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BachmannLaw, The Personal Injury Group and The Lynn Valley Trail Association are sponsoring and promoting helmet usage and general bike safety for all bike riders. This event is directed primarily toward elementary school pupils and their parents. Riders in need of new helmets will be sized and given new headgear, with no charge. As well, Scot Brockbank of North Shore Cycle will give a workshop on preride bike inspections. The goal is to cut the risk of serious head injury for all cyclists. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information cycling injuries are by far the most common injury from summer sports and recreational activity, accounting for half of all hospital admissions. An alarming 78% of those hospitalized with a head injury were not wearing a helmet. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 85%. Sponsors include: The Lynn Valley Trail Association BachmannLaw, The Personal Injury Group North Shore Cycle Prominent Homes Inc. Nick Childs, Sun Life Financial Advisor Novus Rehabilitation Ltd. RE/MAX Erie Shores Realty Norfolk’s Marlin Travel O’Grady & Association Insurance Hockley’s Landscape & Tree Services Suprun Wealth Management Gary Hepburn, Wentworth Financial Advisor

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What is going on at 23 Market Street in Port Dover? This time-honoured building which is over 100 years old has been everything from a horse livery, dance hall, beer store, to a carpet outlet. So what is next? That is the question we put to owners Janet and Gary Hepburn who purchased the building in November of last year. Ever since their purchase there has been a buzz around Norfolk. People have been wondering just what the Hepburns were up to. Since November of last year, contractors of all sorts have been coming and going. We can tell the building has been completely gutted and the roof has gone under extensive repairs. Currently the façade of the building is being changed and some rather large squares have been cut out in the nearly fourteen inch thick concrete. It appears that the ongoing construction on both floors is drawing closer to completion and Gary and Janet are waiting for just the right time to release what the building will be housing. Both promise that it is a concept that will engage the community as a whole… hmm interesting! Janet shares some of the unique things that have been found in the building with us… a

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So for now, that is as far as they are willing to go, but stay tuned to the Norfolk Hub, where the Hepburns promise to let us in on what will be coming to 23 Market!

orfolk Women Who Care R aise $11,500 in One Hour!

By Jean Mottashed

When Sue Goble, Beth Redden and Michelle Grummett put their heads together earlier this year, the face of charitable fundraising in Norfolk County was altered in a powerful way. Like many successful endeavours, all it took was a few good women, one terrific idea and the will to make it happen. Witness the birth of "100 Women Who Care Norfolk", a local chapter of a fundraising movement that has

swept North America and beyond. It is based on the simple principle that 100 women will donate $100 four times per year to the charity chosen by the group. Period. The end. No bank account, no executive, no costly bureaucracy, no labour intensive events to stage -- and here's the golden nugget -- all wrapped up in one hour or less. At the inaugural meeting on May 28 the overwhelming feeling was one of engagement and excitement as over 75 women filled Simcoe's

Army Navy & Airforce Club (AN&AF) hall to sign commitment cards, nominate their favourite charities, listen to three pitches from their membership -- each only five minutes in length -- and vote for one of them. The charity with the most votes won the support of the entire group. Each member then wrote out a cheque made payable to the charity and, as they say, history was made. "Everybody thinks it's wonderful," Beth enthused. "We've had a very

Photo from left: Beth Redden , Cathy Rusling , Sue Goble and Michelle Grummett at the inaugural meeting of 100 Women Who Care Norfolk. Cathy’s nomination , The Who-Did-It-Club of Simcoe, won the support of the group, and received $11,500 in donations.

good response." In fact, Beth said that 115 women have signed commitment cards so far, and they have every belief that more will follow. "One of our members said it was like a snowball going downhill." Thanks to the kindness of the Simcoe AN&AF club in donating the use of the hall for the first three meetings, and to Good, Redden & Klosler Chartered Accountants for donating the website, all of the funds will go directly to the designated charity, which agrees that the funds will remain in Norfolk County. They also agree that funds will be used to benefit programs locally and will not be used for administrative costs. Only non-profit organizations are eligible. Reports will be made at future meetings on how the funds were used by each charity. The Who-Did-It Club of Simcoe was the winning NPO, after Simcoe occupational therapist Cathy Rusling made a pitch for the club at the meeting. Her work brings her into frequent contact with the hard work and dedication of the 25 men who run the organization providing the use of medical assistive devices to those in need. The next meeting will take place on August 13, 2014 at 7 pm at the Simcoe AN&AF hall. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining these amazing women, or to learn more about 100 Women Who Care Norfolk, please visit www.100womenwhocarenorfolk.ca.


