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The Elgin Federation of Agriculture (EFA) made a $1,000 donation to the St. Thomas Caring Cupboard for Food Freedom Day, Feb. 7. The donation paid for food items from Metro St. Thomas. Left to right: Fons Vandenbroek, EFA president, Don Miller, EFA director, Gina Erstic, Metro assistant manager, Tim DeClark, Metro manager and Janice Kinnaird, Caring Cupboard executive director.

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The Caring Cupboard food bank in St. Thomas was given the gift of choice during Food Freedom Day. According to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), the average Canadian has earned enough money to pay for all their

food for a year by Feb. 7, which is why that date is called Food Freedom Day. This year, the Elgin Federation of Agriculture (EFA) celebrated by making their first ever donation of $1,000 to the Caring Cupboard. “We felt it is important to recognize our abundant food supply by sharing with those in need,” said Fons Vandenbroek, president of the EFA.

Janice Kinnaird, executive director of the Caring Cupboard, explained this donation could not have come at a better time. This year’s extremely cold winter, combined with unemployment concerns, has forced more families to turn to the food bank. “It all depends on what you buy. If you’re a single mom, relying on government services, ▼



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The third annual Random Act of Kindness Day, Feb. 5 in St. Thomas, celebrated good deeds and reminded people to keep the spirit of kindness year-round. During the day, people are encouraged to do acts of kindness, such as pay for other people’s coffee or help carry groceries. Heather Jackson, mayor of St. Thomas, said she’s been helped by neighbours who’ve assisted with snow removal around her home. “This is something we know happens every day in our community, especially this winter. We’ve had an exceptional amount of snow,” she said. “I know lots of you are doing these things everyday, whether it is buying a stranger coffee, shovelling somebody’s walk, carrying somebody’s groceries to the car for them.” A free chili lunch was served at Memorial Arena. Steve Coad, owner of Coad Heating, Plumbing & Air, set an example by announcing his company’s random act of kindness this year will be to donate services to two organizations in need. Coad, with support from Delta Faucets, will be installing new

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Feb. 5 was Random Act of Kindness Day in St. Thomas. Tamarra Previl owner and operator of Monster Maid housekeeping service, got into the spirit of the day by donating six months of cleaning services to the winner of a random draw. She pulled the winning name out of bag with help from Sam MacKinnon, right, while Andrew Buttigieg, left, looks on.

Kindness is all around

Coad will also be putting in a new propane furnace at Pearce Williams Christian Cenfaucets at the local YWCA, as well as in- tre, replacing the centre’s old oil furnace. stalling new toilets and handling some of the Lennox will provide the furnace, and Dowler-Karn will provide the propane. building’s plumbing issues. The furnace alone has a value of $5,000. St.Thomas/Elgin The local Random Act of Kindness Day was co-created by Rob Mise of myFM Radio and Al Hughson of Williams Funeral Home. They took inspiration from a woman whose mother passed away, and asked that acts of kindness be done in lieu of more traditional funeral service arrangements. Other communities have a Random Act of Kindness Day, so the two decided St. Thomas should have one as well. During the chili lunch, Mise shared his own story of when he experienced kindness from the community. About a month ago, a pipe burst at the building where myFM is located, which could have spelled disaster for the elecDallas is a young male retriever, full of tronic equipment the radio station fun. He is a very active, alert boy. He uses. would do best with a female dog for company After Mise announced the situand a large fenced property to enjoy. ation on the company Facebook Meet Dallas and all our homeless pet at: page, they were shortly flooded again, not with water, but with messages and phone calls from Contact: All Breed Canine Rescue, 519.633.6226 people offering to help. Fortunately, the damage wasn’t so bad, and myFM got back on its feet in no time. Regardless, the gesture from the community was touching. “Those phone calls showed us why St. Thomas is such a great place to live,” said Mise. “(Random Act of Kindness Day) is to tell We are dedicated to bringing people in St. Thomas/Elgin that we need to care for each other. That Local News to our readers and day reminded me to never stop carcover the stories that really matter ing the way St. Thomas does.” People are invited to share their own stories of kindness at kindto our community!


