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WILL SLOAN Citing the discovery of glass “placed strategically” around the Linwood playground, Linwood recreation service board chair Lori Sebben asked township staff and councillors to consider options for video surveillance. At the township committee meeting Tuesday night, Sebben said that the playground’s relatively sheltered, remote location makes it more vulnerable to safety issues. “I understand that you want to wait until you can do them all together,” said Sebben of video surveillance of the township’s playgrounds. “But seeing as it’s such a private area, it would be really beneficial to have something back there.” Director of facilities Brad Voisin said that video surveillance would represented a heavy workload, noting that the township is implementing a new strategy for monitoring playground safety. Instead of a daily, year-round staff walk-by, staff will be given a complete checklist of safety conditions to meet. “Which is going to be time-consuming and cost money, but we can’t have glass in our playgrounds.” Coun. Herb Neher suggested not all playgrounds are equal priority. “Some of these playgrounds, you may not need [surveillance] because SURVEILLANCE | 6

Kelterborn makes retirement official After 30 years, 11 as Wellesley mayor, he’s ready to move on; pair of councillors ready to take up the challenge WILL SLOAN

Classmates and friends remembered Elmira student Austin Whittom at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Great Ride ‘n’ Stride, held in his honour on April 27. Whittom’s mother also walked the complete 20km course in tribute to her son. The Woolwich event raised $10,000. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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Local schools to be represented at choral festival WILL SLOAN We’ve all heard the doomsday predictions for arts education in schools – how courses in vocal and instrumental music are routinely slashed, or deemed a lower priority than “the Three R’s.” For the 27th year, the Kodály

Choral Festival aims to buck the trend with its arts education celebration, bringing music students from across southwest Ontario for a choral extravaganza. “I’ve seen it grow from a few schools to 10, 12 schools to 30, 40 schools, and from one evening now

to two evenings,” said volunteer Mark McMath, principal of Cedarbrae Public School in Waterloo. “It is just an awesome experience to see over 500 children singing on stage at once. They’re singing so much repertoire, all memorized, with the orchestra who are all educators in the

Waterloo Region. It is a real celebration of children.” The sold-out event at Centre in the Square will feature 922 students from 43 schools across two days. Among them, students from Linwood PS will take the stage on May 6, and students from Breslau, Floradale, John Mahood, Park

Manor, and Riverside will perform on May 7. The evening will include everything from classics to a newly commissioned work, “Me to We,” inspired by the ongoing We Day educational movement. The festival’s mandate to include singing in at least three languages brings

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students out of their musical comfort zones, noted McMath. “We purposefully try to get at least four or five genres covered in the program. The students will be singing this year 13 or 14 pieces, and everything KODALY | 6

Alma enters the labyrinth in time for the big day Community’s version of ancient pattern modeled on cathedral in Chartres to be dedicated on Saturday STEVE KANNON Saturday is World Labyrinth Day. News to you? You’re probably not alone, but you do have an opportunity to find out more by visiting Alma. The community is holding a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon for the new Alma Labyrinth and Memorial Arboretum. The event has been timed to coincide with World Labyrinth Day, said resident Sharon Grose, one of the organizers. Using concrete curbs, the Alma labyrinth traces out a traditional pattern, which the Labyrinth Society – yes, there’s one of those too – describes as a design with a single path (unicursal) that leads to the center and back out again. Labyrinths are typically round and are considered to incorporate a circle with a spiral. “They are generally used as a tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation through contemplative walking. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity and invite relaxation, offering an opportunity for centering the body/mind/

spirit. The labyrinth is often viewed as a metaphor for the path we walk in life and therefore may provide a time and space for personal reflection on life issues.” That is indeed the goal of the Alma project, which started as an idea in 2009 in conjunction with plans for a memorial arboretum, Grose explained. “There was a core group of people who were interested in getting one going ... as an interesting new feature.” A planning committee was struck, and the community, service clubs, churches and local businesses quickly joined on. The symbolism of the labyrinth fit well with memorial tree plantings in the park, Grose said of response to the idea. While you could walk through it quickly, the point is to use it for quiet time, to reflect. Traditional beliefs link the ancient patterns that go back some 4,000 years to physical, mental and spiritual benefits, from lower blood pressure to increased concentration. LABYRINTH | 7

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Devon and Ryan Sheppard undertook a three-day bike ride and canoe trip for the silver pin, presented by Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley last weekend.

These awards were well-earned West Montrose brothers put some sweat into it prior to receiving prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Awards from Ontario's Lieutenant Governor WILL SLOAN Earning a silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is no simple feat. Sure, there are some requirements – like community service work for local parades, food drives, and Legion activities – that seem relatively straightforward, and perhaps the skill test (like drumming or model building) is something that comes naturally to you. But to take home the award, you also need to complete a three-day Adventurous Journey – one that might send you on

an extended canoe or cycling trip. Such was the challenge facing West Montrose teenagers Devon and Ryan Sheppard, who accompanied each other on their grueling journeys through rural Ontario. They received their awards last weekend from Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley at a ceremony at Queen’s Park. “Some of the trail that we’re on is just straight and there’s no shade, because there are big sections without trees,” remembered Ryan, who rode 160km in the Cale-

don/Elora area.“When you’re going down those stretches, one of the things that came across my mind was, ‘Why am I doing this?’ I had to think that over.” However, he added, “The book asks you, ‘What did you gain from this?’ I got stronger in my legs, my stamina went up, and one of the other goals was to travel around the trails in Canada to see more of the country that I live in. “Every trip has its problems,” noted Devon. “During his bike trip, my pedal just snapped off, and I had

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Region continues war on transfer stations Wellesley’s transfer station will stay open until March 25, 2015, Mayor Ross Kelterborn confirmed at township committee meeting on Tuesday night. The mayors of Waterloo Region’s four townships have been pushing for a reversal of regional council’s decision to close the waste transfer depots to shave some $300,000 from the 2014 budget. Woolwich won a reprieve, keeping the Elmira station open two

days a week. This week’s compromise, which has yet to be ratified by regional council, would see all of the transfer stations close at the end of next March.

One Book program makes 2014 pick The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray is the 2014 pick for Waterloo Region’s One Book, One Community reading program. Subtitled A Maid, Her Master and

the Trial that Shocked a Country, this book details a scandalous crime, a sensational trial and a surprise verdict. It’s the story of Carrie Davies, the 18-year-old British maid who shot and killed her employer Bert Massey, of Canada’s wealthy and powerful Massey family, in February 1915. An award-winning writer, Charlotte Gray has published nine books of literary non-fiction, and is acclaimed for her well-researched tales of the most fascinating people in Canadian history. Her 2006 bestseller, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, won the

Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History and the City of Ottawa Book Award. Five of her previous books were all award-winning bestsellers. The longest-running reading program in Canada, One Book, One Community is now in its 13th year of celebrating the books and writing of Canadian authors.

Breslau man is Liberal candidate Wayne Wright will carry the flag for the Liberals in the provincial riding of Kitchener-Conestoga, having won

the nomination at a riding association meeting Tuesday night. Wright, 39, is a tradesman who now teaches as a professor at the Conestoga College School of Trades and Apprenticeship. Wright and his wife, Christine, make their home in Breslau, with their two children, Jonathan, 7, and Hayden, 2. “I understand our community. My family and I live here. My children attend school here. I know the challenges that face our community because I, too, have faced them,” he said in a release announcing the nomination vote win.

Real estate firm supports WCS Royal LePage Elmira Real Estate Services donated $9,950 to Woolwich Community Services. The money was collected throughout 2013 as part of the brokerage’s commissions were earmarked for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation charity, which in turn donates the money back to the community of the broker’s choice. This time around, the firm chose to give $5,000 to WCS’s building fund and $4,950.00 to its Family Violence Prevention Program.

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Police release security cam images related to Elmira break-in

Police have released video camera images related to an incident in Elmira last month. On April 5, between midnight and 1:45 a.m., a male suspect damaged three vehicles and broke into a fenced compound on the east side of Elmira. These incidents occurred on Wyatt Street, First Avenue and Howard Avenue. The suspect was captured on security video (see

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Listowel Road in Elmira brought police out to investigate. A vehicle was rear-ended while entering the intersection after having been stopped at the red light. The driver of the second vehicle was charged with ‘start from stopped position not in safety.’

The driver of a blue Jeep had to be extricated from her vehicle by Floradale firefighters and paramedics after a two-vehicle collision Wednesday evening at the intersection of Line 86 and Listowel Road. A white Hyundai Sonata had been travelling eastbound on Line 86 when the Jeep advanced from the stop sign at Listowel Road. In both cases, the drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles. Traffic was rerouted temporarily while emergency workers were at the scene. [STEVE KANNON / THE OBSERVER]

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9:25 AM | Police responded to a collision at Northfield Drive and Line 86 east of Elmira when the driver of a Nissan travelling northbound on Northfield Drive made a left turn onto Line 86 and was struck by a PT Cruiser travelling southbound on Northfield Drive. The driver of the Nissan was charged with ‘turn not in safety.’

Extrication was required when two cars collided at Northfield Drive and Line 86 east of Elmira on the morning of April 26. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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Councillors OK with status quo for Wellesley ball parks WILL SLOAN With the return of baseball season, Wellesley councillors meeting Tuesday briefly discussed concerns relating to fees for the township’s diamonds.

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ity costs. Melanie Martin, recreation service board chair for St. Clements, read an email from a resident who noted that diamonds are regularly lined and bases set in the first game, but not for the second. The resident’s concern is that players in the evening slot take on extra set-up/disassembly duties for a higher fee. “I think it’s a give and take,” said Coun. Shelley

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they’re out in an exposed area. … Just because we’re going to have one there doesn’t mean we have to have one at every single location.” Considering options, Voisin said, “I was researching getting something por-

table that we could move around from problem area to problem area. … We do have playgrounds that are more secluded, but we don’t even have hydro near them, so we couldn’t do it anyway.” He added that staff would look into pricing for video surveillance options.

Wagner. “I’ve played ball in Millbank; I’ve played ball in this township; I’ve played ball in KitchenerWaterloo; and every team I have played for, we set our own diamonds, we remove the bases at the end, and if we were the last team, we turn the lights off. It’s just something in the baseball culture, and it’s the way it’s always been.” “In all the ball I played, the first game was always

prepared,” said Coun. Jim Olender. “After that, the guys lined the stuff themselves, they did all the work themselves the second game – even some of them went and raked it. It’s just part of the game.” Olender added, “If you’re going to have full-time staff out there two or three hours waiting for a game to be over, it’s pretty costly. You can expect your rates to go up to use the field.”

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from some light jazz to classical art songs to folk songs and some Latin.” The lessons learned here extend outside the band room, he added. “It’s achieving a common goal; the ability to work together as a group; the

ability to stay focused for an extended period of time; the ability to learn different languages, we generally try to have at least three languages involved,” he said. “It helps parents understand the importance of music education, and arts education in general, and how it values the whole child.”

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should have.” In an interview with the Observer shortly before the 2003 election, then-candidate Kelterborn said his style of leadership would be based on “team building and consensus.” Running on a campaign of “repairing the public trust,” he beat incumbent mayor Doug Bergman by 24 per cent of the vote. Looking back on Tuesday, Kelterborn said, “We tried a team approach here with both council and

staff, and in my opinion worked very well.” In an interview, Kelterborn said that the last two terms of council saw a harmonious working relationship between the mayor, staff, and councillors. “I did very little council business, other than with constituents, other than at the council table. I really think that’s how it should all run.” He added, “That teamwork rubbed off onto the staff. … You see the soccer fields – that was done with five staff, and each staff

putting in their little bit of information to help do it better.” Kelterborn said that creating an atmosphere of cooperation is the best part of the job. “After discussing the problems carefully, and having all the people together that are involved in the problem … you can usually work out a solution. My direction to any constituent that was dissatisfied, I always told them, ‘If you don’t like what our bylaws say, come to us as a

delegation and tell us.’” His advice to the next mayor is along the same lines: “Try to keep the teamwork together; spend within your means with the amount of taxes the people can handle.” Current councillors Paul Hergott and Jim Olender have declared their candidacy for mayor. Shelley Wagner and Herb Neher will seek re-election as councillors for Ward 1 and 2 respectively. Wellesley residents will go to the polls October 27.


