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PULLING STUNTS Tyson Bolender is supported by Evan Gowing (left) and Mitchell Esbaugh from Lori Spoltore’s grade five class at St. Clement Catholic School, displaying some of their athletic skills on Wednesday during the class’ Stuntnastics routine in the gym. The program is a combination of gymnastics and dance and a part of the gym curriculum.

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he past week has just gone to show just how much of an inexact science weather prediction can be, particularly in the winter. Last Saturday delivered a serious dose of the white stuff thanks to a winter storm that travelled farther north than most meteorologists predicted, dumping 15 to 20 centimetres of snow on Waterloo Region instead of the two or three that was predicted. Compare that to the over-hyped snowstorm on Wednesday of last week, forecast to be the worst in several years, but saw far less of the white stuff than meteorologists expected. “I always say that when you’ve been in this business long enough that it’s the storms they don’t announce that are the one’s you have to watch out for,” said Willis McLaughlin, the director of public works in Wellesley. “We were kind of giggling about the ‘storm of the millennium’ (Feb. 3) and wondering about calling in the army,” he joked.

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group hoping to bring car-sharing to Woolwich is looking to the township to provide a $30,000 loan to smooth the process along. The line of credit, similar to arrangements in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge, would allow Grand River CarShare to put three cars in Elmira. Parked in accessible public locations, the cars could be rented by the hour to those who join the not-forprofit cooperative. The idea is to provide a section of the popu-

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lation with the benefits of car use without the downside of car ownership. Matthew Piggott, the organization’s membership services co-ordinator, told councillors Monday night the service is aimed at a variety of users: families feeling pressure to have a second vehicle; those without cars and for whom public transit isn’t always an option; younger drivers without cars; and seniors who no longer wish to own a car, especially an older vehicle that may be starting to cost

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Snow: Woolwich and Wellesley on track with snow-clearing budgets prevent them from icing up. The material costs for Woolwich run about $130,000 for the sand and the salt, the labour costs for snow removal is around $180,000 and equipment costs are in the $240,000 range, over a five-year average. “But it’s a bit of a crapshoot. Winter is winter,

and you get some good years and some really rotten years,” Kruger laughed, adding that although the township is on budget thus far, the figure covers all of 2011. That means if there’s bad weather next November or December, the township could have to draw on its reserve funds.

“It’s not like paving a road; you have a choice to either pave the road or not pave the road,” he explained. “With winter maintenance, when the snow comes you have the responsibility of being out there from a public safety point of view. You have to deal with it.”

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Despite the unexpected accumulation in the area, McLaughlin said that road crews had no difficulty keeping the roads clear on Saturday and Sunday. He had the township’s three plows and two graders out on the roads, along with several pickup trucks. “We don’t have an issue; everyone was in.” The same can be said for Woolwich Township, which responded to the storm by calling in all of its road crews early Sunday morning to clean up the mess. “It happened late enough Saturday afternoon, and when you get into a situation where you have to plow, had I called them in it would have been well after midnight before they had gotten done, and then they would have been back on the road at 4 a.m. the next morning,” explained Barry Baldasaro, Woolwich’s superintendant of public works. “I decided that we

nual budget is around $220,000 for equipment, materials and wages. The materials portion of the budget – represented by sand and salt – is around $100,000, McLaughlin said. “We’re down quite a bit in salt usage. We’re down to about 650 tons if I remember last year’s estimate, and 2,500 tons of sand, (with) the same projections for this year.” McLaughlin also said that the township is on budget for the remainder of the season. In Woolwich, the budget is a little bit higher, and rings in at a little over $500,000 for winter road maintenance. Manger of engineering Rod Kruger predicts they too will be on budget once again this year. “You expect to get a few good blows, and that’s what we’ve got,” he said, adding that what really drives up costs is when there is a constant freezing and thawing, forcing the crews to apply more salt and sand to the roads to

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would respond to any calls from the police, and called everyone in at 4 a.m. Sunday morning.” Baldasaro said he had seven plows and one grader out on Sunday morning, and that road crews had the roads clear by the early afternoon. When asked about the unexpected nature of the storm, Baldasaro just laughed and said that despite all the weather reports he looks at each day, no two are ever the same. “The lakes wreak such havoc in this area they have trouble predicting with anywhere close to the accuracy that they can say out in the prairies. For me, it’s nice when you know that storms are coming and you can prepare for it.” With snow predicted by many meteorologists into April, Woolwich and Wellesley road crews are looking at their budgets and trying to figure out how to balance the numbers. In Wellesley, the an-

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Winter no deterrent to walking to school Crossing guards lauded

WALK THIS WAY Glen Leader, who has been a crossing guard for a year and a half, stops traffic to allow a mother and her daughter to cross at the intersection of Church and Dunke streets in Elmira on Tuesday afternoon.

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ust because it’s the dead of winter with temperatures hovering below zero doesn’t mean children shouldn’t be walking to school on a daily basis. The practice was promoted this week by the Region of Waterloo’s Active and Safe Routes to School Workgroup as part of their fifth annual winter walk day and crossing guard appreciation day. “It encourages students to talk with each other and to develop friendships. It’s just a matter of dressing them appropriately for the weather. There’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’ just inappropriate clothing,” said Ruth Dyck, the program chair and a registered nurse with the public health department at the Region of Waterloo. “There was a time previ-

ously where it was unheard of that parents would drive their children to school, and that’s changed somewhat throughout the years. Now it’s not uncommon to see the children being driven to and from school, even when they are within walking distance.” Dyck said that having more children walking to school holds many shortterm and long-term benefits for both the students and the environment. It means less traffic congestion, reduced air pollution, and can lead to a safer community by have more eyes on the street. “We know if students enjoy walking sooner, it’s more likely that they will continue that as a life-long behavior, because it’s enjoyable and it’s fun. Especially in the townships, we have such tremendous trails and trail systems that are often

not even used.” The initiative started in Waterloo five years ago before it was taken to the national level by greencommunities.org and the group decided to pair the event with Crossing Guard Appreciation Day to promote the safety aspect of the activity, and to give thanks to the ordinary people who make that happen. The Township of Woolwich has eight supervised school crossing locations with nine regular crossing guards that look after them, said deputy clerk Val Hummel. There are also eight people who serve as spares and fill in if the regular guards are absent. “Crossing guards serve students, parents, and anyone that needs help crossing the street. The guards go out in all types of weather every

school day, are punctual and dedicated, and enjoy working with the students. I appreciate them every day," Hummel said. Some parents may be concerned if their children walk to school on their own, and Dyck said that there are programs to help alleviate those concerns. “Some of our schools have what are called walking school buses, where a group of students walk together. One student starts and they pick up students along the way. That’s particularly good if there is an older student and a parent with a younger child who might not be as comfortable with allowing that younger child walk to school," noted Dyck. There are two other walking days scheduled for 2011, one coming up in April and another in the fall.

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mall feet will be flying onValentine’s Day at John Mahood PS as the school council hosts its first dancea-thon to raise money for a new creative play structure. Each class has signed up for a 40-minute time slot to help with the fundrais-

ing and will spend the time swinging in the school gym to professional DJ services donated by the Woolwich Kin Club. The activity qualifies as a fitness activity under the provincial physical education curriculum requirements. School council head Jasmine Roth said the idea

for the different fundraising initiative came as an antidote for the declining success of traditional fundraising methods. “We were tired of selling stuff. Everybody is selling something,” Roth said. “We wanted to do something a little bit different.” In addition to moving

wherever the music takes them, students will be encouraged to participate in dances they know, like the Oktoberfest-favourite chicken dance, although no specific focus is being placed on group or teacherlead dancing.

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> Assistant deputy for St. Clements FD Captain Brad Dietrich has been promoted to fill the assistant district fire chief position vacancy at the St. Clements fire station, Wellesley Township fire chief Andrew Lillico told township council Monday night. The appointment is subject to a six-month probationary period. Qualified candidates were asked to submit a resume to the chief on or before Jan. 14 Dietrich, a member of the fire department since 2000, was the only applicant for the position.

> Chamber gears up for awards banquet The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on Feb. 17 at Bingemans in Kitchener. This year, there are 63 nominees in 11 categories, recognizing companies and individuals that have made exceptional contributions through their community involvement and leadership within the chamber. Those up for awards include the Region of Waterloo International Airport in the business of the year (over 20 employees) category. In the environment category, Enerliv Inc. and the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP) are among the hopefuls. The Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation is one of six vying for the hospitality/tourism award.

> Region airs transportation plan The Region of Waterloo has completed its new Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP), with the aim of guiding the region’s infrastructure needs for the transportation system up to 2031. It addresses all aspects of the transportation of people and goods within the region, Wellesley councillors heard this week. Regional council first approved the RTMP on June 30, and it details the recommended new transportation facilities and services, establishes priorities and provides an action plan for implementation. The completed RTMP report is available at www.regionofwaterloo.ca in the Living Here section of the website, and a hard copy is available at the Region of Waterloo clerk’s office in Kitchener and the Ministry of the Environment office in Toronto.


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Collision ensues after man falls asleep at the wheel February 2 >>5:24 PM | A 27-year-old

Kitchener woman driving south on King Street at Farmer’s Market Road near St. Jacobs was struck when a 63-year-old Waterloo man slid through the light in the left-hand turn lane. Both cars received moderate damage, but no injuries were reported.

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30-year-old Elmira man fell asleep while travelling northbound on Arthur Street near Scotch Line Road shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 5. His vehicle crossed the median and collided with an oncoming transport truck, hitting the truck in the center of its

trailer. The man’s Honda suffered extensive damage, while the truck received moderate damage. The road was closed for a short period of time to allow emergency crews to clean the area. No injuries were reported. The Elmira man has been charged with ‘careless driving.’

wall at 390 Arthur St. in Elmira, causing significant damage to

his car. No charges were laid due to slippery road conditions.

>>10:30 PM | A 22-year-old Elmira, damaging the pole’s Brunner man hit black ice on Boomer Line in Wellesley Township, lost control of his vehicle and rolled in the ditch. There was moderate damage reported to his Chevy pickup truck.

>>11:58 | A 30- year-old

Kitchener man hit ice while travelling on Shantz Station Road. He slid off the roadway and struck a pole. There was significant damage to his vehicle. No charges have been laid.

