting the annual electricity requirements of two million homes.

Listen to 92.7 MAX FM for more events happening in Leamington and Essex County during the Max Cares Community Calendar 6 times daily or visit for a complete listing SUNDAYS - Sun Parlour Curling Club Euchre games 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - The Leamington Horticultural Society will hold its monthly meeting at The Leamington United Church, John St. at 7:30 p.m. Chuck Pronger, a certified aquascape contractor will discuss water harvesting techniques and how to landscape for the preservation of water. Attendance is free and light refreshments are served. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - The Arthritis Society Windsor-Essex County offers a 2 hour Chronic Pain Management Workshop that shares ways in which it is possible to minimize your chronic Arthritis pain. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 152 Lesperance Rd. Refreshments provided. Workshop is FREE. A friend, partner or family member is welcome to come with you. Must register, call 1-800-321-1433 or 519-965-2561. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - Eldercollege: Regional Feasibility Public Forum 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Pelee Island Winery, Kingsville. Explore educational opportunities for persons over age 55. Canterbury College and Pelee Island Winery sponsors. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 - Family Skate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30 - 6:20 p.m. at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. Sponsored by the First Baptist Church, Leamington. Followed by hotdgos, refreshments and snacks in the lower auditorium of the church at 3 Fox St., Leamington. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 - Roast Beef Dinner 6:00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, Erie Street South, Leamington. $13 per person. Advance tickets, 519-326-4541. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 - The Essex County Orchid Society invites you to a wonderful afternoon on Photography with a member of the Windsor Photography Guild with tips on taking great pictures. Come join us at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 5280 Howard, Windsor, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Everyone welcome. For more info call Julie, 519727-6343 or check website: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Leamington United Church, 9 John St., welcomes all who are alone or having trouble making ends meet to their monthly Leamington Food and Fellowship Supper. No Charge TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 - The Essex County Farm Safety Association is holding “Think ahead and plan to avoid respiratory hazards on the farm”, a free information evening for farmers, at 7 p.m. at Essex Legion. Guest speaker is Dan Metcalf of EMS Essex County, who will speak about respiratory issues on the farm, the results of exposure to airborne particulates, using a respirator on the farm and how to fit it properly. Farmers in attendance will receive several free N95 particulate respirators. Farm families in attendance will also be able to trade in two old SMV signs for free new ones. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - Join us for FREE information seminars on: Disability Tax Credits, Child Disability Benefits, Wills and Estates, Discretionary Trusts, Ontario Disability Support Program, and more. The seminars will be held on February 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM and 7:15 PM at Place Concorde, Richelieu Room, 7515 Forest Glade Drive. Pre-register by contacting Windsor Essex Family Network at 519-974-1008 OR Community partners from Windsor-Essex are hosting two FREE information sessions on the Registered Disability Savings Plan for individuals and families planning for their family member with a disability. The RDSP sessions will be presented by Brendon Pooran. They will be held on February 28th at 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM at Place Concorde, Richelieu Room, 7515 Forest Glade Drive. Pre-register online at or email or phone 519-2509410.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Leamington Br. 84 Legion news By Lisa Cowen-Tehonchuk Friday night darts are still going strong. The winners for the last few weeks were Brenda Wallace and Craig Tehonchuk on January 28, and Lisa Turner and Tim Moore on February 4. Friday night darts are played each week at 8 p.m. Cost is only $2. On January 29 the Legion held a women only dart tournament. The winners were Josey Tiessen, Marie Pinch, Lisa Cowen-Tehonchuk and Lisa Turner from Branch 84. Thank you to all the teams that participated from Essex, Kingsville, Wheatley, Chatham and Wallaceburg. Thank you to Tim Nantais for running a great tournament and the Ladies Auxiliary for the food they sold. On February 9 was our monthly Seniors Dinner. The turnout was low, but everyone enjoyed a good meal and had a great time. Next month’s dinner is on Wednesday, March 9. We will be serving corned beef & cabbage, Entertainment will be by Gord Ciliska. Saturday, February 19 is Parkwood Hospital’s Vets Bingo Day in London. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Bruce Peacock at 519-325-0684. On Friday, February 25 the Provincial Service Officer, Mr. Randy Groundwater, will be at the Legion at 12:00 noon to assist the veterans and veterans’ widows who are having problems. Contact Bruce Peacock at the above-mentioned number to make sure you get to see Mr. Groundwater. Public Speaking for the area elementary and high schools is being held on Sunday, February 27. We had one lucky young person place second for their Junior Colour Poster at Zone A-2 for the Remembrance Day Poster Contest. Congratulations Kameron Wall. Members of the Junior Dart Program will play in the Zone Tournament on March 5 at the Branch. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME INTO THE BRANCH. COME CHECK OUT THE NEW BUILDING. The next General Meeting is March 2 at 7 p.m.

Outdoor rink at Point Pelee closed for now As of Monday, February 14 the Point Pelee National Park marsh skating rink was closed until further notice due to the warmer weather. Parks Canada staff regularly test the ice status and will inform the public if and when the rink is safe to reopen. The status of the rink and other visitor services are available by calling 519-322-2365, ext. 3. Park hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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The colour of winter Winter is a great time to dream and plan for this year’s garden. There is nothing better after a long winter than to see the first crocus poking their heads through the soil or even sometimes the last snowfall of the year. Crocus are early spring blooming bulbs that must be planted in the fall. They will continue to come up year after year. My favorite are the pansy or pansy violet, better known by most today as the Ice Pansy. They are generally very hardy plants, surviving freezing even during their blooming period. Growing up on the farm, my father would grow acres upon acres of pansies in cold frame sash houses with a straw floor. Running sprinklers during freezing temperatures resulted in waking up in the morning to a field covered in ice. Pansies are winter hardy in growing by BILL PLUMB zones 4-8. Southwestern Ontario is in zone 5. In prolonged snow covered areas use a dry winter mulch to promote a better survival rate. To maximize blooming, use a simple mixture of Miracle-Gro fertilizer about once a week. Do not over fertilize – follow the directions. The best and easiest solution for pest control is to use a top dressing of wood chips and a sharp or gritty sand to discourage slugs and snails. For aphids use a hose sprayer with diluted sunlight soap spray to control the bugs. Always be cautious of using unsterilized animal manure as this will cause stem rot, killing the plant. Regular deadheading can extend the blooming period. Once the flowers are complete, simply pinch the flower and stem from the plant. This is called deadheading to promote new growth. So don’t forget this year, as soon as you see the Ice Pansy for sale try several packages in a variety of colours. Bill Plumb is a 5th generation horticulturist. He started his journey as an independent grower and wholesaler in 1971, joining the family business in Leamington going back to his father, uncle and grandfather to 1922. During that time he developed multiple retail flower and garden centres including a landscaping company with his brother. After selling that part of the business, Bill continued growing seedlings and potted nursery stock, developing a successful mail order business. Email:

In the Back Yard...

Volunteer drivers needed for dialysis patients Volunteer drivers are needed to transport people in Essex County and ChathamKent to Windsor for dialysis treatments. The Community Support Centre now offers a specialized service in providing transportation doorto-door 7 days a week. Reimbursement of mileage is 40¢ per km driven. Volunteer drivers must: • Have a valid “G” driver’s license for 5+ years with a safe driving record. • Relate well to seniors and people with special needs. • Be patient, empathetic and a good listener. • Be punctual, reliable and have good judgment. • Have no health condi-

tions that may impair ability to drive safely. • Be willing and able to escort clients requiring dialysis treatment to the door. Approximately 10 hours each month can make a big

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Celebrating the Big Day Merle Derbyshire recently celebrated her 105th birthday at a party hosted by the Leamington Mennonite Home where she lives. Here, Peter Roos, from the office of MP Dave Van Kesteren, brings greetings, including a letter from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Army Cadet Corps shows well at Zone Marksmanship Competition

Freightliner Hits Residence

On Feb. 8 Leamington OPP were advised of a motor vehicle collision that had occurred near the 320 block of Erie Street South. A 2005 Freightliner struck a residence. Fortunately no one was injured. The transport struck the roof line of the residence while passing along the laneway.

