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Volunteer Ella Kyle accepts donations at Elgin Mall during this year’s Salvation Army Kettle Drive.

This year marks the 130th year the Salvation Army has been giving children the gift of Christmas in St. Thomas. The organization, led by Cpt. Mark Hall, kicked off its kettle drive campaign on November 19, and will run until Christmas Eve. Kettles are stationed at six locations throughout the city including Wal-Mart and The Real Canadian Superstore. Mark, who came from Toronto, has been with the St. Thomas Salvation Army Church since July. The previous minister re-located to a church in Oakville. Through the church, more than 1,000 meals a month are made and provided to residents, which is funded with money from the kettle drive campaign. “In London and these surrounding areas the need for the Salvation Army is up 400 per cent. The demand on us is greater than it’s ever been,” Mark says.

First year volunteer Ella Kyle works three days a week at the Elgin Mall manning the kettle. “It’s important for people to remember the Salvation Army helps people all year long, not just at Christmas. They do so many wonderful things for our community.” The kettles are just part of the public process that begins with collecting money and ends with programs such as the Youth Correctional Justice Centre on Talbot Street, Family Services, the Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Program, anger management for children and life skills for adults. These classes and programs run all year long. The Salvation Army also runs the coats for kids program. “We work from the premise of we’re trying to do a good thing, but we’re instructed to do the right thing,” says Mark.

With rulings from the Assessment Review Board on the horizon, the Municipality of Southwold is looking at how the Ford Plant closure will impact tax rates on the surrounding area in the coming year. In 2010, the company was valued at $46 million by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), and provided 24.5 per cent of the total property taxes. That amount was reduced by half in 2011, when the Ford Plant was given its first value reduction. Now they’re seeking further reduction and are appealing taxes paid for 2009-2012. It’s a move that will, at worst, cost Southwold $1.27 million. And it’s something they’re prepared for. For the municipality, Ford is just one of many losses the town will take in 2013. Greenlane Landfill will lose a predicted $80,000 every four years until its viability runs out, as early as 2030. As capacity

More than 40 residents gathered in council chambers to listen to Southwold Treasurer Suzanna Dieleman speak about the impact of the Ford Plant Closure as well as items from the 2013 budget.

is used up in the landfill it becomes less valuable. Money currently received from the property has been set aside for when the municipality knows how much of a refund Ford is entitled to. Other losses for the 2013 budget include $17,000 from the Fingal wildlife area — the property was re-designated through MPAC from commercial to residential/ farm, and a $54,900 reduction in the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) provincial grant. “We are still impeded by the Ford Plant, which is what brings down our grant money. The Ford Plant brings up the value of our municipality, so that it looks like each property is worth $400,000,” says Mu-

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Editor’s note: To protect the identity of the children in this story, we will not name them or use the mother’s last name. Melissa and her three children have had an exceptionally tough year. It’s been so bad, in fact, that her children are now facing their first Christmas without their father, and without much hope for a merry Christmas. Early this year, Melissa’s husband was caught in a large child pornography bust and was charged with three counts of sexual assault and sexual interference, one count of counselling to commit sexual assault and one count each of making and accessing child pornography. Now she’s left trying to pick up the pieces. It’s up to her to try give her children their best shot at having a normal childhood, not an easy task given that they are currently living in just one room of the house they rent, because they only have

...it felt like her world came crashing down around her. one small space heater and no extra money for the propane it takes to heat the rest of the house. When Melissa was made aware of what was going on with her husband, she says it felt like her world came crashing down around her. “I was just leaving work for home and when I got there my house was surrounded by po-

lice cars and I was told my kids were removed and I couldn’t see them until I was investigated.” Until the police sat with her and explained the situation, she had no idea what had happened. Since then, things have only gotten worse for her and her family. Because of her husband’s actions she is behind on rent and hydro. Not to mention the fact that she cannot afford Christmas for her three children, all under the age of 10. “I’m trying to get back on my feet while still letting my kids believe in Santa. It’s going to be hard enough on them, losing their dad, let alone having my kids tell me that everything is going to be fine because Santa will still take care of them.” She’s also trying to gather enough money to file for divorce. There won’t be Christmas on her side of the family this year either because her mother is

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Stars players collected more than $1,200 and a large amount of toys that will be donated to Christmas Care in St. Thomas as part of this year’s Toy Mountain. Players, from left: Blair Mincer, Mike Lucifora, Matt Moyes (Trainer), Scott Mitchell, Marty Kudla, Brian Moyes (dressing room attendant), spent the day collecting donations and signing autographs on Saturday, December 1, 2012. (photo by Todd Rowley)

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donated on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 during the Disbrowe Drive for a Cause launch party from 5-7pm. The launch will also showcase the new 2013 Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XTS and ATS. The campaign started last week at Parkside Collegiate Institute and has raised a total of $1,175 to date.

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Last week construction workers from The Force Group demolished the former Longhorns Texas Grill building at 877 Talbot Street. Chris Meyer, owner of The Force Group, agrees with taking the building down, saying it was old and had been remodeled a few times. “The building was a dead horse. Sometimes a fresh face makes a difference.”

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Barbara Arbuckle, left, is the winner of a $1,000 shopping spree at Jennings Furniture and Design in St. Thomas. Barbara won the prize at November’s Business After 5 event and says she looks forward to shopping. Presenting her prize is Jennings owner Renee Carpenter.

