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Furry and four-legged officer earns his badge JESSE CNOCKAERT The Weekly News


St. Thomas Police chief Darryl Pinnell and Const. Sean James, London police chief Brad Duncan and police services board chair Michael Deeb celebrated with Trax as he received his badge at a cermony in London Jan. 16.

St. Thomas now has a dog with a police badge. Trax, the first ever canine officer with the St. Thomas police force, made it through the training program at the London Police Service, which was conducted from Sept. 3 until Jan. 9. Months of hard work paid off Jan. 16 when Trax graduated to service duty at the London Police Service headquarters. He was presented with his badge by the chief of St. Thomas police Darryl Pinnell himself. It’s hard to say how proud Trax was of this achievement, but his handler, Constable Sean James, is beaming with pride. “On a personal level I am very excited, as we have formed a special bond, and I want nothing but success for Trax,” said James. James and Trax will be working a combination of day and night shifts, which overlap with the police’s current platoon schedule. Trax has been identified as a fantastic tracker during both building searches and open searches, according to a police media release. “As for the training, it can be very frustrating at times when trying to teach certain skills to the dogs. For the most part, all of the skills that are taught to Trax are already his natural behaviours. We just help bring them out a little more,” James said.

“The majority of the training was more for me in recognizing what that dog is reacting too and how to read his movements, however slight they may be.” Trax cost $10,000, and was paid for by Stuart Harper of HIRA Construction. Other St. Thomas businesses have donated kennel and veterinary services, and Trax will receive ongoing training support from London police. Trax was given his name following a contest open in August of last year, where school children were invited to submit suggestions. The winning name, Trax, was chosen because of St. Thomas’ railway heritage, and because the dog will help track down criminals and missing people. Although the public will probably be very excited to see Trax in action, the St. Thomas police shares the following rules and safety precautions: 1) Always ask Cst. James for permission first before petting Trax, and never approach him from behind. 2) No treats, as Trax is on a special diet. 3) If you see Trax in a place near you, please listen to Cst. James commands. If he says “stand still,” that’s exactly what you should do. You will need to stay back if Trax is hard at work. 4) No toys please. Trax is on a strict training program that does not include chew toys. Trax is also on Twitter, so anyone interested in what he’s up to may follow @ stpstrax.

Industry expansion means 200 jobs for St. Thomas property is an important gateway to the city’s industrial area and one of the few remaining large facilities on the market in St. Thomas, with the building measuring in at approximately 155,000 square feet on more than 16 acres of land. Sle-Co Plastics co-founder Jeff Sleegers decided to buy the St. Thomas plant because it was a better option than a facility between Cremlin


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A boon of up to 200 jobs is heading to St. Thomas as Sle-Co Plastics, one of the province’s leading firms in plastic injection molding and assembly, is expanding to the area from London. Sle-Co has announced the acquisition of property at 400 South Edgeware Rd., which was formerly operated by A. Schulman Canada. The



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Janice Kinnaird understands food banks. She’s been on both sides of the counter. Kinnaird took over the position of executive director at the Caring Cupboard food bank in St. Thomas in mid-december. She’s been working on and off in food banks for 23 years, having volunteered at facilities in Brantford, Woodstock and Kitchener. “To me, it’s a practical way of living out what we’re supposed to be as human beings, and that is supporting community,” said Kinnaird. “One of the ways we can love our neighbour is to make sure they have the necessities of life.” But Kinnaird’s experience with food banks isn’t limited to giving out food.

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Back in the early 90s, Kinnaird had a husband on workers’ compensation and three kids who needed to eat. The food bank was there to support her and her family when she needed it. As executive director, Kinnaird handles the intake of people and meets with everyone who comes to the food bank. From personal experience she’s learned how to make food last on a budget, which she tries to share with the people who come in. “That’s one of my dreams; not just to give people food, but teach them how to get to a place in their own life where they can bring their own food in. But until that can be a reality, we’re here to give that support,” she said. “If you chat with me for 10 minutes, I can show you how to make that three days of food last a week. It depends on how you prepare it.” The Caring Cupboard is run by 85 volunteers and demand for their services keeps the food bank busy. Ward Houghton, Caring Cupboard chairman, says that the food bank is serving about 800 people these days, twice as many as they had 20 years ago. “The long-term goal is to

