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massive new subdivision in the northwest part of Elmira will go ahead as planned, complete with an extension of Barnswallow Drive and land for a potential new fire hall. Following a report from senior planner John Scarfone, Woolwich councillors were satisfied the township reached a good deal with Lunor Group despite a presentation last week from another developer that has appealed the project to the Ontario Municipal Board. Councillors were not swayed by Hawk Ridge Homes’ claims more parkland should be provided in the subdivision. Typically, a developer provides five per cent of the property to the municipality for parkland. Sometimes that’s taken as cash in lieu of land. In this case, the township will only get 2.8 per cent formally, but when a new

SO IT BEGINS Sugar Kings forward Spencer MacCormack celebrates after scoring the tying goal in the first period of Elmira’s 4-1 win over the Listowel Cyclones in game-one of the Cherrey Cup on Wednesday night at the WMC. See page 18 for game story.



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oolwich residents will pay 2.44 per cent more in township taxes this year, adding $13.31 to the average home valued at $225,000. Councillors finalized the 2011 budget Tuesday night, wrapping up deliberations that began last fall under the previous term of council. The recreation and facilities budget proved the most contentious – the department had cost overruns of Opinion...............10 Business.............13

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Taxes: Mayor wants to see more belt-tightening in next budget > CONTINUED FROM COVER tawa and Queen’s Park. The township also finished with its building spree that included the $23-million Woolwich Memorial Centre. For 2011, the engineering and planning department plans to spend $3.6 million on road, bridge and sewer projects. The biggest single chunk is $1.1 million for the reconstruction of Mockingbird Drive in Elmira, which includes under-

ground services. The township also plans to do $600,000 in paving, including stretches of Benjamin Road, King Street North and Reid Woods Drive. Another $518,000 is earmarked for bridge work, predominantly engineering and environmental assessments needed for upgrades on Floradale Road, Glasgow Street and New Jerusalem Road. On a smaller scale, some $130,000 has been allocated for new side-

walks and repairs to others. Noting the plethora of road projects in Elmira, Coun. Mark Bauman pushed for the inclusion of Queensway Drive in St. Jacobs on the list of streets to get new pavement. While admitting Queensway Drive is a mess, engineering technologist Richard Sigurdson explained the road is so bad it needs a full reconstruction. But other roads are a higher priority for that kind of expensive work.

Major reconstruction usually involves doing the underground waterlines and sewers as well. As Elmira’s underground systems are much older, reconstruction is more pressing there, he said, adding that there are still parts of the towns with asbestos and lead in the piping. Queensway Drive and few others in the same condition will likely get some patching over the summer, however. In approving the capital budget, councillors

agreed to debenture some $400,000 to cover the costs. The move was necessary to get some of the most pressing projects done in a timely manner, said director of finance Richard Petherick, calling the move prudent. The borrowing, which will not increase the tax rate, does not come anywhere near the township’s maximum debt repayment capacity. The loans will be covered by allocating one percentage point of future assessment

growth revenues, rather than raising taxes, he explained. Not overly happy with the final product, Mayor Todd Cowan called on each of the department heads to find a five-per-cent cost savings leading into the next round of budget discussions in the fall. The Woolwich increase for 2011 joins a 1.47 per cent hike approved last week by Waterloo Region council. That budget decision will add $21.65 to the average tax bill.

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> CONTINUED FROM COVER trail system and open space are included, that number shoots up to 12 per cent, climbing higher still when naturalized stormwater management ponds are factored in, Scarfone explained. Several years in the making, the deal sees the developer go above and beyond requirements, he added. The decision came after a presentation from Lunor’s planner, Tom Hardacre of the IBI Group, refuting the statements made Mar. 22 by Hawk Ridge Homes spokesperson Arlene MacFarlane. Along with the parkland numbers discussed by Scarfone, he pointed out the bulk of the plan had already been approved by the previous council, with only the road extension and fire hall land currently under dis-

ROAD PLAN The area between the black dotted line represents the proposed path for Lunor Drive, essentially an extension of Barnswallow Drive northward into the subdivision. cussion. Noting the changes were for the township’s benefit, he

added passing on the additions would make no difference to Lunor

– “my client is fine with that.” Ultimately approved Tuesday night were the extension of Barnswallow Drive into the subdivision, and plans for the developer to provide a lot on Church Street suitable for a possible new fire hall. The township agreed to pay 55 per cent of the cost of the road extension, estimated at $775,000 The township would receive a 1.5-acre, fully serviced lot worth an estimated $456,000 to $775,000. The changes would become part of the plan to build up to 1,700 residential units on 180 acres of land on Church Street West. The project is currently on hold pending the outcome of the OMB proceedings. Lunor has requested a quick prehearing to have the appeal dismissed, calling it frivolous.

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pril marks the fifthannual Healthy Communities Month in Woolwich, and there is a full slate of activities scheduled to help residents get out and enjoy the spring air and to realize just how much the region has to offer. “The goals are to work towards enhancing the social, economic, and environmental well-being of Woolwich Township, and so we’ve planned a real range of activities to really re-

spond to all three,” said Joy Finney of Woolwich Healthy Communities, one of the countless organizers of the event. The month kicks off with a free screening of the movie “Fresh” Apr. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Church in Elmira. The film celebrates farmers, thinkers and business across America who are working to re-invent the food system by moving away from the industrial model that has led to food contamination, en-

vironmental pollution and the depletion of natural resources. “The movie night is really trying to increase people’s awareness of the issues that farmers are facing, and trying to be supportive of our local farming community,” explained Finney. “In the Region of Waterloo, farming contributes to one in every four jobs, so it’s really important that we maintain a sustainable local farming community.” The next day, April

10, there is a hike along the Hopewell Trail in Breslau from 2 to 4 p.m. in an effort to get people out to enjoy the fresh air and scenic areas of Breslau with Lisa and Mark Bauman. On Apr. 16 one of the biggest events of the month will take place, the Green Living and Tech Fair, which will be held at the St. Jacobs arena. The show will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes workshops on energy-



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A makeover for two Cancer ordeal sees mother and daughter treated to spa day in Elmira Elizabeth Bate


t was a small thing, but sometimes it’s the little things in life that make all the difference. Mar. 25 was a day of relief at the eye of a long storm for Drayton resident Glynis Belec and her daughter Amanda. Winners of the first annual makeover contest at Guys & Dolls Salon and Spa in Elmira, the women received beauty treatments valued at over $300 each, including a style and colour, make-up and eyebrow waxing for a year. More importantly, the pair got to spend a day together, without talk of the ovarian cancer Belec has been battling for several years. Belec’s cancer was in remission as of last week, although after her latest tests doctors are concerned there may be something to worry about very shortly. Something Belec refused to think about during the

BEFORE AND AFTER Glynis Belec and daughter Amanda sport new dos after a make-over day at Guys & Dolls Salon in Elmira. They were the first winners of a makeover in what the salon hopes will be an annual contest. special day. “Today is a happy day,” she said as foil was applied to her hair. Belec noticed the ad for the contest in February on the door of the salon and was going to enter herself, but changed her mind and wrote an entry explaining why her daughter, who has been with her through her ordeal, deserved the nomination. “She’s stuck by me and has two kids and I know it’s

been awhile since she had a haircut,” Belec said. What Belec didn’t realize was her daughter had also submitted an entry. The pair had the kind of day contest organizer and Guys & Dolls stylist Tamara Buehler hoped for, full of girly fun and giggling. “She told us all about the great things her daughter had done,” Buehler said of Belec’s entry. “Amanda’s been there holding her hand the whole way.”

Buehler said the second entry clinched it for staff. “Her mother’s story was so touching we were sitting here misty-eyed, all of us,” she said. “We just kind of knew, ‘that’s the one.’” Guys & Dolls owner Lori Weber was excited to have the pair in the salon. “I thought it was a great idea, the girls are very excited,” she said of the contest. “I just like making people feel better and making a difference.”


oday is the day Cheryl Peterson prepares for all year. As head of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival committee, Peterson is in charge of some 2,000 volunteers who flooded the downtown area last night (Friday) and early this morning to set up for the 47th annual festival. Peterson said some volunteers diligently started arranging barricades and


tents for the outdoor mall Friday night and again at 1 a.m. Saturday morning, although most members didn’t have to be present until 4 a.m. this morning, when many of the expected 70,000 plus guests hadn’t even thought of getting out of bed. “The township did a lot of work for us by putting up signs this week,” Peterson said. “Friday is our busiest day.”

Although today’s festival is the result of a year’s worth of hard work, Peterson said volunteers can’t transform Elmira’s main drag until after the stores have closed on Friday night, leaving just 11 hours at most to turn the downtown into a sticky sweet wonderland of all things maple. The weather report promised sunny skies for today, but the festival serves more than 50,000 pancakes each

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year, rain or shine. It takes over 1,000 kilograms of batter to flip that many flapjacks and over 180 gallons of real maple syrup provided by the Maple Syrup Producers Association. “There are about 300 volunteers in the pancake area that flip the pancakes, pour the syrup and make the coffee,” Peterson said. Although pancakes are


Woolwich will continue to push Waterloo Region for rumble strips at seven intersections the township feels could benefit from the safety feature. The region says the number of collisions don’t warrant any action. As the intersections involve regional roads, the decision lies at that level. The seven identified in a report by director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley include: Sandy Hills Drive West and Arthur Street; Sandy Hills Drive East and Arthur Street. Sandy Hills and Northfield drives; Floradale Road and Line 86; Floradale Road and Listowel Road; Benjamin and Kressler roads; and Chilligo and Kossuth roads. An eighth intersection in the study, Crowsfoot and Maryhill roads, is under township control. It’s already under review for possible safety improvements. Pointing to eventually successful bid for rumble strips at the intersection Hawkesville and Kressler roads, scene of two fatal collisions that claimed four lives between 2006 and 2008, Coun. Mark Bauman called for continued pressure.

With the Elmira Kiwanis Club prepared to supply the labour, Woolwich will save about half of the $7,500 it had budgeted to spend on planting trees in the boulevard on the west side of Barnswallow Drive in Elmira. Some 30 trees will be planted as part of a series of traffic-calming measures on the busy street. The other half of the money saved in the agreement approved this week by township council will be used for future tree-planting projects involving a partnership between the service club and the municipality.

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Jim Burrell along with sons Mike and Ken will once again be participating in the Baillie Birdathon held by Bird Studies Canada. This is the 13th year the trio will be birding for the fundraiser. Throughout May, bird enthusiasts ask friends and family to sponsor them to birdwatch for 24 hours straight. The funds help preserve bird habitats nation-wide. The Burrell’s will be taking their bird-watching north, staking out a place on Pelee Island during the second week in May for their round-the-clock scouting mission. Over the past 12 years the group has raised more than $15,000 for the cause.

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Police seeking pair in Elmira shoplifting case Waterloo woman lost control of her car on Highway 85 South, hitting a hydro pole and sliding into the ditch. The woman refused treatment to a cut on her leg. Moderate damage was reported to her vehicle. No charges were laid due to poor weather conditions.

> 7:13 PM | A 53-year-old

Waterloo man was westbound on Sawmill Road at King Street North when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 69-year-old Maryhill man. The Waterloo man was making a left-hand turn and turned directly into the path of the other vehicle. No injuries were reported. Both vehicles incurred moderate damage. The Waterloo man has been charged with ‘turn not in safety.’

as being in his fifties with black, short hair with a dark, middleeastern complexion. The female suspect has been described as five feet two inches tall, 40 years old and Caucasian with a tan complexion. Both were wearing heavy black jackets. Police are investigating and said shop owners in the downtown area are familiar with the pair.

with a $50 bill. The women then asked for the bill back in order to pay with two $20 bills instead and continued to confuse the cashier regarding the funds and change owed. Police said when all was said and done the store was out $50. The investigation is continuing.

large build. Police are still investigating and said they have strong leads.

> 5:30 PM | Multiple customers

at the TSC store in St. Jacobs noticed a shoplifter on the premises. A suspicious male appeared to be taking things from the store. He then left with a female in a silver Cadillac. The suspect appeared to be about 60-years-old with a

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persons were spotted checking multiple cars on Spring Wagon Drive near Church Street in Elmira. The male and female were seen running up and down the street looking into vehicles while a black or dark blue pickup truck circled the block. The female was seen carrying a backpack. A resident reported the behavior to the police, but the suspects

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wo persons were reported to have shoplifted more than $80 worth of clothing from an Arthur Street shop in Elmira on the afternoon of Mar. 24. A male and female were noticed by staff to have taken two sweaters. The suspects left in a tan four-door sedan heading southbound on Arthur Street. The male is described



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vehicle at King Street and Sawmill Road on Mar. 26. The other car, driven by a Fergus woman, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection.

had left before they arrived. Police are investigating.

