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March 28, 2013 Volume 8 No. 47

Queen of the Daffodils

Cancer campaign kicks off

Liz Toffelmire

The town will be painted yellow in April as the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Daffodil Campaign kicks off April 5-6, signalling the start of daffodil month. St. Thomas resident Liz Toffelmire, affectionately dubbed Queen of the Daffodils, has been busy making calls and arranging an army of 100 volunteers who will be standing and sitting at places such as the Superstore, Metro, Briwood and Canadian Tire over the course of the weekend. Liz, who started with the CCS as a volunteer driver in Barrie, continued her volunteer work when she moved to St. Thomas. She started with the campaign seven years ago under the leadership of Lillian Bell. Now she’s organizing See CANCER CAMPAIGN/page 2

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Retailers on display

Six months in the making, the Downtown Development Board, along with the Elgin Business Resource Centre are almost ready to show your their best fashions. The first-time event runs Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the CASO station. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6pm. Cost for early birds is $30, cost for tickets at the door is $35. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can call Aurora Rodriguez of A+ Display at 519-777-4434. Through her business, Aurora is putting the show together. She BFM store manager Sheila wants this event to work as it’s Pelleboer with the first wave of recycled electronics. new — nothing like this has ever been done before using only Each BFM store raises money through the sales of downtown businesses. “We’re donated items to give to the going to have a lot of good colBible League, who in turn lections for spring and summer,” provides literature and Chris- Aurora says. “And the fire departtian curriculum to third world ment has agreed to be our male countries. They just opened models.” their 42 store in London. Proceeds from the show will be Pick-up is available for used to benefit Violence Against large donations in the St. Thomas area, but not for the Women Services Elgin County. OES recycling program. St.Thomas/Elgin

City approves 2.5% municipal tax increase

After a lengthy debate, the City of St. Thomas has approved a municipal tax increase of 2.5 per cent — or $38 dollars more on a home assessed at $152,000.

During the capital budget, the muchdebated topics of the meeting included the renovation of the tennis courts at Pinafore Park and upgrades to the Fire Department’s

dispatch and phone systems. During the operating budget on Monday, March 25, 2013, the topics up for debate included additional funding to the Talbot

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and another is sent over. The only ask is that if you drop something off that has a cord, the cord must still be attached. Plans are for the bin to remain at BFM permanently. At BFM, Sheila explains they filled half a bin already using only items people left for donation. “All the old TVs with the big base on the back are coming through the door left, right and centre because everyone’s switching to flat

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Old electronics find earth-friendly home Getting rid of your old electronics while helping the Earth has never been easier thanks to a new program at Bibles For Missions in St. Thomas. The idea started with new store manager Sheila Pelleboer, who started a similar program at her previous place of employment. Through a company called the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), St. Thomas residents can now bring in their old electronic equipment, free of charge, to be disposed of. Simply grab your old electronics, head down to BFM and let Sheila or any staff member know you have something that needs recycling and they will take it and put it in the bin provided by OES. This is because the bin is locked at all times. “It’s stewardship,” says Sheila. “Being a good steward to the environment. Metals do not break down in the ground, so this company will break down the electronics completely.” When the bin is full she simply places a call

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Iron Horse Festival and $1,000 to KCCA’s one million trees campaign. All were approved by council. Items that were defeated included having the library board See CITY/page 2

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it. “I enjoy doing this. It’s me, then five or six callers under me, then under the callers is everyone interested in volunteering.” Everyone who works this campaign is a volunteer so all proceeds go to the CCS. Liz says this campaign takes five to six weeks from start to finish. Anyone interested in volunteering to sell pins can call Liz at 519-637-2858. She welcomes students who would like to work off their community hours. Shifts usually last two hours. When she’s not organizing the daffodil campaign in April, Liz can be found helping with the pink ribbon campaign in the fall. Originally the campaign included live daffodils, but those needed to be shipped from B.C and stored. Now the Save instantly on energy-efficient products including: Save instantly on® energy-efficient products including: campaign features a daffodil pin, available for a donation. Save instantly on energy-efficient products including: ENERGY ®STAR LED and CFL light bulbs, power bars with ENERGY STAR LED and CFL light bulbs, power bars with This year also marks the Save instantly on energy-efficient products including: ® ENERGY STAR LED and CFL light bulbs, power bars with 75th anniversary of the Ca®or auto-shutoff, weatherstripping, pipe wrap integrated timer STAR LED and CFL light bulbs, power bars with ntegratedENERGY timer or auto-shutoff, weatherstripping, pipe wrap Save instantly on energy-efficient products including: nadian Cancer Society.

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construction. Lisa Gunn from Gunn from Gunn & Associates and planner Stephen Cornwell from Zelinka Priamo Ltd. sought amendments to the Official Plan and zoning by-law to make this happen. They pointed to Woodstock as an example of accomplishing this successfully. And, they said, adoption of their plan would result in the withdrawal of an appeal to the OMB regarding the conversion of a Metcalfe Street residence from residential to office use. Following this deputation to the meeting, aldermen took no action on the proposal.

Ald. Yusuf resigns

St. Thomas Alderman Sam Yusuf announced at council on Monday, March 25, he will be leaving his position to expand his education and travel abroad. His resignation takes effect April 26. There will be a report coming back to council on how to deal with finding his replacement. Offices in courthouse area?

