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Paul Jenkins executive director of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, welcomed six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes to the hospital March 15. Hughes is biking across Canada for 110 days to raise awareness about mental health issues.

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David Aristone has been chosen to be the new director of finance and treasurer for the City of St. $2.99 Thomas, replacing Bill Day who Tuesday & is retiring. Fridays Aristone, a chartered accoun$8.99 tant, is a St. Thomas native who Pollock Dinner brings with him 23 years of direct

municipal finance experience. Currently, he is employed in Bayham municipality as treasurer and acting CAO. “We have appreciated the work Bill Day has done within the treasury department. We look forward to having Mr. Aristone join

our team within the department to provide strategic guidance and day-to-day direction with regard to our city’s finances,” said mayor Heather Jackson. Aristone will begin his duties April 7. Outgoing treasurer Day served 10 years at city hall.

Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes received a warm welcome to St. Thomas as she arrived to spread her message about stopping the stigma associated with mental illness. Hughes, a 41-year-old Olympic cyclist and speed skater, began a 12,000-km bike tour

across Canada on March 14. Her 110-day tour will end July 1 in Ottawa and will include visits to 95 communities. On March 15, after 223 km travelled so far, Hughes arrived in St. Thomas, and even took time to stop by the statue of Jumbo the elephant on Talbot Street. “Rolling into town we had so many honks and cheers,” Hughes said.


An expanded facility at Railway City Brewing means more beer for everyone, thanks in part to major funding support from the province. The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is investing $122,630 into Railway City Brewing, supporting the renovation of its 13,500-square-foot building. This investment has already allowed Railway City to install four new fermenters, which can handle about twice as much beer as their old equipment. This expansion will mean creating 12 new jobs at the facility, and help retain its 11 existing jobs. By mid-2014, the facility should have even more fermenters and an automated bottling line. Dr. Eric Hoskins, minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, made the funding announcement March 13. “As the jobs minister, I’m always excited to share success stories like this one,” Hoskins said. “The craft-beer industry is See BREWING, Page 2

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Spreading awareness about mental health issues they saw me on TV and how great I was, and I felt like nothing.” But it wasn’t that simple. Months passed and Hughes fell into a “I came home from my first Olympics state of depression, feeling ashamed of who with two bronze medals and I thought she was and what she was going through. this is going to make all these feelings go “Because everybody always expected me away,” she said. “Everyone was telling me to be strong and fast and good and be that athlete who won those medals, I felt I couldn’t show myself and I had to hide myself until I made myself better,” she said. After finally talking to a doctor, Hughes realized she was not alone, that one in five Canadians at the Seniors Centre deal with mental health issues. Now, at every stop along her on Friday March 28th journey, Hughes wants to tell peo9:30am-2:30pm for community presenters, displays and door prizes. ple to stop the stigma associated Free Lasagna Lunch with mental health. People shouldn’t be discrimiOpen to all Seniors nated against for having a menPlease register by calling 519-633-2850 tal illness, and people affected shouldn’t feel shame that prevents St. Thomas Seniors’ Recreation Centre them from getting help. 225 Chestnut, St. Thomas


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“We need to be more compassionate with each other,” she said. “You shouldn’t be ashamed of struggling or going through something like depression.” Mark Nouwen, 35, grew up in Elgin County and has been dealing with issues of depression and anxiety for more than 20 years. He moved to St. Thomas in September, and has been getting help from the mental health program at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, which started in January. “Once I started coming here, I found the service by everyone, from the therapists, reception staff to the doctors, has been nothing but stellar. They’re very compassionate, kind, very knowledgeable and understanding,” he said. “Once you realize there are millions of other Canadians dealing with this, then the stigma becomes less. Mental health is just as much a crisis as cancer or heart disease ... It’s huge someone like Clara would put herself in the spotlight and share part of her story. It’s only when we

share our stories we begin to learn we are not alone.” Hughes made another appearance the following day at the Talbot Teen Centre before hopping on her bike again to head for Chatham. Hughes is being followed across Canada by a bus driven by St. Thomas resident Abe Thiessen. The bus carries Hughes’ gear, clothes, food, and other things she needs. Thiessen has been a Greyhound bus driver for five years. He said he’s proud to be a part of this tour that’s about ending stigma because he’s seen for himself how people in his own family have been mistreated because of mental health issues. “My wife supports this. I’ll be gone on the road for 110 days and she supports it 100 percent because she has personally seen the discrimination that takes place,” he said. “This one really hits close to my heart.” Follow Hughes’ progress on her Twitter account, @ClaraHughes_.

