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(Clockwise from left) Stephanie Pennacchietti, marketing and communications co-ordinator for Railway City Brewery; Tom Marks, United Way campaign chair; Darryl Lawrence, Railway City Brewery general manager; and Bobbi-Jo Gardiner, development officer for the United Way Elgin-St. Thomas sample some of the selections in preparation for their beer tasting event Friday, Dec. 2.

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With the holidays just around the corner, the United Way Elgin-St. Thomas and Railway City Brewery are partnering for an event meant to help spread the cheer across the community. Over the first weekend in December, beer aficionados will get the chance to give back, but not only by picking up a pack of Railway City Brewery’s Cranberry Festive Lager, but also during a beer and food event on Friday, Dec. 2. “It’s an open house event . . . with a lunch and dinner,” said Bobbi-Jo Gardiner, development officer for the United Way Elgin-St. Thomas. “We’ll be having some food and some beer tasting, will all the proceeds going to the United Way.” It’s not the first time the two have teamed up, as the brewery has lent a helping hand before with everything from bottle drives, to donating a portion of the sale of certain beers to the cause. See PARTNERING, Page 4

OFA elects new president at annual general meeting MELISSA SCHNEIDER

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Delegates at the annual Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Annual General Meeting celebrated OFA’s 80th anniversary and learned about the combination of technology and agriculture Nov. 20-22. Joe Dales, senior vice-president at farms.com, spoke to the crowd about the future of farming and how farms will operate going forward. “Innovation is a mindset,” he said. “Farmers have a choice — technol-

ogy can be disruptive or used as a strategy for your farm.” He said most farmers know how far they’ve come since the days of their grandparent’s farms, something he calls pretty impressive. Former OFA president Don McCabe addressed the crowd with a list from A-Z on what OFA has worked on in the past year. Topics ranged from the domestic phosphorous action plan, drought, green energy, MPAC assessments and natural gas, to the pollinator strategy and value-added processing. “This illustrates the breadth and depth of what our organization is

doing,” McCabe said. “It’s been a Charles Dickens year for Ontario farmers — the best and the worst of times.” To formally celebrate the 80th anniversary, OFA gave out three $3,500 bursaries to eligible applicants from an OFA background, who demonstrated volunteer and industry related accomplishments, and are attending an agriculturally related post-secondary education. The three winners, chosen from 54 applicants included Logan Emiry, Cassidy Smith, and Elgin County’s own Anita Rastapkevicius, the newly crowned Queen of the Furrow.

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One year later, LENSLA still fighting erosion control MELISSA SCHNEIDER For the Weekly News

The landowner group dedicated to preserving Elgin County’s portion of the Lake Erie shoreline celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Lake Erie North Shore Landowner Association (LENSLA) was formed in November 2015 after a new shoreline management plan was adopted by the four local conservation authorities — Kettle Creek, Long Point Region, Catfish Creek and Lower Thames Valley. Kyle Cronk, LENSLA president and high bluffs property

owner, drove along the shoreline from Norfolk to Chatham-Kent delivering letters asking concerned residents to band together to stand against a plan he deemed unfair. “All the people on the lakeshore seemed to come together to take a stand against the plan,” he said. “We weren’t going to let our $34 million fall into the lake. Managed retreat is not what we’re about and it wasn’t right.” The group recently celebrated its successes with a supper at the Port Stanley Legion. Since they started, two conservation authorities have reversed their decision to support the report.

The plan was funded by the four authorities, with some help from the province, as a response to the high levels of erosion occurring along the lakeshore. The 166-page report created by Baird & Associates cost about $190,000. Secretary treasurer Dominique Giguere called on members to keep up the pressure on the remaining conservation authorities by being in attendance at their meetings to make sure the issue stays at the forefront while Cronk said LENSLA is monitoring, watching and holding people accountable. “LENSLA has morphed to a

group of concerned citizens that will be watchful of blatant policy violations.” The group plans to start heading west to make some trails into the other end of the county leading into Chatham-Kent. “Our constitution says we will hold people accountable. We have a big challenge ahead of us at Kettle Creek, but with support from you we have exposed numerous shoddy practices and will continue to do so,” Cronk said. Also in attendance at the anniversary meeting was Sue Haskett from the Bluewater Shoreline Residents’ Association.

