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Fire destroys woodworking facility north of Elmira Damage to Elbru Distributors pegged at $1.25 million; 60 firefighters from four Woolwich stations battle blaze COLIN DEWAR

Fire crews from across Woolwich Township were on scene at a blaze at Elbru Distributors north of Elmira on Tuesday. The fire destroyed a workshop, machinery and lumber stock, causing $1.25 million in damage. [colin dewar / the observer]

A fire that tore through a hardwood manufacturer north of Elmira Tuesday morning left behind $1.25 million in damage and exhausted firefighters from four Woolwich stations. For hours the firefighters, working in short shifts, battled the inferno that had engulfed the Elbru Distributors woodworking manufacturing operation. The fire spread quickly and before noon had destroyed most of the company’s building. Black smoke could be seen across the northern part of Woolwich Township heading east towards Guelph. The heat was severe and combined with the strong winds and humidity on Tuesday made it tough on 60 firefighters as they struggled to contain a blaze

at a lumberyard and hardwood flooring facility. Fire crews focused their attention on a silo full of sawdust in the afternoon and doused it with water as they contained the fire. “We were on scene at 10:40 a.m. and by the early afternoon we had the fire under control,” said Woolwich Township fire chief Rick Pedersen in a phone interview Wednesday. Crews remained at the scene through out the day working on spot fires within wood chips. “We got the fire knocked down around noon, it was a stubborn one,” said Pedersen. “For the rest of the day we had crews making sure no flare ups occurred and the last truck left the scene at 7:20 p.m.” Four stations – Elmira, St. Jacobs, Floradale and Conestogo – were called to fire | 5

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Playground approved for Wellesley subdivision COLIN DEWAR Playgrounds are a place where children can be spontaneous and also learn and explore. Children living near Block 45 on Lawrence Street in Wellesley will soon be able to have those experiences closer to home as the township last week approved construction of a new playground. Both the township and the Wellesley Recreation Service Board will contribute $7,550 towards the new play centre. Township staff obtained three quotes from playground builders, with Recreation Playsystems in St. Clements offering the lowest bid with $15,100. The area near Block 45 has no playground and the town-

ship has received numerous calls over the years requesting that one be provided on the site to benefit the families and children living there. The township funding will come from the Township of Wellesley 5% Park Fund Reserve. “The park fund is for something new for an area that doesn’t have anything. It has been the township’s past practices to put money into the reserve so that we can build things like playgrounds,” said director of facilities Brad Voisin. “This kind of project is definitely what the reserve is for. It is for parks development.” The township will prep the site, but the price includes installation of the equipment, Voisin told council. The structure will be a combination of both plastic and

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steel and will be moveable should the property become a road access for future development. The playground could be moved to another nearby location with the new developed area. “This playground project has been kicking around since I started here,” said Will McLaughlin, executive director of operations. “There have been requests for a playground in that subdivision for the last nine years. It has taken a lot to get it all in place and likely the little kids that it was initially meant for are not little kids anymore but there are always little kids and I am sure they will enjoy it.” McLaughlin said administrators hope to have something like a playground in every subdivision in township.

While kids still have a month and a half before school starts, efforts are underway to make the expensive time of the year easier on low-income families in the townships. The Woolwich Community Services (WCS) Backpack Program is already in full swing, with letters gone out to community organizations and churches asking for donations of cash and school supplies. WCS director of community support Kellie Christie said the letters of request went out in May and now volunteers are posting flyers on school property and within the community letting the public know WCS is now taking donations. Other non-profit WCS programs are year-long projects. The WCS Thrift Shop, for

WCS director of community support Kellie Christie with some of the items the agency is looking for in this year's collection drive. [elena maystruk / the observer] example, sells seasonal and school clothing for children and adults. But during the last two weeks of August, the organization opens their WCS office at 73 Arthur St. in Elmira, to children going to school in the fall. They can pick out a grade-appropriate backpack and fill it with assorted school supplies. “We give them a list of what they are going to need

and they just shop for them. We don’t fill the backpack, we like the kids to do their own shopping so they can pick out their favorite pencils, rulers, notebooks and characters,” Christie explained. Another difference between the backpack program and other WCS serbackpack | 6

New provincial stewardship program helps farmers with irrigation projects elena maystruk During an unpredictable summer growers may need all the help they can get. A new project associated with the CanadaOntario Farm Stewardship Program (COFSP) is beginning to show up on the radars of local farmers and greenhouse owners. Cost-share funding of 30 or 50 per cent is available through a program designed to improve environmental performance of commercial greenhouse, landscape nursery and veg-

etable farm operations. Though there have been a number of applicants, not all of them are eligible to receive cost share funds, program contact John Benham explains. Suitable applicants must have a current and approved third edition environmental farm plan and must own a legal farm entity with a farm business registration number. Other details on the application process can be found on the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) website.

OSCIA lists a number of best management practices supported by the current initiative, including habitat, pest and irrigation management as well as nutrient recovery for waste water and runoff control. According to Benham, there are few greenhouse operations in the Waterloo and Wellington areas, yet some major businesses are eligible for the program. Waterloo Flowers owner and applicant Ron Miziolek runs one of Breslau’s major greenhouse operations and is happy about the opportunity.

“It’s insanely helpful and I would say, yes, entirely necessary because without a driving initiative from someone and without support for it we wouldn’t be able to improve our environmental stewardship,” Miziolek said. There is a process to obtaining the programs cost share funding. Farmers must take on an approved environmental initiative and meet the pre-planned deadline for its completion. After proof of payment is provided, qualified applicants receive a

percentage of their money back. The funds have been set aside to help farmers make necessary improvements to their businesses but Benham explained that there don’t seem to be any overarching environmental issues that need to be fixed through the funding. He compares it to the environmental farm plan, which focuses on ventures such as manure storages and improving wells. Yet this money is allotted for a different purpose. “Same as the environ-

mental farm plan there is cost-share money available to help farmers improve their situations. But this other program is aimed partly at irrigation and handling water after it leaves the greenhouse so it’s not contaminating other water,” he said. The project is designed to improve and sustain. With support form the Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship Program (COFSP), efforts are directed towards water efficiency and the enhancement of environmental practices.

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COLIN DEWAR Good oral health is important to a child’s overall health. However, for some lowincome families regular dental checkups may not be affordable. To that end the Ontario government, as part of its poverty reduction program, has established the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) and is working with the Woolwich Community Health Centre (WCHC) in St. Jacobs providing free dental screenings for children under the age of 17 that come from a lowincome family whose net income is less than $20,000 per year. There are free dental checkups held weekly at the WCHC for residents of Woolwich. Anyone attending a dental screening must provide proof of their annual earnings by providing their annual Goods and Services Tax Credit Entitlement Notice or annual Canada Child Tax Benefit and Ontario Child Benefit Notice as well as a governmentissued identification like a driver’s license, health card or passport. “So many families don’t have insurance, which means that parents can’t afford to even get checkups for their children and if they let it go for too long there can be some serious tooth decay which can cause pain and then they are in an emergency situation,” said Anna Wall, program coordinator. “There can be some serious health

STEVE KANNON A remediation plan for part of the Chemtura site in Elmira contaminated by dioxins is inadequate and fails to address the potential hazards, says the head of the community watchdog group charged with monitoring the chemical plant. The company announced Tuesday it would remove some of the contaminants, capping the majority in place at the site of two former gravel pits on the east side of the property. Pronouncing himself “deeply disappointed,” Chemtura Public Advisory Committee chair Dan Holt said the move flies in the face of the company’s assurances it would remove the source of the contamination once it was identified. “We don’t feel that that’s really going to take care of it,” he said of the company’s plan. “It’s just not adequate. It’s not right.” Chemtura plans to spend about $2 million hauling off some 1,200 cubic meters of contaminated soil from what’s known as gravel pit 1 (GP1) and installing a heavy plastic barrier over it and neighbouring GP2. Work is expected to get underway in October and last two or three months. The work goes beyond the minimum of simply capping both pits recom-

Shaun Cowan of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy was at the Elmira library on Wednesday educating some 65 young children about birds of prey. Among the birds at the show were a Harris’ hawk, barn owl, American kestrel, red tail hawk and bald eagle. [colin dewar / the observer]

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Poetry meets canoes in annual trek along the Grand Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour will be making stops in Elmira, West Montrose on a trip that begins Aug. 9 elena maystruk The Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour is paddling back to Grand River for an encore. Five poets and one

musician will embark on a 10-day tour of the river by canoe, setting up poetry readings along the way, including stops at the West Montrose covered bridge

and in and Elmira. The tour was founded in 2010 by poets Linda Besner and Leigh Kotsilidis. “Presses don’t often tour authors to smaller com-

Chemtura's Jeff Merriman on the portion of the Elmira site slated for a $2-million remediation project in the fall.

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understand that this is unrelated to our ongoing remediation of the aquifer and that the pits in question are not an ongoing threat for off-site contamination,” said Olejarz. “We are taking these steps to ensure the long-term containment of the site and safety of the immediate area.” The company has been using a pump-and-treat process to remove a pair of toxins – NDMA (nitrosodimethylamine) and chlorobenzene – from the former drinking water aquifers underneath Elmira. Discovery in 1989 of the carcinogenic NDMA precipitated a crisis in Elmira, leading to the construction of a pipeline

from Waterloo, which supplies the town with water to this day. In that case, too, Holt argues removal of source contaminants is required. While the groundwater issue is subject to ongoing Ministry of the Environment orders because the problem has spread beyond the Chemtura site, the issues with GP1 and GP2 are limited to company property, allowing for far fewer controls. With the aquifers, CPAC is also worried Chemtura’s actions are inadequate. The company is supposed to remediate the groundwater by 2028, bringing it back to drinking water standards. It’s pledged to meet that deadline, though both CPAC and Woolwich

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munities so we decided to bring poetry to people rather than having people come to the big city. We thought a canoe would be kind of a quirky way to conduct a tour. Its also the main way a lot of transportation happens in your specific part of Ontario, so its kind of nodding to the history of the area as well,” explained Kotsilidis of the event’s origins. The tour focuses on bringing contemporary art to smaller communities along the river, often overlooked by Canadian reading tours that favour major city locations. The group will launch out of Toronto on Aug. 9 and reach their first destination in Elora on Aug. 11. Altogether the tour will run for 10 days, with stops at nine locations. Much of the funding for the group comes from the publishing houses that

local writers or musicians to perform along side the troupe at each performance location. Access to campgrounds and local communities allows the poets to travel only by canoes provided to them by local sponsors, Treks in the Wild. Still, Kotsilidis explains that roughing it has its downside with food, timing and lack of privacy presenting constant challenges. Yet the convenience of the unconventional transport method is undeniable for the group. “The number of communities on the river is exceptional,” she said. Scrapping their initial idea three years ago to use horses for the tour, Kotsilidis notes that the Grand River was a perfect choice for the trip, as the river can be easily navigated by even the most inexperienced boaters.