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ergast said the money given to WRPS will help officers continue innovative ways to keep the region safe. “Companies invest money in computers or technology just to stay abreast of the changing times, well now Waterloo Regional Police Services will now be a step ahead,” she said, citing the mounted unit’s versatility as one of those innovations. “They will continue to be able to go into places cars can’t go, they will be able to continue to patrol parks and attend special events in the community.” The money was

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Two St. Jacobs Lions win district awards

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HONOURED AGAIN Longtime St. Jacobs Lions Club secretary Bill Cummings was presented with the 100 per cent award by Lions’ first vice district governor Norma Peterson at a recent meeting. Elizabeth Bate

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there are these extra burdens really speaks volumes for the person doing the job.” First-time winner Vandergulik has spent the last year paying all of the club’s bills, as well as collecting dues and keeping track of donations. The effort put into the roll amounts to about six hours extra hours on top of her regular duties, the equivalent of a part-time job. Vandergulik will not be continuing with the roll at the St. Jacobs club as she will be moving to the Woodstock area. Cummings will be maintaining his role as club secretary, for which this is his fourth 100 per cent pin. “I just enjoy the fact that I can help somebody else through the charities we support,” Cummings said of his volunteer work. “It’s very nice to be recognized. It shows that the duties you’re doing are appreciated.”

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> CONTINUED FROM PG. 04 granted in response to applications from local police. “There are always a lot more applications than there is money,” said Bentley. “The fact that Region of Waterloo police were chosen for two is an indication of the strength of their proposals and the perception that the money will be well used.” The trailer for the mounted unit has been in use since January, while the dog, a German Sheppard named

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Rigs, has been on the job since October. The canine and mounted units joined officials for the announcement, allowing Bentley to be intro-

duced to the new animals. “He was very friendly,” Bentley said of the dog. “He must not have thought I had any cash on me.”

Dance: A new style of fundraising > CONTINUED FROM PG. 03 Hoping to make the all-day groove-fest an annual event, Roth is appealing to parents to help raise the $15,000 needed each year in the four-year plan to replace the play equipment. A new fundraising prize structure has also been introduced at the event. Traditionally, prizes are given to the individual students who have raised the most money, however this time families raising the most money will get larger prize packs. The school council is hoping for larger $ 25.99 Prime Rib revenues with this Steaks family-style fundraising, anticipating family and friends are likely to donate larger amounts when giving once, instead of several smaller amounts divided among multiple children. “When you look at the prizes, for a family of four to go to Great

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Police seek more officers as they boost numbers on the streets ncreasing public transparency and accountability among police officers in the rural regions in the townships, along with a firm desire to head off the steady increase in violent crime in Waterloo Region are two of the reasons why the Waterloo Regional Police Service overhauled their policing deployment strategy starting last month. Speaking in the Wellesley council chambers on Monday night, police chief Matt Torigian, along with several other senior members of the police service, outlined their plans for redeployment in the Wellesley area. “We need to be certain that we have the right number of officers in the right place at the right time, in every single neighbourhood whether it be in Wellesley or the core urban areas of Kitchener and Waterloo,” explained

Torigian to councillors and about a dozen members of the public. “The neighbourhood policing deployment structure is the foundation that we require to ensure that our police service not only meets today’s needs, but tomorrow’s as well.” Regional police have assigned an extra five police officers to what was formally known as Detachment 3A in Elmira, now called Rural North and encompassing all of Wellesley and Woolwich townships. After spending two years of studying police activities in the region, the department realized that their current method of deployment was not working. Torigian said that while violent crime in Ontario decreased by three per cent from in 2008-2009, it had increased in Waterloo Region by seven per cent. Early indications say 2010 figures will see a similar 10 per cent split, although the crime rate

in the rural areas has remained steady. Under the old model the rural and the urban areas often overlapped, meaning police officers stationed in those areas were spending much more time in the urban areas of Waterloo and Kitchener than in the more rural areas such as Wellesley. As a result, residents of Wellesley rarely saw a police officer in their community. Under the new model, not only have the townships received five new officers, but those officers are now dedicated to serving solely the rural areas, and are no longer called to assist in the urban zones. “We think this will enhance the level of service in our rural communities because the policing is different in the rural communities than our core areas,” explained deputy chief Brent Thomlison. “The focus is entirely on the type of policing that is important to the com-

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Car-share: Organizers see municipal support as critical to success > CONTINUED FROM COVER cost a fair bit of money to keep on the road. In essence, it becomes a way to augment other sustainable transportation options. “Car-sharing is all around the world. In every major world city, and we would like to put Elmira and Woolwich Township on that map,” he said. Founded in 1998, Grand

River CarShare (GRCS) now has 400 members sharing 16 vehicles. In Woolwich, 17 people have already joined. The group is looking for 50 to support three vehicles in Elmira. Locations have already been arranged at the Elmira Mennonite Church, Elmira Service Centre and Foodland store in the south end. Typically, GRCS buys off-lease cars that are

about two years old. Vehicles are chosen based on what’s most suitable for the location, said Piggott. “What we’re hearing from Woolwich is that a pickup truck would be nice.” The $30,000 line of credit, paid back with interest of two per cent, provides the working capital and helps keep costs down, explained board president Jason

Too many cooks in the kitchen

Hammond in making the request at council. As with other municipalities, Woolwich would be asked to provide parking spaces if necessary and to join the cooperative as a corporate member, allowing it to expand its fleet economically while acting as an example to others. When Coun. Bonnie Bryant asked why the organization didn’t simply go to a bank for money, Hammond explained the non-profit cooperative has some difficulty with conventional financing. Municipal support helps keep costs down, and provides an extra layer of

confidence for members. That said, the venture is on firm financial footing, he added. “We are self-sufficient and we’ve been operating as a business for 13 years.” Elmira resident Jeff Windatt, a car-share member who gave up car ownership two years ago, said extending the service into the township would have many advantages, including a cleaner environment, healthier residents and reduced traffic. Having a car available on an as-needed basis would allow others to reduce the number of vehicles

they own even if they don’t go the same route as his family did, he added. “What we really want is the transportation, the freedom, without all the hassles of the ownership of the car – the pollution, the cost of having the car sit there – and our answer is the car-share,” said Windatt. “We could rent it for an hour, just like we could a power tool from Home Depot.” Mayor Todd Cowan asked staff to investigate the support options for Grand River CarShare, with a report due back at a future council meeting.

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lmira resident Marilyn McIlroy has returned from her most recent trip to Haiti, and says that despite enormous aid and help that has been sent to the country in the past year, the people of Haiti continue to suffer. McIlroy – along with fellow residents Deb Paton and Marilyn Raymer – spent two weeks in the rural villages outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince administering medical care and holding clinics for the people who are still trying to put their lives back together following the devastating magnitude-seven earthquake that struck the impoverished Caribbean nation last January. “We anticipated seeing more patients, especially for cholera, but we didn’t see too many,” said McIlroy. “We saw some people who were still dealing with posttraumatic stress syndrome, so we supplied

some counselling and some medication to help (them) sleep.” She also said that many of the rural areas were not directly affected by last year’s quake, but rather have suffered from the economic and social fallout of the devastation. “Most of them were so rural and isolated that the earthquake didn’t impact them as much. It was something they heard about,” McIlroy said. McIlroy, Paton, and Raymer were all in Port-au-Prince as a missionary group from Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada back on Jan. 12, 2010 when the earthquake initially struck, killing fellow nurse Yvonne Martin. On their most recent trip, the three women had the opportunity to reflect on the events of one year ago and on the life of their lost friend. “For me, of course, it had been my fourth visit back so it was

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A SAD REMINDER On Jan. 11, during their most recent visit Haiti, Deb Paton, Marilyn Raymer

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Local manufacturer wins environment award B

eing environmentally friendly isn’t just a marketing tool for Elmira company Wind Simplicity, which was recognized recently for walking the talk when it comes to sustainability. At the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards the maker of small wind turbines received gold-level recognition in the sustainable product category. The company produces a turbine that uses aluminum blades instead of the traditional fiberglass, producing fewer by-products like mercury during their production and giving the product a longer lifecycle. Company president and CEO Sharolyn Vettese believes Wind Simplicity should do more than just offer one environmentally conscious solution, it should be aware of it’s impact in every way. “We wanted to make

sure that we as a company practice sustainability in the manufacturing of our product,” she said. Sustainability is just one of the challenges the company is facing. Recent upheaval in the wind energy market has come in the form of an Ontario Divisional Court case brought near Bellville. The complainant in the case is one of many who feel wind turbines may not be safe for human health and is attempting to halt the building of wind farms in Ontario until their safety can be established. Complaints from those living near large fields of the machines range from noise complaints and sleep loss to headaches and nausea. University of Waterloo professor Jaitin Nathwani, director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), would not have believed these complaints would make a

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AS THE WIND TURNS Elmira wind turbine maker Wind

Simplicity recently won an award for its innovative design, Winddancer. difference in the use of wind energy five years ago, but said the lack of research into the effects of turbines on human health means consumers may hesitate before choosing wind energy. “The information is

not conclusive and is not well-know, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that seems to point to concerns,” he said. “There’s a group of researchers (at WISE) trying to understand through serious

measurement and research what the issue is and is it real or not.” Nathwani said that until research is completed the reliability of health concerns cannot be established, by manufactures, citizen groups or the courts. “I don’t think the court case will resolve that because that evidence just isn’t there,” he said. “If this turns out to be a significant issue, the setback rules will have to be changed.” Current setback rules prohibit wind turbines within 550 metres of residential areas. Nathwani said increasing that distance will reduce the number of areas wind turbines can be placed in population-dense southern Ontario. Germany, for instance, has solved this problem by placing the turbines offshore in the North Sea. Wind Simplicity remains unaffected by the

complaints for the time being, because, as Vettese was quick to point out, complaints are usually made against larger turbines, while Wind Simplicity’s are small. Wind farms located near Belleville feature massive turbines hundreds of metres tall, Vettese’s turbines are smaller, suitable for farmer’s fields and small local businesses. Although they must comply with setback rules, Wind Simplicity maintains the effects from smaller turbines are negligible. Despite the apparent safety of small turbines, not every one is willing to take a chance. On Monday, Wellesley council backed a motion passed in December by the Municipality of North Perth to send a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty asking the government to prohibit new turbines until more information about their health effects is available.

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» Saturday, February 12, 2011

Even without a war, an elected Egyptian government would greatly compound Israel’s security problems. Gwynne Dyer column on page 11

VERBATIM his bill isn’t tough on crime, it’s dumb on crime. What’s more, the Conservatives Twon’t tell us what the fiscal implications of

this bill are. How many billions will it cost? How many mega-prisons will have to be built? For these reasons, we just can’t support it.

> Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says the party will vote against the government's Bill S-10, citing undisclosed mounting costs

THE MONITOR n an online survey of a representative naIthree-in-four tional sample of 1,024 Canadian adults, respondents (76%) disagree with the recent decision from the Canada Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which recently ruled that Internet service providers should adopt “usage-based billing.”

> Angus Reid poll

EDITORIAL

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ited usage plans. That the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) agreed to the idea in the first place is indicative of the frustration many have about an agency that is more industry lapdog than watchdog. In attempting to stifle competition, the major telephone and cable companies want to increase their profits by charging exorbitant markups on “overage” fees even as we become increasingly dependent on Internet services. No one is arguing that meeting the increasing demand comes without a cost, but the price per gigabyte of data advocated by the telecoms – typically $1 to $4 – far outstrips the pennies serious industry analysts maintain is the actual cost of increasing bandwidth. The telecoms argue that without restraints, bandwidth hogs would in essence use up the Internet. Heavy

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Changes in Egypt may lead to the decline of Israel I

n his first public comment on the unfolding drama in Egypt, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, worried aloud last week that the right analogy may be the Iranian revolution of 1979: “Our real fear is of a situation ... which has already developed in several countries including Iran itself, repressive regimes of radical Islam.” The non-sectarian, non-party protesters in Egypt who have driven President Hosni Mubarak to the brink of resignation, suggests Netanyahu, may lose control of their revolution just as the Iranians lost theirs to the ayatollahs. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party that is particularly strong among the poor, might gain a dominant position in the new Egyptian government. The Muslim Brothers have always condemned the peace treaty that Egypt signed with Israel 32 years ago, so they serve as a sort of shorthand in Israeli politics for the nightmare scenario in which Egypt cancels the peace treaty. In fact, you don’t even need the Muslim Brotherhood to make the scenario credible: a majority of Egyptians dislike the treaty and would like to see it cancelled. Cancellation of the peace treaty would not necessarily lead to war between Egypt and Israel. It’s not even likely to. It would certainly cause a huge rise in Israeli military spending, but the threat that a post-Mubarak regime would pose to Israel is more political than strictly military. As, indeed, is the threat from Iran. The Iranian regime has never attacked any other country, but it does support the Hezbollah organization in southern Lebanon, whose militia fought the Israeli army to a standstill in 2006. The Hamas movement, a

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International Affairs GWYNNE DYER Palestinian party modelled on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, could become equally formidable militarily with support from Cairo. Hamas already controls the Gaza Strip, which shares a border with Egypt. With Egyptian backing, it might also overthrow the Palestinian Authority that currently controls the West Bank, for that body has been discredited by its corruption and its long collaboration with Israel. Even without a war, therefore, an elected Egyptian government would greatly compound Israel’s security problems. Hamas could end up in control of all the occupied Palestinian territories, and Jordan would have great difficulty in preserving its own peace treaty with Israel. No wonder Binyamin Netanyahu is concerned. But Netanyahu’s own policy, which boils down to avoiding serious negotiations with the Palestinians and hanging onto the West Bank indefinitely, is not sustainable in the long run. Palestinians are already moving towards the view that no “two-state” solution is possible, and that the right strategy is to accept the unity of the entire former British mandate of Palestine. The Israeli army effectively unified all of that land in 1967 and has dominated the Palestinian-majority parts of it ever since. But the Palestinian birth-rate is considerably higher than the Jewish population growth rate, even though the

latter benefits from massive immigration, so the day is not far off when Arabs will outnumber Jews within the old borders of mandatory Palestine, i.e. all the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. When that day arrives, say the proponents of the “one-state” solution, Palestinians need merely demand the vote throughout that territory, and Israel as we know it will be finished. It will become a civil rights issue in which Israel is cast as a new apartheid regime, and support for it will drain away even in the United States. Significantly, this is already the implicit strategy of Hamas. If a new Egyptian government adopts this policy, Israel will not just have a bigger security problem. It will face an existential problem, albeit one that will only play out over several decades. What can Netanyahu (or any Israeli leader) do to avoid this outcome? There is going to be a new Egyptian government very soon. It will probably not be dominated by the Muslim Brothers, at least in the early days, for they cannot claim credit for the revolution. So there may still be a window of opportunity in which an Israeli offer to allow a Palestinian state on all the land beyond the country’s pre-1967 borders could revive the “two-state” option. It is unlikely to remain open for long, however, and it is hard to see how the Israeli electorate could be persuaded to jump through it in time. Netanyahu, given the character of his governing coalition, certainly could not do it, and it’s not clear whether any other coalition of Israeli parties could either. At a time when bold steps are called

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OPINION 12

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» Saturday, February 12, 2011

Revenge might feel good, but not always advisable

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oes privatization of public sector services work? In many cases, no. But it is ever so satisfying. Just look at the public reaction in Toronto, where new Mayor Rob Ford wants to privatize garbage collection. Those who had to put up with a messy, unhealthy strike in 2009 are eager to lay a figurative beat-down on the city workers involved. Unfortunately, revenge will not be as sweet as it could be given a previous administration’s ill-advised agreement to find other work for those displaced by outsourcing. They may eventually be forced out, but the city can’t simply fire the lot of 'em, to the chagrin of fed-up taxpayers. Moving to private garbage collection is probably inevitable in Toronto, as Ford made it a campaign promise and the idea has plenty of traction. As Toronto is one of the few cities still using in-house staff to pick up the trash – more than 80 per cent, including Waterloo Region, use private services – there are plenty of examples showing that outsourcing works for this service. In some ways, it would be gratifying in Toronto and elsewhere to see a wholesale swing to privatization simply as a means to counter unfair and unsustainable property tax increases, largely fueled by wages and salaries, along with poor decisions at the council level. But, and you knew there had to be a but, that could easily backfire.

From the Editor Steve Kannon Fact is, there are enough case studies to wave a yellow flag before we get rolling too far with that notion. Few people outside of those with profits in mind would care to see water services privatized, for instance. We’re already seeing rate increases far beyond inflation, largely due to provincially-mandated cost-recovery models that means we’ll be paying for infrastructure upgrades directly through water and sewer fees. Facing the same costs to deliver services, plus the desire for profit, private companies would either boost rates faster or cut corners to trim their costs. Our schadenfreude over turfed municipal workers being replaced by lower-paid employees wouldn’t be enough to make up for that. In such cases, we’re better off keeping the services under public control. Better still under political control, where we can bring pressure to bear on our elected officials to keep prices under control. Well, that’s the theory at any rate. We have a long way to go before politicians listen to what citizens are telling them, but every once in a while we get really fed up and the result is

what happened in Toronto’s municipal election. Closer to home, we’ve seen some shift in the policy on public transit. In last fall’s election, voters sent a strong message to council that they believe light rail transit will be no more than a white elephant. More recently, plans to shift spending to transit far beyond rates reflected in usage numbers by those who pay the bills are meeting with a growing backlash. All too often, budgets and spending decisions go only one way: up. Case in point? The province has uploaded $11.8 million in welfare payments, removing that item from Waterloo Region’s budget. Instead of cutting their baseline budget – 3.2 per cent or $47 per household in tax savings – administrators have already decided to roll that money into other spending. A further tax increase – aka the usual – will soon be announced as the region moves along in its budget process, handcuffed by pay raises it committed to while ignoring the province’s request to free public-sector wages. The problem with simply returning to the well for annual tax increases is clearly on display in Kitchener, where the city is proposing a stormwater user fee that will amount to about $123 a year on average. That’s the equivalent of a tax hike of 6.4 per cent. On top of that, it’s looking at a 1.94 per cent jump in property taxes. The bottom line? The average resident would be

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Now who's living in a state of denial? To the Editor, „ Patience is a virtue, as the saying goes. It also is a remedy to rash actions, and has given me the time to think through this response. For the second time in two weeks, the editor of the Observer has labeled letters with the term “denier,” even though neither Mr. SiebelAchenbach (Jan. 29) nor I (Feb. 5) used that term in our letters. It is a heinous and malicious slur, designed to create a moral equivalence

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between “climate change denier” and Holocaust denier. In short, labeling an opponent as inherently evil. I could become angry and indignant over this slur being directed at me. Or I could laugh. I choose laughter. It really is quite funny when you think about it. I have consistently written about how the global climate has changed throughout history, with particular emphasis on the last 2,000 years. Clearly I cannot be a “climate change denier.” I have always noted that the annual global mean temperature has

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paying an additional 8.4 per cent to the municipality, receiving nothing more in return. There may be some relief, however, as new councillors there are pressing for reductions in those numbers. They’ve done the math, factoring in water and sewage rates pushing double-digit increases, and see quite clearly that everything adds up to removing money from residents’ wallets at a pace that far outstrips the rate of replenishment. Local officials need to see the big picture. That proverbial one-andonly source of tax money is under attack on multiple fronts. Something’s got to give. For municipalities, that means reducing spending on other programs – and thus overall tax rates – to compensate. If Kitchener, for instance, needs $123 a year from each household to deal with stormwater infrastructure, it had better find a way to reduce property taxes by a commensurate amount. The same applies for water and wastewater fees, projected to grow at three, four or five times the rate of inflation for several years. Want another $60 a year, as was the case with increases in Woolwich in 2010? Find a way to chop that amount from general taxes. That would be far more satisfying to taxpayers, and might even stem the call for privatization … or for the heads of non-compliant politicians.

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BUSINESS As casual as a day at the Spaw St. Jacobs woman enjoys the change of pace offering dog grooming services from her home Elizabeth Bate

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ori Karn loves your dog as much as you do. The owner of St. Jacobs Dog Spaw began her career in dog grooming because she didn’t like the way her own dog was treated when she took him to be groomed. Twelve years and seven grooming shops later she treats every dog she grooms as if it were her own. “It’s almost an art, you can’t be a negative person and carry a lot of stress because then the dogs can feel it,” she said. Karn’s new shop is located in the basement of her St. Jacobs bungalow, its entrance an unassuming door next to her garage, almost unnoticeable. Inside customers are greeted by exciting barking from four-legged clients and a wall of brightly-coloured dog coats. Her last shop, Peticare, was located on Albert Street in Waterloo. The successful business had a much larger clientele that kept her away from home

MUST LOVE (CLEAN) DOGS Groomer Lori Karn hangs out with Lennon, a client of her St. Jacobs Dog Spaw. Karn’s shop, run out of her basement, opened in late January. more than she liked, so in late 2010, she sold it to move to smaller surroundings. Karn enjoys setting her own hours and the freedom that brings. “When the kids get home from school, mommy is home,” she said with a smile. Although she takes great pains to separate her

home life from her work life, even packing her lunch and bringing it downstairs with her at the start of the day. “When I’m at work, I’m at work.” Even though she is scaling back her practice to spend more time on her personal life, Karn still sees up to 10 dogs in a typical day. Each

dog starts with a bath, including conditioner to help moisturize their coat and reduce shedding. After the bath, fur is blown dry, nails are clipped and the dog is given a trim. Ideally, Karn likes to see her clients once every eight weeks, which allows the dogs’ fur and nails to be well maintained.