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Starting April 1, McComb will begin from the steps of St. Thomas city hall, walk to London, and then head towards Toronto, which he expects to reach at the end of the first week of his journey. From Toronto, he will catch a flight to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and then start west on foot. He plans on going through many cities as he heads from province to province, with hopes that he can meet with representatives of municipal, provincial and federal government along the way. This cross-counry trek will be about 12,000 km long, although McComb isn’t sure exactly as he’s still planning his route. During the walk, McComb intends to pay tribute to Terry Fox, one of the most inspirational Canadians of all time, by visiting the Terry Fox memorial in Thunder Bay. Terry Fox was a cancer research activist, who in 1980 began a marathon across Canada despite having only one leg. After 143 days and 5,373 km travelled, Fox was forced to end his marathon due to complications with cancer. He passed away in 1981. McComb plans to say a prayer at the memorial before continuing on his own journey. “I’m going to get the cancer ribbon and wear it for the rest of the walk,” said McComb. “I’m going to bring the spirit of

Terry Fox with me on the rest of my walk so he gets to the west” McComb’s walk will easily last for months, and he’ll have to manage through rain and snow. His previous walks gave him experience, but this walk will be by far the most difficult he’s ever attempted. “There’s a lot I need to do to prepare. Tim Hortons contacted me about being a corporate sponsor,” he said. Public support helped McComb out immensely during his walk to Ottawa last November. Supporters gifted McComb with gift cards for food, as well as providing him with new shoes and other items he would need. Along the way, some people contacted McComb via Facebook when they saw he was nearing their community, and offered him a place to rest or shower. Any public support for this coming walk would likewise be appreciated. “All I know to say is I need support in any form,” he said, “Anything that anyone can think of that I’ll need.” McComb will pass through St. Thomasduring his journey west. He has firmed up plans to meet with mayor Heather Jackson once he arrives. “There is still so much more that can be done including, spreading the news in the community and other communities that there is no need for the down trodden situations that exist,” said McComb on his website,

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The cause of a weekend collision that killed 48-year-old Jacob Rempel, of Aylmer, remains under investigation, but police have determined alcohol consumption and excessive speed are not contributing factors. On Feb. 8, at approximately 7:45 p.m., members of the London Police Service responded to a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Highbury Avenue at Glanworth Drive. A north bound car crossed the centre line and collided with a south bound SUV. The adult female driver of the car remains in hospital, listed in critical but

stable condition. Rempel, the passenger in the car, died as a result of his injuries on Feb. 9. Early reports indicated that a dog located at the scene of the crash might have crossed the road, just prior to the collision. However, police have confirmed this dog was travelling in the north bound vehicle at the time of the crash. As a result of the injuries sustained from the collision, the dog has since died. The adult male driver and adult female passenger of the south bound vehicle suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

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CE BUZZ Notice of Intention to Adopt Municipal Budget TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of Section 251 of the Municipal Act, 2001, and By-law No. 972 of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin, the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin intends to pass by-laws to adopt the 2014 Budget for the Municipality, including sanitary sewage and water services, at its regular meeting of Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, Municipality of Central Elgin. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Council shall hear at the said meeting any person, or by his/her counsel, solicitor or agent, who wishes to make representation respecting the proposed budgets. The Council shall only hold such hearing for applications received by the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk or the Deputy Clerk on or before Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed budget is available for inspection in the Municipality’s offices in the Elgin County Administration Building during normal office hours, Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Specific inquiries can be directed to Karen DePrest, Director of Financial Services/Treasurer (519) 6314860, Ext 273 or st

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and you take the little bit of money you do have after you pay your rent and buy pizza or pizza pockets ... your money is going to be gone in no time,” said Kinnaird. “If you buy a bag of rice, you buy a chicken, something you can make more meals out of, you can stretch that out.” A big monetary donation allowed Kinnaird to put together a wish list of food items that are in high demand at the food bank, but are not always donated often enough. All the groceries were purchased at Metro St. Thomas, including cases of brick cheese, wieners, frozen orange juice, crackers and other items. According to the CFA, Canadians only spent 12.3 percent of their disposable income on food in 2012. In comparison, France spent 13.5 percent and Japan spent 14.2 percent of their disposable income on

food in 2012. Canadians enjoy one of the lowest-cost ‘food-baskets’ in the world, as Food Freedom Day doesn’t arrive in Iceland until late February, or until March in Mexico. “Since few Canadians give their daily food much thought, Food Freedom Day is a chance to acknowledge the abundant, safe and secure food supply we enjoy in Canada. It can also serve as a time to consider our individual role and impact we have on the food system, whether that be as a consumer, farmer, processor or retailer,” said Ron Bonnett, president of the CFA. The St. Thomas Caring Cupboard provides food for up to 800 people a month. It provides a two to three day supply of food and personal hygiene items every other month to eligible recipients, in cooperation with other food programs within Elgin County. Visit the Caring Cupboard online at

