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By Dave Scott Over the last few days I found myself struggling with my writing. Every once in a while the source of my writing compulsion just seems to fade away. It is almost like the mental notes I make for the next story seem to blend into an incoherent mess… not sure why! So what does this mean? Do I need to step back and take stock, find a new angle to drive myself, and just walk away from the computer for a bit? Everyone has a story and it is exciting how many people would like us to tell theirs. Perhaps a walk on the beach would loosen the mind shackles I am struggling with… so off to the beach I went and after an hour of fiddling around, cleaning up, enjoying the light lake breeze and the deep blue glare off the lake. I felt the vigour return to the mind and the body. Life can be as simple as a change of scenery on a walk. More of us just need to do that, a simple change for our mind to snap it back to the right place.

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Further to my recent column in the Hub with regard to humour as an aide to get through the long winter I wanted to share a recent experience. My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the Movie Night a week ago, last Thursday at the Port Dover Harbour Museum. The Silent era film was Steamboat Bill Jr. starring Buster Keaton. There was live keyboard accompaniment and I must say the near sell out crowd was literally 'busting a gut" with laughter. As well, Port Dover stalwart, Ian Bell started the show with a wonderful song and there was free popcorn! It was a perfect antidote for a cold dreary Thursday and I was still chuckling at the antics on Friday morning. I am looking forward to the next Silent Film Night and certainly recommend it to everyone.

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By Doug Heighington Saturday, April 13th is the date of our 26th Annual Spring Open House Celebration! Once again we will feature an Accessory Expo in our service department. Many of our suppliers will be on hand with special products and great deals that will be available for one day only. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to talk directly with factory representatives from key suppliers such as Humminbird, Minn Kota, Standard Horizon, Mustang Survival and Interlux Paints to name just a few. A large selection of new 2013 power boats from Chaparral, Crestliner and Key West Boats will be on display and sale priced. Of course Berkshire pontoon boats will be featured as well with the biggest variety of models that we have ever offered. All boats will be sale priced for this event. At 10 am Larry Mellors will be offering a fishing seminar in the Boat Showroom titled "Bass Fishing with Crankbaits". Dean Franklin will take the stage next to

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discuss all that is new in the world of Humminbird sonar technology followed by Gary Young discussing Standard Horizon Chart Plotters. The Port Dover Power & Sail Squadron will be on hand offering information about upcoming courses and events. The kids are sure to enjoy the face painting area, a colouring contest and other activities. Every member of the family is sure to have a great time at our 26th annual Open House celebration! Coffee and donuts will be served as well as a hotdog barbeque with proceeds being raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. Be sure to enter your name on a ballot for a chance to win one of our many door prizes generously donated by our key suppliers. The host of the Fishful Thinking TV Show, Charlie Wray will be on hand to offer tips, answer questions and talk fishing. Be sure to set some time aside on Saturday, April 13th to drop in to see what’s new for 2013 and help us “jump start” the new boating season.

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Last fall I was stung by a wasp and spent four days in hospital. I have put the following letter together as a thank you to NGH (Norfolk General Hospital), and as a warning to others. Hello everyone, my name is Barry Mitton, and I'm a lucky dog. I was lucky enough to have caring parents. I was lucky enough to marry a wonderful lady. We are lucky enough to have good children, a great family, lovely neighbours, and fantastic friends. I was lucky enough to pursue the career I wanted, make a decent living, and retire. And Thursday morning 27th September 2012, I was lucky enough to regain consciousness in the ICU at Norfolk general Hospital, after being stung in the throat by a wasp that crawled into the can of soda that I was drinking. At the risk of perjuring myself, I would like to thank the following. Dr. Rich, Dr. Demian, Dr. Mohomed, Dr. Hall, Doreen, Stacy, Rose, Natalie, Janice, Ann, Carley, Lindsey, "MJ", Joanne I apologize for any miss spelt, or missed names, you had me on some strong medication. Thanks to your skill, and dedication, I am still here, because I am a lucky dog. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!

