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Grade 2 students from John Mahood Public School show some of the 2,000 food items the school collected for the WCS food bank. The WCS collected enough food over the last week to keep its shelves stocked through out the summer months. [colin dewar / the observer]

Spring drive tops up supplies at food banks COLIN DEWAR More than 52,000 lbs of food was donated to the Waterloo Region food banks during the annual Dig In food drive. In Woolwich Township close to 2,500 lbs were collected over the one-day event. The Woolwich Community Services also received $354 in cash donations, which will be used to purchase additional food. Combined with the totals from other

food drives and campaigns across the township, WCS is confident it will have adequate supplies to support those in need over the summer months. “This is such a great drive for us to hold in the springtime because in the summer people tend to go to the cottage, out doing other things and perhaps not shopping as much and we don’t get a lot in the way of donations over those months. So this drive allows us to top everything up now and

lets us get through the summer,” said Don Harloff, executive director of the WCS. In Elmira, Chemtura Co. held an employee-initiated food drive within its Erb Street plant, collecting two large bins of food. “We are always looking for community events to participate in and I saw the Dig In for the region’s food banks and thought food drive | 4

An Elmira chemical company says it’s committed to cleaning up the town’s contaminated groundwater by the provinciallyset 2028 deadline, arguing its current approaches will be sufficient to reach that goal. The township’s environmental watchdog, however, wants the Ministry of the Environment to force Chemtura Co. to do more, including the digging up and removal of source material, to ensure the work gets done. In voting on the issue this week, Woolwich councillors sided with the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee, despite a call from the company to stay the course. They did, however, welcome Chemtura’s commitment to the cleanup project. The company has been using a pumpand-treat process to remove a pair of toxins – NDMA (nitrosodimethylamine) and chlorobenzene – from the former drinking water aquifers underneath Elmira. The discovery in 1989 of the carcinogenic NDMA precipitated the water crisis in Elmira, leading to the construction of a pipeline from Waterloo, which supplies the town with water to this day. An MOE control order sets out the company’s responsibility for dealing with CPAC | 4

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Jocelyn Lubert (left) and Holly Boyne are co-chairing the EDSS Relay for Life event held at the WMC sports track on Friday. The school hopes to raise $78,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. [colin dewar / the observer] students. The event also ing while participating in a keep walking around the included a survivor’s refew activities with them. track throughout the night. ception where the students “After the victory lap relay | 4 thanked them for attendparticipants and students

Area residents, community groups and politicians are calling on the provincial Liberal and NDP parties to reconsider the amount of time and assets being dedicated to a review of the Aggregate Resources Act. The review got underway this past week with meetings of the standing committee on general government on May 7 and 9 and it continues next Monday and Wednesday. The allparty committee has allocated a mere 12 hours to the hearing of deputations and presentations over those four days, and has not given any time to travel to affected communities such as Woolwich Township. “What’s most troubling is that these dates are all in Toronto,” said KitchenerConestoga MPP and PC environmental critic Michael Harris. “We are concerned about that and our caucus has called for the commit-

tee to consider taking these deputations out to areas where aggregate extraction occurs. “As you are well aware, it does not happen in Toronto.” On Wednesday PC member Laurie Scott tabled a motion to committee members to seek the authorization of the house leaders to allot more time to the review by having the committee meet in June for as many days deemed necessary to hear from all stakeholders, to take the committee on the road to affected communities, and to allow the committee to visit current, proposed, or decommissioned aggregate sites. The motion was supported by all committee members but still must be passed by the three house leaders – Liberal John Milloy, Gilles Bisson of the NDP and PC Jim Wilson – to take affect, and it must be done soon, since Aggregate | 4

New hire does not appear to line up with job requirements Woolwich still mum on qualifications of friend of mayor hired for newly-created administrative assistant's position STEVE KANNON Woolwich officials are standing by their decision to hire an executive assistant despite the fact her experience does not appear to meet the requirements set out in the job description. Saskia Koning, a young woman from South Africa who was in the country on a temporary work visa, beat out more than a hundred applicants to get an administrative assistant’s job that

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municipal procedures, protocol and relevant legislation.” Koning is listed has having graduated from the University of Cape Town in December 2010 with a degree in film and media production. In an online forum for ex-patriots, she listed her profession as video production assistant. In Canada on a temporary visa that was to expire next month, she had been hire| 9

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this would be a good thing for our employees to be a part of,” said Monique Lippert of Chemtura. Plant manager Jozef Olejarz said he would contribute $500 on behalf of the company for each bin the employees managed to fill, resulting in a $1,000 donation to WCS. “We had a great turn out for this event,” said Lippert. “We haven’t done anything like this for a few years because of the recession. We were focused on business and now that it looks like the recession is ending or is over we are looking forward doing more for the community.” Students from John Mahood PS participated in a school-wide food drive as part of Hunger Awareness Week, with their Dream Big initiative bringing in more than 2,000 items of food, which were dropped off at WCS on Tuesday. “We wanted to raise awareness in the school,” said Jenn Catton, a Grade 2 teacher at the school. “This project has really brought the kids and their families together and we have more

Mladen Perkovic, left, Monique Lippert and Jozef Olejarz from Chemtura Co. brought food donations and a cheque for $1,000 to the WCS on Monday. [colin dewar / the observer] over the year. Typically food than we expected. It Christmas and Easter are is a great life lesson for the our biggest time for food students to help others in need especially on the local donations and the spring Dig In really helps us level.” get through the summer With the amount of food months until Thanksgivreceived from the Dig In ing,” said Harloff. over the weekend and the For more information food still coming from about the food drive or other sources WCS will be to help volunteer contact in better shape than they WCS in Elmira at 519-669were at this time last year. 5139. “Our stocks do go down

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the contaminants in the municipal aquifers, with a deadline of 2028. More than two decades past the start of the crisis, CPAC is worried the timeline won’t be met, calling for provincial intervention. It wants the company to remove contaminated source material rather than simply treating the groundwater. The resolution endorsed May 8 by council also asks for the province to review the funding formula outlined in a 1991 agreement between the MOE and Chemtura, to make money available to CPAC to pay for studies, consultants, legal advice and other experts, and to establish a trust fund that would continue to pay for groundwater cleanup if Chemtura fails to meet the 2028 deadline. “CPAC represents the residents of Elmira, the injured party in all this, and needs to have a budget that is adequate to the job,” new committee chair Dan Holt told councillors. “In addition, we need to impose a penalty so that if our aquifer is not cleaned up there is a price to pay. “[...] now is the time to change directions and make sure that we have clean, drinkable water

again by removing the sources of contamination. Currently we are only treating the symptoms; we need to remove the cancer.” The company, however, says its current pump-andtreat process is working, and will clean the groundwater by 2028. “We will meet that deadline,” said plant manager Josef Olejarz. “We have no reason to believe we won’t meet this date.” Pointing to data that show contamination levels continue to drop, he said the pump-and-treat method would get the job done. “There is nothing better on the market right now,” he said of the technology. Peak concentrations of contaminants offsite from the plant have been reduced by 10-fold or more, said Olejarz. There’s been a 20 per cent reduction in the size of the NDMA plume in the municipal upper aquifer since 1998, covering 174 acres; a 41 per cent reduction in the chlorobenzene plume in the municipal upper aquifer in that timeframe, a decrease of 34 acres; and a 25 per cent drop in the chlorobenzene plume in the municipal lower aquifer since 1998, some eight acres. “We consider this as a good success story.”

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The goal is to have at least one person from each team always walking around the track,” said co-chair Holly Boyne. During breaks from walking students were invited into the Woolwich Memorial Centre to play games inside the Dan Snyder Arena. Many of the students took part playing video games, foosball, cards, and making their way through obstacle courses. Outside in a tent a DJ spun tunes for dancers and in the early morning the tent became a make shift movie theatre. Around 10 p.m. the students lit their luminaries and placed them around

the track. Luminaries are fire resistant covers placed over a candle. People purchase a luminary to write an inspirational message on them for a loved one to commemorate and celebrate those who have fought cancer. “It is usually the most emotional part of the night,” said Boyne. During the luminary ceremony a photo slide show was projected of family members who have or are currently fighting cancer. The closing ceremonies were held between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. “Relay for Life does not have to be an end we can all continue to fight against cancer,” said Lubert.

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His rosy outlook was tempered, though, by CPAC volunteer David Marks, a hydrogeologist, who called the company’s forecast for pump-and-treat “overly optimistic.” That technology, he explained, works in limited circumstances, but is not likely to fully remediate groundwater in the complex geology found underneath Elmira. “Personally, I hope that happens. Professionally, I have my doubts,” said Marks, adding the pumpand-treat system is containing the contaminants and would have to be part of any stepped-up plan to treat the pollutants. Supporting the resolution calling for greater MOE involvement, Coun. Mark Bauman said a more diverse approach would help get the cleanup efforts back on target. “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” he said of simply sticking with the pump-and-treat process. He also called for more cooperation and less of an adversarial relationship between all the parties, stressing the need for a backup plan if the 2028 deadline is in jeopardy, though hoping not to need it. “It’s always nice when you don’t have to go to Plan B.”

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Chairing the event is quite an undertaking for the two high school students who have been tirelessly working on the project since January. “At the last event it really moved me and I really loved it,” said Boyne. “I never expected that much could come from one night over 12 hours. I really wanted to recreate that experience again and hopefully other people will be able to experience it the same way.” “It is a really special event and I wanted to step up and take that leadership role and help others have the same experience,” said Lubert. “There is just something about walking with so many people around the track late at night when everything is quite. The track really mimics the track that someone with cancer is on. At first you are all pumped up saying I can do this, I can fight this, but then in the middle of the night you are tired and exhausted and you just want it to end but you know that morning is coming and that it will end and you made it to the other side,” said Boyne. “It is really empowering and really amazing.”


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Woolwich renews St. Jacobs VIC

In 2011, 6,826 registered visitors used the VIC facility, up from 5,027 the year before. Of those visitors, some 80 per cent indicated they were from Ontario.

Woolwich will again operate a tourism office in St. Jacobs this season, agreeing this week to continue a dollar-a-year lease with Mercedes Corp. . for the “yellow house,” a refurbished farm home at 844 Weber St. N. adjacent to the farmers’ market. The building, situated in the heart of the St. Jacobs tourist area, is home to a visitor information centre (VIC) launched by the township is 2005. The building is open seven days a week from mid-May to mid-October, but is only staffed on market days and weekends.

Council sticks with road tender despite protest Saying the lowest bid was not the cheapest alternative, Woolwich is sticking to its decision to award a contract for dust-suppression services to the company with the next-lowest price. Upholding last week’s committeeof-the-whole vote, councillors this

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Waterloo cyclist killed in collision with SUV on Herrgott Road A 52-year-old Waterloo man died May 6 when he was struck by a car while cycling on Herrgott Road north of Boomer Line in Wellesley Township. Barrie Conrod was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit from behind by a 31-year-old St. Clements man operating a 2007 Lincoln SUV. He was

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8:45 AM | A fire occurred along Arthur Street South near St. Jacobs when a tree was struck by lightning. The fire was easily dealt with by emergency responders. M ay 4

8:40 AM | A 29-year-old woman driving a Volkswagen Jetta was charged with ‘careless driving’ when she hit a 40-year-old Listowel woman operating a 2010 Honda and 1998 Honda SUV driven by a 51-year-

riding with a second cyclist, but she wasn’t hit. The stretch of Herrgott Road was closed for several hours after the late-afternoon incident as officers investigated the scene. Police have determined alcohol was not a factor in the collision. To date, no charges have been laid against the driver.

old Cargill woman on Arthur Street South. The woman driving the Jetta sustained minor cuts on her foot and reported chest pains. 10:30 AM | A man was working on a construction site on Benjamin Road in Woolwich Township where he began pulling some material from the building under construction and fell back on a metal spike. EMS, St. Jacobs firefighters and police responded to the scene. The

week backed the plan to hire Pollard Highway Products Inc. to spread a 20-per-cent solution of calcium brine on its 119-kilometre network of gravel roads. In that, they weren’t swayed by a representative of Miller Paving Ltd., which submitted the nominally lower bid for a job that encompasses all four rural municipalities in Waterloo Region. The Miller bid of $333,228 to cover all four townships was slightly lower than the Pollard submission at $336,637. Woolwich’s portion of the bid that won – Pollard’s – works out to $153,492, about $1,520 more than its share if Miller Paving got the work. Pollard proposes to use the calcium brine treatment, while Miller went with

a 30-per-cent magnesium chloride solution. The latter requires more water in the process, driving up the actual cost at the end of the day, explained director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley. For Miller Paving’s general manager, Peter Linton, however, Woolwich’s decision runs counter to accepted tender practices. His company’s bid was fully compliant with tender specifications and came in at the lowest price, he said at Tuesday night’s meeting, noting council’s decision was not fair and opens up the township to legal action for “violating the tender process.” Kennaley dismissed those concerns, saying the township was in its rights to award the contract to another bidder

because the actual cost to the township of Miller Paving’s services would have been almost $10,000 higher due to the extra water needed Councillors ultimately agreed with Kennaley’s assessment, turning down Coun. Bonnie Bryant’s suggestion to get a legal opinion before voting to extend the contract to Pollard Highway Products.

man was transported to hospital by ambulance. Police identification officers responded to assist the Ministry of Labour’s ongoing investigation to the incident.

