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Report calls for big bump in council pay Steve Kannon


new report says Woolwich councillors should get a 47-per-cent pay hike, the mayor 25 per cent. The fact that it’s an election year says

that’s highly unlikely. Compiled by Listowelbased Ward and Uptigrove Human Resources Solutions, the study was presented to council Tuesday night. No one seized on the recommen-



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tics, as councillors hinted at in this week’s discussion. The study compared Woolwich to 12 other similarlysized municipalities (10,000 to 30,000 population) in southwestern Ontario, in-


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he past year has been an extremely difficult one for an Elmira family who lost their mother and wife, Yvonne Martin, when the devastating earthquake shook Haiti in January. So the sounds of music and laughter echoing from the family barn this past weekend during their third annual square dance fundraiser were a welcome change of tune. Yvonne Martin, a nurse at the Elmira Medical Clinic for more than 30 years, had travelled to Haiti on a number of occasions and spent a great deal of her time fundraising for the impoverished country. “Yvonne had done this for two years as her main fundraising event for Haiti,” said Martin’s daughterin-law Melanie. “She had this desire to serve people who were less fortunate than she was so it was very important for us to keep it


going in her memory.” This year, more than 130 visitors to the barn took their turn on the dance floor at the fundraiser that, in previous years, Yvonne had organized with her friend Judy Hiller. “It’s the best turnout we have ever had,” said Yvonne’s husband Ron. “We only really advertised through word of mouth so I was amazed at how many people turned up.” The idea originated when the two long-time friends decided to organize an intergenerational party for their family and friends, an event that evolved into a fundraiser for Haiti when they realized the potential for donations. “A square dance is something that we thought would be good for all ages,” said Hiller of their brainstorming days. “Whether you have a partner or not, you can always dance.” In that first year, the pair raised just more than $1,000


for Haitian projects. After a rough count of the money raised this year, Ron Martin estimates the total to be nearly $5,000. The cash will be donated to the Yvonne Martin Memorial Fund, to be given to Haitian youth interested in pursuing medical studies. “The first year we held our square dance, I remember Yvonne turned to me and she was ecstatic that we had made a thousand dollars,” said Hiller. “I can just imagine how thrilled she would be to hear how much we raised this year. She was happy with any little bit that was raised for Haiti.” At this point, more than $80,000 has been raised in the community and donated to the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC) in Martin’s name.

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“It was very difficult to do without Yvonne this year,” said Hiller. “But our children all pitched in and we had the help of some very good friends. After seeing the success, it was well worth it all.” For the Martin family, the sight of their barn lit up and friends and family together enjoying themselves is one which they know Yvonne would love to have seen – their celebration was bittersweet. “Pretty much everyone who came was connected to Yvonne in some way. Everyone was welcomed by her so it has been hard to do without her,” said Melanie. “But it was important for us to be together this year and it was a very positive note to move forward from.”

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High water rates are making life difficult for the owner of the Elmira Car Wash. Hassan Morshedi is looking for some assistance from the township. Appearing before councillors Tuesday night, Morshedi said Woolwich rates are not compatible with a similar operation in Waterloo. Given competition from other sites, he can’t simply raise his fees in order to cover the higher charges. The operation is currently in arrears on its water bill – “we need help,” he said, noting rates have increased dramatically in each of the four years he’s been in business in Elmira. “Would you like to go to a store and see the prices increasing that rapidly?” Morshedi said he’s looking at drilling a well to provide his own water for the car wash. Given the contaminated aquifer in Elmira, however, there are many hurdles to clear. For Coun. Ruby Weber, the water would be just fine for washing cars even if it can’t be consumed. There are restrictions in place on the use of well water in that area of Elmira/ Controls date back to the 1989 discovery that NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) from Chemtura., then known as Uniroyal Chemical, had made its way into Elmira’s drinking water. Councillors instructed staff to look at options, with a report due back for consideration in the fall.

> Maryhill surplus land finds buyer One of Woolwich’s surplus properties, the former gravel pit site in Maryhill, has found a buyer. Having put the property up for auction, the township failed to receive an offer that met its target reserve of $272,000. But councillors this week opted to accept Guelph resident Robert Gobbi’s bid of $206,500. That amount was close to the appraised value of the land, said director of finance Richard Petherick. The rehabilitated site, located between 1220 and 1230 Maryhill Rd., provides almost 14 acres of land and appears destined for an estate lot. Money from the sale of surplus lands, including the former township administration building and pool facility in Elmira and the old township hall in Conestogo, are earmarked to help pay for Woolwich’s string of new recreation facilities.

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Police warn of fraudulent letter scam called police after they found the passenger side handle to their car ripped off during an attempted break-in at King Street and Sawmill Road in St. Jacobs. The driver’s side handle was also damaged. No suspects have been identified.

>>10:50 AM | A man reported to

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>>2:30 PM | More than 60

hree people have visited the Waterloo Region Police Division 3A on Industrial Drive in Elmira to report receiving letters from a man purporting to be a lawyer in Spain. The ‘lawyer’ claims that someone with the same name as the Elmira resident has died in a foreign country and left a

large sum of money in their bank account. The person then claims the money is available for collection but that they need access to the local person’s bank account. Police caution not to give out banking information to unsecure sources such as this one as it can lead to identity fraud.

marijuana plants were found in a farmer’s field on Boomer Line. They were seized by police and destroyed.

report, there was no one around the vehicle. Later, two 16-yearold males from Ayr approached a nearby farm to ask for help and one had injuries to his arm. The two youths were taken to Grand River Hospital where one was given stitches. The driver of the vehicle was charged with ‘careless driving.’

SEPTEMBER 12 >>2:40 PM | A 70-year-old driver

went off the road and struck a pole on Katherine Street North in Woolwich Township. There was damage to the guardrail and the driver was charged with ‘careless driving.’

>>5:30 PM | Witnesses called police after spotting a grey Chevrolet Silverado flipped into the ditch on Wellington Road 11 in Drayton. At the time of the

>>8:20 PM | A car was broken into on Green Street between Peter and Maple streets in Wellesley. The passenger side window was smashed; stolen from the vehicle were a purse, a wallet, an iPod and laptop computer.

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Two more candidates step up in Woolwich

Electoral race gets tighter at deadline as new hopefuls join the battle in wards 1 and 3 of vacant buildings in the downtown area of Elmira. He said council should be taking a bigger role in finding tenants for those buildings. The 63-year-old Elmira resident has sold real estate for the last 40 years, and has a keen interest in protecting the buildings of Elmira. “Taking some lead in that on my part, I’d be interested in doing [that],” he explains. He believes that the current council relies too much on outside consultants, which uses money that could be put to better use. Council has a tough time making the tough decisions, he said. Poffenroth has even taken a stand on the proposed biogas facility here in town: “I think that council has to really tell the provincial government their feelings, and try and

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wo more candidates entered the electoral fray in Woolwich just prior to the Sept. 10 close of the nomination period. Allan Poffenroth is running in Ward 1 and Douglas Nichols in Ward 3. Poffenroth, who filed Sept. 9, joins the race against incumbent Ruby Weber and newcomers Jim David and Julie-Anne Herteis in the race for two seats in Elmira. Mary Young also entered her name to run for council, but has since withdrawn for personal reasons. “I think we need a bit of change,” said Poffenroth of why he entered. “We’ve had a lot of the same people for many years, and I think we need a different slate, and newer, fresher ideas.” His main concern is with the large number

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called police after reportedly being followed home from school by a male, aged 14-20, approximately 5’6” with a pale complexion and chubby face. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. The complainant reported that she tried to slow down so that he could pass her but he kept behind her. She was walking down First Street in Elmira at the time after leaving Elmira District Secondary School. When she arrived at her home, she watched the male turn south on Crane Street towards Kingfisher Drive.

>>7:00 PM | A man called police

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DeVinci Hucker mountain bike, valued at $700. The items were on his lawn, just off Ament Line in Linwood.

>>7:30 PM | A dozen marijuana

plants were discovered in a farmers field on Road 116 in Wellesley Township. They were seized by police for destruction.

SEPTEMBER 14 >>7:44 AM | A 47-year-old Ariss woman was slowing her 2007 Chevrolet Malibu down to stop behind a line of traffic on Northfield Drive near Sawmill Road in Conestogo when she was rear-ended by a 24-year-old Elmira man driving a beige 2000 Pontiac Sunfire. There was minor damage to both vehicles and the man was charged with ‘careless driving.’

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put some pressure to change the location. I think the idea is great, but the location isn’t.” Poffenroth has lived in Elmira his entire life. He’s been a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 30 years. He said he takes pride in the community, and that the councillors should do the same by planting more trees and funding more projects to improve the look of the town. For Nichols, it was his concern for the safety of the groundwater in Ward 3 that made him decide to run. He joins in the race against longtime incumbent Murray Martin, and fellow Maryhill resident Bonnie Bryant. “There doesn’t seem to be the initiative to protect the groundwater here,” he explained, “even though it’s designated a protected site, it doesn’t seem to be


Ward 3 candidate pursued in that kind of a manner.” The 60-year-old mechanical engineer has lived in Maryhill for the past 10 years. He said he was attracted to the area because of Canada’s Technology Triangle and all of the shops. But it is primarily the enormous growth in subdivisions and gravel pits in Ward 3 that have him concerned. He said that every proj-


Ward 1 candidate ect, no matter how big or small, needs to take into account the environmental impact before it is undertaken. As a councillor, he would make the protection of groundwater resources in the area his top priority. “I feel that either the planning or the engineering have to be looked at and scrutinized much closer, so if these projects that are developed in Ward 3 –

Pay: Study recommends big jumps to bring township in line with others > CONTINUED FROM COVER dian averages of total compensation among the 12 comparators, his firm determined what rate of pay would put Woolwich at the halfway point, the 50th percentile. For the mayor’s position, the target number is $29,478, almost $6,000 more than the current $23,559. For councillors, the applicable figures are $17,293 and $11,779 respectively. On average, the other municipalities pay out $6.85 per capita in council remuneration. At $3.45, Woolwich was the lowest.

Woolwich councillors have a higher workload than their counterparts in the other municipalities, based on a five-member council rather than the median average of seven, said Cornell. “It’s fair to conclude that taxpayers of Woolwich are getting very good value.” Lower pay and no benefits mean Woolwich’s elected officials lag behind many other municipalities, he added. The consultant recommends that the township makes the big increase by easing it in over the next four-year term, while adjusting

for inflation. Coun. Mark Bauman, noting the study was far more detailed than he expected, said he’ll need more information before making any decision on the matter. Added Coun. Ruby Weber: “I would certainly like to hear from the public.” Traditionally, the outgoing council makes a decision on the pay levels of the incoming bunch, in effect giving the public a chance to vote on the issue. As chief administrative officer David Brenneman noted, the next steps are entirely up to councillors.

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which are good for the whole township and help the tax base – do not burden the people in Ward 3.” If elected, Nichols said he would act as the voice of the people of Ward 3. “A method of consensus will be developed so that I will know the will of the people.” Nichols grew up in the town of Lincoln on a fruit farm. He's married, with one son. He moved to Maryhill after selling his business in Chatham in 2000. He is a mechanical technologist as well as a journeyman tool and die maker, and is in the process of patenting a new product. Other races include incumbent Mark Bauman and Eric Schwindt in Ward 2. For the mayor’s position, Bill Strauss faces challenges from Todd Cowan and Pat McLean.