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who made some key saves late in the game kept Norfolk on top. Lexi Cook opened the scoring for Norfolk midway through the first period, followed shortly after by Lauren Moore on a great end to end rush putting the Canes up 2-0 after 1 period of play. In the second period, Flamborough put a lot of pressure on Norfolk but solid defensive play and great neutral zone battles helped the Canes stay focused. Midway through the third period, Madison Loucks scored to put Norfolk up 3-0, giving the Canes the extra insurance they needed to win the championship.

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Everybody deserves a little bit of happiness in their life. For some it’s that first sip of coffee in the morning, for others it’s a night on the town with friends. But for me, I like to feel the wind blowing through my hair as I cruise down the road in the brand new Beetle Convertible! I have to be honest with you - my first encounter with a Beetle was not the most pleasant. I remember it clearly; it was a hot and humid day in Norfolk County and my cousin wanted to take his dog to the beach. His sister was home from university for the summer, with her bright green beat up old Beetle. I think it’s crucial to mention that this particular Beetle did not have working air conditioning. So there I was, crammed in the back seat of a Beetle, cooking in the blistering heat, sitting next to the biggest black lab in the history of the world who couldn’t sit still if his life depended on it. See? Not the best experience! By the time we arrived at the beach I couldn’t tell if I was covered in sweat or drool and I had more dog hair stuck to me than the dog did! Fast forward out of that old green Beetle and into the brand new 2013 Beetle. I have to say the improvements are many and the space is plenty (mind you, I haven’t volunteered to sit in the back with an oversized dog). Looking at the Beetle you can see where both Porsche and Audi had their hands in the new design. It’s sleek; I look at it and immediately think this looks fast! And fast it is. I challenge anyone who hasn’t driven the new Beetle to take it for a spin. Its handling is nothing short of incredible. And the best part of the 2013 Beetle? The 2013 Beetle Convertible! That’s right you heard me correctly - this amazing machine comes in a stunning convertible model. Just in time for summer you can be cruising around the sunny Norfolk countryside! Putting the top down is as easy as pushing a button, and goes down in seconds. As an added bonus, the car comes with a Fender sound system, which meant I could really rock out to the satellite radio. Just driving this car around the Simcoe VW parking lot launched it to the top of my list of favourite things, but it gets better. While taking the car on a little off-the-lot test drive, I discovered that maybe the convertible top isn’t my favourite part of the Beetle. There’s something else that sets this car apart from any other - I can parallel park this beauty!

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By Dave Scott Talk about a lot of local talent. I was very impressed with what I saw Saturday afternoon at the Authors’ Book Fair at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. It was great to say hello to some of my favourite authors.

Courtesy of the Alzheimer Society Haldimand Norfolk A Changing Melody provides people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as, their family members with information and strategies for planning ahead and living a meaningful life with dementia. This year’s forum “Our life, our Journey” will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the Marquis Gardens Grande, 1365 Sandhill Drive, Ancaster, Ontario. A diagnosis of dementia, whether it is Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia,

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Photo left: Rylee Loucks, author of Queen of the Seas. Photo above: Jody Overend, author of Bessie: Lost & Found. I made sure to stop by and say hello to Rylee Loucks from Brantford who was there promoting her book. She published Queen of the Seas, at thirteen and has already started work on a second book. I also had to say hello to Janet Hepburn, who just had her book release last weekend for Flee, Fly, Flown and is having a grand time getting her book out there. Next up I chatted with Jody Overend who had

both her novels on display, her latest release titled, Bessie: Lost & Found. Jody told me one of the best parts of the Book Fair is meeting all the other great authors and seeing their work. The Book Fair itself had over 40 plus local authors ranging in age from Rylee (now 14) and Harry Barrett (90). I am glad I went to hang out for a bit and surround myself with such talented folks we have in the area.

