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Cold, snow doesn’t deter runners

Green event raises gold By Tim Harvey

Weekly News Correspondent

This year’s Shamrock Shuffle saw 300 participants raise $17,000 for Inn Out of the Cold, a homeless shelter program operated out of Central United Church in St. Thomas. This amount varied immensely from last year’s $10,000 total. According to event orgranizers Kathi Joliffe, Doreen Jensen and Noel MacKay, costs of the event were covered by sponsors so all money raised will directly benefit the shelter. Despite cold and snowy weather, the participants each dressed up in their finest green apparel and ran or walked the route that included 5km and 10 km runs, and 2km and 5km walks on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Donations can still be made at The-Shamrock-Shuffle, or by emailing TheShamrockShuffle@gmail. com. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase two beds for persons with ambulatory issues, a washer and dryer, laptops for housing and job searches and the installation of a normal size stove with pots and pans. During the same event last year, temperatures were over 20 degrees. Related photo/page 2

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Media gets first Ojibwa tour Many rooms in submarine still require extensive renovation, but sub coming along

Friday morning, March 15, members of the media were invited to attend the first tour of the interior of HMCS Ojibwa. The submarine, located in Port Burwell, has been worked on over the last several months in preparation of the tours. Media were allowed to photograph the submarine’s torpedo and accommodation rooms. Other rooms will be unveiled in stages once they are ready. Ian Raven, Elgin Military Museum Executive Director, as well as submariner Dean Lewis, were on hand to lead the tour and answer questions as they arose. “We want to reveal the mystery in stages, and keep the interest up,” says Ian. Media was told how at any given time, 18 people fit in the tiny accommodation room, where beds measured 6 feet in length — usually too short for the tall submariners. More than 20 torpedos were kept in the torpedo room. The 295 foot long submarine was quite narrow in some places, despite the enormous appearance of the structure from the outside. At one

[above] The 36 inch wide hatch leading from the torpedo room to the accommodations room. [right] Submariner Dean Lewis opens one of the torpedo hatches.

time, Ojibwa housed 70 crew members. To get from the torpedo room to the accommodation space, media had to climb up a narrow set of stairs and duck through a circle hatch opening measuring 36 inches. Director of Communications for the Elgin Military Museum Melissa Raven says volunteers are responsible for the renovations performed to the submarine, and adds that they’re still looking for volunteers. Anyone wishing to help is asked to call Pam

Willcox, volunteer coordinator at the Elgin Military Museum at 519-633-7641. On Saturday, March 23, 2013 there will be a Project Ojibwa job fair held at the Gospel Lighthouse Church at 59 Victoria Street in Port Burwell from 10am-3pm. There are more than 40 jobs

available, and applicants are asked to bring a resume and cover letter. Job descriptions are available at Ojibwa made its home in Port Burwell’s harbour on November 20, 2012 after a long trek from the Department of National Defence.

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her artwork a spot in Queen’s Park. The picture, originally hung in MPP Jeff Yurek’s office inside the CASO station, was taken by him to Queen’s Park. In April, Kayla will visit Queen’s Park and

officially present her picture. It could be permanently displayed. Now attending Parkside Collegiate Institute, Kayla started the picture while at Elgin Court Public School. At school she’s taught by Mrs.

Armstrong, and after school by Kim Clow at Deb Underwood’s home studio. Next up for the young artist is a painting of balloons called “We Survived,” which she will donate to Relay For Life.

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They shoot, she saves Pucks flying at her face is just one reason Kelly Campbell loves the sport she plays. Yes, she knows Kelly Cambell some people will think that’s crazy, but playing goalie for the University of Western Ontario’s women’s hockey team is what she loves. Kelly, selected as top goalie in Ontario, and nominated for the CIS all star team, says her life never leaves her a dull moment. When she’s not on the ice, Kelly is studying hard to become a commercial airline pilot. She’s in the second year of her four year degree in Commercial Aviation Management. That’s why winters are reserved for hockey, and summers are reserved for flying. She knew she wanted to become a pilot at age 13, after her dad took her to a free flight day at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport. She needs 1,500-2,000 hours to become a commercial pilot. So far, she’s logged 350. Kelly’s long journey into the world of hockey began at age three, when her brother Ryan (also a hockey player), started dressing her up so he could shoot pucks at her. From there she played for the St. Thomas Stars under then coach Jeff Carr. See THEY SHOOT/page 2

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Kelly keeps the opposing team from scoring by keeping the puck out of the net.

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Taunyha Roberts-Neef and her daughter Lily, from St. Thomas, join in the warm-up with 300 others at Central United Church as they prepare to participate in the 2013 Shamrock Shuffle. The proceeds go to support the homeless program Inn Out of the Cold. (photo by Tim Harvey)

Clarification In the March 14 edition of The Weekly News, in the front page story “Sewer Expansion raises stink” the statement was made that “the Personal Drain Connection (PDC) fee includes upgrades like sidewalks, curbs, and streetlights on Centennial.” This is incorrect. While the upgrades will put in place for residents’ use at the time that their PDC fee is due, “the road construction costs will be shared between the Municipal-

ity of Central Elgin and the County of Elgin” according to the document “Eastwood Subdivision Servicing, Frequently Asked Questions” as mailed out to residents. Other components of the project such as sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and road restoration will not be charged back to residents. It will be paid by the municipality through the tax supported capital budget that every resident pays for.

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Terry Carroll

Men without women

Last week during March break, my lovely wife Nancy was gone for three nights and four days, which leads to answers to the perennial question: What do men do when they are on their own? For one thing, they work, just a little more than usual, since there really isn’t any reason they have to be home at a certain time. But in the evening after that extra work ends, what then? Well, they can eat pretty much what they want, which the first night consists of a healthy diet of onion rings followed by a salad when they get home. And while they’re eating their salad, they might decide to click on Youtube where there’s a link to “Hooters Baseball Girl Picks Up Live Baseball and Tosses It To Crowd.” This selfexplanatory title is about as long as the video itself. As of last week, 3,109,415 people had viewed this pick up and toss. Although Google Analytics has not been checked, it’s a safe assumption that a good 3,000,000 of these were

heterosexual males on their own for four days and three nights, 109,000 were lipstick lesbians and the remaining 415 were baseball fans. Males on their own might then discover Emmy Lou Harris singing a tune written by Rodney Crowell, one they had never happened to hear before, called ’Til I Can Gain Control Again, and following that, check images in an attempt to discern whether poor Michael Jackson had honed his nose in homage to Emmy Lou’s probiscis. More research obviously required. They might listen to covers of ’Til I Gain Control Again by the Haley Sisters, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowley solo, Rodney in Belfast with some Irish dude, and so on. Friends had recommended they look up Sugarman, who was featured in the documentary Searching for Sugarman, about a man called Rodriguez who sold about six records in North America, before he disappeared. Apparently in South Africa, he’s more popular than Elvis. Without women around, men can get quite the education. And that was just the first night.

