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The Reverend Morley Mitchell tells of the sign above the offices of Scrooge and Marley, still unchanged year’s after the latter partner’s death. The presentation of A Christmas Carol was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Stirling last Sunday. Please see “Scrooge” on page 2

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I would think that we are also drawing some people to the location so I imagine the library is also seeing some new faces as well.” Jay went on to say that the store size is slightly smaller so they have stopped selling things like dishes and home décor and they are now staying with clothing and shoes etc. Asked about the food bank he said things are in good shape at the moment but he wanted to remind people that last January was the busiest month of the year for the food bank. He said it was the only month where they had over 60 people apply for food. He said by the end of January there will be a shortage of supplies in the food bank so any donations would be welcome. In addition to the donations made by the community of Tweed toward the toy drive, the Lions Club of Tweed was able to donate $500 to the toy drive through their monthly jamboree. The jamborees usually take place the second Friday of each month and the Lions choose a different non-profit organization to make a donation toward. The next jamboree will take place at the White Building January 11 at 7 p.m. and will feature Cathy Whalen and the original Land O’ Lakes Cruisers along with six special guests who will play along with the band.

left unopened, destined for landfill. Mitz says, unfortunately, that is most of the time. Councillor Shelby Kramp-Neuman suggested the actual figure is close to 100 per cent. “We have source separated recycling,” Mitz ex-

plained, noting it is up to the individual to clean and sort materials in order for the program to work. “It saves us all money, it speeds up the process, but it depends on a knowledgeable, co-operative citizenry.” Reeve Owen Ketcheson

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EMC News - Tweed - The Tweed Lions Club in partnership with the Tweed Salvation Army have once again finished another successful toy drive and although the amount of toys collected is down a little, the number of families who have applied for a Christmas hamper is the same as last year. Wendy Lamb, of the Tweed Lions, said there were six locations that helped with the toy drive including the Tweed Legion, The Tweed News, Home Hardware, Tweed Motor Car Sales, The Food Company and Bush’s Furniture. Wendy wanted to thank all those who donated for their generosity. Jay Crewson is the general manager of the Tweed Salvation Army and said this will be the first year they will be distributing the Christmas Hampers out of the Hungerford Hall across from the Valu Mart Store in Tweed, which will take place on December 21. Jay said they will be packing the toys early in the week. Jay was asked how the new store location for the Salvation Army on Metcalf Street is working out and he said, “The new store is working out very well and we are seeing a lot of new people we have not seen before in the store. I think it has a lot to do with being beside the new library and this is drawing a lot of people to Metcalf Street.

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Members of the St. Andrew’s Choir, including the Reverend Morley Mitchell (centre) provided the music during last weekend’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, held at the Presbyterian Church in Stirling. By Richard Turtle

EMC Entertainment Stirling - As he stepped to the microphone in top hat and tails, the Reverend Morley Mitchell prepared to tell a story that for many has become a part of the Christmas season. And for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church, the event held last Sunday night has become “a budding tradition,” Mitchell says. “Marley was dead to begin with,” and so started the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, back by popular demand after an inaugural reading at the church last year. And he admits the presentation,



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made complete by period costume provided by Alice Fleming and Ardith Irvine, has been something of a learning experience, requiring a degree of research prior to the reading. About 60 parishioners and guests attended the evening reading that also included the singing of several Christmas carols by the St. Andrew’s Choir. Mitchell also thanked his musical contributors, “Beth Sharp and the Chorus for their embracing of the night’s music.” Author Charles Dickens also fancied himself an orator and actor, Mitchell explained, preparing the reading version of A Christmas Carol for his own purposes. In 1868, the reading text was made available to charitable groups and the story of greed, selfishness and ultimate redemption quickly became a classic. Divided into four staves, or reading sections, Mitchell offered a compelling telling before breaking between each to join the choir for musical interludes of Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Good King Wenceslas and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, among others. Following the presentation, which included a good will offering, guests were invited for refreshments, provided by the ladies of St. Andrew’s.

The Reverend Morley Mitchell, in top hat and tails, greets parishioners prior to his reading of A Christmas Carol at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church last weekend. The reading of the Dickens Christmas classic came on the request of parishioners who attended last year.

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Recyclables going to Christmas hampers will help over 150 families the dump Continued from page 1

The Tweed Lions Club presented a $500 cheque to the Salvation Army Toy drive. Lions President Art Pym (l) and Vice President Christine Ouellette (r) gave the donation to Assistant Supervisor of the Salvation Army Jo-Anne Kirsopp. R0011819957

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has some serious concerns about regulations governing the installation of solar farms. “I have strong feelings about that,� Ketcheson said during the meeting, raising comments made by North Stormont Township Mayor Dennis Fife where he called such projects a waste of farmland. “There is no way we should be putting solar or wind farms on Class 1, 2 and 3 agricultural land,� Ketcheson says. Council Mike Kerby says Madoc firefighters deserve a tip of the hat following a presentation by officials from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) at a recent Mutual Aid meeting. Fire departments have a history of involvement with the Ontario MDA, he says, participating in annual fund raisers and other events. And Centre Hastings Station 2 has been one of the program’s top donors with a total of just over $87,000 donated. This year Station 2 contributions amounted to $2,800, Kerby

said. As the year wound down, elected officials in Centre Hastings paid tribute to some of their long-serving employees, celebrating their years of service prior to the close of last week’s regular meeting of council. Reeve Owen Ketcheson commended the municipal staffers for their ongoing efforts before certificates and other gifts were presented by various members of council. Among those recognized were several members of the Centre Hastings Fire Department including Garrett Carleton (five years), Beth McBeath, Steve Clarke, Andrew Wood, Greg Nicholson (15 years), Derek Snider, Doug Wood, Larry Carswell (20 years), Dennis Derry, Chris Papertzian (25 years) and Bill Pollock (30 years). Municipal workers honoured included Christine Jones (15 years), Garry Chapman, Ralph Northey (20 years), Tammy Gardiner (25 years), Tom Piszczek and Doug Parks (30 years).


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Siobhan Hughes, representing Sacred Heart School, said, “The school very much appreciates the donation. It’s a worthwhile cause, and at With the Marmora TD Canada Trust’s Christmas Angel Tree and its resulting gifts in the background, some point over the year, Kellie Brace, Food for Learning Co-ordinator for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, accepted a $3,000 every child will participate donation from Michelle Brown, the Branch Manager of Customer Services. The funds will be divided equally in the Food For Learning among the three local schools for use in their breakfast programs. From the left are: Kathi McBride, Janice Storms, Michelle Brown, Kellie Brace, Siobhan Hughes and Brenda Reid. Photo: Judy Backus Program.” It was pointed out by Janice Storms of Earl Prentice School, “The kids love to attend the program and interact with each other, talking and visiting over breakfast. It’s a nice atmosphere and everyone is welcome.” Marmora Senior School’s By Kate Everson three nights. fighter Chuck Naphan. “We Brenda Reid commented, EMC News - Batawa “We picked up food from drove the fire truck by 700 “The programs couldn’t run The 17th annual Santa Tour Glen Miller, Glen Ross, Pine houses.” GT64_ChristmasAd_120712pf.pdf 1 07/12/12 1:58 PM if it wasn’t for community collected an awesome three Acres, Batawa up to FrankHe said other fire stations support.” and a half tons of food in ford,” said Batawa fire- in Quinte West also had food drives, each for their own area. “Our food goes to Stirling Food Bank, Frankford Lions Christmas Sharing and Trenton Care and Share Food Bank,” he added. Santa Claus was on the fire truck giving out candy canes to children and hugging mothers. “Santa is really popular with the kids,” he said with a smile. “Thanks to Smylies Independent who donated the bags and candy canes,” he added. “Last year Sears donated the bags. It’s a big help.” He said the community has been extremely generous with their donations. Wayne Brooks had a frontend loader full of food. In Glen Ross one resident gave them four boxes of food and toys and another lady handed over a $100 cheque and another gave $50. “And one friendly homeowner donated a bottle of Jamaican Rum for the boys,” Chuck said.

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cred Heart and Earl Prentice schools to help prepare breakfast for the children. As Brown commented, “TD prides itself on helping the community through various programs and fund raising such as the breakfast clubs, food bank and the Christmas Angel Tree which provides gifts for local children with the help and support of the community.” Branch Manager Kathi McBride added, “It’s important for us to be involved in the community.”

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Stirling Parade float winners Fine Line Design and the Trent Valley Shriners donated their prizes to the Community Cupboard food bank. Pictured are (from left) Food Bank Chair Heather Bailey, Jim Pollock, Rosanna Clark, Justin Monk and Kim Finkle.

$270 collected from float registration and divided between the winners. Prizes were awarded for the favourite private float (Fine Line Design) and the favourite non-profit float (Trent Valley Shriners) with the winners donating their full prizes to the food bank. Organizers also wish to thank judges Jean Lucas, Nikki Finkle and Judy Sarles.

Doug Buck is the longest serving firefighter in Batawa, there since 1953. Photo: Kate Everson Continued from page 4

Despite the hardships, volunteers love their jobs. “They get a sense of helping their community,” he explains. The Batawa Fire Station started in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Bata for the village of Batawa right across from the Bata Shoe Factory. Doug Buck has been a firefighter here the longest, starting in 1953, having worked at the shoe factory since 1946. He is now 86 and still helps out, maintaining the fire trucks. He is a World War II veteran. “He’s the only one who can fix the 1941 truck,” Chuck says. He’s also the only one who can still fit into his original uniform!” “They won’t let me leave!” Doug exclaims. The station has two tankers, a pumper, a rescue van and a four-wheel Gator the firefighters paid for by parking cars at Waterfront. The Gator is handy for getting

into backroads such as the nearby ski hill or Bleasdell Boulder, and also for grass fires or forest fires. Chuck notes that volunteer firefighters get the same training as career firefighters. The 18 firefighters at Batawa are all volunteers, the same as six fire stations in Quinte West. Station One in Trenton has a mix of 18 volunteer and 14 career firefighters. All are part of Hastings Prince Edward Mutual Aid system involving 19 municipalities and 47 fire stations. The training is difficult but some women have done it, getting equal treatment and pay. “We had one woman here once but she moved away,” Chuck said. He notes that in Coe Hill the chief is a woman and there are four women on the First Responder Medical Team.

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Add to the list of donors the latest winners in the Stirling Santa Claus Parade float contest. Rosanna Clark and Justin Monk from Fine Line Design, along with Shriner Jim Pollock, donated their cash prizes to the local charity just in time for Christmas. Economic Development Officer Elisha Maguire says the BIA sponsored contest was a huge success with

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Collecting food at Christmas is just one thing the firefighters do. Chuck adds that a lot of time is spent training the volunteers, getting familiar with new equipment and techniques needed for fighting fires and responding to medical calls and motor vehicle accidents on the 401. “It’s interesting work,” he said. “I’ve been a firefighter here for 30 years. The hardest part is the training. It’s non-stop. You have to stay current.” He says volunteer firefighters do not get a lot of pay for what they do. In fact, some of them lose money, by the time they sign off at work and pay for their own gas. It’s also very inconvenient. Pagers go off in the middle of the night, or even on Christmas Day. “One time I had to leave my wife in a restaurant,” he said. “I ruined a $500 suit fighting a tire fire.”

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EMC News - Stirling Heather Bailey says things are looking up at the local food bank. A slowdown in donations quickly turned around recently when Community Cupboard officials, including Bailey, the food bank’s chair, made a plea for donations after a long dry spell. Donations dropped drastically early this year as a result of the food bank receiving a cheque for $10,000 as part of the community’s Kraft Hockeyville prize. Most of that money, however, was already spent before the cheque arrived, she says. And a month before Christmas, with frighteningly bare shelves, Bailey says community response has been excellent. “Ever since it was in the paper, it’s been great,” she says, significantly raising the agency’s profile at a critical time. And the community response has been has been significant with several businesses taking part and numerous individuals making valued contributions.


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Letters to the editor Wyley responds to “having been told”! Dear Editor, That was a good letter by Mr. Sayeau responding to Wyley’s failure to appreciate teachers’ unions. It is right to point out the good

that unions have done in the past for workers at all levels. The debate, however, concerns present fiscal realities. When is enough enough, and what should modern



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unions be doing for their constituents? To set the record straight I have several degrees, CPA, CA, and HBA (Ivey School of Business). Since

I have chosen to work for, and hang around with, truck drivers, farmers and, yes, many teachers, I don’t choose to broadcast those “qualifications” much. That extensive training, however, would have meant (when I was younger) that I could teach. But I would have been bad at it, probably very bad, thus my admiration for those who are good at it. I have admitted to many teachers that my biggest problem is jealousy, both of their income level and their obvious ability to motivate youngsters. There was one major error in Mr. Sayeau’s letter which puts the whole argument in perspective. Teachers pensions are 50% funded by the Ontario government, not, as he contended, financed solely by teachers themselves. This, of course, means that we, (the great unwashed), have a distinct and very meaningful stake in “the provision of pension security” to our teacher brethren. We DO have a huge voice in “matters’ teacher.” The relevant data can be found at <OTPP. com/documents/10179/98 935Financial+Statement>. This is probably mailed out annually to every teacher, but it’s over forty pages long and is tough slogging even for someone who used to make a living preparing that stuff. Known universally now as “Teachers,” it is a contrib-

utory defined benefit pension plan co-sponsored by the Province of Ontario and Plan members. It is probably the best pension plan in Canada. I wish I could get in on their 9.7 per cent average return since inception in 1989; I would sleep a lot better at night. But, (there’s always a “but” nowadays), the best plan in Canada had a deficit at December 31, 2011, of $45,490,000,000! Wait a minute Wyley, you’re pointing to the audited statements and they show net assets available for benefits of $117.1 billion, but the accrued pension benefits are $162.6 billion! And in spite of stellar investment returns, (13 per cent, 14 per cent and 11 per cent from 2009 to 2011 respectively), the fund has lost ground by a total of 14.8 billion dollars in those three most recent years. Yikes! And the Province of Ontario is a little short right now and is unable to make up the shortfall. It won’t please older retired teachers to hear it but just like everywhere else in society the younger generation are now being asked to make up for “the sins of their fathers.” Young teachers’ contribution levels keep increasing, and so, in lockstep, does ours (Ontario). The youngsters have been told to get out there on the picket line while blissfully unaware of a forty-five and a half billion

dollar deficit being deferred to their detriment because we don’t have any money. Sound familiar? You can blame it on mismanagement, or outside influences, or even my “uninformed opinions,” as Mr. Sayeau chose to do, but there is a harsh reality out there that we all had better heed. Ontario’s mathematical geniuses and education gurus have screwed up big time and their plan is “actuarially” under water. While the first in, first out pension recipients are golden in their retirement ecstasy, the youngsters have to hope investment returns are huge. Or, we could raise their contribution level to 20 per cent and all taxes by 20 per cent; that would solve it too. And finally, I have been writing this stuff for 30 years and I prefer to give people a laugh. Unfortunately, however, laughing is impossible with this one, but that is why my pen name is spelled Wyley, not Wily. I know that even my teacher friends would not denounce me as “someone who is cunning and deceitful.” So there you have it. All those in favour of a 20 per cent tax increase raise their hands. You old teachers at the back there, don’t be ducking your heads! Yours truly, Wyley Canuck, aka Ken Leavens, Stirling


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EMC Editorial Here’s an interesting statistic: the second-highest rate of gun ownership in the world is in Yemen, a largely tribal, extremely poor country. The highest is in the United States, where there are almost as many guns as people: around 300 million guns

for 311 million people. But here’s another interesting statistic: in the past 25 years, the proportion of Americans who own guns has fallen from about one in three to only one in five. However, the United States, unlike Yemen, is a rich country, and the average American gun owner has four or five firearms. Moreover, he or she is utterly determined to keep them no matter what happens. What has just happened in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, is the seventh massacre this year in which four or more people were killed by a lone gunman. The fact that this time twenty of the victims were little girls and boys six or seven years old has caused a wave of revulsion in the United States, but it is not likely to lead to new laws on gun controls. It’s not even clear that new laws would help. Half the firearms in the entire world are in the United States. The rate of murders by gunfire in the United States is almost twenty times higher than the average rate in 22 other populous, high-income countries where the frequency of other crimes is about the same. There is clearly a connection between these two facts, but it is not necessarily simple cause-and-effect. Here’s one reason to suspect that it’s not that simple: the American rate for murders of all kinds, shooting, strangling, stabbing, poisoning, pushing people under buses, etc., is seven times higher than it is in those other 22 rich countries. It can’t just be guns. And here’s another clue: the rate of firearms homicides in Canada, another mainly English-speaking country in North America with a similar political heritage, is about half the American rate and in England itself it is only one-thirtieth as much. What else is in play here? Steven Pinker, whose book The Better Angels of Our Nature is about the longterm decline in violence of every kind in the world, is well aware that murder rates have not fallen in the United States in the past century. (Most people don’t believe that violence is in decline anywhere, let alone almost everywhere. That’s why he wrote the book.) And Pinker suggests an explanation for the American exception. In medieval Europe, where everybody

