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A day for memories and storytelling Shipped off to war on Nov. 11, 1941, Remembrance Day holds an extra meaning for Tony Furlong Katie Edmonds


or 17-year-old Tony Furlong, joining the Canadian Armed Forces seemed like the sensible thing to do. It was 1941, and a well-paying job – or any paying job for that matter – was hard to come by, especially for someone so young. By joining the forces, he could travel, see the world and even make a bit of an income while he was at it. “I had no money,” he explained. “And the people I



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worked for had no money. There were no jobs for anyone, not even in the factories at that time.” On May 1 of that year, young Furlong packed up a few belongings, set out in the early morning and made the nearly 60-kilometre trek from his hometown of Moorefield into Kitchener where he added his name to a long list of volunteers. The Canadian Forces took him in


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Remembrance: Heading off to war seemed like just the thing to do > CONTINUED FROM COVER on the spot and the very next day he found himself en route to Camp Borden, in another part of Kitchener. He went through boot camps, active army training, tank and gun training and more before stepping onto the ship that would carry him and a few hundred other young soldiers to their first post in England on the cold morning of Nov. 11, 1941. He spent two long years in England training with boats and tanks and guns; training so intense that it nearly killed him. “We were practicing with bayonets and I was struck, in the chest,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for the harness, I would have been killed. The British were losing the war at the time so they certainly took their training seriously.” After eight weeks in the hospital for his inju-

ries, Furlong was transferred to the tank corps, where he was trained in the use of radios and tank guns. He also completed three parachute jumps in case he was sent in by plane. “There was no playing around then,” he said. “If they were going to train you, they were going to train you right.” His duty included time spent in England, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. “We were quite successful at our jobs,” he explained. “We used up a tremendous amount of ammunition in Holland and we were on the go from morning until night with the machine guns and all kinds of artillery.” All told, Furlong spent nearly four years overseas fighting before the war ended in August 1945. For Furlong, arriving home was not the happy reunion that we

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IT'S OVER OVER THERE Tankmen of the Royal Canadian Hussars relaxing on V-E Day in groningen, Holland after 16 months of hectic slogging through Italy, the Rhine River, Arnhem and northeast Holland. In the front row, on the left, is Tony Furlong, who joined the military in 1941 at the age of 17, hiking from his home in Moorefield to the recruiting office in Kitchener. often see in the movies – hugs from overjoyed family members and long-lost friends. Both of his parents died when he was quite young and his four years away from his hometown had made maintaining friendships difficult. “Nobody was there to meet me on my arrival

or anything like that,” said Furlong, who finished his time with the Fifth Armoured Division when he was 21 years old. “I walked about six miles.” Now, almost 69 years to the day after he set out on that ship on Nov. 11, 1941, Furlong has six small medals which hang from his

Royal Canadian Legion jacket to commemorate those years; one for volunteer service, one for the defense of Canada, another for the defense of Britain, the star of Italy, and for service in France, Holland and Germany. Following the war, Furlong started work on a farm in Drayton.

His transition back to civilian life saw him get married and raise six children, four of whom are his wife’s from her first marriage. He plans to spend Remembrance Day at home, watching the ceremonies on TV – at 87, it is difficult for him to move around too much. “These days, Remembrance Day makes me think of catching a cold,” said Furlong with a laugh. “Pneumonia from sitting outside. That’s what killed a lot of the soldiers – the Veterans Day parade.” As he was very young when he served in the military, Furlong says the melancholy that settled in on many soldiers at the time did not affect him as much. “It never really dug into me the way it did some soldiers,” he explained. “But remembrance is very important. This is a good time for remembering our past, and for recalling memories like we are doing now,” he said. “Just getting together for a talk.”

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udy Komer moved to Elmira just a few years ago. So it was to her great surprise when she was taking a walk in her new neighbourhood on a chilly November afternoon that something very familiar caught her attention; her great-

uncle’s name was read aloud during the Remembrance Day ceremony. “It was such an emotional moment to hear his name called out,” said Komer. “Most of the time when people hear the names read out they certainly don’t know the people – not in 2010, but this was a

member of my family.” Komer’s great uncle, Milton F. Ziegler, lived on Factory Street in Elmira, what is now Riverside Drive. He had six sisters and three brothers. One of his sister was Komer’s grandmother, who lived with her family for years; Komer has heard many stories about her great-

uncle, but never got the chance to meet him: his life was cut short in the First World War. He fell in Flanders, Belgium, on Oct. 28, 1916. After hearing his name called, Komer paid a visit to the Elmira Library to do a bit of research on her rela-


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Geared up for Elmira guitar show Katie Edmonds


lmira resident John Woods identified a need in the musical instrument industry, and then did all the necessary planning and organizing required to fill it. 'Why is there a flea market for old furniture and household items, but not a place to find affordable musical instruments?' he asked. This weekend, Woods and a business partner will be hosting the first annual Ontario Guitar and Music Gear Show and Swap, a place for seasoned musicians and newcomers alike to display their used musical instruments for sale, or just come to look for a bargain. “We decided to try the idea because we have an interest in ham radios and there is quite an active flea market circuit that surrounds that hobby, and we always thought that somebody should try the same thing with musical instruments,” explained Woods. “It’s an outlet for someone to come to find a musical instrument where otherwise they may not be able to have one.” The highlight for some guitar enthusiasts will be a seminar put on by Teddy Leonard, a guitarist in the Canadian roots scene for more than 25 years. As a member of the seminal roots collective Fathead, he has recorded five albums and garnered two Juno nominations (taking home the prize in 1999 for “Best Blues Record-


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ing”). The next year he was honored as “Guitarist of the Year” at the Maple Blues Awards. Having shared the stage with BB King, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko of The Band, Leonard continues to be in demand as a performer. He’ll be taking some time out on Sunday to chat with guests at the swap. “I am not exactly sure what his seminar will be about, but I imagine he will do a demonstration, give the audience some tips on playing in bands, and answer some questions,” said Woods. “It will be interesting.” In addition, a stage will be set up with a variety of instruments available for a trial use. “If you want to try out an amp or a guitar, there will be a place where you can do that,” said Woods. “Anyone is welcome to come, even if you’re not looking to buy but are just curious to see the instruments.” The organizers have rented 35 tables for displaying the instruments and a few tables are still available to book for the day. The event will be held tomorrow (Sunday), 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Elmira Lions Hall. The entrance fee is $5. For more information, visit

Seminar focuses on youth mental health issues Steve Kannon


iven the prevalence of learning disorders, behavioural problems and mental health issues among young people, it’s no wonder many parents are finding it hard to cope. Even knowing where to start in the search for resources can be a chore. In that light, the Drayton


Christian Reformed Church has organized an event for Nov. 13 focusing on youth mental health and learning disabilities. Under the auspices of its Community Awareness Training Seminar (CATS) team, the oneday experience is aimed at parents, teachers and others who work with children. “There are so many peo-

ple looking for services, and they don’t know what’s available, even in their own backyard,” said Teresa Wikkerink, a member of the CATS team. A parent with one child who’s autistic and another who has learning disabilities stemming from a head injury, she knows exactly what other parents in simi-

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lar situations may be going through. For those parents whose child has been diagnosed, the experience can be overwhelming. But there are many more who may be dealing with children going through unknown difficulties, she added. Through


The Nov. 8 issue of Maclean’s magazine sees the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) on the list of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada. It’s the organization’s second year on the list, moving to 19th spot from 47th last year. Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing, the Queen’s University School for Business and Aon Hewitt conducted the study, now in its 7th year. “MSCU’s significantly improved ranking speaks volumes about our staff’s growing commitment to serve our members well," said CEO Brent Zorgdrager.

> NextEnergy builds with Habitat Elmira-based NextEnergy’s next partnership project with Habitat for Humanity will see it install a geothermal heating and cooling system in a house in Owen Sound. Launched last year, the five-year partnership deal helps Habitat to build sustainable, energy efficient homes for low-income families across the country. Homes using a NextEnergy geothermal system will boost energy efficiency and reduce green house gas emissions by up to three tons per year, the company says. Of particular interest to lowincome families, energy efficient homes heating with geothermal reduce home energy costs by up to 75 per cent annually.

> Changes at ServiceOntario More than simply for licence renewals, the offices in Elmira and New Hamburg have been rebranded under the ServiceOntario moniker, expanding the offerings to include health cards in the mix. Similar changes are being applied at some 300 ServiceOntario centres across the province. The goal is to have 95 per cent of Ontarians within 10 kilometres of a centre. “Ontarians will benefit from a onestop shopping experience for most health card and driver’s licence services at all of our ServiceOntario centres by the end of this year," Harinder S. Takhar, Minister of Government Services, said in a release. Added Leeanna Pendergast, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, “ServiceOntario is consolidating locations and integrating services to make things faster and easier for people to get the government services they need.”

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Elmira man falls victim to phone scam OCTOBER 26 > 2:40 AM | A load of used

ladies, men’s and children’s clothing was found at the side of Weisenburg Road in West Montrose. The clothing was found at 50-metre intervals. The clothing has been identified as items which were donated to a charity clothing bin near the grand River Raceway in Elora the previous Saturday afternoon.


n elderly Elmira man was the latest victim of a string of fraud crimes which have been occurring throughout the region of late. Typically, someone will call an elderly person and pretend to be one of their grandchildren. They then claim that they are in some sort of trouble and need

money immediately. In this case, the man called around 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 and said that he was in jail in Ottawa and needed $3,800 for bail, which the Elmira man sent to him. Police are advising residents to be cautious of callers and to be wary of people asking for money over the phone.

was transported to hospital by ambulance. The Ministry of Labour was notified and will be conducting a follow-up investigation.

woman was stopped in her vehicle at the railroad tracks on Arthur Street South, when a 20-year-old Hepworth man stopped behind her. The car following him, a 1990 Oldsmobile being driven by a 33-year-old Kitchener man, failed to stop in time and collided with the Hepworth man who collided with the lead vehicle. There was moderate damage to all the vehicles and the Hepworth man was treated at the scene of the accident for minor injuries. The Kitchener man was charged with ‘careless driving.’

OCTOBER 27 > 10:00 AM | A black and

orange, 24-speed, Durango mountain bike was stolen from a home on Memorial Avenue in Elmira. The bike is valued at around $600. police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

OCTOBER 28 > 5:10 pM | A 38-year-old

palmerston man, an employee at the Home Hardware Warehouse in St. Jacobs, suffered a non-life-threatening injury when the forklift he was operating stopped suddenly at a loading dock. The employee

> 11:20 pM | Three curve

arrow road signs on Floradale Road were damaged when a 38-year-old Elmira man collided with them. The man told police he had swerved to avoid striking a deer when he hit the signs. There was severe damage to his 2002 Volvo, but he was not injured.

OCTOBER 29 > 2:45 pM | An 89-year-old

> 3:30 pM | A black, single-


speed, trick bicycle was found on Brookmead Trail and turned over to WRpS Division 3A. It is being held there until it is claimed by the rightful owner.

> 7:00 pM | police are looking

for witnesses who saw a collision on Church Street at george Street, near Bolender park in Elmira. A 17-yearold Hawkesville woman in a 2000 Ford was stopped at the intersection, ready to make a left-hand turn, when she was rear-ended by a 17-year-old Elmira man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The woman’s car suffered moderate damage and the man’s car was severely damaged. Charges are pending until more information can be acquired.

OCTOBER 30 > 8:58 AM | A horse-drawn

buggy was struck by a vehicle on Arthur Street, just north of Riverside Drive in Elmira. The driver of the vehicle, a 27-yearold woman, was heading south on Arthur Street in a minivan when she struck the buggy, driven by an 87-year-old Elmira man. The buggy was destroyed and the man was thrown from the vehicle, but landed on the cushioned rearend of the horse, suffering only minor injuries. He declined ambulance transportation. The woman’s van had damage to its right side but she was unharmed. She was charged with ‘careless driving.’


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> 2:10 AM | The front window been the cause of a second of the Canada post building in Elmira was smashed, setting off an alarm that summoned police. Nobody had gained access to the building. police have not yet identified any suspects.

> 2:30 AM | police arrested

a 33-year-old Waterloo man who was walking near the intersection of South and Arthur streets in Elmira after a citizen called in to report him as being drunk in public. The man was given a ticket for ‘public intoxication’ and was held at the police station until sober.

NOVEMBER 1 > 9:00 AM | The air was let out of a 68-year-old St. Jacobs woman’s car tires as she was parked on Water Street overnight. The valve stems were repaired easily and the tires were refilled, leaving no permanent damage.

NOVEMBER 2 > 6:30 AM | A 29-year-old

man was unable to negotiate a turn at Middlebrook Road and Middlebrook place, subsequently striking a tree. The man said the road conditions were slick on the cold morning. He was not injured, but his vehicle suffered significant damage. No charges were laid.

accident. A 50-year-old Elmira woman failed to negotiate a right turn from Whippoorwill Road onto Barnswallow Drive, also striking a tree. She suffered minor injuries and was charged with ‘careless driving.’ There was significant damage to her vehicle.

> 10:20 AM | A black, white

and red Sportek mountain bike was found and dropped off at Division 3A, where it is being held until it is picked up by its rightful owner.