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St. Thomas Police are asking for assistance in solving an early morning break and enter into a south side attached residential garage, on January 28th. A resident awoke at 230am to noises and found two teenagers, approx. 16years of age, in his garage. The resident scared them away. Footprints were followed to a neighbour’s laneway and surrounding How can Acupuncture help? Acupuncture is wonderful for balancing and normalizing the nervous system. There are cars in the neighbourhood. points on the body that can calm the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and stimulate the Police investigations revealed parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). It is a very relaxing, comfortable form of treatment the same suspects had entered that can improve your sleep, decrease your pain and improve your mood. Acupuncture, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise program, is an excellent way to manage stress a vehicle just prior to the break and live a happier and more balanced life! and enter, stealing a $200 Taylor Dr. Sandra Lee has been studying and practicing acupunture in Canada, the United States and Made RB2 three wood golf club. China for over 18 years. She holds certifications with the Acupuncture Foundations of Canada It had a price tag on it from the Institute and with China Shanghai International Acupuncture Training Centre. Fore Golfers Only store . The male suspect was described as 5 foot, 5 inches tall, wearing a blue hoodie. The male suspect was described as 6 feet tall, with a 170 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 2S1 170 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 2S1build and wearing a beige skinny T. (519) 633.1444 F. (519) 631.5729 T. (519) 633.1444 F. (519) 631.5729 hoodie. Everybody will experience some type of stress at one point in their life. Once the body is under stress, it stimulates our ‘fight or flight’ mode. This response stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and ‘turns off’ the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This should be time limited, meaning once the threat or stressor is removed, the nervous system and the body should begin to normalize. However, if we are under chronic stress over long periods of time due to stressors from work, family, dealing with a death of a loved one or financial worries, the nervous system goes on autopilot and into what I call ‘sympathetic overdrive’. At this state, we are not able to normalize our nervous system ourselves. The body stays in a state of a fight or flight response (sympathetic overdrive), even after the threat or stressor has been removed. This can cause a whole lot of symptoms such as headaches, jaw clenching, insomnia, breathing problems, depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and excessive sweating.




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Local charities received a whopping $114,204 from the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation in 2012. Any charity in Elgin is eligible for grants, and with a growing list of funds, there is a wide variety in the type and focus of granting. The Jim O’Grady Fund partnered this year with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters to support the cost of registration and equipment for baseball for some little brothers who required financial assistance. Organizations such as the Talbot Teen Centre, Caring Cupboard, Elgin Military Museum, Animal Aide, Elgin Theatre Guild, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, United Way and Inn Out of the Cold are just a few of many who received 2012 grants. Matt Brisson, a scholarship recipient, had his tuition fees supported so he can concentrate on competing nationally and preparing for the 2016 Olympics. He received scholarships from the Sweetgrass fund — a family fund established by Bob and Janet McCaig, supporting projects that build the community, and the 2001 London Alliance Summer Games Fund that supports amateur athletes. To see a full list of charities that received grants in 2012, visit of Facebook. The combined total of all granting for the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation to date is $320,504.

Art opening Roselyne Chues, an artist living and working in Tillsonburg, is the next artist on display at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Arts Centre. An artist reception will be held at the centre on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 7-9pm. Her current body of work “Pure Joy” was influenced by the plethora of colours available and the rich tapestry that these colours create when the artist puts brush to canvas. Roselyne studied art in Italy, Sweden and England and these early influences continue to impact her work today. Her creative process is explored both through sculpture and oil paintings.

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Sarah Locke from myFM and I chatted briefly before the March 18 St. Thomas City Council meeting. We didn’t discuss the tourism report, the skateboard park or the proposal for office space around the renovated courthouse, all on the agenda. Instead we batted around the favourite question of the City Hall correspondent: “How late will this go? Do you think it will it be long or short?” We agreed that you can never predict how long any municipal council meeting will last. But the agenda for this one had enough potential controversy that it was not going to be short. Boy, were we wrong. Aldermen breezed through the agenda in 55 minutes. The reason for this would take some research and insider knowledge. But the speed of the meeting could have been influenced by the looming budget sessions, soon to follow this particular council meeting. Budget sessions can be marathons, and aldermen may have been resting up. Obviously, given the 55-minute time frame, no

aldermen got into long discussions about any item. Other than the mayor, Aldermen Mark Cosens spoke the most, and he has learned much about what to say, what not to say, and how to say it since the October 2010 municipal election. Alderman Gord Campbell (full disclosure, my distant cousin) did not say a word, surely some kind of record for a man capable of oratorical flourishes when the mood strikes him. Mayor Heather Jackson and Alderman Dave Warden entered into a brief tussle over the relatively new practice of reporting attendance by aldermen at City committees. The mayor is a fan, since these reports show the work aldermen do. Alderman Warden is less enthusiastic. He suggested, not entirely seriously, that if they include the work of reporting sub-committee attendance, the City could be looking at another full-time staff member to compile these reports. The mayor replied “It’s simple emailing from outside boards,” A minor ripple, really, and aldermen sailed ahead, voting unanimously and completing the meeting in under an hour.