10:30 PM | A 21-year-old London man driving a 2005 Nissan hit a deer on Katherine Street in Woolwich Township. The deer survived the collision. Damage to the vehicle was minimal.

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11:30 AM | A 28-year-old man operating a transport truck north on Lonsdale Road near Menno Street in Breslau lost control of the vehicle when he swerved to miss a dog on the street, subsequently hitting a hydro pole. No charges were laid and the vehicle sustained moderate damage. 6:40 PM | A 19-year-old Millbank woman driving a 2002 Oldsmobile was charged with ‘careless driving’ after she struck a 40 year-old St. Jacobs woman driving a 2008 Dodge on Lobsinger Line. The Millbank woman said she was distracted by an outdoor wedding when she hit the other vehicle. Damage to both vehicles was minor.

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Wellesley simplifies new fence bylaw COLIN DEWAR Putting together a new fence bylaw, Wellesley councillors this week clarified the process for installing a fence in a front yard, limiting the height to 0.8 metres or 2.8 feet. That replaces language in the existing bylaw that restricts the height of residential fences to 0. 8 metres or 2.8 feet within 1.5 meters of an exterior side yard lot line. The restriction was originally created to avoid sightline issues at intersections and to provide safety for residents on sidewalks in the event of an altercation with another

pedestrian. Staff recommended that if driveway and corner daylight triangles were maintained, a fence installed at an exterior side yard lot line would not create a significant visibility issue. As violence has not been an issue within the township it was recommended that resident safety would not change if a fence was constructed at an exterior side yard lot line. Council decided that the height restriction within 1.5 metres of the yard line should be removed from the bylaw while maintaining the

height restrictions for corners and driveways. The existing fence bylaw currently reads “no part of any fence located in a front yard within 1.5 metres of an exterior side yard lot line shall exceed 0.8 metres in height.” The newly amended bylaw will read “no part of any fence located in a front yard shall exceed 0.8 metres in height.” Council also established that residents wishing to alter their fences would now go through the township’s Committee of Adjustment who would authorize the final decisions on fence variances. A fee of $625 will now be charged to

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residents wishing to alter a fence. The fee should cover the cost of the proposed $450 application process fee and the cost of committee members attending meetings about fences and site visit mileage. Two other area municipalities handle relief requests through their Committee of Adjustment processes, the Township of Wilmot and the City of Kitchener. Wilmot charges a fee of $500, while Kitchener has established a fee of $1,020.25. The Wellesley Committee of Adjustment meets once a month, which can delay the start of a fence construction up to a twomonth timeframe.

Randy Lee participated in the Wild Woolwich Challenge on May 5 by performing 30 turns of a hula-hoop, completing 50 skips of a jump rope as well as squats, jumping jacks and sit ups. The challenge saw numerous teams racing across Elmira as they solved problems and performed different tasks. [colin dewar / the observer]

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Street addressing to replace P.O. boxes in St. Clements COLIN DEWAR Residents of St. Clements and surrounding routes face mailing address changes, as Canada Post is doing away with the post office box numbers. Canada Post is currently reviewing mailing addresses using the St. Clements post office with the intention of converting customers’ current P.O. box mailing addresses to their civic address. This conversion initiative by the crown corporation is scheduled to take place over the next five weeks, coming into effect on June 18. The address changes will ensure each customer will have a uniquely identifiable mailing address, reflecting the customer’s physical location. Each address is unique to a specific property. Canada Post representative Tom Zadorsk addressed the issue at Wellesley council Monday night. “We are upgrading some of the equipment in the (St. Clements) post office. Canada Post wants to civically address every address in Canada, and right now we are working through out Ontario towards that goal,” said Zadorsky. “This is not going to be an overnight process. It will take a while but with the changes happening in St. Clements it is a natural opportunity for us to do it.” There will be some problems with some addresses in the town especially if a house has a basement apartment because it may not be a recognized address by the municipality. These people were given a P.O. box in the past but they should not have received one, he explained. Canada Post has to provide one free method of mail delivery for every valid address. For the municipality it means that residents will not have two addresses anymore. The street address will be the mailing address and no longer will addresses have P.O. numbers. Residents will also be able to see their address online as the initiative takes place, allowing package delivery companies the ability to deliver packages to doorsteps and not box numbers. St. Clements is the first in the region to receive the address change, as Canada Post is not really focusing on southwestern Ontario; instead, they are working in the Toronto area and northern Ontario. “As opportunities like

this present themselves we want to take advantage of them. From what we have seen most people put both

addresses on their mail as it is and now they will be able to drop the P.O. box number. This should not

be a huge shock for them,” said Zadorsky. “As always, change is hard for some and there

could be complaints but this is the system that is going into place across the province.”

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this past Wednesday was the deadline for presentation requests related to the evaluation of the aggregate act, which is currently scheduled to wrap up next week. The review was formally approved unanimously on Mar. 22 by all three parties, following through on a Liberal election promise made last September by then-Liberal incumbent Leeanna Pendergast. While the opposition NDP and Conservatives form a majority on the committee, Harris said that

up until now the New Democrats and Liberals have formed a de facto majority to “stonewall” the attempts of Harris and Scott to expand the review and get it on the road. What’s just as troubling for Harris is the way the government advertised the meetings through ads in just a few newspapers, including the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen, last Monday. “They had ads the day of when deputations were to begin. They’ve given little to no notice to people, so we’re disappointed,” Harris

said. One of the communities likely to be impacted by and changes to the resources act is the historic settlement of West Montrose, home of the last remaining covered bridge in the province and the BridgeKeepers who have fought against proposed quarries in their community. The promise of the review was actually made by Pendergast and Milloy on a plot of grass beside the bridge. One of the BridgeKeeper’s spokesmen said that the poor manner in

Former township hall to find new life as home to health-related services JAMES JACKSON On the eve of its 100th birthday, the former Woolwich township administration building at the corner of Arthur and Wyatt streets in Elmira has a new lease on life. The historic building located at 69 Arthur St. S. has been sold to Juliane Shantz, an Elmira resident and a doctor of audiology who has owned and operated Elmira’s Ear and Hearing Clinic for 15 years. The building sat empty for nearly four years after township staff moved to their new building on Church Street, and Mayor Todd Cowan is pleased that it was bought by a local business owner. “I’m impressed, not just because Juliane is local, but also because Juliane has a vision for that building,” he said. Shantz was unavailable for an interview this week, but said in a press release that she has a “fondness for the former town hall” and that she “looks forward to sharing its familiar, welcoming atmosphere with my patients.” Built in 1912, the building served as a post office then briefly as a police station. Starting in 1966 it served as township hall and municipal administration building until 2008. Additions have been made to it over the years to increase the amount of space, notably the rear addition in 1985, but the building has always maintained a distinguished presence in downtown Elmira. That presence was the main selling point that the township and their real estate company Coldwell Banker pushed on this property, starting last fall when the township assembled an advisory task force with the

The former Woolwich administration building in downtown Elmira was recently sold to Juliane Shantz. The historic structure has sat empty ever since township staff moved to the new building on Church Street in 2008. [james jackson / the observer] goal of selling the property. “It’s something that stands out. It’s not just a box on the street,” the mayor said. In the end Shantz and one other bidder placed an offer on the building, with a third coming close, Cowan said. Real estate laws prohibit the details of the sale to be made public prior to the closing date at the end of June, but the township was asking $625,000 for it. “When we looked at the tenders we didn’t accept the highest bid for the building,” said Cowan. “We also more or less did a questionnaire to ask what they see with the building and where do they want to go. “We did the same thing a year ago with the swimming pool. We had two offers on the table, one was to bash it down and put up condos, and the other one

was the Waterloo Region synchronized swimming. That offer wasn’t the highest one, but they had the best vision from a community point of view” Those concerned with how the sale will impact the façade of the building need not be: the original portion of the 11,687 square foot building was designated a historical structure in January of 2010, meaning the clock tower and its original mechanism from 1914 is protected, along with the triangular-shaped gables, the keystones over every window and doorway, along with the square-cut doorways, said Peter Benninger of Coldwell Banker. “I think it was really important to establish that the person that was going to buy it did have a vision, and did have an interest in keeping it as an historic building,” he said.

which the meetings were advertised and the fact the committee is not visiting affected communities could skew their findings. The only reason they knew the meetings were to get underway was via an email from Harris last Friday. “It certainly raises the risk that they’re not going to get much significant input from the rural communities where much of the aggregate production happens,” said Tony Dowling. “The early indication was that the review was probably going to go on the road and go across the province, so yeah, we were surprised.” Minster of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle, however, said that the standing committee and his government are committed to being actively engaged in the review, and that the scheduling of the meetings and whether or not they travelled was in the hands of the committee members, not the MNR. “It’s a very interesting issue, in the sense that the standing committee themselves make the decision about when the committee sits, how long the committee sits, how many days it sits, and they make decisions related to those issues,” Gravelle said. “It’s not a decision of the ministry.” The precedent of a standing committee travelling around the province to consult with municipalities and stakeholders is normally reserved for pre-budget consultations, said Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan, who has years of experience in Queen’s Park, yet he believes that

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post office, making it easier for employees to sort the mail right in the buildings. The rural routes around St. Clements will not be changed this summer, just the P.O. boxes, he added. Having your civic address as your mailing address means only having one address to give out to correspondents. Canada Post will be using the already established civic number, street name and municipality name issued to customers by the province. Canada Post will be sending letters to all the residents affected about the change in their mailing address.

BridgeKeepers spokesman Tony Dowling is concerned that the review of the Aggregate Resources Act is not comprehensive enough, and committee members should travel to affected communities outside of Toronto before submitting their review to the government. [james jackson / the observer] this topic is of such vital importance to communities that travelling should be part of the review. “I feel that you don’t just want to hear from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Gravel Watch, and the other big players; I think you need to hear from the municipalities on this.” Cowan, along with Dowling and other community groups, are trying to schedule a deputation for next week, but should they not get a spot in the alreadycrowded schedule, the government is accepting written statements until this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. “When you look at the magnitude of the review of

the act, and the magnitude of how many people would want to be at that table, there are a lot of people that would want to be at that table and who have every right to be there and would have a very good argument,” said Cowan, who said this review is more than the Liberals just going through the motions of following through on an election promise; he believes real changes can still come from it. “I don’t think they’re doing it just because they said they would. I do think they’ll listen and make some changes, much like the FIT (Feed-In Tariff) and microFIT review last year.”

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working as a waitress at a Kitchener restaurant prior to joining township staff on Apr. 26. Woolwich’s senior bureaucrat, chief administrative officer David Brenneman, would not directly address apparent discrepancies between the job posting and Koning’s qualifications, citing privacy concerns. He maintained she was the bestqualified candidate for the position. “The Township of Woolwich conducted an open and competitive recruitment process. The candidate selected at the conclusion of the competition was chosen because of her diverse work experience

in office administration, project/event management and media/communications co-ordination,” he said this week in a written statement. “The successful candidate’s post secondary education in media, broadcasting, as well as office administration complements her background and experience.” The township, however, has not made Koning available for an interview, nor released any documents to back its assertions. Woolwich is currently going through the hiring process for a similar administrative assistant’s position, this a one-year (maternity leave) contract. That job, too, pays $43,000 to $53,000, plus a generous benefits package.


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Onus is on officials to justify job, new hire and pay levels The issues at play in the Observer’s coverage of Woolwich’s hiring practices has little to do with the young woman in the job, at least not directly. The fact that she’s a foreign worker in this country on a work visa is only germane in that the township had to go through some extra hoops to put her in the job. That, coupled with the fact she’s someone known to the mayor – they’ve been seen in public being overtly friendly – begs close scrutiny. Newspapers ask questions, most notably “why.” That goes double when red flags are raised. Our coverage should come as no surprise to the township, especially as we have never been satisfied there’s a need for the position in the first place. When a job is created at the urging of the mayor, and someone known to the mayor ends up with the job, and that someone was selected over more than a hundred others despite not appearing to meet the requirements of the job description, well, answers are needed. Under those circumstances, the township should have been bending over backwards to ensure the person selected was the obvious choice by a country mile, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Clearly, that’s not the case. While constrained by privacy laws, officials have not been forthcoming even under those limitations, although those, too, could be lifted if the persons involved agreed to be open with the public. Instead, we’re told the process has been open and transparent ... without seeing any openness or transparency. Good governance – free of patronage and personal benefit – is like justice: it mustn’t just be done, it must be seen to be done. Anyone needing a reminder of how hiring policies fit into the scheme of things can find a host of sad examples, from the likes of Vic Toews to the ORNGE scandal still fresh in the headlines. In the latter example, the province has been trying to piece together how the woman who became CEO Chris Mazza’s girlfriend went from waitress and waterskiing instructor to vice-president with a six-figure income. Politics are rife with stories of plum jobs going to friends and family. It’s important, then, to assure the public it’s what you know, not who you know when positions are filled, today more than ever. Government jobs often pay well above private sector wages – that’s the case here, where the salary range is at least 50 per cent higher – and come with generous benefits and pensions not typically available to those employed in the productive part of the economy. The executive assistant’s job may be what the township deems an entry-level position, showing itself quite willing to spend your tax dollars on salaries, but most 25-year-olds would be ecstatic about making $50,000 a year soon after graduation. Given that salary is higher than the average income in Canada, many people long past graduation would be happy to have such a job. This hire opens the door for a comprehensive look at out-of-touch compensation levels at the township. Under the circumstances, Woolwich officials must justify the creation of a position no previous mayor and council has needed, and they must be completely transparent about their selection of someone known to the mayor. The onus is on the mayor and senior staff; the young woman hired last month is simply caught in the crossfire.

