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Parent subcommittees from the 12 different schools affected by the Elementary Peer Accommodation Review Phase 1 gathered at East Elgin Secondary School Jan. 9 for the first round of public consultation meetings. Held by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), each school was given the opportunity to ask two questions before taking the information back to individual school level meetings with members of their communities prior to the second public meeting that will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8. Farley See from the parent subcommittee in Port Stanley asked trustees, superintendents and staff in attendance what schools should focus on when they have their public meeting. TVDSB executive officer for facility services and capital planning Kevin Bushell replied the intent of the Ministry of Education is to have each school look at the situation from their own perspective, See PUBLIC, Page 2

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GOING STRONG: The St. Thomas Panthers Midget C girls hockey team managed to extend their most recent unbeaten streak to four games, pulling out a 1-1 tie against the Belmont Aylmer Dorchester Blazers on Jan. 6.




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explaining the pros and cons of the school and including community’s insight. As of right now Port Stanley Public School is slated to receive students from Sparta Public School once Sparta closes to become French immersion in 2018. Heather Derks from Sparta Public School asked why Port Stanley students were not being relocated to Sparta when the school currently has 242 students compared to Port Stanley with 94. Bushell replied that the board had reviewed this area in particular and felt moving the students made the most sense in the long term. “Port being a serviced community, there is potential residential growth in the long term because it has municipal services. Sparta does not,” he said. “Really it came right down to the decision of what community is serviced and what is the potential for the community’s future growth and Port Stanley has greater opportunity than Sparta.” Nichol DeLeebeeck from Summers Corners Public School ended the twohour long meeting by expressing her concern the TVDSB presented only the positive outcomes, not telling the full story of the impact these closures could have on each community. “You’re showing us a sales presentation of how wonderful these changes are,

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but you haven’t shown us any data on the negative impacts this is going to have on our communities, our families, and on our children,” she said. Malahide Mayor David Mennill was the only presentation to the review committee and he used his time to extoll the virtues of Springfield Public School while adding that all rural schools are the hub of the community. “I’m very concerned that if Springfield

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Helping low-income residents with the cost of transportation is the goal for an Ontario Works bus pass pilot project about to begin in St. Thomas. The project, offered to employable and active Ontario Works participants starting Wednesday, Feb. 1, will be capped at $75,000. According to a report presented to St. Thomas council, it’s anticipated that up to 125 people will take part. The program was brought to Ontario Works by the local Pov-

erty Reduction Roundtable, who approached them to develop the transportation pilot project after targeting providing affordable transportation as one of the key priorities in their communitybased poverty reduction strategy. “I think transportation is on everybody’s radar right now, because it is one of the big barriers for people,” said Kim Verkuil, a supervisor with Ontario Works. “It’s hard to get anywhere if you don’t have transportation, especially in the winter months, it makes it even that much harder.” With the City of St. Thomas Environmental Services Depart-

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ue. A final evaluation will occur once the nine months are complete. The report states many communities across Canada are working to make transit more affordable, recognizing that transportation is a key barrier for low-income residents. Similar programs have been successful in Mississauga, Guelph and Windsor. The program is not expected to cost the city additional revenue as the pilot will either be funded by the province, or through the employment supports and services benefits. 50 Years of Service! Thank you for all your support!