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from warlords to peasants was on his own when it came to defending his property, his rights and his “honour,” the murder rates were astronomically high: 110 people per 100,000 in 14th-century Oxford, for example. It was at least as high in colonial New England in the early 17th century. By the mid-20th century, the murder rate in England had fallen more than a hundredfold: in London, it was less than one person per 100,000 per year. In most Western European countries it was about the same. Whereas the U.S. murder rate is still up around seven people per 100,000 per year. Why? Pinker quotes historian Pieter Spierenburg’s provocative suggestion that “democracy came too early” to America. In European countries, the population was gradually disarmed by the centralised state as it put an end to feudal anarchy. Only much later, after people had already learned to trust the law to defend their property and protect them from violence, did democracy come to these countries. This is also what has happened in most other parts of the world, although in many cases it was the colonial power that disarmed the people and instituted the rule of law. But in the United States, where the democratic revolution came over two centuries ago, the people took over the state before they had been disarmed—and kept their weapons. They also kept their old attitudes. Indeed, large parts of the United States, particularly in the southeast and southwest, still have an “honour” culture in which it is accepted that a private individual may choose to defend his rights and his interests by violence rather than seeking justice through the law. The homicide rate in New England is less than three people per 100,000 per year; in Louisiana it is more than fourteen. None of this explains the specific phenomenon of gun massacres by deranged individuals, who are presumably present at the same rate in every country. It’s just that in the United States, it’s easier for individuals like that to get access to rapid-fire weapons. And, of course, the intense media coverage of every massacre gives many other crazies an incentive to do the same, only more of it. But only one in 300 murders in the United States happens in that kind of massacre. Most are simply the result of quarrels between individuals, often members of the same family. Private acts of violence to obtain “justice,” with or without guns, are deeply entrenched in American culture, and the murder rate would stay extraordinarily high even if there were no guns. Since there are guns everywhere, of course, the murder rate is even higher. But since the popular attitudes to violence have not changed, that is not going to change either.

Fed up with professional hockey politics

Dear Editor, As a somewhat curious bystander to the current toe-totoe battle between the National Hockey League owners and the NHL Players Association, I find it tough to project the maximum dose of yuletide cheer at this time of year while the powers that be systematically trash the most historic professional sports organization on the face of the globe. I admit that in the past decade or so my vested middle-age interest in the NHL on-ice product has dwindled to an occasional glimpse on the television screen during channel surfing routines for a number of personal reasons. Too many dismal southern U.S. franchises who consistently finish each season in the red ink section of league financial ledgers, misguided game officials signaling phantom foul infractions to bloat power-play scoreboard totals and stadium ticket costs higher than most people’s monthly mortgage payment are just a trio of said problems. Third-line NHL skaters earning way more cash than their stick-handling abilities warrant would be another irresponsible predicament which quickly comes to mind. At this frustrated point in time, I am in firm belief that the two sides sitting at opposite ends of the negotiating table are to be equally blamed for the stalemate. Both have accounted for endless moments of legal mumbo jumbo, macho chest-

puffing and have spouted daily mouthfuls of mindless misinformation. Their mutual insistence that the average money-paying ticket holder’s plight is foremost on their minds when staging such lock out travesties is laughable at best. Unfortunately, as in most pro sports whether it is the game staged on the playing surface or in the executive boardroom, “winning” is the sole definitive goal. Meanwhile the cancellation of multiple live events, and possibly even an entire season, continues to mount. My sound advice for the hockey-starved Quinte area resident would include a regular excursion to local arena venues to enjoy the great Canadian game in its most honest simplistic form. The Belleville Bulls, Wellington Dukes, Trenton Golden Hawks and a surrounding cluster of Empire “B” junior clubs all display a solid night of entertainment at a minimal price to patrons; not to mention the hundreds of boys and girls minor hockey associations inside the neighbouring population who play for the absolute love of the game. It is a far better solution than staying glued to the TV monitor while being held hostage by a collection of stalemated, spoiled-rotten millionaires who can not agree on the proper logistics needed to split an annual profit of $3.3 billion. Kevin Solmes, Stirling

My two cents By Terry Bush

EMC Editorial - With teachers and the province’s Bill 115 in the news, one would almost think that religion was being discussed around the water cooler. The battle lines have been drawn; the pickets are out. People have their dander up as they do every time teachers are involved in any sort of protest. This current labour dispute doesn’t really have anything to do with money but why bother letting the facts get in the way of a good rant. This dispute, from the teachers’ point of view, is about their right to negotiate. Because taxpayers pay teachers’ salaries, we always need to put our two cents worth into any labour dispute. The general public has a pretty good idea what teachers earn, how many holidays they receive, and their benefits. Other public servants earn comparable or better wages but most government employees are hidden away in the background unlike teachers, who are front and centre in everyone’s lives at one time or another. Could jealousy for the perks of someone else’s chosen profession sometimes colour a person’s perception of a situation enough to forget the facts and go off on a tangent? Most certainly. It’s only natural to get worked up when someone who is better off than you are complains about anything. Does anyone think a farmer working 70 hours per week, cares one bit that a teacher has to mark papers at home? Does a small business owner working long hours six days a week for less than a teacher’s starting wage, really want to know how tough it is for teachers? Do low wage earners with no benefits or pensions who have to work well into their 60s really feel badly for a teacher who can retire with a pension in their early 50s? Chances are slim. Empathy is hard to muster at times. Past labour disputes always have a way of resurfacing in people’s minds and paying for childcare during a one-day work stoppage doesn’t sit well with parents especially this time of year. But at the same time, most people have a soft spot for teachers who have helped them along the way. A good teacher is worth his or her weight in gold. I look back fondly on many of my teachers from both public and secondary school, who imparted upon me a love of language, geography and art. Here I am today, working at a newspaper, spending my holidays visiting museums around the world and I owe a big thank-you to those who inspired me to achieve my goals in life. Like everyone else, I also had some real duds, especially in high school; educators who couldn’t communicate with students and often didn’t really seem to care. They were just putting in time collecting a salary but why would anyone think that teaching would be different than any other profession. Some people are motivated, some aren’t. Some strive to be the best they can be, others are along for the ride. I have friends and family members who teach and there definitely is no real consensus there about the demands of the job. One friend freely admits he summers on the east coast as soon as his children are out of class. Another takes courses in the summer to stay on top of things because she wants to become a better teacher. Yet another moans and groans about how difficult her part-time teaching job is. Of the three, my sympathies would definitely lean toward the teacher who puts an effort into bettering herself because she will be the one her students remember in the decades to come. My aunt was one of those teachers. She lived for her job and the children she taught at a time when teachers didn’t make much money. She took courses during the summer while finding time to help on the family farm. She was involved in organizing school choirs because she loved music and the sound of children’s voices. Like many teachers today, she loved and was inspired by the children she taught. She passed away last week at the age of 88. It wasn’t a shock as she’d suffered from Alzheimer’s for quite some time. It was a real shame though because she’d gone back to school at Queen’s at the age of 75 to fulfill her goal of attaining the degree she’d started before she went to teacher’s college. She was two courses shy when Alzheimer’s made it impossible to continue. When we got into the limos to head to the cemetery after her service on Wednesday, it was almost as if she’d planned her final hurrah. On one side of St. Paul’s Church in Stirling was the Stirling Intermediate School. On the other side of the church, a few metres down the road sat Stirling Primary School. School and church were mainstays in her life. As the procession started down the street to the cemetery, we all noticed teachers picketing in front of the school. As we approached, the signs dropped one by one until all were down. Many of the male teachers removed their hats. Everyone faced the hearse and limos. The same thing happened farther down the road. Every teacher stopped picketing as the hearse rolled past. All of them showed their respect and our family were definitely touched by their actions. The picketers didn’t know it was one of their own headed to her final resting place but it seemed a fitting sendoff having them there. My Aunt Keitha would have been proud to be among them. We were. Northeast EMC - Thursday, December 20, 2012


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Dear Editor, I am a retired father, union executive, business owner and pensioner. I find it interesting to read the views of enlightened people such as Wyley and Mr. Sayeau. Both are expressing well thought out and partial opinions. However, in my view, both miss the main point. Our government, the people we elect, are fail-

ing miserably in governing our province. They have spent us into a large hole and as Wyley rightly points out the cupboard is bare. Our representatives in the past have negotiated poorly, given in to large demands to avoid strikes and to ensure re-election. Now they are running from a battle by passing Bill 115 hoping the masses will think they are managing well. Instead they are once again running. They prorogued parliament to avoid other issues as well as this one. I believe Mr. Sayeau is correct: most citizens have benefitted from our unions. Unions do negotiate and gain where possible many benefits for their members. The key, though, is where possible. Businessmen negotiate to keep money in their ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pockets and businesses must be profitable. In the past the economy was booming, money was plentiful. Unions took advantage as is their right

and many gains were made. The government was slow in rewarding the public service and militant unions were the order of the day. Our elected representatives caved and many benefits were won. Now the economy has tanked, the tax base has shrunk and there is no money. What has to happen? The unions by definition must protect their members. The government has no money. The civil servants who direct or guide our government are beneficiaries indirectly or directly of the unions. Our representatives are politicians and are there because they avoid conflict. So they run for the hills. Pass laws and keep our/your kids in school. One point that Mr. Sayeau makes is that teachers do all this extra work after hours, i.e. marking papers, doing report cards. I would ask him when he thinks the business owner does his books, the worker studies for his qualification

exams, the builder studies his plans or sharpens his tools? I would suggest it is generally after hours. If the earnings are worth the effort and time you do it, otherwise you get out of the pot. I suggest it is time that our politicians did what we elect them for, govern. Make the hard decisions. I also think that our government employees should face reality and make the concessions needed. The whinging and vitriol is very boring. The public relations are abysmal. Negotiate what is allowed. If teachers feel they must, cut out the extracurricular activities. We did not have them when I was a child. Parents used to volunteer and kids went to Cubs, Scouts, CGIT and participated in local sports. Teachers taught. Now it is time for our leaders to lead responsibly. Jack Pollock, Stirling


The rhetoric continues from Dyer Dear Editor, After reading Gwynne Dyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest epistle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead, Dead, Dead: The Middle East peace process,â&#x20AC;? I simply had to reply to the typically far left rhetoric. Not once in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;enlightenedâ&#x20AC;? broadside about how the Israelis are killing the so-called peace process did Dyer mention the terrorist group Hamas. Must have slipped Dyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind that Hamasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; avowed objective is the annihilation of the entire country of Jews. He must also have forgotten the reckless firing of thousands of rockets ran-

domly into Israeli civilian populations. So much for a balanced editorial. So much for the Palestiniansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; desire to create a two-state solution. Dyer comes across as most of the other proHamas supportersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;dedicating their criticism of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horrifying decision to build homes in East Jerusalem but simply ignoring a terrorist group threatening the extinction of an entire race. Hamas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a two-state solution. It wants to exterminate every last Jewish man, woman and child on the planet. If Dyer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize

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EMC News - Spring Brook Highway 14 was closed for about three hours at midday on Wednesday last week as Stirling-Rawdon fire crews battled a house fire just north of the four corners. Fire Chief Rick Caddick says damage was extensive but crews were able to douse the fire in short order. “The structure is still there,” he says of the single family two-storey home, but was uncertain last week exactly what action would be taken regarding repairs. Damage was estimated at about $100,000. A cause had not been determined but the blaze was investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, Caddick says, with work completed at the scene late last week and a final report expected soon. “We had 25 of our guys at the scene,” he says, adding pumper support was provided by Centre Hastings and Marmora and Lake while Belleville FD provided refills for breathing tanks. But the crews on the front line were all Stirling-Rawdon volun-


The smoke was thick in Spring Brook when firefighters arrived to fight a fire at a home just north of the four corners. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

teers, Caddick adds, noting, “they were awesome. They did an amazing job” on what he admits was a stubborn fire. “We were chasing [the fire] through the walls, but they knew where it was.”

Firefighters cut several holes in the roof to extinguish the fire below. The call was received at about 10:30 a.m. with the fire under control within the hour. Nobody was at home at the time of the fire, Caddick says, but

smoke alarms were present and working when crews arrived. Police closed Highway 14 from Springbrook Road to Bateman Road as fire crews, trucks and hoses blocked the street until about 2:30 p.m.

Rotarians play Santa as toy drive wraps up EMC News - Stirling - The Stirling Rotary Club has donned its collective Santa Claus costume to help local agencies provide for needy families again this Christmas. Local Rotarians held their annual Christmas party last Friday at the historic Grand Trunk railway station in Stirling and the theme of the evening was Christmas giving. As in past years, the highlight of the night was the presentation of a large collection of toys, provided by the club,

to Kim Finkle of the Christmas Sharing Basket program. Finkle explains, “Stirling area families can sign up to receive a Christmas Sharing Basket from the food bank, which contains all the fixings for a delicious Christmas dinner—including the turkey.” And if there are young children in the family, Finkle provides details to the club (no names, just ages and particular interests) so that appropriate toys can be purchased for these kids.

And that’s where Stirling Rotary comes in. “Rather than exchanging gifts at our Christmas party,” explains Rotarian Julie Obstfeld, “each of our members and their spouse or partner agree to buy gifts for a specific child on Kim’s list. It’s great to be able to shop for toys knowing a bit about who we are buying for, in hopes of getting something the kids will really love.” This holiday season, Stirling Rotarians were able

to provide for more than 30 names on Finkle’s list. In addition, the Stirling Rotary Club presented her with a cheque for $300 to help her purchase any last-minute items that might be needed to complete the Christmas Sharing Baskets. “Our main objective,” says Finkle, “is to make certain that no child in Stirling will be forgotten this Christmas.”

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EMC Entertainment - Tweed - At the Tweed Library’s first ballet recital ever, a large crowd of about 70 family and friends came to watch young ballerinas perform a ten-minute recital of the Nutcracker and were treated to pins and pirouettes, jumps and lots of smiles. Brooke Ingram is the new instructor and when she put a call out for potential dance students in Tweed she said she was overwhelmed by the response. “I was asked by the library if I would volunteer to teach a dance class and I wasn’t sure how it would go. So many

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Steve Fryer, director of Carpe Diem, made sure that the audience had a chance to participate in the Christmas musical celebration, encouraging all to sing along as the orchestra played Jingle Bells and Silver Bells. Photo: Judy Backus

Following the December 16 Christmas Cantata, grateful members of Saint Andrew’s Senior Choir and Friends, represented by Jennie Killian, left, and Myrtle Barry on the right, presented organist Tibor Csaszar and choir director Barb Reynolds with gifts to show appreciation for their many hours of involvement with the production. Photo: Judy Backus By Judy Backus

EMC Entertainment Marmora - A long-standing local Christmas tradition took place again this year, filling St. Andrew’s United Church in Marmora with music on the evening of December 16 and

doing the same the following night at Trinity United Church in Madoc. The two-part performance began with a presentation entitled “Let it Snow” by the string ensemble Carpe Diem, once again under the direction

of Steve Fryer. As he explained prior to the presentation, “Every piece in the performance has something to do with snow.” To add to the atmosphere, all the musicians were asked to decorate their music stands using a snowy

theme. Instruments used in the performance included violins, cellos, violas, bass, piano and trumpet. Vocalist Ruthanne Fryer performed “Walking in the Air,” a song about a magical snowman who takes a boy on a flight to the sky. Another member of the group, George Danes, played the trumpet solo, the title piece of the evening, “Let it Snow”. There was audience participation as well, with two singalongs and a selection of carols for all to enjoy.

