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By Dave Scott John Fulton loves to ride his bike. In fact, he enjoys it so much that a few years back, he and his wife went to France to take in the Tour de France. His passion for bikes goes all the way back to being a young boy growing up in Ottawa, riding his bike, delivering papers. He remembers back with fond memories of he and his brother working hard, saving money… for John, the money was for a bike of course. When he finally saved enough, he purchased that special bike, as john tells it the bike was his pride and joy, ‘that bike could fly.’ Unfortunately, someone stole the bike and when it was eventually returned it was never the same. The culprit had damaged the bike, stealing the uniqueness it once held! John always had a bike after that, continuing to ride as the years went by, racking up kilometres here, there and everywhere. John always hoped to someday do something in the bike field and it was during his visit to France while doing a self guided tour that he realized that perhaps doing a self guided tour just might be something folks could come and enjoy in Norfolk. A self guided tour is one where you, the customer, gets in touch with John and tells him where you would like to ride, for how many days, and what kind of accommodation you would like. John sets the ball in motion, planning everything for you from where to eat, what to see, accommodations, and itinerary… he even moves your belongings to each location for you. All you do is enjoy the ride. You can even get John to join you if that is what you like. The France experience was one John will never forget and he understands that although Norfolk is no France, we have so much to offer; that cycling here is a hidden gem that John wants to share from Long Point to Port Dover, to the trails to Waterford or Delhi there is so many different routes to offer. The tours John will provide will fit the personality of the riders from easy routes to rides with more intensity, you the rider decide what is right for you and your group. Here is what John has to say about his new business... As you are well aware, the tourism opportunities for this area are extremely optimistic. With this in mind I have started a bicycle rental, repair and touring company that would take advantage of, and contribute to, the great tourism developments occurring in Norfolk. As

an avid cyclist and trained bike mechanic, who has lived in the area for the last 25 years, I see a great opportunity to develop cyclo-tourism in this area. I have done extensive bike touring from Port Dover to Point Pelee, in addition to European bike touring, and greatly appreciate the scenic, relatively quite roads in the county that are ideal for cyclo-tourism. The Waterfront Trail designation will greatly help to promote this area as an ideal destination for bicycle riding. My business is located on the Waterfront Trail on Front Rd. in Port Ryerse (3141 Front Rd., R.R. # 1 Vittoria, N0E 1W0). I have a large shop that I use to repair, sell and store bicycles and equipment for my company. I am currently building up my inventory of bicycles that I will use in my rental and touring business. I will rent on an hourly, 1/2 day, daily or weekly basis. I will also offer tandem bicycles and trail-a-bikes for children so that couples and families can cycle together. In addition, I will offer standard road and hybrid bicycles for use on local excellent roads and mountain bikes for off-road use on rail trails and great single track trails in the Turkey Point area. Future offerings may include touring equipment (touring bikes outfitted with panniers, trailers etc...) for self sufficient touring and other recreational equipment such as kayaks and canoes. A large cargo trailer allows me to deliver equipment to clients that are staying anywhere in the county. The touring aspect of my business will utilize scenic routes and various accommodations available in the area. I offer two types of fully supported bicycle tours: Self Guided and Guided Tours. Guided Tours will be fully supported and will feature myself or an employee that will ride with and guide clients along a specific route. These tours will be on certain dates and will accommodate larger groups. Accommodations will be in larger hotels and facilities, such as Long Point Eco Adventures, and will require a larger minimum number of riders. Prices for these tours will depend on duration, type of accommodation and other factors such as meals, equipment rentals etc. My brochure will give more details and these tours will be offered on specific dates this summer and fall. Self Guided Tours will also be fully supported, though the clients will guide themselves

based on maps and information provided by my company. I will provide support to riders for any problems they may have on route and will transport luggage or non-riders between overnight locations. This type of touring has great potential since it can be offered to groups as small as 2, families or larger groups. Tour length can also vary from 2 days to longer tours from Niagara to Point Pelee. It also provides enormous flexibility for cyclists. Tours can be completely customized to suit the cyclists needs, desires and budgets. For example, routes can be planned based on distance and time the cyclists desire to travel. Additional longer routes can be added for avid cyclists that may want to log more mileage than other group members. Accommodation can be arranged, from bed and breakfast, to hotels, or camping, based on budget and type of lodging preferred. Off bike activities such as zip lining, wine tours, golfing, bird watching, kayaking and canoeing can be incorporated into the tour. The costs for this type of tour will vary greatly depending on length, accommodations and other activities. This type of touring is highly recommended since it allows complete flexibility and choice of all elements of your bike tour, including tour participants, dates of departure and return. You can experience the best thing about bicycle touring: riding your bike.

