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Rationalization is in its early stages, but public meeting reveals many landowners have concerns STEVE KANNON Call it growth without growing. Looking to make better use of developable land, Woolwich proposes to rationalize the boundaries of settlement areas. The Official Plan amendment discussed at council June 12 essentially hopes to remove some land from the settlements, replacing it with other properties with great development potential. The net totals are to remain the same across the township. Sounds simple enough, but there were plenty of people at council chambers this week worried about the impact on their properties. From minor tweaks in Conestogo to large-scale development in Breslau, they were standing room only for the first public meeting of what promises to be a long process. The exercise is a onetime rationalization of settlement boundaries

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though township’s Official Plan review process, made necessary by changes to the Regional Official Plan, explained Dan Kennaley, Woolwich’s director of engineering and planning. The goal is to revamp the settlement boundaries to make better use of developable land. Land currently within the settlement boundaries but deemed to have little development potential would be dropped in favour of using the allocation elsewhere. The review applies to the three types of settlements in Woolwich: Rural settlements with limited potential growth. That list includes most of the communities in the township, such as Conestogo, Floradale, Maryhill and Winterbourne. review | 4

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The concrete pads are in and the Kate’s Kause charity playground is starting to take shape. The $300,000, community-funded accessible playground is well under construction in Elmira’s Gibson Park. The new playground is located east of the creek that flows through the First Street park. Today (Saturday) Kate’s Kause is hosting a community build. With the help from volunteer labourers the installation cost should be kept to a minimum. The build also offers the volunteers an opportunity to participate in a community event creating the accessible playground in Elmira. Kelly Meissner and her husband Jeremy started Kate’s Kause in October 2010 to raise funds to build a playground that children with special needs, like their daughter, Kate, could use to help them develop through play and interaction with other children. Kate was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome two years ago. People with AS typically have little or no verbal skills, possible seizures and sleep disorders, and poor gross and fine motor skills.

Bull rider Bill Thom rides Gold Nugget at the Milverton Rodeo held on June 15-17. See more pictures on page 16-17. [colin dewar / the observer]

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Chemtura turns the page on BLE incident Public open house wraps up process that followed 2010 chemical release STEVE KANNON The crowd was quite small, and there was no evidence of torches or pitchforks. In fact, the evening was quite cordial. It was a good result for Elmira’s Chemtura Co., which held a public open house Tuesday to put to rest an incident that dates back almost two years. On Sept. 27, 2010, an accidental release from the plant saw a chemical mixture rain down on parts of the town. Approximately 4,200 kilograms of BLE 25, a mixture of diphenylamine and acetone used as an antioxidant in the making of some rubber products, and 112 kg of acetone went up the stack and out into the environment when a rupture disc burst as designed due to the pressure build-up in the storage vessel. The company subsequently spent $1.7 million to clean cars, houses and other personal property of nearly 300 affected neighbours in the immediate area, as well as its own property. Recently, the company accepted a charge from the Ministry of the Environment and agreed to pay a $150,000 fine. This week, some 20 visitors made their way to Lions Hall to take in a display that outlined the steps taken by the company in

the aftermath of the incident. It was a also a chance to question staff members. “I think it went very well. It was very positive,” plant manager Josef Olejarz said the following day. “I think everyone was very pleased.” Chemtura has changed its procedures to ensure there’s no repeat of the events that led to the chemical release, he noted, adding the community appears to be satisfied with the steps taken since September 2010. The open house was part of the company’s commitment to enhance communication with the community, both in response to criticism following the BLE incident and as it pursues a Responsible Care designation, the chemical industry’s voluntary initiative to protect the environment, ensure the safety and security of its operations, and safeguard the health and safety of employees and the community where plants operate. The company has been transparent in the BLE investigation, said Olejarz. “From our point of view, we felt we provided all the information available,” he said, pledging more of the same. “We’d like to improve our communication protocol with our neighbours and community.”

A small group of Elmira residents came out to a public open house held by Chemtura Tuesday to discuss the BLE spill that occurred in 2010. [colin dewar / the observer]

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Growing demand prompts move for Community Care Concepts COLIN DEWAR

safety-related projects such as runways, taxiways, and visual aids as well as heavy airside mobile equipment such as fire trucks and snowplows. “Canada’s regional airports play an important role in supporting the economy, trade and tourism while at the same time helping to bring us together as a nation,” said Albrecht. “Local airports are vital gateways for those living in regional and rural communities, an essential life line for delivering much needed supplies to support families and local businesses. They also, as is the case in the Region of Waterloo, connect regional economies with markets and rural residents with the rest of Canada and the world.” Art Sinclair, vice-president of the KitchenerWaterloo Chamber of Commerce, said the airport is very important to the

Community Care Concepts (CCC) in Elmira is on the move. The non-profit, volunteer-based organization is relocating its office, currently at 28 South St. W., to 929 Arthur St. S. as of Friday. “Our current space that we have in the Kiwanis House has become too cramped and we are not able to accommodate our existing staffing and our service needs. Unfortunately we are not in a position to be able to expand the space we have available here,” said Cathy Harrington, executive director at CCC. The move will provide much-needed space to respond to both the current and future demand for the organizations services. The new building will allow CCC to better serve clients, she said. CCC was launched in Woolwich Township in 1986 to provide meals and transportation services to seniors.  The organization currently provides a broad continuum of services and supports that assist seniors and adults with disabilities to live independently in their own home. Those services include Meals On Wheels, community dining programs, transportation to medical and other appointments, adult day programs, homemaking services, inside and outside maintenance, friendly visiting and support in

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Kitchener-Conestogo MP Harold Albrecht announces $73,559 in funding at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Sunday. The money will help with the installation of runway guard lights. [colin dewar / the observer]

COLIN DEWAR Just days after the launch of round-trip service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Waterloo Region the federal government announced new funding for safety improvements at the Breslau facility. As Chicago-bound passengers sat waiting for their flight last Sunday, Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht stepped up to a podium in the terminal and announced $73,559 in funding through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to install runway guard lights. “We have seen a lot of expansion here at the airport over the last little while, with Bearskin Airlines, WestJet and American Airlines, and this is good news for the region,” said Albrecht. “We are continuing to improve our regional airports and enhance air safety for Canadians while at the same time helping to boost the local

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Township urban areas, Elmira and St. Jacobs. Urban areas (cities), which includes Breslau and the stockyards lands on the Waterloo border. Of all the areas, the greatest diversity of future change will be found in Breslau, which is earmarked by Waterloo Region a s growth centre, fueled by future industrial land development. New homes, offices and retail space are also on the horizon, with some of the rationalization changes currently proposed playing a part in that. Smart Centres, for instance, is hoping to include the entire area of a proposed retail development within the settlement area. Through Breslau North Developments Inc., it wants to consolidate land north of Victoria Street and east of Ebycrest Road, adding 37 acres to the 22 acres that are already inside the settlement boundary, said representative Brent Clarkson of MHBC Planning. Thomasfield Homes, a major developer in the Breslau area, raised a number of concerns, opposing the township’s plan to remove one of its holdings – a 77acre parcel on the east edge of the village, south of the railroad tracks – from the settlement area. Township planner Jeremy Vink said the land is unlikely to be developed in the near future, making the allotment of space more useful elsewhere, adding that land and others are likely to be brought into the settlement area down the road, as development spreads east of Breslau. But owner Tom Krizsan argued the property is of interest to GO Transit, which is planning a parkand-ride GO Train station in that area. At the very least, he added, the allocation should be considered for other Thomasfield properties. Of an adjacent property, Paul Puopolo of the IBI Group said owners Breslau Developments would like a portion of its land in the settlement area moved to the south, to a spot along Menno Street. The French Catholic school board, he noted, is also interested in perhaps six to eight acres of land at Menno and Fountain streets, the potential site of a high school to serve K-W, Cambridge and Guelph. In Elmira, the proposed changes primarily address

consolidation of future industrial land to south or, more likely, the east side of the town. Conceptual maps presented at the meeting also include options for a bypass road that would route traffic, especially trucks, well east of the downtown core, an alternative to Arthur Street. West Montrose: No potential for rationalization. Crowsfoot: Staff sees no need for rationalization, but a property owner has proposed adding 20 acres to the settlement in order to develop the property. Heidelberg: Proposes to eliminate a 1.2-acre landlocked portion of a farm parcel. Winterbourne: Two properties totaling less than 10 acres have limited development potential and should be dropped, the township feels. Conestogo: Townshipowned open space parkland on River Run Place would be removed, as it cannot be developed. Maryhill: a 4.9-acre landlocked and environmentally constrained property would be dropped, while some 12 acres of land west of the park would be included, to essentially “fill the hole in the donut,” said Vink. Bloomingdale: A lessthan-one-acre portion of farm parcel to be removed.

Floradale: Nothing to be removed or added, but boundaries to be adjusted to allow for development along Westview Court and Ruggles Road. Shantz Station: The township proposes to remove from the settlement boundary lands that have been identified as part of the future new Highway 7 corridor. A full outline of the rationalization review can be found at the township’s website, www.woolwich.ca. Both Kennaley and Vink stressed, however, that the process is still in the preliminary stages, despite having got underway more than a year ago. Property owners still have plenty of time for input. Reacting to a question from Coun. Mark Bauman, Kennaley noted the changes are at the discretion of the township and do not require consent from the owners, but that a consultative approach is being taken. Any decision could be taken to the Ontario Municipal Board on appeal. Fearing the township would start to look like “Big Brother” and eager to avoid the costs of OMB legal action, Bauman pressed for a staff to work with landowners to ensure “a fair and democratic process.”

Getting social with berries

Michael Uhrig and Brooke Marshall serve up some cake, strawberries and ice cream at the annual Bloomingdale Strawberry social held on Wednesday. Dave Weiss and Wayne Knechtel barbecue some burgers and hot dogs at the event. [colin dewar / the observer]


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Generator approved for St. Clements fire station Wellesley council approved the purchase of an emergency generator for the St. Clements fire station at a cost of $15, 411.85 plus taxes at a meeting held on Tuesday. The township applied for a Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) grant and received approximately $9,072 towards the cost and installation of a generator for the

fire station. The generator will provide back-up power for the station allowing operation of the electric door openers, heat, and computers. It would also enhance the station’s emergency capacity for a warming centre and allow for a functioning kitchen. In the future if a new facility was built in St. Clements the generator would have the capacity to run a new station. JEPP was established in 1980 to enhance the national capacity to respond to all types of emergencies and to enhance the resiliency of critical

infrastructure. JEPP is administered through Public Safety Canada. The JEPP program funding will be discontinued after this year.

Getting on the list for ARA review The Standing Committee on General Government, having opted to take its review of the Aggregate Resources Act on the road, will hold public meetings in K-W July 9. Anyone interested in making a presentation to the committee must contact the committee clerk by noon

on July 3, c/o Room 1405, Whitney Block, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A2. Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the review may send written submissions to the clerk by 5 p.m. on July 17.

Construction now in second stage The reconstruction of Nightingale Crescent in Elmira moved into stage two this week, with work closing a stretch of the road between Purple

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Martin Court and 22 Nightingale Cr. until approximately July 11. In stage three, Nightingale Crescent between 22 Nightingale Cres.and Mockingbird Drive will be closed on or about July 9 until approximately Aug. 6. The township’s engineering department says the goal is for access for local traffic to be maintained as much as possible.

Provincial results for music finals St Jacobs Conservatory of Music

student Cindy Chen, 14, of Waterloo was the third-place winner for Grade 10 piano in all of Ontario at the Ontario Music Festival Association provincial finals. Madeline Weber of St Jacobs won an honourable mention for Grade 9 piano in the provincial finals. This year was the first time she had ever played in a Kiwanis Music Festival. A third of the conservatory’s student who qualified for the provincials, Alanna Martin, was unable to attend the competition as the festival schedule was changed while she was away on holiday in Australia.

POLICE BLOTTER

Exposure incident in Elmira Police are looking for a man following an indecent exposure incident June 20. A woman was riding her bike along Reid Woods Drive in Elmira about 6 p.m. when a grey vehicle, possibly a SUV, drove past then stopped in front of her. A man got out of the vehicle and exposed himself to the woman and propositioned her for sex. The woman ignored the man and contacted the police. The man is described as medium build in his 40s with light brown hair wearing a light coloured shirt and jeans. Anyone with information should contact the Elmira detachment.