At the conclusion of that portion of the evening, the members of St. Andrew’s senior choir and friends arrived to present the Cantata, “First Christmas,” written in 1980 by Joe E. Parks. The choir was directed by Barb Reynolds, with accompaniment provided by organist Tibor Csaszar and narration added by Wally and Sherry Mayhew, the church’s minister and his wife. The 12 pieces of varying styles of music, from lively to poignant, including one with a calypso beat, told the story of the first Christmas. As was written in the forward to the cantata,

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adding with a laugh, “but we were told this was about the same calibre.” Here for a month from their home in Essex, about 40 minutes from London, the family of five includes three daughters, and Rob admits there are some big differences in preferred sports on the other side of the Atlantic. Football (soccer) and cricket were more familiar to the father and daughter as they sat in the stands above the ice but hockey, they say, is certainly entertaining to watch. And it doesn’t hurt to know some of the players when the new rules are a little hard to keep up with. Millie, who is in her fourth year of school back home,

Millie and her father, Rob Barlow, arrived in Hockeyville from England recently to spend Christmas in Canada. The pair took in their first hockey game as their hosts faced off in a Peter Puck game last weekend. Photo: Richard Turtle

says the sport is not unlike a chillier version of netball, on a slipperier surface. And while the weather has been unseasonably warm

EMC News - Stirling - The Stirling and District Lions Club is busily preparing for next year’s HogFest and are once again encouraging other local groups to get involved. While the annual spring celebration has been spearheaded by the local Lions, several other organizations and groups also play a part, offering a range of activities to fight the February Blahs. Lions Fund-raising Chair Ruth Potts says the club has been behind some highly successful community events over the years, from truck shows and dances to scarecrow festivals and craft sales, but adds much of the credit goes to other organizations and area residents who come

out in support. “We have a really good relationship with other groups,” Potts says, noting HogFest is a prime example of that cooperation. And the collective efforts of many has led to a weekend of activities for all ages with more announcements to come. Already confirmed as participants in the February 1 until 3 events are the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 228, St. Paul’s AOTS, St. Andrew’s, Stirling Hockeyville, the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library and the Community Pentecostal Church. “We couldn’t do it without them,” she says. So, many of the favourite events are expected to be back to welcome the 2013 spring, including dinners and dances,

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EMC News - Stirling When Rob Barlow and daughter Millie arrived recently with family from England to spend Christmas in Canada, they had never been exposed to what many consider to be our national sport. So when they got to Hockeyville from the Toronto airport to visit with the McInroy family, the rink was a natural destination, with their hosts scheduled to play on Sunday evening. Peter and son Jesse McInroy were facing off in a regular season Peter Puck game and for the two nonjet-lagged Barlows it was a chance to tag along for the first-time experience. “We really wanted to see an NHL game,” Rob said from the stands last Sunday evening, lamenting the strike only slightly before

the pond hockey tournament and free public skating at the arena. The local Lions also recently held an appreciation dinner, acknowledging the many community partners who have made contributions to the club over the past year. Hosted at the Lions Hall last week, the dinner and social event also recognized many of last year’s HogFest participants as well as those who took part in Scarecrowfest. Among those acknowledged with a certificate last week were Kim and Reid Hagerman, Diana and John Richter and family, Elisha Maguire, the municipality of Stirling-Rawdon, Farmtown Park, the Youth Advisory Council, Stirling Festival Theatre, Stirling Citizens Band, Cindy and Dave Brandt and the Hockeyville committee, The EMC, Don McCurdy, Betty and Jim Redcliffe, Richard Dean,Jenny Hudson,Dave Clapp, Melanie Dudgeon, Jim Chrysler, Steve Dracup, and local police and fire officials. Others also recognized included Greg Nogler and the Stirling Creamery, Steve Runnals and Foodland, the Masonic Lodge Stirling, Julie Yoo and Pro One Stop, Rona Stirling and Cody Lewis, Tanner Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Madison Lake and Owen Kerr. Community groups, businesses and church organizations who wish to take part in HogFest activities are asked to contact Ruth Potts at 613438-3418.

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EMC News - Tweed - SH Connor School elementary students from kindergarten on up in Tweed did a little preChristmas shopping at Tweed Hungerford Senior School and everything they shopped for cost only one buck! Parents and teachers donated knickknacks they had around the house to the sale and there was a very large selection of items. Once the students had made their gift selections from one area of the school, they took their purchases to another classroom where volunteers helped them wrap their presents so the lucky recipients of the gifts would truly be surprised on Christmas morning. Mary Mikkelsen is an Educational Assistant and has been helping with the sale which is now in its fourth year. “The money we raise from the sale goes to the Breakfast

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EMC News - Kathi McBride, Branch Manager for the Marmora TD Canada Trust, recently made a visit to Earl Prentice Public School (EPPS) where she presented the Grade 1 students with a copy of the book, I’ve Lost My Cat by Philippe Beha. The occasion was part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, one of several children’s reading programs the TD Bank supports each year. Every Grade 1 student in Canada is receiving a copy of this wonderful story. Pictured with McBride, proudly holding their new books, are Rebecca Smith, Natalie Clark and Connor Bonter, all Grade 1 students at EPPS. Photo: Heather McMaster

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tion Ltd. was authorized by the CVCA to confirm whether potential leakage existed at the interface between the dam and the bedrock because of structural issues. “Initially, O.D.S marine divers did a thorough underwater inspection upstream of each bay and could not detect any water flow between the interface of the dam and the bedrock. The next step was to choose the bay to begin the dry inspection. Bay three (third from the south end), was chosen as the bay where a horseshoe coffer dam would be built on the downstream of the dam. This bay was chosen owing to evidence of broken concrete downstream and the overall visual condition of the bay.  After building the coffer dam and subsequently dewatering the bay, the divers confirmed there were no channels or gaps  under the sill.  As a result, no flow was determined under the foundation of the dam. “The initial diving inspection also indicated there was debris trapped under most of the sill stop logs [the bottom log], which did not allow for a perfect seal. The fist-sized rocks and branches under the bottom stop logs, become caught when the force of the water moves debris under the logs during the replacement of stop logs after the spring

freshet. The divers determined that the dive inspection and evidence from bay three indicated that dewatering the remaining six bays would not provide any additional information or show evidence of problems at the interface.” With the information presented to the CVCA board on Friday, the board has directed staff to further investigate the alternatives to ensure leakage through the stop logs is kept to a minimum while maintaining an acceptable flow for downstream users and the environment. This plan is to be submitted to the board for their review and consideration at the annual meeting in February 2013. Havelock-BelmontMethuen Mayor Ron Gerow put forward a successful motion that the Ministry of Natural Resources be contacted and a meeting be set up during the coming Rural Ontario Municipal Affairs (ROMA) convention, to discuss water issues within the authority boundaries, particularly those of Belmont Lake. The very enthusiastic team of Marnie Guindon, the Lead Source Water Protection and Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician, and Vicky Woolfrey, the Source Water Protection and Monitoring Technician, made a slide presentation relating to special projects they supported, among them participation in the provincial groundwater and surface water monitoring networks, the Ontario Low Water Response program, and a Benthics program which, through the collection of small organisms from area streams, helps to determine the water quality. The MNR provides funding for two summer students to work in this program. They spoke of a geographic information sys-

tem (GIS) which, “lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationship, patterns and trends.” It was pointed out that the benefits of such a system include “cost savings and increased efficiency, better decision making and improved communication.” Their presentation ended with a recommendation that “CVCA continue to uphold and enhance partnership opportunities by allocating sufficient resources to the monitoring and GIS programs for the benefit of building technical capabilities and services as crucial tools for future decisions.” Pidduck thanked them for the presentation and for their keen involvement, saying for 2013 the cost to the authority for the outlined programs would be $5,431. Pidduck went on to take the board members through the proposed and very detailed 2013 balanced budget line by line, thanking board member Barry Rand of North Kawartha, for his guidance and support, and Administrative Assistant Caroline Anshan for all her related work, on what he termed was “a difficult budget process.” With a only a few minor changes being made and appreciation expressed for the updated format, a motion was made to circulate the budget to the member municipalities for comment. It includes a six per cent levy increase, as recommended by the Long Range Plan Committee. In his report to the board, Barry Rand, who chaired the Long Range Plan Committee, mentioned that, to date, he had made presentations to five of the ten member municipalities and would do the same for the the remaining municipalities, with Marmora’s scheduled for January 8.



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Looking back at 65 years of married life When asked about their many years together, she replied without hesitation, “They’ve been wonderful. I think we have been really blessed.” John agreed, adding, “There have been a few ups and downs … I don’t know why we are so fortunate; we just are!” That evening, the couple was heading to a potluck dinner at Deloro Hall. Their contribution was homemade doughnuts, but as John, who does the deep frying, joked, “They are not much good—they’ve got

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EMC Lifestyle - Marmora - Local residents Theresa and John Davidson have had a busy time over the past few weeks. Back on November 5, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and on December 15, John turned 97. During a visit in their cosy home which, at this time is filled with a collection of seasonal ornaments, the couple looked back over the years. Married at St. Andrew’s United Church, they spent much of their lives on John’s family farm located four miles out along the KOA Road. Four years ago, they moved to a cosy house in town, closer to all the amenities and easier to manage. John, who had worked on the farm all his life, said of the move, “I miss the property, but not the work!” Between him and his father, they “thrashed for over 80 years,” he for more than 30 and his father for 50. The couple had four children, but sadly lost one to cancer in his 35th year. They now have 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, the oldest of whom is 22. That’s a lot of Christmas presents to buy, and when asked if she kept up the tradition, Theresa said with a laugh, “I did this year, but I’m not doing it again! I try to have two parcels for everybody.” In looking around the living area at the shelves, windowsills, and couch which are overflowing with Christmas memorabilia, Theresa said, “I’ve got too much because of the farm. We had a big house.” She suggested that’s what happens, “when you collect for sixty years … I don’t like to throw them out!” John, who is well known locally and beyond for his many talents, pulled out a tiny Jew’s (also known as jaws) harp, placed it in his mouth and played a lively melody. He was recently called to the radio station in Campbellford where he performed a couple of tunes, sang a hymn, presented one of his many recitations and was asked to make a return visit. He

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Stirling and District Minor Hockey Association report EMC Sports - SDMHA ran another successful Peewee tournament as Stirling’s only hometown rep tournament. With continued support of local companies we would like to thank the tournament sponsors: Woodbeck Auto, Talbot - Rawdon Creek, Giants Garage, Kellogg’s, Hawkins Cheezies, Oak Hills Water Company, Cooney Farms, Nestle and Tackaberry’s Heating Supply. House League Applications are being accepted for the second annual Barry Wilson-Wayne Brown Memorial House League Tournaments in Stirling. Midgets play February 2, Peewee on February 23 and Atom on February 23, 2013. Please visit <> and click on the tournaments tab for rules and application forms. Tyke DeJong Construction Tyke team played Tweed on Sunday December 16 and lost 3 - 1. Stirling’s lone goal was scored by Matthew McGuinness, assisted by Nate Hoover. They are looking forward to an away game against Madoc at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Novice Amer Sports Novice A came out with two ties and a loss in a triple header weekend. Friday night they were evenly matched against the Prince Edward County Kings finishing with a score of 2 - 2.

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EMC Sports - On Friday, December 7, the Centre Hastings Peewee AE Grizzlies hosted the Stirling Blues in Marmora. Early on it was evident that neither team was going to give an inch in this game, as both teams traded scoring chances and body checks only to enter the third period still scoreless. Finally, with eight minutes left to play, Nathan O’Connor deflected a shot from Eric Ramsey to put the Grizzlies on the board. That was all the scoring needed for the Grizzlies as Hayden Hammock kept the Blues off the board on the way to a 1 - 0 shutout victory. On Sunday, December 9, the Grizzlies travelled to Port Hope to take on the first-place Phantoms. Port Hope scored in the second minute, only to have Centre Hastings answer mid-way into the opening period as Nick Hutchings tipped a shot from the point to tie the score at one. Port Hope took back the lead near the end of the first period in what was a see-saw battle between the top two teams in their division. The Grizzlies again tied the game early into the second period with a powerplay goal from Aden McColl assisted by Cody Evans and Jamie Shorts. The Grizzlies took the lead in the second period as Brady Auger scored with assists from Nathan O’Connor and Austin Smith. Once again, Port Hope tied it up shortly after the Grizzlies’ goal to make the score 3 - 3 as they entered the third period. The Phantoms scored just 17 seconds into the third period to go ahead once again. The game was winding down when the Grizzlies were presented with a powerplay opportunity and they made the best of it as Cody Evans went end to end and put a hard shot into the top corner to tie the score at four. It was a fitting result for these well-matched teams, as they tied each other for the second time in as many league games. On Friday, December 14, Prince Edward County Kings came to Marmora to take on the Griz-

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;is to send the government a message that Bill 115 is severely impeding local collective bargaining.â&#x20AC;? MacLean agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What bothers me about the whole situation is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being perceived that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a money issue when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think a lot of people understand that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about your democratic right,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just affect teachers because I feel like if this goes through that sets the precedent then, they can go after anybody.â&#x20AC;? She is one of the lucky parents who was able to make arrangements to be with her children without losing any time at work. As teachers continue to fight the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions with one-day strikes, students seem to be the ones thrown under the bus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two solutions to the chaos that the minister of education has created,â&#x20AC;? said Sam Hammond, president of the ETFO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Along with repealing Bill 115, the minister needs to step aside and give school

Team captain Lynne McColl, was at Kent Public School with about 18 teachers walking with picket signs in front of the school last Friday and she agreed to speak to EMC briefly. Photo: Sue Dickens

Teachers at Percy Centennial Public School in Warkworth joined dozens of others who walked out at schools throughout the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School area for a one-day strike last Friday. Photo: Sue Dickens

boards and ETFO locals the latitude to have concrete and respectful discussions with all options on the table, in order to reach collective agreements,â&#x20AC;? he added. When teachers walking the picket line at Hillcrest Public School, Kent Public School in Campbellford and Percy Centennial in Warkworth were approached, they all referred EMC to their picket captain who in turn referred the media to Dave Wing, president of the Kawartha Pine Ridge (KPR) Teacher Local and in one case to Derek Hulse, the ETFO collective bargaining contact for KPR and other boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bill 115 has set such rigid parameters that we are having to take a pause to send the minister a message that her approach is not working,â&#x20AC;? said Wing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take this action lightly but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a






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necessary step in trying to find a resolution.â&#x20AC;? One of the picket captains agreed to talk with EMC. Lynne McColl was at Kent Public School with about 18 teachers walking with picket signs in front of the school

last Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically on a one-day strike to protest Bill 115 and the things that are in process,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not supposed to talk to you with more than that,â&#x20AC;? she added, agreeing that Bill 115




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Brighton students win national silver medal By Ray Yurkowski

EMC News - Brighton East Northumberland Secondary School (ENSS) students Judith MurthaAnderson, 15, and Trennt Michaud, 16, mined silver at the recent Skate Canada Challenge held at Regina, Saskatchewan. And a challenge it was, with more than 500 skaters, who had already gone through their paces at their home sectional competitions, looking to score an entry to the 2013 Canadian championships January 13 to 20 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The nationals are expected to draw about 260 athletes, some 250 volunteers along with television coverage by CTV and TSN. The Brighton-area duo, which has been training at the Prince Edward County Skating Club since September 2011, was the only novice pairs skaters from Ontario. After the short program, Judith and Trennt led by less than a point (0.13) and, after the free skate, took the silverâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; their first national medalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a berth to the Mississauga competition. The gold went to a pair from Quebec. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to finish in the top three and get a medal,â&#x20AC;? said Judith, in an interview last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fabulous for

the club,â&#x20AC;? says club president Saskia Koning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It generates a lot of club spirit.â&#x20AC;? She recalls club skaters packed into an office at the Wellington and District Community Centre after their practice to watch the live feed on a computer screen. When Judith and Trennt won silver the room rocked with applause. Now there are plans for as many of the 150 or so members as they can round up to make the trip to Mississauga and cheer on their fellow skaters in the biggest performance of their lives. It turns out the medal winners were paired off almost by chance. Conley has been coaching Trennt since he graduated from CanSkate, Skate Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flagship learn-to-skate program. Even then, she knew he would be a pairs skater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just had to wait until we could find somebody that was tiny enough and around the same level to work with,â&#x20AC;? she said. Enter Judith Murtha-Anderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She came in from another club; they lived in the same area and they were practically like brother and sister,â&#x20AC;? said Conley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give it a try.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Despite naysayers who doubted how much the