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in 2017 and moving forward,” said Pinnell. “Our officers are going to have to be trained The Weekly News in proper detection techniques and we’re goThe numbers are in for 2016 and the dan- ing to have to staff it. The way I look at it gerous duo of distracted and impaired driv- is, up until now, the majority of our enforceing continue to rank as the top two reasons ment was impaired driving by alcohol. All of for collisions on roadways in Ontario, ac- a sudden, that house is split in half. Impaired cording to St. Thomas police. driving is one-half of the equation, the other On Jan. 6, the local force released fig- is dealing with drug impaired driving and ures comparing the number of charges laid drug and alcohol combined impaired drivfor these two issues, as well as instances of ing.” speeding and both vehicle and residential There was no lowering of the numbers in break-ins between 2015 and 2016 in the city. other areas, though, with speeding charges From a strictly statistical standpoint, the leading the way — up by more than 200 number of charges for cases in 2016, rising to impaired driving (39) 1,516 from 1,304 the and distracted driving year previous. (129) were down in On the residential 2016 compared to 58 front, the number of “We still have an issue break and enters reand 213 respectively the year prior. to police in 2016 with people leaving doors ported That said, Police was 85 – up from 68 the unlocked and valuables year previous. Police Chief Darryl Pinnell still insists the two resuggest ideas like triminside the vehicle.” main a huge problem ming the bushes around in not just St. Thomas, your house to prevent St. Thomas Police Chief but communities evhiding spots for thieves Darryl Pinnell erywhere — especially and adding more lightdistracted driving. ing to keep people Admitting the subject away as two simple has bothered him for a ways for home-owners long time, Pinnell said he doesn’t think the to participate in crime prevention. current penalties for distracted driving are Vehicle break-ins also continued to be a enough. thorn in the side of police last year, but it’s “It’s going to have to go a lot deeper than an issue Pinnell said the police can’t solve on just a monetary fine,” said the chief. He noted their own as long as people don’t play their some people have talked about making it a part, too. criminal offence, but feels that’s a pretty “We still have an issue with people leavharsh sanction. “But whatever it is, what we ing doors unlocked and valuables inside the have been doing isn’t good enough and we vehicles,” explained the chief. In 2016, there have to do better. For me, if that means seiz- were 82 vehicle entries reported and 61 of ing a cell phone or seizing a vehicle where those were left unlocked. Pinnell added that a cell phone is being used, something more despite efforts to educate people through prodrastic has to happen — people are dying.” grams like Lock It or Lose It, still somewhere An area of concern for Pinnell coming in in the range of 95 percent of people leave the year ahead is the legalization of marijua- their doors open. na and drug impaired driving, “The public plays a huge part — we can’t “That is going to be the big one for us here do it alone,” said Pinnell. Mike Maloney

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Watching the full circle Dreaming after death loss MICKEY’S World Mickey Reid

Over the course of my working career I’ve found myself categorized as “Sales Specialist.” (Writers often work outside of their craft to avoid the starving artist’s syndrome). I often think about the difficulties in selling houses or cars, but the simplest mundane items can be a challenge. Surprisingly — watches. The consumer always loves great selection. Sauntering into a well-stocked watch department can turn you into the proverbial “kid in a candy store.” Choosing is a slow, plodding process. Take a deep breath — we’re going to be here for a while. You see . . . watches aren’t for telling time anymore. They’ve become fashion statements and rapidly becoming technological necessities. Years ago, folks had an everyday watch and a “dress” watch. Now, they may have a half-dozen to compliment their wardrobe, calculate sports activities, and a smartwatch for their digital lifestyle. One of the most interesting facets of this industry is how very explicit people are

when it comes to the style of watch they want. They are quite definite in their preferences. Leather or metal band; the size of the face (today there is no such thing as too big) and colour are key. A few want bling, whether cubic zirconia, or even diamonds. Others, “No fancy stuff.” Nobody has ever entered, considered the showcase, pointed, and said, “I want that one.” Sports watches are technical. Concerning water resistance, there is a big difference between washing the car and scuba diving. I’ve learned it’s best not to mix them up. There are watches with five or more alarms, sporting all the requirements for track and exercising. I claim no expertise with these functions and would be the last person you’d want pushing all those annoying speciality buttons. I just hand over the booklet. The cellphone, having replaced the watch for many people, has triggered some enlightening comments. “I’ve never had a watch before,’ and “my child can’t read analogue time.” Here you are really starting from scratch. It was a surprise to see pocket watches making a return last year. Whether it was their novelty or a fashion trend, they sold well. People liked the uniqueness of pulling them out to check the time — just like cellphones. It appears we’ve come full circle.