> 10:00 pM | The rear window of a car was smashed while the owner was inside the St. Jacobs arena playing hockey. The window may have fractured due to the quick change in temperature. Nothing was stolen from the car.

> 11:00 pM | A 1991 Buick

Regal that had been donated to the Retire-Your-Ride program and was being held at the Maryhill fire station to be used for accident preparedness training was stolen from the station. The car had an ‘S’ painted on the top, indicating that it was to be used for scrap. The vehicle is valued at $300 and would have had to be towed from the scene as it was not drivable. police are asking for anyone who may have seen the crime occurring to call with information.

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n 11-year-old Conestogo girl died Sunday as a result of her injuries suffered on Oct. 21 when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Maryhill Road and Crowsfoot Road in Woolwich Township. Grace Wynen had been in critical condition for more than a week after being pulled from the wreckage along with her 41-yearold mother, who remains in hospital. Sgt. Dave Reibel of Waterloo Regional Po-

lice said the investigation is still ongoing, adding that the original charges against 25-yearold Robert Synnott – two counts of “operating a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol causing bodily harm” – may be upgraded when Synnott makes his first court appearance in a few weeks and is formally charged. Police say Grace and her mother were heading west on Crowsfoot Road in a 2004 Toyota. They had stopped for the two-way stop sign at the intersection at Maryhill Road, and then proceeded into

the intersection where the car was struck by a 1997 Ford pickup truck. Wynen was a student at Conestogo Public School, where principal Sue Thorne-McCaffrey said the traumatic events team from the Waterloo District School Board was in the school on Monday and Tuesday to help students and teachers cope with the loss, noting the team would be available for as long as it was required. “It was an absolutely tragic loss. They were a wonderful family and very, very supportive,” she said.


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Cenotaph: Taking note of the sacrifices will pave the way for the facility to re-refine 25 per cent more oil they made Growth James Jackson T

outing the importance of the Three Rs, Ontario Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson joined Safety-Kleen executives to break new ground for their $26-million expansion in Breslau Oct. 28. “We are the only species on the planet who does not know how to live sustainably on this planet,” Wilkinson told a crowded room of employees, politicians and media at the oil rerefinery facility at 300 Woolwich St. W. The expansion, which received approval from Woolwich Township last March, should take about 18 months to complete and will enable the facility to increase its oil re-refining operations by 25 per cent, to 191 million litres annually from 152 million. Wilkinson stressed that the company continues to grow without any financial aid from the government. “It is a completely market-driven solu-

MAKING WAY FOR GROWTH Waterloo Region Chair Ken Seiling (Left), Woolwich Mayor Bill Strauss, Dave Sprinkle, Ontario Environment Minister John Wilkinson, Dale MacIntyre and Mike puersten break ground Oct. 28 for the Safety-Kleen expansion. tion. It doesn’t require a subsidy.” “Oil does not wear out, it just gets dirty,” explained Dave Sprinkle, the company’s executive vice-president of oil re-refining, adding the expansion of the recycling facility will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 392,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of tak-

ing 72,000 cars off the road. The company is also going to begin to push its own brand of recycled “green” oil under the names Performance Plus and Eco Power, said Dale MacIntyre, vice-president of Canadian refinery operations “It’s always been green, we’re just going

to start pushing it as a green product now,” he noted. “Most of our oil is sold back into the service sector, and most large retailers have our oil, either under our own brands or their own name.” Earlier this year, Elmira environmentalist Alan Marshall challenged the SafetyKleen expansion. He


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at the Shalem Mental Health Network – in the morning, followed by workshops on suicide and self-harming, and eating disorders. The suicide workshop is especially timely, Wikkerink noted, given the recent suicides of young people in response to bullying and cyberbullying. “We planned this in the spring, but it turned out to be a big

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Fluroide to be removed from water by end of the year James Jackson


esidents can expect the flow of fluoride to stop by the end of this year after parts of Woolwich Township and the City Waterloo, in one of the closest election results in recent memory, voted ‘no’ to the continued fluoridation of their water supply. The ‘no’ vote passed by the slimmest of margins, 50.3 per cent, which was fewer than 200 votes. In Woolwich it was even closer; 1,960 voted ‘no’ and 1, 942 voted ‘yes’ to fluoridation. The vote is a victory for anti-fluoridation ad-

vocate Robert Fleming, who has spent the past four years studying the effects of fluoridated water on the human body, and has rallied against the chemical through his advocacy group, WaterlooWatch. “I think in the face of scientific evidence pointing to the benefits, and you couple that with the scientific evidence pointing to the possibility of harm, that a ‘no’ vote will serve this community very well,” he said. Fleming contends that the science supporting fluoridation is out of date and the pro-

cess adds traces of lead, arsenic and other contaminants to the water, while only reducing the number of cavities by one per person over a lifetime of drinking fluoridated water. Leading up to the election, pro-fluoride groups rallied to keep the chemical in the water supply. At a public meeting on Oct. 21, Health Canada’s chief dental officer, Dr. Peter Cooney, warned that removing fluoride from the water would lead to a rise in tooth decay in Waterloo Region. He added that adding fluoride to the water sup-

ply – as Waterloo has done since 1967 – has led to a 20 to 40 per cent reduction in cavities. Dentists also say that lower rates of tooth decay and cavities in Waterloo compared to parts of Kitchener and Cambridge that do not fluoridate the water is also proof that the system works. “I appreciate that dentists have their job to do,” Fleming noted, “but I also appreciate that citizens have the right to say through the vote, ‘We do not consent to be medicated.’ And that’s what the vote has said.” Fluoridation in Waterloo is achieved by adding hydrofluorosilicic acid to the water,



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view of our chemical just to make sure we can properly turn it off and decommission it,” she said. The equipment at the four pumping stations needs to be disconnected and is going to be decommissioned, but the sites themselves – which Kodousek said includes wells that are still active parts of the water system infrastructure – will remain operational. Water in Elmira and St. Jacobs has been piped in from Waterloo since 1992, after Elmira’s aquifers became contaminated with chemicals from the Uniroyal (now Chemtura) plant.

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all types of unofficial signs on Regional roads including election signs, business accessory Each Regional signs, Municipality of accessory Waterloo advertises for house applications the public and signs,year farmtheaccessory mailbox signs, open signs from and poster signs. appoints citizens to various Boards and other special purpose bodies required for a particular The proposed Sign By-law establishes requirements for unofficial signs including: year(s) or Council term of office. These appointments give citizens of this Region, from a variety • Location an and placement; of backgrounds, opportunity to volunteer and participate as a member of a Board, or other • Size, shape, construction and content; Special Purpose Body. • Impacts to the function of the road; • Number of and signs and timing of placement; Interested citizens incumbent members are invited to and apply for appointment to either of • Sign removal. the following: Staff are also proposing an amendment to the Region’s Tourism and Essential Services a) grand river conservation authority Signing Policy to allow tourism signage on Regional(grca) roads for agri-toursim activities. When:are Tuesday, Junetwo 17, 2008, dropcitizen in 4:00appointments - 8:00 p.m. to the grca for a there potentially to three Place: Regional Administration Headquarters (lobby) four-year term ending december 31, 2014, which may be made depending 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener upon regional council appointment. The GRCA is established under the Conservation Authorities Act and, as such, is a public sector corporation in partnership with its member This public information centre is being held for the purpose of providing information and municipalities and the Province. It has jurisdiction over flood control and water management receiving comments from the public. A copy of the draft By-law is available for review in activities throughout the Grand River watershed. The authority is involved in programs related thewater Clerk’s Office, Region floor, and 150 development Frederick Street, Kitchener or on the to management such of asWaterloo, parks and 2nd recreation review. Region’s website at: b) police services board - tab Newsroom, tab Public Notices

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES On November 7 you set your clocks back one hour. When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms too! A Reminder From Your Woolwich Township Fire Department.

If you have questions for concerning theyears. By-law, please contact Button, one citizen appointment up to four The Police Services Board Nancy administers the Manager,Regional Transportation Engineering at 519-575-4520 or how bypolice email Waterloo Police Force and is a civilian oversight body that governs servicesat are provided in the Waterloo Region. The mandate of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board is to determine the current and future direction of policing in the Waterloo Region as If you require accessible services to participate in this meeting, please contact the above related to law enforcement, crime prevention and the police budget. noted person by Tuesday, June 10, 2008. All comments and information from individuals, stakeholder groups regarding this Persons interested in servingreceived on the aforementioned Committees mustand fileagencies an application with project are being collected to 4:30 assistp.m. the Region of Waterloo in making a22, decision. the Municipal the Regional Clerk prior to on Monday, november 2010. Under Application forms Act, personal address, property location that mayby be and Terms ofinformation Reference such may as bename, obtained fromtelephone the officenumber, of theand Regional Clerk or obtained included519-575-4450 in a submissionorbecomes of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this calling emailingpart information should be referred to the person indicated above.

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Four Elmira Venturers presented with service awards at Queen's Park ing program. When they arrive at Venturers they have all the skills they’ve picked up from Scouting – whether or not they knew they were picking them up. It’s expected they know what they need on camping trips, and if they didn’t bring it, they’re old enough to remember what went wrong, and they won’t do it again,” he said with a laugh. Fisher’s role, along with the other advisors Brian Soehner, Daryl Bridge, David Johnson and Jim Wilkinson, is to act as “armchair” advisors and to offer advice when asked by

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AWARDS FOR FOUR Four 1st Elmira Venturers were at Queen’s Oct. 24 to receive the Queen’s Venturer Award. Ben Bell (left), William Johnson, Keegan Mathers, Alex Fisher. Seated is David C. Onley, Lieutenant governor of Ontario. of volunteer work, and ney Provincial Park on the 1st Elmira Ventur- several occasions. ers have easily surThe group also spent passed that as they some time in Florida have been very active this past year learning in the local community how to scuba dive. for many years. For advisor Brad “We help with the Ki- Fisher, watching these wanis Club and their four young men achieve Lobsterfest and Okto- this prestigious award berfest events, and we choked him up a little do log-sawing at the bit. He came up through Elmira Maple Syrup the system with his Festival as well. We son, Alex, starting in also have a float in the Cubs and working all Elmira Santa Clause the way to Venturers. Parade,” explained “I went through their Johnson. learning curves with Venturers isn’t just them in some ways, and about working and it’s a very emotional and volunteering, either. proud moment for sure.” They maintain a close Fisher said the deconnection to the Bea- mands of Venturers ver, Cub, and Scout are very different from tradition of camping those of Scouts and the and learning outdoors younger groups – the skills. They are respon- young men are responsible for planning and sible for planning their organizing their own own trips and packing camping trips, and that their own supplies. they’ve been to Killar“It’s quite a demand-


y the time they get to be Venturers in the Scouting movement, the young men involved have learned important life skills by working as part of a team, volunteering to help improve the community and helping others. The hard work of four 1st Elmira Venturers was recognized on Oct. 24 when they were presented with the Queen’s Venturer Award at the 24th annual provincial ceremony at Queen’s Park. Ben Bell, William Johnson, Keegan Mathers and Alex Fisher were presented with the award by Lt. Governor David Onley, recognizing they possess the character and ability to be of service to their community. “This is my last year so it’s an accumulation of everything we do throughout the program,” said William Johnson. “We build character, gain friendships and learn how to work together.” Johnson, 17, said that Venturers is for young men in high school, and that the four recipients of the award are the oldest boys in the club. There are four others in Grade 11, and five who have just joined this year from Scouts. The award recipients must demonstrate skills and knowledge in a number of areas, including fitness and exploration. They must also hold a current standard level first aid certificate, and be certified in a service skill such as the bronze medallion, ski patrol or search-and-rescue. Additional requirements include acting as a community leader or working with youth clubs; they must be actively involved in a decisionmaking body such as student council; and must demonstrate continued spirituality. They must also complete at least 50 hours



the boys. The next step after Venturers is Rovers, but Johnson notes Elmira doesn’t have a Rover troop yet. He plans to attend university for environmental science, adding he and the other members of the troop may help with the leadership aspect of the younger Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in town. Johnson said he has really enjoyed his time in the Venturers, noting he has made a good group of friends that he will have for the rest of his life, thanks to the strong bonds they’ve developed.

Jill Perfect What did you get up to today? I participated in ‘Take your kid to work day’ and I job shadowed. Where did you go? I went to the pool at the Woolwich Memorial Centre to learn about life guarding.

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What did you think of it? I thought it was pretty fun and interesting. After visiting, could you see yourself being a lifeguard down the road? I don’t think I would do it forever but maybe as a job

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Riverside students cover a lot of ground for Terry Fox School set goal of attaining the distance from coast to coast, and this year they made it James Jackson


hirty years ago, Terry Fox had a dream of running across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He was unable to achieve that dream, which he called the Marathon of Hope, but every year millions across Canada run to keep that dream alive. Four years ago, students and teachers at Riverside Public School in Elmira began their annual Terry Fox Marathon, which went beyond the one-day run that most people are familiar with and turned it into a six-week undertaking. This year, 284 students recorded the distances that they ran – either on their own or through school events – and the school tallied it all up in an effort to cover the distance from St. Johns, NF to Victoria, BC – more than 7,000 kilometres – which was Terry’s original dream.