Sparta turns 200 Volunteers, from left, Becky Higgs, Connie Mills and Janet Mills collected tickets during the sold out Sparta 200th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club. More than 200 people came out to show support and all money raised will be used to support a summer anniversary parade.

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Life on a sub

At the best of times, I am not the most graceful person. Give me a set of stairs, and I will surely trip up them. So put this reporter in the small confines of a submarine, and I’m sure you know that disaster will ensue. For the amusement of you who read this column, I will tell you that I bonked my head three times as I was crawling in and out of hatches, and I tripped twice. Klutzy? Yes. Worth it? Also yes. Ojibwa is far and away the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen — from the large torpedo room, to a narrow passageway that felt akin to walking the gangplank. Once the submarine opens I suggest you take the tour. In my lifetime, I cannot imagine seeing anything more interesting and historically relevant. I only wish they let us take photos in every room on the submarine so that I could show you what it looks like. Yes, I’ve never been good with patience.

What Happened: As many of you know, the HMCS Ojibwa is now sitting in its final resting place in the harbour in Port Burwell. Public tours are slated to start July 1st. Are you looking forward to touring the inside of Ojibwa?

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Like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, I want what I want when I want it. Unlike Veruca, thankfully no hatches on the submarine opened up to swallow me whole. When I told my dad about the advance tour, he was jealous. Fair enough. It is he, after all, not I, who owns a copy of every submarine movie ever made. Yet it was I, not he, who was granted first access to the submarine’s interior. Maybe he should have been a reporter. . . The extremely cramped quarters, coupled with a tiny sleeping space and smaller bathrooms baffled me. Who in their right mind would subject themselves to these kinds of conditions? People who are much more brave than I. People who could put the good of the country over the good of themselves. Thank you to everyone in the armed forces who will give more to this country than I could ever hope. I now have a very small idea of what you went through.

Skaters enter golden age For one glorious week, London was on the world stage, but it shouldn’t take long for it to return to being a great small city. The World Figure Skating Championships are done for another year and Canada did very well on podium appearances, gaining enough wins to allow a team of 17 skaters to compete in the next Winter Olympics at Sochi. Like most people around here, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a third straight title for Virtue and Moir. In my books, they are still the best and they have a long career ahead of them with the likelihood of Olympic Gold. Patrick Chan skated a record-shattering short program that was so good, he could fall four times in the long program and still come up as World Champion. Canada’s Kevin Reynolds came fifth but he won the Gardens audi-

ence with his charm and his strange appearance. He looked like a graduate of Hogwarts, or at least like a brother of Ron Weasley. It was a treat to see Duhamel and Radford take bronze in the pairs. She has a bit of the pixie in her and it is fun to see a skater get such pleasure in her work. The same can be said for Kaetlyn Osmond whose performance in the Ladies event proved that she has a great future on blades. All in all, we can expect to enter a golden age in the world where figures really do add up. I don’t know if the businesses, restaurants and hotels did well last week, because a lot of the locals just hibernated, most in front of the television, watching the happenings at Budweiser Gardens. Now things are getting back to normal and traffic will be slowed only by construction and street repairs. Parking will return to its normal level of insanity and life in the Forest City.

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Fish isn’t the only thing cooking at Dad-n-Daughters Fish-nChips, Aylmer’s newest business. Rodger Greenlaw and his daughter Alison, along with friend and former co-worker Nancy White, are co-owners of the business. Started with money his mother left him after her death, Rodger wanted to run a restaurant where quality matters. He remembers going for Friday night fish and chip dinners with his parents when he was younger. Getting the business started proved to be challenging. The shop was set to open July 1 weekend, which didn’t happen because the building they were looking at was sold. Then, when he found another location and was set to open Labour Day weekend, Rodger was robbed. “We hired a guy from London who was going to do all our work for $8,000 — buy and install our equipment. He said he’d have it done in a week. So Nancy and I tore this place apart to get ready for him, except he didn’t show. I had given him a $3,000 down payment so we sat down here one day — Alison, Nancy and I, and we figured out he ain’t comGeerlinks

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ing back.” Rodger says that put them even further behind, and they had to scrimp, save and borrow enough money to open. The person they hired from London finally brought the hood for the stove, but nothing else. Rodger was told his best option was to sue to get his money back, something he said he won’t do because he knows it will only end up costing him more money. The store, located at 39 King

Alison and Rodger Greenlaw.

Street in Aylmer, is open Sunday - Wednesday, 11am-7pm and Thursday - Saturday 11am8pm. Wednesday is seniors day and every day there’s a $6 lunch special on a one piece haddock dinner. All the fish comes in from the east coast. “Absolutely none of the fish comes from China,” Rodger says. The shop specializes in cod,

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CCCA AGM The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA), held its Annual General Meeting at the Community Complex in Aylmer on Thursday. Sally Martyn, of Central Elgin, was re-elected Chair of the Board, and Lori BaldwinSands, of St. Thomas, was acclaimed as Vice-Chair. The CCCA Annual Conservation Award was given to Leon Denniss, a farmer whose property is bisected by both the Bradley and Catfish Creeks.

The Denniss family has lived on that farm since 1895, and he has worked on conservation projects in the past, helping to restore the rainbow trout population in Bradley Creek. The audience was informed that the CCCA completed another successful year “in the black.” Guest speaker for the occasion was Kevin Rich, the Provincial Policy Specialist for Ducks Unlimited Canada. Kevin gave a presentation outlining the accomplishments that DUC

has worked on with wetland conservation, and its importance in the overall picture of the health of our ecosystem. As usual, the CCCA gave its annual Conservation Scholarship to a student who worked on authority projects as a member of the environmental leadership program at East Elgin Secondary School. Cassandra Young will use the $500 award to help with expenses at Trent University, where she will major in Biology in hopes of becoming a Wildlife Biologist.

