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BREATHING EASY: The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) donated 100 carbon monoxide detectors to the St. Thomas Fire Department on Jan. 20. The fire department will include the detectors in its existing home smoke alarm inspection program to help keep families safe. Left to right: Doug DeRabbie, director of government relations (IBC); Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London; Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP; and Bill Todd, chief fire prevention officer, St. Thomas Fire Department. Read more on page 2.

Only a week after receiving his badge, St. Thomas’ first police dog, Trax, lived up to his name by tracking down his first suspect. OPP stoped a pick up truck Jan. 23 at 9:35 a.m. when the it pulled into a home’s driveway on Sunset Road, Talbotville. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot, while two other male passengers remained inside the vehicle. Investigation revealed both the truck and licence plates on it had been stolen overnight from a London business, and the two men in the vehicle were immediately taken into custody. OPP officers contacted the St. Thomas police and requested help from Trax and his handler, Const. Sean James, to locate the missing driver. Trax is still a new addition to the force, having only received his badge Jan. 16. Police cars parked at the nearby Wayside Dinning Lounge at the corner of Sunset Drive and Talbot Line while the search was underway. While police were searching, the suspect was trying to find a way to get out of the area fast. “He’d gone to several businesses and homes in an attempt to either get a cab or secure transportation,” said Troy Carlson, OPP constable. Nick Kanellis, Wayside owner, was walking outside and spoke with the suspect on the sidewalk. When asked what he was out doing, the suspect said he was looking for auto parts. Once a police cruiser came in sight, the suspect took off. “I saw him running through backyards. I sent the cops after him,” said Kanellis. After 45 minutes of tracking, Trax led officers to a house, where the suspect was found in the attic, hiding under some insulation. “It was an amazing feeling to know that he was on the right track. I’m glad our service was able to assist the OPP,” James said.

Man and two dogs escape unharmed from Owaissa house fire JESSE CNOCKAERT The Weekly News

A homeowner and two dogs escaped safely Jan. 21 after a house caught fire on Owaissa Street in St. Thomas, the cause of which a fire official says will probably go down as undetermined. Dan Powers was at home at 33 Owaissa

Street that day when he smelled smoke coming from the bathroom in the early afternoon. The fire had started in the basement wall, and smoke had travelled up and out of the hydro outlet in the bathroom on the first floor. Powers called 911, grabbed his two dogs and fled the building. St. Thomas firefighters quickly arrived

on the scene and spent the next several hours battling the blaze. Bill Todd, chief fire prevention officer, said the damages are estimated at $180,000. Plans to investigate the cause of the fire were hindered by water and ice build up in the basement. The water had contaminants that couldn’t be pumped into the street.

“We’re going with undetermined right now. It was impossible to get in there with those temperatures and all that water,” Todd said. He mentioned that even if the basement gets cleared, there’s not much left to help with the investigation. The home did have working smoke alarms, and the fire is not considered suspicious.


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The St. Thomas Fire Department is prepared to help St. Thomas breath a little easier and be a little safer. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) donated 100 carbon monoxide detectors to the St. Thomas fire department on Jan. 20, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the need for such detectors in all homes with a fuelburning appliance or an attached garage. This donation adds to the more than 1,000 detectors already donated to fire departments across Ontario. “You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. The only way to know if this deadly gas is in your home is by having a detector,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. Yurek was present at the presentation of the carbon monoxide detectors,

along with Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP. Hardeman has been pushing for the last five years to pass a bill in the legislature requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all homes. The bill finally passed Dec. 12 last year. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in North America, but many of these tragedies can be prevented by installing a CO detector. It is particularly important in the winter months to ensure your family is protected by making sure vents aren’t blocked and that you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector,” Hardeman said. Over the last 15 years, 250 Ontarians have died from accidental CO poisoning. Hardeman’s bill was named the Hawkins Gignac Act, in memory of a Woodstock family killed by CO poisoning due to a blocked vent on their fireplace. “We thank MPP Ernie Hardeman

for his leadership and perseverance to make CO detectors mandatory in all homes in Ontario. Imposing the installation of CO detectors is a wise investment that will help keep families safe at a minimal cost,” said Doug DeRabbie, director of government relations for IBC. The St. Thomas Fire Department will include the CO detectors in its existing home smoke alarm inspection program. Home safety audits are being conducted by the St. Thomas Fire Department to help homeowners ensure their property is fire safe. A fire crew will stop by a home and examine the interior, check smoke alarms ad carbon monoxide detectors and check for proper storage of flammable liquids, use of extension cords as permanent wiring and houshold wiring. For more information or to set up an appointment for a fire safety inspection, call 519-631-0210.