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EDSS student makes a whirlwind tour to Disney World rehabilitation and therapy for disabled children. The day had the kids touring the entire park, including a ferry ride and a private audience with a certain rodent Disney star. With Disney World the size of a small city, the kids got a small taste of everything, and plenty of ideas for a future visit. If she goes back again, Peters says she’ll be “meeting more characters, because we only got to meet Mickey Mouse, and there’s not so much time

WILL SLOAN From Hamilton to Orlando and back again within 24 hours is a busy enough day as it is; throw in an afternoon at Disney World, and you’ve got yourself a bursting calendar. But that’s exactly what Grade 11 EDSS student Eva Peters did as one of 80 students to take a one-day trip to “the Happiest Place on Earth” last week, courtesy of the Sunshine Foundation’s DreamLift program. “We had to be at the airport at 4:15 and then get on the plane, and then fly there,” said Peters in her Elmira home. “When we get there, we walk around and all that, and then at 7 o’clock we had to fly back the same day.” The Londonbased foundation specializes in “making dreams come true” for children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

ELMIRA KIWANIS Grade 11 student Eva Peters (seen with mother Helena and brother Jacob) visited Disney World through the Sunshine Foundation. [WILL SLOAN / THE OBSERVER] Since 1987, it has granted more than 34,000 “dreams,” many in the form of a trip to Disney World. “I think it means a lot,” said Peters. “If [kids] have to go to hospitals all the time, this is a day they can forget about all that and

do something more fun, instead of just seeing doctors.” She added that her best memory of the day was “seeing the kids smiles on the kids’ faces, and how much fun they were having meeting all the characters.” Peters, who is wheelchair-bound with spina bifida, learned about the opportunity through the Waterloo KidsAbility Centre, which provides

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“It’s supposed to be calming,” said Grose, adding there’s a feeling “journeying through” something, akin to our paths in life. On the spiritual side, though labyrinths aren’t associated with religion per se, “It provides a nature experience and an opportunity to be close to God in nature,” she added. Grose points out that while labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze, the two differ in a labyrinth’s pattern has a single path (unicursal) versus the multiple routes of a maze (multicursal). A labyrinth has no tricks or dead-ends.  “It’s not a puzzle: there’s

one way in and one way out.” With the donations of time and money, the project has been completed, the dedication ceremony taking place at 1 p.m. – walking as one at 1, as observed globally the first Saturday in May by labyrinth aficionados. “We’re going to celebrate a worldwide event right here in little ol’ Alma,” she said. The Alma structure is a 54-foot circle that forms a pattern called “Circuit Chartres,” modelled on the one found in the famous medieval cathedral in France. It’s a first for Mapleton Township, but Grose notes there are 175 labyrinths listed in the Ontario Labyrinth Community

said Devon. “We’re not used to that anymore – the average person doesn’t go 300 kilometres on trails across local areas. I don’t even think people know there are 300 kilometres of trails around.” Devon and Ryan learned about the challenge through the Royal Cana-

dian Air Cadets, where they are active members. They both attribute much of their success, both on and off the trails, to what they’ve learned through the Cadets. “Without Cadets, I don’t think I would know what I’d want to do with my future,” said Ryan. “My plan now is aircraft maintenance, because Cadets has

Network, including those in nearby Clifford, Fergus, Guelph, Hillsburgh, Kitchener, Mount Forest, Orangeville, and Waterloo. Worldwide, the Labyrinth Society’s online database has more than 4,000 entries. The Alma Labyrinth and Memorial Arboretum dedication ceremony takes place at 12:30 p.m. on May 3 at Wallace Cumming Park, Alma Community  Hall. At 1 p.m., organizers will mark World Labyrinth Day. In case of poor weather, there will be a representation of the labyrinth indoors at the community centre.

given me a wide opportunity to figure out stuff in a field that I like.” This summer, he’ll be one of only 50 cadets nationwide selected to take part in a prestigious aircraft maintenance course at Canadore College in North Bay. When asked for advice on how to make it through a physically demanding

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It'll take more than a walk to alter perspectives COUNT ELMIRA AMONG THE 30 spots in Waterloo Region taking part this weekend in Jane’s Walk activities. Created in 2007 by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the annual series of free, volunteer-led, participatory and fun walks help people explore the history and stories that shape their urban experience. Events often involve guided tours of specific neighbourhoods, as is the case even in the relatively small centres of Kitchener and Waterloo. In Elmira, where urban issues aren’t prevalent, the event on May 4 will focus on the town’s water crisis 25 years after contaminated groundwater was first discovered (the tour gets underway at 2 p.m. at the Woolwich Youth Soccer building at the corner of First and Arthur streets). Jane’s Walk events typically focus on walkability issues, as Jacobs (1916-2006) was focused on the human scale, despite a preference for high density development. By her measure, walkability was determined by how inviting or un-inviting an area is to pedestrians. She called for built environments that promote and facilitate walking – to stores, work, school and amenities – arguing they’re better places to live, have higher real estate values, promote healthier lifestyles and have higher levels of social cohesion. Elmira, Woolwich and the other rural townships in the region present a challenge for supporters of Jacobs’ philosophies. In all the talk of more human-scale communities, there’s no mention of aesthetics. Our ugly built environments foster neither pride of place nor a desire to be out on foot, interacting with the place where we live something to enjoy in its own right. It’s going to take a monumental effort at creating something better to get us out of the suburban model: Shifting from our box of a house to our box of a car to the box where we shop and the box where we work. The insides may be nice and comfortable, as we shut out the world and the others who happen to live in the same town, but the shared spaces are not conducive to creating the kind of community envisioned by proponents of a livable city. For decades now, we’ve had a model of suburban sprawl – low-density living that relies on roads to connect our homes to shops and workplaces. In the region, it’s pretty difficult to get around without a car. The transit system is not particularly robust, especially outside of the main transit corridors, which means pretty much the bulk of the area. The townships are beyond the pale. Living in a large suburb, kilometres away from a mall or massive power centre, we naturally get in our cars to get there. In a recent discussion about Woolwich’s trails – and next weekend’s Spring on the Trail event – council touched on the key ingredient in encouraging more walking and cycling in the township and, indeed, the region: off-road routes that actually take us places. If we can safely and easily get to where we want to go – be it work, shopping or entertainment venues – under our own steam, we might consider that option more often. As it stands, that’s not really the case. For this weekend only, perhaps, some of us might opt for the different perspective of the pedestrian, though Mother Nature seems intent on dampening the enthusiasm, a reminder of an all-too-common issue around alternatives to cars in the Canadian context.

Municipal voters are looking to plant the seeds this spring for that they hope will be a better harvest in the fall. WORLD VIEW / GWYNNE DYER

When it comes to war, Donetsk is not Sarajevo WORLD AFFAIRS With due apologies to God, Voltaire and the Ukrainians, I must point out that if Ukraine did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent it. It is not a great power, it has no resources the world cannot do without, and it is not a “vital strategic interest” to anybody except the Ukrainians themselves. Not even to the Russians, although they are acting at the moment as though it were. Bosnia was nobody’s vital strategic interest either. It isn’t now, and it wasn’t a hundred years ago. But Bismarck warned in 1898 that if there was ever another major war in Europe, it would come out of “some damned silly thing in the Balkans,” and an assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 fulfilled his prophecy to the letter. Some things have changed since then, however. The next world war will not come out of Ukraine (which is only slightly north-east of the Balkans) no matter what happens in the next few weeks and months. Russia might

invade Ukraine, there might even be a new Cold War for a while, but there will be no fighting in Europe beyond Ukraine’s borders. Indeed, apart from the Balkans there has been no full-scale war in Europe for the past 69 years, and there was never the slightest risk that the fighting in the 1990s would spread beyond the borders of former Yugoslavia. Indeed, there was probably never a single day during the 45 years of the Cold War when either side seriously considered attacking the other. The reason was simple: they knew what would happen next, even if neither side used the thousands of nuclear weapons at its disposal. Twice in 30 years, in 1914-18 and 1939-45, a major war using modern weapons had been fought over almost all of Europe’s territory. On the first occasion, they lost a generation of young men. The second time, most countries from Germany eastwards lost around ten per cent of their populations killed – and most of the casualties that time were civilians. Half of the continent’s great historic cities were reduced to ruins even without

the help of nuclear weapons. It was a very expensive education, but the Europeans did finally learn their lesson: don’t do this anymore. That is why, even as Russian tanks drive right up to Ukraine’s eastern borders and the Ukrainian army prepares to die in a fight it knows it would lose, nobody else in Europe is getting ready for war. If the Russians want part or all of Ukraine, they can have it – and pay the long-term price for taking it, which would be very high. But nothing in Europe is worth blowing up all of Europe for. Do not be alarmed by the fact that troops and planes from as far away as the United States and Canada are currently being sent to NATO countries that have borders with Russia. The numbers are militarily insignificant. Their purpose is simply to remind the Russians that the alliance will protect its own members should Moscow ever decide that it has also a right to “protect” Russian-speakers in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Moscow does not actually need to be reminded of that. It has seized Crimea,

and is toying with the idea of seizing more of Ukraine, precisely because that country does not fall under the NATO umbrella. And it does not belong to NATO because NATO didn’t want to take military responsibility for its defence. That was an entirely rational decision, because the Russians clearly thought Ukraine fell within their sphere of influence. This is the first time it has been independent from Russia for any appreciable period of time in the past three and a half centuries. Moreover, the post-Soviet governments in Kiev had been horrendously corrupt and incompetent, the country as a result is even poorer than it was in Soviet times – and the population in the eastern part of Ukraine is terrified of getting tangled up with the West because it inhabits an industrial museum whose products are only saleable in Russia. What eastern Ukrainians really fear for is their jobs, not their right to speak Russian. All this was clear 20 years ago, and that’s when NATO decided that Ukraine’s indeDYER | 10


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THEIR VIEW / QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Irespective of the budget, is it time for a provincial election?

»»Bob Kuenzig

»»David Schuit

No, I don’t think it’s time.

First of all, she wasn’t elected. … She is There should be. We’ve got to get the Liberals Yes, it’s time we had a choice in who was spending taxpayer dollars in order to help the out of office, with costing us $1.1 billion. running. bee industry, but they’re not banning the pesticides!

»»Wally Harding

»»John Lawrence

»»Jenn Pidgeion I think they should get along better.

"It is even more the fault of Moscow: President Vladimir Putin has been both emotional and opportunistic" Gwynne Dyer | 8 HIS VIEW / STEVE KANNON

There's more to wellbeing than the numbers touted by politicians EDITOR'S NOTES Politicians tout numbers, fudging with statistics in an effort to convince us to re-elect them. That’s the sole purpose. They get agitated when we refuse to believe them when they say things are getting better. The principal dataset relayed to us involves the gross domestic product (GDP), along with skewed unemployment figures. GDP measures economic activity, regardless of consequence or benefit. No one would argue this spring’s flooding, for instance, is a good thing, yet the economic activity generated to repair the damage counts towards an increase in GDP. Politicians, bureaucrats and others who support the status quo promote that as a good indicator of growth and progress. Getting a clearer picture of what we really think is the goal of studies such as the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) and the

OECD Better Life Index. In a new report out this week that looks specifically at Ontario, the University of Waterloo-based CIW points out a major flaw in equating GDP to wellbeing. Comparing its wellbeing index and GDP between 1994 and 2010 reveals a chasm between our wellbeing and economic growth both nationally and provincially. Over the 17-year period, GDP grew almost four times more than overall wellbeing. The trends clearly show that even when times are good, overall wellbeing does not keep up with economic growth and when times are bad, the impact on our wellbeing is even harsher. We have to ask ourselves, the report says, is this good enough? Even though Ontario and Canada show very similar increases in overall wellbeing at 7.3 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively, how they got there is different. In Ontario, the strongest growth has been in education (36 per cent) and community vitality (15.4 per cent), showing Ontarians are well positioned to

HOW TO REACH US

sessment of which life circumstances and conditions are important for subjective wellbeing. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Canadians gave it a 7.4 grade, higher than the OECD average of 6.6. In a look at social indicators earlier this year, the OECD had some cautions, warning that the social consequences from the meltdown could linger for years. “With households under pressure and budgets for social support under scrutiny, more and more people report dissatisfaction with their lives, and trust in government has tumbled. There are also signs that the crisis will cast long shadows on people’s future wellbeing.” Such pronouncements are in contrast to what governments try to feed us. In Ontario, the focus of the latest CIW report, the numbers aren’t likely to be welcomed by a minority government facing the prospect of an election. “Ontario’s 6.4 per cent increase in living standards

lags far behind the increase of 14.3 per cent for all of Canada. Having risen to 29.2 per cent by 2007 — almost matching the 29.5 per cent increase in GDP — the recession led to a 22.8 per cent drop in living standards in just three years. We see a growing income gap, volatility in long-term unemployment, and lower job quality. In 2010, the risk of being economically insecure was much higher than in 1994. Ontario did make progress in both poverty reduction and higher median incomes, but these still trail Canada as a whole,” reads the report released this week. There is a disconnect between the rosy numbers governments try to peddle and what’s actually happening on the ground. In Canada and around the world, people are challenging the use of purely economic indicators to measure the wellbeing of a country. People deserve a measure that tells a more meaningful story. They deserve a measure that reflects what we really value in our lives – things like a rich social and cultural

life, a thriving and effective democracy, good living standards, a sustainable natural environment, and that most precious and non-renewable commodity: time. “When Canadians go to bed at night, what worries them? They worry about their health, their jobs, caring for an elderly parent, or their kids’ education. Maybe they dream about their next vacation, an upcoming volunteer commitment, or how they spend their leisure time," says the CIW report. “They worry about stretching their paycheque and how they are going to get everything done. They care about how they’re really doing. They are definitely not thinking about gross domestic product.”

