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Rail connection in jeopardy in St. Thomas/Elgin JESSE CNOCKAERT The Weekly News

The St. Thomas and Eastern Railway, the only east/west railway connection through St. Thomas and Elgin, is facing closure. Municipalities along the railway received notice Dec. 6 that the railway, which is owned and operated by Trillium Railway, will cease local operations Dec. 20. Trillium indicated they cannot afford to maintain the line, which runs from Delhi to New Sarum. Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt said that his town is a small, rural community that relies on the railway for a significant part of

its economic prosperity. Businesses may be able to adapt to the loss of the railway, but he thinks that not enough time was given between the announcement and the closure time. “There was no time given, hardley at all,” Couckuyt said. “There should be some time given to work around this, and there’s hardly any time.” Couckuyt has been in contact with a CN official, who told him that if Trillium ceases operations on Dec. 20, the rail line will revert back to CN. It would then be put up for sale over a six-month period ending June 20. If the rail line isn’t sold by then, it could be dismantled and sold for scrap.

“My understanding is that parts of the railway could be sold. It doesn’t have to be the whole thing,” Couckuyt said. The Aylmer ethanol plant is in the early stages of an investment strategy to grow and diversify its business, and the railway “factors heavily into that,” according to Jim Grey, chief executive officer at the plant. Their two main products are ethanol and dry distillers grain. Most of their shipping is done by truck, but the potential loss of the rail line damages any plans for expansion. “As we’re looking to attract partners and new businesses this has come as a bit of a blow to us,” Grey said. The investments the ethanol plant is mak-

ing right now could potentially open up markets for them in the United States and even Europe, Grey said. The railway could have given them the ability to ship their goods to a port in Montreal, which could have taken them across the ocean. “It’s casting a bit of a shadow over those investments,” said Grey. The rail line requires maintenance, which isn’t easily carried out in winter. Even if another party is found who’s willing to take on responsibility for maintanence on the railway, it’s likely repair work won’t be done until spring. Even in a best case scenario, the ethanol plant can’t count on using the railway for at least five months, according to Grey.

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Bill Todd, chief fire prevention officer, stands in front of what used to be the 217 Clinic on Talbot Street, St. Thomas. Two unrelated fires destroyed four Talbot Street businesses between the evening of Dec. 11 and the morning of Dec. 12

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Four St. Thomas businesses on Talbot Street lie in ruins after two unrelated fires completely destroyed them in less than 16 hours. A major fire broke out Dec. 11 at around 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Woodenware building at the corner of New Street and Talbot. St. Thomas firefighters had the fire under control by about 9 p.m., but the building was lost. But before anyone could rest easy, a second fire started around 4 a.m. in the front of the Big John’s Plumbing building, just next door to the previous blaze. “The owner of the plumbing shop was in his property securing it when the fire broke out initially,” said Bill Todd, chief fire prevention office. The owner was inside using a candle, which he placed on a desk. The candle fell over, setting the desk on fire. “He tried to put it out, was unsuccessful and ended up exiting the building,” Todd said. The owner suffered some smoke inhalation as he escaped. He was also without his shoes as he ran outside into freezing temperatures, and he suffered frost bite to his feet. The owner had trouble using his cell phone, so he ran to the nearby Tim Hortons, and the fire department was contacted from there. The second fire is being called accidental, and no charges are being laid. The cause of the first fire is still under investigation. No one else was hurt in either fire.


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Over 90 personal support workers (PSWs) from St. Thomas and Aylmer joined 4,500 others from across the province who hit the picket line Dec. 11 in a strike over higher wages and travel expenses. Last month, the employees of Red Cross Care Partners (RCCP) rejected a tentative agreement that would have given them an 11 cent an hour wage increase, according to Jill Lawrence, union representative for Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The striking PSWs make about $15 an hour now. PSWs have been protesting daily in front of the Community Access Care Centre on Talbot Street in St. Thomas since the strike began. One protestor called an 11 cent increase, “a slap in the face.” “We haven’t had a wage increase in, I think, six years,” Lawrence said. “All we’re asking for is a little bit of recognition and respect. We get none at all.” Lawrence has been a PSW for 32 years. This strike means that thousands of cli-

ents across Ontario don’t have personal support workers helping them at home with tasks such as bathing, dressing, taking medication and preparing meals. If patients don’t have anyone who can take care of them at home, many may be forced to stay in hospital, contributing to overcrowding and a strain on hospital resources. “It is going to be difficult on those people. It’s going to be difficult on the hospital. It is difficult on us, but we have to stand up for what we believe in,” Lawrence said. Tanya Elliot, a spokeswoman for the RCCP, said that no date has been set yet for when RCCP and the PSW union will sit down for negotiations again, but “the lines of communication are open.” “We highly value the role of our service support workers. They are a critical part of our organization,” Elliot said. Elliott added that, during the strike, there are contingency plans in place to provide care for clients. “We are making every effort to minimize disruption in service to our clients,” Elliot said.