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10:00 AM | A 25-year-old Elmira woman driving a black Ford pickup was charged with ‘failure to stop’ when she ran a red light at the intersection of Church and Arthur streets in Elmira, hitting a 20-year-old woman from Elmira riding her bicycle. Minor injuries were reported by the cyclist. The pickup sustained minor damage. 3:15 PM | Police were contacted about a break-and-enter at a residence on Queensway Drive in St. Jacobs. A suspect entered an unlocked garage and stole a Specialized Hardrock mountain bike. The investigation continues. As part of Spirit Week students at EDSS participated in Hick Day dressing up in plaid shirts, jeans, cutoffs and cowboy boots. Many students drove their family tractors to the school. [colin dewar / the observer]

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It only took a year and a half of fundraising for the Meissners to raise more than $265,000 for the project. For the success of the community build, Kate’s Kause is relying on volunteers to provide the much needed installation labour. “We are looking for about 60 volunteers to come out for the day,” said Bev Baechler of Woolwich Township’s recreation department. During the build volunteers will be divided into four subsections: sand play, swing area, junior play and senior play. Each subsection will have teams consisting of three or four

volunteers. Each team will be tasked with responsibilities to completed throughout the day to help with the installation of the playground. All teams will be given the appropriate tools required to complete each task. On completion of their task, the area supervisor will ensure that the work has been done accurately before assigning the team their next task assignment. The majority of the work should be completed on Saturday leaving Sunday for a final site inspection. The playground construction is set to be complete by July 1. coinciding with the Canada Day long weekend.

Kelly Meissner, her daughter Kate and son Jamieson are hoping for at least 60 labourer volunteers to help finish the construction on the Kate’s Kause Charity playground in Gibson Park Saturday. [colin dewar / the observer]

NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION CENTRE Northfield Drive Corridor Class Environmental Assessment Study King Street to University Avenue City of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich The Regional Municipality of Waterloo invites you to attend a Public Consultation Centre for the Northfield Drive Corridor Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) in the City of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich. The project limits are Northfield Drive from King Street to University Avenue and the Bridge Street/ University Avenue corridor from Northfield Drive to King Street (Please refer to Key Plan below). The Class EA Study includes evaluation of alternative planning solutions to address transportation capacity needs for the Northfield Drive corridor. Improvements under consideration include: • Improving intersections with construction of additional turn lanes and traffic control signals; • Widening Northfield Drive to provide two (2) through lanes of traffic in each direction plus construction of intersection improvements; and, • Improving, partially realigning or establishing a new alignment of the Bridge Street/University Avenue corridor including a potential connection with the Highway 85 interchange at Regional Road No. 15 (King Street). All interested parties are invited to attend an informal, “drop-in” Public Consultation Centre for this project as follows: Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. School Gymnasium St. Luke Catholic School 550 Chesapeake Drive City of Waterloo Staff will be present to answer your questions. Your comments will assist the Project Team in finalizing the Recommended Alternative Solution for this project and developing the Project Team’s Preferred Alternative Design. The plans will also be available for viewing after June 28, 2012 at the Regional Administration Building, Design and Construction 6th Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. If you are unable to attend the Consultation Centre and would like to make your views known, please address your comments by Friday, July 6th, 2012 to Mr. Delton Zehr, C.E.T., Region of Waterloo Tel: 519-575-4757 ext. 3637, Fax: 519-575-4430, email: DZehr@regionofwaterloo.ca, or Mr. Stephen Keen, P.Eng., HDR Corporation Tel: 519-621-7886 ext. 5951, Fax: 519-621-7334, email: Stephen.keen@hdrinc.com. Accessibility: This event is accessible for people with disabilities. Accessible Parking is available. If you require assistance to attend or participate in this meeting, or to access information in alternative formats, please contact Mr. Delton Zehr (as above) at least five days prior to the meeting. All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Mr. Delton Zehr

On June 12, 2012, at its annual general meeting, the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation was pleased to recognize the recipients of its annual awards:

Awards of Excellence

Michael Clifton, Mark Kok, and John Dorey Victor Hiebert Elinor & John Hueton Sun Life Financial

Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence Tracy Loch

Dr. Jean Steckle Award for Heritage Education Jim Westwood The Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation congratulates all the award winners, and applauds their tremendous commitment to maintaining and promoting heritage in Waterloo Region.

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moving: Finding some room to grow

Notice of Public Information Centre PROPOSED REGION OF WATERLOO SIGN BY-LAW

The Region of Waterloo will be holding a public information centre to introduce a draft Regional By-law respecting signs on Regional roads. The proposed Sign By-law addresses all types of unofficial signs on Regional roads including election signs, business accessory signs, farm accessory signs, mailbox accessory signs, open house signs and poster signs. The proposed Sign By-law establishes requirements for unofficial signs including:

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transitioning from hospital to home. “Our needs are continuing to increase and in terms of our ability to respond to those increases we need to be able to grow as an organization,” said Harrington. “It was a difficult decision for us to move as we have a great relationship here with the Kiwanis Club but we have out grown the space that we have.” “We were very pleased however to find a space to maintain our roots in Woolwich.” More than 1,100 individuals and their caregivers

turn to the organization each year. All community programming, including the adult day programs and community dining programs, will remain at their current locations with their current contact information. “All of our current community programs will continue as is,” she said. “The vast majority of our services are delivered directly in our client’s homes as well as a variety of community settings. Those services that clients know and use will not change.” To accommodate some of the logistics of the move, on Friday CCC will not be

[colin dewar /the observer]

delivering Meals on Wheels and will be unavailable to offer frozen meals or book appointments for new rides.  However, all other community programming or prearranged transportation for that day will continue as scheduled.  The most important task for the organization is getting the information out about the move and the change of contact information. Harrington said they have contacted all their clients and caregivers about the changes. Anyone looking to contact the organization can do so by phone at 519-6641900.

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growth of the local economy competing in global markets. He emphasized how the new Chicago direct flight has become a huge asset to those within the region’s agricultural sector looking to expand into

markets within the American Midwest. “This is a considerable and important investment to our local airport,” said Sinclair. “This announcement is critical to our competiveness in the region being able to expand into

new markets.” Recently funded improvements to the region’s airport cost-shared with the federal government have included resurfacing the runway and construction of the fire station and maintenance facility.

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Region of Waterloo East Side Lands (Stage 1) • Location and placement; • Size, shape, construction and content;Plan and Community Plan Master Environmental Servicing • Impacts to the function of the road; • Number signsInformation and timing of placement; and about the Region of Waterloo Please join us atofPublic Centre #2 to learn more • Sign removal.

East Side Lands, and the studies that will be completed to develop part of the Stage 1 Study Staff lands are also proposing amendment the Region’s Tourism and Essential Services Area designated as an Prime Industrial to Strategic Reserve, and planned for employment Signing Policy to allow tourism signage on Regional roads for agri-toursim activities. uses. When: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, drop in 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday June 26, 2012 from 6:30 (lobby) to 9 p.m. Regional Administration Headquarters 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener Open House format with Presentation at 7 p.m.

When: Place:

Where: Écolecentre secondaire (Cafeteria) This public information is being Père-René-de-Galinée held for the purpose of providing information and 450 Maple Grove Road, receiving comments from the public. A copy of the draft By-law is available for review in the Clerk’s Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener or on the Cambridge, Ontario Region’s website at:

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If you have questions concerning the By-law, please contact Nancy Button, Manager, Transportation Engineering at 519-575-4520 or by email at bnancy@region.waterloo.on.ca If you require accessible services to participate in this meeting, please contact the above noted person by Tuesday, June 10, 2008. All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to the person indicated above.

Nancy Button Manager, Transportation Engineering Region of Waterloo 150 Frederick Street, 7th Floor Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3

 

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The Region of Waterloo, the City of Cambridge and the Grand River Conservation Authority, in cooperation with the City of Kitchener and the Township of Woolwich, are working together to complete the background work needed to develop about 300 hectares of land in the City of Cambridge for future employment uses. The outcome of this work will be a Master Environmental Servicing Plan and a Community Plan. Work will be completed to meet the requirements of the Planning Act and the Environmental Assessment Act as outlined by the Municipal Engineer’s Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000 as amended in 2007) process. The study findings may result in amendments to the Grand River Conservation Authority’s regulated area mapping of Ontario Regulation 150/06 made under the Conservation Authorities Act.

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If you have any questions or comments about this study or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact: Amanda Kutler, MBA, MCIP, RPP Acting Director, Community Planning Region of Waterloo 150 Frederick Street Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3 Tel: (519) 575-4818 Fax: (519) 575-4449 Email: AKutler@regionofwaterloo.ca

Dave Pyper, chariman of the 2012 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, presents a plaque-mounted poster to Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan following a presentation to township council June. 12. Set for Sept. 18-22 in Roseville, the event is expected to draw 20,000 people for each of its five days. [steve kannon / the observer]

Elaine Brunn Shaw, MCIP, RPP Director of Policy Planning City of Cambridge 50 Dickson Street, 3rd Floor PO Box 669 Cambridge, ON N1R 5W8 Tel: (519) 740-4650 x 4574 Fax: (519) 622-6184 Email: brunnshawe@cambridge.ca

All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision.  Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Amanda Kutler. Notice date: June 16, 2012


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John Dixon from the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs presented St. Teresa principal Sherry Peeples and chair of student council Shelley Deyell with a $1,250 cheque for a new school playground. The club will be donating a total of $2,500 over two years. The school also received $2,000 from the Knights of Columbus. [colin dewar / the observer]

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The students of St. Teresa school in Elmira have been pinching their pennies, and it’s all for a good cause. After launching the Creative Outdoor Play Project on May 1 to raise funds for a new playground and enhanced play space at the school, students held a penny drive that collected more than $2,000. “We are a small school with a big heart,” says Shelley Deyell, chair of the school council. “When we put the call out for pennies after the government announced they would be discontinued, we had no idea the response would be so great.” Over the spring the school has raised some $11,000 towards the project, with a final goal of $45,000. Some local service clubs have also stepped

up to the plate to help the students with their goal. The St. Teresa of Avila Knights of Columbus and the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs both presented cheques to the playground fund at the school’s Family Fun Night held on Tuesday. The Optimist Club will be donating $2,500 over the next two years and the Knights of Columbus gave $2,000. “We are really interested in supporting the kids and their expansion program and are helping out the best way we can,” said John Dixon, a member of the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs. The current playground at the school is in need of some major upgrades to ensure a safe and fun environment for the students during their outdoor play, Deyell said. Organizers plan to remove and replace the exist-

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Albrecht’s suicide-prevention bill now in Senate JAMES JACKSON The federal government has moved one step closer to making Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht’s strategy against suicide a reality. Formally known as Bill C-300, the private members bill is aimed at establishing a national strategy on suicide prevention. The House of Commons completed debate on the bill on Monday by passing the third reading, sending it to the Senate for further review. Throughout the process

of passing the bill – first introduced last September – Albrecht has been happy to see the debates free of partisanship by all parties. “In the last reading it received some pretty strong support – there were only four members who voted against it – so I was pretty confident that it would proceed,” Albrecht said Tuesday afternoon. Having already received the support necessary to appear before the Senate – Senator Salma Ataullahjan has agreed to be its sponsor – the bill must pass through a similar process

as the House, meaning it will require another three readings before being sent to Governor General David Johnson to be made into law. Albrecht hopes that the lack of opposition by all sides will mean it can be fast-tracked through the Senate before the Senate rises, which will likely be next week. “It could be passed on to the governor general for royal ascent some time in early July. I’m very much hopeful that I will be present when the Governor General signs it into law,”

the MP said. Albrecht closed Monday’s debate by sharing the story of an 11-year-old who had been molested at the age of 7, and also experienced severe bullying. “As a father of three children and the proud grandparent of nine, I was sick when I heard this story,” Albrecht said. “I am not trained in crisis intervention, but when this child’s mother sought help from my office, we were able to connect her with people who possess the skills, experience, understanding and training to offer help.”

It is these types of personal stories that have continued to motivate Albrecht to make this bill a reality. When 18-year-old Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji committed suicide in March of 2008 after she was encouraged to do so over the Internet, Albrecht penned bill M388 which sought to amend the criminal code to prevent predators from exploiting vulnerable Canadians online and encouraging suicide. That bill was passed unanimously on Nov. 18, 2009 and the response that

Albrecht received from the public encouraged him to pursue the issue further. The numbers of suicides are staggering, and according to the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, nearly 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year. For more information on suicide and suicide prevention, visit the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council website, www. wrspc.ca or if you are having any suicidal feelings or know someone who is, call Crisis Services Waterloo Region, (519) 745-1166, or 9-1-1.