Brewing up more jobs in St. Thomas the province at our 47 licensed microbreweries.” literally a made-in-Ontario success Railway City wasn’t the only local story that generates over $200 mil- company to benefit. It was also anlion into the Ontario economy. We’re a nounced Lumar Machining and Manuglobal leader in this sector, producing facturing in St. Thomas would be supover 140 different styles of beer across ported with $374,472 for its business expansion, which would create eight new jobs and retain 14. MPP Jeff Yurek Constituency office will be hosting a Cooper-Standard Autonumber of “Tax Preparation Services.” Experienced CGA motive Canada Limited in volunteers will be on site to help you prepare your 2013 Glencoe received $489,833 income tax return, free of charge.


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to help launch a new production line, while creating 26 new jobs. “I would say that 20 new jobs in St. Thomas is important to the local community,” Hoskins said. Since October, 2012, the government has committed $36 million through Southwestern Ontario Development Funding, helping to create or protect approximately 9,000 jobs across southwestern Ontario. Most of those jobs are in the manufacturing industry. Railway City moved to its larger facility in June, a step up Tri-Axle Driver Required from the 2,500-square-foot size of its previous location. for the London and “New equipment allows us to produce high-quality, consistent St. Thomas area. beer with the finest ingredients, D-Z license with a good many produced locally,” said John Peart, president of Railway drivers abstract required. City. “Over the past three years Email resume to our customers have had to suffer through many shortages of their favourite beer ... This expansion Fax to 519-764-2613 or call will prevent that from happen519-764-2617 ext 115. ing in 2014.”

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Tribute to The Eagles in Port Stanley

On March 29 at 3 and 8 p.m., the music of The Eagles will be celebrated at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre with a new Canadian touring show called New Kid In Town: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute. Comprised of some of Canada’s leading session musicians, including Mike Daley from the Jeff Healey Band, New Kid in Town will perform all of the hits from the Eagles’ extensive career.

The evening will be comprised of two sets, with the first half featuring all the songs from the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975. After an intermission, the band will return with more classic hits from the latter portion of The Eagles’ career. Tickets are available at the theatre box office, 302 Bridge St., via phone at 519-7824353 (toll free at 1-855-782-4353) or online at

To make fire safety a reality, soon the smoke detectors will practically be coming to your door and asking to be put up. On March 22, two teams, made up of St. Thomas firefighters and members of the St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association (STEHBA) will be knocking on doors of homes in selected areas of St. Thomas. Homeowners will be asked if they have a functioning smoke alarm on each floor. If they do not, and if the homeowners

wish it to be done, the STEHBA members will install one smoke alarm on each floor of the home. The installation is provided at no cost. The smoke alarms for this “smoke alarm blitz” have been provided by Geerlinks Home Hardware at a reduced rate. “The idea originated with other municipalities that have done this successfully,” said Lesley Hutton, president of St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association. “It’s a great cause. Smoke alarms are the first line of defense.” The fire department and the home builders have chosen what parts of St. Thomas

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will be covered by the blitz. However, it’s a surprise. The areas will not be announced in advance. The fire department will also provide fresh batteries if smoke alarms are already in place but are running low on power. Each unit will be tested to see it is in working order before the team moves on. “We want to bring awareness to the dangers of not having a working alarm,” Hutton said. “Too often injuries and damage could be avoided if there were preventative measures in place. We hope to inspire the whole community to pay closer attention to fire safety.”

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Hayhoe Homes draftsman Cle Darsault (left), firefighter Scott Gilchrist, Hayhoe Homes operations manager and president of St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association Lesley Hutton, firefighter Dave Knight, Alex Dias, and Stefanie Coleman-Dias, Coleman Dias 3 Construction Inc., prepare for the smoke alarm blitz March 22 in St. Thomas.


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The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office, 35663 Fingal Line. Description of Lands: ROLL NO. 34 24 000 044 11700 0000, 35788 TALBOT LINE, PIN 35141-0226 LT, PT LT 15 CON NWNBTR SOUTHWOLD AS IN E397783; SOUTHWOLD, FILE NO. ENSD12-004-TT Minimum Tender Amount: $31,976.95

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The St. Thomas Fire Department will a­ lso leave behind an information package at each home. If a home owner is too busy at the time of the blitz, they will be invited to contact the fire department to arrange an appointment to review their requirements. Home owners in areas not included in the blitz may contact the St. Thomas Fire Department to arrange for a review of their fire safety systems. In Ontario there were 20 deaths from 17 fires from Jan. 1 to March 13 in 2013. During the same period in 2014, there were 24 death from 16 fires.