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pair would achieve on the ice, Judith and Trennt have proved them wrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fighters,â&#x20AC;? said Conley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you need in a skater.â&#x20AC;? They are at the rink at least two hours a day, five to six times every week honing their performance to medal standards. They do get about a month off, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broken up into small chunks throughout the year. And Trennt faces an extra challenge at the nationals. Having qualified in pairs and singles events, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be competing in both the same day, 30 minutes apart. The challenge as a

coach, says Conley, will be getting him to rest between performances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He needs to rest when he has the time to rest,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get him to sit still.â&#x20AC;? Judith and Trenntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athleticism extends beyond the ice. Trennt was named junior athlete of the year in both Grades 9 and 10 at ENSS, and last school year, Judith was named most valuable player on the cross-country running team. Although, this year, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to pare down their involvement in school sports because of the time they spend on the ice. Trennt Michaud and Judith Murtha-Anderson on the podium at the Skate Canada Challenge at Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Secretary wins key barbershopper award By Jack Evans

EMC News - Belleville A man who has served for many years as secretary of the A Cappella Quinte men’s barbershop chorus (formerly The Trentones) has won the coveted Barbershopper of the Year award for 2012. The surprise award was presented at the chorus’s annual Christmas party held in the Sans Souci banquet room in downtown Belleville to Craig Carlson of Carrying Place, who has also been singing bass in the chorus for many years. Carlson, who recently underwent surgery, noted he has not been able to sing since October, but hopes to rejoin the bass line in the New Year. “How can I say thanks?”

said an almost speechless Carlson as he received the large trophy and keeper plaque. Traditionally, the award is presented by its former winner, but the previous winner was then-president Peter Thompson who died suddenly in mid-term, so his widow, Margo, made the presentation, assisted by chorus music director Bob Young. Young related how the award is handled by secret nominations and ballots; 20 names were put forth for the past year and there was a narrow win for Carlson over the nearest runner-up, to show the high regard members of the chorus have for their fellow choristers. The chorus has also grown with several new

members in the past year. Another highlight of the yuletide gathering was formal swearing in of a new president and other officers, with Ontario District President Barry Towner, of Barrie, presiding. Taking over as president is Mike Hall, who promised a “new deal” for members and suggested the time has come to look for a new chorus director with the impending retirement of Bob Young, who has led the chorus for several decades. Towner reminded the gathering that next year marks the 75th anniversary of the international

Barbershop Harmony Society, being founded at Tulsa, Oklahoma, in April of 1938. He added the society’s annual convention for next year happens to be in Toronto, making it a special opportunity for Ontario members to take part. A Cappella Quinte rehearsals for the chapter’s own 75th anniversary concert with the famous Belleville-based Commodores Orchestra will commence Tuesday, January 8, at 7 p.m. in the back hall of Calvary Temple. Prospective new members may contact Steve Armstrong at 613-968-3737.


Lower Trent Conservation sets draft budget for 2013 EMC News - Quinte West The board of directors of the Lower Trent Conservation have been presented the draft budget for 2013. “We can’t really approve it until the municipalities have seen the draft budget,” said general manager Glenda Rodgers. “They each have 30 days to view it before a decision is made.” The February meeting of the LTC will be the time for a final vote on the budget which includes a general levy of $753,095 up from $731,422 last year. “This $21,763 increase represents $9.82 per $100,000 Current Value Assessment on property,” she noted. The member municipalities pay a share based on watershed population: Alnwick/ Haldimand - $77,268, Brighton - $122,529, Trent Hills -$118,537, Centre Hastings $17,321, Cramahe - $63,335, Quinte West - $326,316, Stirling-Rawdon - $27,789. Rodgers said the Business Plan presented to the board details all the ways the money will be used by the conservation authority in this region. “This will be a challenging but exciting year for Lower Trent Conservation,” said Rodgers. “As a result of our restructuring exercise in 2012, we are taking a fresh approach to how we deliver and market our services and programs.” Watershed Science and Services includes everything from monitoring programs to planning, permitting, flood forecasting and stewardship. “Our staff is eager to provide information to help advance environmental awareness and to provide advice to motivate environmental action,” Rodgers stated. The Conservation Lands are 1,500 hectares on 17 properties with trails and hiking opportunities.

“Stepping into nature has been proven to provide health benefits, reduce anxiety, increase energy and reduce risk of disease,” she noted. Lower Trent Conservation continues to be involved in two significant partnership programs: the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan and Drinking Water Source Protection. In 2013 efforts will continue to address the outstanding concerns in the Bay of Quinte, with a focus on phosphorus and associated issues. Source Protection Program efforts will assist municipalities prepare for implementation of the Source Protection Plan. Lower Trent Conservation was formed in 1968 and covers 2,121 square kilometres (819 square miles) and includes all or portions of seven municipalities. It is a member of Conservation Ontario, a network of 36 conservation authorities all dedicated to conserving, restoring and managing Ontario’s natural resources on a watershed basis. A watershed, the area drained by a watercourse and its tributaries, is a natural geographic unit that crosses municipal boundaries. Municipalities and the provincial government share the costs of funding conservation programs. Priority projects in 2013 for Lower Trent Conservation include upgrading entranceways to the Bleasdell Boulder, upgrade access to trails and signage at Proctor Park Conservation Area, upgrade parking area at Barnum House Creek Natural Habitat Area, replace concrete in picnic shelter and new dock at Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area, initiate management plan for Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Area and expand geocaching in conservation areas.



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New product lines keep old cannery thriving By Jack Evans

EMC News - Belleville Sprague Foods Ltd. is not the last canning factory still operating in Canada, but it is certainly the last cannery standing of dozens which once operated in the Quinte area. Furthermore, with a solid reputation for quality, several new product lines and sharply expanded facilities in recent years, the company continues to thrive and expand its markets, said Rick Sprague, fourth-generation canner and president of the family business.

An interview with Sprague and his wife, Jane, and a tour of the busy plant occurred just as it was preparing to make its first-ever shipment of a large quantity of canned black beans to Japan. The shipment marks a complete new market for the local cannery, which has been shipping across Canada, to many parts of the United States and the Caribbean for some years. “We’ve been told that if you can sell to Japan, you can sell anywhere,” said Jane, looking forward to more new markets in the future.

Sprague traced how his great-grandfather, famous for starting a local independent telephone company based at Mountain View, started the canning business with local tomatoes and other Prince Edward County produce in 1925. He decided he didn’t like it and turned that business over to his son. Rick said he still recalls the original factory, with all of the belts required to operate the mechanical equipment powered by a large tractor parked outside the frame building. His grandfather and fa-

ther expanded that business, adapting to new markets and products as frozen foods edged out many canned goods starting in the 1960s. Even when all the canneries which once operated in the area had closed, Spragues invested in a modern new plant at Mountain View and carried on with various specialty lines of dried beans. That 7,000-square-foot plant outgrew itself by the mid-1990s and the present 33,000-square-foot plant was built on East College Street in Belleville in 1994. Rick traces his own interest in food and canning back to helping his two grandmothers and his mother cook homemade soups and stews and other dishes as a child. He went on to graduate in food science from the University of Guelph. New products since the move have included some specialty soups which are now being marketed across Canada, including Walmart stores. There are even pros-

Rick and Jane Sprague display many of their beans and soup products. Photo: Jack Evans

pects of getting them placed in the United States Walmart chain, said Sprague. Now canning several varieties of dried beans plus several and expanding types of soups, the plant has about 30 product lines, running a different product each day. In recent months, another new development has been added by using glass jars instead of cans, and cooking the product by steam-heated super hot water

Labelling equipment for canning is much the same as it was many years ago. Photo: Jack Evans

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right in the container. That has the advantage of more product and less water and also more flavour and nutrition, the Spragues explained. Using fresh mushrooms, carrots, potatoes and onions, and dried beans, almost all from local farmers, the plant also has a work force of about 40 full-time employees. In terms of quality and cleanliness, Sprague Foods is certified by the British Retail Consortium, rated as the most stringent standards in the world and placing the plant in a good position to take advantage of European markets in the future. Since some of its product lines are of organic produce, it is also certified by Pro-Cert Organic. “Our plant is like a huge artisan kitchen,” said Sprague, of the flavours and qualities developed. While new sales and product lines have forced many changes in production methods, the present facility is adequate for more expansion, they said.

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Museum celebrates successes, doubling of revenues By Richard Turtle

EMC News - Stirling Farmtown Park officials celebrated a year of unprecedented growth and the ongoing support of volunteers, agricultural groups and community members at its annual appreciation breakfast held at St. James the Minor Catholic Church last Saturday. Representatives from all three levels of government, as well as numerous sponsors, supporters and museum contributors were among the dozens in attendance. Among the changes seen this year, explained Museum Board President Ron Reid, was a renaming of the complex, housing the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, and significant promotion of Farmtown Park beyond Hastings County. And, Reid says, the publicity paid off. Admissions increased from last year by 24 per cent while rentals for special events grew by 30 per cent over the previous year. Total revenues, he adds, were up 96 per cent. Past President Roger

Heather Williams is served breakfast by the Knights of Columbus volunteers catering the annual Farmtown Park breakfast. Officials thanked longtime volunteers and supporters for their dedication.

Barrett spoke of Farmtown Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes over the years, noting much of the money goes â&#x20AC;&#x153;to bricks and mortar,â&#x20AC;? but the hours worked by volunteers have been the primary reason behind the years of steady and continued growth. Special attention was paid to a pair of volunteers who have spent countless

hours at the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshops and behind the scenes planning and building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbelievable what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done,â&#x20AC;? Barrett says of Al Dryden and George Wilson. The two men were presented with framed pictures of the grounds, by Barrett on behalf of the museum, for their ongoing support. And that promotional campaign, Reid says, will continue with the Trenval provision of $25,000, to be matched by the museum, to be spent on advertising and promotion in 2013.

Other funding presentations and pledges were also made following the breakfast, including from the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Horizon program, Bay of Quinte Mutual Insurance, Newman Oliver, The Quinte Tractor Club and the Stirling and District Lions Club. Museum volunteers also spoke of some of the events held over the past year and response has continued to be strong. Edith Ray and Sandra Lindsay headed up the StarLite House Tour this year with Ray telling the breakfast crowd that

Farmtown Park President Ron Reid accepts a $25,000 pledge from Trenval Executive Director Bruce Davis. The money, to be matched by the museum, will be spent on advertising and promotion.

a total of 361 tickets were sold this year, raising more than $6,000. The annual tour features area homes decorated for the holidays and organizers are already looking for hosts for next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We actually have a lot of fun doing it,â&#x20AC;? says Ray of all the organizers and hosts. An added special event this year was Christmas at Farmtown Park, which opened the night of the house tour, and organizing committee chair Harry Danford says attendance was well over 1,500 over the four days of raffles and

Sandra Lindsay and Edith Ray say this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s StarLite House Tour saw increased sales and attendance with more than 360 tickets sold. The annual event raised more than $6,000 for Farmtown Park.

Farmtown Park volunteers George Wilson (left) and Al Dryden (right) are recognized for their years of work at the Stirling museum. Also pictured are museum officials Jack Rushnell, Roger Barrett and Ron Reid.

sales at Heritage Village. There was an opportunity to extend the season at Farmtown Park, he says so beginning in the late spring the planning started. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted a quality event â&#x20AC;Ś so we spent some bucks and tried to do it right,â&#x20AC;? he adds. Offering special thanks to event Artistic Co-ordinator Linda Akey, Danford says bringing the event back proved to be a warmly received move. Heritage Village was decked out with numerous decorations, trees and wreaths, many available for sale or by raffle. And not only did the event raise â&#x20AC;&#x153;a few thousand dollars,â&#x20AC;? he says, it also brought many visitors to the museum for the first time. Reid also acknowledged the support of Rick Caddick and the Stirling-Rawdon Fire Department, Jason Detlor and the Stirling Agricultural Society and Linda Huizenga and the Agribition organizers as well as contributors John Scott and Jack Lord who provided many of the models in the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discovery area. MP Daryl Kramp, MPP Todd Smith and StirlingRawdon Deputy-mayor Wilfred Shier also commended museum officials and volunteers for their success, and wishing them well in 2013.

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A visit to Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distillery cally as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Friday,â&#x20AC;? for each worker is given a bottle of Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whiskey with the paycheque. The guide said that this whiskey had many delightful uses, for â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to sleep some night, just take a little,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you have rheumatism, take a little.â&#x20AC;? He then went on to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you married the wrong person, then take a lot!â&#x20AC;? Many a Tennessee recipe includes a little Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whiskey, including Honey Barbecue Ribs, Black Bean Dip, and a special Creme Brulee. As I toured the property, I passed a statue of Jack himself, and he appeared to be guarding the entrance to the special cave waters that have become so important to the success of this distillery. I also saw a collection of antique fire engines that had been in use here, including a 1919 truck and a 1926 REO Speedwagon, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

members of REO Speedwagon, had learned about this vehicle in transportation history, and the band was named after it. Although I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taste the whiskey here in this dry county, I could certainly smell its distinctive odour in the barrel room. I was able to take photos as I walked outside, but not inside the plant itself, along the bottling line. I found a White Rabbit Bottle Shop on the premises, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where visitors can purchase commemorative decanters of the famous whiskey, except on Sundays and holidays. I also found the nearby Miss Mary Boboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boarding House Restaurant, where Jack had many a noonday meal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now run by a Daniel family descendant, but it was Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, who lived to the age of 101, for a long time, and she even had the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fameâ&#x20AC;?

This statue of Jack is located near the cave waters.

EMC Lifestyles - During this holiday season, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed several TV ads for Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whiskey. On my last visit to Nashville, I took a day trip to the southeast of the city (about 115 kilometres) to check out the actual Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Distillery itself, located in the little town of Lynchburg, Tennessee. After all, the renowned Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the entire U.S.A., and I found it both ironic and intriguing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located in a dry county, so tours are availableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but not samples! The smooth taste of Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey comes

rels and aged in a barrelhouse before being taste tested and deemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;ready.â&#x20AC;? Whatever the reason or reasons for its smooth taste, it has certainly been successful, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now sold in many countries throughout the world. There are a variety of labels, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Number 7â&#x20AC;? (which has been made here for well over a century), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentleman Jack,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Single Barrel,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tennessee Honey.â&#x20AC;? The story behind this distillery is rather fascinating, too, for a still was run by a Lutheran minister for some time, and since Jack had gone to live with this minister at an early age, he

ministry from that time on. Jack then created his special recipe for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Number 7,â&#x20AC;? and the Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Distillery was licensed in 1866, when Jack would still not be of legal drinking age. By 1892, Jack Daniel had also created the Silver Cornet Band, to draw crowds to the Lynchburg Square and his two saloons: the White Rabbit and the Red Dog. He ordered all of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instruments from the old Sears Roebuck and Company catalogue, and he had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old No. 7â&#x20AC;? painted on the side of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drum. Why Jack decided to use that particular brand name for his whiskey

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Reality Check:

Sheila Wray Gregoire EMC Lifestyles - The message of the Christmas season is supposed to be “Peace on Earth,” yet there are years when that message seems especially anachronistic. This would be one such year. How can we reconcile the Christmas spirit with the abject horror of a

Seeking Peace on Earth

gunman shooting up a class of six- and seven-year-olds? My daughter said to me, “at least shootings don’t happen here,” referring to small town Canada. But shootings like this do happen in small towns because they have nothing to do with the crime rate of big cities and much to do with the pain inside the home. This week has brought renewed calls for gun control and increased security, and there very well may be merit in these proposals. But the problem is not primarily a safety one; it’s a heart one. We are creating a society of hurt, angry, warped individuals. We don’t know all the details about the shooter, but I have yet to hear of a

mass murderer who came from an intact, functional family. Even those who are mentally ill rarely act out unless it is combined with deep wounds at home. That does not mean all people from broken or dysfunctional homes will turn out badly; I’m a child of divorce, and I like to think that I’m quite emotionally well-adjusted, thank you very much. But there is no denying that family instability is the root cause of much childhood emotional trauma. The Longevity Project, which followed thousands of people for decades, found that divorce of parents is harder on a child than the death of a parent. That’s not polite to say, because we don’t want to

The Good Earth: EMC Editorial - An erstwhile gardener type, actually our minister at the church, looked at me today and said, “Humbug!” He had read my column on poinsettias. A co-worker’s spouse called in to the store to wonder, “Why was Dan trashing poinsettias?” They were not alone. Other than columns in which Sox was mentioned, this has easily resulted in the most comments. Geez Louise folks! (Not you, Gentle Reader) I like poinsettias in and of themselves. I like what they have come to represent; I like their vibrant colours that brighten up winter-gloom rooms. However, it is true that in most parts of their natural environment they are weeds.  It is true, and longtime readers of this column will know this is one

make people feel badly. But I am sick of tiptoeing around certain unpleasant realities. Some marriages, of course, can’t be saved. Abusive homes are more damaging than divorced ones. But if a split has happened, let’s work even harder at helping our kids feel cherished and whole. Whether divorced or married, let’s focus on their needs, not our wants. We are raising a generation of kids who are lost. So many are missing a parent. They spend more time on video games than they do with responsible adults. They live solitary lives on the Internet. They’re looking for an outlet for the pain. But once we’ve caused that pain, it’s either go-

of my peeves about plant names, that I do not like them being called poinsettias after a foreign visitor. (hostas and heuchera fall into this category as well.) But those are things I can neither change nor influence. I wrote disparagingly about the painted or coloured poinsettia. I do not like these one teeny tiny little bit. That doesn’t mean they’re bad, that colouring shouldn’t be done or that other folks with poor taste shouldn’t like them. In my mind any plant that has had extra colouring applied after the fact ceases to become a plant, it is a piece of home décor. So, I did not trash poinsettias, I lamented what people do to them.  O&S #2  Keep watering your Christmas trees folks.