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adapt to future challenges. The largest decline was a drop of 5.9 per cent in leisure and culture. This is due to more than just belttightening related to the 2008 recession, from which we’re still recovering. The economic crisis that followed the meltdown caused by the financial services industry brought many of these longstanding issues to the forefront, accelerating a 30-year decline in our standard of living and the attack on the middle class. Canadians were hit less hard than many others, but we’ve not been exempt from the austerity measures. Nor has the federal government been a friend to the average citizen. Still, while Canadians rank well on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s quality-of-life index, there are clouds on the horizon, reflecting that gap between GDP and actual standards of living. Life satisfaction measures how people evaluate their life as a whole rather than their current feelings. It captures a reflective as-

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Both the number of victims and the rate of firearm-related violent crime in Canada fell by more than one-quarter between 2009 and 2012. Police services reported 5,600 victims of firearm-related violent crime in 2012, about 1,800 fewer victims of this type of crime than in 2009. Although violent crime is generally decreasing, the rate of firearm-related violent crime has fallen at a faster pace than that of non-firearm-related violent crime.

"What this means is that a 'trust me' model will no longer suffice: institutions must now demonstrate a reasonable expectation of probable (not possible) harm, which must be based on something other than a mere belief. ... The Supreme Court ruling is a vote in favour of transparency, and, in turn, privacy."

A violent thunderstorm that ripped through the area, though not typical of April, was seen as a snippet of what lies ahead on the weather front. A brief but powerful storm brought strong winds that wreaked a significant amount of damage throughout the townships, leaving many people without electricity, before heading east towards Toronto and eventually Ottawa.

»»Statistics Canada

»»Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian comments on a

»»From the May 2, 2009 edition of the Observer

Supreme Court decision saying the public has a right to know about data related to registered sex offenders, which the province was suppressing

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pendence would have to depend on Russia’s good-will, not on NATO’s tanks. And for 20 years Russia more or less respected Ukraine’s independence, while seeking, naturally enough, to ensure that its governments were friendly. The collapse of the status quo is partly the European Union’s fault, for demanding that Ukraine choose between closer trade and travel ties with the EU and full membership in Russia’s “Eurasian Union.” It is even more the fault of Moscow:

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HOCKEY / COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Going downhill in praise of role reversals

Hanging it up after 37 years with the Kings

OPEN COUNTRY

When it comes to Elmira hockey, longtime trainer Gary Schaefer has pretty much seen it all

In an interview after the ceremony, Schaefer said that it was the players who kept him coming back every year. “Young boys come in as young boys, and they leave as almost adults. I love that some of them move on to higher and better things – some go to NCAA, some go to pro camps, some go to senior hockey – and the ones that don’t, that’s fine, I’ve enjoyed their presence.” He added, “I can tell you, it’s been a long time since

Sometimes I wonder about what goes on in the peanut-sized brain cavity of my dog – then again, sometimes I suspect she wonders a little about what goes on in my head too. You see, Callie is normally a gifted retriever, but there are occasions when she just stops retrieving. I was telling this to my friend Tom the other day. He happens know a thing or two about dogs. “She just quits retrieving, huh?” he asked. “Yes, ” I said. “She used to be able to go all day.” “Tell me about what happened,” he said. I then described a training session that happened yesterday morning in the backyard. “I threw several training dummies on the flat area behind the house and she retrieved them flawlessly,” I said. “She brought them right to hand, sat down beside me and rushed out when I threw another one.” “Nothing wrong with that,” he said. “You were praising her up after each retrieve – making it a positive experience – and

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“Schaef,” who was honoured at the Elmira Sugar Kings’ awards banquet after announcing his retirement, has logged 1,472 regular season games, 355 playoff games, and approximately 1,600 practices since 1977.

WILL SLOAN Gary Schaefer, trainer for the Elmira Sugar Kings for 37 years, received an emotional retirement tribute from players and staff at the team’s awards banquet April 27. Schaefer, who is stepping down because of weakness in his knees, has been fixture of the team across four arenas, and speakers remembered “Schaef” as a reliable presence during decades of growth and change. “In some cases, you have been the players’ best

friend, and sometimes a father,” said scout John Craig, who tracked Schaefer’s career through three Sutherland Cups and an OHA Trainer of the Year award. “But most of all, you have looked after our Kings,” he added. “Rookies find out very quickly, Schaeff has quite a sense of humour,” said team historian Bob Cummings. “A rookie would come into a room and ask him about something, and Schaeff will turn around and look at him, and rookies won’t know what the

hell to do. He’ll yell out, ‘Do I look like your mother?’ and they’ll just kind of sit there, stunned for a little bit.” Cummings calculated Schaefer’s participation in 1,472 regular season games, 355 playoff games, and approximately 1,600 practices since 1977, not counting his volunteer work for the Ontario Hockey Association. Midwestern Conference convener and former Sugar Kings coach John East remembered, “Whenever we needed him to look after an all-star game, a prospect

game, Sean [Mckelvie] would say, ‘What do you think, do we give Schaef a call?’ I said, ‘Damn right, because I know he’ll be there!’ … Nowadays, it’s tough getting guys to show up to these games, they think it’s too much time out of their schedules, but not for Schaef – he came.” Fighting tears, Schaefer said in a speech, “To the parents who are here today, I say: Be proud of your sons. They have done well for the Elmira Sugar Kings, and they will continue to do well in whatever they do.”

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Lawn bowlers waiting for things to green up Elmira club getting ready for another season, starting with an open house next weekend STEVE KANNON Members of the Elmira Lawn Bowling Club can be excused for keeping a close eye on the sky these days: some proper spring weather would make a big difference. Some sun and warmer temperatures would not only get the greens back in shape, they just might encourage a few

new people to stop by to check out the sport. Right now, members are working on the greens. Like pretty much everything else related to the outdoors, the schedule is running behind thanks to Mother Nature. Still, the group will continue sprucing up their facility in advance of an open house next weekend. “We really want to pro-

mote the club and the sport, and we really want to get some younger people out,” said club vice-president Rob Brooks of the upcoming open house. “We’re hoping to get more families involved.” If people are exposed to the game, they’ll see how much fun it is, he added, acknowledging the sport is working to counter its

image as an activity for an older crowd. Currently, the club has about 20 members. He’d like to see that expand, rejuvenating an organization with a long history in the community. The club was incorporated in 1928, but records make reference to the club at least three years earlier. A popular part of the com-

munity in the early years, it’s had its ups and downs since then. Initially located on Wyatt Street, where the Beer Store can be found today, it moved to the current Mockingbird Drive facility in 1974. The switch was brokered by the township, which wanted the former space for development and offered up municipal land and a new home in

exchange. “The township still owns the land and we look after it. Very well,” said Brooks. An Elmira resident for 26 years, he’s been involved with the sport for 15 of these years. Taking care of the property is something he takes pride in. “I really enjoy the game, LAWN BOWLING | 12


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“It’s been a very late start,” he said, noting there’s been some progress this week. The club is hoping to get going with the season, including instruction for new players, starting in mid-May.

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In addition to the bowling greens, the club plans some improvements to the facility, having applied for an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, Brooks said. A previous grant in 2008 went towards new siding, windows and insulation in the clubhouse, upgrades that reduced energy consumption and helped maintain the structural integrity of the well-used meeting place. Once the season gets going, games are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. As well, there are regular tournaments and other events. The club is part of the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association’s District 7, which includes the likes of Elora, Guelph and Arthur. Aside from the scheduled games, members have access to the clubhouse and greens at their convenience. “If you’re a member, you can come out and play when you like,” Brooks explained. The open house is scheduled for May 10 and 11. More information about the club can be found online at www.elmiralawnbowls.com.

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TAKING HOME THE CUP

On April 27 the local Ice Kings AAA (2002) defeated Brantford’s Regional Gold with a 5-4 shootout win in the Niagara Falls Bauer Hockey Challenge tournament. Back row: Dawson Good, Colin Merlihan, trainer Steve Lee, asst. coach Sean Oliver, Zach Hatch, Connor Bradley, asst. coach Kelly Bradley, Jack Harper, Adam Huras, coach Greg Best. Second row: Joel Washington, Ried Oliver, Adam Grein, Mitch Lee, Brady Brezynskie, Brody Waters, Chase Broda, Carson Wickie, Blake Wideman. Goalies: Christian Linton, Matt Onuska. [SUBMITTED]

SHOWING WHAT THEY’VE GOT

White Heron Martial Arts students Abe Schaafsma, Elijah Weiss, Kane Kruschat and Tyler Fisher earned their yellow belts on April 22. Adam Murray earned a stripe belt. [SUBMITTED]

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The Lancaster Tavern team secured their first-place position in the F Division finals of the K-W Men’s Basketball League April 30 at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. In the deciding match of the three-game series, the squad trounced the top-seeded Outlaws in a 56-44 victory. Team members are Chris Aldworth, Mike Roth, Patrick Merlihan, Dave Aldworth, Alex Gilbert, Fred Humphrey, Keith Gilbert, Randy Aldworth, Jeff Miller and Mike Aldworth. Missing Marc Humphrey and Mark Yolkowski. [SUBMITTED]

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we’ve had a bad influence in the dressing room. … They’re good, down-toearth kids.” By now, Shaefer is so much a part of the fabric of the team that his of-

fice is labeled “Schaef’s Room.” Will it really be so easy to keep “the King of the Kings” away from the rink? “It’s going to be really tough,” he laughed. “I’ve told them if they run into a problem and need someone

to fill in, if they give me a call I’d gladly come.” On September 21, the Elmira Sugar Kings will host Gary Schaefer Night at the WMC. Schaefer is currently nominated for the 2013-14 OHA Trainer of the Year.


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A time of celebration and reflection for the Kings Organization puts a festive cap on the season with awards banquet honouring this year’s achievements WILL SLOAN The Elmira Sugar Kings officially wrapped up their 2013-14 season last Sunday as players, staff, family and friends gathered for the team’s annual awards banquet. The lunchtime event, held at the Waterloo Rod and Gun Club, gave the Junior B squad a chance to look back at a year that saw them reach second place in the regular season before falling in the second round of the playoffs. “It’s always disappointing as your season ends a bit early,” said Kings general manger Paul Jennings to the audience. “It’s great to take a step back and then reconvene, get everybody back here together.” With the departure of team president Mike Benjamins and longtime trainer Gary Schaefer, “Once a King, Always a King” was the banquet’s oft-repeated mantra. “The Kings have been running for 44 years, and I believe we have every generation spoken for this evening,” said Jennings. “The people who were here from day one, right up until our coaches and kids are here today. That really exemplifies the Elmira Sugar Kings family.” The Elmira Insurance Agency trophy for regular season top-scorer went to Adam Campagnolo, who also took home the Sugar King Memorial Award as the regular season MVP. Campagnolo made a strong impact in his first and only year with the Kings, as he logged 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists) in the regular season. The Sugar Kings Alumni Award for 2014 playoff MVP went to Brad Kobryn and Cass Frey. The Don Duke Memorial Award for sportsmanship and leadership was given to

Adam Campagnolo, Craig Johnsons and Justin Cooke are three of the eight departing players who received their jerseys mounted in frames.