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St. Thomas, along with most of the province, has been in an economic downturn since 2008, but the five to 10 year forecast for the industrial and auto industry is promising. “It means 200 jobs initially, it means continued tax assesment for the city and it means St. thomas has again been proven as a smart choice, which is something we’ve been saying for a long time,” said Hammersley. He doesn’t think a company purchases a new facility to only operate at capacity. He expects Sle-Co may continue expanding in a year or two, after building renovations are complete. Sle-Co, founded in London in 1988, produces a wide variety of auto parts

for Chrysler, Dodge and CAMI vehicles at two factories in London and one in Strathroy. The company employs about 100 people across the three locations, and Sleegers confirmed that none of these jobs will be lost as the expansion takes place. Approximately half the facility is ready to use for warehousing and light manufacturing, while the production area, labs and offices will undergo significant renovations over the next year. “Having been through this facility on numerous occasions, it was apparent there was so much potential for it to be used for a plastics operation,” said Dennis Broome, president of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation. “I am excited to see what this first-class company will do was they grow their business in St. Thomas.” Brownies give: The 2nd St. Thomas Brownie unit collected food items for the Caring Cupboard. A presentation was made to Brian ­ Burley from the ­ Caring Cupboard on Dec. 11.


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Aylmer holds contest to choose official flower KIRK BARONS Weekly News Correspondent

Aylmer flower contest beginning The Town of Aylmer and its Environmental Advisory Committee recently opened its Name The Town Flower contest. The contest is open to town and area residents. The flower suggested should be native to North America or the Carolinian Forest. Entrants need to submit (to the Town Hall) a picture with a paragraph, max. 500 words, stating where it grows, when it flowers and why it would be a good choice. The deadline is March 6. The winner will be announced at the Home and Garden Show in April and it will become Aylmer’s official flower. Next A.C.T. play in February Aylmer Community Theatre has its second production of the season from Feb. 13-22 at the Old Town Hall Theatre. The Man With the Plastic Sandwich, written in 1978, explores the life of Walter Price, a civil engineer who has lost his job of 20 years. The three characters he encounters in the Los Angeles park where he spends his days influence the way he lives his life through humour and insight. Actors are Mark Smith, Ashley Grech, Ron Sawyer, and Judy Cormier and it is Directed by Barbara Warnock.

Tickets are availmoney for our own faable online at www. cade improvement, grants as we have or at Aylmer Video, grants available for Campbells II, The our members to apply Prime Ingredient or for concerning facade, at the door. signage and lighting. MainStreet We are wanting memAylmer wants fabers to be aware of cade program the financial grant opTown of Aylmer notes tions out there before (MainStreet Aylmer recently making any decisions asked Aylmer counon changes and we cil to allocate some funding from a grant encourage businesses to act now in mainprogram for business facade improvement. taining and updating their buildings and Nicole Wiebenga, executive director facades so they do not get in disrepair and of Aylmer Chamber of Commerce, pro- erase history.” vides more information:) – “Within the X-EESS runner O’Neill on Canadian Town of Aylmer’s Community Improve- team ment Program, they have a section des- Kyle O’Neill, from the London Runner ignated for downtown revitalization and Distance Club and formerly an EESS stufacade improvement monies. In order for dent from Vienna, was named recently to the BIA to help promote this program and the Canadian Cross Country Senior Men’s encourage members to access these funds team for the World Championships in Feband maintain or update their storefront, ruary in Trinidad and Tobago. O’Neill finmonies needed to be allocated within this ished sixth at the Canadian Cross Country program. Because council is currently dis- Championships in Vancouver in Decemcussing the budget for 2014, BIA is sim- ber. ply asking for money to be set aside for Trillium apartment update this type of grant. MainStreet is interested Abe Friesen, marketing director for in this because as the downtown ages and Golden Community Builders, informs that deteriorates, the beauty, architecture and the 39-unit Trillium Apartments at Sydenhistory that we are known for will also ham and John streets, which opened a deteriorate. MainStreet has also set aside year ago, have now reached one-third oc-