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It was based in Australia and was a real action film with a clear conscience. He rose to prominence as Hans Gruber, a ruthless, As I heartless villain who tried a major robbery see it in Die Hard with Bruce Willis. He is best Rick Wellwood known as Professor Snape in all the Harry Potter films, and he kept us wondering We all have strong feelings about the year through all seven films. He and his wife, Rima Horton, met when that has passed, from those who fear the they were still teenagers. In 2012, the pair ascendance of Donald J. Trump, to those who have lost people we loved and admired married, having been together since 1965. It’s curious that after decades together, canduring 2016. As a columnist and theatre critic, I confess to have had a long-standing cer would prompt him to make it legal. He spoofed his own persona in the comeadmiration for two actors who won acclaim dy Galaxy Quest, one of my favourite films, on stage and screen. The first was Brian in which he plays a Shakespearian-trained Bedford, who came to Canada in the last actor who has found fame as a Spock-style century, and built an incredible legacy in alien in a long-running sci-fi series with theatre. The other was a British actor who succumbed to cancer at age 69, following a Sigourney Weaver, and Canadian actor huge career that built a loyal audience who Enrico Colantoni. “Actors are agents of change,” said Rickacclaimed his skills on stage and screen. I discovered Alan Rickman in one of his man. “A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of lesser-known accomplishments as the villain music, or a book can make a difference. It in Quigley, Down Under with Tom Selleck. can change the world.”

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seems so real, as if you are right there with the deceased person or observing from a position that seemed you could almost touch them. HEALING A HEART’S Vivid dreams seem real. LOSS At times you are an observer or a participant Barbara J. Saunders in the dream. You have a sense of well-being and feel your loved one is okay. For some During counselling sessions, and in general people they have commented that they reconversations, I have heard individuals speak ceived the message or impression which was of having dreams or dream like experiences interpreted as permission to continue and live after someone has died. The heartfelt conlife well. nection to the deceased individual does not Commonly observed are feelings of disbenecessarily have to have been as close as you lief and questioning if this experience really might think. happened, or if it was made up in your mind. I have heard mention of a cousin sharing a “Did this really happen? Do other people have dream experience with their aunt whose adult similar things happen to them or am I just child died, or a mother who dreamt of her going crazy?” are often asked of self or said child being well and free of pain and was in a to others. space that seemed bright and welcoming. I know more people have had experiences A child once mentioned his parent was an that are never shared with others due to the angel watching over him and the dog was fear of being ridiculed. I also know there are there too. Magical thinking you might say, but those who want an experience and have not who am I or you to take away this experience had one, or think all of this is crazy talk. from anyone of any age? Where do you fit on the realm of dreams Sometimes in the dream state, the deceased after a death loss? person seems younger than they were when Barbara Saunders is a grief counsellor/ you remembered them dying. The dream thanatologist.

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that’s just not true! There are lots of decisions made, or choices taken, which I would Something to disagree with. However, that does not mean I hate that person or fear them. I’m sure the think about same thing could be said about yourself! Pastor Cusick Here is the second one: To love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense and are lies. I’m wondering if we have actually lost But, they have been accepted in our culture our ability to communicate. Perhaps the — again, probably because we are more endless hours staring at screens of various and more incapable of communication. sorts have produced a society that no longer You can love someone with whom you really communicates. Take, for instance, disagree. You can disagree with someone the Facebook status. I watch what people’s and not fear them, nor hate them. You can status is on Facebook and — to be totally be loving, caring, and compassionate, while honest with you, I think — ‘Boy, you prob- at the same time not compromising your ably wouldn’t say that out loud — or face- personal convictions. The foundation of to-face with a group of people.’ disagreeing with someone is not necessarily Facebook provides a ‘safe environment’ fear or hate. to say what you don’t want to say to a perPerhaps if we learned a few little comson’s face. But, it is actually a mirage — a municational manners it would help? false environment. I don’t think you really Maybe we are plagued with communication know a person until you actually sit and bullies? People with the ‘gift’ of verbosity have a face-to-face communication. that intimidate and beat people up with their Coupled with that are two huge lies our words, opinions, and decisions. culture have accepted. (Rick Warren put It’s okay to disagree. It’s okay to have me on to these two lies.) The first lie is this: personal convictions. What’s not okay is if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle to assume when someone is on a different you must fear or hate them. So, disagreepage they hate you or fear you. ing means you fear or hate someone! Well, And that, is something to think about.

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of homes for sale compared to years past — similar to what is happening in other areas such as London — helped contribute to the strong showing locally, said Evoy. “You had multiple offers, lots of showings, busy open houses and houses going really quickly — something not typical for St. Thomas.” And it wasn’t just resale homes that did well in 2016 with the new home market


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also posting a strong showing, also due in part to low inventory overall. “New builds in St. Thomas are a great deal because you can still get a house for a great price,” said Evoy. “I would say St. Thomas definitely hasn’t necessarily seen the new home hit because lot values aren’t as high, so you can still get a great home in St. Thomas new for a lot less than you can in other areas.”