While Karn’s focus will always be pet-centered, gentle grooming, she’s pulling away from the kinds of dogs she used to specialize in, those who were traumatized at other groomers and needed special attention so they wouldn’t be afraid.

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ne threat you guard against in a democracy is that of small, self-interest groups imposing their values on others. Such groups should indeed be seen, and their point of view should be heard – that’s democracy. But no matter how much the camera loves them, no matter how much they’re intoxicated with thought and conviction, no matter if they were among the minority who chose the Packers over the Steelers, they shouldn’t be allowed to control the agenda. That’s where majority rules. The majority’s interest is a burning issue in our polarized society. In agriculture, it’s a huge matter for policy makers trying to take into account public opinion when making evidence-based decisions on food production. Members of the silent majority vote with their wallets, typically patronizing low-cost food options. That means farmers have to use every advantage possible to produce low-cost food. But the vocal and growing local movement says price is only one consideration in making food choices. It points to the virtues of other important factors such as environmental sustainability and food safety. Anti-corporate farming advocates, such as those who wore rub-

Food For Thought Owen Roberts ber pig noses and waved placards protesting the genetically modified Enviropig at the University of Guelph Wednesday, say such food isn’t safe. They don’t want farmers to produce it. Others, who recognize the advantages technology brings farming, ask where’s the evidence that it’s unsafe. The reality is that the vast majority of Ontario’s major field crops, soybeans and corn, are genetically modified to make pest control easier for farmers, and have been so for years. Then there are farmers, who are a minority even in the food business, let alone in the population. They say without profitability, others factors are irrelevant. If they can’t make a living, there’ll be no food system to either sustain or keep safe. They’re in the minority of the population, but they produce the majority of what we eat. Policy makers listen to all sides and look for direction and answers. Sometimes they can be found in experiences elsewhere. For example, Nancy Levandowski, an Ottawa native, is the director

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Spaw: The gentle approach > CONTINUED FROM PG. 13 Like a bad trip to the dentist, Karn said a bad trip to the groomers can impact a dog for life. “I had dogs come here and they were really crazy and they leave here and they are so good,” Karn said, noting owners are shocked and delighted when their pets get good report cards. “It’s almost like I offered a daycare atmosphere, but I really didn’t charge for daycare, so that was a bonus.” With smaller facilities Karn isn’t sure she can handle as many big or skittish dogs as before. “That’s probably not so much my focus now,” she said. “I like to try the dog first and see how it goes, but if he looks bored or starts fights with the other dogs then I would say, ‘probably not the best facility for you.’” Although, Karn would like to see fewer large breed or skittish dogs, she has yet to turn down a client. In a spare moment after a bath, Karn gets down on the floor with two Shitzus, Kayla and Sadie, and a husky-border collie cross, Lennon. SUPER VALUE!

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that was before the local food movement really took off. Now, local food is firmly entrenched in the university’s cafeterias. Through various promotions, students learn about the Iowa farmers who are producing their meals. Levandowksi’s biggest problem is sourcing local food. It’s one thing for farmers to sell it at a roadside stand; it’s another thing to supply it on a regular basis to a campus full of hungry students. That said, her local food purchases (dairy, produce, meat and honey) neared $640,000 last fiscal year. In this case, the majority ruled, and everyone wins. Levandowski does indeed offer lower-cost alternatives for those who said they didn’t want to pay more. But intuitively, people understand someone is getting shafted by cheap food, and usually it’s farmers. In a strong farming community, that’s not a popular position.

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She plays, pets and cuddles with the dogs, offering them the ‘good treats’ for their excellent behavior. The dogs act as though Karn’s basement is home, getting comfortable and enjoying the attention. Karn has kennels, but rarely uses them. “I let them walk around, that’s been my philosophy all these years. Most people come to me because they don’t want their dog kenneled,” she said. “For 10 years I’ve groomed petting the dogs and letting them be at my feet. I can’t get away from that.” Karn admits her own dog, a longhaired dachshund named Diesel, is kennel-trained, but she feels its mean to cage the dogs while she’s in the shop. Her soft heart wins out and the dogs are allowed to roam at her heels or find a quiet spot to lie down under her table. The relaxed kenneling policy Karn has is in line with the rest of the operation, where she maintains her first priority is always the dogs. “It’s all about love and kindness and gentle grooming.” 45” WIDE - 100% COTTON

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A great Valentine’s meal starts with everything in its place From The Chef's Table Kirstie Herbstreit & Jody O'Malley

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ometimes it’s not so much about following a recipe and making it taste good, but rather about the timing of it all, and getting all the elements together on the plate at the same time. When a restaurant gears up for a busy night, and Valentine’s Day is one of their busiest, cooks work hard all day long to get together what is known as ‘Mise en Place.’ It’s a French term that loosely translates to ‘everything in its place’ so that when you go to cook a dish, much of the work is actually done ahead of time. The following recipes were inspired by a friend of mine, who, a few months ago wanted to impress his then fiancée by cooking her a special birthday dinner. He came to me for help, and this is what we made together. He then re-created it for his (now) wife and it got rave reviews. My friend, by the way, had no prior cooking skills. So whether you are cooking for a loved one, or, better yet, cooking together, here is a fantastic meal that is definitely restaurant-worthy. Place mixed greens, pecans, cherries and goat’s cheese in a bowl; Mix together oil, vinegar and salt; Toss with salad.

Salad >>2 handfuls of mixed greens >>1 small handful each of pecans and dried cherries

>>2 ounces of goat’s cheese, crumbled >>1 tbsp white wine vinegar >>3 tbsp olive oil >> Pinch of salt Pre-heat oven to 400°F; Cut potatoes into cubes; Toss with rosemary, oil, salt and pepper; Place on a baking sheet with lots of space in between each potato; Bake for 45 minutes, or until a fork can go easily in and out (of course they will be crispy on the outside, as long as they are soft in the middle).

Roasted Potatoes >>2 large Yukon gold or Russet potatoes (do not use red or new potatoes)

>>1 large sprig of rosemary, chopped >>2 tbsp olive oil >>2 good pinches of salt pepper, to taste Rub steaks all over with salt, pepper and oil; Heat a pan over high heat; when it is hot add steaks; shake pan once; Cook on one side for about 3 min-

Pan-Seared Steak with ShallotMustard Sauce >>2 rib-eye steaks >>salt and pepper >>Oil >>1 shallot, finely chopped >>1 tbsp whole-grain mustard >>Splash of wine (white or red) >>1 spoon of butter utes; Turn over and continue to cook for about 2 minutes; Remove steak from pan and let rest on cutting board; In the same pan, add a little more oil and fry shallot until soft; Add mustard and wine; cook until wine is almost reduced; Remove pan off of the heat; Stir in butter, stirring constantly until well blended. Heat a small frying pan over medium-high heat; Add butter to melt, then add strawberries and sugar; cook for 2 minutes; Add Grand Marnier and then, using your BBQ lighter, ‘light’ the pan; Allow flame to extinguish and then pour strawberries over gelato.

>>Chefs Kirstie Herbstreit and Jody O’Malley are both Red Seal certified chefs. Together they run the company YouCanCook2 and The Culinary Studio. You can also find them cooking at Entertaining Elements in St. Jacobs,where they hold private dinners for eight people. To contact the chefs, visit their website www.theculinarystudio.ca.

Strawberries Flambé >>1 cup of strawberries, cut up >>1 tbsp of butter >>1 tbsp of sugar >>1 splash of Grand Marnier >>Gelato, to serve Mise En Place 1. Mix salad greens with pecans, cherries and goat’s cheese; mix oil, vinegar and salt, but do not toss; refrigerate. 2. Cut potatoes, mix with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper; leave at room temperature for up to 1 hour, then put on baking sheet. 3. Temper steak: leave out at room temperature for 1-2 hours. 4. Clean and cut strawberries. 5. Have steak sauce stuff ready: 1 shallot diced, 1 tablespoon (tbsp) mustard, 1 tbsp butter, splash of white wine. Timing: 1. Put potatoes in oven. 2. Toss salad with dressing; put on plates, then eat salad. 3. Turn off oven; right before you cook steak place potatoes on plates. 4. Cook steak. 5. Remove steak from pan and place on plates with potatoes. 6. Make pan sauce and then drizzle over steak; eat steak. 7. Flambé strawberries; serve over gelato; enjoy the rest of the night!


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SQUEEZING ONE THROUGH Elmira keeper Nick Horrigan can’t hug the post in time as Kitchener’s Harrison Scarfone jammed the puck past him in the first period of Sunday’s game. The Kings would

come back to win 4-3 in a shootout.