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imcoe R eunion of Champions

If you ever followed team sports in Simcoe, circle Saturday, August 23, 2014 on your calendar. That's the date for Simcoe's greatest-ever one-day celebration of the Reunion of Champions. Organizers expect to honour nearly 120 provincial, national and international champions from various team sports, some dating back more than 70 years. Registration of participants begins at 12:30 pm and a brief program will follow at 2 pm. A social time will be the highlight of the day. "This will definitely be a day to remember," said Don Stewart, chair of the organizing committee looking after the event for the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition. Researchers have been tracking team rosters and team photos of previous Simcoe team champs. There have been 118 teams identified to date including baseball, softball, hockey, lawn bowling, soccer, rowing, volleyball, basketball, slo-pitch, curling and cheerleading teams. "We've had very successful, memorable team celebrations in Port Dover and Langton/ Walsingham in previous years," Stewart said. "The special day of recognition is a great way to honour these significant team sports achievements and is a perfect way for people to re-connect and re-live past times�. Team photos of Simcoe championship teams will be displayed prominently at Talbot Gardens, much the same way Port Dover and west Norfolk teams are on display in those communities. Future team celebrations will be held in Waterford (2015) and Delhi (2016). The Norfolk County Sports Hall of

Recognition will handle the details of the big celebration. The biggest challenge has been to determine the qualifying teams, the players and officials. It has been a big job hunting down teams and photos. The next big hurdle will be to contact participants -- estimated to

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be nearly a thousand people -- and inform them about the event. Organizers are still searching for players and team photos. They also want to make sure every team has been included. The Norfolk County Community Services Department is keeping track of eligible teams and is coordinating a list of players and officials. Everybody will be charged $10 admission for the Reunion of

Champions event, which will be held at Talbot Gardens. Admission includes a souvenir program of championship team photos. Tickets, limited to 1200, will go on sale May 28 at the Pic A Tic Lottery and Ticket sales kiosk in the Simcoe Town Centre Mall on West Street; Norfolk Public Library, Simcoe Branch; Boyko Source for Sports and the Customer Service Desk at the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre.

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BEACH waves Paint a one of a kind surfboard canvas print, decorate shell & sand vases & make a cracked marble necklace

Glam It Up Have your hair styled and enjoy a mani/pedi while you chill out with the girls

Fashionistas Make your own jewelry, headbands and t-shirt designs

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dventures in Eldercare

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

Introducing the Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) I want to talk to you today about a wonderful health program that is now available in Norfolk County. The Ontario Government through the March of Dimes has implemented the Home Support Exercise Program or HSEP for short. Victoria Eldercare has certified support workers

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— 2nd Annual Fish Fry - Old Windham United Church. Saturday, June 7th, 30 Glendale Crescent, Simcoe. $20/ticket. Call (519) 426-0869 for information. Dinner served from 5 pm to 7 pm. — Annual Yard & Basement Sale - Waterford Trinity Anglican Church, 73 Main Street, South, Saturday, June 7th, 8 am to 1 pm. — St. James United Church, Simcoe is hosting a Blazing Fiddlers Show and Lunch Cruise on the Grand River, Caledonia Saturday, June 7th, at 11 am. The price of $44 includes Show, three course lunch and a three hour cruise. For info and tickets call (519) 428-2611 (deadline date May 28). Everyone Welcome! — Come celebrate 100 years with the Bealton Women’s Institute at an open house at Waterford Museum on June 9th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Please join us! — 130 th Anniversary Celebration Concert - The Salvation Army Simcoe Community Church,

and nurses that will provide the HSEP to local seniors. The HSEP is a series of ten basic exercises that have been scientifically studied at Western University in London. Located at Western is the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, one of the oldest and respected organizations dedicated purely to helping seniors age successfully. The ten basic exercises have been scientifically proven to benefit strength, balance, coordination and flexibility in seniors. By doing these ten gentle but progressive exercises it has been shown that seniors feel more energetic, are steadier on their feet, experience less pain, are more independent, they sleep better and feel safer when leaving the home. One of the biggest benefits that will impact life tremendously is the reduction in falls. Falls and the bone fractures that result from falling is the number one reason seniors end up in an emergency department. A serious fall can be devastating to a senior’s independence and life expectancy. Those are the health benefits but there are two other things that I am sure will get you to pick up the phone to get started. The program is completely free, absolutely no cost to the senior and it is done in your own home. Our trainer comes to you!! The adverse effects of falls and poor physical health in seniors’ cost the health care system millions of dollars each year, this program helps to reduce those costs and for that reason the government will pay the tab on your behalf. The other objective was to reach seniors that are housebound or have limited ability to travel; we come to you, what could be better than that! Seniors that have taken the program have said,

