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St. Thomas police have taken a page out of the social media handbook to get the message out about impaired driving. Recently, members of the force filmed a short video that has been posted to YouTube depicting the stages of a drunk driver being arrested and charged by police. What makes this particular clip different is that it was done in response to the mannequin challenge — a viral Internet video trend where the participants remain frozen in time like mannequins while a video is recorded. “We had always thought about doing something trendy on social media to get out there and promote a positive message in a positive manner from the police,” said Const. Jeff DeLeeuw. “Some of the other trends that were going on didn’t quite fit our core message. So when the mannequin challenge came up, it was discussed in our office for a couple of weeks. Then the impaired driving idea came up and it was almost perfect timing for our Festive Ride campaign starting Dec. 1.” Originally filmed as four separate segments, the


Constables Chris Bailey, Jeff DeLeeuw, and their fellow officers from the St. Thomas Police Service will be out in force this next See VIDEO Page 2 month, stepping up enforcement efforts as part of the annual Festive Ride program which begins Thursday, Dec. 1.

Public meetings starting for TVDSB review process MELISSA SCHNEIDER

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A lengthy report released by the Thames Valley District School (TVDSB) board suggests the closing of many rural schools in Elgin County. According to the board, proposed changes would save $413,000 a year. Schools being eyed for closure include Springfield Public School, New Sarum Public School and South Dorchester Public School. The board is also considering turning Sparta

Public School into a French immersion institution. In addition, it was also proposed a new school be built in Belmont as well as in southeast St. Thomas. Both Arthur Voaden Secondary School and West Elgin Secondary School were identified by the board as schools with potential useable space for facility collaboration. From January to March 2017, the board plans to hold three public meetings with a final public delegation meeting and final decision on closures in May 2017.

Parents from the Save Springfield Public School group attended the TVDSB regular board meeting Nov. 22 to show support for keeping their school open. Their slogan – rural schools matter – was chosen to identify the need for the school in their community. TVDSB executive officer for facility services and capital planning Kevin Bushell said at the meeting the elementary pupil accommodation review process starts now, with the schools being broken into two reviews.

“The board will be asked to approve the recommendation to start the process for the two pupil accommodation reviews,” he said. “In December there will be an orientation meeting as well as a proposed meeting with municipalities affected by the schools that are included in the review.” Schools identified in the first review include Davenport Public School, McGregor Public School, Mitchell Hepburn Public School, New Sarum Public School, Port Stanley Public School, River Heights

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decision was made to combine them all into one video. It depicts the sequence of events from a traffic stop where an impaired driver just coming from a Christmas party is arrested, taken to the station and booked, has a breath sample taken, held in custody before appearing in court. As far as DeLeeuw knows, the St. Thomas force is the first in the area to take the challenge. DeLeeuw said the video is an attempt to engage the community using social media and to get the message out about drinking and driving. “When you look at the demographics for social media, it’s between the age of 25 and 45, the ones using social media and

those trends are world wide. We wanted to engage them in a way that wasn’t just please don’t drink and drive.” Chief Darryl Pinnell had nothing but praise for work his officers did creating the video. “I think it’s fabulous what they did. I was in awe, fantastic job and it highlights the message, don’t drink and drive. This is the perfect time of year to be restating that message” The video can be seen at com/watch?v=FYi1o6V03cM&feature=you The annual Festive Ride program kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 1. Running through the month of December, St. Thomas police will be stepping up their enforcement efforts with random RIDE stops at varying times and locations around the city.




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Two school groups presented to Central Elgin council Nov. 28 for separate reasons — one to save a school from closure, the other to build a new school. Representatives from both New Sarum Public School and the town of Belmont asked to speak regarding the Thames Valley District School Board’s (TVDSB) Elementary Pupil Accommodation Review process. Amy Smith and Kate Hurst, both parents of small children attending New Sarum Public School, asked that council pass a resolution to keep the school open. Citing a high enrolment and higher than average EQAO testing scores, the two agreed all the parents they’d spoken with did not want their children attending any other school. “We believe New Sarum is already providing enhanced opportunities for our children,” Smith said. “We are 100 percent bussed in, but we’re well in line for the average cost per student.” Sara Fletcher and Jaclyn Smith-Wilson are both mothers of children at South

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A stack of more than 1,800 signatures and letters asking for the cancellation of the Strong Breeze Wind Turbine project in Dutton Dunwich sits on the desk of Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek as he talks with DDOWT representative Jamie Littlejohn on Nov. 25.

said Yurek after accepting the petition. Yurek remarked almost everyone he talks with has something to say about the price of electricity. “They are all concerned about energy rates and the

wind projects play a big role in our skyrocketing energy (costs). There is a lot of people outside of Dutton Dunwich in Elgin County that would like to see this project scrapped.”