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A major fire at an apartment building in St. Thomas forced an evacuation of more than 30 tenants and caused upwards of $500,000 in damages. Fire broke out in a bedroom of a thirdfloor apartment at 51 Parkside Dr. on Dec. 13. A male tenant returned home just be-

fore noon, and he found his apartment full of smoke. He quickly grabbed his dog, which was in a cage, and fled the building. Sadly, the dog did not survive. The resident had to be taken to the hospital for oxygen therapy, but was fine, according to Brian Leverton, fire prevention officer. “He should not have gone inside,” Leverton said. There were no other injuries, which

is especially fortunate considering the lack of early warning other residents had about the fire. Leverton explained that there were no working smoke alarms in this third floor apartment. Firefighters had to rescue 10 people from balconies, including two babies, according to Leverton. “We can’t confirm (the cause of the fire) was electrical. Every item in that room caught fire,” Leverton said.

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A reminder of what’s important The view from here Terry Carroll

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t’s difficult to find the right adjective – unbelievable, tragic, unprecedented come to mind – but it’s been quite a time for flames recently in the St. Thomas area. Since Dec. 1, fire has taken two houses, four businesses, a goat barn and damaged an apartment building. In terms of loss of life, the 900 goats and the dog that died on the farm of Ed Donkers outside Frome were the most tragic. I happened to see Ed a few days after the fire, and he was shaken but also making plans for rebuilding. I also took a call from one animal lover who was critical of the fact that 900 goats were housed in one barn. I gently pointed out that it was an accident, and Ed was very close to his goats. At other newspapers, a few of the online comments presumed a lot about what probably happened, without evidence. They seemed to come from people who didn’t know much about the way most farmers feel about their animals and their profession.

But the dominant emotions I’ve picked up on are shock and a degree of gratitude for how fortunate we who have not been touched by fire truly are. It’s not a new lesson, but one that bears constant repeating. A couple of months ago, I read an excerpt from a memoir called “Tell Me Something She Said.” It’s written by David Raether and the excerpt was subtitled, “How a comedy writer making $300,000 a year ended up homeless.” Here’s a quote from that memoir: “After years of homelessness and isolation, my single greatest desire became company … The goal of having a hit television show in syndication seemed so uninteresting compared to sitting across the table from my two daughters in a small apartment that we shared. Family and love became my top priorities. Everything else seemed insignificant. I had lost everything else, but these were still my children and I missed them and they missed me.” Stories of fires and losing everything are unbelievable, tragic, unprecedented – pick your favourite adjective. But they also make us think about what’s important. They prompt us to tamp down the bit of Scrooge that all of us carry inside, and rediscover our version of spirit of Christmas, whatever that may be.

How often do we feed spiritual selves? Something to think about Pastor Cusick

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athan Rouse has an all too familiar problem - getting his kids to eat supper - especially his oldest son. Nathan came up with the following solution. Rather than pressuring his son and trying any amount of tactics - Nathan decided to feed his son once a week. Listen to Nathan’s solution: “It was risky, I know. As you can imagine the first week his energy level dropped and he wasn’t his normal energetic self. The good news, however, was every Sunday I took him out to eat at a nice restaurant and let someone else feed him. He was able

to fill up, but then it was back to no food during the week.” Now, before you find out who on earth Nathan Rouse is, and call Family Services - allow me to quote more from Nathan: “Let me stop here. Obviously, the above did not take place. However, it is happening spiritually every week in homes around the world.” Wow!  Ouch!  Nathan suggests - that is exactly what most parents are doing to feed their kids spiritually. Parents either take them to church once a week or send them - let them have a good meal - weekly - and that’s it. Maybe Nathan has latched on to something important here. What if we prioritized feeding the next generation spiritually? What if a simple every day snack augmented the Sunday feast? What if we applied ourselves as adults, to feed our kids spiritually - as we do daily, around our dinner tables? And that is something to think about.