> 6:09 AM | A chimney fire

was reported at 29 William St. in Elmira. The family noticed the smell of smell of smoke, collected their children and the family dog after calling 9-1-1 and exited the building safely. Upon arrival, police noticed flames and sparks coming out of the chimney. The fire was extinguished quickly by fire crews. Minimal damage was done to the building and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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Jacobs woman was westbound on Sawmill Road when she struck the vehicle of a 19-yearold Fergus woman travelling north bound on King Street North. The Fergus woman had

failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection. The St. Jacobs woman was treated for minor injuries at the scene and severe damage was reported to her vehicle. Police said the Fergus woman’s Jeep was a write-off and charges are pending against her.

March 28 > 5:10 PM | A 20-year-old

Arthur man entered the outside lane of the round about on Arthur Street north at Sawmill Road behind a tractor trailer and clipped the back of the trailer when he ran out of room to make the turn. Moderate damage was reported to the car. The damage to the trailer was unknown, as the truck did not remain at the scene. Police are still investigating.

Wallenstein man westbound on Lobsinger Line swerved to avoid an animal and lost control of his vehicle. He slid into the ditch and hit a fence. Moderate damage was reported to his vehicle, but no injuries were reported and no charges were laid.

> 10:48 PM | A break-and-

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No big cuts in recreation budget

Township seeking new operator for fitness centre, expects immediate savings Steve Kannon


he fitness centre at the WMC no longer has a service provider, but that’s actually good news for a recreation budget bathed in red ink. How members feel about that will be discovered shortly, as township staff takes over the day-to-day operations. Personal Best Health and Performance Inc. has been paid $11,000 a month to run the facility since the opening of the Woolwich Memorial Centre in September 2009. Last week the company told the township it would withdraw services as of Mar. 31. In a report to council Tuesday night, director of recreation and facilities Larry Devitt said aquatics staff would be looking after the centre on an interim basis. Outside instructors have been lined up to continue classes such as yoga and pilates. The

township should save about $3,600 a month under that arrangement, which will be in place until a new operator is found. Under the gun because of cost overruns in the rec. department, the township was already looking at changing the arrangement at the fitness centre, which lost $34,000 last year. Instead of paying someone for services, Woolwich is now accepting proposals from companies willing to provide it with a revenue stream, perhaps through a straight rental agreement for the space. The RFP (request for proposal) process is due to close Apr. 26. The fitness centre was one of the contributors to the department shooting past its 2010 budget by $550,000, or 14.6 per cent. Finalizing the budget this week, Woolwich councillors were not

overly harsh, approving more money for recreation and facilities, but not demanding extensive cuts. Instead, there will be some rollback in staff hours and adjustments to conserve energy at the WMC. Both salaries and utilities were major factors in the budget deviations. Part-time salaries, for instance, were off by more than 300 per cent: budgeted at $30,000, the actual cost was $101,000. Likewise in staffing the concession stand, $38,000 became $56,000. Utilities proved much more expensive than expected, with electrical bills ringing in at $252,000 instead of the $180,000 in the budget. For heating, the numbers were $67,000 and $42,000 respectively. This week, Devitt noted adjustments are already being made to staffing, while conservation efforts are pay-

ing off: electricity consumption is down by 12 per cent and gas usage by 21 per cent. Overall, Devitt’s department has a budget of $4.14 million in 2011, up 9.4 per cent from $3.78 million last year, but some $200,000 less than was actually spent in 2010. Questioned by Mayor Todd Cowan about efforts to “trim the fat,” Devitt said there was little fat to begin with. Rather, low initial estimates on costs, unbudgeted items such as service contracts on equipment, and extra staffing due to sick leave and other personnel issues contributed to many of the budgetary woes. New measures have been put in place to more accurately reflect budget requirements, and to ensure compliance, said director of finance Richard Petherick. “The recreation de-

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partment has made a commitment to meet their budget in 2011,” he said, noting the budget will be monitored closely, with any issues flagged quickly and brought to council’s attention. Chief administrative officer David Brenneman told councillors staff will be undertaking a review of the entire WMC operation,

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he federal election campaign that kicked off last week has been something of a subdued affair. That’s especially true in the KitchenerConestoga riding, where the parties are still getting organized in advance of the May 2 vote. Conservative incumbent Harold Albrecht was first off the mark, with signs appearing shortly after the opposition parties in Ottawa caused the Harper government to fall on contempt-of-Parliament charges. Both the Liberals and the NDP held nomination meetings this week, selecting their respective candidates. The Green Party is still in the process of fielding someone. On Thursday, the Liberals officially nominated Dr. Bob Rosehart

with everything on the table, including such steps as outsourcing the concessions stands. Reduced costs and increased revenues are essential, added Cowan. “We have to do something. It’s really costing us on other areas of the budget,” he said, alluding to the shuffling of money from other departments to cover the recreation shortfall.

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as their candidate. Rosehart was president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University until he retired in 2007. Previously, he served as president and vicechancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay for 13 years. Born in Owen Sound and a one-time Elmira resident, Rosehart holds B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of

Waterloo. He was a professor of chemical engineering at Lakehead University during the 1970s, prior to beginning his administrative career as Dean of Lakehead’s University Schools in 1977. The NDP riding association selected Lorne Bruce as its candidate Monday night. Bruce has been an employee of Zehrs Markets for 25 years. He’s an executive board vice-president with the United

Food and Commercial Workers Local 1977. He also serves as director on the board of the Waterloo Regional Labour Program and on the board of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. The 47-year-old married father of two serves on several volunteer organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Kitchener minor baseball, hockey and soccer associations.

Grants from the Woolwich Community Fund will be awarded this spring. Special grants are available for youth initiatives through the Fountain of Memories Fund. Charitable organizations whose services benefit the citizens of Woolwich Township are invited to apply. Grants will be provided for capital expenditures or as seed money for new initiatives (not for operating expenses).

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Festival: Signs to mark Wellesley as home of Governor General Lots to see Elizabeth Bate and do for W families and foodies stay within the sign bylaws that exist for Waterloo Region and they have bent over backwards to accommodate us,” he said. Kelterborn credits the hard work of regional staff for making the signs possible. The signs will replace the current Apple, Butter and Cheese festival signs at five locations around the township.

When the Governor General’s term finishes, these signs will come down and the festival ones will go back up. The signs’ location means there will be no cost or labour required by the township in order to see them go up. The region “has said to us that they will do all the work and pay all

the bills in regards to putting up the Governor General’s signs,” Kelterborn said. There’s no specific timeline for the signs to be installed, but Kelterborn said residents should start keeping their eyes open for them very shortly. “They might go up starting tomorrow,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting.

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he Wellesley arena will be home to a new superstar next hockey season. Township council this week approved the purchase of a new ice resurfacer to replace the 1978 Olympia currently in use at the facility. “It is far past its expected lifespan,” director of recreation Brad Voisin said in a memo

to councillors. The old model will be traded in for the new one, saving the township $4,000. Even with the discount the township will fork out more than $89,000 for the latest model. This figure comes in under the allotted $95,000 in the 2011 capital budget for the project. The choice was made from the lone tender submission for the



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new equipment. “We came under budget, which was great and we got a state-ofthe-art piece of equipment too” said Coun. Jim Olender. The new resurfacer features a laser-leveling system and a speed related flood water ca-

Steve Kannon oolwich councillors, who collected a total of $71,073 in remuneration in 2010, filed expense claims of $2,248 last year, a report tabled this week shows. That compares to $71,076 and $4,902, respectively, the year prior. In a housekeeping measure mandated by the province, finance director Richard Petherick filed a statement of payments and expenses that was accepted by council at Tuesday night’s meeting. The Ontario Municipal Act gives municipalities until Mar. 31 to make the details public. Because 2010 was an election year, pay was divided between previous councillors and four newcomers, who were added to the payroll in December. Former mayor Bill

“The guys slow down on the turns and then speed up and the water will adjust, so there’ll be no puddles,” Voisin said. The 2011 Olympia resurfacer will make its debut at Wellesley Applejack games beginning next season.

Strauss received $22,507, while new Mayor Todd Cowan got $1,185 before the calendar rolled over. Coun. Mark Bauman, the only one of five councillors who returned for this term, last year received $11,846, the same compensation as in 2009. He filed expense of $469. Three former councillors took in $11,253 before their terms expired: Murray Martin (expenses of $1,093), Sandy Shantz and Ruby Weber ($686). The three new councillors – Bonnie Bryant, Julie-Anne Herteis and Allan Poffenroth – were paid $592 for the last part of the year. Petherick’s report also noted the township paid five members of its Committee of Adjustment remuneration totaling $2,000 and expenses that amounted to $657.

In Wellesley, a similar report tabled this week shows councillors received a total of $52,180.28 and filed expenses of $14,922.51. The corresponding figures for 2009 were $51,589.88 and $12,252.64. Mayor Ross Kelterborn was paid $10,239.96, drawing a mileage allowance of $2,199.96 and expenses of $615.89. Each of the councillors received $10,485.08.48, and mileage allowances of $800.04. Coun. Herb Neher filed expenses of $2,479.56; Coun. Paul Hergott $4,512.86; Coun. Jim Olender $3,433.34 and Coun. Shelley Wagner $3,880.86. Four committee of adjustment members received $945, and received mileage costs of $274.92. Seven members of the recreation committee received a total of $420.

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served from just after 7 a.m. until the tent runs out of batter, breakfast is traditionally the busiest time for that area of the festival. Late risers need not worry, however, once the pancakes have run out there is still plenty of food to go around, including maple candies, maple fudge and the festival’s famous apple fritters. After guests are finished chowing down there are lots of things to see and do including sugar bush wagon tours, pony rides, the antiques and toy show and kids rides, with some new additions this year for those young or just young at heart. “Parents like to have the rides to keep their kids busy for awhile,” said Peterson. “There’s a scrambler and a berry-go-round. It’s for families. Up to five kids can sit in the berry and they spin it.” The traditional kiddy rides are complimented by the more fearsome rides for older teenagers this year in the parking lot of the Woolwich Memorial Centre. Parents wanting a break while their kids let loose can enjoy the free coffee being offered in that area. “There’s something for the whole family,” Peterson said. “There’s a lot of fun, a lot of food and a lot of attractions.”



ellesley residents will notice new signs going up around the township soon. The signs recognize Wellesley as the home of the 28th Governor General, David Johnson. The signs were suggested last November. However because the roads surrounding the township are the re-

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he Fraser Institute released its annual report cards on Ontario schools this week, giving all schools funded by tax dollars a ranking out of ten based on the province’s standardized tests. The tests, administered in Grades 3, 6 and 9, focus on math and literacy skills students should know according to the Ontario curriculum laid out by the Ministry of Education. Each test is scored out of four, with level three being the standard the ministry expects, level four being above the standard, level two approaching the standard and level one falling far below it. The Fraser Institute reports these scores, as well as reporting the overall ranking. Of the six elementary schools with both Grades 3 and 6 in the Woolwich and Wellesley areas, St. Jacobs scored the highest with a 7.9 out of 10 and Floradale scored the lowest with a 4.2 which put them at an overall ranking of 2,283 out of 2,733 schools listed. Elmira district secondary school came in second for secondary schools in the Waterloo Region District School board with a score of

7.9 to place it 70th out of 722 overall. The report card for each school details characteristics of the students attending, including average household income, the number of English as a second language and special needs students by percentage, and the number of students enrolled in the Grade 6 class. Michael Thomas, the associate director for the Fraser Institute, said the report cards were started more than a decade ago with the idea that they would give students, parents and teachers a way to determine which schools were worth imitating to achieve better results in students. “We think it’s really important to give parents and faculty a tool to evaluate and judge the schools, basically compare them, to other schools either close by geographically, or with similar characteristics so hopefully schools can learn from each other,” he said. Thomas said Floradale’s low ranking may have to do with the school’s high population of ESL and special needs students. The school’s make-up is currently 55.6 per cent ESL and 22.2 per cent special needs. Although the institute

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ers are forced to teach to the test to improve rankings, often to the exclusion of programs such as art and gym. The tests, he said, are meant to reflect not on the students, but on the teachers’ ability to teach core subjects. “Economists, and it’s mostly economists that work at the Fraser Institute, when you push them just a little you get a wholesale distrust of teachers. The way to improve education is to treat teachers like the professionals they are and give them the freedom to teach and assess students the way that they see fit,” Westheimer said. The Elementary Teachers Federation of

Ontario has called the tests and rankings “Totally bogus,” saying the competition they create places undue stress on both students and teachers. Thomas said it is not the institute’s intention to create competition among schools, but only to provide parents with a tool to help encourage their schools to perform better. Westheimer said the rankings do not reflect an accurate picture of the schools listed, just those portions covered by the tests, and thus do not serve as a good tool to compare schools. “You can use (the tests) to talk only about math and literacy, but not school health in general because that’s

Last day at the helm of Floradale PS

ON THE MOVE Leslie McNabb, the principal of Floradale Public School for the past six years, had mixed emotions on her last day on the job on Thursday. McNabb, who oversaw the transfer from the old school to the brand new facility completed last March, has been transferred to Stewart Avenue P.S. in Galt. She said that she would miss the kids, the staff, and the community of Floradale. “It’s such a caring and compassionate community.”