Getting arty round the pond in Wellesley

The seventh-annual Art Round the Pond was held in Wellesley on June 16. Inset, Toby and his sister Amelia Byrd use hammers and flowers to make watercolour like images. Kayla Roth was one of the local high school students to display her work at the event. [colin dewar / the observer]

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Food security risk is just one of TPP's many downsides Only a day after Canada was admitted into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, other members were taking aim at this country’s supply management system for dairy and poultry. The goal is to do away with protections that promote Canadian farming in favour of foreign products. Given its dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board, it’s likely the Conservative government will give no more than lip service to defending the industry here. As with previous PC and Liberal governments, the current bunch in Ottawa are free trade proponents despite years of evidence such agreements have done more harm than good for the majority of Canadians. Undoubtedly some Canadians will rejoice at the prospect of lower prices in the supermarket. That’s certainly not a bad thing, but at what cost? The likely result of supply management’s demise will be fewer Canadian farmers. Those that do remain will be larger conglomerates, hardly in keeping with local food campaigns. There’s every reason to believe we will be subjected to food with far fewer controls. And, in the long run, there’s likely to be no savings, as we’ll end up with more direct agricultural subsidies – the lower prices of goods in the U.S. and European Union, for instance, stem from heavy subsidization. You either pay at the checkout counter or you pay through your taxes. The pursuit of ever-cheaper costs risks not only Canada’s food security – making us more dependent on imports for an essential like food – but also our health. This is most evident in food imports from China, though that country is not part of the TPP discussions at this point. The quality and treatment of foodstuffs from that country are suspect, and federal laws aren’t overly helpful in protecting consumer interests, let alone our safety. According to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the connection to China isn't always obvious to the average consumer. Much of what we buy is sold as “Product of Canada,” but is processed in China or contain ingredients from China. Under Canadian law, the ingredients can come from anywhere in the world and still get a "Product of Canada" label. That's because "Product of Canada" only means that at least 51 per cent of manufacturing costs were incurred in Canada. Apple juice concentrate from China, for instance, can be mixed here, packaged and declared Canadian made, and we’re none the wiser. In such cases, the product flies in the face of a growing desire to buy food as locally as possible. The practice also hides from consumers information that might lead them to choose another product because of safety concerns about goods from suspect parts of the globe. Consumers are at risk both in China and in countries where Chinese food products end up, including Canada and TPP member-states. Beyond poor handling practices, the threat extends to environmental pollutants and the use of chemicals deemed unsafe here. Farmed fish has been found to contain malachite green, used to prevent infections in crowded ponds. Canada has banned that practice, and seafood so treated can’t be sold here, yet there have been cases where such products have slipped through. Assuming food imports under any prospective TPP agreement will meet Canadian standards – already under attack – is placing too much faith in the hands of an untrustworthy crew in Ottawa.

With politicians on summer hiatus and looking to hit the BBQ circuit, people looking to entertain friends and family have to take extra precautions. WORLD view / GWYNNE DYER

Army has no desire to let go of power in Egypt WORLD AFFAIRS “If we find that Scaf (the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) stands firm against us as we try to fulfil the demands of the revolution,” said Fatema AbouZeid of the Muslim Brotherhood as the final results of Egypt’s presidential election last weekend rolled in, “we will go back to the streets and escalate things peacefully to the highest possible level.” “Now we have a new factor in Egyptian politics, the Egyptian people themselves...” she continued. “(They) will not accept a return to the old regime in any form, not after so much Egyptian blood was shed to remove it.” Well, maybe. There’s nothing like an election to make things clear. Now all the cards are on the table in Egypt, and the last round of bidding has begun. The army has opened with a very high bid in the hope of scaring everybody else off, and now the other players have

to decide whether to call or fold. Sometimes, even in longestablished democratic states, the players simply fold in order to avoid a destructive constitutional upheaval. That’s what the Democratic Party did when the United States Supreme Court awarded the state of Florida and the presidency to George W. Bush in the disputed election of 2000. It was an outrageously partisan decision by the 5-4 Republican majority in the Supreme Court, but if the Democrats had rejected it the United States would have faced months or even years of political turmoil. If they had foreseen the devastation that the Bush presidency would cause they might have done otherwise, but at the time their decision seemed wise. It is possible that the Egyptian “opposition” – a uneasy amalgam of the secular and leftist young who overthrew the dictator Hosni Mubarak on Tahrir Square 16 months ago and the Muslim Brotherhood (which initially avoided direct confrontation with the old regime) – will also just fold. After 16 months

of upheaval so many ordinary Egyptians just want “stability” that the army might win a showdown in the streets. The problem is that the Egyptian army has bid much higher than the U.S. Supreme Court ever did – so high that if the other players fold they lose almost everything. This is a brazen bid to revive the old regime minus Mubarak, and restore the armed forces to the position of economic privilege and political control that they have enjoyed, to Egypt’s very great cost, ever since Gamal Abdel Nasser’s coup in 1952. On June 14, just 48 hours before the polls opened for the second round of the presidential election, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court announced that last year’s parliamentary election, in which Islamic parties won almost three-quarters of the seats, was conducted by rules that contravened the constitution. There was a legitimate question about whether the political parties should have been allowed to run candidates in the seats

reserved for independents. No, said the court, all of whose judges were appointed by the old regime. But rather than just ruling that there must be by-elections in those seats, they declared that the whole parliament must be dissolved. This bizarre decision presumably meant that the 100-person constituent assembly created by the parliament to write Egypt’s new constitution was also dissolved. The army still swears that it will hand power over to the new democratically elected president on June 30 – but he will now take office with no parliament and no constitution to define his powers. Might there have been some collusion between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Constitutional Court in this matter? Is the Pope a Catholic? Last Sunday, only three days after the Court handed down its judgement and just as it was becoming clear that the old regime’s candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, DYER | 12


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Their view / question OF THE WEEK

What are you doing to beat the heat?

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I would jump off a bridge into some cool water I get myself some Iced caps from Tim Hortons Hanging out by the pool.

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"You could call this a 'constitutional coup,' but the more accurate phrase is 'military coup.'" Gwynne Dyer | page 10 HIS view / STEVE KANNON

Each of us is complicit every time an oil spill sullies the environment EDITOR'S NOTES Every time an oilsoaked sea otter washes up on shore, you’re to blame. Well, not just you. Me, too. And everyone else. Our oil-addicted way of life means the stuff keeps flowing. Inevitably, some of it spills out into the environment. That’s certainly been the case in Alberta, where there have been three pipeline oil spills in the past month. The latest, some 230,000 litres, was reported Tuesday. The industry claims pipelines are still the safest way of transporting oil. That’s true. It would take millions of trucks or railcars to move the oil, each providing numerous opportunities for spillage. But that doesn’t mean there’s room for improvement, as problems occur far more frequently that we hear about. In Alberta alone there have been thousands of pipeline ruptures since

2005, spilling the equivalent of some 28 million litres of oil. In 2010, for instance, the province’s pipelines had some kind of failure every 1.4 days, releasing about 3.4 million litres of oil. Pipeline problems aren’t rare, Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s claims notwithstanding. They’re fairly commonplace. That said, the infrastructure still delivers far more oil and gas on a daily basis than is inevitably released at intervals. Supporters essentially tell us that the spills are the price of doing business, the business of feeding our oil addiction. As long as we’re so reliant on oil, we’ll be taking it out of the ground and moving it around in large volumes. That doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t be more careful about how we do that while we go about finding alternatives. Unfortunately, neither the Alberta government nor its Conservative cousin in Ottawa has any interest in more controls on the oil industry and its ilk. In fact, much of the battle over Bill C-38 – the omnibus bill

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worse as tar sands production increases. It’s no coincidence that the reduction in environmental regulations comes as the Harper government pushes for extremely controversial pipelines to send bitumen south (Keystone XL) or to China via the British Columbia coast (Northern Gateway). Which brings us back to the recent spills, reminders of what’s at stake with those proposed mega-pipelines. It’s something that Alberta and Ottawa want swept back under the rug. York University history professor Sean Kheraj, who has long studied the pipeline issue, notes the industry, its purported watchdogs and government agencies seem to be working in tandem to downplay the problem of ruptures and spills. After wading through the documents over the years, he’s found problems are widespread, as he records on his blog. “[T]he problem of pipeline ruptures is endemic to the industry. Now with over 399,000 kilometres of pipelines under the authority of the province’s Energy

Resources Conservation Board, industry specialists and regulators not only know that this system has never been free from oil spills, but that a spill-free system is an impossible goal.” Kheraj maintains the industry and government use measures and terminology that attempts to make the problems appear less troubling. Even information about spills is made as convoluted as possible to confuse the issue. Rather than frequency, how many spills in a year for instance, they talk about the ration of incidents to the total length of Alberta’s pipeline network. Hardly useful information to the public. Such tactics reek of people with something to hide. Clearly, the oil industry is in a negative light. That goes double for the tar sands. Perhaps they fear an informed public would

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be even more hostile to oil. Perhaps, but it’s not as though we’re going to wean ourselves off the stuff tomorrow. Nobody likes bad news. Reports of a plane crash worry the airlines, but we keep flying. Graphic images of traffic collisions don’t take us off the roads. There’s a risk in every case, just as there is with our use of pipelines to aid our dependence on oil (including to fuel our planes, trains and automobiles). Oil offers us many advantages, which we may or may not choose to enjoy over the many negatives. While we use the stuff, we’re all complicit in the pollution, habitat destruction and increased cancer rates and other health problems that come with that arrangement. That’s no reason, however, to cut off debate about how we might start changing the situation.

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that was the Harper government’s latest attack on parliamentary democracy – had to do with the inclusion of sweeping changes to environmental controls. The government claims its simply streamlining the environmental process, rather than stifling public input. It also claims it’s protecting the process from the foreign influence it says fuels radical environmentalists. The facts reveal an altogether different agenda. U.S. groups have provided some $30 million to the battle against the oil industry being waged David-versus-Goliath style by Canadian environmental groups. On the other hand, the government is perfectly fine with corrupt state-owned Chinese oil companies dumping $16 billion into tar sands development, even as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warns of China’s attempt to influence politics in our country. Moreover, the government is reducing oversight even as numerous studies have shown efforts to date have been inadequate, with the situation only getting

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An international poll commissioned by the International Trade Union Confederation found very strong support in many countries, including Canada, for the introduction of financial transactions taxes (FTTs), such as the Robin Hood Tax. In Canada, 74% of those polled were in support. In France, that number was 88%. There’s also strong support in Germany (82% in favour), the UK (76%), the US (63%), Japan (70%) and other countries.

“It reduces the House of Commons to making noises and rubber stamping. I consider these bills and the form they come to Parliament and the length of them an affront to parliamentary procedure and practice."

Wellesley council selected Mike Edwards to fill a vacancy left by the June 12, 2002 death of Ward 1 councillor Paul Schweitzer. Edwards had previously served as councillor for St. Clements for six years in the preceding terms of council. Councillors also agreed to plant a tree in honour of Schweitzer, who succumbed to cancer.

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»»Queen’s University professor Ned Franks, an expert on parliamentary procedure,

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would probably lose the presidential election, the Scaf issued an “interim constitutional declaration.” It effectively gives the military legislative powers, control over the budget, and the right to pick the committee that writes the new constitution. Since that committee will not report until the end of the year, in the meantime there will be no election for a new parliament. There will be an elected president, but he will not even have authority over the armed forces: the army’s “interim constitution” strips him of that power, and no doubt its tame committee will write it into the new permanent constitution as well. The Scaf can’t have come up with all this in just 72 hours after the decision of

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This Robin Hood doesn't get involved in politics To the Editor, I am writing this letter in regards to the editorial cartoon that was in the June 8 edition of your paper. I know that cartoons of this nature are meant to be satirical, poke fun at or humorous in some manner and if it had just been the cartoon I would have seen it as that. The caption below made it sound like what was being said in the cartoon was our opinion and this is simply inaccurate. The Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival has a strong relationship with the Township of Woolwich and they have always been there to support and promote the event. In this last year the two organizations have

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the Supreme Constitutional Court on the 14th. There had to be a lot of coordination between the military and the court beforehand. You could call this a “constitutional coup,” but the more accurate phrase is “military coup.” So what can Egyptians do about it? They can go back to Tahrir Square, this time student radicals and Muslim Brothers together, and try to force the army out of politics. That will be very dangerous, because this time, unlike February of last year, the generals may actually order the soldiers to clear the square by gunfire. Or the opposition, aware that the mass of the population has no appetite for more confrontation and instability, may just submit and hope for a better day. If it does that, the Egyptian revolution is dead. even made stronger connections that will help to make sure the festival will grow and build this educational and tourist event into something even grander than it already is. By printing your cartoon on the weekend of our festival, and attributing it to us creates a strong image that “We” the organizers feel negative towards our local, provincial and federal governments. This is far from the case. We have no political agenda, we have no desire to teach politicians anything; we run a strong educational program that has seen more than 11,000 students attend and learn about medieval life. Our festival has brought thousands of people to the Town of Elmira (some from as far away as Fort Erie) and we do all of this with the amazing support of the

township, the staff and the council. I want the readers and the people of our township to know that we love working here, we enjoy the community support and we are very lucky to have a council that is willing to help make our event work each year. I would hope that future political cartoons are not attributed to anyone but the original author and perhaps the newspaper itself. To imply that they represent the views of another person or group can create unwarranted tension and bad feelings.