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Adam Campagnolo was honoured as top-scorer and regular season MVP; Cass Frey and Brad Kobryn were named playoff MVPs; Adam Brubacher was the top minor hockey prospect. Mitch Wright. The Elmira Sports Award for rookie of the year, given to the player who shows the greatest development in his first year in the league, went to Jonathan Reinhart. The James Austin Memorial Award for outstanding defenceman went to David Savery. Adam Brubacher received the David Uhrig Memorial Award for top local minor hockey prospect. Named for the defenceman who died during an exhibition game while still

a prospect, the award is presented to the best player who has graduated from the local minor hockey system. Head coach Jeff Flanagan presented the Coach’s Cup, an award for perseverance and dedication, to Justin Cooke. Flanagan recounted how Cooke was expected to never play hockey again after suffering a broken leg on the ice in January 2013. “Considering that, he came back in the middle of October, fully

Hayden Neuman was cited for academic and hockey excellence.

healthy, and led our team, along with our other leaders, through the season and into the playoffs. It is a remarkable achievement.” Also, goalie Hayden Neuman was recognized with the Award of Excellence for achievement in hockey and academics; Rob Kohli was named the Outstanding Defensive Forward; Carolyn and Bruce Seiling shared the Dawn Farr Memorial Award for most dedicated volunteer; and Mitch Wright and David Savery tied the Barb Schaefer Memorial Award for fan favourite (voted on by Sugar King fans). Next year will see a substantially different group of Elmira Sugar Kings take the ice. Justin Cooke, David Savery, Brad Kobryn, Michael Wilkins, Cass Frey, Adam Campagnolo, and Hayden Neuman have all aged out of the team (the graduating players received their jerseys mounted in frames). In a speech, outgoing captain Cass Frey (whose 191 regular season games make him the fifth most prolific player in Sugar King history) said, “Playing on a championship team taught me a lot about what it takes to be successful, not only in life but hockey as well.” “Whatever you do next, make your choice carefully, wisely, do your homework,” said Jennings to the players. “Because I’ve been in other organizations, I’ve seen the colour of the grass on the other side, and there’s no colour of green quite like being here.” Looking forward to 201415, Jennings added, “To all you players who are coming back, come back ready to go, because our philosophy here is to try to win every year. That’s our job that we’re tasked with over the summertime.”

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pointing in the direction of the dummy as you sent her off too, I assume?” “Sure was,” I said. “I made her feel real happy and enthusiastic when she brought them back. But I also showed her who was boss by making her sit until I told her to go.” This, I told him, went on for half an hour without a hitch. “So then what happened?” he asked. “Well, I threw one down

to the bottom of the steep hill behind my place. But instead of retrieving, she just milled around at my feet …” “What happened next?” he said. “Finally, I realized that I was going to have to go get it,” I said. “So I did. Talk about exhausting” He asked more questions and then I continued on with my story. “I must have been something right,” I said. “A minute later, when I

threw one more on the flats, she straightened up and performed flawlessly. So I praised her a lot and acted all excited to get her enthused. Then when she was ready, I threw another dummy downhill.” “Did she go get it?” he asked. “Nope,” I said, “She started milling around again.” “She never retrieved it, huh?” “Didn’t even try. Instead, she kept pointing her nose

downhill and barking until I finally got up from my chair and brought it back! It was the darndest thing.” “Hmmm…” he muttered. “What was the darndest thing?” “Well, when I brought it back she waited ’til I sat, then took the dummy and acted all excited. She danced around in circles and started to make me laugh. It was funny to watch,” I said. “Enjoyed that, did you?” he asked.

“Right until she dropped it and it rolled down the hill,” I said. “Of course, I had to go get that one,” I replied. “But at least she appreciated it. A whole lot actually.” “Really?” he said. “But here’s where it got really frustrating. This happened two more times. “The next time, however, I lost track of where it landed. Fortunately, when I looked back at her she was pointing right at it so I bee-lined to where she was

looking and found it.” “Sounds like you are getting pretty good at retrieving?” he said. “Well, not to brag but this time I ran up that hill and boy did she ever praise me up when I got back.” Suddenly, it struck me. “Has she got you doing water retrieves yet?” Tom asked. “No,” I said sheepishly. “Don’t worry,” he said. “She’s probably waiting until the lake gets a little warmer.”


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following year, there were requests for seven more, prompting him to take a leave of absence from the construction company he was working for. He never went back. “I never would have imagined we’d be here 40 years later,” said Weber this week from his office at the St. Jacobs plant that became the home of Weber’s Fabricating in 1978 when he moved out of his dad’s garage. An acre of land and a 7,000-square-foot building started things off. “I thought ‘how am I ever going to pay for this property?’” he recalls. Since then, there have been two additions, bringing the floor space to 19,000 sq. ft. on three acres. In that time, the business has grown from Weber working in his dad’s garage to a diverse facility employing 16, some of them, such as Tim Baillargeon, Mark Nafziger and Don Seyler, who’ve been there for more than 30 years. Others such as Curvin Martin and Steve Horst for 20. “The people are a key part of what we do. We’re one big family.” Weber’s Fabricating still builds turkey loaders, though they’ve been redesigned and enhanced over the years. Units have been sold to far-flung places on the globe, but they represent just a small part of what the operation does today. “It all started with building turkey loaders – there was just the one product,”

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market? Many wineries, even though they produce top-of-the-line VQA wine, don’t have the staff for this. However, they might find the additional labour costs of doing so offset by the fact that they don’t have to shell out a portion of their take to the LCBO. As well, it’s likely Ontario craft beer producers and fruit wineries that have storefronts like the VQA wine producers will also want to take part at some point. Right now, it’s just for VQA wine producers.

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The firefighting theme is evident in the aluminum barbecue spatulas and drink coasters that Weber’s whipped up recently, a new sideline as he backs away from the business. His three children – Heather, Kathy and Scott – all work there and the operation is in good hands, he said. He has every intention, however, of staying in the action – there’s no golfing in his immediate future. Even as the business grew, he had his hand in every project. About a decade ago, he began pulling back somewhat. The work is still his principal passion. “I live, eat and breathe work. I enjoy work – I find it relaxing,” he explained. “My intention is to start cutting back on my hours as of the anniversary date ... but I’ll still keep my hands involved in it here.” Rather than the day-today stuff, he’ll focus more time on his designs, finding pleasure in taking a sketch or an idea and turning it into a prototype or finished product.

“Give me a challenge and I’m happy,” he said. Among those challenges in the past 40 years are the likes of a 64-foot replica of the aluminum wing of a Boeing 727, destined for Pearson International Airport for de-icing training. Or the initial fireplace inserts that spawned Elmira Stove Works. Or the demonstration trailer to simulate a kitchen fire that he made for the Kitchener Fire Department. “I can’t begin to think of the variety of jobs that we’ve done,” he said. “These are all one-off projects – that’s what a lot of our stuff is. We’ve done such a variety of work. It’s hard to imagine what we’ve done ... over 40 years. “People ask me what we do here and I don’t know what to say to them – we do so many things,” he laughed. The open house to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Weber’s Fabricating is set for May 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 3044 Sawmill Rd. in St. Jacobs.


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with a new soap pump, tissue holder, tumbler and trash can that echo the fixtures without having a matchy-matchy look. The toothpaste and its cousins like cream, serum and lotion – should be stowed away, or displayed with other essentials on a countertop tray. Consider placing items such as cotton swabs, cotton balls and soap bars in glass apothecary jars for a stylish storage solution. Throw in the Towels: Consider adding a crisp, neutral palette to your bathroom when it comes to towels. White is often overlooked as a welcoming hue in the

bathroom and white towels, bath mats and shower curtains can make a bathroom feel hotel-like. Invest in cushy, clean white terry; display what you need and store the rest. In powder rooms or guest baths, ditch the hand towel and display disposable paper towels instead. Place matching bathmats in front of each sink and in front of or folded over the tub. Feel free to skip the crescentshaped, germ-loving rug around the toilet. Mirror, Mirror off the Wall: What is one of the biggest bathroom eyesores? You›re looking at it. Tear down dingy

medicine cabinets and funky mirrors in favor of a large, classic-looking glass. There are some great store-bought options available now and don’t be concerned with matching your mirror to the cabinetry. Look for mirrors that boast clean lines and not too much detail. A rectangular mirror will never go out of style. If outdated sconces flank your mirror, replace them with fixtures that offer bright but diffused light – that’s because when you see yourself in better lighting, it might feel like you got a makeover, too. www.newscanada.com

Kids still not cleaning their bedrooms? (NC) You’ve threatened, cajoled – even begged your kids to tidy up. But it still seems you’re the one facing the ultimatum: either ignore the mess or do it for them. Here are 7 tips for getting your kids onboard, without raising your voice or losing your mind: Be age-appropriate: Toddlers can put toys in a bin, but don›t have the reach to make a bed. An eight-year-old can fold the clothes on the floor, but doesn›t have the strength to push the vacuum. This chart is a great guide

Job a day: Just like you don›t do laundry or schlep garbage every day, kids benefit from a breakdown. Help them decide which day to re-shelve their books or recycle the papers on their desks. Make a simple chart. Tag teaming: If you›ve got more than one child, suggest they divide and conquer. Perhaps one child sorts the toys into piles (great for younger kids) in both rooms and the other puts them away. Rewarding great cleaning: Why not snap a photo

of your child standing in front of a clean bedroom? Or make a quick sign to tape to their door, describing the great work within? Natural consequences: Brainstorm together about consequences for persistently untidy rooms. Perhaps play-dates only happen when a room is presentable? Or some of the Lego left on the ground is donated kids in need, via a thrift shop. Offer perspective: Learn what children around the world do for their

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It’ll be some kind of enchanted evening Branch Fields in his comfort zone in Drayton Entertainment’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific WILL SLOAN From school to Broadway to Drayton, Emile de Becque has always followed Branch Fields. With the new production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opening at the Drayton Festival Theatre, Fields returns to a role that has come to define his career … and finds that there’s always room to learn about the character. “I was a bit of a hothead playing this role at first,” says Field. “But our wonderful director, Michael Lichtfeld, has shown me a different approach that is more mature, and more self-assured.” When we join Emile in South Pacific, he’s already a well-established plantation owner – a French expat who settled in the islands 15 years earlier. He is a widower, with mixed-race children, and finds that the woman he now loves has trouble putting aside her prejudices. In the midst of the Second World War, he also has to make a choice about taking part in a dangerous mission. Suffice to say, it’s a character that demands some maturity, and the longer Fields lives with the role, the more he grows into it. “In many of the scenes with the officers, Emile is holding the cards in his hands – he’s holding the

Branch Fields is returning to the role that made his name on Broadway. winning cards. In the show, their fate rests on Emile’s next decision – to participate or not participate in this operation. Having a bit more reserve and being a little more savvy is where the role has come.” Fields first became immersed in the showwhen he studied music at Indiana University under Giorgio Tozzi – Rossano Brazzi’s voice double in the 1958 film adaptation. Through Tozzi, he became versed in the Rogers and Hammerstein style, singing in the chorus at the university’s production of the show. “I

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Fields’ turn at the helm. “Just being in that show – a seven Tony award-winning show – really changes your life,” he says. After Broadway, he revived the character are various venues in the United States, where reaction to the play was mostly the same. “I have noticed that people in their sixties and early seventies come up to me by the dozens and say this was the first LP that they remember their parents playing, and that they enjoyed as a child. Usually they say they learned every word to the album, listened to it over and over again. “That audience in that age bracket is just so nostalgic to see the show. They mouth all the words, and tears are streaming down their cheeks, and it’s just pure nostalgia and pure joy for them to see the show again.” But when asked if he feels a heavy responsibility to the role – and to a song as popular and beloved as “Some Enchanted Evening” – he says it’s no burden. “I can fall out of bed singing that song,” he laughs. “It’s so in my voice, and such a part of me. It just comes out without me even thinking about it.” But was this even the

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Due to the age and condition of the pavement on Sawmill Road, it is necessary to completely reconstruct the existing road structure. The timing of this reconstruction presents an opportunity to address other deficiencies along this road. These deficiencies include a lack of cycling lanes, the addition of a left turn lane at St. Charles Street and a lack of continuous sidewalks within the project limits.

