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Decision coming for St. Thomas police station The fourth annual State of the Municipalities luncheon Feb. 19 included major announcements from the mayors of St. Thomas and Central Elgin. The luncheon gathered St. Thomas mayor Heather Jackson, Central Elgin mayor Bill Walters and deputy mayor of Southwold Grant Jones to give some remarks followed by an audience Q&A at the St. Anne’s Centre in St. Thomas.

Walters was first to shock the crowd with his announcement that this would be his last mayors’ luncheon. “As of today, I am officially declaring I will not be seeking another term of office as mayor,” said Walters. “I want to tell you what an honour it’s been representing this council and this county.” Walters cited a desire to commit more of his time to the family business as his motivation for retirement from public life. He also said he wouldn’t be running for higher office. Walters runs a farm, as does his father

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THINKING DAY: Members of the local Girl Guides (left) and members of the local Scouts (right) joined with Heather Jackson, mayor of St. Thomas, to raise their flags at city hall Feb. 18. Both organizations celebrated Thinking Day Feb. 22, the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the Scouts.

With the closure of the Bush Line transfer station imminent, St. Thomas has contracted with three recycling firms as a temporary measure while the city builds a new recycling facility to be completed next year. BFI Canada, St. Thomas’ current residential waste contractor, notified the city it would close the transfer station on Bush Line as of Feb. 28. Replacing BFI, the city awarded the contract for residential waste pickup to Green For Life Environmental. “The committee did pursue an arrangement to keep the Bush Line site open for the time being, and it proved to be too expensive,” said Mark Cosens, chair of the Select Waste Committee. The BFI transfer station is on land leased to BFI by private owners. Cosens pointed out that they couldn’t be sure that if BFI ended their contract with St. Thomas it would also mean the transfer station would close, since BFI could have renewed their lease on the land. The Select Waste Committee couldn’t count on the transfer station being available for the citizens of St. Thomas, so the city had to make other plans. Without the transfer station, the committee had to consider how the city would handle the disposal of recyclables. As of March 1, recyclables and bulky waste not collected at the curb will be accepted at three sites: Green Valley Recycling and Try Recycling, both on the south end of London, and Force Iron & Metal in St. Thomas. Green Valley Recycling, on1200 Green Valley Rd., will accept items such as electronics, construction and demolition debris, brush and tree stumps. Try Recycling, 3544 Dingman Dr., will accept See ST. THOMAS, Page 16


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Jackson said that council has been debating “for too long” about whether to build a new police station or renovate the old one. “Some council members have flip-floped and council has failed in our duty to show leadership on this matter. For the benefit of public safety, morale and workplace safety, it is time to make a decision, and this decision will be made in March,” said Jackson. This announcement was met with an enthusiastic cheer from one member of the audience. Jackson went on to say that one of her campaign promises in 2010 was to improve communication and get more input from the public on important projects, such as the construction of the community courthouse. Although public meetings have been offered, Jackson reported they’ve been poorly attended. “Sadly, we can report that most of these public meetings have witnessed very low attendance and we struggle to determine what is the most effective way to engage the community,” said Jackson. “Today, I’m announcing a change in approach and to invite interested parties to participate in scheduled round-table meetings to discuss the upcoming city budget and other key community issues.”

Jackson said these round-table meetings would be smaller meetings where specific parties would be invited, but others would be welcome to participate. “We want to hear what you have to say,” said Jackson. Jackson also mentioned a second leash-free dog park would open at the Dan Patterson Conservation Area this spring. The park she said is thanks to cooperation between the municipality of Central Elgin, Kettle Creek Conservation Area and the St. Thomas Dog Owners Association. Jones talked about challenges Southwold has faced in the last year, including the closure of the Ford assembly plant in St. Thomas and the reduction of assessment at the Green Lane Landfill. In the face of these setbacks, Jones said Southwold has taken “the bull by the horns” and has been fighting back with a sustainability plan developed by an economic development committee, and with a Class EA municipal servicing study for the Talbotville/Ferndale area. “Yes, tax increases are going to be a reality for the next few years. This is just the way it is going to be. But I truly believe the groundwork, when completed, will give a solid foundation for future councils to base their decision-making on,” said Jones.

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A St. Thomas woman was killed in a snowmobile collision in North Perth on Feb. 23. Vickie Kernohan, 53, was operating a was operating a 2009 Arctic Cat


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snowmobile, travelling south through a wooded area on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail. The snowmobile veered from the trail and struck a tree near Road 158 and Line 81, south of Listowel, sometime before 4:30 p.m. The trail has a slight curve where the collision occurred.