D.J. Carroll | Artistic Director Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival

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SPORTS triathlon / getting active early

550 kids take part in TriGator event Children’s triathlon proves to be extremely popular, going on to raise $28,000 for Jumpstart charity

not so great outdoorsman / STEVE GALEA

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The third annual TriGator for Kids triathlon took place on June 16. More than 550 children participated in the event by swimming, running and biking through the streets of Elmira.

Colin Dewar The third-annual TriGator for Kids triathlon invaded Elmira and the Woolwich Memorial Centre last Saturday. The event sees kids between the ages of 3 and 14 participating in age-appropriate swimming, biking and running events. The children’s triathlon

is a fundraiser for Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation by helping to cover registration, equipment and transportation costs. Online registration opened back on Mar. 31 and within two hours all 550

spots had been filled. “We sold out so quickly last year, in about four hours, that we decided to open more spots but we never thought we would sell those out in two hours,” said TriGator committee member Kim Fabian. “I’m not quite sure how we’re going to deal with that next year. We only have so much field space and a limited

time in the pool.” This year’s event saw 150 more participants over the 2011 event, when 325 kids from throughout Waterloo Region, Fergus, Guelph and other surrounding areas made their way through the race. Every child received a race t-shirt and medal for their efforts, and they also collected pledges lead-

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ing up the day. All of the money collected – along with the $24 entry fee – went back to the Jumpstart program. The triathlon is designed to fit almost any fitness level and contains aspects that most children can enjoy, said Fabian. “Some parents have kids

This morning, lying on our bedroom floor, was a pair of heavily chewed underwear, soaked in slobber. Don’t get too excited – I own a dog. And, like every dog owner, I fully understand that three things are inevitable: death, taxes and the ability for a dog to find another pair of your underwear to chew. It’s what they do when they are not hunting and, if you are lucky, you aren’t wearing them at the time. As you might expect, this is one of the few things that dog breeders do not tell you about the pup you are about to buy. And I think that is patently unfair. If, for instance, the breeder of my English springer spaniel had told me, “This dog will flush grouse and woodcock, retrieve waterfowl, chase rabbits and hares and very likely chew holes in six to seven pair of underwear a year …” I might have reconsidered the purchase and settled on a breed

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Galea: There are some negatives that breeders of hunting dogs will never tell you about in the laundry hamper than it is to train a dog to refrain from chewing on it. And two, they’re getting kickbacks from Fruit of the Loom. In any case, here’s what perspective dog owners should know. Galea’s first law of dog behaviour suggests that the longer a dog goes silent and unnoticed, the more disgusting or expensive the thing he or she is chewing on.

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that would only partially ingest two to three pairs, tops. Or at least talked him down in price. But, of course, that was not the case. Dog breeders and even trainers like the Dog Whisperer gloss right over this one critical character flaw. I’m guessing there are two reasons for this. One, it’s slightly easier to train a human to place underwear

Some think they do this because of their desire to take in scents but, I happen to believe that it’s a spiteful response to all those times we’ve placed them at kitchen tables behind a pile of poker chips with cards taped to their paws or dressed them up in tee shirts and sunglasses. In either case, this is something that any new dog owner should be aware of.

By the way, it’s for this reason that I generally keep my dog crated up at night when I’m not there to intervene or encourage bad behaviour. Unfortunately, Callie is terrified of electrical storms and last night we had a good one. The sound of thunder, in particular, drives her crazy – I’m guessing because it reminds her of my wing shooting ability. The bottom line is that

we let her sleep at the foot of the bed so she didn’t whimper and cry all night. So I should have known something was up. Sometime in that period she accessed to our underwear drawers and laundry hamper and found a suitable pair of underwear to while away the hours with. For the record, there’s really not much you can say when you discover a dog gnawing on a pair of underwear. They’re al-

ready wearing a shamed look that says, “And this is why people prefer cats …” The best you can do is take the underwear away, give the dog a scolding and decide if the next pair you buy is boxers or briefs. With that in mind, sometime this week, I’ll be visiting a store where finer men’s underwear is sold for under $10 per six-pack. And tonight, I’ll be getting out the poker chips, tape and cards …

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TRIGATOR: Out there giving it a try

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Josie Brown, 8, (left) of Elmira crosses the finish line of the TriGator for Kids held at the WMC running track while Tyson Carter, 4, of Waterloo shows off his medal of participation. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER] From | 13

who don’t play hockey or play on any team sport or just weren’t fitting in, and after they did something like triathlon it opens their eyes to something that they didn’t realize was there before. It is very much an individual sport and something that can become a lifelong sport for some kids.” The length of the events varied depending on age, from a 25-metre swim, 300-metre bike and 100-metre run for the 3-5 year olds to a 150-metre swim, 7.5-km bike and a two-km run for the 12-14 year olds. “Lots of kids like swimming and riding a bike, and

they can run and it’s an easy sport for them to participate in.” Fabian also stressed that although the event was timed with results posted online, the organizing committee had gone to great lengths to ensure that the atmosphere was noncompetitive. There were no prizes for first place, and results were posted alphabetically – not by rank. “The way we run the race not everyone starts at the exact same time and the children don’t really have any idea whether they are in first, second or third place and so they all feel like winners when they cross the finish line.” She also said that Elmira

was the perfect place to hold the event because the WMC offers the swimming pool, running track and is surrounded by a quiet neighbourhood. “We’re just trying to give these kids an experience at something new that they haven’t done before and feel good about themselves.” The day could not have happened without the 200 volunteers that came out to support the young athletes, said Fabian. “These people are so giving of their time and made sure that the event was safe for everyone participating.” The event collected more than $28,000 for the Jumpstart program.

U15 Wolfpack squad claims title at Stratford tourney

The South Woolwich Baseball tournament was held at Snider Park, the fire hall diamond and Three Bridges School in St. Jacobs on June 16. Six teams competed in the tournament with each team guaranteed three games. The St. Jacobs Leprechauns and the Twin Centers went on to the championship game where Twin Centrers won by a score of 6-5. [SUBMITTED]

The score BASEBALL WOOLWICH

WOOLWICH 8-10 JUNIORS June 11 #1 vs #3 Woolwich Team: #1:3 South Woolwich: #3:1

WOOLWICH 10-14 LOCAL LEAGUE June 16 Twin Center Crush vs Eliminators Twin Center Crush: 8 Eliminators: 5

WOOLWICH 10-14 SENIOR BASEBALL

U15 Girls Division Champions - Woolwich Wolfpack - from the Stratford Classic Tournament (June 16, 17). The girls beat two London teams in the semi and championship games to win the tournament. Front row: Erin Eveleigh, Catherine Bandura Middle row: Madison McMahon, Stephanie Bradshaw, Christina Rose, Nicole Cressman, Karley Sider, Laura Runstedler Back row: Steve Bradshaw (coach), Natalie Cavanagh, Kaitlin Coish, Blaire Snyder, Gilly Olsthoorn, Sydney Nosal, Sydney Jones, Maddie Wang, Steve Sider (coach).

June 16 Leprechauns vs Bulldogs Leprechauns: 16 Bulldogs: 15 June 16 Buzz vs Blue Jays The Buzz: 14 Blue Jays: 0 June 16 Twin Center vs Leprechauns

Twin Center: 4 Leprechauns: 0 June 16 Buzz vs Bulldogs The Buzz: 15 Bulldogs: 13 June 16 Blue Jays vs Eliminators Blue Jays: 10 Eliminators: 2 June 16 Leprechauns vs Blue Jays Leprechauns: 19 Blue Jays: 3 June 16 Twin Center vs Buzz Twin Center: 8 The Buzz: 3 June 16 Bulldogs vs Elminators Bulldogs: 5 Eliminators:4 June 16 Twin Centre vs Leprechauns Twin Center: 6 Leprechauns:5 June 19 Eliminators vs Leprechauns

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Clockwise, from top left: Justyna Thomson competes in the breakway roping, riders enter the arena for the opening ceremonies, a competitor rides in the pole bending event and Rickey Ramey is thrown off his horse during the saddle bronc competition at the Milverton Rodeo.

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Broncos, bulls and buckaroos alike got a real treat in Milverton last weekend, as warm weather and sold-out crowds guaranteed plenty of Wild West fun for young and old at the 22nd annual rodeo June 15-17. More than 55 athletes competed Saturday in various events including bareback, saddle bronc, tie down roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, pole bending, ladies barrel racing and the most dangerous sport in the world, bull riding. The rodeo saw hundreds of fans come out to cheer the cowboys and cowgirls over the two day event. The first stop on the 2012 RAM RodeoTour, the Milverton event is the longest consecutively-running rodeo in Ontario. The weekend kicked off Friday night with a parade leading into the trick riding and hair-


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raising spectacles. The rodeo is hosted by the Milverton Agricultural Society, Milverton Lions Club, and the Optimist Club of Mornington. The three groups have raised almost $250,000 for the community since the inception of the event back in 1991. The RAM Tour, created 15 years ago to showcase the rodeo sports while raising needed funds for community projects, makes its next stop at the Warkworth Western Weekend, July 6-8. That will be followed by the Orangeville RAM Rodeo, July 20-22. Altogether, there are 13 stops over the course of the season, wrapping up with RAM Rodeo Tour Championships, to be held Oct. 19-21 in East Gwillimbury (Newmarket).

Bull rider Jake Knelson (top) is thrown off Bumble Bee during the bull riding event. Bill Thom does a face plant off of Gold Nugget, Nicolar Seadon rides Get Jiggy and Tyler Facchini tries to hold onto Short Bus.