Members of the public coming out to provincial hearings, such as the aggregate review, suspect their input may not be given the importance it's due. WORLD view / GWYNNE DYER

Hidden away, bin Laden was clearly out of the loop WORLD AFFAIRS I wanted you to be the first to know. It has just been revealed by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy in the United States that I am on a very short list of journalists (eight in Western countries, and seven others in India, Pakistan and Arab countries) to whom Osama bin Laden wanted to send “special media material” on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. To what do I owe this honour? I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the letters that the American forces seized when they raided bin Laden’s house in northern Pakistan a year ago, but according to the CTC’s translation the plan was to send these carefully selected and named journalists a site address and password “at the right time” so that we could download his “special material.” That never happened, because bin Laden was

killed before the anniversary rolled round, but it does raise an interesting question. None of the people he named (me, Bob Fisk of the “Independent” in Britain, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in the United States, and independent journalist Eric Margolis in Canada, for example) has actually written in favour of al-Qaeda and its goals – so what did he think he would gain by sending us the stuff? The answer, I suspect, is that he had been reduced to grasping at straws. He had been on the run for 10 years, and trapped in that rather bare house in Abbottabad (now bulldozed) for six. He had no real-time communication with anybody in the rest of the world, because if he used telephones, the internet, indeed anything electronic except the TV and Playstation, it would almost certainly lead the Americans to his lair within weeks. He tried to go on directing al-Qaeda by sending numerous letters, but they would have taken weeks to reach their destinations, and in any case by last year the organization was in an

advanced state of disintegration. As an ideology and a franchise it lives on, but even in that attenuated form its ability to attract recruits and popular support has been gravely damaged by the events of the “Arab Spring.” In other words, Osama bin Laden no longer had much relevance in the world, and he had a lot of time on his hands. But he certainly went on reading his clippings. Terrorists always read their clippings. Terrorists are a recently evolved subset of the grand old category of “revolutionaries.” Their deeds, however ugly, are not “senseless:” their ultimate goal is almost always to change a government somewhere. They cannot achieve it by peaceful means, and the population whose interests they think they serve is not ready to revolt, so they resort to terrorism in an attempt to motivate and mobilise the masses. I’m using the word “terrorist” here not in its pejorative sense, but its professional one. When somebody seeks to achieve political goals by using violence, and is not operating under the

protection of a sovereign state, we call him a terrorist. And since the amount of violence a terrorist can bring to bear, as a nonstate actor, is usually quite limited, he depends on its psychological impact more than its sheer destructiveness. The point of terrorism isn’t just to frighten people, but to stampede them (or rather their governments) into some ill-considered action that will actually benefit the terrorists’ strategy. In the post-colonial context, the violence is usually meant to make the target government behave very badly, “cracking down” in ways that will drive people – maybe its own citizens, maybe a different group entirely – into the arms of the revolutionaries. In the case of al-Qaeda, the goal of 9/11 was to terrorize and enrage the American people, but not so that they would overthrow their own government. They obviously weren’t going to do that. However, their outrage would probably make the U.S. government send massive military forces into the DYER | 12


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Their view / question OF THE WEEK

Should Woolwich press the provincial government for more money to help clean up the contaminated water in Elmira?

»»Linda Coultes

»»Shirley Frenette

Yes, I think they should, but they probably won’t get any with all the cutbacks.

No, I don’t think they should. If everyone who Yes, absolutely. I’ve lived in Elmira for 42 years It sounds like a good idea to me, water is a needed money asked for it, there wouldn’t be and I think it’s important to clean up the good thing. enough to go around. water.

»»Stanley Graham

»»Nathan Jagger

»»Cor Mooy If the township is behind on the cleanup I think they should get the backing of the provincial government to speed up the process.

"I would like to see less controversy about the mayor and more serious work done for our community." Tino Tomadini | Page 12 HIS view / STEVE KANNON

Federal government shows its contempt for democracy and Canadians again EDITOR'S NOTES Democracy as we know it has evolved over thousands of years. The Canadian version stems from Britain’s Westminster system, which provides the foundation for our Parliamentary structure and procedures. That’s what’s under attack in the omnibus budget bill now under debate in Ottawa. Breaking with tradition, the Harper government has funneled its budget into an omnibus bill, joining it to a range of measures, including gutting the environmental assessment process, in an all-or-nothing format. As it’s done many time before, the Conservatives are limiting debate and attempting to do an end-run around Parliament and its committees. More than 70 different acts are to be amended, largely without public input or political debate. It’s Stephen Harper’s way or the highway.

Omnibus bills are not unheard of, having been employed by past governments, but typically link legislation with a common thread – see, for instance, this government’s illconsidered crime bills. In this case, however, there is no common ground, only the government’s intent to push through sweeping changes while stifling debate. That’s hardly democratic. Much of the focus has been on the environmental provisions, which take up some 150 of the bill’s 420 pages. Critics say the changes will destroy five decades of environmental oversight. The impetus, it appears, is streamlining the environmental assessment process for tar sands projects, especially pipelines that would carry raw bitumen for processing in U.S. or overseas markets. It’s a hewers-of-woodand-drawers-of-water, resources-first strategy, which has thus far proven detrimental to Canada’s long-term economic health. Harper argues the changes are needed to keep

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

The 2011 Census of Agriculture counted 205,730 census farms, a decline of 23,643 or 10.3% from 2006. At the same time, the number of farm operators fell by 33,135 or 10.1% to 293,925. Farm numbers have been declining steadily since 1941.

“At some point during the crisis, three of Canada’s banks—CIBC, BMO, and Scotiabank—were completely under water, with government support exceeding the market value of the company. Without government supports to fall back on, Canadian banks would have been in serious trouble.”

A residents' group calling itself Citizens for Woolwich announced plans to join the legal wranglings over the then-proposed King/86 power centre in St. Jacobs, with an Ontario Municipal Board prehearing announced for June 19, 2001

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Dyer: Trying to stay relevant Continued from | 10

Arab world to “stamp out” the terrorism. That, in turn, would outrage the Arabs – who were the real object of bin Laden’s revolutionary ambitions. Well, it worked, in the sense that the West has not been so unpopular in the Arab world since the time of the Crusades. But the revolutions, when they finally started happening in Arab countries in 2010, rejected the leadership of jihadis like bin Laden and sought democracy instead. He probably died a deeply disappointed man. As a professional revolutionary, however, he would have retained his interest in the strategies and methods of terrorism down to the end. Since there was not much informed analysis of

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Hiring not in keeping with election promises To the Editor, I want to thank the Observer for reporting the facts. Last week’s story on the mayor was an eyeopener for all who care about our community. During the mayor’s campaign, he promised to be proactive, to lower taxes and to control expenses ... although he didn’t specify what year he was going to implement these measures. I would like to see less controversy about the mayor and more serious work done for our community.

Tino Tomadini | Elmira

Candidates must go through jobscreening process To the Editor, I was somewhat taken aback by the thinly veiled aspersions cast on both the hiring process and the qualifications of the new

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those issues available in the Arabic-language media, he would have followed it in the English-language media instead. As did all his colleagues, probably – I always assumed that al-Qaeda’s leadership was getting at least a précis of the article every time I wrote about their strategy and tactics. But for bin Laden, locked up in his house in Abbottabad, it could easily have become an obsession. I think it did, because the one thing that I and the other journalists named in his letter have in common is that we all dealt in analysis, not mere invective. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I know where he was seeing my stuff. “Dawn”, the leading paper in Pakistan, has run this column for the last 30 years.

executive assistant for the township as written in the May 5 issue of the Observer. Having been on both sides of the hiring process in other contexts many times, it seems to me that the process followed accepted human resource guidelines, with a screening committee to narrow the search to the top half dozen candidates. Only at that point do the senior administrators enter the process. It would be unlikely that Mayor Todd Cowan would even know who was being considered until the very end of the procedure. Finally, if hiring an international candidate, the committee has to demonstrate that s/he is more qualified than any other candidate, and HRSDC must approve. It’s quite an arduous process. On the matter of Ms Koning’s qualifications, it is the job of the screening committee to match a detailed and highly specific job description to the applicants’ resumes. They look for the candidate who is the best match, regardless of the person’s background

or origins. The applicant also must be a good fit for the culture of the job site as well. It is difficult to find just the right person; even if several applicants are very accomplished, the particular mix of skills and personality is crucial to a good working environment. I myself am from the U.S. and came to Canada nearly four years ago because the screening committee believed I was the best candidate for my particular job. Then it was up to me to live up to their expectations. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Ms Koning, but she deserves the same chance I had and should be allowed to let her qualifications speak for themselves. After all, Canada prides itself on being a welcoming and highly diverse country, and often those from far away bring new ideas and perspectives that benefit us all.

Colleen Willard-Holt, Ph.D. |Elmira

Mayor has some explaining to do To the Editor, Re: Woolwich goes outside township, country to fill new position (Observer, May 5/12), the recent article regarding the hiring of an “executive assistant” leaves more questions than it answers. The comments by Mayor Todd Cowan were arrogant, evasive and deceitful at best. The inference that a

pay scale of $50,000 plus one-third additional in benefits, for a total of $66,000 was an “entry-level position that qualified candidates would not have applied for” is simply an attempt to portray that he was lucky to find anyone willing to accept this level of income. I find it impossible to believe that out of 120 résumés received that there were not, at minimum, a handful of candidates that were qualified to perform the relatively simple tasks

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that an executive assistant to a small-town mayor requires. Instead of a fair and transparent competition for the opening, the mayor appointed a person on a work visa with no vested interest or history in the community. One can only assume that the mayor owed someone a favour to have made this decision. If not, the mayor needs to come clean as to his true motives.

Peer R. Lovell | Elmira

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SPORTS HOCKEY/ JUNIOR B AWARDS

Time for attaboys and goodbyes Elmira Sugar Kings put the finishing touches on last season at their annual awards banquet May 6 in St. Jacobs COLIN DEWAR

A band of brothers gather around a small table inside the Waterloo Rod and Gun club where they hug, laugh, share stories and reminisce about days past. The very recent past, in fact, as this group of Elmira Sugar Kings put the cap on the 2011-12 season at their annual awards banquet May 6. Accolades and trophies were handed out in healthy measures. Although the team was eliminated from the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs in the second round against Stratford, head coach Dean DeSilva believes his team had a good year on and off the ice. “People may look back and say we did not have a successful year because we did not win our last game but if you judge success on that, there are 25 teams in our league that did not have a successful year. I dare you to say that to teams that made it to the playoffs for the first time or went further than they have ever gone in the playoffs,” said DeSilva. Over the course of the season the Kings broke many long standing club records, including starting the season with a 14-0 winning streak. The team had 40 wins over a 51-game season, earning 82 points to set a new club record.

“These guys worked very hard everyday they were at the rink, it was incredible. They played through bad shoulders, bad backs, wrists, knees, everything and never once made an excuse for it,” said DeSilva. “Success is measured in different ways and the guys here need to take some time and appreciate some of the success they have had.” In the month of November the team raised $5,500 for prostate cancer, only three hockey teams across Canada, each a major Junior hockey clubs with a lot larger fan base, raised more money than the Kings. There are eight players leaving the squad this year and they are either heading to the CIS, OHL or the NCAA and that is a huge success for the organization, said DeSilva. In celebrating the season, the Kings also said goodbye to some key individuals. Those leaving the team include goaltender Nick Horrigan, who played 111 games as a King. Forward Brad Kraus played 153 games in the league, while forward Riley Sonnenburg wore a Kings jersey for 170 games. Scott Nagy racked up 192 games, forward Andrew Smith played 196 as a King, while forward Lukas Baleshta played 206 games for Elmira, putting up more than 200 points. Brett Priestap played 230 games in

Elmira Sugar Kings Andrew Smith (left) and Brett Preistap were the big winners at the teams’ awards banquet at the Waterloo Rod and Gun Club on May 6. Both players came away from the night with three awards. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER] Elmira are the best in the Wolfe-Sabo. “I will say that the league for Elmira and embrace them, acknowlentire Junior B league.” the support from the comCambridge. Captain Colton edge them, be willing to After all the awards were munity in Elmira is pheWolfe-Sabo successfully change for them and don’t nomenal: it is so good here, played 266 games in the ever take them for granted handed out DeSilva spoke especially for a smaller league between Waterloo because it is not how long to his team with an emphatown you could not ask for and Elmira. you do something that sis on the players leaving more from a community. I “This has been an inmatters but what you do the squad. will miss the guys, for sure, credible run playing four while you are doing it that “Opportunities don’t and playing in the rink, years in the league, the come along everyday and KINGS | 16 but I have to say the fans in last two with Elmira,” said when they do you should

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NOT SO GREAT OUTDOORSMAN / STEVE GALEA

There’s nothing like turkey for dinner to encourage quality family time OPEN COUNTRY Just in case you didn’t catch the press release, I called in and tagged a gobbler last Friday. Aside from being an important moment in our national history – something that the Canadian Mint will probably want to recreate on the face of a coin one day – this also means that I will be having turkey for dinner tonight. Not the whole turkey mind you – that’s a rookie’s mistake.