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Stacy Chittenden knew growing up she wanted to make yoga her full time career, and her dream has come true. Younity Yoga, Aylmer’s newest store, opened in October on Talbot Street and classes started October 9. Stacy, who is 27, has been doing yoga since she was 14. Her mother bought her a yoga mat that came with an instructional DVD and that was it. She was hooked. At 16 she bought a gym membership to Good Life, where she says she religiously attended the yoga classes offered. In 2009, she obtained her certification from the Forest Academy of Mind/ Body Medicine in London. Stacy hasn’t had it easy. Her husband Craig died while she was pregnant. Before he died they were

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Terry Carroll

argue that the bill stripped away their rights to bargaining. Province creates collective Um, yes, it effectively did. Catch 22 As I understand it, the bill didn’t do this as When it comes to wages permanent policy. Teachers were not declared and benefits, it’s often dif- an essential service. Instead, the removal of the ficult for teachers to gener- right to strike was the stick to keep teachers in ate a lot of sympathy among line for a few short years. (The carrot was the the general public. For one thing, most people overall good of society, for a province so broke have been through the school system and have that it has to do something). experienced what they consider to be a poor But here’s the thing about removing the right teacher at one time or the other. We all think we to strike. What is the province going to do if are somewhat knowledgeable about teachers teachers and their unions decide to strike anyand how they should be compensated – espe- way? cially in light of the perceived incompetency of That’s 6 November 22, 2012 - St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly NewsWill the province send in the police? www.theweeklynews.ca Delivered to over 30,000 addresses - WEEKLY Mr. X or Ms. Y. what normally happens if people defy the law. St.Thomas/Elgin Yet the government of the Province of On- There is no precedent for this government Community Snapshot tario, currently prorogued, has accomplished doing anything of the sort. Remember Caledothe nearly impossible. Through Bill 115, the nia anyone? government has set the stage for just about pageantry, The merewith thought of a striking teacher the cooperation of the City. beTerrytoCarroll anybody to be able sympathize with teach- ing photographed handcuffed the Now that the last while float “with the realbySanta ers and unions in the public elementary and OPP would sendmy members of thisgrandson) government, Claus” (to quote four-year-old has Candy land secondary school systems. prorogued or not,weshuddering to the corners of drifted by, shall return to this year’s candy Thewages Weeklyof News Elgin their Bill 115 froze the seniorand teachers offices. a float more in the juSt. ban? for a couple of This yearsMonth whilehad allowing Thereand areyou’ll horns to this dilemma . . . me, horns First, never get the name from let last teachers nior teachers to Thomas advanceSanta up theClaus grid.Parade That alone may march right through, with the This year’s Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Pinafore Park in St. Thomas features more than 100 displays. me mention the minor Yuletide hoodlum, spotted Event Chairman Ross Whalls, along with Lorri and Leanne Quip, who are working the refreshment Saturday. I’d like But to thank every- support of the public. might not have been a problem. the legislation who also helped prohibits lockouts. Unions discreetly passing out candy canes from the pa- booth, were on hand for the grand opening on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Entertainment is proone out strikes with theorconcept, construction and volunteering – with special mention of rade itself. Next, may I indulge in a favourite St. vided in the Main Pavilion on weekends from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Hot chocolate, coffee and popcorn Chris Heil, Cathie McMonagle and Melissa Thomas pastimes – unconfirmed rumours – and are available at the refreshment booth. On weekends the people mover will take your family through the light displays. A free will donation is accepted at the gate. (photo by Tracie Boudreau) Schneider, plus Melissa’s Eric and her brother pass along the news that certain Robin Hoods Melissadad Schneider were operating the sidewalks giving out candies Andreas. My main roles were to do what I am Bayham. sloganNovember, along the lines “No parade Ric Wellwood In aearly the of Deputy Mayorcandy regood at, namely, coffee and buying supplies with Buyruns your of whether or not we can do this before the – no parade.” signed, and councillors are at an impasse on as needed. (Me trying to decorate has something climate change intensifies. Can we take this More emissions, My lovely wife Nancy made the observation that, umbrella how to fill the vacant seat. Half want to appoint, in common with a own rhino trying to keyboard). chance? The Harper government’s focus on without candy, stay focused on is thea paLastinweek, I hadrather the pleamore money others wantchildren a bi-election. Problem biOne downside to being the parade than the the economy means the emissions question sure(some of attending my first election rade, rather than$16,500 scrambling for sweets, and It’s hard to deny that will go on the back burner for some time. Even will cost and council is crying watching the parade kind of spectacle, meeting aren’t distracted by theSoscrambling. Mother Nature has been if the economy recovers well, would we still do doesn’t have the money. they are asking rather than spectator) is that in youthe don’tMunicipalget to see itadults ity of Southwold’s council This leads me to a solution – volunteers who sending us some broad anything about the greenhouse gases? I recall that residents dig deep to provide 1.65 million all the floats. We did see several floats as they chambers. It was a budget give out to candy and aone floatDrive only, hints about climate change, that before the First World War, there were no coverfrom the one costfloat through Penny were lining up. And, I must say, there were some pennies meeting with a focus on the Ford Plant closure. to from the “real Santa” float, the next-to-last float with the increase in hur- income taxes. They were created to help fund buy a bi-election for Bayham. pretty fantastic efforts plentyreally of glitter, themea One thing about thewith meeting struck of the parade. The last float would be hosted by a ricanes, the floods in England, the disappear- the war and were supposed to be a temporary While the concept is clever, it would be enand Christmas spirit. municipalities, Southwold chord. Unlike many local cleaning company, promoting its services ance of several glaciers in Greenland, and the measure. Oh, yeah! tirely unnecessary if, like Southwold, Bayham TheaSt. Thomas Optimists deserve award for Perfect posters has plan. One that makes great an fiscal sense of the polar ice cap. Of course, we There are a large segment of people in power whileplanned cleaningfor thethis streets. had rainy day. Now that it’s melting their success in pulling off