184 Colborne Street, North on Saturday, June 14, at 7 pm. With special guests David Daws, Euphonium Soloist, The Salvation Army London Citadel Band. Tickets $8 available at the door. — Artisan’s Exhibition & Sale Celebrating Ontario’s Garden Saturday & Sunday, June 28 & 29 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Forestry Station Interpretive Centre, 885 Hwy 24 South, at Forestry Farm Road St. Williams. Children’s Activities - Free Admission. — Charity Yard Sale & B-B-Q All proceeds go to Norfolk General Hospital. Residents of Dover Coast Welcome Everyone! Saturday, July 19, 8 am to 2 pm, at 169 New Lakeshore Road, Port Dover (across from David’s Restaurant). Furniture, china, books, clothing, etc. Anything and Everything! (Rain Date: next day, Sunday, 8 am to 2 pm). — Community Garden Plots are still available off of Gilbertson Drive in Simcoe. Please contact Dave Zeldon at (519) 443-4807 for details.

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“I am now able to move more easily and reach with confidence since I have been exercising with this program”, “It gave me more energy”, and “I feel better than I did three months ago!” This is how the program works. The initial visit in the home involves a simple test called a TUG test (Timed Up and Go). We want to see how long it takes you to get up and walk a certain distance, turn around and go back and sit down. Then we teach you and work through the ten exercises. You will be given a sheet with the exercises and a log to keep track of your progress. You do the exercises every day. You will be checked on and made sure you are doing the exercises properly over twelve week program. At the end of the twelve weeks we do another TUG test and measure your improvement. The data from the TUG tests is sent back to London and helps to improve the program. This is win-win, you get healthier and stronger and you help the University improve the program to help others. Call our HSEP coordinator today to get started! Call (519) 429-2644 and Millie will be happy to set up an initial visit with our HSEP trainer. Victoria Eldercare is privileged to be providing this program but it only works if you, the seniors, get involved. Call today! Dr. Bruce Veltri operates Victoria Eldercare, a non-medical home care agency matching exceptional care-givers with elderly seniors, to help them maintain independence and remain safely in their own home. Victoria Eldercare is conveniently located in the new Roulston’s Wellness Centre on Donly Drive in Simcoe. Call (519) 429-2644 or visit our web-site, victoriaeldercare.com for more information about our services.

— We have placed another order for more of our “Legacy of Love” recipe books. The profit will all be directed to the Juravinski hospital for Breast Cancer research. They will make excellent gifts. So tell your friends, and we will again be pleased to accept your orders. Cost will be $15/book. Contact Debbie Dumais, (519) 429-0130 or Helen Young (519) 583-1197. — Community Scholarships Aberdeen Health and Community Services Foundation is pleased to offer annual nursing scholarships and the Don Townsend Pharmacy Award for local students from Brantford, Brant, Haldimand or Norfolk, who will be pursuing post secondary nursing or pharmacy studies in the 2014-2015 academic year. The bursaries will be awarded based on academic excellence and community leadership. Application forms can be downloaded from www.aberdeenfoundation.ca. The deadline to submit applications is July 10. For more info please call the Foundation Office at (519) 7565300.

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Puffers

Many of us take puffers/inhalers for various respiratory conditions but what do we really know about them. Most of us don’t remember the name of our puffer, just the colour and when to take it. This month I’d like to review some good inhaler use and care tips.

Use a spacer (an Aerochamber ®) if you are using a traditional puffer style inhaler.

By Lyndsey Ross, RRT, BSc.

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Rinse Your Mouth!

Remember to rinse your mouth after taking your puffer, especially if it is a steroid puffer (most common Flovent ®, Pulmicort ®, Advair ®, QVAR ®, Alvesco ®, Spiriva ®). It is recommended that you rinse your mouth after you have taken your inhalers because the medication left on your tongue can cause an oral infection, known as Oral Thrush. This is completely preventable by simply rinsing your mouth with water after taking your inhalers. Oral thrush develops as white patches/scabs on your tongue and cheek and is treatable; however, it is easier to avoid it all together. Lyndsey Ross, RRT, BSc. Respiratory HomeCare Solutions Simcoe 39 Kent Street North, Unit 2 Simcoe, Ontario p. (519) 426-1113 e. simcoe@rhscanada.com