Man charged after domestic dispute A man faces charges after a domestic dispute which resulted in a woman needing to get staples in her head. St. Thomas police were called to the Elgin General Hospital in the morning of Feb. 9. A woman at the hospital was seeking medical attention for a cut to her head,

that resulted from an alleged push into a wall at the hands of her boyfriend. The woman received staples to her head to close the wound. On Feb. 10, the male suspect turned himself into police and he was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

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A love/hate relationship The view from here Terry Carroll


he main office telephone number rang one day this winter. The caller said, “The answer is not cerebral, Ron,” and hung up. On another wintery day, a well-dressed woman of a certain age stood weeping in the telephone booth outside St. Thomas city hall. By the first week of February, bearded men with the frosted beards and redrimmed eyes of Russians just back from the Gulag stomped Talbot Street, smoking, their parkas flapping in the wind. There is a cabin fever aspect to all this. Some people say they can’t take any more; if they have money, they have a flight south. It’s true that, for some of us, there’s never too much whining. Exposed flesh freezes quickly at 20 below. Man, not another snowfall! Where are we going supposed to put it? The wind chill … what’s the wind chill? But think of this another way. Imagine you had just stepped off a plane from Mexico or Bangkok and had never seen:

Whirling snow. Sun dogs. Drifts sculpted by the wind. Frost on the window pane. A totally white world. Early morning blue with a silver moon that fades as the roseate edges of the horizon emerge. Boys with toys love this winter. It’s been four decades since guys could jump into trucks day after day, crank up the heater and the tunes, and burn fossil fuels until they go snow-blind. Children and large dogs delight in it. They romp and roll around. Every day is new. Citizens with snow shovels, who have been saying for years that they should get in better shape, are working on their biceps, whether they want to or not. Only five more weeks of winter, maybe less. For those who claim to enjoy the cold and blowing weather, perhaps it’s not masochism at work as much as a response to a challenge. St. Thomas has been under four cold weather alerts since the start of January. When April arrives, when birds sing and lambs leap, these Canadians will feel a little disappointment that it’s all over. And this winter is going to be great for spring business. Look for a flood of spending once the pent-up winter energy is released.

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plain. But more, in the long run, do those things really matter? What if we began each day with this Something to thought: I’ve got one month left. think about What’s really important? What should I do? Pastor Cusick How should I spend my money? Who should I go and visit? Who recently read the following: “If you should I email? What should I not do? Who should I had only one month to live, you’d stay away from? be surprised at all the things that Would it not be a sobering activity if really didn’t matter anymore.” we actually did that? This has got me thinking about the As we move on through our too fast kind of things that we think really matter life, with too many things that we think - but actually don’t. we need to accomplish, why not stop Think of the price of gas. We comrunning around like chickens with our plain, we gripe, but we don’t walk. We heads cut off, slow down and ask ourkeep buying gas. selves this question: “If I am beginning We complain about politicians, the price of bread, the amount of snow, our the last thirty days of my life - what is really important?” kids’ grades, the jerk at work, but do And that, is something to think about. nothing about this stuff. We just com-



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It’s been a long, long winter: The Wijaya family of St. Thomas have enjoyed this winter to the fullest by snowboarding and tobogganing in Waterworks Park. Left to right: Derin, 10, Damon, 6, and Aden, 5, as they prepare to climb back up the hill.

The Olympics and politicians

for Russia’s homeless or for medical research. It’s nothing new. I first noticed the cost As I overruns with the Montreal Olympics, the debt which took over 40 years to see it clear. Ric Wellwood Getting the Olympics is a permit to gouge everybody and hide the loot from audit. It was like our G-20 Summit that f we are lucky, Canadians will ended up paying for artificial lakes and receive a 17-day vacation from the distant gazebos, as well as hundreds of bad news around the world as the trials. Sochi Olympics provide more than two As the medal count rises, the attention weeks of world-class sports and enterpaid to the Harper government’s attack tainment. Our news of Syria, South Su- on the environment and its related charidan, Thailand, the Ukraine, Somalia, the ties will continue as a coming genuine fires, floods and politics will be briefly audit by Canada Revenue will serve to forgotten as we take a break from tragic muzzle the people trying to save our events and wish the medal count would environmental records, our air, water and rise to new heights. wildlife, and (of course) ourselves. We We owe much of this to that modernhave learned that the environment is bad day pirate Vladimir Putin, who has for business and our progeny should fend sucked $51 billion ($51,000,000,000) for themselves in favour of jobs today. out of Russia’s economy, half of which I would write some more on this, but has fallen through the cracks and into the the ice dancing competition is about to pockets of Russian crooks and plutocrats. start and I don’t want to miss a thing. I Just imagine what $26 billion could do can get back to misery in late February.