this procession of St. Thomas Community Christian poster contest winners are, from left: Riley Noordam, in a time when credit rules, and nations can be raining do something about itSchool andRemembrance concerned Day councillors would like the should Eurekain– Bayham, a candy solution for all! who believe thatBrooke curbing these emissions will 1st, black and white poster, Savannah Koopman, 1st, black and white poster, Pennings, 2nd, colour poster bought and sold on the cheap. They save for a constituency to dig deep to pay for the town’s nations are gathered in Qatar to try reinvigorat- hurt the economy and they will fight that unand Hollie De Boer, 2nd, black and white and colour poster. First place winners will move on to the next round. The rainy day so that when it pours, and it always umbrella. ingRoyal anyCanadian actionsLegion that will reduce the emissions til the polar ice is flowing as salty H2O. It is runs the event. pours, they’ll have their umbrella. And they’ll The I think Deputy Mayor, whoinI’m sure colfirstthe paper money issued Canada was of greenhouse gases. We have sent Environ- sad enough that Canada is the only country to Melissa Schneider have paid for it in cash. Up front. lected rolethe on Bank council, betweenremuneration 1813-1815.forIn his 1935 of ment Minister Peter Kent to the conference, abandon the Kyoto Accord, but mainly because sexes, a situation that arises more frequently How many municipalities can boast that should before he left, made it clear that Canada other pay some of that salary back. That way Canada was founded. Notes were issued in the Riche Wellwood regardwould us asknow. uncaring graspnewCanadians note cities are council won’t have to go begging for as many but than nations decent people Still,and I can’t help nowadays whenThe so many would not cut emissions if it meant the sacrisum of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 ing, a nation of political opportunists. As a kid, was always a big but smile when Emilie pokes her head above the plagued by corruption and itcorporate greed in pennies. growth. He also insists that It bothers me that our national image is in the Let the affairs $1,000. New series were introduced in 1937, fice of economic deal when my mom or dad gave and covers, gives me a knowing look and snuggles high office. emerging nations should assume much of the Towns need to start planning for these rainy continue 1954, 1970, 1986 and 2001. hands of cynical people with few ideals. This metosome to spend. This brings me the money opposite end ofI relthe days, not begging for loose change. Saving for burden, though they my chest. very littlelosses economic This have year marked for a in against The new $100 bill, now made of polymer subwemale appear world, and if there ished the feel the with money, andfiscal how a rainy day might be the old way, but I say let’s growth at all. number of people in high places. is the spectrum. Theofend no the plansmell B, and My way eldest lovetoisthe chronically ill and has is any climate change it is accompanied by the strate, began circulating in November 2011. In much I could with this of paper. reserves thatbuy appear to beone aspiece dry as the Sa- make it the new way. Our economy needs it. liver and kidney problems. He is prone to drinkApparently Kent believes that we can hold Mitt Romney lost the Presidency; Lance Arm- change in political climate. We have lost quite 2012, new $50 began circulating. EnterI’m thetalking new plastic money.going on with our March hara. about what’s a lot and sometimes his body seems to be on the cutsand until economy The rule is the so simple. If you don’t have it, off strong lost emissions his reputation hisour sponsors, as a ing bit of political capital, as well as some interIt’s hard to to count, breeze Now we haveit.the new $20 and soon we’ll com- looks neighbours the feels east,like in the slightest Municipality of don’t losing a lot of weight, but my commitment to him lotTour better. I suppose it’s a question spend well asa six de France championships. Then national respect. could pluck it from your fingers, and if you leave plete the set with the new $10 and $5 ($500 there’s David Petreus, military hero and eventual is life-long and his medical bills are not breaking a bill in your pocket in the dryer, all you will have and $1,000 notes were discontinued). the bank. The affair continues. Ben and William head of the CIA, who has just lost his job because left is a small hard ball of plastic the bank won’t Our American neighbours already refer to our of fears for national security. An FBI investigation are my younger loves, filled with energy and conexchange — even though they will tell you the money as Monopoly money because each bill proved there is no security breach, but a sense tinually keeping me young. William’s exuberance bill has undergone extensive heat testing. Jessica Roache Rachealand Larson Samantha Ben’s patience could set an example for Ven Zovko instilled in a long military career has its own bright colour. I wonder what they’ll of honour What And nowhappened here we are, unveiling the new 20HaskellSt.Thomas St. Thomas St. Thomas lovers everywhere. No matter their diverse perprompted him to resign over a love affair. When Former executive director for the SalvaStewart dollar bill. Great. By the end of 2013 we’re sup- call our money now that they need to count it a you are in the public eye, there are extra degrees sonalities, they are all good in bed and frankly, tion Army’s north Toronto warehouse David few times to make sure they’re paying the right St.handle. Thomas The idea posed to get new tens and fives. Even better. they are almost more than I can of responsibility and the obligation to set a good Rennie, 51, has been charged with theft I’m not against money, I’m just against a bill amount. of a fifth affair is out of the question, though my example. after $2 million worth of toys and cash disthat needs to be counted five times just to make Yes, the new money will still buy you things, Since I am in the public eye and have been for lovely wife will still feed them and occasionally appeared over a period of 24 months. Even wouldn’t let someone’s idiocy long as he’s not there I will “No. I’m still going tohelp donateclean“No. BecauseWeit are happened and “II guess at the end of the day that’s “As what’s sure you’re depositing the right amount. the litterbox. also luckyinto decades, I guess it’sneed time that I come he’s cleanbeen aboutarrestedme though most of the toys have now been affect donating to the kids, but still donate. I just think they because and a different area and it’s vet forinthe So why the switch from paper to plastic? Is it most the important, but for now excuse me, please, my four love affairs, all conducted while married have Susan McNabb, probably the best recovered, will it affect your willingness to they need to check their employbetter background checks.” there’s never been a problem kids. ” cheaper? Will it last longer? Is it better for our while region. The affairs will continue and I refuse to I try to figure out how many bills I have in to my wife of 24 years. They were with both donate this year? ees better. “ before. “ health? Is it better for the environment? resign, Petreus or not. my hand.