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practice in Simcoe for a number of years, but was an accomplished artist, active in the Lynnwood Arts Centre, now Norfolk Arts Centre. The scholarship of $1,000 is awarded yearly to a deserving student graduating from a Norfolk County high school planning post secondary education in fine arts. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Talia Palermo who is graduating from Holy Trinity

and plans to attend Emily Carr University of Arts and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia. The chairman of the scholarship committee, Mike Cobb, Simcoe, Ontario, says that the Scholarship is attempting to be self-sustaining and need to raise approximately $8,000 more to achieve that goal so that interest from the scholarship fund can cover the yearly scholarship.


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By Dave Scott With all the preparation done and the training complete, there is just one thing left for Chris Peters to do; to jump in the water around midnight this Friday and begin his quest to swim from the tip of Long Point to Port Dover. By now you have all heard the story about Chris wanting to do this swim. It has been on his bucket list for about five years now and finally the time has come. The beneficiary of this endeavour will be the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, here is what the Jumpstart website has to say... Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. We help cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs. We have an extensive, national network of 332 local chapters. Chapter members are volunteers who are committed to helping get kids active and healthy. They

work in partnership with other local non-profit organizations to discreetly identify kids with the greatest need in their community. Canadian Tire Jumpstart then covers registration, equipment and/or transportation costs to help them participate in a sport or recreational activity of their choice. We also lend support to unique initiatives aimed at increasing access to sport and recreation programs. Since our launch in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has given more than 540,000 kids across Canada the chance to play. Back to Chris… Lisa Anderson, Chris’s training partner will also be joining Chris in the water on this adventure and the two hope to touch the shore in Port Dover around noon on Saturday, July 20th. If you have time, stop down and cheer Chris and Lisa on, visit the Canadian Tire tent, make a donation and help a great cause. As we were going to press, close to $10,000 had already been raised and Chris is hopeful that over $20,000 can be obtained.

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By Dave Scott Our launch magazine was a huge success and a quick thank you to the folks who helped out. First Scot Brockbank for letting us use his store, North Shore Runners and to the Urban Parisian for the delicious treats and ice tea they provided. The magazine Sports Norfolk is all about local athletes, young and old and provides insight into their stories… it is a

north shore runners in Port Dover or just go online at www.norfolkhub. ca. Oh and the last item, there will be a celebration after the swim at the Brig in Port Dover, Saturday evening, featuring the talented Shoe Shine Boys, as well as a silent auction with some very cool items. There are still tickets available again at north shore runners in Port Dover.

great way to celebrate Norfolk’s finest in sport. The magazine is in local stores every where in Norfolk County so look for the cover shot of Chris Peters and the Sports Norfolk logo. Thanks to all of these great locations for there continued support. Pick up Sports Norfolk, give it a read or check it out on line at www.norfolkhub.ca. Email us your thoughts at www.editor@ sportsnorfolk.ca.

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By Dave Scott Sitting at the kitchen table at Yvette Mahieu’s home in Delhi… I look around and see cycling jerseys draped from previous rides… maps of routes are organized nicely for me to check out… add in Yvette’s boundless energy, and it is easy to see the passion she has for a little bike ride she started seven years ago… a ride that has morphed into one of the must see events every summer in Norfolk. Of course we are talking about the Tour de Norfolk. Last year close to 1000 riders took in the Tour. Yvette says that the fifty or so volunteers who help every year are critical and she laughs when she says that a lot of them are family who come back every year to help her. Sunday night after they wrap up the weekend of riding, they all come back to her and her husband John’s place to relax. It is kinda like their second Christmas every year, getting together and sharing a wonderful experience. The growth and popularity of the Tour brings folks from all over Canada and the United States (from as far a way as Texas)… another amazing number Yvette shared, was that over 80% of the riders come from outside Norfolk… a nice tourism boon for our area. I so enjoyed Yvette’s enthusiasm for the Tour de Norfolk as we chatted. It is her baby and she is proud of it and understands all the work that needs to be done every year to make