“For the past two years we have made it to Hope, BC but we haven’t quite been able to make it all the way to the coast,” explains Connie Lepp, a special education teacher at the school and one of the organizers of the run. As a result, the school set a new goal this year and named their marathon, “To Hope and Beyond.” Lepp said their secondary goal this year was to still reach Victoria, but their primary goal was to once again reach the city of Hope. “We got goosebumps when we ended up in Hope for the past two years, because we know it was Terry’s Marathon of Hope.” This year’s run included two students who ran a total of two marathons (84 km), seven students who ran 100 km, and six students who ran a total of three marathons (126 km) –

SCHOOL-WIDE EFFORT Riverside public School in Elmira paid special tribute to the following students who each ran at least two marathons (84 kilometres) during the six-week marathon. Back row: Jennifer Densmore, Sam Davidson, Austin Cousineau, Aiden prentice, Seth Morrison, Tyler McBay, Connor Bradley, Nathaniel Clarke, and Connie Lepp. Front row: Connor Maxwell, Trevor Ferretti, Riley Demers, Nathan Taylor, Dylan Leis, Cassidy Moser, James Ormson and Owen Wild. Right, students watch in anticipation as Connie Lepp unveils the total distance covered during their six-week marathon. “This running makes organizer, the first time any stu- Victoria!” Lepp told the marathon dent has run more than excited group of chil- Jennifer Densmore, re- our bodies healthy, 100 km. The marathon dren, “Plus an extra vealed that they raised our hearts strong, and ran from Sept. 17 to 1,039 kilometers, so we a total of $525.23 for can- our minds clear,” explained Lepp. “We also Oct. 29, and on Monday ended up out in the Pa- cer research. talked about honesty Lepp also reminded morning the school had cific Ocean somewhere. an assembly to unveil Maybe next year we the students of the im- and integrity. Not only how far the students will see if we can run a portance of the Terry being honest to yourran, and how much little further, maybe up Fox run for raising can- self, but being honest money they had raised the coast to the Arctic cer awareness, and for to the run and about their personal develop- how far you ran and refor cancer research. Ocean.” corded.” “Well, we made it to Another teacher and ment as well.


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Dialysis camp just one way Lions serve Members of St. Jacobs club have been volunteering for years at Camp Dorset in Haliburton


at the Lions Camp Dorset in Haliburton this month, fixing up one of the cabins outfitted for kidney dialysis patients. Although the club is not directly given instruction on how to do the tasks they are asked to do, Lougheed says the various talents of members ensures that someone almost always has the knowledge needed to get the job done. “People who are Lions and Lionesses come from an incredibly diverse background said Lougheed. “Our in- the rewiring and redoing the – you have everything from volvement with the camp is a interior drywall. lawyers to doctors to teachlongstanding thing in terms “The cabins they had were ers to bricklayers,” he said. of labour, volunteer time, typical northern Ontario “There is always somebody donation of money – all that cottages, set on four corner out there who has got skills stuff.” posts, up off the ground,” which fit the job.” This year, the group was explained the long-time The St. Jacobs Lions Club given the task of helping volunteer. “You get all the meets on the first and third to reconstruct one of the dampness issues, the rodent Thursdays of each month at cabins that had been weath- issues, the mold issues, none the Woolwich Community ered with age and needed of which are particularly Centre at 7 p.m. For more inupdating. Lions Club mem- good for kidney dialysis pa- formation or to get involved bers Juergen Lamers, Ross tients with jeopardized im- with the St Jacobs Lions Ruppel, Orville Kocher and mune systems. The rebuild- Club, please contact Ross Lougheed helped in the re- ing started a few years ago Ruppel at 519-664-2954 or visconstruction of one of the and we have seen it come a it them on the Web at www. patient cabins by completing long way.”


he Lions Camp Dorset is not a name that most people are familiar with, but for kidney dialysis patients in Ontario, it’s a safe haven. Kidney dialysis patients live a life tied to their homes. Treatments lasting several hours and occurring several times a week make it impossible for the patients and their families to have a vacation of any kind – that’s the reason why volunteers from the St. Jacobs Lions Club put in the extra hours of volunteer work at Camp Dorset. The patient resort, which opened in 1978 in Haliburton, allows Ontario dialysis patients and their families to spend a week in one of 14 three-bedroom cottages, 15 bachelor apartments or six trailer/camping spaces and receive their dialysis treatments at the state-of-the-art

onsite hospital under the care of two Camp Dorset dialysis nurses, as well as staff from their home hemodialysis unit. Each spring and fall, in addition to their annual monetary support, a group of four or six St. Jacobs Lions travel to Dorset to volunteer their time in whatever manner is required. “We never know from one time to the next what we will be doing,” said Dennis Lougheed, St. Jacobs Lions Club member and a volunteer at this fall’s trip to the camp. “We have done everything from rake leaves to paint decks, to build decks; it just depends on what they need.” The St. Jacobs Lions have been involved with Camp Dorset almost since its inception. “We have had members going up there since they were cutting roads in the bush,”



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he loss of the job opportunities is difficult, but at the end of the day we have a responsibility to strike an environmental process and to follow the recommendations. (The report) was scathing in its comments about the impact on the environment. It was, I would say, probably the most condemning report that I’ve seen.

> Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice on the government's outof-character decision to turn down a mining application in B.C.



hile often associated with Lt. Col. John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields, the poppy was linked to those who had been killed in war as early as the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century. Lapel poppies were sported in Canada beginning in 1922.

> Royal Canadian Legion


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ome 152 Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the occupation began in 2002. Others have died in the many peacekeeping missions Canada has participated in over the years. Yet Remembrance Day is largely associate with wars from the first half of the last century, the epic struggles of the First World War and World War II and, a little later, the Korean War. Even the most recent is now an event that ended 57 years ago. It’s little wonder it’s more work today to keep the younger generations attuned to the meaning of Remembrance Day: the farther removed we get from the wars themselves, the fewer of us there are with firsthand experience. Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held tomorrow (Sunday) in Elmira and Linwood, activities that

prompt us to take heed of the sacrifices of war. Ideally, we’ll remember not to go down that road again. Remembrance Day goes beyond recalling the valour of those who served – many of whom made the supreme sacrifice – in Canada’s wars. As well, the observance should make us think about the consequences and horrors of war, which are being waged at this very moment. To be sure, Remembrance Day is indelibly linked to the great wars, those almost unthinkable battles that engulfed the planet in the last century – for those of us fortunate enough to have avoided that experience, looking back on those times is an eye-opening revelation: it’s difficult to imagine the scale, so much more encompassing than the likes of the occupation of Afghanistan,


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itary issues may, in fact, account for greater attendance at events and higher poppy sales, reported across the country. Some 628,000 Canadians took part in WWI. More than 10 per cent – 66,000 – never returned. In WWII, More than a million answered the call, and 45,000 paid the ultimate price. The sad truth is there are fewer and fewer people around who can give us a firsthand account of life during wartime – it has been 65 years since the end of WWII, and 92 years since Armistice Day ended the war to end all wars. That many of us have never experienced such horrors is a welcome relief, but it is then all the more important that we make the effort to remember, lest we be doomed to repeat past mistakes.

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Small steps in battle to maintain biodiversity


ometimes we have to be grateful for small mercies. The deal on biodiversity that more than 190 countries agreed in Nagoya, Japan last week was, as these things usually are, “a day late and a dollar short,” but it’s a lot better than nothing. It’s even better than most people expected. Technically, it was only the 10th biennial “Conference of the Parties” who signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 18 years ago, but it was not just another meeting. It was a serious effort to move past rhetoric and come to grips with how to stop the slow-motion catastrophe of species extinction. (The current rate of extinction is at least a hundred times higher than the historical rate, perhaps as much as 10,000 times higher.) The negotiations went right down to the wire, but after three weeks of haggling they got a deal. The most important target set by the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 will increase the area of protected land in the world – no farming or grazing, no forestry – from 12.5 per cent to 17 per cent. That’s almost half the land that should really remain untouched if nature is to go on producing the “ecosystem services” that keep our environment relatively stable. It’s a dollar short, of course: we will ultimately have to give 40 per cent of the land surface of the planet back to nature if we really want long-term stability. But it’s a good start. Even more importantly, the strategic plan will increase the protected area of the oceans from only one per cent to 10 per cent by 2020. If that is done in the right places, it would create no-fishing-allowed marine


International Affairs GWYNNE DYER reserves big enough to allow the many endangered fish populations, some of them down to 10 per cent or less of their former numbers, time and space to recover. (Fish multiply pretty rapidly if you give them time to mature and breed.) The other big achievement of the conference is a deal that promises governments in the developing world, and also indigenous peoples in those countries, fair payment for genetic material that ends up in highly profitable first-world crops and drugs. There are also useful measures to protect life in wetlands, forests, freshwater systems and coastal zones – and the financing to pay for it. This is particularly encouraging after the climate change conference in Copenhagen last December ended in a complete train-wreck, for the Climate Change Convention is the long-lost twin of the biodiversity treaty. Maintaining the stable, benign climate of the past 10,000 years is critical to the well-being of a global civilization that now numbers almost seven billion human beings – but so is preserving the web of life that underpins that climate. Both treaties were born at the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, an event that was extraordinary in its ambition. The Cold War had just ended, the notion of a single global society was gaining ground, and the

realization was dawning that the sheer scale and heedless economic style of that civilization were starting to devastate the environment that supported it. The summit was an attempt to stop the destruction before it went too far. The climate change treaty was intended to tackle the key issue of global warming, but scientists and even lay people were beginning to understand that everything joins up. About 40 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions, for example, come from forestry and agriculture, and those same activities are decimating or destroying the living species, many of them microscopic, whose interactions maintain the environment we live in. But nothing much happened after the signature of the biodiversity convention. The rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo and Indonesia continued to be cut down, the world’s fisheries drifted closer to collapse, and though many deplored the neglect, no government did anything about it. After a good start in the 1990s, the climate change accord also stalled after the United States began actively sabotaging the talks under then-president George W. Bush. Now the world is emerging from that wasted decade, and all sorts of things that were put on hold at the height of the terrorist panic, or just postponed because the United States wouldn’t play, are back on the agenda. Not always with instant success, as the Copenhagen shambles amply demonstrated – but real progress is possible again, and last week in Nagoya is the



What do you hope for or expect from the new council?

“I hope that they take more action against the (biogas) plant.” > Sherry Schummer

“I hope they do something to reduce taxes. Let them lead the way for all politicians.” > David Holmes


“I’m not really expecting any great changes. Politicians are politicians.” > Roger Karchemny

While residents may have decided against fluoridation, turning off the taps, the real impact of last month's vote may take a little while to play out.

“Just that they do the best they can do, and listen to the people.” > Doris Seibel



» Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another example of dumbing down the electorate A

re we getting dumber? More specifically, are Americans getting dumber, with Canadians following in their wake? Looking at the political scene, we’d be forced to say ‘yes.’ And we’ve been doing nothing if not taking in the political theatre south of the border. There’s nothing like watching American politics for sheer entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s more amusement than it is the thoughtful political philosophy of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Yet like an accident on the side of the highway, we can’t help but gawk. As Canadians, we have the luxury of watching at a distance. While the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections have no direct impact on us, our boat will be rocked too, as we sail the same waters. Americans are angry. So are we, though not to the same extent. And our outlets for anger are fewer and much less shrill. What’s playing out next door could be a version of our future. Go beyond the “entertainment” value of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin – who columnist Eric Margolis calls the patron saint of low IQ Americans – and we see just what politics has become in the U.S., and what it’s threatening to become here. Dumb. Partisan. Bereft of policies. And the opposite of an engaged citizenry, despite the populist trappings. Yes, Americans are angry. And scared. They have every right to be, given the state of their economy. But the anger is directed at the

From the Editor Steve Kannon wrong targets. Supporters of the Tea Party movement who voted for fringe candidates Tuesday night do so in direct opposition to their own best interests. There’s the obvious stuff – the so-called grassroots organization was created and funded by the billionaire Koch family, which has been working for decades to undermine the public good for its own benefit. Then there’s the underlying issue of corporatism and consumerism-trumps-citizenship, far more difficult to get on the agenda, let alone resolve. The problems in the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, are complex. Partisan sniping and sloganeering won’t help. Apparently, that’s the best we can do. That’s why we have pundits yelling on TV. Ersatz politicians using homey platitudes – you betcha. And issues reduced to the lowest common denominator. The crazy-making rhetoric was in full stride leading up to Nov. 2. It hasn’t subsided much since then, such is the polarization in the circus tent that is U.S. politics. The gravel pit debate playing out in Woolwich provides something of an analogy for the political situation at play, albeit on a much smaller scale. You have a few people looking to make money through the extraction

of aggregate. You have a whole lot more people facing big loss in their quality of life, including financially. The latter are looking to their elected representatives to, well, represent them. Locally, they should get the support of councillors, who are best advised to vote against the projects. Where things start to go sideways, however, is at the provincial level. Rather than do what’s right for these people, the Ministry of Natural Resources, usually aided by the Ontario Municipal Board, sides with the business interests. Money and political influence trump what’s right. While unfair, that scenario is commonplace when extended to the national level and affecting many facets of life on a much, much larger scale. Further complicating things, and this is where it gets weird, it’s not unusual for the people who stand to lose the most to be supporters of those out to do them harm. It would be like members of the BridgeKeepers organization, for instance, rallying to prevent a gravel pit in West Montrose by supporting a gravel-industry group. It’s easy to laugh at that silly notion, but the same thing plays out nationally here and in the U.S. It’s the kind of reasoning that has Americans believing Republicans are all about smaller government and fiscal responsibility, when just the opposite is true. Substitute Canadians and Conservatives here and you can see we’re in the same boat, albeit without some of the worst fundamentalist dogma coming out


Winding sidewalk a favourite stretch To the Editor,  Whoever designed the sidewalk that was built a few years ago along Arthur Street, from First Street past Oriole Parkway and farther south, I would like to say ‘thank you.’ When I first saw it, I thought it was the oddest sidewalk I had ever seen with all its twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. Now it’s my favourite walk. I can’t wait to get to the cute little bridge that is the highlight of my walk. They could have built a plain, flat bridge with an ugly railing but, no, they

built a rusty, curved one that goes up and around and over – I often stand there just feeling good. And lo and behold, they’ve added a bench where I can sit if I get tired, need to re-lace my shoes or just to watch the cars go by. So I say a huge ‘thank you.’