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Kettle Creek dredging

Council received correspondence from the Kanagio Yacht Club requesting financial assistance with dredging in Kettle Creek North of the King George by Heather Derks VI Lift Bridge. The club claims that the waterway is impassible and unsafe. Deputy Mayor David Marr commented that flooding in this area is also a concern and pointed out that there might be a grant that could be applied for to offset the cost.

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Sewer Expansion qualifies for Fire Chief explains funding. budget overage Council heard an update from Elgin County official Fire Chief Don Crocker regardplan modifications ing an overage in the Fire DeCouncil passed a resolution partment’s advertising budget. supporting the Official Plan of The chief explained that at the Elgin County with the following time “we were dealing with modification: The area known as a number of grassfires so we the ‘employment area’ between decided that running the adthe Eastern edge of St. Thomas vertising campaign to educate and the St. Thomas Airport be citizens about the risks was zoned as a special policy area cheaper than sending out a and not as agricultural as it is truck each time. listed in Elgin County’s Plan, cit- We still had some grassfires, ing that with the zoning change but certainly not as many as we and the proposed sewer expan- were getting before that adversion the area will be “effectively tising went out,” which was a positioned” for future develop- much more cost-effective stratment for potential employment egy. opportunities.

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Yes We Can

To all those schools and businesses that participated in the first ever Yes We Can event, a large thank-you from us here at The Weekly News. You have helped your community and, we hope, had some fun in the process. The decision was a hard one, considering all entries were well thought-out and each sculpture was

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Deer Create Hazardous Driving Conditions Drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious at this time of year. This is the busiest time of year in Elgin County for automobile-deer collisions due to the deer fall mating and migration season. Most collisions occur before sunrise and after sunset due to increased traffic, poor visibility and deer movement patterns. To reduce your chances of a collision: • Slow down and drive with caution when you see a yellow deer crossing sign. These signs indicate a high risk area. • Use high beams at night where possible and watch for the reflective glow of the eyes of an animal. Never swerve suddenly to avoid a deer or other animal as you could lose control of your vehicle.

Notice of Proposed By-law to Close and Sell Part of Edgeware Rd “McBain Line” TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin intends to pass a by-law to close and sell part of Edgeware Road “McBain Line”. The parts of the road allowance to be closed are more particularly described as Parts 1, 6, 7 and 8, Reference Plan 11R-9561; AND TO sell Parts 1, 6 and 7 of the closed road allowance at fair market value; AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Council has scheduled a meeting for 7:30 pm on Monday, January 14, 2013 to be held in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, Central Elgin to hear any person, or by his/her counsel, solicitor or agent, who wishes to make representation respecting the proposed bylaw. The Council shall only hold such hearing for applications received by the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk on or before Thursday, January 10, 2012. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed by-law is available for inspection in the Central Elgin Municipal Office, Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, during normal office hours, Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin this 20th day of November, 2012. Donald N. Leitch, Chief Administrative Officer & Clerk Municipality of Central Elgin, 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1

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a treat on the eyes. The Yes We Can committee had a tough time deciding on the top three. Congratulations to our first place winners, from Locke’s Public School, with their ingenious Locke’s Lion design. Second place goes to The Milestones Children’s Centre with their Santa’s sleigh design and third place goes to The Art Emporium’s elephant.


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“Stan Portley’s – Timeless & Unique” and uniquely Canadian Now with the van Gogh chalk paint collection There’s excitement, and much that is new to celebrate at Stan Portley’s in Port Stanley. The store that has an established reputation for unique gift and home décor items, and “our painted furniture,” is now offering the uniquely Canadian van Gogh Chalk Paint collection. It’s a made-in-Canada version of the paint that’s making vintage furniture lovers ecstatic about the look they are now able to achieve. Not only is the van Gogh line the only Canadian-made chalk paint offered in this area, it has no nasty toxins that may come in paints made with oil or chemical solvents. It’s eco-friendly and involves no waxy chemicals. At Stan Portley’s, they can colour match any colour of paint with the van Gogh Chalk Paint and are creating four signature colours that will be unique to Stan Portleys. To assist people with this great furniture paint, classes will be starting in January at the Port Stanley store and the new London store. Out at “The Barn” Home Studio in Sparta classes will be starting in the spring of 2013. Business owner Bobbie Robinson says, “Some people are hesitant to try crafts like this because they think it may be

Paris Apartment or Cottage Style, we have met the needs of the discriminating home owner.” Having fewer antiques and moving towards the future, the store owners are still looking for those ‘unique’ Canadian and North American items which will bring a home together. The all-Canadan van Gogh chalk paint collection really fits this trend. Bobbie recommends, “Be kinder to the environment by “adopting Here is Bobbie heirloom furnishings. reaching for anThe antique look is all other can of about the discovery of Canadian owned ourselves through one and Canadian time to another – and made van Gogh the delight in that recChalk Paint ognition. Relive, redeCollection paint for sign, relove.” The store’s signs and another project. graphics have recently changed from Stan most sought after gift items are the Portleys – Antiques & Uniques to custom wood or metal signs which the new Stan Portleys – Timeless are made in North America and & Unique. shipped from the store to places as “This is in line with other things far as Australia, New Zealand and which are happening with our business,” Bobbie says. “And just even China. Bobbie points out that, “Many as a teaser for you . . . watch for homes and cottages throughout the opening of our new location on the area have one, two, three or Richmond in London.” more pieces of our painted furni- Bobbie Robinson, Owner, Stan ture incorporated into their interior Portleys – Timeless & Unique, design. We have even shipped to sums it up well: “Stan Portleys and the eastern seaboard of the United Port Stanley, we are timeless and States. Whether it be Urbane Chic, unique. Stay tuned . . .” too difficult for them, but it turns out it is not as difficult as they thought.” It’s been quite a journey since 2003 when Stan Portleys – Antiques & Uniques was born in the back of a store, just down from its present location in Port Stanley. “At the time we dealt with antiques, vintage linens and silver, and a small amount of new giftware,” Bobbie says. Some of the

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by Mark Wales, OFA president

As the largest of the province’s three general farm organizations (GFOs), the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) takes its job of speaking for farmers seriously. But in May 2012, the OFA, along with the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) and the National Farmers Union of Ontario (NFU) found themselves up against a significant roadblock. After completing a routine application process under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, all three of Ontario’s GFOs were denied accreditation by the OMAFRA Appeals Tribunal. Traditionally, when Ontario farmers complete the farm business registration (FBR) process – to qualify farmers for farm business tax designation

– they also submit an application fee of $195. At that time they are invited to check a box beside one of the three GFOs, which, until recently, has meant that applicant became a member of the selected organization that does important work on behalf of Ontario farmers. In May 2012, the routine accreditation process was disrupted when all three GFOs were denied accreditation. That means farm businesses that registered after the May 31 deadline did not initially receive FBR numbers from their GFO of choice – and the funds paid during the process were not redirected to their selected GFO.    The main problem, the Tribunal decided, was the lack of explicit agreement conditions applied to “membership” in the OFA. And, as the accreditation

criteria referred to membership practices that dated back to 2011, GFOs were unable to become accredited under the existing 13 regulatory criteria. In November 2012, Agriculture Minister Ted McMeekin recognized the dilemma and took measures to enable Ontario’s GFOs to become accredited. The criteria for accreditation have been reduced from 13 to five. Since OFA has already been approved on each of the remaining five points in the previous two Tribunal hearings on accreditation, we anticipate no problems this time around. This regulatory amendment is only in effect for one year. We will, of course, begin work on how we assign membership in the future to ensure we qualify for accreditation when it is time to reapply. The process has been a long and tiresome one for OFA, and