it such a continued success. She admits in the beginning it wasn’t easy to convince folks that the Tour de Norfolk was a great idea… but over the years, folks have seen the benefit to our communities in having the cyclists take in all the beauty around Norfolk. This year a new jersey has been added and of course the design idea was the brainchild of Yvette. The jersey features a coloured wild turkey. Here is a little history behind the turkey design: When the first European settlers arrived in what is now Norfolk County, there was an abundance of wild turkeys - an important source of food for the pioneers. The beach hamlet, Turkey Point, was named for the large number of wild turkeys that nested there. By the early 1900's, the bird was almost extinct due to the loss of the turkey's habitat as forests were cleared for agriculture, as well as unregulated hunting to feed the ever-increasing population. In the 1980's, hunters and other conservationists lobbied for the restoration of wild turkeys to the area. Over 4,000 wild turkeys were trapped in the U.S. and released throughout Ontario (including Norfolk County) between 1984 and 1987. Thanks to these efforts, the eastern wild turkey is thriving once again in Norfolk County. The restoration of wild turkeys to Ontario is one of the province's most successful wildlife recovery stories. This year’s Tour de Norfolk takes place this Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 (third weekend in

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By Dr. Bruce Veltri D.C., C.P.C.A.

OW!!! What an incredible few weeks for Victoria Eldercare. The office has now officially moved to the new Roulston’s Wellness Centre on the Queensway, located between the Walmart and the Canadian Tire stores. Although the wellness centre just celebrated its grand opening June 22nd it is already buzzing with activity. Five medical doctors are now operating in the centre, a big welcome to Dr.’s

no matter how small the animal is, this posture threatens the animal. Just keep that warm tone of voice coming and you and the dog will have a great get-together and the owner may even feel a little left out!! So these are some suggestions for meeting that interesting dog on your next walk. If you pet a dog your hand covers its face and unless the dog knows you this can be very frightening and even threatening to the dog. Do enjoy that morning walk and meeting those canine friends and their walkers!!

Weber, Tschirhart, Martin-Godelie, McConnell and Williamson. If you are a patient of one of these doctors then Victoria Eldercare is just down the hallway, ready to assist you with any of your personal care needs. Of course, our services are not limited to only these doctor’s patients, our services are available to all senior’s requiring assistance; you will find ample parking and a warm inviting environment. Please drop in for a visit! Besides the Medical practices and Victoria Eldercare, Roulston’s has a full service pharmacy, a large home health care department, a great natural health care product section and terrific deals and savings every day. The first Thursday of the month is always Senior Discount Day. In the near future additional services will be added, a full service dental office is opening and a lab and x-ray facility. One-stop Wellness care! Victoria Eldercare helps seniors to stay safe and comfortably in their own homes, all of our personal care and companionship services are delivered in the client’s home. So why the new office? The new office is going to be much more than just administration; we will be running outreach programs to older seniors and act as a resource for all things pertaining to aging and safety while aging. First to be rolled out is our Diabetic Foot Care Clinic, open to all diabetics requiring ongoing foot care. First clinic is August 13 and will run every Tuesday after that. Call (519) 429-9263 to schedule an appointment. In the fall our conference room will be used to teach the Arrive Alive program

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heard this term and not really had any idea what it refers to. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and that is a term that encompasses several conditions. The definition of COPD is a lung disease in which the patient has progressive limitations in their airflow that is not completely reversible. The limitations in airflow are quite often due to inflammation processes. There are two main disease processes that

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What causes COPD? It can be caused by exposure to noxious fumes, particles or other factors. Noxious items include smog, cigarette smoke, occupational dusts (ceramic, concrete, asbestos etc) and pollutants. The risk of developing COPD from this type of exposure is relative to frequency and amount of exposure to the toxin. The number one toxin causing COPD is cigarette smoke. There are some genetic factors that can cause someone to develop COPD even if they have never had another other risk exposures, however, this is less common. What are the Symptoms of COPD? Cough, increased mucus/ phlegm production and shortness

NORFOLK HUB, July 16, 2013 page 9 of breath (especially on movement or exertion) are the most common complaints of someone suffering from COPD. The shortness of breath is often mild at the start of the disease but as it progresses it becomes worse and happens with even the mildest exercise such as walking to the washroom.

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volume, as well these tests can show if certain medications will help improve symptoms.