is devastating. Grief and denial are common among people with early stage dementia and as a result they may miss the magic and wonder that is still possible in their lives. A Changing Melody is designed around the needs of the person with dementia, including the provision of a quiet room and frequent opportunities for breaks during the day. One unique aspect of this learning and sharing forum is that people living with dementia are involved in all aspects of planning, from choosing the venue to presenting a session. The name of the forum comes from the story of violinist Itzhak Perlman who, after breaking a string during a concert, continues to play, improvising the melody to accommodate the missing string. A person living with early stage Alzheimer’s disease saw this as a metaphor for

his life and thus A Changing Melody forum was born. The forum is about adjusting to a life that is rich in every possible way. This conference is one of the only opportunities to bring persons with dementia and their partners in care together with others experiencing dementia to learn with and from each other. The experience of sharing with others at our Changing Melody forum can be very empowering. Please join the Alzheimer Societies of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton and Niagara to make this event a success. If you would like further information about attending this conference, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton at 1-905-529-7030 or toll free at 1-888-343-1017 or visit www. alzhn.ca and click on A Changing Melody.

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Port Dover’s Lighthouse Festival Theatre is looking for up to 40 young people ages seven to 16 to participate in a day of free acrobatic workshops. On Friday, April 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, aerial instructors from A Girl in the Sky Productions will be at the theatre demonstrating and teaching techniques from the Social Circus model created by Cirque du Soleil. The workshops are designed to be fun and educational, and will include juggling, hula hoop, tight wire, clowning, partner balancing, pyramids, and more. At the end of the day, participants will put on a show for their families. “Lighthouse Theatre is open to everyone,” said Artistic Director Derek Ritschel, “and that includes children in this community. There’s no better way to say that than bringing in world class entertainers to work with the kids for free. This is just the first of many great things we have planned for our young actors this year, and we hope to fill this place. All they have to

bring with them are comfy clothes, running shoes, and a lunch. We’ll take care of the rest.” The instructors from A Girl in the Sky – Angola Murdoch and Rebecca Leonard - bring a wealth of qualifications, experience, and achievements to Lighthouse. Angola Murdoch is founder and Artistic Director of Lookup Theatre, and has trained and performed in a multitude of movement disciplines including over thirteen years of capoeira, aerial circus, and hand balancing. She has toured her solo show Twist of Fate about her triumph over scoliosis of the spine, and was awarded “most heart-felt dance show 2008” by the Globe and Mail. She has completed the highest level of professional circus coaching certificate at the National Circus School in Montreal. Rebecca Leonard is an aerialist, actor, and choreographer, and has performed with the top circus companies in Canada including

Hangtime, Circus Orange, HighStrung, Cirque Sublime, Cirque Eos, Lookup Theatre, and AntiGravity. She appeared in the feature film The Tuxedo and Chicago, and has choreographed numerous theatre productions. In 2003 she founded A Girl in the Sky Productions, and began working with Cirque du Monde’s Trainer of Trainers team, a group of trainers who are responsible for educating coaches in the Social Circus model created by Cirque du Soleil. Participants must pre-register by calling the Lighthouse Theatre box office at (519) 5832221. The theatre is anticipating high-demand for this workshop, and will not accept anyone who does not book a spot in advance. There is a strict limit to the first 40 participants who register. For more information about A Girl in the Sky Productions, visit www.agirlinthesky. com. For more about Lighthouse Theatre, visit www.lighthousetheatre.com.


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Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Cold, hard, steel chains encircle his body. His long hair dangles in front of his face as he is suspended seven feet in the air. His trademark black and white “Converse” sneakers are overshadowed by the regulation straitjacket and the multiple locks that bind him together. The crowd pauses with anticipation as illusionist, Lucas Wilson, quickly escapes his confines and frees himself in less than twenty seconds. The crowd is in awe as he takes a bow and the curtains close. Fresh off an appearance on “Dragon’s Den” Wilson will be the main entertainment Saturday, April 13 at The Big Pipe Dream Fundraising Gala hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie and the Paris Port Dover Pipe Band. This third annual event will be an unforgettable evening filled with musical and magical performances, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. The event will be held at the beautiful Brantford Golf & Country Club and will be topped off with amazing food and all of the other luxuries that you would expect at a black tie affair. Illusionist Wilson will spend part of the evening mingling and

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performing more intimate tricks and illusions with gala attendees. Then later in the evening, Lucas will engage the audience in a larger scale performance.