> Joanne Sarah Dillon, Elmira

Wellesley trail needs a sensible approach To the Editor,  What a shame that the mere simple negligence of full disclosure of a preexisting condition to

a property purchaser has to result in a personal attack by neighbours, including some who have relocated to the big city of Waterloo. One can only hope that the smalltown friendly atmosphere of Wellesley village will prevail as issues are addressed surrounding the placement directly abutting private residences are considerate of all parties concerned. A buffer zone, as used around many of the trails in Waterloo, would have been sensible approach and therefore the privacy and other issues raised could have been minimized.

> Joyce Barker, Wellesley

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Young chef eager to cater to Elmira area

Deeming the time right for his own business and seeing a local need, Ryan Terry prepares to launch Flow Catering hen it comes to cooking, chef Ryan Terry has done it all. He has spent a decade working for the award-winning Charcoal Group, which owns five restaurants in the region including Wildcraft in Waterloo and del Dente in Kitchener; he has cooked throughout Italy and in Amsterdam, and he also runs a pizzeria in Grand Bend during the summer. The one thing he hasn’t done, is run a business he could call his own – that is, until now. Terry has just opened Flow Catering, which specializes in catering services to the Tri-City area as well as a 500-square-foot café at 10 Church St. W. in Elmira. “I’ve had the opportunity before to open restaurants and be partners, but I think now is the time,” explained Terry. “It’s my own ship, and no one else is involved.” The Kitchener-native chose Elmira because of what he sees as a lack of good food varieties in the area, and because of the growth expected in the next few years. “If you go to Waterloo, there are restaurants everywhere,” he explains. “So coming to Elmira I think there’s only a small handful of restaurants. And it seems like it’s growing rapidly and that subdivisions are coming in.” He also enjoys the small-town feeling of the area, and how close he is to local farmers and pro-

ON THE MENU Chef Ryan Terry is busy booking parties and getting the word around town about his new business, Flow Catering. A café will open in the next month. Below, Terry prepares to plate and serve an Asian stir-fry complete with fresh, local ingredients. or dairy-free menu options due to allergies. For customers interested in a behindthe-scenes look at his kitchen, Terry will also be starting small cooking classes and corporate team-building programs, and is even preparing for what he calls ‘The Chef’s Table’ on Friday and Saturday nights. He will open his kitchen up to a small dinner party of four to eight people, and they can sit and watch him prepare a six or seven course meal from start to finish. It will give diners the opportunity to interact with him one-on-one by asking questions and seeing how each dish is prepared, he said. Terry was exposed to cooking from a very early age. He calls his mother “a great cook,” who also helps out with the less fortunate through the soup-kitchen




ducers, especially with the enormous growth in local food and customer’s desire to understand where their food comes from. “The local food movement is huge. It seems like every time you open a paper someone is talking about it. In the Kitchener-Waterloo area we’re so fortunate to have a lot of farming." For now his emphasis is getting the catering side of the business up and running, but he hopes to have the café open in the next month. It will feature freshly baked goods and premium coffee and tea for early risers, a gourmet lunch menu with a wide variety of tastes to please nearly any palate, as well as freshly made dinner entrees to go. “Everything is going to be made from scratch,” he said. “Scratch cooking with highquality ingredients.” Flow will accommodate events ranging from wakes and weddings to Christmas parties and stag-and-does. Terry’s personal philosophy is ‘Fresh, Simple Energy’ and he cooks with big, bold flavours that are colourful but also simple to make. He enjoys cooking traditional meals like slow-cooked macaroni and cheese or shepherd’s pie, but can also create higher-end dishes like foie gras or Asian stir-fry as well. He can also cook based on the special food requirement of customers, such as vegetarians or anyone who requires gluten-free


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hen Isabella DePaola’s son Micheal picked up stakes and moved from Guelph to a furnished apartment in Toronto, she was determined to do all she could to help him settle in – and that meant hunting down bed bugs left behind by the previous tenants. Armed with her trusty stream iron, she scorched the daylights out of the resident mattress at her son’s new place, set up his bed with fresh, crisp sheets and blankets, then concluded with a motherly suggestion. “I told Micheal that when he moves back, I do not want any of the linens, sheets, blankets and pillows to come home with him,” she said. “If there are bed bugs, they can stay in Toronto.” What a shift. Moms such as Isabella once helped sons and daughters move into new digs with home cooking and elbow grease. Now, these same moms are becoming exterminators, as bed bugs raise their blood-sucking little heads in places never known before. What’s going on? Well, plenty, says bed bug expert Dr. Kurt Saltzmann of Purdue University’s Center for Urban and Industrial

Food For Thought Owen Roberts Pest Management. Saltzmann, who’ll be speaking in Guelph later this month at the Ontario Pest Management Conference, believes insecticide resistance, increased travel, changes in pest control tactics, and society’s lax approach to bed bug prevention and control is contributing to the return of this once common pest. But he’s not absolutely sure. And neither are any other experts. Like society itself, science took a laissez faire attitude to bed bugs for decades, and moved onto other problems when it appeared these parasitic insects were under control. Even Saltzmann, a recognized leader in bed bug research, is fairly new to the area. He started his program just three years ago, having joined Purdue after working as a research molecular biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Saltzmann’s expertise is in what’s called RNA interference. This involves using gene silencing to shut down production of a specific protein in an insect, to better understand the protein’s role inside the bug. Saltzmann says the goal is to find proteins that are critical for bed bug growth and development. Just having a better understanding of bed bug biology at the molecular level is useful, he says, but he’s also on the lookout for key proteins that could potentially be new targets for insecticides. RNA interference is being used to learn more about insects other than bed bugs, such as the red flour beetle and the Hessian fly, Saltzmann’s targets when he worked for Washington. New research-based approaches such as this are needed, as society moves away from traditional pest control procedures. Saltzmann says one reason bed bugs have proliferated is because over the last 15 years, baits have become popular instead of liquid insecticides for controlling ants and cockroaches indoors. Liquid insecticides helped control other insects, such as bed bugs. But baits are not

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effective for bed bugs, which feed on blood. And sprays have fallen out of favour, so it’s onto something else. What will that be? Likely an integrated approach to bed bug management, which Saltzmann will be discussing when he comes to Guelph. He’ll be looking for other scientists with unique skill sets to join the bed bug brigade he’s assembling to battle the creatures. Meanwhile, says Saltzmann, home owners and renters such as the DePaolas need to stay vigilant against the resurgence of this pest. Like Isabella, steam and launder your belongings (or someone else’s). Vacuum like you just bought a new Dyson. Seal gaps where bed bugs can hide. Generally, don’t make them feel too welcome. Bed bug bites aren’t infectious. And the creatures themselves are not very big (about the size of an apple seed). But their “ick” factor is significant. Experts such as Saltzmann describe the beg bug phenomenon as a resurgence rather than an epidemic, but they know we need their help, and they’re on it.

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program in Kitchener, and his aunt is a pastry chef who once owned her own restaurant. When he graduated from high school he was working at del Dente as a dishwasher and had a scholarship to study to become a mechanic, when the chef there told him he should become his apprentice. Three months later he was off to culinary school at George Brown College in Toronto, where he graduated in 2003. He returned to del Dente as a chef, and worked there for two more years. He took a three month leave to travel to Europe in 2007, but it certainly wasn’t a vacation. He



MANY CHANGES Terry has made the long journey from aspiring mechanic and dishwasher to owning his own catering company and café in just a few short years.

travelled through Italy and Amsterdam with nothing more than his knives and a three-month rail pass, offering his skills “for free or for food.” He says he learned

much about European cuisine and was able to hone his craft as a chef, particularly with Italian cuisine, which is his passion. Upon his return to Canada,

he joined Wildcraft in Waterloo and was the head chef there for a year, before working at the Fairmont in New Brunswick. The 28-year-old was also the recipient of the “Top 30 Under 30” award in 2007, given by the Ontario Hostelry Institute to the best and brightest young chefs in the province. The catering company and café in Elmira is a new challenge for him and his family. He and his girlfriend Leah have a 10-month old son named Kayden. He doesn’t expect them to be too involved in the business, however. “It’s very easy to get sucked into working for your family in this business, and I don’t neces-

sarily want to work with my family, because it gets pretty crazy and heated. This is my kind of thing, and I keep it separate as much as I possibly can.” He calls Leah his “support system,” noting she has her own career as an engineer to follow. Once the kitchen and the café are up and running, Terry also plans to give back to the community. He hopes to hire two full-time employees and one part-time employee to work in the café, and wants to take on two apprentices for the kitchen. He will also be searching for a full-time sous-chef, and a couple of dishwashers. He also wants to organize a co-op program through the high school.

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Elmira man rolls into retirement after more than four decades of taking children to and from school Katie Edmonds


MANY MILEs LATEr George Baessler is a familiar face to many school kids, past and present, as he drove a school bus in the area for more than 40 years. Having been through many changes over the year, he’s finally decided to park the bus for good, shifting into retirement. community and their dedication is unmatched.” All in a day’s work for Baessler. Baessler began his career working on his family’s farm in Linwood but a lightened workload and the addition of a few more to his growing family left Baessler looking for additional work. The job as a bus driver seemed to just land in his lap. “When the job came up I thought it looked pretty good, and my kids liked the sound of it,” he said with a laugh. “They were lucky;

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they just had to crawl out St. David’s High School and the door and get onto the then back to Linwood. bus.” “But I just kept right He began his time as a on going,” he said with a driver back in 1968, drivlaugh. “My job was to be ing students to St. Clement there, every day and get the School. Since he began kids to school on time, so with the company, he has that’s what I did.” seen five changeovers in In June of this year, ownership; he was first George was invited to a hired by Lishman’s Coach dinner at the Concordia Lines, before the company Club in Kitchener where was sold to United Trails he was officially thanked Bus Lines, then Charterfor his service upon his ways Transportation, then retirement. He was given a Laidlaw Bus Lines and now pin for each of his years of First Student. His route $25.99 Prime workRib and a commemorative changed from St. Clements Steaks clock which now hangs in to Linwood Public School to the kitchen of his Elmira


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he holiday season is all about indulging, is it not? Inviting friends and family to your home, or having a potluck party? This dessert is a great crowd pleaser that can serve from 8-16 people. This Chocolate Pavé (pav-eh – translates to “paving stone”) is dense, flourless cake that is fantastic served with whipped cream, ice cream or even strawberry jam. It is not overly sweet. There are three tricks to this cake. Number one: dealing with the eggs in this cake can be a little tricky. You must separate them carefully to ensure that NO yolk gets into the whites. Yolks contain fat, so therefore, if your whites contain any trace amount of fat (either from the yolk or from possible grease in your bowl) your whites will not whip up. Number two: be careful not to overwhip the egg whites or they will deflate. When you lift the whisk from the egg whites the first stage is ‘soft peak.’ This is a little ‘rolling hill’ shape. The

From The Chef's Table Kirstie Herbstreit & Jody o'Malley ‘stiff peak’ stage is just around the corner, and when you lift the whisk from the whites they will hold a ‘pointed’ shape. This is when to stop whisking. Number three: Folding. You’ve worked really hard at getting the egg whites to the desired volume; this volume is what will give the cake some leavening. To fold, gently use a spatula to bring the ingredients from the bottom and ‘fold’ over the top. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and line the bottom with parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust the pan with flour or cocoa powder, shaking out the excess; Set a medium heat-proof bowl over

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whites until foamy. Gradually add 1/2-cup sugar and 1/4-teaspoon salt. Continue to whisk until the mixture looks glossy and holds a stiff peak; Fold the whites into the chocolate mixture in three parts. Fold only until there are no visible streaks of white. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, smooth the top and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. As the cake cooks it will develop cracks on the top; this is normal. The cake is done when the sides are set and the center is still slightly soft; Let the cake cool completely. Invert the cake onto a baking sheet, remove the parchment paper and then invert onto a serving platter.