She spoke on the impact erosion is having where she lives and what residents have been doing to prevent it. John Gillespie, who sat on the Sauble Bayfield Conservation Authority’s steering committee, also talked about erosion prevention methods being used in his area. “I envision that there can be erosion control done on the north shore of Lake Erie so that we can look like the bluffs in Scarborough, but we need your support,” Cronk said. “We do a lot of work but we’re invested in it not just for our benefit, but for yours.”

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Elgin County OPP investigate mischief case in St. Thomas The Elgin County OPP is currently investigating a case of mischief at Canadale Nurseries. Police received a report someone had cut large holes into the poly greenhouses on the north side of the property at 269 Sunset Dr., sometime between 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 7 a.m. Nov. 14. Damage is estimated at between $500 to $1,000. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Elgin County OPP at 519-631-2920 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Gardiner went on to add though this will be a first for the organization, she hopes the open house will become an annual event. “A lot of little things have progressed to this partnership,” she said. “They’re really a great supporter of this community so it was only natural that we would call of them and see what we could do together to bring awareness to not only United Way, but the brewery as well.” For Stephanie Pennacchietti, marketing and communications coordinator for Railway City Brewery, the enduring partnership just makes sense. “Our community gives so much to us that we need to give back,

and we try and do that as much as we can,” she said. “So, the perfect way for us to do that is through the United Way, because it’s directly going back into places in our community.” The beer and food tasting event will take place Friday, Dec. 2 from 12-2 p.m. and 4 -6 p.m., while any Cranberry Festive Lager purchased over the weekend will see 25 cents from each can sold going to the United Way. “We’re going to have food and we’re very excited,” said Pennaccheitti. “We’re just happy to be giving back. St. Thomas has done so much for us and we wouldn’t be here without the support of this community. What better time to do it than during the holiday season?”

(Clockwise from left) Lloyd Churchill, Great Expansion campaign treasurer; John Geurtjens, vicepresident of operations for FCC; Paul Jenkins, executive director, STEGH Foundation; Hilary Pincombe, FCC relationship management associate; and Richard Gruener, FCC marketing program manager.

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leader in ER wait times, hospital representatives say the Great Expansion will only improve an increasingly high-performing hospital. Construction of a new threestorey tower is already well underway, and the new addition will house an emergency department, surgical suites, and a permanent home for the hospital’s mental health unit, as well as a medical devicereprocessing department. Completion of the new addition is expected in late 2017. In addition, the STEGH Foundation is also raising money for a new CT scanner. “Farm Credit Canada has supported many worthy community projects across Canada, and we are grateful that they are able to support STEGH’s Great Expansion,” said

Ken Monteith, campaign chair. “Farm Credit Canada understands the importance of strong healthy communities now, and for the future, and that means investing in our community hospital, and we are very grateful for their support.” The foundation is leading the $16-million capital campaign to help fund the Great Expansion, and thanks to the assistance of organizations like the FCC, has raised $15 million to date. “It’s such a fortunate day for our organization, and beyond that the community, because it just moves us that much closer to our goal,” said Paul Jenkins, STEGH Foundation executive director. “Things are going well, but clearly there’s still more to go and this helps us get that much further.”

