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The Memory Garden in Pinafore Park was officially opened June 21. The garden includes a waterfall, gazebo, an art feature with life-sized statues, an observation deck, and other features. On left, co-chair of the Memory Garden committee Don Beleutz has a chat with committee member Gary McLeod in front of the waterfall, which is serviced by a water pump capable of pumping 500 gallons of water per minute.

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The Memory Garden project in Pinafore Park, St. Thomas was officially declared complete June 21, nearly 15 years after its conception. The idea began in 1999 with Al Hughson, who became co-chair of the project to create a garden area within the park. As time went on, the project grew to include not only a restored waterfall leading toward

Pinafore Lake, but also an art sculpture area, gazebo, stone pathways, benches, a cast bronze sundial, and walls built to look like old ruins. After years of hard work and a combined hundreds of thousands of dollars invested from the city, local businesses and community groups, the ribbon was finally cut on a sunny day amid a gathering of project supporters and members of the public. “This all started as a dream years and years ago,” Hughson said, who described this project as a “labour of love.”

The garden was developed on a two-acre parcel of the park with stone archways serving as entry points. It also includes an observation deck overlooking the lake. “Every one of us here has fond memories of this park, whether it is picnics or baseball games, riding your bikes,” Hughson said. “We wanted to create something that showed our past, reflected our present and encouraged our future.” ▼


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The memory of Jumbo the elephant lives on at the Elgin County Museum in a special exhibit that serves as a tribute to one of the most beloved animals of all time. Jumbo was born in Africa in 1861 and, after being confined in zoos in Paris and London, was eventually purchased by P.T. Barnum of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1881. Jumbo’s name became forever attached to St. Thomas when he was killed by a train collision while visiting the city in 1885. The centre piece of the museum’s Jumbo exhibit is a slice of the famous pachyderm’s tusk. One side of the tusk has written on it some of Jumbo’s history and describes Jumbo as the “King of Elephants.” “What fascinates me is the hold (Jumbo) has had on the residents of St. Thomas and their decision to make it a part of how they want their town to be known,” said Mike Baker, museum curator. “Jumbo has a perennial interest here.” The cross-section of tusk is one of only five to exist and it originally belonged to Barnum’s wife. Two more tusk slices were presented to the wives of the two other circus owners, Bailey and Hutchinson, and the remaining two went to the Smithsonian and the British Museum, where they still are today. The exhibit includes a sterling silver bowl which P.T. Barnum presented to the London Zoo director Abraham Bartlett after buying Jumbo for the circus.


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Ribbon cutting on public health: Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) held an official open house June 17 in honour of its new location at 1230 Talbot St. ESTPH moved from its previous location on Edward Street in early February, where it had operated for 23 years. Front row (left to right): Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, past board of health chair Dave Warden and current board of health chair Jack Couckuyt. Back row (left to right): Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters, health unit executive director Cynthia St. John, Elgin County Warden David Marr and St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson.


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mained until it was destroyed by fire in 1975. Jumbo’s ashes were collected in a Also on display is a piece of Jumbo’s peanut butter jar and are kept in the office ear, and several small objects that were of the university athletic director. To this recovered from Jumbo’s stomach when he day, people rub the peanut butter jar for was being prepared by a luck. taxidermist. Jumbo is also used These items include a as the Tufts University match safe and matchmascot. es, a tooth, a button, a Companies in Jumbo’s charm-sized revolver, day attached the name “He enjoyed and other items. and image of the elephant Baker explained Jumexamining people’s to boost products sales, bo was known to someincluding a brand of ginpockets when he times pick people’s ger beer, shoe polish and could get the end pockets and eat whatever turpentine, examples of he found. of his trunk in it. I which are all on display “He enjoyed examas part of the exhibit. ining people’s pockets think he was looking Baker described Jumbo for food.” when he could get the as an early example of a end of his trunk in it. I celebrity used to sell a Mike Baker think he’s looking for product. food,” he said. “(Jumbo’s name) was Museum curator Many of the pieces in widely used,” Baker the exhibit are on loan said. “It was a North from the personal collecAmerican phenomenon.” tion of former MPP Steve Peters, such as The presence of Jumbo is still felt in St. the silver bowl and the tusk slice. Thomas to this day, from the Dead EleThe exhibit will be at the museum until phant Ale sold by the Railway City BrewJuly 5, and then it will be moved to Tufts ing Company to the life-sized monument University in Boston, which is celebrat- to that stands on Talbot Hill. ing the 125th anniversary of the arrival of The elephant’s great size, reported to be Jumbo’s mounted and stuffed remains. about four meters high and weighing at The stuffed body of Jumbo was donated 13,000 pounds, is what spawned the word to Tufts by Barnum in 1889, where it re- “Jumbo,” meaning large.