It goes without saying, but it does bear repeating just in case any new turkey hunter is wondering. Never eat the whole bird in one sitting. It’s not that you can’t or even shouldn’t for fear of gluttony. No, the reason is much more important than that. You see, each time you sit down for a wild turkey dinner, you also sit down for a re-telling of the story to a completely captive audience. Finish it in one sitting and you’ve robbed your loved ones of that repetitive joy. It’s important to process your turkey with this in mind. My gobbler, for

instance, is divided into seven parts that allow for six meals and one soup or stew. That means I love my family enough to re-tell the story seven times. Needless to say, there is an art to this. First, don’t tell them you are having turkey for dinner – at least not after the first couple of times. Then, make the production unique and put your own personal mark on it. While some hunters overdo it, I happen to prefer the traditional way – by having one of the kids slowly bring in the platter in response to my calling. If at all possible, I’ll get them

to simulate the manner in which the turkey came in – how he stopped and strutted, his response to my calling, that kind of thing – so that it augments the telling of the story. Time it right, provide clear cues and direction, and the shot sequence should happen just as the platter reaches the table. I know what you are thinking. What if hens and jakes came in with the gobbler you duped? Well, that’s where the other kids, your spouse or guests come in. That’s why it’s such a family affair. Everyone can play a part. Make your own magic

moments, but try not to overdo it. That’s why our typical wild turkey dinner pageant is tasteful and subdued – with hardly any costumes, feathers, excessive calling, ground blinds or simulated gunfire. Too much of that is not good for the digestion. Besides, people actually want to hear the story told in great detail without all that distraction. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that if they have to duck for cover when surprised by the sound of simulated shots, they miss out on key phrases like, “And that was the end of the gobbler of cedar swamp...”

Trust me. You don’t want to rob them of that. No, it’s best to spread the story out with phrases like, “Even when he first put his beak through his eggshell two springs ago, you could tell he was special ... pass the potatoes please …” Build up the suspense. Make your family and friends care about the characters involved. Sometimes, I like to stop the story in the middle and ask someone what they think I should do next. Believe me, that keeps them on their toes. I guess the point is do it right. After all, everyone loves to talk turkey.

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EDSS BOYS TAKE CHARGE IN MATCH AGAINST WATERLOO OXFORD

Mitch Kernick makes his way around W.O. mid-fielder.

EDSS player Nathan Schlupp is challenged by Waterloo Oxford Kyle Weber during a game at the WMC sports park on Tuesday. The Lancers would go on to defeat the visitors 2-0.

Sab Huber keeps control of the ball as he works his way around a defender. EDSS’ Grant Kernick battles a W.O. defender.

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LADY LANCERS FALL TO VISITING KCI IN RUGBY ACTION

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few holes to fill in the team next year and DeSilva said that players coming to the training camp will have a lot of opportunities to impress him and the other coaches. “We will be getting back to old-fashioned Sugar King style of hockey next year.”

KINGS AWARDS TOP SCORER AWARD: Andrew Smith SPORT LEADERSHIP AWARD: Brett Preistap ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Mac Clutsam SUGAR KINGS MEMORIAL MVP AWARD: Andrew Smith BEST OVERALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER : Justin Cooke AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Colton Wolfe-Sabo COACHES CUP FOR DEDICATION TO HOCKEY: Brett Preistap OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE FORWARD: Scott Nagy FAN FAVORITE: Andrew Smith MVP AWARD:Brett Preistap

The Kings have eight players leaving the squad this year including goaltender Nick Horrigan, captain Colton Wolfe-Sabo, Andrew Smith, Brett Preistap, Brad Kraus, Michael Hasson, Riley Sonnenburg, and Scott Nagy (not pictured). [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

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Leap into reading this summer! Explore the fantasy worlds where strange, magical, creatures mix with robots and other fantastical machines! Fight off dragons, duel with pirates, and encounter interesting monsters and more, all by visiting the shelves of your local library. Activities, crafts, storytimes, and special events all summer long. Keep your child reading this summer. Visit your local branch or www.rwl.library.on.ca for more information.

Woolwich Summer Playground Program Arts! Crafts! Games! Swimming! Field Trips!

WOOLWICH COUGARS BASKETBALL

FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL SKILL DEVELOPMENT • Ball Handling • Shooting • Footwork COMPETITIONS | TEAM GAMES

AGES 6 - 9 Years old, Boys and Girls

Daily, 9 am – 4 pm Supervised Drop off: 8—9 am Supervised Pick up: 4—5 pm

Monday July 30th -Friday August 3rd 9:15a.m. to 12:15p.m. Park Manor Public School, Mockingbird Dr.,Elmira

COST: $75 (INCLUDES A BASKETBALL)

Program runs July 3 - August 17th (weekly) Woolwich Memorial Centre, Woolwich Memorial Centre 24 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira $175 / Week for children 5-12 years of age

To Register or for more information visit our website: www.WoolwichCougarsBasketball.com E-mail: woolwichcougars@hotmail.com Or Contact: Paul McGinley, Program Director at 519-894-6951

This Summer we are taking our Playground program on the road to a community near you! Same fun quality program, a number of new locations throughout Woolwich! Contact Dave at 519-669-6047 for more info. Jul 3-6

Jul 9-13 Jul 16-20

Jul 23-27

Jul 30-Aug 3

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Aug 13-17

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Online: www.woolwich.ca/register (a small nonrefundable convenience fee applies) In Person: Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira or Breslau Community Centre, 100 Andover Dr., Breslau

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Music | Art professional instruction by qualified instructors

for more information contact the school at 519-578-3640

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BIG HONOUR FOR LITTLE FAN

Reid Deyell, 4, wrote an email to Elmira goaltender Nick Horrigan about the fact that he is Horrigan’s biggest fan and he will miss seeing him play next year. Head coach Dean DeSilva presents Deyell with a plaque at the Kings’ award ceremony.

SYNCHRO TEAM BACK FROM NATIONALS WITH PAIR OF GOLDS

From May 1-7 the Waterloo synchro team competed at the 2012 Canadian Open National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Victoria, B.C. Both the Technical and Free teams had flawless performances, winning the national title in both events. The Waterloo club was also awarded the Makeup Forever Award, given to the routine with the highest artistic impression mark which counts for 50 per cent of the final mark and includes the choreography, music interpretation and presentation. Members of the senior teams are: Sarah Adams, Sarah Bainwohl, Tessa Bradshaw, Maggie DiGravio, Sophie Kirby, Alina Ko, Allison Murphy, Emily McKenzie, Kailtyn Scannell, Nicole Sheratt and Hannah Sine.

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Break and summer

RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS

camps, weekend

SUMMER SESSION

programs, and

Offered for ages 18 months & up 8 WEEKS: July 9 to August 15, 2012

in-school workshops. Contact us for more information.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION

JUNE 4-7, 2012

519-888-4856 or 1-877-ESQ-KIDS (377-5437)

6:00 - 8:00 PM IN THE GYM LOBBY

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PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION – PAYMENT OPTIONS CASH OR CHEQUE –

SUMMER CAMP WEEKS JULY 9-13, 2012 & AUGUST 13 - 17, 2012 Full of Half Days Available

A partnership between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. Engineering Science Quest is a proud member of Actua.

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Venture food for thought/ Food Owen Roberts owen roberts

real estate / on the move

A new home for those who sell them Owner of Re/Max Solid Gold in Elmira invests in the core, sees great potential in the community

Fruit sector assault underlines need for research FIELD NOTES

Re/Max Solid Gold in Elmira will be holding an open house of its new office on May 17. Front row, Ken Cameron, owner and broker, broker Bert Martin, sales rep. Alli Bauman. Back row, sales rep. Paul Martin, sales rep. Bill Norris, assistant Marcia Thompson, receptionist Kelly Seabrok, broker Leon Martin and administrator Chris Cameron. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

Colin Dewar Real estate is an investment and one that Ken Cameron, broker and owner of the Re/Max Solid Gold in Elmira, firmly believes in. Cameron has relocated his Elmira real estate office to the corner of Arthur and Church streets, buying the property and setting up a larger shop to have a greater impact on the community. “We were operating out of leased space and what we had was more of a storefront with a maximum capacity of two agents. There was no privacy for the agent and their clients to meet and discuss confidential matters and I was really sort of hamstrung with re-

spect to growing Re/Max in Elmira because we did not have space for them,” said Cameron. For the last four years Cameron has been watching for the perfect opportunity to increase the company’s exposure and give the agents that work in the office a real professional location to work from. The company has moved into the building that was the long-time locale of Reichard’s Dry Goods – and most recently home to Inspiring Accents – renovating and redesigning the space to become more client friendly. “When this location came available I thought it could turn into something good for me,” said Cameron. “I have a lot more space

here than I need for my current five agents, but I expect within the next four or five years we will have 10 or 12 agents working here.” Cameron said this type of real-estate office is something that Elmira needed and believes that Elmira is going to be the place to be in the next 10 years. “I would not have invested in this if I did not think there will be a big future for real estate and development in Elmira. I wanted to be on the leading edge of it and I think we have positioned ourselves to be right where we need to be.” The new location has seen some heavy foot traffic, especially when the offices opened in early January. “We do get good walk in

traffic at this location, but that has always been the case here in Elmira,” said broker Bert Martin, who works in the office. “We are right at street level and have a good exposure for people and it allows them to see who we are and what we are doing.” Cameron has been in the real estate business for 27 years and has owned Re/Max Solid Gold for 12 years. Over the years he has experienced many ups and downs in the housing market. Unlike the global market over the last few years the recent recession did not affect business for the realtor. “The recession did not seem to affect the real estate market across the region,” he said. “We have

come through it just fine. My theory on it is that our market has always increased steadily, year over year, at four or five per cent in home values.” The reported end of housing bubble is not something Cameron believes to be true. “There may be some larger centres in Canada that may experience some pain down the road but I went Re/Max | 19

VENTURE PROFILE BUSINESS: Re/Max Solid Gold LOCATION: 3 Arthur Street South, Elmira PHONE: (519) 669-5426 OWNER: Ken Cameron

As last year drew to a close, University of Guelph economics researchers Sylvain Charlebois and Francis Tapon were predicting the 2012 overall price increase in food would be about two per cent. However, Charlebois cautioned at the time unpredictable heat, cold and rainfall continue to influence farming in ways never experienced in modern-era agriculture. He warned that could send their numbers askew. “If the weather cooperates, our predictions will be fine,” he said. “But how can we know what Mother Nature will do?” He could hardly have imagined his climatic caveat would be so prophetic. Record high temperatures this winter sparked extremely early blossoming. Then many of those delicate blossoms took a pummeling late last month by the latest of several killing frosts. The damage is done, and when blossoms die, so does the foundation of the tree’s fruiting process. The result, say fruit industry officials, is predicted losses of up to $100 million for Ontario’s fruit industry, particularly for apples and for what’s called tender fruit, such as peaches, cherries, pears, plums and nectarines. Take $100 million out of any sector and see what happens. This may not officially be deemed a disaster – not yet, anyway – but at the farm level, it’s a real mess. Consider this: Despite having no income from their fruit other than crop insurance, farmers still Roberts | 19


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ROBERTS: Research efforts are key, as preventing losses helps keep down the price of food from | 15

have to incur many of the expenses associated with growing fruit. Pests are an issue even with little or no crop, and farmers who neglect pest control will pay for it later. The Organic Council of Ontario has spoken about this, noting farmers must still spend money and time on pest and fungus control…even for trees with no fruit. That’s a hard pill to swallow. Fruit growers have a

hard enough time in this province, competing with cheap imports, paying higher wages for labour and being regulated to the max. Now this. And then there’s the ripple effect of a major crop loss. In a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at on-farm production, fruit farmer Murray Porteous of Simcoe, president of the Canadian Horticultural Council, notes in this month’s edition of the Guelph-based

The Grower newspaper that nearly 20 preliminary activities are unseen in a front-page apple orchardplanting photo of him in the previous month’s edition. Lending institutions, insurance companies, tiling, fuel, machinery and fertilizer suppliers, soil samplers, pesticide producers and migrant labourers are among those contributing to the efforts to grow food – and that’s just for planting. Add in maintenance, harvest-

ing and processing, and the numbers skyrocket. Says Porteous: “The horticultural industry has a larger impact on the economy than the value of the product we grow.” Research is needed to keep that industry vibrant. For example, Porteous describes the ground around apple saplings being seeded to a kind of a grass that discourages damaging soilborne parasites called nematodes. Later, he notes a sex

pheromone mating disruption dispenser – it looks like a twist tie, he says – to combat oriental fruit moth. As well, he points to a special twine made in Guelph that is used to tie down branches then breaks down naturally so labourers don’t need to remove it manually. All these products began with a researcher in the field or lab, turning a challenge into an opportunity to help Ontario farmers such as Porteous be more

efficient. Presently, no one can control or even predict wacky weather. But research at least gives farmers a fighting chance. We can talk about local food all we want, or exports, or organic food versus conventional agriculture, and on and on. But if we don’t have research-based approaches to preventing huge losses and keeping the price of food reasonable, all that talk is moot.