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The Region of Waterloo encourages members of the public, stakeholder groups and agencies to actively participate in this study by attending public consultation opportunities, or contacting staff directly with comments or questions, to provide input for incorporation into the planning and design of this project. If you require further information on this project, or wish to be added to project mailing list for future project notices, please visit our website at www.region.waterloo.on.ca/en/gettingAround/FutureConstructionProjects or contact: Jason J. Lane, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager Region of Waterloo 150 Frederick Street, 6th Floor Kitchener ON N2G 4J3 Phone: 519-575-4757 Ext. 3752 Fax: 519-575-4430 Email: jlane@regionofwaterloo.ca All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholders 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. Jason Lane. 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. Jason Lane (as above) at least five days prior to the meeting.

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A test of the Emergency Siren and CAN system will be conducted at approximately 9:30 A.M. in Elmira, Breslau and St. Jacobs on the mornings of: Elmira: Wednesday May 7, 2014 Breslau: Thursday May 8, 2014 St. Jacobs: Friday May 9, 2014 You will receive a phone call with a test message from the CAN network. If you do not receive this phone call, please contact:

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NOTICE OF CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION The Township of Woolwich’s regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday May 6th, 2014 will be held at the: Breslau Community Centre Agendas will be posted at www.woolwich.ca on Friday May 2, 2014 100 Andover Drive, Breslau at 6:00 P.M

Further questions or concerns can be directed to: Kiera Schlueter at (519) 669-6010 or kschlueter@woolwich.ca

NOTICE OF WATERMAIN FLUSHING/ HYDRANT MAINTENANCE OPERATION IN ELMIRA & ST. JACOBS The Township of Woolwich will be engaging in a watermain flushing/hydrant maintenance program as follows: Elmira Monday May 12, 2014 – south of First Street (see area 3 on map) Tuesday May 13, 2014 –north of First Street, west of Arthur Street (see area 1 on map) Wednesday May 14, 2014 – morning - north of First Street, east of Arthur Street (see area 2 on map) St. Jacobs Wednesday May 14, 2014 - afternoon - in St. Jacobs, in the vicinity of the stockyards Thursday May 15, 2014 – in St. Jacobs Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) **These dates are subject to change and will be communicated on the Township website Watermain flushing is performed at this time of low water usage to minimize its impact on water service. Please refrain from using excessive amounts of water during this time period (i.e. doing laundry, using the dishwasher, etc.) The flushing process may cause discoloured water and a reduction in pressure. It should be noted that both of these conditions are temporary and not harmful. If discolouration occurs, open a cold, hard water tap in the basement until it runs clear before resuming regular consumption. In some situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. If, however, either of these conditions persist, please contact Cynthia Lean at 519-669-6041 or 519-664-2613 ext. 6041 The Township of Woolwich appreciates your patience as we continually work to improve the quality of drinking water throughout the Township.

SALE CONSISTS OF: Furniture Pcs; Sofa; T. V. Stands; Elec. Piano; Fridges; Dishwashers, Large Skid Lots of Misc, Skid Lots of Clothing; Household Items; T.V.’s & Ass’t. Electronics; Vaccumes; Watches; Pcs of Swar; Kid's & Adult Clothing; Bedding; Books; Consumer Goods; Plus a Very Large Selection of Other Misc. Items. Note: This is a very large offering and There will be 2 auctioneers selling. LUNCH BOOTH TERMS: Cash, Interac, Visa, M.C. NOTE: Clothes will be sold in large lots, list subject to additions & deletions. Viewing from 4:00 P.M. day of sale. Owner or auctioneer not responsible for accidents day of sale. AUCTIONEERS:

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NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY East Side Lands (Stage 1)Master Environmental Servicing Plan 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, have undertaken a Master Environmental Servicing Plan to support the development of approximately 300 hectares of land in the north part of the City of Cambridge for future employment uses. The Master Environmental Servicing Planhas been completed to identify the required roads, water, sanitary sewer and stormwater management infrastructure for future development in the area to the year 2031.

SAT. MAY 3 at 2:00 PM - Unreserved Property auction of a cottage/house on Alder Lake; includes 2 bedrooms; 2 bath; entire main floor renovated; situated on a gorgeous waterfront lot to be held at 85 Alderside Drive in New Dundee. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.Jantziauctions.com

AUCTIONS WED MAY 7 at 10:00 AM -Auction sale of furniture; antiques; collectables; household effects; tools; and miscellaneous items to be held at the St. Jacob’s Community Centre in St. Jacob’s for Wilmer and Janet Martin of Waterloo with additions. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.Jantziauctions.com

The Master Environmental Servicing Plan was prepared in accordance withthe Environmental Assessment Act andthe master plan process outlined by the Municipal Engineer’s Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (June 2000 as amended in 2007and 2011) and will satisfy Phases 1 and 2 of the planning process. By this notice, the Master Environmental Servicing Plan is being placed on the public record for a 30-day review period in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Subject to comments received as a result of this Notice, and receipt of necessary approvals, all Schedule B projects are considered approved and may proceed to implementation. Schedule B projects require listing in a Notice of Completion and thus are listed below. Transportation Schedule B Projects Project Name

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Middle Block Road

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Speedsville Road

Allendale Road

Upgrade and widen to 4 lanes

New North-South Collector Road

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Speedsville Road

Upgrade existing 2 lanes

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Maple Grove Road

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For further details on these projects and a complete list of the recommended projects, please review the reports at the following location: Region’s Website http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/aboutTheEnvironment/eastsidearea.asp The Corporation of the City of Cambridge Clerk’s Office 50 Dickson Street, 2nd Floor Cambridge, Ontario

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo Clerk’s Office 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor Kitchener, Ontario

Interested persons may provide written comments to the Regional Clerk within (30) calendar days from the date of this notice. If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussions with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, a person may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as Part II Order), which addresses individual Environmental Assessments. Requests for a Part II Order must be received by the Minister at the address below by no later than June 2,2014. The request to the Minister must be copied to the Regional Clerk’s Office. If no request for a Part II Order is received, the Region and City intend to proceed with implementation of these projects. The Honourable Jim Bradley Minister of the Environment 77 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor, Ferguson Block Toronto, ON M7A 2T5

SAT. MAY 10 at 10:00 AM - Clearing auction sale of property with 4 bedroom red brick bungalow; household effects; antiques; collectables; furniture; tools; lawn and garden equipment and miscellaneous items to be held at 638 Cedargrove place in Waterloo for Joseph Welches. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.Jantziauctions.com WED. MAY 14 at 10:00 AM -Clearing auction sale of furniture; household effects; antiques; collectables; 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

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GARAGE SALES 13 BLUEBIRD PLACE, Elmira. Sat. May 10th 7-12. Quilt rack, ladies bike, helmet, X-country skis, Tupperware, household items, decor, tools, toys, plastic beer bottles etc. ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL GARAGE SALE - Bake Sale, Barbeque. Friday, May 2, 2014, 7 am to 8 pm. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7 am to 2 pm. Bag Sale Starts at 10:30 am. Gerald Bowman Auction building in Wallenstein. COZY QUILTS FABRIC clearout. Cotton prints $3.25 metre; broadcloth $1.00 m; thread 4/$1.00, lace, notions, craft items. Tax included. 4 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira. May 3, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. GARAGE SALE - 6 Peregrine Crt., Elmira. Rain or shine. Fri. May 9, (5-8), Sat. May 10th (7-1). Furniture, home decor, misc. items, box spring, mattresses, bed frame & much more!

SAT. MAY 24 at 10:00 AM - Clearing auction sale of snowmobile; lawn and garden equipment; wood working equipment and tools; horse drawn wagons and cutters; furniture; antiques; collectables; and miscellaneous items to be held at 1087 West River Road Cambridge (south end of Cambridge) for Harry Bergsma. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.Jantziauctions.com

GARAGE SALE - Sat. May 3, 133 Porchlight Dr. Elmira, 7 a.m. Kitchen gadgets, dining table and chairs, mens/boys clothing, photographic equipment and more.

FRI MAY 30 at 7:00 PM - Charity auction of brand new donated furniture and miscellaneous items to be held at the old New Hamburg arena on Jacob street in New Hamburg for the Mennonite Relief Sale. Jantzi Auctions Ltd. 519-656-3555. www.Jantziauctions.com

GARAGE SALE - Sat. May 3, 8:00 a.m. 106 Church St. W, Elmira. Bedroom furniture, chairs, wooden table with 12 extensions and many more misc items.

WANTED INTERESTED IN PLAYING RUGBY? Join us at the HIGHLAND RUGBY CLUB in Fergus this summer. See details or register online at www.highlandrugby.com or call the local convenors, Tony or Laurie 519-669-0326. Registration at E’s Into Wellness available May 3rd.

AUTOMOTIVE 2008 SMART CAR/PASSION: $6,900, 54,000 kms, gas, rwd, auto, burnt orange/silver - Fun and economical. Much roomier then it appears. Elmira. 519-669-4172.

RENTALS 4 BEDROOM COTTAGE for rent at Chesley Lake Camp. A great summer holiday idea! Call 519-573-6792.

GARAGE SALE - Sat. May 3, 26 Duke St., Elmira, 8 a.m. Tables, chairs, glassware, depression glass, carnival glass, jugs, pottery, antiques. Something for everyone.

HEIDELBERG’S ANNUAL TOWN Wide Garage Sale. Sat. May 10, 8:00 a.m. Treasures for Everyone, Great Deals, Rain or Shine. Email: parksandrec.heidelberg@ gmail.com MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE - 13 Porchlight Drive, Elmira - Friday May 2 and 9 (3:00 - 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday May 3 and 10 (8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.). Will not be held in case of rain. WINDOWS & DOORS Garage Sale. Huge selection of New, Used & Mis-Measured Vinyl Windows, Steel Doors, Storm Doors, Patio Doors, California Shutters, Exterior Shutters and more! Fri. May 9, 12 - 5 p.m., Sat. May 10, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Beingessner Home Exteriors, 9 Henry St. St. Jacobs. Bring Your Measurements! Come Early for best selection. GARAGE & BAKE Sale - Fri. May 9, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. May 10, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., held at 188 First St. W., Elmira. Tupperware, books, variety of children’s clothing

For further information or to provide written comment please contact: Brenna MacKinnon, MCIP, RPP Manager, Greenfield Planning, Region of Waterloo 150 Frederick St.Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3 Tel: (519) 575- 4060 Fax: (519) 575-4449 Email: BMacKinnon@regionofwaterloo.ca

Elaine Brunn Shaw, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning,City of Cambridge 50 Dickson St., 3rd Floor,PO Box 669 Cambridge,ON N1R 5W8 Tel: (519) 740-4650 x 4571 Fax: (519) 740-9545 Email: brunnshawe@cambridge.ca

This notice first issued Friday May 2,2014. All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the Master Environmental Servicing Plan are being collected to assist the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and the City of Cambridge 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 persons indicated above.

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OBSERVER SERVICE DIRECTORY AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES

TIRE

WHERE TIRES

Complete Collision Service

THOMPSON’S

Auto Tech Inc.