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It is an amazing truth that out of what seems tragic circumstances can come pure delightful comedy. This is the case with Aylmer Community Theatre’s (ACT) latest production, Roger Karshner’s The Man with the Plastic Sandwich, which opens later this week. The story revolves around Walter Price, a staid clinical engineer who finds himself middle-aged and unemployed after 20 years of work. While idling away the hours in a city park he encounterers three characters who give Walter a different outlook on life. The play is directed by Barbara Warnock. Mark Smith is in the privotal role of Walter Price and is aided by Ashley Grech as Ellie, Ron Sawyer as Haley and Judy Cormier as Lenore. The Man with the Plastic Sandwich is ACT’s entry into the Western Ontario Drama League’s In-Festival category. There

will be a short public adjudication by Sandy McDonald after the preview performance on February 13. The show will open on Feb. 14 with a special Valentine reception following the performance with special complimentary refreshments. Other 8 p.m. performances will follow on Feb. 15 and Feb. 20-22. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb.16. All performances will be at the fabulous Old Town Hall Theatre located just above the library at 38 John Street South in Aylmer, Ontario. Regular ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Preview prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at Aylmer Video, Campbell’s II, The Prime Ingredient or at the door just before performances. Tickets can be reserved by phoning 519-765-3039 or by visiting -By Colleen Sawyer

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Ashley Grech, left, plays Ellie and Mark Smith plays Walter in the Aylmer Community Theatre’s production of The Man With the Plastic Sandwich, a comedy that opens on Feb. 14.

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In 2013, the DDB installed a new 11-foot double-sided clock in front of the L&PS station. They also added 20 extra flower boxes to the 50 existing flower boxes in the city, and Visitors to St. Thomas will be be greeted with two new rail- the banner program was expanded with 10 additional historiway-themed signs at the east and west entrances to the city cal banners, attached to lamp posts, which promote prominent after they are installed in spring. buildings in the downtown core. Several new, railway-themed The St. Thomas Downtown Development Board (DDB) banners, are planned for later this year. held its annual general meeting Feb. 5 where members dis- During the meeting, Muscat reported that weed control concussed projects from the past year, as well as projects on the tinues to be one of the biggest complaints in the downtown horizon. core. Weeds, some growing to be a foot or more in height, The signs, measuring 15 feet by 12 feet, will be made of have grown out of the sidewalks. metal with a “historical look,” and a riveted frame that reflects “It’s absolutely an eyesore,” said Muscat. “It certainly St. Thomas’ railway heritage. seemed to be a concern for our merchants.” “They do create our brand recognition of being the railroad The city’s parks department has conducted four power capital of Canada,” said Dan Muscat, DDB chairman. weedings on a three-week turnaround during the summer. The signs, which cost about $30,000, will be installed at However, “the problem never ends,” according to Muscat. the corner of Talbot Street and First Avenue, and the corner The DDB has been advised by the parks department that the of Talbot and Stanley streets. The DDB is picking up half the city will be trying out alternative forms of weed control to try bill for these signs, while the remainder is being provided by to find a more effective solution this year. partners: Al Jewell Perfect Signs, Yarmouth Metal and Muma Nearing the end of the meeting, Muscat also expressed conManufacturing. cern that the city wasn’t making effective use of the DDB’s streetscape plan. The streetscape plan was developed in 2009 at the cost of about $85,000. The plan outlines ideas to redesign the city’s main street. Since 2009, Muscat said the city has gone forward with projects such as changing the look of traffic lights and changing the style of public garbage cans, but they did so without consulting the streetscape plan for guidance, leaving Muscat wondering what is the point of having this plan at all. Your connection to the professionals in your “Unfortunately, the streetscape plan has not been community. utilized at all, and never even looked at any of these Professionals... to advertise, call us today at projects being done in the downtown,” he said. The DDB has set aside a reserve fund to help fi519-633-1640 nance projects related to the streetscape plan, but Muscat said the fund has not been used for this purService to pose yet. By the end of the DDB’s current term in All MAkeS December, Muscat said the reserve fund should have about $170,000 in it. Natural Gas The Weekly News