olunteer A ppreciation

By Wilma F. Montgomery

It’s volunteer appreciation time again. After over twenty years of being part of the organization wishing to extend thanks for volunteer service, I am on the receiving end of the invitations. A few weeks ago, as I was sitting on the Norview bus with residents and we were looking at the windmills just east of Port Dover, it occurred to me that it might be a good time to write about volunteering. I suppose in many ways I have a rather unique perspective; I was in Activities/ Programming for over two decades and we were always particularly grateful for the assistance provided by our volunteers. Sometimes I think people really don’t understand how little it can take to make a big difference in an activity. An extra set or two of hands to hand out cookies, to watch and chat a bit on the bus, an extra voice in the hymn sing; all of these things can make a very big difference as

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While many people think that a spacer is a cumbersome item that you don’t really need to use with your puffer, that is incorrect, they serve a very important purpose. When the medication comes out of the puffer it comes out at a speed so fast that if your puffer is sitting in your mouth, all that will happen is the medication will hit the back of your throat. When this happens, you get very little benefit from the puffer. A spacer is designed so slow the particle speed down and allow it to diffuse down your airway, directing the medication to wear it should hit to be beneficial. While they are some coordination tactics that can be used in place

of a spacer, the best practice is to use a spacer. These can be purchased at all pharmacies and are usually reimbursed through health benefits.

it frees up the staff to add more embellishments to make the experiences richer for everyone. It’s wonderful when family members come in to be with their relative and it also gives the resident that extra little point of pride that their family helps. In a way it seems like kind of a sham to receive ‘thanks’ for the time I spend volunteering. It seems like so little, but then I have to flip back, look at it from the other side and remember how wonderful it was to have the help in those little ways and how it made such a difference in the programs. Like many volunteers, my assistance can be a bit erratic; it depends what I am up to and from where I might be ‘to-ing and fro-ing.’ But, no matter where I travel, I stay in touch with staff and every once in a while, I go in and help with an outing and it’s very pleasant. It’s almost three years since I retired; I’ve been on some very unexpected adventures.

It’s amazing though, how often during these adventures I have thought of various residents. They too had many similar experiences as I have had lately and many times their words of wisdom would sort of drop into my mind and I’d find myself smiling in remembrance. As I have travelled, I’ve been amazed at how much of the ‘up front’ work of tourism is all volunteers. Most of the historical re-enactment is volunteer driven. Much of the ‘staff ‘ of the public buildings are volunteers. Over the years, I guess I’ve been with a few agencies too. Long ago, Senior Support, The Literacy Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters and recently of course, Norview. There really is a volunteer position to suit you somewhere in the scheme of things. Perhaps you can give it some thought. Perhaps you could pick up a phone, make that initial call. They won’t bite, they’ll be happy to hear from you. Try it, you will like it.

ighthouse T heatre R aises Curtain on 35th A nniversary Season

Port Dover’s Lighthouse Festival Theatre kicked-off its 35th anniversary season on May 21 with preview performances of The Foursome by Canada’s most-published playwright, Norm Foster. The play officially opened on Thursday, May 22 and will run until June 11. The comedy is one of the most popular of the more than 50 plays Foster has written in his 30plus year career. The story follows four friends who reconnect after falling out of touch and decide to play a round of golf together. The play covers all 18 holes, nine in each act. The Foursome is directed by former Lighthouse Theatre Artistic Director Robert More, who held the position from 1994 to 2003. Some of his notable contributions to Lighthouse include writing the play Summer Garden about Port Dover’s famous dance hall of the same name, and writing Wooden Boats and Iron Men with local musician Bruce Milner. More is the first of four artistic directors

current Artistic Director Derek Ritschel invited back to celebrate the theatre’s milestone 2014 season (Simon Johnston, Simon Joynes, and Chris McHarge are the other three). Ritschel said that as far as he knows, this retrospective effort to recognize a theatre company’s artistic past has never been done in Canada. “When I pitched the reunion idea to my predecessors, they were all excited,” Ritschel said. “To me, their eagerness to return to Lighthouse says a lot about how much this theatre still means to them.” Ritschel said the idea to honour the past was also intended as a gesture of respect for the theatre’s loyal patrons. “Lighthouse has subscribers who have bought tickets every single season since it opened. Many of them have memories tied to past artistic directors, and it’s important to recognize that. Giving them a chance to reconnect with some important figures in the theatre’s history is a great way to celebrate Lighthouse’s 35th season,” he added.