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Elmira transfer station operators Annet Viveen (left) and Evelyn Hahn were most concerned about the gasoline pooled at the bottom of the boat after it was left for disposal Wednesday. [elena maystruck / the observer]

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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012

Nightingale rebuild moves to final stage The reconstruction of Nightingale Crescent in Elmira moves into the final stage Monday, with the stretch between 22 Nightingale Cr. and Mockingbird Drive to be closed until approximately Aug. 31. Stage two of the project – Nightingale Crescent between Purple Martin Court and 22 Nightingale Cr. – is expected to wrap up by the end of next week, with asphalt to be applied July 25, according

to information released this week by Woolwich Township.

It’s Chemtura on the line Answered your phone to find someone asking questions about Chemtura? You’re not alone. The chemical producer is polling Elmira residents to gauge public opinion and help craft a communications strategy. It’s part of a plan to help the facility regain its Responsible Care designation from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. The designation

Police investigation suspicious fire at St. Teresa school in Elmira Police and Woolwich firefighters responded to a fire at St. Teresa school in Elmira about 11:10 on July 17. A portable on the school’s property was set on alight. The fire was quickly extinguished. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, which has been deemed suspicious. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Elmira detachment.

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6:30 PM | A man reported his wallet missing after he had visited the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market. Inside the wallet was a Scottish driving license. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elmira detachment.

1:00 PM | Police were contacted about graffiti at an Isabella residence in Linwood. Black and blue paint were used and the unknown suspects left the empty spray cans behind. Police have sent the cans to the Waterloo Identification Unit for fingerprint analysis. The investigation is ongoing.

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8:00 AM | A barbecue was stolen off the deck of an Isabella Street residence in Linwood by unknown suspects. The investigation continues. 4:30 PM | A youth’s bike was stolen from the bike rack at the Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira. The blue Avigo bike was locked to the rack at the time. Police are continuing to investigate.

Roundabout education continues Still not sure about navigating the roundabouts popping up all over Waterloo Region? There’s a video with your name on it. As part of this year’s roundabout education campaign – “Learn the Turn! ... Roundabout Essentials 2012” – the region has put together a new training video.  The video entitled “How the heck do you drive in a roundabout?” instructs viewers on essential

roundabout driving skills in order to drive a roundabout properly, safely and easily.   This video takes the viewer, step-bystep through rules of roundabouts and the thought processes on approaching, driving through and exiting a roundabout. It covers the basic rules of roundabouts, the meaning of roundabout signage, signaling, pedestrians, and trucks in roundabouts. The video has been distributed widely to regional libraries, high schools, driving schools, insurance companies, and local businesses. It can also be viewed in its entirety or in smaller “chapters” on the Region’s

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CLARIFICATION Candice Grube, the subject of a story in last week’s Observer, was living with her father in Listowel at the time of the accident that claimed her life. Ambiguous information was supplied to the paper. Construction work at St. Teresa school in Elmira is being carried out by PM Contracting Ltd. Incorrect information appeared in the July 7 issue. The Observer regrets the error.

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6:45 PM | A Kitchener woman driving a minivan was charged with ‘pass on right not in safety’ after attempting to overtake a farm truck operated by a Clifford man on Weber Street North. She tried to pass on the right shoulder, hitting the tire guards. The truck was making a legal turn into the market when the collision occurred. No injuries were reported. The minivan sustained severe damage.

wasn’t renewed in the last review in part due to the way the company communicates with the public. Plant manager Jozef Olejarz said this week the company is committed to becoming more transparent as part of its “community outreach.” The telephone survey will help it gauge residents’ awareness of Chemtura. “It’s a helpful tool to be a better corporate citizen and a better neighbour,” he said, adding the goal is to answer a fairly basic question: “What can we do to improve communications with our neighbours?”

5:30 PM | Police and firefighters responded to a barn fire at Jesse Place in Woolwich Township. The fire was contained to the feed room and silo. Some 140 head of cattle and 500 chickens were in the barn at the time. No animals were injured. July 17

2:30 PM | Elmira firefighters were called to extinguish a mulch fire at the Foodland store. The fire was quickly dealt with. No damage was reported. 10:00 PM | A woman walking her dog along Barnswallow Drive near Porchlight Drive in Elmira reported seeing a man performing an indecent act while sitting in his oldermodel beige Dodge Caravan. The man was described as medium build with a goatee. When police arrived they could not locate the suspect.

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the scene, with a total of 60 firefighters and 13 fire trucks responding. “None of the Elbru employees were injured. They all got out quickly and unharmed,” said Pedersen. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were treated by paramedics at the scene. According to Pederson the cause of the fire was accidental, as cleaning fumes were ignited by electrical equipment. The estimated loss and damages has been determined to be $1.25 million including the lumber stock, machinery and building that were destroyed in the fire. Arthur Street North remained closed between Florapine Road and Sandy Hills Drive while fire crews fought the blaze.

Some 60 firefighters working in short shifts fought the fire at the woodworking manufacturing facility for hours on Tuesday. [colin dewar / the observer]

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risks if you let it go too long.” After the initial screening and a child qualifies for the program, the agency will issue a HSO client card. The card must be presented to all dental providers at every appointment. The client card is valid only for one year but if all of the necessary documentation is provided to confirm eligibility, then children are eligible for three years with a new card issued each year.

“The initial meeting is a checkup and then we do the paperwork to see if they qualify. There are different options available: we have the basic one, which is free dental for three years, but if they have limited documentation we can offer a one-year plan,” said Wall. Children are allowed two dental visits a year as part of basic dental care. The WCHC will outline the range of dental service options available in the community and provide the card that may be taken

to a private dentist or dental hygienist who is participating in the program. “If patients don’t have a dentist then we find them a dentist. It can be difficult finding a dentist that is accepting new patients so we help them find one.” The program launched in July 2011 and the WCHC has had numerous screenings over the year. “The program has been very successful as we have a lot of people now getting free checkups and dental treatment,” said Wall. “We

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Junior Farmers find new life in the region COLIN DEWAR The Junior Farmers Association has been revived in Waterloo Region. After nearly eight years of inactivity a new club has formed under the watchful eye of Barclay Nap and Graham Johnston, who are both Junior Farmer alumni volunteers working with the club as mentors until the group becomes selfsufficient and understands the program. Currently the club has 12 members who meet monthly to plan their community involvement, organize monthly socials and learn about parliamentary procedures. For the next few months the club will be trying to meet the requirements to become an official club with the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario (JFAO). “There are guidelines that have to be met each year which help fulfill the mission statement of provincial junior farmers which is to build future rural leaders through self help and community betterment. The focus is on developing leadership and volunteer skills,” said Nap during a phone interview.

The club first began in the early part of the 20th century when most of Ontario was rural. Sons of farmers who didn’t have the opportunity to go to college or university were taught advancements in agriculture through universities and the provincial government. In 1914 one group of young farmers took some of the information they have learned and applied it to their community in a broader scale. This group formed into a social club and by 1944 developed into the provincial association of the JFAO. The club is open to anyone interested in joining and provides opportunities for young people age 15 to 29 of all backgrounds, but especially those in rural Ontario. Members take on the challenge of exploring their individual talents and potential to develop personally while being involved in bettering their communities and networking. “For those young men and women in Waterloo (Region) the club offers a chance to be social with other youth that have similar background and interests while being part of a

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The Junior Farmers Association of Waterloo has been resurrected after nearly a decade of inactivity. Club members meet monthly at the New Hamburg Community Centre to organize social events and plan their community involvement. [submitted] on July 20. For the cost of group where leadership Provincially the group $20 guests will have a day and volunteering skills are is capable of participating of visiting local farm busitaught and applying those in exchanges with other nesses with each location skills in the community,” rural youth programs in on the tour showcasing the said Nap. other parts of the world. finest in agriculture across This summer members There are provincial comthe region. of the regional club have petitions that have clubs The new club meets adopted part of Nafziger competing against other on the first Sunday of the Road to clean it up and clubs in different sporting, month at the New Hamhave held a learn-tocultural and agricultural burg Community Centre. square-dance night in based competitions. For more information Winterbourne as square To display the diversity about the organization dancing is something that of agriculture in the recontact the club at wateris part of rural Ontario’s gion, the club is hosting loojf@jfao.on.ca. culture, he said. a Mystery Farm Bus Tour

vices is that visitors are not required to provide verification of their income, though the agency relies on an honour system to ensure supplies go only to low-income families. While the program is called a backpack drive there are many other school supplies WCS hopes to provide; some are needed more than others. Christie noted if people are not sure what supplies to donate, cash offerings help the organization hone in on gaps in donations of specific school supplies. “Primary scissors are something that we need and of course we go through a lot of crayons and pencil crayons. Lunch bags are also something we tend to give out to the younger groups and those are things we never seem to have enough of.” The non-profit community organization relies heavily on community support to provide for children from low-income households. Christie said that thanks to dedicated contributors, the program has never had any problems meeting the yearly quota for backpacks provided to low-income households.

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No quick fix for Toronto's spate of gun violence Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants federal and provincial help following a spate of shootings in his city, but there’s more to it than calling in reinforcements. In trying to deal with the death by gunfire of four people in three days, and the community concern that’s followed, Ford is looking for solutions in keeping with his political philosophy: more money for cops and tougher sentences for criminals who use guns. That’s understandable, but there are far more factors at play here. Ford is right in acknowledging the problem extends well beyond municipal control – from economic policies to immigration, blame for Toronto’s decline extends well beyond local government. Government policies have created this mess over a number of years, it won’t be cleaned up overnight. Still, the recent violence should be placed in context. As officials have pointed out, this is not what was dubbed the summer of the gun: in 2005, Toronto saw 24 people killed by firearms between June 12 and Sept. 16. That year, 52 people were killed by guns. So far in 2012, Toronto has seen 28 murders, 19 by guns. Statistics show violent crime has been decreasing for decades, though it’s difficult to trust in numbers with murders in the headlines. The fact is, however, that the number of murders continues to decline, even in Toronto, which actually ranked in at only 52 in last year’s Maclean’s magazine ranking of Canada’s most dangerous cities (Prince George, BC, had the dubious honour of being number one). Despite the worry that comes with this week’s shootings, homicides remain a relatively rare occurrence in Canada, according to Statistics Canada figures. In 2010, there were 554 homicides in Canada, representing less than one per cent of violent incidents reported to police, despite the fact murders are more likely than other crimes to be reported to police. Those 554 murders represent the lowest level in 2010, and a substantial decrease following a decade of relative stability, 56 fewer than the year before. The 2010 homicide rate fell to 1.62 per 100,000 population, its lowest level since 1966. To put that in perspective, recent figures put the U.S. rate at 4.8 per 100,000, much higher but nothing like the numbers seen in more volatile parts of the world such as Honduras (87), El Salvador (71), Jamaica (39) and South Africa (32). Given those numbers, events this week in Toronto shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. That doesn’t mean everything is fine. Gang violence – talked about this week and in connection to the Eaton Centre shootings, for instance – is particularly unnerving, especially when innocents get caught in the crossfire. Even in the case of gangs and organized crime, the number of murders is falling, accounting for fewer than one in five homicides in Canada each year. In 2010, 94 homicides (17 per cent) were considered by police to be gang-related. This represented a 25 per cent drop and the second annual decline, following a high in 2008 when 138 homicides were reported by police as gang-related. Victims of gang-related homicides, like persons accused in these incidents, are usually male, relatively young and are often involved in criminal activities themselves. Close to seven in 10 victims in gang-related homicides (68 per cent) had a criminal record. Victims of these homicides were also more likely to be involved in criminal activities themselves. If there’s a common thread between some of these murders, officials should identify it and then move to eliminate the causes. That’s going to take more than a short-term effort.