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fter coughing up a two-goal lead against the Kitchener Dutchmen on Sunday afternoon, the Kings managed to emerge victorious in the shootout, 4-3. Josh Woolley scored the shootout winner and Nick Horrigan made 25 saves – along with blanking all five Dutchmen in the shootout – to seal the victory. “We’ve only had two shootouts this season, both against Kitchener and we lost the first one, so it was nice to turn the tables,” said head coach Geoff Haddaway following the team’s win, their second victory in a row after enduring a tough four-game losing streak. It was the Kings’ first game in a week, and the rust showed early on. Kitchener struck first while shorthanded when Harrison Scarfone forced his way through two defenders and jammed the puck home against Horrigan at 7:15 of the first. Elmira responded a little under nine minutes later when Brady Campbell scored a shorthanded marker of his own, assisted by Jarred Par-

ent and Jordan Benton at 16:07. Towards the end of the period the Kings appeared to shake the early rust, finishing the first with a 15-11 edge in shots. “You almost take a period to get your legs and get back into it a little bit,” said Haddaway of the slow start and the week between games, adding he was happy with the way the team responded in the second. In that second period, Elmira built a two-goal cushion on the strength of a Brennon Pearce shot that just eluded the blocking arm of Kitchener’s Duncan Long, from Andrew Smith and Brad Kraus at 8:45, and a beautiful powerplay goal from Smith at 14:35 from Jordan Benton and Josh Woolley. Smith picked up the rebound from Benton’s point shot and snapped it top corner to make it 3-1. The Dutchmen wouldn’t go quietly, however, and Brendan Woods cut the deficit to one with less than two minutes left in the period. In the third, the Kings were given ample opportunity to re-establish their two-goal lead – including a couple of five-on-three powerplays – but couldn’t capitalize. In the

end it cost them, because just as Kitchener's Ted Anstett stepped out of the penalty box for serving a coach bench minor, a pass from teammate Paul Sergi ended up on his stick and Anstett tied the game at three with only 6:04 left in the game. Overtime solved nothing and the teams headed to the shootout. Horrigan stopped all five Dutchmen shooters, while Woolley ended the game with a low wrist shot to the blocker side. The game lacked any offensive flow, as the referee’s called everything and both teams racked up the penalties, particularly in the third period and overtime. Elmira finished a dismal 1 for 20 on the powerplay, while Kitchener went 0 for 12. “We had a good week at practice, but our powerplay really struggled and we worked on it quite a bit during the week,” said Haddaway, who also agreed that maybe the guys were caught thinking too much on the ice, rather than playing hockey and going by their instincts – especially in the third. “Our five-on-three has to be better. If you have a couple

of them in a game you have to score, and we didn’t. That hurt our cause for sure.” The Kings managed to find

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A Sunday for family… and hockey tourneys Three Wang sisters claim gold within hours of each other in three separate games James Jackson

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hree gold medals, two countries, and one day – it was more than just an average weekend at the Wang household. The Elmira family certainly had a reason to celebrate as three of the children – Yi, 16, Maggie, 15, and Maddie, 13 – all played a key role in helping their teams capture first place at three different hockey tournaments Feb. 6. “That all happened within three hours of each other, it’s almost like all the stars were aligned,” said father David with a big smile. Yi was a part of the Waterloo Midget AA girls’ team

that won the prestigious Sarnia Silver Stick tournament, beating 11 other teams for the title. That team also included fellow Woolwich residents Emma Leger and Tori Freeman. Yi, a goaltender, shared the duties over the course of the tournament but managed to be in net for the final victory, a 1-0 shutout of Bluewater. “It felt really good, outside of high school hockey I have never won anything in hockey so it was quite the experience,” she said. “Right off the bat in the first game I was thinking, ‘wow if we get to the finals, that is my game,’”

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he other day – perhaps because it was the coldest day ever – a friend and I decided we must go out ice fishing once again. That’s when I first realized that I had a problem. I was addicted to ice fishing. How else could you describe it? As we stepped out of the truck, the temperature was approximately minus-346 Celsius, give or take two degrees. I won’t even get into the wind chill factor, but let’s just say that there was a snowman by the landing whose snowballs were blue. Because my pal and I needed a fix bad, we kept our whimpering to a minimum. Then we proceeded to traverse across a mile or so of frozen lake to the ice hut. That last important step is why I believe folks like me eventually say good things about ice fishing. You see, in that torturous mile or so, your extremities begin to feel numb and your brain starts to freeze,

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea causing your cognitive powers to get foggy. It actually gets to a point where your frontal lobes hurt and, just like that, you look forward to a day of ice fishing. This strange idea grows even more when you reach the refuge of the hut, thaw out the lock and make your way inside to light the stove. Soon, you are bathed in relative warmth and the prospect of ice fishing appears even more attractive. You know that you are about to get your fix. Bear in mind that even with a stove that would melt iron ore, you can only achieve a high of approxi-

mately minus-28 in an ice hut. Insulated, they are not. But, relatively speaking, they’re warm enough. In fact, before long, you actually feel the need to remove your coat and hat and get down to the serious business of main lining bait. Again, the brain is the last thing to thaw. On that day, I was rewarded with a nice lake trout. Needless to say, there was a lot of skill involved. First off, that fish had to determine where he would find my bait. Then, he had to chase it down and outmanoeuvre it. Finally, he had to dash in, open his jaws wide and swallow the shiner headfirst. Then, despite the poor job I did in hook placement, he had to somehow hook himself, so that even an angler as incompetent as myself couldn't possibly allow him to get off. As I said, this took a lot of skill.

For my part, I basically noted that my gad went down and then began to haul line up hand over hand. The end result was that I collected a nice two-and-a-half-pound lake trout for dinner. This happens every now and again, just often enough to make you feel that ice fishing is something you wouldn’t mind risking a few minor extremities for. Last night, I fried that lake trout in bacon fat with a bit of soya sauce thrown in for good measure and, let me tell you, it was fine eating. As a result, I feel the need to go out again. That’s the problem with ice fishing actually. The more you score, the more you want to go out and do it again. Everyone says that they can control it. But I wouldn’t be so sure. It is addictive, and, unless you are very careful, it’s easy to get hooked.

Week provided good news, bad news for the Jacks Team ends losing skid by edging Ayr, but then collapses against Hagersville in 13-2 loss slapshot from the hash marks. The second period was scoreless and Bauman made 16 saves, several of them key, to

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TAKE THAT! Wellesley’s Justin Milne lays a punishing hit on an Ayr

defender in the third period of the Feb. 4 match against the Centennials. Wellesley escaped with a 3-2 win to end their seven-game losing streak.

our forwards outworked them, and it was probably the best game we’ve played in three weeks,” said Fitzpatrick. Ayr opened the scoring five minutes into the first period on a shot from just inside the blueline by Bevan Wells that appeared to be tipped or screened by Jacks defender Derek Lebold and eluded Bauman.

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Sisters: Sunday was certainly a golden day for Elmira's Wang family

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she added with a laugh. Yi is a goalie for the EDSS girls’ hockey team as well and was back on the ice Tuesday, a 3-1 win over Southwood Secondary School. Maggie, who is also a goalie and a member of the Woolwich Midget B team, won gold at the U19 Tier 2 Sarah Backstrom tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania and was also in net for the deciding game against the Mohawk Comets, a 2-1 win. She was also named tournament MVP after posting one shutout and allowing just the one goal in the two games where she saw action. Despite the victory in the finals, Maggie said that she was a little surprised by her team’s reaction. “Our team wasn’t even that excited. They all just shook hands then headed into the dressing room and started getting changed. I wasn’t even sure if we had won, or if maybe we were (actually) going for bronze or something.”

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> CONTINUED FROM PG. 18

A FAMILY FIRST Sisters Maggie (left), Maddie, and Yi Wang proudly display their first-place medals they won within hours of each other last Sunday. Finally Maddie, the lone forward of the trio, was also at the Sarah Backstrom tournament as part of the Woolwich Bantam BB team that captured gold in the U14 category. Maddie scored twice during the

the above,” she laughed. Upon returning home, Maggie and Maddie learned that they shared another similarity from the tournament. At nearly precisely the same time that Maddie was

tournament in four games, including the game-winner in the team’s 2-1 victory in the finals over the Willowdale Red Wings. “This was the highlight of the year, of my life, all of

scoring the winning goal for her team, Maggie stopped a breakaway to preserve her own team’s win. “It was kind of cool,” Maggie said. The weekend was certainly filled with juggling for David and Jodie Wang, however. Jodie travelled with Maddie and Maggie to Erie, David remained at home to try and coordinate the lives and schedules of their other six children, while Yi made the trip to Sarnia on her own with her team. And despite the enormous distance between the three groups, they all managed to stay in constant communication, and knew almost immediately how each other were doing. “I got off the ice and texted them (her parents) and said ‘hey I won’ and they texted back ‘yeah, so did Maggie and Maddie!’” said Yi. “It’s pretty cool, in the old days we would have had to wait until we got home, but now it’s almost instantaneously,” added David.

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f you love watching local hockey, but hate what the concession stand dogs and fries do to your waistline, Wellesley and St. Clements arenas are introducing a solution. Both locations are undergoing changes to allow patrons to choose healthier snack options. The arenas began the changes at the beginning of the hockey season with apples, fresh-baked muffins and fruit juices added to the menu. In the latest move, Brad Voisin, the director of recreation for the Township of Wellesley, continued the trend with modifications to the fryers. “We’re trying to get away from trans fats,” he said. To help the move from so-called bad fats, the township is gradually converting the fryers and the popcorn machines to canola oil from vegetable oil. The conversion is already in place in Wellesley and will be happening soon in St. Clements. Canola oil is a few dollars more exiversary 0th Ann an Happy 5 Rosie Baum60 19 Abner &December 31, Married

pensive than vegetable oil, but with the increase only amounting to a few dollars every time the fryer is filled Voisin doesn’t expect the price to be reflected in the goodies. “The canola is much healthier and it is quiet easy to work with.” Variety is the key for Voisin, who said the new menu will not be restricting customers from ordering their old favourites and the traditional options will still be available. “We’re limited to space, so we may cut back a few types of chocolate bars and things like that,” he said of the selection. “We try to mix it up a little bit.” Muffin and healthy cookie options will change every week, offering customers varied choices of freshbaked types including carrot and bran muffins for $1.25 each and fruit for 50 cents each. Voisin said the department proposed the changes after recommendations from the community. “Every body is just trying to create more options,” he said.

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first career Junior game, and at times was brilliant for the Jacks, finishing with 48 saves on 61 shots. “He was really nervous and the first three shots went by him, but then he made some good saves for us in the second period,” said Fitzpatrick, who also said that he was frustrated with how the Hawks ran up the score and continued to take liberties with his young goalie by tripping him and slashing him. “I watched their coach, but I better keep my comments to myself. We had a 17-year-old goalie that everyone knew had never played a game before. Their coach played their top line when it was 11-2 for three and a half minutes straight. “What goes around comes around,” he added. The Jacks allowed five goals in the first, four in the second and four in the third. The Jacks Geoff Parr scored at 11:22 of the first to make it 3-1, and Read Shantz scored on the powerplay 3:40

the Ayr keeper. The Centennial’s Alex Richard made it a close game with a shorthanded goal at 17:09 to cut the Jacks lead to 3-2, but Bauman stood tall in the final few minutes of the game to secure the victory. “This team generally doesn’t panic, whether they’re up or down,” said Fitzpatrick of his team’s response to the second Ayr goal. “We’re a confident team and that’s one thing we don’t lack.” The Jacks were scheduled to play the following night in Hagersville, but bus troubles forced the game to be rescheduled for Tuesday. The Jacks – who had not played a Tuesday game all season – could only dress 13 skaters and one goalie for the game, and that showed in the results, a 13-2 pounding. Several players remain injured, and several more were out due to midterms and other school commitments. Trevor Olender played his

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» JAMES JACKSON

Jacks: Wellesley wraps up regular season this week, prepares for playoffs

FORWARD MOTION Jacks forward Justin Roeder holds the puck along the Ayr blue line and prepares to dump it into the zone during the first period of Friday’s win.

into the second from Kevin Howorth and Josh Herd to make it 5-2, but it was all Hagersville from there. Derek Medeiros finished with 4

goals and 3 assists to run his league-leading point tally to 76. The Jacks played their final game Friday at home

against the St. George Dukes at 7:30 p.m. and are now looking forward to getting healthy and preparing for the playoffs.

