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Reopening The Window Box SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011

Area misses out on “snowmaggedon”

Sugar Kings’ charity game nets more than $4,200 Elizabeth Bate

But winter’s not over yet by a long shot, despite what the groundhog had to say Feb. 2


he Kings gave everything from last Sunday’s game to charity, even the shirts off their backs. The team held its first-ever charity game Jan. 30, donating all the proceeds to the London Military Family Resource Centre (LMFRC). For what the team called the support our troops game, the Kings wore special camouflaged jerseys that went to the highest bidders in a silent auction. All proceeds from the gate receipts, as well as the Kings’ share of the 50/50 draw were also donated. Club vice-president Steve Webb said when the board came up with the idea it did so because it wanted to give back to the community, but it had no idea how much could be raised, but promised LMFRC a minimum of $2,000. At $4,200, the total donated more than doubled that figure and helped the team to set several records as well. The 50/50 draw was

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eeling a little disappointed about the socalled “snowmageddon” this past week? You’re not alone. Waterloo Region was largely spared from the enormous snowstorm that made its way up from Texas and through the northern States into Canada on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. What was predicted to dump nearly 30 centimetres (one foot) of snow in the region only produced about 15 to 20 cm, accord-


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ing to Environment Canada’s chief meteorologist, Dave Phillips. “People are saying to me ‘Was it a bust?’ and I don’t understand where they’re coming from,” he said Wednesday morning. “It was miserable conditions out there for a while, and (it was) snowing for 13 hours in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We saw visibility below one kilometre for five hours, (and) winds gusting up to almost 60 km per hour.” Disappointment was


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Troops: Full house at the WMC > CONTINUED FROM COVER $1,500, with the Kings’ portion of $750 being donated, a figure Webb said is the largest in recent memory. As well, there were 1,100 fans on hand to view the Kings’ win, the most in attendance at a single game since the opening game at the Woolwich Memorial Centre. “It just goes to show that there’s support for the Kings and that support is echoed again in this game, which we’re very happy to see and there is a lot of people interested in supporting these groups any way they can,” said Webb. The LMFRC support the families of those serving in combat missions and provides them with help and resources in various ways while loved ones are serving overseas. The group’s Cambridge outreach unit was on

HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN Corporal Scott Hahn of Elmira was a guest of honour at the game, dropping the puck at a ceremonial faceoff.

hand to sell “support the troops” merchandise, which included magnets, bears, apparel and even cookie cutters. They were very encouraged by the results of the day. The game turned out to be a success in more ways than one, as the Kings defeated the Cambridge Winter Hawks 4-1. Webb said the win, something the team hadn’t seen the four games previous, was an especially sweet victory in front of the

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large crowd. “It’s good hockey and for a family you can come out and see one of our games for $25. The parking alone at a Leafs games is $25.” Webb said about the value of a Junior B game. “To have a good competitive game and especially a win helps too, that definitely helps bring people back.” The team has not scheduled any more special events for the regular season this year, but with the success of the day Webb said another charity game would be a possibility. “We’re very, very happy to see the support for us and for the London Military Family Resource Centre and we just want to thank everybody that came out and everybody that helped out in one way or another.”


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>> The taxman cometh for you Until death comes along, the only certainty is taxes … and Woolwich residents will start paying out Mar. 11, the date Woolwich council this week set for the first interim tax payments. The next hit follows on May 6, with the full extent of the jumps coming in the remaining two installments later in the year. Under provincial legislation, municipalities can charge up to 50 per cent of the previous year’s property taxes before approving a new budget – and almost inevitable tax increases – for the current year.

The art of the backyard rink

>> Parking bylaw for Barnswallow Dr.

Couples passion for creating neighbourhood rink seen in the details James Jackson


t a time when we live in a land of snow and ice, it may seem a little odd to add even more ice to your yard. But when you factor in the fact Canada is a hockey-mad nation, the backyard ice rink makes perfect sense. That’s exactly the case with Chris and Christine Allison, who’ve built a rink at their Robin Drive home in Elmira. “We’ve made one for a couple years now, and last year we kind of perfected it and we thought we should just go bigger,” said Christine with a smile. Bigger indeed: at 40 feet long, it’s one-fifth the length of an NHL ice surface, and about half the width. The couple says they started building the rink about five years ago when their daughters Octavia, 10, and Odessa, 8 started skating lessons. And what started as the typical ice pad in the backyard soon grew to become one that is visible almost to the end of the block. The Allisons have also built a scoreboard and rigged up outdoor speakers, painted curling rings on the surface of the ice, and even built plywood boards complete with the painted names and logos of local companies such as Canada Post, Chemtura, and Bob Wilhelm – the girls’ guitar


teacher in Elmira. “He did offer to pay us five bucks,” Christina said, laughing while seated at the family’s kitchen table, “but we told him not to worry about it. We took a photo of the board and sent it to him for Christmas.” The rink has been up since the middle of November, and Chris cannot even begin to estimate the number of hours that he has put into building and maintaining it. They spent between 10 and 15 hours alone just painting the boards. It certainly wasn’t easy to build, either. Their yard has a pronounced slope towards the back of the property, which causes the water to flow downhill and is not very conducive to making a level ice surface. To fix that, Chris says he goes out early each season with a shovel and a yard roller to level out a section of the yard by flattening snow. “It’s almost like an obsession,” Chris laughed. “I work shift work, so sometimes I flood it in the morning, or at night. I might flood it three times a day if it’s cold enough. It’s my hobby.”

Last year the couple took their rink idea one step further by holding their first annual Winterfest – a day-long party in which they invite 35 to 40 friends and family over for a tin-can curling competition, a mini hockey tournament, as well as a barbecue. Unfortunately the Allison’s say that there are not many other young kids in their neighbourhood, so they invite their children’s friends over whenever they can and also have their niece

Katie and nephew Cole Martin over to use the ice. As for next year, Christine isn’t sure if they’re going to continue the trend and make the rink even larger than it is already, considering it is basically against their property line as it is right now. “We have new neighbours who moved in and he told us ‘oh don’t worry about the property line, make it bigger.’ I don’t know if we will or not, though.”

Having already installed no-parking signs on a stretch of Elmira’s Barnswallow Drive, the township will now give the regulations some teeth. Meeting this week, councillors approved a bylaw to prohibit parking along the east side of Barnswallow Drive, from First Street West to a point approximately 130 metres south. In a study of traffic flows on the road, the township determined there are safety concerns with on-street parking in the vicinity of the Leisureworld Caregiving Centre.��������������������� There’s a longstanding issue with overflow parking spilling off the Leisureworld site and on to the both sides of the roadway.

>> Police presence to be stepped up Residents of Woolwich and Wellesley townships, particularly those in the rural areas, should be seeing police cars on patrol more often, say Waterloo Regional Police. The top brass, including chief Matt Torigian and deputy chief Brent Thomlinson attended Woolwich council this week to provide a rundown on changes within the department that put more officers on the streets. Formerly Division 3A, the detachment in Elmira is now known as Rural North, reflecting changes to the department’s patrol zones. An extra officer has been added to each shift, with the detachment covering areas such as Maryhill, Bloomingdale and Breslau previously part of the urban zones – call volume in the cities meant patrols were less frequent. The rationale for the shift is to provide time and resources for more proactive policing in the community.


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arrested in Kitchener and charged with ‘break and enter’ and ‘theft’ in relation to several break-ins in Wellesley the previous day. A Kitchener man, a Kitchener woman and a New Dundee man have all been charged. Police report they were captured following additional break-ins.

January 27 >>12:30 PM | A Plattsville

woman had the rear window of her vehicle smashed at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Nothing was reported stolen.

January 29 >>1:20 AM | A 19-year-old

Wellesley man lost control of his vehicle on Deborah Glaister Line, striking a mailbox, followed by a wooden hydro pole. He then rolled his car in the ditch, causing severe damage. He had a gash on his forehead from the windshield. Hydro was advised, but no charges were laid, as the crash is being blamed on icy road conditions.

January 31 >>10 A.M | A two-year-old was

taken to hospital after having two of her fingers severed in a wood-chopping accident. An older boy was chopping wood when the girl accidently put her hand in the way. She was taken to hospital where her fingers were re-attached. She is reported to be doing fine. No charges were laid in the accident.


>>AM | Three people were

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147 vehicles, including checking a poker run and two club spot checks. Only four drivers were charged with violations, all were not carrying the proper documents. Waterloo Regional Police Service rural north division has two snowmobile units, which, police remind riders, will be out on the trails every weekend.


Waterloo man was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol when he became stuck in a ditch on Three Bridges Road just south of Listowel Road. Police arrived to find a black Impala wedged securely in the ditch with the man spinning his tires. The man was charged with ‘driving while impaired’ and ‘driving with more than 80 mgs.’

olice conducted an all-day snowmobile patrol on Jan. 29 beginning at 7 a.m., leaving from Wilmot Township. The patrol toured six areas checking for alcohol and permit violations in New Dundee, New Hamburg, Wellesley, St. Clements, Linwood and Crosshill, as well as points in between. The patrol checked more than

TAKING PRECAUTIONS Fire crews from Maryhill responded to a call of a chimney fire around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday evening on the 8th Line, just off of Line 86. Crews introduced steam into the chimney to extinguish the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a buildup of soot inside. and King Street when a car rear-ended a delivery van. A 56-year-old Stratford man began to make a right-hand turn at the intersection and stopped for on-coming traffic. The car behind him, driven by a Heidelberg man, was unable to stop and collided with the van. There was minor damage to both vehicles. No charges were laid.

>>9:37 AM | A collision occurred

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February 1 >>7:10 AM | A 24-year-old

Waterloo man heading northbound on Union Street in Elmira failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 28-year-old Palmerston man heading east on South Field Drive. There was moderate damage to both vehicles and the Waterloo man was charged with ‘failing to yield.’

>>7:50 AM | Nine townhomes

under construction were broken into in Breslau. The thieves entered the new homes by kicking in the front doors. Fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, furnaces, water heaters and granite countertops were among the items stolen. The homes were nearly complete and the sales were expected to close next week. Police are patrolling the area and will be increasing their vigilance.

Early-morning collision in Elmira


>>11:38 PM | A 22-year-old



January 26


A 24-year-old Waterloo man was charged with ‘failing to yield’ following a Tuesday morning collision at the intersection of Union Street and South Field Drive in Elmira. There was moderate damage to both vehicles.




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Snow: Storm fails to live up to hype > CONTINUED FROM COVER

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a word that Phillips used to describe people’s reaction to the storm despite the fact that schools across the region were closed on Wednesday, but he says that part of that disappointment stems from the fact that people were ready for the storm and not caught off guard. “There was so much hype for it, maybe driven by the weather office. We didn’t call it ‘snowmageddon,’ but we used the word blizzard and we haven’t used that in a while,” he said. “I think it (was) manageable because people were warned about it days ahead. It was well-forecast, it followed the track that was predicted, but when you compare our misery to the United States, it feels like we got off lucky.” The storm weakened as it made its way north through the states, and the center of the storm never even reached Canada, said Phillips. And just because this most recent storm has tapered off, that’s no reason to put the snow shovels away for the winter just yet – despite what Wiarton Willie told us to the contrary on Groundhog Day. “Wiarton Willie didn’t see his shadow, and we

ENOUGH SNOW TO HANDLE Andrew Germann lends a

helping hand by using a snowblower to clear his parent’s driveway on Sugar King Drive early Wednesday morning. look out there and see a winter is going to be winter-wonderland. He around much longer says winter is over and than Willie predicted. spring is right around “On Monday and the corner […] but how Tuesday there is anothludicrous can that be? er system with more We know that is just snow, so we will be addmore of a joke than ing to what we have. anything else. We’re calling for peri“I have seen my shad- ods of snow, not just ow and that tells me flurries, and certainly that winter is going to there will be an accugo on for a while.” mulation of snow.” In fact there is anPhillips said belowother smaller storm seasonal temperatures system already on its will continue all this way, scheduled to reach month and well into the region by early March, but he does adnext week. Nothing mit that there is probacompared to what we bly more winter behind just saw, but enough to us than there is in front reinforce the fact that of us.