Attempted Break & Enters

On Feb. 9 at 2:45 a.m., Leamington OPP responded to an alarm at a business near 60 Oak Street East. The front door had been smashed, but nothing appeared to be missing. Essex County OPP Identification Unit attended to collect evidence. On Feb. 9 at about 3:00 a.m., Leamington OPP responded to an alarm at a business located near the 20 block of Seacliff Dr. East. Upon arrival, police noted the rear lower window on the south side of the building was smashed in. Nothing appeared to be missing. On Feb. 9 at approximately 7:05 p.m., Leamington OPP responded to a break and enter to a residence near the 50 block of Fox Street. The complainant advised it was possible the rear door was left unlocked. It didn’t appear there was entry into the residence. The homeowners have a dog, which may have scared off the culprit(s).

Charges laid against both drivers in fatal collision

Lakeshore OPP have charged both drivers involved in the fatal collision on Feb. 3, 2011 that claimed the life of 30-year-old Danny Abdul-Massih of Leamington. The accident occurred at the intersection of County Road 46 and Rochester Line, in the Town of Lakeshore, when a Mercury Cougar operated by Eric Briggs, 24, of Leamington, failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 46 and was struck by a westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Gilbert Nelanson, 46, of Lakeshore. Nelanson was traveling with a female passenger. Danny Abdul-Massih, a passenger in Briggs’ northbound Mercury Cougar, was transported to Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other three occupants of the vehicles were not injured. Eric Briggs, the driver of the Mercury Cougar, has been charged with Careless Driving, contrary to Sec. 130 of the Highway Traffic Act. Gilbert Nelanson, the driver of the Ford F-150 pickup, was charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle – No Licence, contrary to Sec. 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

B&Es in Kingsville

On Feb. 9, Kingsville OPP responded to an alarm at a business near the 1770 block of County Road 34 E., Kingsville. Upon arrival, police discovered the rear south door smashed in. Liquor was stolen from the business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Kingsville OPP responded to another break and enter Feb. 9 that occurred at a business on County Road 34, Kingsville. Culprit(s) smashed the front door to gain entry. It is unknown if anything was stolen.

$4000 Worth of Jewelry Stolen

On Feb. 9, Tecumseh OPP responded to a residence where a break and enter had occurred between 7:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. that day. Entry was gained via the front door. Several items were stolen including 2 leather coats, 3 bottles of alcohol and over $4000 worth of jewelry. The complainant advised that on Sun. Feb. 6 he observed a lone male occupant in an older model, full-size, white van, possibly a GMC or Ford, driving slowly down the street on 3 separate occasions.

Charged With Stunt Driving

On Feb. 10 at 8:30 a.m., an Essex OPP Traffic Unit officer clocked a westbound 2006 Dodge Magnum on radar traveling 148 km/hr in an 80 km/hr construction zone on Hwy 401 at the 9th Conc., Tecumseh. The driver was an 18-year-old male from Belle River, who was traveling with a male passenger. They were heading to school. The driver was charged with Stunt Driving, contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

Weekend In Review

On Feb. 11 at 2:57 a.m., Lakeshore OPP responded to an alarm at a restaurant of St. Clair Shores Shopping Centre. Lakeshore Fire was already on scene when OPP arrived. There was heavy smoke and water damage, but the fire was quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system. Evidence was collected from the scene and the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office was advised. On Feb. 12, Kingsville OPP received a report of scaffolding being stolen from a building on Division St. South. Culprits would have had to climb over a wall to gain access. On Feb. 12, Lakeshore OPP received information about a possible impaired driver on County Road 22. The suspect was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee and was observed swerving on the roadway into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 35-year-old Lakeshore man, was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with over 80 mgs of alcohol. On Feb. 13, Essex OPP responded to a vehicle fire on Hwy 3 and Victoria Ave. Fortunately the female driver and passenger were able to exit the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. Essex Fire extinguished the vehicle, a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis.


The 2918 South Essex Scottish Army Cadet Corps Kingsville participated in the Annual Zone Marksmanship Competition at HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve Building in Windsor last weekend. Nine Corps from all over the area participated. Each team consisting of five cadets, at least two of which must be under the age of 15. The cadets shoot the Daisy 853C air rifle at a 10-metre distance with a muzzle velocity of 150 metres per second. The cadet marksmanship program is conducted in a safe manner, with all activities under the control of a Range Safety Officer (RSO). The program is conducted as an Olympicstyle competition that teaches cadets confidence and focuses on the safe use and handling of firearms. From here, cadets have many open doors, from biathlon competitions to large bore marksmanship and familiarization on the Canadian Forces C7 rifle. The ultimate goal of any cadet taking part in the marksmanship program is a place on the Canadian National Rifle Team participating in the World Competition held every year at Bisley, England, or a place on the Canadian Olympic Shooting Team. Athletes such as Myriam Bedard, a Canadian Biathlon Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, started with the cadet program. 2918 South Essex Scottish Army Cadet Corps Kingsville took third overall in the shoot, with Master Corporal Vivian Stephenson taking second place in the junior individual standings. The team consisted of Sergeant Vaughn Stephenson, Master Corporal Vivian Stephenson, Master Corporal Daniel Morrison, Corporal Sabrina Peters and Private Bradley Tiessen. Members of the team were selected at Corps level, and this competition opens the doors for further regional competitions down the road. For more information about the Corps, please contact Captain Eric Coomber, Commanding Officer, at 519-564-4889.

Family Day with Sciensational Sssnakes

Snakes may hibernate but that doesn’t mean you should! Celebrate Family Day, Mon. Feb. 21, at Point Pelee National Park and discover the slithering lives of reptiles. Sciensational Sssnakes will answer all of your questions and if you are brave you can even hold one of the scaly creatures! Sciensational Sssnakes is presented by a team of dedicated herpetologists that provide hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians to audiences of all ages. The presentation includes information about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues. The team will be on hand with a variety of reptiles, some of which can be found at Point Pelee National Park. Participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals. The program is included with park admission. To register call 519-322-2365 ext. 0. Reminder: Parks Canada is offering 25% off all Point Pelee National Park annual passes. Renew or pick up an annual pass before March 31 to receive the discount.