Something to Think About This is not all there is

Do you know why I think there is an empty hole deep within every human being? Do you know why I think human beings are destined for something more?  One sign of that emptiness is this — I’ve talked to hundreds of people over my life, from people that are dying to people going through various tragedies.  I’ve buried babies.  I’ve helped families whose 12 yearold son, with the help of friends, made a Molotov cocktail, only to have the thing blow up while he was throwing it.  It exploded

we are anxious to get back to designating more of our staff and director resources where they are needed most: working for farmers. Consequently, a portion of those resources will be dedicated to working with OMAFRA and Agricorp in preparation for the 2013 farm business registration process that should commence in January, as usual. OFA thanks the Minister and his staff for recognizing the legal dilemma that has prevented us from being accredited and then taking bold action to enable accreditation. We would also like to thank our staff, directors and members who have expressed their concern over this process, and have asked what they could do to help. The OFA looks forward to continuing its important work as the voice of Ontario farmers.

Come and Cheer on Your Stars!

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The annual Dickens Day Twilight parade was held Friday, November 30, 2012 in Port Stanley, to the delight of the crowds lined up downtown. Father Christmas was the parade’s highlight, and was available for photographs Saturday and Sunday in the old Town Hall building. (photo by April Laroche)

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behind his head leaving his you glad this is not all there is.’ tion for what’s next.  Second, back severely burned.  Here is Let me suggest two things because this is not all there is, the sign of emptiness — no one that spawn from my belief.  how can we expect the tempohas ever said something like First, because this is not all rariness of this life to actually this to me, “Aren’t you glad this there is, it probably is appro- bring deep satisfaction?  And is all there is?” priate to make some prepara- that is something to think about. A 35 year-old man told me this story.  When he was a 12 year-old boy his father decided he took too long in the bathtub.   The father blew his lid and hit his son’s leg with a broom handle.  The boy’s leg was broken and required medical attention.  The 35 year-old man didn’t look EXCITING JR. B HOCKEY AT ITS BEST! at me and say, ‘Aren’t you glad this is all there is?’ There are too many hurts, too many injustices and too many unanswered questions.  I believe that deep inside the human soul there is an empty space.  That empty space prompts humans to say, ‘Aren’t

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Please remember our cause so we can continue to assist families in your community who need our services “Empowering families through life threatening illness”

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nating to the St. Thomas Public The volunteers that make up Library. Please don’t delay. Your BFM are the true driving force support is always needed and behind its success. Whether you need a book appreciated! Why United Way? about a puzzling mystery, AnUnited Way Elgin-St. Thomas cient Egypt, or a princess for is not just about fundraising and your “little princess,” the St. Bibles for allocating money to agencies Thomas Public Library is here Missions (BFM) to help. We’ve reconnected Volunteering is a healthy way across Elgin County. We are an families separated by an ocean, to “give back” our time, which impact organization. Through helped travelers learn a new is one of the most valuable re- partnerships, research, and language and lent travel guides sources we can give especially community involvement, we filled with new places to uncov- in today’s fast-paced society. focus on areas in our commuer. We’ll help you discover new Most people volunteer with nity that need help the most. We technology  and ride the infor- the intention of making an im- look for the underlying solutions mation highway to new desti- pact on others, but in fact they to some of our community’s nations. Explore all the library’s themselves are the ones who most pressing issues and help resources that include bestsell- are most impacted by their ser- support programs and commiting e-books, classic books on vice. Among the many benefits tees that work to create posiCD, family favourites on DVD, of volunteering is better health tive, lasting change. Our new or use our assistive equipment through activity, the acquisition impact areas are: From poverty to read new favourites. All of of new skills, social interaction to possibility; Healthy people, these services are free for local with other people, and most of strong communities; and all residents. During this season of all, the ability to have fun while that kids can be. We strive to deliver positive messages for giving, consider helping gen- making a difference. a positive outlook on our comerations of library users by domunity.

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Thank you to all our volunteers and to the community for your generous donations!

The Bible League of Canada is a Christian charity which provides Scripture placement, children’s ministry, and church planting training worldwide so that people prepared by the Holy Spirit will be brought into the fellowship of Christ and His church.

All Breed Canine Rescue (ABCR) is a volunteer animal rescue organization. We work with Animal Services in St. Thomas and London. We take in sick and abandoned shelter dogs. Who would throw kittens out of moving cars, or leave a 5 week-old puppy in a cardboard

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box at the side of the highway? We see these cases far too frequently. We need your help. Be a foster home, adopt an ABCR dog or cat, or send in a financial gift to help provide vet care for these wonderful animals. You can visit us online at www.allbreedcaninerescue.petfinder. com. Thank you.

Solace for life threatening illness

Serenity House resource centre offers programs to individuals and their families from the moment of diagnosis of any life threatening illness. We also offer a resource centre that is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and has a library full of books and information on different diseases. With help from generous donations from our community, we are able to offer our programs at no cost to the clients. Programs include Grief or Peer Support Groups, Pamper Days for the Caregiver, Reiki, Meditation, Reflexology, or oneto-one support. Call 519-637-3034 for more program information or for upcoming events or visit www. serenityhousehospice.ca.


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All Breed Canine Rescue saved 44 dogs (and many cats & kittens) from The St. Thomas City Pound this year, plus many from ditches and puppymills. Without us, the pound dogs would not get treated for heartworm, tumours, bad teeth, ear and eye infections, parvo virus, broken bones, bladder stones, and more.

The dogs need your help. Without community support, All Breed Canine Rescue will not be able to continue our work at the pound. Animals will suffer.