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ecent tests have prompted Woolwich to change the load limits on two of its bridges, part of an ongoing assessment of the township’s road and bridge inventory. An analysis of the Peel Street Bridge in Winterbourne reveals its load capacity should be dropped to three metric tonnes rather than 10, severely reducing the types of vehicles that can cross it. It was a different story for the Middlebrook Place Bridge, where the load limit is set to increase to four tonnes from three. The changes were approved by Woolwich councillors meeting Feb. 1. In the case of the Peel Street Bridge, the township has already contacted agencies, including ambulance services, notifying them of the restrictions. The Waterloo Region District School Board, for instance, has already altered its bus routes, as the vehicles are too heavy for the new limit. Though small, the change on the Middlebrook bridge north of

West Montrose would allow a full-size pickup truck to use the crossing. Director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley said the moves came after the most recent round of ‘coupon sampling,” which consists of laboratory analysis of steel samples taken from the structures. Over time, the goal is to have load limits on these and other restricted bridges either removed entirely or at least raised high enough to allow normal traffic flows, he said. In response to a question from Mayor Todd Cowan, Kennaley said the lower limits on the bridges preclude farm equipment from using them, which is problematic in an agricultural area. Such improvements, however, will come at a cost. A report tabled last year shows Woolwich will need more than $6.8 million to repair or replace bridges and culverts over the next decade. Required by the province to inspect bridge structures – bridges and culverts – every two years, the township

had an engineering consultant determine the state of its inventory and the come up with a cost for tackling any deficiencies. Remediation work was ranked as high, medium or low priority. Of the 48 structures inspected, nine were deemed to be of high priority, nine judged medium and 16 low. Fourteen was seen as requiring no action. Most of those with the highest priority should be repair or replaced within one to five years, with some falling in a 10-year timeline. The nine most pressing projects include the Glasgow Street span that was dealt with last year. The list included a Floradale Road culvert (repairs, $150,000), another Floradale road structure (replacement, $630,000), a culvert on Reid Woods Drive (replacement, $430,000), a steel truss bridge on Middlebrook Road (repairs, $135,000), a similar span on Peel Street (repairs, $128,000) a culvert on Halm Road (replacement, $180,000) and a culvert on Bisch Street (replacement, $490,000).



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West Montrose development freeze continues Public provides input on Woolwich’s draft plan for cultural heritage landscape designation Steve Kannon


he area surrounding the historic West Montrose Covered Bridge moved one step closer to a heritage designation this week, with Woolwich councillors agreeing to extend a moratorium on development. The move gives the township more time to finalize a report on a proposed cultural heritage landscape (CHL) label. A report due next month is expected to recommend much of the land near West Montrose be granted that protection. Such a designation would be welcomed by opponents of plans to excavate gravel in the vicinity of the village. Gravel pits are pre-

cisely the kind of major development the CHL designation is aimed at. While it would not automatically prevent an application from going ahead, it would demand a heritage impact study. As well, the township would take the issue into account when studying any such applications. Official studies of the heritage significance of the bridge and its surroundings pre-dates by several years, however, a gravel pit bid by Capital Paving for farmland immediately to the southwest of the bridge. (A second aggregate application for an adjacent piece of land is expected from the Murray Group.) As Prof. Robert Shipley, who heads the

Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo, noted in speaking to council Tuesday night, the issue of CHLs has been discussed in the region since the late 1990s. A study carried out in 2006 by Waterloo Region and his own fouryear study that was published in 2009 show the landscape around the covered bridge is provincially significant. “The significance of this area is not a matter of opinion at this point, it’s a matter of fact,” he said, noting provincial regulations mandate protection of the landscape there. “The cultural heritage landscape designation for this area is not just justified, it’s actually

required given the legislation.” Built in 1881, the 198-foot span across the Grand River is Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge. At one time a provincial responsibility, the bridge is now owned by the Region of Waterloo, and remains one of Woolwich’s premier tourist sites. Protecting the “kissing bridge” experience is the goal of the West Montrose residents’ association known as the BridgeKeepers, which supports the CHL plan. Tony Dowling, the group’s co-chair, told councillors its members are prepared to live with certain restrictions on their properties in order to avoid development such as

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gravel pits that would planning Dan Kennamar the environment ley said the document around the bridge. is drafted in such a way “If a CHL designa- as to leave out from retion will help ensure view the kind of smallwe don’t lose what’s scale changes common so special about West with farming, as well Montrose, we’re all for as minor home renoit,” he said, noting that vations and improvethe rules should be flex- ments. ible enough to allow The document does for modest change on a not want to “unduly small scale. restrict” farming, he “We want to prevent said, noting the towninappropriate develop- ship wants to see such ment, but we don’t farms continue in want residents to get flourish, as they are bogged down in lengthy part of the area’s culand costly approval tural heritage. processes for appropriThat kind of flexate development.” ibility was deemed esHis position was sential by Coun. Mark shared by fellow resi- Bauman, who said dent Hans Pottkamp- there’s no way to simer, who said the CHL ply freeze the area in plan and accompany- time – “change will ing Official Plan chan- happen.” ges should be robust The area for the proenough to stand up at posed CHL is bounded the Ontario Municipal by Northfield Drive to Board should develop- the west, Line 86 to the ers challenge the town- north, Katherine Street ship’s position. to the east and an irregPointing to the de- ular line to the south to velopment that was a point beyond a line allowed to proliferate extending from Maryagainst an historical hill Road. landmark in Kitchener, Along with the bridge he called on councillors and older homes in the to avoid making the immediate vicinity, same mistake here. the CHL designation “This is a very unique encompasses the surarea, and we feel it rounding environment should be protected, or and views that makes long-term we’re going up the historical conto end up with the type text of the structure. of commercial and inThat, argues a Unidustrial development versity of Waterloo that has forever ruined ecologist, includes the the pastoral setting woodlands and wetaround Kitchener’s Pi- lands in the area. oneer Tower,” said PotProf. Kim CuddingPublications: Packet tkamper. ton, a Osgoode West Rideau Montrose Bradford West Gwillimbury Times Pelham, Voice Of Pelham “We’re concerned resident, suggested St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News Russell Villager Elmira/Woolwich Observer Tecumseh Tribune about large-scale the draft CHL plan Port Perry, Scugog Standard operThessalon North Shore enSentinel Manitoulin not West Recorder Winchester Pressof the ations, the much compass more Kingsville Reporter Barrhaven Independent Belle River modest Lakeshore News enterBlenheim News Tribunethe more woodland area near Lasalle Post Stratford Citizen prises operated by our bridge, noting they Leamington South Point Sun Ridgetown Independentare News Tecumseh Shoreline Week Manitoulin Expositor farming neighbours of local, and Island possibly Tilbury Times Prescott Journal Frontenace Newsto (Sharbot Lake) to Caledonia Regional News This Week who have resort provincial significance Harrow News Bancroft This Week greenhouses, furni- – “you Barry’s haveBayaThis mandate Amherstberg River Town Times Week Beeton New Tecumseth TimesfarmBelleville & Region,those The Community P ture-making, for protecting Blyth/Brussels Citizen Your Brant Connection (Brantford) Caledon Citizen stores and Fort Erie Times equipment woodlands.” Essex Free Press Grimsby West Niagara News similar things in order Kennaley said Forest Standard Haliburton County planEcho Transcript & Free Press inKingston/Frontenac ThisreWeek toGlencoe augment their ning staff will be Innisfil Scope Minden Times King Township Sentinel Napanee Guide comes. 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Workshop to focus on marketing local food

Elmira venue to play host to event that includes talk by Steve Martin of Martin’s Family Fruit Farm roduct branding and the secrets of a successful ad campaign will be on the menu at Foodlink Waterloo Region’s fourth annual Farm Marketing Workshop on Feb. 15. The workshop, which will be held at the Trinity United Church in Elmira, is an opportunity for farmers, marketers, and food enthusiasts to have the opportunity to get together and learn how to build a successful brand around food products, and to learn from some of the best in the business. “We’re really trying to gear it towards the local food and local farmers, because that of course is what Foodlink is all about,” explains Anna Contini, marketing and events coordinator for Foodlink, adding that with the recent buzz surrounding local food


Steve Martin, the manager of retail sales for Martin’s Family Fruit Farm, is one of the speakers at Foodlink’s Feb. 15 marketing workshop aimed at local farmers and food producers.



now is the time for producers to start thinking about how they can best get the word out about what they have to offer. “By developing the brand and awareness, it makes it easier for people to recognize when something is local, and I think it is important for farmers to tune into that and recognize it is a great opportunity to differentiate their product.” Foodlink is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting local food and putting local producers in the best possible position to succeed. By connecting all the links in the food production chain, from farm to table through projects such as their buy local maps, their aim is to educate the public and spread the word about all the benefits of consuming locally-produced food. “I think for many peo-


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ple there is the desire to support local farms and is a growing awareness that they are in jeopardy and I think that people want to support them,” > SEE WORKSHOP ON PG. 08

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TYLER BRUBACHER What do you think of the snow we’re having today? Good, I like playing in the snow. What’s you’re favourite winter activity? Hockey because I like to skate and I can skate really fast.

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Are you looking forward to going back to school tomorrow? Yeah, I like going to gym because we can play lots of games. What’s your favourite movie? Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, I saw it in 3D. My favourite part is when it

rains hamburgers, that’s my favourite food. Where are you going today? To the dentist to get my tooth taken out. What’s your favourite part of going to the dentist? That we get to pick toys out of the treasure box.

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Workshop: Local food movement expected to keep growing in importance > CONTINUED FROM PG. 07 Contini said. “They just have to know where to go and how they can do it. They might not be able to shop local all of the time, but in Waterloo Region in particular there are a lot of great opportunities to support local farms.” The workshop features several prominent advertising and marketing experts from around the region, including Karl Allan Muncey, the founder and CEO of

the creative and design marketing company CuteGecko in Kitchener, as well as Steve Martin, the manager of retail sales at Martin’s Family Fruit Farm near St. Jacobs. Martin said he will be promoting the idea of building a reliable brand name, as well as the importance of company’s being prepared to follow through once they begin to advertise – it’s not enough to attract customers to your store or product once,

they need to have a plan in place to continue to attract those customers again and again, he says. “One of the points that I hope to emphasize is the importance of planning for the future. I think a lot of people when they build up their business, it’s not hard for them to understand that when you build a building or that type of thing that you are making a capital investment.” he said. “People don’t always

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she said. “It shows John Hawke’s early thinking on what he planned to do with the land.” The map shows a variation of the spelling of Hawkesville without the “E”, which appears twice on the map. Maitland said the difference is not necessarily a misspelling, having seen it spelt both ways on early documents. Eventually the village settled on the current spelling. During the ceremony Mary Ottman said the family will also be donating old photographs, containing early images of Hawkesville and its residents, to the collection. Other recent acquisitions include the 25th anniversary quilt students made for the Wellesley school and a Crown deed from a farm in the township dating back to 1857. WTHHS has decided PM Page 1 on permanent hours


how his family came to be in possession he Wellesley Town- of such a significant ship Heritage and piece of Hawkesville Historical Society history, but has ties in (WTHHS) mapped out the community going more of its past last back three generations. weekend with a dona- When his children tion from local resi- showed no interest in taking the map, Ottman dents. John and Mary Ott- was concerned about man donated one of its well-being. “It’s being looked afthe original maps of Hawkesville at a pre- ter, that’s the biggest sentation held Jan. 29 part,” he said. “It was in the Historical Room starting to deteriorate in Wellesley. The map and it was going to end was created in 1862 and up in the garbage – that has been in the Ottman would be a shame.” The map was restored family for as long as using the original backJohn could remember. “They had it tucked ing and frame and was away in the back room covered in museumof our house,” said Ott- quality glass that filters man, who received the out ultra-violet light map almost 20 years and protects it. Nancy Maitland, cuago when his parents passed away. “We had rator for the historical it in our basement and room, was excited to rewe just started to think, ceive the piece, which 'nobody sees it.' We was created only six thought this was the years after John Hawke best place for it to be, in received the Crown deed to his land. the historical society.” ESW_solar_1/3pg_4col_final:Layout 1 2/1/11 2:16 “It’s very, very early,” Ottman has no idea