Looking for any chance at some much-needed rain, local farmers draw on an even older culture for a helping hand. WORLD view / GWYNNE DYER

There are varieties of nepotism to be found in the two Koreas WORLD AFFAIRS What has been happening in North Korea recently is straight out of the “Hereditary Dictatorship for Dummies” handbook. Kim Jong-un, the pudgy young heir to the leadership of one of the world’s last Communist states, is removing powerful people who were loyal to his father and replacing them with men (it’s always men) who owe their advancement only to him. Vice-Marshal Ri Yong-ho, the chief of the North Korean army until late last week, was not disloyal to the new boss. On the contrary, Ri’s support was vital in ensuring a smooth transition after the death of Kim Jong-Il, the old boss, and he gave it unstintingly. But in the end the vice-marshal didn’t owe everything to Kim Jong-un, so he had to go. In his place, Kim Jongun has promoted a man nobody had ever heard of before. His name is Hyon Yong-chol, but you don’t have to remember it un-

less you really want to. The point is that Hyon will have annoyed a lot of other generals in the army because he has been promoted over their heads, and so he is absolutely dependent on the good will of the young master. Meanwhile, the propaganda that is intended to promote Kim Jong-un to the rank of god-king pours forth. When he visited an air force training unit, the North Korean news agency reported, he “guided the flight training of pilots.” At a concert, he “gave precious teachings for the performing activities of the Korean People’s Army Military Band.” It turns out that he is an expert in pretty well everything. And just to be sure, Kim Jong-un had himself promoted to Marshal this week, so now he outranks everybody else in the armed forces. At least he hasn’t had all his brothers and half-brothers killed in order to rule out any challenges from within the family, like the Ottoman sultans used to do after they ascended the throne. So there IS progress, you see. Things are done very

differently in South Korea. There the presidents are chosen by the free vote of all the people (or at least all the ones who bother to vote). But the candidate most likely to win the presidential elections this December is the daughter of the dictator who ruled the country with an iron hand for two decades, until he was finally assassinated in 1979. There are, to be sure, some striking differences between Ms Park Geun-hye, who will probably be South Korea’s first female president, and the callow youth who is scrambling to put his stamp on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea up north. Park has earned her candidacy by a lifetime of public service, including a decade at the head of Yeungnam University and fourteen years in politics, during which she earned the nickname “Queen of Elections” for her skill in delivering the vote to her party even in the most adverse circumstances. At 60, she is more than twice Kim Jong-un’s age, and she has seen and done a lot. On the other hand, it

is very unlikely that she would have had this stellar career if she had grown up as the daughter of an army sergeant on a succession of bleak army posts. Growing up in the presidential palace, and serving as South Korea’s first lady for five years while still in her early 20s, after her mother was assassinated in 1974, was bound to produce a different outcome. It also helps with the name recognition that every politician needs. If elected, Park Geun-hye may be a very successful president. She may have the determination and the clout to take on the big industries that dominate South Korean society and deliver more security and social justice to those at the bottom. She may even manage to create an opening with North Korea if she finds a willing partner in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un is a completely closed book. Nobody beyond his own family has the slightest idea what he thinks and intends, and maybe even they don’t. Maybe he doesn’t even know himself yet. But unlike his father and grandfaDYER | 10


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Their view / question OF THE WEEK

What are you looking forward to in the Summer Olympics?

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»»Gabe Amorosi

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I’ll watch boxing and the marathons.

I hope Canada does well and hope everyone has fun.

I think it’s a great opportunity for London to showcase the city.

I’m not as excited for the Summer Olympics as I like the diving and the synchronized the Winter Olympics. Hopefully London will do swimming. a good job and we’ll see how it goes.

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Politics, not economics are at the heart of Hudak's anti-union gambit EDITOR'S NOTES Stagnant middleclass wages – and the resultant decline in our standard of living – have only one way to go, according to Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak: down. In citing the case of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London as a rationale for his proposed right-to-work legislation in Ontario, PC leader Tim Hudak is admitting he wants to see your wages go down. That company, you may recall, closed up shop in Ontario and moved to Indiana, recently converted to a right-to-work state. U.S. giant Caterpillar, through its subsidiary Progress Rail Services, did away with some 450 jobs in London in favour of employees willing to work for half the pay. Such is the way with anti-union legislation in the U.S., where such measures have been in use since the 1940s and ‘50s, predominantly in the Southern states, as a way to deter

unionism. Under right-towork provisions, workers aren’t obliged to pay dues even in union shops, essentially creating free riders and strangling the unions economically. Often, those locales also employ measures making it difficult to unionize in the first place. What Hudak proposed earlier this month would do away with the Rand formula, the result of a 1946 ruling by Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ivan Rand that was designed to ensure an employee could not opt out of a union simply to avoid paying dues while continuing to enjoy the benefits negotiated by the union. This is a political move by Hudak, couched, as is always the case with politicians selling a bill of goods, as an economic boon. Clearly, he’s decided the public’s distaste for public sector unions is strong enough to warrant such a platform. Equally clear is Hudak’s attempt to move to the right, perhaps believing the party too centrist to budge Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals in last fall’s election.

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There’s no impact on job rates. “Clearly this is political more than economic,” he says of Hudak’s proposal. From an economic perspective, the malaise has almost nothing to do with unions, particularly in the private sector. Instead, globalization and trade agreements, the hollowing out of the manufacturing sector and high Canadian dollar, and the ascension of low-paying. part-time service sector jobs have all done far more damage to our economy. While we can’t call it causation, it’s not surprising that the postwar middleclass boom came as unionized jobs, principally in manufacturing, were at their zenith. Equally, falling union participation rates came during the neoliberal attack on the middleclass that we’ve seen over the last three decades in particular. Massive job losses in the manufacturing sector, the largest victim of globalization, have taken a toll on private-sector unions in North America. From representing more than a

third of workers in the U.S. during the 1950s, unions now include less than eight per cent of private sector employees today. According to 2010 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 states with the lowest rate of unionization – from about nine per cent in North Dakota and falling to five per cent in North Carolina – are right-to-work states. The highest percentage of workers covered by collective agreements is found in New York, with 26. In Canada, the decline has been less pronounced, falling to about 30 per cent by 2005, from almost 40 per cent two decades earlier. Blue collar workers experienced the largest declines in union membership, consistent with falling numbers in the goodsproducing and distribution sectors, Statistics Canada reports. Private-sector unionization has declined by 5 points in Canada over the last 15 years, to 17 per cent in 2011. Despite being the center of Canada’s automotive industry, Ontario’s unionization rate is the

second-lowest in Canada (after Alberta): under 28 per cent in 2011, and under 15 per cent in the private sector. Right-to-work legislation would undoubtedly see those numbers fall still lower. Making union dues voluntary would be akin to making taxes voluntary: everybody would be happy to opt out ... as long as others continued to pay so that we would continue to enjoy the same level of services. Unionized employees, says Skuterud, enjoy incomes about 15 per cent higher than others in a given sector. There’s spillover effect in each sector – for instance, non-unionized Toyota offers wages in line with CAW employers, largely in order to prevent unionization – but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that has on the wider economy. One thing is certain, however: right-to-work measures aren’t likely to push our already-stagnant incomes in the right direction. “Wages aren’t going to go up. The only question is how far down will they go?”

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It’s a risky move, says University of Waterloo economist Mikal Skuterud, who studies labour issues. The bulk of Ontarians may not share Hudak’s mindset. Nor would we likely be happy with the outcome if his policies did come into play. “I’m not sure what type of support there is for that kind of legislation in Ontario,” says Skuterud, noting it would have some “huge hurdles” to clear. While it might play to the right-wing base, even employers could be wary, as such changes would fundamentally alter a longestablished framework for labour relations in this province. Proponents of anti-union measures argue they would create an environment for more jobs and growth. The data say otherwise. Skuterud notes there’s no indication unionization has any negative impact on employment. They affect how the pie is divvied up, rather than the size of the pie. “There’s some evidence what unions are doing is sharing rents (profits).

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The most severe drought in more than half a century is threatening crops in the U.S., with prices already on the rise. Some 1,300 U.S. counties and been deemed disaster areas, and the drought extends to areas accounting for more than 75 per cent of U.S. corn and soybean crops.

"I want these people out of the city. And I’m not going to stop. Not put ’em in jail, then come back and you can live in the city. No. I want ’em out of the city. Go somewhere else. I don’t want ’em living in the city anymore."

The fifth and final Dan Snyder Memorial Golf Tournament raised $115,000 July 14, 2008. Altogether, the event raised $565,000 towards the construction of the Woolwich Memorial Centre.

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ther, he has seen something of the world (he was educated partly in Switzerland), and it may have given him ideas. The point is not that either of these people is necessarily a bad choice as president. It’s that both countries (but especially the North) are fishing in a very shallow pool. There are probably thousands of people in each country who would make better leaders, but they lack the connections and they will never be considered for the job. In fact, the same thing is true everywhere.

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Industry and residences not always a good mix To the Editor, In her July 14 letter, Heather Sauder validates why the OMB was correct in their ruling regarding placing residential units next to industrial land. Too often people purchase houses next to factories, farms or under

Would Hillary Clinton be the U.S. Secretary of State if her husband had not been the president? Would George W Bush ever have been considered as a possible president if his dad had not been a moderately successful one? For that matter, would Aung San Suu Kyi, runner-up to Nelson Mandela in the Global Sainthood Stakes, ever have become the voice of Burmese democracy if her father had not been the (autocratic) hero of the independence movement? Can anything be done about this? Probably not, but it is a pity.

flight paths at airports without thinking through how that might affect their lives. Somehow when the pre-existing factory/farm/ airport/etc. goes about doing what it always has been doing they are painted as the problem. When we lived on the farm I was very grateful to our neighbours who never complained about our farming practices. Clearly not all pre-existing industries are as fortunate.