Meet Hurley’s Hurlers Hurley’s Hurlers were among the teams that raised $18,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas –Elgin at a bonspiel at the St. Thomas Curling Club Saturday, March 23, 2013. Pictured from the left are John Hurley, Rick Cooper, John Beekman, and Amber Smith. The numbers on their shirts represent the 100th year since the founding of the Big Brothers organization. (photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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Growing up between Port Bruce and Port Stanley, I’d heard of Dexter Line before. Simply leave Sparta, head down the road past Winter Wheat and hang a left. To your left, the view is farmland. The view to the right, however, differs slightly. Dexter Line is eroding — fast. I wasn’t sure how fast until I witnessed the devastation first hand, thanks to a tour from a friend of mine. Twenty-five years ago, I’m told, you could walk out 50 more feet. Now? As quick as you can walk on the ground beneath you, it’s disappearing into Lake Erie. That dirt seems to have set its mind on swimming to Long Point. Erosion on Harding-Smith line is the worst I’ve seen so far. Sure, there’s only five houses on the road but does that mean this problem doesn’t warrant solving? My dad used to talk about the old road to Port

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Bruce. That road has long since given way to erosion and the current Harding-Smith line seems to be headed in the same direction. It’s not surprising, given the force Mother Nature has, that she seems bent on reclaiming the land that was once hers. Give it another year and all the trees that are already perilously close to the edge will fall down to sit with other trees who once stood tall. In other news. . . I need to apologize to those of you who went to Dad-n-Daughters Fish-n-Chips expecting to sit down and eat, only to get there and find out it’s takeout only, as I forgot to put that in the story. Dad-n-Daughters, owned by Rodger Greenlaw, is staffed by his daughter Allison and friend Nancy White. Rodger’s mom and dad were big into fish and chips, and they are the reason he opened this family-run business. I have eaten there, and must say as a person with an affinity for great coleslaw, theirs is tops!

Wino forever

Well the Federal Budget is out and the failure of the current government to address serious problems with the environment is continuing in favour of eliminating the deficit and creating jobs. Out West, they are complaining that there are not enough skilled tradesmen to fill the jobs they could create in a moment. We again look at the lack of trade schools, and worse still, the lack of interest in becoming a tradesperson. I ended up with a career in the arts, but I always envied what people in the trades could do and the money they could earn that often surpassed what teachers and scientists could earn. I only had to look at my plumbing bill or what I had to pay the electrician at his last visit. For the last 50 years, there has been real pressure on our teens to get a university education,

or some diplomas from community colleges. Perhaps a business diploma or degree would set you up for life. We were such snobs, really, but I am beginning to detect increasing respect for the hands-on kind of person who takes a mechanical problem and solve it like a Rubik’s Cube. I don’t know if this is a good idea or not, but there should probably be a course somewhere that will teach men and women the fine art of Tattoo Removal. In this age of belief in zombies and vampires, there is an increasing number of people want to get “inked.” Of course, I don’t count bikers. When Johnny Depp broke up with Winona Rider, he had part of his tattoo removed. When the “na” was deleted, the Wino Forever remained, so Johnny remains as eccentric as ever. But people get sick of tattoos, except maybe the butterflies. A person could make a fortune by offering the service when people want to remember what their skin looked like.

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“Absolutely! I love spring and everything that comes with it. The colours, the weather and the life all around.” Terry Carroll - General Manager: Nelson Parreira - Advtg. Manager: Melissa Schneider - Reporter: Linda Axelson - Sales: Chris Heil - Sales:

“Yes! I love spring and flowers.” . ........[Ext. 25] .......[Ext. 24] .......[Ext. 26] . ......[Ext. 27] .........[Ext. 23]

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“I sure am. I thought it was spring already.” The Weekly News welcomes letters to the editor.

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By Kirk Barons

Weekly News Correspondent

17 jobs lost at Aylmer Eastlink Eastlink has decided to close its customer care call centre operations on Sydenham Street in Aylmer effective March 26 with a loss of 17 jobs. Aylmer Regional Manager Ron Mervis confirmed that the Aylmer office will still be open for customers to pay bills and buy/return equipment etc. but that customer calls for phone, cable, technical information etc. will now be handled through Eastlink Head Office in Halifax. Six of the jobs are in tech support and one is in an administrative support role. Said Mr. Mervis “It’s a difficult decision. The goal is to improve customer service and operational efficiencies.” He noted one benefit of the change will be more hours of service as one will now be able to call customer care until 9pm during the week and from 9 to 5 on Saturdays and tech support will be around the clock. As well, the Aylmer office will actually be expanding their hours somewhat after the change. Eastlink still has 25 employees working out of Aylmer offices ie. office staff, service etc.

of having services such as Elgin County importance theirs available particularly in times of economic uncertainty, which can result Aylmerites getting volunteer together and feeder protections at the Council in stress that can escalate the incistation operated causing the outage.” awards dence of violence in the home. Briefs The following is a list of Aylmer and Aylmer council budget meeting West end EBRC office East Elgin recepients of Ontario Volunteer Awards which were presented at the ceremony on March 21 at 7 pm at the EEC Complex: Judy Anderson, Cathy Kasza, Kathy Klassen, Mary Peters and Mary Wilson Aylmer-Malahide Mueum and Archives; Todd Sprague and Trevor Armstrong, EEC Complex; Paul Bode, St.Thomas-Elgin Hospital; Anne Kenny, Elgin-St.Thomas Community Foundation; Cheryl Brooks and Peter Charlton, Aylmer Community Band, Judy Mennill Aylmer Community Choir; Gwen Owen, Betty Pendreigh, Vera Dickhout, and Ar-