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, and at the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas, our goal throughout the month is to bring awareness to this disease that affects so many families. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that most often occurs in people over the age of 65. However, it can affect people as early as in their 40s. Currently, there are 564,000 people living with Alzheimer disease or other dementias in Canada, with 25,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. In Elgin County alone, there are 1,448 and this number is expected to grow to 1,628 by 2020. Although these numbers show the number of people diagnosed with the disease, they do not reflect the true impact. For every one person living with dementia, 10-12 people are affected. This includes family, friends, neighbours, and community members. With the number of people being affected by this disease, we need to use a community approach to help build a dementia-friendly community, one that supports those living with dementia and their caregivers to maintain an active role in their community. We need to work together to break the stigma and create a place that everyone can call home. Throughout the month of January, staff of the Al-

Contrary to what many people believe, Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just a condition that affects older people. It can affect someone at any stage of life. Because of that, it’s important to learn to recognize the early warning signs that could be indicative of the condition. Early detection is important in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s important to know what to look for. Memory loss that affects daily life Everyone experiences lapses in memory from time to time, but a person’s memory loss starts to affect daily life, such as asking for the same information multiple times, an increasing reliance on written reminders, etc. it could signify the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This is different than the typical agerelated memory changes, which usually look like the periodic forgetting of names, etc. but remembering them later. New challenges with problem solving Many people with the early stages of Alzheimer’s will have trouble planning or problem solving in situations where they did not have these struggles in the past. This may look like having trouble following a recipe, keeping track of appointments, or the inability to execute instructions. Difficulty with familiar tasks For the person with dementia, a familiar If once-familiar tasks become environment can help them connect with the challenging, such as remempast and maintain a sense of who they are. bering how to get to a familiar location or how to prepare a favourite recipe, this could be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Difficulty in tracking time One of the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is struggling with keeping track of the passage of time and/or 350 BURWELL RD., ST. THOMAS 519-631-1030 place. People with Alzheimer’s

zheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas will be at events to help bring awareness to the community. On Tuesday, January 17 from 9:30-11:30am, drop in for coffee and questions at Central Community Health Centre in St.Thomas. On Monday January 23 at 10am, come to Straffordville Public Library and listen to children’s stories about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, then stick around to get more information or to ask questions. On Thursday, January 26 from 1:30-2:30pm, come to the Elgin Mall to learn about what you can do to keep your brain healthy. All presentations are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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may forget where they are or how they got there, or have difficulty in understanding the timing of events that are in the future or the past. Spatial relations difficulties Sometimes, changes in vision can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. This can take the form of difficulties in judging distances, discerning colours, and difficulty reading. He or she may struggle with driving when no such difficulty existed in the past. Linguistic challenges Often, people with Alzheimer’s disease struggle with words, both in conversation and in writing, They may stop speaking in the middle of a conversation and be unsure how to continue, they may struggle to find the right words, or repeat themselves. Some people will call common items by the wrong word. Misplacing items frequently Everyone loses things sometimes, but those with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease will misplace things with increasing frequency and be unable to retrace their steps to find the lost items. When they cannot find something, the person might accuse others of stealing from them. Poor judgement People with Alzheimer’s disease will do things that exhibit poor judgement, such as giving away large sums of money or letting their personal hygiene deteriorate. Withdrawal from social interactions People with Alzheimer’s will often withdraw from social interactions and become increasingly reclusive. Personality/mood changes Very often, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will be changes in mood or personality. Some people become confused, depressed, angry, fearful, suspicious or anxious.

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co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas, said that in Elgin County currently 1,448 With the numbers of those living people are living with dementia, a with dementia expected to rise in number that is expected to rise to the future, the City of St. Thomas 1,628 by 2020. That number, she has proclaimed January Alzheim- said, does not reflect the fact that for each person experiencing deer’s Awareness month. Maggie Trevitt, public education mentia between 10-12 other people are also affected including famJust wondering what ily members, the savings on the friends, neighbours and memHydro Bill will be this bers of the commonth with the 8% munity. savings(no HST) “We need to have a community approach to help build a dementia friendly community,” she said. “We need to come together to break the stigma and create a place everyone can call home.” Melissa Schneider

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Maggie Trevitt, public education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas, is joined by a number of community representatives including Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek and Elgin-MiddlesexLondon MP Karen Vecchio, raising the Alzheimer’s flag on Jan. 5.