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Woolwich eyes 2.3% tax hike for next year Steve Kannon


oolwich is forecasting a 2.3-per-cent tax increase for 2011, the smallest jump in half a decade. With the elimination of a special surcharge for new recreational facilities, the hike offsets planned expenditures not covered by assessment growth, predicted to be 2.5 per cent next year. The 2.3 per cent matches the rate of inflation, measured by the consumer price index, expected in 2011, director of finance Richard Petherick told councillors meeting Tuesday night. Based on an average home assessed at $214,000, such a hike

would amount to about $15 on the municipal portion of the tax bill. His predictions come at the start of the budget process, expected to wrap up next February. “In the current economic climate, this budget year will continue to be difficult as we need to balance the realities of necessary and effective service levels while not causing a significant upswing in our current tax rates.” Only when the township gets deeper into the budget process will the full extent of the funding requirements be known, however, he suggested. Issues such as spending on roads and bridges – the subject of two recent

studies – and the operational shortfalls at the Woolwich Memorial Centre will determine the balance between service levels and tax hikes. Among the other unknowns is the future of the Grand River Transit bus service to St. Jacobs and Elmira. Currently a pilot project funded by Waterloo Region, if the service

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Time for the kids in St. Clements

CLOSE TO HOME Some of the sites on this year's Doors Open itinerary will be well known to locals.

oday marks another opportunity for residents to take get a behind-the-scenes look at a number of buildings in the area. The annual Doors Open Waterloo Region features a local flavour. This year, organizers have decided to focus on sites in Woolwich and Wellesley townships: eight of the 41 sites included in the itinerary are located in the area, including St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, the St. Jacobs branch of the Region of Waterloo Library, and the former Roxton Furniture building in Elmira. “We found that people just couldn’t get to all

the townships because it’s such a huge region,” explained Jane Snyder of Doors Open Waterloo. “So we decided to focus our sites in locations where people could very easily get from one site to the next. If they’re going to Woolwich for example, they can see a number of sites close together.” Doors Open began eight years ago with the aim of encouraging people to get to know the region where they live, and for visitors outside of Waterloo Region to come to the area, allowing them to get to know what the region is all about. Many historic and important sites in the region open their doors to the public on this one day for a rare

Entrance to all the sites is free, and many include free children’s activities, lectures, and guided tours. And the public is encouraged to come every year, because the sites are usually never the same. “We change it up simply because people tend to be big fans of doors open and they visit year after year,” said Snyder. “Having said that we also have a number of classic sites that are such standout sites and so representative of Waterloo region and it’s the only time they open to the public.”

glimpse inside – sites such as the old jail or the governor’s house in downtown Kitchener. “It’s a little snapshot of what’s important,” she said. “One of the things that we think makes us different and sets us apart is the fact that not only do we have a manufacturing history or heritage, but we also have a really good track record of creating new ideas. So we wanted to capitalize on that.” This year’s theme is “Made in Waterloo Region,” and organizers want to emphasize the agricultural production, as well as the technological history, of the area. Everything from the Blackberry to buttons will be on display.



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Charlie Tilt How long have you been a farmer for? All my life, about 50 years! It’s been in the family since 1895. How many birds do you have on your farm? About 250 geese, 300 ducks, and 350 chickens.

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They’re mostly for exhibition, for shows and for breeding stock. The geese are my favourite. What do you enjoy most about farming? Going to the fairs and seeing the kids interact with the birds.

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» Saturday, September 18, 2010

St. Paul's continues anniversary celebrations with concert James Jackson


s part of the ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church this year, the Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus will once again visit and perform for the Elmira congregation. The concert, open to the public, will be held Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The chorus was formed in November 1973, and over the years has distinguished itself as a group that provides excellent entertainment and quality music. The 53-member chorus is a non-profit organization that performs at a wide variety of community events including ceremonial functions, fundraisers, hospitals, and sporting competitions. The chorus, directed by Kimberly Nikkel and accompanied by Sheila Wallace, is also in demand beyond Waterloo Region. Since its inception, the group has accepted invitations to sing from sea to sea across Canada, and all over the United States. During two tours of England, Scotland, and Wales, the Chorus performed to

sold-out audiences at impressive locations such as Westminster Abbey, York Minster, and Lincoln Cathedral. Last June, the group sang the national anthem at the Toronto Argonaut football game, and it will be back at it as they sing the national anthems when the Jays take on the New York Yankees on Sept. 27. The group’s repertoire includes selections from a wide range of music that appeal to music lovers of any age: traditional spirituals, hymns, Canadian folk and pop songs, Broadway standards, and movie tunes. The group also has released several CDs; the most recent recording, We Sing Again, its sixth. The concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Centre and Mill Streets in Elmira, will be one of several events the congregation has organized to commemorate its sesquicentennial anniversary. St. Paul’s has already hosted a Victorian Tea, and it will be on the itinerary as part of Waterloo Region’s Doors Open event on Sept. 18. The festivi-

ties will wrap up with a banquet and special worship service on the second last weekend in

October. Tickets for the concert are $10 per person in advance and are

available by contacting the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church office at 519669-2593, or Brent Bloch


at 519-669-3812. Tickets will also be available for $12 at the door on the day of the concert.

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» Saturday, September 18, 2010

Traffic-calming measures coming to Barnswallow Dr. Steve Kannon


slate of traffic-calming measures is planned for Elmira’s Barnswallow Drive,

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on all such parking on both sides of the street. Acknowledging that parking there does create a hazard for pedestrians, Kennaley said the cars on the road do provide some trafficcalming benefits. Coun. Mark Bauman added the township needs to ensure there is no parking near crosswalks, as the cars could provide a visual obstruction to children trying to cross the street. While the report recommended extending a sidewalk along the west side of Barnswallow from Leisureworld to Woodside Bible Fellowship, councillors suggested it should run all the way to Lions Park. The measures identified in the report come with a price tag of approximately $48,000. No definitive timeline has been establishd for the work, which will be part of the 2011 budget deliberations.

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Mixed results in latest round of EQAO testing James Jackson


he latest round of province-wide testing yielded mixed results for the Waterloo public and Catholic school boards, including some local schools as well. The Educational Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests Grade 3 and 6 students on reading, writing, and math; Grade 9 students are tested on math. The newest results were released Wednesday. Provincially, 82 per cent of Grade 9 academic math students met or exceeded the provincial standard (Level 3 or 4), up from 77 per cent a year ago and 71 per cent five years ago. In applied math, 40 per cent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard, up from 38 per cent a year ago and 35 per cent

five years ago. Elmira District Secondary School and Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School both performed well in last year’s test. EDSS surpassed board and provincial averages for both applied and academic mathematics. Waterloo Oxford outperformed the province and the board in applied mathematics, and was on par with the province and the board for academic math. A representative from the administration at EDSS said the school was very pleased with their results. “That’s a reflection of the efforts of the students and the staff as well,” he said. “It’s an indicator of how kids do, one of several [indicators].” For Grade 3 students across the province, 62 per cent were at or above the provincial standard

Elmira Lions BBQ celebrates 20 years James Jackson


he 20th annual Elmira Lions Club beef and pork BBQ and dance goes next Friday, Sept. 25 at Lions Hall in Elmira. The event has become something of a tradition, with all the money going back into the community. “This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the club,” explained club member John Jongerius. “We see a few hundred people, and the money all goes back into various community projects.” This year’s BBQ features a live DJ, prizes such as tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game and to the Drayton Festival, and a cash prize of about $200. But, Jongerius said, the meal is the star attraction. “The thing that people really like about it, of course, is the wood BBQ beef and pork. We get a lot of regulars every year because of that. It’s a phenomenal meal.” The club – which boasts more than 145

members – is also celebrating 30 years of the Elmira Lions Trail along the Woolwich Reservoir near Floradale. The seven-kilometre trail is maintained by the club, and is heavily used by local hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers. All the money raised will go back into the clubs various initiatives throughout the year to help the people of Elmira and the surrounding area, proofpositive of the clubs motto, “We Serve,” said Jongerius. “We have a lot of various activities on the go. Just in the last couple of months we’ve given out a couple thousand dollars. We try to keep the trail in good shape […] and we just sponsored a seeing-eye dog.” Tickets are $20. For more information you can call John Jongerius at 519-669-8439. He will either deliver the tickets right to your door or keep them at his house for you to pick up at your convenience. Cocktails start at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at 7.

Grade 6 Breslau P.S. Conestogo P.S. Floradale P.S. John Mahood P.S. Linwood P.S. Park Manor P.S. Riverside P.S. St. Clement St. Jacobs P.S. St. Teresa of Avila Wellesley P.S. WCDSB avg. WRDSB Provincial avg.

Reading 56 84 63 54 72 85 83 62 78 71 71 72

Writing 58 53 48 80 70 80 72 58 70 68 67 70

Math 60 78 37 55 70 40 59 35 57 58 59 61

Grade 3 Breslau P.S. Conestogo P.S. Floradale P.S. John Mahood P.S. Linwood P.S. Park Manor P.S. Riverside P.S. St. Clement St. Jacobs P.S. St. Teresa of Avila Wellesley P.S. WCDSB avg. WRDSB avg. Provincial avg.

Reading 55 79 45 58 48 56 76 84 65 44 63 58 62

Writing 64 88 73 67 71 62 80 77 61 62 71 65 70

Math 70 91 52 60 65 85 80 86 65 59 74 66 71

RESULTS ARE IN Percentage of students at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 or 4). Three Bridges and St. Boniface information not released. Grade 9 Math

per cent five years ago. For Elmira DSS 90 76 writing, 65 per Waterloo Oxford DSS 82 66 cent met or 83 40 WRDSB avg. exceeded the 82 40 Provincial avg. standard this BY THE NUMBERS EDSS above the year, which is up from 60 per provincial average. cent five years for reading, 70 per cent ago. And for for writing, and 71 per mathematics, 66 per cent for mathematics. cent of students met or In Grade 6, 72 per cent exceeded the standard met the standard for this year, compared to reading, 70 per cent met 65 per cent five years the standard for writ- ago. ing, and 61 per cent for For Grade 6, the mathematics. scores are slightly betLocally, the Waterloo ter. Reading has imRegion District School proved by seven per Board has seen little cent over five years to change in student per- 71 per cent this year, formance in the past writing has improved five years. by 10 per cent over five In Grade 3, 58 per years to 67 per cent, and cent of students met or mathematics has fallen exceeded the provincial by one point over five standard for reading years to 59 per cent. this year, down from 60 The big improvement Academic


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in reading and writing is a pleasant result for officials. “We are particularly pleased that a significant number of students who underperformed when they were in Grade 3 have now achieved the provincial standard in grade 6,” said Elaine Ranney, assistant superintendent of school effectiveness and assessment with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Wellesley Public School and Conestogo PS showed dramatic improvement over their scores from last year, bettering their results in five of six categories each. For the Catholic school board, it is much the same story as the public board: a mixed bag. In Grade 3, reading

has fallen by three percentage points over five years to 63 per cent this year. Writing has improved by four points over five years to 71 per cent this year, and mathematics has remained the same from five years ago at 74 per cent. At Elmira’s St. Teresa of Avila school, the results were poor. For Grade 3, the school surpassed the provincial and board average for reading, but fell behind both the school board and the province in the other five categories. Students at St. Clement school surpassed the provincial and board average in all areas except Grade 6 mathematics. Back in August, the Elementary Teachers Federation called for a moratorium on any further testing for Grade 3 and Grade 6 students, saying that other important subjects such as history, art, and social science are sacrificed in preparation for the tests. Provincially, almost 135,000 Grade 3 and Grade 6 students were evaluated by the EQAO, including more than 5,800 students in Waterloo Region. Nearly 150,000 Grade 9 students in the province were also evaluated, including 6,303 in the region.

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This is irresponsible journalism and a short-sighted way for a newspaper to raise an issue without first seeking to understand the truth. Susan Letkeman

letter on pg. 14



ately, we have had too many messages in the west that Christians and Muslims are enemies. At MCC we want to send generous flood assistance as a strong message of love for our neighbours in Pakistan. We are clear that they are our neighbours, not our enemies.

> Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Ontario, calls for more aid for flood-ravaged Pakistan

THE MONITOR oreclosures of U.S. properties reached Fpossessed their highest level last month. banks re95,364 properties last month, up

3% from July and an increase of 25% from August 2009. More than 2.3 million homes have been repossessed by lenders since the recession began in December 2007.

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Councillors have an easy choice over pay issue


s predicted, a consultant hired to study council pay levels in Woolwich is recommending huge increases. Forty-seven per cent for councillors, and 25 per cent for the mayor. As was the case with the consultants who reported on staff wages, the suggested increases are well above inflation, well above what’s warranted and well above the increase in what most residents have received and can expect to receive for the foreseeable future. And that doesn’t even cover the lamentable increase in staff numbers. The last time council pay was discussed, prior to the 2006 election, a committee of volunteers did the work, opting for a 2.5-per-cent annual increase for the term of council. Generous, especially in light of the economic meltdown that began in 2008.