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“I don’t know what the solution is, but we have to look at the realities of what the school board is thinking and create a solution that will appease the majority.” David Marr Central Elgin Mayor Dorchester Public School and Westminster Central Public School in London. They are excited for a new school in Belmont. “This will give our kids more of an opportunity,” Fletcher said. “Belmont is a growth community and with the cost to upgrade Westminster and South Dorchester set at $10.5 million, a new school in Belmont would cost $14

million so there isn’t much difference.” Concerns about their schools included small facilities, water advisory notices and the overall age of the structures. Mayor David Marr said with the TVDSB anticipating starting a new school in southeast St. Thomas, it could have a direct impact on the number of students attending New Sarum. He suggested setting up a meeting with each affected school in Central Elgin with members of council and staff to have a discussion where they can come up with a plan. “Central Elgin is between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “I don’t know what the solution is, but we have to look at the realities of what the school board is thinking and create a solution that will appease the majority.” Coun. Harold Winkworth said the drivers for both these schools would rely heavily on economics. “It’s going to be very difficult. Small communities need their school. It’s almost like by design we’re challenging one another.” A meeting was tentatively set for Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the county building on Sunset Drive.

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The fight to cancel a proposed wind turbine project in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich picked up some extra support after a stop into the office of Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek by representatives of the group, Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT) on Nov. 25. While there, they presented Yurek with more than 1,800 signatures and letters from both residents from the community, as well as supporters from across the province, urging the provincial government to cancel the Strong Breeze wind project approved earlier this year. The petition asking for the cancellation was launched by DDOWT in light of a decision by the government to suspend the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP)-2 process in late September. The Strong Breeze wind project however was approved in April under provisions of the LRP-1 procurement process. That came despite the objections of the municipality, which had declared itself an unwilling host to the development after a survey showed 84 percent of its residents were opposed to industrial wind turbines in the community. “The municipality and the people are against this project coming forward and they need their autonomy — we don’t need the energy and they need to stop,”


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Elgin's Bounty Destination Market strives to help people up, not out Opened early in 2016, Destination Market closed its doors in May, when the Horton Market season started. Now that the season has concluded for Horton Market, Destination Market once again has opened its doors, with the goal of providing the people of St. Thomas with a one-stop shopping destination for fresh, healthy food at a reasonable price. The market offers locally grown vegetables (including organic products), meats, preserves, and baked goods, along with local vendors who are selling a wide variety of things such as soaps Healthy Turkey and other handcrafted items. Order Your Breakfast Sausages “It’s a little like a family getFresh Turkey and Patties together every week. We have or Roast our core vendors, but there’s also Try Our Own for Christmas a variety of other vendors that Store-made Call, drop in or order on line Turkey Pies changes from week to week, so you never know what you’ll 10882 Sunset Rd. Just N. of Talbotville 519.633.0527 find!” says Heather Franklin and Jennifer Wissimk, the market’s Also available at Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat. 9-4 | Destination Farmers Market Sat 9-2 managers.


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The best of intentions When someone is dying MICKEY’S WORLD Mickey Reid

Good intentions. I hear there is a place where roads are paved with them. When I look around my house, good intentions are everywhere. I have hand weights sitting next to my recliner. The brilliant idea was to exercise with them while watching television. Mostly, I pick them up while vacuuming. I also bought a skipping rope with every intention of starting a daily workout routine. Months later, it still hangs where I left it after my first 10-minute “set.” Stored in the back of a cupboard are an industrial-strength blender and a chopper with five attachments. The goal was to chop and dice my way through assorted vegetables and create impressive breads . . . and whatever else goes in a blender. My intentions were commendable, but it became ludicrous to put a specific blade on the chopper to julienne two carrots and another to slice one cucumber.