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EDSS students to take part in We Day Elizabeth Bate


lmira District Secondary School students will be among an expected crowd of 6,000 at We Day Waterloo on at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 17. Started by Free the Children in 2007 in Toronto, the youth empowerment event will be held for the first time in the Waterloo Region. The addition of a local venue is thanks to sponsorship by Research in Motion. More than 250 schools will be coming to Kitchener for the event, which will feature music, presentations by actors, and speakers including former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Director of youth programming at Free the Children, Allison Sandmeyer, said the day was meant to be a call to action for students. “It’s an inspirational day that really celebrates the power of young people to change the world,” she said. “It really is a high-energy, high-impact day.” The program is designed to get students interested in volunteering to help social causes close to them and doesn’t focus on one particular issue, but instead challenges youth to find a cause they are passionate about. Students are picked to attend the free event

based on demonstrated interest and leadership qualities recognized by their teachers. “We know that of the students coming, many will be leaders already and they are looking for things to take back to their schools,” said Sandmeyer who sees high involvement from Waterloo Region student already. “We know students are doing incredible things.” Free the Children will not only be using the day as a celebration for the community’s future leaders, but will be announcing a RIM-funded initiative called the Build a Village Rewards Program. The program will take 50 high school students from Waterloo Region to Kenya and India this summer. All travelling expenses for the students chosen will be paid for by RIM. “It’s a really exciting part of our collaboration with RIM,” said Sandmeyer. “They care about connecting young people to social issues.” The students who travel overseas will be chosen from applicants by a RIM board of volunteers to help build schools or clean water projects during the three weeks they spend abroad. The program is designed as leadership training as well as a volunteer experience. In order to select appropriate candidates,

students are being asked to submit a creative project demonstrating their passion for social causes along with their application. “It’s all about connecting young people with social issues and with global experiences,” Sandmeyer said. RIM became involved with Free the Children this year after identifying a need to inspire youth in this area. “We are thrilled to support Waterloo Region’s first We Day event and to bring the rich experience of the Free the Children program to this community,” said RIM chief operating officer Don Morrison in a release. RIM employees will also be active with the group in order to further the two projects. “RIM employees are absolutely actively involved in volunteer and a great number of them are participating and volunteering at the We Day event coming up,” said Crystal Roberts, a company spokesperson. “RIM support is intended to bring the Free the Children experience to Waterloo Region.” Sandmeyer hopes what students take away from the day is the message that they can change the world. “We hope to really show them that as young people they can create tremendous change.”

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Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger speaks at We Day Toronto 2010. We Day will be coming to Waterloo Region on Feb. 17 for the first time because of sponsorship from RIM. The program will try to inspire high school students to get involved in social causes through speakers such as Al Gore, inset.




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The Arabs, too, are successfully using non-violent tactics to bring irresistible moral pressure ... Gwynne Dyer column on page 13

VERBATIM est Montrose is a unique area. Everyone who lives there, or who has visited, W knows this. The CHL designation is a nobrainer for most people.

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pponents of a bid to build a gravel pit near the covered bridge in West Montrose may soon have another front on which to do battle. Woolwich Township this week rolled out a draft amendment to its Official Plan that would designate land around the historic structure part of a cultural heritage landscape (CHL). Preventing gravel pits in the vicinity is not the intent of the CHL designation—in fact, its adoption would not automatically block aggregate applications—but gravel is what moved the process along. As Prof. Robert Shipley, director of the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo, noted at Woolwich council this week, work on CHLs in the region came long before Capital Paving’s application to mine aggregate on farmland near West Montrose. And, given recent provincial legislation, municipalities are required to

label significant heritage areas within their borders. There’s no arguing, of course, that the “kissing bridge” is a significant structure in and of itself. Built in 1881, it’s the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario. The CHL process encompasses the environment – built and natural – that surrounds it. This recognizes that the bridge exists in a context, in this case one that reflects the area’s rural heritage and the Old Order Mennonites who continue to live in the vicinity. If township council opts to extend the limited protections of the CHL label, it would recognize that the landscape’s fundamental character would be threatened by major development, which includes gravel pits. Some residents are understandably concerned about the impact of the CHL designation on their properties. Would the changes stop them from


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those applications will be denied. Certainly the detrimental impact on a cultural heritage landscape helps the argument against them, but council has yet to make a final decision on three large pits proposed for the area – in addition to Capital Paving’s bid, there are the Hunsberger pit near Conestogo and the Kuntz pit near Winterbourne to consider. In the normal course of affairs, the cost-benefit analysis would provide councillors with an easy answer: deny the applications. Municipal shares of aggregate profits are miniscule, not enough to cover the direct costs associated with road repairs and safety measures, let alone the health and well-being of residents. Unfortunately, the situation isn’t as simple as that. The province will weigh in, and it has a long history of putting aggregate operators ahead of what’s right for citizens.

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Is the Arab world undergoing its own 1989?


t was the Egyptian army’s statement that brought it all back: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people ... have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” In other words, go ahead and overthrow President Hosni Mubarak. It’s all right with us. It reminded me of the day of the first big anti-Communist demonstration in Moscow in mid-1989. There had already been non-violent protests in other Communist-ruled countries like Poland and Hungary, but this was Russia. The enormous crowd filling the broad Garden Ring Road was visibly nervous, and I was staying near the edge of the crowd so I could dodge into a doorway if the shooting started. Then I noticed that there were Soviet army officers, in full uniform, among the protesters. It was going to be all right: the military wanted change just as much as everybody else. Tahrir Square in Cairo today is the same: the army is with the people. The army statement in Cairo rang the death knell for Mubarak’s regime, even if he still insists that he will stay in the presidential palace until the election scheduled for September. That won’t happen. A transitional government led by other people will organize the election. But the echoes of an earlier revolution set me to wondering: is this the Arab world’s 1989? In 1989 the collapse of the old order started in the “satellite” countries, not in the Russian heart of the empire, just as the current revolt against the Arab status quo began in Tunisia, a relatively small and marginal Arab country. The Eastern European landslide only started to sweep everything


International Affairs GWYNNE DYER before it in November 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall. So is Hosni Mubarak the Berlin Wall of the Arab world? He certainly could be, for Egypt is the most populous Arab country, and the tactics and goals of the Tunisian and Egyptian peoples closely resemble those of the peaceful revolutionaries of Eastern Europe in 1989. The Arabs, too, are successfully using non-violent tactics to bring irresistible moral pressure on tyrannical and corrupt regimes, and they are demanding just the same things: democracy, justice and prosperity. The non-violent formula worked in two to three weeks in Tunisia, and it looks like it will take about the same time in Egypt. At first the president is defiant and sends police thugs out into the streets to attack the protesters, but he cannot use massive violence because he knows that the army would not obey a shoot-to-kill order. Much like in Eastern Europe in 1989. Then begins the retreat. First the president promises reforms. Then, when that doesn’t work, he fires the entire government and creates a new cabinet (but it’s still full of hated regime cronies). Then he promises to leave power at the next election, but argues that he must stay for the transition period to guarantee “stability.” And finally, he gets on the plane and leaves.

Tunisia has travelled that entire route since mid-December, and Egypt is passing through the next-to-last stage. Other Arab countries may be on the same road: the demos began in Algeria and Yemen in December. They’re only three weeks old in Jordan, but the king has just fired the entire government and appointed a new cabinet with orders to carry out “true political reforms.” There are hold-outs like Syria, whose president, Bashar Assad, boasted last week that his regime is secure because it has a “cause”: confrontation with Israel. More to the point, the Syrian army probably would open fire on protesters, for it is dominated by the ethnic minority to which Assad himself belongs. Iraq is so paralyzed by ethnic divisions after the American occupation that no popular mass movement is possible. Saudi Arabia and the smaller Gulf states almost certainly face no risk of popular revolution, for their people enjoy great prosperity because of their oil. Nevertheless, the pressure for change is palpable in most Arab countries. Fully half the population of the Arab world might be living under different, more democratic regimes a year or two from now. The European 1989 delivered precisely that in just two years; why can’t the Arabs do the same? They can, of course, but the period after 1989 in Eastern Europe was not entirely happy. The immediate result, in most countries, was a fall in living standards, not a rise. One major country, former Yugoslavia, was torn



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Got time for a coffee? You've got time for democracy T

he people on the streets of Cairo and other Arab nations where protests have spilled over into political action must be feeling exhilarated. The future is unknown, perhaps even perilous, but there’s something to be said for being involved as tides change. Watching from here, it’s easy to be smug about the political system we live in. Really, we ought not to gloat too much. To be sure, we’re democratic on the surface. And we don’t live under the kind of oppressive, dictatorial regimes seen in the Middle East, though the West is much to blame for the state of those nations. But our democratic freedoms are always imperiled by our own complacency, allowing power-hungry politicians and greedy corporations to wield increasingly more influence over our system of government. We may not have to take to the streets, but some action beyond showing up at a polling station every few years – and fewer of us are bothering to do even that – would go a long way to making the system more accountable. Launched last week, the Coffee Party movement seeks to make us aware of just how much power the average Canadian actually has simply by virtue of the fact our politicians do need to be elected and re-elected to keep their cushy jobs. The goal is to spark a letter-writing campaign to remind politicians who’s really in charge, and what Canadians

From the Editor Steve Kannon want from their governments. An initiative of Democracy Watch, the name is used in contrast to the Tea Party movement in the U.S. Unlike that group, however, there’s no bid to be a political party. Instead, the Canadian Coffee Party movement is pushing only for well-researched and broadly supported changes will make Canadian governments and big businesses operate more honestly, ethically, openly, representatively, efficiently and effectively. “We’re hoping that people will spend as much time letting politicians know they want accountable government as they do lining up for, making and drinking coffee,” says Duff Conacher, who heads the Ottawa-based citizens’ advocacy group. From its website (, the group provides easy links to get the message out via e-mail and other social media. It’s so simple, says Conacher, that it can be done from your Blackberry while standing in line for a coffee. Simple, yes, but will politicians take note? You bet they will, he says, noting that past write-in campaigns have been enough to sway govern-


Climate change deniers are justified in claims To the Editor,  Mr. Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach makes the claim that I “hold that spewing billions of tonnes of emissions annually has no effect on the environment” (Observer, letters, Jan. 29/11). I have never said something like that. One look at the pollution in places like Beijing and Shanghai makes it clear that our activity has notable effects on our local environments. The global climate is a fiendishly complicated system. So complicated, in fact, that researchers do not know for certain the number and effectiveness of processes that feed into and affect our environment. Human activity (i.e. the emissions of green-

ment policy. Given that each letter is believed to represent 10 voters – one person moved to send a letter will speak convincingly to family and friends about the issue – it doesn’t take too many messages arriving to catch their attention. In the last federal election, for instance, 70 ridings were decided by fewer than 3,000 votes. That’s close enough for MPs to heed the message coming from constituents. “When you have 70 ridings in play, it doesn’t take much to convince politicians what they need to do to win votes.” Hearing directly from Canadians should prompt politicians to act in our best interests, a different message than the one they hear from well-financed corporate lobbyists on a daily basis. Better government is the goal. The current process is unethical, dishonest and secretive, which means politicians are more likely to make decisions that are bad for the average Canadian, while favouring corporate interests. We would be better served by a more open, honest and accountable system. On that front, governments occasionally talk a good game, but never deliver, which has been especially obvious under the federal Conservatives, which have in many ways made unethical behaviour even easier. Politicians write the rules for themselves. They prefer no rules, but failing that they draft vague


house gases, or GHG) is only one of many possible mechanisms. The climate “phenomenon” being studied is the observed gradual increase in the global mean temperature since the depths of the Little Ice Age, a 200-year period spanning 1650 to 1850. The Anthropogenic (manmade) Global Warming (AGW) hypothesis states that human GHG emissions significantly affect the climate. As such, the null hypothesis is that human GHG emissions do not significantly affect the climate, that the climate variations are the result of natural processes. Current climate models have been constructed on the basis of many studies that have concluded that AGW is true. The models have failed to reflect or predict how the climate has continued to change, thus the

conclusions on which they are based cannot be taken as proven. The null hypothesis, that the climate responds primarily to natural processes, has not been disproven. Pointing this out is not a case of a pot calling a kettle black, but of a spectator at the parade saying that the emperor has no clothes. To paraphrase a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” Scientifically, it is quite possible that a single study could cause hundreds or thousands of contrary studies to be relegated to the dustbin. When AGW proponents try to ignore, manipulate, or reverse such


rules with no enforcement. If there must be enforcement, then there are no penalties for breaking the rules. “They need to hear from voters to counter that, to remind them what they have to do to get elected,” says Conacher. “Why not have a coffee party to wake up government to the fact we want good government?” Given that they create a system for themselves and preferred corporate interests – politicians are reluctant to do the right thing – we need to force them to do what Canadians want. These are principles that apply to every level of government, regardless of political stripe, he adds. It’s not about a particular ideology, but about something more fundamental: open, democratic government that reflects the needs of the citizenry. “The changes we’re pushing for, there’s support across the political spectrum.” The website had more than 73,000 hits in its first three days, an indication the message resonates with us. It’s true: we tend not to think much of the political process. We’ve become increasingly detached. Perhaps we feel there’s nothing we can do. With the Coffee Party movement, there is something we can do. Nobody’s asking you to do anything as perilous, or even as strenuous as what we’ve seen unfold in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your chair to ponder how much democracy is worth.