Leamington Council news - Feb. 14 meeting Security at the Marina Amanda Smith, Manager of Culture and Recreation Services for the municipality, presented council with a report on “various options for security gates at the Marina”. The first option presented is already part of the reconstruction of docks A/B and C/D and isn’t a security gate at all, merely a gate to ‘remind’ visitors that the docks are for boaters and their guests only. The security gate option did not identify costs, design details, or any other useful information someone contemplating the purchase of security gates would want. Rather, it merely listed a number of disadvantages and disincentives. It is hardly surprising that Councillor John Jacobs (seconded by Councillor Larry Verbeke) made a motion to defer consideration of this report until administration took the time to poll permanent boaters on their opinion about security gates, including an estimate of any additional cost boaters might have to pay if security gates were installed. Councillor Jacobs pointed out that “the lack of detailed costing in the report appears to be problematic”. Administration advised council that they would have the results of the poll back to council as soon as possible. War of 1812 Just a little more than a year from now, Leamington may be able to celebrate its total non-involvement in the war of 1812. Of course, 200 years ago Leamington did not exist, which may have something to do with its historical unimportance in that conflict. That reality certainly did not dampen the enthusiasm of Amanda Smith. “The regional, provincial and federal cultural and historical organizations are emphasizing the economic significance of commemorating the War of 1812 bicentennial anniversary in 2012. In order to capitalize on marketing materials and prepare the Municipality for potential grants and funding, a plan should be developed and implemented.” With that introduction, municipal council approved contacting stakeholders and interested individuals for a series of brainstorming meetings to investigate the potential this bicentennial celebration may have. Among the ideas proposed in the report were commemoration of “General Brock’s Sail Away” (apparently he camped overnight on Point Pelee en route to Amherstburg on August 13, 1812) for boaters, a “Peace Garden” to commemorate the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States of America over the past 200 years, and community projects and events involving our Sister-Cities of Holly, Michigan, and Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio. Municipal Politics Must Be Costly The Municipal Treasurer, Cheryl Horrobin, prepared a report for council that suggests they “confirm” a by-law. Here is the explanation: “On November 25, 2002 Leamington Council passed resolution C-497-02 which confirmed Council’s intention that, pursuant to section 255(1) of the former Municipal Act, one-third of the remuneration paid to the elected members of Council and its local boards is deemed as expenses incident to the their duties (tax free) as members of the council or local board. “The Municipal Act, Section 283(7), requires that council shall at a public meeting, at least once during the four-year period corresponding to the term of office of its members after a regular election, review this by-law and Council may repeal the by-law (s.283(6) or permit the by-law to continue to apply. Since this resolution and by-law was enacted, Leamington Council has reviewed the matter during every term and has confirmed that the provisions should continue to apply. Once the by-law is repealed or lapses, the provisions cannot be re-instated.” It is recommended that Council confirm the provisions continue to apply throughout the present term of council. Council must have agreed - they passed the recommendation without comment.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Garbage: The Financial Facts

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diverted from the waste stream and composted by the Solid ping fees (that small amount you pay when you go over the Special Feature to the Sun Waste Authority. There is a composting site at the transfer weigh scale at the transfer station whenever you take a load In 2010 the tipping fee Leamington paid for garbage disstation on the Alof trash to the ‘dump’) is predicted to bring in another half posal was $97.10 per tonne. Considering we generate over buna town line million or so, and that, too, is used to reduce tipping costs. five and a half thousand tonnes of garbage, that’s a huge that we use. After Bottom line: is the tipping fee justified? Yes, absolutely. Is chunk of change—well over half a million dollars. Is that charging for dropit good? Well, that depends on how you look at it. If I were what landfilling garbage really costs, or are we paying for off by individuals willing to take responsibility for my waste stream personmore than just garbage disposal for all that money? Here are and private enally - take all my cans to scrap metal dealers, all my paper to some facts and figures behind the answer. BILL CHAPLIN terprise, and after paper recyclers, compost all of my table scraps and garden According to the draft 2011 budget of the Solid Waste selling the comwaste, deliver bottles and other glass to glass factories for Authority, the operation of the regional landfill is projected post produced, the program still costs a bit to handle the reprocessing, etc.—I could probably pay way less than half to cost about $2.8 million this year. The tipping fee from leaves, grass and garden waste that municipalities generate, for garbage pick-up and disposal. (I would spend the rest on municipal solid waste is projected to generate just over $10 and that gets tacked onto the tipping fee. That is also one of gas for my car to get rid of the rest.) But I am unwilling, so I million. Obviously, then, we are paying for much more than the reasons why Leamington’s urban tax rate is higher than must pay for the convenience of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. just garbage disposal. So what are we paying for? A breakits rural tax rate: farms don’t get yard waste pick-up. No, the tipping fee is way too much, outrageous, even. But down of last year’s tipping fee provided by a friend at the Two more major expenses are charged to the tipping fee: it is what I must pay for the lifestyle I live and the conSolid Waste Authority provides an introduction to the curthe cost of administering solid waste management, and venience I enjoy having someone else—the Essex Windsor rent situation. It looks like this: compensation to the host municipality of the regional land- Solid Waste Authority—take care of my problem for me. The breakdown of the $97.10 is as follows: fill. Administration and committee expenses work out to be I hope this help you in two ways: to understand where a • $23.20 pays for the Landfill Debenture about $1.2 million (which isn’t too bad for a $127.5 mil- lot of your tax dollars go, and to strive to generate as little • $18.06 pays for the Regional Landfill Operations lion operation). NIMBY adds another roughly $1.5 million. waste as you can. Good luck! • $17.34 pays for the Transfer Stations and Depots NIMBY? That’s “Not In My Back Yard”. Nobody wants a • $14.52 pays for the Recycling Program ‘dump’ next door, but it has to be next door to someone. So, • $10.92 pays for Essex and Residential Compensation all residents living in the immediate vicinity of the regional • $7.13 pays for Administration landfill receive token compensation (based on how close • $3.17 pays for Regional Landfill Perpetual Care they are) amounting to a total of about $50,000. The rest • $1.85 pays for Advertising and Public Education goes to the Town of Essex as compensation for the presence • $1.11 pays for Hazardous Waste of the regional landfill in their municipality. Like it or not, • $0.20 pays for Waste Reduction Initiatives it is part of a legally binding contract that we’re stuck with First and foremost, we are paying for the landfill itself. and must pay. The search for the right spot to site the landfill, the environNow, if you’ve been adding the numbers as I have been mental approval process, the purchase of the land itself, and going along, you’re probably confused. The costs we have the construction needed to prepare the site for landfilling to pay with our $10 million in tipping fees now amount to was horribly expensive. The Solid Waste Authority, like we, over $15 million. How do we get away with that? Simple. the County and the City of Windsor do with huge, expensive The Solid Waste Authority makes others pay our bills for us. projects, paid for all of this by issuing a debenture (to be The actual cost of landfilling a tonne of waste at the repaid off in 2031) that amounts to about $150 million. This gional landfill is less than $20 per tonne. When waste aryear, our payment on the debenture is just over $4 million. rives from commercial, industrial or institutional waste That is tacked onto the tipping fee. ~ Balloons ~ Sub Man ~ generators, we charge them a lot more than that and use the Then there is the perpetual care of the landfill site when ~ Cake Cutting Sunday at 4 pm ~ profit to subsidize municipal wastes. ICI waste is expected it is full and has been closed. We did not put money away to bring in about $3.7 million next year. 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Great Lakes Jr. C League banquet By Sheila McBrayne The Great Lakes Jr. C Awards Night was held on Thursday, February 10 in Wheatley at The Car Barn Restaurant. Wayne Schnabel, Ontario Hockey Association Director, welcomed a large crowd of players, staff and supporters. Schnabel sent special congratulations to the Essex 73s who held a special fundraiser for Breast Cancer. The Breast Cancer Association is creating a poster featuring the 73s which will be hung in arenas and venues across Canada next year. Schnabel introduced Dick Allen, a longtime convener of the league and past recipient of the Crystal Puck Award. Mr. Allen is retiring to spend more time with family. He called the Great Lakes League one of the better leagues in Ontario. “Sometimes you need turnover to get success and I see new, young faces here to make that happen,” said Allen. Jim Rauth, Convenor of the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League, announced the nominees and winners from the nine teams of the Great Lakes league. The Season Champions overall were the Wallaceburg Lakers with 62 points. The Lakers finished first in the North Division, and first in the South Division was Belle River with 59 points. The Wheatley Sharks coaching staff won the ExcelThe Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, February 10 in Wheatley at the Car Barn lence in Coaching Award. The coaching staff includes Head Restaurant. The coaching staff of the Wheatley Sharks was awarded the Excellence in Coaching Award. Pictured in front, from left Coach Ken Galerno, Assistant Coach Brad Hyatt, Assistant to right are, Rob Belleau, Goalie Coach; Aaron Setterington, Assistant Coach; Ken Galerno, Head Coach; Brad Hyatt, Assistant Coach Aaron Setterington, Assistant Coach Josh Carnevale Coach; and John Carnevale, Assistant Coach. In back are the winners of the league’s individual awards. Pictured from left to right are, Jason Teschke, MVP and Top Scorer (Mooretown); Dan Warner, Rookie (Alvinston); Josh Teschke, Most Dedicated (Mooreand Goalie Coach Rob Belleau. Bob Bressett of Alvinston won the Don Brooker Award town); Bob Bressette, Don Brooker Award (Wallaceburg); Darien Ekblad and Andrew Thompson, Top Goaltenders with combined 2.55 goals-against average (Belle River); and Kurtis Oullette, Best Defenceman (Wheatley). (S. McBrayne Photo) for his ongoing dedication to the Alvinston Flyers organization and his community. Bressett is a father of two and The top scorer of the teacher at Hillside School. league was Jason Teschke of Rookie: Dan Warner of the Alvinston Flyers won the the Mooretown Flags with Rookie of the Year Award. Nominees included: Austin 72 points – 35 goals and 37 Fontaine, Wheatley; Corey Beaulieu, Essex; Cole Cheva- assists. lier, Belle River; Cole Martynuik, Blenheim; James ShelThe Top Goaltenders for ton, Dresden; Andrew Meloche, Kingsville; Tyler Prong, the league were Andrew Mooretown; and Brandon Butler, Wallaceburg. Thompson and Darien EkMVP: Jason Teschke of the Mooretown Flags won the blad of the Belle River Caleague’s Most Valuable Player Award. Other nominees in- nadiens who combined for cluded: Marc Tremblay, Wheatley; Chad Summerfield, Es- a goals-against average of sex; Brandon Campbell, Alvinston; Scott Chauvin, Belle 2.55. River; Thomas Innes, Blenheim; Jim Rouse, Dresden; Andrew Meloche, Kingsville; and Tyson Isaac, Wallaceburg. Best Defenceman: Kurtis PROUD DEALER OF Ouellette of the Wheatley PRECISION PLANTING Sharks won the league’s Best Defenceman Award. TOOLS FOR Nominees included: Jake IMPROVING DEPTH CONTROL, McPhail, Alvinston; Jason SINGULATION, SEED Koumaris, Belle River; NaENVIRONMENT AND than Puchnatyj, Blenheim; YOUR YIELD Jeff Vanrabaeys, Dresden; Kevin Boggs, Essex; Chris Marco, Kingsville; Alex Dawson, Mooretown; and Garrett Heiser, Wallaceburg. Most Desire: Josh Teschke of the Mooretown IT PAYS TO PLANT WITH Flags won the Most Desire Award. Nominees included: Jordan Carnevale, Wheatley; Chad Rainesberry, Alvinston; Spencer Jean, Belle CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SETTERINGTONS TODAY River; Taylor Phillips, BlenFOR INFORMATION heim; Cody McPhail, DresESSEX: 519-776-7041 den; Alex Garon, Essex; BLYTHESWOOD: 519-326-9093 Kyle Andrian, Kingsville; ROMNEY: 519-825-4241 7 and Shawn Lubbers, Wallaceburg.