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SPORTS NOT SO GREAT SOCCER/ PROVINCIAL TOURNEY

OUTDOORSMAN / STEVE GALEA

Women can’t resist the lure of a successful angler OPEN COUNTRY

The Woolwich Whitehawks competed in the U17 Girls Ontario Cup provincial championship tournament at Lions Park in Elmira on July 14. The Whitehawks lost their first match against the Tecumseh Warriors 2-1. Woolwich would only win one game during the tournament against the Mississauga Panthers. Olivia Nelles (right) of Woolwich is beaten by the Warriors’ goaltender. MORE PHOTOS ON PG 12 [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

Golf classic an established fundraiser

Proceeds from the 18th annual Jeanne Renault Memorial go to support family violence prevention programs COLIN DEWAR

The 18th annual Jeanne Renault Memorial Golf Classic tees off on Aug. 16, with all the proceeds going to the family violence prevention program at Woolwich Community Services. The tournament is named in memory of Jeanne Renault, an Elmira resident who was a longtime supporter of issues related to women and violence in the community. She was instrumental in starting the family violence prevention program in 1990. For $125, golfers will get 18 holes at the Conestoga Golf and Country Club, dinner, and the chance to win some prizes through a raffle

and silent auction, as well as some on-course activities such as closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one awards. The program also has a bowl-a-thon in the fall to raise funds, but WCS executive director Don Harloff said the golf tournament is the program’s major fundraiser each year, allowing the organization to continue its work in the community. The program provides education to the community on building healthy relationships, support to victims of violence and their families, information and referral to relevant services, individual and group support. Proceeds from this event will be directed to prevention initiatives, particularly towards issues of

year,” said Harloff. “We go to schools and provide educational components to classes and are trying to get kids to learn how to relate more positively with one another.” The in-class educational visits are related to the ages of the children at the schools. A child in Grade 1 will learn how to deal with peers on the playground and how to share. For children who may be entering the dating world they are told about the importance of positive dating relationships “We have been doing this for a number of years and we think it is a very effective way of getting the positive message across to young people in the community to develop healthy dating hab-

dating violence and strong relationships. “Foremost, it provides support to people who have been victims of domestic violence, or relationship violence,” said Harloff of the program. “We work with women and men directly and in groups in order to support them through the difficulties that they’re facing.” The program also supports an in-class educational component where classrooms throughout Woolwich and the north part of Wellesley see children from Grades 1 to 8 learn the importance of healthy relationships. “We use funds for a variety of things, including our prevention work we are doing in schools every

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awkward. I smiled, pointed to Jenn and said, “Just so you know, I’m taken…” Who knows why women find highly successful bass anglers so damn attractive? Or why they outwardly pretend as if they don’t? All I know is that I’ve been through this several times before and it isn’t pleasant. It always begins the same way.

First, there’s the casual disinterest when they overhear your story on the PA system, at the bait shop or on a crowded elevator. Then, more casual disinterest, often for weeks – only this time they’re not fooling anyone. Unless, I know nothing about women, somewhere deep down they’re imagining the successful angler in question as he hoists that glistening big bass into the

live well. In fact, the allure of a giant bass is such an aphrodisiac to women that I can only assume it’s why they insist I never talk about fishing while in their presence. And now, here I am – a man who, using only a fly rod, raw nerve and a deer hair popper, has just bested a big largemouth bass. Suddenly, and through no fault of my own, I have joined the

ranks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Bob Izumi. I can’t help but feel a little sorry for womankind. Was I seeking this unbridled, well-hidden adulation? Of course not. When my taut arm muscles and vaguely defined two-pack first did battle with that largemouth among the lily pads, I wasn’t thinking about becoming a living, breathing

Axe commercial. For me, at that moment, it was simply a matter of survival. Who could blame me for uttering the historic words, “We’re going to need a bigger boat” when that bass first cleared the water? Was it risky that I used a fly rod? Sure, but only because of a strong crosswind. If that makes me one of those dangerous, bad boys that women on TV love, so

TOUGH WEEKEND FOR WOOLWICH GIRLS IN U17 TOURNAMENT

There was plenty of action at the U17 provincial tournament in Lions Park last weekend. Left, Olivia Nelles of Woolwich challenges a Warrior for the ball during the second half. Inset, Tianna Dupuis of Tecumseh challenges Nelles during a header. Right, Tory Kallitsis of Woolwich is stopped by the Warriors goaltender as a Warrior player jumps over her to avoid a collision. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

be it. I did what I had to do. Even Jenn grudgingly admits that things have been very different since I walked into the house and showed her 30 or so assorted images of me and that fish. Even the recounting of that fateful morning causes a swell of emotions in her. In fact, this morning she admitted that every time I tell the story it drives her crazy.


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Spectators cheered as a myriad of bronc riders, calf ropers and other rodeo performers competed in the ring with hopes of bringing home some hard-earned rodeo prize money at the annual Breslau Charity Rodeo held at Calhoun Stables on July 14 and 15. The rodeo is a fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association and featured many events, including saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding and a half time show by Encore Presentation. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]


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Salon time becoming more egalitarian Male customers make up a 25% of the business at newly opened Orchid Nails and Spa in Elmira COLIN DEWAR A trip to the salon is second nature to many women, but more recently men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are embracing the concept. Long gone are the days when taking care of yourself was equivalent to feminine, as men get massages, dab their eyes with wrinkle cream and spend their lunch hours getting manicures and pedicures. Today’s men are getting into the makeover scene with such gusto that they have become a large segment of the clients at beauty salons, including at the newly opened Orchid Nails and Spa located at 25 Industrial Dr. in Elmira. Owner Julie Nguyen said almost 25 per cent of the clients at her salon are men looking for some extra attention to their hands and feet. “I have a lot of men

coming into the spa, usually they first come in with their wives or daughters but then they start coming on their own,” said Nguyen. “These men are just looking after themselves and making sure they have healthy feet and nails.” The spa offers a vast array of products and services available to its clients from acrylic, gel, or solar nails to pedicures, manicures, waxing and facials. Waxing ranges from eyebrows that will cost $8 while a man’s back waxing or a woman’s full leg waxing can cost $40 to $45. “We can wax anything from upper lips, chin, legs

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VENTURE PROFILE BUSINESS: Orchid Nails and Spa LOCATION: 25 Industrial Dr., Elmira PHONE: 519-669-5103 OWNER: Julie Nguyen Julie Nguyen, who has more than five years experience working as a beautician, has recently opened Orchid Nails and Spa in Elmira.

The latest chapter in Canada’s wind energy controversy was unveiled last week when Ottawa announced it was entering the fray. Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, said it will conduct research to explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near wind power developments. Let there be no doubt this is promoted by the polarized positions being taken in Ontario. Ottawa says it’s going to discuss wind power with the people themselves, and see if and how they’re Roberts | 16

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ROBERTS: Both sides will have to work together Salon: “It is so good to come in and relax and

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being affected. It’s no coincidence Health Canada is front and center here – some of the most serious allegations against wind power have been health related, including headaches, nausea and heart problems. To me, this announcement is welcomed news. Allegations have been made by those who support wind energy, and those who oppose it. One says the pro-wind group is only in it for the money, and that they ignore health issues. The other side says wind energy is safe, and that opponents base their health-related arguments on hearsay and that substantiated cases directly connecting poor heath and wind turbines are rare. This is a democracy, and both sides should get an airing. But once the report is tabled and a decree made by Ottawa, then what? The key to this initiative’s acceptance is whether both sides will accept the findings and move ahead. They should … if indeed federal researchers do what they say they’re going to do – that is, hunker down with those in wind development areas. A few years ago the provincial government tried

sorting out the matter by reviewing existing scientific literature on wind power. At the time, the province concluded that based on existing literature, wind energy was safe. But the province didn’t go further than to look at studies that were already out there. And indeed, on some matters, a literature review is enough to give you a sense of an issue or problem. For example, if something’s been studied to death and the same conclusions reached time after time, why study it again? In the case of wind power, though, the jury was far from decided. There was certainly room for a study such as the kind Ottawa is planning now. It gets better. The prowind power Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) agrees the proposed study will contribute to the scientific literature and knowledge. The association also says it appreciates the opportunity for stakeholders to review the nuts and bolts of the approach – that is, the draft methodology and study design—and providing feedback. I haven’t seen what other groups have said about the review, but if they too get to review the approach

(and they should) and give some direction, then they too should be willing to live with the results. CanWEA says the balance of scientific evidence to date demonstrates that wind turbines do not impact human health. It says this perspective has been confirmed by “numerous independent reviews of the scientific literature,” including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the National Public Health Institute in Quebec, and most recently by an expert panel report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of the Environment. The association also claims wind energy “is broadly understood to be one of the safest and most environmentally friendly forms of electricity generation.” I used to think something like that too, and wrote accordingly, until I started getting very passionate letters telling me I was all wet. So, I also look forward to a study from Ottawa that provides more answers than questions. As the study starts taking shape, I hope wind power foes drop the rhetoric and work together for a meaningful design. It’s a great opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

Clean, safe tools and equipment are very important to Nguyen who ensures that all her employees clean every station after a client has left. [COLIN DEWAR / the observer]

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arms, back or chest, even a bikini or Brazilian wax is available,” said Nguyen. All waxing are done in a clean private room at the back of the spa. Nguyen has ensured that all her equipment and supplies follow health code regulations and she has the expertise to uphold it. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen worked at a nail spa for two years in her home country before moving to Canada to work in the industry. She worked for three years at a local spa before deciding to start her own business. “I have a lot of friends in Elmira who really supported me and the people who live here are very friendly which made the decision to open a spa in town an easy one,” she said. “In my country we don’t have a spa like the ones in Canada. There are no massage chairs or feet baths, it is very basic.” All spas thrive on an environment that is clean, safe and relaxing, where customers can receive prompt and professional service. Cleanliness is a

particularly important element for Nguyen as she knows that it will draw clients in again and again. She makes sure that all her employees know to keep all towels, footbaths, and other equipment washed, clean and odourfree. The spa employs four beauticians who are qualified and welltrained, said Nguyen. “People must be able to trust that the products and tools that we use are of good quality and safe. You cannot afford to put your [clients] at risk from infections,” she said. “After every [client] we wash and sanitize all the tools and equipment that we used. We are very particular about having clean equipment.” Nguyen says she has aways enjoyed working at spas as it is a profession that allows her to be creative, especially when doing her female customers’ nails. “I love to make nails beautiful and when I see

that my [clients] are happy that makes me happy too. I could design for hours it is just something that I really enjoy doing. I love this job.” It can be very hard to cut your own nails properly and deal with ingrown toe nails or foot fungus. A professional who has been properly trained can easily work on your hands or feet, said Nguyen. Nguyen has picked a location for her spa that is strategically situated in one of the busiest areas of town. Formerly the Cooperators insurance offices, the spa is over 900 square feet and offers six massage chairs and foot spas and six manicure or nail stations. “It is so good to come in and relax and have someone pamper you after working all day.” The spa takes walk-ins and appointments and is open seven days a week.