Perth county OPP were called to the area where Kernohan was pronounced dead at the scene, which was approximately 300 meters from the nearest road. The Western Region OPP Technical Traffic Investigation Unit attended the scene and is continuing the investigation into the cause of the collision.

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here is much to recommend in the new waste management program being launched by the City of St. Thomas March 1. Green For Life Environmental takes over curbside pick-up, and the list of recyclables is greatly expanded. Hurray! With Green For Life, the city expects to save $200,000 to $300,000 per year. Terrific! And coming soon, there will be an app to make tracking easier for smartphone users. Three cheers! But there’s also a flying buzzing around this garbage, and that fly has a little stinger. Here’s why. The BFI transfer station on Bush Line is closing. The city is currently working on a new site projected for some time in 2015. In the meantime, the city of St. Thomas is promoting Force Iron & Metal in St. Thomas as well as Green Valley Recycling and Try Recycling in London as alternatives. To sweeten the pie, the city

has arranged for Green Valley and Try to subsidize half of the minimum $25 tipping fee for St. Thomas residents. All well and good, if it weren’t for that pesky fly. The “little guy” who’s changing a toilet or sink or removing a bit of drywall is going to have to haul to London until a new transfer station is built. A little background. The transfer station on Bush Line has always been privately owned and operated. When BFI lost the St. Thomas garbage and recycling contract, BFI decided it needed a huge subsidy from the city if it was going to keep the transfer station open. The city did the fiscally responsible thing and said, “No thank you.” Was it the smartest political decision ever? Probably not. It would have played better politically to take (some of) that $200,000 to $300,000 savings and invested it in subsidizing a transfer station for a year. As it is, look for two things. The incidence of people dumping where they shouldn’t is going to rise. And the sweating “little guy,” hauling old drywall to London this summer, is probably going to blame the city. Unfortunately, the right thing rarely makes the best politics.

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Dear editor, I was reading an article in the weekly news and I was just curious about a quote in it from Alderman Dave Warden. He says, speaking about the Elgin St.Thomas Public Health Unit, “The fact is we had to move anyway from the last building because it was so old.” Well, the police services building is older than that and we are STILL waiting on some movement with that project. I ask you this Mr. Warden, why is it that this issue can’t be solved as fast as the “under $10 million project”? I am saddened and disgusted with certain members of city council and I ask you all to respond to my letter. I beg of you to call me at home, send me an email, talk to me on facebook or face to face is my preference.  I also am gong to once again call on voters in this year’s municipal election to not vote for the name you know because we have seen what that does. St.Thomas should be a thriving city not a recycling factory full of the same stuff in different forms. Do not fall for the same old same old. I am a supporter of the new building for the police because they deserve it and deserve to be out of limbo that our past councils have put them there. -Shawn Claridge, St. Thomas

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This ability to access agendas and min- cent responsible,” Pettapiece went on to utes for a specific meeting on one screen, say. rather than searching through individual His argument is that some form of profolders, is a huge improvement over the portionate liability is long overdue, espeCivicWeb portal cially when 38 U.S. states have gone that The Feb. 10 meeting of the municipality standard approach. of Central Elgin opened on a positive note A very handy feature, and one not often route. as Chandra Dougall, Policy and Commu- seen on municipal websites, is the option He believes that joint and several liability is the primary nications Analyst, gave a demonstration of to have topics of interest consistently decontributor to rising the municipality’s new web portal. premiums, which esThe portal is accessed via a link at the livered to your email pecially affect small top of the regular website’s home page, inbox. special and rural, and makes it much Regular, ties that can least afeasier and faster to access information re- and planning meetings of council can ford to pay. lated to agendas, minutes and reports. Pettapiece introSearches are as efficient as before, but each be subscribed duced a private memit’s easier to see what you want up front to, as can the agendas ber’s resolution in the and therefore much easier to access what and minutes of the Special Events Comyou need. Central Elgin council Ontario legislature mittee. which he hopes will To subreform the current Here to assist scribe, visit www.centralelgin. approach to assessing liability. His letter you with, click on E-Updates, asked council to support it. and follow the instructions. Don Leitch, chief administrative offiyour Federal Joint and Several Liability cer and clerk, said that the Association of Government Issues Council received a letter from Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) recomRandy Pettapiece, MPP of Perth mends support as well. and Wellington counties, with an “This is an issue that AMO has been inunusually straightforward open- volved in discussions with the provincial Elgin - Middlesex - London government for a number of years, and 24 First Ave Unit 2, St.Thomas, ing: “Rising municipal insurance although the motion from Mr. Pettapiece ON N5R 4M5 premiums must be reined in. Mu- doesn’t describe a specific plan to address (519) 637-2255 nicipalities… can be on the hook it, it asks for the government to take for massive damage awards even tion.” Council agreed to support the resoif they are deemed just one per- lution. STEVE OGDEN Weekly News Correspondent