One of the projects she’s working on this year includes a plan to educate everyone who lives and works in Elgin County so, for example, if someone with dementia walks into a bank and forgets their pin code, the teller can assist that

person because they recognize what the person is going through. “It’s really a project about breaking the stigma that exists with people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Trevitt said. In Canada, 450,000 people are

affected over the age of 65, a number that is expected to double with the next generation. Trevitt said Alzheimer’s and related diseases may prove to have the highest economic, social and health cost burden of all diseases in Canada over the next 25 years if a cure is not found. “We urge all citizens in our community to become more aware of the far-reaching effects of this devastating disease.” While dementia usually occurs in those in their senior years, Trevitt said it can affect people as young as their 40s. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia, she explained, saying that since she started speaking to this reporter, 12 people had already been diagnosed. In Canada alone, 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Through the Alzheimer’s Society of Elgin-St. Thomas, monthly meetings for their caregiver support groups are held, with different sessions throughout the county.

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MPP Jeff Yurek will be hosting budget consultations for the 2017 provincial budget. The consultations will be open to the public. Anyone that would like to present their ideas to MPP Jeff Yurek will be allotted 10 minutes to make a one on one presentation. All submissions will be shared with the PC Critic of Finance – Vic Fedeli and the Minister of Finance – Charles Sousa.

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Church, 38 Aldborough Ave., Pick-up 4:30-6:00 pm. Pay at door $12.00 FREE OF CHARGE! January 15 - Field Naturalist Please email your non-profit event to Walk at Springwater before Monday tion Area, 8079 Springwater Rd., at 10:00am (25 words or less) No web adAylmer at 1:30 pm. Meet in main dresses or email addresses please. Limit of parking lot. Info 519-631-5279 January 17 - Creating into a MysJanuary 12 - Euchres Games & tery, 10:30 a.m. St. Andrew’s Dessert, 1:30 p.m. Let the games United Church, 60 West Avenue resume! St. Andrew’s United January 18 - Bible Questions, 10:30 Church, 60 West Avenue a.m., Kickers, 6;00 p.m. St. Andrew’s January 12 - 7 p.m. University United Church, 60 West Avenue Women’s Club, CFUW St. Thomas, January 20 - 5p.m. Chicken & General Meeting, St. Thomas Ribs Dinner & Dance FeaturCity Hall. “Women in Power Panel ing “BlackStone” $15 in advance. - Leaning in to a Life in Politics” Karen Vecchio, M.P., Mayor Heather St Thomas Seniors Centre January 26 - Euchre Games & Jackson, and Central Elgin Deputy Dessert, 1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Mayor Sally Martyn. For informaUnited Church, 60 West Avenue tion call Suzanne, (519) 207-1232 February 2-4, 8 p.m., Aylmer January 12, 19, 26 - Talbot Trail Theatre presents On a First Toastmasters, 7pm - 8:30, Elgin Name Basis Adults $18, stuMall St. Thomas. in Community dents $10. 519-765-3039 Rm. Guests welcome. Have fun, build confidence, grow speakFebruary 5, 2 p.m., Aylmer ing & leadership skills employers, Theatre presents On a First groups want. Interesting, inspiring Name Basis Adults $18, stutalks. c/o Malcolm (226) 777-2464 dents $10. 519-765-3039 January 13 - GRAB & GO Roast Pork February 25 - St. Thomas ComDinner at New Vision Community munity Christian School Annual Advertise your community event here...