Well-meaning as it was, one person does not need that much fruitcake or salsa in their freezer. My cats had all been abandoned. I was certain that kind-hearted fostering and good medical care would lead to new loving homes. I took them in. They are all still here I first transferred to this area when my company downsized. The plan was to redecorate the house and move back when possible. Sounded great at the time. Over a decade later, and no longer with that employer, I’m in the same home, but at least the colour scheme is different. Some of the things I’d intended to do just found their way to the back burner, victims of circumstance and scheduling. I was “getting around to” cutting down a large, dead tree limb, but it fell on the car first. I planned to replace my failing printer, but wasn’t fast enough. At a most crucial time, it died. With the best of intentions, I’d been putting out a bowl of food nightly for the neighbourhood feral cats. One evening, I heard odd scuffling, squeaking and loud bowl rattling on the porch. I flung the door open to see a cat and a skunk fighting over the food. I flung the door shut. It must be true. No good deed goes unpunished.


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HEALING A HEART’S LOSS Barbara J. Saunders

When someone is dying what do you do? What can you do? Depending on the situation and especially the individual, there is a lot that can be done when someone is dying, but who is willing to visit the dying person? Often, when someone is dying this is the time when friends and family stop coming over for visits. The list of reasons, excuses or whatever it is, is not important at the moment. For those who are sitting on the fence wondering whether to visit or not, or if you are someone who steps up to the plate, no matter what; here are a few ideas to consider and adapt as your own. Consider the senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell. The sense of taste may not be appropriate for some at the end of life; since Barbara Saunders is a grief counsellor/ their body is shutting down they do not eat thanatologist. or have the desire and need as we do.

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out the warning about Stuff. Stuff is like Tribbles. It multiplies to the degree that you don’t know how to deal with it or AS I diminish the amount. SEE IT We are in danger of drowning in it and Rick Wellwood it still keeps coming a consistently as the marching brooms in Fantasia. If he were Wow! It’s December! I should have still with us, he would say that this time realized this when Christmas music of year encourages people to spend more started on my radio about five weeks ago. money than we can afford on things that Christmas is the time of year when we we don’t need and can’t even afford in grow close to family, even those we don’t the first place. particularly like. It is sent from heaven On the other hand, we need to support for our retailers who rely on this time of our local businesses and not to make year to pay for those seasons when the our purchases online. Our main streets cash registers are colder that winter. You are looking a little more vacant every can’t miss it because we are constantly year and this time of year is allowing us reminded from several sources. to keep them on life support. Our own It began with Black Friday, the longest stores have served us for many years and day of the year. It never seems to end and are worth a visit this month. it has replaced June 21, the Spring EquiOur consumer economy is at risk and nox. We need more time to shop. we have to keep it strong, even in support My favourite philosopher, George of a jolly old man in a red suit. It’s about Carlin, even from the grave, is sending love.

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Bring pictures that spark a conversation or are just there to look at. I remember a friend who enlarged family photos and stuck them to the hospital wall so her father could easily see them from his bed. Play music that has meaning to the individual. Sharing stories and memories may be a one way conversation, but talk anyways. Often, the sense of hearing is the last to go. For some people, specific smells elicit special memories. Flowers and plants may signify gardens and the memories that come with them. Smells can also be associated with holidays and special occasions. Your presence with a dying person can offer a sense of calm. No words need to be said; just knowing they are not alone is enough. Knowing someone cares speaks volumes. Many of us will either need to receive or provide support to a loved one. Consider what you would want support to look like if you were dying and share this with your family. Have that conversation.