Dyer: Risks come with changes in the Arab world > CONTINUED FROM PG. 13 apart by war. There were various smaller wars along the ethnically fractured southern borders of the former Soviet Union, and Russia ended up back under a gentler sort of authoritarian rule. The risks for the Arab world are comparable: short-term economic decline, civil war, and the rise of new authoritarian regimes, probably fuelled by Islamist ideas. Nothing’s perfect. But what we are now witnessing in Tunisia and Egypt, and may also see elsewhere, is a great liberation not just from dictatorship, but from decades of corruption and despair. That’s worth a lot.

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foot of new snow notwithstanding, Christine Aberle is hoping her business will once again take root in the community. Just a week ago Aberle reopened The Window Box, a flower shop in downtown Elmira. She purchased it in late December having had just two days to think about operating a new business. After some renovations and a new coat of paint, The Window Box opened its doors again on Jan. 28. “I was hoping to be open mid-January, but there was a lot to do. It took a lot longer than I expected,” said Aberle. “When you renovate everything takes longer than you anticipate.” From the outside, the store is barely noticeable, buried in the winter surrounding it. Whenever the door is opened, however, the cozy shop – awash in pastels and trimmed in white – releases a spring day onto the street.

The bright colours Aberle chose are quite a departure from the formerly gray walls, but are reminiscent of her own kitchen. “I love this colour,” she said touching the green walls. “It works well as a background for all other colours and I thought it was something the flowers would look good in.” For 10 years prior to buying The Window Box, Aberle worked with her husband Stephen, a fourth generation farmer. She spent her mornings growing and harvesting vegetables and her afternoons delivering them. Last summer she was ready for a break. “We took the summer off and I kind of thought I’d like to do something else,” she mused. “I studied interior design and I put that on hold to work with the farm, but I wanted to get back into something creative again.” She said she’s always wanted her own store and couldn’t resist the timing of the situation. When asked why she

chose flowers, she glances at the large case to the left of the register and pauses to consider the roses, gerber daises, and lilies that beckon enticingly from inside. “I always grew my own flowers and I had lots and lots of perennials to work with, so I always had fresh flowers,” she said. She’s never arranged flowers professionally before, but has done it for friends and family in her spare time. “There’s a few techniques I need to pick up on, but I have lots of books and I’ve been studying up like crazy.” Aberle is considering taking courses in arranging as well. Currently, items for The Window Box primarily comes from two places, the first is a flower market in Mississauga. The other flowers are chosen from delivery trucks that come to the store twice a week. “Right now I’m going with what I know is popular and things that will look good together,” said Aberle. Among

the shop’s current offerings are small potted plants, flowers sold individually by the stem and custom bouquets hand-made for each order. “Eventually I’d like to get other things in the store that relate, like rose thorn removers and different tools of the trade.” Aberle is eager to pass on her love of flower arranging. “Other people do it just for a hobby and they enjoy it, so I’d like to be their source for different things.” As the shop acquires more stock, customers will be able to buy potted annuals as well as flowers from local growers. “I would really like to support the local area and get those in here,” she has already begun talking to local growers. “It’s hard this time of year, but I think some local stuff would be a very good thing.” Long hours, mixed with volunteer work and the planning of a family wedding being held at the farm this summer, mean Aberle is occupied



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Food For Thought Owen Roberts That resulted in some extremely difficult situations for farmers, ones that still reverberate today. Livestock farmers in particular have been feeling the pinch since back in 2003, when Canada’s lone case of BSE sent their fortunes tumbling. Even though that case was on the prairies, all of Canada was affected. As a result, Ontario’s beef cow herd has declined more than 18 per cent. Likewise, since 2007 the pork sector’s taken a beating, when H1N1 – known in its early days as swine flu – appeared on the scene. That stigma, along with the high Canadian dollar which put a damper on cheap exports, drove pork numbers down to one-fifth of what they used to be. Earlier this week, Ontario beef and pork producers got together to publicly plead for government support for an insurance program to protect them from such wild swings in the marketplace. They call this program their number-one priority, boldfaced in their joint news release distributed

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Letter: Finding fault with the science of AGW > CONTINUED FROM PG. 14 basic scientific principles, they are stepping outside the realm of science and into the realm of faith. I do not apologize for pointing out something so obvious. The seed of my skepticism was planted some 20 years ago, but has fully bloomed in the past decade. Just over 10 years ago, the “hockey stick” graphs – Mann et al. (1999); Briffa (2000) – became the cause célèbre for the AGW movement, even playing a prominent part in “An Inconvenient Truth.” These graphs claimed to show centuries of stable global temperatures (the shaft of the stick) followed by a sharp, steady rise over the last 150 years (the blade). Even though these

for support. And further to their credit, they’re underlining how support for “Ontario’s local farmers” also helps strengthen the rural economy. This is a vastly underrated need, one that can strike a chord in much the same way as local food, whose production depends on a healthy, well-supported rural Ontario, backed by strong policies. It’s fashionable to talk about urban agriculture, and growing food in cities. But let’s be realistic. The vast quantities of food needed to feed Ontario is going to come from rural Ontario farms, like those in Waterloo Region. Their strength and health is pivotal for helping Ontarians have a plentiful, affordable – and local – food supply, while simultaneously contributing to the bigger, worldwide need to try to keep people everywhere fed. graphs have now been shown (i.e. McIntyre and McKitrick (2005)) to be, at best, carefully crafted fabrications, they still dominate as an image ‘proving’ AGW. In November 2009 came the trainwreck sometimes called the CRUtape letters or Climate-gate. The release of 10 years worth of emails and reports from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University revealed systemic bad science and bad behaviour among the leading lights of the AGW movement. Of the scientists pushing the AGW hypothesis, Mr. SiebelAchenbach states that he “broadly respect[s] their expertise and appeals for emission reductions.” That’s nice. I outgrew such innocence years ago based, in part, on the conduct of AGW proponents only briefly referred to in this letter. Yes, I’m in a sour mood. And when it comes to the climate, I’m only just starting to warm up.

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licits nominations for the award until Jan. 14, with Futher being the popular choice for 2010. “In Ron’s case, he is a very modest individual. He’s not one to brag about what he’s done, and he’s not one to boast but he is there to serve, and that’s how he saw his role in the community – the serve and protect.” For Futher, 76, his lifelong dedication to the town and the people living there isn’t anything special. The humble man was born in Kitchener, but raised in Wellesley and grew up just three doors down from Mayor Ross Kelterborn. “We played together, worked together, and sometimes we partied together,” Futher remembers with a


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laugh. He went to high school in Elmira, and after graduation attended the Canadian School of Embalming in Toronto. It was a two month course, followed by a one-year apprenticeship and one more month back at school. He graduated in 1957, and then went to work with his father, along with his brother Jerome. His other brother, William, ran the furniture part of the business. Futher was also the first clerktreasurer for the newly incorporated Village of Wellesley, but his municipal career was cut short after only one year due to the death of his father in 1962, when he took over the funeral home fulltime until about three years ago when he sold the business. His lifelong devotion to the fire department, however, was born from a chance encounter. When he

was about 19 or 20, there was a big fire at Paradise Lake where, unfortunately, a mother and two children were killed. Futher notes that he was one of the “nosy bystanders” who followed the trucks down to the scene, and one of the firefighters asked him if he could remove the bodies from the home. “Later on they asked me if I could answer the calls during the day since I worked in town. I was asked to join, which I did, and I was there ever since.” Despite his mandatory retirement back in 1999 at the age of 65, Futher still keeps an ear on the action. His scanner, which is in his kitchen, still beeps and squeaks with the latest calls. “Yeah, I still have my scanner,” he laughs. “I like to know where the boys are going and what they’re doing.” Despite his humble nature, Futher said he was very shocked

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e believe it was just around this time last year when we had a craving for a classic dish that is a fantastic weeknight meal with a hearty salad and bread, or a very impressive first course for a cozy dinner party. In the depths of winter, nothing comes close to a piping bowl of French onion soup – oozing with cheese, rich and sweet, this is a real treat that is so easy to make. Once the onions are cut (and you dry your tears), the flavour of the soup is all about the balance between beef stock and the sweetness of caramelized onions. Originating in 18th century France, this soup uses local resources, which were often scarce. Onions had storage power, and with the technique of caramelization, a whole new flavour was discovered. Caramelization, in this case, is the procedure in which the onions are cooked slowly until the melting sugars approach burning temperature, becoming brown. Some recipes suggest a half an hour of cooking time, but many chefs and cooks allow for hours of cooking, bringing out the complex flavors of the onions’ sugars. Regular ol’ cooking onions actually caramelize the best. To use up stale bread, the soup was topped with a thick slice, which soaked up the flavourful broth. Local mountainous cheeses, Gruyere or Compté (pronounced con-tay), topped the bowl, which is then placed under the broiler to melt. We’ve written about Gruyere cheese before, and how we love its melting properties. Try mozzarella or even Havarti for a milder version. Use homemade

French Onion Soup Serves 8

>>3 Tbsp unsalted butter >>5-6  medium onions, thinly sliced

>>8 cups beef stock >>2 cups of dry red wine (a

wine that you would drink a glass of ... or a bottle)

>>Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

>>8 thick slices of welltoasted sourdough bread

>>3/4-lb Gruyere cheese, sliced or shredded

>> Fresh thyme to garnish or store-bought beef stock, however, if using a boxed stock, do not add any salt until the end of cooking to ensure that the soup is not over salted. In a large heavy bottom pot (Le Creuset work fantastic!), melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onions, cook, stirring occasionally, until very well caramelized, about 1 hour (or more); Deglaze the pan with red wine. The wine should bubble in the pan remove any browned bits stuck on the pan to incorporate into the broth. Add stock and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour; Season to taste; Pre-heat oven to 425F. Divide soup amongst ovenproof French onion soup bowls, large ramekins, or any other oven-safe bowl. Place bread on soup and top with cheese. Bake until cheese has melted and is golden brown. Garnish with fresh thyme.


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




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Where two wheels and slick ice meet Elmira native competes in his first-ever Extreme International Ice Racing event at Kitchener Aud Elizabeth Bate



I GET THAT PUCK Kings forward Lukas Baleshata attempts to out-hussle Winter Hawks’ defenceman Alex McCaff in a bid for the net Jan. 30 at the Dan Snyder Arena. Baleshata scored the first of the team’s goals in a 4-1 win.