This new study compared compensation levels in Woolwich to 12 similar municipalities in southwestern Ontario. As with the staff wages, the suggested increases attempt to put the township at average median level, though there’s no explanation for why that matters: by definition, half those surveyed would be at lower levels. An increase in Woolwich would simply raise the average, making subsequence comparisons elsewhere that much higher: the next municipality undertaking this exercise will have to come up with more money … and so on. While the dollar amounts are small – less than $6,000 for each of the five positions – there’s no getting around that percentage increase. Few, if any of the taxpayers can expect that kind of pay hike. The fact that such a hike is politically


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unsalable means the whole process was fruitless. In an election year, it’s highly unlikely councillors – those standing for re-election, at any rate – are going to vote themselves big raises just before residents go to the polls. Given the still precarious economy – employment numbers have not been robust; good jobs even scarcer – the next batch of Woolwich councillors will be overseeing cuts and other austerity measures. Wage rollbacks won’t be possible until the ill-considered contract settlements play out, but freezes and staff reductions are not just options to be considered, they’ll be essential in taming the budget while holding the line on out-of-control property taxes. The real danger is the advice that Woolwich should follow the disturbing trend toward automatic

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annual increases, sometimes tied to increases negotiated with municipal staffers. Automatic increases may be more comfortable for politicians – most squirm even just a little in discussing their own compensation – but they do nothing to preserve openness and accountability in what is surely the most conflict-ridden part of a councillor’s duties. Tying increases to what the municipality pays its employees smacks of conflict: it’s council’s role to minimize expenses in contract negotiations, yet the bigger the staff increase the larger their own gains when the two rates are tied together. That also applies to benefits and pensions, two other issues raised in this week's compensation report. The idea is addictive. But, like the infamous drug campaign, the solution is to just say no.

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» Saturday, September 18, 2010


Good news is bad news for Arctic environment F

irst, the good news. On Sept. 15, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Store met to sign an agreement in Murmansk that resolves the long dispute between the two countries over their Arctic seabed. So there will be no military confrontation in the Barents Sea between Russia and Norway, a NATO member, over who owns which part of the seabed, even if oil is discovered there. Now for the bad news. On Sept. 15, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Norway foreign minister Jonas Gahr Store met to sign an agreement that resolves the long dispute between the two countries over their Arctic seabed rights. That means that drilling for oil can get underway in the Barents Sea, in waters that are deeper than the BP well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico – colder waters in which an oil spill would linger for many years Two years ago, the military and the think tanks in Moscow were obsessed with the prospect of a military confrontation with NATO over Arctic seabed rights. Mention climate change to them, and you would immediately get a lecture about Russia’s right to seabed oil and gas in the Barents Sea and American plots to steal those resources. About 175,000 sq. km. (67,000 sq. mi.) were at stake. Geologists believe that there may be large oil and gas reserves in the area, but there has been no drilling because for 40 years the two neighbours were unable to reach a deal on their seabed frontier. During the Cold War the area was tense, with NATO maritime patrol planes regularly overflying the area claimed by Russia. Even after the col-


International Affairs GWYNNE DYER lapse of the Soviet Union the tension continued, leading Norway to carry out a recently completed modernization of its navy that effectively doubled its capacity to operate in Arctic waters. Russia and Norway have now resolved the disagreement by dividing the disputed seabed evenly between them. The deal was announced in principle when Russia’s president, Dmitri Medvedev, visited Oslo in April, and now it is ready for signature. It will still have to be ratified by the Norwegian and Russian parliaments, but that is a foregone conclusion. Now that the confrontation is over, the two countries will probably work together to develop the region’s resources, since Russia needs Norway’s more advanced technology for deepwater drilling in Arctic waters. The returns may be huge, as the Arctic basin is thought to hold up to 20 per cent of all the world’s remaining undiscovered oil. But the downside of this development is that drilling, long stalled by the geopolitical uncertainties of the region, can now begin. It will take place in an environment where storms are fierce and frequent, and sea-ice is a regular seasonal phenomenon. The polar ice-cap is retreating as global warming proceeds, but there will still be ice in the area in winter for several decades to come. The risk of a major oil spill is hard to calculate, but it certainly exists. Norway has a good reputation for minimizing

environmental damage when drilling in Arctic waters: Russia’s reputation in this area is much less impressive. But the drilling will probably go ahead anyway, because the oil price remains high and both countries need the cash flow. This is the first part of the Arctic Ocean where large-scale exploitation of hydrocarbons is likely to happen, because the other two promising areas, in the Bering Strait between Russia and the United States and on the seabed north of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon territory, are still in dispute. Sporadic negotiations take place between the U.S. and Canada, but the U.S.-Russian seabed boundary is not even being discussed by the two powers. This is because back in 1990, when the old Soviet Union was stumbling towards collapse, Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze made a deal with U.S. secretary of state James Baker that accepted almost all of the American claims in the seabed area in dispute between Alaska and Siberia. Russia’s own claims were simply abandoned. It was an agreement made at Russia’s moment of maximum weakness, and the Russian Duma (parliament) has never ratified it. It never will, just as the U.S. Senate would never ratify a deal that surrendered all of America’s claims. A compromise like the one just worked out between Norway and Russia is the only way to settle the issue, but which American politician would take the responsibility for giving up seabed territories that belong to the United States under the 1990 accord, however unjust it was? At the moment, the two countries are not even talking about it. So we may get the worst of both


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» Saturday, September 18, 2010

Car-centric cities make us distinct from Europe O

ne of the most striking things about travelling in Europe is the sheer volume of two-wheeled traffic, motorized and otherwise. Along with cars tucked into anything resembling a parking spot, bicycles and scooters can be found in uncountable numbers. On a single stroll, you’ll likely see more bicycles, parked or in transit, than you’ll see all year around here. There are many reasons for this, of course. Denser cities make getting around by foot and by bike much easier, as does the more temperate climate. The price of cars and fuel make alternatives more desirable. Crowding means smaller is better when it comes to a vehicle for getting around. Theirs is a culture accustomed to walking, biking and public transit. And the older cities were not built for cars, as opposed to what we find in North America. Policies actively discourage automobile use, particularly in city centers. Over there, bicycle lanes, complete with traffic signals, line many of the streets adjacent to sidewalks. In fact, it involves some adjustment to avoid straying into bike lanes while walking on the sidewalks – the ubiquitous bicycle bells providing reminders to jump out of the way. Because of sprawl and car-centric design, our communities are largely unfriendly to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. While I’m as car dependent as the next person, there is something attractive about the lay of the land of most

From the Editor Steve Kannon European cities (of course, they’re also generally far more aesthetically appealing than anything you’ll find here, but that’s another issue). We walk and bike less often here, largely because it’s neither safe nor convenient to do so. And that’s not just perception: our car-centric planning in North America makes it much safer to travel by car than by foot or bicycle. In the U.S., statistics show fatalities are 36 times higher for pedestrians and 11 times higher for cyclists than car occupants per kilometre travelled. Carmeets-pedestrian accidents have that kind of outcome. While Canadians are more active than Americans – we cycle about three times more often than they do south of the border, for instance – the numbers are nothing like what you’d see in Europe. Where walking and cycling account for about six per cent of trips in the U.S. and about twice that number in Canada, the figures compare poorly to the likes of Germany and Austria (35 per cent) and to front-running Netherlands, at almost 50 per cent. Those differences and remedies needed to bring North Americans more in-

line with Europeans have been the core area of study for John Pucher, a professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Cultural differences aside, planning policies in North America are very much to blame for the limited walking and cycling we do here, he argues. “Land-use and housing policies that promote low-density sprawl, for example, generate long trip distances that make walking and cycling impractical. High-speed roadways, narrow or nonexistent sidewalks, inadequate street crossings and the absence of bike lanes obviously discourage walking and cycling,” he says in a study published in Transportation Quarterly. Over the past dozen years, Pucher’s research has focused on walking and bicycling. His international analysis has included Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and several other European countries. The main objective is to determine what American, Canadian and Australian cities could learn from each other and from European cities to improve the safety, convenience, and feasibility of non-motorized modes of travel. Working toward European levels of walking and cycling would make us healthier, make roads less congested, improve city centers and save us a great deal of money. By comparison with Europeans, Americans (and probably Canadians

as well) get much less exercise, he notes in a presentation. The main difference between Americans and Europeans in their overall physical exercise levels is much higher rates of walking and cycling in Europe. Americans have much higher rates of obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Europeans have longer healthy life expectancies although they spend less than half as much as Americans for health care. “The best way to increase physical exercise among Americans and Canadians is to promote safe and convenient walking and cycling for daily urban travel. “Europeans have developed extremely effective policies that could be easily adapted in American and Canadian cities.” To reach his goal, we need to adopt European measures to make walking and cycling safer, including traffic calming of residential neighborhoods; mixed-use zoning and improved urban design; restrictions on motor vehicle use; auto-free zones covering much of city center; wide, well-lit sidewalks with benches and plants; bike paths and lanes with exclusive rights of way; and intersection modifications that minimize dangers for pedestrians and cyclists to cross streams of traffic, among others. The changes he proposes would make for improvements beyond cities that are pedestrian friendly – as the feel of European centers certainly dictates.


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To the Editor, I am writing this to express my dismay and disappointment over the thoughtless and inflammatory The View From Here cartoon (Observer, Sept. 11/2010 issue) depicting principal Tait from John Mahood Public School. This cartoon severely misrepresents her. As a parent member of the John Mahood School Council, I can assure you that Ms. Tait has worked tirelessly to accomplish various initiatives in our school which have benefitted staff, students, and families. Anyone who attended school council meetings or who has taken the time to discuss this with her would know that Ms. Tait is concerned about the environment and about the responsibility we all have to reduce our consumption and use our resources more responsibly. This most definitely includes moving to e-mail to distribute as much of the paper information that comes from the school. School council members applauded this move and I personally have been delighted to receive most of my school correspondence electronically rather than on paper. Did we receive several papers in

the first day of school package? Yes. But a conversation I had with Ms. Tait quickly revealed that the package sent to parents on the first day of school is mandated by the school board and is actually prepared at the Education Centre of the WRDSB and then sent to the individual schools for distribution. This is not something that the principal can control. This packet did include one welcome letter from the school in an effort to reach new families to our school (Kindergarten families included) who have not yet been added to the school’s e-mail system. Anything else that is school-specific has come via e-mail. A quick phone call by the editor of your newspaper to principal Tait regarding this concern and this “irony” would have revealed this. This is irresponsible journalism and a short-sighted way for a newspaper to raise an issue without first seeking to understand the truth. It is demeaning and disrespectful for a principal in this community to be subjected to this kind of treatment.

> Susan Letkeman, Chair, John Mahood School Council


» Saturday, September 18, 2010



View from John Mahood: the Observer is 'small-minded, malicious and vindictive' To the Editor, In this world of technology it is amazing how the old adage “the pen is mightier than the sword”, can still cut to the quick when wielded by someone who has so little regard for common sense and decency. The fact that your paper has chosen to

display a small-minded and negative attitude toward your children’s school, and our administrator, leaves me perplexed. There’s the real irony. Your children attend a public school with a well-respected, dedicated, insightful and forward thinking administrator and you

have chosen to portray her in a demeaning fashion. Perhaps if you had bothered to inquire about the Back to school package, that is board mandated, you would not have been so quick to denigrate our school’s decision-making process.