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lmira-resident Aaron Spurgeon celebrated his ninth birthday last Saturday at the Drayton arena, and like most parties, this one had chips, pretzels, cake and lots of friends, but there was one important difference. “No presents,” Aaron said with an enormous grin while sitting at his kitchen table and surrounded by birthday cards. “I asked for a donation for Kate instead.” The Kate he is referring to is Kate Meissner, a 21-month old Elmira girl who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, or AS, last summer. AS is a neurogenetic disorder that affects one in 15,000 people. “Angels” as they are sometimes called, can have little or no verbal skills, poor gross and fine motor skills, and possible seizure and sleep disorders. However, Angels do have a unique char-

acteristic – they have a happy, pleasant demeanor to go along with a wonderful smile and contagious laughter. Kate is the inspiration behind Kate’s Kause, a charity that was started by her parents Kelly and Jeremy aimed at raising $150,000 to build an accessible playground in Woolwich. Aaron collected more than $400 for the cause by putting out a glass jar with a picture of Kate on it at the party, and letting parents know they were welcome to make donations. Aaron first learned about Kate through the local newspapers, and decided that he wanted to help. When the time came to plan for his birthday, he wanted to invite his friends from his Grade 3 class at St. Teresa school, his hockey team, and his football team, but when the list grew to 51 kids, his mother Barb laid out one rule. “I told him that there

was no way we were having 51 presents,” she said with a laugh. Aaron then asked for money instead, and Barb initially said no to that request as well, thinking he was going to use it for a trip to Vancouver, but when Aaron said he wanted to use the money to buy a swing for the playground for Kate, his mother agreed – much to the surprise of the Meissner family. “We were just floored by the generosity,” said Kelly Meissner, Kate’s mother. “What it really does for us is it lets us know that we’re not alone in this severe diagnosis and that there are people out there who are behind us and very supportive and willing to make sure Kate has the best life she possibly can.” In less than six months the family has managed to raise more than $50,000, or about one-third of the cost of the playground. On Mar. 5 the family held

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try Club. For Aaron, the desire to help those who are less fortunate has been cultivated in him from an early age. His moth-

er works with disabled adults at the Elmira District Community Living centre on Barnswallow Drive in Elmira, and Aaron said he will be raising money for Kate at his next birthday party, and donating the money to either the playground fund, or if the fund is complete by then, to any medical costs or other needs that she may have. And for Kelly Meissner, the donation the family received from Aaron has only reaffirmed her belief in the human spirit, she said, adding that the money will almost certainly go towards getting a swing for the playground. “It’s amazing how these strangers have totally opened up to us, and now we just feel so exhilarated and honoured. “It’s so wonderful. He’s a great kid.” For more information on Kate’s Kause visit their website, www.



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also be bus tours from the arena in St. Jacobs to REEP house in Kitchener, a completely renovated century home that highlights some of the best and brightest alternative energy resources available. Tours start at 1 p.m. and take nearly two hours to complete. Admission to REEP is also free. On Apr. 18, people throughout the community will have the opportunity to connect with Woolwich farm producers in an informal atmosphere through A Taste of Woolwich at Calvary United Church in St. Jacobs. Nearly 500 people attended last years event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and this year’s

program includes chef demonstrations on everything from preserving and jams and jellies to local bread and savoury samples from local restaurants, as well as the opportunity to interact with food producers in the region. Doug Pagett, the owner of Foodland in Elmira, will also be there to discuss his store’s role in promoting local food to customers. For the past four-anda-half years, Pagett has purchased much of Foodland Elmira’s produce from the Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative in town during the spring and summer months, and he says that he has gotten tremendous feedback. “We buy from there two to three times a





Events: Woolwich gears up for Healthy Communities Month in April

GOING LOCAL Doug Pagett, the owner of Foodland in Elmira, is a strong supporter of local food and will be one of the speakers at this year’s A Taste of Woolwich event on Apr. 18. week: potatoes, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers – whatever is local and in-season,” he said. “It makes good business sense and helps (farmers) out as well.” The live auction runs from May to October, and growers within a 75-km radius of Elmira are invited to sell, and their goal is to increase family farm revenue and to help consumers recognize the importance of buying local. Pagett, along with John McVicar with the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, will lead into a discussion of how other

retailers can be influenced to join the local food movement. Admission to A Taste of Woolwich is only $2 per adult. Another successful event is the second-annual Try-A-Tri, scheduled for May 1 at the WMC. Participants in this non-competitive, untimed triathlon will swim 10 laps of the pool, bike 10 kilometers, and run 10 laps of the track. The triathlon was the idea of Coun. Mark Bauman last year, and with 120 participants in 2010 ranging from three-and-a-half to 80 years old, it was a huge

success. “Its purpose is twofold,” said Bauman. “First of all, healthy communities month means getting people active, and so it was designed for people like me who aren’t runners, swimmers, bikers but participate a little bit, so it’s something that pretty near anyone of any ability can participate in. “And the second goal was to raise money, because Woolwich Healthy Communities works on a shoestring budget, so there’s a participation fee but that fee is reimbursed if you get $75 or more in pledges.” Participants can go solo, or as a part of a team. The entry fee is $20 for adults (or relay team), $10 for youth aged 15-17, and free for those 14 and under – sponsored by the St. Jacobs optimist club. For more information about these, or any other events scheduled for Healthy Communities Month in Woolwich, visit their website at www.

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Either way, the old Ivory Coast is finished. What replaces it may be very ugly. Gwynne Dyer column on page 11

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Budget passed, but the hard choices lie ahead A

s Woolwich councillors waded through hundreds of pages in their budget documents, it would be easy to be overwhelmed by the many line items, adding up to millions of dollars. In going over thousands of items, the numbers become abstract. In the end, however, the decisions made have a real impact on every resident in the township. It’s real money that comes out of real wallets. Coun. Allan Poffenroth put that into perspective at several points during this week’s budget deliberations. In the case of a proposed study to measure the impact of noise from the B&L Metals plant in Elmira, for instance, he led the charge against spending up to $20,000 on a consultant by noting that amount could easily represent the tax contributions for the year of 10 or 12 households. Given that

the township receives $558 from the average tax bill, the payments from three dozen taxpayers would be forfeited to quantify what we already know: metal-stamping plants make noise. That $20,000 might be better spent on measures to protect nearby homes from the sounds emitting from the building: berms, tree planting, sound barriers, building insulation and the like. From office supplies to multimillion dollar roads and bridges projects, councillors should be mindful of where that money comes from. That perspective makes it easier to wield a sharp pencil … and an axe, where needed. There was little of that, however, at this stage. Perhaps because staff had whittled things down before bringing the documents to council. Perhaps because new councillors


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are still getting up to speed. Perhaps because of time constraints caused by the transition of one term to the next. Perhaps all of the above. Even with all the overspending in the recreation department, particularly at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, councillors seemed reluctant for wholesale changes, despite tempers flaring at times. That doesn’t mean changes aren’t coming at the WMC. The township has pledged a full assessment of the operation, looking for cost-savings and revenue-generating ideas. The hard choices may yet be put into action. To be fair, the real budget work will come in preparing for 2012. Councillors will have the better part of a year under their belts when preparations get underway in the fall. They’ll be better equipped to not only ask informed questions,

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but to demand cuts as needed. Budgets are a tradeoff: there are far more projects and programs to be funded than there are dollars. With something like recreation services, facilities like the WMC always cost more to run than the revenue they generate. The question is, how big should that gap be? Facing massive bills for essential infrastructure projects – crumbling roads, bridges, sewers and waterlines, for instance – council will have to weigh each budget line against the true priorities. As we’ve noted before, with Ottawa and Queen’s Park both tackling large deficits, the flow of infrastructure money is going to become only a trickle for the time being. The repairs and upgrades, some of them pressing, can’t wait, so municipalities will have to depend on their own resources.

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Civil war dooms another African nation


he general offensive has begun,” said Seydou Ouattara, the military spokesman of the man who claims to be Ivory Coast’s legitimate president, Alassane Ouattara, on Monday. “We’ve realized that this is the only way to remove [the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo].” On the same day Ouattara’s troops seized two cities in the west of the country, Daloa and Giglio. While ragtag little armies surge back and forth along the North African coast like a high-speed replay in miniature of the Western Desert campaign in the Second World War, a much bigger war is getting underway 1,500 km (1,000 mi) to the south. And although there are 9,000 United Nations troops on the ground in Ivory Coast, quite unlike the airstrikes-only intervention in Libya, the UN troops in Ivory Coast will not intervene to stop the war there. The UN soldiers, all from African countries, were sent there to police a truce between the Muslim north of the country, which has been in the hands of the rebel New Forces since 2002, and the government of President Laurent Gbagbo, which controlled the largely Christian south. They were also there to supervise the election last November that was supposed to end the division of the country. Unfortunately, the election didn’t work. Ouattara claimed victory and 3,000 international election observers backed him up, but an ally of Gbagbo’s on the Constitutional Court declared half a million of Ouattara’s votes invalid and said Gbagbo had won. Back to square one. Ouattara declared himself presi-


International Affairs GWYNNE DYER dent, appointed the commander of the New Forces, Guillaume Soro, as his prime minister, and holed up in a hotel in Abidjan, the commercial capital, with three UN tanks parked out front to deter an attack by Gbagbo’s forces. Gbagbo insisted that he was still president, and threatened to use the army against Ouattara. The UN troops will not intervene decisively because they were not sent to Ivory Coast to take sides in a large civil war, which is how this could end up. It isn’t just a quarrel between two stubborn men. It is about a probably irreversible transfer of power from the Christian south to the Muslim north in West Africa’s richest country, and there are those in the south who will fight to prevent that. Christians used to be the majority in Ivory Coast, and they would probably still be if not for the estimated four million illegal immigrants who have poured into the country in the past two decades. Almost all of them came from the countries to the north, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, which are entirely Muslim. Around a million of them are in Abidjan, but most stayed in northern Ivory Coast – Ouattara’s territory. Gbagbo’s real complaint about the recent election is not that the vote was rigged but that the voter registration was rigged: that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants


were registered as voters by sympathetic Muslim officials across the north. It may not be true, but it certainly could be. And Muslims certainly did vote overwhelmingly for Ouattara. There was no hostility in the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Ivory Coast 50 years ago: this is entirely a product of politics. Just as every evolutionary niche is always filled, so is every political niche, including the one inhabited by politicians whose method is to build support in one ethnic or religious community by stirring up fear or jealousy of another. Ouattara and Gbagbo both belong to that political species, although they would deny it with their last breath. They have succeeded so well that Ivory Coast now stands on the brink of a Muslim-Christian civil war (although the news agency reports hardly ever mention this key feature of today’s Ivorian politics). The normal result would be a hardening of the current partition of the country, but first there will be one last roll of the dice. Gbagbo is in deep trouble. The West African central bank has denied him access to Ivory Coast’s accounts, the country’s main cash crop, cocoa, is being boycotted by the international community, and last month he had trouble paying salaries and pensions to civil servants – including the military. Some got part of what was due them, some none at all. Gbagbo must pay them again this week, and he probably doesn’t have the money. His army has lost every

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Ethics need to be front and center in this election campaign T

he writ had hardly dropped when the whining began. “An election? Again?” Apparently, spending a few minutes to cast a ballot is so much work, we’re going to complain all the way to the polling station. Well, at least the ever-decreasing number of us who actually bother to vote. It borders on the cliché to compare voter apathy here with the struggles of peoples around the world, but it’s impossible not to contrast the May 2 federal election with the goings-on in North Africa and the Middle East. What price democracy? In the world’s hotspots, the price is measured in human lives, and yet democracy is not assured. Here, we typically jump to the $300-million cost of holding an election, a privilege in many parts of the world, but one most of us don’t even bother with. If we see an election as an inconvenience, there’s not much chance we’re going to pay attention to the campaign. Politicians, especially incumbents, prefer it that way: they can mouth a few platitudes and buzzwords without being challenged by an engaged electorate – see all the “coalition” talk, and the media parroting thereof, as proof. The Conservatives would rather you pay only cursory attention. Or not at all if you’re inclined to vote for other parties. That’s why they hope there’s no traction for the issue of ethics, as they’ve got plenty to hide on that front, from the inand-out financing scandal (charges pending?) to Bev Oda and the