Pastor Cusick Age is a purely subjective thing. I, for instance, married a girl who was a classmate of mine in college. However, she graduated from nursing college prior to our stint in college, so she was actually three years older than I. When you are 18 and a girl is 21, the difference is huge. Well, luckily when we got to third year — and heading to graduation — we seemed a little closer in age and I convinced her to marry me. Lucky me! When I was 10, we used to visit old people on Sunday afternoons — kind of a ‘duty’ we did. These people were ancient! Some of them would have been five years older than I am right now! Old or what? As you move on through life three things happen. First, time moves quicker and quicker. Second, old is younger and younger. And third, you

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People enter into counselling often because they are hungry for a richer, more peaceful or more meaningful life. By the time they reach my office their lives may be so cluttered by old wounds that it can feel impossible to understand what is actually driving the immense dissatisfaction and unhappiness that led them to counselling in the first place. Often, all they know for certain is that they feel disconnected from themselves or are simply unhappy, but they don’t necessarily understand why. Through discussion we can explore together whether unresolved anger or long standing grudge bearing is a factor. On the surface holding grudges or stoking the still glowing embers of an old wound can feel protective, reminding us to maintain distance and to not be too trusting of others. That protection however can come at a significant cost. Unresolved anger can become a festering wound emotionally and physically. In a report published by Johns Hopkins Medicine chronic


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anger can provoke a fight or flight stress response. If not addressed properly it can lead to “depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.” According to The Mayo Clinic there are numerous benefits that can be gained through the practice of forgiveness. They offered that in addition to experiencing emotional benefits, there are considerable gains to be made physically as well. Some major advantages can include “lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of depression, stronger immune system, improved heart health, and higher self-esteem.” With all of this in mind, even if we fully understand the health risks involved with nursing a long-standing unresolved anger and whether or not forgiveness is even possible, I suspect that it would still be complicated business to address. Why? For some people letting go of anger can be quite challenging because they may not realize that they have been holding a long standing grudge. Perhaps they feel partly responsible for what transpired that led to the central issue in the first place, therefore impacting their readiness to honestly address their own feelings. Perhaps some aspect of the issue feels truly unforgiveable. Readiness to let go is critical, but in the waiting to be ready we run the risk of burying our anger, or worse still, actively avoiding it. We can’t fix what we can’t see or feel, and we can’t feel or explore what we have intentionally avoided.

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Reducing emergency department visits, preventing falls and supporting aging at home are the three key themes to Fabian Boehm’s Geronto.IOT app. Aimed at predicting and preventing falls and injuries for dementia patients, the app was developed during a 72-hour hackathon event organized by Hacking Health at Kitchener City Hall Nov. 18-20. The app name is a combination of gerontology (the study of old age), as well as the inclusion of technology for the Internet of Things – where everyday objects will be connected to the Internet to send and receive data. “My idea stems from two trends – that houses will become smarter and that the number of people suffering from dementia will grow,” said Boehm, a St. Thomasbased entrepreneur. “The challenge is that


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The Backus-Page House Museum is offering a chance to step back in time for a day and experience Christmas as it was in the 1850s. On Saturday, Dec. 10, the museum is presenting, A Visit with Saint Nicholas. Meeting first at the Carriage House, guests are then taken on a tour of the museum itself, which is fully decorated as it would have been for Christmas 1850. Returning to the Carriage House, guests then have a chance to visit with St. Nicholas. “And its not a red suit Santa Claus, it’s an 1880s version, candycane stripped socks, red and green suit — the whole bit,” explained Backus-Page House Museum storyteller Doug Robinson. “We are also doing old, very Canadian Christmas stories like the story behind the Huron Christmas Carol and Canada’s first Christmas tree, things like that.”

Robinson said all the money raised through the event goes to back to the museum. There are four tours scheduled throughout the day (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and visitors are also encouraged to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank. Seating is limited and tickets are available by reservation only. Adult admission is $10, and children’s tickets are just $5. For further details call the museum at 519-762-3072 or visit online at events. Backus-Page House Museum is a 1850s brick manor home in the Georgian style, located within John E. Pearce Provincial Park, at 29424 Lakeview Line, just south of Wallacetown. The house is significant to the west Elgin area as the Backus and Page families were instrumental in helping to develop agriculture in the area.