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Midget AEs tie Riverside The Bob Dick Plant Farm Midget AEs travelled to Riverside for a rare Monday night game and played to a 2-2 tie. Davey Watson scored the Caps goals with assists going to Andrew Penner, Branden McKeen, Matt Livingstone and Taylor Omstead. Matt Chamberlain was in net for Southpoint and was on his game, making big saves to earn the tie. On Friday evening the Caps faced off against the Amherstburg Stars. Davey Watson put the Caps up 1-0 in the first period with an assist going to Branden McKeen. The teams traded second period goals with Taylor Omstead tipping a Deryck Badz point shot. The team came out flat in the third period and the Stars scored three quick goals to take a 4-2 lead. Jake Koning cut the lead to one, but the Stars scored one more and the game ended in a 5-3 loss for Southpoint. Tyler Jackson was in net for the Caps.

Atom majors drop league game Reid Funeral Home Atom Majors fell one goal short on Friday night to Windsor 5-4. The line of Jeron Kir, Spencer Wiebe and Keil Reid produced all the Caps offence in this game. Wiebe had a four-point night with two goals and two assists. Reid had a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Kir provided a lone goal to round out the scoring. In the last minute of the game, Wiebe split the Windsor defence and just missed on a breakaway, which would have tied the game. Great effort by the whole team with many missed scoring opportunities.

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Bantam AEs sweep OMHA playdown tournament

The Bantam AEs, sponsored by UFCW Local 459, have swept the OMHA preliminary playdown tournament and will advance to the quarterfinals against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires. After winning their first two games of the tournament the Capitals faced off against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires twice this past week. Both games were close battles but the Caps were victorious in both contests. In the first game against Windsor the Caps dominated both ends of the ice and came away with a 3-1 victory to remain the only undefeated team left in the tournament. Dalton Enns, Matt VanBeekveld and Derek Johnston each scored goals to help send the Capitals to the finals against Windsor. Assisting on the goals were Shaelyn Bell, Matt VanBeekveld, Travis Fehr, Justin Church and Angus Fleming. The Caps would now have to play for home ice advantage in the final game of the tournament. In their fourth and final game of the tournament the Caps again played against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires who beat Chatham to advance to the finals. The top two teams of the tournament are to play a best three out of five playoff series so the final game was to determine home ice advantage. The Caps came on strong in the first period outshooting the Spits 21-6. Keagan Wiebe started off the scoring and the Caps never looked back despite a late push by Windsor. Terrell John and Matt VanBeekveld also scored for the Caps who clinched home ice advantage with the victory. Assisting on the goals were Shane Antunes, Jesse Fast, Dalton Enns, Shaelyn Bell and Jonathon Cabral. The Capitals continue their playoff run against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires in a best three out of five series.

Golden Years mini golf Forty-eight players met at Colasanti’s for mini golf on Thurs. Feb. 10. First-place cash prize went to Team Kings (#13) – Stu Folster, Doug Vickery and John Murphy. There was a tie for second between Team #7 – Betty McManus, Andy Orsini and Bill Wayville, and Team #1 – Angus and Mary MacRae and Gerry Wilkinson. In third spot was Team #4 – Art Sweet, Iggy Arner and Don Ribble. Lowest single round was a 35 shot by Gerry Wilkinson, Andy Orsini and Mary Ann Vickery. Under par total was a 73 for Gerry Wilkinson, 74 by Andy Orsini, 76 for Mary Ann Vickery and Bill Mayville, 77 by Marg Graham. Bill Taylor had 78, Tom Bondy and Iggy Arner 79, and it was even par 80 for Audrey Knox and Stu Folster. The ace count was back up to 83. Five showed for Iggy Arner, 4 for Gerry Wilkinson, Neil Quick, Andy Orsini, Wayne Reid, Julia Kos, Bill Taylor, Audrey Knox, John Vlodarchyk and Donna Wiebe. Three each counted for Angus MacRae, Nancy Hill, Stu Folster, Mary Ann Vickery and John Murphy. Two dropped for Ethel Ferguson, Marg Ross, Marg Graham, Eleanor Wilkinson, Doug Vickery, Linda Walsh, Stan Vickery and Kathy Bradley. Only 1 showed for Winnie Moore, Ralph Butler, Art Sweet, Murray Knox, Bill Mayville, Bill Ward, Shirley Thiessen, Steve Vigh, Milt Taylor, Tom Bondy and Barb Arner. All are welcome to join the fun at 9:30 a.m. at Colasanti’s. This is coffee and donut week, so come early and enjoy visiting with friends before golf begins.