Where provincial ethics commissioners have done well, the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has been handcuffed by Stephen Harper. There have been just 19 investigations since the position was created in 2005. Greene’s research shows every misstep could have been avoided with the kind of ethical education that MPPs in Ontario get, for instance. In the absence of good guidance, the current government has stepped out of bounds on many occasions. “The Harper government is one of the most unethical in recent years,” he notes. He believes most politicians basically mean well, but it’s easy to get off track without proper procedures and real accountability. Each misstep in turn leads to diminished public perception and expectations of our politicians. Something as simple as keeping election promises often goes by the wayside after an election. There may be good reasons for that, as new information comes to light once a government is in power and the reality of the situation sets in. Most politicians intend to keep their promises … all things being equal. But they usually aren’t, leading us to become even more disillusioned. While most politicians are honest, he maintains, it only takes a few such as former prime minister Brian Mulroney to really tar all the rest. “What spoils the system are a

From the Editor Steve Kannon first-ever contempt of Parliament charge. And let’s not forget the long list of dubious characters and associates such as Bruce Carson and Sebastien Togneri. But ethics run to the heart of politics and good governance. That’s precisely what we should be paying attention to, all the while holding politicians’ feet to the fire, suggests Ian Greene, a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University in Toronto. Canadians, he says, have very high ethical expectations of their politicians, but they don’t believe their elected representatives will live up to them. “Ethical politics is one of the essential ingredients of democracy,” Greene says, calling for proper checks and balances. His studies show the provinces have effective ethics commissioners, who provide proactive guidance to politicians from an independent, non-partisan position. That’s not the case at the federal level, where the commissioner is essentially appointed by the prime minister. “The system is working in the provinces, but not federally. We need better ethics education.”

Dyer: There's no going back > SEE LETTER ON PG. 11 clash with Ouattara’s New Forces since the November election, and he has lost control of the mainly Muslim quarters of Abidjan to the “Invisible Commandos,” essentially an urban branch of New Forces. So Ouattara is going for broke. Last week he rejected the peace envoy appointed by the African Union, and at the weekend the New Forces launched their final offensive. Or at least they hope it will be the final offensive.

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So far they are doing well, and they may just roll over Gbagbo’s disintegrating army and reunite Ivory Coast by force. Even that would leave great bitterness in the south – but it is also possible that Ouattara’s big push will stall after a few days. African armies tend to be weak in logistics, and they usually run out of supplies when they advance too fast. Then it turns into a long, mostly static civil war. Either way, the old Ivory Coast is finished. What replaces it may be very ugly.

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few people who are dishonest, like Mulroney was.” Increasingly, however, it’s the system itself that poses ethical challenges. A win-at-any-cost mentality that’s more about gamesmanship than it is good governance. Too many machinations and too much strategy, and not enough doing what’s right for the country. Greene points to the increasing power of staff and advisors in the PMO, where overeager partisans act as though the ends justify the means. “To my mind, in an ethical government … the means are as important as the ends.” Look no further than last summer’s G20 summit, where $1.3 billion was wasted and the civil rights of Canadians were violated for a Harper photo op. “We should be concerned about what happened there, but the G20 didn’t have the traction it should have,” he says. If we’re going to reverse the ethical slide, we’ll need change, starting with voters making ethics an issue. We have to push for real controls – politicians write the rules, going very easy on themselves so far – that will hold them accountable. Over the years, we worked toward universal suffrage and the elimination of blatant patronage in forging a more democratic system. Ethics are the next issues if our democracy is to evolve, Greene argues. “We have to work at this. The rights and freedoms we enjoy did not come easily.”

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Denim’s at the Core of new Elmira store Couple’s new venture showcases their love of accessorizing jeans ome people might try to tell you that jeans are only to be worn on weekends or vacations, when you’re doing work around the house or perhaps on casual Fridays at the office. Just don’t tell Donald and Stephanie Smith that. The husband and wife team recently opened Elmira’s newest apparel store, Core Clothing, and have placed a strong emphasis on denim clothes and accessories, based on their own tastes and their love for the versatile material. “There’s a wide range of denim. You can have dark dressy denim, and you can have casual, torn up, ripped up jeans right off the shelf,” said Donald. “You can wear it with anything and wear it anywhere.” The store is located at 5 Church St. East in Elmira, directly across from the Shoppers Drug Mart and just around the corner from Inspiring Accents. When you walk into Core Clothing, one of the first things you notice is how bright and roomy the store is. Despite only being about

TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE Stephanie and Donald Smith recently opened Core Clothing, their ode to denim, in downtown Elmira.



850-square feet, it feels much larger. “This place was very crowded with a lot of temporary walls,” said Donald of the location, which used to be a paint store and was the site of the Sears catalogue pickup. “We took out three levels of flooring, put a nice floor down and tried to keep as much space in here as we could.” About 15 tons of material was removed during the renovation process, he said, and the couple did most of their own renovations after the closing day on Nov. 1, and have spent the past three months transforming the store to match their own unique style. They officially opened on Mar. 21. The large windows out front provide lots of natural light inside the store, which is amplified by the light-toned hardwood flooring and creates a welcoming atmosphere. During renovations they even uncovered the original brick wall at the back of the shop and spent a week chipping away at the old plaster to expose the pale yellow and red brick to further accent the store. “It was a big job but we


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love the exposed brick wall, so we wanted to get it all uncovered,” laughed Stephanie, who was born in Elmira but moved to Waterloo when she was five, only to return about five years ago to raise a family. The store specializes in brands that are known for their denim lines, or as accessories to denim. Brands

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such as Bench, Buffalo or Silver Tab jeans line the shelves, along with a wide range of hats, purses, bags, jackets, watches and belts. The couple has even been told that their store looks like it belongs more in downtown Toronto than downtown Elmira, but they’re convinced that the time is right to open a trendy cloth-

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ou might not consider the creation of an insurance program a historic day in your profession or trade. But consider the plight of an Ontario farmer. A single animal in western Canada gets tagged with having BSE, and the U.S. border suddenly closes to beef exports. Including yours. Your harvests are plentiful, but when an agricultural trade war breaks out between two superpower exporting nations, prices tumble. Including yours. Mother Nature decides it’s time for a late spring frost, or a summer deluge, or a harvest-time blizzard, and as a result crops fail. Including yours. You plead to governments for an insurance program. Ottawa comes up with one that doesn’t work, so you and other farmers design one, and offer it up to the feds and the province. It hinges on contributions from both levels of government, as well as premiums from you. Before long the province kicks in with a pilot program that runs quite well and becomes popular. But years go by (four years, in fact), and still there’s no help from Ottawa. Then the federal government folds, for the fourth time in seven years. Who can do business in such an environment? Farmers say they can’t. They’ve repeatedly said it’s unreasonable

Food For Thought Owen Roberts to expect them to feed the nation without an equitable, predictable and bankable insurance program. Farming is a big user of credit; just imagine trying to get a loan for anything big without decent insurance, or based on income that depended on the entire Canadian livestock sector staying healthy. Scant hours before Tuesday’s provincial budget, Ontario farm groups were issuing news releases clearly stating they had one priority, and one only – that is, for a permanent, provincially supported risk management program. They didn’t ask for anything else. They just wanted an insurance program that they could take to the bank. And, it turns out, on what’s being called a “historic day” by a farmers’ coalition known as Ontario Grains and Oilseeds, that’s what they got. On budget day, they received from the provincial government a $150-million permanent risk management program, an insurance plan they describe as a “self-directed, cost-shared farmer-designed pro-


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gram that will help them through the markets ups and downs.” There’s still no federal help, given that there’s no federal government. But the pressure was on the province to come through, with spring planting around the corner and farmers feeling they’d waited long enough. The timing for this program was excellent, and the thanks from farmers has been profuse. “Ontario grain farmers should celebrate [this] news,” said Don Kenny, chair of the Guelph-based Grain Farmers of Ontario, adding that the McGuinty government’s leadership “sets a new standard in the province and ensures the stability of our family farms.” Bette Jean Crews, chair of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition, said establishing the program “was the single most important action the provincial government could have taken in the budget.”

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“It’s lots of hours for about three other people besides us,” Donald said. They hope that the widespread appeal of their products across almost any age group will lead to longterm success for their store, and that they can one day pass it along to their three children so they can run it themselves. “We wanted our very own thing, and that’s why we got into the denim – it’s different than any other store in town, there is no store with a focus on denim and things you would wear with denim,” explained Donald. “We wear it to work, we wear it out to the club, I’ve never worn anything else really,” said Donald of his personal attraction to the material. “I have one suit, and I bought it a long time ago,” he added with a laugh.

Owning their own business isn’t new to Donald or Stephanie, either. They also run the landscaping company Rain Maker Sprinkler Systems in Elmira, and are confident they can do both effectively. “We’re service oriented with Rain Maker, and it’s only a summer business,” said Donald, adding that they would operate the landscaping company out of Core Clothing’s office as well. To help with running the clothing store, they have hired a full-time store associate, Madison Rotteveel, as well as two part-time employees to help fill in wherever needed. The store will always have two people working there at all times, one of which will usually be either Stephanie or Donald.

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Curtis Royal, president of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, called the announcement great news for Ontario farmers, rural communities and everyone involved in agriculture and agri-food. “It will give our farmers the tools they need to sustain their operations so they can continue to provide high quality, locally grown food to Ontario consumers,” he said. And Wilma Jeffray, chair of Ontario Pork, said the fact that the province took action during tough fiscal times and without the participation of the federal government “makes this announcement that much more significant to Ontario farmers.” The only people who won’t be celebrating this plan are federal Conservatives campaigning in rural Ontario. Why didn’t Ottawa get behind a program that was so needed and desired by farmers in the province? Good question.


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Exercise as medicine Get healthy Stay healthy Barney Kuntze

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im Erb is feeling a little overwhelmed. The Wellesley native and partner of Erb and Good Funeral Home in Waterloo will be the guest of honour tonight at the Mayor’s Dinner, held annually at Bingemans in Kitchener to raise money for the Working Centre. Erb is being recognized for nearly 40 years of volunteer work in the Wellesley and KitchenerWaterloo communities. “It

was much easier to say yes (to the award) five or six months ago,” the modest Erb jokes about the attention the award is garnering him. “It’s an unbelievable honour.” Raised in Wellesley by Albert and Irene Erb, he says he developed his strong sense of community by watching his parents. The elder Erb, owner of the family farm equipment business, sat on Wellesley town council beginning in 1963. Current Mayor Ross Kelterborn remembers Albert’s service to the township. “They’ve been volunteers forever,” said Kelterborn, who accompanied the pair as they made their Meals on Wheels deliveries last week. Even into their 90s, Erb’s parents serve as a model of volunteerism for him. Attributing his sense of community to the place where he grew up, Erb knows Wellesley shaped his values as much as his parents did. “I think growing up in a small town you see things a little bit different than you do in a big city. Everybody helps,” he said. “That was im-

portant to me. If they’re not fighting issues themselves, I can’t understand why people wouldn’t respond.” Erb hopes he has set the same example for his children and works to make the impression on his grandchildren as well, bringing them along as he works on some of his favourite charitable projects. “There’s no question that volunteer work is very intentional for me,” said Erb. “We take our grandchildren with us to pack hampers for the House of Friendship hoping that if they see grandma and grandpa do things like that it’ll stick.” Erb, fascinated by funeral directing since the age of 11, has gone into semi-retirement recently. His sons now run the dayto-day aspects of the business, allowing Erb more freedom to volunteer his time. “I’ve scaled back to half days (at the funeral home) and it’s so much more fun when you don’t have to worry about coming back to work afterwards,” he said. Among Erb’s current



n Canada, too many people view exercise as medicine for an ailment. When you get fat, take exercise until you’re not fat. Exercise is not medicine. You take medicine for a brief period of time until you are no longer sick. Exercise is merely using our body the way it was designed to be used. It’s a lifestyle we were created to lead, not some trendy novelty. Years ago, we didn’t have to think about creating opportunities to be physical. Very few things in our lives were automated, so our daily activities were enough to keep everything going. Right now, we have very little, if any daily activity requirements. We have to create them. If you don’t use it, you will lose it. Your body runs a tight ship. It frequently goes through a “spring cleaning” process to get rid of anything it doesn’t need. If we don’t create daily reasons for our body to keep moving, it will stop. When your body stops, it hurts. It’s debilitating and you begin to suffer with ongoing nagging pain. How much fun is that? How do you plan to live your later years? You want to be able to walk? You better be walking quite a bit right now. You want to be able to pick up your grandchildren? You better be picking up heavy stuff on a daily basis right now. You want your heart to beat? You better be giving it good reason to beat hard every day!