Kings halt losing skid with hard-fought win over Cambridge Emotions run high as both teams filled the penalty box prior to game-ending brawl last Sunday at WMC


» ELIZABETH BATE McLean bites the Kings’ Clayton Greer in a game-ending brawl that would see both players benched for fighting. ward Lukas Baleshta finding down and got away from what the back of the net at 6:33 as- we were supposed to do. Camsisted by Shane Smith. The bridge has an explosive team Kings’ doubled their score and they got themselves back at 7:05 on a goal from Brady in the game.” Campbell, assisted by Wade Cambridge slipped one past Pfeffer. Elmira netminder Nick Hor“We scored those two goals rigan at 7:39, and the period very quickly in the second pe- ended with Elmira up 2-1. riod and I was hoping we could The last third of the game jump on that,” said Haddaway. > SEE KINGS ON PG. 25 “We had a little bit of a break-


THE ROUGH STUFF Players look on as Winter Hawks defenceman Brayden


osting a “support the troops” day, the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena looked more like a battle zone than a hockey rink at times during a penalty-filled match Jan. 30 between the Elmira Sugar Kings and the Cambridge Winter Hawks. The hometown squad emerged victorious, however, by a 4-1 margin. Kings’ coach Geoff Haddaway said the win came as a relief to the team who spent the previous three weeks on the wrong side of the final scores. “We hadn’t been playing real well and there are a lot of things that we weren’t doing properly, but I think the most important thing was to get a win – to find a way to win a hockey game – and that’s what we did,” he said. The rivalry between the two teams made itself known in the scoreless first period with forceful play resulting in a pair of two-minute infractions for Cambridge and three for Elmira. The play got rougher in the second period, with Cambridge racking up 12 minutes while Elmira added another eight, including a four-man scuffle with less than two minutes left in the frame. The penalties were broken up by goals, with Kings’ for-



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f you didn’t think motorcycle racers were crazy enough already, try putting them on ice. The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium played host to just such a group of riders from around the world competing Monday in Extreme International Ice Racing (XIIR). Cambridge resident Mike Hammond, originally from Elmira, competed in five heats in the Speedway category at his first-ever XIce race. Hammond has competed in speedway races on dirt tracks previously, but was nervous before testing his skills on a surface with less integrity. “I’ve been out on the local pond practicing, but the ice there versus the ice indoors, I’m not sure how it will compare,” he said.

Hammond said he has had an interest in motorcycles for most of his life and road raced in the early 1990s. After taking some time off from the racing circuit, a friend suggested speedway racing to him three years ago. “I picked it up as a hobby and it’s pretty addictive,” he said. “It’s unique. I’ve ridden motorcycles most of my life and speedway is opposite to everything. You go into a corner and you have to roll on the gas, you can’t get off the gas or you’re in trouble. “ The difference in the style makes it more challenging and keeps Hammond interested in the series. He races at the Paris Fairgrounds in the summer. Hammond said he was expecting the surface to be

CELEBRATION TIME Speedway riders celebrate their win on ice at the

Extreme International Ice Racing competition at the Aud Jan. 30. Charlie Venegas finished first in the final event, while Anthony Barlow was second and third place went to Kelly Kerrigan. Inset: Venegas waves the checkered flag.


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It’s just the groundhogs standing between us and spring I

guess we got plain lucky this Groundhog Day. The groundhogs didn’t see their shadows so now we’re told that spring is just around the corner. I guess that’s a good thing. Having said that, as an outdoorsman, I get a bit nervous when we resort to luck. I mean, what if those whistle pigs had seen their shadows? Then where would we be? With a whole lot more of winter on the horizon, that’s where. With more shovelling, more vehicles that have a hard time starting, more bone-chilling weather and more reasons to go ice fishing. In other words, the promise of a bleak future. The thing that bothers me most about all this is that it is within our control. The answer is so easy. All we need is a couple of good varmint hunters geared up with a spotting scope, range finder, and a couple of really tricked out varmint rifles say in .222, 22-250, .223 or even .243 if you want to be certain. With these simple tools and some time at the range, we can actually ensure that this pesky groundhog never sees his shadow again. Never. Imagine that. We’d have an early spring every year! Right now, there are probably a few people out there wincing. They’re probably saying that this is not necessary. Let nature take its course, they whine. I suspect these guys probably make their living selling cross-country skis, snowshoes, and warm winter clothing. They might even own re-

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea ally good snow blowers or, god forbid, love winter camping. Either way, they don’t count. So here’s my plan. We’d have to rig our groundhog hunters up with the right gear. Probably a bit of winter camo, some warm weather clothing, a comfortable shooting mat, a bipod and a box or two of hand-loaded, customized, frangible ammunition so that Willie never knows what hit him. It’d be humane. We’d reduce the pain and suffering caused by the lengthening of winter. If this seems a bit harsh, let me just say that it’s minus-27 Celsius outside my office window right now. There’s been a man standing in the same spot on the lake since dawn. At first I thought he was ice fishing, but now I’m not so sure. I think he just froze there. This is the kind of tragedy we can avoid if you just let the varmint hunters have at it. Give them the green light I say. Stop the shadow watching. Am I a bit sick of winter? Well, yes. Am I taking it out on a groundhog? Possibly. Nevertheless, this idea makes a whole lot of sense to me. Sure, you might be able to cause the


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SLICK MOVES Top: Speedway racers fight to get around the


corner while staying upright at the Extreme International Ice Racing competition in Kitchener Jan. 30. Left: Quad rider Justin Ebbing pops a wheelie during his victory lap after the race.


stickier than it was. The smooth ice was very slippery, but he adjusted to racing on the colder track. “Growing up in Canada, in and out of the rink, you get used to it,” he laughed. “Some of the guys from California actually had heaters sitting on their laps down in the pits.” Although Hammond didn’t win any of his four-man heats, he managed to keep his bike upright on the slippery

same effect with floodlights, smoke screens or stun grenades dropped at Wiarton Willie’s feet, but it is not nearly as permanent or reliable as two well-placed varmint bullets. No shadow. No more winter. It’s that easy. OK, maybe the masses are a bit squeamish about this. Groundhogs definitely fall under the cute and cuddly animal category, right? I understand completely. Forget it. We’ll just endure whatever these little rodents throw our way. Winter can’t last forever right? Heck, ice fishing and snowshoeing aren’t really all that bad. The plan was definitely flawed anyhow. Don’t worry about it. Forget I ever mentioned it in fact. It was just the cabin fever talking. Now, does anyone know if there’s a grassy knoll in Wiarton?

surface and made a good showing for a firsttime out, not allowing the competition to get too far ahead of him. XIIR founder Anthony Barlow was impressed with Hammond’s performance. “I thought he rode great,” said Barlow. “Most guys that are doing it, they run a gap. I thought he was brilliant, I didn’t even expect him to make it around.” This is the second year the AMA sponsored tour has come to the Aud. Facility spokesperson Jeremy Dueck said the response to last year’s event was positive.

“It’s pretty crazy,” said Dueck. “It’s a very tight space. It’s just a regular ice hockey surface.” Racing in a circular formation where the Kitchener Rangers normally play, the speedway racers rode special bikes with studded tires and no brakes. Hammond said the rider controls the bike using the throttle and his body weight. Quads also had a class in the event. Hammond enjoyed his first XIce event and will compete again. Fans can see him and all the riders when XIIR comes to the General Motors Centre in Oshawa on Feb. 11.

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Jacks look to end seven-game skid as playoffs loom Losses leave team in sixth place; coach baffled by drop in goal output James Jackson



fter nearly a month between wins, and only three games left on the schedule, the Wellesley Apple Jacks have picked perhaps the worst time of the season to endure a seven-game losing skid. The team’s two latest setbacks came Jan. 28, a 7-1 loss in Delhi, and Jan. 30, an equally humbling 6-1 defeat at home to the Tavistock Braves. The losses have led Wellesley into a freefall down the standings. Their record now sits at 15-13-4, good for sixth in the McConnell Conference. “We’ve got to turn this thing around. We’re in sixth place now, and on Dec. 3 we were playing for second,” said a frustrated head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick. “We could still finish fourth, but we just need to work our way out of it and create something. Make something happen.” The Jacks certainly didn’t make anything happen on the road against Delhi. They were down 3-0 just past the



NOT THIS TIME Wellesley keeper Jordan Bauman hugs the post to deny Tavistock’s Charlie Rowland in the first period of the Jacks’ 6-1 loss on Sunday afternoon. Bauman finished the game with 48 saves. halfway mark of the first period, and didn’t even get on the scoreboard until 13:08 of the third period when Michael Forster scored on the powerplay from Tim Stern and Ste-

phen Lewtas, but by then they were already down by five, with virtually no hope of a comeback. Fitzpatrick said that his team has not only had to


fight injuries, but a run of bad luck and good goaltending as well. “[Delhi’s] goalie stood on his head and made some unbelievable saves to keep it

3-0, and in the second period we really took it to them. He made four or five key saves in the first and second period that we should have scored, then our guys got down and thought ‘oh man we’re never going to beat this guy.’” Sunday afternoon presented a less-than-golden opportunity to break their losing streak when they faced off against their arch-rivals, the Tavistock Braves, at home. The Braves are leading the division and had beaten the Jacks in their previous four meetings by a combined score of 20-12. Tavistock would strike first on Sunday at 14:09 of the first when the puck took a fluky bounce off the glass and landed in the crease of Jacks keeper Jordan Bauman, where it was shoveled home by Blair Mackay. “It happened three times in the game. I thought we knew our boards and glass pretty well, but someone has some rubber glass out there or something,” said Fitzpatrick about the goal.


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SO IT BEGINS The KW Synchro Club opened their season on the weekend of Jan. 22 when the

high performance team competed in the 13-15 age category at the provincial trials in Etobicoke, the first time the club has sent a team to a national competition in several years. From left: Delaney Klein (coach), Courtney Beisel, Jordan Shantz, Joelle Zavitz, Brooke Heitshu, Danelle Kovar, Savannah Heintzman, Jessica Tvrdon, Sabrina Barnes, Samantha Kowalski (coach).

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boiled over in the Winter Hawks’ zone with 1:02 left in play. After the brawl was over referees dealt out punishments like parents grounding children, assigning five for fighting to three Elmira players and two Cambridge players and an additional 10 minutes for an inciting misconduct to Cambridge. All six players received game misconducts. Haddaway said he doesn’t egg on the fighting, but thought it gave the audience a thrill. “From the fans’ perspective, it certainly added some excitement to the game, but it’s not anything that we encourage and I know the Cambridge team doesn’t encourage that either,” he said. “The emotions of the game got the best of a couple of guys.” The Kings are back in action at the Woolwich Memorial Centre on Sunday, taking on the visiting Kitchener Dutchmen. The puck drops at 2 p.m.

MAKING IT OFFICIAL Corporal Scott Hahn of Elmira shakes hands with Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht during the opening ceremonies of the Kings’ Support Our Troops game on Jan. 30.





saw lots of action, complete with eight players from both teams being called on game misconducts, 54 total penalty minutes assigned for the round and a major fight with just over a minute left . The Kings took advantage of the Winter Hawks’ trips to the box, bookending the round with their final two goals. Elmira captain Josh Woolley took the single-man advantage to the net at close to three minutes into the third assisted by Andrew Smith and Brad Kraus, bringing the score to 3-1. “Josh Woolley’s goal was typical of what we want during a powerplay,” said Haddaway. Campbell brought the Kings’ win home with a minute and a half left in the game, assisted by Cass Frey and Cory Genovese, capping a 4-1 victory. Fists flew and tensions




Kings: Battle-filled game for Support Our Troops event in Elmira

KIDS DO THEIR PART The Legal Beagles Woolwich Mini Hockey team joined the Kings on ice for the opening ceremonies.

FOR THE FAMILIES The Elmira Sugar Kings’ presented a cheque to the London Military Family Resource Centre during

their Support Our Troops game on Jan. 30. The team’s actual donation of $4,200 exceeded the estimate of over $3,900. Seen here are Kings VP Steve Webb, MP Harold Albrecht, representatives of the LMFRC and Kings president Jeff Seddon.