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Firefighters battled the second fire all night, however, the blaze quickly spread to Bob Jones Auto Parts next door, and then to the methadone clinic at 217 Talbot. All three buildings were destroyed. Todd estimated that the damage done to the three buildings in the second fire easily tops $1 million. Firefighters needed to get better access to the buildings to put out the fire, so an excavator was brought in to literally tear down the walls. “We’re dealing with century-old build-

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ings that have been renovated and have who-knows-what inside. It’s not easy to gain access to the buildings,” said Rob Broadbent, fire chief. By late morning, the second fire was mostly under control, although heavy smoke continued to billow out from the rubble. Police taped off the area, and a crowd of people gathered to watch the fire and to snap pictures. When asked when was the last he had seen a fire this serious, the first incident that came to Broadbent’s mind was the fire at St. Thomas’ Alma College in 2008, which completely destroyed the building.

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And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

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The Wellness Council at Central Elgin Collegiate donated two boxes worth of food items and two garbage bags full of winter clothing to the Talbot Teen Centre (TTC) Dec. 12. Brooke Hains, left, child and youth worker with the TTC, stands with Grade 12 student Regan Pinnell, right, in front of the rest of the students of the Wellness council, and instructors Lisa Langley and Shannon Swift (back row, left). Jesse cnockaert photo

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The destruction of the methadone clinic at 217 Talbot in St. Thomas is a serious loss for patients who go there, but the plan is to rebuild as soon as possible, according to the owner. Hesham Abdelsayed is the owner of the 217 Clinic, which was destroyed by a fire early Dec. 12. Clinic 217 is a low threshold program of methadone maintenance treatment for the problem of opiate drug addiction. Before its destruction, the clinic had been open for four years. “There’s nobody you can blame. Things happen,” said Abdelsayed. “We are trying our hardest to find a location.” The clinic was serving about 400 patients, all of whom now need to go elsewhere. Since the fire, Abdelsayed has arranged for patients to get bus transportation to London to see doctors and be referred to other clinics. At the Dec. 16 St. Thomas city council meeting, Alderman Dave Warden said two people told him they were informed by the shuttle bus drivers the service would discontinue on Dec. 20. Some patients have also been getting what they need from local sources, including Yurek Pharmacy on Talbot Street. Steve Bond, pharmacy manager, said they’ve accommodated about 40 patients from the 217 Clinic. “All we’re trying to do is lessen the impact on people,” Bond said. “We’re getting people in out and very quickly ... It’s just in the short term while we get people back on their feet.”

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A house fire at 9 Pinehurst Place in St. tion that jeopardizes human life. Thomas sent a family of four to the hospital “I’m a dog owner, I can understand what for smoke inhalation and cost the lives two they were doing, but I can’t understand why pets. they would do it,” Leverton said. The St. Thomas fire department responded The fire and smoke damage to the house to a call at 1:45 a.m. Dec. 10. The cause of could come to about $150,000, Leverton esthe fire may have been electrical, but fire- timates. fighters aren’t sure. The fire is not considered suspicious. “We can’t say because there were smokers in the house also. There were two ignition sources, so it’s undetermined,” said Brian Leverton, fire prevention officer. However, investigation revealed there were no working smoke alarms in the house, and the home owners were charged. Smoke alarms are inexpensive and provide an early warning of fire, Leverton said. “There’s really no excuse. If you’re down and out, we just give it to you,” he said. “If you can’t afford one, call us and we’ll install it for you.” The family’s evacuation from the home was slowed down as at least one person tried to rescue their pets. The family had four dogs and nine cats. One dog and cat did not survive. “Our thing has always been, if you hear the smoke alarm, get out and stay out. People first, posseswww.jenningsfurniture.com sions second,” said Leverton. Although the temptation may be 432 TalboT STreeT to rescue beloved family pets, the DownTown ST. ThomaS fire department discourages any ac-