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It was a busy afternoon in Aylmer on Nov. 26 as crowds lined Talbot Street for the 72nd edition of the Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade. Kicking off just after 2 p.m., with the Aylmer Fire Department leading the way, the parade made its way across town featuring everything from clowns, cartoon characters, marching bands, brightly decorated floats and even a 25-foot high inflatable Elmo. Kin Klowns participating in the parade also collected donations along the way for the Corner Cupboard. MIKE MALONEY PHOTOS

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Mickie Keefer encourage interested residents to buy as soon as possible. The event would be a perfect Christmas evening out for local businesses looking for a way to thank their employees, Keefer said. In addition to the show, there will also be a silent auction table. When Hendry comes, he will bring his 12-piece band, complete with horn section. Though he’s from London, Hendry has toured around the world as a professional Elvis tribute artist. Peddie, 19, started doing Elvis tributes when he was five. Having done his share of fundraisers, he knows the importance of supporting local charities. “I think it’s really important for the community to come out and help these agencies because the work they do is important for people in Elgin County,” he said. The event has had a lot of community sponsorship and both Matthews and Keefer recognize and appreciate the contributions. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, at the St. Anne’s Centre and the cost is $35. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling Melissa at STESSH at 519-6372288, or by emailing mmcleod. Both agencies are also working on holding their own fundraisers in 2017, with STESSH holding another installment of their Hit The Floor For Her in the spring, and BBBS holding a curling event in the winter and their Big Ball Drop in the summer.

Plans to build a new museum space in Elgin County are going forward. A report to council presented on Nov. 4 notified council that $485,800 in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage Canada Cultural Spaces was approved. Council has committed $514,200, bringing the grand total to $1 million designated for the project. Brian Masschaele, director of community and cultural services for the county, is pleased to see the project progress. “It’s exciting for us,” Masschaele said. “This will increase the visibility of the museum on street level in probably one of the best corridors in the county for tourism purposes, and will allow us to accommodate school groups for programming.” Plans are for the building to be 3,000 sq. ft. and house the exhibition and programming functions of the museum, reducing the current challenges with exhibits, travelling exhibits, and getting

the public up to the fourth floor. “We’ll still maintain the fourth floor for storage purposes, and possibly some staffing functions. We’re also going to facilitate an expansion of archives into the fourth floor, which is climate controlled.”

“The space has to be dynamic. It has to change, and it has to have technological ­aspects to it, especially for youth.” Brian Masschaele County of Elgin The county has re-engaged the Ventin Group for architectural services after they previously won a Request for Proposal (RFP) on another version of the project. “This is a scoped-down ver-

sion, but still within the realm of the RFP. The architects met with us yesterday to talk about design concepts and getting this project moving forward.” Museums are adapting rapidly to public expectations with attendance generally being in decline, something Masschaele said has forced them to think differently. “The space has to be dynamic. It has to change, and it has to have technological aspects to it, especially for youth.” While the bricks-and-mortar funding is in place, Masschaele said the county would welcome private donations to help the museum augment and grow. The building, which will be located on land owned by the county beside the current administrative offices on Sunset Road, was designed as scalable, with the opportunity to expand whenever the opportunity arises. Because the grant was provided as part of the sesquicentennial celebrations (Canada turns 150 in 2017), Masschaele estimates construction will begin in March 2017, with a completion date of late summer or early fall.

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The clock is ticking and there is no time to slow down for those offering support to the annual St. Thomas Christmas Care. On Nov. 24, Friends of New Vision Church (FNVC) stopped by the Christmas Care reception centre at 122 Edward St. to show their support with a donation of $1,000. FNVC representative Bonny Mossip said making the decision to donate to the program has always easy one to make. “Everyone believes in it and Christmas Care is something we have given to for at least the last four or five years.”

Christmas Care volunteer co-ordinator Andreana Collins admitted that it was a little slow near the beginning of the campaign, which officially kicked off on Nov. 4. “We usually bite our fingernails down to the nubbies the first couple of weeks, but then things start coming in.” With less than a month to go until the last deliveries are made on Dec. 23, Collins noted one area the program almost always finds itself in need of is toys for both boys and girls between the ages of 8-11. “They’re always the hardest group to buy for,” said Collins. “Everyone loves to buy for the little kids because they are fun to shop for.”