Midget girls lose two Saturday, February 12 the Rhine Danube Southpoint Stars travelled to Petrolia for their first game since their gold-medal win in the International Silver Stick the previous weekend. After the exhausting tournament, the girls did not play their usual fast paced game and it ended in a 3-1 loss for the Stars. The lone goal went to Shaylynn LeClaire with the assist by Jillian Iles and Shailyn Waites. After a much-needed night of rest and relaxation, the Rhine Danube Southpoint Stars travelled to Mooretown ready to take on the St. Clair Storm. The game began with both teams showing just how hungry they both were for the first win of the series. The two teams battled hard, meeting each other goal for goal, until St. Clair scored two back-to-back goals that ended the game in a 4-2 loss for the Stars. The Rhine Danube Southpoint Stars’ next game is Leamington Sr. Men’s Hockey Thursday, February 17 in (As of February 7) Wheatley at 7 p.m. against W L T Pts St. Clair. Come out and sup- Team port the girls! Gabriele’s 13 4 2 28 Mowtown 10 6 3 23 Leam. Chrysler 10 8 1 21 Gualtieri Farms 8 8 3 19 Gillett Metal 5 12 2 12 HUB International 3 11 5 11 (Based on stats from Leamington Sr. Men’s Hockey League website)



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Wheatley Sharks take 2-0 series lead in Jr. C action The Wheatley Sharks took a two-game lead in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League on Monday night, February 14 as they dominated the Essex 73s 8-4 on home ice. The Sharks won the opening game in Essex 6-1. Game three was in Essex Tuesday (after press time) and game four is scheduled in Wheatley on Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m. Wheatley fans threw a fish on the ice after the Sharks scored their second goal in the first period. Apparently “feeding the Sharks” worked as they went on to win. Pictured at left, a linesman carries the fish off the ice. Attendance was 386. The Sharks’ Shawn Quigley led the Sharks with 2 goals and 2 assists. Essex was led by T. Gallant with 1 goal and 2 assists. Marc Tremblay was the winning goalie who was also named the Player of the Month for the Great Lakes Jr. C League. (SUN Photo)

The Southshore Virtual Golf Men’s League played on Pebble Beach Golf Course the week of Feb. 7-13. Scoring was based on handicaps, with the Stableford scoring system used. Three players finished tied for 1st with +1 scores. Phil Larade had 27 points, Kevin Shaften had 25 points, and Frank Gow had 19 points. All of them shot one point better than their handicap on the very tough Pebble Beach course. For information on Virtual Golf, please call 519-3264231 ext. 29.



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Southwest Outdoors Club is holding their 6th annual Big Buck & Bull Day on Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Tilbury Arena. Trophies and prizes will be awarded for typical whitetail, non-typical whitetail, moose, buck sheds, black bear and wild turkey. Added to the contest for prizes this year are bear skulls, whitetail sheds, and wild turkey beards and spurs. Entries must be registered by 3 p.m. that day. Scoring will be done by the Foundation for Recognition of Ontario Wildlife (FROW). Racks previously measured by FROW may be brought to the show, but racks measured at the Southwest Outdoors Club’s shows in Comber (2006) and Tilbury (2007-2010) are ineligible for prizes. Whitetail, moose, bear, whitetail sheds and wild turkey must be harvested in Ontario. The afternoon will also feature a National Wild Turkey Federation silent auction, product demonstrations, raffle prizes and activities for the kids – trout pond, shooting game and 3D archery range. At 1 p.m. will be entertainment by singer/songwriter Randall Haley, who wrote An Affiliate of Pinnacle Rehabilitation the song “First Lady of RENEW YOUR HEALTH! Hunting”. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are admitted free and Catherine must be accompanied by an Tremblay Registered adult. For more information Physiotherapist contact Dean Ware at or visit the website at www.


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Food Freedom Day: this year’s groceries are paid for

Saturday, February 12 was Food Freedom Day, the day when the average Canadian has earned enough income to pay his or her grocery bill for the entire year. Canadians are fortunate to be able to celebrate this day much earlier than many other countries. The date for Food Freedom Day is derived through a simple calculation comparing Canadians’ disposable income and the amount they spent on food (including alcoholic beverages) during the previous year. It is a general look forward on food prices, based on the previous year’s spending statistics. In 2010, the average Canadian spent approximately 11.9% of personal disposable income on food. Safe healthy food is one of the most important things in a person life and Canadians are very fortunate to enjoy this luxury. It seems as

The Churches of Leamington and District Welcome You ANGLICAN St. John The Evangelist 60 Erie Street N., Leamington 519-326-3111 Sunday Worship Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Church East West Road, Pelee Island 1st & 3rd Sundays from June to September at 10 a.m. Calvary Church North Shore Road, Pelee Island 1st & 3rd Sundays from October to May at 10 a.m.

BAPTIST Calvary Baptist Church 475 Bevel Line Road, Leamington 519-326-0876 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church 3 Fox Street, Leamington 519-326-4372 Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

CONGREGATIONALIST Faith Everlasting Congregational Church 589 Hwy 77, Leamington 519-322-2994 Sunday Worship 11 a.m.

LUTHERAN St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 311 Sherk Street, Leamington 519-326-3966 Sunday Worship Services 9 a.m. (German), 10:30 a.m. (English)

MENNONITE Faith Mennonite Church 269 Sherk Street, Leamington 519-326-6391 Sunday Worship Services 10:50 a.m. (Summer 10 a.m.) Leamington Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church 1408 Deer Run Rd, Leamington 519-326-9734 Sunday Worship Services 9:15 a.m. (German), 10:45 a.m. (English)

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Leamington United Mennonite Church 78 Oak Street East, Leamington 519-326-2727 Sunday Worship 9:45 a.m. Summer Worship Services 9:30 a.m. (German), 10:15 a.m. (English)

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Meadow Brook Fellowship 219 Talbot Street East, Leamington 519-326-3605 Sunday Worship Services 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. North Leamington United Mennonite Church 625 Mersea Rd 6, Leamington 519-326-7928 Sunday Worship 10:20 a.m. South Point Community Church 55A Talbot St. W., Leamington 519-322-1858 Sunday Gatherings 10 a.m. Leamington Mennonite Home 35 Pickwick Drive, Leamington 519-326-6109

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Iglesia La Buena Semilla 269 Sherk Street, Leamington 519-733-0342 Sunday Worship 6:30 p.m. Leamington District Memorial Hospital 194 Talbot St. W., Leamington 519-326-2373, Chaplain’s Office ext. 4443

PENTECOSTAL FGT Family Church 285 Talbot St. E., Leamington 519-322-2316 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Leamington Christian Centre 98 Elliott Street, Leamington 519-322-1504 Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m., English/Spanish 6:30 p.m. Templo Christiano De Leamington 39 Talbot St. E., Leamington 519-325-9654 Sunday Worship Services 3 p.m.

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PRESBYTERIAN Knox Presbyterian Church 58 Erie St. S., Leamington 519-326-4541 Sunday Worship Services 11 a.m.