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Mickey still soldiers on When someone is dying activities just weren’t appealing . . . camping, picnics, running, hiking or anything which required a backpack. Not once did a travel MICKEY’S WORLD brochure illustrating cozy cabins or walking trails make it to the coffee table. Unlike me, he could effortlessly stow Mickey Reid away or bundle up any unwieldy item within minutes. I would consistently wrestle with It’s interesting the ways your partner’s every aggravating cord from garden tools career can influence your life. My husband, to the vacuum cleaner. There was nothing I John, had retired after 15 years in the Cana- couldn’t tangle dian Armed Forces. He’d look at me in amazement after But he never really left. discovering numerous macramé knots in our He was only a civilian on the outside. garden hose, (acutely aware of how precisely Ingrained habits are hard to break. Everyone he’d coiled it). He would whistle softly and was always addressed as “ma’am” or “sir.” sigh, “Oh my, what’s happened here?” I Friends thought he was the most well-man- would hang my head in shame. nered guy in town. I don’t claim to know much about “army” He carried a unique skill set, repairing food, but my sister insisted this was the most literally anything with methods reminiscent probable reason he loved my cooking. She of Red Green’s duct tape solutions. I was explained, “If you put stones in hot water, stunned to see him fire up an ancient, aban- he’d declare it great soup.” doned barbecue scheduled for the scrap bin. Sadly, John is no longer with us to defend I’m still hazy on how that was accomplished, my cuisine. No tent or camping equipment but once the flames died down, it never is stored in the shed. I’ve since upgraded to worked better. a more powerful car — still without armour The transition to our small sedan was quite plating or even all-wheel drive. a letdown from his previous vehicles. It was Last week I was completing a fall garden sadly obvious to him that our car lacked the cleanup. There, laying defiantly in the middle most essential features—armoured plating of the yard, was a long extension cord, and off-road, multi-terrain capabilities. jumbled and looking like Medusa’s hair. Career experiences can sometimes be facI whistled softly, and sighed, “Oh my, tors in leisure and vacation choices. Certain what’s happened here?”

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 should I go for a 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, smell and touch. The sense of taste may not be appropriate for some at the end of life; since their body is shutting down they do not eat or have the desire and need as we do.

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hunkering down with warm clothes and snow tires. On the road I don’t worry about me, but am concerned about drivers who zip along AS I over icy roads and speed up through fog SEE IT patches and wicked blizzards. Yes, the snow Rick Wellwood will go, but I am more concerned about the other elements of discontent. The incoming president has delivered a When I looked out the window and saw litany of threats during the campaign and the fresh blanket of snow on the car and everywhere else, my mind turned to William we must prepare for the death of free trade agreements, all renegotiated in favour of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the line that the United States and to the disadvantage begins, “Now is the winter of our disconof trading partners. Even with an agreeable tent.” and bright prime minister, we can see the The snow joins the wars in the world’s trouble spots, the fight over unwanted pipe- rise of discrimination south of the border. He will abandon the proposed wall along the lines, the discrimination against the indigenous job-seekers and the rise of a person who Mexican border, but new rules will make it is probably the world’s most successful con difficult to ever come to America, the country man. At times like these, we must seek posi- that Donald Trump is “making great again.” The wars in all the trouble spots on five tive elements wherever we can find them. The snow will come and go all winter and continents will continue as long as they are being fought as a surrogate contest among be gone in early May. Since I don’t ski or the super powers. It will be a long winter. skate and would be lousy at curling, I am

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Bring pictures that spark a conversation or are 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 anyway. 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 that. 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. Barbara Saunders is a grief counsellor/ thanatologist.

Pastor Cusick The Huffington Post recently produced an article entitled 9 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People. Emotional intelligence is — according to this article, “How we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve personal results.” Emotional intelligence helps you process self-awareness and self-management. Oxford Dictionary defines emotional intelligence as: “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” Having said all that, I wanted to note the first of the nine habits from the Post. Here it is: People who have a high emotional intelligence are relentlessly positive. Being relentlessly positive, according to the article, is something that is not only in the realms of possibilities, it’s also something anyone can do. Not everyone can sing opera.

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Not everyone can play for the Leafs (well, maybe that’s not true). But, there is an innate ability within everyone to be relentlessly positive. The article says there are two things needed to accomplish this. First, one’s attention and second, one’s focus. Being positive boils down to a choice. Being positive does not require perfection, or external props, or helps. Within each person’s mind, heart, and persona there lies enough ability to be relentlessly positive. As noted this requires attention and focus. Learning to pay attention and focus. This is utilizing your time and efforts on things that you can control. Ask yourself an interesting question. How much time, effort, and emotion did you expend on the U.S. elections? There was absolutely NOTHING about the elections that you could control — NOTHING. Relentlessly positive people expend their energies and time on things that are within their power and their focus. Family, condition of yard, junk in the garage, bank accounts, children — these things one can control. One’s ability to give attention and focus on things is the beginning place of being relentlessly positive. And that, is something to think about.