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Doing it right It wasn’t on the agenda, but a memo handed out after the meeting bears repeating. The municipality of Central Elgin has been cited in the Winter 2013 Ontario Good Roads Association Milestones magazine as “An Example of Doing it Right” when it comes to road maintenance record keeping and provincially mandated Minimum Maintenance Standards. In the winter of 2001 an accident occurred on Highbury Avenue in Central Elgin, triggering a lawsuit. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal ultimately dismissed the action against the municipality noting that it acted with reasonable care. The outcome of the lawsuit demonstrates the importance of municipalities documenting actions that are taken and maintaining good records. The article states that, “One of the absolute best examples of municipalities using the combination of the Minimum Maintenance Standards and excellent record keeping can be found in [this] case…” The complete article can be found at, by clicking Services, Milestones, Current Issue. The article is titled, Beyond MMS: Limiting Municipal Liability During Winter Events.

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9 Knights support Women’s Shelter: The Knights of Columbus (KOC) made a $500 ­donation in support of Building Hope Saving Lives and its campaign to build a new women’s shelter. Women’s Place is the only emergency shelter in Elgin county, serving a population of 87,000 people across St. Thomas, Aylmer, West Lorne and other communities. Left to right: church director for KOC Gord Smith, committee member for Building Hope Saving Lives Jean Bowden, KOC community activities chair Jim Lumley, chair of the Building Hope Saving Lives committee Carole Watson and executive director of Violence Against ­Women ­Services Elgin County Liz Brown.

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way between Delhi and St. Thomas and it provides access to markets all over North America through interchanges operated by CN and CP. Since CN started looking for a new operator for the line, Preston said he and Yurek had been talking to people about the line and hearing a lot of different things. Not everyone seemed to agree on what was needed, how much it would cost to repair the line, who was interested and

The St. Thomas and Eastern Railway, the only east/west railway link through St. Thomas and Elgin, has until October to find someone willing to pay for its operation and maintenance. In December, Trillium Railway, the railway’s operator, announced it would cease local operations, citing cost pressures related to necessary enhancements to the existing infrastructure. The news caused a regional economic development problem as a number of businesses throughout Elgin and Norfolk County rely on the rail link. The rail line has since reverted back to CN, who has since been looking for someone willing to take over the costs of operating and maintaining the line. On remaining spas “If we don’t have an agreement by Oct 9, the line will then be ofand fireplaces fered to various levels of governShowroom stock only ment,” said Jim Feeny, director of CN public affairs. A meeting to discuss the future of the railway was held Feb. 19 between CN, some key stakeholders, MPP Jeff Yurek and MP Joe Preston for Elgin-Middlesex-London. Preston confirmed at least two shortline railways were interested in taking over the St. Thomas and Eastern Railway, but would not confirm who. “When we heard the operator Come in for details was walking away from the line and it was going back to CN, we OPEN YEAR ROUND: Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat. 9-4 thought ‘Oh, no. What are we going WE SERVICE WHAT WE SELL to do’?” he said. “At least there’s people willing to operate the lines.” 43784 Talbot Line - RR#3 The St. Thomas and Eastern rail line consists of 33.6 miles of railSt. Thomas 633-2430

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Real estate has historically remained a sound investment, boasting a long-term appreciation rate that makes it a worthwhile investment for those who can withstand temporary setbacks in housing prices and hold on to their properties over the long haul. But investors are often nervous as they look for their first properties. Uncertainty about housing prices aside, investing in real estate also is risky, and first-time investors need to be comfortable with such risk in order to make the most of their investments. Time Investors must be sure they have the time to address their tenants’ concerns, especial-

ly investors with no plans to hire property management firms. Potential investors who already have full plates at work and at home may not be able to devote the time necessary to make the most of their real estate investments, and therefore might be better off finding another way to invest their money. Time also must be considered when considering profits. Real estate is not the type of investment that turns a profit overnight. Even investors who are looking to invest in an upand-coming neighborhood must be prepared to hold onto their properties for at least a few years, if not much longer, to maximize their investments.