Kings: Coach says team is ready for more action as season winds down

» JAMES JACKSON

GOT THIS COVERED Horrigan turns aside an Ayr shot despite being blanketed by two Centennial forwards during a first-period powerplay.

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> CONTINUED FROM PG. 18 same this weekend, which will be a busy one. After travelling to Owen Sound Friday, Elmira heads south to Cambridge tonight (Saturday) at 7 p.m. The Greys are in town for a rematch Sunday. Game time at the Woolwich Memorial Centre is 7 p.m. Haddaway sees the busy schedule as a positive for the team. “These last three weeks we’ve played Sunday-SundaySunday, and for me I think three (games) in three (nights) is easier. From a physical point of view it might be tougher on the guys, but mentally it’s easier to play so many games, because we’re going to be going right back at it again the next night no mat-

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SCORECARD TWIN CENTRE HERICANES ATOM C – GIRLS ORANGEVILLE TOURNAMENT

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JAN. 28 Twin Centre 2, Walkerton 2 Goals: Olivia Bolender, Jade Lipcynski (Madelynn Jantzi, Tyana Bruns) JAN. 28

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Woolwich 2, Guelph 1 Garrett Reitzel, Brad Hale (Riley Runstedler, Sammy Huber) FEB. 5 Oakville 3, Woolwich 2 Goals: Nolan McLaughlin, Cole Altman (Brad Hale, Garrett Reitzel, Cade Schaus)

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TEAM SWEEPS TO VICTORY The Twin Center Stars Novice local league #2 team went undefeated in the Tyler Lopers Memorial Tournament in Drayton last weekend, capturing first place by beating Woolwich #2 in the finals by a score of 6-2. Back row: head coach Steve Krulicki, coach Dan Koebel. Third row: Colby Van Bargen, Caleb Wellman, Brock Krulicki. Second row: Lucas Hergott, Linden Jantzi, Noah Gilchrist, Curtis Butler, James Snyder, Eric Poirier, Matthew Gedcke. Front row: Jack Koebel, Will Weber, Tyler Rose. Absent: trainer Jenn Krulicki.

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Woolwich 2, Burlington 1 Cole Altman, Sammy Huber (Garrett Reitzel, Sam Davidson, Cade Schaus, Brad Hale)

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GOING ON RECORD Bob Tremblay, considered by many to be Ontario's premier dobro guitarist, will perform at a CD release party Feb. 20 in Maryhill. said Tremblay of the instru- er when Tremblay happened Steve Kannon ment, part of his guitar-ori- along. e’s been in the business for ented repertoire. “They hired me on the spot. decades, and his work apIn putting together the al- Two weeks later, I was playing pears on an assortment of bum, he narrowed it down to on TV for them.” CDs, but it’s only now that 19 songs from an assortment The show was a staple Bob Tremblay has recorded of styles, all of which have on Kitchener’s CKCO-TV an album of his own. Dobro meaning for him after decades through the mid-1950s, airing is an ode to the instrument of playing with a variety of every Saturday evening from that’s been his passion for all artists. Given the number of 7-7:30 p.m. these years. years he’s been playing, choosLater, he and his two siblings The dobro, an acoustic gui- ing was no small task. would tour North America as tar with a bowl-shaped metal Like a lot of kids, he took the Tremblay Brothers. There resonator built into its body, music lessons, starting with was also The Sherwoods, a has a distinctive sound that’s the guitar at the age of 9. Un- trio that would lend its name been adapted into country, like most kids, he had a profes- to Sherwood Music in Kitchbluegrass, western swing and sional gig by the time he was ener, which he co-founded. blues music. 14. Call it good timing, but the Through the years of work“It’s a real sound all of its Silver Bar Ranch Boys had ing outside of the music inown – completely different,” just lost their steel guitar play- dustry, he always kept his

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hand in it, refining the style that would make him perhaps the finest dobro player in Ontario. Today, he plays regularly at the Commercial Tavern in Maryhill, which will host his CD release party Feb. 20. Paul Weber, owner of the Maryhill fixture, appears on the album, playing bass and rhythm guitar. Dan Howlett, on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and Grant Heywood, on drums, round out the lineup. On the day of the release, Tremblay will be playing with the musicians who recorded the album with him. Songs from the album will be mixed with other favourites. And other musicians will be invited up for a jam session. One musician who’ll be there in spirit only is fiddler Mike Slauenwhite, to whom Tremblay dedicates the album’s cut of “Amazing Grace.” Slauenwhite, who died in December after a battle with cancer, was part of the Silver Bar Ranch Boys all those

years ago, and they’d played together frequently over the past three years or so. In fact, Tremblay played on Slauenwhite’s debut album released last spring. Like that CD, Dobro comes at the prodding of Floradale’s Lynn Russwurm, a tireless songwriter, performer, producer and advocate for the genre. “I’ve been on lots of other people’s albums. Lynn kept saying, ‘Bob, you should be cutting something yourself,’” Tremblay explained. “When I go out and play, people ask me for CDs. I guess it was time. “In this day and age, it took quite a bit of nerve to do an instrumental CD, especially dobro,” he added with a laugh. The CD release party for Bob Tremblay’s album is set for Feb. 20, 1-5 p.m., at the Commercial Tavern in Maryhill. “It will be some good family fun for the long weekend, since Monday’s a holiday. It will give people a place to go if they’re not heading away for the weekend.”

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Phonies actually look better than real diamonds Q. A.

When are diamonds NOT “a  girl’s best friend”?

When they’re “phony dimonds,”  artificial crystals of  “cubic zirconia” that have a higher dispersion  than diamonds, breaking white light  into the colors of  the rainbow, says  Richard Muller in The Instant Physicist. Diamonds were once valued  because of  how they sparkle, cut in a  complex way to send out many different colors in different directions. Of  course diamonds were once  rare, making them expensive, so you  would buy one as a present only for  someone you truly loved (or wanted  to impress). But now with cubic  zirconia crystals, the colors are more  beautiful for a cheaper price. So if   you give one to a loved one, what  does it prove? Intelligence? Good  taste? “Does it prove love if  it’s  cheap?” Many people apparently  think the price is more important  than the beauty.  So diamond jewelry  is no longer expensive because it’s  beautiful but “because the diamonds  cost a lot.”   Diamonds are not really rare  either, except to the extent that the  diamond cartels try to keep them off

tone, which makes many cats react  as if  intoxicated:  They roll in the  catnip, rub up against and chew the  leaves. It has been  described as “a non-addictive, legal  Bill & Rich Sones recreational drug for cats,” with the  “high” lasting from a few minutes to  an hour or more. the market to keep the price high. Not all cats are crazy about catnip,  A tipoff  with cubic zirconia is it’s  with some 20% of  them lacking the  so much prettier that it’s easy to tell  receptive gene for it. It is also thought  it isn’t diamond.  “Physicists are  that the chemical mimics excitement  working hard to reduce the beauty  pheromones appealing  of  cubic zirconia stones so they will  mostly to cats of  reproductive age,  look more like the expensive ones.”  leaving out kittens and elderly feElephants have been known to  lines.   Moreover, the herb can vary  gorge themselves on fermented  depending on growing conditions  fruits, parrots become more  and thus will appeal to different cats.  talkative after sipping alcoholic  beverages, and one dog that lived  Overexposure to catnip reduces a  near a brewery would often drink  cat’s sensitivity, so for maximum efbeer instead of  eating. If  your cat  fect offer it to Fluffy only at intervals  were inclined to take a “nip” every  of  maybe every two or three weeks. now and then, what might be its  Driving through a one-way  drug of  choice? tunnel, you suddenly realize  a car is headed the wrong way  Catnip, naturally, an herb in the  -- right at you! To minimize your  mint family and long famous  risk from the impending collision,  for its appeal to cats, says Amanda  you should a) try to match your  O’Neill in Cat Biz. It contains the chemical nepetalac- speed to the other car b) go even 

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A head-on collision is the most  dangerous type, so your best advice is to stop (c) and, if  possible, put  your car in reverse, says Jearl Walker  in The Flying Circus of Physics. This way you can reduce the  closing speed between the cars before  any impact. The situation here is  unlike football where one player may  choose to speed up right  before running head-on into another  player.   “The difference is that the player  may want the collision to be violent,  and by properly orienting his body,  he can shift the collision to his opponent’s vulnerable area or cause him  to become unbalanced and slam into  the field.” Surprisingly, data show that, everything else being the same, an 80 kg  (176 lb.) passenger in your car reduces your risk of  fatality by nearly 10%  because the additional mass  lessens the sudden change in your  body’s acceleration and velocity.   That’s YOUR risk reduction; your  passenger would be far better off   spending the time at the movies.

>>Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at strangetrue@cs.com

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

WOOLWICH GUIDE TO FACILITIES SPRING SUMMER ISSUE

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Township of Woolwich intends to discuss the 2011 Draft Water and Wastewater Budgets and changes to the water and wastewater rates at the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 22, 2011 commencing at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Municipal Office, 24 Church Street West, Elmira.

Watch for your copy of the Woolwich Guide to be delivered with the KW Record and flyers the weekend of February 18th. Copies will be available in Township Libraries, Medical Centres, WMC, WTA, Woolwich Community Services, several stores and the Administration Building at 24 Church St. W. Elmira.

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FAMILY ALBUM STAG & DOE

IN MEMORIAM

MARRIAGE

STAG & DOE for

Kristina Clement & Jacob Wall

Lindsea Brown & Jake Frey

February 19th, 8pm

at Lions Hall, South St., Elmira $10/ticket - available at the door Games & Food

PLACES OF FAITH

Gale

Worship 10:30am Sunday School during service

Minister: Rev. Dr. Linda Bell

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

Office Hours: M-TH 9-Noon & 1-3 • E galepresbychurch@golden.net

A Stag & Doe is planned for Sat. March 26, 2011, from 7-12pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 110 Manitou Dr. Kitchener.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Walter Kieffer Feb. 11, 2008

Bill & Rosie Clement, of St. Jacobs, are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristina Clement, to Jacob Wall, the son of Abe & Susan Wall, of Kitchener.