cupancy. As well, a local retail tenant will occupy part of the first floor as of Feb. 1. Aylmer council notes (by Bill Murch) - The Aylmer & District Horticultural Society announced a desire to partner with the Town of Aylmer in the construction of a gazebo/pavilion at the splash pad in Balmoral Park. The Society will contribute $5,000 toward the project in the name of Audrey Thompson. The offer was referred to the Finance Committee for consideration. Mayor Couckuyt identified some 18 accomplishments in 2013 that he felt highlighted council’s involvement in the community. They included the splash pad, the new tree policy, the energy efficient LED street lights, new communication equipment for the fire department and three new doctors in town. Ex-Aylmerite in Disney on ice show in London Jesse Hagell, 21, formerly of Aylmer, is a performer with the Disney On Ice Show. It appears at London’s Budweiser Gardens from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. He has been on tour with the Disney Show since 2010. Jesse grew up in the Aylmer area and went to school at the Mt. Salem Private Secondary School. He trained in Aylmer and at the Woodstock Skating Club. His parents Robert and Maureen Hagell still live in the Aylmer area.


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Noise bylaw exemption challenged The St. Thomas Gun Club asked Central Elgin council during its Jan. 13 meeting to exempt them from bylaw 212 so that the club could host four Sunday shooting competitions between now and September. Matthew Campbell, a spokesperson for concerned citizens in the area, was opposed. “The noise by-law exists in its current form to protect residents from unnecessary and obnoxious noise. Sunday mornings are the only time that the residents in the area are guaranteed a respite from the overbearing noise of the Gun Club,” said Campbell. Campbell also offered other arguments, including statistics from government studies on the harmful effects of loud noises. The gun club, on the other hand, insists they need those Sundays. “Our fundraisers are four times a year, and without those we’re sort of in trouble. It’s important to the club. We bring in people from all over Canada,” said a representative of the gun club. Council carried a resolution to exempt the first two dates. Council plans to revisit the others. Waterfront access for rental purposes Sport in Port - Adventure Outfitters approached council seeking permission for waterfront access of rental kayaks and paddle boats. One councillor raised the issue of paddle boats in the swimming area having a possible impact on preserving Blue Flag beach status. Main Beach in Port Stanley is a Blue Flag Beach - the only beach on Lake Erie with this quality designation. The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to beaches meeting certain environmental criteria. About 2,600 beaches and marinas across Europe, South Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean have been given the designation.

Council agreed to costs and doing it up look at licensing vendifferent in the fordors on the beach, but mula, whereas we’re only after a thorough saying that that’s not examination of the imthe problem. The probpact. lem is that we need Military service to look at the overall recognition book expenses. Get those Council received a under control first, and Central Elgin council after that we can look letter from The Royal Canadian Legion Onat dividing up the cost tario Command thankmore appropriately.” ing them for contributing funds to help pub- Amended guidelines for use of Tasers lish the Military Service Recognition Book. Received as information was a letter from These books identify many of Ontario’s vet- Ontario Provincial Police regarding the erans and help to increase a general appreci- amended Use of Force Guideline for Conation for veterans through stories and photos. ducted Energy Weapon (CEW). They are offered to the public free of charge Previously only supervisors, officers desafter publication. ignated second-in-charge, or certain specialProvincial police billing ized teams were permitted to carry Tasers. Council received correspondence from What has changed is that Tasers are now in11 different municipalities on the topic of a cluded in the mandated annual training of all new billing model proposed by the Ontario police officers. More importantly, any officer Provincial Police to cover the cost of police trained in its use will be allowed to carry and services. The current model, in place for the use one. last 15 years, is based on the percentage of a Increased housing stats detachment’s workload, actual staffing lev- The Building Department’s 2013 Year End els, wages, and benefits, along with a com- Report states, among other items, ponent to recover the cost of other expenses. that the municipality issued 283 The proposed approach will charge each mu- building permits for 2013. That is nicipality a flat fee of $260 per household, the most permits ever issued in a plus a variable charge for each service call. one-year period. This represents an increase of 100 percent Included in the figure are 51 new for some municipalities and even more for housing starts, a 56.86 percent inothers. crease over 2012 and an increase “For Central Elgin, under the new formula, $3.7 million in the total value of as best as we can tell there would not be a construction. huge difference one way or the other,” said Prespa, 140 St. George Street councillor David Marr, who sits on the local development agreement Police Service Board (PSB). Councillor Donald Leitch Marr and others had hoped to raise this is- stressed the fact that construction sue at the last PSB meeting but had to settle vehicles will not be using Vineden for submitting their concerns in writing. Drive as access to the development. “What it gets right down to is that we felt All construction access will use the they were not tackling the right problem,” existing dirt road at the rear of the said Marr. “They’re looking at taking the development until the first condo-