The play also marks Ritschel’s return to acting after a five year hiatus. As an actor, Ritschel performed more times on the Lighthouse stage than anyone else in the company’s history, and has also written two plays that made their world premieres in Port Dover. He temporarily left acting after taking creative control of Lighthouse in 2011. “Rehearsals have been great,” Ritschel said. “There’s a whole different approach to theatre as an actor in terms of the style of preparation, and receiving feedback from a director instead of providing it to actors as a director. I’m looking forward to being back on stage.” To order tickets to The Foursome, call (519) 583-2221 or 1-888-779-7703, or order online at lighthousetheatre.com. Subscriptions are still available for the 2014 season, and provide a significant discount from the regular single ticket price. Lighthouse Festival Theatre is a professional theatre, and is a registered not-forprofit, charitable organization.


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By MARG WERDEN Motus Wildlife Tracking System

If you’re driving along the north shore of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River or around Nova Scotia, you may notice an occasional small tower with two to four antennas on top standing in open areas. These towers form the basis of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a joint project of Bird Studies Canada, the University of Western Ontario, Acadia University, and the University of Guelph. Once all the towers, which have a range of 15 to 20 kilometres in all directions, have been installed, they will form a network of automated radio telemetry arrays along the Atlantic/eastern North American migratory flyway. Data collected from the towers will allow real-time tracking of radiotagged flying migratory animals, including birds and bats. The information gathered by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System will be used to determine the importance of various habitats to migrating birds and how they are utilized throughout their twiceyearly migrations. Gaining a better understanding of how migratory animals use and move through the landscape will help decisionmakers make informed decisions about wildlife management and conservation. Our property, just west of Port Ryerse, is located directly north of the middle of that important Lake Erie migratory stopover, Long Point. Because of this location, we were asked to be hosts to one of the towers and we readily agreed. A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Chris Guglielmo, a professor of Biology at the University of Western Ontario and the lead researcher on the Motus project, and Morgan Brown, a Master’s student at Acadia University, made a presentation to my husband’s Cub group to explain the research project. “One of the things we will be looking at is the physiology of migration,” Dr. Guglielmo said. “Birds are super athletes and we want to know how their hearts and lungs work. Before and during migratory stopovers, birds get super fat and then use that energy to fuel their flight. Although many songbirds weigh only 10 to 15 grams, they can fly for days at a time without stopping and go 24 to 48 hours with no food or water.” Powered by solar panels, the radio

receivers work overnight to gather data from birds flying overhead. “The antenna is listening for radio signals from transmitters attached to the birds or bats,” the professor explained. The lightweight transmitters are attached to the migratory birds with an elasticthread harness that allows full mobility and that eventually disintegrates, while they are glued to the fur of bats. “The transmitters stay on the bats for a few weeks and on the birds for a few months.” The digital tags, which weigh almost nothing, each have a unique coded signal. “The antenna can detect up to 500 birds or bats at one time,” said Dr. Guglielmo. “At the moment we are tagging Magnolia Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Black-throated Blue Warblers.” Using the data collected, the researchers can monitor the movements of the birds. “We can determine the moment the bird begins to migrate, how many days they stay at Long Point, when they wake up and when they are resting,” Professor Guglielmo stated. “Most birds stay on Long Point for four days to refuel after their flight from the south, but there is a lot of variation depending on the weather. Bats usually only stay one day, but if they stay longer, it is usually because it is raining. Bats don’t like to fly with wet fur.” The Motus (a Greek word meaning “movement”) project began in 2012 with a $1.5 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Last year five test towers were installed and this year 75 more towers will be installed. The project’s goal is to have more than 200 automated telemetry stations in southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Smaller temporary towers are also being installed by other project partners along the eastern seaboard in the United States, in western Canada, and on James and Hudson Bay. One of the goals of the project is to eventually have the data collected by individual towers available online to enable host landowners to see what birds and bats have passed overhead during the night. I can hardly wait!

Great spring for birding

Despite the cool weather, it has been a great spring for birding. I’ve enjoyed a number of outings around the province and, until recently when the trees finally leafed out, I found it easier than in other years to see the many species of warblers and other birds that are usually hidden by foliage. On one outing to Long Point Provincial Park, my daughter and I stood in one place and spotted more than 20 species of birds including ten warblers. It was fantastic!

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One of more than 200 radio telemetry towers that will be part of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System has been installed just west of Port Ryerse. Birding activity on the deck has been quite interesting as well. The hummingbirds and orioles have been enjoying the nectar and the finches and grosbeaks like the seeds that I continue to provide. A few years ago I had heard that orioles enjoy grape jelly, but I had never put any out for them. I was

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