Elgin County Museum curator Mike Baker shows off a slice of tusk from Jumbo the circus elephant, which is part of an exhibit currently on display. Many of the items are on loan from the collection of former MPP Steve Peters. The exhibit will be available until July 5, and then it will be moved to Tufts University in Boston.

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Artist Peter Robson of Sparta was commissioned to sculpt statues for the garden, most of which were placed in an area called “The Circle of Life.” The Circle consists of three stone columns rising to a central point, forming arches. Inside the structure are lifesized bronze statues of children playing hide and seek, as well as three relief sculptures on the interior depicting a young couple, a family with children and an elderly couple, representing the stages of life. Hughson talked about how the Memory Garden could be viewed as a legacy, which was particularly appropriate for Robson, who passed away on May

17 at age 74. Robson and his brother, Alan, worked on the statues together and they were completed and installed in the park in 2005. Robson’s wife, Eleanor, said her husband would have felt very honoured if he could have been at the park for the ribbon cutting. He never saw the Memory Garden complete with all its features, but he had seen drawings of how it would look. “Today would have been one of his crowning achievements,” Eleanor said. “He would have been really proud.” Robson was born in England in 1940. His talent for art by age 14 earned him a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London, which he turned down because he needed to focus on earning money as the eldest of five siblings. Instead, Robson took a paid-apprenticeship at Canterbury Cathedral where he was trained in stonemasonry. He moved to Sparta in 1981 where he opened an art gallery. Hughson said Robson agreed to create the Memory Garden sculptures at cost, saying he looked at it as an opportunity to work with his brother.

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The Circle of Life statues are based on members of Robson’s family. The statue of a boy wearing a hockey sweater is his grandson, Jeff. The girl with a dog is his granddaughter, Allison. Another little girl is based on Robson’s great niece, Hannah, and the little boy wearing a sideways cap is based on his son, Ian, who died in an automobile accident at 17. One other statue is found sitting on a park bench a short distance away from the Circle of Life, which is based on Matt Mailing. The sculpture of Mailing was commissioned by his parents. “Peter’s vision for the sculptures has come to be, as children play on it and people wander through it with laughter all around,” Eleanor said. “We actually strolled though the Memory Garden the week prior to his going to the hospital when Peter was making a mental note of the repairs needed this year.” Before Robson passed away, he trained his son, Steve, to be able to repair and preserve the statues.

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was doing well, outside the old stone church in the sunshine, until the music started. Then speakers carried the voices of my sister-in-law and her brother as they started into a song with the chorus: “Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh hard times come again no more.” I had agreed to do one of the readings at the funeral of my mother-in-law, Reta Mary Kelly, but that song did me in, so I quickly arranged a substitute reader. Reta was almost 95, and there was lots of laughter as well as tears. She was buried in St. Brigid’s Cemetery on the River Road south of Ottawa, followed by fine sandwiches, pickles and desserts at St. Brigid’s Church, then by a second party with food and drink at the old farmhouse. Reta had 12 children, 21 grandchildren

and 19 great grandchildren. The immediate family alone can fill a bus. Reta Kelly was devoted to Mary (all three of her daughters had Mary as a second or third name) and the saints, St. Anthony in particular, patron saint of lost things and people. With 12 kids on the farm, invoking St. Anthony could be a daily exercise. A running family joke is that I was Reta’s favourite son-in-law (being the only son-in-law). Kidding aside, she was the perfect mother-in-law, always warm and welcoming. I had a cold last week and on the drive to Ottawa on Friday, my nose ran like a tap. I loaded up on tissue before entering the church Friday evening, for the last two hours of Reta’s wake, but I could have left the tissue behind. At 6 p.m., it was as if a wind blew had blown through and dried up my nasal passages. They stayed dry until 8 when the visitation ended. Coincidence? Possibly, sure. But to me it seemed like a minor miracle. I don’t think there’s a patron saint of the nose, but Saint Blase is patron saint of the throat. Nose … throat … close counts when it comes to the miraculous.