(Information from Bill Murch) - The Aylmer Council Finance Committee met on March 18 and completed deliberations on the town’s 2013 budget. They held projected expenditures to $4,952,625 which is a 1.03% increase over the amount spent in 2012. The draft budget was then referred to Council. Aylmer Council then met later that night and announced that the draft budget will be presented at a public meeting to be held in the Old Town Hall Theatre on Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

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Women’s shelter report A Delegation from Violence Against Women Services - Elgin County spoke to council on March 12th. Executive Director Liz Brown informed Council that the shelter in St. Thomas has been in operation now for 35 years and in all that time, “has never missed a beat” in providing 24 hour service and care to residents in need. Along with copresenter Diane Storey, Liz spoke of the

Business retention and expansion An Economic Development Strategy for 2011-2014 has resulted in the development of a business retention and expansion strategy that’s being put in place to help the County’s agriculture and Agri-food sectors continue to grow and thrive. A key recommendation of the strategy is to assist local agri-businesses, which comprise 20 per cent of all local businesses, to put in place marketing and secession plans to help them accomplish their goals of expansion in the next few years. As people continue to ‘go local’ with their purchases, (no doubt thanks in part to Elgin County’s celebrated Savour Elgin campaign), three quarters of Elgin Agri-food businesses noted increased demand for their products. Another recommendation of the strategy is the creation of a local food distribution network to help get these products to local consumers.

EEC complex budget meeting East Elgin Community Complex Board Chair Jim Jenkins provided this summary on last week’s public budget meeting: “About 40 people attended the public budget meeting of the EEC Complex Tuesday night. The budget presented was a 2.72% increase over 2012 and is being forwarded to both the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide councils for their approval. Concerns expressed by the ratepayers included the budget increase, the necessity of summer ice, the cost of operating the Complex compared to the other like facilities and the need for an independent operational review. I explained to the audience that the Advisory Board was committed to having the Complex operate as efficiently as possible and that an independent operational review (which is being planned), comparing our Complex with other similar facilities, would identify where new efficien- thur Hayman Aylmer and East Elgin Fair cies could be found including if changes Board; Lois Coleman, Dave and Rosewere needed with the summer ice policy.” mary Goble, Marie and Harold Pake, Susan Osborn and Loeki Andre VanRoesAylmer community sell Chateau Gardens; Matt Schafer and garden back Brian Masschaele, Bayham Museum; A local volunteer group will again and Sherry Hetherington, Pt. Burwell Musponsor a community garden this spring seum. said member Bob Dekraker. They orgaHydro out in Aylmer nized the venture for the first time last year using donated land just south of Information on Aylmer’s power outthe Evangelical Missionary Church on age on March 18 is from Tim Stafford Rogers Road west of Aylmer. Four people of Hydro One: “The outage (Monday in took advantage of the plots last year and Aylmer around 6:30 pm for about 20 already six have signed up this season – minutes) was due to ice build up on they have room for about a dozen. Plots the 115,000 v. tower lines in the Aylmer are available to anyone who wishes to area. When this took place the conductry their hand at gardening. Seeds and tor was weighted down and the wind at equipment are provided for a modest 40 to 60 km’s per hr. created galloping. fee. Two of the 115,000 v conductors came

Council heard a report from Alan Smith, Business Development Coordinator, indicating that a satellite branch of the Elgin Business Resource Centre is due to open at the Dutton-Dunwich municipal office on April 4th. The branch will be in place to serve the west end of Elgin County and is part of a one-year pilot project. Council approved a motion to move forward with the plans.

Vienna Line solar farm Council approved a request that Silvercreek Nominee, Inc., who want to build a solar farm on Vienna Line in Malahide, be permitted to install a conveyance system along county roads to transmit the power they collect to the existing power grid. The proposed route would see a trenchless system buried seven feet deep installed down portions of Imperial Road and Glencolin Line.

Ontario farmers take water seriously By Keith Currie

Executive Member, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

The Environmental Farm Plan is a voluntary program that helps farmers audit their farms for environmental concerns – including water – and set goals and timelines for improvements. And in Ontario, about 70 per cent of farmers have participated and invested more than $600 million in on-farm environmental improvements over the last 20 years. The majority of farmers also take environmental management one step further by implementing nutrient management plans. Nutrient management planning addresses the use of manure, commercial fertilizers and other nutrient sources to balance the benefits of the nutrients with the need for environmental and water protection.

As farmers, we are also sometimes water managers – when we don’t need all the water on our farm. Some crop land is drained by underground tiles to remove surface water from fields to improve crop quality and yield, and reduce water runoff and erosion. Ontario farmers must apply for a government permit to take water to ensure they are using water resources properly. We use irrigation systems to manage water when we need additional moisture for our crops. Irrigation technology has made significant advances to become the efficient systems it is today, maximizing every drop of water. And we’ve improved field tillage practices to minimize soil disturbance and leave crop cover on the fields to reduce both water and soil erosion. Farmers take water seriously and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) continues to be committed to the development of farm practices that ensure rural water quality is maintained or enhanced. OFA continuously works with industry coalitions, government and individual farmers to raise the awareness on the importance of water.