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Give a gift that will create positive, lasting change for families in your community. Give the gift of United Way! The perfect way to celebrate those in your life who are hard to buy for, don't need anything, or make their own wonderful contribution in your life. Make a donation to United Way Elgin-St.Thomas in the name of a loved one, co-worker, or friend and they will receive a card that outlines your gift.

These dogs have a lot of love to give and they need your support today. Consider sponsoring a shelter dog in the name of a friend or family member or in memory of a beloved pet.

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Address: ......................................................................................... Phone#:............................................ Donation Amount $ .............. Mail to: All Breed Canine Rescue, 229 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, Ont. N5R 3C2 .....or Beaver Creek Animal Hospital, 7477 Sunset Rd, St. Thomas, Ont. N5P 3S8 Cheques should be made out to ABCR. Credit card and Paypal also accepted. No tax receipts will be issued.

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On behalf of the thousands of patients who benefit from your generosity throughout the year, thank you for supporting the work of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation.


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Set up a giving-jar in your home to help others Families can change the world this holiday season, one coin at a time. By setting up a giving-jar at a central location in the house, all your spare change will add up to help an important cause. This trend has been around for a while, but in recent years it has become increasingly popular with families across Canada.

Show kids how to care this holiday season Parents can plant seeds of compassion during the holidays by letting their children care for others. This time of year there are many ways to nurture empathy. There are three simple steps to empowering children with the sense that they can help others and make a difference in the world: • Let them chose how they will help. • Explain to them how they are assisting others, and that their actions have a powerful effect. • Praise them for the wonderful difference they are making Have kids take part in holiday planning. A parent hosting a party can ask a child how to make it more enjoyable for the guests, and help the child make the idea come to life. Creative ideas can include crafts, personalized place settings or games that they think guests will enjoy. This encourages kids to think about other people, and builds their confidence as they take on a fun responsibility. Generosity is a value that can be nurtured and it will give children a deeper understanding of how they can make a difference in the world. A unique way to introduce them to char-

Choosing a cause

ity is World Vision Gifts online at www.worldvision.ca/gifts. On the site, select from a broad choice of practical donations that will create a long-term, sustainable difference for a child or community. This family-friendly option is a great way to expose children to issues that kids of a similar age face around the world. This is also the time of year when charities are looking for spare change – stores and malls will have a variety of buckets for donations. Children get a tremendous sense of accomplishment knowing that nickels and dimes from their own piggy banks are helping other people. Let them choose the charity, and watch their satisfaction when their own coins are dumped in. Many families make it a point to get involved in the community around the holidays. For example, families can visit a local homeless shelter, stop by a retirement home, donate food to a local food bank, or serve up a hot meal at a soup kitchen.

There are many charities and organizations that need help at this time of year. A family can decide on a cause together, perhaps a charity that is close to its heart and means something special. For ideas, take a look at World Vision Gifts online at www.worldvision.ca/gifts. The organization has many practical options that provide relief for children in developing countries — and each one offers long-term, sustainable change. The giving-jar can be decorated in many creative ways and is even more fun and meaningful if it reflects the cause being supported.

Feed the jar

The second step is remembering to add to the jar when possible; even if it is just the spare change left in a pocket or change purse. Small children can add a portion of their allowance, coins they find on the sidewalk, or change that might be hiding under couch cushions. Every penny adds up to make a difference to someone’s life.

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Making a difference Some parents who have long embraced an annual giving-jar are seeing the effects of teaching generosity to their children. The parents of Erin Farrar, 23, started a giving-jar tradition when she was younger. “During the holidays my family likes to feel that we’re doing more than just splurging on each other, especially if we can make a real difference in someone’s life,” says Erin. She has since become an active volunteer, and is currently working in the non-profit sector.


Kathy’s 15 years experience in the health & wellness industry and a passion to help others live a healthy lifestyle has brought her to St.Thomas to share this with the community. After suffering with frozen shoulder for 18 months, the benefits of using T-Zone Vibration has dramatically changed her life in such a way that Kathy has devoted her time and career to introduce others to Whole Body Vibration. Kathy has been with T-Zone for two years and has become an expert in Whole Body Vibration. Her knowledge and resources for this technology has given her the opportunity to help many people achieve great results. Her passion and love for T-Zone Vibration speaks volumes and her positive outlook on life creates a welcoming atmosphere at her studio. Kathy has a strong desire to help others achieve their ultimate health and fitness goals. Kathy can help you transform your health and fitness in just a few minutes a day, it’s fast, easy and fun. She has expertise in working with people of all fitness levels. Come in and meet Kathy and she will show you what T-Zone St.Thomas and vibration is all about.

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day Dec. 11, 2-4pm., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313.

Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge Street, features work of Guild artists Kim Hughson and Sine Maule through December. Call 519782-7472 for hours.

Elgin Theatre Guild presents “Cinderella the Pantomime”. December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm & December 9 & 16 at 2:00pm. Tickets $15. 40 Princess Avenue.

Arthur Voaden Christmas Concert. Featuring Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Band.   Thursday, December 6, 7pm. Arthur Voaden Auditorium. Tickets $5 at the door.

Christmas Turkey Chip Bingo, MCP in Springfield, Friday, December 7, 7pm. Never play the same pattern twice.  Over 50 prizes. Corner Cupboard game with a donation.

Thursday, December 6, Euchre Games & Dessert, 2pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. For info 519-631-4558.