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wise; they do last longer. Most small businesses set up in communities that they’ve Weekly News Correspondent probably lived in a long time, and they want Central Elgin deputy mayor David Marr to stay here, and they want to be successful. was acclaimed warden of Elgin County for Our way is to open the doors for them and to 2014, at a ceremony in council chambers help them do that.” Marr said he is most lookDec. 10. ing forward to is trying to get Marr was the only person students involved in municipal to rise when outgoing warpolitics. den Cameron McWilliam “That’s my own personal iniasked for anyone interested tiative because we have to get in the position to stand up. them interested so they can Marr lists the county’s follow it and understand it. priorities as addressing the They’re our future, and they space needs for the counneed to understand how these ty’s Provincial Offences things work.” Court and the museum, Marr was a high school stuimproving ambulance redent himself when he first besponse times in Bayham, Warden David Marr came interested in politics. At improvements to Terrace one point he enrolled in a world Lodge, and the relocation politics class taught by Cliff Barwick and of Dexter Line. When asked how council plans to deal took part in a political debate staged at the school the same year. That debate inspired with unemployment, Marr didn’t hesitate. “Our way there is through economic de- him to attend a youth leadership camp the velopment and tourism. This department has following year, where on one occasion he won many awards, and has created many had the honour of introducing M.P. John opportunities for businesses to start. We Wise to the whole camp. know that small businesses, overall, create Warden Marr has been active in municipal more jobs. It takes longer to get to that big politics for 16 years, which includes a previnumber, but they seem to be better longevity ous two-year stint on county council. Steve Ogden

The Corporation of the Municipality of

Christmas and New Year’s Holiday - Municipal Office Closing The Central Elgin Municipal Office will be closing at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The office will re-open at 8:30 am on Thursday, January 2nd, 2013. Throughout the holidays, urgent matters can be reported to the Municipality through the Municipality’s main phone number, 519-631-4860. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Holiday Garbage and Blue Box Collection There will be no garbage and blue box recyclables collection on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If your waste would normally be collected on: • Monday, December 23rd, it will be collected on Saturday, December 21st; • Tuesday, December 24th, it will be collected on Monday, December 23rd; • Wednesday, December 25th, it will be collected on Tuesday, December 24th; • Thursday, December 26th, it will be collected on Friday, December 27th; and • Friday, December 27th, it will be collected on Saturday, December 28th. There will be no waste collection on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st. If Your waste is normally collected that day, it will be collected on Thursday. Waste will be collected one day later than normal for the balance of that week.

2014 Garbage Bag Tag Pick-up Garbage bag tags can be picked up from the Physical Services Department in the Central Elgin Municipal Office, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2014 Dog Tags Dog tags are available at the Central Elgin Municipal Office, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The price per tag is $30.00.

Public Notice Regular Meeting of Council Time Change The time for the Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, December 23rd at 7:30pm has been changed to 1:00pm. www.centralelgin.org

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Aylmer fire The Aylmer fire department responded to a report of a fire in the backyard at a residence on Moore Ave. Dec. 11 around 9:30 a.m. The first arriving units found the home heavily involved with fire on the first and second floors. Assistance was provided by Malahide Township Station # 2. Firefighters remained on scene until around 1:30 p.m. The house was heavily damaged by fire but no damage estimate is available yet. The possible cause of the fire is accidental – wood stove ashes placed in a container close to the rear of the house had ignited nearby construction debris causing the fire to spread to the structure. There was minimal damage to the neighbouring homes and no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze. A woman who was home at the time smelled smoke, discovered the fire, and called 911. There were no working smoke alarms in the home and charges are pending. Aylmer special council (By Bill Murch) - Last week Aylmer Council held a special meeting to hear a presentation by Dan Wilson, associate director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. The company was retained by the town to prepare an asset management plan The plan is intended to be used during various decision-making processes, including the annual budgeting process and applications for capital grants. Assets included in the plan are roads, bridges, facilities, land improvements, water, wastewater and storm water related features, vehicles, and equipment. They were identified in terms of current and projected replacement values and expected levels of service. Council adopted the plan and it is being referred to the 2014 Budget for discussion.