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St. Thomas players to represent Team Canada in Cuba Two local players from the St. Thomas Cardinals Major Peewee Team are getting the opportunity to represent Canada in a Goodwill Games tour of Cuba in January. Tanner Moir and Alex Foshay, both 13, will join 15 other players from the London District Baseball Association for the trip. Chosen by invitation-only tryouts, the team was put together by coaches from London, and is made up of players from London West, London Badgers, Wyoming, Tillsonburg, East London, and St. Thomas. The tour will feature a number of games in the Veradero region, but the

trip is meant to be about more than just competitive baseball, as the team will also spend time focusing on helping the children of Cuba get ahead both in the game and in the classroom. The life-learning experience will also involve taking much-needed donations to Cuba for local youth, including handing out supplies and baseball gear. Many of the young baseball players from the surrounding communities of Matanzas and Holguin are considered the very best in the world in talent, but very deprived in equipment and resources. Both St. Thomas players are required to pay their own way, and will

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Across Ontario, MPAC assesses and classifies more than 5 million properties worth approximately $2.3 trillion. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, marks the deadline for Request for Reconsideration for farmers who feel they have been wrongly classified. There were three major changes to MPAC’s system during the last assessment — improving the sales verification process for farmer-tofarmer sales, increasing the sales period from three to five years to six to eight years, and simplifying the geographical area used to ad-

just for local conditions. MPAC uses the building permits they receive from municipalities as key information in the assessment process. Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Senior Researcher Ben LaForte spoke with farmers after MPAC’s presentation, telling them the next step is to get in touch with their elected county council representatives because they have the power to lower the farm tax ratio. “There will be a shift of tax burden of more of the total taxes coming off farmland,” LaForte

said. “What will be very helpful is if everyone in this room, and perhaps three other farmers or neighbours you know, call your county councillors. The more calls they get, the bigger the issue will become.” He said more calls to county council will put the issue on everyone’s radar. LaForte, who has given many presentations to county federations, said Elgin’s was by far the most well-attended event. “At OFA, what we can do is grab the assessment numbers in Elgin

— kind of show what the increase of the tax burden onto the farmclass will be as a result of these huge assessments of farmland,” he said. “Probably residential is not going up 70 percent, I’ll say that much.” Ed Ketchabaw, president of the Elgin Federation of Agriculture said the board has been down this road with county before with the 2012 assessment. He urged farmers to call on their county councillors because lower tier municipalities don’t have that kind of decision-making power.

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November 26 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Port Stanley Community November 25 - LIONS Annual Christmas Bazaar, Port Stanley Fun Night with Turkeys. Dutton Arena. Free Admission. Lunch Dunwich Community Room Available. Sponsored Centre. Enjoy an evening out and win by local Non-Profit Groups a turkey! 7 PM start; $1 admission November 26 – 7 p.m. - A Celtic & $5 card covers all 20 games. Celebration, Canadian Celtic November 25 – Preparations for Choir, Central United Church, Greening Service and Pot luck 135 Wellington St., Tickets 5:30 p.m. . St. Andrew’s United $20, Home Hardware or 519Church, 60 West Avenue 631-3503/519-614-3249 November 26 – 9 a.m. to noon – November 26 - 11 a.m. Grand Nativity Tea, Yarmouth Centre United Opening of Championship City Church. Display of nativities, baking, Boxing Club. Please join us! 389 crafts and Christmas items. Visit over Talbot St, St.Thomas 519-670-5353 a hot drink and some delicious treats Door Prizes* Desserts & Dignitaries November 26 – 9 a.m. to noon November 27 – 2 p.m. - The – Friends of the Library Annual University Women’s Club of St. Fall Book Sale, Elgin Mall. We Thomas is hosting a Christmas provide bag. Full plastic bags choral and music concert by the $5, full large cloth bags $10 “Lunch Bunch Choir” and the “Ukes November 26 – 6-8:30 p.m. Canadian Trinity Anglican Church Cancer Society Heros For Hope The Purple Steeple People Hockey Game, Timken Centre, 2 Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 Third Ave., St. Thomas. Join us 10:30 BCP Joint Service to cheer for the: Guns Œn Hoses 11:30 WAY Hockey Game St. Thomas Fire Breakfast Fighter Association vs. St. Thomas 12:30 Special Vestry Police Association. Admission by donation. Check out the silent auction Reverend Valerie Kenyon Preaching and come out to cheer on your team. Organist & Choir Director Susan Marshall www.purplesteeple.com 519-631-7000 Net proceeds will support Society