About Lucas Wilson - Lucas Wilson is a talented Canadian illusionist with strong roots in Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk Counties. He has over 15 years of experience and is the only two time Canadian Guinness World Record holder. Wilson’s performances feature original illusions and lots of audience participation. For information visit www.theillusionist.ca or for a chance to meet Wilson in person, purchase your Big Pipe Dream tickets today. About BBBS - Big Brothers Big Sisters of

Grand Erie has been creating friendships in the Haldimand-Norfolk area since 1975. They expanded their services in 2008 to include Brant County & Brantford. The agency services over 430 youth. The organization provides a wide range of group and one-on-one mentoring programs both in and outside of school. For more information please visit www. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/granderie.

About PPDPB - The Paris Port Dover Pipe Band

mentors youth through music. Since the band’s formation in 2000, the pipe band has rapidly grown from a modest 11 members to well over a hundred pipers and drummers of various skill levels. For more information, visit www. parisdover.ca or to experience the Celtic flair of this internationally recognized pipe band firsthand, be sure to purchase tickets to the Big Pipe Dream “Plaid Tie Affair.” By taking part in this joint fundraiser you will not only be in for a thrilling and action packed evening, but you will also be supporting two important non-profit organizations that help local youth reach their full potential. As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Admission is $125 per person, which includes a $60 charitable receipt, table’s seat 8-10 people. Come out and be a part of the magic!

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oncert Being Held to Support Poverty R eduction Initiatives in Haldimand & Norfolk Counties

Poverty continues to be a growing concern in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. The number of people living in poverty, particularly children living in poverty, is alarming. A concert will be held on Friday April 19, at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover to raise awareness of poverty in our communities. The show will feature award winning singer songwriter Jacob Moon. He is not only well known for his musical talents but he is also a strong advocate for helping the most vulnerable

populations. Les Anderson, who is organizing the concert, says it’s time for the general community to embrace this issue and do what we can to reduce poverty. “There are some very good initiatives being worked on that will assist those living in poverty, but they need community support to be successful. We need our business leaders, our decision makers, and the residents of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties to get involved.”

Anderson says that people would be very surprised at the statistics that show the level of poverty in our communities in the two Counties. “This is not a problem in one community,” he said, “It is prevalent throughout both Haldimand and Norfolk.” The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased the Lighthouse Festival Theatre box office by calling (519) 583-2221 or 1-888779-7703.

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Lighthouse Festival Theatre Artistic Director, Derek Ritschel, is going to extreme lengths to benefit Norfolk County’s aspiring young actors. On Saturday, May 5, the theatre’s creative leader hits the pavement to run the full 42.2 kilometre Mississauga Marathon, to raise much-needed funds for the theatre’s popular youth programs. Ritschel’s fundraising goal is $5000, which will help offset increasing program expenses, including professional instructors and the cost of materials for sets, costumes, and workshops. Lighthouse also plans to invest in free opportunities for young people to participate in specialized theatre disciplines. The first free workshop is scheduled on the April 26 PA Day, and will feature two Cirque du Soleil-style aerial artists teaching basic acrobatic techniques. This is Ritschel’s first marathon attempt. He is currently running long distances six days a week using the training program developed by legendary marathon runner Hal Higdon. Ritschel began his training by running 30 kilometres per week, and is now approaching