ARE A

SPECIALTY, NOT A SIDE LINE. 101 Bonnie Crescent, Elmira, ON N3B 3G2

519.669.8330

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

FAX: 519.669.3210

35 Howard Ave., Elmira

AFTER HOURS

519.669.8917

519-669-3232

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

RUDOW’S

CARSTAR COLLISION CENTRE

AUTO CLINIC

519-669-4400 30 ORIOLE PKWY. E., ELMIRA www.thompsonsauto.ca

RUDOW’S

21 Industrial Dr. Elmira

24 Hour Accident Assistance Accredited Test & Repair Facility

BODY MAINTENANCE AT:

1-800-CARSTAR 519-669-3373

CARSTAR COLLISION CENTRE

Call Us At 519-669-3373

519-669-7652

33 First Street, East Elmira, ON

33 First Street, East Elmira, ON

GENERAL SERVICES “25 years in Business”

• Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning on Location

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

• Janitorial

• Area Rug Cleaning Drop-off / Pick up Service • Carpet Repair & Re-Installation • Bleached out Carpet Spot Repair

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

General Repairs

• Pet deodorization • Floor Stripping

519.595.4830

www.completecarpetcare.ca

6376 Perth Rd. 121 Poole, ON

ROB McNALL 519-669-7607 LONG DISTANCE? CALL 1-866-669-7607

CONSTRUCTION INC. (519) 569-0772 • Commercial & Industrial General Contracting • Specializing in Concrete Work & Excavation • Retaining Walls

info@trappconstruction.ca www.trappconstruction.ca

• • • •

Stamped Coloured Concrete Demolition Bin Service Machine Bases

Concrete Breaking & Removal

GENERAL SERVICES

MUSIC-LOVER GIFT ALERT!

Various sizes & rates

CLEAN • DRY • SECURE Call

519-669-4964

100 SOUTH FIELD DRIVE, ELMIRA

COUNTR Y

’s 60’s / 70

HIGH SCHOOSL BAND

GOSPEL

ROCK

BAUMAN PIANO

SERVICES TUNING & REPAIRS

MORE INFO | 519.669.0541 EMAIL: vinylp2cd@gmail.com

ORTLIEB CRANE & Equipment Ltd. • 14 ton BoomTruck • 40 ton Mobile Crane

MUSIC TRANSFERS FROM LPs, 45s, 78s, CASSETTES TO CD Your favourite albums get a whole new life on CD after we clean up the clicks, pops and surface noise.

RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING EFFORT!

JAMES BAUMAN Craftsman Member O.G.P.T. Inc NEW PHONE NUMBER

519-880-9165

TROPHIES | CUPS | PLAQUES | MEDALLIONS RIBBONS | NAME TAGS | NAME PLATES DOOR PLATES | CUSTOM ENGRAVING

519-664-9999

QUICK LOCAL SERVICE | 245 Labrador Dr., Waterloo

24 Hour Service (Emergencies only) 7 Days A Week

www.UniTwin.com | 519.886.2102

ST. JACOBS

GENERAL SERVICES

BIKE SALES & REPAIRS

PROFESSIONAL BIKE MECHANIC ON STAFF

Buy your bike from us and get a FREE annual inspection!

Hardtop and Travel Trailer Rentals 7011 Wellington Rd. 11 RR#2 Drayton ON, N0G 1P0

20

$

PARTS EXTRA

22 Church St. W., Elmira

Tel:519-669-5537

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

(519) 638-3075 (Phone) (519) 505-3076 (Cell) Email:info@riversiderentals.ca www.riversiderentals.ca

AT YOUR SERVICE.

We specialize in getting the word out. Advertise your business services in our directory. Weekly exposure with fantastic results! Call Donna at 519.669.5790 Ext 104.

SPACE FOR RENT

AT YOUR SERVICE.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS SERVICES 100% SUPERIOR QUALITY CUSTOM WOODWORKING

and Insulation

• New & Existing Roofs • Roof Repairs • Cellulose Attic Insulation 519-778-7730

Toll Free: 1-800-668-4695 • Fax: 519-291-9789

KENJI ORITA • Custom Kitchens • Custom Furniture • Libraries • Exotic Woods

TEL: +1 (519) 574-6734 oritakenji@gmail.com 20B ARTHUR ST. N., ELMIRA


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OBSERVER SERVICE DIRECTORY HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

www.RobertBrown.com

Sew Special Custom Sewing for Your Home

 Table and shelf glass  Ask for a quote… we install

 WOOD  GAS  PELLET

CONESTOGO

FERGUS

1871 Sawmill Road

180 St. Andrew St. W.

519-664-3800

519-664-1435

519-843-4845

877-664-3802

888-871-4592

1411 King Street, St. Jacobs

www.RobertBrown.com info@robertbrown.com

www.fergusfireplace.com

AMOS R O O F I N G

INC

Frameless Showers & Railings

• Residential • Commercial • Industrial

Custom Drapery Custom Blinds

Randy Weber

Free Estimates

ECRA/ESA Licence # 7000605

In Home Consultations

519.669.1462 Fax: 519.669.9970

Over 20 Years Experience

18 Kingfisher Dr., Elmira

Elmira

Tel:

Lois Weber 519-669-3985

• Specializing in residential re-roofs • Repairs • Churches A Family owned and operated business serving KW, Elmira and surrounding area for over 35 years.

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED

CALL JAYME FOR YOUR FREE ESTIMATE.

519.501.2405 | 519.698.2114 In Business since 1973 • Fully Insured

HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

RA HOME COMF ELMI (519) 669-4600 ORT

COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL

Steve Co.

ST. JACOBS

GLASS SYSTEMS INC.

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 1 Union Street, Elmira

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

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

Home Improvements

1553 King St. N., St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0

519-664-1202 / 519-778-6104 FAX: 519 664-2759 • 24 Hour Emergency Service

John Schaefer Painting

Plumbing and Maintenance Inc.

FREE ESTIMATES Interior/exterior Painting, Wallpapering & Plaster | drywall Repairs

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL

WINDOWS & DOORS

ROOFING | SIDING | SOFFIT & FACIA DRYWALL INSTALLATION

MURRAY MARTIN | 519.638.0772

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

For all your Plumbing Needs. 24 HOUR SERVICE Steve Jacobi

NOW ACCEPTING VISA OR MASTERCARD

519-669-2251

ELMIRA

519-669-3652

36 Hampton St., Elmira

READ’S DECORATING

WEICKERT& MEIROWSKI Concrete Foundations Limited

YES... WE DO RESIDENTIAL WORK!

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

SINCE 1961

Specializing in Paint & Wall coverings

Ltd.

RESIDENTIAL & AGRICULTURAL

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

519-577-0370

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

519.669.3658

SPACE FOR RENT

HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

$250.00/

pump

OUT

+H.S.T.

(1800 Gallon Residential) Not valid with any other special offers or coupons.

519-648-3004

or

800-232-6396

www.biobobs.com

OUTDOOR SERVICES

AT YOUR SERVICE.

Spring Landscape Maintenance info@apmcontracting.ca

• Lawn Rolling • Fertilizer & Weed Control • Spring Clean Up • Top Soil • River Rock • Fences & Decks • Interlock

Outdoor

• Aeration • Dethatching • Sod & Seeding • Mulch • Garden Creations • Flagstone • Retaining Walls • Concrete Work

Services

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

Lawn Maintenance Programs | Spring Clean-up Flower Bed Maintenance Programs Leaf Clean-up and Removal | Soil & Mulch Delivery & Installation | Snow Clearing & Removal | Ice Control

Full Lawn Maintenance Programs

Call for a FREE Quote 519-669-4161

27 Brookemead, St, Elmira P: 519-669-1188 | F: 519-669-9369

kdetweiler@rogers.com

KEVIN DETWEILER

OWNER-OPERATOR

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

T S D ISA Arborculture Certified

Storm damaged fallen trees/branches Cutting/removal

Shrub & Branch Removal & Chipping

Technical Tree Falling/Cutting/ Removal

Stumping and Grinding

Preventative Maintenance Limbing and tree pruning

Shrub & Small Tree Replacement

Call: Jeff Basler, Owner | Office: 519-669-9081 | Fax: 519-669-9819 Email: ever-green@sympatico.ca

OUTDOOR SERVICES COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

YOUR SOURCE FOR YEAR-ROUND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SPECIALIZED SKIDSTEER SERVICE

LAWN MOWING PACKAGES

· weekly, biweekly services

FULL FLOWER BED MAINTENANCE · weeding, pruning, dead heading, planting, flowerbed edging, mulch delivery & installation

TOP DRESSING & OVERSEEDING · Triple Mix topsoil & sure start overseed grass seed

SNOW PLOWING & ICE CONTROL · Trucks, Tractors, Skidsteer

Call: Jeff Basler, Owner Office: 519-669-9081 | Fax: 519-669-9819 Email: ever-green@sympatico.ca

· Offering a quick and easy way to reclaim unused land · Our tracked skid steer equipped with a forestry brush mower can handle any long grass/brush · Trail maintenance and development · Wooded lot Thinning · Pasture Reclaimation · Orchard Maintenance · Industrial Lots · Real Estate Lots · Cottages

Just Gardens Complete Garden and Lawn Maintenance

Anita Soehner Clean Up | Mulch

Planting | Garden Design Lawn Maintenance All Your Gardening Needs

226.476.2039

Cell | 519.504.5934

rozell_soehner@yahoo.ca

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

Murray & Daniel Shantz

ALMA, ONTARIO | PHONE: 519.846.5427


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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

WHO IS REPRESENTING YOU? Call today and book a FREE NO-OBLIGATION HOME EVALUATION. NEW LISTING

THIS WEEKS OPEN HOUSE Sat. May 3rd, 2-4pm 67 CENTRE ST. ELMIRA

Alli Bauman

Marcia Thompson

Paul Martin

519-577-6248

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

519-503-9533

SALES REPRESENTATIVE CALL DIRECT

www.elmiraandareahomes.com

counter tops open to dining room and living room. Side door walk out to large yard. Huge open upstairs family room featuring vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Upper floor laundry. Carpet free throughout. Single garage. MLS 1422320. Call Alli or Paul direct.

www.homeswithpaul.ca

Palmerston – Move in & enjoy the summer in your new Home. Solid 1.5 storey brick 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath home w/detached sngl car garage. Recently remodeled master & both baths. New roof 2010, orig hrdwd flrs, double French drs & spacious rms throughout. Lots of character & space for young or growing family. 3 decks, children’s playground & huge private/fenced & beautifully landscaped backyard make this property ideal for entertaining or simply enjoying some family time. MLS 1417276. Call Paul or Alli direct.

Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

3 Arthur St. S., Elmira 519-669-5426

BUYING OR SELLING YOUR PROPERTY? COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL • AGRICULTURAL Serving Huron Perth Counties for 18 YEARS I’m looking forward to offering my knowledge and experience for all your real estate needs.

“THINGS TO DO, PEOPLE TO SEE, PLACES TO SHOW�

7 2 ' 2 : 5 ( & 2 ( 7 $ 0 6 7 % 2 2 / 3 , & ) $ / , 1 2 6 7 $ <

6 . $ 7 ( . , 1

David Horst PREMIER

195 Wallace Ave. N., Listowel, Ontario N4W 1K8 Office 519-291-2299

Sales Representative

519-292-1473

www.peakrealestate.com

NEW LISTING

8271 Concession 12, Moorefield

Country property approx. 4 km North West of Drayton 2½ acres with mature trees. Four Bedroom, 3 bath completely renovated house with newer addition (2008). MLS 362805.

Call David Horst 519-292-1473

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

SUDOKU SOLUTION

7 7 2 $ 8 ; , 1 7 $ * $ 8 2 8 ) ' 5 2 + ( / 2 $ 1 ( 2 1 2 $ '

Drayton - This Verdone Model Home has elegant and luxurious features including skylights, tray ceilings and 2 french door walkouts from master and dinette. Ceramic and hardwood throughout the main floor. Kitchen with granite countertops and glass backsplash overlooking dinette and open to great room. 2 walk in closets in the Master Suite and 4 piece ensuite. This home is complete with den, 2nd bedroom, mudroom/main floor laundry and huge finished basement with fireplace. MLS1418095. Call Paul or Alli Direct.