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Aylmer council: No to EECC library Aylmer council rejected a request from Malahide Council to consider relocating the Aylmer library to the EEC Complex. The following motions were addressed: 1- Moved by Councilor Barbour and seconded by Councillor Vandermeersch: That the communication be deferred until after the Operational Review of the East Elgin Community Complex has been received. The motion is defeated. 2 - Moved by Deputy Mayor Richer and seconded by Councillor Oslach: – “That the following actions be taken with respect to the resolution from the Township of Malahide about the use of hall space at the East Elgin Community Complex for the Aylmer Library: That this communication be received and filed.” (thus, no action). Carried 4-3. Full Gospel church expansion Aylmer’s Full Gospel Church on Talbot Street East applied to Aylmer Council for a zoning change that will allow for expansion to the south. “Basically we have merged the four properties we own into one and want it rezoned so that we can expand. Our phase Two construction plan has always been to tear down the two Sydenham St. houses (we own) to make room for this expansion. We need more parking but we also need more room for Christian Education (classrooms etc.),” said Pastor Peter Barbour. “By expanding in that way, we also will be able to enlarge our existing sanctuary by taking out an existing classroom which had been built with a tempo$17,000 grants are available to start your business! rary wall. You must be EI eligible or a recent recipient of EI benefits. Demolition of Vienna town hall (From Bayham Council Minutes The Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) program provides funds of Jan. 23): “Mayor Ens noted that several applications for funding to to qualified individuals while they start their own businesses! help save the Old Vienna town hall For more details on how to access this opportunity call submitted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation have been unsuccessful Kevin Jackson at: and suggested it is time to consider demolition of the building. Council agreed that staff be directed to obtain quotes for demolition. Staff was also requested to send a letter Info Sessions - Mar 4 and Apr 8 @ 9 am to the Vienna citizen group (trying 300 South Edgeware Rd to save the building), advising them that no funding is available.” Election nominations to date:  Aylmer: Mayor – Jack CouckNew SEB Business Start-ups for Elgin include: uyt, Calvin Brydges; Council – Diana Brydges;  Malahide: Mayor – • Eric Salin - Sport in Port Dave Mennill; Dep. Mayor – Jim Jenkins; Council – Mark Wales; • Tracy Minderlein - TASM Bookkeeping Bayham: No nominations as yet. • Sue Payson - Diamonds in the Ruff Grooming Aylmer museum hires new curator  (Contributed) – “The AylmerMalahide Museum has recently hired a new curator to replace former curator Pat Zimmer who retired on Dec. 5. The new curator is The SEB program is an Employment Ontario Project, which is funded by the Ontario Government. Amanda Vandenwyngaert. A native


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Rain showers on a wedding day may bring good luck, but they are seldom coveted. However, a different type of shower altogether is often highly anticipated and can help couples feel like they’re one in a million. Wedding showers are gift-giving parties held for couples about to get married. The custom began in the nineteenth century and continues to present day, primarily in North America and Australia. Guests traditionally “shower” the brideto-be with all the necessities (and some fun extras) that she will need after she ties the knot. These gifts will help the soon-to-bemarried couple establish a home together. Bridal showers are steeped in tradition, but today’s bridal showers continue to veer off the beaten path. Nowadays, bridal showers feature fun and games much like a party having nothing to do with a wedding., a website that aims to help couples plan their weddings and all the events leading up to the big day, identifies these key trends in modern bridal showers.