Quilt Show Quilt Challenge The Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild presents the “Traditions and Transitions Quilt Show” and the “Norfolk in Stitches Quilt Challenge”. The shows will feature the work of the Guild in an amazing display of quilts and quilted items reflecting the accomplishments of the members, experienced and novice, encompassing styles from classic to avante garde. The “Norfolk in Stitches Quilt Challenge” will feature quilts created as the

his target of 85 kilometres per week. So far his longest training run has been 35 kilometres, which the novice runner admits was as difficult mentally as it was physically. “After running non-stop for three hours, my mind started to play tricks on me,” Ritschel admitted. “Sometimes giving up seems like a pretty good alternative to punishing my body like this. To be honest, if I wasn’t running to help gain support for the youth programming at Lighthouse, I may have quit. I can’t though; I’ve seen what our kids can do, and people have already started pledging their support. I owe them all my best effort.” Training for the marathon has not only taken its toll on Ritschel’s body and psyche, it’s also drawing heavily on the director’s time as he rehearses the cast of The Odd Couple, Lighthouse’s third annual community production, which incidentally hits the stage the same weekend as his big run. He is also busy preparing for the theatre’s 2013 season; the cast and creative team of season-opener Henry

result of a challenge by the Guild’s President. The quilts or quilted articles will reflect a view of Norfolk - be it beauty, landscapes, natural bounty, history, art and culture, or people. There will be quilts for sale, miniature quilts available through a Tombola Raffle and tickets on a raffle quilt will be on site Five vendors will be on hand in our Merchant’s Mall; and a Guildsponsored Boutique will feature items from our own members. Spend a few minutes enjoying

and Alice: Into the Wild arrives in Port Dover to begin rehearsals the day after the marathon. Ritschel says that fundraising for Lighthouse Theatre’s Youth Programs was not the only reason he decided to take on a marathon. “My father used to run marathons,” he explained, “and so there’s a personal stake in rising to the challenge. I remember riding my bike beside him as he trained, and I always got tired before he did. I’ll probably never run another marathon, but I’m glad I’ve stuck with this one because of what it represents to me personally, and because of how much I love Lighthouse Theatre. Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated.” Lighthouse Theatre’s Youth Programs include March Break and July film camps, a fall and winter Conservatory program, and the theatre’s signature Young Company, which is offered every August. To make a donation and help Derek Ritschel reach his goal, visit lighthousetheatre.com and click the Run Derek, Run icon on the homepage. Donations can also be made in person at the theatre’s box office.

refreshments in our Tea Room. Our featured quilter is Mary Ann Rich, one of the Guild’s most experienced and a founding member. Admission is $6. The show will take place from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. Hours are: Friday and Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday - 10 am to 4 pm. The “Traditions and Transitions Quilt Show” will be located in the Vittoria & District Community Centre at 35 Oakes Blvd., Vittoria while the “Norfolk in Stitches Quilt Challenge” will be located in the historic Vittoria Town Hall on Brock Street. The Norfolk County Quilters Guild currently has 122 members.


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By MARG WERDEN Spring migration

Spring is such an amazing time for naturalists as wildlife once again returns or comes out of hibernation. “Have you seen any snakes yet?” “Are the Tundra Swans on the lake?” “Have you heard any frogs calling?” These are just some of the questions we ask each other and news of recent arrivals is passed along on the internet so anyone who wants to see those species just stopping in on their way north has that opportunity. Check out the “Bird Trax” listings on the Long Point Bird Observatory home page. And yes, the snakes, frogs and the turtles are out of hibernation. The first snake I saw was flying by the window – yes, you read that correctly, flying by the window. A Red-tailed Hawk had it grasped in its talons and was delivering it to its mate sitting on a nearby tree. Poor snake, but I guess that’s nature! On a birding drive one day last week, my daughter and I stopped by the pond on Fisher’s Glen Road and saw several turtles sunning themselves on some logs. Although not too vocal as of yet, the frogs and toads are beginning to call on the

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The Wood Duck was once on the brink of extinction because it was hunted for its feathers, but populations are once again stable.