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Shedden WI notes Pat Palmer welcomed eight members to her home for the February meeting of the Shedden W.I. The roll call for the meeting was “Tell about an old-fashioned craft or activity your grandmother enjoyed.” Many varied answers were heard and it certainly was noticeable that things have

changed. Minutes and treasurer’s report were heard.  Members volunteered to go to the tuck shop at Elgin Manor in March and a nominating adgenda was quickly filled by members.  The speaker for the evening was Jamie McArthur who is a dedicated member of Promise Keepers, who support a national Christain Event Ministry.   He had recently been Continued below

Dear Editor, Whilst walking one wonderful weekday, I happened to stumble upon an unusual object at water’s edge on my property. To my surprise, and upon further investigation, and with the help of the “Ministry of Who Ha Services,” the remains of a 12,000 year-old “Aprilfoolishfishy” have been discovered. To raise funds and improve my road that is sinking into Lake Erie, and with permission from “Central Elgin Council,” I hope to set up a toll booth. An abandoned outhouse on the former Dick park estate would be ideal, with a 69 cent charge per car load, and operated from dawn to dusk. That’s why we are “Progressive By Nature.”

Seeking Expressions of Interest The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is seeking expressions of interest from volunteers interested in serving on its Board of Governors and Board Committees. Individuals must have an understanding of large, complex and diverse organizations, and appropriate skills that align with the work of the Board and success of the Hospital. In addition, it is essential to be able to work in a team environment and commit the time required to effectively assist with the governance of the Hospital. The Board’s Governance Committee is responsible for recommending individuals possessing the required skills, talent and experience to serve on the Board of Governors and the operational committees of the Board. Significant experience in one or more of the following areas is required: health; communications; management; governance; business; and finance. A list of recommended candidates is brought forward to the Board in April. Incumbents in the two positions, whose current terms are ending, have expressed interest in serving for an additional term. The Board of Governors endorsed candidates are then recommended for appointment to committees or nominated to stand for election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting in June. Current involvement with STEGH Board Committees is considered during the nominating process. St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is a community general hospital serving the citizens of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. The Hospital has an annual operating budget of $89 million with approximately 860 full and part time employees, and 80 active Professional Staff members. If you have an interest in the governance of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, please go to the Board Recruitment page on the STEGH website: or contact us at 519-631-2030 ext. 2184 for further information. The deadline for the submission of a letter of interest and resume is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 12, 2013. We thank all those who express their interest, but only those applicants with specific skills and experience will be contacted for an interview.

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David Harding discovered the remains of this 12,000 year-old “Aprilfoolishfishy” while walking on his property early this spring.



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on a trip to the Holy Land and told of his experiences. He referred to it as a faith building and life changing trip to visit a very complicated part of the world.  A highlight for him was a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in the evening where the water was a smooth as glass  and  a solitude of soothing Christain  music playing.  He visited areas such as Bethseda where five of the disciples

were from, the site in Nazareth where Mary and Joseph lived with Jesus, the tombs of Issac and Rebecca as well as the site where David fought Goliath. It was a once in a lifetime experience for Jamie and was more than willing to share his experience with all.  Pauline Silcox thanks Jamie for coming and lunch was served. Next meeting March 27 at the home of Pat Palmer.  All welcome.

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Working with owner Carol Mylrea, head trainer Jimmy Hilton has expanded the Team Hilton Boxing Club in St. Thomas to a new, much larger location. The new premises encompass a 4,000 sq. ft. area at 389 Talbot Street (formerly the Backyard), a big step up from the 1,400 sq. ft. the club formerly occupied. The fitness and boxing club has moved twice since opening November 1, 2012. Each move was driven by interest in the facility and the steady growth in membership, now numbering 70 members which are assisted by two trainers Lance Adili and Wayne Mifflin, plus many volunteers. Much of the success of the club is due to Jimmy Hilton himself. While it’s definitely a boxing environment, most of the members will never step into the ring competitively. The club is about family and fitness, rather than knocking somebody out. “If I can help to keep one more kid off the streets and or drugs, or control his or her temper, I am a better person,” Jimmy says. From personal experience, he knows all too well what the other side of life looks like. A former alcoholic, he was in and out of jail as a kid, and was a runaway, but he saved himself when he returned to his family’s boxing roots. There isn’t much a kid or adult can throw at him that Jimmy hasn’t experienced, and that experience helps him help others. He comes from the Canadian Hilton

Team Hilton Boxing Club a big hit with boxing and fitness buffs boxing family, one of the most respected boxing families in the country, with top worldwide connections at all levels of boxing. Hilton family members have trained with the world’s best boxers, and now they are coaching top level competitors. Jimmy shares his skill with anyone that is willing to learn – not just with competi-

tive boxers, but with anyone that is looking to work out. Everything that comes in has been reinvested in the gym, and Jimmy has yet to draw a pay cheque. The club offers a safe environment to teach fitness and the values and science of boxing. One top value is that fighting is to be done in the ring, not anywhere else.