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Michael’s Parish 29 Elliott Street, Leamington 519-326-2643 Sunday Worship Services 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 7:30 p.m. Sunday Spanish Worship Services 2:30 p.m. (February to November) St. Joseph’s Church 310 Sherk Street, Leamington 519-326-2643 Sunday Worship Services 9 a.m. (Italian, English), 11 a.m. (Portuguese, English) St. Anthony’s Parish (Maronite Rite) 280 Talbot Street East, Leamington 519-322-2282 Sunday Masses 9:30 & 11 a.m. (Lebanese, English)

SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Citadel 88 Setterington Street Leamington 519-326-4901 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA Leamington United Church 9 John Street, Leamington 519-326-9461 Sunday Worship Services 11 a.m. (Summer 9:30 a.m.) Mersea United Church 1301 Mersea Road 8, Wheatley 519-825-4157 Sunday Worship Services 9:30 a.m.


long as safe, high quality, affordable food keeps showing up on grocery store shelves there is nothing to be concerned about. Don’t be fooled! Canadians need to do their part in order to keep our farmers viable. Buying local is a perfect way to do this. Food Freedom Day demonstrates the value that Canadian farmers deliver to ALL Canadians – not only through quality food, but by supporting 1 in 8 jobs, which in turn translates into vital economic contributions for our rural communities. The agri-food industry is a key driver of socioeconomic prosperity in Canada, and one in which investments return many times over. “Canadian farmers are proud of their role in providing high quality food produced to top-level food safety, environmental, and animal welfare standards,� said Canadian Federation of Agriculture President Ron Bonnett in a news release issued Feb. 1. “We encourage Canadians to choose Canadian food as often as possible, as these purchases represent far more than just food. They strengthen our vibrant, home-grown agriculture sector and benefit the country as a whole.�

School board approves equity and inclusion police – celebrating diversity, respect for all The Board of Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board has approved a new policy and regulation on Equity and Inclusive Education. This policy commits the Board to identifying and removing discriminatory biases and systemic barriers and celebrating diversity and respect for all, as outlined in the Provincial Equity and Inclusion Strategy. It confirms the Board’s HIGH belief that students and staff QUALITY have a right to learn and LICENSED work in an environment free CHILD of harassment and discrimiSchool-Based Child Care nation, where a spirit of eqCARE Program of Kingsville, Inc. uity prevails. Offered at 4 schools in Leamington & Kingsville. An action plan is being Ages 18 months - 12 years developed to identify strat6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Subsidy available. egies to review existing For details call 519-733-8202 community partnerships to better reflect the diversity of the broader community; to identify and remove barriers that limit engagement to have better representation and access for all on board initiatives; to review student assessment and evaluation and practices to ESTATES • ANTIQUES • FARM • REAL ESTATE policies identify and address system~ Certified Appraisals ~ ic bias that may exist; and to email: • review reporting procedures for incidents of discrimina441 TALBOT ST. E. LEAMINGTON tion and harassment for both staff and students.

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Meet Gord Ciliska...

Gord Ciliska was born in Leamington on May 21, 1948. At the age of 5 he showed great interest in music and musicians. While attending dances and wedding receptions at local halls such as the HI-Y, the Three Links Hall and the Oddfellows Hall, his parents would let him sit on the steps leading to the stage or right up close to the musicians. All the while he was hoping and dreaming that he could be on stage someday as a musician, just by DALE BUTLER like his idols. At the age of 6, Gord asked for accordion lessons. His parents thought it was just a passing fancy, but he kept asking and even offered to help pay with his own saved money. Christmas came and he got his first accordion at age 7. He took 6 years of lessons in Wheatley with Bernice Leslie, a talented musician and entertainer. He also had 2 years of lessons with a very accomplished accordionist in Leamington, Rene Debergh. Gord also learned to play music by ear; if he heard a song he could play it – a wonderful gift. Gord played regularly at church, school functions and Christmas concerts. He met a fellow musician, Brian Bailey, who played the clarinet, and they started playing duets at banquets and church functions. Then Brian’s brother Bill Bailey joined in on drums and another friend, Jim Chorba, was added on guitar. Before too long, Jim Sumner joined the group with his bass guitar. They called themselves “The Silvertone Band”. For the first couple years of playing the band members were too young to drive, so their parents would drop off all the boys and their equipment and then pick them up when the show was over at midnight. The Silvertone Band played from 1964 till 1978 and was a very busy group, playing every weekend at dances, parties and wedding receptions, etc. Gord is very grateful to Jack Sumner, who is Brian and Bill Bailey’s uncle and Jim’s father, and also to Marion Bailey, who is Brian and Bill’s mother, for helping The Silvertone Band get started in the dance band business. Jack’s band would invite The Silvertone Band up on stage to fill in at break time, giving them the exposure they needed to get bookings and start playing for big dances in the area. Gord’s next group was called “Three’s Company” and they played for nearly 4 years. In 1982 Gord rented his first keyboard and joined the Tilbury group called “The MCM Band”, eventually buying his own keyboard. This band played 2 years. In 1985 Gord joined three very talented musicians in the group “Custer’s Last Band”, one of the busiest bands in the Chatham area. Gord was with this band till the end of 1993. While at the Oaks Inn clubroom one night, Gord heard a one-man band, solo musician’s show, and with 30 years of band work behind him thought it was time for something new. He bought a brand new Arranger workstation keyboard and started programming the music of popular songs to play at dances. After hundreds of hours of programming, he played his first solo dance at the Leamington Legion in late October of 1993, and as they say “the rest is history”. Gord is very busy playing several times a week at various venues throughout Windsor, Essex and Kent counties. Gord would like to thank his many clients for their busi-

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ness over the years, and his faithful supporters who attend many of his dances every month. But first of all, thanks go to his parents for that first accordion and all the lessons. The gift of music just keeps on giving back so much pleasure. Gord is also very appreciative for the ongoing expertise and help that his daughter Jennifer and son Patrick have provided to get his laptop computer loaded with music and ready for the next show. Time spent practicing: Gord puts in 2-5 hours a day when he has a day off. He works on new songs as well as researching new musical equipment. Most interesting place played: Gord played for a beautiful wedding reception at the Cleary Auditorium. He got to play in Toronto at the King Edward Sheraton Hotel a few times, and also played in front of 2,000 people at the University of Guelph auditorium. Most significant gig: Gord remembers in the early 1960s he and Brian Bailey teamed up to play at an all-Ontario music competition in Toronto. The first year they won third prize and on their return visit they took first prize. After the big win they had radio and TV interviews. All their hard work paid off. Another great gig was around 1988 when Gord and his band got to back up Michael Twitty, the son of the late great country artist Conway Twitty. Michael gave the band an open invitation to visit him at Twittyville for a job well done. CDs or recordings to date: “Collection of Hits” (2000) featuring some of Gord’s most requested songs. He is currently working on a new CD which will be available this spring, and a Christmas CD will be next. If you could play with anyone who would it be?: Gord said he would love to sing and play with country artist Alan Jackson’s band, but says he is happiest playing with his dear friends and fellow musicians like Erle Nash on saxophone, Ted Bachmeier on accordion, Betty Atkinson on spoons, and Brian Bailey on the saxophone. Future plans: Gord hopes to be playing at dances for years to come, as long as his health permits. He closes with these words – “See you at the dances!”

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Defenseman Jeff Lobman remains out with an upper body injury and the Flyers lost forward Matt Ogden and Kody Polin, two of the teams top scorers, during the Chatham game with undisclosed injuries… The Flyers currently sit in 6th place in the Western Conference with 54 points and a record of 25-20-4… The Flyers next game will be on Thursday when they host the London Nationals in their final home game of the regular season. They close out the regular season on the road Saturday night against the Lambton Shores Predators.