minium unit is occupied and normal traffic resumes. Normal traffic is defined as any vehicle under one ton. “A pickup truck is OK, but a cement mixer, a lumber delivery truck… all have to go through the construction access up to the point when the building permit is issued for the very last condominium unit,” Leitch said. Construction vehicles using Vineden Drive before then before will be fined. Heritage conservation district plan A public meeting is scheduled for Feb. 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Port Stanley Arena and Community Centre to discuss this proposal. A panel representing the local Business Improvement Area, Port Stanley Village Association, and Heritage Port groups will guide a discussion about what the plan is and how it will affect property owners. Colborne, Main, parts of Bridge Street, and the commercial and residential areas connecting to these streets will all be affected. “It would really be nice if as many members of council as possible could be there,” councillor Sally Martin said. “So you can hear the plan in detail and hear the response of the public, what questions they have.”

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Climate change and children The view from here Terry Carroll


efore Christmas, Clifford Maynes, the executive director of Green Communities Canada, emailed

me. He was interested in finding out what ordinary people (for lack of a better term), think about climate change, if they think about it at all. Here are the questions he sent: - Do you think it is happening? - Do you think people are causing it? Or nature? Or both? - Do you think it is an unfinished debate within the scientific community? - If it is happening, what will it mean for you, your family, your grandchildren, your community? Will it seriously impact you and the things you are care about personally – or will it mostly be about stuff happening in the Arctic, Philippines, wherever? - How severe will the impacts be? Or will the good impacts balance the bad? - Should our federal government be doing more to reduce green house gas emis-

sions (and/or prepare for climate change impacts? - Or would serious action have damaging impact on the economy, jobs, taxes, and/ or the cost of energy and other goods and services. Is climate change simply part of the price of prosperity? - If climate change is an issue, where does it stack up against your other concerns? I said I thought it was happening, and that people and nature are both causing it. All science is an unfinished debate, although saying that gets you labelled a climate change denier. I do think it will affect me, my children, my grandchildren and my community. I don’t know the severity, but I have the impression that Canada is doing much better than some countries, for example, China. The good impacts are unlikely to outweigh the bad. Governments at various levels have done a lot to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change shouldn’t be looked at as the price of prosperity. I do think about it a lot, although I try to not let it get me down. There’s one thing I didn’t say, or didn’t express well. The two sides in this debate are each into slinging mud at the other. I’m not sure that’s helping.

Figuring out what we cannot do

Or, ask the Leaf’s general manager Dave Nonis: “Mr. Nonis, we see you signed Morgan Something to Rielly to a rookie contract - please tell us think about what he can’t do.” We tend to ask stuff like, “So, what Pastor Cusick can you do?” However, being involved in charities, service clubs, and volunteer organizations for over 35 years (I started n a rather rare occasion, just when I was two - LOL) I notice an ongoa couple of nights ago, I was watching the Maple Leafs win a ing issue. Here it is: the wrong people doing the hockey game. One of the guest commentators, Harry wrong thing. It’s not that the people are Neale, was talking about the new Leaf’s wrong, divisive, argumentative, or negative - it’s just a wrong match. To be most rookie, Morgan Rielly. Neale’s assesseffective in life, learn what you can’t do. ment of Rielly’s present success was There is a difference between being simply this: it had to do with what Rielly could not do. In a nutshell, here is Neale’s bashful or fearful and unable. I may be fearful to sing opera - but I am also comment: “It’s more important to know what it is unable to sing it. Don’t hire me to sing you can’t do compared to knowing what opera - I simply cannot do it! What can’t you do? Learn that, and you can do.” Funny, isn’t it? Here’s a job interview: you - and those around you - will really see and witness your worth. And that, is “Hello, could you please list the things something to think about. you can’t do?”