Programs include: Teach boxing skills Competition boxing Box Fit Kids program (5 – 12) Core Camp Boot Camp Kempo and Kickboxing Members have been attracted to the club from across Elgin County and beyond, including London and Delaware areas. The Kids Program starts at the age of five and goes until age 12. Competition fights can start after this. “But not too many people fight at this level,” Jimmy says. “The programs are more for training and fitness.” And family income levels are not a barrier. “We will make concessions.” To get in on the action, stop in at the Team Hilton Boxing Club, 389 Talbot St. in west-end St. Thomas or call 226-4562527.

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Week of Easter Monday There will be NO COLLECTION on Easter Monday, April 1, 2013. Garbage and recycling collection will occur one day later than normal during the week of Easter Monday. For instance, if your normal collection day is Monday, collection will occur on Tuesday, April 2nd. If your normal collection day is Friday, collection will occur on Saturday, April 6th.

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Central Elgin Growing Together Central Elgin Growing Together promotes and supports tidiness of green spaces; recycling, composting, and other environmental projects; natural and cultural heritage conservation initiatives; and the annual Growing Together Awards/Citizen Recognition Awards night. The Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the 2013 Committee. If you have an interest in making Central Elgin a better, greener municipality, contact Lloyd Perrin, Director of Physical Services at 519-631-4860 Ext 277 or

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By now we’ve all heard the old adage about the importance of curb appeal. If you can’t get potential buyers in the door, good luck selling your home. This is especially true today with so many homes competing on the market. Home staging has become a popular trend for interior spaces, but according to experts, the same care needs to be applied to the exterior. “Home buyers weigh the outside impression of a home as much as the inside, especially when surfing real estate websites and online images of homes,” explains Priscilla Bergeron, Assistant Brand Manager for Sikkens,

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while preserving and protecting the wood from the effects of weather and aging,” she adds. Home decks return about 70 per cent of their original cost back to homeowners when a house is sold, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, but that’s only when the decks are kept in top shape. To bring weathered wood finishes back to life, Bergeron recommends applying high end wood finish products to give a beautiful rich and professional look to your woodwork that will seduce potential home buyers. She points out that Sikkens prod-

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Adopt a pet, receive rebate Dog Owners Association joined forces, setting up a 50-foot display area at a community event to share information regarding the various animal-related activities. It was great to see City and Animal Services’ staff taking the opportunity to engage the public in a way they never have before. The City is showing leadership and working with community partners. Over the last two years, the Animal Welfare St.Thomas/Elgin Advisory Committee has put forward many suggestions to St. Thomas City Council to move forward, changing “animal control” to “animal services.” Although things never move as fast at City Hall as what I would like, there are new developments in how the City operates the City animal shelter. Did you know when you adopt a dog or cat from the St. Thomas City Animal Shelter, you receive a $75 rebate certificate towards spay or neuter of your new pet? goodness. The Handsome dog, so friendly and fun to be with...great family Thank City is sending the dog! See Prince and all our rescue dogs and cats at message that spaySt. Thomas City Council formed the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee two years ago. The Advisory Committee members are individuals representing local animal organizations. They are appointed by City Council to be a resource to City Hall so we can all work together regarding animal issues in our community. If you went to the St. Thomas Home Show last weekend, you may

have seen the committee’s “Paws Central” display, just one of many ideas brought forward at advisory meetings. It was exciting to see this project come together at the Home Show. For the first time ever, the City of St. Thomas Animal Services’ staff, volunteers from All Breed Canine Rescue, Animal Aide Association, Pets/Friends for Life, and the St. Thomas

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ing and neutering of pets is important. Also, the City now provides basic vet care for shelter animals. If the animals’ injuries or sickness is too severe and requires more than basic vet care, rescue volunteers are then called to step in and help if they can. The City has a website for Animal Services where lost pets can be posted and unclaimed pets are available for adoption into new homes. The website also provides information regarding special events, shelter hours, and helpful suggestions. The animal shelter’s image and operations are beginning to evolve. We have made some strides forward, with much more yet to do. Stay tuned for more to come!

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garage doors to control the speed of descent and also automatically stop a garage door should it be involved in a free fall. There also are features that retract the door should it meet with an obstacle on the ground when the door is closing. Unsafe ride-along Some children and teenagers think it is entertaining to ride on the garage door when it is automatically being opened. The kids let go before the door reaches the header of the garage. Unfortunately, many children are not as lucky and can become trapped between the garage door and the small space at the ceiling of the garage. Others may have hands or feet become stuck between the folding panel joints of the door, resulting in breaks or amputations. Children should be advised never to ride on an opening garage door. 1207 Talbot Some automatic garage St., St. Thomas door opener manufacturhave begun develop519-633-0240 ers ing safety systems that shut down the operation

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Drive wisely Driving habits can also impact how much fuel you’re consuming. Driving habits can be hard to change, but drivers who start driving with a mind toward safety and reducing fuel consumption can take steps to do just that. * Don’t accelerate too quickly. Rapid acceleration consumes more fuel. When accelerating, do so gradually. You’ll still get to the same place, but you’ll get there with a lot more fuel. * Don’t speed. Highway speeds more than 60 miles per hour significantly reduce fuel efficiency. Estimates suggest a car traveling at 60 miles per hour uses 20 percent less fuel than a vehicle traveling at 75 miles per hour. Toxic emissions, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, also increase when vehicles travel more than 60 miles per hour. Reducing fuel consumption is a goal for environmentalists and drivers alike. There are several ways drivers can help their vehicle consume less fuel and benefit the planet at the same time.