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mistake for a beginner. Everything is electronic … the cards, the chips, the bets and raises, the calls, the folds. Sitting at the The view end doubles your chances of NOT being from here able to see anything that’s going on. All players also have an electronic sumTerry Carroll mary of what is going in front of them. At least, I think they do. The reason that I’m ecause of various commitments, not entirely certain is that electronic Texas I couldn’t go south during March Hold ’em is not a social game of poker break. Instead, on March 7, the where you play the players as much as first Friday of Lent, I harkened on to the you play your cards. It’s poker played at OLG slots advertising and embarked on a the speed of light (while the novice player mini-vacation at the Western Fair. languishes in the dark). “Bet you’ll have fun” is one of OLG’s And at the speed of light, my $100 slogans. Uh-huh. evaporated into the poker bank accounts of A big part of the draw was a commercial the other men at my table. Three of them I’d seen for electronic Texas Hold ’em. were young. This trio was actually kind to I like the game. How hard could it be to the older guy at the table so obviously out adjust to the electronic version? You’re of his depth. Their kindness was the one still playing other players, right? bright spot to the evening. I registered. Minimum is $50. I started As I left, I could console myself with the with $100 in my poker bank and played a thought that I had donated to their college few dummy hands with others to get used careers, sort of an unofficial Education to the table. With that out of the way, I said Fund contribution from the rube from St. I was OK to play. Thomas. Uh-huh, right. Bet you’ll lose your shirt. I sat at the end of an oval table. Big Uh-huh, right, exactly.


An ax to grind - time well spent Something to think about Pastor Cusick


ver had one of those moments when you thought it was best not to stop what you are doing - even though you knew it would be better? Let me give you an example. Most everyone has had the chore of removing a tree stump out of the back yard. The top part has been sawed off but there is that stubborn root. You stare at that stump/root and come up with various plans on quick removal. You check in your shed for dynamite no luck. You check your garage for a front end loader - nope. So, you do the only thing you really can. You grab your old ax and you start swinging. The more you swing, the less you cut. The dirt, grass, and stones are doing a huge number on the blade of your ax but little chips of wood keep flying off. You keep going - but sooner or later you

start thinking this: “Stop and sharpen that ax and it will work an awful lot better.” But you don’t yield to temptation you keep swinging. And, you are doing this because you fail to understand this:  “You’re never wasting your time when you’re sharpening your ax.” We all have a tendency to focus on the bigger stuff of life and forget the little foundational building blocks. If you are plastering a wall - no amount of paint will fix a poor plastering job. Taking the time to establish good habits, and good foundational lessons, are important to the end product. You are not wasting your time planning in advance. You are not wasting your time reading something simple. You are not wasting your time making sure all your ducks are in a row. Slow down! Remember to sharpen the ax, visit your grandma, write the letter, check your tires before the trip, check your account before you write the check - it will not be a waste of time. Here is some more advice from Abraham Lincoln: “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” And that is something to think about.


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Kiss me I’m Irish: Malcolm Beckwith gets a kiss from Lois Kunkel at the St. Patrick’s Day festivities March 16 at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall. Entertainers including Mike Huber, Ed Busvek and Phillip Trueman performed Irish music during the family event.

Canadians return from Afghanistan

actually have been a major contributor to the downfall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Berlin Wall. As I There are only a few nations that stage invasions with relative impunity, and we see it may find that Russia’s invasion of the Ric Wellwood Crimea may be the litmus test for Putin’s real power on the international stage. Reporters who remain in Afghanistan y the end of this month, the last say that nothing much has changed. CorCanadian soldiers to serve in Af- ruption is still rampant, the heroin busighanistan will be home and out ness is booming and tribal hatreds and of harm’s way with the exception of acts violence are ready to flare up again. by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Canada’s sacrifices will be forgotten One returning soldier told CBC this week over there, and we can hope that future that “the war is not over until the last governments will be more careful about veteran is dead.” where we put our troops. Chretien kept us It is a sobering thought that our respon- out of Iraq, so such decisions are possible sibility to our veterans does not stop once for a leadership that can work to keep the fighting is over. More than 155 died Canada in peace and prosperity. and more than 3,000 sustained injuries Our newest veterans are now back during the 12 years we were stationed in home, and some are still at risk from the Afghanistan. psychological wounds that have resulted It was Canada’s largest involvement from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is in a war zone since the Korean War, 60 tragic to see some wounded so deeply that years ago. More than 40,000 troops went suicide is the only way to end the pain. to central Asia to fight a slippery Taliban I hope that Ottawa will give our soldiers and ended up immersed in wars between the time to regroup and adjust to a life that various tribes that have been going on for is free from improvised explosives and centuries. An earlier incursion in Afghani- apparent civilians who would willingly stan by the Soviet Union lasted 25 years kill. Welcome home, veterans and thank and nearly bankrupted Moscow. It may you again and again. We will not forget.