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Elgin County Conference Series Presents

Essentials of Service Excellence A one-day interactive workshop designed to help organizations reach the next level of customer service and create a customer-centric organization.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm New Sarum Diner - 46230 New Sarum Line, St. Thomas

Cost $30, Student Rate $20

More information at Limited seating, please pre-register by calling 519-631-1460 x168 or email

by Bob Upsdell

Without honour Without honour While disturbing at times, reporter Rob Tripp’s book “Without Honour” is an excellent chronicle of how one father’s stubborn attempt to impose ancient tribal tradition and law on his family, brought that family to ruin. As the book reveals, “…in the patriarchal and patrilineal societies across the Middle East and South Asia, gender inequality is imbedded. Women are the property of men. If they stray from the rules, signalling the patriarch has lost control, the family will be dishonoured in the eyes of the

wider community. The death of the offending woman cleanses the shame.” Afghan businessman Mohammed Shafia emigrated to Montreal from Dubai in 2007 with his two wives (one posing as his cousin), five daughters, and two sons. While he had a knack for making money, Shafia failed to appreciate the culture shock that awaited his family upon their arrival. It wasn’t long before the good looks and popularity of his two oldest teenage daughters led to more and more conflicts with Shafia over how they were expected to behave. When many warning signs emerged that Shafia’s daughters were in danger of serious harm, both school and child protection personnel failed to fully appre-

ciate the risk. Had they known what these children were up against, the horrible tragedy that was about to unfold might have been prevented. In 2009, faced with the loss of control over his daughters’ behaviour and diminished loyalty from his first wife Rona, Shafia orchestrated the murders of both Rona and all three of his teenage daughters, by trying to fake their accidental drowning in a submerged vehicle near Kingston. His second wife Tooma (the mother of all of Shafia’s children) and eighteen-year-old son Hamed were recruited to assist in the murders and Shafia’s attempts to cover things up. Fortunately the truth was quickly discovered, and all three were charged and convicted of first-

Relay For Life wins national award

Volunteer effort Meagre Meals volunteers, from left, Carole Bowen, Annie Hamm, Lorraine Tuff, Donna Timpany, Helen Funk and Vera Dickhout take a quick break from washing dishes to have their picture taken. Meagre Meals is held every Thursday until March 21, 2013 from 11:30am1:30pm at the Aylmer Baptist Church. Area churches joined together for the event and proceeds raised are split evenly between the Caring Cupboard, Foodgrains Canada and The Perc. For $6 everyone gets a soup and a sandwich.

The St. Thomas Relay For Life committee was awarded the Relay For Life Award of Excellence - Leadership. The award is given to a committee of volunteers within a community who have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated exemplary leadership in overseeing a Relay For Life event. The award will be presented to Bev Trethewey and Matt Pfeifer on April 26 in Toronto. The Revenue Generation Impact Awards are offered annually by the Canadian Cancer Society to indi-

DAILY SPECIALS Sunday – Roast Beef Dinner with Yorkshire Pudding, includes soup, your choice of potato and vegetable. Monday – Grilled porkchop dinner with creamy mushroom sauce. Comes with your choice of soup, tea or coffee and Pudding for Dessert. Tuesday – Beef of Chicken Pot Pie with Salad. Comes with your choice of soup, tea or coffee and Pudding for Dessert.

Wednesday – All You Can East Pasta. Your choice of Spaghetti, Fusilli or Penne noodles with Meat sauce, Marinara or Mushroom Sauce. Includes a Side Salad (Garden or Caesar) and a Slice of Garlic Toast. Thursday – Half Roasted Chicken Dinner. Comes with your choice of soup, tea or coffee and Pudding for Dessert. Friday – Fish & Chips. Comes with your choice of soup, tea or coffee and Pudding for Dessert.

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COAD Plumbing, Heating and Air is excited to introduce Samantha MacKinnon as our Marketing & Communications Coordinator and Comfort Adviser. Stop by the COAD booth this weekend at the St. Thomas Home and Garden show to say HI!

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degree murder. While their parents and older brother serve life sentences, the youngest Shafia children have been left to grow up as virtual orphans, mourning the loss of their three older siblings. The book’s concluding chapter highlights a quote from the trial judge, characterizing the events as “… (the) cold-blooded shameful murders (of) four completely innocent victims offended by (Shafia’s) twisted notion of honour, a notion that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honour that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.” The fact that it all happened within our own borders makes it even the more shocking and difficult to accept.

viduals, corporations or community partners that have made a significant leadership and/or financial contribution to the fight against cancer. These awards are presented in five categories: golden corporate achievement, corporate achievement, Really For Life - Leadership and Relay for Life team and community achievement.

Why do birds fly south for the winter? Its easier than walking!

David Bond is turning 70!

Happy Birthday to the world’s best Husband, Dad & Papa/Grandpa!

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Justice Corner

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4-H winners Elgin County 4-H Association members received awards March 5, 2013 at the Shedden Keystone Complex. From left, Jessica Jenkins, Top Senior Ontario Plowmen’s Association, 2002-2012 graduating member Nicole Watson, who completed 17 projects, Evan Jenkins, runner up for Top Senior, and winner of the Wm. R. Caverly Memorial Award, Emily Unger, Junior Award winner and Ruby Rose, Lydia Smith Memorial Award winner. Absent was Spencer Payne, also a graduating member. In 2012 the 4-H club had 168 members.

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Ontarian honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal

Gary Austin, proud Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) supporter, community philanthropist and deserving Canadian, has been honoured by DUC with The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Gary was presented with the medal at a ceremony in St. Thomas on February 25, 2013. The medal serves to honour contributions and achievements made by Canadians who represent the full breadth of our society.

DUC, as a by DUC and national conare being recservation leadognized by the er, was given organization at the privilege ceremonies in by the Govtheir local arernment of eas. Gary Austin Canada to nominate   “Ducks Unlimited worthy individuals as Canada was honoured recipients of the medal. to be able to nominate An extensive national outstanding Canadisearch and selection ans for this prestigious process was under- medal,” says Jack Hole, taken by the Nomi- Chairman of the DUC nating Committee of Board and Nominating DUC’s Board of Direc- Committee. “The peotors. Thirty Canadians ple we are recognizing from across the country are great leaders, pashave been nominated sionate conservation-

ists and true friends to Canada’s conservation community. Through their support of Ducks Unlimited Canada and other worthy organizations, all have made tremendous contributions to wetlands, waterfowl and the overall health of the environment.”    A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

Survivor Information Night Relay For Life – St. Thomas

If you have or had cancer or don’t know what Relay For Life is all about, then come out to the Knights of Columbus on March 26, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Join us for some refreshments and cookies, meet other cancer survivors and hear how Relay For Life will be honouring you this year.  Registration forms will be available.  Contact Joan Gandza at 519-631-3218, Chris Murphy at 519-207-0201 or e-mail St.Thomas/Elgin

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JUST 10 MONEY SAVING MINUTES TO LONDON This home is in immaculate move in condition!!! Featuring gleaming Red Oak hardwood, ceramic and laminate flooring, Centre Island in kitchen to grab that quick snack before you rush out the door. Large family room with fireplace to entertain and lots more. Phone John Knowles for your personal viewing. MLS # 512644

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Country Style Home Take advantage of this great deal! Located on a nice quiet road and walking distance to all amenities, this two bedroom country style house is waiting for you to see. This house has a good sized lot toally fenced in, with mature trees. Lots of storage on the lower leverl as well as main floor laundry. 267 Mary Street, West Lorne. MLS# 515344