Fishing enthusiasts back out on the ice After the thaw in early January, GRCA lakes are now safe again to permit ice fishing James Jackson




Kells braved the elements long enough to catch a perch while ice fishing at Belwood Lake last month. The fishing season is now entering its third week.


he big storm expected this week didn’t materialize, but winter does appear to be settling in to stay a while. For anglers itching to get out, sitting on a frozen lake over a hole in the ice has been the next-best thing to open water since the ice fishing season opened last month. Three Grand River Conservation Area ice fishing sites – Pinehurst Lake near Paris, Shade’s Mills in Cambridge, and Belwood Lake near Fergus – started their season Jan. 14. Guelph Lake also used to offer ice fishing, but that has been suspended since 2007. “It is a very popular sport and we deal with fisherman year round. These ice-fisher-

men are a diehard bunch and the phone starts ringing off the hook when people think we should have enough ice,” said Belwood superintendant Derek Strub. “The last couple of days we’ve had a lot of families out because of exam breaks; a lot of fathers and sons, or grandfathers and grandsons. “On a busy day on the weekend we’ll have over 100 people here.” The season was delayed by about two weeks due to that New Year’s thaw we experienced at the beginning of January, which saw nearly all of the snow melt under above-normal temperatures and heavy rain. Because Belwood Lake is actually a reservoir, that rain and melting snow caused the

water levels to rise nearly three metres, said Strub, and led to unsafe conditions that stalled the opening of ice fishing season until they could safely drain the reservoir back to its normal levels. “If it goes to minus-15 the next night, we get a skiff of ice and a little snow and it all looks the same. Then we get phone calls from people asking ‘well why aren’t you open, it’s minus-15 out’ but there is only a half-inch of ice out there,” Strub said. “You have to be pretty cautious, and we are.” Strub notes there are actually two kinds of ice that the GRCA looks for when deciding when to open the lake for




Bantams sweep to victory at Clifford tournament THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT



The Woolwich Bantam LL #2 team won all three of their games and were the tournament champions in Clifford on Jan. 23. Back row: Chris Wilson, Chris Taylor (asst. coach), Marty Metzger, Nick Berlet, Trevor Bowman, Brendan Taylor, Jacob Cornwall, Matt Lalonde, Mike Sokolowski, Matt Jessop, Jay Lalonde (head coach). Front Row: Kyle Ropp, Austin Horst, Jared Wilson, Calvin Cressman. Absent: Marlin Stoltz (trainer), Andrew Stoltz.



St. Clement’s Church has submitted by-laws to the Registrar of the Cemeteries Act (Revised). Any interested parties may contact 519.699.4425 for information, or to make copies. These by-laws are subject to the approval of the Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised). SALE AND TRANSFER OF LOTS Definition: A. For the purpose of these By-Laws a lot is a single grave space. B. For the purpose of these By-Laws a plot is multiple lots. C. Interment Rights shall mean the right to require or direct the interment or entombment of human remains in a lot. D. Cemetery Act shall mean The Cemeteries Act, R.S.0. 1990, Chapter C4 and Regulations. E. Disinterment shall mean the removal of human remains from the ground.

MONUMENT AND MARKERS Definition A. For the purpose of these by-laws a marker shall be understood to be any permanent memorial structure. B. For the purpose of these by-laws a monument shall be any marker that is not flush with the ground. Only One Monument to a Plot: No more than one monument may be erected or placed on a plot regardless of the number of graves in that plot. Single Width Graves: Only flat markers flush with the ground and no wider than 36 inches (apron included) are allowed on single grave width lots. Double Width Plots: Monuments no wider than 30 inches (base included) are allowed on double grave width plots. Triple Width Plots: Monuments no wider than 60 inches (base included) are allowed on triple or more graves width plots. Foundations: All monuments higher than 1 foot shall have a 4 foot deep foundation at the owner’s expense. Installments: All markers are to be installed with a Trustee present.

Price of Lots: Interment rights shall be sold at prices set by the Trustees and filed with the Ministry of Consumer Services, Cemeteries Regulation Unit.

Care and Maintenance Fund: All markers installed in the Cemetery shall have the proper amount of money deposited in the Care and Maintenance Fund as regulated in the Cemeteries Act.

Contract: All purchasers of Interment Rights must sign a contract with the Cemetery as adopted by the Trustees and filed with the Ministry detailing obligations of both parties and acceptance of the By-Laws. The Cemetery Committee shall provide each Rights Holder at the time of sale with: a copy of the contract, a copy of the Cemetery By-laws, upon payment in full, a Certificate of Interment Rights.

Thickness of Flat Markers: Flat monuments must be at least 4 inches thick and have concrete apron around the marker to depth of four inches. This is to prevent the monuments from cracking.

No Resale: No Interments rights may be resold. The Right Holder(s) may at any time cancel the contract and have the Cemetery repurchase the Interment Rights if no Rights have yet been exercised. Transfer of Rights: If Interments Rights are transferred, the Rights Holder(s) must return the Interment Rights Certificate to the Cemetery who will then issue a new Certificate to the transferee. Form of Certificate: Interment Rights shall be conveyed by such form of Interment Rights Certificates as adopted by the Trustees and filed with the Ministry. Issue of the Certificate: The Interment Rights Certificate shall be issued to only one of the Rights Holder(s) and only after any outstanding balance has been paid in full. Limits of Rights: The Interment Rights belong only to the persons named on the Certificate and there is no transmission of interest through Death. Cancellation: The Rights Holder(s) may at any time cancel the contract and have the Cemetery repurchase the Interment Rights if no Rights have yet been exercised subject to the following conditions: The repurchase price shall be calculated as the original price paid minus the portion deposited into the care and Maintenance Fund. Arrears: No rights shall be exercised, transferred or services provided unless all arrears connected with the lots have been paid in full. INTERMENTS Permits: A burial permit issued by the Division Registrar showing that the death has been registered or in the case of cremation a Certificate of cremation must be deposited with the Superintendent before an interment may take place. Written Permission Written permission must be submitted to the Trustees for any interment other than the Interments Rights Holder for each lot. Charges Incurred: Persons ordering graves will be held responsible for charges. Cremation Interments: Cremations may be interred in family plots. (2 cremations and 1 casket or 3 cremations) Animals: Bodies of any Animals shall not be placed in the cemetery.

Heights and Thickness: All monuments must conform to the following height restrictions: Monuments up to 32” high must be at least 6” thick, Monuments up to 32” to 40” must be at least 7” thick, Monuments up to 40” to 55” must be at least 8” thick. Any monument higher than 55” must have plans submitted for Board approval and may be denied for practical reasons. Footstones: One footstone with a flat level surface set flush with the ground may be placed at each grave (in addition to the monument). This footstone shall be placed at the end of the grave farthest from the monument. All footstones are to be installed with a Trustee present. Types of Material: All markers or monuments must be constructed solely of granite or bronze.

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Jacks: Still time to turn it around, says coach > CONTINUED FROM PG. 24 Wellesley would storm back, however, and Justin Roeder tied it up just nine seconds later, with an assist from Michael Forster. The goal seemed to get Wellesley back in the game and for the remainder of the period, and much of the second, the two teams played fairly evenly. However two late goals by Tavistock at 15:02 and 19:45 of the second deflated the team and sent them into the dressing room down by two heading into the third. “When they scored the second goal we were still in pretty good shape, but once they got the third goal the guys were down and that was it,” said Fitzpatrick. “If they scored and went up by two early in the second it would have been a different game, but the guys kind of got down on themselves and they looked like they were at a funeral during the second intermission.” The third showed exactly how low the Jacks had gone when Tavistock went on to score three unanswered goals on their way to a 6-1 victory,

running Wellesley’s losing streak to seven games. Perhaps more troubling than the losing streak itself is the lack of offence. Through the first half of the season, the Jacks were among the top-scoring teams in the league. Of late, with only 14 goals in their last seven games – including being shutout twice – the scoring has simply dried up. “How we can be one of the highest scoring teams in the league, to where we are now, is beyond me. That’s the million-dollar question,” said Fitzpatrick. He added that the team has been working on getting some healthy body’s back in the lineup, and they have been trying some different things in practice, particularly on the powerplay. The road to the playoffs doesn’t get much easier from Wellesley this weekend, either. After facing the thirdplace Ayr Centennials Friday, the Jacks travel to Hagersville Saturday night to take on the second-place Hawks, who boast the league’s leading scorer in Derek Medeiros (67 points in just 31 games).

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Inscriptions: No inscription shall be placed on any marker which is not in keeping with the dignity and decorum of the Cemetery. FLOWERS Off the Ground: All flowers must be potted and placed in a stand the design of which has been approved by the Superintendent. Fresh Flower and Smaller Pots: Fresh Flower and smaller pots may be placed on a grave to commemorate special occasions, however, the Cemetery assumes no responsibility and will remove these and the containers when they become unsightly. Flower Beds: NO flowers or flower beds may be planted on the ground. GENERAL Trees and Shrubs: Trees and shrubs and decorations in the Cemetery must meet the approval of the Trustees. The Cemetery reserves the right to remove any that were not approved and prune any that grow too large. Animals Prohibited: No animals shall be permitted in the Cemetery. Chairs, Trellis, Etc. Prohibited Articles: No chair or bench, wooden or wire trellis, arch or iron rods or similar articles shall be brought to or left upon the lots. Trustees Not Responsible for Portable Articles: The Trustees will not be responsible for loss of or damage to any portable article left in the cemetery.

Disinterments: All disinterments will be done in accordance with the Cemeteries Act.

Arrears: No markers may be installed on a lot until all arrears connected with that lot have been paid in full.

Arrears: No interment or other services or supplies will be provided for a lot until all arrears connected with that lot have been paid in full.

Removal: The Cemetery reserves the right to remove any markers found to be in contravention of these regulations.



GOLDEN GIRLS The Woolwich Wild Atom C Girls Hockey

team brought home gold last weekend at the Orangeville Sweethearts Tournament. Front row: Melyssa MacDonald, Taya Beacom, and their mascot Big Butt. Second row: Delaney Douglas, Hannah Carr, Chantal McMurray, Ali Harnock, Sadie Goss, Abby Burkholder. Third row: Alyssa Pogson, Alenna Martin, Zoe Peev and Mya Brubacher. Fourth row: coaches Ryan Burkholder, Chris Harnock, Shawn Brubacher and trainer Lisa Douglas. Back row: Nicole Snyder and Tegan Schaus.


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Twin Centre Bantams claim International Silverstick title Big win was the first-ever at this level for the minor hockey association James Jackson


INTERNATIONAL HONOURS The Bantam Rep boys’ team captured the Twin Centre Hockey Association’s first

international Silverstick title last weekend. Back row: Cal McKee, Steve Lebold, Brendan Petrie, Justin Stribling, Woody Jackson, Doug Ridge, Chad Beacom, Matt Ridge, Mark Lebold, John MacDonald. Front row: Luke Runstedler, Brock Roth, Bradley Reitzel, Isaac MacDonald, Luke Scherring, Spencer Brick, Brady Gerber, Brett Lebold, Nick McKee. in a rematch of their opening-day loss. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, before Justin Stribling blasted a shot from the point in the second overtime that bounced off a defender’s shin pad and eluded the Rome goalie.

Every player – including goaltender Brad Reitzel – finished the tournament with at least a point, and the team also included 11 different goal scorers. For their efforts, all of the players names will be dis-

played in the hockey hall of fame for one year, and the team name and the year of their victory will be on permanent display in the hall as well. Reitzel was named the finals MVP and goalie of the tournament.

Ice fishing: After thaw, ice is back with a vengeance fishing. There is white ice, which is formed by the compaction of the snow and the slushy surface of the lake, and there is blue ice, which is formed when the lake itself freezes from the bottom up. Blue ice is about twice as strong as white ice, and ideally the GRCA waits until about seven inches of blue ice has formed before opening up the lake. Three-man crews with safety equipment head out to various sections of the lake to test the water before any members of the public are allowed on. An avid fisherman himself, Strub said he gets out about five times every winter to fish, and that he looks forward to the unique challenges associated with ice fishing. “You don’t have the option of saying ‘I’m going to go there, then over there.’ If you are in a boat you’re very mobile, and if I cast bait 50 feet and reel it in, I’m covering those 50 feet of water. But when I’m drilling a hole

in the ice, I am only covering that one-foot area.” For anyone interested in trying ice fishing for the first time, Strub has a few tips for making it a pleasurable experience. One is to pick a day when the wind isn’t howling or that doesn’t feature temperatures of minus-20 outside. Another is to dress accordingly. Finally, if you are bringing any younger children along, bring something else to keep them occupied. “I bring a frisbee or a football, because it’s not always fun to stare at your rod down a hole. It gives them something to do in between getting a bite.” Anyone between the ages of 18-65 in Ontario also requires a fishing license, though that rule is exempt during the weekend of Family Day (Feb. 19-21).