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aving never been a dog, I don’t think like a dog, but I think I might understand how they think. Take for instance a dog’s instinct. Dogs, usually, live in a five-minute window and live by instinct. They have little if any reasoning power. You can train dogs to perform certain duties and tricks, but you don’t send them off to school to learn algebra. You don’t sit down with your dog and reason with him. There are no grounds whatsoever to believe that their reasoning ability is reasonable. Dogs are great companions, they are fun, can keep you young, in shape, help you relax. Dogs are great protectors of your children. Dogs are great hiking companions. But don’t discuss your emotional issues with your dog. Don’t sit down and

talk RRSP’s. You don’t sit down and ask the dog, “So Rover, where would you like to go on vacation?” Or, “Rover, you think we should buy an SUV or a mini-van?” You do not do these things, not because they haven’t evolved, but simply, they are not created with reasoning capabilities. Cats, rats, and elephants do not reason; they live and respond by instinct. Because you have reasoning abilities, you also have the capacities of understanding truth, and you are created differently than instinct-focused animals. If you lived only by instinct, your parents, mom, husband, somebody, would make sure you moved out - and fast. But again, because you have reasoning power, and the ability to understand truth, there is a higher level of responsibility.  Rover doesn’t earn the salary. You do. Rover doesn’t help the kids with spelling. You do. This higher level of functioning and reasoning power points to a Divine design and creator. And that, is something to think about.


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Neil Diamond fan: Deb O’Neill had the good fortune of being selected from the crowd to help entertain with Neil Diamond, played by tribute artist Mark Thomas, at Summerfest at the Knight’s of ­Columbus Hall June 21. The 7th annual Summerfest entertainment helps to raise money for over 12 local charities supported by the Knights.

Thoughts about handling your privacy

I am reminded of this by my three daughters, each of whom thinks that Facebook is the next best thing to sliced As I bread. They are willing to share most of see it their adventures to people as far away as Uganda and Singapore. Nothing appears Rick Wellwood to be sacred, be it baby’s troubled bowel movements or what they are going to do he issue of privacy is back in the Saturday night. Using social media, like news, with concern that police getting a tattoo, is pretty much a permanent services may be given access to commitment, even if you wish it weren’t. people’s email without a warrant. Some postings have cost people their Naturally there is a lot of fuss about this jobs, or most certainly their dignity and because there are many who value their peace of mind. So little thought has gone privacy. Police say if you have nothing to into some of life’s more serious decihide, you shouldn’t mind, but the whole sions. If you must do a nude selfie, resist thing smacks of being guilty until you are the temptation to put it on the net. I know proven innocent. there is a difference between “nude” and Something around here is a bit back“naked.” The first is art and the second is wards. In future, we may value our privacy porn. more than ever, particularly with the rise Whatever it may be, it will last forever of social media. People can, and do say and you may want to think about it for a anything that comes into their minds and day or two before you jump. It’s your life it becomes part of the universe forever, and it could be better if you give it a bit of unretrievable and unchangeable. time.


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The 147th birthday of Canada is com- available within walking distance at Meing up July 1, and communities in the lo- morial arena, 80 Wilson Ave., Parkside cal area are getting ready to celebrate. Collegiate, John Wise Public School and St. Thomas will have no shortage of the St. Thomas Curling Club, Parkside Canada Day festivities, which run most Drive. of the day in Pinafore Park. Southwold township’s celebration will A Lions pancake breakfast will be include a Canada Day fireworks display served at the main West Dance pavilion June 30 in Fingal Ball Park, sponsored by from 8 a.m. until noon. the Optimist Club of Fingal-Shedden and Other events will be held all afternoon, District and the Township of Southwold. including a kids junction with arts and The gates open at 7:30 p.m. crafts located in the Street Railway shelter beside the splashpad from noon until 2 p.m., as well as pony rides from noon to 5 p.m. “On behalf of From 1-3 p.m. there will be a K9 City Council, I demonstration by the St. Thomas would like to and London police departments. wish everyone a The St. Thomas fireworks display, courtesy of the St. Thomas 545 Talbot St., Happy Kinsmen Club, will begin at 10 St.Thomas Canada Day! p.m. Goodwill donations will be 519-631-1680 Join us for all accepted by the Kinsmen. day festivities at Fireworks will be set off on Pinafore Park.” Emslie field with the viewing area Mayor Heather Jackson and City Council in Pinafore Park. There will be no entry into afore Park after 9 pm. Parking is

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As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, I am most pleased to send my best wishes for a happy Canada Day. My tenure has been seven years - the longest term for Lieutenant Governor since the Second World War. I must admit, it is hard to say good bye! I will soon return to private life. serving as Lieutenant Governor has been an enormous privilege, but the transition is made easier knowing I am a citizen of Canada. We enjoy freedoms and a quality of life that is truly a blessing. From our First Nations peoples to our most recent newcomers, we all continue to build this country, a country that is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. It is our shared values and respect for all cultures that makes Canada unique. On Canada Day, we not only celebrate all that we have accomplished together as a society, we celebrate the gift of one another. A nation, however, does not come into existence without struggle and sacrifice. It has been my duty and privilege to recognize and remember those who have served our country in the military. Serving the people of Ontario has been the most extraordinary and humbling experience of my life. I thank you so much for welcoming Ruth Ann and me into your communities. We shall never forget your hospitality, your warmth and your many kindnesses. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, I wish you and your family a very happy Canada Day. -The Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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St. Thomas now has twice as much Rotary. The St. Thomas Railway City Rotary Club, founded in March, finished its official charter and received its new banner June 11. This means the city now has two Rotary Clubs, including the existing Rotary Club of St. Thomas. Since that club meets in the afternoon, it was decided that another Rotary Club, that meets in the evenings, might fit better with some people’s schedules. Rail-