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VENTURE FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ OWEN ROBERTS

EXPANSION / THE RIGHT MIX

Biking back into the Elmira market Purchase of Elmira Sports brings Braun family full circle in a business journey that began back in 1949 COLIN DEWAR For Robert Braun, the purchase of Elmira Sports has given new meaning to the cyclical nature of business. Braun’s father, Willard, was working for his father in Kitchener alongside Lorne Martin in 1949. Martin eventually left to start his own cycling business in Elmira. Decades later Martin would become the landlord to his former bosses’ sons as they have acquired Elmira Sports which will become Braun’s is Bicycles in Elmira. “It is so great to see everything come full circle,” said Robert Braun sitting in the middle of the sporting goods store. The purchase has been a positive transition for the company. Former Elmira Sports owner Patrick Kyte will be staying on as the store manager, running the day-to-day operations at the Elmira store. “I have always wanted to get into bicycles and when I started this business I couldn’t afford to get into it right away so I just stuck with what I knew, which was sporting goods, and I have been doing this for eight years,” said Kyte. “Over those years there wasn’t a day when someone wouldn’t come in here looking for a bike part, a tire or to buy a new bike. Everyone knew this place as a bike store.” The time was just right for Kyte. Through a friend working at the Guelph Braun’s is Bicycles, he was put in touch with Robert Braun whose company was looking to get into selling hockey gear. “It has worked out really well for both of us,” said Kyte. What today is Braun’s is Bicycles began in 1925 when Kitchener’s Gordon and Grace Braun bought a business that sold and repaired bicycles and other

assorted items. The couple worked hard and soon developed a very important business principle: “treat your customer as you would want to be treated.” Now 85 years later their business still carries on this heritage. Over the years the business has grown to include three locations, with Elmira becoming the fourth. “Where we are based now, our central hub is south of the downtown of Kitchener, we also have locations in Cambridge and in Guelph and this Elmira location sort of squares it off,” said Braun. “Elmira is a great community and deals with everything north of Kitchener and can feed off of north Waterloo as well.” Braun said that when they’re considering adding another location to the business, he and his brother Roger do not just look for a great location but are interested in the people who work there as well. “(Kyte) is a great guy and we wanted him on our team to manage up here and his experience in sporting goods and his knowledge of hockey, specifically, really caught our attention and he fit in with our team,” said Braun. Expanding into hockey over the next year Braun will be relying on Kyte to help them grow their hockey expertise in the other stores. “We started a little bit at the tail end of this last season and we will be doing a substantial amount of hockey next season,” said Braun. “We will be leaning on (Kyte) to help us grow that part of the business.” Customers will not see a lot of changes to the store aside from a name change. “Of course we will be bringing more bikes in. We are essentially taking what (Kyte) did and adding the bike component. That will be the biggest change to

World Food Prize digs deep for hunger relief FIELD NOTES

Robert Braun of Braun’s is Bicycles has purchased Elmira Sports and will be transforming the store to include more bicycles and biking equipment. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER] the store.” Becoming a Braun’s is Bicycles, the Elmira store now has the ability to access $1.5 million of inventory. “We import stuff from all over the world, some

very unique stuff, and that is just not (possible) for a small store to do, but in our organization we have the infrastructure in place to handle it. It is all about BIKES | 19

VENTURE PROFILE BUSINESS: Braun’s is Bicycles LOCATION: 48 Arthur St. South PHONE: (519) 669-8799 OWNER: Robert and Roger Braun

Without healthy soil, any discussion about feeding the world abruptly stops. True, there are other ways to get food – from rivers, lakes and oceans, for example – but for the most part, food comes from the soil, from the earth, from what most people call dirt. And to feed the world that dirt needs to be productive, meaning it needs to be healthy. That fact wasn’t lost this year on those who award the World Food Prize, which is committed to improving the global quality, quantity or availability of food. Since its inception in 1987, the prize, announced earlier this month, has gone to not only scientists, but presidents, former presidents and bureaucrats, all of whom play an important role in advancing the world’s food supply. For example, some have promoted school lunch programs; others, humanitarian relief. Very important indeed. But when it comes to actually digging in the dirt that grows crops and ultimately feeds livestock, few have contributed like this year’s prize winner, Daniel Hillel. This soil physicist and author, who split his career between the University of Jerusalem, Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts, literally wrote the book on healthy soil. His 1971 text, Soil and Water: Physical Properties and Processes, has been translated into eight languages and is widely accepted as the core text worldwide in colleges and ROBERTS | 19


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universities. Soil physics involves fundamentals such as water uptake by plants and water retention and movement in soil. To that end, Hillel’s work outside of the classroom has been focused on helping farmers in underdeveloped nations help themselves through better soil health. He’s done so by honing in on a process called micro irrigation, which involves getting water to crops in arid and dry land regions. All the aid money in the world won’t make it rain, but with micro irrigation, crops that would otherwise burn up or wilt in the sun’s heat can instead use it to be productive. The low-volume, highfrequency calibrated water systems developed by Hillel and other soil scientists provide small, continuous amounts of water to the plant roots, rather than a

periodic flooding in which the soil is saturated and water can be lost. The results are dramatic in terms of production and water conservation. Water resources are scarce to begin with, and any crop irrigation initiative must be balanced and sensitive to human needs, too. There’s a local angle to all this—Hillel knows the University of Guelph, and Guelph knows him. He received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Guelph, 20 years ago this year. Professor emeritus David Elrick, a fellow soil physicist who’s been Hillel’s colleague for more than 40 years, wrote a letter of support for Hillel for the 2012 World Food Prize. Said Elrick: “His research in the 1960s and 1970s was highly innovative, and lately he expanded his interests to the world stage where he has worked tirelessly

on improving the world food supply through the sustainable use of water, a critical resource.” Prize administrators deserve praise for this selection. They’ve been very supportive of development over the years, awarding the prize to researchers who have realized such accomplishments as droughtresistant sorghum hybrids and large-scale storage of fruits and vegetables, as well as advancements in rice production. Now, in awarding the prize to Hillel, they clearly make a case for the importance of soil. Coincidentally, the prize announcement was followed by yet another plea to developed nations by from the Food and Agriculture Organization and others, calling on them to redouble their efforts to fight hunger. Soil health is unquestionably an integral part of this mission.

BIKING: Elmira store returning to its roots

Braun (left) has hired former Elmira Sports owner Patrick Kyte to manage the store in its day-to-day operations. The purchase of the business has been a positive transition for both. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER] FROM | 18

synergy. We deal with the local strengths of staff and a lot of the times our staff move between stores which brings some community back and forth.” This has been a very busy year for the business as both the Kitchener and

Guelph locations have recently moved, creating flux. Braun admits purchasing a new store during this time was not that easy. “We’re nuts, there is no doubt about it,” he laughed. “But the opportunity was there, we knew we wanted to get into

hockey and this store became available and (Kyte) was interested and the timing was just right. We are lucky to be able to take advantage of (Kyte’s) expertise and have him join our team and we are lucky that we get to stay in this corner of the world and operate here.”


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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

THE ARTS Poetry / personal stories

The storytelling power of poetry Elmira native Cheryl Denise focuses on tales inspired by farm and rural life in her second book, What’s in the Blood STEVE KANNON Having grown up in Elmira and now living on a sheep farm and West Virginia, Cheryl Denise is no stranger to rural life and the vagaries of farm living. It’s only natural, then, that her second book of poetry should be infused with such stories. What’s in the Blood is the follow-up to I Saw God Dancing. It arrives in conjunction with a spokenword poetry CD entitled Leaving Eden. Her storytelling abilities are on display in all of her works. The poem from which the new book gets its name, for instance, tells the story of her greatgrandfather, who had a farm between Elmira and Alma and got excommunicated from his church for buying a truck to deliver his vegetables. Some of the poems draw on her childhood in Elmira – time spent at John Mahood PS and Elmira District Secondary School – while others reflect the universal nature of drawing food from the ground and tending to animals. As with the first book, What’s in the Blood is published by Cascadia Publishing House of Telford, Pennsylvania. She’ll be back in this neck of the woods June 24 to read from the book, part of an afternoon of music and poetry at the

Along with her second book of poetry, Cheryl Denise has released a spoken-word poetry CD, Leaving Eden. She’ll be doing a reading tomorrow (Sunday) at the Detweiler Meetinghouse in Roseville, accompanied by a musical performance by No Discernible Key. [submitted] Detweiler Meetinghouse, built in 1855 by Mennonite pioneers in Ontario, located a mile west of Roseville (www.detweilermeetinghouse.ca). The event, which starts at 3

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p.m., is free and open to the public, with refreshments to follow. No Discernible Key will provide a musical setting with a mix of acoustic Canadian folk music

and some gospel tunes for good measure. Band members include Fred W. Martin, Dave Neufeld, Jim Bender and Dwight Steinman. When she’s not writing,

Cheryl Denise Miller (she uses here given names as her nom de plume) is a nurse for an in-home care program. She and her husband live in Phillippi, WV.

Her books and CDs will be available for purchase at the reading and also at cdbaby.com, Amazon. com, BN.com, or at her dad’s shop, Bauman Printing in Elmira.

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You will contribute to a safe and clean work environment by performing various custodial functions such as maintaining washrooms, offices, and meeting rooms, and Market tear down and cleanup. You will also collect garbage, separate it as necessary, conforming to recycling guidelines, compacting cardboard and saving reusable boxes. Physically fit and comfortable with the operation of various lifting devices, you are able to work with minimal supervision, and have good attention to detail. Experience in a custodial role is an asset. We offer a competitive salary and great working conditions. If you are interested in becoming part of Home Hardware, please forward your resume by, June 29, 2012 to: Dayna Weber, Recruitment, Human Resources Department, Home Hardware Stores Limited, 34 Henry St. W., St. Jacobs, ON, N0B 2N0 E-mail: hr@homehardware.ca Ph: (519) 664-4975 (Microsoft Documents Only)

HOUSEHOLD: Frigidaire fridge. Upright freezer. Apt. size chest freezer. 2 Lazy Boy reclining sofa (blue). Bedroom furniture. Desk. Tables & chairs. Pro-Form power tread mill. Stacking chairs. Child’s rocker. Electric sewing machine in cabinet. Wicker furniture, plus household goods. NOTE – Partial list only.

See www. auctionsfind.com/gerber for photos. Proprietors and auctioneers not responsible for accidents day of sale. Lunch booth. Terms – Cash or cheque with I.D. Note – See www.auctionsfind.com/gerber for photos. Executors not responsible for accidents day of sale. Lunch booth. Terms – Cash or cheque with I.D.

AUCTIONEERS:

Gerber Auctions Ltd. 519-699-4451 or 698-0138

2827 Hutchison Rd., R#1 Millbank (Crosshill)

FOR SALE

GREENHOUSE PLANTS

1/2 Price

Clearance Sale!

Full variety impatiens, Supertunia Petunias ect.

HANGING BASKETS

$6 - $9

While quantities last

Cedar Spring Flowers

1547 Cedar Spring Rd.

519-669-4529

Open Evenings, No Sunday Sales

Help Wanted Family Run Saskatchewan Cattle Ranch/Grain Farm seeking full time help. Past experience in farm equipment operating/mechanics, livestock handling, silaging, haying, combining and welding would all be a definite asset. Class 1A also an asset but not required. Competitive wages and Sundays off. Please contact Eric at 306-717-8905 Saskatchewan or ericbuyer70@gmail.com

we’re at your service.

HOW TO REACH US

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AUCTION SALE

Gas Powered Bike, 48 cc. $350.00. 519-669-3449.

AZ OR DZ DRIVER WANTED:

Looking for dedicated part time drivers that would be available on a on-call, short notice basis to work between 1-4 days/week in the areas of Elmira, Kitchener/Waterloo, Dundalk/Shelburne, Mississauga /Brampton/GTA , primarily in a two to three hour radius of our yard.

Grain Roasting / Dehulling Plant Operator Wintermar Farms/Cribit Seeds is seeking a candidate to operate our grain roasting and dehulling facility. Responsibilities include plant monitoring, product packaging, plant cleanup, shipping receiving and daily record keeping on shift activities. Grain/ feed processing experience would be an asset but we would be willing to train the right candidate. Candidates must be able to handle the physical requirements of climbing stairs and able to lift 25kg packages. Candidates should have an understanding of equipment operation and mechanical aptitude. Candidates must be able to adapt to changing production schedules and work with other staff members. For a more detailed job description feel free to contact craig@cribit.com or by phone 519-664-3701 ext. 25 Help Wanted The Elmira & District Club requires a Head Ice Technician for the 2012/13 season. Previous ice making experience is preferred but would be willing to train the right candidate. Please respond to: president@elmiracurlingclub.ca or bjcbarr@rogers. com or leave a message at 519-669-4220.

- Valid AZ or DZ License - Minimum 2 years experience - Clean Drivers Abstract, - Experience in operating van or flatbed in an LTL environment (less then truckload) - Hand bombing required at times - Well organized and basic knowledge of shipping / receiving - Representing your-self in a courtesy, well-groomed, & clean appearance, friendliness, promptness, and above all a willingness to ensure customer satisfaction.

If you feel this fits your schedule, please apply to

info@enviro-eze.com Or call (519) 572-3353 | Fax (519) 669-8301 We thank all who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Child Care Required

Help Wanted The Woodburner in Kitchener is currently seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to start immediately to fill a sudden vacancy. Preference will be given to the individual with hands on experience with Business Vision accounting and inventory software, and can work independently. Please reply by fax to 519-578-1782, or drop off resume to L. Sulpher.

Looking for a reliable, experienced daycare provider to come into my home (Macton/Wallenstein). Hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and Tuesdays and Thursday’s from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Must have own transportation. References required. Please contact Chris at the following: Phone 519-698-1155 after 4:00 p.m. Email: cmc_cia@yahoo.com

Child Care 2012 - 2013 School Year - Are you looking for child care before the school day begins? I am located very close to John Mahood school and provide before school care for children in grade 3 to 5. Please call 519669-9636 if interested.