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By Melissa McCarty The Flyers had a busy week playing four games in six nights but they were able to win three of the four matchups including one in overtime and another in a shootout. On Tuesday the Flyers visited the St. Thomas Stars, who have been lingering atop the Western Conference standings all season. The Flyers were trailing 2-0 going into the third period, but Kody Polin scored five minutes into the third to spark the comeback and just 29 seconds later Jared Dennis tied it up. It was the Flyers ninth trip to overtime this season and Austin Mattson was the hero, scoring 1:34 into the extra frame with a final score of 3-2. Goalie Colin Greeley made 31 saves in the win. On Thursday the Flyers returned home to battle the LaSalle Vipers, who have been their opponent in some of the more memorable games this season, for better or for worse. The Flyers had won all three meetings in LaSalle but had yet to beat the Vipers in the Heinz Arena. After two scoreless periods, the Flyers exploded in the third scoring four goals in just over four minutes. Wheatley native Kyle Bowman had a pair of goals while Tyler Quigley and Chris Scott added singles. Colin Greeley made 35 saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season. “It seems like we’ve always been a 3rd period team and we know we need to work on getting better starts,” Bowman said. He also admits that while they Flyers vs Chatham are trying to take things one game at a time, the playoffs are in the back of everyone’s mind. “We know our remaining games are With 1:22 remaining, Chatham scored to take a 5-4 lead but the Flyers pulled goaltender Zakk Olvin and big and we want to stay on a winning path so we can go into the playoffs with lots of momentum. We with the extra attacker on the ice, they put on some heavy pressure and Cheyne Matheson was able to tie have a lot of character guys and we should definitely do some damage come playoff time.” it up again with just 51.7 seconds to go. For the majority of the season the Flyers have been rotating between sixth, seventh and eighth position With no one scoring in overtime, the game headed to a shootout where Austin Mattson was the only one to with Sarnia and Chatham, who they faced on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Flyers were leading score of the three shooters from either team. Zakk Olvin made three great saves in the shootout to give the the trio heading into the weekend sitting in sixth place with 52 points, four points ahead of Chatham and Flyers the win, his seventh of the season and the team’s second shootout victory of the season. five points ahead of Sarnia. The Flyers had beaten Sarnia with a combined score of 10-0 in their last two meetings but on Saturday night they fell 6-3. Chris Scott, Tony Spidalieri and Matt Ogden all scored power Mattson’s shootout goal in Chatham made him the hero for the second time in a week, but he was quick to downplay his personal success. play goals and goaltender Zakk Olvin made 32 saves. On Sunday night the Flyers were in Chatham looking to even the season series. which the Maroons were “It feels great to score but without everyone playing as one we won’t win,” he said. “It’s a team effort and leading 3-2. The Flyers had a 3-0 lead early in the second period with power play goals from Kody Polin I look at it as another win for the team tonight but tomorrow it will be time to focus on the next game.” and Dylan Solecki and a shorthanded goal from Austin Mattson, but the Maroons rallied and scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead into the third period. A few minutes into the period, Mattson got his second goal of the game to even the score and it remained tied 4-4 for most of the period. .


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Play it safe when ice fishing Haydn in the snow: the Winter fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors, but anglers need to be sure that ice conditions are safe and they have emergency gear with them just in case. Practicing some simple safety measures could save your life. • Check ice thickness and conditions frequently. • Clear ice should be a minimum of 10 cm (4”) for walking, 12 cm (5”) for snowmobiles or ATVs, 20-30 cm (812”) for a car or pickup, 30-38cm (12-15”) for a truck or van. • Fish with a buddy. • Be prepared for an emergency – wear ice picks or a survival suit, and have a whistle and/or cell phone on hand. • Let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return. • Stay off rivers where ice is less stable.

OBITUARY Royce Willan


Royce Willan, 85 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Leamington District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, February 13, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Jean Willan (2007). Devoted father of Linda Colussi (Michael), Ralph Willan (Margie). Cherished “Papa” of John David Penner (Leanne), Heidi Klotz (Robert), Jennifer, Cindy and Karen Willan and great-grandfather of Hannah, Nathan and Rachel Klotz. Dear brother of Erla Gervais (the late Roy), Russell Carder (Jean), brother-in-law of Ruth Miner (the late Robert), Dorothy Shanks (the late Jack). Several nieces and nephews also survive. He will be sadly missed by his extended family in Estero, Florida, his friends at Tim Hortons and his canine companion Sadie. Royce was a very successful businessman and always lived by the motto “work hard and play hard.” He was an avid pilot and enjoyed travelling the world with his late wife Jean. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and enjoyed boating, fishing and summers at his cottage. He was a veteran of WWII, served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the corvette Maritonia HMCS which was stationed in Halifax and crossed to Londonderry, Ireland. Visiting was at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Leamington Masonic Lodge #290 service was Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Royce’s life was held from the funeral home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Liz Chaplin officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Leamington Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Leamington Hospital Ladies Auxiliary or Canadian Cancer Society. Friends may send condolences or make a charitable contribution online at

For Kenneth Karl Epp (1962 - 2010), Loving Husband and Father

who died tragically Feb 16, 2010 on his way to doing what he loved conferencing with colleagues about the tomato industry! Dear Ken, Dear Dad … We searched for someone else’s words to tell just how we feel But no one else could capture what’s so obviously real. You were way too young, you had half your life to live, You had so much to teach us, so much love to give. We still can’t fathom a future without our brilliant dad And we’re shaken by a cruel fate that crushed the dreams we had. We grieve your painful passing every second, day and night, But …also feel great honour for being part of your brief life. No matter where we turn, no matter what we do, We’re embraced by incredible memories of you. Every single sunrise, every breath of air Reminds us of your light, your warmth, Your kindness and your care.

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Every single sunset, the fireflies in the sky Remind us that our lives too are but moments in God’s eyes. Every act of your compassion, every time you touched our hearts, Convince us that true love transcends The time we spend apart. Each spring planting, each gentle summer rain, Each fall harvest and sparkling winter day Bring hope of His great promise that we’ll really meet again.

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WSO in Leamington By C. Lloyd Brown-John The Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro John Morris Russell got it right: “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the band inside is delightful...” Despite almost blizzard conditions, the WSO musicians made it to the United Mennonite Church in Leamington on Saturday night, February 5, for the third of four concerts this season in Leamington. The concert was delayed 15 minutes to allow two visiting musicians – one from London and the other from Stratford – to arrive. Attended by about 100 people, the concert was truly grand. Classic baroque with two symphonies by Franz Joseph “Papa” Haydn and Mozart’s spectacular Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major. Violin soloist for the Mozart Concerto was 17-year-old Anthony Bracewell, Essex County born and raised. The Mozart Concerto demands liveliness and spirit from the soloist and Mr. Bracewell offered that in abundance on an 1861 Luigi Fabris violin on loan to him from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. WSO Concertmaster Lillian Scheirich has been Anthony’s violin instructor. Speaking with her after the concert, she beamed and said how wonderful it was to see a student soar to such musical heights. Ms. Scheirich has also performed solo at an earlier concert in Leamington and she is simply brilliant. “Papa” Haydn’s Symphony No. 56 in C is a delightful series of fast, slow and very fast movements with a minuet tucked in the middle. What makes the symphony so interesting is its contrasting “masculine” and “feminine” series of melodies. The second Haydn Symphony was the No. 93, written in London, England, after his patron Count Esterhazy died and Haydn found himself unemployed and without unemployment benefits. Composed in 1791, Symphony No. 93 in D-Major is a whirl of Haydn’s often playful experiments in music. Most notable occurs at the end of the 2nd Movement when a lone bassoon blurts forth what some call a “raspberry” and others a burst of flatulence. The next and final concert in the WSO’s Classics in the County series this season takes place on Saturday, March 26,7:30 p.m., at the United Mennonite Church, Oak St. E. in Leamington. “Romantic Miniatures” will be an exploration of romantic themes from several composers ranging from Beethoven to Wagner to Bartok and others. Tickets are available from the WSO (519-973-1238) or at the door the evening of the concert.