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TheOctober Region 25, of Waterloo be holding a public information introduce a draft On 2010 the will following question was submitted to centre electorstowho currently receive Regional By-law respecting signs on Regional roads. The proposed Sign By-law addresses fluoridated municipal water in the City of Waterloo, portions of Woolwich Township including all types unoffi cialCountry signs onSquire Regional including election accessory Elmira andofSt. Jacobs, Roadroads and the Farmer’s Marketsigns, area, business and a small portion signs, farmofaccessory of the City Kitchener:signs, mailbox accessory signs, open house signs and poster signs. The proposed Sign By-law establishes requirements for unofficial signs including: “Should the Region of Waterloo fluoridate your municipal water? • Location and placement; Yes or No.” • Size, shape, construction and content; • Impacts to the function of the road; The results of that vote were • Number of signs and timing of placement; and • Sign removal. Yes - 15,266 - 15,461 Staff areNoalso proposing an amendment to the Region’s Tourism and Essential Services Signing Policy to allow tourism signage on Regional roads for agri-toursim activities. A report is going to the November 16, 2010 Administration and Finance Committee meeting When: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, drop in 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. to recommend the implementation of the simple majority result and the passing of a by-law Place: Regional Administration Headquarters (lobby) at Regional Council on November 24, 2010 to discontinue the fluoridation of municipal water Frederick Street, Kitchener in the City 150 of Waterloo, portions of Woolwich Township including Elmira and St. Jacobs, Country Squire Road and the Farmer’s Market area, andthe a small portion of the Cityinformation of Kitchener.and This public information centre is being held for purpose of providing receiving comments from the public. A copy of the draft By-law is available for review in A copy of the by-law will be available in the Regional Clerk’s Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd the Clerk’s Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener or on the Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener after November 12, 2010. If you have questions conRegion’s website at: cerning the by-law please contact Lee Ann Wetzel, Deputy Clerk, at 519-575-4410. - tab Newsroom, tab Public Notices If you wish to speak at the Administration and Finance Committee or Council meeting, please If you ashave questions the Administrative By-law, please contact Nancy Button, register a delegation withconcerning the Council and Services Division at 519-575Manager, Transportation Engineering at 519-575-4520 or by email at 4420 by Wednesday, November 10 at 12 noon for Committee or Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12 noon for Council.

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Goal-scoring struggle sees Kings split pair After Brantford shuts them out for the first time this season, Sugar Kings bounce back against Listowel James Jackson



think that was a game where there wasn’t a lot of positive other than we went on the road and only gave up one goal.” Brantford scored their second of the night with one second left on the clock and after the Kings had pulled their goalie. “We just didn’t generate any offence and it didn’t feel like a good game. We didn’t generate

anything, nothing at all.” The proof is in the statistics. The Kings were held to 22 shots, their second-lowest total of the season, which was surprising given that they had 51 shots on goal the last time the two teams met. Matthew Smith took the hard-luck loss after stopping 35 of 36 shots. “It’s pretty tough to get shut-

out in our league, because if you’re aggressive on the forecheck you’ll create chances. But give them credit, they shut us down and their goaltending was strong.” That poor play appeared to carry on into their game on Sunday against the Listowel Cyclones – they were held to just four shots in the first pe-

riod, they failed to generate any good scoring chances, and they trailed 1-0 heading into the dressing room after 20 minutes. “It was a very similar type of effort,” noted Haddaway. “I thought it was a little bit better, but I just thought we weren’t sharp. We were losing the battles to the pucks.” > SEE KINGS ON PG. 21

Pair of overtime losses end Jacks’ streak

Some positives, but coach makes no excuses for squad that failed to do the little things right James Jackson


he Wellesley Applejacks saw their fivegame winning streak snapped last weekend with a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses to the Tavistock Braves at home on Saturday night and in Burford against the Bulldogs on Sunday night. Head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick didn’t mince any words about either loss. “I don’t take any con-


The Wellesley Applejacks were pleased with the success of last week’s breast cancer awareness event during the Oct. 30 home game against the Tavistock Braves. Between program sales and the proceeds from a donation box, the team collected $200, to be donated to breast cancer research programs. The team plans to make it an annual event.

Lukas Baleshta (21) scores his first of two powerplay goals on the night against Brian Hainsworth of the Listowel Cyclones last Sunday.


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he coaches for the Elmira Sugar Kings knew that heading into the season their strength was going to be solid defence and good goaltending, but they also knew the team might struggle at times to put the puck in the net. All three of those points were on display last week as the Kings dropped a 2-0 decision to the Brantford Golden Eagles Oct. 28, and pulled out a 4-2 win over the Listowel Cyclones on Sunday night at home. Their loss to the Golden Eagles was the first time they had been shut out all season. The Kings had entered the game on a hot streak, winning their previous four games and tallying 25 goals in those wins – including a 7-3 win over Brantford on Oct. 17. “I like to bring the positive’s out of every game,” said head coach Geoff Haddaway, “and I


Corey Way (20) provides a screen against Tavistock goaltender Bradan VanNynatten on Josh Herd’s second-period goal.

solation out of the point from either game, quite frankly. We were pretty disappointed in the outcome.” Saturday night featured the first re-match against the Braves after the Jacks’ 3-1 seasonopener loss back on Sept. 17, and the game started poorly for the Wellesley squad. They were outplayed and outhustled for much of the first period, and trailed 2-1 after the open-

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» Saturday, November 6, 2010


he other day a friend asked the proverbial question: Is there is anything better than a moose road kill? The answer, of course, is yes – a moose road kill that someone else ran over. This summarizes my basic philosophy when it comes to road kills in general. Namely, a road kill is desirable in inverse proportion to the damage it caused your vehicle. The issue here is one of diminishing returns. For instance, one person I know had to pay out $1,500 in damages after a mature gobbler decided to play chicken with his truck. In the end, that 20-pound bird cost my buddy about $75 a pound. And 19 out of those 20 pounds were inedible. The truly unfair thing is that the gobbler was not insured. As a result that meat was $1,500 a pound plus the deductible. That’s why I was overly cautious when I noticed a grouse laying in the centre of the road the other day. Sure, it acted dead but I wasn’t taking any chances. My van is getting kind of old and I’m not sure it could take that kind of abuse. But here’s the thing. It was a dead grouse – perhaps the tastiest of all road kills – and it was just laying there, as dead things are apt to do. It was a no-brainer. When I got out of the vehicle and approached it, I could see that this particular grouse had all the hallmarks of a winner. First – and this is key – it was immediately recognizable as a grouse. Second, there were no skid marks in the vicinity – something that I couldn’t honestly say after nearly hitting a moose two years ago. After determining that the bird was indeed dead (using all the standard poking and prodding tests), I began the lengthy process of evaluating if it had reached its expiration date. Since

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea it looked relatively pristine and was on a well-travelled road, I assumed it had been dead for less than three seconds and had been hit by someone who was not from around here. That’s because most locals, myself included, consider hitting a grouse our local equivalent of winning the sustenance lottery. Which is a nice way of saying the reason you hardly ever see dead grouse on the roads is because they taste great. Sometimes you get lucky though. Once I was driving along with the windows rolled down when a grouse flew in and died in the back seat – after a brief struggle that lasted about a minute or two after I pulled over. This, by the way, is something I wouldn’t recommend doing with a bear. But I digress. The grouse that I picked up yesterday was – aside from being dead – in pretty good shape. Its breast, which is the best part of any game bird, was relatively unscathed – which tells me that it was probably hit head on by a speeding Smart Car. It would have had to be speeding, otherwise the grouse would have recovered. In any case, a little later, when I got home, I cleaned the bird and began the process of making up a story about how I captured it by hand. That’s the best way of convincing squeamish dinner guests that a road kill is edible, by the way. Either that or tell them how much the meat cost per pound.

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MINdING tHE NEt Former Sugar King Dan Morrison makes a blocker save against Bentley University earlier this cess the young goalie has had at the U.S. collegiate level. “I’ve been following along too, and had some contact with him. He’s off to a great start and it’s nice to see,” said Haddaway. “He is a phenomenal goaltender, but he relied on his instincts and athleticism. That is great and will get you far, but this summer I think he spent a little more time concentrating on some of the technical side of the game.” Haddaway also coached


season. Below, Morrison in game action against Army.


ormer Elmira Sugar Kings goaltender Dan Morrison continues to excel south of the border for the Canisius College Golden Griffins of the NCAA. On Tuesday, Morrison was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month after leading the team to one of its best starts in its history. In seven October games, the London-native posted a 4-2-1 record with a 1.97 goals against average and .947 save percentage. The junior currently ranks first in the country with 250 total saves, is fifth in save percentage and 12th in goals against average. He was also named the goaltender of the week on Oct. 25 after posting a 2-01 record, the fourth time in his career he has won that award. The superb goaltending should come as no surprise to Elmira residents, who watched Morrison help lead the Kings to a first-place finish back in the 2007-08 season, where the Kings would eventually lose in the league finals. That season, Morrison finished with a 24-4-6 record while leading the league in goals-against-average (2.21) and save percentage (.938). Geoff Haddaway was Morrison’s coach during the goalkeeper’s time in Elmira, and is very happy with the suc-

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only 1:07 in with a quick wrist shot from Mac Kalbfleisch that beat Martin on the blocker side. Wellesley managed to weather the storm, however, and came back with one of their own at 3:58 with Rob Hinschberger’s third of the season, assisted by Justin Roeder. Wellesley crashed and banged the net looking for a loose puck, and managed to shovel it across the line before the net came off its moorings. The second period, however, was a very different one. Wellesley stormed out of the gates from the opening whistle and potted three unanswered goals; Chris Bauman at 2:25 from Read Shantz, Josh Herd at 3:05 from Corey Way and Shown Fitzpatrick, and Hinschberger scored his second of the night at 15:21 from Bauman. The play started on a good dump-and-chase by Kevin Howorth when he knocked a Tavistock defender off the puck with a solid check, and it went straight to Hinschberger who made a nice shot to the top corner. The Braves would respond



KEEP AN EYE oN tHE PUcK Kurt Martin makes one of his nine first-period saves against Tavistock last Saturday night.

with one of their own before the end of the period to make it 4-3. Heading into the third, the Jacks wanted to continue their strong play, but an early goal

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at 1:07 by Tavistock’s Charlie Rowland knotted the game up at four. A few minutes later, with Read Shantz in the box for hooking, Jacks forward Michael Forster broke in alone on the penalty kill but was hauled down by the Tavistock defender, leading to a penalty shot. Way was chosen to take the shot and made no mistake, as he faked forehand and switched to his backhand, restoring the one-goal lead. After good pressure throughout the second and into the early part of the third, the Jacks appeared take their foot off the gas, and Tavistock took advantage. They dominated the second half of the third and eventually tied it up at 16:47, forcing overtime.

The on-ice officials, who had allowed the play to flow all night by calling only two penalties against each team, appeared to miss a key interference call against Tavistock in overtime, leading to a break the opposite way and the winning goal at 3:55. Fans and players were irate over the non-call. “I missed that totally, but I’ve heard that from a lot of people,” said Fitzpatrick. “If you have to depend on a call from the referee, you probably shouldn’t have won the hockey game. All I know is that I had two people on the ice that should have done their job, and we wouldn’t be talking about the referee.” Both teams played with pink skate laces and pink tape on

their sticks to support breast cancer awareness month, and the team also had a donation box at the front table to collect donations as well. The following night in Burford, the Jacks got off to another poor start. They found themselves down 4-1 early in the third period before they managed to turn the game around to force overtime. Spencer Aspden scored at 7:54 from Way to cut the deficit to 4-2; Geoff Parr added another less than a minute later from Hinschberger; and Eric Parr completed the comeback at 18:22 on the powerplay from Shantz and Bauman. Fitzpatrick wasn’t pleased with the fact the team had to come back from 4-1 to tie it, though. “We came back, but why didn’t we do that in the first and second period?” Burford sealed the victory at 1:47 of the extra period on a goal by Nathan Boyle, handing the Jacks their second loss in as many nights. “We had too many guys not willing to do the work that their players were willing to do to contribute defensively, and that was disappointing. When we’re playing good teams, they’ve got to play better,” the coach noted. Prior to last weekend, the Jacks had only played one overtime game this season, a 3-2 victory over Ayr on Oct. 21. The Jacks remain in third place in the SOJHL standings, four points behind league-leader Tavistock. They suit up again Sunday to take on the Sailors in Port Dover at 2 p.m.. Their next home game is on Nov. 19 when they play the Ayr Centennials at 8:30 p.m.