Health Care Grant’s Hands On Therapy for all suffering with headaches, chest and neck pains, tight shoulders, back aches, sore hips, legs, knees, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia. Call 519-577-3251.

Mattress and Box Spring, new, never used, still in sealed bag. Sacrifice $195. Delivery available. Temperpedic Memory Foam Mattress, new, never used, in sealed bag. Like sleeping on a cloud. No pressure points. Bankruptcy sale $595, box spring $200 extra. Delivery available. 519-635-8737. NEW ITEMS ADDED DAILY! Visit our 2nd floor clearance centre for mega deals on hand tools, small appliances, artwork, home-decor, lighting, paint sundries, and so much more. All at least 35-50% off retail prices. Elmira Home Hardware. OPEN Mon Fri 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sun noon - 5 p.m. Roxton Dining Room Set, table, buffet & hutch, dry sink, mirror & deacon bench. Excellent condition. No chairs. $1200 o.b.o. 519590-6699 Small Utility Trailer, drawbar & dolly handle. $100. o.b.o. 519-669-8586.

Auctions Fri June 22 at 4:00 PM Large clearing auction of antiques; collectables; good glass and china; household effects; miscellaneous items to be held at the St. Jacob’s Community Centre in St. Jacob’s exclusively for Recollections. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com Sat June 23 at 10:00 AM Clearing auction sale of boat, 15 hp outboard motor, canoe, riding lawnmower, lawn furniture, household items, and miscellaneous items to be held at 254 #2 Rd north at Conestoga Lake near Wellington Rd 11 and Sixth Line for Tim and Donna Dineen. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-6563555. www.jantziauctions. com Tues June 26 at 7:00 PM - Property auction of a 3 bedroom 2 story house with a deep lot; an a heated workshop to be held at 162 Mill St. in Kitchener for Lucy Groff. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-6563555. www.jantziauctions. com

Auctions Auction Sale Of Riding lawn mower, household effects and miscellaneous items, to be held at 6 Charles St. in Elmira (Church St. East, north on George St., east on Charles), for George and Bonnie Brenner, on Wednesday, June 27th @ 5:00 p.m. Gerber Auctions 519-699-4451. Auction Sale Of Household effects, antiques, and miscellaneous items, to be held at the K.W. Khaki Club, 2939 Nafziger Rd. 2 miles south of Wellesley or 2 miles north of Philipsburg, on Thursday, June 28th @ 10:00 a.m. Gerber Auctions 519-699-4451. Wed. July 4 at 7:00 PM Property auction of a 2 storey brick house with newer addition with lots of character; high ceilings; original woodwork; large private backyard to be held at 8 William St. in Milverton for Joe and Frances Royal. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com Wed. July 11 at 10:00 AM - Clearing auction sale of household effects; furniture; antiques; tools; and miscellaneous items to be held at the St. Jacob’s Community Centre in St. Jacob’s for a Kitchener estate with additions. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.jantziauctions.com

Farm Equipment Hay Super - Ted High speed swath conditioner. New, semi mount, heavy duty tines for big capacity and swath boards for row width adjustments. New 7ft Hay Master Crimper with 2 steel ribbed rolls, trail, on 16” tires, including hydraulic lift. Call 519-575-6314. Tractors,- JD 4020, diesel, cab, Oliver1800, rear weights, JD 1120 with loader, JD 710 55HP, Case 1070, 8500 hrs runs good. Harriston 519-3382688.

Pets MEGAMUTTS Dog Training, Summer Classes - group session or private, starting July 10, 6 weeks. www.megamutts. com. or 519-669-8167. MORE CLASSIFIEDS ON PAGE 26

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TIRE

WHERE TIRES

THOMPSON’S

Complete Collision Service

Auto Tech Inc.

ARE A

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Providing the latest technology to repair your vehicle with accuracy and confidence.

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Farm • Auto • Truck Industrial On-The-Farm Service

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STORE HOURS: M-F: 8-8, SAT 8-6, SUN 12-5

24 Hour Service (Emergencies only) 7 Days A Week

GENERAL SERVICES

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Your favourite albums get a whole new life on CD after we clean up the clicks, pops and surface noise.

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Various sizes & rates

CLEAN • DRY • SECURE Call

Kevin Bartley, B.A. Hons., Professional Bowenwork Practitioner 60 Memorial Avenue, Elmira (519) 669-0112 Every Body is Better with Bowen!

General Repairs

519.595.4830 6376 Perth Rd. 121 Poole, ON

100 SOUTH FIELD DRIVE, ELMIRA

EMAIL: vinylp2cd@gmail.com

Home improvement services

Reimer Hyperbarics of Canada

BOWEN THERAPY

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•Ratches, Hooks, Straps, Webbing etc. •Canvas, Vinyl, Polyester, Acrylic Fabrics

519-669-4964

GENERAL services

...is the solution for your PAIN! Benefits may be evident as early as the first session. Treatments are safe for everyone from infants to the elderly.

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

Established 2000

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● Air or Gas Embolism ● Thermal Burns ● Acute Traumatc Ischemias ● Exceptional Blood Loss ● Decompression Sickness ● Carbon Monoxide Poisoning ● Delayed Radiation Injury + Many More

www.reimerhbot.com For more information call:

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RESIDENTIAL & AGRICULTURAL

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

519-638-2699

56 Howard Ave. Unit 2, Elmira, ON, N3B 2E1

D&H CONCRETE

Specializing in Concrete Driveway, Walkways, Pads, Stairs & More!

519.954.8242 FREE ESTIMATES

Doug | 226.748.0032 Heather | 519.277.2424

Home improvement services

READ’S DECORATING

20 years experience

SINCE 1961

Specializing in Paint & Wall coverings

FOR ALL YOUR HOME DECORATING NEEDS. 27 ARTHUR ST. S., ELMIRA

519.669.3658

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

519-669-2251 36 Hampton St., Elmira

RA HOME COMF ELMI (519) 669-4600 ORT APPLIANCES – FURNACES – FIREPLACES AIR CONDITIONERS – WATER HEATERS SPRING SPECIAL ON AIR CONDITIONING TUNE UP $99, INSTALLED FROM $1999 FURNACES INSTALLED FROM $2499 FRIDGES $499, STOVES $399, WASHERS $399, DRYERS $369, FREEZERS $199 Come visit our show room FREE QUOTES

Sew Special • Residential • Commercial • Industrial

 Napoleon Prestige  Vermont Castings  Big Green Egg & Saffire Charcoal Grills

Custom Sewing for Your Home

Custom Drapery Custom Blinds

Randy Weber

Free Estimates

ECRA/ESA Licence # 7000605

In Home Consultations

1 Union Street, Elmira

519.669.1462 Fax: 519.669.9970

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

18 Kingfisher Dr., Elmira

Tel:

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Over 20 Years Experience

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COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL

ST. JACOBS GLASS SYSTEMS INC. 1600 King St. N., Bldg A17 St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0

INC

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• Specializing in residential re-roofs • Repairs • Churches

One stop shop for all your needs. PLUMBING, FURNACE REPAIRS, SERVICE & INSTALLATION, GAS FITTING

• Store Fronts • Thermopanes • Mirrors • Screen Repair • Replacement Windows • Shower Enclosures • Sash Repair

A Family owned and operated business serving KW and surrounding area for over 35 years.

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519.501.2405

TEL:

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Home improvement services

WEICKERT& MEIROWSKI

Home Improvements

Concrete Foundations Limited

WINDOWS & DOORS

ROOFING | SIDING | SOFFIT & FACIA DRYWALL INSTALLATION

MURRAY MARTIN | 519.638.0772

7302 Sideroad 19 RR#2., Alma, ON, N0B 1A0

Residential & Agricultural • Barns / Shops • Decks & Railings • Poured Concrete • Driveways & Sidewalks • Siding, Fascials, Soffits • Interior Renovations Call Lawrence Metzger (226) 789-7301

YES... WE DO RESIDENTIAL WORK!

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

Wallenstein, ON

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Home improvement

Steve Co.

Plumbing and Maintenance Inc.

Softener Salt & Pool Salt

For all your Plumbing Needs.

•Tree Trimming & Removal • Aerial Bucket Trucks • Stump Grinding • Arborist Evaluations • Fully Insured & Certified • Certified to Work Near Power Lines

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Taking Salt to Peoples’ Basements Since 1988

24 HOUR SERVICE Steve Jacobi

Outdoor services

> Superior Salt Products > Fast, Friendly Service > Convenient Delivery Times > Discounts for Seniors

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL

Services

Lawn Maintenance Programs | Spring Clean-up Flower Bed Maintenance Programs Leaf Clean-up and Removal | Soil & Mulch Delivery & Installation | Snow Clearing & Removal | Ice Control P: 519-669-1188 | F: 519-669-9369

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> Commercial & Residential > Fully Insured > WSIB Clearance > Senior Discount

27 Brookemead, St, Elmira

519-747-2708

ELMIRA

General Construction | 12 Years Experiance

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farming SERVICES

Outdoor services

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

YOUR SOURCE FOR YEAR-ROUND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Lawn Mowing Packages • Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping • Top Dressing/Overseeding • Mulch Delivery & Installation • Commercial & Residential Full Flower Bed Maintenance

Custom Grading

OFFERING A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO RECLAIM UNUSED LAND

Lester Martin

Brush Mowing/Long Grass | Capable of mowing up to 3 inch diameter brush Tracked Skid Steer equipped with Brush Mower

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

Call Jeff Basler, Owner/Operator, today 519.669.9081 mobile: 519.505.0985 fax: 519.669.9819 | ever-green@sympatico.ca

KEVIN DETWEILER

OWNER-OPERATOR

Since

1998 •Final grading •Lawn repair & complete seeding •Well equipped for large stoney areas •Spike Aerator/Overseeding •Site prep for Garden sheds, sidewalks etc. •Natural & Interlocking Stone •Retaining Walls, Walks & Patios •Help for Top Water & Drainage issues •Rain Water collection systems

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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

OUTSTANDING AGENTS. OUTSTANDING RESULTS. Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage

NEW PRICE

FEATURE PROPERTY

Independently Owned and Operated

3 Arthur St. S., Elmira | 519-669-5426 Paul Martin SALES REPRESENTATIVE

CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT

519-503-9533 www.homeswithpaul.ca

$348,000 Elmira - Bungalow on spacious corner lot in mature

neighbourhood. Central to all schools. This updated bungalow is perfect for a young or retired couple. Featuring: newer kitchen with french door leading to bright living room with fireplace, hardwood throughout. The finished basement is complete with big rec room, office, bathroom and bedroom. MLS call Paul direct.

UNIQUE AND SPACIOUS!!

Elmira - 2542 sqft semi detached located in desirable family

friendly crescent. Features: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, large eat in kitchen, 2 wood burning fire places, large main floor family room with slider to 2 storey deck, perennial beds surround the yard and pond with waterfall ~ A fantastic backyard retreat. MLS Call Paul direct.

$500.00 donation will be made to WCS Family Violence Prevention Program with every home bought or sold by Paul in Woolwich.

WE HAVE THE LOT. DO YOU HAVE THE PLANS?

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

HANDYMAN DREAM COME TRUE!

Elmira - This fixer upper is in need of your TLC Extremely affordable single detached quaint home on sizable lot. Complete with 3 bedrooms, office and airy kitchen there are many possibilities. MLS Call Paul direct.

! ! D D L L SO SO

LOOKING TO BUILD?

Alli Bauman

$159,000

$295,000

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

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

$275,000

MOVE IN BEFORE SUMMER'S END!!

Elmira - Located in a desirable neighbourhood, this 3

bedroom, 2 bathroom, open concept semi with a fully fenced yard is just what you are looking for. Inclusive of all appliances, backyard shed and A/C. Side yard overlooks green space with children's playground. MLS Call Alli or Paul direct

CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT

$309,900 LAKESHORE NORTH

Waterloo - Move into this desirable Lakeshore

North location. This is a perfect family home in a quiet, mature and friendly neighbourhood, close to schools, farmers market, shopping centre, and just minutes to the expressway. Spacious 5 level side split. MLS Call Bill or Alli direct

519-577-6248 Under Driveway photo...

www.elmiraandareahomes.com

Beautiful New Exposed Aggregate Driveway   Under Kitchen photo... Bright Kitchen is Spacious and Efficient A donation of $275,500 $300.00 will be made   with any home bought or LOOK NO FURTHER! Under Open Living photo... sold through Alli or Bill. Kitchener - Whether you are starting out or ready to retire, Open Floorplan Perfect for Entertaining this cheerful bungalow has everything you desire. The fresh decor will have you feeling right at home the moment you   walk-in the front door. Just steps from Breithaupt Park & trails, schools, public transportation and all amenities. Updates Banner: include carpeting in basement (May 2012), Furnace (2004), Roof (2007), all windows replaced, updated electrical - 125 OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 2-4PM Amp, freshly painted. MLS Call Bill or Alli direct. 165 KILLDEER RD., ELMIRA   SALES REPRESENTATIVE Write-up: CALL CALL DIRECT DIRECT   519-588-1348 www.elmiraandareahomes.com   Visit www.AtHomeWithJulie.com for more information and 21 high definition photos. $539,000   Also, please make my new Martin in town banner larger. LUXURIOUS

$359,000

$254,900 RETIREMENT AT ITS BEST!