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his recipe uses several techniques and skills that can be used over and over with many different types of dishes. First, blanching and refreshing of vegetables: this involves dropping a vegetable in boiling, salted water and then refreshing, or ‘shocking’ it in ice water. What this does is par-cook a vegetable (potatoes included) so that in the final cooking stage, the vegetable is done to perfection. In the case of hard white vegetables such as cauliflower or potatoes, they are golden brown on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside. For green vegetables, blanching removes any bitter flavours and the refreshing ‘shocks’ the vegetables to a bright green. Use blanched broccoli on your next veggie platter. Second, the making of a roux. A roux is equal parts of fat (usually butter) and flour that are cooked together before adding a liquid such as milk, stock or water. There are three different types of roux: white, blond and brown. The darker the roux, the less thickening power it has. You would use a white roux for a thick, milky sauce and a brown roux is traditionally used in soups such as gumbo. In today’s recipe, we are making a béchamel which, by adding the Gruyere cheese, is now called a Mornay sauce. Finally, the gratin. This is a widely used culinary technique for finishing a dish. Whether it is using cheese, eggs or buttered breadcrumbs, it is an attractive and delicious browned crust atop numerous types of food. We have used the gratin over pasta, slow cooked beans, and any number of roasted vegetables (such as ratatouille in the height of summer). It is an elegant finishing touch. Sure, this may be a traditional recipe you’ve made before, but sometimes it can be a reminder of what great homemade food is all about. Blanch cauliflower florets in a generous amount of water for about 4-5 minutes. Refresh in ice water to stop them from cooking any further. They should be crisp tender; Pre-heat oven to 375 F;

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>>2 large heads of cauliflower >>1/4 cup butter >>1/4 cup flour >>3 cups milk >>1 cup grated gruyere >>Pinch of nutmeg >>Salt and pepper to taste >>1 cup breadcrumbs (fine or coarse)

Melt butter in a saucepan and add the flour (this is known as the roux). Cook 2-3 minutes to cook out some of the flour taste. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Lower the heat to low and add the cheese, warm until just melted, otherwise the cheese will become grainy. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg; Mix together breadcrumbs and butter; Gently toss cauliflower into sauce and pour into a gratin dish (or for special entertaining, make individual gratins in small ramekins). Sprinkle with buttered breadcrumbs; Place dish on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until the gratin in bubbling and golden brown.

> CONTINUED FROM PG. 15 You don’t have to go to aerobics class, lift weights, or play a sport. You don’t have to strive to look like a model. You do, however, need to do something that gives your mind, body, and soul a reason to show up

to work. Think about it this way: how far are you going to get from where you are right now, reading this very paper, to where you’re going to be in a couple minutes without your body? Choose your medicine wisely.


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ley I thought to myself ‘rather than thinking that because there’s one in Elmira and one in New Hamburg that we’ve got enough, why not have a third one because this area has proven that it really works,’” he said, explaining how the first ABC festival came to be. The festival founders began meeting three years before the first Apple, Butter and Cheese event opened it’s doors to 8,000 people. “There were only 800 or 900 people living in Wellesley, so it was ten times the number of people living there,” Erb said about the success of the festival. Erb’s parents served sausage and pancakes at the event until about 10 years ago; they were in their eighties when they stopped. Saturday night will be like an episode of ‘This is Your Life’ for Erb, who will be seeing people from his volunteer history he hasn’t seen in over a decade and hear them speak about his devotion to his community. Erb says he is looking forward to the event, but mostly, because it will bring in donations for charity. “We’re strong supporters of the Working Centre and hopefully this can be my contribution to building up the work they do.”

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CONTINUED FROM PG. 15 favourite projects are the annual House of Friendship turkey drive and church activities, as well as civic initiatives to blend city, township and regional councils into one council. “I like to get involved in charities where just a little bit of money or just a little bit of work by a person makes a difference,” he said. “I like to do things where I see there is a need and you can maybe make a difference for people who need a hand up.” Although he plays down some of the work he does, Erb’s involvement in two large projects has helped to shape the community he is from and the one he lives in now. Erb was on the founding board for Habitat for Humanity in Kitchener-Waterloo, helping to bring the house building project to the area, but he may best be known in Wellesley for being one of the founders of the Apple, Butter and Cheese festival. “I went to high school in Elmira and the band played at the syrup festival each year; when I was president of the board of trade in Welles-



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First game of finals goes to the Kings

Hometown fans have plenty to cheer about as Elmira hands Listowel a 4-1 defeat outstanding saves, but Nick played exceptionally well. We’ve been lucky we’ve had some good goaltending in the playoffs, and that Nick could carry that on tonight.” The win was Horrigan’s fourth straight after coming on in relief of Matt Smith halfway through game-three of the Brantford series, and his 38 saves helped raise his save percentage in these playoffs to .925. The game started out very sluggishly for both teams as there was only one shot apiece as the game neared eight minutes of play. Elmira and Listowel both had trouble making the first pass out of their own zone, and both sides were guilty of some careless giveaways early.

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he Elmira Sugar Kings started their new playoff series like they ended the last one: with strong goaltending and some luck. The combination saw them skate to a game-one victory in the Cherrey Cup finals Wednesday night, a 4-1 home win over the fifth-seeded Listowel Cyclones. Kings goaltender Nick Horrigan was solid, making 38 saves in the win, but had some luck on his side as Cyclones skaters hit three goalposts through the course of the game as well. “I thought it was a goaltending battle out there,” said Kings head coach Geoff Haddaway following the game. “I thought (Listowel goaltender Anthony) Peters had some


DOUBLING-UP Kings netminder Nick Horrigan and defender Shane Smith move to block a shot by Listowel’s Tanner Simpson

in the first period of the Kings 4-1 win over the Cyclones in game-one of the Cherrey Cup finals at the WMC Wednesday night. “I think both teams strugThe Cyclones opened the The Kings would respond gled with their legs a little bit scoring at 8:49 of the first pe- in the latter half of the period and there were some unchar- riod on the powerplay cour- with a powerplay goal of their acteristic giveaways by good tesy of Brett Catto. Horrigan own. Spencer MacCormack players on both teams,” said made the initial save on a shot tipped a Jordan Benton point Haddaway. “(But) everyone by Ryan Horvat, with the re- shot into the top shelf past Peknows what’s at stake here, so bound coming right to Catto, > SEE KINGS ON PG.22 I think that’s all that was.” who had a wide open net.

A goal-scoring machine Wellesley boy racks up 133 goals in 34 games with Twin Centre Novice team James Jackson


ith 298 goals in 470 career NHL games, Washington Capital’s forward Alexander Ovechkin has a career goalscoring average of 0.44 goals per game – just under one goal every two games. But this season, Wellesley resident Jacob Thompson has put his idol to shame by tallying an incredible 133 goals in just 34 games – or 3.9 goals per game – while playing centre for the Twin Centre Novice Local League #3 team. The seven-year-old has honed his shot in the base-




Jacob Thompson hones his shot daily. ment of his Wellesley home by taking at least 50 shots every night on goal with the

help of his father, Shawn. “He passes it to me and then I shoot it,” Jacob said with a smile – a smile that is missing one front tooth and draws a striking resemblance between himself and the Washington star dubbed Alexander the Great. Much like Ovechkin, Jacob’s dedication to the sport and desire to improve will never be questioned, either. His coach, Phil Palermo, said that Jacob is one of the most competitive kids on the team and will do anything to score and help his team win.


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n a hard-fought series that went to the limit, the Woolwich Minor Bantam A boys’ team lost a heartbreaker Mar. 26 against Uxbridge, 6-1 at the WMC in game-five of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association finals. The team had taken a 2-1 series lead on Mar. 19, a 5-4 win in Elmira, to move within one game of claiming the title, but couldn’t seal the deal by losing two straight – 4-1 on Mar. 20, and the 6-1 setback last Saturday. “Yeah, that was a tough one,” said head coach John Lunney of the game-five loss. “To be honest we defi-

nitely didn’t have our ‘A’ effort in the game, we kind of came out flat and they had a quick goal that silenced the crowd for a bit, and we couldn’t seem to rally back.” Alex Uttley had the lone goal for the Wild in the game, assisted by Adam Jokic and Scott Martin. Lunney said that the team’s flat performance was probably tied to nerves heading into the deciding game. “We were trying to keep it calm and were cracking jokes in the dressing room just to get them not thinking about it as much,” he said. “They were disappointed with the loss, but at


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he other day a friend of mine called to tell me about the new 10-gauge turkey gun he bought. It had all the bells and whistles – camo finish, ultra-full choke, red-dot sight, thumbhole stock and the like. I would have expected no less. Brian (not his real name, but awful close) is relatively new to turkey hunting – in fact, he’s never actually seen a bird while in the field – let alone shot at one. Internet chat rooms, websites and magazine articles have made him somewhat of an expert, however. Hence the new gun. He had good reason to get it. After all, last season, his first, he was using a perfectly good 12-gauge along with premium 3.5-inch shells and no turkeys crossed his paths. All he knew is that he failed, whereas everyone on those outdoors television shows and Internet chat rooms didn’t. His solution, of course, was to get a bigger gun – the 10 gauge. The theory here is that a larger gun with one of the ultratight chokes he has on it will extend his effective range so that, should he see a turkey at 50 yards, it’s as good as his. Yes, for the mere cost of several hundred dollars and an impending

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea new and costly relationship with a chiropractor, he has gained another 30 feet of effective range. And this gives him confidence. I’ll go easy on him because my friend is young and inexperienced in these matters of the heart. He wants to fill a turkey tag so badly that he’s willing to spend big bucks just to eke out every last ounce of advantage. That’s fine. But, by purchasing this long-range unit, he has all but assured himself that his first turkey will show up at five yards –just like the jake that I took last spring. Let me just say this is a shame, since headless turkeys are not very photogenic. And, if he ever gets one, there will be a photo shoot. Call me a dinosaur, but I remember the days when turkey hunters used to routinely collect birds with the same 12-gauge shotguns that they used for ducks. Back then, as we were tagging our birds, we didn’t know we were doing it wrong.

We just naturally assumed that any firearm that could kill a charging bull elephant was good enough for a turkey provided it stepped within 35 yards. Now, of course, we know better. Sure, every year thousands of turkeys stray within 35 yards of hunters. But thousands more, stand within that critical 36- to 50-yard zone. Hence the need for a shoulder cannon. The problem here is that millions stand outside of that 50 yard range. And this worries me. You see, I suspect that new turkey hunters will soon pick up on this and then realize that, an 8-gauge is better still. Faced with one that was loaded with one pound or so of shot and the appropriate amount of powder, no turkey within 80 yards would be safe – nor would any shoulder. After a few seasons of this, turkey hunters would be clamouring for the latest 6-gauge, And so it would go. Soon, this arms race would escalate so that we’d actually be shooting turkeys so far out that manufacturers would have to sell amplifiers with their calls. Where will it end, you ask? I’m guessing at the chiropractor’s office.

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fairs starting at about 8 a.m., revolving around three hours of on-ice drills like power skating and skill development, and about two hours of off-ice conditioning and exercises. For the Midget and Bantam levels, the camp will be in the evenings during those same days from around 5 to 9 p.m., consisting of 90-minutes of on-ice work and scrimmages, and about another hour of off-ice conditioning as well. The Midget and Bantam camps will be run by John Lunney and Joe Amlinger, the coaches of the Minor Bantam A team that lost in the OMHA finals last week-

end to Uxbridge. Code has more than 30 years experience as a hockey player and instructor, having played forward for the Kitchener Dutchmen for three seasons from 1991 to 1993 and winning the Sutherland Cup in 1992. From there he went on to Western Michigan University on a hockey scholarship where he played three more seasons. He also worked as an instructor in Michigan, and was the off-ice trainer and conditioning coach for the Wellesley Apple Jacks for several seasons. He has been a coach in Woolwich minor hockey for the past four years

While attending the University of Michigan, Tony met his wife Maria, who is a Division I champion gymnast and has worked as a coach from beginner to elitelevel gymnasts. Maria will be working with the Atom and Peewee players in the off-ice conditioning portion of the program. Beyond the obvious hockey benefits of the program, Code also says the timing of the program can double as preparation for school in September. “It starts to get the kids in a bit of a routine for going back to school as well. I know that parents like that their kids are going to work hard and have pretty full days which can help build their routines back up so going back to school isn’t as big of a shock.” Prices for the camp range from $300 per week for the Atom/Peewee camp ($225 for goalies), and $325 for players in the Midget/Bantam camp, and there is a $10


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Kings: Everyone contributes as coach rolls four lines to keep pressure on

SKATING AWAY Brady Campbell breaks away from Listowel’s Blake Thompson in the third period of Elmira’s 4-1 win on Wednesday night. Campbell scored the third goal of the night earlier in the period to help seal the win.