KODI BECKER* • 519-860-7766

18 James Turvey Place, St. Thomas

Karen Kimble*



224 Centennial Avenue This is your chance to own this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cozy ranch style home on the edge of town backing onto farmland! Newer flooring throughout, newer shingles, counter tops and so much more. Easy to maintain as everything is on one floor, living room, eat-in kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, laundry area. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, riding lawn mower, push mower, window A/C unit & shed. MLS# 512901

How to repair bald spots in your lawn Lawn care aficionados know how a single bald spot can make an otherwise luscious lawn look worn down and poorly maintained. A bald spot can stick out like a sore thumb, while several bald spots can compromise a home’s curb appeal. Treating bald spots typically depends on what is causing the bald spot. Bugs, dryness, pet waste and damage from mowers are some of the more common causes of bald spots. The following is a breakdown of these different causes and how best to address each situation so you can restore your lawn to its natural beauty. Dryness A lawn can go dry because of drought in the summertime or during the winter months when there is not much rain or snowfall. Homeowners cannot change the weather, but they can help their lawn avoid becoming the burned or yellowed turf that often results after extended periods of dryness. Fertilizing the lawn during the spring and summer is a good

Spacious 3+1 bedroom home on cul-de-sac in desirable Lynhurst Village. Features kitchen w/eating area, main floor family room w/fireplace, formal dining room & living room, main floor laundry. Attached double garage and large pie shaped landscaped lot w/tiered decks. MLS#513535

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• 2 Storey • North Side • Double Garage • 3 Bedrooms • Fully Fenced Yard • Cul-de-sac

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75 Alma Street

Lindsay Benwell*

first step. This helps the lawn grow in healthy and thick. Once you have fertilized, don’t cut the grass too short. When grass is cut too short, the soil struggles to retain moisture, which can eventually lead to bald spots if weather conditions are dry. During especially dry periods in the summer, watering might be necessary. You won’t have to water frequently, but be sure to water deeply so the water can reach the roots of the grass. Pet Waste Waste from pets can cause bald spots on a yard. This might surprise some homeowners, but pet waste contains a high level of concentrated nitrogen that, when applied to a lawn, can burn the grass and cause bald spots. Urine is most likely to cause bald spots, but fecal matter can as well. When addressing the problem of pet waste on your lawn, make sure no one else’s pets are the cause of the problem.Neighbors out walking their dogs should be discouraged from allowing their dogs to use your lawn as a restroom. If this does not work, then erect a fence or some type of structure that makes it difficult for other people’s pets to access your lawn.

27 Harvest Crt


5 years old 2 storeys with 1.5 car garage. Second floor laundry area. Doug Tarry built home. Walk way nearby to Mitchell Hepburn PS, the playground and Raven Park. Cheaper than building! MLS# 516366 For more details, contact Lestari Rupert, 519-280-2517 or

Lestari Rupert*

MARC SOPOCO* • 519-633-0600



Low maintenance brick bungalow. Perfect for retirement or apartment alternative. Low utility costs. New furnace Dec. 2012. Many quality upgrades for a low price. Detached Studio has ceramic tile, hydro, and gas fireplace. Private Drive. MLS#515713


• 3 Level Side Split • South Side • Single Garage • 4 Bedrooms • Fully Fenced Yard • Quiet Street

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56 Juno Drive • Open House Sun. 1-3pm

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Marc Sopoco*

Well kept 4 level backsplit w/single attached garage located in a quiet & desirable neighbourhood. This 3 +1 bedroom & 2 bath home has been freshly repainted & is ready to move in! Open concept main floor w/living & dining room combo. Second level presents 3 bedrooms while lower level houses the fourth bedroom, 3pc bath & family room w/gas fireplace...perfect for those cold winter nights! Located close to schools, shopping & park. Great opportunity for first time home buyers or for a growing family!

St. Thomas Home and Garden show Popular event gearing up the Timken Centre. Previous years have seen befor thousands of visitors

When it’s your own pet causing the damage, address the spots where your pet relieves itself as quickly as possible. Watering the area within eight hours can significantly reduce the risk of lawn damage by diluting the nitrogen levels. Another way to address the issue is to encourage the animal to use various spots in the yard, rather than continually using the same spot. Flush each area with water immediately after the pet is finished. If the damage is already considerable, remove the damaged grass and reseed the spot. Mower Damage Sometimes Mother Nature and man’s best friend are not the culprit with regard to bald spots on your lawn. Human error can cause bald spots, too. Dull mower blades or grass that is cut too low can cause bald

spots. Fortunately, this is easily remedied. To avoid bald spots, make sure mower blades are sharpened at the beginning of each mowing season, as dull blades damage the grass, which is then forced to use valuable nutrients to treat torn grass, weakening the lawn over time. When mowing, make sure you’re not cutting too low so the soil can retain as much moisture as possible. This will necessitate more frequent mowing, but this, too, can prevent bald spots, as it ensures those parts of the grass that contain chlorophyll will not be removed. Bald spots can turn a pristine lawn into an eyesore. But treating bald spots can be easy and, when done effectively, the lawn can be restored quickly.

Plans for the 2013 St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association Home and Garden show are underway. With more than $5,000 in draw prizes and close to 200 vendors, the show is ready to run March 22-24 at the Timken Centre in St. Thomas. This marks the third show at

tween 4,000-5,000 people in attendance of the show. Vendors vary from pet food to home renovations to roofing exhibits. The show costs $8 per person, or two for $15. Eleven and under are free. It runs from 5pm-9pm March 22, 11am9pm March 23 and 11am-5pm March 24.

Did you know? Landscape fabrics are used to prevent weed growth while still allowing air, oxygen and water to flow to and from the soil. Landscape fabrics are a chemical-free way to prevent weed growth, endearing them to eco-friendly homeowners. Landscape fabrics, once laid, also are a far less labor-intensive method to prevent weed growth, as they can be effective for several years, during

which homeowners can expect to perform little or no maintenance. In addition, many homeowners prefer landscape fabrics because they can help the soil effectively maintain moisture during dry periods, when gardens might otherwise be highly susceptible to drought. Once put down, landscape fabric can be covered with mulch to add aesthetic appeal.


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491 Talbot Street. St. Thomas • 519-633-0600 * Complete details on awards and award levels can be found at * Sales Representative ** Broker

jim harriS** • 519-857-5429

COuNtry NeW liSt!!! 1.2 ACreS

Garry Morritt*

Brick ranch with sunken all window family room! Large rear addition has 3.5 car garage and spacious 35 foot master bedroom and spa! Three additional bedrooms, lovely bright spacious rooms manicured hillside property with inground pool and paved drive. Please call Garry the listing agent for viewing, 519 872 8380 Located just outside of Port Stanley.