Size First-time real estate investors might be wise to choose a smaller property for their initial investment. Larger properties can be overwhelming to manage, and investors often rely on property management firms to tend to these properties. Such firms charge more to manage bigger properties, which can eat into investors’ finances. Veteran investors can handle such overhead costs, but first-timers might find themselves caught off guard upon realizing the gravity of their financial commitment. A good rule of thumb for first-time investors is to stick to smaller properties, only moving on to larger build-

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Downsizing to a smaller home can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including less home to clean and maintain, more affordable utility bills and lower property taxes. But the decision to downsize is rarely black and white, and men and women often struggle with that decision. Personal finances If your retirement nest egg is not as substantial as you would like it to be, then it would seem as though downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home is a great opportunity for you to start catching up on your retirement savings. But that’s only true if your new home won’t incur any additional expenses that are already taken care of in your current home. For example, your current home may be fully furnished, while a new, smaller home may require you to buy all new furniture because your existing items simply won’t fit. If you plan to move into a condominium, you can ex-

pect to pay monthly homeowners association fees, and such fees are often substantial. So while the condo itself might be smaller, the additional expenses associated with the property may end up making the smaller home more expensive and preventyou from saving more money for retirement. Real estate market There are seller’s markets and there are buyer’s markets, and ideally you would like to sell your home in a seller’s market. But keep in mind that this might be the same market in which you hope to buy a new home. If the city or town where you currently live is in the midst of a seller’s market and you are planning on moving to a location where buyers have the upper hand, then now might be a great time to move. But if you currently live in a buyer’s market and hope to move to a seller’s market, then you may end up paying a steep price, even when downsizing to a smaller home.

Things may even themselves out if you want to downsize to a smaller home within your current community, but do your homework nonetheless, researching the time of year when you’re most likely to get the most for your home and find the best deal on your next place. Space Once the kids have moved out, couples may feel like all of that extra space is going to waste. But that can be a kneejerk reaction, and upon a more thorough examination of the space and your needs you may just find that you can put all of that extra square footage to good use after all. If you have always wanted your own art studio, then now might be the perfect time to make that a reality. If, after considering the space in your home, you find that the extra square footage really is just upkeep then you would no doubt like a cozier home that’s less of a responsibility to maintain.

Southwold will be using the vote-bymail method once again as the Oct. 27 municipal elecion comes around. Clerk Donna Clermont recommended using this voting method again in a report to council, saying that it has been used since 2003. In previous elections, the vote-by-mail method resulted in a turnout of 49 percent in 2010, 39 percent in 2006 and 46 percent in 2003. In the vote-by-mail system, the voter kit with instructions is usually mailed out a few weeks prior to voting day and the completed ballot can be returned by mail or in person in a secrecy envelope with a

signed voter declaration form in a postage pre-paid envelope so long as it is received at the Township Administration Office before the close voting on Election Day. An advantage to vote-by-mail is many obstacles which may have prevented voters from attending their poll are removed, such as inclement weather, family commitments, work commitments and transportation. Southwold is currently accepting nominations for the offices of mayor, deputy mayor and councillors. The term of office will be a four-year term commencing Dec. 1, 2014 to Nov. 30, 2018.

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Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on April 15, 2014, at the Municipal Office, 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0.

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Getting ready for the relay: Katey Berzins (left) signs herself up to participate in the Relay for Life during the registration and info night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Thomas on Feb. 20. Beside Berzins is Crystal Underhill, volunteer chair of the 2014 Relay. This year will be Berzins’ second time participating in the Relay as part of the June Rose Callwood team. This year, the local Relay has issued a challenge with the Woodstock Relay For Life to see which city can register the most teams between Feb. 14 and March 14. The Relay is coming up June 20-21.


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GOOD ON ICE: (Left to right) Ainsley May, Development 3; Mackenzie Ripley, Pre Novice; Grace Renner, Senior Bronze Starskate; and Paige Blondeel, Juvenile under 14, all represented the St Thomas Skating Club at the Dennis Silverthorne Competition at Timken Arena in St.Thomas on Feb. 8-9. Renner placed 1st - gold in her flight. The St. Thomas Skating Club is currently taking registration for the spring sessions and will be hosting their annual ice show on March 30 at the Memorial arena.


St.Thomas Stars #23 Aiden Jamieson blasts his first Stars goal past St.Mary’s Lincolns goalie Andrew Masters at 18:22 of the third period to which would prove to be the winning goal. Stars Spencer Hutchinson would also net an empty net goal to complete the 6-4 win for St.Thomas. We provide families with respectful In the second, John Warren and affordable funeral, memorial and TIM HARVEY scored for the Stars, while the cremation services. Free, no-obligation Weekly News Correspondent Lincolns evened the score with a preplanning and prepayment consultation goal. The St.Thomas Stars would end is available.

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the last at home game on the positive side with a 6-4 win over the St.Mary’s Lincolns at the Timken Centre in St.Thomas Feb. 20. St.Mary’s opened the scoring in the first period at 3:49 on a power play with Stars Cam Garrow serving a penalty for delay of game. St.Thomas countered with a goal by Chris Carreiro at 13:36.