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hanks to timely scoring, big-game goaltending – and a little bit of luck – the Kings have advanced to the Cherrey Cup finals after their 5-2 win in game-six over the two-time defending champion Brantford Golden Eagles Mar. 26. It was sweet revenge for the Kings, as Brantford ousted Elmira in six games during last year’s semifinal round. “That was probably our most complete effort of the series,” said head coach Geoff Haddaway. “For 60 minutes we competed really hard, and we were able to get a lead and sustain it, and keep adding to it.” The early lead came courtesy of Brad Kraus – who missed the final five games of the Kings’ regular season and their first-round victory over his hometown Cambridge Winter Hawks – when he potted his fourth goal of the series just 3:40 in, assisted by Andrew Smith and Wade Pfeffer. Defenceman Colton WolfeSabo extended the Kings lead to 2-0 in the final minute of the first period when he tallied a powerplay goal at 19:06 from Spencer MacCormack and

Ryan Clarkson. Despite the early lead, Haddaway said he told the Kings not to take Brantford lightly. The Kings held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period in gamefive, only to surrender that lead and fight back from a 4-2 deficit to win it in overtime. “What we tried to stress before the game is we should expect Brantford’s best effort, so we better come up with our best as well,” said Haddaway. The team heeded that advice and built on their lead early in the second. Jarred Parent scored 5:33 in from Brady Campbell and Brennon Pearce, and Josh MacDonald scored his fourth of the series just 39 seconds later to make it 4-0 from Kraus and Shane Smith. Brantford’s Tanner Rutland responded just 14 seconds later, though, to make it 4-1, but unlike the previous match Elmira refused to let that goal change the momentum of the game. Brantford scored about halfway through the third to make it 4-2, courtesy of Sam Milligan at 11:37, but Kraus ended their hopes for a comeback with an unassisted emptynet goal at 17:24. Nick Horrigan made 34

saves in the win and won three straight games against Brantford in relief of Matt Smith who helped lead the Kings to a first-round defeat of Cambridge. Elmira also managed to win all three games in Brantford to advance to the Cherrey Cup against Listowel. “I’m not sure a lot of people would have taken that bet, that we’d win all three games,” said Haddaway. “It’s a tribute to our guys.” In the end, it was Elmira’s ability to roll all four lines that led to their success, said Haddaway. Brantford had no response or matchup capable of containing the Kings, in particular the line of Kraus, Smith, and MacDonald, who racked up 13 goals and 17 assists in the six-game series. "I think they capitalized on their chances, for sure, and you need that to carry you through,” said Haddaway of the trio. “But I thought they were complimented well by the other lines; whether Brantford was trying to get a certain matchup, I’m not sure, but in game-six I thought the (Brady)



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empty-netter with less than two minutes to go. “Obviously a great way to start the series,” said Haddaway. “When you have home ice you have to win that first game, and we did that tonight, (but) this was the first of a good series, for sure.” The series is also the first time the two teams have matched up against each other in the Cherrey Cup finals. Listowel last made the finals back in 2005 when they beat


ters, with Wade Pfeffer picking up the other assist. The powerplay came after some great work by Brad Kraus and Brady Campbell while killing off an Elmira penalty to draw a hooking call against Horvat and negate the Listowel powerplay. In the second period Elmira dominated much of the play as they demonstrated one of the primary reasons why they are playing for the Cherrey Cup: their ability to roll all four lines and come in waves off the bench. “We’re four lines, that’s the only way we can be successful,” said Haddaway. “We can’t over-play one line, we need everyone to contribute and so far in the playoffs that’s just the way we’ve been doing it.” Lukas Baleshta gave the Kings the lead just 1:44 into the second with a good individual effort down low in the corner. He managed to wheel away from the defender and make his way to the low slot in front of Peters, where he unleashed his quick wrist shot

and beat the Listowel keeper. MacCormack and Ryan Clarkson picked up the assists. With 7:44 left on the clock, Baleshta undressed a Listowel defender and broke in alone on the keeper but was hauled down, granting him a penalty shot. Balestha faked to his backhand and tried to go high glove side on the forehand but was stopped by Peters. In the third, the Kings put the game away on another great individual effort, this time from Brennon Pearce who beat his man to the outside and cut in front of the net, crashing into Peters and knocking him down. Brady Campbell followed close behind and managed to clean up the garbage by tapping in his seventh goal of the playoffs just 1:28 in. From there on the period belonged to Horrigan, who finished with 16 saves in the third for the win. Two of Listowel’s three goal posts in the game came in the third as well with the score still close at 3-1. Captain Josh Woolley capped things off with an



WINNING IT ALL The Woolwich Wild Bantam LL team captured the league championship with a win over the Wilmot Wolverines 5-1 in the finals Mar. 26. Back row: Jason Barber (co-coach), Jen Hahn (trainer), Cassidy Bauman, Brianna Schlupp, Breanna Campbell, Marlowe Schott, Blaire Snyder, Leslie Quinn, Herb Townsend (coach), Lize Schuurmans, Paul Dietrich (coach), Alise Fife. Middle row: Erin Graham, Emily Schuurmans, Jessica Townsend, Megan Thoman, Jenessa Babcock, Jenna Weber. Front: Autumn Campbell. Absent: Carissa Truax, Sommer Frey, Denise Thoman (manager).


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SHUTOUT BUSTER Alexander Uttley scores the Minor Bantam team’s lone goal in last Saturday’s 6-1 loss to Uxbridge

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“You can tell he’s very competitive and he brings that out on the ice. He always wants to win,” Palermo said. “He has a passion for the game, and an excellent shot; I’ve never seen a shot like that. He’s something else to watch.” His mother Michelle can personally attest to the dedication and competitive nature in her son. “Every night after supper, he says ‘Mom, you want to play hockey?’ or first thing in the morning ‘Mom, you want to play hockey?’ He just always wants to go into the basement and do that,” she laughed. Jacob’s team enjoyed enormous success this season as well, in part thanks to Jacob’s scoring prowess but also because the team made enormous strides playing together, the coach said. “We had a few kids that were just beginners, and a few kids that hadn’t played in a few seasons. There were some kids who couldn’t skate at the start of the season but by the end you couldn’t tell. I thought as a team they did great,” Palermo said. The team finished with a 15-2-1 record in the regular season, but lost in the league finals to Twin Centre Local League #2, 4-3 in overtime last Saturday, with Jacob scoring all three goals in the game. Jacob is not only a great goal scorer, but a good team-



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the same time they’ve got to keep their heads held high, they went right to five games against one of the best teams in Ontario and that’s an accomplishment, and we had a great season.” The Minor Bantam team was gunning to be the third Woolwich Rep squad to capture the OMHA title this season after the Minor Atom team won 4-3 back on Mar. 19 over Innisifil, and the Major Novice A team wrapped up

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Campbell, (Brennon) Pearce, and (Jarred) Parent line was outstanding as well.” With the win, the Kings advanced to the Cherrey Cup finals against Listowel, winning the opening game 4-1 Wednesday night. The Cyclones – the fifth seed in the Midwestern Conference standings this year – ousted Stratford in sev-

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Bedroom Furniture. 5-piece, sold wood frame, patina finish, made in USA by Henry Link: 2 night tables, 6-drawer dresser, lingerie tower, 3-drawer dresser. Excellent condition. $850. 519-6642992.


Cook Stove with warmer and


>>Case 1070 Tractor, 3PH, new pump $6500.00; Oliver 1800 diesel, 3PH $5500.00; Cockshutt 1750, western, $4200; 1060 Nuffield, 60 HP, new alternator $3200. Dan Seifried, Harriston 519-3382688.


Sales and Service

>>Elmira. 1 Bedroom apt. 2nd floor. Central location . $475 + hydro only. Avail. May 1. Call 519-6691472.




Bedroom Apartment, close to downtown Elmira. Smoke free, no pets. $750/mth + utilities. Avail. May 1. 519669-2786.


Bedroom Listowel - Comfortable living. Two bedroom

Making the stuff the festival is all about

ALMOST TIME Fred Martin (above) and his son

Joel (right) were hard at work boiling and bottling syrup on their family farm near West Montrose on Thursday afternoon in preparation for the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival that will see some 70,000 visitors Saturday.



Bedroom Ranch style bungalow for sale in beautiful birdland. Large well treed lot. Price $319,000. 22 Bluejay Rd., Elmira. Call 519-669-3714 to view.

100% Local.


Sat April 9th 9:30am

112 Bonnie onnie Crescent, Elmira r ra

>>Upstairs Office Space - 3 rooms available from $450 per month depending on size. Includes heat & hydro. Main floor in an active real estate office. Call Mildred Frey, 519-669-1544.

PUBLIC Vehicle to be held at

Come see our showroom at:

apartments in new building. Big kitchen, living room, own laundry, walk out. May 1, 2011. 226-220-1196.

Police, Government, Repo, Bankruptcy, Fleets & Others




>>Apartment for Rent. 27 Robb St., Moorefield. 2 bedroom, fridge and stove included. Laundry in building. No pets. $725 + utilities. First & last month. 519-291-2590 or 519-2914453, leave message.




>>“Limited Time Offer” Relaxing therapy includes muscles, nerves, lymphs, hormones, pain etc. Call Grant’s Hands On Therapy 519-577-3251. Elmira office $50.00, or house calls $57.00. >>CRD

Accounting Services - Income Tax (E-File) Services. Small business accounting, payroll & gov/t filings. Chuck Downs, 95 Aspen Cr., Elmira. 519-669-1498, cell 519569-1744.


>>April 1 & 2 Multifamily

garage sale at Hawkesville Community Centre. Friday noon

2 - 2008 Chev IMPALA LT’s 2008 CROWN VICTORIA 2 - 2008 Dodge CHARGER’S 2007 Chev IMPALA LT 2007 CROWN VICTORIA 3 - 2007 Dodge CHARGER’S 2 - 2007 Chev IMPALA’s 2 - 2005 Chev IMPALA LS’s 2005 Toyota PRIUS Hybrid 2002 Chev IMPALA LS 2002 Ford E250 Cargo Van 2 - 2001 Chev /GMC 2500 Cargo Vans 2001 GMC SAFARI Van 99 Chev LUMINA 4dr 2010 Crown Victoria (Damaged)

Partial List ONLY!!!!! Website is updated Daily as Vehicles & Equipment Arrive!

No Buyer’s Premium!! VIEWING: Friday, April 8th, 2011 - 1pm to 4pm TERMS: $500 Cash Deposit on Each Vehicle, or as announced

M.R. Jutzi & Co


>>Multi-Family Garage Sale. Saturday, April 9/11/ 7 a.m. - noon. 10 Bauman St., Elmira. >>Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave., S., Elmira. 24h Annual Indoor Garage Sale. Saturday, April


9, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Space still available. Call to reserve your vendor space. 519-669-6026. For more information visit our website

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» Saturday, April 02, 2011


Snapple has it wrong when it comes to dreaming


The sounds of  the English  language are well known to  most of  us. But can you name  a few striking sounds from  the world’s languages with a  “foreign” ring to them?


Spanish Silbo, a whistle language, has only four vowel and four consonant sounds, says Dean Christopher in Discover magazine. “Audible for miles, it resembles bird calls and is indigenous to -where else? -- the Canary Islands.” And when the Dutch encountered Africa’s Nama people, whose language includes clicking sounds, they were dubbed Hottentots, or Dutch for “stuttering.” For those of you who recall the old Westerns in which Native Americans made a sound like “ugh,” it was “a naive attempt” to reproduce the sound of the glottal stop of

Strange But True Bill & Rich Sones

many Native American languages, produced by briefly closing the vocal cords during speech. Indian Sign Language is the world’s most widespread silent language, with some 2.7 million users. And perhaps the ultimate sound of silence: More than a third of the world’s 6,800 spoken languages are endangered. “According to UNESCO, about 200 tongues now have fewer than 10 surviving speakers.”