way City Rotary meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Roadhouse on Talbot Street “It has opened up the way to grow Rotary in our community,” said Diane Chantler, president of the Railway City Rotary Club. It takes 20 members minimum to be chartered with Rotary International, and the club managed to reach 24. Rotary is an organization that promotes community service and goodwill.

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The St. Thomas Railway City Rotary Club recieved their new banner June 11 at a special meeting at Railway City Brewing Company. There is already a Rotary Club of St. Thomas which meets in afternoons, but this second Rotary Club was formed with an evening meeting schedule, allowing more people to get involved. In May, the new Rotary Club worked with the St. Thomas Rotary Club to raise $4,000 at the CASO Station Fish Fry. The group will also be working at the Day Out With Thomas event coming up this July.

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The 14th annual Relay For Life in St Thomas ran overnight June 20-21 on the sports track at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. This year, 43 teams participated in the fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

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One young cancer survivor, 11-year-old Sarah Berger was beaming with life. “It was good fun” she said. The daughter of Harold and Jennifer Berger had survived a bout of leukemia, which in now in remission. The 380 actual team members, plus volunteers and supporters, enjoyed a poignant night out in perfect weather. Everyone there could probably echo the words of volunteer Kara Watson who said “(Cancer) hit our family.” Crystal Underhill, chairman of the event was pleased with the success. “It’s amazing to see the community come together,” she said. “There are such a variety of teams, such as Friends from the Sixties, and various institutions, companies or families participate in the overnight walk.” “It’s a moving event,” said Al Thorner of the Leprechaun team, which raised more than $11,000 this year, surpassing its goal of $10,000. “This year we dedicated it to one of our own team members, Gene Shackelton,” said Jerry O’Brien, also of the Leprechauns, who all wore green, naturally. Auston McNulty was there in memory of his aunt Vicky. “This is the first year she wasn’t there,” he said. “But she is with us in spirit.” With a few more donations to trickle in, the organizers were pleased that about $100,000 was raised to help find a cure for cancer. There was live entertainment by Couny Road 45, featuring lead singer Alysson Sestric. The lighting and sound was provided by Terry Tech.

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Stacey and Eric Thyssen shed a few tears during and after the luminaries were lit at the Relay For Life in St. Thomas, held overnight June 20-21. They had decorated their own luminary in memory of their grandmother, Edith.

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A 35-year-old St. Thomas man has been charged with assault and uttering threats to cause death after being involved in a road rage incident. The male driver exchanged obscenities with a woman driver after a few misinterpreted lane changes. The man followed the woman as she drove home. After the woman stopped, the man exited his vehicle to confront her. A male relative of the woman became involved and a physical altercation took place. Both men were taken to Elgin General Hospital with minor injuries. Police suggest if anyone finds themselves in a similar situation and are being followed, they should drive to the police station instead of his or her home. “We also ask that if you feel that someone needs to be spoken to regarding their driving habits, not to take matters into your own hands. Please call us,” said police in a news release.