Free skating Dates for free skating, sponsored by Tim Hortons, at the EEC Complex prior to Christmas are: Dec. 20 (10 a.m.-noon), Dec. 21 (9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and 5:15-6:15 p.m.), Dec. 22 (1-2:30 p.m.), Dec. 23 (10 a.m. to noon), and Dec. 24 (9:15-11:15. a.m.). Aylmer Christmas tree disposal The town will continue to provide a dropoff depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas trees at the parks and recreation parking lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between Dec. 26 and Jan. 12. All decorations need to be removed. Trees left at the curb will not be picked up. Graffiti on Masonic Building An anti-Masonic message was spray painted in dark letters on the Masonic Lodge building at the corner of St. George and South streets on Dec. 8. The message said: “Masons Devil Worship Eph. 5:11″. “It is believed that the offence took place sometime after 4:30 p.m. on the Sunday afternoon and before 11 p.m. when it began to snow. We have had graffiti on the building in the past, but this is the first time, to my knowledge, that a slur against the Masonic Lodge has been used in such a hateful way. A temporary covering has been put on the graffiti and it will be entirely blocked out once the weather warms up a bit. This offence has been reported to the Aylmer police and they are investigating,” said Bill Segui of the Aylmer Malahide Masonic Lodge.

Corner Cupboard rent donations Greg Currie is still organizing donations to help finance the cost of the rent for the building that houses the Aylmer Corner Cupboard (behind Aylmer Flooring on John Street. North). “We have had a total of 150 contributors of which about 70 are currently active. The total for four and a half years is over $34,000. The donation boxes are located at: Campbell’s Office Supplies, Tim Horton’s North and Studer’s Variety,” Currie said. Belmont Kids’ Park update (Information from Chris Huctwith of the Belmont Kids Park Campaign) – “The splash pad and skate park in Belmont will be up and running in the spring, with an official ribbon cutting in June. The Campaign’s Co-Chairs are Sue Beattie and Dione Hildenbrand. A donation to the Belmont Kids’ Park Campaign can still be made. The Kids’ Park brochures, containing all donation information, are still available at retailers around Belmont. For any further questions go to: belmontparkcampaign@yahoo.ca. Updates will be available online at belmonthub.ca.” Stoplights out Stoplights at the main intersection in Aylmer were out for a short period of time before being repaired on Dec. 9. The stoplight on the northwest

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corner was knocked over by what police believe was a commercial vehicle at 1:30 a.m. earlier in the day. The vehicle failed to stop. Road conditions were considered slippery at the time. Wiebe Christmas dinner back John Wiebe of Springfield, whose family sponsored a free Christmas dinner for the community for three years but postponed it last year, said he is again putting on a meal this year. It will be held at the Aylmer Legion on Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. The Wiebe family had been serving their dinner at a local school gymnasium in previous years. Last year, school officials informed them they needed insurance for such an event. Wiebe decided that they didn’t want to pay the insurance – estimated at $200 – so they cancelled. This year, the Legion is providing their facilities free of charge. The Wiebes – who finance the dinner themselves instead of giving gifts to each other – served 160 meals two years ago and also received $900 from supporters (any donations will go to Canadian Blood Services this year). St.Thomas/Elgin

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Worship with us this Christmas St. John’s Anglican

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Regular services will be held on December 22nd and the 29th “Come celebrate Christ’s birth with us at a candle light service of readings and carols at Sparta Baptist Church at 7pm, Christmas Eve. All Welcome!”

New Year’s Mass Schedule Tuesday, December 31st - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 1st - 10 a.m.

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AdvenT 4 ChriSTmAS CounTdown December 22nd, 9:30am 10:30 Regular Services December 24th 7:00pm Christmas Stories and Eucharist 10:45 Carols 11:00pm Candlelight Eucharist [BCP] December 25th No Service December 29th One Service 10am P.J. Sunday Reverend Valerie Kenyon Liz Rae Minister of Music

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Home sales are up/more homes exchanging hands Home sales in November were up 7.6 percent overall, with 551 homes exchanging hands over the past month. “We always like to see an increase in sales,” said Doug Pedlar, president of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®. “It’s important, however, to bear in mind  that last November’s sales were comparatively low, which means that what we are seeing now may be more like a market correction than anything else.” The average number of sales for November between 2008 and 2012 was 535.

The City of St. Thomas also fared well in November, with 44 sales, up two units from the previous year. The average price for a home in St. Thomas stands at $199,325 Year-to-Date, up four percent over last year. The average price of a detached home Year- to-Date in LSTAR’s jurisdiction is $261,060, up  2.6 percent, while the average price of a condo for the same period stands at $178,431, up 4.1 percent. The average price of all homes Year-toDate in LSTAR’s jurisdiction is $245,964, up three percent.