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The third period saw the Stars and Lincoln’s trade four goals in the first nine minutes with Stars goals by Luc Knight and Chris Carreiro scoring his second of the game. A tight defensive battle left both teams tied and it looked like overtime might have been looming until Aiden Jamieson scored his first Stars goal at 18:22. Spencer Hutchinson bagged an empty net goal at 19:30 to give the Stars a 6–4 victory over St.Mary’s. Nikolas Dampier made 30 saves for the Stars on 34 shots. St. Thomas incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors, while St. Marys incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. This was the last home game of the regular season for St.Thomas, however they start playoffs this week against the Lasalle Vipers with the first home games Feb. 28 and March 4. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Timken Centre.


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Martin Hendel, 31, of St. Thomas is a professional disc golf player who will be competing at the Memorial Championship Feb. 26 to March 1, which is the first of eight events in the National Tour Elite Series. Players will compete for the title of 2014 PDGA National Tour champion.

Martin Hendel of St. Thomas, will be heading to Arizona this weekend to play disc golf against some of the top players in a national tour event. Hendel, 31, placed 36th out of 92 in the men’s open at the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge in Las Vegas on Feb. 22-24, which was his first big tournament of the season. Now he’s ready to test himself at the even larger National Tour 2014 Memorial Championship. This A Tier professional disc golf tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona runs Feb. 26 to March 1. “It’s pretty big. There will be high calibre competition. A lot of really good players. I haven’t played there, myself, so it’s going to be interesting,” Hendel said. “The Americans have always had a strong hold on the game. You get a lot of the top calibre players that are going to be there because they are sponsored.” The National Tour will feature the top players in the men’s and women’s open divisions as they compete in the sixth annual Drive for the Championship. The point series will consist of the first seven National Tour Elite Series events plus the series finale, the Rochester Flying Disc Open. Players will accumulate points throughout the season as they compete for trophies, cash bonuses and

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the title of 2014 PDGA National Tour Series Champion. Despite the cold weather and snow, Hendel has been practicing disc golf to make sure he’s up for the challenge ahead of him. “I’ve been practicing, mostly indoor putting to get used to not playing in the cold, but I have been playing a lot of outdoors also, to stay in shape,” he said. Hendel has been playing disc golf since he was a teenager, but only really started taking the game seriously when he was 19 and he competed in his first tournament in Pinafore Park, St. Thomas. In that tournament, Hendel placed 12th out of 52. He played in the same tournament the following year and placed fourth, and then first the year after that. Since then, Hendel has been hooked. “It comes down to a mental game. you have to really focus on the things you need,” he said. “A strong mental game comes into play once you’ve developed the physical part of the game.” Hendel plays locally with the St. Thomas disc golf club, which averages somewhere between 40-50 members. Hendel says he has an addictive personality and is competitive by nature, which may have contributed to his success at disc golf. “In my opinion, it’s the greatest game. Most people don’t realize how fun of a game it is until they play.” To learn more about the National Tour and to check the standings, visit

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In 2006, the first World Kidney Day was observed to create awareness among public regarding the importance of kidneys in relation to overall health and also reduce the impact of kidneyrelated disorders worldwide. It is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations and is observed in more than 100 countries. It is celebrated on the second Thursday in March, and this year it is on March 13th. The kidneys serve as the natural filter of the body, removing waste products such as urea and ammonium. They are also responsible for regulation of blood pressure and for producing important hormones in the body. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. This happens gradually, usually months to years. People in early stages of CKD have often no symptoms or symptoms go unnoticed. Common causes of CKD include inflammatory diseases of the kidney, infections, obstruction in the urinary tract and inherited disorders like

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To run a recycling facility like the one planned, the city will need a certificate of approval from the Ministry of the Environment, a process taking a minimum of six months, according to Cosens. The Select Waste Committee is also currently working on a phone app that will help people manage their household waste disposal. The My Waste smartphone and tablet app will be free to download and will give collection dates, rescheduled pick-up information, and let users report problems. The app is expected to be launched mid-March.

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have a minimum $25 charge per load. However, a $12.50 rebate will be provided for St. Thomas residents. The arrangement with these recycling firms will continue until St. Thomas completes a new recycling facility of its own. An $800,000 capital expenditure has been approved for construction of Phase 1 of the facility, which should be open by mid-2015. “This will be a state of the art recycling and recovery facility, eventually having scales for the people coming in, and it will serve everyone in St. Thomas as well as surrounding areas,” Cosens said.