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Sharon merKLey** • 519-670-0630 $





Updated kitchen/skylight/quality cupboards. Family room with gas fireplace. Recreation room. Lots of closet space. 3 plus 1 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms. ½ Insulated garage. Fenced rear yard. Walking distance to shopping.

Kathy Willoughby* Barb Ginson*




Martin Trethewey**


41 leger St., St. thomas

BeTTy-Lynn CaSSiS* 519-670-9436


NeW liStiNG 1900 sq. ft. 4 level side split 4 bedrooms. 3 full bathrooms. Kitchen, Centre Island, Pantry. Great room with Cathedral ceiling. Recreation room. Lots of extra throughout. Covered deck. Fenced rear yard.





Over 1 Acre of Property

Matt Pfeifer*

COmmerCiAl leASe • 2 Units in busy Strip Mall • Lots of parking. Signage Available • Excellent exposure. High traffic area. • Call for details



Great Family Home

Charming setting on 180’x 265’ lot. Four bedroom home on paved road. Quick access to 401.

Beautiful, 4 level sidesplit with attached 20’ x 24’ garage. Lot backing onto quiet street. Updated kitchen and living room opening to covered porch. Finished Media room in basement.

Greg Pfeifer*

roB KiLmer* • 519-633-0600

immeDiAte POSSeSSiON AVAilABle

Owner wants this house sold! Main floor interior freshly painted, new carpet in living room. Three good sized bedroom, extra large eat in kitchen, lots of cupboards and counter space. Three season sun room adds extra living space on main floor. Call Martin at 519-808-5607. MLS# 515085



maTT pfeifer* • 519-633-0600 • gregory pfeifer*

marTin TreThewey** • 519-808-5607 (cell) Open Sun House 2-4


23 Stokes road Open House: Sunday 1-3pm

If you love Open Concept and keeping your eye on the kids in the family room while you are in the kitchen is important, check this out. Only 4 years young, Hayhoe built, 12 Foot ceilings, lots of windows and light throughout. Patio doors to sundeck with your lot backing onto green space, no houses behind you. 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. Great Value!!!

Sharon Merkley**

Senior’s Real Estate Specialist


135 Penhale, St. thomas

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In the heart of the downtown business district is this great investment property. Commercial is ready to move into and set up for the busy spring market. Rear residential is in need of finishing (approx $40,000). Nice sized lot. Priced to sell. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy into Port! Call Garry, the listing agent, for viewing. MLS #511748

KaThy wiLLoughBy* • 519-633-0600 • BarB ginSon*


Great store area - 2000 sq. ft. with front and rear access. Many uses permitted - Call for details! Also available is a 2nd level office of 900 sq. ft. - great for lawyer, accountant, etc. Separate entrance from Talbot St.

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27 Blackburn Crescent. lOCAteD iN KilWOrtH

Rob Kilmer*

Amazing 4 bedroom, 2 storey home with a 2 car attached garage sitting on a mature treed lot. Large backyard with an in-ground pool. Main floor has a vaulted ceiling in living room to second level, dining room, eat-in kitchen, great room with fireplace and main floor laundry. Master with ensuite and 4-pc bath on the second level. Finished rec-room. There is a wrap around front porch and more!


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45 SOutH VAlerie Street

189 mcintyre St., Dutton This 3+1 bedroom ranch with a 2 car attached garage is located on a large mature landscaped property on GreAt StArter HOme the outskirts just south of St. Thomas. The home has open concept and vaulted ceiling in the kitchen, living This home sits on a large lot 66’ x 165’ (approx.) room and eating area. Lower has a finished rec-room, Updated bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, main floor bedroom and 3-pc bath. Hardwood in kitchen, living laundry and large family room. Most windows room and eating area. The home has had several updated (2012) & updated laminate in family updates – furnace, shingles, main bath and more. room. Close To Downtown.

DEnniS** & ChriSTine* Broome • 519-637-0133

ONly $199,000

1100 S.F. Bungalow with an attached garage offering an open concept interior plus three bedrooms and located on a quiet cul de sac. PriCe reDuCeD $189,000 tHiS iS A muSt See!!!

3 plus 1 bedroom home with fully renovated Casey’s Kitchen. Hardwood floors in Betty-Lynn Cassis* living room. Fully finished lower level with 4th bedroom and bath. Large L shaped rec room. Double car garage. This is a great value!!!

george* 519-868-7775 or CoLLeen* 519-671-0060 SOrry, it’S SOlD!


George Esler*

328 Canterbury Pl.

Looking to list? Don’t wait, there are serious buyers looking in this area. For a FREE market analysis of your property call us today. Remember, a home listed at the right price is already half sold. Colleen Macdonald*

Dennis** & Christine* Broome 519-637-0133 “Specializing in You since 1982”

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Near The Beach Well maintained 3 bdrm home in Port Bruce on over 1/2 acre lot that overlooks Catfish Creek and is minutes from the beach. Perfect to call your year round home or an exceptional summer home. Call Karen Karen Dench* Dench for info or an appt to view. MLS #516336







1.6 Acres


Large 2 storey brick home with plenty of original charm located near Wallacetown. Updated Northstar windows, insulation, electrical, eavestroughs, flooring, outbuildings incl. a 20x40 ft pole barn. Special Zoning allows for limited livestock. MLS#515538

Lovely 3+1 bdrm brick ranch with finished lower level. Property is 52 acres with approx. 20 acres workable, a pond, stream and bush. Very private and beautiful setting located just south of Aylmer. Call Karen today for details or an appt to view. MLS#513643

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garry morriTT* • 519-633-0600

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Royal LePage Triland

491 Talbot Street. St. Thomas • 519-633-0600

2012 Award Winners

Congratulations! The management team of Royal LePage Triland Realty Brokerage is proud to

* Sales Representative ** Broker *Complete details on awards and award levels can be found at

announce our St.Thomas Award Winners for 2012. Great Job Team!!! Peter Meyer - Broker of Record/Owner & Peter Hoffman- Broker/Owner

2012 Individual Achievement Award Winners

Jim Harris**

George Esler*

Top 5%

Sharon Merkley**

Lestari Rupert*

Top 6-10%

Top 11-20% Martin Trethewey** Betty Lynn Cassis*

Rob Kilmer*

Kristen Scheele*

2012 Team Achievement Award Winners Dennis Broome**

Christine Broome*

“Team Broome”

Top 5%




Matt Pfeifer*


1 1/2 storey, 3 bdrm, 2 baths w/ 1 1/2 car garage. $225,000 MLS# 513559

Classic 2 1/2 storey with 3 spacious bdrms, private rear parking and minutes to downtown. Priced @ $145,000

