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Joel Jarvis kneels between his award-winning 1,626 lb. pumpkin, and one of his dad’s giant squash. The Jarvis family has taken top prize at the Norfolk County Fair for four straight years.

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For the last four consecutive years, the Jarvis family’s giant pumpkins have taken home top prize at the Norfolk County Fair. A Nova Scotia native, Joel Jarvis and his family have been living in Ontario since 1998, settling just south of St. Thomas. Jarvis’ pumpkin passion started in Nova Scotia, where his father would take him to fairs to marvel at Howard Dill’s 300 lb. Giant Atlantic pumpkins, the size of which were unheard of at that time. Dill grew his pumpkins using a special seed he bred and patented. This year Jarvis, with the help of family and friends, grew his biggest pumpkin, one that weighed 1,626 lbs. “I think if you talk to any of the grow-

ers that have had large pumpkins, once you cross that threshold, say the 1,000 lb. mark, those are the guys that are watching the amount of rain we get, how much sun we get, if the vines need to be buried. It can become a bit of an obsession.” Jarvis, who’s in his 40s now, has been growing pumpkins for over three decades. While there are some opportunities to cash in come weigh-in time, for him it’s not about the money. “I never started out thinking I was going to make money doing this,” he said. “It’s just a hobby that you can continuously improve on year after year to grow them a little bigger than the year before.” He’s thinking about finally taking a year off growing, but said he has the same thought every year before undertaking the grueling task once again in the spring.

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Part of the fun for him is planting the seeds and watching them grow. It’s hard to determine which pumpkin will ultimately be the winner, and that sometimes means all his eggs are in one basket when he lets one grow while cutting others off. This year’s winning pumpkin was kept thanks to his son Justus, who asked his dad to keep the pumpkin even though it started with a bent flower, something Jarvis said is usually a reason to sever it. There have been few times in his life Jarvis hasn’t grown pumpkins, including taking a few years off to pursue a degree in plant sciences. “I wanted to go get that extra knowledge at a place that taught about plants, but still then pumpkins were on my mind because at that time the ones I grew were 300 lbs. and I couldn’t get them any bigger.”

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His education and lots of experimenting with natural methods has led to the giant pumpkins he produces today. Once the winning pumpkin starts to deteriorate, Jarvis will harvest the seeds and is more than happy to share them with anyone who is interested. All he asks is that people mail him a self-addressed, stamped, bubble envelope so he can ensure the seeds make it safely to their destination. “I kick myself sometimes for worrying about a fruit sitting in my backyard, but you have a bag of water and seeds back there that could potentially rot or have a mouse bore into it, and any of those factors could keep you from the final weighoff, making your pumpkin exhibition only.” Jarvis’ Dad was also in on the fun, growing squash that were upwards of 600 lbs.

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Central Elgin CE BUZZ Fall Curbside Yard Waste Collection Built-up Areas The Municipality of Central Elgin will be collecting leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste between Monday, October 31st and Friday November 25th on scheduled waste collection days in built-up areas. Materials must be in biodegradable Kraft paper bags. No bag tag is necessary. Shrubs or branches should be one metre long and must not weigh more than 18 kilograms. Please remember that the Municipality no longer accepts grass clippings and yard waste as garbage - grass-cycle instead. For scheduled waste collection dates, please reference the Waste Collection Calendars included with your garbage tag package or visit our website. Yard waste is also accepted at no charge at the new St. Thomas Community Recycling Centre, 330 South Edgeware Road. Notice of Proposed By-Law to Rename Part of a Public Highway as Old Dexter Line TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin intends to pass a by-law to name part of a public highway legally described as Part 10 and Part 23, Reference Plan 11R-9880, Municipality of Central Elgin as Old Dexter Line and to rename the part of the existing public highway now known as Dexter Line between the said Parts 10 and 23 as Old Dexter Line; AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Council will hear any person, or by his/ her counsel, solicitor or agent, who wishes to make representation respecting the proposed by-law at its regular meeting scheduled for 7:30 pm on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, Central Elgin. The Council shall only hold such hearing for applications received by the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk on or before Wednesday, November 9, 2016; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed by-law is available for inspection in the Central Elgin Municipal Office, Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, during normal office hours, Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin this 12th day of October, 2016. Donald N. Leitch. Chief Administrative Officer & Clerk Tender – Sale of Used Beach Rake Sealed bids will be received until 11:00 am on Friday, November 4, 2016 for the purchase of a 1976 Barber Surf Rake in “as-is” condition. For further information or to make an appointment to view the equipment, contact Birdie Peynenburg at 519-631-4860 ext 283 or