From a Roaming Shores,  Ohio, reader:  “I recently  read in a prestigious medical  journal (well, actually on the 

back of  a Snapple bottle cap)  that the average human dream  lasts only 2 to 3 seconds. I don’t  get it. My husband says he  never remembers his dreams but  almost every night I have what  seem like long and convoluted  dreams that take several  minutes to relate (usually to his  great chagrin). What gives?”


“Most of the Snapple caps I’ve seen are fairly accurate but the above ‘fact’ is completely wrong,” says Harvard’s Deidre Barrett, author of The Committee of Sleep. Most dreams occur in rapideye-movement (REM) sleep, taking place about every 90 minutes throughout the night so that an average sleeper has five REM periods per night totaling 90-120 minutes. The first REM is usually slightly under 10 minutes, then subsequent



St. Teresa Catholic Church No God, No Hope; Know God, Know Hope! Celebrate Eucharist with us Mass times are:

Sat. 5pm, Sun. 9am and 11:15am

19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira • 519-669-3387

Trinity United Church, Elmira “Our mission is to love, learn & live by Christ’s teachings” Sunday Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School during Worship Minister: Rev. Dave Jagger

rm A Wlcaome e W all! to Visit us at: 21 Arthur St. N., Church office 519-669-5560

SUNDAYS AYS @ 10:30AM Services at John Mahood Public School A Volumes September Ad:Layout 1 30/08/10 10:56 AM Page 1



Finding The Way Together 47 Arthur St., S. Elmira • 519-669-3153

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church Sundays - 9:45 am Family Worship Service 11:00 am Sunday School for all ages

1151 Snyder’s Flat Rd., Bloomingdale • 519-745-2411

@ 11:00 am Jeff Martin The Easter Experience #3

Discovering God Together

519-669-2319 | 4522 Herrgott Road, Wallenstein


Worship 10:30am Sunday School during service

Minister: Rev. Dr. Linda Bell

Presbyterian Church 2 Cross St., Elmira • 519-669-2852

Office Hours: M-TH 9-Noon & 1-3 • E

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 3, 2011 9:15 & 11:00 AM “The Road to the Cross” 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira • 519-669-1296 Check out our website


Sun Apr 3rd

Worship Service - 10:30am

a four week series

5 First St., Elmira • 519-669-1459

Bill and Rich at

- The Junction -

Can You Hear Me Now?

How God Talks To You

>>Send STRANGE questions to brothers

Zion Mennonite Fellowship

Signal strength: 28%

April 3, 2011

ones grow longer up to about an hour, with the wake-up dream most likely to be remembered. “There is nothing to suggest that we would remember only seconds of our many minutes of dream time.” In fact, research has found that when people are systematically awakened 5, 10, 20 minutes into REM, the longer they’ve been in this state, the longer their dream recollection. These studies also suggest that while dream time can sometimes be distorted, most dreams are estimated at pretty close to “real time.”

10:30am Worship Service 9:15am Sunday School Pastor: Richard A. Frey

27 Mill St., Elmira • 519-669-2593

Check the Observer for your local faith listings!




On Monday, April 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. the Committee will meet in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Offices, 24 Church Street West, Elmira to consider the following applications. All persons interested in the applications may attend and may contact Nancy Thompson at 519-669-6040 or 519-664-2613 (ext. 6040) regarding meeting details. Email: The Committee will also consider signed, written submissions for or against the applications if submitted to the Township of Woolwich no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Submissions can be forwarded by mail or hand delivery to: Township of Woolwich, Attn: Jeremy Vink, P.O. Box 158, 24 Church Street West, Elmira, ON N3B 2Z6 or Fax 519-669-4669 or Email MINOR VARIANCE APPLICATION A6/2011 – Joshua Brubacher PROPERTY: 335 and 341 Hill Street, GCT Part Lot 69 PROPOSAL: The applicant is requesting permission to expand a legal nonconforming woodworking shop to permit a total addition of 30 square metres. The proposed addition will consist of a 15 square metre office to the rear of the shop and an additional 15 square metre workshop area at the front. The property is zoned Agricultural and contains a house, barn, shed and woodworking shop. MINOR VARIANCE APPLICATION A7/2011 – Sevdat Balla PROPERTY: 12 Eldale Road, Elmira, GCT Part Lot 104, RP58R-6715 Part 5 PROPOSAL: The applicant is requesting permission to recognize the existing lot width and lot frontage of approximately 25.6 metres whereas 25.7 metres is required. The property is zoned Settlement Residential (R-1) and is currently vacant. MINOR VARIANCE APPLICATION A8/2011 – Timothy and Deanna Underwood PROPERTY: 29 Bristow Creek Drive, Elmira, Plan 58M-7 Lot 52 PROPOSAL: The applicant is requesting permission to reduce the rear yard setback from 7.5 metres to approximately 6.0 metres to permit the addition of a sunroom at the rear of the dwelling. The applicant is proposing to remove the existing second floor deck and construct a new sunroom and lower deck along with a new second floor deck above the sunroom. The property is zoned Residential Mixed High Density (R-5) with site –specific provisions and contains a single family dwelling. Further information about the applications may be obtained from Engineering and Planning Services at 519-669-6038 or 519-664-2613 (Ext. 6038). DATED this 2nd day of April, 2011 Jeremy Vink, RPP, MCIP Senior Planner Engineering & Planning Services

2011 DOG TAGS Dog Tags for 2011 are now available to be purchased at the following locations:  Township of Woolwich Office at 24 Church Street West, Elmira.  Village Pet Food Shoppe, 10 Church St. W., Elmira  Creature Comfort Pet Emporium, 1553 King Street North, St. Jacobs  Eldale Veterinary Clinic, 150 Church Street West, Elmira  Breslau Animal Hospital, 2057 Victoria St. North (Unit 3), Breslau, Ontario.

» Saturday, April 02, 2011

TOWNSHIP OF WOOLWICH PROGRAM FOCUS GROUP Have a SAY about what happens in YOUR Township! All residents of Woolwich are invited to attend a Focus Group to discuss programming ideas for Township Recreation ... We are looking for input and ideas about potential programs & events for:

•Families • Preschool • Youth • Teens • Adults • Older Adults

Wednesday April 6, 7 pm Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave. S. RSVP to 519.669.1647 ext. 7001 by April 4th For more information please contact Dave at 519.669.6047

RECRUITMENT FOR THE CHEMTURA PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CPAC) The Township of Woolwich invites applications from community members who are interested in serving on the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee (CPAC). The term of the Committee runs until November 30, 2014. The Chemtura Public Advisory Committee addresses historical, current, and potential future environmental concerns with the operations of Chemtura Canada Co. in Elmira, and provides information and make recommendations to the Council of the Township of Woolwich. Application forms and detailed information regarding CPAC may be obtained by contacting the Council and Information Services Office at (519) 6696009 or by visiting the Township’s website The final date for submission of completed applications is Friday, February 4, 2011. Applications can be submitted to: Christine Broughton Director of Council and Information Services Township of Woolwich P.O. Box 158 24 Church Street West, Elmira, ON N3B 2Z6 Fax (519) 669-1820 E-mail The fees before April 15th are:  Neutered/Spayed - $20.00  Non-neutered/non-spayed - $25.00 And after April 15th are:  Neutered/Spayed - $25.00  Non-neutered/non-spayed - $30.00 A replacement tag costs $5.00 If you have found a dog or lost your dog please call the Township Office at 519669-1647 Extension 6106.


» Saturday, April 02, 2011


REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, April 2, 2 - 4



Custom built one owner bungalow with so much to offer. Enjoy your bright open concept home with a dream size kitchen, great room with gas fireplace and a large dinette with walkout to private deck and backing onto treed lot and green space. 3 bed, 2 bath, master ensuite, all appliances included, main floor laundry. Exclusive. Call Alli or Bill direct.

4117 Line 83 Hesson


W/picturesque view on 100ft x 237ft lot in Hesson. 2900sqft. 4 bdrms, 3 baths, fabulous LR w/2story windows & vaulted ceiling. Huge kit w/breakfast bar. Lg bright MF lndry & walk-out to clothesline. Huge master w/walk-in closet, ens. Lg MB. MLS Call Paul direct.

Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated | 180 Weber St. S., Waterloo

OFFICE 519-888-7110



CAPTIVATING 2 STOREY Spacious 3+1 bdrms, 2 bath home in Drayton. 1600 sq. ft., Lg sep DR, Charming LR w/fireplace that can be seen from Kit and DR. Carpet free, main flr laundry. Large deck and 10ft x 10ft shed. MLS Call Paul direct.

OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, April 3, 2 - 4 23 Eagle Drive, Elmira

Paul Martin




Beautifully maintained backsplit with a gorgeous yard and in-ground pool perfect for family fun and entertaining. This 4 level backsplit is fully finished with updates from top to bottom. MLS Call Alli or Bill direct.



OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, April 3, 2 - 4 18 Maple St., Drayton


Alli Bauman

1800 sq ft open concept home in lovely Drayton loc'd on quiet st. Extensive cabinets in kit. w/island overlooking sunken oversized FR w/fp w/builtins on either side. Mnflr lndry/mdrm next to garage, stairs to bsmt from gar. 4th bdrm in bsmt. lg rms throughout. MLS Call Paul direct.






ENCHANTING SEMI Carpet free main floor and basement. Handsome living room and large bay window. Airy kitchen with slider to deck for easy entertaining in the spacious fenced yard equipped with shed. Separate dining room. Finished basement in 2010. MLS call Paul direct.


BRIGHT OPEN CONCEPT HOME 3 bdrm 2 bath. Kit equip’d w/movable island/breakfast bar, custom cupboards & pantry. Big LR w/skylight, lg window & slider walk-out to lg deck w/bench seating. Huge 10ft x 8ft main bath. Master bdrm featuring vaulted ceiling & walk-in closet. Fin’d basement w/spacious RR & laundry rm. MLS Call Paul direct.







3 bdrm, 3bath exceptional home is carpet free w/ceramic & hdwd throughout. Convenience at its best w/ upper flr laundry, 2 walk-in closets, many kit cupboard upgrades. Lovely garden door off dinette leading to lg deck in fenced yrd w/shed. MLS Call Paul direct.


24ft x 36ft 2 storey metal shed. Lovely Bungalow on .46 acre lot just outside of Elmira. 3 bdrms, Lg LR & RR, inspiring kit complete w/pantry. Stairway to basement from single garage. 2nd kit in basement. Lg deck over looking farmland. MLS Call Paul direct.


1718 SQ. FT. SEMI

1681 SQ. FT. SEMI

Spacious semi yet to be built. Close to downtown in mature area. 3 bdrms, 3 baths, lg eat-in kit equip’d w/pantry, breakfast. Lg GR. Sngle garage big enough to park in. Master w/lg walk-in closet and ens. MLS Call Paul direct.

Fabulous semi yet to be built. Close to downtown in mature area. 3 bdrms, 3 baths, lg eat-in kit equip’d w/pantry, breakfast bar. Lg GR. Single garage big enough to park in. Master w/lg walk-in closet & ens. MLS Call Paul direct.



Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage


Welcome to Elmira’s 47th Maple Syrup Festival!


90 Earl Martin Dr., Unit 1, Elmira N3B 3L4



LAURIE LANGDON Sales Representative

MONIQUE BRUBACHER Sales Representative

Enjoy this wonderful event!

Come and Visit These Fine Homes in Drayton OPEN HOUSE 2 – 4pm this Sunday, April 3rd

105 Andrews Drive, Drayton $199,900.

Grand SemiDetached on a 40’lot offering an amazing yard which is fenced. Only 7 years. Generous kitchen and dinette, large family room,walk out to deck with pergola. Newly finished recroom. This home is in AAA condition. MLS

ELMIRA HANDYMAN $249,900. Stunning

curb appeal! Beautiful 82.4 x 234.50 mature lot edge of town. This property is being sold as is needing updating and improve improvements. MLS

JUST MOVE IN! $319,900. Elmira Brand new 4

bdrm, 3 Baths, 1580 SQ.FT Paradigm Home ready for occupancy! Open concept main flr, oak kitchen, dinette with garden door to “future” covered back deck, main flr living room w/gas fireplace, spacious master w/ensuite. EXCLUSIVE

31 Maple Street, Drayton $287,000.

A unique 2 storey design offers 2200 sq ft, huge entry, 3 baths, 3+ Bedrooms with a 17 x 11Bonus rm. Finished recroom, a great kitchen/ dining/ family room opening to the fenced backyard and deck. NEW MLS

GLEN ALLAN $324,000. Country

setting in this quiet small village 30 minutes from Waterloo. Carpet free home offers 6 sets of patio doors overlooking private back yard and country view. 3 baths, bright spacious kitchen. 3+ bedrooms, full walkout basement. MLS

122 River Run, Drayton $429,900. WOW! Custom Cape Cod

backing onto the Conestogo River, gleaming maple hardwood flrs, bright kitchen w/island, pantry & appliances, breakfast nook overlooks the river and green space, separate din area is open to the living rm w/gas fireplace, main floor den and laundry rm., walkout finished basement, landscaped grounds + much more. MLS


LOCATION. This spacious side split amongst mature trees is a great family home. 2 walkouts to the private back yard, spacious formal rooms, + family room. Priced for action in this preferred area. MLS

Visit Us This Week at the Drayton Farm Show Booth 91 Supporting the 30th Annual Kinsmen Farm Show April 6th & 7th 11:00am- 10:00pm. Proceeds support the many important community projects, and assist in serving our community's greatest needs! |



» Saturday, April 02, 2011

REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE - 29 Green St. Drayton EVERY SAT & SUN 1-5pm - Homes from $181,000

Welcome to 6 Dunke St. S., Elmira FEATURES OF THIS HOME

MLS 1117011



$329,990. Nova Model Ready for quick possession. With $55,000.00 of upgrades! What a deal!! Large bungalow features 9ft ceilings, ceramics, hdwd, upgraded cabinets and windows, master bedroom has his and hers closets and a large ensuite with corner tub. Partially finished basement. Many other models available to build.