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Charity Luncheon: More than $1,500 was raised Jan. 11 when Mary Jane Collins arranged to have a group of tennis friends over for a formal luncheon and she decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for the Building Hope, Saving Lives campaign. The campaign, run by Violence Against Women’s Services Elgin County, has the goal of raising $1,000,000 to build a badly needed, new and larger women’s shelter to better serve women and children in need of a safe place to go.

More to life than material wealth? As I see it Ric Wellwood


s tax time approaches, almost all Canadians begin to feel a bit of a pinch where they keep their wallet. It seems the more money you make, the better chance to find the loopholes that protect your earnings from the people who want a healthy percentage of your earnings. Retirees are hopeful that they have set enough aside to bolster their pensions. I am not a rich Canadian, but the wealthy have told a new poll issued by BMO Harris Private Banking that they, on average, feel they need at least $2.3 million set aside before calling it a career. The study also found that most affluent Canadians - fully 95 percent - were confident of their ability to fund their ideal retirement

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lifestyle. That compared with 69 percent of Canadians overall. The poll has confirmed that I am not wealthy, since I have failed dismally to set aside $2.3 million for my ideal retirement lifestyle. This brings us over to what we may consider ideal. Would regular vacations in the south or frequent trips to Europe and Asia figure into my picture? Nope. I am saving up for a trip to Strathroy. Steak dinners have given way to submarine sandwiches and burgers when I can get the coupons. Meanwhile, the majority of respondents among the affluent - 70 percent - expected stocks to generate the most solid returns over the next five years, well ahead of real estate, bonds and cash. The wealthy are confident that returns on stocks will improve and keep them living in the manner they have become accustomed. Then there are those who can’t afford to play the markets but invest three dollars a week in a lottery ticket. But there is more to life than material wealth. Rejoice in good health and the free availability of library cards.

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ave you ever wondered the special meaning goodbye may have to someone when death is a focus of life? Who is saying goodbye? How is goodbye said? How hard is it to say goodbye or is goodbye necessary? All of these questions can have sadness, grief and heart ache. Imagine for a moment; you are the person dying and several people come to visit you. You know they have come to say goodbye in their own special way. What does the goodbye mean to you? Hmmm, have I got you thinking? The goodbye could bring a smile to your heart, knowing someone cares enough to come and see you before you die.

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Are there tears of sadness, perhaps? Are there memories shared, perhaps? How many goodbyes do you have to say? No matter who you are, how many goodbyes would you have to or want to say, (if you had the opportunity) when the end of life is near? Family, friends, coworkers and others in your life may come to say goodbye, or not. Is it hard to do, telling someone goodbye? I think so and perhaps this is one reason why some people never say their goodbyes; it is not because they do not care, it may be the fact they do not have the emotional strength to do so. Age, relationship dynamics, distance away and not knowing someone is dying are all possible factors preventing a goodbye from being said. Another possible reason is belief. Spiritualism, religion and personal beliefs can put a different spin on a goodbye. Do you believe death is a goodbye?


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Vikings make plans for WOSSAA as season ends



As the season comes to a close, the Arthur Voaden Vikings senior boys basketball team are setting their sights on WOSSAA. The Vikings senior boys have had a rough season, having lost six of the seven games they’ve played so far. The Vikings played at home against East Elgin on Jan. 16, and fell short with a final score of 62-20. “The only thing that’s holding us back a little bit is shooting, which we like to attribute to there being so many breaks in this season ... We’re hoping as the year goes on our shooting will get a little better,” Coach Paul McBain said. The Vikings’ only win this season was against Glencoe on Dec. 18, so the team will be hoping history will repeat itself when they play against Glencoe again in their final game of the season Feb. 4. Winning over Glencoe in February will determine which team heads to WOSSAA to compete in Boys “A” Basketball. “You’re looking at either us or Glencoe going to WOSSAA. We won it in 2009 and 2010. We won silver in 2011. So, we don’t see any reason we can’t get there and give it a go,” said McBain. “We can compete at the single A level.”