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* Stay hydrated. Although drinking a lot of water can * Eat dinner. When family is beckoning and the phoresult in more frequent trips to the bathroom -- which can tographer needs to get yet another pose, it is easy to skip be cumbersome for brides wearing their gowns -- it is es- dinner. sential to stay hydrated. Dehydration can result in head- Be firm with your decision to enjoy your meal. After aches, weakness and dizziness and may make you feel all, you paid for it and it should not go to waste. Besides, cranky. Be sure to consume water throughout the day. sitting down to dinner enables you to rest and absorb the * Pack some snacks. The time between breakfast and atmosphere of the wedding. the cocktail hour of a wedding may be significant. In your * Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the wedding “survival” kit, be sure to pack some easy snacks night. Alcoholic beverages may be flowing, but too many to eat. Trail mix can be nibbled for a boost of energy, and spirits can compromise your energy levels. Be sure to a banana can take the edge off of hunger pangs. Avoid balance the booze with hydrating fluids, such as water anything messy that can drip onto clothing or get stuck or juice. in your teeth. Arrange to have snacks stowed in the lim- Weddings take up the entire day, and it can be easy to ousine or another mode of transportation so that you can succumb to a lack of energy as the day progresses. But refuel on the way to the ceremony or in transit to the re- by heeding a few tips, it’s possible to remain in top form ception. throughout the entire wedding day. * Don’t overdo it with caffeine. It may be tempting to lean on an energy drink or a super-size cup of coffee to give you the boost you need. But caffeine is only a temporary fix. After the effects of the caffeine wear off, you could find yourself more tired than before and crash at an inopportune time during the day. Instead, a brisk walk outdoors may recharge your batteries. Afterward, time spent on the dance floor enjoying the reception will likely stimulate some Tricia Van Gorp 226-234-2162 adrenaline to keep you gow w w. w i s h d e s i g n s . c a • w i s h d e s i g n s @ a m te l e c o m . n e t ing.

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A couple’s wedding day is the culmination of months and months of planning. For most, it is one of the most memorable, magical days of their lives, filled with fond moments of time spent with close friends and family. As enjoyable as a wedding can be, most brides and grooms who have already tied the knot can attest that a wedding is a long, often tiring day. It is very easy for energy levels to wane. To ensure you have enough energy to last through to the final good-bye of the evening, follow these suggestions to remain energized. * Recognize your wedding day is a very long day. It’s possible to rise quite early in the morning to begin prepping with makeup, hair styles, wardrobe and more. If the party is an evening reception, it could last until the wee hours of the morning. You may find yourself up for nearly 24 hours, when the cameras will be flashing and the video rolling throughout. Naturally, you’ll want to look your best throughout. * Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Get to bed early the night before so you will get ample sleep and look rested. It is understandable that nerves and excitement may get the best of you and make it difficult to fall asleep. If you often grow anxious and struggle to fall asleep before big events, talk to your doctor prior to the wedding to ask if you can be prescribed a one-time-only sleeping pill that will ensure you get to sleep promptly. Do not take this medication with alcohol, and be sure to take it only if you can get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Otherwise you may experience medicine hangover. * Enjoy a hearty breakfast. At breakfast on the morning of your wedding, consume a combination of carbohydrates and protein. The carbs will provide the initial burst of energy you need to get going, and the protein will keep you feeling full. A combination of whole wheat toast, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt makes for a filling start to the day.

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3–2 lead, which they would hold until the last minute of the game when Stars Weekly News Correspondent forward Spencer Hutchinson scored with The St.Thomas Stars were back in the only precious seconds remaining at Memorial Arena on Feb. 7 to play an 19:07 to force overtime. exciting game with the Lambton Shores With good chances at both ends, it Predators. wasn’t until 3:29 of the overtime period Lambton Shores scored twice in the that Stars John Warren passed the puck to first period with St.Thomas not getting teammate Braden Hellems who made no on the board until the second period with mistake and buried the puck in the back goals by Josh Coyle and Matt Simpsons. of the net past Predators goalie Justin At 8:19 of the third period, Predators Fazio. Kirk Dormans gave Lambton Shores a The Stars will be away to play against Catham Feb. 16 at the Catham Memoria Arena. The St. Thomas Stars Jr. B Here to assist Hockey Club will host Operayou with tion: Fill the Rink 2 at the Timyour Federal ken Centre Feb. 14 starting at Government Issues 7:30 p.m. The goal of the game is to fill the Timken Centre full of fans. Last year’s event, was able to Elgin - Middlesex - London pack 1,602 people into the are24 First Ave Unit 2, St.Thomas, na, with hopes to surpass that ON N5R 4M5 this year. TIM HARVEY PHOTO (519) 637-2255 Further details on the evening Stars #17 John Warren celebrates after Stars #19 Braden Hellems buries the puck in the back are available on the Stars book page or the Stars website of the net past a sliding Lambton Shores Flyers goalie Justin Fazio and Flyers #6 Jay Ritchie to win the game for St.Thomas at the 3:29 of overtime. TIM HARVEY

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Troubled by someone else’s drinking? We will help! Alateen - Mondays at 6:30pm, St. Thomas Christian Church, 451 Wellington Street, St. Thomas. Phone 519-434-2613.