• Beautifully Updated 3 bedroom/2 bath bungalow on quiet street. • New Roof 2007 • Finished Basement with Recroom and Office • Newly Renovated Kitchen • Carpet Free • Within walking distance Schools and Downtown • Appliances Include • Large Yard • Taxes $2282/yr.


Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage | Independently Owned and Operated

COUNTRY LOTS .5 acre don’t miss this chance to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Within 40 minutes KW, or Guelph. High speed internet is available with fibre optic. Starting at $66,000 MLS

LISETTE GOULD Sales Representative OFFICE:

Two storey 3 bed and 3 bath room home on a half acre lot, open concept, high speed fibre optic internet available. $317,900 MLS. Financing available O.A.C.

519-745-7000 | DIRECT: 519-242-7150 |

Find local open house locations listed here every week!

Gorgeous home, 3 bedroom back split, on a large landscaped lot, with the greatest family room, eat in kitchen, 2 bath, central air, gas fireplace. 244,900 MLS

$217,990. Move in now! Fabulous 1500 sq ft Semi features beautiful stone

fireplace, open concept, 3 bdrms, huge master walk in closet and unspoiled an basement awaiting your creativity. Many other models available to build.

Lisa Hansen Tribble Sales Representative

Alyssa Henry



Sales Representative

Learn More About Sunlight Heritage Homes and Our fine communities by Visiting us Today!




BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record MVA Residential

Res: 519-669-1068

JULIE HECKENDORN Broker Res: 519-669-8629

TRACEY WILLIAMS Sales Rep. Cell: 519-505-0627

OPEN HOUSE -Sun. April 3rd, 2-4pm 1122 Isabella St., Linwood

Industrial For Lease. Local heated shop is available. Total square feet is 4400. Lots of parking. $1925.00 per month. MLS

Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

4B Arthur St. S. Elmira • OFFICE: 519-669-5426

Space for lease. 4000 square feet. Available immediately. Industrial in Waterloo. $2700 per month. MLS

DIRECT: 519-572-2669 EMAIL:


OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, April 3 • 2-4PM

ADDRESS: 4-B Arthur St. S., ELMIRA • EMAIL: DIRECT: 519-503-2753 • OFFICE: 519-669-5426

55 Poffenroth Path, Elmira

OPEN HOUSE SAT. APRIL 2nd, 11 - 1p.m.


View the countryside from the loft in this beautifully decorated home offering hardwood & ceramic flooring, open concept dining area & kitchen with island, three bedrooms, two bathrooms plus ensuite with corner tub, walkouts from dining area and basement, one & one half garage, backs to green space. To view this property call Bert. MLS.


Susan RAYMOND Sales Representative

519-742-5800 ext.#2337

508 Riverbend Dr.

Kitchener, ON, N2K 3S2

Coming to the festival? See what small town living minutes to high tech is like. Great updates in this century home on large lot. New master bath, extensive kitchen updates, new h/e furnace and windows. In AAA move in condition.

Your referrals are appreciated!

LINWOOD - Beautiful 4 bdrm. 3 bath family home on 100' x 201' lot, backing to open field. Large kitchen w/breakfast bar & dinette. Family rm. w/wood stove. Master ensuite. Mn flr laundry. Finished rec. rm. Oversized dbl garage, triple + driveway. A must see! MLS $399,900.

“Earning your trust”

We’ve got your house!

Look in our Real Estate section every week for your new home.


OPERATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS - or great storage bldgs. in FLORADALE. Approx. 4680 sq. ft. in 2 bldgs. Lovely property backing onto GRCA. MLS $214,900.

WEST MONTROSE - Min. to K-W & Guelph. Huge lot backing to greenspace. Open concept to large great rm. w/high ceiling. Main flr. master bdrm. (ensuite) & office. Fin. lower level - full walkout. Lots of extras. MLS $629,900.

CUSTOM BUILT - 4 bedroom home backs onto greenspace! Great rm w/hdwd & gas f/p. Open concept to DR. Maple kitchen w/ large dinette. Garden dr. to cedar deck and fenced yard. You'll be impressed! MLS $489,900.

GLEN ALLAN - country living on the edge of the Village! Custom built 4+bdrm. with fin. walkout basement. Huge principal rooms. Open concept. Dble. garage + det. garage 24’ x 30’. A MUST SEE. MLS $524,900.

COUNTRY LIVING - outside Alma. .72 of an acre. Immaculate 3 bdrm. bungalow. Huge kitchen w/walkout. Walkup from garage. Partly fin. bsmt. Insulated WORKSHOP 24’x36’. MLS $419,900.

Needlesisters donate quilts to church



BUNGALOW - close to downtown. Lge master bdrm. Main flr. laundry. Large L.R./D.R. area. Eat-in kitchen. Fin. rec. room, office area, bdrm. & 4pc. bath in lower level. CAC. MLS $254,900.

WORK OF MANY HANDS On Monday night, the Elmira Needlesisters Quilt Guild held their monthly meeting at the Elmira Mennonite Church, where they presented 25 quilts to the Sewing Circle at the church. The quilts were sewn at a workshop back in January, and will be donated to MCC for use around the world. Velina Bauman (from left) and Rebecca Bauman are part of the quilt committee, Jesse Davis is the president of the sewing circle at the church, Laney Campbell is the president of the Needlesisters and Sharon Agla is the Needlesisters vice president.


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Stag & Doe

Happy Birthday to the

Jaclyn Bauman & Chris Duskocy

9-year-old we know!

Frey, Lloyd



Brad and Julie (Martin) are pleased to announce the birth of our Daughter on March 26, 7lbs 8oz at Grand River Hospital. Proud Grandparents Harvey & Bonnie Martin, Wayne & Julia Struthers, Betty & Jim Olenick.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 8pm-1am Lion's Hall, Elmira Tickets $10

Love from Mom & Dad & Finn

Prizes, Food, DJ



Happy 30th Anniversary


>>BAUMAN, Diana Jane â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Freeport Heatlh Centre of Grand River Hospital. Duiana (Priebe) Bauman, age 66 years, of Floradale.

Kenneth C. Smith In loving memory of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ken, who passed away April 3, 2009:

Mom & Dad Congrats, we love you so much!

>>MARTIN, Barbara (Mrs. Cranson)- Peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Countryview Retirement Residence, RR3, Listowel, formerly of RR4, Elmira,at the age of 102 years.

Always loved and remembered in our hearts,

>>SCHULZ, Catherine Margaret â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on March 28, 2011 at Twin Oaks of Maryhill, at the age of 91.

Joyce and family

Love, Josh and Al


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Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre, Elmira, at the age of 81 years. Lloyd Frey is the beloved husband for 56 years of Vera (Bauman) Frey of Floradale. Loving father of Gloria and Leroy Weber of Conestogo, Dennis and Lorraine of Elmira, Durrell and Colleen of Floradale, Merlin of Elmira and Lynette Frey of Elmira. Loved grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Lydia Ann Bauman of Elmira and Adeline and Moses Metzger of Listowel. Also lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Beatrice Frey of Alberta and his brother-in-law Lloyd and Anna Bauman of Bloomingdale. Predeceased by a daughter Lynette Joy Frey (1985), a brother Clayton Frey, a brother-in-law Sylvester Bauman, three step-brothers David, Urias and Eli Frey and a sisterin-law Erna and her husband Melvin Freeman. Lloyd operated Lloyd Freyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garage in Floradale for 35 years. He was part of the Ministerial team at Crystal View Mennonite Church, Floradale. The family received friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Monday, March 28th from 7-9 p.m. and at Crystal View Mennonite Church, Floradale on Tuesday, March 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Crystal View Mennonite Church, Floradale followed by burial in the Crystal View Cemetery. The family wish to thank the caring staff at Leisureworld for making Lloyd feel at home for the last 3 1â &#x201E;2 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Aid Ministries or the Parkinson Society Canada.

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>>Have your Antiques and Collectibles appraised – 6-9 p.m. at the Woolwich Memorial Center. $6 per item of 3 for $15. Taking place during the Antique and Collectibles Show. Admission to show $3 with proceeds to support Woolwich Community Services. >>Blue

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APRIL 5 starting Apr. 5 at Bloomingdale Branch Library. An evening family storytime program recommended for parents/caregivers and children 3-7 years old. Read, play games, and learn about literacy in fun ways. Drop in! It’s free! For more information call the Bloomingdale Branch Library 519-7453151.


>>Storytime for Children ages 3 to 5 – at Bloomingdale Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library. Join us for stories and fun activities on Wednesdays, Apr. 6 – May 25 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. or Thursdays, Apr. 7 to May 26 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Space is limited. Call or visit the library for more information. 519-745-3151.


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Clements Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library. Join us for stories and fun activities on Wednesdays, Apr. 6 – May 25 from 1:452:30 p.m. or Thursdays, Apr. 7 to May 26 from 9:15-10 a.m. Space is limited. Call or visit the library for more information. 519699-4341.

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>>Storytime for Children ages 3 to 5 – at Linwood Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library. Join us for stories and fun activities on Thursdays, Apr. 7 to May 26 from 2-2:45 p.m. Space is limited. Call or visit the library for more information. 519-698-2700. APRIL 8

>>Babysitting Course for 12 years old offered at Kids & I Resource Centre. Course runs 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $30. Please phone 519-669-3043 for more information. Space is limited.



>>H.U.G.S. Program – Come meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring. Linda Wideman from St. Jacobs Garden Centre will have tips. APRIL 9

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>>Woolwich Youth Centre Silent Auction – 6-9 p.m. and Apr. 2, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Help make a difference in the community by supporting the Youth Centre’s annual Silent Auction. Auction takes place during the EMSF’s Antique and Collectibles Show at the Woolwich Memorial Centre. Admission $3. Many fantastic items including a Black Berry Torch and Toronto Blue Jay tickets.

>>Caregiver Coffee Hour – 10-11:30 a.m. at Chateau Gardens, Elmira. ‘Coping with Changes in Caregiving’. For information contact Lorraine at the Woolwich Community Health Centre at 519-664-3794 or Cara at the Alzheimer Society of KW 519-742-1422.

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Turkey Fund Raising Banquet at the Elmira and District Rod and Gun Club. Evening activities include a meal provided by the Elmira Legion, raffles and draws and lots of prizes such as wildlife artwork furniture, hunting equipment. For tickets or more information call Joe Martin 519-6695419 or visit


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Rock N Ray Michaels and The Retro Rockers. Tickets $15 each, call Wayne or Marilyn at 519-669-8747. Refreshments provided, raffles. Fundraiser for St. Clements Church Hall.

>>Movie Night featuring Fresh! 7 p.m. Free. Trinity United Church, 21 Arthur St. N., Elmira. Fresh, a documentary that “celebrates the farmers and businesses who are re-inventing our food system.” Join us for refreshments and a discussion after the movie. A Woolwich Healthy Communities event. APRIL 10

>>Hungryman’s Breakfast at the Elmira Legion, 11 First St. E., Elmira. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; $6, all you can eat. Includes pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, home fries, beans, toast etc. Proceeds to Kate’s Kause for a playground in Elmira for disabled children. >>Breslau Hike – 2-4 p.m. Join Lisa to hike the Hopewell Trail in Breslau. A Woolwich Healthy Communities event. >>Breslau Community Breakfast at the Community Centre. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $6 per person, children 4 and under free. All proceeds to go to the rec. association to fund one time events, purchase equipment etc.

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