To know you is to love you and we did. The day is remembered and quietly kept, no words are needed, we shall never forget. For those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen and unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed and so very dear. Our time with you was so precious and and the memories are too. The love we shared together, keeps us close to you.

A May 28th, 2011 Wedding has been planned at the Three Bridges Banquet Hall, in St. Jacobs, ON

Maybe we can not touch your hand or see your smiling face. Maybe we cannot hear you or feel your warm embrace. But there is something we’ll always have tucked softly in our hearts, our love for you. Thank you for sharing your love and yourself with us.

All of our Love & Best Wishes to both of you on Your Special Day!

Tickets available at the door $10 or 2 for $15

HEARING ASSISTED

In Loving Memory of

NURSERY PROVIDED

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Lovingly remembered by your wife Ina, Daughter Sharon and Peter and grandchildren Angie and Natalie and great grandson Riley.

BIRTH

BIRTHDAY

Look Who’s 1!

St. Teresa

Happy Birthday Boston

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

www.execulink.com/~unitedchurch/index.html Visit us at: www.wondercafe.ca 21 Arthur St. N., Church office 519-669-5560

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 www.bloomingdalemennonite.com

Sun Feb 13th

Discovering God Together

@ 11:00 am Ron Seabrooke Daniel 9: 4-19

519-669-2319 | www.wbconline.ca 4522 Herrgott Road, Wallenstein

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

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

27 Mill St., Elmira • 519-669-2593 -New Series-

The Marriage Matrix February 13 Unlocking The Marriage Matrix

Sunday, February 13, 2011 9:15 & 11:00 AM

Series: Imagine a Life “Free from Greed” SUNDAYS AYS @ 10:30AM Services at John Mahood Public School A

5 First St., Elmira • 519-669-1459 www.elmiracommunity.org

200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira • 519-669-1296 Check out our website www.woodsidechurch.ca

Dorscht/McIntosh - Matt and Heidi are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Levi James. Born December 19th, 2010 at Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta. Proud Grandparents are Jim and Claudia Dorscht, Darlene Walker and Brad and Darlene McIntosh. Spoiling privileges go to Uncles and Aunts; Nick and Kristen, Derrick, Justin, Temeika, Felisha and Allisha. Levi is also welcomed by his cousins Keegan and Preston.

IN MEMORIAM

Love Mommy, Da Da, Russell Gram, Papa, Uncle Jason, Aunt Amy and Cohen DEATH NOTICES

>>Ankenmann, Scott E. – Scott Edwin Ankenmann, 49 of

Atkinson Russell In loving memory of a dear husband & father who left us 20 years ago Feb 15, 1991. This day is remembered and quietly kept, No words are needed we shall never forget. For those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us ever day. Unseen and unheard, but always near, So loved, so missed, so very dear. Love always, your wife Ruby Children Donna, Connie, Bruce, David & families

IN PRINT | ONLINE | IN PICTURES | IN DEPTH

Stratford passed away at his residence on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Local relatives: Margaret and Donald Koch of Wellesley.

>>Beard, Carole Ann – With profound sadness we announce the death of Carole Beard, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Freeport Hospital on Sunday, February 6, 2011, in her 63rd year. Local relative: Michelle Busse (Ron) of Drayton. >>Brooks, Sheila Josephine (nee Holliday) – Of Breslau, surrounded by her family, Sheila passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital at the age of 74. >>Clemmer, Alson S. – Passed away on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Hamilton General Hospital. Alson Clemmer, age 83 years, of RR 1, Wallenstein.

>>Martin, Mahlon – Went home to glory on February 6, 2011 at Portal Village Retirement Home, in his 80th year. Local relatives: brother Aaron Martin (Florence) of Elmira and sister Edna Bauman (Malon) of Elmira. >>Martin , Norma Mae (nee Bauman) – Born near New

Jerusalem in Woolwich Township on May 19, 1929. She died peacefully in her sleep and the Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital on February 6, 2011 with her loving husband by her side.

>>Vallentin,

Anna (nee Lelieveld) – Anna Frederika Franciska Vallentin (nee Lelieveld) passed away peacefully at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre in Elmira on February 1, 2011, in her 84th year.

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REAL ESTATE

is the time to sell! Extremely low Inventory! Buyers need your home. Call for your free home evaluation Paul Martin FEATURE PROPERTY 84FTFTX LOT SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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$215,000 PARTLY TREED LOT

Incredible location backing onto farmland. 84ft x 250ft building lot with driveway. MLS Call Paul direct.

For all the property details visit

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BEAUTIFUL HOME

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HOME HOME 519-669-3074 OFFICE OFFICE 519-888-7110

EMAIL paul@remaxsolidgold.biz ONLINE www.homeswithpaul.ca

This 3 bdrm, 3bath exceptional home is carpet free w/ceramic & hardwood 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. Exclusive listing Call Paul direct.

$519,900 GREAT FAMILY HOME

Located on cres. in Waterloo. Lg kit w/island, walk in pantry. Upper flr lndry. Carpet, ceramic & hrdwd. Lg new deck, fenced yrd. Spacious bdrms, master w/5pc ens. MLS Call Paul direct.

1718 SQ. FT. SEMI $395,000

STUNNING BUNGALOW

Nestled in countryside. 4bdrms, 3baths, main flr lndry, sep DR. Ceramic & hdwd in mn traffic areas. Beautiful vaulted ceiling & skylights in spacious GR. Master bdrm w/walk in closet & spa like ensuite w/double sinks, shower & whirlpool bath. Lg fin'd basement w/gas fp & bar. MLS Call Paul Direct.

1681 SQ. FT. SEMI 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.

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.

$293,000

$295,000

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DIRECT: 519-572-2669 EMAIL: bert@remaxsolidgold.biz

Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage

BERT MARTIN, BROKER

$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.

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Backing to green space this property offers a beautiful kitchen w/centre island, dining area w/walkout, 2 bedrooms plus master w/ensuite, loft or bedroom on upper level, 3 bathrooms, walkout basement and double garage. MLS. $379,900.

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

OFFICE SPACE

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

For lease in busy plaza. Large reception area, 3/4 offices, board room, kitchenette and bathroom. Lots of parking. MLS.

Lisa Hansen Tribble Sales Representative

519.787.0203

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BONNIE BRUBACHER Broker of Record

SHANNA ROZEMA Broker.

DARREN ROMKEY Sales Representative

LAURIE LANGDON Sales Representative

MONIQUE BRUBACHER Sales Representative

WELLESLEY buNGALoW

$264,900 | Great lot, solid construction brick bungalow overlooking Wellesley Pond; hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms, sun room addition. Original owner. NEW MLS.

GLEN ALLAN

$334,900 | Bungalow with full walkout level. Offering balcony and decks, beautiful hardwood and ceramics, open concept living/dining mainfloor, Master ensuite, laundry/mudroom. Walkout level offers 2 additional bedrooms, recroom and den and full bath. Quiet location overlooking the country side. MLS

GLEN ALLAN 2.52 ACRES

$699,000 | 6 year cape cod, antique post and beam construction, hardwood and ceramic flooring. Stunning granite and beam fireplace in spacious great room. Chef’s Kitchen with built in appliances and entertaining 9’ island. State-of-the-art energy efficient geothermal. Full walkout basement. Barn, inground pool, and hot tub only add to the welcoming ambience this amazing property offers. MLS

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REAL ESTATE Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

.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 COUNTRY LOTS

3 bedroom country bungalow with high speed internet available open concept. Master ensuite, main floor laundry, large 2 car garage, new ready to move in. Hobby shop allowed. $319,900 MLS. Financing Available O.A.C. 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.

BILL NORRIS

OFFICE:

SALES REPRESENTATIVE CELL:

SALES REPRESENTATIVE CELL:

FAX:

HOME FAX:

Industrial For Lease. Local heated shop is available in February. Total square feet is 4400. Lots of parking. $1925 per month. MLS

Res: 519-669-1068

519-669-9885

OPEN HOUSE • 172 CHURCH ST., ELMIRA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12TH • 2-4PM

IMPRESSIVE COUNTRY PROPERTY

$213,900

SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION - 2400 sq. ft. four bdrm. home on a deep wooded lot Whirlpool ensuite. Fam. rm. open to liv. rm. w/hardwood flr. Lots of windows in dinette. Main flr. laundry. Rec. rm. & games rm. MLS $469,900.

WEST MONTROSE - Huge lot backing to greenspace. Open concept. Lovely great rm. Main flr. master bdrm. A great walkout bsmt. with lots of finished area. All the extras you’d expect! MLS $629,900.

GREAT STORAGE - or business opportunity in FLORADALE. 2 bldgs w/approx. 4680 sq. ft. Lovely property backing onto GRCA. MLS $214,900

COUNTRY LIvING - outside Alma. .72 of an acre. Immaculate 3 bdrm. bungalow. Huge kitchen w/ walkout. Walkup from garage. Partly fin. bsmt. Insulated workshop. MLS $429,900.

INvESTMENT PROPERTY - 5 plex w/ character. Always rented! Large 3 bdrm. unit (great for owner occupied). Lots of parking. Shows a good return. MLS $449,900

GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH seating capacity 175+. This bldg. is ideal for offices, day care - lots of possibilites. C-1 zoning. Close to downtown. MLS $479,000

$272,900

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by this fully updated and remodelled interior, open concept home. Updates include furnace, a/c, plumbing, wiring, countertops, cupboards, breakfast bar/island, heated ceramics, all original hardwood floors refinished, deck and more. All this and a 12x31 garage/shed. More than meets the eye! MLS.

to this gorgeous and spotless townhome. Features a double car garage and a large master bedroom with ensuite privileges. Newly built deck and patio overlooks a fabulous backyard backing onto a greenbelt and walking trail.

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159 William St., Palmerston **Broker (Across from Home Hardware) 519.292.0362

519.638.2509

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Palmerston - $229,000. Lots of room in this 3 bedrm, 2 bath backsplit. Recroom with gas fireplace. Walkout from kitchen to deck. Great location. Kathy MLS 1041120.

3939 ARTHUR STREET, NORTH, ELMIRA

Well maintained 1160 square ft bungalow located on 1/2 acre located 4 miles north of Elmira with 24 by 36 foot 2 storey garage/shop. Park like setting on mature lot with fruit trees, well landscaped and very private. 3 bedrooms, finished rec room, beautiful oak kitchen, central vac, steel roof, garage and private deck. For more details and to view please call 519-669-2215.