Dinner & Auction. Tickets $30pp or $200 for table of 8. Contact Judy for details: 519-633-0690; October 9-11, 8pm, Aylmer Theatre presents On a First Name Basis Adults $18, students $10. 519-765-3039 Taoist Tai Chi Beginner’s Class - Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 1st class will start January 11th – March 29th 1011:30am Inquiries and new registrations are welcome at any time Location: St. John’s Anglican Church Hall 20 Flora Street, St. Thomas 12 week course Adults $140 Seniors $116 (option to pay monthly is available) Grief Recovery Support Group. Thursday evenings 7-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 19 to Apr. 13. Cost $15. Fellowship Church, 641 Elm St., St. Thomas. Call 519637-0283 for more information Nar-anon Family Groups, 12-Step Program for family and friends affected by someone’s addiction. Meeting Wednesdays at 7PM at Centre St. Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St. St. Thomas. Indoor Playground runs every


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Wednesday at Knox Presbyterian Church from 9:30am-11:30am. All kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Snacks and refreshments provided, no cost. Friends of Library Used Book Store at Elgin Mall. Visit us for the best selection of books for all ages. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. St. Thomas Bible Chapel meets weekly at YFC Hall. Sunday at 10am Lords Table, Sunday 6:30pm Ministry & Bible Study. Wednesday Prayer. Info 519-637-8906. Unite for Refugees-Interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more about what is being done locally in support of refugee resettlement? Call 519-631-9800. Women’s Coffee Break at 1 pm, First and Third Thursday at St.

John’s Church on Flora St. Bring a friend. All Welcome.519.631.7368. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Join our team and help prepare breakfasts/ snacks at local schools. One hour a week can make a difference! Call Charlotte: 519-207-1040. Port Stanley Legion Seniors. BINGO. Every Tuesday 2:00 pm. Fun Friendly Atmosphere. V.O.N. Seniors’ Exercise Classes. Union Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 10a.m.- 11a.m. No charge, just come out and enjoy. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30am at the Legion on John St. in St. Thomas. Call 519631-7895 for more information.

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BEACOM - G. Allen of Tillsonburg and formerly Aylmer passed away at his residence on Wednesday January 4, 2017 in his 87th year. BOERKAMP - Frank of Chartwell Nursing Home, Aylmer, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at his residence, at the age of 80. BRADFORD - Leonard Thomas of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, as the result of a fire at his residence, at the age of 58 CARD - John “Jack” Harry of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of his family on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 78. CLARKE ¬ Gale Dundonald (Moose); his spirit continued it’s journey on New Year¹s Eve, 2016. Peacefully and without pain at home with his wife of 41 years, Mary. DALECKI – John It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of John Dalecki, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. John died peacefully at

St Thomas Elgin General Hospital due to pneumonia at the age of 92 EASTON – James David of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at his late residence on Thursday, December 29th, 2016, in his 58th year. GRAFF - Connie Louise (nee Roden) formerly Belanger, passed away peacefully at Franklin Gardens Long Term Care Home in Leamington on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the age of 66. HOLMES - Diana Mary Lee of St. Thomas passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at the age of 74. INGRAM - Dawn Marlyn “Lyn” of Ingersoll passed away surrounded by family at Alexandra Hospital , Ingersoll on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in her 80th year. JACKSON - Dorothy Fern (nee Fleming) passed away, surrounded by her family, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the age of 99. LAUR - Beatrice Christina of St. Thomas, passed away on Friday, January 6th, 2017,

at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, at the age of 85. McTAVISH – Kathleen Grace of Dutton peacefully at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Thursday January 5 2017 in her 80th year. NEUDORF - Anna (Teichroeb), passed away on Friday, January 6th, 2017, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, at the age of 60. PAGE, Elaine (Buttinger) of R.R. #1 Wallacetown, at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2016 in her 78th year. PARKER - Donna of Aylmer passed away at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday January 1, 2017 in her 87th year. PEEVER - Jean (Russell) of St. Thomas passed away on Friday January 6, 2017 at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital at the age of 79 ROBINSON – Paul of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at the L.H.S.C. Victoria Campus on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, at the age of 58. SEARS – Donald Arthur peacefully, sur-

rounded by his family, at the Bobier Villa, Dutton on Tuesday December 27 2016 in his 89th year formerly of Windsor. STEWART, John “Gaylord” of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin-General Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the age of 79 after a brief battle with cancer WHEATLEY - Rebecca “Becky” Marie (Fife) of Frome, passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, at the age of 35. WILLIAMS - Hazel Margarite July 21, 1939 – December 30, 2016 Surrounded by family and friends, Hazel passed away peacefully on December 30th at Elgin General Hospital, shortly after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

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