Elmira - This well maintained 1 1/2 storey single

detached home features main floor bedroom, bathroom & laundry, A/C, all appliances and a 16ft x 24ft detached garage/workshop. Ample space is yours with the main floor addition and added basement. MLS Call Bill or Alli direct.

SOUGHT AFTER QUIET CUL-DE-SAC

Elmira - Outstanding value for this 1800sqft custom built 1 owner raised bungalow. Fin’d basement incl: Rec rm w/wd burning fp, 3pc bath, bdrm, den/office or 5th bdrm possibility & lr workshop. Open living rm w/hardwd flr. Convenient main flr laundry. Separate dining rm w/walk out to yard. Fabulous big backyard complete w/interlock patio, hot tub & cute shed great for your family or entertaining! MLS Call Paul direct.

Bill Norris

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

3100sqft + huge fin’d bsmnt. Spacious kit designed w/cooking & entertaining in mind! Unique & exceptional home, spacious but still makes you feel right at home. Beautiful sun rm w/hot tub overlooking fabulous private yrd w/gazebo, pond & waterfall, beautifully gardens. Stamped concrete drive & lg patio w/retractable awning. MLS Call Alli or Paul direct.

2 FOR 1

FANTASTIC CONDO!

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

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 2-4PM | 165 KILLDEER RD., ELMIRA THIS IS NOT A DRIVE-BY! 

This home looks great from the street, but one would never know the amount of space that awaits behind the front door.  Plenty of room to grow with 3+1 bedrooms, 2 baths and finished lower level with large rec room, but the crown jewel of this home is the completely open main level with loads of space for entertaining.  Extras include gorgeous upgraded lighting, travertine wall in dining area, huge pantry and mezzanine storage in garage, to name a few.  If you can't make it to the open house on Saturday, book your private showing with Julie D. Martin.  MLS 1225268.  Offered at only $331,900.

$299,000

$799,000

Waterloo - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features fabulous

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

Elmira Buyers & Sellers:

A new Martin is in town!!!

HOME REALTY INC. Brokerage*

Julie D. Martin Beautiful new exposed aggregate driveway

Open floorplan perfect for entertaining

Bright kitchen is spacious and efficient

Visit www.AtHomeWithJulie.com for more information and 21 high definition photos

Sales Representative

Office 519.570.4663 Direct

519.580.3505

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Gorgeous setting on paved road mins. to town. Open concept main floor with hardwood and ceramic flooring, large kitchen open to the dining area with walkout to deck & hot tub, attached double garage plus detached double garage/shop! Partially finished basement with walk-up to the garage. A must see. MLS.

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$449,000 ELMIRA. Excellent location. Paradigm built offers mainfloor office, open concept kitchen/family room; 2nd floor family room. Garden door to partially covered deck. Back yard overlooks green space. MLS.

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DRAYTON. Completely updated 4 bdrm, 2 bath home on a 144’ lot. Lovely décor throughout, just move in and enjoy! Maple kitchen and bright dinette with walkout to deck, spacious living room, lower level rec room, newer windows, gas furnace. MLS.

All Brick Bungalow on a large lot. Extra large garden shed. Has 2 bathrooms. One in basement. 3 bedrooms on main floor. Lots of room to finish a play area/recroom in the basement for the children. Don't miss out come see this great starter home for small family. MLS#1221989 Call Len or Mildred Frey.

30 Adam Brown St., Moorefield - $214,000 Semi in Lincoln heights area with 2 legal units. Documentation available. Lower unit is vacant. Upper unit is rented. Opportunity for single person to live in basement unit and have a great income to pay off the mortgage quickly. NEW MLS 1225217 & 1225218 call Mildred or Len Frey to view.

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ELMIRA. 3.74 acres sprawling bungalow minutes from Waterloo; 4 bedrooms 5 baths, landscaped yard with mature trees, inground pool for those hot summer days, cabana, patio and deck. Major renovations completed in 2011. 38 x 24’ shop. MLS.

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Open House • Sunday June 24th • 2-4pm New Price! - 21 Memorial Ave., Elmira $200,000 Great starter! Zoned C2 with residential. Can be duplexed or converted back to single family. Close to downtown and bus. Paved parking for 3. Wiring, windows, doors, plumbing all updated in late 90's. Maintenance free exterior. Shows "AAA" MLS Please call Wendy Taylor to view.

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FREE BarBQ & Ice Cream Fundraiser for Dogs! Sun. July 8, 1-4 p.m. Pawzone Leash Free park 1553 King St. N. St. Jacobs. Creature Comfort Pet Emporium is hosting a FREE “dinner party” for pets. Bring your dog to enjoy a “Taste of Raw” on the BarBQ, Free K9 ice cream for dessert! www.creaturecomfort.ca

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‘95 Honda Odessy. Good running condition. Almost new tires. Ice cold A/C. As is. $800 o.b.o. 519-279-6242.

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Elmira - Available August 1st. 2-bedroom unit. Downtown. All newly renovated with 5 appliances. Has in unit laundry. Single upstairs unit with gas heat and central air. Monthly rate $1000.00 plus utilities. Call Mildred 519-741-6970 or office 519-669-1544 to view. Large 1 Bedroom apartment. Bloomingdale Maryhill area. No smokers or pets. $540/mth + utilities. Includes Basic Bell TV Package. Available July 1. Call Ron 519-5013894. Spacious Room for rent in Elmira. Shared bathroom/ kitchen. Non smoker/drinker, no pets. Christian female only. $400/mth. 519-8071099.

Comm/ Industrial For Rent ELMIRA STORE 1560 sq. ft. plus unfinished basement with shelving - front & rear entrances, move in condition. $1175.00/ mth plus utilities and taxes. Suitable for retail or office. Phone Allan 519-669-8074 or Paul 519-669-8582. Email allanpoffenroth@gmail.com For Rent - For Not For Profit Woolwich Township organization or charity. Older 3 bedroom house about 1300 sq. ft. known as Kiwanis house. Plenty of parking, has central air. Rent will include all utilities and maintenance. Monthly rent negotiable. Located near Elmira Memorial Centre (arena & pool) KIWANIS HOUSE could share with other “not for profit” group or charity. Email allanpoffenroth@gmail.com

Coming Events Fundraising BBQ for Austin Whittom. June 30, 2012, 10 - 4 p.m. at Lions Hall, 40 South St. W. Elmira across from WMC. For more information call 519-669-8010. School Reunion North Woolwich SSNo. 9. Sat. June 30, 1-5 p.m. at Floradale Parkview Manor, 30 Florapine Rd., Floradale. Former teachers & pupils welcome. For more information call 519-669-2451 . Memorbillia appreciated.

Garage Sales Garage Sale - Sat. June 23, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 18 Cardinal St. Elmira. Shelves, electric motors, antiques, household items etc.

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Bauman. Frei. Horst.Tschanz. Weber. A typical Swiss phone directory has a lot in common with the Woolwich version. In the early 1800s, people of Swiss origin became the predominant settlers of Wilmot and Wellesley townships. Local residents of Swiss Mennonite or Amish heritage will have an excellent opportunity to experience authentic Swiss cultural traditions when the North American Swiss Singing and Yodeling Festival comes to Kitchener’s Centre In The Square. A choral competition will be held June 29 at 1:15 p.m. where 14 choirs will compete for honours in various categories of artistic, folk and yodel music. A “Sounds of Switzerland” concert follows on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.saengerfest2012.ca. [SUBMITTED]

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THE OBSERVER | SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

FAMILY ALBUM Birthday

ANNIVERSARY

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Wow 50! And Still Being Fehr

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary Marg & Ed!

Happy 40th Anniversary

Happy 60th Anniversary

(John & Sandra Rutherford)

June 19th, 2012

Mel & Martha Eby

Mom & Dad June 17, 1972

Please join us at an Open House celebrating Marg & Ed’s 40 wonderful years together Sunday July 8th, 2012, 4pm to 7pm downstairs at the Elmira Legion, 11 First Street, Elmira. We look forward to seeing you!

Love: Mom and Dad

Reunion

We are very proud and happy for you both! We love you very much! Love John & Anita, Ryan, Eric and Brett Wendy and Brian

“Congratulations and May God Continue to Bless You.” Love From Your Family

THANK YOU

death notices BOWMAN, Salome B. | Peacefully passed away at her home in Drayton on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Welcome! North Woolwich S.S.No.9 School Reunion! Former teachers & pupils at Floradale Parkview Manor. Saturday June 30, 1-5p.m. Let your former classmates know! For more information call (519) 669-2451 Memorbillia appreciated.

Thank You My heartfelt thanks to our family and all who helped in any way to make my 80th milestone a memorable occasion. The cards, the flowers, the greetings at the open house. Family and friends are gifts from God. May He bless you abundently. My love to you all. Eileen Martin

Salome Bowman, in her 68th year. DAUM, Raymond George (Baldie) | Passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s General Hospital on

Monday, June 18, 2012, in his 85th year, of Elmira. FRYE, Leonard Fabian “Len” | Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Monday,

June 18, 2012 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in his 78th year. Local relatives are his son Erik (Meghan) of Breslau. GINGRICH, Abner M. | Died peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, on Friday, June 15, 2012 in his 71st year, of RR2, Drayton. SEIP, Ella | Of R.R.2, Clifford passed away at University Hospital, London, on Tuesday, June 19,

2012 in her 75th year. Local relatives are her brother Henry Koehler and his wife Geraldine of Wellesley, and brother-in-law Ed Dunn of Breslau. STRAUSS, Alexander I. | Passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre, Elmira, in his 94th year.

Shoemaker, Wilfred B.

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Peacefully passed away into the presence of the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Chateau Gardens, Elmira. Wilfred, age 90 years, formerly of RR 1, Elora, was predeceased by his first wife Hettie (Horst) Shoemaker (1998) and is survived by his second wife Ella (Sittler) Shoemaker. The family will receive their relatives and friends at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira, on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Memorial service to celebrate Wilfred’s life will be held at Bethel Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. The casket will remain open at the church on Sunday from 1-2:10 p.m. Interment in Bethel Mennonite Cemetery. In his memory donations to Chateau Gardens Auxiliary or Mennonite Central Committee would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Paul Ross (left) tees off during the annual Home Hardware Golf Tournament held at the Elmira Golf Club on Tuesday. More than 600 golfers participated in the event at four different golf clubs across the region. Bill Kraft (right) chips the ball onto the green and Bruce Davison tries to sink a putt. The event raised $20,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

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A volunteer with seniority Always eager to help, Alma Alder named regions’ Ontario Senior Volunteer of the Year JAMES JACKSON Elmira is a town quite literally built on volunteers. From the annual maple syrup festival to the Kate’s Kause playground currently under construction in Gibson Park, residents and passersby are reminded of this fact on a nearly daily basis. Next week one of Elmira’s longest-serving volunteers, Alma Alder, will be recognized at the Waterloo Regional council meeting, where she will be named as the Ontario Senior Volunteer of the Year for the region. It would be an understatement to say the 75-year-old Elmira resident was humbled by the award. “It feels amazing,” she said while seated in the local history section of the Elmira library, the place where she has volunteered for nearly 20 years. “I was very surprised, and it’s really nice to be with these people and that they think I help them.” Alder volunteers one day a week at the library, where she is a Jill of all trades: she re-shelves and organizes books, helps categorize and sort books, signs books out, tapes the edges, and accepts deliveries from other libraries in the region. And the library has certainly come a long way in the past two decades. “We didn’t have the computer,” she said of when she started. “All the books had little cards and they all had to be filed alphabetically and you had to write everything in when people

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Alma Alder has been named Ontario Senior Volunteer of the Year for the Waterloo Region for her work at the Elmira Library, where she’s been helping out for more than 20 years. [james jackson / the observer]

took books out, and now it’s all done on the computer.” Started in 1994, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship established the award that allows each mu-

nicipality to recognize one outstanding senior citizen volunteer. Recipients are people over the age of 65 who have made their communities better places to live, and Alder certainly

fits the bill. “If it was not for people like Alma we could not do the job that we do, I can say that quite bluntly and boldly.” said Sheryl Tilley, supervisor of the Woolwich

Township library branches. “It’s good to know that we can depend on Alma to help us shelve and circulate books and that frees us

What might be an unfamiliar sight to some, a feature found in your LOFT boxes and around local markets these past few weeks is a wonderful root vegetable called kohlrabi. This member of the turnip family is sometimes called ‘cabbage turnip.’ They are usually light green in colour but I’ve also seen purple kohlrabi on occasion. What looks like a bulb is actually just an enlarged portion of the stalk. Especially to eat raw, look for small ones, about three inches across. As in your LOFT box, they’ll often still be attached to their greens which you cook like collards, low and slow. They have a similar flavour and density as broccoli stalks, so if you like broccoli stalks, you’ll like kohlrabi. It is very versitile and can be added to stir-fries, soups and stews in place of carrots or turnip. This side dish can be done in your oven or on your BBQ and goes great with any sort of BBQ meat. Add a nice leafy salad and you have yourself a healthy meal.