WOOLWICH WILDCAT PRE-NOVICE

CROSSWORD PUZZLER

0 ) 2 2 7 ( , 8 6 * / ( , 1 6 (

6 / 2 / / ) $ / / : $ < 6 0 ( 1 5 $ , 3 6 ' 0 : ( 0 ( $ % 5

$425,900 STUNNING BUNGALOW

REALTY & AUCTIONS INC. BROKERAGE Independently Owned and Operated

PUZZLE SOLUTIONS 7 + , 6 3 $ 8 % 7 2 $ $ 5 7 7 $ 7 5 ( 6 5 $ 1 8 & $ ( '

Breslau â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Approx 2700sqft house located on 3.15 acres. Enjoy sunsets from your bckyrd haven. Tree lined private drive. Complete w/main flr LR, FR w/wood fp, eat in kit & sep DR. Main flr bdrm w/kitchenette & 3pc ens. Side entrance ideal for home office/business. Master bdrm w/8ftx8ft walk in closet & 3pc ens. Fin'd basement featuring lg bar & location for wood stove. Bsmnt bath incl sauna, whirlpool. 648sqft unfinished bonus room above garage. TLC Required. MLS 1414121. Call Alli or Paul direct.

M5 Industrial zoning, ideal for small business, 1742 + sq ft great location with quick access to Hwy 85 S Office includes 2nd floor including 1000 sq ft bay with 12 x 12 overhead door w/ 22â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceiling height. NEW MLS Call Bonnie Brubacher, Broker of Record Royal LePage Elmira Real Estate Services 519-669-3192

Office 519-291-2002 | Direct 519-492-2002 nichollsfive@gmail.com

2 1 8 6 ( 6

$629,900 BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD

ELMIRA SOUTH END Earl Martin Drive

Nicholls Realty Ltd Dwaine Nicholls

* 2 1 ( % $ '

Drayton - Beautiful Mansfield III Home. Various Prices and Plans available. Model Home is at 46 Bedell Open: Mon, Tues, Wed 1-7pm and Sat, Sun 1-4:30pm. MLS 1418101. Call Paul or Alli direct.

Elora â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Freehold townhouse w/double garage situated on corner lot backing onto Elora Cataract Trailway. Large eat-in kitchen w/ceramic tile & abundant w/maple cupboards. Bright Living room w/hardwood floors, corner gas fireplace, 2 storey ceiling open to stairs & 2nd floor hallway. Fantastic master bedroom complete w/ensuite & lg walk in closet. Second floor laundry. Bright Finished basement w/recroom, bedroom & bathroom. 2300sqft + finished space. A must see home. Prepare to be impressed. MLS 1414406. Call Alli or Paul direct.

SALES REPRESENTATIVE CALL DIRECT

$174,900 SPACIOUS!

G.A.

$389,000 CORNER LOT

$374,900 RENOVATED EXTENSIVELY! $338,900 Elmira - Fabulous open concept, 4 bedroom YET TO BE BUILT! home with large yard. Kitchen with concrete

WE SPECIALIZE IN GETTING THE WORD OUT!

The WildCats Pre-novice team: Luke Forbes, Linkin Slade, Gabe Reitzel, Charlie Basler, Jackson Kellough, Owen Hallman Bryce MacKintosh, Fraser Allen, Wade McKenzie, Avery Collingwood, Spencer Hume Lucas Benham. Coaches: Jeff Benham, Cam Allen, Tim Weigel.

$449,000


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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

R.W. THUR REAL ESTATE LTD.

Building in Drayton where homes are affordable

45 Arthur St. S., Elmira

BRAD MARTIN

JULIE

519-669-2772

TRACEY

WILLIAMS Broker of Record, HECKENDORN Broker Sales Rep. MVA Residential Res: 519.669.1068 Res: 519.669.8629 Cell: 519.505.0627

BROKERAGE

NEW PRICE

STUNNING CENTURY HOME – loaded w/ character! Natural woodwork & staircase. Hdwd. floors. Pocket doors. Oak kitchen, formal D.R. Cozy L.R. w/gas fireplace. Main flr. fam. rm. w/custom built-ins. Two staircases to upper level. Private master suite w/ensuite bath & dressing area. Updated main bathrm. Floored attic. 200 amp. serv. Detached oversized garage. Private, professionally landscaped yard. Expect to be impressed! MLS $539,900.

LOCATION! Desirable Southwood Park. Close to walking trails and across from a park. Lovely oak kitchen with ’bump out’ dinette & walkout to concrete patio. Private asphalt driveway. Storage shed. Convenient side entry. 3 bedrooms. Spacious finished rec. room & washroom in lower level. MLS REDUCED TO $279,900.

CUSTOM QUALITY

www.thurrealestate.com

Single Family Starting from

$338,900

Visit our Model Home at 46 Bedell Drive, Drayton

Mon., Tues. & Wed. 1-7pm | Sat. & Sun. 1-4:30pm | or by appointment

226-818-5311 | verdonehomes.com

Productive Farmland 85 Acres in Wellesley Township.

Workable land, recently tile-drained @ 30’ centres. Road frontage at front and back of farm. MLS Reduced to $1,400,000. CALL FOR YOUR FREE MARKET EVALUATION

FIND YOUR DREAM HOME IN ONTARIO’S & CANADA’S BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER.

$259,900 Attention! First time home buyers and investors. Beautiful 2+1 bedrooms all brick bungalow semi in Huron Park area. Minutes from Conestoga College and 401. Features include a large eat-in kitchen with walk out to deck and fenced yard. Open concept living/dining room. Finished rec. room with gas fireplace and walk out to garage. C/A, C/V, and FIVE APPLIANCES INCLUDED. Enjoy your morning coffee on your deck overlooking the many perennial flower beds. Court location. Quick closing possible. MLS ADDRESS: 3 Arthur

St. S., ELMIRA

DIRECT: 519-503-2753

EMAIL: leonmartin@remax.net

dale@kellersellsrealestate.com

® REALTY LTD., BROKERAGE

100

INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED We support Woolwich Community Services through

YEARS

SINCE 1913

Elmira Real Estate Services Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage

Dale R. Keller

17 Church St. W., Elmira • 519.669.1544 (Business)

HAPPY SPRING!

90 Earl Martin Dr., Unit 4, Elmira N3B 3L4

519-669-3192

Elmira@royallepage.ca

Bonnie Brubacher Monique Roes Shanna Rozema Robin Hansford-Currie

www.elmirahomes.ca

519.500.1865 (Direct)

Broker of Record

Sales Representative

Broker

Sales Representative

2013

“Helping you is what we do”

THIS WEEKEND OPEN HOUES SAT & SUN 2-4 pm WED MAY 7TH 3-7pm 170 Ridgeview Drive, Drayton

PRICES FROM $322,900 2 Month closing on 3 UNITS!

PARADIGM BUILT EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW/LOFT TOWN HOMES. Model home offered at $355,900, 1286 sq.ft plus finished basement, gourmet kitchen w/granite, 2 bdrms, 3 baths including ensuite. 2046 sq.ft loft unit offered at $345,900, 1977 loft end unit offered at $347,900, double car garage. MLS

Sales Representative

www.KellerSellsRealEstate.com | dale@kellersellsrealestate.com Custom Bungalow | $434,900 Numerous quality features abound. Soaring cathedral ceiling in great room and gourmet kitchen, arches, pillars, hardwood and ceramics, 3 gas fireplaces. Must be seen to appreciate all this beautiful Drayton home has to offer. MLS

Drayton Ridge | $359,900 The Brighton lll model, by Verdone Homes is one of many exciting models to be built. This two storey home boasts 1730 sq ft of open concept with main floor great room and 3 generous bedrooms upstairs with custom features. Various prices and options available. MLS Call Dale, to have the best selection.

SUN MAY 4TH 2-4 pm 204 Park Ave., West, Elmira

Drayton Ridge | $359,900 BACKYARD OASIS $999,000 ELMIRA Entertain with style & Ease! Inground $409,900 A breath of fresh air! Well maintained two

storey home, great main floor layout offers a huge kitchen w/appliances, walkout to deck & fenced yd, corner gas fireplace in the great rm., 3 bdrms up including a master ensuite, 4pc guest bath & laundry, finished recreation room, double garage & driveway, c/air. MLS

salt water pool w/water feature surrounded by beautiful landscaping, patio, custom pergola over the hot tub area, outdoor speakers, heated 43'x26' detached shop. Grand entrance into the Executive bungalow w/loft, marble floors, gourmet kitchen w/granite, lavish master ensuite & walk-in. MLS

The Brighton lll model, by Verdone Homes is one of many exciting models to be built. This two storey home boasts 1730 sq ft of open concept with main floor great room and 3 generous bedrooms upstairs with custom features. Various prices and options available. MLS Call Dale, to have the best selection.

SOLD

For info on these or any other real estate enquiries, Call Dale

Bert Martin BROKER

Remax Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

DIRECT: 519-572-2669 OFFICE: 519-669-5426

3 Arthur St. S. Elmira www.remaxsolidgold.biz

EMAIL: bert@remaxsolidgold.biz

$279,900 ELMIRA Exceptionally NEWER SEMI AMAZING STARTER $272,900 WELLESLEY Amazing starter maintained freehold town home, steps to $272,900 WELLESLEY Just movedriveway, in & enjoy downtown, nice kitchen/dinette, appliances home with 1.5 car garage/double 6 year3 bathrooms old semi, 1.5including car garage, double 3this bdrms, ensuite & drive, open concept main floor, kitchen offers walk-in closet, bright kitchen & dinette (3 plenty of counter space, 3 appl., appliances included), sliding doors3 tobdrms, rear master ensuiteonto + 4 green pc bath.space, MLS shed. MLS yard backing

included, ceramic flrs, neutral decor, large living rm with sliders to deck, c/air, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, unspoiled basement, washer & dryer included, garage. MLS

COUNTRY LIVING $869,900 100 acre property with 60 acre

of bush. Custom built stone home in 1999. Hardwood flooring & pine doors throughout, beautiful country views, stone fireplace, ensuite, DETACHED SHOP, 3 bdrms, 3 baths. Approx 15 mins from Harriston. NEW MLS

ONE OF A KIND $629,900 NEAR DRAYTON

Absolutely stunning Pioneer log home on 13 acres in the country, cathedral ceilings, exposed logs, wide plank floors, main floor master with ensuite, 2 bdrms up in loft, gorgeous kitchen offers island, quartz counters & high end appliances, rustic elegance sums up this home. Inviting covered verandah overlooks the grounds. MLS

Call for your FREE Market Evaluation.

FREE Market Evaluation NEW LISTING ELMIRA!

$424,900

Great 2 1/2 story on large mature lot (85’ x 143’) in prime location offers wrap around front porch, 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms (main bath 2008), finished attic (2011), formal living/dining rooms, family room/dinette w/gas fireplace, kitchen, main floor laundry, large double garage w/loft, new chimney (2009). Roof on House (2006) on garage (1012). MLS $424,900. Call Bert to view.

Your referrals are appreciated!


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FAMILY ALBUM BIRTHDAY

ANNIVERSARY

ANNIVERSARY

Happy 25th Anniversary

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Alson and Carol Martin

Joan and Ross Lackner

Happy Birthday Mom & Grandma! May 5, 2014 Love from your family! Greg, Sheila, Matthew, Emily, Michael & Aden

May 6, 2014

Join us for an Open House Sunday May 4th, 2-4 pm at Valleyview Manor 1070 Printery Road St. Jacobs, Ontario Best Wishes Only Please

BIRTHDAY

STAG & DOE

Happy Birthday Akela!

Stag and Doe Laura Detzler and Jamie Kuntz

You always DYB, DYB, DYB’d with the best of ‘em! Hope your May 1st Birthday was Lord Baden Powell worthy!

Saturday May 10th @ 8:00pm St. Jacobs Community Center Tickets $10 at the door

STAG & DOE

IN MEMORIAM

Stag and Doe Lindsay Ray & Wes Bast

Mary Wideman In Loving memory of a wonderful and irreplaceable mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother who was called to her Heavenly home 10 years ago on May 5, 2004.

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2014 at Grand River Hospital, K-W Health Centre, Kitchener. Norma resided in Wellesley and was born 77 years ago.