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Thurs., Dec. 1 & 8. Potluck dinner Dec. 15. Back on Jan. 5. - Talbot Trail Toastmasters, 7pm - 8:30, Elgin Mall St. Thomas. in Community Rm. Guests welcome. Have fun, build confidence, grow speaking & leadership skills employers, groups want. Interesting, inspiring talks. c/o Malcolm (226) 777-2464 December 2 – 7:30 p.m. Field Naturalist Meeting at Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentation by Will VanHemessen on “Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Road Construction”. Info 519-633-5440 December 2 – 6:30 – 9 p.m. John Wise Public School Shopping Extravaganza, 100 Parkside Dr. We are excited to have 40+ vendors! December 3 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Holly & Ivy + Vendors. Community of Christ 105 Fairview Ave., St. Thomas. All Welcome. Contact Sue Silcox 519-859-3964 December 3 from 9 a.m. to noon - Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a vendor’s table at Valleyview’s Merry Mall Bazaar. Featuring baked goods, sauerkraut, 5” frozen turkey pies & more. December 3, 10-4pm. Fresh Start Maternity Supports Christmas Open House & Gift Card Gathering. 118 Centre St. St. Thomas. Call 519-637-7775.

Diane Marcou, #53-101 Southgate Parkway. For information call Suzanne, 519 207-1232

December 10, 1-6 p.m. – Christmas Raffle @ Centennial Sports Club, 41 Jonas St., St. Thomas. December 4 - 1:30 to 4 p.m. - Festival Gift Cards. Adults only. Concert at St. John’s United Church December 11 - LIONS Famous in Springfield. Several performers. Breakfast; in the DEN; behind Suggested offering of $10. Dutton Dunwich Community Centre. Adults $7; FULL breakfast done December 4 - Ham and Turkey your way. Serving: 9 AM till 1PM. Bingo. Public Event!! Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Game starts at 1:30 p.m. 3 Cards $10 /20 Games. Our kitchen is open for sandwiches, desert and coffee or tea. 24 John St. 519.631.2600

December 4 - 7 p.m. Carols by Candlelight, Central United Church, 135 Wellington St. A Carol sing with special music presented by the church choirs. Freewill donation ¬ Women’s Place Dec. 6, 7, 8, 7:30-9:15pm: Our Christian Life & Ministry Meeting & Congregation Bible Study. Everyone welcome. Same program each evening. 9946 Talbotville Gore Rd, St Thomas, ON, N5P3T2. No collections taken. December 7 - LIONS Charity Bingo in Dutton Dunwich Community Centre at 7 PM.$500 Jackpot and several Specials. December 8 - 7:30 PM University Women’s Club, CFUW St. Thomas. Christmas Social at the home of

December 14 - Christmas Luncheon at St. Thomas Seniors Centre. Traditional Turkey Christmas Dinner Entertainment ~ The Ukes of Hazzard $15 Advance Doors open 11:30am December 15 - deadline reminder for Rotary Music Festival candidates. Checkout the www. page for information. The Festival runs from Tuesday Feb. 21 to 24, 2017. December 17 – 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Centre. Christmas Dinner – Turkey and Ham. Cost $25 per person. Call to reserve tickets 519-637-1606 December 18 - Christmas cheer is guaranteed when you listen to the cantata JOY sung by the Port Stanley United Church Choir and friends under the direction of Lindsay Traichevich Smith. All are welcome 11 o¹clock Sunday, December 18 at the Port Stanley United Church.


St. Thomas, Ontario

45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519) 631-0850

January 12, 2017 - 7 p.m. University Women’s Club, CFUW St. Thomas, General Meeting, St. Thomas City Hall. “Women in Power Panel Leaning in to a Life in Politics” Karen Vecchio, M.P., Mayor Heather Jackson, and Central Elgin Deputy Mayor Sally Martyn. For information call Suzanne, (519) 207-1232

weekly at YFC Hall. Sunday at 10am Lords Table, Sunday 6:30pm Ministry & Bible Study. Wednesday Prayer. Info 519-637-8906.

Nar-anon Family Groups, 12-Step Program for family and friends affected by someone’s addiction. Meeting Wednesdays at 7PM at Centre St. Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St. St. Thomas.

Women’s Coffee Break at 1 pm, First and Third Thursday at St. John’s Church on Flora St. Bring a friend. All Welcome.519.631.7368.

Indoor Playground runs every Wednesday at Knox Presbyterian Church from 9:30am-11:30am. All kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Snacks and refreshments provided, no cost. Friends of Library Used Book Store at Elgin Mall. Visit us for the best selection of books for all ages. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Unite for Refugees-Interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more about what is being done locally in support of refugee resettlement? Call 519-631-9800.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Join our team and help prepare breakfasts/ snacks at local schools. One hour a week can make a difference! Call Charlotte: 519-207-1040. Port Stanley Legion Seniors. BINGO. Every Tuesday 2:00 pm. Fun Friendly Atmosphere. V.O.N. Seniors’ Exercise Classes. Union Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 10a.m.- 11a.m. No charge, just come out and enjoy.