Feb 15 - Victorian Tea and Bake Sale 2 - 4 pm in support of Growing Youth Summer Camps at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave. Info 519-631-4558.Everyone welcome. Red Cross Babysitting Course - learn to care for children and basic first aid. Ages 11+. $50/child. Feb 15. Call YWCA at 519-631-9800.

Saturday, Feb.15 - Valentine’s Dance & Silent Auction, Princess Banquet Hall, Feb. 13 - Talbot Trail Toastmasters, 7:30 pm to Midnight. $10 per person. All Thursdays 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin Mall Community proceeds to AVSS Music New York Trip. Rm. A welcoming environment to grow 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair - Timken your communication & leadership skills. Centre, February 15 - Free Admission! Grab & Go Roast Pork Dinner Friday, Feb. Traditional and alternative Health & Wellness 14. New Vision Community Church (formerly vendors. For information call: 519-207-1115. St Mark’s) 38 Aldborough Ave., St. Thomas. Aylmer Theatre presents The Man Pick-up 4:30-6:00 pm. Pay at door $12. With The Plastic Sandwich Feb 13Feb 14 - Meal & A Movie 5:30 pm. 15 and Feb 20-22 at 8pm. Sun Feb Movie “A Lost Valentine” at St. Andrew’s 16 matinee at 2pm. 773-3372. United Church, 60 West Ave. RSVP February 16, Valentine Concert, Trinity 519-631-4558. Everyone welcome. Anglican Church, 3pm featuring Lunch Bunch Jimmy G’s Hypnotic Comedy Show, & Friends, and St. Thomas Youth Choir. Friday Feb. 14 @ Port Stanley Legion Free Will Offering. Proceeds to Community @7pm. Tickets $25/each or 2 for $40. Outreach Dinners. 519-631-7000. Call 519-782-4228. Supporting Port Field Naturalist Walk - Sunday Feb. 16 at Stanley Synchro Skating. 1:30pm at Fingal Wildlife Management Friday, February 14, Beef Supper, Odd Area - main parking lot Info 519-631-5279. Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, 54 Moore HUB annual Winterfest in Belmont, Feb. St. Doors open 4pm. Serving 5 - 7pm. 17, 10:30 - 1:00. Chili cook-off, hot dog bbq, Adult $11, Child 6 – 12 $5, Child up to hockey scrimmage and movie with pop corn. 5 free. Tickets at door. 631-3494. Do you have some spare time? VON has volunteer opportunities for you. Call VON at 519-637-6408 for more information. Winter Wonderland Dinner, Feb. 14, St. Thomas Free Reformed Church, 145 St George St.  Restaurant seating starts 5pm-6:45pm. Reservations only - 519764-2906. Donations accepted. Students, adults, grandparents all welcome to come volunteer at Animal Aide. We need your help!! 333 Talbot St., St. Thomas. 519-633-3788.

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Feb 25. Tuesday Drum Circle, beginning at 7 pm at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Join us; it’s good for getting an energy infusion. 519.631.7368.

Coffee & Peer Support Group (anon.) for people exp. Children’s Aid issues past or present, Weds. 1:30-3:30 pm, Carnegie room, St Thomas Library Feb. 19 – Mar. 26 (except Mar. break).

Feb 26 - Wednesday, Bible Questions at St. Andrew’s United Church, everyone is welcome. for info 519-631-4558.

St. Thomas Horticultural Society public meeting Wed. Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Feb. 20 - Talbot Trail Toastmasters, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, St. Thursdays 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin Mall Thomas. Janis Harris, of Harris Farms Community Rm. A welcoming environment to Elgin, will discuss growing flowers. grow your communication & leadership skills. Feb 27 - Thursday, Kickers 6pm at St. Feb 20 - Thursday, Euchre Games &  Lunch, 1 :30  pm at St. Andrew’s United Church , 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome for info 519-631-4558. Elgin Singles Mingle sponsoring Mardi Gras Party, Midtown Tavern, Friday February 21, 9 pm to 1:30 am. Beads, masks available for purchase at event. Prize for best costume, live band. St. Anne’s CWL, Council of Women’s, 45th Wine & Cheese Party “Staying Alive at 45” at St Anne’s Centre, Friday February 21 & Saturday  22. Tickets at 519-631-3640 $15.00.

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Feb 28. Almighty Roast Beef Supper. Friday Feb 28 from 5-7 pm at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Hands down, our supper is The Best Value in town! 519.631.7368.

St. Thomas Seniors Centre. Come and join us for an Italian Feast at the Centre! Friday February 21. Tickets are $10 advance. $12 day of. Dinner is served at 5:00pm.