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A fresh coat of paint: The 13 bay doors on the east side of the Elgin County Railway Museum have been given a fresh coat of paint. As a first step in improving the ­ museum’s rustic façade, volunteers ­ began painting the giant, 100-year-old wooden doors more than a year ago with paint donated by Rust-oleum Consumer Brands ­Canada. H.D. Painting ­Contractors finished the job over two weeks in the fall. ­Henry ­ Dryfhout, H.D. Painting Contractors o ­wner, ­presented Dawn ­Miskelly, museum manager, a cheque for $3,118.80, donating the labour costs back to the ­museum.

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Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC) gave an update Jan. 20 on the progress of their fundraising campaign to raise $1 million to build a new emergency shelter in St. Thomas. The campaign has collected $830,000 so far. Left to right: Adam McBurney, Diane Brown, Jean Bowden, Liz Brown, Diane Storey, Andrea Quenneville and Carole Watson.

The dream of building a new emergency shelter for women and children in St. Thomas is finally in sight with the announcement the campaign has reached 83 percent of its goal. Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC) launched the Building Hope Saving Lives campaign in June to try to raise $1 million so they could build a new, better emergency shelter. The old shelter is a 99-year-old single family dwelling that was neither designed, nor intended, to handle the thousands of women and children who come to it. VAWSEC appealed to businesses, community groups, agencies and individuals to try to collect enough to create a new shelter, and more than 280 donors responded. All the hard work and generosity has amounted to $830,000 collected so far. “As a former teacher, I can say our community deserves an A,” said Carole Watson, community chair of the campaign. “It has been amazing.” A donor, who wished to remain anonymous, pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations up to $250,000. After $123,000 was collected from donors, the anonymous donor announced the full $250,000 would be given regardless. Now, VAWSEC is hoping the community will

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Cliff Arnall was a scientist at Cardiff University in Wales. No, he didn’t invent the light bulb or the telephone (that was Tom Edison and Alex Bell). Dr. Arnall calculated the saddest day of the year. Although highly regarded as pseudo-science, Ol’ Cliff calculated the date using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. This year the date was January 20th in case you missed it. While Dr Arnall’s equation has been described as “farcical” and “mathematically non-sensical”, it’s probably not surprising that many of us have heard of or experience the winter blues- that feeling of sadness that comes this time of year to approx. 15% of the population. A smaller proportion (2-3 %) experience a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). SAD can be difficult to diagnose, since many of the symptoms are similar to those of other types of depression. Generally, symptoms that recur for at least 2 consecutive winters, without any other explanation for the changes in mood and behaviour, indicate the presence of SAD. They may include: change in appetite, in particular a craving for sweet or starchy foods; weight gain; decreased energy; tendency to oversleep;

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Curling donation: The Senior Men’s Afternoon Social League held its annual bonspiel at the St. Thomas Curling Club  and proceeds of $500 were donated to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH). From left to right: Paul Jenkins, STEGH Foundation executive director, Kingsley Irvine, league president and Elmer Lepischak, league member.


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Justin T – lightweight no more The view from here Terry Carroll

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ome commentators accuse Liberal leader Justin Trudeau of being a lightweight, compared to his father, Pierre Elliott. These critics admit Justin has elan, a joie de vivre, a certain je ne sais quoi. But when it comes to policy, where are the states and the bedrooms, the charters of rights, the metric systems? Sure the lightweight Justin took out the heavyweight Patrick Brazeau in the ring in 2012, but where’s the beef in the policy platform? Not so fast, I say. Hold the phone. People remember Pierre Trudeau fondly, but he wasn’t a brainiac every day he was in office. Take the decision to replace the imperial system of measurement with the metric system. First, look what it did to the cadence of the English language. A miss is as good as a mile became a miss is a good as a kilometer? A pinch to grow a centimeter?