warmer days and evenings. Spring is definitely here. One of my favourite ducks is the Wood Duck, which has just returned from the south this week. This bird is one of the most highly patterned birds to be found in this part of the world. Males are iridescent chestnut and green with colourful patterns over most of the body. The females are more subtle in colouring, but have a delicate white pattern around the eye. Unfortunately, this distinctive colouration almost led to the extinction of the species as they were hunted for their feathers. By the early 1900s, they were on the verge of extinction, but have made a good comeback. What is unusual about this bird is that it is one of the few duck species that has strong claws, enabling it to grip bark and perch on branches. As its name suggests, the Wood Duck lives in wooded swamps, bottomland forests, freshwater marshes and beaver ponds where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes that have been put up for them around the edges of lakes. They are also common along streams, creeks and rivers, but they seem to favour sites where open water alternates with 50 to 75 per cent vegetative cover (downed trees, shrubs, and emerging herbaceous plants) giving them a place in which to hide and forage. Surprisingly, the Wood

Duck is not the only duck species that nests in trees; others include Barrow’s and Common Goldeneyes, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Buffleheads. Females exhibit extremely strong site tenacity when it comes to nesting, meaning they return each season to the same nest site. Biologists believe that the main advantage of returning to the same nest site each year is that the bird is familiar with the area, which reduces susceptibility to predation. However, “eggdumping” or “intraspecific brood parasitism” can be a problem for Wood Ducks. Females visit other Wood Duck cavities, lay eggs in them, and leave them to be raised by the other female. This may have been made more common by the abundance and conspicuousness of artificial nest boxes; in some areas it happens in more than half of all nests. Individual females typically lay 10-11 eggs per clutch, but some very full nests have been found containing 29 eggs, the result of egg-dumping. The young remain in the nest for just 24 hours before venturing out. Although the nest cavity may be up to eight feet deep, the duckling’s sharp claws enable it to climb up to the hole. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 metres (290 feet) without injury. Although

orfolk County is home to two “Top 100 Festivals”

The Simcoe Christmas Panorama was designated as a “Top 100 Festival” at the Annual Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) Conference’s Awards Gala Dinner held March 2nd at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. Panorama is thrilled to be included along with the Norfolk County Fair in this select group which represents some of the most well known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which

draw both an international and domestic audience. This award is really a testament to the hard work of our volunteers and the overwhelming support of local government, business and service clubs in our area. Thank-you all for getting involved and making Norfolk County a great place to live and a fun place to visit. The winners of the 2013 Top 100 will be highlighted in the annual Festivals and Events in Ontario

Guide. A list of the 2013 winners can be found on the FEO website, www. festivalsandeventsontario.

the Wood Duck nest is usually located near or directly over water, nests have been found up to two kilometres from water. After leaving the nest, the ducklings have to make their way to water, following the call of their mothers. Wood Ducks feed by dabbling or by making short, shallow dives for a variety of aquatic foods. When food is hard to find in the water, they may head to land to eat acorns, nuts, and grains. While plant materials make up about 80 per cent of a Wood Duck’s diet, they also eat flies, beetles, caterpillars, isopods, and snails. As mentioned earlier, the Wood Duck was once almost driving to extinction. However, today their population is stable or increasing and the Wood Duck is a popular game bird, and is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States.

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historic Vittoria Town Hall on Brock Street. Admission is $6 for both shows. — Simcoe-Norfolk Mandarin MS Walk Sunday May 5th, Holy Trinity High School. Registration: 8:30 am and walk starts at 10 am, 2, 5, and 10 km routes. Lunch served courtesy M&M Meats. Register on line at mswalks.ca — Annual Carnation Campaign - MS Society of Canada, Mother’s Day Weekend, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Various locations in Simcoe and Port Dover - Bunches of carnations and mini pots available $5. — M&M Meat Shops 25th Annual Crohn’s & Colitis Charity Barbecue Day on Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 4 pm at 95 Queensway West, Simcoe. For a minimum donation of $3, you get an M&M hamburger or hot dog, a bag of chips, and a drink. Come join the fun! — Canadian Mental Health Association now offering a Support and Education Program for adult family members and friends who support a relative with a mental illness. Meetings held on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 pm at 395 Queensway West, Simcoe. For more information please contact Joanne Cleland, (519) 428-2380 or email jcleland@cmha-hn.ca.


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