It is easy to fall into the habit of thinking the tree has enough moisture because the needles are staying on the tree. Once the tree has been set up and decorated, no one touches it again. If you have a cat who has taken residence in the branches, then this is not as important. The unnatural stillness means the branches don’t sway which, in turn, means that loosely attached needles don’t fall down. Every now and then, run your hands along a branch and see if you can pull needles off with a gentle tug. You should not be able to do this. If the branch is suddenly bare you need to take action. Replenish the holding cup and see if the water is being taken up by



the tree. If not, you have no choice but to make a fresh cut at the base to see if you can open it up. Remove precious heirloom ornaments before sawing away. If the tree is still not taking up water, then your only alternative is take a picture with the family in front of it, and then take it outside. O&S #3  Think about our feathered friends.  Our friends at the Birdhouse in Wooler, Connie and John Crowe, have told us that having bird feeders is more for us than it is for the birds. They should be able to forage for their meals without too much trouble but there are times when an energy boost provided by suet is welcome. A long period of

cool, wet weather is one of those times. This past week was a good example. Make sure you hang the suet in a safe place where predators won’t be able to lie in wait. O&S #3 Be nice to the cashiers. Folks, as you know I work at a garden centre and nursery. During the winter months I am permitted to come up from the tree blocks and actually talk to our customers. I can’t think of another time of the year when people are so stressed about having their home decorated “just-so” for the holidays. So much so, that they sometimes let this stress rule their conduct. I ask you, on behalf of retail folk everywhere, especially cashiers, to relax

Dan Clost just a titch. We’re all on the same page, let’s read it together. O&S #4 Merry Christmas Gentle Reader.  This is a time for renewed hope and joy in the midst of sometimes cruel and confusing events. Celebrating the birth of the Christ child is our way of saying we believe in that hope and joy. A final thought/ prayer: Don’t keep Christ in Christmas—let him out!

Flu takes hold across county EMC News - Peterborough County - Influenza activity has taken hold across the county and is considered “widespread,” the Peterborough County-City Health Unit says. “With further confirma-

tion of influenza activity in the city and county we strongly advise all local residents to get their flu shot to protect themselves and others before the holidays” says medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Pellizzari. Seniors and infants are

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cooking a great turkey or watching a Christmas special. It’s a matter of the heart. It’s a feeling that you have done the right thing. It’s the relief of making peace with your past. It’s not shoving problems under the rug; it’s acknowledging them, confronting the pain, and then deciding to move forward together. And so, my readers, I wish you Peace on Earth, and Goodwill to all, in whatever tradition you celebrate. Hug those you love even harder this year. Do the right thing, and love one another, and we, too, can create peace in our homes. Indeed, that is the only way we will ever have peace outside of them.

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ing to be dealt with in a healthy manner or it’s going to be turned inward or outward. When it’s turned outward, no amount of locks or gun control is going to rescue us. There is no other solution than to start loving each other. Honour your commitments. Think of others first. Be nice. Above all, do not get so caught up in your own angst that you ignore your kids’ needs. And if your relationship with your children’s other parent is already disrupted, do what you can to live in peace with your ex anyway. Let peace reign. Peace isn’t something that you can magically find by putting up the right Christmas lights or

considered “particularly high risk” so Dr. Pellizzari and other health unit officials are urging residents to get their flu shots to “prevent spreading it to our moist vulnerable populations.” Dr. Pellizzari says there is “good news” in the fact that this year’s influenza shot is a “good match to the strains currently circulating in the community.” The shot is recommended for everyone over six months of age, she adds. “It is especially important for people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.” It can take up to two weeks

for the flu shot to take effect, Dr. Pellizzari says. In the interim, people should stay home if they are feeling unwell, wash their hands frequently, clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces frequently and cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and wash your hands afterwards. The health unit is issuing its influenza advisory based on the recent increase in lab-confirmed influenza cases, outbreaks at local facilities and emergency room visits because of influenzalike illness. Influenza vaccine is available from healthcare providers, some local pharmacies or by appointment at the health unit for those who do not have a healthcare provider.

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Campaign committee co-chairs make wellness a priority By Sue Dickens

EMC News - Trent Hills “The Trent Hills Wellness Campaign is an exciting and unprecedented venture that will enshrine wellness for all as a community priority

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ing Initiative, a project that facilitates opportunities for high school students with intellectual disabilities to connect their interests to community. Newman talked about the new committee: “This is a unique opportunity where each partner can bring their experience to the table. Working together will show everyone that this will really work.” Newman is an active volunteer in the Trent Hills community serving as a member of the Trent Hills Fire Department, an executive member with Percy Minor Hockey and an executive member of the Warkworth Community Foundation. He is also a member of the Friends of Warkworth Arena Community Group. He enjoys being active by playing sports as well as coaching minor sports in the area. His willingness to assist his community is demonstrated with his involvement in many organizations and service clubs. He is employed as a broker for Newman, Oliver and McCarten Insurance and is a resident of Warkworth. The Trent Hills Wellness Campaign is about one community, three initiatives, three lasting outcomes and something for everyone, stated McColl-Smith. For more information contact McColl-Smith at 705-653-2005 or email <>.

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EMC News - Trent Hills The Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) has made a request for funding to assist with the development of a “trail head” or parking area to promote trail use (primarily by ATVs) in Trent Hills. This information was put before Trent Hills council at a recent meeting in a staff report by CAO Mike Rutter. “They are requesting $5,000 toward a project that expected to cost approximately $20,000.” The proposed site of the “trail head” is near the Trans Canada Trail which intersects Burnbrae (6th Line East) and Loucks Road. “At Burnbrae Road there is an area that could be developed for a place to park and access the [Trans Canada] trail. This would give trail users a chance when visiting your area to stop at your local businesses to get what they might need before leaving on their trip as well when they arrive back,” wrote Cindy Cassidy, general manager of the EOTA, in her letter to council. “EOTA would promote the parking and access area and provide signage to identify. The signage would be installed to give your area businesses a chance to advertise so the visitors would know what local business are in your area,” she stated. The Northumberland portion of the Trans Canada Trail spans from Hastings southeast to Hoards Station (just east of Campbellford) through 22 kilometres of marshland, meadows, hayfields and some shade trees. Visitors on the trail travel on a former rail line. “In your area EOTA operates and manages the abandoned rail corridor through the Municipality of Trent Hills for a shared use recreational trail,” stated Cassidy.

Acknowledging that the municipality “chose not to support an ATV bylaw on roads,” she said, “we would like to present the opportunity for EOTA and the Municipality of Trent Hills to work together to address the need for trail users to have a place to park and access the trail within the municipality.” This past April Trent Hills’ council voted unanimously against a designated route in the municipality for ATVers, ending a process that began four and a-half years before. Concerns about increased liability, higher insurance, safety issues and additional road maintenance as well as opposition from residents were all cited as reasons why councillors and the mayor voted against allowing ATV access on a designated route in Trent Hills. Council had previously voted down blanket access. For Mike Ainsworth, president of the Northumberland and District ATV Riders Club which made the initial request for blanket access in the fall of 2007, the decision was not a welcome one. In the EOTA funding request Cassidy explained the Alliance’s mandate which is to develop, manage, maintain and market a comprehensive network of year-round shared-use trails for the economic, tourism and job creation they bring. According to Cassidy, EOTA’s economic impact study shows “over a ten year build out period the economic and tourism benefits to be $45.8 million and the creation of 1,659 jobs.” This is based on a 520-kilometre trail network. EOTA now assists in the operation of over 2,000 kilometres of shared use trails and works with over 24 municipalities. Council agreed with the recommendation of Trent

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Ski Hill busy making snow for winter season By Kate Everson

EMC SPorts - Batawa If the weather outside is frightful, snowmakers will be delighted. “Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow,” goes the old song, but snowmakers at Batawa Ski Hill are way ahead of the game. They want snow, but they can

also make their own. “We have been making snow, day and night,” said operations supervisor Brandon Schreiter. “We want to get a base down.” The official opening day is set for December 22 and snowmakers need to have at least two runs open, Bambi for beginners and

Meadow Terrain right under the North Star Quad ski lift. Right now there are mounds of snow everywhere under the lift. “We want to keep the mounds piled up to keep the snow insulated underneath from rain,” explained Brandon. He said the big groomer

Kyle Price washes down the snow groomer at Batawa Ski Hill. Photo: Kate Everson

Chris Petit is busy working on his Grizzly 550 ATV getting the hill ready for ski season. Photo: Kate Everson

will smooth that all down before skiers take to the hills. “Although some of the snowboarders on the Terrain Park love the bumps,” he said. “They’d rather we just leave it like that.” The snow squad is currently operating a dozen snow guns, as many as possible during -3 tem-

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Chris added he loves his job. “Work is always fun,” he said. The ski season is about to begin and people have been signing up for season passes since summer. “Once people see the snow, they get interested,” Brandon said. “The grass may be green in their front yard, but ours is getting white.” He noted the Batawa Ski Hill is a non-profit organization run by a board of directors including members of the general public. “All the revenue comes back into the hill,” Brandon said. For more information see <www.batawaskihill. com>.

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Christmas with Dickens celebrated at old town hall By Kate Everson

EMC Entertainment Trenton - Visitors to the historic town hall 1861 in Trenton were treated to a special taste of Christmas with Charles Dickens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are commemorating the 150th anniversary of A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? explained Laura Rickards of My Theatre. The upstairs was decorated with Dickens decor and the players were decorated with Dickens style dress of 1843 when the book was published in England. Playing Charles Dickens

was Colin Griffiths, who has performed at the Brighton Barn Theatre over the past five years. Musicians Brandon and Travis Whaley played beautiful music, all tuned up from their performances at Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara Mill. Host Laura Rickards was excited to see this â&#x20AC;&#x153;little Christmas bookâ&#x20AC;? of Dickens here in the old town hall. Having appeared in drag in Sin, Sex and the CIA Laura was pleased to wear a dress! Lighting was done by Leah Chudzik, 19, who is currently working on a

charity event in Belleville called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jamming for Soldier On.â&#x20AC;? General manager Merv Matiowsky took care of the details of production, Lorie Brown of Tinsel Specialty Services helped with costumes and props and a special thanks went out to Shirley Lyford, Dianne Lyford and Sam McGowan for help with the Christmas decor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife Peggy made the Santas,â&#x20AC;? added Colin Griffiths. The show was directed and produced by Laura Rickards of Rickards Publicity.

Since the rebirth of Trenton Town Hall - 1861 in 1994, the building has been used for many gatherings, art and music events and local theatre. In 2008 the archive collection of the Trent Port Historical Society was moved to Trenton Town Hall-1861. An ancient Brit, though rarely blue, Colin Griffiths has returned to the stage recently after a long absence. On stage briefly at school and university 50 years ago, and again in Montreal 40 years ago (with the Baie dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;UrfĂŠ players), Colin has

performed several times with the Brighton Barn Theatre over the last five years, most recently as Stewart (Appalling Stewart) in the comedy Academia Nuts. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tasted the thrill of the audience involvement in what you are playing it is hard to give it up! During the last 17 years of his life, Charles Dickens gave 444 solo performances of his works, to deafening acclaim. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite was A Christmas Carol. Now Dickens, played by Colin tells this uproariously funny, profoundly mov-

ing story of redemption, of a bad life made good. Before Dickens told his tale, guests were treated to traditional Victorian refreshments based on menus and recipes that come from the actual Dickens family and friends.  Visitors were urged to come dressed in their best Victorian Bib and Tucker and join in the fun. Delights included Christmas pudding, mince pies accompanied by brandy butter, Smoking Bishop, Stilton cheese, roasted chestnuts and coffee.

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Arts Quinte West gallery offers variety of art

By Kate Everson

EMC News - Trenton The art gallery in downtown Trenton is full of surprises. “This month we are featuring art for $50,” said Christine Pellati from Frankford. “The artists have donated the profits to keep the gallery going, to pay the rent.” The “Art Squared” display was a cornucopia of unexpected delights. Each piece was 12 by 12 inches square and as varied as each of the 21 artists contributing. Lisa Farrell, the featured artist of the month, had one huge seascape and several smaller natural scenes as well as a piece with an actual bird’s nest in it. Joan Reive, 82, had three pieces for sale. She admits she has been painting for over 50 years and has a lot of paintings. “I have a whole basement full,” she says with a laugh. Reive also has art on dis-

play in Belleville upstairs at the library called Looking Back from Paint to Fibre and at the Belleville Art Association’s gallery on Front Street. “I also helped design the shows,” she adds. Reive was a member of

the Trenton Art Club and has gotten to know many artists in the community. “They all know me,” she said. Some the other of the 21 artists on display included Henry Mitchell’s elegant “The Duchess” and Susan

Moshynksi’s “Forest Floor” and “Beach Treasure.” Christine Pellati tried some three-dimensional art, with a tree called “Wise One” with a face that looms out at you, and “Hidden Gem” with a waterfall and touchable rocks.

“They all come from my imagination,” she said. Recent top winner of the “Moments” Juried Art Show Dana Mandeville had some very interesting pieces as well, including something that looked a bit like aliens descending from the sky and another that was very clearly a roadkill squirrel with bright red accents. The gallery has a bright new sign out front put up by the landlord Jamie Troke. Arts Quinte West is hoping to attract many more visitors in the year ahead. For more information see <> or stop by the gallery on

Dundas Street West across from Shoppers Drug Mart. There is also a members’ display in the foyer at city hall, with a different theme every two months. Members of Arts Quinte West range from artists to writers, photographers and actors. The organization is supported by the city, Chamber of Commerce and Trenval.


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Kids (18 & under): $10.00 Adults: $24.00 Family (2 kids & 2 adults): $58.00

NAUGHTY PANTO 8:00 Thurs. Dec. 20 8:00 Fri. Dec. 28 8:00 Sat. Dec. 29 8:00 Fri. Dec. 21 8:00 Sun. Dec. 30 8:00 Sat. Dec. 22 8:00 Wed. Dec. 26 Adults (19+): $31.25 Groups of 20+: $28.25 Naughty New Year’s 9:30 Monday Dec. 31 - Show only: $38 Dinner & Show: $72

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Trace Adkins rockin’ his way to the jamboree By Bill Freeman

EMC Entertainment Havelock - The ladies love the country boys and they certainly love Trace Adkins. The Louisiana country star and roughneck, with five major country music awards and a four-pack of Grammy nominations in his back pocket, is coming to the Havelock Country Jamboree this summer much to the delight of fans who have been requesting his rockin’ presence for some time. Adkins, along with


Country star Trace Adkins will rock the Havelock Country Jamboree stage this summer.

American up-and-comers J.T. Hodges, Josh Thompson, popular Perth-based band Ambush, The Western Swing Authority and Colt Harley were added to the Jamboree lineup last Thursday afternoon bringing the total number of performers signed for the twenty-fourth annual country music festival to 13. Adkins joins superstar Reba McEntire and Grammy winners Kathy Mattea and Travis Tritt, young Canadian stars Gord Bamford and Dallas Smith and a host of other performers making the pilgrimage to Havelock with plenty more musicians to be added to the four-day party agenda. The former Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs defensive end and oil rig roughneck is touring behind his album Proud To Be Here and will bring a pile of hits to the new and expanded double stage this summer including chart-toppers Ladies Love Country Boys, (This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing and You’re Going to Miss Me. His song I Left Something Turned on at Home reached was a number one hit in Canada. Adkins latest musical offerings is this year’s Ten Great Songs. JT Hodges is no stranger to big-time country

Rising American country star JT Hodges will join the party at the twenty-fourth annual Havelock Country Jamboree.

crowds after joining Toby Keith for his Locked and Loaded mega tour and is picking up even more steam with his latest single Goodbyes Made You Mine.