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It’s out with the old and in with the new as St. Thomas city council has finally decided to build a new police station. The choice of whether to build a new police station or just renovate the existing one has been looming over council for years. On March 10 it all came to a close in a lengthy, and at times heated, discussion, which ended with council voting by a margin of 5-3 to approve the construction of a new police building on Third Avenue The motion was opposed by aldermen Lori Baldwin-Sands, Jeff Kohler and Mark Cosens. Council received a police station cost comparison report, prepared by the Police Building Administrative Committee, which gave

an estimation of $12.9 million to renovate the existing station, and $17.7 million to move to Third Ave. The report mentions that these figures are “derived from a host of architectural and engineering analysis,” and therefore, what either of these options would cost can’t really be known without actually going to tender. Alderman David Warden expressed confidence the move to a new building could be done in a cost-effective way. Warden is the chair of Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, which in February moved to a newly constructed facility of 30,000 square feet, about the same size needed for the new police station. The construction of the new Public Health building fell below its $10 million budget. “Because of low interest rates and competitive building contracts it is possible, with strict

budget monitoring, to build a 30,000-squarefoot building, land purchase included, for less than $10 million,” Warden said. Regardless, alderman Mark Cosens preferred to renovate the existing building at 145 Curtis St., which was built in 1971, because he saw it as the less expensive option. Cosens wanted to avoid adding any unnecessary deficit to the city’s infrastructure. “We’re pretty tight right now. This is a tough economy,” said Cosens “The police station is an investment in our community. But we have a lot of infrastructure in our community that could use some attention.” The less spent on the police station, Cosens argued, the more could be put to use on other projects, such as Talbot Street improvements. ▼




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Being honest with the taxpayers Dear editor, So I see that Lori Baldwin-Sands has a figure of $150 per house per year for 10 years just to cover the police station. And this is based on a house assessed at $180,000. Alderman Campbell calls this fearmongering. I call it being honest with the taxpayers.

Also, I see that the railway museum would like to raise $23.8 million to fix it up. Do you think anyone in this town will be left with any extra money to donate to this cause? The five members of St. Thomas city council who voted to build a new police station were Tom Johnston, Mayor Heather Jackson, Cliff Barwick, Dave Warden and Gord Campbell.

The others who voted against the expendiure are Jeff Kohler, Lori BaldwinSands and Mark Cosens. You can find the email addresses for these members of council at the City of St. Thomas website at Feel free to agree or disagree with their position. Let them know your thoughts. -Norm Toogood, St. Thomas

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The 2014 St. Thomas Home Show is essentially sold out again this year. Event organizers, the St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association, had only five booths left for this year’s show at the Timken Centre in St. Thomas by deadline. “Actually, it’s a sellout from last year, as we fit in seven additional booth spaces into our floor plan this year,” said Home Show manager Chris Cox. Look for 138 different companies involved in the main show this year, plus a new addition. Organizers have partnered with 32 additional companies, members of the Home Based Business Association who are exhibiting in conjunction with the Home Show Saturday and Sunday. Show patrons will have the opportunity to

win more than $5,000 worth of prices at the various prize stops throughout the show “This year, we have everything from sheds, to faucets, to new homes, to lawn tractors, to beer nuts,” Cox says. “If you need something for your home, or are just hungry for a look, this is the show to see. It’s the most diverse selection of companies in the four years I have been running the show.” Show times are March 28, 5–9 p.m.; March 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and March 30, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person or two for $15. It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for the Home Builders where show proceeds help fund community work such as the L&P S Station in downtown St. Thomas. Two other pluses … With every paid admission comes free popcorn and a coupon for a free Wendy’s burger.

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Early in life, she didn’t envision herself as an athlete. “Quite honestly, If I hadn’t been connected to sports at 16 years old, I don’t know where my life would be right now,” she said. Hughes started speed skating at 16 years old and cycling at 17. At 23, after her first time at the Olympics, Hughes began a struggle with depression. In struggling with mental health issues, as with struggling in sports, Hughes found that she benefited a lot from the support of others. In the case of mental health, this meant help from medical experts. In the case of sports, it meant the help of coaches, mentors and team mates. “I learned you can do nothing alone,” she said. “Nobody can make themselves better. I didn’t make myself a good athlete.” Hughes is currently biking across Canada in a 110day tour to raise awareness about mental health issues. Hughes visited the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital March 15 before appearing at the Teen Centre the following day. “I can’t tell you how much I want to let each and every one of you know, especially all young people in this room, you have the power to change your community. You have the power to affect people on a daily basis. It comes in small, little actions,” Hughes said. “I know so many Olympic champions, who in my eyes, will never be a champion because they never help anyone but themselves. You can be a champion in your back yard and that means more to me than any Olympic medal, any trophy.” Clara Hughes has her own webpage, which may be visited at