Give them a centimeter and they’ll take a kilometer? They fall flat. There’s no rhythm, no joy to such adaptations. The other is the weather. When Radio Canada says we’re getting 10 to 15 centimeters of snow, how much is that? You have to do mental long division, and it’s too cold for that. Only Pierre Elliott could divide by 2.2 in his head at 20 below. There’s plenty of room for P.E.T.’s son Justin on this file. Yes, it’s too late to go back to imperial, but he can introduce new language for Environment Canada. Here’s a start: -The scraper: Bit of ice with a hint of snow, not too cold. -Salt storm: Major storm with temperatures around freezing. -Alberta fluff: Arctic temps with light snow. -The DQ: Any blizzard approaching what we experienced Jan. 24, 2104. -The Trudeau fuddle duddle: Snowfall deep enough that the plough gives back onto just-shoveled sidewalks. Justin, here’s a red rose you can sink your teeth into, just like dear old dad. With the weather we’ve been getting, choose a plastic one, or it will never survive. I’d recommend a 20-centimeter stem, if only I knew how long that is.

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Here we go again: On Jan. 20 morning, a snow blower, plowing the sidewalk on Locust Street, is partly ­hidden by the banks of snow. The long winter appears set to continue into February.

Encountering hubris in the public eye

The things that leave me angry

showcase of hair shaved off the Jewish victims used to make clothing for the Nazi soldiers. I was angry. Something to Now, I can do one of two things. think about First, I suppose I could go to anger management - but, to be honest that won’t Pastor Cusick work. I really think the second thing et’s face it: throughout our lives will work. The second thing I can do is there have been those moments associated with my belief system. when we were truly horrified, anI believe that there must be such a thing gry, frustrated - or maybe even infuriated as judgment. at situations and things. Allow me to quote N.T. Wright:  “JudgI recall reading, for an assignment ment - the sovereign declaration that in my graduate studies, a paper on the this is good and needs to be upheld and Rwandan crisis between the Tutsi and vindicated, and that is evil and needs to Hutu peoples. be condemned, is the only other alternaI was angry. tive to chaos.” Schindler’s List was, for me, a very My belief system has a judgment. My disturbing movie. belief system allows me to tolerate the I was angry. injustices in life, that I am powerless to I remember reading Black like Me fix or repair. about 40 years ago. I was angry. This is not an excuse for inactivity - but I recall walking the grounds of Ausit does help my anger problem. And that, chwitz about 25 years ago, seeing the is something to think about.

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don’t belong to Facebook, but as a proud grandfather I would like everyone to know that my only granddaughter is now at the University of Toronto to study International Development. She’s the one who worked in an orphanage in Uganda last year to help young Africans find a decent future. My eldest grandson is now entering Fanshawe College and is likely seeking a career in law enforcement or an opportunity to serve in the Canadian military. One of his classmates who is graduating from St. Michaels’ High School in Stratford may never get to college or university, even though the many millions he has made as a pop star could easily cover the tuition for himself and hundreds of other who are less fortunate. Justin Bieber is getting to the point where even die-hard fans are registering disappointment.

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If he ever does go on for further education, he will encounter the word “hubris” which means an exaggerated view of one’s self importance. Rising that high in public view means all sorts of scrutiny from fans and detractors alike. I am forced to admit that he has enrolled in the Rob Ford School of Judgement and Manners and is passing with flying colours. His recent drunk driving arrest in Miami Beach while street racing at more than twice the allowed speed in a Lamborghini means that I will never allow him to drive my Lamborghini, even if he begged me. Wait a minute. That’s sounds at lot like hubris on my part. As Ford would say, “I’m sincerely, sincerely sorry, sorry, sorry.” Justin Bieber is heading for a significant fall from grace and will probably be the last to realize the fact. Anyone who ridicules the late Ann Frank in the midst of a moment of hubris, is clearly not connected to society-at-large. Yet he and Ford have collectively shot holes in the American view that Canadians are quiet, selfeffacing, boring individuals. I think most Canadians didn’t want them to go to such extremes to destroy the illusion.