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of how this committee functions. At its February 2014 meeting, council directed staff to determine how other municipalities prefer to operate this committee. Term Limits of Council Based on this information council’s decision boiled At an Elgin County council meeting on April 22, coun- down to one of two options: that the committee be encillor Bill Walters introduced a motion to review current tirely composed of non-council members or the exact term length. He wanted to see it reduced from the cur- opposite: that only councillors from each of the county’s rent term of four years to three. The motion was deferred municipalities should sit on the committee. so that council could consider the detailed information The discussion went on for some time. On one hand, Municipal World has since pubit was felt than an all-councillor lished on the subject. Discussion committee would suffer from too of the issue continues to center much bias. On the other, that a around three main principles. non-councillor committee might Accessibility - One viewpoint sometimes make uninformed deciis that if terms are extended it sions by not being aware that more increases the likelihood of havthan one municipality was making ing elections every year with one simultaneous decisions, particilevel of government or another, pating in ongoing discussions, or thereby increasing the chance of filing applications over the same voter fatigue. Another opinion is County of Elgin council land parcel. that it is hard enough to attract The outcome was that the compotential candidates under the mittee would have seven memcurrent three-year term without committing them to even bers, none of them sitting on municipal councils, and longer terms, although candidates knowing their terms that each council will determine how that municipality TIM HARVEY PHOTO will last for years will be less likely to leave office pre- will choose its member. maturely. There is also the possibility that since longer Old Mill Line extension and Edison Drive bridge HONOURING OUR VETERANS: terms mean fewer elections there will be less opportu- The 107-year-old bridge on Edison Drive in Vienna Joe Preston, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Heather Jackson, nity to hold elected officials accountable or to participate restricts access for large vehicles to properties it serves mayor of St.Thomas, pose with the wreaths laid by veterans from the in referendums (typically held during elections). Overall on the other side of the Big Otter Creek. The best solu- Lord Elgin Branch 41, Royal Canadian Legion during the Decoration public interest may decline if issues become less visible, tion to the problem is to extend Old Mill Line approxi- Day services June 22 at South Park Cemetery in St.Thomas. “Sadly, and people will generally be less inclined to vote. mately 500 metres to the west, enabling emergency Decoration Day is overshadowed by Remembrance Day,” Preston Transparency - It is also possible that longer terms vehicles and farm machinery to access the area. Edison said, adding his heart goes out to those worldwide who still continue will diminish the power of politicians as the public feels Drive bridge will be moved during the process. to put flowers on the graves of Canadian veterans graves. Jackson more of a need to recall or disqualify elected officials The road construction could be completed by Sep- and Preston also attended a Decoration Day service at Holy Angels (rather than waiting to vote them out of office) or to push tember 2015 and the bridge can be removed any time Cemetery that day. for more referendums. after that. Council approved the Efficiency - Some think that longer terms will equate project, at an estimated cost of to an increasing loss of staff experienced in elections ac- $500,000. companied by an increase in education and training. Councillor Walters, noting the obvious differences of opinion beAt HollisWealth, Ellen and Steven take a very personalized tween municipalities across the approach to working with their clients, building long term country, said that although he still Professional Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Service 1/3rd the Price of Traditional Body Shops. believes a three-year term is better relationships built on trust and a mutual understanding of their Fast & Convenient with Free Estimates – We Come to You. it is “not a hill to die on.” Serving St. Thomas and the surrounding area. client’s goals. Areas of focus include retirement and savings In the end it was decided to send a letter to AMO asking for the results goals, wealth preservation, estate planning and philanthropy. of their first survey before making any decisions. Land Division Committee Ellen, Steven and their The approval of the county’s first Official Plan and the establishment team look forward to of a county planning function a Call Paul: 519-495-0621 working with those in the few months ago sparked a review STEVE OGDEN Weekly News Correspondent

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Preventative care is important for pets A decline in the average number of pet owner’s vet visits might be traced to a host of factors, including the high cost of veterinary care, increased use of the Internet as a source of information about animal health and modiďŹ cations in pet immunization schedules. Many vets have moved to a three-year vaccination schedule, wherein pets only have to receive routine shots every three years instead of annually. Some pet owners are choosing to forego annual checkups because they don’t see the need to visit the vet unless a pet is sick or due for shots.


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Financial concerns are another factor in the decrease of vet appointments. Though the economy has begun to recover, some pet owners simply do not have the extra income to devote to animal care. While owners may have viable reasons for not taking their animals to see the vet, failure to do so can prove costly down the road. Health checkups for pets can alert owners to potential problems that can be resolved with medication or other therapy. Left unchecked, illnesses may spread until surgery or other invasive treatment options are the only recourse. Veterinary health insurance for pets is available at a reasonable cost. These insurance plans can offset the expense of some visits and provide protection if a major illness should befall a dog or cat. Many veterinarians recognize the high cost of pet care and will be willing to work with customers in regard to payments. It is worth talking to the vet to see if a payment plan or alternative appointments can be made to ensure the health of the pet. Vets may be able to suggest over-thecounter medications or certain foods instead of more expensive prescriptions. It’s important to note that diagnosing pet ailments on your own is illadvised. Certain symptoms may seem to indicate one condition but could actually be something more serious. Pet owners should always confer with a veterinarian if a pet is acting out-of-sorts and not rely entirely on homespun advice. The sooner a vet is seen, the more quickly the pet can get on the road to recovery. Veterinarians provide important services to maintain the health of a vast array of pets. Although there may be inclinations to cut down on vet visits if a companion animal seems well, it is best to keep up with routine care to head off potentially costly treatment and keep the animal healthy and comfortable