Buckland donation: Buckland Custom Brokers made a donation of $9,207.47 to the Elgin ­ St. Thomas United Way on Feb. 10. The money was raised through events ­including a pie in the face contest, a bake sale, and sale of halloween treat bags. Left to right: executive director of Elgin St. Thomas United Way Paul Shaffer, human resources coordinator Amanda Phillips, IT manager Ryan Walsh, business and information system specialist Meghan Mills, cus­ toms ­professional education coordinator Sarah McMillan, customs account analyst Yvonne Nahwegahbow and manager of compliance services Sherry Graham.




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polycystic kidney disease. In both developed and developing nations diabetes and hypertension are becoming the most common causes of CKD, especially in older people. Some key points to good kidney health: Keep fit and active; control your blood sugar/ blood pressure; eat healthy and keep your weight in check; maintain a healthy fluid intake; don’t smoke; avoid the regular use of anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil, Motrin or Aleve.) Early detection and treatment of CKD not only slows or halts the progression of patients to end-state renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure, but can also significantly reduce the increased incidence of heart diseases. ESRD may cause a person to require major burdensome lifestyle changes and is extremely costly for the healthcare system. Early detection is critical if you have risk factors such as: Diabetes, high blood pressure, African, Asian or Aboriginal descent or if you or one of your family members has kidney disease. A routine test of urine, blood and blood pressure can reassure or detect if there are any early signs of kidney problems. Take care of yourselves and each other.

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want to share a young girl’s story and experience when her grandfather was near the end of his life. Hospital visits, staying in a different town surrounded by many family members and observing the reactions of those around her established a foundation for her final memories of “Grampy.” You might wonder if it was appropriate for younger children to see someone dying. This young girl, age six, had the opportunity to be a part of the grieving process and given age appropriate ways to understand what was happening. Teachable moments provided the opportunity for her to ask questions and receive answers. Being able to share her grief with others helped prevent her from making up her

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own misconceived notions of what death and dying was all about. Experiencing the gradual process of “Grampy” dying in the hospital was full of newness. All of the senses were touched; the smells, noises, the feel of a hand no longer the same as it once was and being an observer. Can you picture her sitting off to the side and watching the adults, listening to what they were saying and when no one was watching sharing a silent moment of eye contact with “Grampy”? I wonder what went through her thoughts. With deep emotions she composed a song after her “Grampy” died: “Sometimes I don’t know where I am going, but I want you to come home with me. You hold me tight like a bunny and I don’t know where I am going without you. I am writing this song because I miss you and I’m afraid I’ll forget you sometimes…La la laaaaa. To Silly Grampy, Love___” Permission was obtained to share her song with you. What would your song sound like?


There are also a number of new functions offered by the CivicWeb Portal, including the ability to access agendas and minutes for a specific meeting on one screen, rather than searching through individual folders. Citizens can also subscribe to meetings of interest which will provide an email notification that an agenda or set of minutes for that meeting type have been published. To subscribe, visit the Portal and click on E-Updates.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update – Community Survey The Municipality of Central Elgin is undertaking a review of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This Plan will look ahead to identify the community’s needs and priorities related to parks, trails, open space, recreation facilities and leisure services for community residents. One of the major initiatives within the first phase of the Plan is community consultation. One of the consultation activities is an online community survey that can be found on the Municipal website (, or on the Municipal Facebook page (Municipality of Central Elgin). Thank you for your participation!

Employment Opportunities A number of seasonal employment opportunities are now available on our website! Visit and you will find Employment Opportunities under the Civic Centre menu. My-Waste App Never miss another garbage collection day! Download the My-Waste app to obtain a personalized waste collection calendar, set reminders, obtain waste information or report a problem to Central Elgin - pothole, garbage, etc. All you need is an Android or Apple phone or tablet. Visit the appropriate app store, download the app to your device, and select your info.

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Donation to YWCA: The YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin received a donation of $1,000 from Mennonite Savings & Credit Union, Aylmer Branch. The donation will help provide safe housing to women, youth and men. Left to right: Cheryl Simmons, YWCA residence manager; Elaine Cowan, MCSU account manager; Pete Peters, MCSU branch manager; Susan Boehm, YWCA board president and Marla Champion, YWCA executive director.

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This quote is to secure a lessee for the municipally owned frontage along Colborne Street in Port Stanley on Kettle Creek. Quotations will be received until 11:00 am Wednesday, March 12. For more information, please visit or contact Tim McKenna, Manager of Environment & Community Services at 519-631-4860 ext 287. CE-012-14 Rented Construction and Maintenance Equipment This tender is to request rental rate quotations to receive 2014 Equipment Rental Rates from qualified Contractors for the purpose of supplementing the Municipality’s own forces and equipment as required from time to time. Tenders close on Tuesday March 4, 2014 - 11:00 am. For more information regarding the above tender, please contact Birdie Peynenburg at 519-6314860 ext 283. CE-013-14 2014 Aggregate Quotations This tender is to determine the unit costs of the various aggregate producers within a reasonable haul distance of the Municipality of Central Elgin. Tenders close on: Tuesday March 4, 2014 11:15 am. For more information regarding the above tender, please contact Birdie Peynenburg at 519-631-4860 ext 283.