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New Bayham fire chief Randy White has been appointed Bayham fire chief. He was introduced at Council last week. He replaces Gord Roesch who resigned in the fall. White, from Edmonton, is the former deputy fire chief of Tillsonburg and most recently a deputy fire chief in Leduc, Alberta. He currently lives in Tillsonbug. “The Bayham department is staffed by a group of very dedicated and highly-trained and experienced firefighters. The two district chiefs alone have over 75 years of experience. The equipment is well maintained and up to date. So I don’t foresee any major changes coming,” said White. Brookside manor closed Brookside Retirement Home in Aylmer has lost its licence and was closed Jan. 24. Thirteen residents were informed Jan 22 that they had to vacate. Southwest Community Care Access client service manager Daryl Nancekivell (formerly of Aylmer) said his agency was assisting with the transition and “everyone had a place to go.” The licence was revoked by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority of Ontario. Port Burwell Pole painting update Margot Auber, spokesman for the PoleStars program in Port Burwell, appeared before Bayham council to provide an update concerning the plan for students to paint hydro poles in the village. Hydro One will come Feb. 5-7 with its Electricity Discovery Centre to provide tours for children and the general public. The President of Hydro One will arrive on Feb. 7 to give a personal presentation to the students/staff at Port Burwell Public School. “From council we were looking for a small amount of funding, support for permits regarding blocking off the main street for the event itself, etc.,” said Auber According to Auber, the local legion will be donating a cake for the students on the event date, and they also have sponsors for vinyl gloves for the students. Volunteers have been arranged to help prep the poles, and the owners of the Straffordville Sunshine Grill have offered to sponsor the cost of the paint. Council voted to provide a written letter of support. Aylmer to still discuss EECC library (Information on the following resolution from last week’s Aylmer council meeting is from clerk Nancie Irving): “Moved by councillor Vandermeersch and seconded by councillor LaPointe: That the resolution from the

Town of Aylmer notes Township of Malahide about the use of hall space at the East Elgin Community Complex for the Aylmer Library, be received and filed; and further, that no further action be taken on the location of the Aylmer Library. Opposed – Vandermeersch, Lapointe, Barbour. In favour – Couckuyt, Oslach, Richer (Absent: Wright). The motion is Defeated on a 3/3 vote. Since council did not dispose of the Malahide resolution, as council defeated the above motion, the Malahide resolution will go back to Council for consideration at the Feb. 3 meeting.” Jaffa outdoor exhibit opened Monday The TVDSB Jaffa Environmental Education Centre held the opening of their Carolinian Life Zone Exhibit on Jan. 20 afternoon. Financial contributors to the exhibit include the Government of Ontario MNR,

Environment Canada, TD Friends of the season games throughout the year,” said Environment Foundation, Wildlife Habi- Jon. “I have the responsibility of broadtat Canada, the Sinclairs and the Estate of casting the games with colour analyst Jim Dorothy Fay Palmer. Ralph, for both TSN 1050/Sportsnet The This exhibit is in the Jaffa Centre class- Fan 590 and across the Leafs Radio Netroom that used to house the old (1972) work…The most exciting event so far was Clayton Axford Museum. It is an inter- being part of the Winter Classic coverage active hands-on exhibit that was devel- for Leafs TV. We stood outside every day, oped on the Carolinian Life Zone, how all day, but it was a blast.” it is unique and how it is at risk. It will be used by students in the Happy TVDSB to help cover curriculum links to Science and Technology. It will be open to the public dur- 90th Birthday ing the Elgin Doors Open in the fall. Isabelle Jon Abbott on Leafs radio Love your The Toronto Maple Leafs anFamily nounced in the summer that Jon “Joie “Joie de de la la Vie”! Vie”! Abbott, 28, formerly of Aylmer, will call their games for midweek radio broadcasts after he spent the past two seasons doing the same for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. “It is a thrill to live out my lifelong dream and provide play by St.Thomas/Elgin play coverage of the Leafs. We actually provide television coverage of the Leafs through daily practice updates, along with live coverage each game day in the morning and we air pre-game and post game shows for all regular