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Brandon Hickey, right, of the Arthur Voaden senior boys basketball team, tries to block an East Elgin player when the Vikings played at home Jan. 16. The Vikings lost 62-20 against the Eagles. They will play next against Glencoe Feb. 4.

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Winterfest returned to the Hershey Arena in Mississauga Jan. 10-12. Again, the Quebec teams were the top competitors, giving teams a taste of what to expect at the national competition this year. The Junior competition was to select the two teams to represent Canada at the World Junior competition. Nexxice, the synchronized skating team from BurlingRICK CRAMPTON PHOTO ton, ended with a bronze medal and did not qualify. Taryn Walker Nexxice, the synchronized skating team from Burlington, earned a bronze medal at Winter- from Sparta is on that team. fest, held in Mississauga Jan. 10-12. The team includes Taryn Walker from Sparta. Synchronicity Novice team placed 10th, and last year’s Canadian champions, Synchronicity Intermediate, team took the bronze medal, behind two Quebec teams. Synchronicity Adult 1 finished with the silver medal, and Synchronicity Adult 2 finished with the bronze medal. Skaters on the London Synchronicity Teams include Abbey EXCITING JR. B HOCKEY AT ITS BEST! Smith, Jaime Edmiston, Kayla Walker, Kayleigh Hayward & RoFriday, January 24, 2014 chelle Hayward, Ruth Ann Plain, Chatham Maroons vs. Stars @7:30pm Erin Verbruggen, Amber Wadsworth, Brianne Wilson, Lauren McCullough, Joeylyn Soppoco, Lindsay Ruggeri, Hope Simon, Adults $10 • Seniors & Students $9.00 • Kids (6-12) $5.00 (Under 5: Free) Alexis Tully, Shelby Hayward, Ticket details: and Leslie Ruggeri.

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When 71-year-old Dave Goble of Aylmer was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, he said he did what most people would do: he took a deep breath and asked “why me?” Dave and his wife Rosemary were two of the participants taking part in the Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories Jan. 18. The annual walk, held at Parkside Collegiate Institute, raises funds to support the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas. After Dave was told he had Alzheimer’s, a specialist laid things out for him. There is no cure, but there are medications, and the disease affects everyone differently. “I joined the Alzheimer’s group in St. Thomas. That little group has been fantastic. I met some people who are walking the same journey I am,” said Dave. This was Dave’s second year participating in Walk for Memories. The Alzheimer Society has


PORT STANLEY SKATERS AWARDED: Port Stanley skaters earned bronze, silver and gold medals at the Skate Canada, Western Ontario Section Charles Dover Memorial Invitational competition held in Grimsby Jan. 4-5. Competitors Riley Palmer (left) skating in Pre-Preliminary Women WO Restricted Level won a bronze medal, Ella DeMille (middle) who skates Level 2 Women WO Development Program earned a silver medal and Elise Eitel (right) competing at the Pre-Preliminary Women WO Restricted Level received the gold medal.


Dave and Rosemary Goble get ready to participate in the annual Walk for Memories at Parkside Collegiate Institute on Jan. 18. The couple were the fifth highest in terms of individual fundraising that day.


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been there for him, and he wanted to give back. “I’m gradually slipping, but I expect that. I can live with that. As far as talking to people about Alzheimer’s, I can do that,” Dave said. “There’re people who are way worse off than I am.” At the end of the walk, Dave and Rosemary were the among the top five local fundraisers. “The Cancer Society is so wellknown, but the Alzheimer’s Society isn’t. (The walk) is a real positive step to get known,” said Rosemary. “I think there’s always been a stigma with something that’s affecting your mind. It’s so important we get the name out there and make the people aware.” Each year, the local walk attracts more than 70 people who take part. Since 2008, more than $132,334 has been raised by the local Walk for Memories, with $22,000 of that just from last year. January is Alzheimer Awareness month.