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Keep the traditions, but check the electrical (MS) -- The holiday countdown is on and it’s time to get your house razzle-dazzle ready. But before you do, make sure to check that your lights and decorations are still in good working order after a year in storage. Not only can old decor look worn out, but it also can put you and your family at risk -- which is the last thing anyone wants at this joyous time of year. CSA Group, a leader in public safety testing and certification, offers these tips to help you stay safe this holiday: * Carefully inspect light strings each year. Discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections. Inspect for storage damage from moisture or rodents.

* Turn off the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring. Unplug light strings before replacing bulbs and check to ensure replacement bulbs match the voltage and wattage of the original. To avoid a shock from damaged wires, use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks to hold light strings in place. * Make decorating a family activity by planning this year’s theme with the kids, but don’t let children or pets play with light strings. * Keep electrical connectors for outdoor lights above ground, out of water and away from metal gutters. Connect outdoor lighting into receptacles protected by weatherproof ground fault circuit inter-

rupters (GFCI). These can provide protection from electric shock by sensing ground leakage and cutting electrical power. * Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays, and don’t overload extension cords. If you need to purchase new lights, look for a certification mark to ensure they are certified by an organization such as CSA Group. And remember: outdoor holiday lights are made for seasonal use only; extended exposure to the elements can lead to damage. So when the holidays are over, take down the festive decorations and place them back in their original packaging for next year.

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Three straight wins for East Elgin Sr. boys The East Elgin Eagles soared over the Arthur Voaden Vikings in southeast senior boys basketball action Dec. 12. The Eagles played at home against the Vikings with an exciting game that ended 66-32 for the Eagles. Despite this win, David Arnett, East Elgin coach thinks his team could have done better. “We didn’t have much intensity and we were kind of sloppy, but we gradually fell

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into a groove and were able to score,” Arnett said. The East Elgin senior boys basketball team remains undefeated this season, after so far winning against Glencoe and Parkside earlier this month. That winning streak was challenged Dec. 17 when the Eagles played against Central Elgin, who are also undefeated with three wins so far. The senior boys basketball team will return Jan. 7 to play at home against Parkside.

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Stars out of luck on Friday the 13th TIM HARVEY

Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the St. Thomas Stars as they fell behind the Sarnia Legionnaires to the tune of 4–2. Although the Stars fought hard, they seemed to spend more time than they wanted in their own end of the rink, and were not able to take advantage of some close chances in the Sarnia end.

John Warren scored the first Stars goal at 7:51 of the first period. Sarnia scored two goals in the second period and the Stars’ Lucas Triemstra scored on a power play near the end of the second to tie it up. The Legionnaires went on to score two more goals in the third period to take the win for Sarnia. The Stars next home game is at the Timken Centre Dec. 20. Let’s hope for a Stars Christmas present!

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STARS LOSE TO LEGIONNAIRES: St.Thomas Stars John Warren celebrates from behind the crease as the Stars second goal is scored by Lucas Triemstra, slipping the puck behind Sarnia goalie Hunter Johnson. This would prove to be the last goal of the night for St.Thomas as Sarnia would go on to win 4–2.

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- Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door handles, computer keyboards, and phones. Bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected at least once per day and more often if possible. Cleaning involves the use of soap and water; you can disinfect surfaces by wiping them down with commercial wipes that are labeled disinfectant. - Avoid making food for others when you have symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. - Stay home from work and/or school for at least 48 hours after your symptoms have ended. Tips for cleaning up vomit/diarrhea: - Put on gloves. - Soak up vomit/diarrhea with paper towel. If paper towel is not available, use a clean cloth. - Do not re-use a dirty cloth. Keep dirty cloths away from clean ones. It is best to keep all dirty cloths together in a hard bucket or plastic bag until they can be laundered. - Soak area with disinfectant solution. Bleach is the best product to disinfect with; however it can damage or discolour fabric, so it can’t be used on everything. To prepare an effective cleaner, mix four teaspoons of household bleach with two cups of water. - Make sure you let the bleach solution sit on the surface for at least 10 minutes before wiping up. - Soak up area with a clean mop. Place dirty mop in a container until it can be laundered. - Remove gloves and wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, At the Yurek Pharmacy Store, Steve suffered from Writer’s Block, He could not write one article more. I’ve covered a plethora of topics, Our poor writer lamented, The Well has run dry, I’m Stuck he lamented. My editor has given me an early date, Have it ready on time and please don’t be late.