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At 297.5 feet long, five stories high, elegant, imposing and hiding secrets of the Cold War, such is HMCS Ojibwa, Canada’s first Oberon Class submarine as she sits in Port Burwell. “We are having special public tours the last weekends of all the winter months,” said Ian Raven, executive director of the Elgin Military Museum.  “Even though we are open all winter by appointment for groups of four or more, these weekends give smaller groups and walk-ins a chance to take the tour too.” The Oberon Class boats were recognized for their stealth, making them key players during the Cold War.  Even now, few Canadians are aware of the remarkable and often dangerous missions they undertook.  Many of these stories will be told for the first time through the new Museum of Naval History. “During my time in Ojibwa we might have to slip into hostile harbours and remain undetected while gathering audio and visual intelligence on military facilities, warships and submarines,” said Jim “Lucky” Gordon, retired chief petty officer. “The atmosphere would be electric, absolute silence through-

out the submarine. We would move stealthily under Soviet warships close enough to photograph their hulls and underwater equipment. Always in the cover of darkness.” Ojibwa will be open Feb. 22 and 23 from noon to 4:00 p.m. The last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.  In March the sub will open through March Break as well as the last weekend. “We have some heat in the boat, but dress warmly. It is still winter,” said Raven. Larger groups and schools can tour the boat any day by contacting the museum to make arrangements. Tours cost $18.50 for ages 13 and over and $11 for children six to 12. Children under six are not permitted. Visitors can book ahead by calling 519-633-7641 or emailing info@projectojibwa.ca. Walk-ins are welcome, but should be advised that there are no debit facilities at the Port Burwell site during the winter months.  For more information, visit the museum website at www.projectojibwa.ca. Helpp donation: The St. Thomas Elgin General ­Hospital Auxiliary donated $8,566 to help fund mental health equipment for the hospital’s upcoming redevelopment campaign. The money was raised from their H.E.L.P.P. lottery break-open tickets.  Paul Jenkins (back), STEGH Foundation executive director, accepts the cheque from Auxiliary members (from left) Bette Fogal, Joanne Slaght, Sharon Lawrence, Dorothy Temple, Maureen Avery, Jeannette Boyd, ­Norma Mann and Dorothy Streets.

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cannot remember a cold, snowy winter like this one. During the cold snap when temperatures went down to minus 25, it was brutal outside. Even wrapping up with scarves and mittens was not enough to protect us against those freezing winds. I felt sick thinking of the cats and dogs outside with no protection against such frigid weather. It sounds like common sense that a cat or dog could not survive normal winter weather without protection and food. Often the animals die of hypothermia and dehydration. But some people still have no consideration for their pets. In this weather, that can be a death sentence and a horrible death for a dog or cat. My family of backyard colony cats are well supervised and protected. They have insulated cat shelters, and a heated bowl to keep their water from freezing. Because of the extreme cold, we had some unwanted feline visitors, looking for food and shelter. The cat shelter on my back step is only big enough for the two cat brothers who live in our yard along with their wild mamma who has her own cat shelter out back.

Luther is a young large black male cat who often stirs up trouble amongst the male cats, dominating the two young brothers and hogging the cat shelter. I was so worried that the smallest young male named Smudge would be pushed out of his shelter he shares with brother Ripple. But lo and behold, all three cats were sharing the small cat shelter during those frigid days and nights. It just goes to show you that even felines understand that, to survive, you may have to share space and resources with those you may not always get along with otherwise. What do you do when you are worried about animal abuse or neglect? City Animal Control employees do not have the right to go on private property without an owner’s consent. The city police have the right to intervene in emergencies regarding animals. The OSPCA have the legislated authority to act decisively in animal emergencies. The OSPCA has an officer who will investigate in our area. You can contact her at 1-888-668-7722 ext. 313. Keep in mind that she is deluged with calls and does her best to help where she can. Check out the easy ways you can build a cat shelter at www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery. Keep your pets and our community cats safe this winter.