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

billnorris@rogers.com

Well maintained home at the edge of Elmira. Features include detached insulated workshop as well as a detached two car garage both with hydro and situated on a nicely landscaped lot. A wonderful home and close to all amenities. MLS.

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

JULIE HECKENDORN Broker Res: 519-669-8629

MVA Residential

HOME FAX:

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$369,900

Space For Lease. 4000 square feet. Available immediately. Industrial in Waterloo. $2700 per month. MLS

FOR SALE BY OWNER

519-669-2772

BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record

519-588-1348

519-669-9885

519-888-6117

3 Bedroom back split. 1 1/2 bath, open concept with eat in kitchen & dining room with fireplace, semi finished basement, private lot, scenic view of Conestoga River Valley, in the friendly village of Glen Allan. $289,000 MLS Great all brick bungalow in Fergus. Hardwood floors, finished recroom with gas fireplace, on a large lot. $219,900 MLS

519-577-6248

519-888-7110

45 ARTHUR ST. S., ELMIRA

LD

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ALLI BAUMAN

180 Weber St. S., Waterloo, ON N2J 2B2

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BROKERAGE

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$246,900. Located on edge of Palmerston. Spacious raised bungalow 2+2 bedrm, 2 baths, finished basement, central air. Oversized treed lot. Edith MLS 1041852.

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We pay the HST. Call for details.

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SERVICE PROS AUTOMOTIVE

AUTOMOTIVE

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TIRE

WHERE TIRES

Body Maintenance

Complete Collision Service

ARE A

at

SPECIALTY, NOT A SIDE LINE.

RUDOW’S CARSTAR COLLISION CENTRE Call Us At

519-669-3373

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35 Howard Ave., Elmira

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519-669-3232

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519.669.8330

FAX: 519.669.3210 AFTER HOURS

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PLUMBING

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We call Elmira home but we service the surrounding area.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

SERVICE PROS TREE SERVICE

“A GOOD JOB DONE EVERY TIME”

•Removal of Trees or Branches of Any Shapes or Sizes in Almost Any location

T R

Kleensweep Carpet Care

E

•Branch Chipping

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•Stump Grinding

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Snider, Luella (nee Hoffman) Passed away on Friday, February 4, 2011 at K-W Health Centre after a brief illness. Luella age 84 years of St. Jacobs. Beloved wife of the late Bretton Snider (1998). Luella is lovingly remembered by Enoch Martin. Dear mother of Keith and Sandra of RR 2, Elmira, Ken and Jennifer, Gary and Sandy all of St. Jacobs, Rick and Kendra of Kitchener, Bonnie Naherniak and John Collins of St. John’s, Nfld. Missed by her 10 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Alvin and Angeline (Martin) Hoffman, her stepfather Menno Eby and by her 2 grandchildren Brett and Brayden. Bretton and Luella owned and operated the Cedar Barn Restaurant for many years. She was a faithful member of St. Jacobs Mennonite Church and the Sewing Circle. The family received their friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Tuesday, February 8th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church on Wednesday, February 9th at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mark Diller Harder and Pastor Kevin Derksen officiating followed by cremation. In her memory donations to Mennonite Central Committee or Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.dreisingerfuneralhome.com

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>>Woolwich Community Lions Club presents Shania Twin Dinner and Show, Lions Hall Elmira. Doors open at 5 p.m, dinner at 6:30 p.m. – catered by Kennedy’s Catering. Advance tickets only $55. Call Vi 519-669-5902 or Naomi 519-669-2190. Final draws will be made for two cash prizes, $100 and $200, and a grand prize of a $3,500 travel voucher. Raffle tickets $2 each and may be purchased from any Lions Club members. >>Knights of Columbus & C.W.L. Valentine’s Supper. 5:30-7 p.m. Rolled Ribs with all the fixings, dessert & coffee. Maryhill Heritage Community Centre. $15/person, advance tickets only. For tickets contact Mike Runstedler 519-648-3394; Doug Zinger 519-648-2939; Mary Campagnaro 519822-9287. >>Jammin’ At The Legion – 2-5 p.m. at the Drayton Legion, Elm & Wood St., Drayton. Come to play, sing, dance or just come to enjoy. No charge event. For more information Art 519-638-3324. FEBRUARY 13

>>Hungryman’s Breakfast in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation at the Elmira Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. E. Elmira. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. >>Take Your Sweetheart out for Breakfast. 100 Andover Street, Breslau Community Centre; 8:30-12:30 p.m.; $6 per person, children 4 and under free. FEBRUARY 15

>>Tuesday Lunch, Gale Presbyterian Church, 2 Cross St., Elmira. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Menu: ham & cheese quiche, vegetarian broccoli quiche, roll and butter, tossed salad, strawberry cheesecake, beverage; $9. >>Annual Waterloo Rural Women Day at the Maple View Mennonite church on 5074 Deborah Glaister Line, Wellesley. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Speakers: Ruth Zehr, Christine Gingerich and Koren Martin; $20 (lunch is included). For more information or to register call 519-664-3794, ext. 237. FEBRUARY 19

>>Dinner Dance, Royal Canadian Legion,

11 First St. E., Elmira. Dinner at 7 p.m. featuring on the menu Chicken Delight, mashed potato, vegetable and dessert. Dance followed with live music by Andy De Campos; $20/person. Advance tickets only call Legion 519-669-2932.

FEBRUARY 20

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>>Jubilation Male Chorus 7 p.m. Director

Jake Willms; 70 members, 30 area churches, 15 denominations, one voice, praising God in song. Waterloo North Presbyterian Church, 400 Northfield Dr., West. Free-will offering, wheelchair accessible. 519-8887870.

FEBRUARY 21

>>St. Jacobs Optimist Club is sponsoring a Free public skate at the St. Jacobs Arena. 2-3:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 21

>>Wellesley Optimist Club Family Day Festival at Wellesley Community Centre & Arena. Skills competition, toboggan races, Skating, Erick Traplin, Redline Band and more; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact Bridget Schneider 519-656-2713 for info. >>Elmira

& District Horticultural Society presents Edible Seasonal Centrepieces with Melanie Marjoram; 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Church, Elmira. Members free; Visitors $2. New members welcome. Contact 519-6692458.

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FEBRUARY 25

>>Rib Dinner, Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. E., Elmira. 6 p.m. $8. >>H.U.G.S. Program – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Come meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Getting along with other children; Libby Barrie from WCS will speak on the topic of what to do if your child is the bully or the one being bullied. No registration required. Held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs. >>The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Touch of Soul present The Generations of Gospel…. A Testament of Time. This Gospel concert is a celebration of Black History month as well as a Scholarship fundraiser. Grandview Baptist Church, 250 Old Chicopee Rd., Kitchener. Fri. Feb. 25 7 p.m.; Sat. Feb. 26 2 & 7 p.m. Dramatization by Gordon Davis. Tickets: adults $20; students $15; children (10 and under) $10; group rates $18.50 per person (group of 10 or more). Tickets may be purchased at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 519-664-2268; Words Worth Bookstore Ltd 519-884-2665; Kitchener Church of God 519-745-8561; Bio Ped Foot Care Centre 519-622-5959. >>Game

Night, 5-8:30 p.m. at Elmira Branch Library. Play or watch Number Games such as Phase 10, Uno, Dutch Blitz and more. Just drop in, no registration is required for this fee event. Checkers, Chess and Scrabble will also be available at the desk. For more information call the Region of Waterloo Library Elmira Branch at 519669-5477.

FEBRUARY 26

>>Recycle your stuff and learn new crafts without going broke! Rags to Riches is a monthly crafting drop-in starting Saturday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the meeting room at the Elmira Public Library. No preregistration, no admission fees, no age limit although children under 9 must be with an adult. Contact 519-669-0837 for more information. February’s projects will use up old T-shirts. >>Annual Roast Beef Dinner at Trinity United Church, 21 Arthur St. N., Elmira; 5-7 p.m. Tickets: Family (2 adults & children under 16) $40; Adult (age 16 & over) $14; Children (age 5 – 15) $7; children (5 and under) free. Advance tickets only available at Read’s Decorating, Frank Cooper, Elwyn Bridge, or from the church office 519-6695560.

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Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, **, ††, § The Breakthrough Year Event offers apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating retailers on or after January 6, 2011. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. See participating retailer for complete details and conditions. •$18,995 Purchase Price applies to 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (24F) only and includes $8,250 Consumer Cash Discount. See participating retailer for complete details. Pricing includes freight ($1,400), air tax, tire levy and OMVIC fee. Pricing excludes licence, insurance, registration, any retailer administration fees, other retailer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Retailers may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on most new 2010 and select 2011 vehicles and are manufacturer-to-retailer incentives, which are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Amounts vary by vehicle. See your retailer for complete details. **2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (24F) at $18,995 remaining on January 4, 2011. ††Customer Choice Financing for 36-, 48- and 60-month terms on approved credit through TD Financing Services and Ally Credit Canada is available at participating dealerships to qualified retail customers on most new 2010 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models (except Grand Caravan Cargo Van and Ram Chassis Cab) and select 2011 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models. The following terms apply to TD Financing Services contracts. (Different contract terms apply to Ally Credit Canada offers. See your retailer for complete details.) Vehicles are financed over a 36-, 48- or 60-month term with payments amortized over a term of up to 96 months and the pre-determined residual balance payable at the end of the contract. At contract’s end, customers have the choice of returning their vehicle through a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealership with no further obligations (except payment of a $199 return fee and excess wear and tear, mileage and similar charges), financing the remaining balance for the rest of the amortization period at then-current standard rates or paying the residual balance in full. Some conditions apply. Customer Choice Financing offered by TD in Quebec is subject to different terms and conditions. All advertised Customer Choice Financing offers are TD offers. Example: 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (24F) with a Purchase Price of $18,995 financed at 5.99% APR over 60 months with payment amortized over 76 months equals 130 bi-weekly payments of $139 and one final payment of $4,560 for a cost of borrowing of $3,671 and a total obligation of $22,665.83. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage and wear and tear charges, any retailer administration fees and other applicable fees and charges not included. Retailers may sell for less. See participating Dodge Grand Caravan SXT shown has a higher price than the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package advertised. See your retailer or go to www.dodge.ca for complete details. ®SIRIUS and the dog logo are registered trademarks of SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. Customer Choice Financing is a trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. retailers for complete details. §2010 Dodg

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2010 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE STOW ’N GO®

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+Your local retailer may charge additional fees for administration/pre-delivery that can range from $0 to $1,098 and anti-theft/safety products that can range from $0 to $1,298. Charges may vary by retailer.

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