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Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches. $7. Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. Elmira. 6 p.m. Take outs available – call 519-669-2932 to place order for pick up Friday.

Discussing Canada’s Definition of a Human Being. The congregation of St. Paul’s invites you to hear Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, speak on Motion 312, a motion that is currently before Canada’s Parliament for debate at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 27 Mill St., Elmira. Evening begins with a meal from 6-7 p.m., followed by Stephen Woodworth’s presentation from 7-8 p.m. A free-will offering to cover meal expenses will be taken. For more information 519-669-2593 or stpauls@golden.net.

JUNE 23 Maryhill Knights of Columbus 4th Annual Car Show & Shine; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Maryhill Community Centre. People’s Choice awards, BBQ food, door prizes & raffles, live music. Admission $2 per person or $5 per family. All funds go to local charities. Info: Doug Zinger 519648-2939; Tery Runstedler 519-648-3394.

Enjoy a seniors lunch at the Nith River Chop House in Wellesley. Old Country Classic songs by the Country Horizon Band, 1-3 p.m. Call Daffid at the Nith River Chop House 519-656-9057 for more information.

Let’s Do Our Part, come out to the ARC. Dispose of your E-waste; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. TVs, desktop, server & portable computers, power supplies, printing devices, monitors and more. ARC Industries, 146 Church St. W., Elmira. For more information please contact Donna Fulcher or Jody Brown at 519-669-1567.

JULY 1 Canada Day Celebrations in New Hamburg – Scott Park. Begin your day with brunch at the NH Community Centre, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Classic car show, all day food, musical entertainment, rubber duck race, tons of kids games, fireworks at dusk. Donations gratefully accepted at the gate.

JUNE 24 Toil and Grace – An afternoon of Music and Poetry with Cheryl Denise and No Discernible Key. 3 p.m. at the Detweiler Meetinghouse, 1 km straight west of Roseville. Free event, refreshments to follow. For more information call 519-669-5775.

JULY 3 Mythical Creatures - Believe it or Not? Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 6 - Join us at the St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches for Mythical Creatures - Believe it or Not? with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as we hear about different kinds of legends from around the world by reading fun

JUNE 26 Alma-Goldstone Strawberry Social and Garden Party. Serving ham, potato salad, devilled eggs, homemade tarts, cakes and fresh strawberries. Dinner served from 5 to 8 p.m. Adults $14; children 12 and under $5. Alma Community Hall.

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JULY 7 Elmira & District Horticultural Society fundraising garden tour. 9 a.m – 2 p.m. Tickets $10. All gardens on the tour are in the town of Conestogo this year. For tickets or more info call Barb at 519-669-8239.

July 10 Let’s Go on an Epic Adventure Tuesday, July 10 to Friday, July 13 - Join us at the Elmira, St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches and Let’s Go on an Epic Adventure with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as we learn about explorers and discuss everyday adventures by reading fun books and making cool crafts. For more information, please email libhq@regionofwaterloo.ca, or contact your local branch. Limited Space available.

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JULY 17 Imagine music, art, and dance Tuesday, July 17 to Friday, July 20 - Join us at the St. Clements, Linwood, St. Jacobs Bloomingdale and Wellesley Branches for Imagine music, art, and dance with the Imagine TD Summer Reading Club! This free program includes stories, crafts, and activities for children ages 6-12. Join us as we see art, dance, and make music by reading fun books, playing games and making cool crafts. For more information, please email libhq@regionofwaterloo.ca, or contact your local branch. Limited space available.

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

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to worry about than getting wet when flying through clouds WEIRD NOTES

Q. From a young Akron,

Ohio reader: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do planes get wet flying through clouds?â&#x20AC;? A. Clouds and fog both contain small water droplets. Just as driving through a thick fog can get a car noticeably wet, airplanes also get wet flying through clouds, though if the cloud is wispy (like a very light fog), the amount of water adhering to the plane may be unnoticeable. And since planes fly fast, what water they accumulate tends to evaporate quickly.

In a dense cloud, however, the moisture may be quite noticeable, especially on the windshield of the cockpit. And if the outside of the plane is very cold (as is often true at high altitudes), water can freeze onto its surfaces, even a rotating propeller -- a very dangerous development since it degrades lift and makes the plane heavy. Even worse would be ice breaking free and being sucked into a jet engine. To combat ice, planes have heated wings and propellers, or inflatable â&#x20AC;&#x153;bootsâ&#x20AC;? which break ice from the leading edges of the wings. Adds one of this columnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-authors, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have flown in small planes during rainstorms, and the noise of the

raindrops hitting the cockpit window can be deafening -- imagine a car going several hundred miles per hour in a rainstorm!â&#x20AC;?

Q. An old sports adage says that the first thing to go in an aging athlete is the legs. But golfers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to run fast, so what finally forces them to hang up the spikes? A. It just might be their eyes, says University of Tulsa professor of mechanical engineering John M. Henshaw in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World.â&#x20AC;? At the highest level, golfers require exceptionally sharp vision on the putting green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive for show, putt for dough,â&#x20AC;? they say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To

Q. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the more unusual ways that armor of medieval knights may have influenced the course of history? Thwarting sword points was quite another matter. A. When scientists at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom used treadmills to test subjects wearing replicated medieval armor, its weight lessened mobility and trig-

gered fast, shallow breathing, resulting in muscles getting less oxygen, reports â&#x20AC;&#x153;ScienceIllustrated.Comâ&#x20AC;? magazine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Researchers think that the heavy armor caused the larger and better-equipped French army to lose to the English in the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415. The French forces had to struggle through mud en route to the battleground, which exhausted them, and the English overcame them easily.â&#x20AC;? about the authors Bill a journalist, Rich holds a doctorate in physics. Together the brothers bring you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange But True.â&#x20AC;? Send your questions to strangetrue@compuserve.com

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he stopped frequently at portable toilets in between holes to follow a moving pencil with his eyes for about two minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does this sort of thing work?â&#x20AC;? asks Henshaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Campbell did win the U.S. Open.â&#x20AC;?

be a great putter,â&#x20AC;? Henshaw explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a golfer has to be able to see the tiniest nuances in the slope and changes in the surface of the green, all the way down to a single blade of grass bent the wrong way.â&#x20AC;? Missing these details can lead to a missed putt and in turn a missed championship. The great Jack Nicklaus complained of his declining visual acuity late in his career. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top golfers like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson and Fred Funk have undergone laser eye surgery to achieve 20/15 vision or better. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 2005 story of U.S. Open golf contender Michael Campbell, who employed so strict a regimen of eye exercises that



6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matrixâ&#x20AC;? hero 7. Hanging down 8. Full range 9. A hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;20,000 Leaguesâ&#x20AC;? harpooner ___ Land 11. In a manner free from fear 12. First: Prefix 13. Grant freedom 14. Unwholesome atmosphere 15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely!â&#x20AC;? 20. Old Italian coin 24. A deadly sin 26. The dark force 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last of the Mohicansâ&#x20AC;? girl 28. Clear, as a disk 29. Common deciduous tree 30. Established 31. Forearm bone 32. Christmas song 33. Advance, slangily 38. Enraged 39. Decorated, as a cake 40. Foot 42. Black shade 43. Benefit

47. Contemptuous look 49. Burglar 50. Indian bread 51. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No ifs, ___ ...â&#x20AC;? 53. Short plays 54. Bustles 56. Historic periods 57. Harvard rival 58. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bleah!â&#x20AC;? 59. Metallic element used in alloys 60. Failure of organ to develop 61. â&#x20AC;&#x153;___ rang?â&#x20AC;? 66. Like Chippendale furniture 67. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cast Awayâ&#x20AC;? setting 69. Plant used to make pickles 70. Have another go at 71. Hercules 75. Mars, to the Greeks 76. Emphatic no 77. Grayish 78. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ___ Daba Honeymoonâ&#x20AC;? 79. Infomercials, e.g. 80. Catch some rays 81. Thickness 82. ___ and cheese

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volunteer: The library is an ideal spot to learn more about the world, and yourself From | 28

up to do other things. We literally could not do the job that we do.” Tilley said that while the other employees and volunteers at the library appreciate her smile and gentle good humour, it is her willingness to learn anything new that sets her apart. When the destructive earthquake and tsu-

nami hit Japan in March 2011 Alder – whose son lives there with his family – asked for a complicated task to keep her mind busy to keep from worrying about them. “So we taught her how to run the circulation desk. She knows our computer software now for checking books in and out, and that can be a daunting task for

anybody to learn,” said Tilley. Alder believes that libraries are, and will continue to be, important components of a community. She said that they are an important meeting place and offer virtually unlimited sources of knowledge. She herself took up learning Japanese on tape and in print. “There is so much

knowledge here, you can learn about other countries if you want to travel, you can learn other languages, there’s home décor and gardening, just anything that you want to look up it’s here.” Both women also agree on the value of volunteer service within the community; from a senior’s perspective volunteering has kept Alder’s mind active, allowed her to meet new people, remain active in the community, and

even receive some physical exercise (she walks to work each week). Tilley, meanwhile, said it’s a great opportunity for youth to fill their community hours and even get their foot in the door of the library profession. “We have quite a number of volunteers; approximately 35 volunteers at this branch. It’s a great opportunity for young people in high school, and we find that if they learn as a volunteer there are sometimes

job openings for students and they can work their way up the system like that.” Alder will be presented with her award on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the regional council chambers at 150 Frederick St. in Kitchener. The public and family are invited to attend. The Elmira library is also hosting a party next Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate her award and her 20 years of service at 65 Arthur St. S.

Chef’s table: While it looks odd, kohlrabi

is actually a versatile vegetable with a mild taste

From | 28

Roasted Kohlrabi with Pinenuts & Shaved Parmesan Alder and Sheryl Tilley, supervisor of the Woolwich Township library branches, sit outside the Elmira Library. Alder said her volunteer work keeps her mind active and allows her some physical exercise as she works. [james jackson / the observer]

1 1/2 pounds fresh kohlrabi, ends trimmed, thick green skin sliced off with a knife, diced

1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp garlic (garlic is optional, to my taste) 1/4 tsp salt 3 sprigs fresh basil, chiffonade (rolled & sliced thin) Aged balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup of fresh shaved parmesan Handful of pine nuts, toasted

oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, stirring every five minutes after about 20 minutes. Add basil then finish with a drizzle of balsamic, adding pinenuts, parmesan last. Serve immediately, yields 4 servings.

Preheat oven or BBQ to 450F. Toss the diced kohlrabi with olive oil, garlic and salt in a bowl. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and put into

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KRUISIN’ WITH THE

KING The fourth annual Kruisin’ With the King was held at the Linwood Recreation Centre on June 16. Along with numerous classic cars there were musicians from Elvis to Johnny Cash, Barbara Streisand to Tom Jones, and many others who took to the stage performing for visitors. Proceeds from the event went to the Linwood fire station, the Linwood Rod and Gun club and the Linwood Lions Club. [COLIN DEWAR / THE OBSERVER]

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