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think summer is a great time to consider adoption of a new pet. Volunteer rescue organizations have wonderful fully vetted dogs and cats needing new homes. You can choose from small chihuahuas to playful labs, from torties to ragdolls. In my 16 years of volunteer rescue, it is the same every year. Summer is when the pounds and shelters have a greater number of unclaimed or surrendered dogs and cats. More homeless animals and fewer resources make summer a challenging time for animal rescuers. You can help. Consider being a foster home, assisting with adoption and fundraising events, or donating to help with vet care. We are not sure why there are more homeless animals in the summer. One theory is that owners go on vacation and the pets’ temporary caretakers leave a door open and the pet becomes lost. Or animals simply stray further away and the owners do not or cannot find them. Or more tragically, the owners deliberately abandon or give up their pets. Every volunteer animal rescue organization struggles with more homeless animals

in the summer months. It is also puppy and kitten season, so many little ones are needing a new home. If you have experience in choosing a new pet and finances for vet care, you can adopt directly from the St. Thomas city pound. See www.cityanimalservices. ca. Getting into a routine is important. Animals crave consistency, and change can be very difficult for a new dog to understand. It can take a few weeks for you and your dog to get to know each other and establish a schedule. The nice summer weather is an opportunity to get outside, to spend time with your new dog, bond and have some fun. Housetraining a new dog is a lot easier in the summer than in the winter. Socializing is easier as well. People and their dogs are out and about, so you have the opportunity to see how your new dog does with walking on a leash and meeting new people and dogs. Dog classes are a great idea to work on behaviour and training in a fun environment. My dog and I enjoyed agility and obedience training every summer.

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Special athletes carried the Special Olympic Torch through St. Thomas June 19, doing their part in a province wideevent to uphold the spirt of friendly competition and doing your best. The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual event involving special athletes and members of law enforcement agencies, who run the Special Olympic Torch through their local communities. Local athletes and St. Thomas police ran from the west end Tim Hortons in St. Thomas to the steps of city hall to receive words of encouragement from Mayor Jesse cnockaert photo Heather Jackson. Tiffany Magdic, right, takes a turn carrying the torch during the Ontario Law Enforcement The group then continued on to Pinafore Torch Run through St. Thomas June 19. Special athletes and members of St. Thomas police Park for a barbecue. services ran across the city to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. “The athletes, it’s all about them,” said Sgt. Kim Manuel with St. Thomas police “You can tell by their faces how Tweeting about your broken transmission services. much they enjoy it.” All funds raised through the Torch Run goes to support Special Olympic Ontario programs. Provincially, the run has raised Visit our website and then stop in.

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In the 22 years he’s been senior pastor at Faith Church in St. Thomas, Bill Coleman has never once woken up Monday morning with a feeling of anxiety over the fact that within six days, he was going to have to do it all over again. He and his wife, women’s ministry pastor Nancy Coleman, love St. Thomas and they love their jobs. And Bill especially loves leading Sunday services. “We both say that these 22 years have been the best years of our lives or us and our family,” Bill said. And Nancy adds, “We love it in St. Thomas. It’s just big enough to have everything, and small enough that it doesn’t take an hour to get across.” But as of July 1, the Colemans are retiring from their current positions, and the process of finding replacements is already underway with a transition plan in place. During their tenure, the church and the school associated with it (JKGr.8) moved from “in the valley” on Chestnut Street in St. Thomas to spacious southside premises on Fairview at Southdale. The approximately 1,000 Faith members were ready for a new, larger home. Terry Carroll photo The success of the church, associNancy and Bill Coleman, pastors at Faith Church ated with the Fellowship of Evangelical in St. Thomas, are retiring July 1, but assuming Baptist Churches in Canada, is rooted new roles in the fall. in rousing Sunday services that include

contemporary and traditional music and draw hundreds of people. But the growth of the church goes much beyond one service a week. Faith has creative arts, student, men, women, adult and executive ministries, with pastors in these different areas empowered to make decisions within the policies set by the Board of Elders. At its best, decisions can be made quickly and efficiently without a lot of red tape. In addition, this church encourages separate meetings of groups of people with common interests, who “pastor each other.” Bill points out that this model works especially well for people who can’t at-

tend church because they work on Sunday mornings. When Bill graduated from Bible college 46 years ago, he had little idea of the many roles he would be assuming, mostly not taught in college: counselling, finance, business, leadership, charitable law, human resources and others. “It works because we have surrounded ourselves with really competent people,” Bill said. He and Nancy are taking a break for two months, including a European trip, but they are returning to the church in the fall, to assist wherever they are needed, on a more part-time basis. “I’m open to whatever God has for me now,” Bill said.