I shudder to think what values you are passing on to your own children. If your hope was to give your readers an intelligent and thought provoking satirical cartoon to contemplate a modern day dilemma, you have failed. I think your attempt at political satire depicts

The Observer needs a lesson in irony and humour To the Editor, I am writing in response to The View From Here cartoon of Sept. 11. I am a Woolwich community member, parent of a former John Mahood Public School students and a current teacher at John Mahood. From my viewpoint, the comic was not humourous nor did it depict an ironic reality. The act of writing malicious, invective and unsubstantiated “news” is a bullying tactic. I would not have expected this tactic from a community newspaper. According to the Observer’s philoso-

phy, “community paper shouldn’t be a euphemism for shoddy coverage, poor writing and useless filler.” I understand a community newspaper is there to serve the people of the community it represents and to be a voice of the community. I am discombobulated as to how the author accomplished being the community voice with this comic. I am also unsure whom the author of The View From Here received information from regarding the ‘paper’ information package sent home with students. If the cartoonist

had discussed the concerned issue with Ms. Tait, he would have discovered the correct information. He would also have discovered that Ms. Tait is a person who is concerned about the environment, our community, the students who attend the school and their families. She promotes a school atmosphere that fosters a community of learners and works tirelessly to ensure the students’ safety. Ms. Tait is a champion for the students; she ensures they have access to an education “designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes nec-

essary to provide a solid foundation for living and learning.” I do believe that if the author of The View From Here had comprehended the valuable community partner Ms. Tait is the comic would never have been written. The damage done by one’s words, and specifically in print, is far-reaching. However, the fact is the comic appeared in a community newspaper with the community in mind, I believe the author will respond with the best action for the community and write a retraction in the newspaper. > Mary Janzen, Elmira

Dyer: Don't bet the farm seabed won't be drilled > CONTINUED FROM PG. 13 worlds: deepwater drilling in the environmentally vulnerable region of the Barents Sea (which is also home to

major fish stocks), and a new cold war over rival American and Russian claims to the seabed in the Bering Strait. There is also the possibility, of course, that

the global response to the threat of runaway warming will be so rapid and effective that the demand for oil and gas will fall faster than existing reserves are

depleted. In that case, it might never be economically sensible to start drilling for oil and gas on the Arctic seabed at all. But I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.


example, and provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for your children. If you call into question our motives, and doubt our profession and the positive impact we make every day in the life of a child, I welcome you to come and walk a day in my shoes.

how small-minded, malicious and vindictive a local newspaper can be. You can be satisfied that in one fell swoop of your mighty pen, or keyboard, as the case may be, you have damaged the hearts and minds of many caring, dedicated staff members at John Mahood. The very staff, our principal, teachers and support staff, who try every day to lead by

> Beth Feor, Special education resource teacher/ early literacy intervention, John Mahood Public School

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For Dr. William Pamer, the chiropractic practice is all in the family. His wife Betty works the front desk at their new Elmira office at 10 Church St.



Local demand sees chiropractic office in Elmira Waterloo-based practitioner opens satellite location in downtown centre to serve clientele Katie Edmonds


aterloo-based chiropractor Dr. William Pamer is not trying to reinvent the wheel. This month, when he opened the doors of his simple, yet homey new office on the on the lower level of the Elmira Shopping Village (soon to be called the Village Shoppes and Business Centre after its transformation is complete) at the corner of Church and Arthur streets, he became the sixth chiropractor to open a practice in Elmira. The Ohio-born doctor has operated his own practice on Beechwood Place in Waterloo for the past 15 years. This year he's decided to make himself more accessible to his rural patients by opening a parttime clinic at 10 Church St. “A lot of my clients don’t have the

means of getting into the city very easily, so it was important to me to be able to provide better access to them,” explained the doctor of his large Mennonite clientele. “About one quarter of all my patients in Waterloo were travelling from this area so it just made sense to open a practice a bit closer to their homes.” Pamer noted that the number of practices in the town does not necessarily mean competition for business, but simply that the need for chiropractic aid is greater in this area than in others. “People who do hard manual labour, like work on a farm, tend to dislocate or shift their joints more easily,” he explained. “We want to be available to those people in the area who can be more affected by muscle and joint pains because of their line of work.”

The chiropractic philosophy teaches that it is the nervous system that controls every cell in your body so by keeping it properly aligned, a chiropractor is able to improve your overall health – not just back pain as is the common misconception. “When a patient comes in for a first visit we take your history and do a full examination to decide if you are a candidate for chiropractic therapy,” Pamer noted. “Through a process called nerve reflex testing, we are able to discover disruptions or dislocations which may be causing all kinds of irritations. So many people suffer needlessly and they don’t realize that their pains may be alleviated in a rather simple way.” Despite a few minor kinks to be ironed out (the office does not have a phone line yet, but will soon) Pamer said that the transition to his Elmi-

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esides profitability, farmers often cite the shrinking availability of farmland as the most limiting factor for the future of food production. And likewise, those appointed (or self-appointed) to look after endangered species say shrinking habitat is their biggest concern, too. But what happens when the zeal to preserve both farmland and endangered species reach a crossroads – or worse, collide? Well, that’s when the province steps in with legislation to make sure plants, animals and farmers and other landowners are protected. Ontario introduced an endangered species act in 2007. The challenge was, and is, to make sure legislation takes all parties’ interests to heart. That’s no mean feat. It’s often landowners and farmers who are the unwitting hosts of endangered species. Basically, they go to bed one night, and their land is free and clear of plants and animals that are deemed to be in trouble. The next morning they wake up to find a new study has identified a problem with a species that’s always lived on their land – perhaps without them even knowing it – or more recently taken up residency. And like it or not, they’re the hosts. In one way, it’s a privilege. Along with producing food, what could be a more important use of land than


Food For Thought Owen Roberts helping a struggling plant or animal survive, and knowing you had a vital and practical role in it? In the big picture, the one that looks at the way we share the planet among species, endangered species preservation is a unique opportunity to contribute to the way the world goes around. But it’s a big responsibility, too. Society asks landowners and farmers to preserve their land for endangered species, set it aside and not disturb it, making them the first line of defense for plants and animals that are, or could be, hanging on by a thread. Public interest groups make endangered species an issue, legislation makes preservation a legal matter and enforcement officials carry out the law. But around the clock, it’s landowners and farmers who bear the constant responsibility for endangered species preservation. So, they need to be included in the conversation when legislation is being written that concerns endangered species. Part of that discussion must include compensation.

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IMAGES OF RECOVERY Brent Schreiber’s art reflects the experiences of those he’s met during the many years it took for him to overcome his addiction to alcohol. Having at one time lost his ability to create art, he’s now channeling his energy into his paintings.

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f you were to walk past Elmira resident Brent Schreiber’s Elmira house, it may look like any other family home in the neighbourhood. There are no telltale markings about what is inside, or clues to alert a passerby that it is unlike any other. Like Schreiber himself, the four walls of his home mask the intricacies of what lies within them. Upon stepping through his front door, you will find not an ordinary living room as you might expect, but a fully equipped art gallery that currently houses paintings from his latest collection. Schreiber is a painter whose work focuses on largescale figurative paintings documenting the recovery

from alcoholism and drug addiction. Combining traditional painting, design and narrative themes, Schreiber, a recovering alcoholic himself, said he wants his paintings to portray a universal relation to a disease that is rarely understood. “Most of the media around alcoholism focuses on when somebody is ill. We see images of people in the courtroom, we see celebrities getting busted and TV shows about rehab,” explained Schreiber. “In the media, somebody goes to rehab for two days and then they are fine. That wasn’t my experience.” Brent previously spent 14 years in the advertising field as a designer, illustrator, art director and creative director for both private design firms and national retail

corporations. Since his recovery, he has begun to work full time at his art. “If you had told me three years ago that today I would be doing this, or even be alive, I might not have believed you,” said Schreiber. “I was pretty much one drink away from death or the gutter.” After years as an untreated alcoholic, having been fired from his job and losing his ability to create art, Schreiber entered a 12-step program in 2007. The process involved periods of detoxification, rehabilitation and what was the hardest part for the London-born artist who moved to Elmira nine years ago: admitting to himself that he had a problem at all. “For me, it was a black and

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ne of the secrets that I’ve learned along the way in my career of helping people reach and accomplish their goals is the K.I.S.S principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. Too often we decide to make life more complicated, more complex and convoluted. We get weighed down by life’s challenges, stresses, problems, irritations and frustrations – otherwise known as growth opportunities! The old adage that goes like this is my favorite: “It’s 10% what happens and 90% how you take it.” In my last column, I talked about change. Sometimes things happen whether we like it or not, whether we’re good at dealing with it or not. Some of us thrive on change, and some are drowned by it. When you’re in the state of feeling like this, you feel caged in, threatened and almost like you’re going to explode. My chiropractor would say you’re body is simply going to blow a fuse or a breaker if this is not dealt with or balanced out in your body. He would continue to explain that this is a “subluxation” in the human spine, which inevitably results in pain or dis-ease in the body. The best way to combat these


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e live in such a multicultural society that ‘foreign food’ isn’t all that, well, foreign anymore. I know 10-year olds whose favourite foods may be sushi, or an Indian curry or a falafel pita. Exotic ingredients are very easy to access; heck, even President’s Choice has sauce flavours from around the world to choose from. Therefore, every so often we get a craving for something a little less ordinary, a touch spicy or salty, whether it’s an Asian-inspired dish or our now-favourite: Moroccan cuisine. Although part of Africa, the north can be defined as an area where couscous (made from the same wheat that makes pasta, semolina) replaces rice as a staple starch. Instant couscous is easily found in grocery stores. Traditional Moroccan ingredients include olives and olive oil, preserved lemon, hot paste called harissa, garlic, couscous, onions, oranges, dates and figs. The flavours of Morocco can be defined as mixing savoury with sweet; subtle spices and a refined cuisine. In this recipe we’ve used our own local bounty flavoured with Moroccan spices, called ‘Ras el Hanout.’ Find all of the spices in the bulk section of the grocery store, this

From The Chef's Table Kirstie Herbstreit & Jody O'Malley way you can purchase just what you need. And once the spice mix is done, keep it on hand to quickly season chicken pieces, soups, stews or even sautéed shrimp.

Ras el Hanout: “Head of the Shop” Moroccan spice blend for tagine, stews, etc. >>2 tsp ground ginger >>2 tsp ground coriander >>1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon >>1-1/2 tsp ground black pepper >>1-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg >>1-1/12 tsp ground turmeric >>1-1/2 tsp ground allspice >>1/2 tsp ground cloves Blend all spices together and use as required.

Moroccan chicken tangine with olives Serves 4 >>3lb chicken pieces >>2 cups chicken stock >>2 tbsp butter >>1 large onion, thinly sliced >>2 pinches saffron >>1 can chick peas >>1 small eggplant, cut into half- inch cubes >>1 large can of whole tomatoes >>4 carrots, large dice >>4 small zucchini, diced >>1/4 cup currants >>1-1/2 tbsp Ras el Hanout >>1/2 cup olives >>1/2 cup toasted almonds >>Salt and pepper to taste Heat a tagine or heavy dutch oven (Le Cruset) over medium

high heat. Brown chicken in batches, remove from pot and set aside; Deglaze pot with 1/4 cup of chicken stock. Add saffron to 1/4 cup of warm water, allow to sit and infuse for 1-2 minutes, set aside; Melt butter in the same pot and add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add saffron-infused water. And simmer 1-2 minutes longer; Add Ras el Hanout and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant. Add chick peas, eggplant, carrot, tomatoes and remaining chicken stock. Return chicken to pot and cover. Allow to cook for 15 minutes over low heat; Remove breast meat, cover and set aside. Add zucchini and currants and continue to cook for another 10 minutes; Return chicken breast to pot to re-heat. Serve on a bed of couscous with olive and toasted almonds.

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Your car gets a new life after its last ride Every year, millions of gleaming new cars roll off assembly lines and out of dealer lots, to be polished, photographed, gloated over and perhaps named. Every year, millions more are totalled in accidents or decay past the point of repair and are hauled away to scrap yards.


crap yards aren’t just automotive garbage dumps, where cars rust into oblivion. Some 75 per cent of the average car’s content, by weight, can be recycled. And recycled they are – more than newspapers, more than glass bottles, more than any other consumer product on the planet. How much of each vehicle is recycled depends on the model, age and condition of the vehicle and what sort of wrecker it goes to. Auto recyclers – like Hank’s Auto Wreckers in St. Clements and Paleshi Motors in Elmira – pull usable parts off the vehicle and resell them, while scrap metal dealers sell the cars to shredders for metal recovery. About 500 cars roll into the dismantling bays at Hank’s Auto Wreckers every year. Most of the parts are sold to yards and repair shops. Everything Hank’s has in inventory is listed on a popular used parts website and they’ve sold parts to every continent except Antarctica – including, once, a taillight to the Vatican. The scrapping industry is driven by demand for used parts, but it follows the same technological road as the auto manufacturing industry, just eight or 10 years behind. Cars rolling off the assembly line today are immensely more complicated than they were 40 or 50 years ago, packing more options into a

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smaller space. Things like air bags, antilock brakes and air conditioning didn’t exist then but are standard today. “Years ago, it was 12 to 20 pieces you’d inventory,” said Mike Nissen. New parts were so cheap that no one would bother trying to track down a used one unless it was some something major, like a transmission. Hank’s Auto Wreckers didn’t need a computerized inventory system because Hank could keep track of where everything was in his head. With 100,000 parts on the lot, that’s just not possible anymore. Not only do they remove more parts from each vehicle, but there’s more variation between makes and model years. And cars just last longer; with manufacturers offering 10-year, 100,000-kilometer warranties, they have to keep parts in stock longer than they used to. Recyclers like Hank’s and Paleshi Motors tend to deal in newer vehicles. If your four-year-old Corolla gets crunched in a collision, there are lots of other four-year-old Corollas still on the road that can use the parts. If you drive your jalopy until it’s a rolling rust wagon, it’s more likely to go straight to a crusher, because there’s little demand for parts that old. Scrap dealers can offer higher prices for old cars than recyclers can; they don’t have the expenses involved in dismantling and draining cars before sending them to the crusher. Cars that are crushed without being de-polluted can leach those fluids back into the environment. “Right now, our estimates are that less than half of vehicles are de-polluted before going to a crushing state,” said Steve Fletcher, president of the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association. That’s where the Retire Your Ride program comes in. Owners of

TAKING STOCK The recycling process starts when a car is unloaded in the lot. First all of the usable parts are inventoried using a laptop and computerized inventory system. When all the parts - usually between 100 and 150 - have been inventoried, the list is uploaded to the company’s server.