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People of St. Thomas and Elgin are MADD at drunk driving. The St. Thomas Elgin chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host I am MADD about Drunk Driving this Jan. 26 in Port Stanley. The event is a timed winter marathon walk or run for 5 km, 10 km or 21.1 km. Anyone interested in participating may register online at runforyourlifecanada/ events, or register in person at the St. Thomas Health & Wellness Centre, 39 Burwell Road. The check-in on race day will be at the Sport in Port at 204 Carlow Rd. in Port Stanley at 9 a.m.

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It’s been one cold winter so far, so cold that another cold weather alert has been issued for Elgin County. That makes three cold weather alerts since the start of January. Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued this cold weather alert. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to daily lows of -18° Celsius and persist for the next several days with extreme wind chills until Jan. 24. Daytime temperatures are expected to moderate by Jan. 24, and the cold weather alert will be lifted. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health advises extreme caution for people heading outdoors, since exposed skin may freeze in less than five minutes. Overexposure to cold may result in hypothermia, which occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below normal. Normal body temperature ranges from 36.1 to 37.8° Celsius (97 to 100° Fahrenheit). Symptoms of hypothermia may include pale skin, lethargy, confusion and hallucinations. Parents should ensure that children walking home from school are adequately protected from the harsh weather conditions. Consider providing transportation for children with long walks home from school.

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Donations from STEGH: Dr. Tony Cervinka, left, president of the professional staff association at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH), made cheque presentations of $500 each to three charities on Dec. 16. Accepting the donations are Liz McConnell, centre, co-ordinator for the Aylmer Corner Cupboard, and Ann Munroe, volunteer with Port Stanley Christmas Care. Al Mintz, representing St. Thomas Christmas Care, was absent.

Pledges and donations are welcome. This event is in partnership with Run for Your Life Canada and Sport for Port. The race route will be marked with MADD ribbons, with water stations along the route. In 2010, MADD Canada estimates that 63,821 individuals in Canada were injured in motor vehicle crashes related to impairment. They also estimate 210,932 vehicles were involved in property damage, which was related to impairment. MADD Canada is a charitable organization committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims.

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2014. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PARSONS, William “John of St. Thomas, a retired machinist from the C.S.X. (C&O) Railway, passed away Saturday, January 18 in his 88th year. A memorial service at Williams Funeral Home on Thursday January 23 at 11 a.m. PHIPPEN, John Francis, who owned and operated John’s Pinto Store on Talbot Street in St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in his 93rd year. A funeral service at the St. Thomas Christian Church on Friday January 24 at 11 a.m. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. VAN YMEREN, Tryntje “Tina,” a long-time resident of the family orchard east of Aylmer, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in her 88th year. A funeral service