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Community Bulletin Board March 4 - Pancake Supper 5-7 pm @ St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave., real maple syrup, free will offering. Everyone is welcome. Pancake and Sausage Supper, all you can eat, Tuesday March 4th 5-7pm Redeemer Lutheran Church, 271 Elm St. $6 adults $4 children (4-12) 519-631-9053. Pancake Supper, March 4, 5-7. $6 Adults, $4 kids 4-12. Destination Church, 668 Talbot Street, St. Thomas. Pancake Supper with Sausages and Back Bacon, Holy Angels’ Church Hall, 502 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Tuesday, March 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $5. Children 12 and under $2.50. Pancake Supper, St. Hilda’s - St. Luke’s 185 Elm St. 5-7pm. Pancakes, sausages, dessert and drink. $6 adults. $3 children. Tickets at the door. Mar 4. Every Tuesday Euchre 2 - 4 pm at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Best game of Euchre in town! Freewill offering. 519.631.7368. March 4 - Tuesday, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group 10:30 am at St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave. For info 519-6314558. Everyone is welcome. Arthur Voaden Fashion Show Wednesday, March 5. Grad and Prom Dresses starting at $50.00. $10 Admission. For tickets call 519 631-3770. Wed. March 5, 2014; Dutton & District Lions Bingo; $500 Jackpot; plus, Progressive & Bonanza; 7 PM at

Dutton Dunwich Community Centre. St. Thomas Seniors Centre 1st Annual Bridal Show Saturday March 29. Vendors wanted. R.S.V.P by March 5 to reserve a spot. March 6 - Thursday Euchre Games & Lunch, 1:30 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone welcome; for info 519-631-4558. Field Naturalist Meeting March 7, Friday at 7:30 pm at Knox Church, St. Thomas. Speaker Brenda Gallagher on Prairies and Meadows. Info 519-631-5279. Mar 8. Killer Yard Sale Mar 8 from 8 am – 12 noon at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Your treasure awaits. Goose & Seuss by Little Red Theatre: Saturday, March 8, 2 p.m., at the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Contact 519-773-8220.

Frog and Frogette pool tournament, March 8, in the sports room at the St. Thomas Legion. Play begins at 12:00 noon. $5.00 per team. A team shall consist of one male and one female.

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Death Notices CARVER, Rev. Arthur “Lloyd” of St. Thomas passed away Monday February 17, 2014. He was a WW II veteran and United Church minister who was also a 67 year Mason. A funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FEHR, Bridget Angel Prisilla of Aylmer passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014, in her 41st year. She was born in St. Thomas. A funeral service was held February 25. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. GRIFFIN, David John of London passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in his 70th year. He was a member of the Hughes team that sent the first unmanned spacecraft to the moon. A funeral service was held at the Pattison family home February 20.  H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HILL, Ruby Emily of Bobier Villa, Dutton, and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014. She worked

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as a legal secretary for Peter Gloin and later worked for the Office of the Crown Attorney. A funeral service was held February 26. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HOWARD, MRS. JOYCE (nee ORFORD), of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in her 85th year. A funeral service was held on February 26.  Sifton Funeral Home. LANGLEY, Susan “Sue” of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday February 18, 2014 in her 73rd year. She was a retired teacher and long-time YWCA board member. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated February 22. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. OSTRANDER, Betty “Boop” Joyce (Mizon) of West Lorne passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014, in her 84th year. A funeral service was held February 23.  Interment at CowalMcBride Cemetery at a later date. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors. PLETZ, Jean (Mistele) (Roberts) of Valleyview Home, St. Thomas passed away Friday

February 21, 2014 in her 89th year. She worked in insurance offices and was a former co-owner of Elgin Pet. A funeral service was held February 26. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. RIEMARERSMA, Mary Joan (Finley) of St. Thomas passed away Sunday February 16, 2014 in her 80th year. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas. A funeral service was held February 21. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SARIS, NICOLAAS J. “NICK”, of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014, in his 60th year. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave., St. Thomas on Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Sifton Funeral Home. SHAW, Carl Dennie of St. Thomas passed away Thursday February 20, 2014 in his 80th year. He was a co-owner of Shaw’s Ice Cream. A funeral service was held February 26. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