CATCH Derek Strub, superintendent at Belwood Lake, proudly holds up a pike he caught there. Strub says that ice fishing offers it own unique challenges compared to openwater fishing.




he Twin Centre Bantam Rep boys’ hockey team emerged as the tournament champions following the International Silverstick Tournament in Port Huron, Michigan Jan. 27-30, the first Twin Centre squad to win the tournament in the organization’s 17-year history. “This is quite the group. It wasn’t really anticipated to be as successful as they are and they’ve been able to pull together and play as a team,” said Twin Centre Minor Hockey president Kevin Kraemer. “We’ve had a few teams win the regional tournament, but to have a team win the international is a pretty big accomplishment.” The team emerged with a 2-1 double-overtime win against a squad from Rome, New York. Twin Centre qualified for the international tournament after beating Tavistock at the regional Silverstick tournament in Kincardine over the Christmas holiday. However, the lateness of the tournament posed some trouble for the team as it prepared for the tournament in Port Huron. “Because we were so late qualifying it was a little tough finding hotel rooms. We actually stayed about 40 minutes away,” said assistant coach and team manager Doug Ridge, noting that may have had a negative impact on their early performance. The team lost their first game, a 2-1 decision to the team from Rome, and tied a speedy Tampa Bay squad 1-1 when Brady Gerber banged home a rebound with 45 seconds remaining on the first day of the competition. The following day, the boys beat a team from Atlanta 4-0 to secure a 1-1-1 record, good for third in the tournament and a position in the semifinals. In the semis, they beat a team from Erin-Hillsburgh easily by a score of 7-2 to move on to the finals. “I thought we were going to struggle against them but we had a convincing win,” explained Ridge. “They had tied the team from Rome, who had beaten us 2-1. But our forwards found the back of the net and the defence played strong, and that put us in a real confident position heading into the finals.” On Saturday they faced off against the Rome Grizzlies



Convener Richard Vollmer, who has been with Wellesley and Twin Centre Minor Hockey for more than 30 years, said the tournament win is symbolic of what can occur when a group of players sticks together, rather than heading off to play in a higher talent level in Woolwich or Waterloo. “This is one team where the kids all stuck together for the past three years, and it proves that success can happen when they stick together. And the coaching here is quite remarkable. They’re a staff that believes in playing and developing all the players on the team equally.” The team was also very grateful for sponsors who came forward to support the costs of this tournament, including Wellesley council, Navigation Canada, a local men’s hockey team called the RHL, Twin Centre Silverstick, and A Perfect Fit, the fitness club in St. Clements. Altogether they raised enough money to just about cover the nearly $1,100 entry fee into the tournament. Twin Centre Minor Hockey was first formed back in 1994 when the minor hockey associations in Wellesley and St. Clements were merged.



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U10 girls sweep to ringette gold

Second-place finish for Peewee girls

WOOLWICH PRIDE The Woolwich U10 ringette team went undefeated in the Tillsonburg

THE SILVER LINING The Woolwich Wild Peewee C team brought home the silver medal from

Twisters tournament held Jan. 23-24, bringing home the gold medal. Front row: Brianna Jacobi, Erica Buehler, Ava Henderson, Madelyn Camm, Madison Waters. Back row: Kayla McDougall, Cassidy Moser, Hilary Bauman, Ashley Brubacher, Alice Wang. Absent: Caylee Gallant, Hannah Gramlow. Coaches: Carole Schwartz, Tim Waters, Steve Jacobi, Barry Bauman. PHOTO

the Orangeville Sweetheart Tournament last weekend. Back row: Lori Merlihan (trainer), Morgan Douglas, Taylor Duench, Rod Weber (coach), Greg Kaufman (assistant coach), Caitlin Pickard, Dave Weber (assistant coach). Middle row: Mikayla Weber, Nicole Merlihan, Ciara Hea, Hannah Weber, Jaycee Kaufman, Meghan Mathieson, Victoria Weber. Front: Cassie Mann. PHOTO




JAN. 26 Twin Centre 4, Waterloo #4 3 Goals: Blythe Bender x4 JAN. 28 Twin Centre 1, Orangeville 1 Goals: Blythe Bender (Claire Higgins, Marlee Fraser) JAN. 29 PLAYOFFS

Waterloo Rickwood 3, Twin Centre 1 Goals: Blythe Bender (Kara Dietrich, Mia Thompson) JAN. 29 Waterloo Hobson 6, Twin Centre 5 Goals: Blythe Bender X 3, Katie Lee X 2 (Blythe Bender, Megan Jantzi, Katya Pym, Lauren Skanes, Kara Dietrich, Mia Thompson) JAN. 30 Waterloo Hobson 1, Twin Centre 0 WOOLWICH ATOM LL - GIRLS

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JAN. 29 Woolwich Wildcats 7, Ayr 0 Goals: Nathan Taylor x5, Andrew Kieswetter x2 (Gavin Wright, Andrew Weber, Matthew Thaler x2, Matthew Yorke, Connor Kroetsch, Simon Shantz, Rowan Spencer, Jacob Grant.) Shutout: James Ormson JAN. 30 Woolwich LL #2 3, Woolwich LL #3 3 Goals: Andrew Weber x2, Nathan Taylor (Matthew Yorke, Simon Shantz, Nathan Taylor, Connor Kroetsch) WOOLWICH NOVICE MAJOR A – BOYS

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JAN. 29 Woolwich #1 3, Embro #1 2 Goals: Chad Hoffer, Kyle Rintoul, CJ Sider (Daniel Bullock, Bruce Martin) JAN. 30 Woolwich #1 3, Embro #2 3 Goals: Matthew MacDonald x3 (Matthew MacDonald, Tyler Horst, Bruce Martin, Kyle Rintoul) WOOLWICH ATOM LL #2 - BOYS

JAN. 29 Woolwich 5, St. George #1 1 Goals: Devin Williams, Owen Hill-Ring, Austin Whittom, Alex Schott, Hayden Fretz (Cole Campbell x2, Hayden Fretz x2, Jacob Wiseman, Ben Weigel, Alex Schott, Noah Bauman, Owen Hill-Ring, Devin Williams) JAN. 30 Woolwich Atom LL #2 4, St George #1 2 Goals: Hayden Fretz, Devin Williams, Noah Bauman, Austin Whittom (Cole Campbell, Kyle Gingrich) WOOLWICH MINOR ATOM A - BOYS

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JAN. 28 Woolwich 2, St. Thomas 1 Goals: Kyle Bruder, Ryan Belanger (Nick Ravelle, Ryan Belanger, Zac Pickard) WOOLWICH PEEWEE LL #1 - BOYS PLAYOFFS

JAN. 29 Woolwich 11, Paris #2 3 Goals: Nathon Horst x3,Luke Charter x2, Ryan Deimert x2, Will Mehminney ,Jeff Talbot, Arron Logan, Nic Campagnolo (Max Bender x2, Jeff Talbot x2, Matt Greene, Nathon Horst, Terry Chau, Luke Charter, Noah Rawlinson, Kurt Michael) WOOLWICH MAJOR PEEWEE – BOYS

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JAN. 28 Woolwich 7, Guelph 0 Goals: Jason Gamble x2, Harrison Clifford x2, Alex Uttley, Greg Huber and Grant Kernick (Grant Kernick x3, Harrison Clifford x2, Cole Conlin x2, Jason Gamble, Alex Uttley, Cole Lenaers,

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JAN. 28 Woolwich 4, Flamborough 3 Goals: Sebastian Lane Timmy Shuh Johnny Clifford X2 (Timmy Shuh Alex White Matt Lair Johnny Clifford Adam Cook Adrian Gilles) JAN. 29 Centre Wellington 4, Woolwich 3 Goals: Johnny Clifford x2 Grant Kernick (Matt Lair Alex White Sebastian Lane Harrison Clifford) FEB. 1 Woolwich 4, Centre Wellington 2 Goals: Alex MacLean x2, Johnny Clifford, Alex White (Adam Cook, Bo Uridil, Ryan Schinker, Johnny Clifford, Timmy Shuh) WOOLWICH BANTAM AE - BOYS

JAN. 28 Woolwich 4, St. Thomas 2 Goals: Owen Griffiths x 2, Tristen White, Tanner Horst (Colton Williams, Tanner Horst, Evan Martin, Jasper Bender, Spencer Inglis)


JAN. 26 Woolwich 6, Milton 1 Goals:Alex Albrecht x 2, Ryan Bauman, Jacob Moggy, Ryan Ament, Justin Neeb (Ryan Ament x 2, Ted Sebben x 2, Adam Brubacher x 2, Jacob Moggy, Jordan Moore, Ryan Bauman, Logan White, Brayden Stevens) JAN. 29 Woolwich 5, Milton 4 Goals: Alex Albrecht, Ted Sebben, Brayden Stevens, Ryan Bauman, Dylan Wagner (Adam Brubacher, Alex Albrecht, Weston Morlock, Dalton Taylor, Ted Sebben, Dylan Wagner, Brandon Nickel, Ryan Bauman, Matt Schiek)


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A TARNISHED TINSEL TOWN The Elmira Theatre Production of Hollywood Arms, a fictionalized story about the early life of Carol Burnett, begins its run Feb. 11. The cast of the show includes, back row: Bart Penwarden, Roger Sumner, Krista Hovsepian, Sue Rose; front row: Cathy Judd, Kate Short, Sarah Mayo, Jennifer Cornish, Jeremy Hartrup.

A Hollywood start that was anything but glamorous

Carol Burnett’s tough early years form the basis of Hollywood Arms, ETC’s latest production Steve Kannon


hink of Carol Burnett, and comedy comes to mind. But it wasn’t always that way, as the fictionalized story of her early years attests to. Hollywood Arms, to be staged by the Elmira Theatre Company starting next week, paints a lessthan-perfect portrait of the iconic actress’ formative years. That’s not to say it’s without its funny moments, however, in keeping with who she would become. Written by the comic legend and her daughter Carrie Hamilton (who died of cancer at 38 before the play hit Broadway in 2002), Hollywood Arms is based on Burnett’s best-selling memoir “One More Time.” Set in California in 1941 and

1951, it tells the story of Burnett (called “Helen” in the play) as she grows up in a poor and troubled family. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett moved to a less-than-glamorous section of Hollywood, where her grandmother raised her and her younger sister. “She had a rough childhood. They were poor, and both her parents were alcoholics. She and a half-sister were pretty much raised by her grandmother,” explained David MacMillan, who directs the ETC production that opens Feb. 11. “It was a rather trying time for them, but it’s a very interesting story about the human element.” Given the circumstances, it might be advisable to bring along a hanky, he suggests.

“It’s not a flat-out comedy, that’s for sure. It has it’s comedic moments, but it’s more of a drama.” Telling the story of three generations of women pursuing their dreams that often ended up in disappointment and tragedy – and ultimately triumph for Burnett – Hollywood Arms is at times poignant, sad and funny as we get to see the fledgling Carol Burnett in the making and how she chose to become an entertainer. “She was a very strong person. Despite all that happened to her, she had no resentment and kept a good outlook on life,” said MacMillan. The play offers great roles for the female leads, he noted, particularly the roles of Helen – played as a child

by Kate Short and later by Krista Hovsepian – and her grandmother, Nanny, played by Cathy Judd. “Her grandmother was really important to her – this shows us why.” Fans of the Carol Burnett Show, her long-running variety series, will remember the signature signoff: Burnett tugging her ear as an affectionate message to her grandmother that she was doing fine. Her grandmother’s influence is clearly on display in the story of her origins. In Helen, we see where she got her start. In years that follow those portrayed in Hollywood Arms, Burnett headed off to New York, where she proved to have star power and strong comedic instincts. Appearances on The Garry Moore Show, The Tonight

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                      

                       

                                                                     

                                                                

          

             

           

                 

                                                                                                                                                      

                    

              

                   

                        

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


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Course provides women with self-defense skills Elizabeth Bate


ou don’t have to be Chuck Norris to have the confidence to defend yourself. The Wilmot Family Resource Centre wants to help women find that confidence through the Wen-Do women’s self-defense course being offered for women and girls over 10 years old, on Feb. 26 and Mar. 5. The program aims to teach selfconfidence through a mix of simple physical and verbal defense techniques. Designed for every size, shape, age and ability, the training encourages women to use what they already have to come to their own defense.