A DAY’S WORK It takes about a day and a half to dismantle a car properly. The average car has 19 litres of fluids that have to be drained and stored properly, starting with the fuel in the gas tank.

SECOND LIFE Oil, antifreeze, refrigerants and washer fluid are all drained and sent to registered reprocessors, and the batteries are removed and reused or recycled.

1995 and older vehicles that are still running can turn them in for $300 cash or a rebate on a newer vehicle. The idea is to get older, high-polluting cars off the road. It’s no coincidence that Retire Your Ride originated with recyclers. It stems partly from honest concern for the environment, but it’s also good for business. To receive cars through Retire Your Ride, wreckers have to follow a national code of practice to ensure that hazardous materials are dealt with properly. That means salvage is directed away from scrap dealers and toward recyclers, who are set up for dismantling and de-polluting cars. “It makes it economically viable for us to handle them. We would never buy some of these vehicles coming through [without Retire Your Ride],” explained Derek Nissen.


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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WRECKER If partly-dismantled vehicles still have value, they go to the holding area to wait for further dismantling. When all the usable parts have been stripped from a vehicle, it goes on the scrap pile.

evor, Derek and Mike Nissen run Hank’s Auto Wreckers in St. Clements, started by Mike’s father le at Paleshi Motors in Elmira.

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DANGEROUS PARTS One of the most hazardous parts they remove is an innocuous metal canister smaller than a thimble. It’s a mercury switch, a device used in cars built before 2003. There’s less than a gram of mercury in each switch, but that’s enough to contaminate a lake for 20 years. The switches are collected through a program called Switch Out, introduced in 2001 and expanded across the country in 2008. The switches are collected periodically and sent to a mercury management facility. Last year another stewardship program was introduced for used tires. Instead of having to pay to dispose of tires, wreckers are paid 88 cents per tire to send them to tire recyclers. The disposal fee is included in the cost of a new tire and paid for up front by the customer. The subsidy encourages wreckers to dispose of them properly instead of stockpiling or tossing them.

teve Fletcher believes that the national code of practice developed for Retire Your Ride will eventually become an industry standard; if you want to handle scrap cars, you’ll be required to follow certain standards. In the meantime, membership in OARA isn’t required to be in the scrapping business, and OARA can’t tell non-members how to run their businesses. “Right now there’s not a lot of great oversight and that’s why we have an industry where cars can flow the way the lowest common denominator and the highest amount of dollars can encourage,” he said. “If you don’t have the properly regulated industry that’s processing the vehicles, you end up with a legitimate business saying ‘I can pay $50 for the vehicle because I have to do all these things to it and record it’ and the unlicensed backyarder can say ‘I’ll pay $200 for that because I don’t worry about ozone, I don’t worry about oil, I don’t worry about mercury, I don’t worry about records.’” Where self-regulation stops, environmental legislation takes over. The next big driver of change to Ontario’s scrapping industry will be updates to the province’s Waste Diversion Act. Two years ago, the government launched a review of the 2002 act, a process that is ongoing. One concept the government is studying is extended producer responsibility, which ties the manufacturer of a product into its recycling or disposal. The idea is to encourage manufacturers to design products so they can be recycled and make sure that the recycling happens upon disposal. “The provincial government has sent signals to manufacturers and recyclers that we need to look at EPR because not all vehicles are being handled properly,” Fletcher said. Aside from manufacturers and recyclers, there’s another party who’s going to be increasingly asked to take a role in a vehicle’s last rites: the person sitting in the driver’s seat. You may not have given much thought to what happens to your car when it won’t transport you anymore, but you should. A car is the single biggest item the average consumer will discard. Even more than sorting your glass and cans and dropping off your old cell phone, you should share some responsibility for what happens to it. “Ultimately there’s a role for the public to play,” Fletcher said. “They don’t really know where their car goes and what happens to it, and if somebody says ‘we’ll pay you top dollar for your vehicle and treat it properly,’ well, what does that mean?”




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all sorts of fishing magazines, he’s Ontario Out of Doors Magazine’s regular fly-fishing columnist. His column features all aspects of fly-fishing topics like entomology, how to catch bass, boats and gear, informative as well as humourous. Dan also works with Observer columnist Steve Galea at OOD magazine. Galea’s role is the upland game editor.

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>>This is a 1944 Krug office chair

built in Kitchener. Dan has a pair of these chairs from the old township hall that he moved to the new office because they’ve got character. These vintage chairs are early versions of the “Bank of England” chair still produced under the Krug banner. The modern version sells for $1,063 per chair. Krug was founded in 1880 by Hartman Krug and has grown to be a leading manufacturer of office furniture in the world. The company’s headquarters is located in Kitchener.


>>When Dan’s not buried under

paperwork for the latest local planning issue, he’s enjoying the outdoors or planning a fishing trip. Dan is an outdoorsman — at work he likes to bring as much of his outdoor experiences indoors. He’s displaying only seven of his 20 antique fly-fishing reels, the others are on display throughout his home. Various found objects over the years are displayed on his window ledge, showcasing his appreciation of the heritage of fly-fishing. Most of his antiquing is done at the Antique

Warehouse in St. Jacobs and Southworks in Cambridge.

planning was more of his thing, he returned to school to get his masters in planning.


>>“Good Things Come To Those

That Bait” is stitched on this needlepoint craft by Leonne Skipworth, a Lindsay councillor who made this for Dan when he left his job with the town in 1992.


>>Dan went to the University of

Waterloo and received a recreation degree. Finding out quickly that



>>Dan found this old whiskey bottle while fly-fishing in the Ospringe Creek near Rockwood. A glint of glass in the water led him over to remove it. It was buried in the riverbed fully intact. Dan brought the bottle to Cultural Heritage officer Sally Drummond, who dated the bottle to the late 1800s.

>>The Record wrote a May 21,


>>The more pictures of the

outdoors, the better. This print Dan successfully bid for in a silent auction at the annual Canadian Fly-Fishing Forum.


>>There’s a new calendar every

year, bought in January when they’re half price. Dan rotates years between Tom Thompson or the Group of Seven.


2008 piece on Dan when he won the Greg Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Fly-Fishing. Greg Clark was a Toronto Telegram journalist, author and outdoor enthusiast whom Dan credits for discovering his love of the outdoors. The award was a huge honour.


>>This Herman poster has been

posted in every office Dan has worked. Herman creator Jim Unger syndicated this strip from 1975 to 1992.


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go ahead and pick one, two or six of them and put them on your calendar for the month. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the days go by without checking something off on your schedule. Even a 15- minute walk at lunch to refresh your mind, a swim in the local pool, taking an early morning spinning class or a yoga class to clear your soul is a start. Do something! Do it today â&#x20AC;Ś not tomorrow. Putting off for tomorrow, that which should be done today is the best way to give yourself a giant dose of stress. You might

be asking yourself, well what can I do if I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been moving for awhile, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m scared that I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to do it, what ifâ&#x20AC;Ś.what if ?. The list can go on. This is otherwise known as fear, which actually is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Call someone today, get out with them and get your body moving. Find your reason!

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Sugar Kings

> Rank wins golf invitational Elmira’s Garrett Rank was the individual champion in the St. Lawrence University Collegiate Invitational Sept. 12. He won the tournament for the second straight year by shooting a five-under-par 67 on Saturday and a one-under 71 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 138, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Nicholas Palladino of Rochester. Rank led The University of Waterloo to the team title as well, finishing the tournament with an 11-stroke lead over second-place St. John Fisher.

> New sledge hockey coach

At a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Midwestern Conference press event Sept. 8 in Kitchener, three of the five Midwestern Junior B players earning Santarossa Scholarships were Elmira Sugar Kings. The annual awards are given out to players who best balance academics in a post secondary course with excellence on the ice. Jarred Parent of the Kings maintained a 76 per cent average while attending the University of Waterloo, where he is studying for an honours degree in arts and business. Parent received the Kings award for “Top Local Minor Hockey Grad.” Jake Jefferies maintained a 73 per cent average while the University of Waterloo, where he’s in his second year of Kinesiology studies. Jeff Zippel was honoured for maintaining an 83 per cent average while enrolled in his fourth year honours degree in economics. While with the Kings in 08-09 and 09-10, Zippel won the team’s “Academic Excellence Award.”

Elmira plays tough game en route to 3-0 victory over Kitchener Katie Edmonds


he Elmira Sugar Kings put on a show for the 830 fans that piled into the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena for last Sunday’s home opener, notching their first win on home ice this season by defeating the Kitchener Dutchmen 3-0. Despite two veteran Kings players being eliminated from the game due to misconduct penalties, the team dominated play throughout all three frames, outshooting the Dutchies 31-23. “Some of the newer play-

ers got more ice time than we planned because of the penalties,” said team coach Geoff Haddaway. “But it was baptism by fire and they played well.” Despite the powerplay opportunites, the Kitchener team was not able to capitalize on any of their seven chances with the man advantage while two of Elmira’s three goals came on the powerplay. Just past the halfway point in the first period, quick handiwork by return-



> Scholarships for Kings’ players

skate to win in home-opener


Mike Mondin of Trail, B.C. is the new head coach of Canada’s national sledge hockey team, taking over the reins from Elmira’s Jeff Snyder last week. Snyder spent six seasons as the teams head coach, winning gold at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey Worlds, the 2007 and 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenges, and the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup. “We thank Jeff Snyder for his six years of service […] and development of the sport,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations. Snyder will remain with Hockey Canada in an advisory role.

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PLAYING AT BOTH ENDS OF THE RINK Elmira Sugar King Brady Campbell chases down a Kitchener Dutchmen player at the King’s home opener Sept. 12 at the WMC.

THE SEASON'S OFF TO A GOOD START The new lineup had plenty of reasons to celebrate Sunday night as the Kings posted a solid performance to defeat Kitchener 3-0.


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Daddy's proud when hunting trumps Barbie T

he other day, my 10-year-old daughter and I shared a very special moment. And, believe it or not, this time it had nothing to do with her pulling my finger. Instead, we – actually she – decided we should go hunting. Did my eyes get all watery? Well, only a bit. OK, that part was because of the finger pulling. The thing is Carmen did not want to go hunting just to make her old man happy. No, she wanted to go because she was looking for some excitement – and maybe a bit of fresh air. Again, blame that on the finger pulling. At 10, she’s already come out with me on a number of occasions and, when all is said and done, she’s has come to the conclusion that it beats the heck out of playing Barbie. That’s a conclusion I also arrived at long ago, shortly after my sister broke the news that Ken was essentially a eunuch. In any case, Carm wanted to hunt brush wolves, which we have in abundance around here. In fact, we have so many that I’m thinking of starting a sound-effects company that caters to werewolf movies. To tell the truth, I thought I’d just humour her. After all, we were about to hunt one of the cagiest predators in North America and my daughter was decked out en-


Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea tirely in hot pink. More than that, like all sixth graders, she is not exactly the silent type. Still, the wind was right and she was excited about the hunt so she took to whispering. Better still, I had a predator call and a good long-distance rifle with me. Minutes later, we sat at the first location not too far behind the house and started calling. Though our local pack of wolves had been very vocal two nights before, I really didn’t see much hope here. Really, the idea was to get Carm into the routine we needed if we were going to see a wolf – that being, staying still and silent. Try that with a 10-year-old some time. Incredibly, she was so intent on succeeding that she actually listened and did well too. Even so, the first stand location proved fruitless. And wolfless too. The next stand location was different though. We took our positions on the reverse slope with our backs against a tree when I started calling, mimicking the sounds of a rabbit in distress.