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he EDSS swim team had its first practice this week and participant interest is up from last year, thanks in part to the new Woolwich Memorial Centre: the upgraded venue has made a splash with students interesting in swimming competitively. “We had 24 people at our first practice on Monday,” said swim team coach Dave Conlon. “That’s a good start, and I am expecting a few more. I think a lot of the students were attracted by the new fa-

cility; quite a few are trying it out for the first time.” The team, which practices Mondays and Wednesdays after school ends, is still allowing new members to join, with Conlon adding it was nice to see a few more boys added to the roster this year to round out the group. Last year’s squad was made up largely of girls. There are no official tryouts for students hoping to join the swim team, but competitors must be able to swim two lengths of the pool without stopping. “We don’t teach kids to

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oct. 30 Woolwich 4, Oakville 1 Goals: Isiah Katsube x2, Mitchell Lee, Blake Roemer (Keaton McLaughlin, Kyler Austin) oct. 31 Woolwich 7, Guelph 1 Goals: Ryan Elliot, Connor Bradley, Brett Allen, Mitchell Lee, Spencer Young, Dawson Good, Kyler Austin (Trevor Ferretti x2, Connor Bradley x2, Michell Lee x2, Blake Roemer x2, Brett Allen, Brady Brezynskie, Spencer Young, Keaton McLaughlin, Isiah Katsube) Nov. 3 Woolwich 8, Caledon 2 Goals: Dawson Good x2, Isiah Katsube x2, Spencer Young x2, Connor Bradley, Keaton McLaughlin (Isiah Katsube x3, Trevor Ferretti x2, Brett Allen x2, Spencer Young, Keaton McLaughlin, Blake Roemer, Kyler Austin) TWIN CENTRE NOVICE - GIRLS

oct. 30 Waterloo 4, Twin Centre 2 Goals: Blythe Bender x2


oct. 30 Woolwich 6, New Hamburg 1 Goals: Mike Sokolowski x1, Calvin Cressman x2, Matt Lalonde x2, Trevor Bowman x1 (Austin Horst x1, Matt Lalonde x2, Brendan Taylor x2, Nick Berlet x1, Jacob Cornwall x1, Marty Metzger x1, Trevor Bowman x1) WOOLWICH BANTAM LL - GIRLS

oct. 30 Waterloo 4, Woolwich 3 Goals: Erin Graham x2, Megan Thoman (Emily Schuurmans x3, Jessica Townsend x2, Jenna Weber)

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Goals: Tegan Schaus x2 (Sadie Gross, Mya Brubacher, Melyssa MacDonald) WOOLWICH NOVICE LL 3 - BOYS

oct. 30 Woolwich 6, Ayr 3 Goals: Cameron Martin x4, Nathan Curtis, Patrick Perry (Jordan Dickieson, Kieren Oberholzer, Keith Mikel, Parker Merlihan) WOOLWICH ATOM AE - BOYS

oct. 23 Flamborough 7,Woolwich 4 Goals: Zac Pickard x3, Jackson Hale (Ryan Belanger x2, Kyle Bruder x2, Cam Maillette, Riley Shantz)




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oH So cLoSE The Woolwich Wildcats Major Novice A team were finalists at the St. Thomas tournament held Oct. 22-24. The team went undefeated until they lost to the West London Hawks in the championship game. Back row: Derek Austin, Kelly Bradley, Connor Bradley, Steve Lee, Dawson Good, Lance Brezynskie, Trevor Ferretti. Middle row: Spencer Young, Mitchell Lee, Isiah Katsube, Kyler Austin, Brett Allen, Lucas Huber, Brady Brezynskie, Blake Roemer, Keaton McLaughlin, Ryan Elliot. Front row: Simon Huber, Ryan Martin. ELORA BANTAM MINOR A - BOYS

oct. 30 Woolwich 3, Centre Wellington 0 Goals: Grant Kernick, Alex Uttley, Jason Gamble (Jason Gamble, Greg Huber, Nathan Schlupp, Troy Nechanicky, Grant Kernick) Shutout: Jayden Weber oct. 31 Woolwich 5, Oakville 2 Goals: Jason Gamble x3, Grant Kernick x2 (Alex Uttley x3, Harrison Clifford) WOOLWICH NOVICE AE - BOYS

oct. 27 Hillsburg 3, Woolwich 3 Goals: Brendan Grant, Colin Merlihan, Alex Hutton (Jesse Martin x2, Matthew Brubacher, Alex Hutton, Jake Clemmer oct. 30 Erin-Hills 4, Woolwich 1 Goals: Jesse Martin (Jake Clemmer) WOOLWICH ATOM LL #1 - BOYS

oct. 23 Woolwich 2, Ayr 1 Goals: Joseph Boehm, CJ Sider (CJ Sider, Daniel Bullock) oct. 30 St. George 3, Woolwich 1 Goals: Chad Hoffer (Matthew Radler) WOOLWICH BANTAM AE - BOYS

oct. 27 Flamborough 1, Woolwich 0 oct. 30 Woolwich 6, Acton 2 Goals: Owen Griffiths x3, Colin Hartwick, Colton Williams, Tristen White (Bailey Nickel x3, Evan Martin x2, Tanner Horst x2, Eddie Huber, Connor Pierson) WOOLWICH ATOM LL 2 - BOYS

oct. 30 New Hamburg #4 5, Woolwich 3 Goals: Ben Weigel, Kyle Gingrich, Joshua Kohlsmith (Ben Weigel, Kyle Gingrich, Sam Sabean, Sully Keen) WOOLWICH MINOR ATOM A - BOYS

oct. 30 Woolwich 7, Hespeler 0 Goals: Jake Code x2, Brody Waters, Eli Baldin, Josh Martin, Sam Davidson, Austin Cousineau (Austin Cousineau x2, Eli Baldin x2, Jake Code x2, Lukas Shantz, Sam Davidson, Justin Taylor, Griffen Rollins) Shutout: Riley Demers oct. 31 Woolwich 4, Burlington 3 Goals: Josh Martin, Sam Davidson, Brody Waters, Austin Cousineau (Griffen Rollins x2, Ethan Young, Austin Cousineau, Lukas Shantz, Sam Davidson) WOOLWICH MAJOR MIDGET A - BOYS

oct. 29 Woolwich 5, Caledon 3 Goals: Sebastein Huber x2, Dalton Taylor, Brayden Stevens, Alex Albrecht (Alex David x2, Ryan Ament x2, Brayden Stevens, Sebastein Huber, Jake Moggy, Brandon Nickel, Ted Sebben) oct. 30 Woolwich 4, Hespeler 3

Goals: Alex Albrecht, Ryan Bauman, Ted Sebben, Brayden Stevens (Weston Morlock, Adam Brubacher, Ted Sebben, Alex Albrecht, Ryan Bauman, Weston Morlock, Jake Kernick, Alex David) oct. 31 Woolwich 4, Wellington 2 Goals: Alex Albrecht x3, Ryan Bauman (Ryan Bauman x2, Ted Sebben x3, Adam Brubacher x2, Weston Morlock)

Woolwich 5 Dundas 2 Goals : Zac Pickard x2, Ben Lenaers, Kieffer Beard, Justin Uhrig (Kyle Bruder, Luke Haugerud, Kieffer Beard) oct. 30 Flamborough 5, Woolwich 4 Goals : Kieffer Beard, Zac Picard x 2 (Justin Uhrig, Kyle Bruder , Ryan Belanger) Nov. 1 Ancaster 4, Woolwich 3 Goals : Luke Haugerud, Justin Uhrig x2 (Kieffer Beard x2, Ryan Belanger, Luke Haugerud) WOOLWICH ATOM LL - GIRLS

oct. 30 Woolwich 3, Grand River #2 2 Goals: Holly Faries x2, Claire Robertson



oct. 27 Woolwich 6, Flamborough 0 Goals: Jake Lewis x2, Aaron Weigel, Nick Kieswetter, Brett Henry, James Cooper (Gareth Rowland x2, Alex Taylor, Nathan Schwarz, James Cooper, Aaron Weigel) Shutout: Ryan Conrad oct. 30 Dundas 8, Woolwich 4 Goals: Gareth Rowland, Alex Taylor, Jake Lewis, Brett Henry (Nick Kieswetter x2, Alex Turchan, Aaron Weigel) oct. 31 Woolwich 8, Arthur 1 Goals: James Cooper x2, Jake Lewis, Gareth Rowland x2, Alex Taylor x2, Nathan Schwarz (Aaron Weigel x3, Gareth Rowland, Brett Henry, Jake Lewis, Earl Schwartz)

oct. 29 Centre Wellington 5, Woolwich 3 Goals: Alex MacLean, Ryan Schinker, Johnny Clifford (Timmy Shuh x2, Johnny Clifford, Alex White, Alex MacLean) oct. 30 Woolwich 2, Owen Sound 0 Goals: Sebastian Lane, Alex MacLean (Timmy Shuh, Cody Petrosino)


oct. 27 Woolwich 3, Caledon 3 Goals: Tyson Bender x2, Issac Frey (Ryan Kieswetter x2, Jacob Uridil) oct. 29 Woolwich Wildcats 1, Brampton Battalion 1 Goals: Tyson Bender (Jonah Boehm) oct. 31 Hespeler 3, Woolwich 1 Goals: Ryan Kieswetter (Isaac Frey, Owen Read) WOOLWICH NOVICE TYKE SELECT - BOYS

oct. 30 Woolwich 6, Hespeler 4 Goals: Gavin Roemer x2, Jake McDonald x2, Tyler Martin, Kody Lewis, (Jake McDonald x2, Kody Lewis x2, Nolan Steringa x2, Owen Lee, Tyler Martin,) oct. 31 Woolwich 8, Dundas 2 Goals: Colton Schmitt x2, Cole Slade x2, Gavin Roemer x2, Tyler Brezynskie, Brett Moser (Tyler Brezynskie x2, Weston Bradley, Brett Moser, Cole Slade, Jake McDonald) WOOLWICH BANTAM BB - GIRLS

oct. 30 Bluewater 2, Woolwich 1 Goals: Amber MacPherson (Gillian Olsthoorn) oct. 31 Waterloo 2, Woolwich 0 WOOLWICH ATOM C – GIRLS

oct. 30 Woolwich 2, Ingersoll 0 Goals: Tegan Schaus x2 (Taya Beacom) oct. 31 Ingersoll 6, Woolwich 2


oct. 27 Guelph 9, Woolwich 1 Goals: Maddie MacLean (Mackenzie Beacom) oct. 30 Woolwich 7, Kitchener 5 Goals: Maddie MacLean x3, Annaliese Bromberg x2, Alison Schultz, Aristana Paleczny (Kate Martin x2, Tyana Bruns x2, Alison Schultz x2, Mackenzie Beacom, Megan Scheuring, Aristana Paleczny, Jocelyn Martin) WOOLWICH PEEWEE LL 2 - BOYS

oct. 30 Woolwich LL# 2 3, Tavistock LL#1 1 Goals: Matthew Uhrig x2, Joe Hanley (Alex Metzger, Quinn Young, Carter Hanley, Jonathon Martin, Connor Graham) WOOLWICH MAJOR PEEWEE - BOYS

oct. 30 Centre Wellington 2, Woolwich 1 Goals: Connor Runstedler (Connor Bauman) TWIN CENTRE NOVICE LL 3 - BOYS

oct. 30 Twin Centre LL#3 12, Tavistock #2 5 Goals: Jacob Thompson x7, Dylan Hehn x 2, Hayden Martin x2, John Buddinger (Nathan Brideau x1, Hayden Martin x1, Jaden Palermo x1, Jacob Thompson x1) WOOLWICH LL #1 – BOYS

oct. 24 Woolwich 5, Tavistock 2 Goals: Ryan Devries x2, Jacob Bruder, Bradley Mathieson, Duncan McDonald (Noah Taylor, Bradley Mathieson) oct. 29 Woolwich 4, St. George 1 Goals: Jordan Vanderwoude x2, Bradley Mathieson, Jacob Bruder (Dylan Arndt, Ryan Devries, Jordan Vanderwoude) oct. 30 Woolwich 2, New Hamburg 0 Goals: Ryan Devries, Jacob Bruder (Bradley Mathieson, Jacob Bruder, Chris Taylor, Dillan Arndt)



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FAMILY TIME Shayne Coffin (centre), who plays the role of Nick Cristano, debates the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question with his grandparents, played by Ruth Connor (left), Jamie MacIntosh and Sherry Heine in a scene from the Elmira Theatre Company's production of Over the River and Through the Woods.

Now’s the time for stories of family and food


ovember seems like the perfect time for a story about family, faith and food – Thanksgiving leads into Remembrance Day and then the big one: Christmas. Into the mix comes Over the River and Through the Woods, the latest production from the Elmira Theatre Company. Family, with all its ups and downs, is the thread that runs through the heartwarming comedy by Joe DiPietro, opening Nov. 11. Even more fittingly, it’s ETC’s dinner theatre. In Over the River and Through the Woods, the audience is taken on a sweet and sentimental journey to a home in Hoboken, New Jersey. There we meet a tightknit Italian-American family, with a story revolving around Nick Christano, a 29-year old marketing executive who dutifully visits his four grandparents every Sunday for dinners. One Sunday he has an ex-

citing, though devastating announcement: He’s being promoted to a new position in Seattle. As Nick (played by Shayne Coffin) is their only relative left in the area, the prospect of losing him sees the grandparents pull out all the stops to prevent his departure. The result is a timeless tale of young people looking for change and an older group trying to hold on to the way things were, says the play’s director. “You have a young person that’s ready to leave home, and two sets of grandparents that want to keep him there,” said Rita Huschka. “This is something that we all go through – it’s a universal story.” The familiar themes resonate with audiences, she added. DiPietro has been compared to Neil Simon, in that his plays are very much character-driven, mixing all the elements of real human relationships. “It’s a story about people. Nothing blows up other than a


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Universal themes abound in ETC staging of Joe DiPietro’s comedy Over the River and Through the Woods

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR Tracy Leighton (left), who plays the role of Caitlin O’Hare, explains what a vegetarian is – and why she can’t eat the veal. character or two,” she laughed. “It’s funny. It’s poignant. It all has to do with family, food and faith.” DiPietro, winner of two Tony Awards in 2010 for Memphis, has been prolific, penning more than a dozen stories in the past 15 or so years. He is best known for his witty musical I Love You! You’re Perfect! Now Change! and

Over the River and Through the Woods, which have both been long running hits off-Broadway in New York. The autobiographical nature of some of the material is reminiscent of Simon. For Over the River and Through the Woods, the writer, who grew up in New Jersey, has said the characters are based loosely on his own


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four grandparents, although the plot is completely fictional. “The biggest difference between these generations is their concept of family and home. They believed that the family was central, and work is something you just do to provide for them. For our generation, it’s a lot more complicated,” he’s been quoted as saying of the dynamics behind this play. Although set in New Jersey, the story could easily be anywhere at any time, said Huschka. The play is staged accordingly. The Elmira Theatre Company production of Over the River and Through the Woods runs Nov. 11-14, Nov. 19-21, and Nov. 26-28 at 76 Howard Ave. Show times are 7 p.m., except Sundays (5 p.m.) and Thursday (8 p.m.). Tickets are $48 for dinner shows, $18 for the show only, available at the Centre in the Square box office in Kitchener by calling 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, online at

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Seeking reliable and enthusiastic individuals to fill customer service and food service positions. Full and part-time day shifts.