Electronic Bingo, Play On Demand and Tap Tix. For Electronic Bingo, charitable gaming centres will offer terminals with touch screens that allow players to touch the screen to dab the numbers and play along. Play On Demand is a collection of electronic games that can be played anytime with prizes to be won. Tap Tix is a variation of the classic break open ticket, which features an interactive display screen on a ticket dispenser. OLG is working with Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) to implement these changes. OLG is a provincial agency responsible for lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care, education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program and local and provincial charities

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The St. Thomas Crime Stoppers appreciation night, in recognition of the organization’s 25th anniversary, was celebrated Jan. 21 at Arthur Voaden Secondary School. Left to right: ­Carrie Riddel, president of St. Thomas Crime Stoppers; Heather Jackson, mayor of St. Thomas; Const. Heather White, police coordinator; Darryl Pinnell, St. Thomas police chief; Georg Bisanz; Dave Warden, alderman; Andre Reymer, Aylmer police chief; Shannon Gillis and Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London.

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In the last 25 years, Crime Stoppers tips have resulted in over $15 million worth of recovered narcotics and property in the St. Thomas and Aylmer areas. At a Crime Stoppers dinner appreciating sponsors held at Arthur Voaden Secondary School in St. Thomas Jan. 21, Crime Stoppers police coordinator Const. Heather White outlined statistics from the last quarter century of working with tipsters to solve crimes: over $7 million in narcotics and $8 million in property recovered, 867 arrests due to tips and 1,082 cases closed. “For community mobilization and com-

munity engagement, there is no better model than Crime Stoppers,” said Darrell Pinnell, St. Thomas police chief . Aylmer police chief Andre Reymer renewed that town’s commitment to the program and said, “As you know, crime has no borders.” The Crime Stoppers board recognized 13 sponsors in the categories of car dealers, gas sponsors, car graphic designers, car detailers and media. Crime Stoppers president Carrie Riddell saluted Father Mark Poulin from St. Anne’s Catholic Church, who was the highest paid detainee in the 2103 Bail or Jail. Riddell joked that “Catholic guilt may have been a factor.”

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seasoned dancers in Toronto. The National Ballet School of Canada was founded in 1959 and is recognized as the premier classical ballet company in the country. “I like all the movements,” she said. “I like the footwork. It’s really interesting.” Arielle will join about 150 students who have been selected to participate in the summer school, during which time they will be assessed on their suitability for the National Ballet School’s classical ballet program. Approximately 50 auditioning students will be invited to join the fulltime professional ballet program in September. Arielle’s father, Roland, describes Arielle’s passion for ballet as “constant,” and the graceful movements have infiltrated even the way she moves about the house. “It’s part of who she is. She loves to express herself through dance. She’s very focused at it,” he said. Arielle hopes to one day perform ballet in major productions such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

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Ballet has always been the favourite dance-style of 10-year-old Arielle Aitken-Guignard of St. Thomas. That love, and a lot of practice, allowed Arielle to qualify for the National Ballet of Canada summer school program, which will run in Toronto for four weeks starting in July. Arielle has been learning ballet at the O’Neill Academy of Dance in London for the last year, but she’s been involved in ballet since she was four. She qualified for the summer school following the National Ballet of Canada national audition tour. “I felt super excited. I was jumping up and down. I felt really proud and happy that I got in,” said Arielle. “I couldn’t really believe that I made it.” Arielle practices in London about three nights each week, but this summer she’s looking forward to improving her ballet moves with the

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The Special Olympics has always been near to the heart of Jerry O’Brien, which is why he’s supported it by being a part of the annual Sport Spectacular in St. Thomas for 34 years. The fundraising event brought out some of the brightest stars in sports entertainment, who gathered at St. Anne’s Centre in St. Thomas Jan. 23 to meet with enthusiastic fans and to sign autographs. This year’s collection of guests included twotime Canadian Olympian and Pan-Am gold medalist Jessica Zelinka, wrestling manager Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart, and CFL Grey Cup MVP Rocket Ismail. Rodney-native and Vancouver Canucks draft pick, Bo Horvat, found himself among hockey greats including former Leafs player and 2013 Battle of the Blades winner Scott Thorton, and former NHL sniper Dennis Maruk. Since 1978, the Sports Spectacular has raised over $325,000 to support local Special Olympics and Community Living Elgin. O’Brien co-chairs the event along with Gary Clarke. O’Brien is also the coach of a local Special Olympics basketball team. “They need all the support they can get from the