STACPOOLE, Mary Ellen “Bonnie” of St. Thomas passed away Friday February 14, 2014. She worked for TD, Clark Equipment and VME, and Knox Presbyterian Church. A funeral service was held February 19. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TROTTIER, Jules Joseph of St. Thomas passed away Thursday February 20, 2014 in his 75th year. He was retired from St. Joseph’s High School and an avid hockey fan. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated February 24. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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Indoor Playground every Wednesday 9:30-11:30 am for kids 0-5 years. Parents, grandparents and caregivers Please email your non-profit event to welcome. Knox Presbyterian, Hincks before Monday at 10:00am (25 words or less) No web addresses or email & Wellington, St. Thomas. addresses please. Limit of one listing per organization March 1 - Saturday, Messy Church, per issue. Space permitting. No attachments please. 4:30-6:30 pm, all ages learning together Feb 27 - Bible Questions at St. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 Andrew’s United Church; everyone is West Ave., info 519-631-4558. welcome. For info 519-631-4558. Book Clearance Sale, 1 Bag of Books $1. Feb 27 - Thursday, Kickers 6pm at St. Friends of the Library - Used Books Annex Andrew’s United Church, mid week group Elgin Mall ends March 1, Mon ages 5- 13, games music craft. Everyone – Sat, 9:30-3:30pm. welcome; for more info 519-631-4558. Feb 28. Almighty Roast Beef Supper. Friday Volunteers will E-file taxes for low-income people (single under $30,000, couple Feb 28 from 5-7 pm at St. John’s Church under $35,000). St Thomas Library, on Flora St. Hands down, our supper is Carnegie Rm, Mondays 9:30-2:30 & The Best Value in town! 519.631.7368. Tuesdays 2:00- 7:00. Mar. 3 to Apr. 29. Fabulous, Family Friendly Friday Concerts Coffee & Peer Support Group (anon.) 7pm. Destination Church, 669 Talbot, St. for people exp. Children’s Aid issues Thomas. Feb. 28 - Cindy Baker. March past or present, Weds. 1:30-3:30 pm, 5 - Deni Gauthier. Freewill Offering. Carnegie room, St Thomas Library Rotary Music Festival Awards at Salvation until Mar. 26 (except Mar. break). Army, Friday Feb. 28, 7pm. Awards for Crafter’s Market and Clear Out Saturday top vocalist and pianists; Tom Cunniffe March 1, 10 am until 1 pm. 77 scholarship for an instrumentalist. Free Fairview Ave. Vendors selling crafts will donation. 226-377-2958. and crafting supplies. Proceeds to St. Thomas Christian Church hosts All Breed Canine Rescue. World Day of Prayer w/ theme “EgyptTalbotville Optimist Club Pancake Supper Streams In The Desert.” Bible Study Mar. 4, 4:30-7pm at Talbotville United Fri., Feb. 28 2pm. WDOP Fri., Mar. 7 Church. Age 5 and under: Free. Ages 2pm, w/ speaker Rev. Janet Anstead. 6-12: $2.50. Families: $20. Singles: $5. RV owner with time to spare? We Tuesday March 4 Pancakes ‘n Sausages are looking for volunteers to drive our Supper, Fellowship Church, 641 Elm mobile clinic.  Call Cathy at the Central @ Manor Rd., 5-7pm, $6 adult, $3 Community Health Centre 519-633-7989. child<12, $15 family, supersize for $2 Has your life been affected by someone else’s more. Benefits local ministries. drinking? If so, AL-ANON is for you! We will help. Call 519-434-2613 or 1-888-4al-ANON. March 4, Pancake Supper, 5-7 pm, Trinity Anglican Church, Church with the Troubled by someone else’s drinking? We Purple Steeple, 55 Southwick Street. will help! Alateen - Mondays at 6:30pm, St. Free will offering. Proceeds to Community Thomas Christian Church, 451 Wellington Outreach Dinners. 519-631-7000.   Street, St. Thomas. Phone 519-434-2613. Mar 4. Stack’em High Pancakes & Sausage Do you have some spare time during the Supper Mar 4, 5 – 7 pm, St. John’s day? VON is in need of Transportation Church on Flora St. Cost $6. Children volunteers. Contact VON at 519$3. Under 5 – Free. 519.631.7368. 637-6408 for more information. Tuesday, March 4 Pancake Supper, Students, adults, grandparents all Central United Church, 135 Wellington welcome to come volunteer at Animal St. Dessert Incl. Music by Kim Ladd. Aide. We need your help!! 333 Talbot Two Seatings 4:30 or 6:00 pm. Tickets St., St. Thomas. 519-633-3788. $7.50. Under 6 Yrs Free. 631-3503. Advertise your community event here...


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