Right away, we got a response. Even from a distance, we could hear it. And I can’t tell you how excited the sound of a cowbell and thundering hooves was to us. We looked at each other and smiled and I was about to readjust the way I call when I looked over and saw what drove those cattle forward. It was a fairly large brush wolf. I don’t know who was more bewildered, the brush wolf for stopping cold 15 yards from a little girl decked out in hot pink or the little girl for actually seeing a predator hunt go as it should. In any case, I put the cross hairs

on the animal’s chest and then watched it. I couldn’t shoot. Not out of the goodness of my heart either. No, it had cattle all around it and shooting it would have risked injuring one of them. In the end the wolf ran off and I took a shot at it as it hit full speed – and, as much as it pains me to say, missed cleanly. My daughter, on the other hand, was thrilled at the outcome. She had seen what she wanted to see, up close and personal. In fact, she stopped being quiet about it from that point on. It reminded me of myself, when I was finally let in on Ken’s horrible secret.



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Terry Fox Run marks 30 years Elmira event, which goes Sunday, has always been a big fundraiser for cancer research James Jackson t’s been 30 years since Terry Fox took the first steps in his Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Tomorrow (Sunday), the tradition continues with Elmira’s annual Terry Fox Run. Last year, the event saw 45 participants

help of the penny raffle, it really put us up over the top and we beat out Toronto and other bigger city centers.” Registration starts at noon on Sunday at 49 Industrial Dr., with the run commencing at 1 p.m. It is a 10-kilometre walk, run, or ride along South Field Drive and New Jerusalem Road – “a nice

area, very pretty.” This years run has added importance for Bowman and her husband and four children, after watching a cousin win her second battle with cancer earlier in the year. The first Terry Fox Run was on Sept. 13 1981, and has grown into an international event, with more than three million people

in some 60 countries taking part. It is also the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research, with more than $500 million raised in Fox’s name. Determined to raise money for cancer patients after having his right leg amputated at the age of 18 due to bone cancer, he started his cross-country Marathon of Hope in

St. John’s on Apr. 12, 1980. The run is volunteer-driven, and has no entry fee and no minimum pledge. “We want to see everybody come out this year,” said Bowman. “It doesn’t matter if you collect a million dollars in pledges, $50, or $5. [Elmira] is a small town with a big heart.”


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Notice of iNteNtioN to Pass PROPOSED REGION OF WATERLOO SIGN BY-LAW to the aN ameNdmeNt The Region of Waterloo will be holdingmeter a public information centre to introduce a draft taxi-cab by-law Regional By-law respecting signs on Regional roads. The proposed Sign By-law addresses all types ofof unoffi cial signs on to Regional roads to including election04-069, signs, Abusiness accessory The Region Waterloo intends pass a by-law amend By-law By-law to Licence, signs, farm accessory signs, mailbox accessory signs, open house signs and poster Regulate and Govern Brokers, Owners and Drivers of Taxi-Cabs Equipped with Taxi-cab signs. Meters The proposed Sign By-law establishes requirements for unoffi cial signs including: within The Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The proposed amendment would change the Taxi-cab Meter By-law so that fees prescribed in the by-law do not apply for taxi services that • Location and placement; are•carried out pursuant to an on-going contract with a public transportation provider. Size, shape, construction and content; • Impacts to the function of the road; The•proposed to the by-law will be at a and meeting of the Licensing and Retail Numberchanges of signs and timing ofconsidered placement; Committee meeting scheduled for: • Sign removal.

Staff are also proposing an Tuesday, amendment to the Region’s Tourism and Essential Services September 28, 2010 Signing Policy to allow tourism signage 3:00 on Regional p.m. roads for agri-toursim activities. Regional Municipality of Waterloo When: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, drop in 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Administration Building Place: Regional Administration Headquarters (lobby) 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener A copy of the report detailing changes to the by-lawof will be available on Friday, This public information centre proposed is being held for the purpose providing information and September 24, at 4:30 p.m. on the Region of Waterloo website receiving comments from the public. A copy of the draft By-law is available for review in under the ‘Government’ tab,of‘Council/Committee – Agenda/Minutes,’ ClickKitchener on ‘Licensing the Clerk’s Office, Region Waterloo, 2nd floor, 150 Frederick Street, or onand the Retail Committee’. Region’s website at: tab Newsroom, Public Notices Following this meeting, the by-law will proceed to -the Regional Council tab meeting to take place on Wednesday October 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for final approval. If you have questions concerning the By-law, please contact Nancy Button, Manager, Transportation Engineering at 519-575-4520 or by email at The by-law has been developed in accordance with the Municipal Act, as amended. If you have questions concerning the by-law, please contact Marty Sawdon, Administrator, Licensing and

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raise $13,520 for cancer research through pledges and a penny raffle, the most money raised per runner in the entire province. “We may not have a lot of runners that come out, but we sure make up with the amount of donations,” said Kathy Bowman, who has been a Terry Fox Run organizer since 1998. “With the

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Kings: Team refuses to coast after early lead; play pleases coach


ing Kings player Lukas Baleshta, as well as some help from captain Josh Woolley and newcomer Colton Wolfe-Sabo, was all it took to get the Kings on the board for the first time this season. Baleshta fired the puck off the post and found space in the high slot, eliciting an excited cheer from the amped up crowd. Throughout the period, the Kings came out hungry and played a tough, physical game, a style of play that continued after the team hit the ice in the second period when Jarred Parent (from Colton Wolfe-Sabo, Spencer MacCormack) scored a quick goal on the powerplay little more than a minute into the frame. Former Waterloo Siskin player WolfeSabo made a name for himself with the fans early on this season, notching two points in his first two periods of play. “We are happy to have him on the team, like all of our new guys,” said Haddaway. “He came to us because of scheduling conflicts with the Siskins and we’re grateful for that.” With a two-goal lead, the Kings could have shifted to a more de-



SO IT BEGINS Fans were entertained both during the game as well as afterwards with a tailgate party. Top left, Kings Booster Club members Sandy Mann, Karen good and Donna Martin served up burgers. Top right, Andrew Knicely showed his team pride where it was sure to be seen. Above, the team lines up before the game for an official introduction. fensive game in the third period but they continued to play hard and Zach Solomon (MacCormack, Andrew Smith) took a quick shot on net, followed up on the

rebound then got a second chance and his backhanded shot got past the sprawled Kitchener goaltender, putting the Kings even further ahead. “I’m really pleased

with the way that the first game went, but I am not surprised,” said Haddaway. “We picked these guys because we believe in them. They put out a pretty good effort for

the first game but we can’t get ahead of ourselves and start celebrating too soon. We still have a lot of work to do.” The coach said the Kings spent the week

polishing up their systems in preparation for Friday night’s matchup with Stratford. On Sunday, the Kings return home to take on Guelph. Game time is 7 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT He’s always on the move

Life is suddenly very busy for young Heidelberg actor and dancer Michael Cameron


TOOLS OF THE TRADE Michael Cameron says his passion for dance and hockey are two of the biggest reasons for his recent success. James Jackson


ichael Cameron likes to think of himself as a triple-threat for his ability to act, dance, and skate. Cameron, an actor and dancer from Heidelberg, scored himself a small role in the movie Score: A Hockey Musical which opened this years Toronto International Film Festival, and he credits his ability to act – and skate – as his keys to success. “It was almost like a dance audition but it was on skates,” he said with a laugh. “It was good for me because I was one of the only people at the audition who actually played hockey, so I already knew how to skate, where a lot of them weren’t as advanced as I was because of the hockey.” The movie stars Olivia-Newton John and Noah Reid, a young hockey player who becomes an instant star when he is signed by a junior league team only to discover that fame has its price. Cameron developed his hockey skills while playing Midget AAA in Waterloo, and even earned a call-up with the Elmira Sugar Kings, promptly scoring in his first game. He is also a prospect for the Kitchener Dutchmen.

His skills as a tap-dancer have helped him develop quicker feet, which is important for hockey. The 18-year-old has been acting and dancing since he was three years old, and got into it after his two sisters got into dance and his mother thought he should try it too. He excelled as a young dancer, and says that a lot of his earliest acting roles were just because of his appearance. “A lot of it was based on my looks. I was a cute kid with a bowl cut,” he said. Growing up, however, he did face some scrutiny from his friends for being a male dancer. “When I was in Grade 8, I kind of stopped the dance. I wasn’t as serious about it, because there was a lot of getting made fun of. But I got over it once I got to high school.” It seems that Cameron got the last laugh, though, because in June he was cast as a cheerleader in the new television program Hellcats, which is broadcast on A Channel and The CW Network. The show also stars Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame. “I remember we flew out for the audition in Vancouver, and there must have been 300 people there,” he recalled.

“There were so many big-name people there from So You Think You Can Dance, and I got scared.” The tryout was very intense, and he even injured himself during it, but he fought the fear – and the injury – and earned a part on the show. Now, this small-town kid is living the big-city dream in Vancouver, where the show is filmed. The show wraps up shooting in November, but he's been on a break for the last couple of weeks, which allowed him to come home and spend the last bit of summer with his family. “It’s weird, where I’m living is kind of like Heidelberg – it’s more of a subdivision of Vancouver – but downtown it’s a big city, which I’m not as used to. I just take the bus everywhere. I want to move there now.” While in Vancouver he is living with his friend’s uncle, which helps cut down on some of the costs – it’s a very expensive place to live, he said. Cameron plays a cheerleader for the Hellcats cheerleading squad. The show is based on the book "Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders" by Kate Torgovnick. When the show wraps up in Novem-

ber, Cameron isn’t sure what will happen next. He hopes it gets continued for a second season, but is making plans in case it isn’t. “I’m going to start taking acting classes when I return from Vancouver at Dean Armstrong’s Acting Studio in Toronto; he’s really highly recommended. Eventually I want to get bigger roles and become a leading man,” he said. And he is already earning those bigger roles. He has recently landed a part in West Side Story in Halifax from March to May 2011. “It’s the number-one musical that 18-year-old guys want to be in, because you’re in a gang,” he said with a grin. He is also making plans to attend the University of Waterloo so he can study environment and business, and keep his options open. “I need to have something to fall back on, a degree, in case I can’t dance anymore.” But for now, he’s just enjoying the opportunity to live in a new city – “I’m young, so I might as well do it!” And for those who have already seen the show, Cameron has some advice: “Keep watching, because it’s going to get intense!”

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You are at least 16 years old, able to perform physical activities including walking, standing, bending, and lifting, and are available to work every Friday, and Saturdays and Public Holidays as posted. Excellent attention to detail, and good reading, writing, and number skills are required. Rate of pay: $10.50 per hour Forward your resume, referencing “Part-time Student - Material Handler” in the subject line, by September 24, 2010 to: Dayna Walton, Recruitment, Human Resources Department, Home Hardware Stores Limited, 34 Henry St. W., St. Jacobs, ON, N0B 2N0, E-mail: Ph: (519) 664-4975 (Microsoft Documents Only)

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> alteCH has an entry level position for an Assistant Well Technician to conduct site investigations using a variety of direct push and auger drills. This very challenging and demanding career will involve travel, mechanical aptitude, lots of Client interaction and a commitment to safety. Those with welding skills and CD Licensing (AZ or DZ) will be preferred. Please call Dave Millard, 519-664-3331. > Full time sales clerk required. Must be able to work Saturdays and one evening a week. Apply in person with resume to Stemmler Meats & Cheese, 3031 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg. > Industrial

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> Bunkbeds! New! all solid wood, golden honey pine. Twin/twin $360; twin/ double $460. Custom mattresses twin $89; double $139. Total prices, delivered. 226-749-3584. > Buy-sell-trade Gun show at the Elmira Rod & Gun Club, 6533 Reid Woods Drive. Saturday, September 25th 2010. Show starts at 8 a.m. and runs until noon. $5.00 admission. For more info please call 519-6693067. > Kitchen Cupboards approx. 13 x 91/2’, medium coloured stain. Mahogany, excellent condition. $800. 519-664-3887. > Mattress/Boxspring, new, never used, still in sealed bag. Sacrifice $195. Delivery available. 519-6358737. > Passport

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> linwood - exceptional one bedroom apartment. Tile & wood floors, modern kitchen, fridge, stove, washer, dryer, A/C, fireplace, deck, backyard storage shed, parking. No smoking or pets. $595 + utilities. References. Call 519-6982600.