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DO YOU WANT? A wide range of jobs? Welding? Millwrighting? Assembly? Blueprint reading? Inside work? Outside work? Responsibility?

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Tri-Mech Inc. is a mechanical company specializing in Gas Fitting, Hydronic Heating, Geothermal, Furnaces, Air Conditioning and High Pressure Cleaning Systems. We service Agricultural, light commercial and residential systems. Applicants should be able to work with minimal supervision, have good customer relation skills, and be willing to be on-call for emergency service on a rotating schedule with other team members

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If you are budding “chef” and would like to work in a fast-paced environment we want your resume. All cooks receive consistent days off, competitive wages and golf privileges. Every Kitchen staff member has the opportunity to contribute to the teams’ overall efficiency and productivity.

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UPI, a leading supplier of petroleum and propane products and services throughout rural Ontario, is accepting applications for the position of Co-ordinator, Payroll and Benefits. As the successful candidate, your primary responsibility will be to process payroll and administer UPI’s benefit and pension plans. The successful candidate will also ensure all employee information is properly recorded and confidentially administered. The position requires an individual with exceptional administrative, organizational and communication skills. A working knowledge of various computer software is a must, with advanced knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel. Experience in Payroll processing and Benefit administration is mandatory. Interested candidates are asked to forward their resume, in confidence to: UPI Energy LP 105 Silvercreek Parkway North, Suite 200 Guelph, Ontario N1H 8M1 Fax: (519) 821-1333 Email: cmumford@upi.on.ca Attention: Claire Mumford Manager, Human Resources Services We would like to thank all individuals for applying, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted. TM Registered Trade Mark of UPI Inc., used under Licence.

HEALTH CARE GRANT’S HANDS ON Therapy. Ideal for pain related problems. Call Grant Brubacher 519-5773251, Elmira. House call provided upon request.

HELP WANTED HEADLINES HAIR DESIGN is looking for a hairstylist and licensed esthetician. Drop resume off at Headlines, 583 King St. N., Waterloo. 519-746-7222.

HELP WANTED AZ DRIVER REQUIRED to drive Roll-Off Bin Truck. Send Resume & Driver’s Abstract to: info@rctbins.ca or fax 519-741-2467. Start Immediately for FULL-TIME week(s).

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FAMILY RUN SASKATCHEWAN Cattle Ranch/Grain Farm seeking full time help. Past experience in farm equipment operating/ mechanics, livestock handling, silaging, haying, combining and welding would all be a definite asset. Class 1A also an asset but not required. Competitive wages and Sundays off. Please contact Eric at 306-717-8905 Saskatchewan or ericbuyer70@gmail.com NOW RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS for ‘So You Want To Be a Success Story?’ contest. Are you ready to become a real life ‘before and after’ photo and achieve your health and wellness goals? Apply at www.pinaclehealthandfitness.com and YOU might be chosen. Limited spots available. Successful recruits receive 50% off personal training services! Deadline is August 3,2012. You do NOT need to be a current Pinacle Health and Fitness member to apply.

FOR SALE NEW ITEMS ADDED DAILY! Visit our 2nd floor clearance centre for mega deals on hand tools, small appliances, artwork, home-decor, lighting, paint sundries, and so much more. All at least 35-50% off retail prices. Elmira Home Hardware. OPEN Mon Fri 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sun noon - 5 p.m.

AUCTIONS PROPERTY AUCTION OF single storey house, to be held at 4442 Main St. in Newton (Line 72), for Barbara & the Late Jake Schmidt, on Wednesday, July 25th @ 7:00 p.m. Gerber Auctions Ltd. 519-699-4451.

Help Wanted

2 Positions Available

Salary $42,000 - $46,000 One full time permanent (Health, Dental & RRSP Benefits) One maternity leave (Contract full time position) Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd. is a company of 170 dedicated employees who make and deliver feed to customers throughout Ontario. We believe in providing an environment where everyone is encouraged to achieve to their full potential. In order to consistently provide superior service to our customers, we are looking for additional excellent staff for our office located in Wallenstein, Ontario. You will have extensive contact and interaction with our customers. We want to hear from you if you’re looking for the challenge, be part of our excellent customer service team and wish to grow with the largest independently owned feed mill in Canada. Skills required: • Attention to detail • Strong communication skills • Strong computer skills • Ability to work in a team to make sure we get the job done right and on time • Good math skills Education: • Post-secondary diploma or degree preferred Submit resumes via mail to Box 22, 7307 Wellington Road 86, Wallenstein, Ontario N0B 2S0 or via email to recruiting@wfs.ca by July 27th.

Elmira District Community Living Supporting individuals with an Intellectual Disability

Part-time ECE teachers - Two, 4 month contracts with possibility of renewal Contract 1 -15hr/wk - Monday to Friday 3 hours each morning Contract 2 - 11 hr/wk - Tuesdays and Thursdays You will act as enhanced staffing at an Early Learning Child Care Centre in Elmira. Under the supervision of the Resource Consultant, you will foster the development of each child to their fullest potential and encourage socialization, inclusion and independence, based on the child’s ability. Please send resumés by August 7, 2012 to: Laurie Thomson, Human Resources Manager 118 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira, ON N3B 2Y9 Fax: 519-669-3444 email: lthomson@elmiraacl.com While we thank all individuals for their interest only those granted an interview will receive a reply.

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AUCTION SAT. JULY 21 at 8:30 AM - 17th Annual Milverton Area Amish School Fund Auction of horses, quilts, horse drawn machinery, antiques, household, and misc items to be held \’bd mile south of Milverton

and 2 miles west of Rd 140 #6455 at the farm of James and Marie Streicher. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com MORE CLASSIFIEDS ON PAGE 18

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Rentals

HELP WANTED

VOISIN CHRYSLER LTD. Licensed Automotive Technician Voisin Chrysler is looking for a Full Time Licensed Automotive Technician. Please send resume to Colin Kropf via email colin@voisinchrysler.com Or call 519-669-2831 Auction

Rentals

Annual consignment auction sale of horses, horse drawn machinery, equipment, quilts, antiques, furniture, and miscellaneous items, to be held at the farm of James Streicher 6455 Rd. 140 Perth East Twp. (2 miles southwest of Milverton) for the Milverton area Amish School fund, on Saturday, July 21th @ 8:30 a.m. Gerber Auctions Ltd. 519-699-4451.

36 Memorial Ave. 2 BR APT. Sept. 1. Only $825 + utilities. Newly renovated. BBQ for tenant use. Coin operated laundry. Call 519-744-3711. ELMIRA - 2 bedroom in duplex. $825 inclusive. Avail. Sept 1. Quiet neighbourhood, backyard, shared laundry. No smoking or pets. 519-574-6105. Elmira - Newer one bedroom. Close to downtown Elmira. Ideal for retired person or working individual. No pets, no smokers please. Available Aug. 1. $650/mth + utilities. Call 519-669-2212.

Large 1 Bedroom country apartment with a basement, Bloomingdale area. No smoking or pets. $540 plus utilities. Includes appliances, parking, basic Bell ExpressVu package. Call Ron 519-501-3894. Newly renovated house for rent, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms all appliances including laundry. Large back yard, detached garage, driveway holds 4 cars. Central A/C. Finished basement has kitchen, great for potential in-law setup. Walking distance to downtown, schools and arena. $1350.00 per month plus utilities. Available September 1, 2012. Please call 519-504-9077 or email stjmlee4@gmail.com to make appointment to view. Elmira - 2 Bedroom apartment for rent Available Sept. 1st, on main floor with attached garage. With in unit laundry, new laminate floors throughout. Washer, dryer, fridge & stove supplied by landlord. $1,200 mthly including utilities. Phone Mildred Frey 519-6691544. Cell 519-741-6970.

Comm/ Industrial For Rent 1,100 sq ft of office space for rent in Elmira. 4 separate offices (one large, could be used as a boardroom). One storage room, could be converted to another office. Please contact gary@thurtransport.com or call 519-669-3991 for details. ELMIRA STORE 1560 sq. ft. plus unfinished basement with shelving - front & rear entrances, move in condition. $1175.00/ mth plus utilities and taxes. Suitable for retail or office. Phone Allan 519-669-8074 or Paul 519-669-8582. Email allanpoffenroth@gmail.com For Rent - For Not For Profit Woolwich Township organization or charity. Older 3 bedroom house about 1300 sq. ft. known as Kiwanis house. Plenty of parking, has central air. Rent will include all utilities and maintenance. Monthly rent negotiable. Located near Elmira Memorial Centre (arena & pool) KIWANIS HOUSE could share with other “not for profit” group or charity. Email allanpoffenroth@gmail.com

AUCTIONS

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FARM & MACHINERY

CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Sale to be held at

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH AT 10AM Accepting Good Consignments Very Competitive Commission Rates

GERALD BOWMAN AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS LTD. RR#2 DRAYTON, ON Office: 519-638-5708 Cell: 519-501-2444

Garage Sales Elmira-116 Walker St., Saturday, July 21, 8am. Large table saw, tools, pine blanket box, golf clubs, pin 4 post bed, small girls bike and more. At Phares & Erma Bauman, 2560 Floradale Rd., July 24 & 25 all day. A wide selection of clothing, linens, towels, toys, games, books and more. 519-669-1548.

Garage Sales Garage Sale Saturday, July 14, 99 Northside Dr. St. Jacobs, 8 a.m. 2 rm tent, lrg shade canopy, dishes, sleeping bags, wood clothes racks, fans, boys skates, old dolls, blankets, dog cage, desk, chairs, tripod...lrg Xmas tree, dble & qu. mattress.

SUMMER

MINIATURE HORSE SALE AT GRAY’S AUCTION CENTRE, 5737 Hwy # 23, CORNER HWYS 23 & 87, 1 MI. W. OF HARRISTON, ONT. CANADA.

SATURDAY JULY 28, AT 10:30 A.M.