St. Thomas Christian Church hosts World Day of Prayer w/ theme “EgyptStreams In The Desert.” Bible Study Fri., Feb. 28 2pm. WDOP Fri., Mar. 7 2pm, w/ speaker Rev. Janet Anstead.

RBC Family Day Free Skate. Monday, February 17, St Thomas Timken Arena, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Food bank donations gratefully accepted.

Pets Adoption Open House at City Animal Services, 100 Burwell Rd. Sat, Feb 22 from 11 AM - 3 PM. The pets, staff and animal welfare groups hope to see you there.

Field Naturalist Meeting - Friday March 7 at 7:30 pm at Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentation by Brenda Gallagher on Old Growth Forest. Info 519-631-5279.

Book Clearance Sale, 1 Bag of Books $1. Friends of the Library - Used Books Annex

St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival Feb. 24 -28. Awards competition Feb. 28, 7pm St. Thomas Christian Church

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9:00am Holy Communion [BCP] 10:30am Eucharist and Sunday School FEbruary 16 -3pm Valentine Concert Lunch Bunch and Friends Choir under direction of Lynn Sloan and Alma Roberts accompanying, and the St. Thomas Youth Choir. Free Will Offering - Proceeds to Community Outreach Dinners 519-631-7000

CHARLTON, Ronald Garfield of St. Thomas passed away Monday February 3, 2014 in his 79th year. He served in the Air Force and was an auto body mechanic. A private family service was held February 5. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. BUTLER, Mrs. Roberta (nee Poole), formerly of R.R.#1, St. Thomas and Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday,  February 5, 2014, in her 99th year.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, Shedden Saturday,  April 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Sifton Funeral Home. DELANEY,  Stanley Charles  “Stan”, of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in his 66th year.  Cremation.  No public visitation or service.  Sifton Funeral Home. EICHLER, ROSS H., of San Benito, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014, in his 81st year. Cremation. No public visitation or service. Sifton Funeral Home. FUTCHER, JOHN E. “JOHNNY”, of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, January 26,

2014. A private funeral service was held on Thursday, January 30. Sifton Funeral Home. GRAHAM, Evelyn Pamela “Pam” (Davies) of St. Thomas passed away Friday February 7, 2014. Married to Dr. C. Alex Graham for 70 years, she was an avid sports fan who played golf into her eighties. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HILL, Rodney Alan of St. Thomas passed away Monday February 3, 2014 in his 72nd year. He was a retired mechanic and avid fisherman. A memorial service was held February 6. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LYBARGER, Sharon Elaine of Port Severn passed away Tuesday February 4, 2014 in her 70th year. She was born in St. Thomas. A funeral service was held February 11. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MacDONALD, Catherine Creswell (Head) of St. Thomas, who enjoyed family, church, reading and bridge, passed away Sunday February 2, 2014 in her 98th year. A private family service will be held at a later date. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.

MEYER, Olga (nee Spitzke), formerly of Owen Sound, Mindemoya, St. Thomas, Leamington, and Yorkton, SK, passed away on Sunday,  February 9, 2014, in her 91st year. A funeral service was held February 12. Sifton Funeral Home. MOLYNEAUX, Alfred “Dennis” of St. Thomas passed away Thursday February 6, 2014 in his 74th year. He was a police officer and investigator who had survived polio and was an alternate in the 400 meters at the 1959 Pan Am Games. A memorial service was held February 10. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ORD, Irene Enid Grace (Player) of St. Thomas, a secretary for the Canadian Coast Guard prior to retirement, passed away Friday February 7, 2014 in her 89th year. Funeral service: Thursday February 13 at 12 pm, with visitation prior. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. PETRASZKO, Efrosina “Effy” of St. Thomas passed away Friday January 31, 2014 in her 96th year. She worked 41 years at STEGH. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ROOKE, Tettie of Ilderton passed away

Monday February 3, 2014 in her 62nd year. She worked for London Health Sciences food services. A funeral service was held February 8. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SURGENT, Robert Keith of St. Thomas passed away Thursday February 6, 2014 in his 81st year. He worked at Cox Cobs, Metcalfe Shoe and Clark Equipment (VME). A funeral service was held February 11. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TRAICHEVICH, Ethel (Watts) of St. Thomas passed away Thursday February 6, 2014 in her 84th year. She was an active volunteer with St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre. A funeral service was held February 10. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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