Clara Hughes is an Olympic athlete with a success story about overcoming a difficult home life and clinical depression, and on March 16 she shared that story with everyone at St. Thomas Talbot Teen Centre. “Dream big. Don’t let anyone limit you and don’t limit yourself,” Hughes said. “As opportunities unfold for you, take your chances.” Hughes, 41, is a cyclist and speed skater and is the only Canadian Olympian to win medals in winter and summer Olympics. She celebrated two bronze medal wins in the 1996 Summer Olympics, followed by one gold, one silver and two more bronze medals over the course of three Winter Olympics. In 2010, she was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Hughes explained that, growing up, her father was an alcoholic, and that she and her sister had a difficult home life.



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ing Club since she was five years old. Jill Wismer, who has been coaching Grace for the last three years, thinks that she may have been held back by nerves in Wellington, but she’s still shown notable improvement. Wismer said last year at this time, Grace was nearer to the middle of the pack, which shows how much she’s improved her skating to have won gold in February. “She had what I liked to call ‘good fight.’ You’ve got to fight for every point on the ice,” Wismer said. “It’s so nice when you’re a coach and you see really nice kids who work so hard receive the rewards for that hard work. Good for her. I’m really proud of her.” Grace managed to correctly land a jump that she and Wismer had incorporated into her routine only weeks before the Wellington competition. It was her first time performing the maneuver in a competition. The St. Thomas Skating Club will be holding its year-end show March 30 at Memorial Arena. The whole club will be performing, including pair skaters Mackenzie Ripley and Paxton Knott, who won of silver medals at the Ontario Winter Games Feb. 27-March 2. The show will feature skill levels rangPHOTO COURTESY OF FRED’S PHOTOGRAPHY ing from novice to competitive. People attending Grace Renner, 12, placed eighth out of 12 at the Skate Ontario StarSkate the show may pay at the door. Learn more about the St. Thomas Skating Club at Championships in Wellington, Ontario March 15-16. Grace is a skater with the St. Thomas Skating Club.


Twelve-year-old skater Grace Renner of St. Thomas may not have placed as highly as she would have liked at the provincial championships, but she did pull off a new jump she’d only recently learned, and she’s proud of that. Grace, a skater with the St. Thomas Skating Club, is back in town after competing at the Skate Ontario StarSkate Championships in Wellington, March 1516. In order to qualify for this competition, Grace won gold in her division, pre juvenile under 14, at the Western Ontario StarSkate championships in Caledonia at the end of February. In Wellington, Grace placed eighth out of 12 against some of Ontario’s top skaters in her division. “I was very nervous. I was really excited going into it,” Grace said. “’I’ve never been to a competition like this. It was really big.” Grace was marked based on a two and a half minute routine that included jumps, spins and a spiral sequence. “I felt I could have improved facial expressions,” Grace said. “My music is very high energy. I felt I needed to smile more.” Grace has been skating with the St. Thomas Skat-


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At Fixed Right Automotive on Edward Street in St. Thomas, everyone works hard to fulfill the business slogan “fixed right, every time, guaranteed.” Staying current with technology has been an important part of that focus since Warren Silverthorn started the business 17 years ago. To some extent, brakes are still brakes, tires are still tires, and so on. But repairing automobiles has become a whole other matter. Computers and online services are changing the automotive repair business as rapidly as they have changed other businesses. Computers on vehicles with OnStar, for example, can already email owners to let them know when oil changes are required. Modern cars have no throttle cable; everything is done with sensors. Vehicles with active cruise control and 360-degree sensors won’t let drivers get too close, will speed up if being tailed and do all kinds of other things to avoid an accident. Society is on the cusp of a driverless vehicle. And it’s on the brink of a time when most auto repairs will involve one computer “talking” to another. With this world in mind, Warren and his staff, keep up with the latest technology and undergo constant retraining. Last year,

Fixed Right invested in all new computers for the shop as well as continuing to invest in diagnostic and scanning equipment as well as keeping current with purchases such as the latest equipment in wheel alignments. “We have five scanners, and I’m sure I’m not done yet,” Warren says. “And we have a state-of-the-art lab scope. About half our equipment and building budget goes toward diagnostic equipment.” While technology is huge, so are two other mainstays at Fixed Right Automotive. One is hiring good people. Warren and his wife Sandra, who was also instrumental in helping establish the business, realized early on that they were only interested in working with employees of high integrity. That attitude shows in the length of service of people like Bill Cook, who usually mans the front counter, and long-time mechanic Gord Teetzel. Both men have been with Fixed Right for most of its 17-year history. The other mainstay is Warren’s version of the Golden Rule. “I believe in treating people the way I want to be treated,” he says. With five full-time employees, and two part-time, seven bays, 45 parking spots, room to expand if needed, and the latest in technology, Fixed Right Automotive is a leader in St. Thomas and area automotive Gord Teetzel (left) and Warren Silverthorn work at fixing a vehicle right, the first time. repair.