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Carols by Candlelight: A Carols by Candlelight Concert was held at Central United Church Dec. 8, which raised $2,216 as well as food for the Caring Cupboard. Betty Knipe and Gord Clark, left, members of Central United and Caring Cupboard volunteers accept the donations from Faye Edgar and Liz Tofflemire, senior choir members. Both the senior and junior choirs participated in the event which was led by Lauri Ladd the Musical Director for the church.

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There stood a Jolly soul, at the blood pressure meter, Laughing with customer and smiling, It was the owner Peter. So I expressed my concerns and told him of my stumbling, Then deep in his chest, I heard a great rumbling. He laughed out loud, his laugh was contagious, He said Steve, you never run out words- That’s just outrageous. If you’re stuck for an article, please don’t despair, Set yourself down at that computer over there. Start typing the first thing that comes to your head, If you can’t educate people, entertain them instead. Type up a poem or just write a short story, Let fingers hit the keys and never be sorry. So I typed a submission, with relative ease, Hoping that to my readers it would appease. A special to thanks to our customers, and my staff (I call them elves), Merry Christmas to All and Take care of yourselves

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With an increased number of cases of gastrointestinal illness in Elgin county, people are being advised by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health to take steps to avoid infection. Elgin-St. Thomas Public Health says that symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but can also include headache, abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms usually last 24 to 48 hours and sometimes longer depending on the cause. The most common cause for something like this is Norovirus, according to Cathie Walker, director, health protection at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health. "Typically, in December we see an increase in the number of cases of this illness because people are in closer proximity as they spend time indoors," Walker said. "It's not that we have stool specimens that have confirmed the pathogen. It's more that the symptoms are very consistent with a Norovirus-like illness." Norovirus can live for a long time on surfaces, and often spreads person-to-person when sharing food, water or personal items such as utensils. "It has a very well-developed ability to spread. If somebody vomits, and somebody else walks by, it's quite possible to catch it, which is why it's so important to stay away from one another when they have it," Walker said. To prevent the spread of Norovirus infection, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health advises these simple steps: - Clean your hands often, using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub after using the bathroom, changing diapers and before preparing food.

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Masons’ new meeting hall comes with costly renovations JESSE CNOCKAERT The Weekly News

Masons of St. Thomas and other nearby areas have a new place to hang their hats with the dedication of their new facility at the corner of Fruit Ridge line and Sunset Drive. The St. Thomas Masons have moved from their old facility at 561 Talbot St. to a new building, which was officially dedicated Dec. 14.

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Masons have been hard at work for the last several months extensively renovating the new meeting hall; laying down carpeting, putting in hard wood floors, replacing the washroom facilities, putting in new air conditioning and heating systems, roof work, and other projects. The renovations will cost more than $200,000, which they’ve been able to reach through donations and the hard work of volunteers. “Having a goal, such as this building, has re-invigorated masonry and the ideas it portrays. We have masons coming out on a daily basis who are putting in time and effort,” said Grant Hughson, a mason of 30 years and this project manager. The renovations aren’t expected to be complete until March or April next year. The old lodge in St. Thomas had “an awful set of stairs,” according to Wayne Dunn, president of the Masonic Centre. It was not handicap accessible, which was a big part of the motivation to find a better meeting facility. “We’re here because of visibility, the space we have and accessibility. It’s going to work out quite well for us,” Dunn said. “We owe a great deal of thanks to a lot of volunteers.” The new facility will be used by more than 500 Masons from St. Thomas Lodge #44, St. Mark’s Lodge #94, St. David’s Lodge #302, and Talbot Lodge #546.

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Terrence Shand, left, Mason Grand Secretary and past Grand Master, shakes hands with Wayne Dunn, president of the Masonic Centre in the Lodge Room at the Mason’s new meeting facility at the corner of Fruit Ridge Line and Sunset Drive.