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Pastor David Howlett Good Friday, March 29, 10:30am Easter Sunday, March 31, 10:00am God loves you. He wants you to know Him


St. Hilda’s St. Luke’s

EASTER SERVICES Good Friday March 29th. - 10:30am “The Passion of the Redeemer Easter Sunday March 31st. - 10:45am “Christ is Risen” 105 Fairview Ave., St. Thomas


Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal

From the agony of the crucifixion to the defeat of death through the ressurection Good Friday Service, March 29th at 10:00 a.m. Hot Cross Buns and refreshments at 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Service March 31st. at 10:00 a.m. Services with John VanEyk Everyone Welcome

185 Elm Street, St.Thomas

Grace United Church St. Mark’s United Church

Minister: Rev. Jim Evans; Music Ministry: Rob Earnshaw, Paul Bodkin, Pat Baker All services at St. Mark’s United Church 38 Aldborough Ave. St. Thomas N5R 4T1 Telephone: 519-631-5705;  March 28  Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm March 29 Good Friday Service 10:00 am March 31  Easter Worship Service 10:00 am Sunday School available. Please join with us in worship and fellowship


Easter Eucharist March 31 at 10:00am

Good Friday

10:00 AM, Friday, March 29

Easter Sunday

10:30 AM, Sunday, March 31 Bradley “Easter, a Resurrection Street of Hope” Church of The Easter Choir will God be singing during 5 Bradley Street, Aylmer these services.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7pm Good Friday, March 29, 10am Sunrise Service Old St.Thomas Church March 31, 7:30am Harp played by Steven Rae

Easter Sunday March 31 9am Communion (BCP) 10:30am Holy Eucharist and Sunday School

Father Jawn Kolohon Preaching Liz Rae - Minister of Music God’s Peace in this Holy Week

Phone: 519-631-7000

Knox Presbyterian Church 55 Hincks Street, St. Thomas

(corner of Hincks and Wellington)

Good Friday Service 10:30 a.m.

Were you there? A service of scripture and song A Church For Our Community

345 Fairview Avenue, St. Thomas 519-633-0976

Easter Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Hallelujah! He is Risen! Please join us to worship

320 Elm Street

Easter Weekend Services

(Everyone Welcome) Good Friday 10:00a.m. (Communion)

Easter Sunday “Sonrise” @ Pinafore Park East Pavilion 7:30a.m. Followed by breakfast at Central United

Easter Sunday

Resurrection Celebration 320 Elm St. 10:00a.m.

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Is there any legitimacy to the story of Ryan Rotela? Apparently Rotela, a devout Mormon was asked — along with his entire class, to stomp on a piece of paper on which they had just written the name of Jesus.  Fox news is quoted as follows: “Rotela, who is a devout Mormon, said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class told the students to write the name ‘Jesus’ on a sheet of paper. Then, they were told to put the paper on the floor.  He had us all stand up, and he said “Stomp on it,” Rotela said. “I picked up the paper from the floor and put it right back on the table.” Now, further to this event Rotela is saying he was suspended from class again, apparently for not stomping on the paper with

Healing a heart’s Loss By Barbara Saunders

Are you struggling with feelings of blame and guilt? In my “Coping with Grief” workshop a frequent acknowledgment is the feelings of blame and guilt. These feelings can be associated with sentiments such as: “I “should” have been the one to go (die),” “Why did this happen to someone so young,” “What did I do wrong,” “If I hadn’t said the things I did, this would not have happened,” “God is punishing me” and I am certain you can think of more thoughts. Grief brings with it a pot full of ingredients unique to each of us and once stirred the mixture can become a blend of emotions, fears, reactions, confusion, disbelief and more. Now, add blame and guilt to this and how is anyone able to make an informed decision or have a thought that is not related to what if, why, or how could this have been different. Perhaps the “blaming” situa-

Jesus’ name on it. Really? Couple that nice little piece of information with this:  CBC news is reporting that ‘millions’ are tuning into the mini-series called The Bible. CBC reports this as a “Heaven-Sent Hit.”  The news reporters are saying that it is simply a “big hit.”  They are surprised by the popularity.  Another site told me 68 million have viewed The Bible in 15 days! So now, to be honest, I’m confused.  Are we stomping on Jesus or are we setting our PVR’s to watch him again?  Funny thing this is.  In reading the Bible things have not changed in 2,000 years.  People either hated Jesus or loved Him.  They were either willing to punch Him in the face or fall down and worship Him.  Things haven’t changed much!  And that, is something to think about.

tion is made to be worse than it actually was. Sometimes, words are spoken out of frustration when emotions are close to the surface. Imagine when you feel and voice relief that someone has finally died after a long illness. Is this cause for blame and guilt? You are alive and someone else has died; is this cause for guilt or blame? Perhaps you are reading this and saying “yes.” Is unfinished business, words left unsaid, apologies not made, “I love you” not said

or regrets a reason for guilt or blame? Is blame being put on another person? How do you move beyond this to heal from a loss? First, know some people never move beyond the grief related to anger, guilt, and blaming. Second, we cannot make someone be better after a loss. Third, forgiveness of self and others is important. I say this knowing forgiveness can be one of the hardest things to do and the most healing.