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Part-time cook/dietary aide at St. Jacobs Place Retirement Residence. Must be able to work days, some evenings and alternate weekends. Please email or fax your resume to Marlen Boisvenue. Fax 519-664-1364 or Email

WAREHOUSE POSITION EGS Electrical Group Canada Ltd., a leading manufacturer of industrial electrical equipment is seeking a Warehouse worker. Prospective applicants must have a Grade 12 education with proficient English verbal, reading and written communication skills. Duties include: preparation of various products for shipping, miscellaneous warehouse duties, receiving in-coming supplies or customer returns, completion of documentation. Physical requirements include: Walking, climbing stairs & ladders, lifting up to 30 pounds. Applicants must have the ability to be trained to operate a fork lift and/or reach truck. Previous fork lift or reach truck experience is an asset. Please forward your resume in confidence to: EGS Electrical Group Canada Ltd. 99 Union Street Elmira, Ontario, N3B 3L7 Attn: Human Resources Email: We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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responsible, reliable driver needed for growing property maintenance company. Must be willing to work on call 24-7 during winter season. Competitive wages. Must have full G license with clean drivers abstract. Duties include transporting entire sidewalk crew and equipment with truck and enclosed trailer and shoveling and salting sidewalks. Must work well with others, experience in this line of work is necessary. May lead to year-round position for the right applicant. Please fax resume to 519-669-9819.

> Drivers:

long and Short haul. Good pay. Attainable bonuses. Discounted fuel, + Fuel Cards for O/O’s. Grandfathered seniority pay. Company drivers. 800-3972627.

> Full time employment opportunity at Elmira Stove Works. Responsibilities: answering phones. Answering product inquiries via phone and internet. General office duties (mail, faxing and filing). Hours: 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Please fax resume to 519669-1774 or drop off in person at 285 Union St., Elmira.

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> no time to Clean? 15 years experience in the cleaning business will clean your home or office in Elmira and Surrounding area. Responsible and reasonable rates. Call 519-669-8017 days or evenings. FOr sale

> 2 Door working cooler

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> Book sale nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11, 1-9 p.m. Nov. 12, 1-9 p.m. Salema Martin, 15 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira. 519-669-3941. Large variety of books for all ages, cards and games. Also lots of discounted items. > Bunkbeds!

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> Driveway sealing equipment - 80ft of hose, 80 gallon tank, 5.5hp Honda Engine. Best offer. Honda Pressure Washer, gas, 11hp, 3500 psi, $500. Honda pump, 5.5hp w/gear reduction, $300. 519-886-7538. > HOckeY

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> Passport Photos, Gun licences etc. $10. Brian’s Photo, 57 Arthur St. S., Elmira. 519-210-0608. > two

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> Wallenstein General store, 7278 Line 86, 519669-2231.c h r i s t m a s Baking supplies from now until christmas. Glazed Cherries, whole and broken $2.99lb; Glazed Pineapple $3.49lb; Glazed “A” Mix $1.99lb; Sliced Almonds 1/2 lb $2.49; reg. $2.69; Walnut Pieces California $6.29lb reg. $6.59; Merkins Melting Wagers, White and Lite Chocolate $3.19lb, reg. $3.49; Pecan Halves 1/2lb $4.69, reg. $4.99; Sultana Raisins 2lb $3.39, reg. $3.79; Golden Raisins $2.69lb, reg. $2.99lb; Pure Chocolate Chips $2.89lb reg. $3.39lb; Dates, pitted $1.49lb; Coconut/Medium/ Shredded/Unsweetened $1.39lb, reg. $1.59; Peanuts with or without salt $1.49 reg. $1.79.


FOr sale General store Inc., 7278 Line 86, 519-669-2231. Grocery specials from nov. 1 13. Schneider’s Ham and Cheese Loaf $2.49 lb; General Mills Golden Grahams, Lucky Charms 330-460g $3.99; Campfire Marshmallows Giant 790g $3.49; Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper 166220g 2/$4.00; Skippy Peanut Butter 1kg $3.99; Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayo 890g $3.99; Maxwell House Instant Coffee 200g $3.99; Neo Citran Cold and Flu 10 single dose $8.99; Listerine Original Mouthwash 250ml $2.99; Soft Soap Pump 340ml $2,49; Majesta Facial Tissue 2 ply 136 $1.19; Surf Laundry Detergent 35 load 1.63L $4.99.

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> solid Oak - Mennonite > 2 Bedrooms main made - double pedestal floor only of house. 1200 extension table and 6 sq. ft. Washer, dryer, fridge, 47 Northside St. Jacobs, ON chairs. Extends (3 leafs) Dr.,stove, parking, garage, up to 8’,7” long and is 48” water/sewer 519-664-2281 included. across. Has 6 Bent arrow Available Dec. 1. $1050/ side chairs all very solid, mth. Call 519-741-6548. well made and looked after by original owners. $650. > apartment for rent. Please call 519-656-3452 . 27 Robb St., Moorefield. 2 bedroom, fridge and stove included. Laundry in FIreWOOD building. No pets. $725 + > seasoned Firewood. utilities. First & last month. Call 519-669-4108. Available Dec. 1, 2010. 519291-2590 or 519-291-4453, leave message. WanteD

> Buying 100 - Year old - yellow brick farmhouses, schools, churches, etc. for wrecking and brick salvage. Ross Lumley 519-383-2024. Wrecking people’s homes (360 so far this century) all over Central Ontario Since 1969. > WanteD: Old freight carts, old cast iron gates, pots, fencing etc., cupboards, small tables & desks, paintings, metal toys, basement & driveshed treasures, games etc. Restoration available. Call 519-787-8287 (machine.) rentals

> 2 Bedroom spacious apartment in Elmira, in century home, with deck and laundry hook up. No smoking or pets. Utilities included. $830.00. Call 519-669-0648.

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


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> sale of remaining household effects. Lots to choose from including dining table & 6 chairs, cabinet style white sewing machine, in excellent condition; office furniture, Christmas decorations, kitchen supplies, books and much more! Sale hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 9 South St. E., Elmira. Indoor sale! Cash only please.

> Floradale - century home, large lot backing onto parkland. 5 bdrm 1 bath. Upgrades include roof, windows, siding, kitchen, gas furnace, a/c. $310,000.00 Call Brian 519-572-8481.

> sHeD sale! saturday, November 6, 10 - 2, 66 Oriole Pkwy, Elmira. Tools, gardening, some household and lots of stuff!

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>s h a r e d accommodations: elmira 3-bedroom semidetached, large backyard/ deck, BBQ. $475/month includes utilities, laundry, full kitchen, parking. Call Brad at 519-669-1351 .

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The Township of Woolwich is looking for citizens and community members to get involved with the community through the Township’s various committees.

The term of the Committee will follow the same term of Council, ending November 30, 2014. Members are needed for the following Committees: Committee of Adjustment (5 members) Elmira Business Improvement Area – (6 members) Must be a member of the Elmira BIA Property Standards Committee – (4 members) Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee (TWEEC) –(5 members) Crompton Public Advisory Committee (4 members) Application forms and detailed information regarding each of the above Committee may be obtained by contacting the Council and Information Services Office at (519) 669-6005 or by visiting the Township’s website The final date for submitting completed applications is Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

ACCESSIBLE PARKING The Township of Woolwich will be amending its parking bylaw. Any businesses within the Township of Woolwich that would like to have the accessible spaces in their parking lots included in the amendment are encouraged to contact the township in writing before January 1, 2011. For questions or more information, please call the enforcement line at (519) 669-1647 extension 6106.

FINE OF $300 FOR PARKING IN A DESIGNATED ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACE WITHOUT MTO PERMIT TAKE NOTICE that the Township of Woolwich monitors designated accessible parking spaces to ensure that they are used by vehicles displaying an Accessible Parking Permit (APP) issued by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). The individual to whom the permit is issued must be using the vehicle and the permit must be visibly displayed on the dashboard or sun visor when the vehicle is parked in the designated accessible parking space. The permit holder may use the permit in any vehicle in which they are travelling. There is no fee for an APP. The fine for parking a vehicle in an accessible parking space without an MTO permit is $300. Information about Accessible Parking Permits can be found on-line at


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NOTICE TO RESIDENTS 2009 Audited Financial Statements Please take notice that copies of the Township’s 2009 Audited Financial Statements are available at the Finance Department, Main Floor, 24 Church Street West, Elmira, or for viewing and download on the Township’s website, at The statements may be found on the website by following the links from “Township Services” to “Finance” to “Budgeting & Reporting”. These statements have been prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles set for Canadian municipalities through the Public Sector Accounting Board. 2010 Tax Rate Information Please take notice that the Township’s 2010 tax rate information is available for viewing at the Finance Department. Tax rate information can be viewed on the Township’s website by following the links from “Township Services” to “Finance” to “Taxes”. Richard Petherick CMA Director of Finance & Treasurer

OVERNIGHT PARKING BAN Effective December 1st to April 1st, parking is prohibited on all Township roads and streets from 2:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Vehicles found parked overnight on Township roads during the parking ban or on Regional roads at any time will be ticketed. For further information, please call 519-669-1647 extension 6009 or 6005. INTRODUCING

Woolwich Weeks @ THEMUSEUM

a new partnership between the Township of Woolwich and THEMUSEUM During Woolwich Weeks, all residents of the Township of Woolwich receive the Woolwich discounted rate for exhibits at THEMUSEUM.


The Artifact Exhibition Presented by BMO Financial Group

December 1 – December 5

Jump on board Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition which will feature 150 artifacts lifted from the ocean floor. Receive an official RMS Titanic boarding pass and at the end of the exhibition find out whether you survived that fateful day. Touch an iceberg to experience the temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean, and take a walk through re-creations of first- and third-class passenger rooms. Hours of Operation for Titanic Wednesday – Friday 10AM – 4PM

Open until 8pm Friday December 3rd Saturday – Sunday

10AM – 5PM

To get the Woolwich Weeks discounted rate for Titanic: Clip this coupon out and bring it to THEMUSEUM during the week of Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, 2010. Coupon is valid for up to six (6) people. Everyone must be present at the time of redemption or Log onto the and click on the picture of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Click “Buy Tickets”. Choose your date and time during the week of Dec. 1 to Dec 5, 2010. Enter your promo code “WOOLWICHWEEK” and see the rates change to your discounted rate. Choose the number of tickets you would like and continue to complete your purchase.

Questions? T: 519.749.9387 E: 10 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3

Discounted Entrance Fees for Titanic

Adult (ages 14-54) Child (ages 3-13) Senior (ages 55+)

$17.00 $8.50 $12.75

COUPON WOOLWICH WEEKS @ THEMUSEUM coupon for December 1st to December 5th, 2010

Bring this coupon for discounted entry of up to six (6) people to see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and play at THEMUSEUM *All visitors must be present at time of coupon redemption *Valid for one day between Dec.1 and Dec.5, 2010 10 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3

Stay tuned for details on the next Woolwich Week @ THEMUSEUM


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                                                                      

                                                

                                            

                   

               

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                              

              

                                                                                                        

             


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real estate

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OPEN HOUSE Sun. Nov 7, 2-4


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


QUAINT BUNGALOW on quiet crescent near schools. Many updates incl: new RR carpet(07), furnace, A/C, gas fp, roof (05), patio, watersoftener. Hardwood & vinyl on main flr. Side entrance from driveway. Detached 14' x 22' garage w/opener. Lg private yd, lg driveway. MLS Call Paul direct.

Bright eat in kit, open to lg FR. Gleaming hardwod flrs in DR and LR. Main flr laundry. Backing onto greenspace & walkway. MLS Call Paul direct.









312 Schooner Cres., Waterloo

Or inlaw set up. Stunning home loc'd on lg lot backing onto farmland. 5200sqft of finished living space. 3car garage and detached 4car garage/workshop. A must see! MLS Call Paul direct.