Can pools and lawns cohabitate peacefully? The backyard has become a go-to destination for warm weather recreation. As the “staycation” has grown in popularity, more effort has been put forth in making the backyard a place where all members of the household can enjoy themselves. That means merging interests into one space. A pool may be competing for acreage along with a decorative patch of lawn. Some homeowners wonder if lawns and pools can be successful alongside each other. Many question if chlorinated pool water poses any ill effects on the grass in the backyard. In addition to splash-out of water during fun times in the pool, water also will be tracked across the lawn from children and adults exiting the pool or

will flood the grass when it is necessary to clean and “backwash” the filter. Will you be left with a dried-out patch of chlorine-burnt lawn? Probably not. Healthy chlorine levels in a pool are kept so that the pool water is generally on par with the

“Team Pfeifer”

Top 6-10%

Betty Lynn Cassis*


BELAN Real Estate Sales Representative

DIRECT 519.636.4834

Nelson Conroy*

Gregory Pfeifer*


Nestled in the quiet court on Linden Lane, this 3 bedroom home offers privacy and serene views. An open concept kitchen, dining, and living area keeps you in the conversation when entertaining and leads you to the raised deck and back yard retreat. The second storey offers generous sized bedrooms and a spacious bathroom with separate jetted tub and shower. The master bedroom walk through closet has been customized to double as a private dressing room, with a cheater door to the bathroom. Spend the remaining winter days warm and cozy in the lower level family room either reading by the fireplace or enjoying family movie time with in-ceiling wired surround sound. MLS 516300 ~ $225,000 Office: Open House Saturday 1-3 519.438.8000

chlorine levels contained in regular tap water. You wouldn’t hesitate turning on the hose to water your lawn, so you shouldn’t be overly concerned about pool water splashing out of the pool, particularly if you are stringent about maintaining the proper pH levels and chlorine levels. Also, soil can withstand chlorine at high acid levels and is pretty resilient about self-correcting. Furthermore, grass blades are selective about which nutrients they absorb, so excess chlorine likely will not penetrate the grass blades. Chlorine also dissipates in the sun. Therefore, while the levels may be elevated upon just hitting the grass, over a short while the chlorine will essentially be used up and pose no additional threat to the surrounding lawn. Some people have actually said that watering your lawn with pool water can be an eco-friendly

43 FIFTH AVENUE Move-in ready! This sweet 2 bedroom home offers space and comfort at the same time. Bonus main floor office or craft room. Great investment potential as an income property. Neat and tidy basement with potential for finishing, and handy cold storage area. Enjoy this quiet community from the fully enclosed front porch. In close proximity to the hospital, and shopping. Property sold in “as is” condition. MLS 515821 ~ $99,900


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way of curbing water usage. Therefore, it may be safely used on lawns and most flowering plants. It is unadvisable to water vegetable gardens with pool water because of any trace levels of other chemicals that may be found in the pool water. Homeowners still concerned about exposing their lawns to pool water can create a buffer zone around the pool. Inground pools are traditionally bordered by concrete or patio blocks. Place stone or mulch around the perimeter of an aboveground pool to catch any splashes and to create a barrier between the pool and the lawn. Also, direct backwashed water through a long tube and have it flow it to an area away from the lawn. Pool owners who want to have vibrant grass likely don’t need to worry about chlorine damaging their lawns. In fact, the lawns may flourish with the extra watering.

Kathy Kewley

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Paul Corriveau, Elgin-St. Thomas United Way campaign chairman, left, and Paul Shaffer, executive director, announced Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that the community has pulled together and raised a total of $605,000 for the 2012 campaign. This is the first time in six years the campaign has raised more than the year before. (photo by Mark G.)

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In February it was announced the estate of Dorothy Palmer has donated $33,000 towards the establishment of an alumni call centre project that will be located at the college’s St. Thomas/Elgin campus. The project is slated to being in the fall of 2013. The project will employ students parttime, who will contact Fanshawe graduates with the purpose of re-connecting with alumni, increasing awareness of what’s happening

at Fanshawe and the importance of supporting Fanshawe’s capital campaign. “This new initiative will improve the way we engage our over 148,000 alumni and keep graduates connected to Fanshawe,” says John Yandreski, President, Fanshawe College Alumni Association. “We are grateful for the support and leadership show by Andrew Gunn and the Palmer Estate.”


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fering. Animals soothe me and are an integral part of my life. We see animals in documentaries, farms, back yards, in the woods, walking in the park, and on TV commercials. Animals play a big part of our daily lives. The amazing thing is, TOWNSHIP OF though, we generalSOUTHWOLD IS ly don’t know much ACCEPTING SUMMER about the animal STUDENT APPLICATIONS world. Dogs and Public Works Student: cats are often seen General labour, daily maintenance and construction as our best friends. activities. Minimum G2 license. Farm animals are The Township will require proof of forthcoming attendance seen as food. Wildat a post secondary educational institution life is beautiful to on a full-time basis. watch but often in Please send resumes no later than Friday April 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm to our way as humans Attn: Ida Martin expand our territory. Township of Southwold 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0 Animals fascinate Fax: 519-769-2837 us, yet we so often E-mail: abuse or misunderstand them. I see them as being our St.Thomas/Elgin teachers and our healers. They often give us so much, and ask for so little in return. How can we, as humans, better understand and co-habit with ani-

So, you may ask….how did I get involved in animal rescue? As a child, I would bring home injured birds or homeless cats or lost puppies. My parents would sigh, then do their best to

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The journey to foster parenting By Mickey Reid

Weekly News Correspondent

Foster Parent’s are always needed, maybe now more than ever. The 2011 Canadian census counted approximately 29, 500 foster children residing with foster families across Canada. There is definitely a call for people who have the desire to provide a home for a child or youth who requires a safe and caring environment. If you are considering becoming a foster parent, your first step is to contact the Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin. You can call, email, or speak with a Resource Worker who will answer any questions about the Foster and Foster to Adopt programs. Once you’ve made the decision to proceed, you will then participate in the PRIDE foster parenting training. Marnie Merritt, a Resource Worker and Trainer with the Family and Children’s Services, says, “Usually I tell people that the PRIDE training is the best first step in deciding whether the foster or foster to adopt program is for

them.” “It does not cost them anything, it is just a time commitment, where they can come and learn about this agency, the children and families we work with and the needs of some of our children.” She explains, “It is an opportunity for people to reflect on their own situation and make an informed decision as to whether this is for them and if it is the right time for them.” The sessions are offered three times a year, consisting of three-hour sessions once weekly for nine weeks. The PRIDE training provides information about the system, helping potential foster parents feel prepared and confident in their decision, and explaining the philosophy of the foster to adopt program. Some of the topics discussed include family dynamics, the importance of birth family, and child development with focus on attachment and discipline. “In PRIDE Training, we provide scenarios that the agency becomes involved with,” Marnie said. The sessions cover working on a

team with many key people in a child’s life, and, “Discussing the losses that children, birth parents, and foster families can experience.” At the conclusion of the program, a graduate night is held. A panel of current foster parents, children in care and others involved in the system answer questions, and share experiences with the new foster parents. Marnie notes that, “Most people who attend the training reflect on the amount they learn and how aware they feel they become to new perspectives on child welfare agencies and the children that become involved with these agencies.” If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, that very first step could lead to a long and fulfilling journey for both you and a new member of your family. Who to contact: Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin Where to go: 410 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, Ontario Number to call: 519631-1492 Website: http://www.