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couple of years ago, when 77-year-old Barbara Kozel departed for Florida to escape the clutches of an Ontario winter, she left one very important piece of business behind. She had failed to renew her driver’s licence by the time of her birthday the previous October. While in Florida, Kozel’s car struck and severely injured a cyclist, resulting in a major lawsuit. Once her insurer realized that she failed to renew her licence, coverage was denied, and Ms. Kozel faced possible financial ruin. Since then Kozel has been immersed in what no doubt have been very stressful and otherwise costly legal proceedings, while she attempts to convince the courts that her insurer should not be able to take advantage of her mistake. So far two levels of court have agreed with her, but she may not be out of the woods yet. Although all of the judges involved in her case to date have found in her favour, they have not been able to agree on a reason. From the point of view of the insurance industry, a lot is at stake, so Kozel’s case might well end up in the Supreme Court of Canada. Without question, there is considerable sympathy for an elderly pensioner being taken advantage of by her big bad insurer. The trial judge concluded that Kozel exercised due diligence, even though she chose not to open the reminder letter she received from the Ministry. The Ontario Court of Appeal found her case was different from another where the insured was found “guilty of ongoing negligence” and who suffered from “an inability to keep track of his personal finances.” Of course Kozel could continue to catch a break in the Supreme Court, but bear in mind that none of us can be assured of the same generosity if we are caught not paying attention. So the next time you celebrate a “licence renewal birthday,” do yourself a favour and make sure you have already gifted yourself with immunity from the kind of nightmare that Barbara Kozel could so easily have avoided.

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Barn fire at Calton Line (Information from Bayham Fire Chief Randy White): “There was a fire in a small barn on Calton Line just west of Plank Rd. (east of Calton) March 14 around 7 a.m. The structure was wellinvolved before being noticed by a passTown of Aylmer notes erby and the homeowner. Units from two stations responded along with support from Malahide. The structure was beer in the truck and one had been thrown a total loss along with eighteen sheep and out the window during the chase. the family’s dog, which were inside. It Malahide Fire Dept. ice warning was caused by heat lamps being utilized (Information from Malahide Fire Chief in the barn. Damages are estimated at Paul Groeneveld): “On March 8, there $130,000.” were approximately nine people out Article on Aylmer lagoons walking on the ice at Port Bruce. From The Environmental Science and Engi- the shore it looked like they were close neering magazine, published six times to open water. The Elgin OPP contacted annually in Aurora, featured an article on us for assistance. Malahide Fire Services Aylmer in its latest issue. sounded the truck siren and activated The article pointed out that, despite the the truck lights in an effort to signal the fact Aylmer has one of the largest waste- people back to shore. Once they heard the water lagoon systems in Ontario, they siren they safely made their way back to were still relying on a severely outdated land. This is a reminder that ice becomes aeration system when they looked at im- unstable at this time of year and people provements a few years back. A new me- should take cautions and stay off.” chanical treatment plant was too costly so Museum re-opens/tundra swans a new aeration system was implemented. The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & ArThe article pointed out that, following chives is now open for 2014. The hours the first two years of operation, there has are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. been no maintenance required or defi- and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The current ciencies to address. exhibit is “Curator’s Choice.” The quality of the treated lagoon efflu- The museum, along with Elgin County ent has improved and has met the strict Stewardship, is again sponsoring the Tunquality objectives set out by the Ministry. dra Swan Line with updates on their miAylmer Fire Dept. report gration. Call 519-773-7926. The Aylmer Fire Dept. released its Keith Malcolm of the Elgin Stewardannual report at Aylmer Council. The ship Council notes that tundra swans have 10 year dollar loss average has been not been sighted in the area just yet – the $312,000, but last year the dollar loss reached $ 477,000. The deptartment responded to 108 calls in 2013, the most in 10 years. False alarms were up from 19 to 27, mostly in industrial/warehousing facilities. The second highest number of calls was medical responses at 21 calls. Of the 108 total calls, about 13 firefighters responded on average per call. Aylmer police report - two chases A 27-year-old Malahide man was stopped March 9 by police on John St. north and, after being told he was being arrested, took off. He was caught after a short chase and charged with impaired driving and escaping lawful custody. A 43-year-old St.Thomas man was charged with impaired driving New & Used Parts for All Makes and Models on March 4. After a parking lot colExtensive inventory lision involving two vehicles, one and Hotline means motorist observed the other had we can get almost been drinking and called police. any part you need. Police spotted one driver leaving as they arrived and he sped up when 44267 Elm Line, St. Thomas they tried to pull him over, finally 519-631-4801 stopping him on Oak St. several blocks away. They found a bottle of