SALE CONSISTS OF: AMHA & AMHR “A” & “B” Registered Horses; Misc. Tack Items. For more information or to consign contact GRAY’S AUCTION SERVICE INC. @ (519) 338-3722 see the web closer to sale day for copy of catalogue: graysauction.ca TERMS: Cash,Debit,Visa,M/C or Cheque with proper I.D. day of sale. Owners or auctioneers not responsible for accidents day of sale. Any verbal announcements day of sale take precedence over written ads AUCTIONEERS:

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TOWNSHIP OFWOOLWICH

TENDER NO. 2012-10 STRUCTURE #240129 REHABILITATION NEW JERUSALEM ROAD OVERFLOW STRUCTURE Sealed tenders, clearly marked as to contents and on the forms supplied, will be received by the Township of Woolwich at 24 Church Street West, Elmira, Ontario, attention of the Director of Finance & Treasurer until 1:00 pm local time on:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 The contract involves minor rehabilitation to the existing concrete overflow structure including concrete chipping and patching, steel beam guide rail, extruder end treatments and temporary concrete barrier wall. Tender documents may be picked up at the offices of the consulting engineer. A Certified Cheque or Bid Bond not less than the amount stipulated in the Tender and Bonding Requirements must accompany each tender. Lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Consultant

K. Smart Associates Limited Consulting Engineers and Planners 85 McIntyre Drive Kitchener, ON N2R 1H6 (519) 748-1199 (Phone) (519) 748-6100 (Fax)

Owner

Township of Woolwich 24 Church Street West Elmira, ON N3B 2Z6 (519) 669-1647 (Phone) (519) 669-4669 (Fax)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Chemtura Public Advisory Committee (CPAC) Meeting will be held Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers 24 Church Street West, Elmira

FINAL 2012TAX BILLSWERE MAILED JULY 13TH,2012. FIRST INSTALLMENT IS DUE AUGUST 10,2012 SECOND INSTALLMENT IS DUE OCTOBER 12,2012 Additional penalties and interest will apply to all outstanding arrears shown on your Final Tax Bill as of August 1, 2012. Supplemental Bills will be processed later this month for all property owners who have received notice from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. If you are a new owner or have not received your tax bill by the first week in August, please contact the Finance Department. 519-669-6000

SOIL,WATER,AIRTECHNICAL (SWAT)WORKING GROUP OFTHE CHEMTURA PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Township of Woolwich is looking for citizens and community members to get involved with a new working group of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee called the Soil, Water, Air Technical (SWAT) Working Group. The SWAT Working Group will meet at the Township’s Administrative Office at 24 Church Street West in Elmira as required to discuss and interpret technical reports and findings relevant to the clean-up of the Elmira Municipal Aquifer. Application forms are available on the home page of the Township’s website at www.woolwich.ca or from the second floor Service Counter of the Administrative Office located at 24 Church Street West in Elmira. The term of the Working Group will run concurrently with the term of Council, ending November 30, 2014. A meeting for all interested applicants will take place on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 24 Church St. W., Elmira. Information about where to submit your completed application is included on the application form. The final date for submitting completed applications is August 31, 2012. Val Hummel Deputy Clerk 519-669-6005


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TIRE

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AFTER HOURS

519-669-3232

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AUTO CLINIC

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Quality Collision Service

1-800-CARSTAR 519-669-3373

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General Repairs

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HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

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GENERAL SERVICES

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Boat Covers | Air Conditioner Covers | Small Tarps Storage Covers | BBQ Covers | Awnings & Canopies Replacement Gazebo Tops | Golf Cart Enclosures & Covers

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Driveways • Sidewalks • Curbs • Barn Renovations Finished Floors • Retaining Walls • Short Walls Decorative/Stamped and coloured concrete www.facebook.com/marwilconcrete

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HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

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Specializing in Paint & Wall coverings

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519.669.3658

free estimates interior/exterior painting, wallpapering & Plaster|Drywall repairs

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ehc@hotmail.ca (519)-669-4600

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Tel:

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Custom Drapery Custom Blinds Free Estimates In Home Consultations Over 20 Years Experience

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AMOS

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HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

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6982 Millbank Main St., Millbank 519-595-2053 • 519-664-2914

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519-669-3652

OUTDOOR SERVICES

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• Lawn Mowing Packages • Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping • Top Dressing/Overseeding • Mulch Delivery & Installation • Commercial & Residential Full Flower Bed Maintenance

• Custom Kitchens • Custom Furniture • Libraries • Exotic Woods

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WINDOWS & DOORS

Got long grass? Our tracked skid steer equipped with a forestry brush mower can handle ANY long grass!

- Trail Maintenance and Development - Wooded Lot Thinning - Pasture Reclaimation All other - Orchard Maintenance tracked skid - Industrial Lots steer services are available - Real Estate Lots

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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

THIS WEEKS FEATURE PROPERTIES! Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage

OPEN HOUSE Sun. July 22, 2-4 P.M. 10 Eldale Rd., Elmira

Independently Owned and Operated

OPEN HOUSE Sat. July 21, 2-4 P.M. 301 Toll Gate Blvd., Waterloo

NEW LISTING

NEW LISTING

3 Arthur St. S., Elmira | 519-669-5426 $799,000

Paul Martin

EQUIPPED FOR 2 FAMILIES!!

Elmira - This home is equipped for 2 families! Front and

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT

side entrances, separate garages, separate laundry rooms, separate bathrooms, living rooms and 2 huge kitchens. Fantastic opportunity for large family/families complete with 7 bedrooms. Perfect for the hobbiest 3 car garage & detached 4 car garage/workshop. Large yard 87x250ft over looking farm land just steps to golf course. MLS 1225049 Call Paul or Alli direct.

519-503-9533 www.homeswithpaul.ca $500.00 donation will be made to WCS Family Violence Prevention Program with every home bought or sold by Paul in Woolwich.

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Century brick home full of original character with modern updates. Features original maple hardwood, separate dining room, wood fireplace in family room, gas fireplace in master bedroom and a fully finished basement, private yard with deck and patio area. Central to schools, ball diamonds, Recreation Complex and downtown. True front porch living at its best!! MLS 1231098 Please call Bill or Alli direct.

CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT

519-577-6248

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES!

Waterloo - Conveniently located close to all

amenities, transit bus routes and school bus route, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom raised bugalow is perfect for families, students and empy nesters. Large principle rooms with gas fireplace in living room and sliders off eat-in kitchen to large deck overlooking the fully fenced yard. Newly painted throughout. MLS 1231645 PLease call Paul or Alli direct!

$315,000

SOUGHT-AFTER PARK AVE LOCATION!

Alli Bauman

$415,000

! D L SO

$437,500

A donation of $300.00 will be made with any home bought or sold through Alli or Bill.

$269,900

SPACIOUS 4 BEDROOM Elmira - Prestigious, mature corner lot in desirable birdland. Executive home with main floor living rm. and family rm, separate dining room and fully finished basement. Walkout from eat-in kitchen to deck overlooking pool and beautiful treed yard. MLS 1231478 Call Alli or Paul Direct!

featuring main floor master bedroom with ensuite, main floor laundry, and walkout to deck off living room. Second bedroom and optional office just off rec room. MLS 1231498 Call Paul Direct!

! D L SO

NEW PRICE

NEW PRICE

$236,900

$339,000

RETIREMENT AT ITS BEST!

BIRDLAND BACKSPLIT WITH POOL!

CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT

www.elmiraandareahomes.com

OUTSTANDING AGENTS. OUTSTANDING RESULTS.

! D L SO

$338,000

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Elmira - Bungalow on spacious corner lot in mature neighbourhood. Central to all schools. This updated bungalow is perfect for a young or retired couple. Featuring: newer kitchen with french door leading to bright living room with fireplace, hardwood throughout. The finished basement is complete with big rec room, office, bathroom and bedroom. MLS 1227545 Call Paul direct.

$539,000 LUXURIOUS

Drayton - Luxurious, custom built home loc’d in quiet area. 3100sqft +

huge fin’d bsmnt. Spacious kit designed w/cooking & entertaining in mind! Unique & exceptional home, spacious but still makes you feel right at home. Beautiful sun rm w/hot tub overlooking fabulous private yrd w/gazebo, pond & waterfall, beautifully gardens. Stamped concrete drive & lg patio w/retractable awning. MLS 1218027 Call Alli or Paul direct.

Elmira - This well maintained 1 1/2 storey single detached home features main floor bedroom, bathroom & laundry, A/C, all appliances and a 16ft x 24ft detached garage/workshop. Ample space is yours with the main floor addition and added basement. MLS 1224745 Call Bill or Alli direct.

FANTASTIC CONDO!

Waterloo - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features

fabulous sunroom, 2 fireplaces, ensuite, and large walk-in closet in master. The big living room/dining room is equipped with a lovely built in sidebar. Bright dinette surrounded by windows. Convenient underground parking. Automatic membership to Willowells Club. MLS 1221386 Call Paul Direct

Elmira - Well-kept 3 bedroom backsplit on a quiet

street, central to all schools. Finished rec room with gas fireplace. Large covered deck overlooking the refreshing in-ground pool and perennial flower beds. MLS 1228155 Call Alli or Paul direct.

$275,500

LOOK NO FURTHER!

Kitchener - Whether you are starting out or ready to retire, this cheerful bungalow has everything you desire. The fresh decor will have you feeling right at home the moment you walk-in the front door. Just steps from Breithaupt Park & trails, schools, public transportation and all amenities. Updates include carpeting in basement (May 2012), Furnace (2004), Roof (2007), all windows replaced, updated electrical - 125 Amp, freshly painted. MLS 1224289 Call Bill or Alli direct.

Independently Owned and Operated Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage | 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 $73,500 MLS COUNTRY LOT

BUILD TO SUIT

GREAT CORNER LOT IN BIRDLAND!!! This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 2 storey home is perfect whether you are starting out or looking to downsize. Features include upper level loft, hardwood and ceramic throughout kitchen and dining room, unspoiled basement and fully fenced yard with shed. Appliances included. $295,000 MLS DUPLEX IN A SMALL TOWN, earn some extra income live in one and rent the other one or rent out both and have an income property. This is a former back split, the one unit has 3 bedrooms, the second one has 2 bedrooms. Nice and roomy with a big backyard. $294,900 MLS ADDRESS: 3 Arthur St. S., ELMIRA • DIRECT: 519-503-2753 EMAIL: leonmartin@remax.net

$359,000

FRESH NEW LOOK!

Elmira - Now professionally painted w/neutral. This spacious & extremely well kept home is complete, w/mf laundry, master 2pc ens, sep DR, lg bright LR w/hardwood flrs & huge window. Fin’d basement incl: RR w/wood burning FP, 3pc bath, bedrm, den/office or 5th bedrm possibility & lr workshop. Fabulous big yard great for your family or entertaining. MLS 1217714 Call Paul direct.

! ! D D L L SO SO

$299,000

LEON MARTIN

$515,000

BACKS ONTO GREENBELT!!

Bill Norris 519-588-1348

NEW LISTING

Elmira - Beautiful 2 bedrooom bungalow

www.elmiraandareahomes.com

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

IMPRESSIVE

ELMIRA - 3bdrm, 2baths birdland bungalow backing onto farmland on a family oriented st. From the welcoming eat-in kit, to the oversized LR, to the gorgeous master w/walkout , this home is bright & spacious. Add in the huge unfinished basement, beautiful covered patio & well-kept yrd complete w/shed, this home is everything you are looking for! MLS 1231378 Call Alli or Paul direct!