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Elgin County Warden David Marr makes a putt using a club described by St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson as “very unique” during a putting challenge during the Warden’s Charity golf tournament June 18. Marr managed to sink a golf ball, but Jackson did not, so she made another $500 donation to the United Way. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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The sixth annual Warden’s Charity Golf Tournament was held June 18 at the Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club. This year’s tournament raised $28,000 for the United Way. From left to right: David Kerr, board member Elgin- A slight drizzle started off the from our local vendors and it all St. Thomas United Way, Elgin County Warden Dave Marr and Jack Vanderkooy, board member for Elgin-St. day, but soon the skies cleared and goes back to the Elgin St. Thomas Thomas United Way. the sixth annual Warden’s Charity United Way.”

Heather Jackson, mayor of St. Thomas, squared off against David Marr, Elgin County warden in a putting challenge, with the stakes being $500. Each person had three balls to try to make a putt. The golf club, provided by Marr, was curved, adding to the difficulty. “He managed to sink a putt and I didn’t. By the end of the challenge we anted up the $500, putting the total up to $28,000,” Jackson said. “It was fun. We always have a good time.” The tournament was sold out with 139 registered participants. ”A big thank you to the comI will pay mitte, Elgin County United TOP Dollar for Way special quality pieces events commitee. Everyone for my collection works very hard to put this on evPlease call 647-637-4038 or ery year,” Ford email said.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) every Tuesday 10:15-11:30am at the Legion on John St. in St. Thomas. Volunteers wanted. Experience with children, animals, VBS camps; Farmtown Canada needs you! Day Camp, Store, Tours, Gardening, Horse Exercising. 519 773-2292. June 12 The Old St. Thomas Church, 55 Walnut St. St. Thomas is now open for the summer for free tours TuesdaySaturday 9-5 until late August. Every Tuesday Euchre 2 - 4 pm at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Best game of Euchre in town with the best treats! Free will offering. 519.631.7368. Talbot Trail Toastmasters special get together at a different location on June 26. Please RSVP your email. Regular meetings resume next Thursday. Almighty Roast Beef Supper Friday June 27, 5 - 7 pm, St. John’s Church on Flora St. The best beef you’ve ever tasted. Served with a warm welcome and all the trimmings. 519.631.7368. Pet Adoption Open House at City Animal Services, 100 Burwell Rd. St. Thomas, on June 28 from 11 am -3 pm. The Association of Port Stanley Artist’s Canada Day Show on June 28 & 29 from 11am-5pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 310 George St. W., Port Stanley on front lawn. Annual West Lorne Optimist Club Breakfast & Antique Car Show on June

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29 at Miller Park, 134 Chestnut St. Features $500 jackpot and July 16 includes winery tour, wine starting at 8:30 am. Call 519-768-2031. several other special games. tasting and nursery visits. Contact Anne to reserve a seat at 519-631-9313. New Sarum Baptist Church, Hwys Port Stanley United Church Strawberry #3 & 74, celebrating their 176th Supper on July 4 from 5-7pm. Adults Dutton & District Lions Sports-Fest Anniversary on June 29 starting at $12, children 5-12 $5 and children Weekend on July 19-20 featuring 12:30 pm. All welcome. Please bring under 5 free. Call 519-782-4126. a ball tournament, swim meet and a contribution to the pot luck picnic. Saturday night street dance. Summer Fete on July 5 from 11:30amPort Stanley CanFest runs from June 4pm at St. John’s Church, Flora St. Ham with Scalloped Potatoes on 29 to July 1 featuring Firefighters/ Baked goods, hot dogs, lemonade, raffle July 25 from 5-7 pm at St. John’s Lions breakfast, kids treasure hunt, Church, Flora St. Adults $10, children tickets and more. Call 519-631-7368. Canada Day cake and fireworks 5-12 $5 and children under 5 free. Vacation Bible School for the whole on beach at 10 pm on July 1. family. “God Rocks.” Mon. July 7-Fri. Iona Christian Fellowship Church Aylmer & Malahide Canada Day July 11, 6:30-8:30pm Iona Christian presents Ladies Day Away Celebrations on July 1 at the East Mon. Aug. 4, 9am-2pm. A day Fellowship Church, 9075 Iona Rd. Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot of pampering, guest speakers, Field Naturalist Butterfly Count on July St. W., Aylmer. Fireworks at dusk. 12. Meet at Woodland Pavilion in Pinafore music and inspiration. West Lorne Canada Day Celebrations Park at 9:30 am. Rain date July 13. on July 1 at Miller Park, 134 Chestnut More information call 519-769-2094. St., West Lorne featuring kids country Nostalgia Nights Classic Car carnival, fish fry and fireworks. Show on July 12 from 5-9 pm Cat Sitting Dutton Canada Day Celebrations on sponsored by the Downtown Service July 1 at the Sons of Scotland Park Development Board. Free train rides from 12 pm to dusk with kids activities, 1-7 pm, Art in the Park 2-7 pm. 519-495-5654 swimming, music and fireworks. Lions Famous Full Breakfast on whiskertickles@ Canada day Celebrations in Port Burwell July 13 at the Lions Den behind the on July 1. Parade at 11:30 am starting Dutton Dunwich Community Centre at the Legion, flag raising ceremony, from 9am-1pm. music, food, kids activities and fireworks. Adults $6. MARSLAND, ELENA (nee Ayler) of Canada Day in Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St., Bus Trip to St. Thomas, formerly of Kingston, St. Thomas on July 1 featuring daytime the Niagara activities, vendors, entertainment and Region on passed away on Thursday, June 19th, fireworks at 2014 in her 67th year. 10 pm. Call 519-633-7112. Loving wife of the late Ernest, mother Dutton & of Robert and Thomas, grandmother District Lions Bingo on July of Lily, Heather, Ashley and Michael. Imaginus Styling 2 at the Dutton We have a chair for rent. Cremation has taken place with Dunwich Fun, friendly working environment. Community a private interment of ashes at a Call today! Lets Chat! Centre later date. at 7 pm.