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

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

30 day closing available. 4 bdrms, 4 baths, eat-in kit equip'd w/pantry. Hardwood through out mf. Cathedral ceiling in master and very lg w-in closet. Upper flr laund ry. Finished basement. MLS Call Paul direct.



Affordable semi approx 1500 sqft. 3 bdrms, 2 baths, big kit, sep dr. Many updates. MLS Call Paul direct.


84FT X 250FT LOT

25 84 0F FT TL X OT

Incl appliances, property taxes under $1600/yr. Attractive townhome very well taken care of. Lg master w/w-in closet. Living rm fp, finished rec rm. Close to down town. MLS Call Paul direct.

Incredible location on this large lot backing onto farmland, just steps to Elmira Golf course. MLS Call Paul direct.


Coach House Realty Inc. Brokerage

OFFICE PHONE: 519.343.2124

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



EDITH MCARTHUR DEBBIE ROY *Sales Representative *Sales Representative 519.638.2509 519.343.4817

OPEN HOUSE Saturday Nov. 6 | 1-3pm 330 MAIN ST. PALMERSTON

Good 3 bedroom 2 bath family home with eatin kitchen main floor laundry. $164,900. Debbie MLS 1037864.




BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record MVA Residential

Res: 519-669-1068


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

good value-updated windows, furnace, cac, shingles & cabinetry. Renovated bathroom. Main flr. sitting room. Rec. rm., 4th bdrm. office & 3 pc. in lower level. MlS $264,900.

Lots of room in this 3 bedroom 2 bath, well kept backsplit, great location. A must see! $234,900. Kathy MLS 1041120.




JULIE HECKENDORN Broker Res: 519-669-8629

519-669-1544 24hrs

17 Church St. W., Elmira REALTY LTD., BROKERAGE

Independently Owned and Operated


Tues, Wed, Thurs 2 - 7pm

oPen HouSe | Sun nov 7, 2-4PM 34 Cedar Waxwing Dr., Elmira

Palmerston Treed lot 67x164 edge of town, 4 bedroom 2 bath raised bungalow. Large rec room, central air. $254,900. Edith MLS 1041852. O ST



Saturday 1 - 5pm Sunday 1 - 4pm

Located at 198 Brookmead St. | Signs posted Model Home 519-669-4558


You’ve come to the right place to find a home. WeSt MontroSe – Large lot w/ walkout bsmt. Backs to greenspace. Open concept. Cherry kitchen. Lovely great rm. Main flr. master bdrm. Fin. lower level. All the extras you’d expect! MlS $629,900.

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he first phase of the restoration of the Canagagigue Creek at Bolender Park in Elmira got underway last month due to the efforts of 15 volunteers. The volunteers – members of the Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee, the Clean Waterways Group, the Waterloo Stewardship Network and local residents – planted about 200 trees at the edge of the waterway to help prevent the continued erosion of the river, and protect the quality of the water downstream. As the trees mature and develop, their roots will hold the soil in place to prevent further erosion. “Creeks tend to revert back to their original course, and that course was changed dramatically in 1967 when they first made the park,” explained Barb Taylor, chair of the Clean Waterways Group. Taylor said if the creek was allowed to take its own path, it would erode much of the park and ruin it. “Eventually we would just have a creek and no park.” They are trying to prevent the further erosion for another reason, too. As the banks erode, sediment gathers at the bottom of the creek, which slows the flow of the water and can negatively affect water quality. “It gets sluggish and the water is sort of sitting there and stagnating. That’s not good for wildlife or good for anything,” Taylor explained, adding that the Canagagigue flows into the Grand River water system, which is the source of drinking water for thousands of residents in the region. The tree-planting is actually the second stage of the group’s effort to stop the river from eroding its banks further. The first step occurred back in 1993,



a GrOUP eFFOrt Linda Schlueter (left), Ryan May, Susan Bryant, Dennis Martin, Sarah May and Steve May all donated their time and energy to make the tree-planting project in Bolender Park a success. Above, more volunteers help to plant about 200 trees – mostly dogwoods – in the park. when members of the Clean Waterways group and volunteers wedged old Christmas trees and t-bar stakes into the bank to act as protection. This measure was effective for about 15 years, but the bank has begun to erode once again now that all the trees have washed away. The group had also planned to bring in heavy machinery – donated by Capital Paving – to excavate the same section of river that was protected using the old Christmas trees, and put in place live cuttings of willow and dogwood plants.

The plants would regenerate and create ground cover and a complex root system, and is a natural way of protecting the shore from further erosion, and is much more costeffective and lasts longer than artificial rock gables and wire mesh, said Taylor. The work with the heavy machinery was postponed, however, due to excess moisture in the ground which prevented the movement of the equipment through the park. Ann Roberts, the trails coordinator for the Township of Woolwich, hopes that the work can

be completed on Nov. 13, weather permitting. The work has to be completed in the fall because that is the dormancy period of the dogwood and willow trees that are being used, and the GRCA prohibits work in the river during the early spring because of the protection of fragile fish habitat, Taylor noted. Steve May from the Waterloo Stewardship Network said he expects between 80 to 90 per cent of the trees to survive the winter. “That is, unless a lawnmower finds them first,” he quipped.


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In imaginary places is where we spend much of our leisure time Q. Strange But True A. Is it all right to be lefthanded?

Judging by everyday conversation, left-handedness is not all right, says David G. Myers in Psychology: Ninth Edition. To be “coming out of left field” is hardly better than to be “gauche” (from the French word for “left”); on the other hand, right-handedness is “right on,” which any righteous righthand man in his right mind rightly is. Left-handers turn out to be especially numerous among those with reading disabilities, allergies and migraine headaches. But in Iran, where students taking university entrance exams report which hand they write with, lefties outperform righties in all subjects. Lefties are also more common among musicians, mathematicians,

Bill & rich sones professional baseball and cricket players, architects and artists (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso). “Although left-handers must tolerate elbow jostling at the dinner table, right-handed desks, and awkward scissors, the pros and cons of being a lefty seem roughly equal.” Can you imagine how most of us spend most of our leisure time?



No, it’s not eating, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, socializing with family or friends, or

participating in sports, says psychologist Paul Bloom in How Pleasure Works. Rather, we retreat to the imagination, to worlds created by others -- as with books, movies, videogames, and tv (over four hours per day on average) -- or to worlds we ourselves create in daydreams and fantasies. Two-year-olds pretend to be lions, graduate students stay up all night playing videogames, young parents hide from their offspring to read novels, and millions tune into reality-TV shows. As one psychologist puts it on her Web site, “I am interested in why individuals might choose to watch television shows like ‘Friends’ rather than spend time with actual friends?” Perhaps we enjoy imaginative experiences because at some level we don’t distinguish them from real

ones. We are all of us from a young age great pretenders, tellers of stories and lovers of others’ stories. The actor Leonard Nimoy was so often confused by the public with his fictional TV character that out of frustration he wrote book called “I Am Not Spock” (then 20 years later published “I Am Spock”). After her final Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling received letters from adults as well as kids, begging her to spare the lives of beloved characters like Hagrid, Hermione and, of course, Harry himself. “Imagination is Reality Lite,” sums up Bloom, “a useful substitute when the real pleasure is inaccessible, too risky, or too much work.”


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Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the birthday of Selina (Sally) Martin - Born December 11, 1910. Eldest daughter of Lovina and Emmanuel Martin. Sunday, December 12th, 2010 - 2.00pm - 4.00pm Woodside Bible Fellowship - 200 Barnswallow Drive - Elmira Cake cutting: 3.00pm RSVP: by November 28th, 2010. Contact: Luella Martin - 519-954-7204

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Aunt Laura’s 95th Birthday at an Open House,

Sunday November 14th, 2-4pm in the second floor craft room at Chateau Gardens. Everyone is welcome.

All our friends and neighbours for their support and kindness during Mary Anne’s ordeal. Also for the gifts, flowers, cards, and food that arrived at our door. The caring doctors, nurses and staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (thank you John), Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, the Elmira Medical Centre and everyone at CCAC. Pastor Hans for your visits with Mary Anne at home and in the hospitals and to everyone involved with the service at St. James Church. Monty and Grace at Dreisinger’s Funeral Home. All who made donations in memory of Mary Anne. All who wrote loving messages in the memory book at the Elmira Branch Library.

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Thank you to my family for hosting the open house for my 80th Birthday, Sunday, Oct. 24. It was good to see so many of my friends to give me their “Best Wishes”. “Blessings to you all”.

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Clements Craft Show and Sale, 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. at the St. Clements Community Centre. More than 30 vendors. Admission $1. Food and refreshments available. Something for everyone in the family.

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> Waterloo Region Lyme Disease Group; 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Saviour, 33 Allen St., Waterloo. Featuring Rob Manten for CanLyme giving a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lyme 101.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month and are open to people who think they may have Lyme, chronic sufferers and their supporters. > Waterloo Rural Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies Night Out;â&#x20AC;? 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Floradale Mennonite Church,. Make a fresh seasonal centerpiece with Sherri Clemmer of Floral Fusion of Floradale. Cost $20 for supplies. Refreshments will be served. Call 519-6643794, ext. 237, 519-656-2778, or 519-6698066 for more information. nOVeMBer 13





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T. 519.669.2033


Since 1987 - DentureTech Since 1995 - Denturist

Home Auto Business Farm Investments Life

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> Christmas Bazaar at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, Linwood from 9 a.m. to noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; door prizes, baking, crafts and product displays. Everyone welcome. > Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Many vendors offering unique items, such as Christian books, jewelry, scapbooking, knitting and woodworking. Homemade baked items. Lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches available. Free admission. Messiah Lutheran Church, 700 Glen Forrest Blvd., near Northfield and Weber, Waterloo. 519-884-3849. > 5th

Annual Winterbourne Wonderland Christmas Tea & marketplace; 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Tearoom, baked goods, poinsettias, gift baskets, crafts, jewelry, 35+ vendors. Foundation Christian School, 28 Katherine St. S., Winterbourne. 519-664-0110.

> St. Jacobs Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Community Breakfast; 7 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. held at the St. Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Hall. Tickets are $5 for a hearty breakfast.

> Bulbs for the Paradise & District Lions Club 3rd Annual Tree of Light go on sale every Saturday until Dec. 4, at Foodland in St. Clements. Bulbs may also be purchased at Exotic Wings & Pet Things during working hours. For further information or to purchase bulbs, please contact Annette Kuhn at 519-699-5917. > Gingerbread House Bazaar & Tea 1-4

p.m., Leisureworld Caregiving Centre, 120 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira. Craft & gift vendors, candles, penny table, quilt raffle, tea room & bake table. Help support our resident and family councils. Call 519669-5777 for more info.

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> Christmas Centrepiece Make & Take with Lynne Martin; 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Church Hall, Elmira. Tickets now available $15. Call 519-669-5629. Presented by Elmira & District Horticultural Society. nOVeMBer 16

> Lunch at Gale Presbyterian Church, 2 Cross St., Elmira. 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. Home made meat or vegetarian Chili, homemade rolls, and corn bread, salad, Presbyterian Apple Pie with cheese; $9. nOVeMBer 19

> Free Osteoporosis Community Education Forum. 9:30 a.m. registration. Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Dr., Kitchener. Sessions focus on digestion/ metabolism, safe physical activity, Tai Chi, local programs and services. Includes lunch. For more information call Kate at 519-500-1440. > Bid Euchre Card Party to be held at

7:30 p.m., at St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission $6. Door prizes, 50/50 draw and lunch provided. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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FREE CONSULTATION 519.744.9770 ELMIRA â&#x20AC;˘ Total Denture Care KITCHENER 519-669-1535 â&#x20AC;˘ Same Day Service519-744-9770 15 Memorial Ave., Elmira (behind Bank of Montreal) on Repairs and Relines â&#x20AC;˘ Metal Partial - Soft Relines â&#x20AC;˘ Implants â&#x20AC;˘ DENTURE SPECIALIST

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(Behind Bank of Montreal) KITCHENER


29 Church St. W., Elmira


New to the Community? Do you have a new Baby? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to call your Welcome Wagon Hostess. Elmira & Surrounding Area

SHARON GINGRICH 519.291.6763

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> Knights of Columbus Ham Roll 8 p.m., at Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club, 1229 Beitz Rd., RR1 Breslau. Evening of chances: turkeys, grocery hampers, quilts, hams, money. Also penny table, Crown & Anchor, door prizes. Admission free, fast food available. For information call Mike 519-648-3394. nOVeMBer 27

> â&#x20AC;&#x153;Build a Better Boothâ&#x20AC;? Fund Raising Event. 6:45-11 p.m. Enjoy evening of entertainment, live and silent auction and food. Entertainment provided by local pianist Stephen Warner; and the Speed River Valley Boys. All proceeds go towards the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Build a Better Boothâ&#x20AC;? campaign. For more information contact Angela 519-699-5471. DeceMBer 11

> The

Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus with special guests Constable Brian Duyn and the Eastwood Collegiate Choirs and Strings present â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Need a Little Christmas;â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. at Grandview Baptist Church, 250 Old Chicopee Dr., Kitchener. Partial Proceeds to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wish Foundation. Advance tickets $23/ adult, $7/children under 12. Tickets at the door $15. For more information call 519208-9326.




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» Saturday, November 6, 2010





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JELLY WATCHES Assorted Colours



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Assorted Styles

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REG. $27

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