Worship 10:30am Sunday School during service

Minister: Rev. Dr. Linda Bell

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

Office Hours: M-TH 9-Noon & 1-3 • E

“One of the keys is learning to trust yourself,” said Karen Dymond, the Wilmot-Wellesley family violence prevention coordinator. “Often times that voice in our stomach is telling us something, but we don’t end up listening to it because of the messages we receive through socialization.” Dymond said women are often taught to think of others first and to concentrate on being nice before thinking of themselves. Wen-do is the oldest course of its kind being taught in Canada, with an equal focus on both physical and verbal self-defense, the program aims to be non-competitive and safe for women. HEARING ASSISTED




“The biggest learning is the verbal self-defense and the paying attention to our voice. It’s really a lesson in assertiveness and assertive communication, said Dymond. The heart of the course encourages communication and will allow the participants to share stories and concerns about self-defense. Instructors will spend as much time on dispelling myths as teaching violence prevention. “There are a lot of myths that we are going to be attacked by a stranger in a dark alley, but women are more likely to be violated by someone that is known to them,” Dymond said. “It’s not taught from a fear perspective. It’s more from


St. Teresa


No God, No Hope; Know God, Know Hope! Celebrate Eucharist with us

Happy Birthday Eddie

Catholic Church Mass times are:

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

that perspective of information, knowledge, options and resources.” The activity is being billed as one mothers and daughters can do together, something Dymond calls a great gift for younger women. “It’s empowerment and confidence. There are a lot of things that don’t support that for women and girls. I think anyone can benefit from that, but it’s definitely important for women and girls,” she said. The course will be offered in New Hamburg and is $35, which includes lunch. Subsidies are available. For more information or registration the Wilmot Family Resource Centre can be reached at (519) 662-2731.



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

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

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

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

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

Sun Feb 6th

Discovering God Together

@ 11:00 am Ron Seabrooke Daniel 9: 1-3

Edwin W. Bearinger celebrates his 90th birthday on Feb. 10, 2011. An Open House will be held in his honour on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at Elmira Mennonite Church, 58 Church St. W., Elmira Best Wishes Only, Please

Courtney Hooe of Belvidere, formerly of Bloomington, and Andrew Lackner of Elmira, Ontario will be married June 17, 2011. The bride’s parents are David and Lisa Hooe of Edgewater, Md., and Brenda and Randy Bertram of Brownsburg, Ind. The groom’s parents are Dennis and Marilyn Lackner of Elmira, Ontario.

519-669-2319 | 4522 Herrgott Road, Wallenstein

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church


10:30am Worship Service 9:15am Sunday School


FREDE - In loving memory of Reinhard,

Pastor: Richard A. Frey

who passed away Feb. 5, 2006

27 Mill St., Elmira • 519-669-2593

Beautiful memories woven in gold, These are the memories we tenderly hold. Deep in our hearts your memory is kept, To love and to cherish and never forget.

-New Series-

Lovingly remembered by Alma and family.

February 6 Gratitude

SUNDAYS @ 10:30AM Services at John Mahood Public School

5 First St., Elmira • 519-669-1459

Sunday, February 6, 2011 9:15 & 11:00 AM

Series: Imagine a Life “Free from Resentment” 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira • 519-669-1296 Check out our website

DEATH NOTICE MARTIN, Vietta – Passed away peacefully at Freeport Health Centre on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in her 75th year, of Elmira.

MUELLER, Adelle Augusta – With deep sadness the family of Adelle Mueller announces her death at Twin Oaks of Maryhill on Friday, January 28, 2011, in her 88th year.

Christopher Unruh Christopher John Unruh was called to the bar on January 28, 2011 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. He attended Riverside and Park Manor public schools in Elmira and Listowel District Secondary School where he graduated with honours in 2003. In 2006, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Science and in 2009 from the University of Victoria where he received his Bachelor of Law. Christopher articled at Loucks and Loucks in Chesley, Ontario and is now employed there as a Barrister & Solicitor. Ivan Unruh of St. Jacobs and Rosemary Unruh of Stratford congratulate Christopher on his many accomplishments.



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It’s fun to daydream, but just not as satisfying Q.

Daydreams can give us all sorts of pleasure, and why shouldn’t they? We produce these private movies in our heads where we’re the stars, with limitless budgets, a free hand in casting, great special effects and no censors. So why are our night dreams so much more fun?


Daydreams suffer from a “shortage of scarcity,” says Paul Bloom in How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like, quoting psychiatrist George Ainslie.  Daydreams can go on and on but they never surprise us. We are too much in control, whereas many real-world pleasures involve some loss of control. There is nothing we can’t do in a daydream, and so where’s the value in success and triumph? That point was made in a classic “Twilight Zone” episode where a violent thug dies and finds himself in a place where his every wish is satisfied. He is shocked to be in paradise having a wonderful time.  Soon, however, he finds himself getting bored and after a while tells his

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guide, “I don’t belong in heaven, see? I want to go to the other place.”  The guide responds, “What ever gave you the idea that you were in heaven?  This is the other place!” Cue maniacal laughter. Daydreams are the opposite of dreams because in dreams we typically have no control at all, meaning “a good dream can be more pleasurable than a good daydream, while a nightmare can be terrible indeed.”


How did the Harvard Bridge, connecting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with its fraternities across the Charles River, come to be 364.4 “Smoots” long? (The local police didn’t exactly like it.)


Make that 364.4 Smoots plus one ear, to be precise, say David Halliday et al. in Fundamentals of Physics.

The unit of one Smoot is based on the 5’7” height of Oliver Reed Smoot, Jr., class of 1962, who was carried or dragged length by length across the bridge as other pledges of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity marked off one-Smoot lengths with paint. The marks have been repainted biannually, usually during times of heavy traffic congestion so the police cannot easily interfere. Presumably, the police were originally upset because the Smoot is not an SI base unit (International System of Units), but nowadays they seem to have accepted the tradition. Ironically, Smoot went on to become president of the International Organization for Standardization and served as chair of the American National Standards Institute.


What’s one surprising way “The quick brown fox jumpS over the lazy dog” may become “The quick brown fox jumpED over the lazy dog”?


When someone takes a “pangram” such as the first sentence (which contains all 26 letters of

the alphabet) and makes it into a “lipogrammatic pangram” such as the second sentence (which omits a particular letter, in this case “s”). This actually happened inadvertently to the authors, who cited the above lipogrammatic pangram as a full pangram without noticing that the “s” had been switched to “ed” in the sentence.  Our astute column readers noticed the s-less-ness of our flawed pangram and let us know about it. Our thanks to you all, so much more awake than we proved to be. We are now more on the alert for lipograms (from Greek “lipo-” for “lacking” and “gram” for “something written”), which have quite a history.  Writing a lipogram isn’t so difficult if an uncommon letter like “z,” “j” or “x” is omitted, yet it’s much rarer to write a free-flowing sentence or prose without an “e,” “t” or “a.”  One remarkable early example is Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel “Gadsby,” with over 50,000 words but not a single letter “e” -- just another of those self-imposed challenges we humans love so much.

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

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

PRICE REDUCED! Country property in Yatton! Lots of house! - nearly 2400 sq. ft. Large updated kitchen. Newer windows, doors and shingles. Upper level family room. Main flr. laundry. MLS $359,900.




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

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

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





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$169,000 Drayton - Great opportunity to start your own business. Retail/ commercial main floor. Apartment upstairs for owner or rent out for extra income. Excellent downtown exposure! MLS.

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









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

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




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

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

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


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


3 bedroom country bungalow with high speed internet available open concept. Master ensuite, main floor laundry, large 2 car garage, new ready to move in. Hobby shop allowed. $319,900 MLS. Financing Available O.A.C. Two storey 3 bed and 3 bath room home on a half acre lot, open concept, high speed fibre optic internet available. $317, 900 MLS. Financing Available O.A.C.

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Drayton - Want something affordable but nice? Just listed, 3 bedroom home with new windows, roof, furnace, and water softener. The bright and open main floor is inviting and functional. New siding and a fenced in yard let you relax on the private deck out back. MLS.

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Palmerston $246,900. Spacious raised bungalow on oversized lot backing onto greenspace. Fin/basement, 2+2 bedrm, 2 baths, central air. Don't miss this buy on the edge of town. Edith MLS 1041852. Near Palmerston $395,000. 3.75 acres with geothermal heating & cooling system, 4 bedrm, 3.5 baths, fin/basement. Plus many inclusions w/fireplace, appliances & more. Impressive setting w/mature trees. Kathy MLS 1041817.


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Christian School presents Kevin Pauls and his band with special guests the Foundation Christian School Children’s Choir; 7 p.m. at Waterloo Christian Reformed Church, 209 Bearinger Rd. Waterloo. Tickets $15 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kevinpauls. com/foundation or call the school at 519664-0110. Seating is limited.


Evening Ecuador Mission, 7 p.m, Waterloo Mennonite Brethern Church. An evening of elegant desserts and wonderful piano music featuring Renee Kruisselbrink. Donations will be accepted for a mission trip to Ecuador (March 2011).


Dance, Grades 5 to 8 held at the St. Jacob’s Community Hall; 7-10 p.m. Valentines Day theme. Parents must accompany their youth to the door.


>>The Winter Blah’s Got You Down? Come

join the St. Boniface School Council for their annual fundraising dance at the “Maryhill Place” formerly the Maryhill Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cost $15 per person which includes lunch, gives you a chance on door prizes and a spectacular silent auction.


‘n Mingle morning at Woodside Bible Fellowship, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Bring your own mug and a friend. Coffee, tea & muffins provided. Speaker: Jen Warkentin from the KW Pregnancy Resource Centre will share her journey of healing after an abortion.



Southern Gospel Quartet. 7 p.m. Reunited and better than ever. Join us for an evening of gospel music, ministry, joy and laughter. Expect a great evening. Waterloo North Presbyterian Church, 400 Northfield Dr., West. Free-will offering, Wheelchair accessible. 519-888-7870.






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Community Lions Club presents Shania Twin Dinner & Show, Lions Hall Elmira. Doors open at 5 p.m, dinner at 6:30 p.m. – catered by Kennedy’s Catering. Advance tickets only $55. Call Vi 519-6695902 or Naomi 519-669-2190. Final draws will be made for 2 cash prizes $100 and $200 and a Grand Prize of $3,500 travel voucher. Raffle tickets $2 each and may be purchased from any lion members.

>>Knights of Columbus & C.W.L. Valentine’s Supper; 5:30-7 p.m. Rolled Ribs with all the fixings, dessert & coffee. Maryhill Heritage Community Centre. $15/person, advance tickets only. For tickets contact Mike Runstedler 519-648-3394; Doug Zinger 519-648-2939; Mary Campagnaro 519822-9287.



At The Legion – 2-5 p.m. at the Drayton Legion, Elm & Wood St., Drayton. Come to play, sing, dance or just come to enjoy. No charge event. For more information, call Art at 519-638-3324.



Breakfast in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation at the Elmira Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. E. Elmira. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Lunch, Gale Presbyterian Church, 2 Cross St., Elmira. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Menu: Ham & Cheese Quiche, Vegetarian Broccoli Quiche, roll and butter, tossed salad, strawberry cheesecake, beverage; $9.


>>Annual Waterloo Rural Women Day at

the Maple View Mennonite church on 5074 Deborah Glaister Line, Wellesley. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Speakers: Ruth Zehr, Christine Gingerich and Koren Martin. $20 (lunch is included). For more information or to register call 519-664-3794, ext. 237.




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


>>Jubilation Male Chorus 7 p.m. Director

Jake Willms. 70 members, 30 area churches, 15 denominations, one voice, praising God in song. Waterloo North Presbyterian Church, 400 Northfield Dr., West. Free will offering, wheelchair accessible. 519-888-7870.



Optimist Club Family Day Festival at Wellesley Community Centre & Arena. Skills Competition, Toboggan Races, Skating, Eric Traplin, Redline Band and more. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact Bridget Schneider 519-656-2713 for info.

>>Elmira & District Horticultural Society

presents Edible Seasonal Centrepieces with Melanie Marjoram; 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Church, Elmira. Members free; Visitors $2. New members welcome. Contact 519-669-2458.


>>Rib Dinner, Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. E., Elmira. 6 p.m. $8.


Program – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Come meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Getting along with other children; Libby Barrie from WCS will speak on the topic of what to do if your child is the bully or the one being bullied. No registration required. Held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs.


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