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Knox Presbyterian Church Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414

Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist & Choir Director: Dr.Wayne Carroll

June 29, 2014 – 10:30 am Services at Knox in July Welcome Centre Street Baptist COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave. Rev. Joan Golden

Worship Service & Sunday School 10:30 am Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558

Trinity Anglican Church The Purple Steeple People

Summer Services 9:30 a.m. All are welcome Sunday, June 29, 2014 Eucharist BAS

Reverend Valerie Kenyon Preaching Liz Rae Choir Director and Organist 519-631-7000

CLARKSON, Archie of R.R.#2, St. Thomas, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, in his 70th year.  Cremation.  Private graveside service.  Sifton Funeral Home. DENOMY, Kenneth of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday June 18, 2014 in his 59th year. He formerly lived in Windsor. A funeral service was held June 20. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FEARN, Agnes of Westmount Gardens, London, and formerly of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away Friday June 20, 2014 in her 92nd year. She graduated from the nursing program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1946. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated June 23. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FORD, Jean of Dutton passed away Saturday June 21, 2014 in her 99th year. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at Knox-St. Andrew’s Presbyerian Church, Dutton on Friday July 4 at 2pm. Visitation 12:30-2pm. Arn Funeral Home. GILLARD, Mary I. of Extendicare, Port Stanley passed away Monday June 16, 2014 in her 92nd year. She lived in the St. Thomas

area all her life and was a member of Union United Church. A funeral service was held June 19. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HURST, Robert “Bob” passed away Sunday June 22, 2014 at the age of 74. He worked as a buyer for the Waterloo Board of Education. Visitation at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home Saturday June 28, 12:30-1:30, with a memorial service at 1:30pm. LINK, Stuart of London, and formerly of Iona, passed away Tuesday June 17, 2014 in his 96th year. He enjoyed welding and building wagons. A funeral service was held June 21. Arn Funeral Home. MacLEOD, Sandra of St. Thomas passed away Thursday June 19, 2014 in her 72nd year. Sandra was born in Sunridge. A funeral service was held June 23. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MEDLYN, Mary Genevieve (Sullivan) of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Monday June 16, 2014 in her 92nd year. She was a member of Holy Angels’ Catholic Church and the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre. A Memorial Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated June

19. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. POTASSE, Diny of Aylmer, and formerly of Tillsonburg, passed away at Chateau Gardens Saturday June 21, 2014 in her 82nd year. She was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to Canada in 1957. A funeral service was held June 25. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PURCELL, June passed away Friday June 20, 2014. At the age of 83, she was still an active member of Clachan Women’s Institute. A funeral service was held June 24. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors. REDDECOPP, Maria of Aylmer passed away as the result of an automobile accident Saturday June 21, 2014 in her 55th year. A funeral service at the Bradley Street Church of God Thursday June 26 at 1pm. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. REDINGER, Walter Fred, 74, passed away at the Bobier Villa, Dutton. He was a renowned Canadian artist who lived with Parkinson’s Disease for many years. A celebration of life will be held at Denning Funeral Home, West Lorne Saturday July 19. Visitation 12-2pm, with the service to follow at 2 pm.

TRIEBL, Mary of Aylmer passed away Wednesday June 18, 2014 in her 92nd year. She was retired from the dining room staff at the Ontario Police College. A funeral service was held June 23. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. VARNEY, Bob passed away Sunday June 15, 2014 at the age of 74. He was retired from CSX Railway and Messenger and was a member of Port Stanley Legion. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALL, Ernie of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away Monday June 16, 2014 in his 77th year. He worked at Carnation and the Aylmer Dairy. A funeral service was held June 20. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

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