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hy isn’t Rob Ford talking? To the police, that is. Toronto officers have made it known they would dearly love mayor Rob Ford to drop in for a chat. Citing legal advice from the “best lawyer in Canada,” His Worship has wisely declined the invitation. While his lawyer, Dennis Morris, may or may not be the best, the important thing is that Mr. Ford is listening to his advice. So why was he given that advice? One reason is at the beginning of any case, a lawyer can never be sure that the client is telling or even knows the whole truth. As clearly demonstrated in the Ford case, the lawyer also rarely appreciates the risk of the client being dragged unwittingly into another case as a witness. By giving a statement to the police, there is simply too much risk things will only be made worse for Mr. Ford. Although the Crown has a legal and ethical duty to disclose the evidence it relies on in any prosecution, the timing of that disclosure can be problematic for the defence. Good police work

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Community builder: Libro Financial Group donated $10,000 to Monsignor Morrison Catholic School through its ­community builder grant. The donation will support new playground equipment for the school. Left to right: Jesse Brown, Libro St. Thomas branch manager; Chris Willemse, Libro branch council chairman; Bill Hall, chair of the London-District Catholic School Board; Yvette Locke, Monsignor Morrison parent council vice-chairman; Maria Giampa, school principal; Edward DeDecker, superintendent of education; Ashley Thornton, parent council chairman, Jim Naphin, teacher-coordinator of the grant proposal and Mackenna Morin, Grade 8 student rep leader.

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often means evidence is held back for lengths of time. The lazy prosecutor waits until the case is close to trial before sizing up the evidence, often resulting in further police investigation, and the chance of more evidence coming to light. The defense therefore has to be careful it does not reveal its position too soon. Then there is the potential police interrogation of Mr. Ford itself. In these situations, the police are only interested in advancing prosecution, not exoneration. Any effort by Mr. Ford to control the process by refusing to answer some questions, or by attempting to put a time limit on the interview, would only make him look like he is hiding something. Without knowing all the police have, and by not appreciating the sophisticated interview techniques employed by the police, Mr. Ford would again have much to lose and nothing to gain. His lawyer also has to anticipate the possibility of Mr. Ford giving evidence in his own trial or the trial of somebody else. He does not want that testimony to be discredited if Mr. Ford says something which contradicts his earlier statement to the police. Given the strong tendencies of Mr. Ford to speak when not asked, it is truly remarkable that he has actually heeded someone’s advice to close his mouth when invited to speak.

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Field Naturalist Bird Count - Thursday Dec 26 - Ends with potluck at Knox Church , St. Thomas, at 5:30 pm. Info- 631-7557.

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Central Academy, Public Library or Ron Somerville. Festival Feb. 24-28, 2014. Registration deadline Dec. 15.

St. Thomas Seniors Centre Chicken and Ribs Friday January 24th, Dinner At 5 pm. Tickets $12 Advance $15 Day of.

Alzheimer Society Education Session - Frauds and Scams Monday, January 13th at the Elgin Mall Community Room 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Alzheimer Society Education Session – Tax Planning Opportunities Monday, January 20th at the Elgin Mall Community Room 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Info sessions about Bridges Out of Poverty, and Circles (a program that links these individuals with allies) Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. at YWCA St. Thomas. 519-631-9800 ex. 31.

Alzheimer Society Education Session –Getting the Most of your Dr. Visit Monday, January 27th at the Elgin Mall Community Room 10:00 a.m. to Noon

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Regulations for Protecting Species at Risk

Ontario is fortunate to have a wide variety of plants and animals. Over 200 of these species, however, are currently ‘at risk’. One of the key threats to their survival is habitat loss. Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, the Government of Ontario has passed habitat regulations for Bogbean Buckmoth, Four-leaved Milkweed, Fowler’s Toad, Laura’s Clubtail, Queensnake and Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and an amendment to the existing habitat provision for Pale-bellied Frost Lichen. These provisions will help protect and recover these plants and animals. The regulations come into force on January 1, 2014.

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Death Notices GARETY, Lisa Kathleen of St. Thomas passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013 in her 38th year. A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GAUTHIER, Barbara Elizabeth of St. Thomas passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in her 94th year. There will be no funeral service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. KALMAN, Helen of Aylmer passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 in her 88th year. A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. LUNN, Mary Ann Karen of London passed away on Monday, December 9, 2013 in her 71st year. A funeral service was held on Friday, December

13, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MACKAY-WHITE, Donna of St. Thomas passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in her 68th year. A private family service will be held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MORRIS, MRS. JOSEPHINE ANN “JO” (nee BOOKER), of R.R.#4, St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013, in her 65th year. A funeral service was held on Thursday, December 12, 2013.  Sifton Funeral Home. NEATE, Margaret Scott of Port Stanley passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in her 105th year. A public memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PETERS, Heinrich of Aylmer passed away on

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