17 Church St. W., Elmira

wendy.taylor1@rogers.blackberry.net marylou@mmrealestate.ca

Wendy Taylor BROKER MANAGER

hrs 519-669-1544 2424hrs

Mary Lou Murray SALES REPRESENTATIVE

www.peakrealestate.com

Thinking of Buying or Selling call or email today!

New Price! - 21 Memorial Ave., Elmira $200,000 Great starter! Zoned C2 with residential. Can be duplexed or converted back to single family. Close to downtown and bus. Paved parking for 3. Wiring, windows, doors, plumbing all updated in late 90's. Maintenance free exterior. Shows "AAA" MLS Please call Wendy Taylor to view. “You dream...We’ll work.” Free, no obligation, Opinions of value

LOOKING TO BUILD? WE HAVE THE LOT. DO YOU HAVE THE PLANS?

Bring them to us and we will price them for you. Will build to suit your needs and wants. MLS 1214447 Call Paul direct.

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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS Elmira@royallepage.ca | www.royallepage.ca/elmira Elmira Real Estate Services Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage Cell: 519-741-6970

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

519-669-3192

When you buy or sell your home with us, part of our commission supports women’s shelters & violence prevention programs.

Bonnie Brubacher Shanna Rozema Laurie Langdon Jason Shantz Broker of Record

Broker

Sales Representative

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday July 22, 1:00-3:00p.m.

Broker

PALMERSTON BUNGALOW

OPEN HOUSE: Sat. July 21, 2-4P.M. & Thurs. July 26 4-6P.M. | 22 Knapp Rd., Elmira

www.thefreyteam.com

WOW! WHY RENT?

17 Park Avenue W., Elmira - $419,000

NEW PRICE!

PRICES STARTING AT $322,900

This 2-storey home includes a gourmet kitchen with custom maple cupboards and a breakfast bar with 3 stools. The huge dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and opens into a large living room with large stained glass window. This home has lots of old time charm and character. Take the time. Come to our open house or call to view.

$179,000. DRAYTON. $365,000

ELMIRA.

Model offered for sale at $365,000 including upgrades & quick possession! Choose from other two storey plans or bungalow plans. Quality features include gas fireplace, ceramic floors, rounded corners, gorgeous kitchens, ensuite baths and much more. Come and see for yourself or call for further details.

Lovely 1 acre property just outside of Palmerston on paved road. Brick bungalow double garage plus detached shop with two garage doors. Inviting home, hardwood and ceramic floors, spacious kitchen and dining area, walkout to deck & hot tub, partially finished walk-up basement. MLS

CUSTOM BUILT HOME

ELMIRA BUNGALOW

Excellent investment opportunity or starter home! 2 storey semi with new roof, new gas furnace, walkout to newer deck 7 fenced yard backing onto greenspace, appliances included, 3 bdrms, 2 baths. MLS

WANTED: HOME WITH A POOL

IN ELMIRA Please contact Bonnie Brubacher if you are considering selling, for your free market analysis. Not intended to solicit already listed properties.

4 BEDROOM RAISED BUNGALOW

MARYHILL 25 ACRES

NEW PRICE! Thinking of Buying or Selling call or email today! Free, no obligation, Opinions of value

$559,000

$429,900 ELMIRA

Executive features throughout, hardwood, ceramic, 2 gas fireplaces, ensuite, attractive kitchen w/island, appl included, walkout to covered deck, fenced yard & shed, finished basement with large rec. room & wet bar. MLS

Spacious ranch bungalow offers 3+ bedrooms, 4 baths, spacious kitchen/dining. Lovely studio/dinette overlooks yard and private patio. All mainfloor conveniences, finished basement, oversized double garage, triple+ drive. Please call for your appointment. MLS

$279,000 DRAYTON.

Beautifully maintained and updated home on a 140’ lot, maple kitchen, with bright dinette, spacious master w/cheater ensuite, large living room, lower level rec. room, updated bathrooms, newer windows. Must See!! MLS

$869,000.

Picturesque rolling land, with some wetland for future pond. 3+ Bedroom bungalow with double garage, walkout basement, inground pool, barn/shop all nestled in a private setting. MLS

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BUILDING LOT - in the village of West Montrose. Build your own dream house on .35 acre lot bordered by trees and backing to farmland! Municipal water supplied. 87’ of frontage. MLS. $199,900.

COUNTRY RETREAT -on 12 acres overlooking the countryside. Exceptionally well built. Gourmet kitchen, open concept. Covered patio. Enjoy the view of the pond from several rooms! TRIPLE garage. Everything you’d expect and then some! MLS. $899,000.

WEST MONTROSE- Only 2 blocks from the covered bridge! Huge lot backs to farmland. Detached dble. garage/workshop. Large kitchen open to den. Main flr laundry. Main flr. master bdrm. Sunroom. 3 bdrms. Gas heat. Unspoiled bsmt. Oversized garage. MLS. $299,900.

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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012

OBITUARY

FAMILY ALBUM

MARTIN, Claude L.

BIRTHDAY

ANNIVERSARY

ANNIVERSARY

Happy 80th Birthday

Happy 60th Anniversary

Happy 65th Anniversary

Marie and Melvin Holman

Klazina & Harry Wasylycia

Erla Frey (nee Jantzi)

July 19, 1952

To a wonderful Mom, Grandma and GreatGrandma! You are one special woman and we love you! In celebration of this milestone an Open House is being hosted by her family on Sunday July 29, 2012 from 2-4p.m. 2 Eldale Rd., Elmira. Your presence is a treasured gift. Bonnie, Pamela, Carey and family.

Congratulations with love from your family.

July 26, 1947

Love and congratulations from your children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

ANNIVERSARY

THANK YOU

Happy 60th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Albert & Elaine Meng. On Thursday, July 19, 2012 Albert (Bert) & Elaine Meng will celebrate 60 years of marriage. Their family would like to take this opportunity to send congratulations on their day of celebration. Wishing both of you a future blessed with health, love and happiness always.

THANK YOU

Thank You!

A special thank you to everyone who attended Evan’s Party and for the cards, gift’s & best wishes!

To all our family and friends that came out to help Bill and I celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we wanted to say a LARGE THANKS to you all. It was a real pleasure seeing friends that we have not seen due to miles and time. Thank you for all the best wishes and gifts. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to John and Ev for travelling so far to be the “Minister” at our wedding. Thank you Kevin from Toronto for making the wonderful cake. Our children did a wonderful job in the planning and implementing of getting everyone together. THANK YOU ALL.

DEATH NOTICES

Thank You

ANDERSON, HENRY L. (HANK) | Went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his residence in Wellesley, at the age of 64 years.

...to the many family and friends who made my 90th birthday celebration so special! My heart is filled with love for the many visitors I saw that day and the greeting cards I received. God bless you all ~ Doris Hahn

REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE LOVED ONES

BAUMAN, RUFUS | Peacefully, went home to be with the Lord, on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Leisureworld Care Centre, Elmira, in his 91st year. BILTON, MATT (MATTHEW WALLACE) | Suddenly, as a result of an accident, on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Hamilton General Hospital. Matt Bilton of RR1 Belwood, age 16 years. Local relatives are his aunt and uncle Phyllis and Jim Grant of Elmira. EDMOND, PANSY MARIE (NEE SOMERTON) | Passed away peacefully, at the KW Health Centre of the Grand River Hospital, at the age of 78. Local relatives are her daughters Debra Hofmeister (Peter) of St. Jacobs and Cindy Kirby (Darrell) of Wellesley. GOOD, SUSIE MARIE “MAMA SHANTZ”| Passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at her home Nithview Community, New Hamburg, at the age of 91 years. Local relatives are her daughter Sandra Bean and her husband Ralph of Wellesley.

MEMORIAL

Lloyd O. Anderson Sept 28, 1918 - July 24, 2008 Gone are the days we used to share, but in our hearts you are always there. The gates of memory will never close, we miss you more than anyone knows. With tender love and deep regret, we who love you will never forget. Love always Betz and children.

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Bill and Linda Rowe

THANK YOU

The Woods Family

Surrounded by family at Lisaard House on Sunday July 15, 2012 in his 67th year. Claude was the proud founder of Martin Excavating. Much loved husband of Lynne (nee Bulmer). Loving father of Jerry and Lori and Jason and Jennifer. Grandpa of Hayden, Nicolas, Ella and Samantha. Claude is also sadly missed by sisters and brothers Glennis and Maurice Koenig of Wellesley, Barbara Martin of Ethel, Jim Martin and Helen of Linwood, Joyce and Cliff Freeman of Elmira, Doreen and Ken Martin of St. Jacobs and Arlene Martin of Hawkesville. son-in-law of June Gildner (nee Bulmer) and brother-inlaw of Jill and Ron Martin of Elmira. He will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. The “Old Boy” will be proudly remembered by his “sons” Ken and Luke. Predeceased by his son Bryan Martin, his parents Orville and Almeda (nee Eby) Martin, brother Lyle Martin, father in-law Arthur Bulmer and stepfather-in-law Roy Gildner. Family and friends will be received at Robert Ruggle Funeral Home, 617 King St. N., Waterloo, on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 1-4 and 7-9pm and on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 1-3pm for memorial visitation. A celebration of Claude’s life will be held at Hawkesville Mennonite Church, 15 Martha St. Hawkesville on Friday July 20, 2012 at 7pm. Close friends and family are invited to Claude’s interment and committal service at Hawkesville Cemetery, 16 Geddes St. Hawkesville on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 10 am. As expressions of sympathy, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lisaard House Charitable Foundation and may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at 519 888-7700. Tributes may be made online at:

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HALL, SAMUEL “SAM” | At Royal Terrace, Palmerston, on Friday July 13, 2012, Samuel “Sam” Hall, formerly of Mount Forest, in his 88th year. Local relative is his step-daughter Suzann Marlene Stewart of Elmira. STORTZ, CYRIL IVAN | November 20, 1932 - July 11, 2012 Cyril Ivan Stortz, of St. Jacobs, formerly of Elmira, passed away peacefully at Hamilton General Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Gratton, Audrey Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Chateau Gardens, in her 93rd year. Audrey (Franklin) Gratton, of Elmira, was the beloved wife of the late William Gratton (July 24, 1998). Dear mother of Barb and Bill Foell of Glen Allen and Bev Strobel and Lance Crawford of Elmira. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Kelly (Lee), Tania (Todd), Kim (Tony), Ryan (Lindsay), Allison (Kevin) and her greatgrandchildren Cole, Jadelyn, Brody, Colby, Liam, Lennon, Talon and Kelton. Loved sister of Don Franklin and sister-in-law of Madeline McKay, June and Lorna Gratton. Predeceased by her parents Charlie and Hattie, and brothers-in-law Charlie and Albert Gratton. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive their relatives and friends at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Monday, July 23, 2012 from 1-2:30 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Interment will follow in the Elmira Union Cemetery. A special thank you to all the staff at Chateau Gardens for the excellent care Audrey received. In her memory, donations to Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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LIVING HERE