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for COPD can vary based on the stage and severity of the disease process. The first thing to do is remove any toxin that may have caused the COPD, for example quit smoking and not allow smoking in the house. Most people who suffer from COPD will also be put on inhaler medications (“puffers”). It is common to be on a long acting inhaler to help build up some strength or create a baseline level as well to have a “rescue” inhaler that is taken when shortness of breath sets in. Other treatments can include education on breathing techniques to minimize shortness of breath, chest physiotherapy exercises to help clear mucus or even Home Oxygen Therapy. Lyndsey Ross, RRT, BSc. Respiratory HomeCare Solutions Simcoe 39 Kent Street North, Unit 2 Simcoe, Ontario p. (519) 426-1113 e. simcoe@rhscanada.com

ealthy Choices

By Jean Mottashed If you want to know what happens when we make healthy choices, just ask Simcoe's Ruth Pepper. She has lost almost 100 pounds over the past 23 months and has kept her diabetes under control. As far as she's concerned, it was just a matter of making the right choices -- in terms of diet and physical activity. And the results? "I feel like I have ten times more energy than I did and I feel great. I can do things now that I couldn't even dream about doing before," Ruth said. Ruth's journey on the road to wellness started when she began to suffer debilitating side effects from one of the drugs she was taking to control her diabetes. That was the catalyst she needed to make the decision to change her lifestyle and habits so that she would be less dependent on diabetes medication. Her plan of action started with a visit to the Diabetes Education Centre at Norfolk General Hospital and a chat with registered dietitian and diabetes educator Jessica Brown. Jessica outlined a low carbohydrate meal plan for Ruth and taught her how to choose the correct combination of foods and exercise that would lead to gradual and sustained weight loss and blood sugar balance. Jessica began seeing Ruth once a month, providing support and encouragement, analyzing food choices and recipes for carb content, and in Jessica's own words, "being a cheerleader" for Ruth's new lifestyle. She showed Ruth how to keep a log book, recording sugar levels, food consumption, weight and exercise. "People who keep track of these things and record them do much better," Jessica said. "It keeps people accountable and keeps them on track." Managing blood sugar levels is

“Dietitian Jessica Brown, left, counsels Ruth Pepper at NGH’s Diabetes Education Centre.” an important facet in diabetes education. Balancing the intake of carbohydrates with adequate physical activity at the proper times of day is the key to success, Jessica said. "It's not just about the sugar, it's about the carbs and eating the right things at the right times. We encourage people to read food labels to balance carbohydrates. Ruth has learned to do that and because she has that education, she makes informed decisions." The Diabetes Education Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and is a self-referral program, meaning that clients do not need to be referred by a physician. Participants are seen by a registered dietitian and a nurse, go over meal plans and set mutual goals. They can choose individual or group sessions. "This program helps educate people about healthy living. It's not about a diet, it's about

a lifestyle change," Jessica said. As well as modifying her diet, Ruth focused on finding an exercise regimen that would fit in well with her normal daily activities. She started out with a stationary bicycle, joined aquafit classes at the Simcoe Recreation Centre pool, and is now enjoying three to five kilometre walks pretty much on a daily basis. You can see her walking the streets and trails in and around Simcoe with a spring in her step and joy in her life. This summer, her goal is to walk from Simcoe to Port Dover on the Lynn Valley Trail, something that would have been impossible for her almost two years ago. And today, much to Ruth's delight, her friends and acquaintances barely recognize her when they run into her out in public. Just that fact alone makes Ruth's eyes twinkle and her smile widen.

"She's remarkable, definitely inspiring," Jessica beamed. "She's our poster child. We show her off as much as we can. As an educator, she makes me feel good. She's one of my favourite people to start the day off with." And how does Ruth feel about her achievement? "If I can encourage one person to do this, that’s what I want to do," she said. Well, Ruth, you've done much more than that -- you've inspired us all. Congratulations!


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By MARG WERDEN Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival taking wing!

The 4th annual Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival, organized by Nature’s Calling Environmental Education, was the most successful yet, attracting an estimated 300 people. Held at Backus Heritage Conservation Area on Sunday, the event included a variety of activities for the whole family. One of the most popular activities was the opportunity to get close to some live butterflies in a walkin cage. A wide variety of native butterflies and caterpillars, which had been raised for the festival, were on display and children were thrilled when a butterfly landed on their hands or arms. At the end of the festival, the cage was opened up and all the butterflies were released to fly free. A “Spread Your Wings” parade led by local musicians “The Ukeheads” gave children an opportunity to show off their wings and other butterfly costumes. A number of crafts and games, as well as storytelling and face painting, kept children entertained throughout the day. Families were also invited to take part in butterfly hunts and pond studies to look for dragonflies. Adults were able to learn about the wide variety of native plants that are available for the garden that will help attract butterflies and other pollinators. “I have to rate this year’s Butterfly & Dragonfly Festival the most successful ever!” said Bernie Solymár, Executive Director of Nature’s Calling Environmental Education. “The activities, the music and storytelling, the parade, and the live butterflies were all obviously much enjoyed by all the families attending.”