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pm, St. Thomas Dog January 25 - January Owners Assn./Charity Cat Please email your non-profit event to TNR meeting, Elgin Mall before Monday at 10:00am Thaw Indoor Yard (25 words or less) No web addresses or email Community Room. New addresses please. Limit of one listing per organization Sale 8am- noon at members welcome!  per issue. Space permitting. No attachments please. St. Andrew’s United Has your life been affected Church, 60 West January 29 - Wednesday, by someone else’s drinking? Ave. Info 519-631-4558. Bible Questions at St. If so, AL-ANON is for you! Andrew’s United Church. Elgin Singles Mingle We will help. Call 519-434Everyone is welcome. Winter Fun Event:  Grab 2613 or 1-888-4al-ANON. For info 519-631-4558. your skates, head down Troubled by someone to Victoria Park, London, Jan. 30 - Talbot Trail else’s drinking? We Saturday January 25, 8 Toastmasters, Thursdays will help! Alateen - 10 pm. Socializing 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin Mondays at 6:30pm, afterwards. Skate rentals Mall Community Rm. St. Thomas Christian available at the park. Welcoming environment Church, 451 Wellington to grow communication MADD St. Thomas Elgin Street, St. Thomas. & leadership skills. Chapter is hosting “I’m Phone 519-434-2613. MADD about Drunk Driving” Friday, January 31, January 23 - Thursday, Winter Marathon 5km Spaghetti Dinner, Odd Kickers 6pm at St. Andrew’s walk/run, 10km, 21km Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, United Church, mid Timed Race Jan. 26 in 54 Moore St. Doors open week group ages 5 – 13. Port Stanley. To register, 4pm. Serving 5 - 7pm. Games, music, crafts. Adult $7, Child 6 – 12 $4, call 519-637-0333. Everyone welcome. For Child under 5 free. Tickets Alzheimer Society more info: 519-631-4558. at door. 519-631-3494. Education Session – Jan. 23 - Talbot Trail Getting the Most of your Dr. Ladies Night Dinner $10. Toastmasters, Thursdays Shake off your cocoons & Visit, Monday, January 27 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin at the Elgin Mall Community spread your WinGS! Tue Mall Community Rm. Room, 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Feb 4 @ 6pm. Salvation Welcoming environment Army, 380 Elm St., St. SMART for Girls - stress to grow communication management and relaxation Thomas 519-631-6202. & leadership skills. Wed. Feb. 5; Dutton for girls ages 8-12. $30/ Kids Creative Cuisine - cook child. Tuesday, Jan 28 & District Lions Bingo; simple, kid friendly meals $500 Jackpot; plus, to Mar 4, 6-7:30pm. Call while learning safety tips for YWCA at 519-631-9800. Progressive & Bonanza; the kitchen. Ages 9-13. $45/ 7 PM at Dutton Dunwich Home Alone Safely child.  Thursdays Jan 23 Community Centre. children learn the basic to Feb 27, 5:15-7pm. Call skills to be safe while alone St. Thomas Seniors Centre YWCA at 519-631-9800. in the home. Ages 9 -12. Indoor Yard Sale, Saturday St. Thomas Seniors Centre $30/child. Tuesdays Jan 28 Feb 8. Sale starts at Chicken and Ribs Friday to Feb 25, 6-7:30pm. Call 8am-until noon. Breakfast January 24. Dinner at 5 YWCA at 519-631-9800. served the entire time. pm. Tickets $12 Advance Tues, Jan. 28th, 7:00 Red Cross Babysitting


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Ed Sullivan Caravan of the Stars in Port Stanley

In the words of the famous television host himself, “a really big show” is coming to Port Stanley when the Ed Sullivan Caravan of Stars comes to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre on Feb. 1 at 3 and 8 p.m. This unique tribute show celebrates the legendary variety program that ran on CBS-TV from 1948 to 1971 and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. At the Port Stanley show, Ed Sullivan will be portrayed by acclaimed Canadian actor Jeff Brown, who is highly regarded for his portrayal of Sullivan,

which captures the look, the unique voice and the quirky body movements of the TV legend. The musical portion of the show kicks off with the considerable talents of musician Mike Daley, best known for his work with The Jeff Healey Band. Described by Healey as “One of Canada’s greatest guitarists” Daley will perform a selection of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Oh Boy and Rave On amongst the many crowd favourites. Joining Daley onstage will be

Bill Culp, the energetic leader of the Memphis Cats band, who will portray “The Big Bopper” best known for his 1958 classic hit Chantilly Lace. As a bonus, the show will also feature a tribute to both Ritchie Valens and Jerry Lee Lewis, performed by Bruce Tournay from the Memphis Cats band. Later in the performance, Daley and Tournay will team up to perform as the legendary Everly Brothers, whose flawless harmonies scored Top Ten hits including All I Have To Do Is Dream and Bye Bye Love.

The Really Big Show also stars the incredible Jim Yorfido performing as Johnny Cash, and Loralee McGuirl as Connie Francis singing Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on Your Collar and Who’s Sorry Now. Tickets to see the Ed Sullivan: Caravan of Stars at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre are on sale now, value-priced at only $29 plus taxes/admin fee. Tickets are available at the theatre box office, 302 Bridge Street, via phone at 519782-4353 (toll free at 1-855-782-4353) or online at

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Reaching a goal: On Jan. 13, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) made a donation of $1,143 to ­Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC) and its goal of building a new Women’s Shelter for Elgin County and St. Thomas. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 5, the ESTPH raised funds by selling cookies and hot drinks, holding a Game On hockey package draw and a silent auction. Their donation has been matched by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Left to right: public health nurses Leah Terry, Beverly Cameron and Laryssa Thompson, community campaign chair Carole Watson, public health nurse Sarah Moffatt and VAWSEC executive director Liz Brown.

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