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During lunch hours and after school, the welding room at Parkside Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas echoes with the sounds of students working to get their robot ready to compete. Since Jan. 4, students have been working hard to design and build Stamputer (named after the terms Parkside Stampeders and computer), the school’s robot. Once finished, the robot should be able to pick up and transport a large exercise ball, pass it to other robots and put it through a goal. If all goes well, Stamputer will be ready for action in time for the regional robotics competition at the University of Waterloo March 20-22. The competition is hosted by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), which includes 2,500 teams from 13 countries competing in 58 regional events. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. Jesse cnockaert photo “I think people know engineering Parkside students Josh Travis and Tyler Beadle tinker with Stamputer, the robot their school’s team is an important job. I don’t think they will enter in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) regional understand how many tyypes of engineering there really are,” said Andrew competition in March at Waterloo University.

Savoy, Parkside’s head mentor for the robotics team. “While we offer a lot in our cirriculum ... this hands on robotics really gets them in there to understand the design process and how they can apply it.” In previous years Parkside has participated in competitions involving Lego robots, but this will be their first year competing with a metal robot. About 25 students are involved, including programmers, builders and business students whose task it is to find community sponsors for their project. The team calls themselves The Thunder Stamps. Building a robot is no easy feat. Even after the robot is finished, students will still have to test drive it and practice its controls. “It’s very, very particular and very frustrating. You get something working, then you add on another component and then that first one doesn’t work You have to find a happy medium where they both work,” said Tyler Beadle, one of the student builders. “This program lets us get our hands dirty.” If Parkside does well at the regional level, their robot may move on to the FIRST world championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in April. Read more by visiting FIRST online at www.usfirst.org.

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Brothers Kevin, left, and Derek Webb are two members of the building team at St. Joseph’s High School, who are resposible for constructing Rambot, the school’s robot. When completed, Rambot will be used in the For Recognition and Inspiration Technology regional competition March 19-22. If Rambot does well it’ll have the chance to advance to the World Championship in April.

This March, Rambot will be ready to make proud the students of St. Joseph’s High School in St. Thomas. Rambot is the robot-in-progress being designed and built by the students of St. Joseph’s. When it is completed, Rambot will be able to pickup, catch, pass, and throw a two-foot exercise ball, as it competes with other robots at the For Recognition and Inspiration of Science and Technology (FIRST) regional competition at the University of Waterloo March 19-22. The student team, who call themselves Renaissance Robotics, hope that Rambot does well, since the regional competition determines which school teams advance to the World Championship in St. Louis in April. FIRST Robotics has grown to include more than 2,500 teams from 13 countries competing in 58 regional events. “This is easily the most incredible thing I’ve been involved in with education in the last 16 years,” said Norm Dinner, a communications technology teacher. Designing and building a robot from the ground up is a challenging project. One of the goals of FIRST is to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and technology.

This has certainly been the case for Daniel Krauskopf, a fifth-year student and the lead programmer for Rambot. “Before the robotics team, I wanted to be an electrician, but after, I’ve decided I like programming a lot more,” he said. “Pride, nervousness, excitement. The competition is like a sports event. It’s a lot of excitement.” Each year, robots competing with FIRST have different tasks to perform. Last year’s challenge was Ultimate Ascent, where the robots needed to collect and throw Frisbees. That year, St. Joe’s team brought home the Rookie Inspiration Award, which recognizes outstanding effort in community outreach and recruiting students to engineering. This year’s project involves dozens of St. Joe’s students, not just designers and engineering students. “We can involve every student. That’s my favourite thing. There is a spot on this team for every individual. There’s art, graphic design, business, programming, everybody can be involved,” said Kathy Cepo, the staff advisor. Business students are also in charge of creating a business plan and finding community sponsors for the robot. So far, Renaissance has raised $5,000 of their $15,000 goal. Learn more about Rambot by visiting www.rambot.ca.

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Reg. $2.99 ea.

(Product of Mexico)

Reg.$ 1.59 lb

$1.00pk. 3 for $1.88 98 lb. ¢

Prices Effective January 31st-February 6th www.superking.ca

¢

Reg. $2.99 ea.