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Field Naturalist Meeting, Friday Dec. 7, 7:30pm, Knox Church, St. Thomas. Speaker Greg Balch on Southern Ontario Wildlife. Info 519-631-5279. Turkey and Ham Raffle, Centennial Sports Club, 41 Jonas Street, Saturday, December 8, 1-6pm. All Welcome. Sunday, Dec. 9, 9am1pm, the Lions serve

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All ladies are invited to Perkday, Tuesday, December 11, 10am, Fellowship Church. Special guest Stephanie from Heritage Gardens.   Info a full breakfast, all 519-637-0283. you can eat, $6 in Christmas the Lions Den behind Seniors Wednesthe Dutton Dunwich Dinner, Community Centre. day, December 12, 11:30am-approx. Ham & Turkey Bingo, 2pm, Dutton DunSunday, Dec. 9. Doors wich Community open 12:30pm. St. Centre. For advanced Thomas Legion, Br. sale tickets contact 41. 24 John St. EvLion Dianne Purcell eryone welcome. at 519-762-3341. Holiday Concert, St. Circle of Moms playThomas Youth Choir group with the Ontario and St. Thomas ChilEarly Years Centre for dren’s Choir sing preschoolers and their songs of the season. caregivers.   Wed, Dec. 9, 3pm, St. AnDec 12, 9:30drew’s United Church, 11:30am, Talbot60 West Ave. Freewill ville United Church. offering. All welcome. Info 519-633-7325. Carols by Candlelight, Wednesday, DecemSunday, Dec. 9, 7pm. ber 12, Bible QuesCentral United Church tions, 10:30am at , 135 Wellington, St. Andrew’s United Carol Singing, SpeChurch, everyone cial Music by choirs. is welcome. For Freewill donationinfo 519-631-4558. Caring Cupboard  & Christian Community Dinner. Faith Academy presents Parkinson Support a children’s musiGroup, Meeting Tuescal drama, Your Redeemer Has Come, FURNITURE, 345 Fairview Ave, CLOTHING, December 13, 7pm. SHOES, HARDWARES, APPLIANCES, Whisker Tickles Cat Sitting Service ETC. Donations gratefully accepted

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Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll December 9th, 2012 - 10:30am Second Sunday of Advent Theme: “The Christmas Song” Won’t you please join us! We’re celebrating 175 years!

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Deadline: Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:00pm Proposal available from Township Office, 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0, Ph 519-769-2010 Fax 519-769-2837 Attn: Brent Clutterbuck, Drainage Superintendent drainage@twp.southwold.on.ca

Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10am 9:00am (BCP) Holy Communion 10:30am Advent Service Songs and Lessons Father Jawn Kolohon Officiating Liz Rae Minister of Music

We invite you, family and friends to enjoy our musical service December 9th at 11:15 am held at Port Stanley United Church.

No tickets needed, urday, December 15, free-will offering. 7:30pm. Central UnitThursday, Decem- ed Church, 135 Welber 13, Kickers, lington St. $10, call 6pm, St. Andrew’s 519-633-6118. All United Church , mid proceeds to charity. week group ages 5- 13 , games music craft. Everyone welcome. For more info 519-631-4558.

Handel’s Messiah presented by Choral Connection, Saturday, December 15, 7:30pm at Centre St. Dec. 14, Beef Supper, Baptist Church. For Odd Fellows & Re- more info. please bekahs Hall, 54 Moore call 519-633-6385. St. Doors open 4pm, Port Stanley Commuserving 5-7pm. Adult nity Choir Christmas $10, child 6-12 $5, Choir, Sunday Decemunder 5 free. Tickets ber 16, Port Stanley at door, eat in/take United Church, 2:30 out. 519-631-3494. & 7:30 pm Donations Fellowship Church accepted at the door. VON and Serenity House present “A Time to Remember”, December 18 at Knox Church. RSVP to Lynn at Serenity House before Dec. 11, 519-637-3034. Tuesday, December 18, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group, 10:30am at St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave.  For info 519631-4558.  Everyone is Welcome.

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5th Annual Celtic “A Misfits Christmas”, Christmas with “The Wednesday, DecemSheridan Band”. Sat- ber 19, 7pm, Central

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presents “Merry Christmas?” in support of Talbot Teen Centre. Dec 14, 7pm, Dec 15, 4pm, Talbot Teen Centre. Dec 16, 11am, Fellowship church. 519-633-3623. 519-495-5654 whiskertickles@gmail.com Friday, December 14, Meal & Movie “Christmas Dog”, 5:30pm. RSVP at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave, everyone welcome. 519-631-4558.

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Elgin Theatre Guild Presents

Princess Avenue Playhouse, St. Thomas Traditional British Panto Family Entertainment Adapted, produced and directed by Lesley Chapman and Ken Roberts

Thurs.-Sat. Dec. 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m., Sun. Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Dec. 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m., Sun. Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

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United Church. Sing carols with The Messiah’s Misfits (Central’s Praise Band). Free Will Donations. 519-631-3503.

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1, Walk at Fingal Wildlife Management Area, 34469 Thursday, Decem- Fingal Line. Meet at ber 20, Euchre the gates at 10am.  Games & Dessert, Info 519-633-4235. 2pm at St. Andrew’s Field Naturalist MeetUnited Church, 60 ing, Friday, January 4, West Ave. Every- 7:30pm, Knox Church, one Welcome. For St. Thomas. Preseninfo 519-631-4558. tation by members. Field Naturalist Boxing Day Bird Count, Wednesday, December 26. Day finishes with potluck dinner at Knox Church , St. Thomas at 5:30pm. 

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2013 Walk for Memories, Saturday, January 21, 9:30-noon, Parkside Collegiate, inside. Contact the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas for pledge sheets, 519-633-4396. Non-profit groups, send your Community Billboard announcements (25 words or less per item by text email, no attachments or email/websites in ad) to laura@ theweeklynews.ca

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Christmas Ideas GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS. Treat someone to something special. Gift Certificates for Massage, Hot Stone or Reflexology available. Call Aylmer Healing Waters 519-773-8102.

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CLASSES STARTING NOVEMBER 22/12. Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing Skills, 315 Talbot Street, Tuesdays 8-9:30pm and Thursdays 6-8pm. Occasional special seminars and clinics and guests (to be announced). Instructor – Sensei Wayne Mifflin. For more information call 519-7771927 or email: mifflin@porchlight.ca or inquire at front desk.