Re/Max: Elmira slated for more growth in its real estate market; broker sees no downturn ahead from | 15

through a real estate recession in the early 2000s and, over the course of three or four years, properties might have lost 10 per cent of their value but once the market turned around they basically got it all back.” The real game changer for Cameron and his employees has been the online real estate market as more people turn to listing on their computers instead of walking into real estate offices. Before people arrive at the offices they already know what is available and are capable of viewing a property through photos

and videos on real estate websites. “Five or 10 years ago we may have got five or 10 per cent of our leads through the internet where now it is probably close to 60 per cent come directly from the internet,” said Cameron. The new office space is 2,200 sq. ft. and offers the current five sale representatives their own offices, meeting rooms. There are plans to develop a conference room in the lower level of the building. “For the agents that work here it offers them maximum exposure in town on one of the main four corners of the downtown

area,” said Cameron. “It also gives them a more professional appearance to the public and when people come through the front door I hope they like what they see. We have tried to make it consumer friendly.” The office is holding an open house on May 17 to create more exposure in the community. The grand opening will be held from 2-8 p.m., with everyone invited to stop by.

Re/Max Solid Gold has moved into new offices on Arthur Street in Elmira. The offices are designed to be more customerfriendly. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

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www.mscu.com | 519.669.1529

A Mennonite financial cooperative serving communities of faith across Ontario


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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

A Whole New Dealer Experience

Beautiful. Made Affordable. 564 Weber St. N., Unit 2 (corner of Northfield Dr.) Waterloo 519-885-0601 Fitzgerald Carpet One Floor & Home is part of the largest floorcovering retail operation in the world with the buying power of over 1,000 Carpet One stores. With their “Beautiful Guarantee”, they promise you’ll love the way your new floor looks or Carpet One will replace it—Free! Ask Fitzgerald Carpet One about the benefits of a Carpet One Credit Card so you can remodel now and pay later. Thousands of choices are available at Fitzgerald Carpet One Floor & Home with the most popular styles of carpet, hardwood, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile, plus resilient vinyl, laminate floors, and over 100 beautiful area rugs. A variety of Green Select flooring products include earth friendly choices such as cork, bamboo flooring, and wool carpeting. They carry your favorite brands like Armstrong, Harding, Mannington, Bigelow, Lees, Good Housekeeping, StainMaster, Tigressá SoftStyle, Nadurra bamboo, and others. More than dealing with just colour schemes, The Fitzgerald Family and the staff will address such issues as warranties, wear ratings, plus maintenance and installation requirements. Carpet One Floor & Home stores are the exclusive provider of “The Healthier Living” Carpet Installation System. This process uses cleaner, healthier installation products and methods to minimize irritants, allergens, mold, mildew and dust to encourage better air quality in your home. Stop by the showroom of Fitzgerald Carpet One Floor & Home to view and take home the latest samples or ask about their shop-athome service and arrange for free in-home measuring and estimate. This family owned company has been making homes beautiful for over 50 years.

Trusted for Quality & Service Since 1947 7 Schweitzer St., Kitchener

519-576-6810

All shingle roofs need repair or replacement from time to time. Spotting the telltale signs before more expensive structural and interior damage to your home can occur is the key to saving money in the long run. Can you spot curling or cracking shingles, and shingles missing their protective granules? Can you see nail pops, wide spaces between shingles, moss growth, or leaking and damaged flashing around the chimney and skylights? Do you have damage to roof vents and ventilators? Do you have more obvious signs such as moisture in the attic and water seeping through the ceiling and walls? These are obvious clues that your roof needs immediate attention. Hiring a qualified family-owned professional roofing company like Bev Shearer & Sons Roofing Ltd. will ensure workmanship by safety-minded crews with the experience, proper equipment, liability coverage and compensation insurance. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your home. Materials are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure a valid warranty and to ensure long-term performance and value. Whether it’s new asphalt shingles or cedar shakes, roofing repairs, or flat and pitched roofing including PVC single ply membrane, Bev Shearer & Sons Roofing can cover your residential, commercial and industrial needs. Ask about the DEC-K-ING all-weather vinyl waterproofing system which provides the ultimate underfoot finish for your deck—ideal for decks above living areas. Don’t delay—help protect the resale value of your home and keep the structure and finishes safe from the elements. Call Bev Shearer & Sons Roofing Ltd. soon for your consultation and estimate.

Right the First Time and On Time www.kwdoor.com

8 Trillium Park Place Kitchener 519-742-3667

Garage doors are an often overlooked feature of the home. The right garage door can actually enhance the beauty of your exterior, adding value to your home. When you consider that the garage door is the single largest moving object in your home, your choice of company to install and service your overhead door and electric opener is an important one. K-W Door Installations has been satisfying the needs of home and business owners, architects and builders for over 25 years. They sell, install and service the industry’s finest garage door systems and electric openers from Wayne Dalton and LiftMaster. Regardless of your home’s architectural style, K-W Door Installations offers a wide array of door styles, colours, and insulated energy efficient designs that are durable and enhance the curb appeal of your home. Raised or embossed profiles add depth and definition, plus there are different window styles to let in the natural light. Ask about Carriage Style doors with the charm of a turn-of-the-century coach house. All garage doors and openers from K-W Door Installations are designed and professionally installed for durability, security, and energy efficiency, while meeting safety and warranty requirements. K-W Door Installations can also provide doors, gates and loading dock systems for commercial & industrial use. Repairs, tune-ups and parts are available from K-W Door Installations to ensure smooth and safe operation. They are renowned for a 24 Hour Emergency Service. Stop by the showroom or arrange your in-home consultation and free estimate.

115 Northfield Dr. W. (at Hwy. 85 North) Waterloo 519-746-2777 As you have driven past Forbes Waterloo Mazda over the last year, you would have noticed the exciting changes and modernization to their facility that started in summer 2011. The newly updated facility is now completed to give customers an outstanding ownership experience. It begins with a new 7 car showroom with tall glass exterior with rounded facade for a bright spacious atmosphere. Added to this are new sales and administration offices, new washrooms, new service and parts areas and a modern new customer lounge with TV and complimentary beverages. General Manager Jason Stainton and courteous sales consultants invite you to feel the Mazda “Zoom-Zoom” experience for yourself and test drive the newest Mazda models including the allnew CX-5 compact crossover. They will take the time to demonstrate their product knowledge and help guide your choices and financing options. Forbes Waterloo Mazda also has an excellent selection of carefully inspected and certified pre-owned models with an online inventory that can be viewed at www.forbesauto.com/mazda. The Service Department at Forbes Waterloo Mazda has factory trained service technicians providing scheduled maintenance and repairs for Mazda vehicles and all other makes. Genuine Mazda parts and accessories from the parts department ensure an original fit and performance. If you need collision repairs or painting, the Forbes Body Shop at 165 Weber Street South in Waterloo (call 519-742-8309) will return your vehicle to its pre-accident condition and work closely with your insurance carrier. Experience the changes at Forbes Waterloo Mazda and think of them for all your automotive needs.

The Best Choice for Breakfast & Lunch 550 Parkside Dr., Unit D2, Waterloo (off Northfield Dr. or Weber St.) www.aquascapesrc.ca

519-886-8751

We can’t think of anything more relaxing than spending time near the water with friends and family. Rather than burning gas traveling to a beach or paying for the cost of a cottage, why not turn your own yard into waterfront property with a pool from Aquascapes Recreational Contractors? It’s a great way to fall in love with your home all over again, while bringing added value and appeal to your property at resale time. If you have considered buying a swimming pool, we suggest consulting a specialist that places emphasis on service and support after the sale. With over 25 years of pool construction experience, owner Shaun Tully and the team at Aquascapes can turn your backyard into a permanent vacationland with Kafko in-ground, vinyl lined pools and indoor pool designs to fit your needs and budget. With every pool, comes the reliability, dependability and assortment of all Hayward equipment to fulfill all your needs, backed by extended warranty programs. They also provide free water testing and expert water management advice plus pool & spa chemicals from PoolBoss at competitive prices. When it comes to salt water systems, pumps, filters and parts, pool toys, maintenance equipment, accessories, and solar heating installations, Aquascapes carries only respected brands. You can trust the qualified crews at Aquascapes Recreational Contractors to open or close your pool, attend to a variety of service needs, plus pool repairs, and replacement of vinyl liners. Service is what this business has built upon!

373 Bridge St. W., Unit 4, Waterloo 519-208-7930 (at Danbury, between Lexington & University)

Diners visiting Rise & Shine Breakfast & Deli are always amazed at the variety of choices on the breakfast and lunch menus. They are also impressed with the food quality, generous portions, fair prices and friendly service. Nobody does Breakfast like Rise & Shine with menu variety that is unsurpassed in K-W. Start with a fresh squeezed orange juice to hit the spot, and try the Early Morning Breakfast Special or Breakfast Combos like The Grande Slam. They also offer Breakfast Melts, Wraps, Salsa & Eggs, Chicken Lover’s Breakfast, and Lighter Choices like the Fresh Fruit Parfait Combo or Lox Stock & Bagel, to name just a few. They are probably best known for their creative Crepes in over 16 varieties, delicious French Toast in 7 styles, Stuffed French Toast, plus tasty Waffles, and Fluffy Pancakes in more than a dozen adventurous taste sensations—available with real Maple Syrup! For Lunch, look to such Rise & Shine favourites as Burgers with a difference, Chicken Burgers done 8 different ways, an array of flavourful Wraps, Deli style Sandwiches, and Panini sandwiches for any taste preference. A selection of crisp and creative Salads, Appetizers and Daily Features rounds out the menu. Rise & Shine Breakfast & Deli is wheelchair accessible with a pleasant décor and soothing colour palette, plus a private room is available for family or business gatherings. A cooler displays specialties like Stewart’s pop. Gift Certificates are available to give the gift of good taste! Owners Christine Simon & Marios Stavrou welcome you to visit them Monday-Saturday 7am to 3 pm, Sundays from 8am-3pm. Come early to beat the line-up!

Building for Tomorrow by the Service of Today

Keeping You Riding for Less 1495 Victoria St. N. (east of Lackner Blvd.) Kitchener 519-745-7010 Motorcyclists in the region have come to rely upon Zdeno Cycle for new and used parts, accessories, tires, gear and more—without the high price tag. In this economy, why not equip yourself and bike with the best brands but pay less? Zdeno Cycle is a two generation family business that has been doing just that for over 40 years. Need a specific replacement part but the OEM price gives you sticker shock? As one of Ontario’s largest motorcycle salvage yards, Zdeno Cycle carries an amazing selection of used motorcycle parts and accessories. Whether you install it yourself or have it installed by Zdeno’s Service Department, you can save anywhere from 50-70% off the price of new bike parts. They buy used, damaged and insurance write-off bikes as well. If you need new tires, you can’t beat the prices at Zdeno Cycle— call Al for your quote at the Region’s volume tire dealer. Zdeno Cycle is also well known for the world’s best brands in helmets, bike gear, leather and textile apparel, luggage and accessories at everyday low prices. If you need security products, repair manuals, bike care products, and accessories to make your ride one-of-a-kind, they have it all. Their service department at Zdeno Cycle can provide expert tire mounting, accessory installations, MTO safety inspections, repairs, and factory scheduled maintenance. An inventory of pre-owned bikes is often available at fair market prices and can be viewed on-line at www.zdenocycle.ca. Gift Cards are available—just in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Check out their new GoPro camera and accessories display to record whatever action you are into!

Your Local Stone Specialists 42 Bridgeport Rd. E., Waterloo (just East of King St., near Regina St.) 180 Frobisher Dr., Unit 2, Waterloo

519-954-5520 519-884-5200

With the natural beauty and amazing design possibilities that granite and quartz surface countertops bring to a home, Coronado Waterloo Stone Works has become the choice of today’s designers, homeowners, renovators and builders. There is simply no match for the natural richness, depth, and unsurpassed performance of real granite or engineered quartz surface with smooth, gorgeous surfaces that are resistant to scratches, water, and heat. A granite or quartz surface countertop and vanity top from Coronado Waterloo Stone Works gives your kitchen timeless performance, elegance and beauty. You also increase the value of your home because home buyers can actually see the quality of the investment. Coronado represents companies with superior materials & warranties, including Hanstone®, Caesarstone®, LG Viatera®, and Samsung Radianz™. From helping you choose samples of material from around the globe to custom fabrication at Frobisher Drive in a variety of edge profiles, Coronado Waterloo Stone Works covers your needs. Their skilled craftsmen can provide meticulous installation and a precision fit. They can also supply beautiful sinks and faucets to suit your style. Serving Waterloo Region since 1983, Coronado Waterloo Stone Works recently launched a New Showroom at 42 Bridgeport Rd. E. (near Regina Street) in Uptown Waterloo with parking in the rear. Owner Rick Ejsymont invites you to see the quality and craftsmanship on display, and visit www.coronadocorp.com. They are members of the Better Business Bureau with A+ Rating.