of Hazard” The concert will be held at the Salvation Army, 380 Elm Street. All freewill donations for the concert will be used to provide “Caring Kits” for the Women and Children’s Shelter in St. Thomas

to follow. Adults $20, children 5-12 $10, under 5 free. For tickets or more information call Shelley at 519-6441480 or Sandra at 519-644-1028.

November 27 @ 2:30 p.m. – Christmas Dreams Concert - New Vision Community Church, 38 Aldborough Ave., featuring Murray Adlam, Rob Earnshaw, Gene Corless and new Vision Choir. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at door.

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November 29 - 7pm. A Time To Remember 5th annual November 27 - 2 PM Lunch Bunch holiday memorial service. Knox choir concert sponsored by Canadian Presbyterian Church No fee and Federation of University Women. no registration needed. Come out Freewill donations in support of for support and community care. caring kits for the St. Thomas November 29: 4:30pm-5:30pm. Women’s shelter. Caring kits on Aylmer Public Library welcomes display, charitable donation receipts The Thunderstamps Robotics Team. available. Salvation Army, Elm St. Join us for robot demonstrations and Information Suzanne 519 207-1232 small robotic activities. An exciting

November 27 - 3 pm, doors open at 2:20 pm. Enjoy 50s Christmas songs with Frankie and the Fairlanes at Belmont United Church, 247 College St., Belmont. Refreshments

November 29 – 7 p.m. Aylmer Family Central Apartments Volunteer Information Night at The Family Central Restaurant, 62 Talbot St. E Aylmer Contact Lori 519-639-5841 November 29 – 6-8 p.m. FREE clothing and small housewares, emergency groceries (I.D. required) and supper! St. Thomas SeventhDay Adventist Community Centre, 380 Manor Rd. (Monthly!!)

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Death Notices ANDREW- Elaine Helen (nee Mertick) passed away peacefully at Elgin Manor, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the age of 88. ATTFIELD - Tyler of Thorndale and formerly of Springfield passed away at Greater Niagara Hospital, Niagara Falls on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in his 25th year. CHARLTON – Laurene Ruby Grace (Falkins) of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, November 17th, 2016, in her 86th year. DEAN - Wesley “Clare” of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, at his residence, at the age of 85. DENNIS, Mrs. Gertrude “Trudie” (nee Norman), of Aylmer, passed away on

Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 82nd year. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Sifton Funeral Home. FERNEYHOUGH – Kenneth Walter “Ken” of St. Thomas passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, in his 60th year GILLETT - Barbara Jeanine of Caressant Care Home, St. Thomas and formerly of Niagara Falls, passed away peacefully, on Monday, November 14th, 2016, at her residence at the age of 82. GRIGG - Beverly Anne of Vienna passed away at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, November 11, 2016 in her 63rd year. HOUGH - Kenneth Arthur of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by

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his loving family, on Saturday, November 19th, 2016, at his home, at the age of 72. McKIBBIN- Wilfred Allen of St. Thomas passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the age of 92. MILLER - Ruben Ernest of Tillsonburg passed away at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in his 85th year. OGBURN, Mrs. Jeanne D’Arc (nee Savard), of R.R.5, St. Thomas, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 93rd year. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Sifton Funeral Home. PORTER - Dana George passed away peacefully at the Dearness Home in London, on November 13, 2016. STEINBURG - Kenneth Glenn of St.

Thomas passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, with his family at his side in his 67th year. SUTHERLAND - Sadie of Meadow Park Nursing Home, London and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 TESLIA - Anne (nee Premock), of St. Thomas, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, in her 92nd year. Cremation. A private family service will be held at a later date. Sifton Funeral Home.

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