WILSDON COMPUTER SERVICES - Basic setup, operating system install/upgrade, internet setup/ repair, Tune-Up, recommended safety suite, rescue disc, data transfer, data backup. In-Home Photography service available. Call Sara or Ian Wilsdon 519-633-9638. GET YOUR CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY PHOTOS IN TAKEN YOUR HOME. Dog Boarding Now also booking Weddings for IN-HOME DOG BOARDING. 2013. Call Tim Harvey at White Peace of mind by providing lov- Pine Photography, 519-775-2591, ing care in MY HOME while or info@whitepinephotography.ca your dog is away from their Services Offered home. Call Rose 519-633-6637. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – Found Drinking is your business. HelpLaynard with keys at the cor- ing you to stop is ours. Call ner of Fairview Ave. and 519-633-0430 or Write P.O. Box Sparta/Union Line. Call 519- 220001, St. Thomas, ON N5R 4P5. 782-3301 to ID and claim THINKING OF HARDWOOD, UnbeatHomes for Sale able prices, expert installation, free BANK FORECLOSURE PROPER- estimates. Call Rob Waldroff CusTIES & DISTRESS SALE HOMES. tom Carpentry. 519-269-3776. Free listings sent to you BE-

Skaters from the St. Thomas Skating Club competed at the John McKay Memorial Invitational Competition in Tillsonburg on November 24-25, 2012. It was an exciting weekend of skating and these skaters represented their home club against skaters

from Western Ontario. From left, are: Sophie Renner (pre-preliminary restricted), Mackenzie Ripley (level three development), Paige Blondeel (senior bronze starskate), Grace Renner (senior bronze starskate), Ainsley May (level three development).

BURGER, MARGARET E.“MARG” (RENAUD) of Elgin Manor, passed away LIMA, MARIA MADALENA of West Lorne, passed away Thursday, Noon Thursday, November 29, 2012 in her 91st year. Mass of the Chris- vember 29, 2012 in her 80th year. A funeral mass was held Decemtian Burial was held December 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ber 1, 2012. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. CARR, JOAN of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, No- PHIPPS, NELSON RICHARD of Wallacetown, passed away on Sunday, vember 30, 2012 in her 81st year. A funeral service was December 2, 2012 at the age of 80. A funeral service was held Deheld November 4, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. cember 5, 2012. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd.

The Weekly News presents a list of Christmas Gift ideas along with the name of the businesses where these items may be purchased. See each of these advertisers’ ads in this edition of The Weekly News. Canadian Diamond Engagement Ring Toth Jewellers Remote Car Starter Century Service 2013 Season Theatre Subscription Port Stanley Festival Theatre Watches and Sterling Silver Muscat Jewellers Braven Wireless Speakers Century Sound Sales & Service

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CLAYTON, EDWARD H. “TED” of St. Thomas, passed away SMALLDON WHITE, MRS. BLANCHE (nee LAUR) of St. Thomas, passed Saturday, December 1,  2012 in his 79th year.  A pri- away Friday, November 30, 2012 in her 89th year.  A celebration of her vate family service will be held.  Sifton Funeral Home. life and gathering will be held at a later date.  Sifton Funeral Home. DOAN, JOHN “WARREN” of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 in his 78th year. Visitation December 7, 2012 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held December 8, 2012 at 1pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

STEVEN, JACK JAMES of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012 in his 49th year. A funeral service was held December 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

STUART, DONALD R. of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, formerly of FINLAY, DR. RONALD C. of St. Thomas, passed away Wednes- R.R.#7, St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in day, November 28, 2012 in his 85th year.    A private service his 86th year. A private graveside service was held. Sifton Funeral Home. for the immediate family will be held.  Sifton Funeral Home. TAYLOR, MARILYN JOY of RR #5, St. Thomas, passed away FRISCH, ELIZABETH of Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, No- Thursday, November 29, 2012 in her 74th year. A funeral servember 27, 2012 in her 90th year. A funeral service was vice was held December 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. held November 30, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. THOONEN, EDNA of Aylmer, passed away Friday, NovemKRUG, CATHERINE SUSAN of St. Thomas, passed away on ber 30, 2012 in her 76th year. A funeral service was Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the age of 49. A funeral ser- held December 3, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. vice was held December 5, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LANKIN, MRS. BARBARA “BABBY” (nee MacKENZIE) of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012 in her 90th year.  Relatives and friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Thursday evening, December 6, 2012 from 7-9pm. (Prayers at 8:30pm).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10am. Sifton Funeral Home.

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December 6, 2012 - St. Thomas - Elgin Weekly News - 2

Mon-Fri 9:30am-9pm • Sat 9:30am-9pm • Sun 12pm-5pm • elginmall.com

Santa Photos Photo Hours:

Saturdays 12-5 pm Sundays 1-4 pm Thursdays & Fridays 3-7 pm dec. 17 to 21 3-7 pm dec. 24 11 am-3 pm

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

Are you caring for someone with Dementia? Join us the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3:00pm 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 visitwww.alzheimerelgin.ca

ONTARIO EARLY YEARS

Participate in a FREE playgroup every Thursday from 9:00-11:30am. Parents/ caregivers and children from birth to six years of age are welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Ever wanted to write something but never found the time? WriteAdvantage Creative Writer’s Workshop meets the first Monday of every month at the Elgin Mall Community room 7-9PM. IT’S FREE!!! For further info please contact Dave Ferguson 519.765.1486

Don’t forget the mall is open until 9pm Saturdays for all your shopping needs!! 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 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

12 DAYS OF SANTA AT ELGIN MALL Seventh day of Santa

Saturday December 8 $10 Elgin Mall Gift Certificate to the first 50 shoppers who spend more than $150. Offer valid with proof of purchase in person at Info Booth.

Eighth day of Santa

Sunday December 9 Food Drive Event- Santa will give out a free Holiday Ornament to anyone who brings in a canned good for the food drive between 12 and 5pm.

Ninth day of Santa

Saturday December 15 Cookie Decorating between 1 and 2pm with Santa-kids can decorate cookies for Santa with Santa’s elves! Shh…don’t show Santa. They are a surprise!

Tenth day of Santa

Sunday December 16 Pet Day! Bring your pet to have a photo taken with Santa.

Eleventh day of Santa

Saturday December 22 Free Colouring Book when you visit Santa. While supplies last.

Twelfth day of Santa

Sunday December 23 One Shopping Day left! Hurry to Elgin Mall for your last minute shopping.

Visit elginmall.com for more exciting offers!

December 6, 2012 Issue  

News and views from in and around St.Thomas and area.

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