Litter kills wildlife

Although I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, I usually glance through it quickly every once in a while to see what my friends are posting. A very disturbing photo arrived last week showing a Great Blue Heron with a beer can stuck on its bill, making it impossible for the bird to eat. Herons stab at silvery fish in the water to capture them and this one had obviously mistaken the shiny beer can for prey. A wildlife rehabilitator in Tennessee spent 50 hours tracking and capturing the bird with a netlaunching rifle. After removing the can and a short stay at the rehabilitation centre, the heron was once more released to the wild. The photo reinforces the point that litter kills wildlife. There are hundreds of photos on the internet of animals that have been trapped by plastic bags, nylon ropes, sixpack can carriers, tin cans, etc. (Just google “wildlife and litter” and you’ll see more than you’ll ever want to see.) If you’re going hiking or boating (some of the worst cases are marine

Almost 300 people attended the 4th Annual Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival organized by Nature’s Calling Environmental Education on Sunday at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. related!), think about what happens to anything you don’t pack back out with you. Don’t just throw your trash in the bush or overboard; bring it back and recycle it properly. You’re in Mother Nature’s living room. Would you be happy if people left their garbage behind in your living room? To help clean up our shorelines, Nature’s Calling Environmental Education hosts an annual Shoreline Clean-up in September. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 21 on Long Point. More information will be available in a future column.

Some new birds added to the list

For my own information, I keep a list of the birds I’ve seen on our property and this week I was able to add two new ones. Although neither of these birds is rare, I hadn’t yet seen them here at home. This doesn’t mean they haven’t been here for years, but just that I had not noticed them before. The first was a Great Crested Flycatcher. I saw this bird while taking a late-

afternoon break on the deck and I knew it was a member of the flycatcher from its silhouette and thought it was probably an Eastern Kingbird. However, I didn’t pay it a lot of attention until it flew up to catch a fly (hence its name!) and noticed that its tail was a rusty red, something that the Kingbird does not have. I jumped up and grabbed my binoculars and bird book and quickly identified it. Great Crested Flycatchers are fairly common in the eastern half of North America in the summer and they winter in Central America. An interesting fact about this bird is that their nests often contain shed snakeskin. Other crinkly materials, such as plastic wrappers, cellophane, and onion skin, may be used. (However, this is no excuse for littering!!) The second bird I added to my “property bird list” this week was an Osprey. They, too, are not uncommon, but I had never seen

one here. A neighbour of mine, Lorraine Fletcher, told me that she had seen one eating a fish on a tower located on her property last week. Perhaps the one I saw was the same one or its mate and they may have a nest in the area. Since we live close enough to Lake Erie to provide a suitable hunting area for an Osprey, which eats mainly fish, I’m going to look into erecting a nesting platform and see if we can attract one to breed here. It should be an interesting project!

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Serving from 5 pm to 7 pm. Hamburger, Corn, Coleslaw and beverage. Yummy dessert is $2.50 extra. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Bring along a nonperishable food item (or two) to add to our local Food Bank Collection. — 9th Annual Amazing Race: Haldimand and Norfolk Edition On Friday, August 16th, teams of two will make their way through Haldimand and Norfolk Counties collecting clues and completing challenges, to help raise funds to support services and programs in our community. At the end of the day, one team will be named the Champions and will walk away with the top prize of $1,000! All money raised during this event will help support the thirteen local agencies that our United Way supports. For more information about this amazing event, please contact Amy Cebulak at acebulak@ unitedwayhn.on.ca or visit us on our website at http://www.unitedwayhn.on.ca/campaign/ special-events/amazing-race/ to register. — Saturday, August 17th at 2 pm Memorial Church in the picturesque Heritage Village of Port Ryerse is having a fundraiser “PIECES OF THE CHURCH” AUCTION. Renovations to the bell tower are now complete and all leftover pieces including the old original door, “pointy spires” from the top of the tower, lots of old pine boards and beams will be auctioned off. For more information call Jack Addison (519) 428-1611.

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