Reg. $7.99 ea.

Reg. $1.99 ea.

¢

68 ea. ¢

$2.88ea. 88¢ea.

Fresh Lane Snapper

Fresh King Fish

Fresh Cod Fresh Sea Live Live No.1 Fillets Bream Dungeness Canada Crab Lobster

Fresh Tile Fresh Spanish Grouper Steak Mackerel

Reg. $4.98 lb.

Reg. $6.98 lb.

Reg. $5.99 lb.

Reg. $8.99 lb.

Reg. $5.99 lb.

Reg. $8.99 lb.

Reg. $9.99 lb.

Reg. $3.99 lb.

$3.79lb. $4.99lb. $4.99lb. $4.99lb. $5.88lb. $6.98lb. $6.48lb. $1.88lb.

8 for $1.00 $68 lb.

Reg. 99¢ ea.

400g

$5.98ea. 8 for 98 $1.88ea. 68 ea. $1.88ea. $6.58ea. 98 ea.

US Tomato Green Leaf (Product of USA) Lettuce

¢

Made by hand, baked in store!

510g

(Product of USA)

$1.38lb.

Reg. $2.79 lb.

Mama Instant Wu Jiang LKK Panda Noodles Brand Zhacai Brand 30x60g 70g Oyster Sauce

Green Seedless Kiwi (Product of Italy) Grape

Reg. $2.39 lb.

Reg. $4.99 lb.

Reg. $8.99 ea.

$2.49ea. $1.39

Vegetable

(Cut from Canada, ungraded)

$2.88lb. $3.88lb. $1.77lb. Grocery

Crab Meat Kosher Style Corned Beef Salad

Snls Chicken Beef Knukle Chicken Breast Steak Wings

Reg. $3.99 lb.

Best Choice for Restaurant Groceries and Supplies

Egg Tart Walnut Loaf Coconut (6pcs) 400g Cake 450g Swiss Roll Reg. $4.59 pk.

$2.79ea.

$4.99box

Reg. $1.99 lb

$1.28lb.

Restaurant Special

2 Rolls

Meat

Deli

Thai Shrimp Caesar Salad Rolls

Reg. $2.99 ea.

Reg. $7.99 box

$6.25lb. $2.99lb. $4.99box

Eel Avocado Sushi 135g

Bakery

(Not apply to Special items)

Sushi

OFF

Viscount Rd.

Purchase over $100 Gift Cards Available, (Special items not included) 2% Discount get a $5 coupon

Students show photo ID Card after 1pm and get 10% off

Seafood

Food Court

get a Reusable Bag

student card 10%

Westmount Shopping Centre

On Bus Routes #10,11,15,23,24,28

Frozen & Dairy

Purchase over $58,

(Special items not included)

Oxford St. Commissioners Rd. Wonderland Rd. S.

St. Thomas - Elgin Weekly News

519-601-7776 Underground 785 Wonderland parking lot Rd. S., London in mall at Westmount Shopping Center

ST Spare Rib 4-10 ribs

Boneless Beef Del Monte Denuded Strip Avocados

(Extra Lean) (Product of Mexico) (Cut from USA, Ungraded) 36 pcs

Big Onion

(Product of USA) 50 lbs

Reg. $7.59 kg.

Reg. $14.53 kg.

Red Pepper

Yellow Potatoes Andy Boy Bean (Product of Canada) Romaine Hearts Sprout 50 lbs

Crown Broccoli Sunkist Lime (Product of USA)

(Product of Mexico) 230 pcs

Green Onion

CaprilVegetable Oil

(Product of Mexico) 48 Bunches

16 L

Reg. $25.99 ea.

$4.68kg $10.32kg $35.00case $22.00bag $12.00case $32.00case $15.00case $18.88ea. (Product of Canada) 25 lbs

(Product of USA) 12 pk

(Product of Canada)

Mushrooms (Product of Canada) 5 lbs

SK Orange (Product of USA) 56 pcs

Fresh Celery

(Product of USA) 24 bunches

$25.00case $10.00bag $18.00case $10.00case $8.00case $23.00case $18.00case

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January 30, 2014