St. Thomas Bible Chapel meets

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

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

Trinity Anglican Church The Purple Steeple People

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

10:00 BAS Joint Eucharist followed by Decorating the Church 3:00 Carols at the Old St. Thomas Church

Sunday, December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent Sacrament of Holy Communion Worship Service 10:30 a.m. COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

Reverend Valerie Kenyon Preaching Organist & Choir Director Susan Marshall 519-631-7000

Death Notices CHAPMAN - Georgette J. of Chartwell Home Aylmer and formerly of London passed away at her residence on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in her 91st year. COOK - David Joseph of R.R. 4, Aylmer, passed away on Friday, November 25th, at the Tillsonburg General Hospital, at the age of 82. ELSE - John Nelson “Jack” of Valleyview Home St. Thomas passed away at his late residence on Sunday November 20th, 2016 in his 83rd year. FORBES - Darrell of London passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday November 20, 2016 at the age of 50. FORD – Margaret Lily peacefully, at the Bobier Vila, Dutton, on November 24, 2016. FRANCESCHINO - Renzo of St.

Thomas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 24th, 2016, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital , at the age of 88. HARTFORD, Darrell C., of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the age of 56. Cremation. A private memorial service will be held at First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church. Sifton Funeral Home. LAUR - George of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital at the age of 89. LOUGHLEAN - George Albert It is with deep sorrow we announce that George passed away on November 22nd, 2016 with his family at his side. MILLER - Ruben Ernest of Tillsonburg

passed away at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in his 85th year. SCHNEIDER - Jane Euphemia (nee Ross) of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at the St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 69. SMITH - Elizabeth Anne of Aylmer passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, extended family and friends at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London on Saturday, November 26, 2016, in her 72nd year. STARR - Gail It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gail Starr of Aylmer who passed away peacefully at Chartwell Home on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in her 82nd year. WALKER - Barbara Elaine of St. Thomas

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passed away peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in her 82nd year. WIEBE - Bernardino “Werner” passed away at his residence in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico on Sunday, November 20, 2016. He was 39 years old. WILLSEY - Milton Frederick of Aylmer passed away at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in his 81st year.

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Home Weatherization Program helps local family stay warm When Hamilton resident Paul found out that he could insulate his home free of charge through the Union Gas Home Weatherization Program, he didn’t hesitate. “The house gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter, so I hoped it would help my heating bill in the long run,” he explained. Taking advantage of the program, which he learned about through a Union Gas community service partner, was a painless process for the homeowner. After meeting the Home Weatherization Program’s eligibility criteria, he was put in touch with Ecofitt, an authorized Union Gas contractor “They got the ball rolling,” said Paul. An energy assessment of his house was scheduled, and a certified energy adviser confirmed that the attic, exterior walls and basement of his home were under-insulated. Within days, the Ecofitt team arrived to insulate the home. From start to clean-up, the work was completed in a single day. There was no charge for any part of the program – energy assessment, labour or materials. And the difference in home comfort was felt almost immediately. For Paul, living on a tight budget in an older home, the no-cost improvements were more than welcome, and he has already recommended the program to a friend. “I couldn’t believe this program. I am going to be more comfortable but I am also going to save money, so it’s kind of a double offer.” To find out more about the Union Gas Home Weatherization Program go to


WE CAN MAKE WINTER WARMER AT NO COST TO YOU. WE PAY. YOU SAVE . In support of Ontario’s energy conservation efforts, we’re working to improve the energy efficiency of homes throughout the province. Find out if you’re eligible for the program that provides – and pays for – upgrades that will save you up to 30 per cent in energy costs: the Home Weatherization Program from Union Gas.




















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Union Gas pays all costs associated with this program. Proof of income eligibility is required. There is a limit to the number of customers we can help every year. Apply now to make sure you’re one of them. © Union Gas Limited 2016 08/2016 UG20160017

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