617 King St. N., Waterloo (north of Northfield Dr., across from Home Depot)

519-888-7700 1-866-880-9534

Independently owned and proudly Canadian, Robert Ruggle Funeral Home has pledged to continue to be a community minded business and to serve families, friends and neighbours with trust, care and compassion. They appreciate your patronage, carrying on a tradition of offering families exceptional service in a tastefully appointed, open concept facility and at a fair price. Fortunately, needing a funeral home is not something we need very often, but nevertheless we do know, at some point, we will all need one. Robert Ruggle Funeral Home is always available to help, whether it’s when funeral arrangements suddenly become an unexpected necessity or when making pre-arrangements before the time of need. Pre-planning is a simple process with no financial obligation, and takes place in a relaxed, calm atmosphere at the funeral home or in the comfort of your home. They will help plan a funeral ceremony and tribute that honours the individual’s lifestyle and personal philosophy. The pre-payment option covers increases in funeral costs for the future but at today’s price. The one level, wheelchair accessible building at Robert Ruggle Funeral Home offers comfortable reception lounges, facilities and extensive seating where family and friends can visit together. Their on-site chapel serves all denominations and can accommodate up to 350 people. There is plenty of parking on-site. The Ruggle family has strong roots in rural Ontario, with Ruggle’s General Store in Floradale dating back to 1883. Managing Funeral Director Robert Ruggle welcomes you to contact them to discuss funeral pre-arrangement or any other aspect of their services at no obligation. www.robertrugglefuneralhome.com


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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

THE MOST NEWSPAPERS, IN MAILBOXES THAN ANYONE.

CLASSIFIED HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

AUCTIONS

AUCTION FOR

Karl Friedrich Custom Stairs & Railings To be held ONSITE at

55 Shoemaker St., Unit #6 (Kitchener)

Wed May 16th 4pm

OCCASIONAL CAFETERIA ASSISTANT

CANTEK Shaper * Power Feed * CANTEK 12” Jointer * Vertongen Thickness Sander * Stroke Sander * Drill Press * CANTEK 12” Table Saw * Delta 10” Power Mitre Saw * SCM 24” Thickness Planer * Radial Arm Saw * Carbide Cutters * Meber 24” Wood Bandsaw * Dust Collectors * Hand Tools * ELU Sander * Work Benches * 45+ Bar Clamps & Rack * Belt Sander * P-C Router * Skilsaw * 2-Port Air Compressors * Large Assortment of Carbride Saw Blades & Carbride Cutters * Shantz Factory Cart * Railing, Wood & Veneer Inventory

As our preferred candidate you have flexible availability, you have past experience in food preparation, and are also familiar with proper sanitary practices of kitchen maintenance. Hours will vary to help cover vacation and sick days.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Fitter Welder

Check WEBSITE for pictures www.mrjutzi.ca - is updated Daily PARTIAL LIST ONLY!!!

Mig Welder

(must be able to pass CWB welding test, G.M.A.W. F.C.A.W.) Are you capable of: • Layout of plate and sheet metal from blueprints • Able to work with minimum supervision • High quality workmanship • Regular and punctual attendance WE OFFER: • Competitive wages • Company uniforms • Pension plan • Company benefits Apply in person between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. OR fax or e-mail resume to:

M&G MILLWRIGHTS LIMITED R.R.#1 Reg. Rd. 19

(1540 Floradale Rd.) Elmira, ON

519-669-5105

fax: 519-669-1450 email: bob@mgmill.com

FULL-TIME FARM HELP WANTED NEAR CONESTOGA. Looking for an Agriculturally minded worker who has experience with/handling animals and farm machinery. Some weekend work required. Email resume to hillfur@gmail.com or call 519-588-8984

TERMS: $500.00 Cash Deposit on Each Major Item or as announced

M.R. Jutzi & Co

PROFESSIONALS IN THE ORDERLY LIQUIDATION AND APPRAISALS OF COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, CONSTRUCTION, MUNICIPAL EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES 5100 FOUNTAIN ST. NORTH, BRESLAU, ONTARIO, N0B 1M0

www.mrjutzi.ca

HELP WANTED PAINT SHOP LEAD Hand. Agricultural Equipment Manufacturer. Leadership skills, mechanically inclined and ability to work in fast pace environment is required. Painting experience an asset, willing to train. Please email resume to bruce@mkmartin.ca

WORK WANTED CARPENTER, TAPER, 30 years experience, sprayed ceilings California. Call 519669-5866. LET THE SUN Shine in. Experienced window washing and general house cleaning. 519-669-3323.

We thank all interested candidates. Please note only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. FREY BUILDING CONTRACTORS is a growing and diversified general contractor with an opening for an experienced carpenter. We offer competitive wages and excellent benefits. If you enjoy working on a variety of construction projects, please send your resume to connnie@freybc.com FULL TIME PERSON required for poultry operation. Seasonal, May - August with the possibility of year round. Varied general labourer duties. Fax resume to: 519664-3491 or email chickenman@bell.blackberry.net

HELP WANTED FULL TIME/PART TIME Elmira based furniture company now hiring for mature general labourer. Please fax resume to 519669-8820. HAIRSTYLIST/APPRENTICE REQUIRED FOR busy salon in Elmira. Please call 519669-2786, or email carouselsalonandspa@gmail. com HELP NEEDED FOR three full days a week at The Corner Store, Linwood. Student help for the summer also needed. Call 519-698-2600 for appointment.

SAT. MAY 26 at 8:30 AM - Quilt auction of approx 250 quilts and miscellaneous items to be held at the New Hamburg fair ground in New Hamburg for the Mennonite Relief Sale. Janzti Auctions Ltd. 519-6563555. www.jantziauctions. com

FARM EQUIPMENT

VIEWING: Wed May 16th 2012, 2 pm to sale

If you have the above qualifications, thrive in a team environment, and would like to benefit from our staff perks, we’d like to hear from you. Please send or fax your resume in confidence to the attention of Human Resources by Tuesday May 22nd, 2012. Programmed Insurance Brokers Inc. 49 Industrial Dr., Elmira, ON N3B 3B1 Fax (519) 669-1923, or email your resume to Ldemerling@pib.com Visit our website www.pib.com www.rwam.com

HELP WANTED

FRI MAY 25 at 7:00 PM Charity auction of brand new furniture; donated household goods; and miscellaneous items to be held at the New Hamburg fair grounds for the Mennonite Relief Sale. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com

No Buyer’s Premium!!

This position is responsible for maintaining the cafeteria and kitchen with respect to cleanliness, condition of equipment and furnishings, and adhering to established standards. This position is also responsible for preparing and serving full course meals quickly and efficiently. Other duties include replenishing vending machines, cleaning kitchen area daily, ensuring sanitary conditions are maintained at all times.

(minimum 3 years experience) (must be able to pass CWB welding test, G.M.A.W. F.C.A.W.)

HOW TO REACH US

COMPLETE LIQUIDATION - RETIREMENT

Programmed Insurance Brokers Inc. and RWAM Insurance Administrators Inc. has an immediate opening for an

Then you should be working for us.

AUCTIONS

Construction, Woodworking & Carpentry Tools

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

PERIOD.

HEALTH CARE GRANT’S HANDS ON Therapy for all suffering with headaches, chest and neck pains, tight shoulders, back aches, sore hips, legs, knees, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia. Call 519-577-3251.

FOR SALE 1985 23’ SEA Ray 260 Merc. inboard motor. Good condition. Lots of extras for fishing. For fun or for fishing. Call 519-669-1490. LENNOX AIR CONDITIONER. $150 o.b.o. Model HS18 261 10P R-22. 208 230 volt 60 HZ 1 Ph. Serial 518 962 3712. Call 519-669-5113, 7-9 p.m.

519-648-2111

FOR SALE SOLID OAK KITCHEN cabinets for sale, entire kitchen set with pantry and microwave stand. $2500 o.b.o. Call for details. 519-846-8846

AUCTIONS SAT MAY 12 at 10:00 AM Clearing auction sale of Of tractor; small machinery; antique cars; 4 wheeler; golf cart; antiques; household effects; wood working tools; and miscellaneous items to be held at 81 Jacob St. west in Tavistock for Austin and Ardis Herman. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555 www.jantziauctions.com SAT. MAY 12 at 3:00 PM - Property auction of a charming red brick 2 storey house full of character including high ceilings; original banister and stairway; cherry trim; hardwood flooring; double French doors. Beautiful character 4 bedroom home situated on a quiet street close to all amenities to be held at 23 William St. north in Tavistock for Kareen Hill. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519656-3555 www.jantziauctions. com WED. MAY 16 at 10:00 AM -Clearing auction sale of household effects; furniture; antiques; tools; and miscellaneous items to be held at the St. Jacob’s Community Centre in St. Jacob’s for a Kitchener estate with additions. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com

HAY EQUIPMENT - New 7’ Haymaster Crimper w.2 steel ribbed rolls, Trail on 16” tires with hydraulic lift. $4000.00. Super-Ted High Speed Swath conditioner, semi mount, heavy duty tines for big capacity and swath boards for row width adjustment $5900.00. Disc Mower Conditioner. 10’ wide, built by JF, new unit includes warranty, hydraulic swing tongue. Double gear box for sharp corner turns. Special springs and linkage for up & over lift when hitting a stone. $15,000.00. Call 519-575-6314.

PETS FREE - 10 Month old friendly Blue Heeler. Female dog needs a good home on a farm. Call 519-669-8575. MEGAMUTTS DOG TRAINING, Spring Classes - group session or private, starting May 15, 6 weeks. www.megamutts. com. or 519-669-8167.

WANTED CASH FOR COINS Buying older coin collections, silver, gold, paper money. Also gold jewellery, sterling flatware. 519-837-3655 . MENNONITE WOMAN LOOKING for small apartment or “granny house” to rent in Linwood - Millbank area. Call me at 226-747-7769.

RENTALS HOUSE FOR RENT in Linwood. 1 bedroom. Available May 1. Appliances available. $700/ mth + heat & hydro. No pets. Call 519-897-7707.

RENTALS APARTMENT FOR RENT Downtown Elmira. 2 bedroom, top level of house, newly renovated including hardwood and ceramic flooring. Laundry facility within unit. New kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances. Walking distance to downtown, schools and parks. Parking available for two vehicles. Available June 1, 2012. $900 per month plus utilities. Please call 519504-9077 to book an appointment to view. ELMIRA - TWO Bedroom apartment with large storage room, newly decorated, for senior with no pets and non smoker. Available July 1st, only $800 + utilities. Please call 519-744-371. LINWOOD - 1 Bedroom apartment, nice. Fridge, stove, washer and dryer, A/C, fireplace, deck, back yard storage shed, parking. No smoking, no pets. $630/mth + utilities. References. 519-698-2600. MOOREFIELD - ONE bedroom apartment furnished, laundry facilities, parking, electric heat, cable TV, no pets, adult building. References. $695.00 inclusive. First & last. 519-6383013. ROOM TO RENT for assisted living. Private entrance and private bathroom. Call 519669-9929.

COMM/ INDUSTRIAL FOR RENT WORK SHOP FOR Rent. 3 km north of Elmira, 1300 sq. ft. with roll up door 15’ x 12’, $750.00 per month. Additional storage space available. Call 519-465-4492 or 519-465-3976.

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MUNICIPAL | REGIONAL PUBLIC NOTICES

ERNST STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT AND ARTHUR STREET WATER VALVE REPAIRS The Township of Woolwich has contracted Sousa Concrete for the Ernst Street reconstruction project between Arthur Street South and Snyder Avenue South in Elmira. In addition to the work being completed on Ernst Street, which will require the intersection at Arthur Street South to be closed for approximately one week, the Township will also be completing various water valve repairs on Arthur Street South between South Street and Church Street. If you have any questions or concerns during the course of this project, please contact the people noted below. Kelly Cobbe, P. Eng. Project Manager IBI Group (Consultant) Phone: 519-585-2255 E-mail: kcobbe@ibigroup.com

Chris Saraiva Project Manager Sousa Concrete (Contractor) Cell Phone: 519-223-1345

Richard Sigurdson, C.E.T Project Manager Township of Woolwich Phone: 519-669-6033 E-mail: rsigurdson@woolwich.ca

1. Ernst Street between Arthur Street South and Snyder Avenue South will be closed on or about May 10, 2012 until approximately July 31, 2012 2. Arthur Street South between First Street and Church Street will be closed on or about May 14, 2012 until approximately May 18, 2012. The Arthur Street South water valve repairs between South Street and Church Street will have isolated work zones to accommodate downtown traffic. It is anticipated that there will be no impact to pedestrian traffic. Local traffic will be detoured via First Street West to Snyder Avenue South to Church Street West. Truck traffic will be detoured via Listowel Road to Floradale Road to Church Street West. The Grand River Transit route on Arthur Street will be detoured via First Street East to Duke Street to Church Street East during this project. For a map showing the detour routes noted above or for a full newsletter, please visit the Township website. We regret any inconvenience that this construction project may cause, and we thank you for your patience and co-operation.

COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF HEARING On May 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. the Committee will meet to consider the following applications. All persons interested in the applications may attend and may contact Nancy Thompson regarding meeting details or visit the Township Webpage – News and Events – Current Public Notices. The Committee will also consider submissions for or against the applications if submitted to the Township of Woolwich no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 22, 2012. Submissions can be forwarded to Jeremy Vink at the address noted at the top of this page. MINOR VARIANCE APPLICATION A4/2012 AND CONSENT APPLICATIONS B9/2012, B10/2012 AND B11/2012 – St. Jacobs Countryside / Sunlife Assurance 45 Benjamin Road The applicant is requesting permission to sever an irregular shaped parcel of land for the purpose of developing a hotel. To facilitate the proposal the applicants request the following applications: Minor Variance: • A4/2012 – to increase the maximum building height from 10.5 metres to approximately 15 metres; Consents: • B9/2012 – to sever a parcel of land being approximately 1.4 hectares with approximately 74 metres frontage on Benjamin Road to create a new vacant industrial /commercial lot; • B10/2012 – to grant a vehicular right-of-way measuring approximately 6 metres wide by 260 metres depth in favour of the proposed severed lands for the purposes of providing access; and • B11/2012 – to grant a service easement measuring approximately 6 metres wide by 250 metres depth in favour of the proposed severed lands for sanitary, water and stormwater purposes. The proposed retained lands will be approximately 6.6 ha. The 8.0 hectare parcel is vacant with a stormwater pond and is zoned Stockyards Industrial / Commercial Area (C-8) with site-specific provisions. CONSENT APPLICATION B6/2012 – Garry Fromm, Charles Fromm, Joanne Jacobs - 17 St. Charles Street West This application was deferred at the March 26, 2012, Committee of Adjustment meeting. The applicant is requesting permission to sever a vacant parcel (trees and pond) of land measuring approximately 84 by 45 metres (0.3 ha) and convey it as a lot addition to the property at 25 St. Charles Street West, Maryhill. The proposed severed lands are zoned Settlement Residential (R-1) and Agricultural (A). The proposed retained vacant lands are approximately 1.7 ha in area and zoned Agricultural. CONSENT APPLICATION B12/2012 – Elmira Industrial Land Inc. - Donway Court The applicant is requesting permission to sever an irregular shaped parcel at the end of the cul-de-sac being approximately 1.2 ha from the 2.9 ha property to create a new vacant industrial lot. The proposed retained lands will be approximately 1.7 ha. The 2.9 ha parcel is vacant and located at the end of Donway Court and is zoned Industrial Business Park (M-6) with site specific provisions. SIGN VARIANCE APPLICATION SV 1/2012 – Gale Presbyterian Church - 10 Barnswallow Drive The applicant is requesting permission to: • increase the maximum sign area from 4.0 square metres to approximately 5.25 square metres; and • increase the maximum sign height from 2.0 metres to approximately 3.0 metres; to permit the installation of a ground sign ahead of the 18 metre building line setback. The property is zoned Institutional (P) with site specific provisions and contains the Church and associated parking lot.


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Elmira - no backyard neighbours. This beautiful back split home with sunroom overlooking natural green space. Move in condition! Carpet free main floor with new hardwood and ceramic. Kitchen updates include granite countertops and new backsplash. Concrete driveway and over sized garage (1.5). Unspoiled 4th level perfect for games/playroom waiting for your finishing touches. MLS Call Paul direct.

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St. Clements- Situated on a large, mature lot, this quality built all-brick bungalow is perfect for growing families and grandparents alike. Just minutes from the city and steps from all amenities, everything you want can be found in St. Clements. MLS Call Bill or Alli direct.

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LET OUR 50+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU! Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

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$279,000. Completely updated raised bungalow on a 144’ deep lot, spacious foyer, lovely eat-in maple kitchen with sliders to deck, bright main floor living room, 4 bedrooms (2 up & 2 down), renovated bathrooms include a 5 piece main bath and a 3 piece lower bath, large lower level family room. A Must See. NEW MLS

$379,900 ELMIRA. 1925 SQ.FT home offers a 2nd floor great room with gas fireplace! Inviting ceramic foyer, spacious living room, eat-in dark oak kitchen w/island, walkout to lovely interlock patio, pergola and fenced yard with shed, 2nd floor laundry, 5 piece master bedroom ensuite, quick closing available!! MLS

$719,900. Elmira. Located on the edge of town, not a lake but a lovely inground pool, patio and cabana for your Summer enjoyment, on 3.74 Acres of picturesque property. Family home of 4+ bedrooms, generous entertaining sized rooms, lovely new kitchen with granite and built-in appliances. A bonus shop for the handyman. MLS

$276,900. Elmira. Birdland location 3 Bedroom bungalow with several mechanical updates already completed. Oversized carport room for the car and a covered patio for the summer shade. Lovely sized lot for play and gardening. MLS

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$999,900 Floradale. Beautiful open concept home, offers 9’ ceilings, hardwood and ceramics, full finished walkout basement. Triple garage + detached workshop. Grand interlocking patio accessible from the many walkouts overlooking the private hardwood bush and to the front a full length verandah overlooking fields. 20 minutes from Waterloo MLS

$389,900. Elmira. Attractive sunroom overlooks gardener’s delight backyard with plenty of room for a pool. 3 Bedrooms, newer kitchen updated baths. Double+ interlocking drive and welcoming flower gardens. MLS

$1,900,000. Heidelberg / Bamberg. Incredible views in all seasons from the generous windows located throughout this 3500 sq ft home. The South exposed sun room overlooks the rolling farmland and fantastic shop! 4000 sq ft. Spring fed pond, meticulously manicured grounds welcomes you. MLS

$594,000. Elmira. Private mature court of fine homes. Unique architectural designed ranch bungalow offers 1883 sq ft, 2+ bedroom, updated baths, hardwood flooring, open concept kitchen/dining. Bump out dinette/studio overlooks yard and entertaining patio. Fully finished basement. Triple+ interlock drive and oversized double garage. NEW MLS

$279,900. Elmira. Spacious 1497 sq ft townhome linked only at the garage. Open concept mainfloor offers huge kitchen dinette. Family room w/walkout to deck and yard. Ensuite bath, 2nd floor laundry. 5 Appliances include. Basement already wired and drywalled. NEW MLS

Starting at $319900 - $349900+ 1500-1850 sq ft 2 Storeys and 1130 sq ft Bungalows. Fantastic area, close to amenities, 4 lots remaining .. Beautifully appointed, homes offering gorgeous kitchens, gas fireplace, and more. Visit their Model at 22 Knapp by appointment Excl.

CLASSIFIEDS CONTINUED GARAGE SALES ELEGANT FABRICS 2 Day Sale. 4759 Herrgott Rd Wallenstein, behind Wallenstein General Store. Fri. May 11, 2012, 9-6, Sat. May 12, 2012, 9-4. 10-15% off store wide. Polyesters, Poly Cotton, 60” Cottons, Piques and Twills (great for school girls dresses), bridal fabrics. 226240-1209. ESTATE FURNITURE, DISHES, misc. household. Second week new items added. Saturday May 12. Arthur St. N at Florapine Rd. 519-591-8978. 8 a.m. start. GARAGE SALE - 11 Peregrine Crs. Elmira, Fri. May 11, 5 - 7 p.m., Sat. May 12, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Lots of good stuff.

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GARAGE SALE - 25 Burlwood Dr. Elmira. Fri. May 11, noon, Sat. May 12, 8 a.m. Baby items, toys, large items, womens’ clothing.

GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 11, 3-8 p.m., Sat. May 12 8a.m. - 1 p.m. 12 Thrush Crt, Elmira. Miscellaneous household items, furniture.

GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 11, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. May 12, 8a.m. - 2 p.m. 16 Nightingale Crs., Elmira. Men’s mountain bike, antiques, diamond jewellery, Nintendo DS games, dressers, 3 seater swing, toys, dog supplies, Partylite, electronics & much more!

GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 11, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat. May 12, 7:30 a.m. 2 p.m. 7 Oak Dr. Elmira. Furniture, toys, books, household & more!

GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 11, 11-6, Sat. May 12, 7 - ?? 54 Spring Wagon Lane, Elmira. HUGE toy & perennial sale. Lots of indoor/outdoor toys, puzzles, books, household items and more.

GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 11, 8-??, Sat. May 12, 8-?? 4759 Herrgott Rd. Wallenstein right behind General Store (in new garage). Lots of children’s things, washer and dryer good condition and more. GIANT PERENNIAL SALE 50 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira, daily.

GARAGE SALES GARAGE SALE - Fri. May 18, 8a.m. - ? 3678 Manser Rd., Linwood. Something for everyone. GARAGE SALE - Rain or shine. Sat. May 12, 8 a.m. 12 noon, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner Mill & Centre St. Elmira. HAWKESVILLE COMMUNITY GARAGE Sale. Sat. May 12, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Food & washroom facilities avail. at the Community Centre. MULTI FAMILY GARAGE Sale. 5 Chickadee, Elmira. Sat. May 12, 8 am. Snowboard and boots, exercise bike, household items and more.

GARAGE SALES MULTI FAMILY GARAGE Sale. Lots of girls dresses, children’s clothing (boys and girls), household items and more. Fri. May 11 and Sat. May 12, 7243 Line 86 Wallenstein. PERENNIAL AND GARAGE Sale. Perennial sale continuing through May and June. Open Monday to Saturday. 48 Duke St. Elmira. GARAGE SALE – Sat. May 12, 34 Second St. Elmira, 7:30 a.m. Well used pool table and accessories, Trail-a bike, bunk bed, antique beds, antique desk, kids – books, toys.

$219,900 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.

17 Park Avenue W., Elmira - $459,900 Spectacular older home in Elmira's most sought after location for older homes. Completely refurbished. New bathrooms, floors, kitchen, windows. Newly pointed exterior brick, new wiring, plumbing & heating. Carpet free with C/air & c/vac. This is a must see property. Call Mildred Frey-Broker MLS 1221850. $459,900.00

Open House • Saturday May 12th • 2-4pm 30 Adam Brown St., Moorefield - $229,000 All Brick Bungalow on a large lot. Extra large garden shed. Has 2 bathrooms. One in basement. 3 bedrooms on main floor. Lots of room to finish a play area/recroom in the basement for the children. Don't miss out come see this great starter home for small family. MLS#1221989 Len Frey will be your host. 519-741-6368 Thinking of Buying or Selling call or email today! Free, no obligation, Opinions of value

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FAMILY ALBUM ANNIVERSARY

THANK YOU

ANNIVERSARY

60th Anniversary - Richmond

Thank You

50th Anniversary

This has been a wonderful time for us. Many thanks to all who attended our party, sent flowers, gifts, cards, called or gave donations to the Diabetic Assoc. or the Food Bank to help us celebrate 60 years together. Thanks to our great family – Mary, Donna (Bob) David (Michelle) & Jamie who have given us unconditional love & support over the years & to our super grand children , Matt (Carly), Maggie (Lee), Andrew(Jess), Becca (Colin), Faith, Hope, Sadie & Molly Rose who give us great joy and keep us active. Special thanks to Gordon & Maureen (family) who traveled from Alberta & Surprised us on our special evening and to our nephew John for Englehart who fashioned & presented us with specials medals. We have been so blessed with good family, good friends & good health. What more could we want?

Elgin & Grace McCandless

Helen and Lorne Richmond, Happy 60th Anniversary Mom and Dad, Dee and Pa. Congratulations on celebrating 60 years of marriage. You are an inspiration to us all! With love from your children, Mary, Donna (Bob), Dave (Michelle) and Jamie, your 8 grandchildren, Matt (Carly), Maggie (Lee), Andrew (Jessica), Becca (Colin), Faith, Hope, Sadie, and Molly Rose.

BIRTHDAY

God Bless! Helen & Lorne Richmond

ENGAGEMENT

HAPPY 60th SUE!

Gotchya! BIRTHDAY

THANK YOU

From Your Loving Family

Happy Birthday!

IN MEMORIAM

Stag & Doe for

Pat (Pond-Duench) Henrich

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June 9, 1944 - May 12, 2011

Though it’s been a year now since you have gone away. The memories are still strong and we wish you were here today. We can not see or touch you so we know that you’re not here, but we still have the past in our hearts, your are still near. Happy Mother’s Day Steve, Patsy & Sheryl Pond and Wayne Henrich

THANK YOU

DEATH NOTICES

Thank You

Thank You

Thank you to our relatives and friends for your cards and best wishes on our 60th wedding anniversary. And especially to our children for all the work you did to make this a day we will never forget. We are truly blessed.

Bob Detweiler would like to thank everyone who came out for his 85th birthday. He will enjoy the Tim cards and all of the lovely birthday cards.