Josh Thompson’s been on the road with Brad Paisley and Eric Church and will keep the party going with his hit Beer on the Table and songs from his new album Way Out Here.

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EMC News - Orillia The OPP carried out week three of their Festive RIDE campaign with a continued strong presence throughout the province. As of Sunday, December 16, (23 days into the campaign), the OPP have charged 432 drivers with impaired driving and issued 404 administrative driver’s licence suspensions (ADLS) for registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08 (known as the warn range). With just over two weeks left in the campaign, the OPP are once again reminding everyone to plan ahead when heading out for holiday season social outings that involve alcohol consumption.  Ar-

range for a taxi or designated driver ahead of time, or arrange for overnight accommodations so that you do not have to drive. If you are hosting a party and serving alcohol, offer to help your guests make those arrangements so that no one is at risk of getting behind the wheel impaired when your party is over. For the remaining 17 days of the campaign, the OPP are hoping every encounter they have during their RIDE stops are with sober drivers, and they are warning that those who are not will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. The OPP Festive RIDE campaign runs until January 2, 2013.


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New Rental Prices- Stirling Lions Hall. Available for receptions, dances and catering. $100 without the bar, $200 with bar. Call: (613)395-2227 or (613)395-0055.

Up Coming Live Entertainment at La Gondola Italian Restaurant (13 Bridge St. N Hastings). Old Skewl- New Years Eve. Tickets are available, including a set menu. Citizen Hollow- January 12, 2013. Lindsay Barr BandFebruary 9, 2013. Bad Daddy Rock- February 23, 2013.

Stove Pellets, 40 lbs bags, $4.75 per bag plus HST. Low Ash/moisture, high BTU. or 613-847-5457


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Aliyah -Rise Up! Lion of Judah Messianic Congregation Invites You to a day of praise, worship and prayer Special guest speakers including Dr. Rick Chaimberlin. Live music, dance and artistic expression. Supervised activity room for children under 10. Saturday, January 12, 2013 10 to 4 Belleville City Mission- 111 Cedar Ave. For info call Martina 613-961-1763 http://lionofjudahinfo.wordpres or http://www.bellevillecitymissio

WILKES, Edna Patricia Viola The family of the late Edna Patricia Viola Wilkes of Marmora, who passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home in Marmora on Monday, December 10, 2012. We would like to express our thanks to all our relatives and friends for their flowers and cards also for their kind donations to St. Andrews United Church Memorial Fund and to those who supported us in our time of need. Thank you also to the staff at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Dr. Janet Webb and the McConnell Funeral Home for their support. We would also like to say thank you to Rev. Wally Mayhew and Jennie Killian and the choir of St. Andrews United Church for their kinds words and beautiful hymns, and to the U.C.W. of St. Andrews for the lovely lunch they served after the service. We appreciated all your kindness and support. Again thank you. The Family of the Late Edna Wilkes

Theresa’s Country Cafe Homemade soups, fresh cut fries. daily specials. Gift certificates available. Dining area for special occasions, open 7 days a week, 6:30 am-8:00 pm. Located 95 Matthews Street, Marmora, ON.

Thank you to everyone for making my 90th birthday such a memorable event. Thank you for all the gifts, cards and flowers. The most important assets in life are family, friends and neighbours. Thank you for giving me wonderful memories. Leona Vansickle

Notice of Annual Meeting for the Madock Agricultural Society to be held at the Madoc Public Library (downstairs) January 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. All welcome.

All Husqvarna Chainsaws on sale 235 16” bar $239 435 16” bar $329 455 ranchers with 18” bar $449 353 18” bar $499 555 18” bar $695 new 562xp 18” bar $825 many many new models in stock if you need a new or used chainsaw now is the time to buy we are never undersold 705-778-3838 Belmont Engine Repair. AquaMaster high efficiency water softeners use 80% less water and 75% less salt. Only available at Water Source 613-968-6256. Belmont Engine Repair and Marine will be closed Dec. 24 at noon and reopen Dec 28 at 8 am. Closed Dec 29 at noon reopen Jan 3 at 8 am. We wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Cedar posts, poles and rails, various sizes, machine peeled or bark on. Also firewood available year-round. Call for prices, delivery extra. Greg Davis (613)478-6346. Christmas Ideas- Pine and Cedar Craft. Muskoka lawn chairs, log swings, bar and stools, rocking chairs, deacon’s benches, book cases, Table & chairs, Cedar chest, Toy Boxes etc. visit Showroom at Thoomasburg 5313 Hwy 37 North. 613-478-6694.



Cut your own Christmas Trees, 708 Carman Rd., Brighton. Open weekends in December, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 613-475-6014. Flooring deals, berber carpet 99 cents sq. ft.; 12 mm laminate $1.49/sq. ft.; modern cut/loop carpet 1.49/sq. ft.; Free shop at home service. Saillian Carpets 1-800-578-0497, (905)373-2260. Fresh turkeys for Christmas, pastured and organically fed, no antibiotics, professionally processed. Also available limited supply of organically grown potatoes. Call Kirkland’s Heritage Farm 613-473-2832.

New Husqvarna Snowblowers On Sale starting at $975 24 inch 6 h.p. 2 year warranty 27 inch 10 h.p. $1275 all with electric start. Call Belmont Engine Repair 705-778-3838.

Salmon fishing boat, motor and trailer. Plus 9.9hp kicker motor. 2 down-riggers, 2 salmon fishing rods, radio, fishfinder. All for $4,500 o.b.o. 613-475-5457.

Older 5 h.p. Craftsman snowblower, 23” cut, $275. 613-395-2810.

Single roll-away bed, $70; 500 EFI Polaris snowmobile, 1994, 3,900 miles, $1,500. 613-962-6167.

Stannah 420 left hand (ascending) stair lift, less than 1 year old, suitable for stairs up to 167”, landing to landing, still under warranty, excellent condition. Asking $1,000. 613-392-8927.

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Kenmore Washer & Crosley Dryer for sale. In good condition. $175 for pair. Admiral dryer $35. 613-955-0745.

Scrap vehicles. Will pay $150+. Ray Brown’s Auto Fr ee and Light Duty Towing 613-394-3335 pickup



St. Columba Presbyterian Church 520 Bridge Street East

Sunday, December 23rd 10:00 a.m. Carol Singing before Worship 10:30 a.m. Family Service: “The Stories Behind the Carols”

In loving memory of our loved ones, dearly loved parents Roy and Rosa, dear brothers Gordon, Floyd and Blake, loving sisters Norma, Greta, Helen and Reta. Helen left us this year in March. We also remember Norma’s husband Bill Brown. So often in some small way, We think of you especially today, Though not with us, they are ever near, Still loved and missed year after year. Loving remembered and sadly missed this Christmas season and always by daughters and sisters Theresa and Hilda and families.

Monday, December 24th 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service Celebrate the birth of Jesus with Scripture, Music and Drama. Christmas Eve offering will help support Hospice Quinte


PHILLIPS, Francis Walter At Trenton Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 9th, 2012. Frank ‘Crusty’ Phillips of Trenton in his 76th year. Beloved companion of Lorna Lundy. Loved father of Terry Pritchard (Bill), Glenn Young and Janice Dunsmore (Vincent). Ever remembered by Danielle Weese; “son Opie”; sisters Jackie Zimmerman (John), late Barb Stevens; brothers Bob Phillips (Lillian) and Don Phillips; Grandy’s children Kaitlin, Ryan, Shane, Devin, Brennen, Jessey, Brayden, Amelyn and Treyton. Also remembered by dear friends Charles Lundy, Kathy and Lyle Mutton and Janet Bateman. Missed by the entire Home Depot family with whom he finished his career as a greeter; also by the gang from the Two Loons in Madoc. Predeceased by Georgie, Avé and Cappie. Frank was an MVP football player in his youth and was known as ‘Frankie Football’; he loved music and was a bass player; fifty year career as a master carpenter who loved building model planes; loved spending time at the cottage; was an avid reader and worked until the day he died. A Celebration of Life at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the RUSHNELL FUNERAL CENTRE, 60 Division Street, Trenton (613-392-2111). If desired, Memorial Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Assocation would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences at

REID, Jody Lee

In loving memory of a dear daughter, sister and mother who passed away 15 years ago on December 23, 1997 Jody, No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye, You were gone before we knew it, And only God can tell us why. Always loved and remembered by Dad, sons Cody and Brandon.


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Melissa Spencer and Eric Rutledge welcome with love, their Christmas miracle, “Spencer Eric Rutledge” born 3 months premature on Dec. 23/11 at KGH weighing 1lb 9 oz at 8:10 p.m. Proud grandparents are Glen & Pat Spencer, Mary Ann Rutledge & Brian Muir and Boyd & Guylaine Rutledge. Excited great grandmother is Mabel Kopperson. Cousins Tori, Caleb & Griffen were overjoyed meeting Spencer on March 20/12 at his home-coming weighing 5 lbs, 2 oz. Many thanks for Dr. Aderotimi Ademidun’s insight to send us to Kingston. A world of thanks to Dr Graeme Smith and delivery team and all the wonderful nurses and doctors in the Neo Natal unit of KGH for their nurturing love of our little boy. Ongoing care and follow-up was done with excellence by Dr. Robert Pincock and Dr. Kelly Vanier in Belleville. Also to family, friends and the Mount Pleasant Church and community for prayers, heartfelt wishes, gifts, and monetary donations. Grateful to moms Pat and Mary Ann for all your love, support & care of Spencer. His smiles make us truly blessed and happy. Brand new cousin Dane sends his love. Angels among us are great grandparents Frank & Merle Spencer, Merv & Dorothy Lees, Mac & Kathleen Douglas and Dana Rutledge giving hugs & kisses & wishing Spencer a great time at his 1st Birthday Party!

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HOLIDAY CLASSIFIED DEADLINES PLEASE NOTE that we are now taking ads for the January 3rd paper For Jan. 3 paper book by December 27, noon Jan. 10 paper, book by Jan. 7, 3 pm The EMC office will be closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1 To book your classified ad, please call: 613-966-2034 or 1-888-967-3237

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2001 Ford Focus, white, 220,000 km, many new parts in last 9 months, $1,500 o.b.o. as is. 613-779-5922. Wanted. Low mileage, midsized car, 2000-2004. Must be in excellent condition. 613-394-6917.

2004 34’ Triple E Embassy V10. 30,000 kms. Slide-out. Sleeps 6. Generator. Selling due to health reasons. Negotiable. 613-392-7762. EMC Classifieds

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Attractive main level 1 bedroom apt. with private entrance, fridge, stove, water, heat & hydro included $675/mth

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334 Dundas St. E. Belleville Stunning 1 & 2 bdrm suites going fast! Great amenities - indoor pool, events, on-site mgmt. Drop in today!

1953 Ford Jubilee, refinished. And painted, good rubber. New Crown Gear and spider gear in rear end and brakes. With Sherman transmission- 8 gears. Phone 1-613-967-3805. If no answer leave message.



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Painting & Handyman ServiceS

Retired Painter needs work Honest & reliable workmanship


FULL TIME & PART TIME Contract Drivers

needed for Belleville/Trenton Courier Service. Must have own vehicle. Call Tues. To Fri. 8 am - 2 pm. 613-392-5585 or 613-967-5941

Airless spray painting, roofs & sides, steel roofs repairs. 5 & 6” seamless eavestrough, soffit, facia, gutterguard installed or delivered. Free estimates. 1(877)490-9914.

CAREGIVERS NEEDED Family requires two (2) in home caregivers for elderly. Candidates will provide basic needs 12 hrs/day, 3 days/week. Apply via email:


Wanted: Standing timber, mature hard/softwood. Also wanted, natural stone, cubicle or flat, any size. 613-968-5182.


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Wanted- 6 hunters for hunt camp. Great camp, hydro, water, oil heat. Camp sleeps 16 persons. Non-smoking camp, casual drinking allowed Homecooked meals. Camp 100 ft off County Rd 511. Please call Glen Sweeney at 613-259-5293 for details.

Standing timber, hard maple, soft maple, ash, red and white oak, etc. Quality workmanship guaranteed. (613)847-1665.

Primary Health Care Pharmacist 2 days per week Gateway Community Health Centre, located in Tweed, Ontario, provides primary health care with a focus on health promotion and illness prevention through an inter-professional team and in keeping with the CHC Model of Care, Mission, Vision, and Values. GCHC supports populations at all ages and stages of life with an emphasis on those who are high risk and/or experiencing barriers to accessing services. As an integral part of the inter-professional team at Gateway, the Pharmacist will support clients with chronic health conditions for the purpose of optimizing individual pharmacological treatment, conduct assessments for medication interactions/adverse effects, optimize medication management, and provide education focused on chronic disease management. The Pharmacist will work collaboratively with members of the inter-professional team including, but not limited to, other partner organizations served by our client population. Key Areas of Responsibility: • Clinical Services – review and maintain pertinent client information to ensure complete and accurate records of medication review, recommendations, health education/counselling, allergies, adverse effects, and drug interactions within the Electronic Medical Record • Education and Health Promotion - provide medication education to clients/ caregivers and to primary care providers • Quality Improvement – work in collaboration with the Director of Quality & Performance, Physicians and Nurse Practitioners and participate in quality assurance practices consistent with evidence-based best practice guidelines and GCHC accountability agreements • Teamwork – act as a source of medication information and mentorship to the inter-professional team Qualifications: • Baccalaureate of Pharmacy required • Current registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists required • Current membership with the Pharmacists Association of Ontario preferred • Three to five years pharmacy experience in a community setting or combination of community, hospital or primary care setting • Valid Ontario drivers license, insurance and access to a vehicle • Demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative team of health care professionals • Demonstrated commitment to taking a leadership role for a medication management program • Excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal communication skills To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter and resume, including the names and contact information for three (3) work-related references, by 5:00pm on Friday, January 4, 2013, via email to: IMPORTANT: When submitting by email, include the position title in the subject line. We sincerely thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about Gateway Community Health Centre, please visit our website,


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Antiques Wanted. Jewellery, wrist watches, pocket watches, sterling silver, china, wooden decoys, fishing lures, war medals, Canadian coins, antique furniture, paintings, books. (905)885-0190, Toll-free, (877)329-9901.



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East side (Lingham St.) classic 2 bedroom apartment with fridge, stove, heat & water included. $900/mth + hydro.


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West side (Front St.) 2 bedroom, main level with private entrance. Fridge & stove included. $650/mth + utilities. West side (King St.) 1 bedroom w/private entrance, fridge, stove, water incl. $550/mth.

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• Renewals • Mortgages & Loans • Leasing - 1st, 2nd & Private Mortgages/Loans • Free Down Payment Program OAC • • Bank turn downs, self employed welcomed CREDIT PROBLEMS? I HAVE SOLUTIONS! Andrea Johnston A.M.P 200 Dundas Street E, Suite 305 Belleville, ON K8N 1E3 Office: 613-968-5151 Toll Free: 1-888-216-7770 ext 306 Email: Web:

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2 bedroom house to rent north of Campbellford on the Trent River. One to six month rental. Included in rent, fully furnished, water, sewer, snow removal, parking, hydro can be included depending on length of stay. Ref. Call Catharine 705-778-3649.

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Proposal document and label provided for submission are available by downloading from and can also be obtained from the Finance Department, Purchasing Services, City Hall, first floor, 169 Front Street, Belleville, ON, K8N 2Y8. Sealed Bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. local time, on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

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The lowest or any proposal or any part of any quotation not necessarily accepted. City’s Contact is: Dave Clusiau Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Environmental and Operational Services Dept. Tel (613) 967-3200, Ext 3320 Email:

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Bid Document Contact: Yasmina Jamal Purchasing Supervisor, Finance Dept. Tel. (613) 967-3200 Ext3203/3301 Email:

Metroland East Distribution Centre is seeking an experienced warehouse supervisor to join our team.