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The winners of the recent St. Thomas Lions Club Superstore Shopping Spree Draw are: Walter Ostojic, St Thomas, Jim Hunter, Belmont, and Rita Prowse, St Thomas. YWCA Family Open Gym, play sports in our gym with your family & friends. Tuesdays 6-7:30pm. Free. 519-631-9800. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, March 28, 7pm. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info Rick Badgley 519637-8432. Everyone welcome to attend. VON Public Foot Care  Clinic March 28 sponsored by Port Stanley Lioness, Kettle Creek Villa Apartments, 289 Frances Street.

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SMART for Girls, stress management and relaxation techniques for girls. Apr 9-May 14. Ages 8-12. $30. call YWCA 519-631-9800.

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place April 12, 7:00pm at the Salvation Army Elm St.   Includes presentation of scholarships and awards to young performers. 519-631-9865

Group Meeting Tuesday Apr. 9, 2-4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info: 519-631-9313. Beef supper, live & Field Naturalist Walks- silent auction, April 6:30 pm Wednes- 13, Dutton-Dunwich Centre. days.  Info  519-769- Community 2094. April 10, join Doors open 5:30, supus as the Aylmer per 6:30. Tickets $15, Wildlife Area at the 519-762-2617. Sponviewing stands. sored by Wallacetown Agricultural Society. VON Public Foot Care Spring Sing! A cabaClinics. 420 Wellington Street, April 11, 9am- ret evening with the 12pm, St. Thomas. St. Thomas Youth Call 519-782-4786 Choir. April 13, 7 pm. for an appointment. First United Church, 7 Curtis Street. Adults YWCA Kids Creative $10. Students $5. InCuisine, learn to cook cludes dessert. Tickets, simple, kid friendly info: 519-637-1427. meals while learning safety tips for Free Workshop - Getthe kitchen.  Apr 11- ting Your Affairs in May 16. Ages 9-13. Order, Aylmer Baptist $45 519-631-9800. Church, April 14 at 11:30 -light lunch Grab & Go Chicken provided. Wills , EsDivine dinner, Friday, tate Planning, and April 12, St. Mark’s Legacy for Ministry. United Church, 38 RSVP 519 773 7293. Aldborough Ave. Pickup 4:30-6:30pm. Ham & Turkey Bingo Pay at door $12. Sunday, April 14. Doors open 12:30 April 12, Beef Supper, pm. St. Thomas LeOdd Fellows & Re- gion, Br. 41. 24 John bekahs Hall, 54 Moore St. Everyone welcome. St. Doors open 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Adult Crafters Wanted for St. $10, child 6-12 $5, Anne’s Festival Crafters under 5 free. Tickets Marketplace, June 5-8.  at door, eat in/take Call 519-631-3640 for out. 519-631-3494. more info or to reserve space.  Registration Rotary Music Festival Deadline is April 15. Keynotes Concert takes


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CLARK, ROBERT WILLIAM of St. Thomas and formerly of Lambeth passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 in his 78th year. Funeral service at Williams Funeral Home Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11am. Visitation at 10am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DALTON, JAMES MELVIN “MEL”, of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, in his 92nd year. Public visitation at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral service at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave., St. Thomas on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11am. Sifton Funeral Home.

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BEATTIE, CHARLES JOHN “JACK” of St. Thomas passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in his 80th year. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-5:30pm. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 5pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.



SCOTT, ROY F., of Glencoe, formerly of Brantford, Ingersoll, Kitchener, London & Lucan, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, in his 71st year.  A memorial service was held on Monday, March 25, 2013. Sifton Funeral Home. SMALL, DOROTHY MAY of St.Thomas passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in her 91st year. A funeral service was held on Monday, March 25, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. STOCKER, JOHN EDWARD of St.Thomas passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in his 67th year.A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. THORPE, CAROLE ELIZABETH of St. Thomas passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013 in her 61st year. Public visitation was Thursday March 21, 2013, and a celebration of Carole’s life will be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

WALKOM, CAROL of Elgin Manor and formerly of AyGAJDOS, SUSANNA of St. Thomas passed away on Tues- lmer passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 in day, March 19, 2013. A funeral service was held on her 83rd year. A funeral service was held on SaturFriday, March 22, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. day, March 23, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. GROVE, FREDERICK J. “FRED”, of St. Thomas, WEAVER, HAZEL of Aylmer passed away on Saturday, March passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in his 86th 23, 2013 in her 95th year. A funeral service was held on year. As per his request, cremation.    A private fam- Thursday, March 28, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. ily interment at a later date.  Sifton Funeral Home. ZIMMERMAN, CHARLENE ANN passed away in St. HELMER (POLGAR), AGNES ANNE of RR # 2 St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the age Thomas passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 of 42. A memorial service was held on Thursday, in her 74th year. A funeral service was held on Fri- March 21, 2013. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. day, March 22, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PETERS, JOHAN of Vienna passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013 in his 70th year. A funeral service was held on Friday, March 22, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PRENDIVOJ, STEPHANIE of St. Thomas and formerly of Mississauga passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in her 70th year. A graveside service was held on Monday, March 25, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PRINGLE, JAMES C “JIM” passed away in St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the age of 66. A memorial and sea burial will be held at a later date. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.




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