CHEF’S TABLE/ RYAN TERRY, FLOW CATERING

DAY CAMP / DEVELOPING A WORLDVIEW

A place where peace is catching on

Well-received introduction of Peace Camp for kids has Conrad Grebel rolling it out again this year ELENA MAYSTRUK No one expects peace and quiet at a summer day camp – just ask any parent – but perhaps it’s possible to get kids to meet you halfway. At Conrad Grebel University College, they’ve opted for peace, preparing to roll out their second annual Peace Camp. After last year’s successful debut, rave reviews from parents and participants, they’re attracting kids from all walks of life to join. As with other day camps, there will be fun activities ... and a bit more: the program is taking a different approach to youth education, motivation and community development. In the span of five days – July 30 to Aug. 3, camp coordinator Devon Spier hopes to unleash a passion for community activism in the kids at Peace Camp. Twenty-five kids have already signed up, with some returning from last summer’s adventure. Parents have called Spier to tell her how children have benefited from last year’s experiences. Several have become active members in their communities and started their own organizations. “It’s designed for you to make a difference. We take typical camp activities and recreations and add a little bit of a twist to it so youth can learn cooperation, respect for differences and really just how to learn how to work with others in the community.” Spier is a long-time community volunteer with the University of Waterloo

Parents often tell coordinator Devon Spier how Peace Camp motivates children to act on important community issues. Now in its second year, the day camp runs July 30 to Aug. 3. [SUBMITTED] and other organizations in Waterloo Region, but her heavy involvement in peace camp efforts were an unexpected calling when she came to university. In her second year she took a professor’s words about actively engaging youths to heart and fell into the work. “We really are working

this year, especially with our theme YOU(th) in Action to help youth get out and actually get into their own back yards. It really is about ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds and empowering youth to make that difference, really cultivate the kind of communities they want to see. They are really mak-

ing it bloom with people from all walks of life,” she explained. This year the program has grown from its promising beginnings. Not only did the camp get a five-year grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation but the diversity in applicants has also expanded to encompass children from various

traditions, supporters from the local community and a large Mennonite support base. The grant came out of a plan to expand on the five-day camp by promoting youth organized anti-violence in the local community all year around. The plan is to work with the mayor’s office and form an advisory committee where youth can begin a discourse with the mayor about issues in their schools and homes. The organizers are incorporating diverse cultural aspects into this year’s program with multicultural cooking classes, mural painting and the cultivation of a community garden. Spier said people can’t always visualize the work done by Peace Camp and she uses the example of an egg toss to explain to parents how the camp works to help children understand complex issues in a fun way. “We do an egg toss except we make some changes. During the egg toss one group has to communicate without speaking, one can only say moo and one can only use their elbows,” she explained, noting the objective’s of Peace Camp is to actively make youth understand tolerance towards diverse communities. The day camp for kids 11 to 14 years of age runs from July 30 to Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., out of Conrad Grebel University College, on the University of Waterloo campus. Spier said organizers are striving to make the CAMP | 27

A perfect time to combine fresh produce and cooking outdoors RECIPE NOTES The local produce bounty is now among us with herbs, cucumbers, fresh garlic and tomatoes, among other things. With this heat wave in effect, it’s best to do our cooking outside to reduce the amount of work our air conditioners have to do. One way to achieve a fantastic tasting meal, with little prep work and take full advantage of outside cooking is by taking a stab at a Greekinspired recipe. Greek food is simple with a focus on using fresh herbs, garlic, lemons and extra virgin olive oil as staple ingredients. Souvlaki can be made using beef, lamb, pork or chicken and can be paired with a nice Greek salad and a side of rice or potatoes. Traditionally, these meats are cut into 1-inch cubes, marinated and skewered. If you don’t have any skewers at home, just cut the meat into appropriate serving sizes, marinate and grill away. Souvlaki is also traditionally served with homemade tzatziki sauce, which features Greek yogurt and is packed with protein. You can whip up an CHEF’S TABLE | 27

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Street in St. Jacobs. Bring a snack and enjoy the park with other parents and children! Return to WCHC in case of rain. No child care today. Call Heidi at 519-664-3794, ext. 237 for more information. A Woolwich Community Health Centre program.

JULY 20 FAMILY FUN WEEKEND –JULY20 & 21 at West Montrose Family Camp. Events: Grand River Amazing Race, carnival midway, silent auction, live entertainment, camping, food, fun casino and outdoor movies under the stars. Come out for the day or call Deb at 519-669-2129 to reserve a camp site for the entire weekend. Limited spaces available. For more information visit www. familyfunweekend.ca Join in the fun!

JULY 28 VISIT THE WTHHS HISTORICAL Room at the Old School, 1137 Henry Street, Wellesley, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.and enjoy displays and interesting historical facts about Wellesley Township. In 2012, we will be open every last Saturday of each month, except December. Free admission.

JULY 24 ABRACADABRA ALAKAZAM TUESDAY, JULY 24 to Friday, July 27 - Join us at the Elmira, St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches for Abracadabra Alakazam with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as learn all about magicians and learn some tricks of our own by reading fun books and making cool crafts. For more information, please email libhq@regionofwaterloo.ca, or contact your local branch. Pre-registration may be required.

JULY 31 STARS & SPACE- A Galaxy Far Far Away July 31 to Aug. 3 - Join us at the Elmira, St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches for Stars & SpaceA Galaxy Far Far Away with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as we go out of this world learning about astronauts, rockets and more by reading fun books and making cool crafts. For more information, please email libhq@regionofwaterloo.ca, or contact your local branch. Limited space available.

JULY 25 FOSTER PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT, 7-8 p.m. Join us for an opportunity to learn about becoming a foster parent. Training, support, and compensation are provided. For more information call Family and Children’s Services 519-576-0540.

AUGUST 7 FANTASTICAL MACHINES TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 to Friday, August 10 - Join us at the St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches for Fantastical Machines with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as we become inventors reading fun books and making cool crafts. For more information, please email libhq@regionofwaterloo.ca,

JULY 27 H.U.G.S. PROGRAM – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Park Day in St. Jacobs! Meet at the park on Water

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AUGUST 8 JOIN US AT THE St. Jacobs Branch Library for the Dilly Dragon Magic Show with Owen Anderson at 3 p.m. This show is recommended for children 5 and up, younger siblings are welcome. Free. This event is sponsored by the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs. For more information please contact the St. Jacobs Branch Library at 519-664-3443 or stjaclib@regionofwaterloo.ca.

AUGUST 10 H.U.G.S. PROGRAM – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Park Day in Elmira! Meet at Bolender Park in Elmira. Bring a snack and enjoy the park with other parents and children! Return to WCHC in case of rain. No childcare today. Call Heidi at 519-664-3794, ext. 237 for more information. A Woolwich Community Health Centre program.

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AUGUST 11 WOOLWICH COMMUNITY LIONS CLUB is hosting “Drive a Ford Event” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Foodland parking lot. Come out and take a car for a test drive (one test driver per household). Classic Car show and shine, BBQ, Bouncy Castle, games and prizes. Classic car show & shine registration call Sandy 519-638-2523. Live Band – Cowboy Up, classic car show & shine, BBQ & classic movie Grease at Lions Hall, Elmira 4-8 p.m. Grease Lightning dance 8 p.m. – 1a.m. at Lions Hall. Tickets $10 advance $12 at the door. Tickets available at Pampered & Polished, Brown’s Menswear, Lions club members or by calling 519-6695800. All proceeds to Elmira District Community Living van project.

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STRANGE BUT TRUE / BILL & RICH SONES PH.D.

Researchers can learn a great deal by rooting through our trash WEIRD NOTES

Q. What might well have been the costliest â&#x20AC;&#x153;mealâ&#x20AC;? in history? A. According to Pliny

the Elder in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural History,â&#x20AC;? ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony that she could consume, at a single entertainment, the value of ten million sesterces. Marc Antony considered this quite impossible. But Cleopatra was said to have an extensive knowledge

of chemistry (she wrote a book on cosmetics) and understood that vinegar was a pretty good solvent. Though the actual details are unclear, sometime before the banquet she dropped a pearl worth ten million sesterces into a solution of vinegar and water, then set it aside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the time came to fulfill her wager, she simply drank the dissolved pearl,â&#x20AC;? says Emily Thacker in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vinegar Book.â&#x20AC;?

Q. What are a few trashy yet interesting truths that have emerged from the field of â&#x20AC;&#x153;garbology,â&#x20AC;? or the scientific study of garbage?

A.

As reported in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trashâ&#x20AC;? by Edward Humes, anthropologist William J. Rathje, the father of garbology, uncovered these items: 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discarded birth control pill dispensers showed that a substantial minority of women were taking the pills incorrectly (missing and skipping days).â&#x20AC;? 2. Large- and economy-sized food products dominated the trash from affluent neighborhoods, while the smallest- sized packages showed up more for families in lowincome neighborhoods, meaning that the poor were paying more for

food. 3. Romantics may over-indulge when buying Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day candy, with much of it winding up fully wrapped in the trash, unlike Halloween candy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost entirely eaten. 4. The amount of alcohol consumed doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vary with phases of the moon, as has long been mythologized, but with the timing of monthly paydays. 5. Not surprising, alcohol-related trash from low-income households was heavy in beer bottles, light for hardliquor; middle-income folks drank more broadly

                        

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easy Greek salad: just take whatever lettuce you have on hand, add tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, red onions some feta cheese and kalamata olives and toss with a basic red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Souvlaki Marinade 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 bunch oregano A few sprigs of mint 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup lemon, juiced 3 tbsp red wine vinegar Salt & pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and blend with hand blender, or hand chop herbs and mix all ingredients together. Add meat, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate and marinate for 4-24 hours. Before cooking, soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour.

Place meat on skewers and grill for 15-20 minutes.

Tzatziki Sauce 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 cup sour cream 1 cucumber, seeded & diced Lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed Fresh dill, to taste

Salt & pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chef Ryan Terry owns FLOW Cafe & Catering in Elmira. The Red Seal chef also owns and operates The Pizzeria in Grand Bend. More information can be found at his website, www. flowcatering.ca.

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camp as accessible as possible and if a family cannot afford to pay the $160 fee, which includes all activities and lunch daily, the college offers subsidies. Information and registration forms can be found online at www.uwaterloo. ca/grebel/campers/peacecamp.

A five-year grant will ensure that next year’s Peace Camp as well as other youth programs designed by organizers continues. [SUBMITTED]

About 20 kids participated in the weeklong British Soccer Camp held at the EDSS sport field. Top left, Michelle Wang challenges Matthew Temniuk for the ball. Top right, Nathan Snyder, 9, takes a turn at kicking. Above, coach Mark Mulcahey, playing in goal dives for the ball. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

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