TOWNSHIP OF STIRLING-RAWDON 14 Demorest Road, Box 40, Stirling, ON,K0K 3E0 Website: The Township of Stirling-Rawdon, located in the County of Hastings, is seeking an experienced municipal professional to join our team as… CLERK-ADMINISTRATOR


Reporting directly to the Mayor and Council, the Clerk-Administrator will be responsible for: • providing leadership, management and administration of the Township • performing the statutory duties of the Clerk • working effectively with elected municipal leaders, building positive and collaborative relationships and advocating with other levels of government The preferred candidate will possess: • post secondary education in Public Administration, Business Administration, or relevant discipline • CMO or AMCT designation considered an asset • 5-10 years municipal experience or equivalent at a senior management level including proven administrative and managerial abilities in directing and overseeing the activities of several departments with wide ranging and diverse responsibilities • comprehensive knowledge of government affairs, governing legislation and public responsibilities related to municipal government administration in Ontario • strong financial background and ability to function in a computerized environment • proven communication, public relations, interpersonal and managerial skills, and the ability to adapt management style to the needs of Council and the management team • thorough understanding of the local community’s culture, its strengths, opportunities and challenges • a sense of vision and a commitment to the community A job description is available upon request. To further explore this prominent position within the community of the Township of Stirling-Rawdon, please send a resume and cover letter no later than 4:30pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to the attention of: Simone Almeida Human Resources Advisor County of Hastings, P.O. Bag 4400 Belleville, Ontario K8N 3A9 Tel: (613)966-1311 Fax: (613)966-6775 In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information collected will be used only for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank each applicant for their interest in this position; however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Reporting directly to the Production Manager, you will take full accountability for the management of day-to-day operations of the automated production of flyer inserting into newspapers, as well as ongoing development of a diverse team. This is a hands-on position, with an emphasis on attention to detail. You will be required to work a shift rotation. Key responsibilities will include: • Directing a warehouse team in daily work flow • Controlling and monitoring that all deliveries are in line with productivity and scheduling requirements • Organizing freight schedules through effective and fiscally responsible scheduling with freight companies This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant, dynamic and expanding company. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, possess sound time management abilities, superior communication skills, and the capacity to relate to people on all levels of the production process. Essential requirements: • Proven leadership skills, with a proactive attitude • Minimum 3 years’ warehouse/ logistics experience • Mechanically inclined • A keen eye for detail and safety To express your interest in this position please email your application to by Jan 4, 2013. We thank everyone for your submissions but only those suitable candidates will be contacted. CL391747_1220

Gateway Community Health Centre, located in Tweed, Ontario, provides primary health care with a focus on health promotion and illness prevention through an interprofessional team and in keeping with the CHC Model of Care, Mission, Vision, and Values. GCHC supports populations at all ages and stages of life with an emphasis on those who are high risk and/or experiencing barriers to accessing services. The Primary Health Care RN, in collaboration with our community partners, coordinates client-centered health care to support clients, families, and caregivers to receive the right care, and the right services, at the right time to prevent hospitalization and/or inappropriate use of the emergency department. Key Areas of Responsibility: • Provide support to the primary health care team to identify, plan and evaluate programs and services to support clients with multiple chronic conditions • Identify and coordinate case conferences for high-risk clients with co-morbidities • Develop, implement, and refine the care plan in collaboration with the inter-professional team • In partnership with the Physician and Pharmacist, conduct medication review and/or reconciliation through in-home or on-site visits • Provide linkage to community resources for at-risk clients • Advocate on behalf of the client, family, and caregivers • Provide client education through one-to-one and group presentations, integrating the principles and practices for chronic disease prevention and management including self-care • Act as an evidence-based champion in delivering clinical procedures, health screening, and care • Actively lead quality improvement initiatives Qualifications: • Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario • BScN preferred • 5 years related clinical/teaching experience • Knowledge and understanding of the Ontario health care system and current knowledge of health care-related legislation and practices • Knowledge and proficiency in current evidenced-based methods and practices of primary care delivery, with an emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction and continuous quality improvement • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning theory, tools, techniques and principles • Demonstrates leadership, and critical thinking skills • Excellent organizational, time management, and interpersonal communication skills • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a motor vehicle are required. • Computer proficiency in word-processing, computer presentation skills and related technology To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter and resume, including the names and contact information for three (3) work-related references, by 5:00pm on Friday, January 4, 2013, via email to: IMPORTANT: When submitting by email, include the position title in the subject line. We sincerely thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about Gateway Community Health Centre, please visit our website,


1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments, in quiet, spacious senior residential building at Downtown Trenton (across Metro). All inclusive: 1 bedroom $775/month, 2 bedroom $885/month. Senior discount, non-smoking, no pets. Call 613-922-5528.



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Norwood, self-storage units now available. Various sizes. For more information, call (705)639-2258.

Warkworth Main Street, 530 sq. ft., storefront retail office space, available August in fabulous potter block building. $550/month negotiable with lease, plus gas and hydro. Call Kerri 705-924-3341 after 6 p.m.

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Marmora Self-Storage Units, 24 hr. access, various sizes, surveillance cameras, security locks. Professional moving services available. Rob 6 1 3 - 4 7 2 - 1 6 2 8 , 1-866-335-3310.


2 male Siberian Huskies, 1 approx 2 years old, the other approx 8 or 9. Looking for loving homes. Quinte West Animal Control 613-398-0222.

Mortgage Solutions Purchases, Consolidations, Construction. Lower that bank posted rates (OAC) On-Site Private Funds for credit issues, discharged bankrupts and BFS without proven income. Chase Financial 1-613-384-1301 Chase Financial o/b 835289 Ontario Inc. Brokerage License #10876


Wanted to buy standing hay in 2013, Jim Harrison 613-392-9437.

Bedding & Feed: Shavings for $4.75/each, bedding pellets for $4.00/each, Tiz Whiz grain for $15/each and Triple Crown grain for $25/each. plus HST. or 613-847-5457


ASP Contractors. Airless spray painting and power washing. Farms, cottages, houses, factories, fences, tanks. Corn, glass and sandblasting. New steel roofs installed. Roofs screw-nailed and boards replaced. Eavestroughs and gutter guards installed. Fully insured. Call George (800)589-1375 or cell (613)827-8485.



COMMUNITY CALENDAR Cozy newly renovated one bedroom apartment with two entrances, private backyard, deck, bedroom, eat-in kitchen, bathroom with tub, parking, new thermoglass windows, parking. In Marmora-Deloro. $550 everything inclusive. Call Cathy (647)269-8430 or Steven (647)208-1467. Havelock- Quiet, convenient location. 2 units available. Spacious 1 bdrm on ground level, $690/mth. Bright second storey 2 bdrm, $700 + H&H. Includes parking laundry available. Call Ken 705-778-5442. Kaladar, 2 bedroom apt. Heated, fridge and stove. $450/mth. 1st and last required. 613-336-9429. Need a home? Call the Hastings Housing Resource Centre. Services offered in Belleville, Quinte West, North and Centre Hastings. (613)969-1748. Madoc, 3 bedroom house on quiet street, large treed lot, nice and tidy home, close to downtown. Perfect for small family or retired couple. $950/month. 519-735-1915, Marmora- 2 bedroom apartment. Quiet, modern, building. Laundry, fridge, stove, dishwasher. Great location. Mail delivery. Balcony. Parking. No smoking, no pets. $720/month. (613)472-2667. Marmora- large furnished private room, large common area with cooking facilities, satellite, $525/mth. 1 block from all amenities. No drugs or booze. Prefer senior on fixed income or steady income person. 613-472-1697 ask for Alex. This year newly renovated large one bedroom apartment with 2 entrances, living room, bedroom, kitchen, brand new bathroom, parking. Private deck in progress. MarmoraDeloro. $650. Everything inclusive. Seniors or working couple preferred. Cathy (647)269-8430 or Steven (647)208-1467.

Large 2 bdrm apt. in East Hill home, completely renovated, new bathroom, kitchen, stainless steel appliances. H & H included. $895/mth Prefer single professional. 613-968-7086.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club/Scotiabank Place is seeking a full time Refrigeration HVAC Operator in the Engineering Department. Duties include maintenance and operation of heating and air conditioning systems. As well as maintenance of specialized equipment such as ice plant, heat pumps, generators, plumbing systems, air handling and roof top units. Qualifications for this position include 3 years previous experience. Minimum Class B or 4th class operating engineer certificate, and previous Zamboni experience. Successful candidates must be available for rotating shift work, including midnights, holidays, and weekends. We offer a competitive compensation package and a wide array of benefits. Resume should be forward to People Department, 1000 Palladium Dr., Kanata, Ontario, K2V 1A5, faxed to 613-599-4283 or apply online at employment by January 11, 2013.

Contractor buys properties in need of repair or renovation for top cash price. Gerry Hudson, Kingston (613)449-1668 Sales Representative Rideau Town and Country Realty Ltd, Brokerage (613)273-5000. Trenton- $125,000 buys clean and spacious 3 bedroom bungalow and garage on well treed private 200’ lot, outskirts of town. $5,000 down O.A.C. Gerry Hudson, Kingston (613)449-1668 Sales Representative Rideau Town and Country Realty Ltd, Brokerage (613)273-5000.

Looking for persons willing to speak to small groups, 1 on 1 presentations. A car and internet necessary. Diana (866)306-5858.

Notice To Creditors In the Estate of Edna Patricia Viola Wilkes All persons having claims against the estate of Edna Patricia Viola Wilkes late of the Village of Marmora in the County of Hastings who died on December 10, 2012 are required to file proof of same with the undersigned on or before January 10, 2013 after which date the estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall then have notice and the undersigned will not be liable to any person for whose claim he shall not then have noticed. Dated at Marmora, Ontario this 17th day of December, 2012. Brian William Wilkes 200 A Wilkes Settlement Lane Marmora, Ontario K0K 2M0

Nick Livingstone ContractingMaster Electrician. 30 years experience fully licensed and insured professional electrical services, reasonable rates, residential, commercial, farm. Lic. #7007459. ( 6 1 3 ) 9 2 2 - 6 0 2 7 , (613)962-2828. Steve Collins, InsulationBlown cellulose, attics, walls, floors. Save money -live comfortably. Warm in winter, cool in summer. Quality work since 1974. Free estimates. Call (613)847-6791. Ken Chard Construction. Renovations, decks, siding, sidewalks, fences, ceramic, windows, painting etc. Free estimates. Call: 613-398-7439. Need Small Claims representation? Start smart! Phone 613-967-6380. Free consultation. Give yourself peace of mind, call 613-967-6380, today. County Water Treatment- Softeners, U.V. Lights, R.O. systems, chemical free iron and sulphur filters. Sales, installation, service and repair. Steven Menna. (613)967-7143. Hardwood Floor Installation and resurfacing. Light renovations and upgrades. Over 30 years experience. Please call for free estimate 613-394-1908.

Reflexology Certification Training Courses with the Reflexology Training Academy Of Canada. Courses offered Bimonthly. More information www.reflexologytrainingacademy .ca 1-866-491-5566

As Good As New. Restoration & Renovation. Drywall, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood flooring, carpentry work, framing, painting. Fully insured. Licensed. Free estimates. 613-885-1912.

Holiday Classified Deadlines Please note that we are now taking ads for the January 3rd paper For Jan. 3 paper book by December 27, noon To book your classified ad, please call: 613-966-2034

EMC Events

BELLEVILLE The Canadian Hearing Society offers Walk In Wednesdays from 10 am-noon and 2-4pm. Speak to a Hearing Care Counsellor. No appointment necessary. Bayview Mall, 470 Dundas St. E Belleville Christmas Eve at Bridge Street Church. Our Sanctuary will be overflowing with the beautiful sights, sounds and warmth for a special family service at 7 p.m. and a candlelight and communion service at 10:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. 60 Bridge St. E. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Community Centre, 69 Centre St. No dues or fees for members. For info: Susan at 613-471-0228 or Hilly at 613-354-6036 or visit Quinte Region Crokinole Club, every Tuesday, 7 p.m., Avaya building at 250 Sidney St., Belleville, south entrance. Cost is $4.00. . For info: Dave Brown at 613-967-7720 or Louis Gauthier at 613-849-0690. Belleville Toastmasters, see for all three clubs in the area. Join as a member, or come as a guest. Nutritious, frozen meals distributed every Friday, 2-4 p.m., Bridge Street Church, Belleville. There is no cost and no pre-ordering is required. To register, show ID on your first visit for each participating family member. The Ontario Early Years Centre at Family Space supports families learning through play. Drop-in playrooms at 301 MacDonald Ave., Belleville. Open 6 days a week. For information: or telephone 613-966-9427. Seniors 5-pin Bowling, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Come and meet new friends for fun and fellowship. Belleville Pro Bowl, Bayview Mall. Call Ken 613-962-3429 Thursday, December 20, 6 to

Network DRIVERS WANTED LAIDLAW CARRIERS VAN DIVISION require experienced AZ licensed drivers to run the U.S. Premium mileage rate. Home weekly. New equipment. Also hiring Owner Operators. 1-800263-8267

CAREER TRAINING LEARN FROM HOME. EARN FROM HOME. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535,

HEALTH GET 50% OFF - Join Herbal Magic this week and get 50% Off. Lose weight quickly, safely and keep it off, proven results! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.

BRIGHTON St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brighton Christmas services: Sunday, Dec 23: Advent 4, 8am and 11am. Monday, Dec 24: Christmas Eve Family Service with Eucharist 7pm. Christmas Eve Service with Eucharist 10pm Sunday December 23, Trinity St Andrews United Church, Brighton. 10.30 am service will celebrate Advent 4 with the lighting of the Faith candle. 7.30 pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with choirs, chimers and brass ensemble. Monday December 24, Trinity St Andrews United Church, Brighton, Family Service at 7.00 pm followed by a 9.00 pm Candlelight Service and Communion.

CAMPBELLFORD Campbellford Senior Citizens Club, 55 Grand Road. Weekly events: Monday: 1:30 pm Bridge. Tuesday 1:00 pm Euchre, 7:30 pm Bid Euchre. Wednesday 1:30 pm Euchre. Thursday 1:30 pm Shuffleboard. Friday 1:30 pm, Cribbage, 7:30 pm Euchre. Christmas Eve Service at Hoards United Church at 7:30 pm Dec. 24, 22 Hoards Church Road. Everyone Welcome Free Christmas Dinner, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 5:00 p.m. Campbellford Baptist Church, 166 Grand Rd. All welcome. Info: 705653-1930 Christmas Services, The Parish of Campbellford, Hastings and Roseneath - Christ Church,

EMPLOYMENT OPPS. PART-TIME JOBS - Make your own schedule, sell chocolate bars to make $$$, decide where and when you sell, start and stop when you want. Tel: 1-800-383-3589. URS FLINT. We are hiring Hand and Rig Welders for long term projects: Cold Lake and Bonnyville, Alberta. Apply now by visiting or call 1-866-4635468.

FOR SALE #1 HIGH SPEED INTERNET $28.95 / Month. Absolutely no ports are blocked. Unlimited Downloading. Up to 5Mps Download and 800Kbps U p l o a d . O R D E R T O D AY AT or CALL TOLL-FREE: 1-866-281-3538. SAWMILLS from only $3997 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.


St. John’s United Church Indoor Walking Program, Tuesday & Friday 10-11am, until mid April, 50 Bridge St. W., Campbellford. Free admission. Please bring clean shoes. For info 705-653-2283 Taoist Tai Chi Beginner and continuing classes available throughout the week at the Community Resource Centre, 65 Bridge St. Campbellford. Join anytime. Call 705 696 1782 for more details. Saturday, Dec. 22, Santa’s Shindig, Campbellford Legion. Crafts, music, games, visit with Santa. Bring a snack to share and a non-perishable food item for FareShare Foodbank. RSVP: 705 653 3936, or 2helpersforsanta@ Parent supervision required. Northumberland Cares for Children provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s development, speech and behaviour, Tuesdays at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, 35 Centre St, Campbellford, 10-11 am. All families welcome. For info: Cheryl McMurray, 1-866-218-1427. Christmas Celebration Service, Sunday, Dec 23, 10 a.m. Children’s Moments, a few Skits and lots of carolling. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Monday Evening, Dec 24, 7 p.m. Campbellford Free Methodist Church at 73 Ranney St N. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Churches Campbellford and Burnbrae invite you to celebrate on Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Service at St. Andrew’s Burnbrae, 2583 Burnbrae Road, 7:30p.m.

CODRINGTON Codrington Library open Tuesday, 2-5 pm; Thursday 9:3011:30 am; Friday 5-8 pm; Saturday 10am – 2pm.