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March 23 - MS Walk Kickoff Breakfast at Country Charm Restaurant. 8am noon. $1 from every breakfast will be donated to the St Thomas MS Walk. Alzheimer Society Public Education Sessions Elgin Mall Community Rm, Monday mornings 10 til Noon. March 24 - Adult Day Program w/Dawn Burridge, Adult Day Program Coordinator. Come join a women’s service club!  St. Thomas Kinettes. Meeting Tuesday March 25 at 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 265 Wellington St.

Mar 25. Every Tuesday Euchre 2 - 4 pm, St. John’s Church on Flora St. Join us. It’s a fun afternoon out. Craft and Garden vendors wanted - indoor Freewill offering. 519.631.7368. and outdoor spots for Port Stanley Legion TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly Open Br 410 Mother’s Day Craft Show. House Tues. Mar. 25 10:30-11:30am Volunteers will E-file taxes for low-income Royal Canadian Legion, 26 John St., St. Thomas. Support group for shedding people (single under $30,000, couple unwanted pounds. Ed 631-7895. under $35,000). St Thomas Library, Carnegie Rm, Mondays 9:30-2:30 & Mar 25. Drum Circle. Mar 25 beginning Tuesdays 2:00- 7:00. Mar. 3 to Apr. 29. 7 pm at St. John’s Church on Flora St. It is fun, exciting and powerful. We March 20. Thursday, Euchre invite you to join us. 519.631.7368. Games &  Lunch, 1:30  pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 March 26, Trinity Anglican Church presents Noon Hour Lenten Lunch West Ave. Everyone Welcome; Recital, featuring Gerald Vreman. Soup, for info 519-631-4558. Sandwich, Dessert following Recital March 20 - Talbot Trail Toastmasters, @ 12:30pm. $7.00. 519-631-7000. Thursdays 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin Mall Public Meeting - St. Thomas Horticultural Community Rm. Warm, welcoming Society, Wed. March 26, 7 p.m., and fun skill building group. Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 Port Stanley Lioness Club Chili Cook-Off, S. Edgeware Rd. Speaker: Greg Magda Friday, March 21, Port Stanley Legion. of Oxford Cty. on ground covers. Doors open 6:00 P.M. Chili Sampling March 27 - Talbot Trail Toastmasters, 6 - 7:30. Adults - $9.00. Children Thursdays 7- 8:30 PM, Elgin Mall $5.00. Under 6 Free. 519-782-3589. Community Rm. Warm, welcoming Port Stanley Legion Br 410 Chili and fun skill building group. Cook Off. Friday March 21. Limited Mar 28. Almighty Roast Beef Supper. Mar tickets available at door. 28 from 5 - 7 pm at St. John’s Church on Fabulous Family Friendly Fridays at Flora St. Our beef is a thing of rare beauty:

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Alzheimer Society Public Education Sessions Elgin Mall Community Rm, Monday mornings 10 til Noon. April 14: Speak Up, Advance Field Naturalist Duck Rally - Sat. March 29. Begins at Aylmer Wildlife Management Care Planning. Speaker Becky Ahrens - VON Middlesex-Elgin. Area at 8:00 am. Info 633-4235. April 16, Trinity Anglican Church April 2, Trinity Anglican Church presents Noon Hour Lenten presents Noon Hour Lenten Lunch Lunch Recital featuring Dr. Wayne Recital featuring Angus Sinclair. Soup, Carroll. Soup, Sandwich, Dessert Sandwich, Dessert following Recital following Recital @ 12:30pm. @ 12:30pm. $7.00. 519-631-7000. $7.00. 519-631-7000. Interested in being able to walk and Port Stanley Legion Br 410 Children’s bike in your community safely? Join Easter Egg Hunt, April 19, 10:30 am. C4AT meeting on April 3, St. Thomas Public Library, Carnegie Room, 6-8 pm. Easter Bunny visits Sparta Sat. Apr. 19, 12-3, Spartahouse Tearoom. Free Field Naturalist Meeting, Friday April picture. Draws, Easter Egg hunts, 4 at 7:30 pm at Knox Church, St. specials at participating businesses. Thomas. Presentation - Birding Trips Caring Cupboard donations with Pete: Pete Reid. Info 631-5279. accepted. Info 519-775-0054. Elgin-Middlesex Woodlot Owners April 23 - Duff Largie Ham Supper Association Meeting, Saturday, April 5 pm to ? Adults $12. Children 5, 1:00-4:00pm, Best Western 6-12 $5; under 5 free. Stoneridge, Hwy #4/401. Speakers, displays. All welcome, free. 519 631 5279. Alzheimer Soc. Public Education Sessions Elgin Mall Community Alzheimer Society Public Education Rm, Monday mornings 10 til Sessions Elgin Mall Community Rm, Noon. April 28 – Victoria Order Monday mornings 10:00 til Noon. April of Nurses (VON) Programs and 7 - Finding Balance, Preventing Falls Services. Speaker: Pam Buys. w/ Kathy Nesbitt, Public Health Unit. Parkinson Society Canada St. Thomas Support Group meets Apr. 8, 2 until 4 pm at Knights of Columbus Hall, 265 Wellington St., St. Thomas. Information call 519-631-9313. April 9, Trinity Anglican Church presents Noon Hour Lenten Lunch Recital featuring William Lupton. Soup, Sandwich, Dessert following Recital @ 12:30pm. $7.00. 519-631-7000. Plains Spring Chicken BBQ Wednesday April 9, 4:30-6:30. Adults $12. 6-12: $6. Under 6: Free. For tickets call 519-631-6333 or 519-631-4069.

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Welcome to Citizens 4 Active Transportation. We meet first Thursday of the Month. C4AT public meeting on May 1 at the St. Thomas Public Library, Carnegie Room from 6-8 pm. Canadian Cancer Society – 2014 Bark For Life May 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pinafore Park, St. Thomas. A unique fundraising event for dogs and their owners. Call (519) 432-1137. September 11 - Duff Largie Beef Supper 5 pm to ? Adults $12. Children 6-12 $5; under 5 free.

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Death Notices BANCROFT, Ronald William of St. Thomas passed away Sunday March 9, 2014 in his 78th year. He was retired from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 41. A funeral service was held March 13. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. CLARK, DAVID MAXWELL “MAX”, of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in his 84th year. A memorial service to celebrate his life  will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. DAVEY, James V. of St. Thomas passed away Saturday March 15, 2014 at the age of 66. He had retired from Presstran. Funeral service Thursday March 20 at 1pm. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. GRAHAM, Dr. Charles Alexander “Alex” of Elgin Manor passed away Tuesday March 11, 2014. He practiced as a family physician for over 42 years. A memorial service will be held Sunday June 8 at 1pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

HARMS, Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away Sunday March 9, 2014 in her 93rd year. A funeral service was held March 14 at the Aylmer E.M.M.C. (Summers Corners). H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HARRINGTON, Norman E. of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday March 11, 2014 in his 87th year. He was a retired orderly. A funeral service was held March 15. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. JENKINS, Maggie passed away Friday March 14, 2014. She lived on the family farm south of Belmont and was 12 years old. A funeral service was held March 19. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. KLAVER, Oege,  of St. Thomas passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, in his 81st year. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Sifton Funeral Home. LALE, Terry of Aylmer passed away Tuesday March 11, 2014 in his 64th year. A funeral service was held March 14. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

LESTER, Patricia “Pat” (Harvey) of St. Thomas passed away Saturday March 15, 2014 in her 63rd year. She had retired as a dietary staff member at STEGH. A funeral service was held March 19. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PALK, Allan of London and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Monday March 10, 2014 in his 44th year. He worked for Canadian Cancer Society. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ROSE, James of St. Thomas passed away Friday March 14, 2014 in his 71st year. He was retired from Clark Equipment. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. THIESSEN, Cornelius “Corny” passed away as a result of an automobile accident Wednesday March 12, 2014 in his 30th year. He worked at Elgin Contracting and Restoration. A funeral service was held March 16. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. THOMSON, Helen L. (Webb) of Valleyview Home,

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St. Thomas passed away Thursday March 13, 2014 in her 90th year. She was a member of First United Church. A funeral service was held March 17. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WAITE, Leroy Beverley of Port Stanley passed away Saturday March 15, 2014 in his 85th year. He was a member of Port Stanley Lions for over 50 years and operated the village lift bridge for 15 years after retiring from VME. Memorial visitation Thursday March 20, 7-9. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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