KAUFMAN, AGNES GRACE | Elizabeth Peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener, on Thursday, May 3, 2012, Agnes (nee Paff) of Wellesley, at the age of 93 years. Agnes and Lloyd operated Kaufman Garage in Wellesley from 1948 till 1978.

God bless you all. Surprise! We can’t believe it either…

Happy 50th Anniversary to our parents who were married on April 28, 1962. Friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday May 26, 2012 for an open house from 1-4pm at the Cluthe Residence, 7224 Line 86 RR#3 Wallenstein, ON. N0B 2S0 Best Wishes Only.

STAG & DOE

Ashley Schieck and Richard Shantz

Raymond and Julianne Kruisselbrink (Tara, ON) are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Renee Julianne Kruisselbrink, to Michael Alexander MacKenzie, son of Alexander and Lynn MacKenzie (Halifax). The wedding will take place, the Lord willing, at 1:30PM on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 in Drayton, ON, at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church.

(nee Ritter)

Milt and Naomi Shoemaker

Happy 50th Birthday Bruce! Love Mike, Patty, Sarah & Jacob.

Thank You.

KAUT, HARRY | Of Elsinore, peacefully at home on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the age of 70 years. Local relatives are his son Gregory and his wife Jessica, of Elmira. MAXWELL, FLORENCE | Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at KW Health Centre of Grand River Hospital. Florence (David) Maxwell, at the age of 82 years, was the beloved wife of Earl Maxwell of Bloomingdale for 60 years. MELITZER, LILLIAN | Peacefully passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2012, at the age of 86 years. Lillian (Arndt) Melitzer of West Montrose.

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MUELLER, HARVEY | Of Stratford and formerly of RR 1, New Hamburg passed away at VON, Sakura House, Woodstock on May 4, 2012 in his 80th year. Local relatives are his daughter Denise Bender and husband Barry of Wellesley. RITTER, CARL | It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful man, Carl Ritter, at Grand River Hospital, on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at the age of 81. Local relatives are his brother George (Ruth) of St. Jacobs, his sisters Jean Adamson of Elmira, Grace (Elgin) McCandless of Elmira; sisters-in-law Merle Ritter of St. Jacobs and Sharon (Alex) MacEwing of Maryhill.


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It’s official: they’ve got Skills Two Breslau residents put in strong showings at provincial finals of the Skills Canada competition James Jackson When it comes to photography and culinary skills, two of the very best in the province can be found in Woolwich Township. Kristi Rex and Stacia McLean, both residents of Breslau and Grade 12 students at Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, were gold and silver medalists respectively at the Skills Canada Provincial Finals held at RIM Park on Apr. 30- May 1. Rex won gold for photography, while McLean took home the silver in the culinary portion of the event. “That was my first time competing in the photography competition, so I wasn’t expecting to place at all,” said Rex, 17, who beat out 30 other competitors from across the province. “I was thoroughly surprised.” McLean, 18, failed to make it past the qualifiers in last year’s Skills Canada competition and had a similar sentiment for her second-place finish this time. “It was surprising. I wasn’t expecting it,” she said. Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. There were three components to the photography contest. The first was each competitor had to submit a

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the beginning of March, so I had time to practice and perfect it and get all the nerves out,” she said. Rex said she was first exposed to photography in her Grade 11 communications technology class, and it was her teacher who encouraged her to enter this year’s contest. Her passion led her to apply for photography at Humber College, which she

The sun is shining; the birds are chirping; now it’s time to spark up the old BBQ. Instead of going with the traditional steaks, burgers or that old standby, the hotdog, why not try something new? Say, BBQ Almond Crusted Trout with Wasabi Butter & Asian Inspired Chick Pea Salad? This recipe may be a little out of your comfort zone but after giving it a go you will have the confidence you need to be more creative every time you fire up the barbecue throughout the summer. Our recommended side dish is crisp and refreshing and should be served cold. Making this a few hours ahead of time is ideal along with the wasabi butter. Wasabi butter goes well with numerous dishes, especially fish, so be sure to make at least a little extra. Try it on your favorite cut of steak. It’s also great on popcorn and gives traditional mashed potatoes some serious attitude. All of these ingredients are easily found at your local grocery stores, so no need to fret about having to find exotic ingredients. Always remember to wash your produce thoroughly.

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Stacia McLean (left) and Kristi Rex of Breslau both took home medals at the Skills Canada provincial finals earlier this month at RIM Park. McLean won silver for the culinary competition, while Rex took home gold in photography. [JAMES JACKSON / THE OBSERVER] portfolio of their work, the second was an interview with the judges, and the third was a practical test of skills broken down into three challenges. One was a before-and-after test where they had to edit a ‘before’ photo to look like an ‘after’ photo that they had been given. The second portion involved photographing someone else at the competition – be it a judge, a spectator, or another com-

petitor – and tell a story with that photo shoot. In the final portion they were given a standard piece of paper and were told to take a creative shot with it. “I folded mine in different ways and played with the shadows and exaggerated the shadows and put it in black and white,” Rex said. The competitors were given six hours to complete their assignments, with Rex using a Canon Rebel

DSLR. For the culinary competition, McLean had 3.5 hours to make a complete three-course meal from scratch by herself. The first course was minestrone soup, the main course was a beef roulade with braised cabbage, potatoes, and steamed broccoli, and the dessert was chocolate mousse. “I had known the menu since February because the first competition was at

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our last ‘Spring Fling’ Concert of the season. 8 pm. at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd. Waterloo. Adults $20; children $5. Contact www. mennosingers.com or info@mennosingers.com.

MAY 11 Used Book Sale. CD’s, tapes, video’s, DVD’s puzzles, games. St. Peters Lutheran Church, 2925 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg. Fri. May 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 12, 8 am. – 12 p.m. Open to accept donated books Thurs. May 10, 8-9 p.m. We will not accept magazines, text books, encyclopedias, condensed books or damaged items. St. Peters Outreach Committee. For more information contact Bev 519-699-4571.

MAY 13 Mother’s Day Breakfast being held at St. Clements Community Centre – 1 Green St., St. Clements from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets $7 for adults in advance $8 at the door; children 3-8 $4 and under two are free. All proceeds going to St. Clements Parish Hall Retrofit. There will be draws for beautiful gifts including a queen size quilt. For tickets call Wayne or Marilyn Curry at 519-669-8747.

Join us for our Bids & Bites Silent Auction and Spring Musical. Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs. 150 Silent auction items, refreshments and a free show. Register to place your bids by 6 p.m. (bidding closes at 7:30p.m.); 7:45 enjoy our spring musical ‘Lost’ an island of adventure. Presented by the students or Foundation Christian School. Auction checkout begins after the show. Admission free.

St., Elmira. All proceeds go to support the many projects of the Lions Club of Elmira. For more information call 519-500-1434.

MAY 12

Tuesday Luncheon – Gale Presbyterian Church, 10 Barnswallow Dr. Elmira. Menu: Russian Chicken on noodles, salad, rhubarb crisp with ice cream, beverage. $9.

Join St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Women’s League for their annual Mother’s Day Tea at St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira from 2-4 p.m. Door prizes, raffles, bake & penny tables and of course tea and desert! Free-will offering for tea and dessert. All welcome. For more information contact Agnes Downey-Norris at 519-669-8085.

MAY 16 Stamp Camp – 7-8 p.m. at Elmira Branch Library. For beginner stamp collectors. Free for ages 5 to 15. Space is limited. Event will take place a the library, 65 Arthur St. S in Elmira. For more information call the Elmira Branch Library 519-669-5477.

Elmira & District Horticultural Plant Sale. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Corner of First St/ Industrial Dr Elmira. Contact 519-210-2110. Drop off Friday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. “Now is the Month of Maying” Come join Menno Singers, along with the Menno Youth Singers, for

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MAY 22 Bingo, 7 p.m. at the St. Clements Community Centre sponsored by Paradise & District Lions Club. For more information contact Joe Brick at 519-699-4022.

MAY 24 Weekly Bingo 7 p.m. at Elmira Lions Hall, 40 South St., Elmira. All proceeds go to support the many projects of the Lions Club of Elmira. For more information call 519-500-1434.

MAY 15 Bingo, 7 p.m. at the St. Clements Community Centre sponsored by Paradise & District Lions Club. For more information contact Joe Brick at 519-699-4022.

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MAY 27 Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Walk for Dog Guides hosted by Woolwich Community Lions Club – assisted by St. Jacobs and Ariss Lions Clubs. Kissing Bridge Trail, Arthur St. entrance, 9 a.m. All preceeds will help fund Dog Guides programs – Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Special Skills, Seizure Response and Autism Assistance Dog Guides. Prizes, refreshments. All ages, fitness levels with or without a dog are welcome to participate. For more information please call 519-669-5084 or www.purinawalkfordogguides. com.

MAY 28 Seniors Lunch Club, Wellesley Community Centre, 1000 Maple Leaf St. Wellesley at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) Cost $6. Join us for a noon day light lunch and fellowship. Call Community Care Concepts at 519669-3023 for more information.

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Strange but true / BILL & RICH SONES Ph.D.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rather remarkable and relatively painless way to get in shape? WEIRD NOTES

Q. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rather remarkable and relatively painless way to get in shape? A. We could all use a little exercise, but just how little, asks Erin Biba in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scientific Way to Get in Shapeâ&#x20AC;? in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wiredâ&#x20AC;? magazine. A recent study at the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University of Kingston, Ontario, found that everyday movements can contribute significantly to healthy heart function. So, do a little more

housework. Instead of sending e-mails to coworkers, get up and walk over to their desks. Take the stairs. Or just stand up and sit down a lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There,â&#x20AC;? says Biba, â&#x20AC;&#x153;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked out.â&#x20AC;?

Q. Who might have been hurt playing baseball today had some of the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early rules not been dramatically altered? Just about everybody? A. Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;national pastimeâ&#x20AC;? actually had its origins in the 17thcentury British game of â&#x20AC;&#x153;rounders,â&#x20AC;? where players hit a ball with a bat and ran around bases, say Bethanne Patrick

and John Thompson in â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Uncommon History of Common Things.â&#x20AC;? However, one big difference was that an out was made when a fielder threw a ball and hit a runner, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;pluggingâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;soaking.â&#x20AC;? This naturally precluded the use of hard balls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;though one wonders how soft the balls were and how many injuries occurred.â&#x20AC;? American colonists played rounders in the early 1700s, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;town ball,â&#x20AC;? the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masachusetts game,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;baseballâ&#x20AC;? -- the last appearing in print by the 1740s. It was an informal game, with rules varying from location to location.

Around 1840, the practice of plugging was dropped and tagging for outs was adopted. This paved the way for the use of a hard ball and thus a larger field, and for players living to play another day!

Q. That fast-food cheeseburger youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re relishing -- who way beyond the cook deserves thanks for this one? A. No less than todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire highly industrialized modern food economy, answers David Wogan in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scientific Americanâ&#x20AC;? magazine. Consider all the bits and pieces that come together to create an â&#x20AC;&#x153;impractical-from-

to fertilizers and other advances we today can finally grow sufficient quantities of food with decreasing labor inputs; and wrong because these same advances that allow food to be grown out of season and in all corners of the globe contribute to a whole host of environmental problems, â&#x20AC;&#x153;from deforestation and nitrogen loading of water sources (with resulting dead zones) to the insane quantities of water being consumed.â&#x20AC;? about the authors Bill a journalist, Rich holds a doctorate in physics. Together the brothers bring you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange But True.â&#x20AC;? Send your questions to strangetrue@compuserve.com

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scratchâ&#x20AC;? cheeseburger: Tomatoes are in season in the late summer, lettuce in spring and fall, and large mammals are slaughtered in early winter. So the process of making such a burger would take nearly a year and would involve omitting some other core cheeseburger ingredients. It would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;wildly expensive and demand many acres of land.â&#x20AC;? That this delicious and comforting everybody food didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist 100 years ago is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a greasy, shiny example of all that is both right and wrong with our modern food economy,â&#x20AC;? adds Wogan: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right because thanks

 



















































































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will be attending in the fall with the hopes of establishing a successful career in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to do freelance work and travel and take pictures all over the world, but to start off Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to work in a studio as an assistant photographer.â&#x20AC;? McLean started cooking when she was very young. Her father owned his own catering business and bistro, and eventually opened a kiosk in the airport. It was his death about two years ago, however, that really pushed her into culinary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the moment where I decided that I really wanted to do this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was the only one cooking in the household, so I was kind of forced to, but I wanted to.â&#x20AC;? She also intends to turn her passion into a career as she will be attending Niagara College in the fall for Culinary Management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The head judge was actually my professor this















 









given them an enormous boost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely given me confidence in photography and it showed me that I can work under pressure,â&#x20AC;? said Rex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure of that, but in the competition I was really calm and that surprised me. It just shows that when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing something you enjoy, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re OK with that pressure.â&#x20AC;?





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fall, so it was cool to meet him and now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen what I can do, rather than just being another student,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now he can say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oh itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the silver medalist.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Neither student can proceed to nationals this year as there is no photography competition and only the gold medalist from the culinary competition moves on, but both say their experience at provincials has







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