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AS SEEN ON TV - 1st, 2nd, Home Equity Loans, Bad Credit, SelfEmployed, Bankrupt, Foreclosure, Power of Sale or need to ReFinance? Let us fight for you because “We’re in your corner!” CALL The Refinancing Specialists NOW Toll-Free 1-877-733-4424 (24 Hours) or click (Lic#12126).

WA N T E D : O L D T U B E A U D I O EQUIPMENT. 40 years or older. Amplifiers, Stereo, Recording and Theatre Sound Equipment. Hammond organs. Any condition, no floor model consoles. Call Toll-Free 1-800-9470393 / 519-853-2157.

$$$ 1st, 2nd, 3rd MORTGAGES Debt Consolidation, Refinancing, R e n o v a t i o n s , Ta x A r r e a r s , n o CMHC fees. $50K you pay $208.33/ month (OAC). No income, bad credit, power of sale stopped!! BETTER OPTION MORTGAGES, CALL TODAY Toll-Free 1-800-282-1169, (LIC# 10969).

STEEL BUILDINGS S T E E L B U I L D I N G S / M E TA L BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206

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Connect with Ontarians – extend your business reach! B20

CANCELLED - Blood Pressure Clinic for Dec. 21 at Campbellford Memorial Hospital.

For more information contact your local newspaper.


Vehicle buyers are ONLY protected by OMVIC and Ontario consumer protection laws when they buy from registered dealers. There’s no protection if you buy privately and you risk becoming victim of a curbsider. To verify dealer registration or seek help with a complaint: or 1-800943-6002.

Shout Sister Choir is looking for new members. Practices are Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastminster United Church, 432 Bridge Street East, Belleville.

Campbellford, December 24, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.


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7:30 p.m., “The Drawing Room” continues with life drawing of a draped model. All levels of artists invited to bring their supplies. and learn in an unstructured environment. For info: 613-968-6731 x2240 or

EMC B Section - Thursday, December 20, 2012

FIREARMS WANTED FOR FEBRUARY 23RD, 2013 AUCTION: Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns. As Estate Specialists WE manage sale of registered / unregistered firearms. Contact Paul, Switzer’s Auction: Toll-Free 1-800694-2609, or

PERSONALS ARE YOU TIRED of being alone? Make it your New Year ’s resolution not to be! Let MISTY RIVER INTRODUCTIONS help you find someone wonderful to spend your life with. CALL (613)257-3531, DATING SERVICE. Long-term/shortterm relationships, free to try! 1-877297-9883. Talk with single ladies. Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Talk now! 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+) TRUE PSYCHICS! 4 Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-3423036; Mobile #4486; http://www.true

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COLBORNE Northumberland Cares for Children provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s development, speech and behaviour, Wednesdays at Colborne Public School, 8 Alfred Street, Colborne,10–11am. For info: Cheryl McMurray, 1-866-218-1427.

ELDORADO Christmas Crokinole Party, Madoc Township Recreation Centre, Eldorado, Friday, December 21. Pot-luck supper at 6:30 pm with crokinole to follow. Everyone welcome. For info: 613-473-2166

FRANKFORD New Years Eve Dance at Frankford Legion. Tickets $15.00 per person. DJ. Assigned seating only. Tickets available at Frankford Legion Holy Trinity-Frankford, December 24, Christmas Eve –6:45 p.m. December 25, No Service

HASTINGS Hastings Legion : Wednesday,

December 26: Boxing Day Euchre, upstairs hall. Register at 12:00, play at 1:00.Bring your own partner, cost is $5.00 each. Hastings Public Library Open House Friday, December 28, 2:004:00. Join us for tea and treats. Choose a free book as our gift to you. 705-696-2111.

HAVELOCK Havelock Legion Meat draws, every Sat. 3 pm. Sunday Crib Tornaments every Sunday at 1 pm $10 per team. Everyone welcome. Traditional Country Music Jam Sessions, Havelock Ol’ Town Hall, every Wednesday. Doors open at 12:00, Music at 1:00. Bring your instruments and your voice. Musicians and visitors welcomed and encouraged.

MADOC Royal Canadian Legion Br 363 Madoc has mixed darts every Thursday night 7.30. Everyone invited Christmas Eve Services, St. Johh’s Anglican Church, 115 Durham St. Madoc. Candle Light Service with Lessons and Carols at 7:00 pm. Service of Holy Com-

munion at 10:00 pm. Everyone Welcome Christmas in a Country Church - Hazzard’s Corners Church Olde Fashioned Candle Light Service, Sunday, December 23, 7 p.m. Hot Cider and cookies after service. 8 km north of Madoc, Cooper Rd. Christmas Eve Candlelight service, 6:30pm, Monday December 24, Madoc Wesleyan & Free Methodist Church, 137 Elgin St (Next to the High School). 613 473 2451 Madoc Line Dancing: Every Thursdays,10:30AM. Lunch is served the 4th Thurs of the month. St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 115 Durham St N. Program opened to seniors and adults with physical disabilities. Christmas Dinner Celebration, December 27, 5:30pm. Songs and gift exchanges. Hosted by the St. Mary of Egypt Refuge, Madoc. Please R.S.V.P by December 21. 416-629-8264 or

MARMORA EUCHRE at William Shannon Room Friday afternoons and Deloro Hall Friday nights cancelled

till January 4th

NORWOOD Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meetings, Tuesdays at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Norwood. Weigh-in from 5:45. Meeting at 7 pm. For info: Evelyn at 705-6395562 or Elaine at 705-639-5710.

P.E. COUNTY Zumba Classes, Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 pm. $8.00 each class. Ameliasburgh Town Hall Every Thursday night, Mixed Fun Darts Consecon Legion, 7 pm. Everyone welcome

ROSENEATH Christmas Services, The Parish of Campbellford, Hastings and Roseneath - St James’, Roseneath, December 25, 10 a.m.

STIRLING Blue Christmas Service - Saturday December 22, 10:30 am St. Paul’s United Church, Stirling. For those who are grieving a loss. Come and join as us as this service allows time for the ‘blues” in a season of merrymaking.

St. Paul’s United Church, Stirling Christmas Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m., Dec 23. Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 7 p.m., Dec. 24.

TRENTON Bay of Quinte Toastmaster regular meetings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 6:30-8 pm at the Quinte West Public Library Multipurpose room. Build confidence with speaking in public and leadership skills. Call 613-967-4891. Guests are always welcome. Christmas Eve Services at Trenton Wesleyan Church, 125 Dixon Dr, Trenton. Monday, December 24 at 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through singing and candlelight. For info: 613-392-1075. St. George’s Anglican Church, December 24, Christmas Eve, 8:30 p.m. Family Service – BAS. 10:30 p.m. Holy Communion with Lessons and Carols. December 25, Christmas Day,10 a.m. Morning Prayer Trenton Lions Club is looking for new members. Meetings are 2nd and 4th Wed of each month, Sept to July. For more info: Mem-

bership Chairman Darlene Hiltz 613-969-9502 Christ Church-Glen Miller. December 24, Christmas Eve 5 p.m. December 25 No Service

TWEED Tweed Legion: Mixed darts every Friday night, 7:30 p.m. Mixed pool Wednesday nights (except 3rd Wed. of the month), 7:00 sharp. Everyone welcome. Tweed Public Library is offering free computer/Internet instruction. Sign up today! Bid Euchre every Tuesday night 7 p.m., Actinolite Recreation Hall

WARKWORTH Warkworth Community Christmas Eve Service, Monday, December 24, 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Come, enjoy the music, sing some carols and be immersed in the spirit of Christmas!

WOOLER Christmas Eve Service at Wooler United Church, Monday, Dec. 24, 7:30pm with Padre Mary Anne VanHeuvelen. Everyone welcome.

Have a non-profit event? Email your listing to Deadline for submission for the January 3rd edition is December 27th at noon.

christmas Holiday antique auction for several local estates and others. to be held at the asphodel norwood recreation centre, 88 alma st., norwood, ontario.



From Glenarm Rd. go north on Elm Tree Rd. See Signs. Sale includes 450 round bales of 4X5 hard core first cut hay. Terms: Terms: Cash, Visa & MasterCard NO BUYER’S PREMIUM! Sale managed & Sold by KEVin BaRKER aucTionS LTd. 705-374-4478 (office) or 705-878-2947 (cell) Visit: for pictures of sale items.



Warner’s Auction Hall, 12927 Hwy 2, Just West of Colborne. Selling from a Trenton and Port Hope estates, including antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, appliances, dishes, , glass, etc. Partial list includes 2 exceptional nice curio cabinets both in new condition, high back side board all original in excellent condition, good sofa, good loveseat, modern oak chest also excellent condition, lge walnut armoir, Victorian oval dining table w/leaves, ant vanity & matching dresser w/bevelled mirrors, lge oak showcase cabinet w/glass doors, glass top ice cream parlour set, stove, fridge, nearly new only started twice snow blower, plus more. Lge quantity smalls, dishes, glassware collectables, lot of 5060’s pcs, collection birds, other smalls, houseware, knick knacks, figurines, collectables etc. NOTE: START TIME 11:00AM, VIEWING 9:00AM Terms: Cash, Cheque with ID, Visa, M/C, Interac. Gary E. Warners Auctioneer • 905-355-2106 CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS.

47 PINE STREET SOUTH, PORT HOPE, ONT. FRIDAY DECEMBER 28TH AT 10:30 AM Exit SOUTH off 401 Highway at Port Hope (Interchange 464-Ontario Street) and continue to Walton Street and turn WEST to Pine Street South. ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES FROM LONG ESTABLISHED BED AND BREAKFAST Including leather top multi drawer Davenport desk, burled walnut finish drop front secretary desk, Victorian walnut centre pedestal tilt top side table, 1850’s church pew, oak hall stand, oak sideboard, oak leather top writing desk, walnut parlour table, oak dinette table with extensions, walnut and Birds Eye chest of drawers, washstands, Gibbard “Canadian Legacy” breakfront china cabinet, double pedestal dining table with several leaves, marble top side table, oak and glass display case, mahogany lyre base side table, needlepoint footstool, Victorian music stand, Victorian walnut chest of drawers with moustache polls, several iron and brass beds, 1800’s oak wheelchair, mantle clocks, 24” x 30” oil portrait of Henry Covert; oak long box telephone, mirrors, Sterling Silver pieces, Austrian ceramic tiles, several pieces of ivory jewelry, vintage prints and pictures, tin croquet yard markers, Art Deco light fixtures, copper kettle, Vintage Dr’s kit and medical supplies, Copenhagen china fish plates, glassware and china, Napoleon figure, Doulton character jugs, tins, several area carpets, Art Deco Sofa and chair, local history books, vintage smokers, stoneware, theatre seat from Capitol Theatre – Port Hope, Vintage post cards, vintage brass flood lamps, CONTEMPORARY PIECES including reproduction pine cupboard, pine jam cupboard, 4 piece chesterfield suite, portable massage tables, exercise equipment, mountain bike, bed chesterfield, wing back chair, King, Queen and double size beds, Queen size 4 poster canopy bed, cedar chest, bedroom furniture, 16 dining room chairs, numerous other articles. SALE SOLD OUTDOORS TERMS - CASH OR CHEQUE OWNER & AUCTIONEER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENT OR INJURY DAY OF SALE SULLIVAN AUCTIONEERS Plainfield 613-477-2082


Saturday Dec. 29TH, 9:30 am The Property of Victor Webster Farm Ltd. 3741 Elm Tree Rd

AT WARNER’S AUCTION HALL 12927 HWY.#2, JUST WEST OF COLBORNE 1/4 MILLION DOLLARS worth of HIGH END HAND kNOTTED PERSIAN RUGS, various sizes from 10x14 down to mats, and 15’ runners. Most dating from 1920’s to present. The qUALITY RUGS normally not seen sold by auction include rare and one of a kind pcs, for the people who appreciate the high end carpets, those who enjoy the comfort and quality of hand made Persian pcs. This quality and design are not found in big box stores or normal retail stores selling rugs, but are hand picked for the people who appreciate the quality. Those interested come take a look, doors will be open at 4:00pm, auction to commence at 6:00pm. NOTE: as previously stated HIGH END CARPETS only, no general merchandise, no junk, very large selection of colours and sizes. Terms: Cash, Cheque with ID, Visa, M/C, Interac

Gary E. Warners Auctioneer 905-355-2106


Auction Sale Hay Auction

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th at 6:00pm


From the traffic lights on Highway 7 in Norwood, travel south one block, then east 1 km on Alma Street. Watch for signs. 1916 York County flat to the wall cupboard. 2 door pine wardrobes. 6’ pine storage bench. 6’ pine country couch. 5’ pine blanket box. European pine kitchen cupboards. Large quantity of wooden pails and containers. Wooden dash churns. Large wooden carved bowls. 6’ carved wooden bowl. Decorated arch top wooden blanket box. 6’ pine bench. Washstands. Mirrored dressers. Cast iron enamelled wall sink. Oil lanterns. Cedar chest. Wooden butter churn. Copper candy kettle. Oak rocker. Glass & china. Cast iron birdcage stand. Gene Autry toy guitar. Spinning wheel. Oak parlour table. Wooden fireplace mantle. Enamel Bell Telephone sign. Old trikes. Tin toys. Cast iron water pumps. Oak office table. 8’ pine work table. Small drop front secretary. Enamelware. Fishing lures. CNR lantern. Show shoes. Glass jar butter churns. Milk cans. Collection of GI Joe. Walnut what-not stand. Wooden milk crates. Wooden rocker. Quantity of stamps & first day covers, large quantity of Canadian coins selling at 9:30 am. Many other items not yet unpacked. Terms are cash, Interac or cheque with ID. Foodbooth. Open for viewing at 8:30 am


View papers online @

Auctioneers note: This is not a forced sale but a generous offering from our suppliers to our customers with a chance to upgrade or add to your quality in carpets.

BrigHton estate auCtions Large HoLiday antique & CoLLeCtor’s auCtion

thursday, december 27 - Preview 9:30 a.m. auction 11:00 a.m. Auction to include: Collection of Oriental Porcelain, Estate Jewellery, Royal Doulton Figures, Ivories, Silver Plate, Crystal, China, Books & Collector’s Items. Large Collection of Canadian & European Watercolours, Prints & Oil Paintings: to include Herbert S. Palmer, Franklin Arbuckle, T.W. Mclean, Tom Stone, Large Royalty Victorian Panorama, Plus Many Other Good Pictures. Furniture to include: Empire Style Display Cabinet, Mahogany Chest of Drawers, Walnut Dining Room Suite, Side Board, Victorian Chairs, Small Tables, Victorian Coat Rack, Large Retro Desk, Oriental Carpet, Lights & Mirrors.

Watch Web site for updates. Large indoor yard sale: sunday @ 9:30 a.m. David Simmons: Auctioneer & Appraiser

Looking for quality estates or single items for upcoming auctions 101 Applewood Drive, Brighton, Ont. K0K 1H0 Phone 1-613-475-6223 EMC B Section - Thursday, December 20, 2012




Friday, december 28, 2012 at 10:00am (coins & stamps sell at 9:30 am)


8 Wing Trenton donates groceries to food bank By Kate Everson

Colonel Sean Friday and John Smylie make a presentation to food bank manager Al Teal. Photo: Kate

“I brought the children here just to show them what the community can do for each other,” said Laurie Ann Kidd with Amanda, ten, and Amber, seven (almost eight). Laurie Ann is one of the Quinte West Community Policing volunteers, working alongside Dave Snider, Bob Clement, Chuck Lane, Dick Button, Carolyn Ste-

venson and Agnes Ward, on hand for the presentation. The donations from the base were raised from a golf game as part of their ongoing commitment to the community. “We raise funds every year in some way,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Alexander. “We are all part of the same community and we want to help out.”

John Smylie helps push out a load of food for the Food Bank. Photo: Kate Everson



EMC News - Trenton The need could not be greater. The generosity is commendable. The timing was perfect. “We have collected $3,500 from the Wing Commander’s Challenge for the Food Bank,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dave Alexander. “Smylie’s Independent has put it all into food for us. It’s a team effort.” Members of 8 Wing worked alongside Quinte West Community Policing volunteers to load the mountains of food into the police van for delivery to the Trenton Care and Share Food Bank. Al Teal, food bank manager, was on hand to help out. “The need is always great,” he said. Inside Smylie’s Independent the 8 Wing Concert Band played Christmas songs. Their bright red hats matched the festive glisten on their musical instruments, making customers smile as they entered the store.

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