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Former Aylmerite in skating race

Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer and now working as a personal trainer in Toronto, has joined the Red Bull Crashed Ice tour this year. In this skating event, four competitors race down a twisting and bumpy course in each time trial at speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour. In his first race, in Niagara Falls in December, he got through the first round before being eliminated. He finished 31st in Saturday’s race.

Aylmer film on internet

Becky Waite, Marketing Coordinator for the Town of Aylmer, informs that the premiere night for the Heritage Places Films production on Aylmer, scheduled for later in March, has been cancelled. However the 22-minute film by producer Chris Cooper will be telecast all this week, beginning March 18, on the Internet –

Aylmer’s DeSutter advances to NCAA

Stephanie DeSutter, daughter of Frank and Ingrid DeSutter of Aylmer, participated in the NCAA Women’s hockey quarter-finals this past Saturday, March 16 for Mercyhurst University of Erie. Mercyhurst finished first in their conference and won their conference tourney recently – they were ranked ninth in the US. Stephanie, a defenceman, in her fourth season with Mercyhurst is playing with a brace to hold her shoulder from dislocating due to an injury earlier in the season. Despite the injury, she never missed a game. This year she has scored seven goals after counting three goals last year and only one in her first two seasons. She was also named to the College Hockey America Conference All Academic team for academic excellence. She is majoring in Business with a concentration in Sport Management and Marketing. Mercyhurst upset Cornell 4-3 Saturday to qualify for the NCAA semi-finals this weekend.

Hall theatre on Sunday, March 24 at 7:30pm. He is a 12-time Gemini nominated producer and star of the hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada). Survivorman is the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US. It was announced   that he won a best screen writing  award at the recent Canadian Screen Awards for Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program for Survivorman. Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with  Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Tesla, Jacob Dylan, Chicago and The Roots etc. and is currently recording his fourth and fifth albums.

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The Otter Valley Chamber of Commerce in Bayham and Elgin County Economic Development are sponsoring a Social Media Workshop on Saturday, March 23 at the Aylmer Elgin Resource

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L&PS construction starts Construction will begin this week on a piece of railway history in the City of St. Thomas. CAO Wendell Graves say the homebuilders have received their building permit and the process to located the replica L&PS train station downtown will begin soon. The St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association built the replica station for


use in the International Plowing Match. Funding to restore the entire L&PS corridor has come in many forms, including: $411,000 from the federal government, and $575,000 from the Dorothy Palmer estate. Once completed, the section of rail corridor from Wellington Street to Kains Street will be transformed to reflect the rail heritage of St. Thomas.

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City steps away from County tourism promotion While retaining some links to Elgin County’s tourism initiatives, the City of St. Thomas took a major step in a new direction at the regular City Council meeting March 18. The County had requested $121,908 from the City for 2013 tourism activities and promotion, 40 per cent of a total tourism budget of $304,769. The City had then requested an itemized list of what these proposed dollars would be supporting. From that list, City aldermen voted for $23,056 for a tourism guide, $5,811 for its share of Savour Elgin and $5,034 for the Elgin Arts Trail, a total of $33,901 or 11 per cent of the County tourism budget. Mayor Heather Jackson said the move could be upsetting to her “friends at the County” but in support of the move, she said, “I can’t understand some of the costs . . . Some of them seem farfetched.” Alderman Mark Cosens said he had mixed emotions over exiting much of the previous partnership so quickly. “I am very excited that we are doing this,” he said, but added, “I hope we create and keep a dialogue with the County.” The City plans to bring tourism under the Economic Development Corporation, develop a tourism plan / budget and support the tourism office at the L&PS Replica Station and Corridor. Some St. Thomas businesses are members of the County tourism program, and a note in a report from City CAO / Clerk says, “a discussion will need to take place . . . to determine their status.”

A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 thepriest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole, my son?” The young man says, “An 8-iron, father. How about you?” The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.” The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards. The young man says, “I don’t know about you, father, but in my church,when we pray, we keep our head down.”

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Languages are not my forte. I dropped French with a whopping 40 per cent in Grade 10.  I’ve stumbled through some introductory courses in ancient languages.  I’ve travelled overseas to Spanish speaking countries enough that I should know more than ‘Si!’ – but I don’t! The highlight of my ignorance is the Rus-

sian language. I have traveled there four times.  On one particular journey we were awaiting take off at an airport in Novokuznetsk, Siberia.  It was in the winter months there (September to July) and after the plane roared to life, it shut down, the flight attendant spoke in Russian and everyone got up to leave.  We followed the crowd and spent the next hour trying to find anyone who could

speak a little bit of English to help us understand what was happening. I went booth to booth in the airport, but found no one that could speak English.  Then I went row to row asking for help.  Eventually, I found one person able to speak English and he informed me that the plane had broken down.  We were to wait for a few

hours for another flight. Language is great, if you comprehend it. But, if you are in the midst of a crowd and they are speaking a different language it can be frustrating and even unnerving.  Steven James in his book Sailing between the Star writes the following:  “One of the deep enigmas of God is this:  he is always available, but not very visible.  He hasn’t filled the world with over-

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whelming proof of his existence, just hints of his presence.” James then quotes a number of Bible references that speak of creation telling us about God.  James hits the nail on the head by then saying, “They tell the story, but we don’t listen…..most of the time we’re too blind to notice.”  So, perhaps the problem is we have not learned God’s language!  And that, is something to think about.

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Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10am Lenten Book Study to Follow Palm Sunday 9:00am (BCP) Holy Communion 10:30am (BAS) Holy Eucharist and Sunday School

The Rev. Canon Brenda Clark 519-631-7000

Knox Presbyterian Church Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414

St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave. Rev. Joan Golden

Worship Service 10:30am

Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll

March 24, 2013 - 10:30am Palm Sunday Sermon: “Four letter words in church - Pain”

Won’t you please join us! We’re celebrating 175 years!


UNION UNITED CHURCH 6008 Stonechurch Rd. 519-631-0304 Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558 Free Easter Celebration, Sparta Village, March 30, 12pm-3pm, free picture with Easter bunny, free mounting of picture at Robson Studio, draws and games. Donations to Caring Cupboard.