OBITUARY Elsie Kathleen Garant

Elsie Kathleen (Kay) (nee Stevenson) Garant, 78 years, passed away February 12, 2011 at Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Beloved wife of Clifford Garant and the late Jack Turner. Loving mom of Ken Garant (Cindy), Marjorie Roelofsen (Paul Danton), Fred Garant (Cathy) and James Garant. Loving grandma of nine grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Kay will be sadly missed by her dear sister Eleanor Martin, sisters-in-law Dorothy Stevenson, Faye Stevenson, Rheta Stevenson, Mary Jane Lowes, Mae White (Roger), Diane Bruner, Claudia Garant, Velda Garant and brother-in-law Bob Mellor. Predeceased by her siblings Rex, Joe and Lloyd Stevenson and Jean Voakes. Cremation has taken place. Visiting was at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 1 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. with Rev. Liz Chaplin officiating. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Essex County Humane Society. Friends may send condolences or make a charitable contribution online at Kay’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff on 2nd floor at Leamington Hospital for all their care and support.

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Bits and pieces Fight Night in the NHL… I was wondering if it was just my impression or if it was reality, but whenever I’ve watch the sports highlights lately it features hockey brawls. There was the bench-clearing donnybrook between Boston and Montreal last week, the line brawl between the Islanders and the Penguins, and scrapping goaltenders and fights in just about every game highlight. What is going on? Fighting in hockey is a time-honoured tradition, but there seems to be a disproportionate amount of scrapping taking place of late. I looked up the stats and by JOHN WEESE guess what? Despite the flamboyance of the bench-clearing brawls and the number of fights played back on TSN, the NHL is right on par with last year and previous years. In fact it is down significantly from the 2001 campaign. This season, the projection is for 704 fights. Last season there were a total of 714 scraps. I thought I would pass this on in case the topic pops up at the bar or beauty shop. Not So Fast, Dalton… Would the Dalton McGoofy government really wait for a world news event to quietly make their announcements about pulling the plug on a couple of green energy commitments? Funny that they made their announcement while the world’s attention was being diverted to the Mubarak resignation last Friday. That was precisely when our province softly announced that they are suspending new solar energy projects and as well as offshore wind projects in the province. The provincial Libs have really messed up here and are understandably embarrassed by their flip-flop and naïve handling of these undertakings. As a result, thousands of people who have invested their life savings or borrowed money to sock into solar energy projects are left in a very bad way. How do they get compensated in this mess? Many of these solar units are already built and were just waiting to plug into the provincial grid. The first sign of trouble with the solar energy program occurred last year when the Liberals announced that they were slashing the payout to solar operators, reducing the rate from 80 cents per kilowatt hour to 40 cents per kilowatt hour. I ain’t the smartest cowboy on the ranch, but if the going usage rate for electricity is 5 to 9 cents to kilowatt hour, how can the utility company pay 80 cents or 40 cents or anything higher than what they charge users? Viva le Rink... Congratulations to the folks in Quebec City. You don’t have an NHL team or any assurance of getting a franchise, but that doesn’t stop you from putting the tooth under your pillow. The Quebec government has agreed to pony up half of the $400 million it will take to build a brand new NHL ready arena. The city will toss in the other $187 million and the small percentage remaining is being offered up by media wizards Quebecor. Isn’t the province already hurting for money? It’s economic development, I suppose, and you’d have to believe something is in the works with Gary Bettman and the NHL powers. Lord knows there are plenty of NHL teams in the southern United States who would be great candidates for a move. Let’s put one in Winnipeg while were at it.

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Second semester at Cardinal Carter is well underway and we welcome all students back to the last half of the school year. There are a few changes to staffing this semester. We wish Mr. Petro from our Mathematics Department all the best as he takes on the position of Secondary Differentiated Instruction Numeracy Support for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. Mr. Petro will be working in this new position for the next year and a half. Mrs. Latour will be Acting Department Head of Mathematics in Mr. Petro’s absence. We congratulate Mr. Nohra who was hired full-time and will continue teaching in our Mathematics department. Mrs. Byrne is also a new addition to our Mathematics department, taking over during Mrs. Sauve’s maternity leave. In our Modern Languages and English Departments, we welcome Ms. Bertrand who will be with us for the rest of the semester. The month of February also brings new student teachers to the school. We welcome several members of the Faculty of Education to Cardinal Carter and wish them all the best in their practicum sessions. What else is happening at CC? First semester report cards were sent home with students on Feb. 10. Progress reports for second semester courses will go home Mar. 1. On February 23rd Cardinal Carter will host Project ACT. This is an interactive Forum Theatre presentation that helps students in grade 9 recognize and overcome barriers that prevent youth from leading active, healthy lives. Developed in collaboration with Ontario youth and community partners from across the province, Project ACT empowers students to incorporate the Foundations for a Healthy School into their lives and communities. Cardinal Carter and Frontier College have worked together for the last three years to provide literacy support for students at Queen of Peace Elementary School. Eight CC students from Mr. Renaud’s Gr. 11 leadership class took on the task of being “Reading Buddies”, ensuring several elementary students received extra literacy time during their lunch hour. Many thanks to the CC mentors for showing young people that reading can be fun! This year, the Modern Language Department formed a French Club called “La Cabane aux Canadiens” that meets twice a month. Its members further their appreciation of Francophone culture and enhance their French skills while engaging in fun activities. At their last meeting, the students prepared and sampled “la tire”, the pulled taffy French-Canadian classic. Future activities include: cooking and eating traditional Francophone dishes, viewing and discussCustom Metal Fabricating & Millwrighting ing Francophone films, and listening to guest speakers CWB • Full Fabrication Shop CERTIFIED from the Francophone com• Portable Services For All Metals Available munity. Cardinal Carter of• STAINLESS • ALUMINUM • STEEL fers an extensive French Immersion program designed CALL 519-825-7690 - WHEATLEY to provide students with the opportunity to excel in RICHARD THIBEAULT - Licensed Millwright & Welder French. For more information, contact Jeremy Schil21024 ERIE ST. S., WHEATLEY, ON N0P 2P0 ler at 519-322-2804.


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I want to express my sincere thanks to all those brave souls who challenged the winter elements and joined us at my Open House on February 5th held at Faith Mennonite Church to celebrate my retirement from real estate and February 4th birthday. I would also like to thank all those who sent best wishes via emails, cards, and telephone as well as those who offered their assistance in making this celebration a very special occasion. It was a very memorable day for me and the donations of canned goods and money for the Salvation Army Food Bank were greatly appreciated. Leamington’s generosity and community spirit make me proud to call Leamington my home. Catherine Riediger


We wish to thank our families, friends and co-workers for all the support since Ron’s passing, by visits, cards, phone calls and emails. A big thank you to his special friends ‘Biekxy’, Mike, ‘Wipe’ and Pete. We are grateful for the help from Larry, Chris, Nick and Doug for going out of their way for Ron. Thanks to Lana and Ken for taking over and supporting us. A huge thank you to Tim and Florent for snow removal. To my brother Wayne, his wife Nancy, my sister Jane, and Sue and Todd Fulmer and family for being there for us that night. Your support helped us so much. Thank you to Drs. Simpson, Gorrell and W. Leung along with the ambulance and EMS personnel for their efforts and the LDMH emergency room staff. Special thanks to Kevin and the staff of Reid Funeral Home for the personal attention to detail, Fr. Patrick and St. Michael’s CWL. A special thank you to Fr. Pat for the memorable mass to celebrate Ron’s life. All the kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. Marie, Sherry, Dwayne & Diane

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24 - The Southpoint Sun

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mary-Lynne Goodman, CFP Helga Schiefer, CSA Pat Howe

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1.10 1.50 1.55 1.70 2.10

Bank of Montreal (RETAIL)

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Helga Schiefer CPCA

1.85 2.30 2.70 3.12 3.45

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