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Such beautiful memories, more precious than gold of a mother whose worth can never be told. There’s a place in our hearts that no one can fill we miss you dearly and always will. No words can ever express how much we miss your face, your laughter and the joy you brought to every day and gave to everyone around you. Our lives have been blessed by the time you were with us, and as we remember and miss the love and joy you brought our family, we rest in knowing we will meet again. We wish you could see your Great Grandchildren Kaitlyn, Makena, Joshua, Jackson (In The Hands of Jesus), Jarek and Josiah. You would be so proud! In Our Hearts Forever John and Brenda, John & Pam, Joseph and Theresa

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Passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the age of 71 years. Richard Cluthe, of Elmira, was the beloved husband of Bev (Bauer) Cluthe. Loved father of Cheri Cluthe, Carrie (Greg) Dietrich, and Rick (Julie). Loving grandfather of Kristy (Bryan), John, Autumn, Noah, Jarrett, Logan, and Morgan. Dear brother of Ronald (Marlene), Jerry (Pat), and Bill (Ruth) Cluthe. Predeceased by his parents Mary Cluthe and George Cluthe, and his mother-inlaw, Shirley Bauer. Richard owned and operated a local tool and die business for his entire working career. He loved farming in his earlier years and spent his retired years at his dream cottage on Colpoys Bay. He will be missed dearly by his loving family. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. Cremation will follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. The family would like to thank the Regional Cancer Centre with special thanks to Dr. Keleher and the palliative team.

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Alice (Wideman) Martin on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at her home in Elmira, at the age of 80 years. Alice was the loving wife of the late Robert L. Martin (2012). She is survived by her children: Brenda (Lloyd) Martin, Chester (Sharon) Martin, Rob (Marilyn) Martin, Gwen (Vidya) Narimalla and Brad (Leigh) Martin; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Alice is also survived by her stepmother, Florence Wideman and siblings, Elaine (Alvin) Hershberger, Elroy (Ruby) Wideman, Beulah (Mel) Gerber, Reta (Rudy) Derksen, Eva (Norm) Woodard, Clifford (Joanne) Wideman, Maynard (Sue) Wideman, Stuart (Diane) Wideman and Marilyn Wideman. Alice is predeceased by her infant son Rodney (1960), infant grandson (1990), her parents Aaron Wideman (1978) and Maria (Bauman) Wideman (1935), stepmother Lucinda (Martin) Wideman (1945) and brother Leonard Wideman (1932). Alice lived an active life taking a keen interest in the lives of others. She enjoyed music and served the community with her gifts. She will be missed by her many extended family members and friends. She enjoyed her last few years at Chartwell Elmira. Relatives and friends may call at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Tuesday, April 29 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Interment will take place in Bethel Mennonite Cemetery on Thursday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service, to celebrate Alice’s life, at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Mennonite Fellowship, 6772 Eighth Line W., RR 1, Elora, where she was a beloved and active member. Donations in memory of Alice’s life may be made to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) or Chateau Gardens Auxiliary.

www.dreisingerfuneralhome.com DEATH NOTICES BRUBACHER, SELEDA | Passed away peacefully at Countryview Residence on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in her 85th year. ELLIOTT, ESTHER | At Listowel Memorial Hospital on Sunday, April 27, 2014, Mrs. Esther Louise (Kahle) Elliott of Listowel, in her 87th year. Local relatives are her son Bob Elliott and Bonnie of Linwood. KRAUSS, JOHN | Passed away peacefully, on Monday, April

21, 2014, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, in his 82nd year. Local relatives are his daughter Anita Chamberland (Jacques) of Wellesley.

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Conestogo man looks to whip himself into shape ahead of group effort to scale Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro WILL SLOAN Standing strong as the fourth-highest peak in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro is not the kind of vacation destination you can reach on the Greyhound. That’s not stopping Conestogo resident Duane Eby from following in Gregory Peck’s footsteps. On July 4, Eby will begin a ten-day, 16-person effort to raise $250,000 for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Association), a charity that combats poverty. “I’ve had adventure in my blood all along,” says Eby, the erstwhile president of Eby Financial Group. “Not that I’ve exercised that much, but this idea of the physical challenge and the adventure of trying to climb a mountain, forcing me to get fit and set some personal goals … I thought, ‘Going to Africa? Yeah.’” He continues, “Part of the attraction is, there’s actually a group. You don’t feel like you’re doing it alone. I would never think about doing this with just one other person and hiring a few other people. Part of the benefit, I think, is the camaraderie, and feeling just a little bit safer.” The idea was hatched last August, when a friend connected with MEDA took a similar trip with a

smaller group. “On the way back down, he said, ‘I’m going to go back and talk to the executive director, Alan Sauder of MEDA, and say we should get a group together and use it as a fundraiser.’” The trip was advertised in November, and a group of 16 (including seven from the Waterloo Region) had committed by Christmas. At 63, Eby notes that he’s “not the oldest member of the group.” Still, this will mark his first hike of anything approaching this scale, and training will be important. With an eye towards increasing lung capacity, Eby has been enrolled in fitness and spin classes, swims regularly, and has begun hiking. “I’ve been taking these fitness classes and saying to the young trainer, ‘Now, you have a defibrillator around here? You realize we could have a heart attack – you could have an emergency on our hands.’” For spring and summer, he’ll take time away from the gym to test his stamina. “I’m going to find more hills – just walking on roads is kind of boring,” he says. “I’ve had ideas to go to Chicopee, go to Milton, maybe find sections of the Bruce Trail, someplace where there’s elevation up KILIMANJARO | 35

RECIPE NOTES With Mother’s Day just around the corner I have been thinking back to the days when I would be making breakfast for my mom as a small token of my appreciation for the endless time and devotion she gave to our family. My special Mother’s Day breakfast was typically French toast drizzled with maple syrup alongside some fresh fruit, bacon and, of course, coffee. My mom wasn’t picky, she was always happy to try whatever I made and she was always so thrilled to sit back and enjoy a day where she got to be doted on. In our busy adult lives, it requires a conscious effort to remember our Mom or any significant female figure in our lives and take a moment to be grateful for all that they have given us. So, to all you moms out there, we hope you get all the credit you deserve this Mother’s Day and hopefully a delicious breakfast somewhere along the line, too.

Both charity and adventure inspired Conestogo businessman Duane Eby to take the trek. He departs for Tanzania in July.

[WILL SLOAN / THE OBSERVER]

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Moving around on two feet comes at a cost to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;delicateâ&#x20AC;? bodily functions WEIRD NOTES

Q. Compared to our nearest primate relative, we upright humans are able to stand and walk tall with our hands free. But these advantages come at a price. Can you get to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the bottomâ&#x20AC;? of this one? A. As a result, we not only

experience problems with our back and joints, but the whole business of evacuating our waste is more difficult, writes Christine Warman of North Yorkshire, UK, in â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Scientistâ&#x20AC;? magazine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fundamental problem is that the area used for releasing urine and feces is compressed

between thighs and buttocks, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more likely than other animals to foul ourselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also, unlike other animals, we tend to regard our waste with disgust so living together in settlements means we need to learn when and where it is socially acceptable to excrete.â&#x20AC;? Of course, civilization itself would be impossible without some system of sanitation for controlling threatening pathogens, plus weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve so house-trained ourselves that thorough cleaning has become a necessity for social reasons as well. Comments Warman: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human ingenuity has now gone far beyond toilet paper and wet wipes. In Japan there are toilets which will wash and blow-dry your

most delicate areas without any effort on your part.â&#x20AC;? Yet even in 16th-century France, writer Francois Rabelais recommended â&#x20AC;&#x153;using the softly feathered neck of a live goose for the ultimate in cleanliness and comfort.â&#x20AC;? Q. Gasoline seems pretty expensive these days, but how does it compare with some of the other liquids in your life?

A. To answer, you need to

estimate costs and volumes, says Lawrence Weinstein in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Physics Teacherâ&#x20AC;? magazine. We all spend too much time staring at the gas pump display indicating $3 and up per gallon, which translates to about $1 per litre (a liter is about a quart). Bottled water costs about a third as much. Crude oil at about $70 per barrel figures

â&#x20AC;&#x153;the next time you go out on a date, just splash a little ink on yourself. It should certainly make an impression.â&#x20AC;? Q. Whether or not you know the Greek language, the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;ekadekapenteâ&#x20AC;? may be of interest to you. How many reasons can you give for thinking so?

to about 44 cents per litre. Next consider perfume, which can range from $1 to $1,000 per ounce (or higher), most often about $20 to $50 per ounce, putting it at roughly $1,000 per litre. Alcohol is a bit easier to estimate: Vodka is about $30 to $50 per litre, wine from $3 to $300 (or higher) per litre. Now ink for inkjet printers is priced at $5 to $10 for a typical container of about 10 cubic centimeters (cm). That is about $1 per cubic cm or $1 per millilitre. Thus, crude oil, gasoline and bottled water all cost a dollar or less per litre. Vodka goes for $50 per liter, and wine for $3 to $300 per litre. Ink for inkjet printers costs about the same as perfume, or $1,000 per litre. As Weinstein concludes,

A. Maybe not 115 but â&#x20AC;&#x153;115â&#x20AC;?

is what the word means in Greek, which Gail D. suggested as the possible new name for â&#x20AC;&#x153;ununpentiumâ&#x20AC;? (Uup), the striking new element in the periodic table, atomic number 115, confirmed last year, as reported in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discoverâ&#x20AC;? magazine. It was thought that volunteer observers could do better at the naming game, hence â&#x20AC;&#x153;ekadekapenteâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;ekaâ&#x20AC;? meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;one,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;dekaâ&#x20AC;? for â&#x20AC;&#x153;ten,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;penteâ&#x20AC;? meaning

â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiveâ&#x20AC;?). Other reader suggestions for the element included â&#x20AC;&#x153;euphorium,â&#x20AC;? which â&#x20AC;&#x153;like euphoria, lasts just a brief time, needs a very special situation to trigger it and is remembered long after it is goneâ&#x20AC;? (Kris S.); â&#x20AC;&#x153;pentiumâ&#x20AC;? -- â&#x20AC;&#x153;The two unâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancel each other outâ&#x20AC;? (Anthony N.); â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFOoniumâ&#x20AC;? -- â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFO expert Bob Lazer claims it powers the antigravity warp drives of UFOsâ&#x20AC;? (Chris C.); and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pandemoniumâ&#x20AC;? -- â&#x20AC;&#x153;after all the discussion itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s createdâ&#x20AC;? (Ivan W.). Stay tuned for the next element, my dear Watson.

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and down.” Much of the challenge once Eby reaches Tanzania will be in acclimatizing to the oxygen levels further up the mountain. By all accounts, the final climb to the summit is an overwhelming experience, and not simply on a physical level. “It is a very emotional thing to get to the summit, because I’ve heard people feel the support of everything that’s got them there, including family and friends. Getting to the summit, saying ‘This is as high as we can go’ – that must be pretty emotional.” The climb will raise money for MEDA, an organization devoted to “creating business solutions to poverty.” During their trip, the group will visit some of the charity’s project sites in Tanzania.

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Apple Maple French Toast 6 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Ground cinnamon 6 slices bread 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving 3 apples, peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup of maple syrup 6 oz. of thinly sliced aged cheddar 1/2 cup pecans (toasted if possible)

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Eby hopes to raise $25,000 for MEDA, a charity that combats poverty. [WILL SLOAN / THE OBSERVER] “It’s a fairly small, tightly-run organization that has a very big reach,” says Gloria Eby, Duane’s wife and a longtime MEDA volunteer. “I like it because it’s efficient and effective. They measure everything, and are not afraid to stop doing something if it does not accomplish the very specific goals that were set out. “It’s also agile, because they take one project and they figure out how to adapt the idea in a com-

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pletely different kind of environment with a completely different need and make it successful there too.” Following the trek, Eby will decompress with a Safari tour of the Serengeti. As for celebration? “Ten days after we get back, my son is getting married,” he notes. “He’ll need to get back in one piece!” adds Gloria. Eby is looking to raise $25,000 by July. To donate, visit www.meda.org/climb.

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vanilla, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a glass baking pan. Add the bread in a single layer, turning until all the egg is absorbed; Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, and add apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize. Add the water, cooking until water has

evaporated and apples are tender, about 4 minutes; Pour in the maple syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon; simmer for a minute to combine; In a large, heated nonstick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and sauté the soaked bread until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes; Place French toast on a plate and top with aged cheddar sliced, applemaple mixture, and finish with a few pecans.

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