Good Friday Service at 9:30am Easter Sunday Service at 9:30am Everyone Welcome

tation by Luke Stephen- laxation techniques for son on Grizzly Bears. girls. Apr 9-May 14. Info 519-631-5279. Ages 8-12. $30. call YWCA 519-631-9800. Saturday, April 6, HBB Spring Expo10–2pm. YWCA Home Alone Central United Church, Safely, learn the basic 135 Wellington. Free skills to be safe while Admission, Door Prize alone in the home.  Apr Draw, Loot bags first 9-May 7. Ages 9-12. VON Public Foot Care 50. 519-631-3503. $30. 519-631-9800. Clinics, St. Thomas Seniors Centre April 3, St. Thomas Seniors VON Public Foot Care 10, 17 ,24, 8:30am- Centre Annual Craft, Clinics. 420 Wellington 12:00pm, 225 Chest- Yard and Bake Sale Street, April 11, 9amnut St. Call 519-637- Sat. April 6, 8:00am- 12pm, St. Thomas. 6408 for an appt. 12:00pm. Breakfast Call 519-782-4786 served the entire for an appointment. Field Naturalist Meet- time! YWCA Kids Creative Cuiing, Friday, April 5, at Knox Church, St. Thom- SMART for Girls, stress sine, learn to cook simas at 7:30pm.  Presen- management and re- ple, kid friendly meals

while learning safety tips for the kitchen. Apr 11-May 16. Ages 9-13. $45 519-631-9800. Grab & Go Chicken Divine dinner, Friday, April 12, St. Mark’s United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Pickup 4:30-6:30pm. Pay at door $12. April 12, Beef Supper, Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, 54 Moore St. Doors open 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Adult $10, child 6-12 $5, under 5 free. Tickets at door, eat in/take out. 519-631-3494.

ALWAY (MAURER), ERNA of St. Thomas passed away on MARISSEN, HENNIE of Aylmer passed away on SunThursday, March 14, 2013 in her 102nd year. A funeral ser- day, March 17, 2013 in her 93rd year. Funeral service was held March 19, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. vice at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on March 21 at 11am. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. BROOKS, H. DOUGLAS of Springfield, passed away Thursday, March 14, 20113 in his 83rd year. A funeral service McSWAIN (ERLE), SHIRLEY of Valleyview Home, St. was held March 18, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. Thomas passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in her 57th year. A public memorial service was CALLAHAN, DOUGLAS SELDON of Elgin Manor, passed away held March 20, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in his 82nd year. A funeral service was held March 15, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ROSS, ARCHIE MURRAY of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in his 82nd year. A public memorial serDeBOER, FEITZE JAN “JOHN” of St. Thomas passed away vice was held March 16, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. Thursday March 14, 2013 in his 82nd year. A funeral service was held March 18, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TALBOT, BEATRICE MAY “BEA” (BRINKLOW) of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013 DUDA, MIROSLAWA “MARY” (MASNIAK) of Caressant in her 91st year. A funeral service was held Care Home, St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, March 12, March 14, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. 2013 in her 92nd year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated March 15, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. THYSSEN, EDITH of St. Thomas passed away on March 15, 2013 in her 75th year. A private famFELDER, KATHARINA (KATIE) NEE JEKEL of Beattie Ha- ily service was held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ven, Wardsville, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in her 90th year. A funeral service was held March 16, VANDEWYNGAERDE, JOHN of RR #5, Aylmer, passed away 2013. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. Monday, March 11, 2013 in his 68th year. A funeral service was held March 15, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HERMAN, BRIAN PHILLIP of St.Thomas passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013 in his 56th year. A public memorial service was held March 18, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. KARN (DOWLER), JOYCE of St. Thomas passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2013 in her 83rd year. Funeral service Thursday March 21, 2013, 1pm at First United Church. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MacLEOD, BETTY JEAN of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the age of 95. No memorial service. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.




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Saturday, March 30 from 11am - 1pm In the Sport Mart Court

Please bring your own camera for pictures Each child will receive a goodie bag We also will have coloring activities during this time


Are you caring for someone with Dementia? Join us the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1:00-2:30pm in the Community Room. The first part of the session features a guest speaker or topic. The second part offers an opportunity to discuss the caregiver role with others who understand. For more information please call 519-633-4396 or visit


Participate in a FREE playgroup every Thursday from 9:30-11:30am. Parents/ caregivers and children from birth to six years of age are welcome.


Calling all Doll Collectors, Doll Enthusiasts, Doll Artists. We meet the last Monday of every month from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Elgin Mall Community Room, near Smithbooks and the Galaxy Theatre, for discussion, show & tell, show information, demonstrations, and social interaction. We would love for you to join us!


for more exciting offers! STORE DIRECTORY Bentley ...................................................... 637-8021 Charm Diamond Centre .......................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius .................637-2542 Elgin Mall Dental Office ..........................637-1811 Elgin Travel & Cruises .............................633-6300 Experts Tailoring & Alterations ..............852-1035 Flair Jeans & Alterations ........................633-4794 GNC ............................................................637-0023 Galaxy Cinemas ........................................631-2261 GoodLife Fitness .................. 633-8475 & 631-1501 Groovie Smoothie.....................................207-5500 Hairmasters...............................................633-2440

Hallmark.....................................................633-7675 K&K Locksmith .........................................631-4110 Knockout Fashions...................................633-0530 LifeLabs...........................................1-877-849-3637 Magic Nails ...............................................631-3413 Mags, Smokes & More ...........................633-9773 Metro..........................................................633-8780 Northern Reflections ...............................633-4853 OMAC Mortgage ......................................637-1850 Payless Shoe Source ..............................637-7796 Pharmasave ..............................................631-5551 Rayna .........................................................633-4944 Rogers Wireless .......................................637-0384

Smithbooks................................................633-4717 Speaking Phones ............................. 519-637-2275 Sport Mart .................................................631-4006 St Thomas Town & Country Realty........207-3000 Stitches ......................................................631-4600 Subway ......................................................631-0331 Suzy Shier..................................................633-1336 TD Canada Trust .......................................633-4640 Tan Jay.......................................................633-5524 The Perk.....................................................631-3242 Wok Express .............................................637-6426 Zellers ........................................................633-4645


Smithbooks now has a variety of great Easter products including Easter baskets. Build your own or we can build it for you at no extra cost. Prices vary.


Free shirt and tie with the purchase of a Men’s Suit. Plus, selected style of ladies Bench tops 50% off. Alterations available while you wait.

GROOVIE SMOOTHIE Real Fruit Smoothies, fresh made-to-order sandwiches & wraps, soup, snacks and more. Come on in and check out our Gluten Free Snacks! Mention this ad to receive a Medium smoothie for the price of a small, for the month of March! Healthier options @ Groovie Smoothies.

THE PERK CAFE Open at 8:30 am Serving coffee, tea, muffins and more

March 21, 2013 Issue  
March 21, 2013 Issue  

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