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> House sitter available for Snowbirds in Elmira. Non-smoker, retired business professional. Very responsible, reliable, respectful of people’s belongings. Available for 1-6 months. References available. Email: or 1-647-987-8776. > Welcome to Grant’s Hands On therapy. Gentle touch or deep muscle treatments, excellent for recent injuries or long term ailments. Call 519-5773251. Grant Brubacher, Certified Deep Muscle Therapist.

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> Christmas shopping bus trip to Erie Pennsylvania, November 19-21. Seats available. $185 per person for 4 in a room. Includes bus, upscale accommodations and breakfast. Leaves St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Heidelberg at 9 o’clock, November 19. Limited space - book today! Contact Chris at 519-6641425.

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FOr a CaUse Chris and Barb Thompson of Thompson’s Auto Tech Inc. welcomed visitors to a customer appreciation barbeque and open house for their new shop on Oriole Parkway in Elmira. The pair raffled off a GPS and raised $210 for cancer research.


» Saturday, September 18, 2010


2010 MUNICIPAL ELECTION Election Day is October 25, 2010 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. You are entitled to vote for Mayor, Regional Chair, Municipal Councillors and French Public School Board Trustee. Some residents are also eligible to vote for the Fluoridation Question. If you are not available to vote on Election Day you can vote at one of the Advance Voting Days, which are: Advance Vote #1

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Woolwich Memorial Centre - Community Room 24 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira

Advance Vote #2

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Township of Woolwich Administration Building - 1st Floor 24 Church Street West, Elmira

Advance Vote #3

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Breslau Community Centre - Fire Place Room 200 Woolwich Street, Breslau

The Township of Woolwich is seeking a community-minded individual who lives in or near Breslau to take over the role of Crossing Guard at the intersection of Woolwich Street South and Dolman Street. The position will open up on September 27th. The Crossing Guard works two shifts daily. The shift times are currently 8:00 am to 8:30 am and 2:50 pm to 3:20 pm. The position can be handled by one person or shared by two or more people. Applicants should be 18 years or older, be able to work in all types of weather, and have their own transportation to the intersection. The position pays $19.87 per day and all training and equipment is provided by the Township. The Crossing Guard is covered under the Township’s insurance. Temporary staff is available to cover any shifts that the Crossing Guard needs off.

Find out if you are on the Voter’s List The Preliminary List of Electors for the Township of Woolwich, indicating the names of those persons entitled to vote at the Municipal Elections, is currently available for review upon request at the following locations: • Township of Woolwich Municipal Office, 24 Church Street West, Elmira • Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave S., Elmira • Elmira Library, 65 Arthur Street South, Elmira • St. Jacobs Library, 29 Queenway Drive, St. Jacobs • Bloomingdale Library, 680 Sawmill Road, Bloomingdale (rear of Bloomingdale United Church) You may also contact the Municipal office by phone at (519) 669-6009 to find out if you are on the Voters’ list. Applications for inclusions, additions, corrections to, or deletions from the list may be made by an elector by completing and filing a form available at the Office of the Clerk, 24 Church Street West, Elmira during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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New technology allows us to handle more friends Q. A.

How many friends can you handle in life?

It used to be said that 150 social relationships are about all we have cognitive capacity or time for, but with Facebook and other online networking, that magical number has exploded with “weak-tie acquaintances,” says Richard Fisher in New Scientist magazine. With some 400 million of us networking worldwide these days, people are more readily sharing personal feelings and experiences with a wider group, says Nicole Ellison of Michigan State University (MSU), thereby getting a boost in self-esteem, happiness, health. According to sociologist Mark Granovetter, a significant percentage of us get our jobs via information provided by a weak tie. This is because these friends-of-friends are likely similar enough to you in social outlook and personal interest to have a positive influence. Though it would be difficult to maintain all these weak ties on your own, Facebook offers a way of cataloguing, explains Jennifer Goldbeck of the University of Maryland. “Now it’s easier

morning? Can you identify the most striking symptom of “empty nest syndrome”?

Strange But True


Bill & rich sones for an old school chum to feed you information that changes your behavior, or leads you to a party invitation where you meet the love of your life.” And, says Sandy Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the ability to broadcast to our social group means we need never feel alone. “There’s more of a safety net now.” Additionally, MSU’s Stephanie Tom Tong has found that online popularity increases with online friendships. The average number of Facebook friends is 130, report the website’s owners, and Tong believes this will continue to grow to 300 or more.


If you’ve already left home, did your parents feel distress over a loss of purpose and connectedness? Did they mourn the lost joy of listening for you in the wee hours of a Saturday

Although love bears children, children eventually leave home, a significant and sometimes difficult event, says David G. Myers in Psychology: Ninth Edition. Yet for most parents, an empty nest is a happy place, as they discover a new sense of freedom and renewed satisfaction in their marriage. In fact, most couples experience a “postlaunch honeymoon,” especially if they maintain close ties with their children. Or as psychologist Daniel Gilbert quipped in Stumbling on Happiness, “the only known symptom of empty nest syndrome is increased smiling.”

Q. A.

What first got the story of dice rolling?

The oldest known dice were excavated along with a 5,000-year-old backgammon set from the legendary Burnt City in southeastern Iran, destroyed by fire before being abandoned in 2100 B.C., says Clifford Pickover in The Math Book.

Dice were originally made from anklebones of hoofed animals and were used to produce random numbers. In ancient civilizations, the gods were believed to control the outcomes of dice tosses so dice were relied upon for crucial decisions like selection of rulers or division of heritable property. Even today, the metaphor of God controlling dice is common, like this one from physicist Stephen Hawking: “Not only does God play dice, but He sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” For centuries, dice rolls have also been used to teach probability, such as the likelihood of rolling snake eyes (a 1 and a 1) at 1/6th times 1/6th, or 1 in 36. Same for the rolling of box cars (a 4 and a 4) or any other single-combination number with two dice. But the sum of “lucky” 7 is much more likely because it can come from 6 + 1, 5 + 2, 4 + 3, or their reverse. That’s six combinations out of a possible 36, for a 1 in 6 probability--tops for all numbers and part of the story that keeps dice rolling on today.


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Woolwich prepares to go green bin Katie edmonds LEON MARTIN

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3 Bedroom back split. 1 1/2 bath, open concept with eat in kitchen & dining room with fireplace, semi finished basement, private lot, scenic view of Conestoga River Valley, in the friendly village of Glen Allan. $289,000 MLS COUNTRY LOTS .5 acre don’t miss this chance to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Within 40 minutes KW, or Guelph. High speed internet is available with fibre optic. Starting at $66,000 MLS

3 bedroom country bungalow with high speed internet available open concept. Master ensuite, main floor laundry, large 2 car garage, new ready to move in. Hobby shop allowed. $319,900 MLS Great property on the edge of town, approx. 21 acres workable, the rest is wooded with a large portion of maple trees, 1.9 acres is inside an industrial designated area. $599,900 MLS Two storey 3 bed and 3 bath room home on a half acre lot, open concept, high speed fibre optic internet available. $317, 900 MLS 4 acre country property with 5 bedroom, 2 bath home. Kitchen and dining room, family room, rec room, two car garage. Lots of area to entertain both inside and out. Camp fire site in the woods. Large garden and much more $459,900 MLS ADDRESS: 4-B Arthur St. S., ELMIRA • EMAIL: DIRECT: 519-503-2753 • OFFICE: 519-669-5426


t’s time to shrink your ‘waste-line’ Woolwich! That’s the message being sent from the waste management department for the Region of Waterloo as they get set to launch their green bin program in the township this fall. Starting the first week of November, residents will have green bin collection added to their regular weekly garbage day. “The green bin is very similar to the blue box

idea,” said Region of Waterloo coordinator of waste management Sue Langley. “Except this time we are collecting household organic materials like food waste. It will be collected from the curb and turned into compost.” The goal of the program is to help save valuable space in landfill sites by turning waste into useful compost. The green bin is not designed to replace a backyard compost unit, but rather

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to efficiently dispose of those items that cannot be decomposed at home. “The green bin is for those items that don’t go in the recycling or the compost,” explained Langley. “Things like meat, bones, baked goods, paper towels and kitty litter.” Other items that can be disposed of this way include organic items such as coffee filters and grounds, corn cobs and husks, dairy products and eggshells to name a few. Items not included in the collection are materials such as plastics, cleaning supplies, metals, textiles, wood, batteries, paint and other hazardous waste. Langley emphasized the importance of not adding any plastic to your green bin, including so-called biodegradable, compostable plastic bags. The materials collected from this program are going to a facility that composts the organics outside and cannot handle plastics. The program is new to Woolwich, but has been implemented in phases throughout Waterloo Region for the past four years. In 2006, the region sent green bins to five

city neighbourhoods, totaling 5,000 homes to test the system. After the success of that region, another 5,000 homes were added to the route in October 2007. The numbers continued to grow and now the surrounding townships are being included in the plan. Ultimately, the region hopes to ban organics from the landfill site by 2012. Between Oct. 12 and Oct. 29, green bins will be delivered to the front door of all homes in the township. As of the week of Nov. 1, the green bin will be collected alongside other waste at the curb on garbage day by a separate truck. “Ultimately, our goal is simply to reduce the amount of garbage going to the landfill,” said Langley. “We only have one landfill left in Waterloo Region and the more waste we can keep away from there, the better. We really encourage you to learn about the program and use the green bin.” To learn more about the program, drop in to an information session in the community room at the Woolwich Memorial Centre between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13.


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$287,000 | 3 Bedrooms, finished rec room, 2 baths, some hardwood flooring, fenced yard on a 99’ wide lot. Great for family or retiree. Very well maintained property. MLS









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3 bdrm, 4 bath Hawthorne model. Elegant dining room, spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar open to large great room. Plus 2nd floor den! Party deck with hot tub! Plus tons more! A must see! MLS


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$329,000 | 2 Bedroom converted school house. Inviting features include upper loft, plus mainfloor family, library office, original hardwood, great basement with walk out. Beautiful private mature yard…MLS

Quality Builder. 10 plans to choose from! Only 2 lots left! Build your dream home today! MLS

CHaRMiNG OLdER HOME. Laminate & ceramic on main flr. Gas fireplace. Some replacement windows. Main flr. laundry & 3 pc. Tastefully decorated. 64’x132’ lot. Garage. NEW MLS $264,900.

COURT LOCaTiON in Heidleberg. Main flr. family rm. overlooks park-like rear yard. Lots of Hdwd. on main flr. Fin. rec. rm. 2 baths. Furnace (07) Updated windows. NEW MLS $345,000.

SPOTLESS open concept, 4 level backsplit. Maple kitchen. HUGE family room. 4 bdrms. 3 baths. Backs onto to farmland! MLS $439,900.

COUNTRY PROPERTY west of Elmira (Yatton). Updates incl. kitchen w/ island, windows, doors and shingles. Upper level family room. 4+bdrms. Cistern. MLS $439,900

fLORadaLE - Opportunity knocks! Business opportunity and/or storage. 2 bldgs w/approx. 4680 sq. ft. MLS $214,900.

NiCE baCkYaRd - Updated windows, refaced cabinetry. 3+bdrms. Fin. rec. rm. MLS Reduced to $274,900

WOOdEd LOT. 2500 sq. ft. bungalow w/o bsmt. Ensuite bath. Two fireplaces. 2 bdrmsm washroom & lge rec. room. MLS $389,900

ONLY ONE LEfT!- Exceptional, 1900 sq. ft. condo backing to open parkland. Fin. rec. room. Elevator. Lge. garage. Retire in comfort! MLS $413,500


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Mapleton model to be built by quality builder. Impressive standard features. Limited lots left, Call Team McNeil today! MLS


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$717,000 | Picturesque property. 6 year Cape Cod. 3+ Bedroom, 4 Bath. Balconies and covered porches. Welcoming post and beam & natural woodwork. Striking fieldstone fireplace in the great room, full walk out basement. Geothermal, inground pool, barn and more… MLS



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Raised bungalow on landscaped lot, 3 bedrooms/2 baths, finished basement. Recent renovations, walk out to deck from dinette, gas fireplace in finished basement. A must see. $249,900. MLS 1037421 Edith. Gorgeous home on .59 acre, backs onto greenspace, landscaped yard with deck & patio. Open concept, 3+1 bedroom, 2 baths, partially fin. basement. Central air, oversized garage with cement drive. Shows AAA. $369,000. MLS 1028232 Kathy.



32 ROBIN DR., ELMIRA Beautiful brick bungalow located in desirable "Birdland" neighbourhood. Walking distance to all schools and new Rec Centre. This well maintained home is on a large lot, has beautiful mature maples, and a parklike backyard setting, with a lovely stone patio. Numerous updates including bathrooms, some windows, and roof. Come out and see this neat and tidy house, you'll want to move to beautiful small town Elmira. "A Great Buy"



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Eat-in kit open to FR w/fireplace, 3+ bdrms, rec room. Deck, workshop & shed. Dbl garage & new driveway. Act Now! MLS


$274,900 GLEN ALLAN | Located on 0.37 acre property! Beautiful pine floors, 9 ft ceilings, inviting family room with fireplace, walkout to deck and country view! 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, ample parking, appliances included, roof completed in July/2010. Approximately 15 minutes from Elmira! MLS

Res: 519-669-1068

JULIE HECKENDORN Broker Res: 519-669-8629

Steps to Victoria Park & amenities. F.R. addition, updated baths, finished attic. Wrap around porch & large yard. Just move in and enjoy! MLS


$259,000 DRAYTON | Property is well maintained inside and out. Large fenced yard backing onto school yard. Close to all amenities. House is one owner and pet and smoke free. Come and see!! MLS

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Loads of upgrades in this 1 bdrm + den condo. Hrdwd flrs, open kitchen, in-suite laundry, appliances included, w/out to private patio. Great location. A MUST See! MLS

$219,000 | Great family home in the village. Offers recroom, newly decorated mainfloor including flooring. Great deck off kitchen and fenced yard. 2 Baths, double drive. MLS

BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record

3 bdrms, 3 bath bungalow. Spacious Kitchen w/granite open to great room. Finished bsmt w/large rec-room. Central air, vac, natural gas & fenced yard! Call Mel today! MLS

$312,900 | Base price for 1,580 sq ft 4 bedroom, nearing completion on Knapp Street. $299,900 | For the Pinto on Knapp Street, also nearing completion. Visit us at our open house or arrange your personal appointment to see other plans and choices. Exclusive.


Great family area of Elmira, close to downtown. Large semi w/3 bdrms, 3 bath. Master bedroom with ensuite. 1½ garage appliances included. Call us today to view! MLS


$370,900 | For this beautiful spacious 2,000 sq ft plan, open concept kitchen/dining and great room. 3 bedroom, 2 bath.






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9 ANITA DR., ST. CLEMENTS Gorgeous executive home on a quiet street in the small town of St. Clements. Main floor laundry, three fireplaces, master ensuite, workshop, in-ground irrigation system. Immaculately landscaped lot (.42 acre) with great street appeal. 700 sq. ft. Nanny/ In-Law suite. Minutes to North Waterloo.



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Âť Saturday, September 18, 2010

FaMIlY alBUM aNNIVersarY


Happy 50th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary

Percy & Joyce Felker

Aaron & Wilma Metzger



John & Lynda Moseley-Williams Married Sept. 19, 1970

Join us for an Open House Sun. Sept. 26/10 2:30-4:30 Hawkesville Mennonite Church Love: Daryl, Kate, Scott, Sheldon Metzger Best Wishes only

Please join us for an open house in honour of our parents Sat. Sept. 25/10 Elmira Legion, 11 First St. W.

Happy anniversary from Laurie & Brad, Jennifer & Jeff, Jillian & Darren and your 10 grandchildren. Mom and Dad congratulations on 40 years together.

Best wishes only Love the kids

We would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all who were involved in the celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary open house at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Elmira.


Love Mommy & Daddy (Adam & Kristen Curry) Grandma & Grampy Curry and Grammy Coombs

God bless you all, Dave and Diane Leslie.


Happy 10th Happy 1st Birthday, Lenya! Birthday EMILY

Allison would like everyone to know that her little sister, Taylor, is turning 1 on September 22

Thank you all for the many expressions of congratulations, and a special thank you to Cindy, Wendy, Pam and their families for their hard work and generosity.

Wishing you both love and all the best now & forever.

Here's to 40 more!



Marg & Brian Craig of Heidelberg are thrilled to announce the upcoming marriage of their son Michael Brian to Amanda Jane Southorn, daughter of Sherry & Tim Southorn of Coldwater. The wedding will take place on Sat. Sept. 25, 2010 at Three Bridges Banquet Hall, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

September 22, 2010 Love Mom & Dad

Love Mummy, Daddy, and Luke





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> MARTIN, Onias B. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Passed away peacefully at Heritage House Nursing Home, St. Jacobs, on Thursday, September 9, in his 90th year.

> THIEL, Jessie Marie â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Passed away at Heritage House, St. Jacobs, on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 on month shy of her 80th birthday.


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Golden Disposal Waste & Recycling Services a division of 1678834 Ontario Inc.

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How To Make Wise Decisions Featuring Beacon from Mega Mutts Church

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DeVries, Andrew At his residence surrounded by his family went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 age 59 years. Andy DeVries of RR 1, Atwood is the beloved husband of Lucy (nee Ruiter). Dear father of David and his wife Sandra and their children James, Alexa and Kyra; Matthew and his wife Melissa and their children Chloe and Jaxson; Stephen and his wife Kahley and their children Noah and Lexie. Also survived by seven brothers and two sisters. He was predeceased by one son Philip (1992) and his parents. Mr. DeVries had been active on many community boards and organizations as well as a member of Woodside Bible Fellowship, Elmira. The family received their friends and relatives at Woodside Bible Fellowship, 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira on Sunday, September 12, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery, Listowel on Monday, September 13, at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of Andrew’s life and faith at Woodside Bible Fellowship at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. Donations to Youth for Christ, Listowel would be gratefully appreciated by the family.

> St. Jacobs Mennonite Church

Chicken and Sausage BBQ – 4:307 p.m. Adults $15, Children under 12 $7.50. Dinner includes chicken, sausage, baked potato, coleslaw, corn, dinner roll, pie and beverage. Proceeds to basement renovation. Tickets available at the door or by calling 519-664-2268.

> Woodside Grand Opening 10 a.m.

ECRA/ESA: 7006936




– 2 p.m. Exhibition Floor Hockey Game with Sugar Kings vs. Elmira Special Olympics team. Monster machines, children’s carnival, free BBQ.

sePteMBer 19 > Hungryman’s Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Presented by Elmira Legion and BMO Bank of Montreal. All you can eat, Elmira Legion, 11 First St. E. Elmira. Proceeds to Kids Help Phone.

> Hiking on the Grand Valley Trail,

Snyder’s Flats, 2 p.m. Join Alf for a two-hour hike on the Grand Valley Trail at Snyder’s Flats near Bloomingdale. Meet in the parking lot of the Bloomingdale Community Centre at 103 Snyder’s Flats Rd. No dogs or baby buggies please.

sePteMBer 20 > Elmira & District Horticultural



Society presents “All About Bulbs’ with Mary Grad & Linda Barkovsky of Guelph & Wellington County Masters Gardeners; 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church Hall, Arthur St., N. Members free, visitors $2. New members welcome. Info: 519669-2458.

sePteMBer 21 33 Industrial Dr., Elmira 519.669.1591


Bus: 519.895.2044 ext. 217 Home: 519.747.4388

Individual life insurance, mortgage insurance, business insurance, employee benefits programs, critical illness insurance, disability coverage,

RRSPs, RESPs, RRIFs, LIFs and Annuities. Suite 800, 101 Frederick St., Kitchener

DENTURE Allen Morrison Insurance Inc.

Cell: 519.581.7868

27 Brookemead, St, Elmira

Since 1987 - DentureTech Since 1995 - Denturist

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> Join us for lunch at Gale

Presbyterian Church, 2 Cross St., Elmira. We will be serving homemade meat and veggie lasagna, caesar salad, garlic bread and fresh peach cobbler for only $9. We will start serving at 11:30 a.m. and close at 1 p.m.

sePteMBer 22 > Nutritious, Delicious, Family

Friendly Cooking – Do you find it challenging to find the time to make healthy meals? This free six-week

course begins Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m. and is tailored to parents who want to learn how to plan and cook healthy, quick meals for their family. Each session will include a cooking demo and taste tasting! Call 519-664-3794 for more information.

> Storytime for children ages 3-5 at St. Jacobs Branch of Region of Waterloo Library. A story time program for children 3 to 5 years old. Join us for stories and fun activities on Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. starting Sept. 22 or Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:15 p.m. starting Sept. 23. Space is limited. For more information call or visit the library 519-664-3443.

> Community Meeting – Stop The

Stink. You are invited to join the fight to stop the proposed Elmira Bio-Waste Dump and the negative effects it will have on Elmira. Your opinion matters; 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Community Centre Room, Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave. E., Elmira. For more information email stopthestink@

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> “Happy Feet” will be the topic of the Health Education class from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Sarah Ferguson, Chiropodist, will offer tips on choosing healthy footwear and exercises for your feet. For more information call 519-6643794.

sePteMBer 24 > H.U.G.S Program 9:15-11:45

a.m. For parents and their children (0-5 yr). Topic: Recognizing children’s food allergies. Woolwich Community Health Centre, 519664-3794.

SHARON GINGRICH 519.291.6763

519.669.2884 Summer is Here! 21 Industrial Dr., Elmira

> In Concert – Waterloo Regional

Police Male Chorus at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 27 Mill St., Elmira, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance (or $12 at the door) available at Home Hardware, 22 Church St. W., Elmira; Elmira Wellness Centre, 24A Arthur St. S., Elmira or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 27 Mill St., Elmira. For more details call 519-669-2593.


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Wise customers read the fine print: †, ±, ♦, ≠ The New Fall Colours offers apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased between September 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010 from participating retailers. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. See participating retailer for complete details and conditions. †0% purchase financing for 36 months available to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, TD Financing Services and Ally Credit Canada Limited on most 2010 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models, except Challenger, Caliber Canada Value Package and SE Plus, Grand Caravan Canada Value Package and Cargo Van, Sprinter and Ram Chassis Cab. Example: 2010 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SLT 4x4 (26G+XFH) with a Purchase Price of $29,499 financed at 0% for 36 months equals monthly payments of $819.41; cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $29,499. Pricing includes freight ($1,400), air tax, tire levy and OMVIC fee. Pricing excludes licence, insurance, registration, any retailer administration fees, other retailer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Retailers may sell for less. ±Variable Prime Rate financing up to 84 months is offered on approved credit on most new 2010 and 2011 vehicles to qualified retail customers through TD Financing Services and Royal Bank of Canada. Bi-weekly payments shown are based on 84 month terms. Variable rate shown is based on TD and RBC Prime Rate and fluctuates accordingly. Payments and financing term may increase or decrease with rate fluctuations. RBC offer is not open to retailers in Quebec. TD offer is not open to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Some conditions apply. See participating retailer for complete details. ≠Customer Choice Financing for 36-, 48- and 60-month terms on approved credit through TD Financing Services is available at participating dealerships to qualified retail customers on most new 2010 and 2011 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models except Grand Caravan Cargo Van and Ram Chassis Cab. Vehicles are financed over a 36-, 48- or 60-month term with payments amortized over a term of up to 96 months and the pre-determined residual balance payable at the end of the contract. At contract’s end, customers have the choice of returning their vehicle through a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealership with no further obligations (except payment of a $199 return fee and excess wear and tear, mileage and similar charges), financing the remaining balance for the rest of the amortization period at then-current standard rates or paying the residual balance in full. Some conditions apply. Customer Choice Financing in Quebec is subject to different terms and conditions. Example: 2010 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SLT 4x4 (26G +XFH) with a Purchase Price of $29,499 financed at 4.99% APR over 60 months with payment amortized over 83 months equals bi-weekly payments of $193 and one final payment of $9,358 for a cost of borrowing of $4,993 and a total obligation of $34,492.36. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage and wear and tear charges, any retailer administration fees and other applicable fees and charges not included. Retailers may sell for less. See participating retailers for complete details. °Based on calendar year market share gain. ®SIRIUS and the dog logo are registered trademarks of SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. Customer Choice Financing is a trademark ooff Chrysler G Group LLC.


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Your local retailer may charge additional fees for administration/pre-delivery that can range from $0 to $1,098 and anti-theft/safety products that can range from $0 to $1,298. Charges may vary by retailer.

September 18, 2010  

The September 18, 2010 edition of the Woolwich Observer.