JAIL AND BAIL: The wheels of justice were spinning a little haphazardly in the Railway City on Oct. 13, thanks to the annual St. Thomas Crime Stoppers Jail and Bail fundraiser. The event got rolling shortly after 10 a.m. when Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer and St. Thomas top cop Darryl Pinnell turned themselves in and faced Jail and Bail judge Marg Gould. After careful deliberation, she set bail for the two lawmen at $750 and $700 respectively. Held at Geerlinks Home Hardware, all the money raised through the event went towards paying tipsters whose calls to Crime Stoppers help solve crimes in St. Thomas and surrounding area.

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Members of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 271 Elm St., submitted a request to council to ask for an amendment to the City of St. Thomas Official Plan and zoning by-law 50-88. The building is currently zoned as residential, but declining membership has church members searching for ways to increase their revenue. They were approached by a chiropractor seeking a space for his business and have almost 1,500 sq. ft. of space within the building that is not currently in use they would like to offer him. The church will still function as a church building, with parking for approximately 30 vehicles. Under the official plan an amendment is necessary to allow part of the church to be used for a clinic.

Police Services Report A charge analysis reveals how busy St. Thomas Police were during the month of September. Federally, there were 129 criminal code infractions and eight controlled drugs and substances act violations. Provincially, there were 262 Highway Traffic Act offences, 29 liquor license infractions, 25 charges laid under the compulsory automobile insurance act, two people charged under the trespass to property act, one person charged under the smoke-free Ontario act and four people violated the tobacco tax act. Municipally, there were 12 bylaw infractions including three people bicycling on the sidewalk, three people with dogs at large, two people who failed to register their dogs, two people ticketed for noise, one person who performed a prohibited left turn and one person with a prohibited animal in the city.

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Representatives from Family & Children Services St. Thomas and Elgin join Mayor Heather Jackson on the steps of St. Thomas City Hall to raise the flag in recognition of Foster Parent Resource Week, Oct. 16-23.

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Representatives from Family & Children Services St. Thomas and Elgin, including board members, staff and foster parents, gathered at St. Thomas City Hall with Mayor Heather Jackson for a ceremonial flag raising on Oct. 14 to mark the Foster Parent Resource Week (Oct. 16-23). It was a day not only designed to raise awareness around foster parenting, but for recognition as well. “We come together with some of our board members, some of our staff and foster parents in recognition of all the excellent work that those folks do to support children in

our community,” said Derrick Drouillard, executive director of Family & Children Services St. Thomas and Elgin. Referring to the role foster parents play as vital, Drouillard said they care for children at a difficult time in their lives when agencies such as his are working to place them back into a safe environment. “They provide that placeholder, that place of safety, that care, that love, that nurturing they need and if required down the road, they also provide permanency for children.” Drouillard noted there is a strong network of foster parents in the area, but there is always a need for more — especially for teenage children.

He also added being a foster parent isn’t necessarily a 24/7 proposition. It can include any number of responsibilities from helping young parents who may need some extra support because they have never been caregivers before, to offering respite care for other foster parents just needing a few days off. “Anything we can do to support kids. We have lots of foster parents come forward and take on many different roles.” Anyone thinking about becoming a foster parent can contact Family & Children Services St. Thomas and Elgin through the organization’s website,

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For the second time in less than eight months, the St. Thomas Police Service (STPS) is investigating a daylight robbery at B&L Jewellers on First Avenue. Few details have been released about the incident, but police said they attended the scene after a call came in at approximately 11:40 a.m. No one was reported injured during the robbery and no information was provided on what may have been stolen. The investigation is ongoing and police are searching for a suspect described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-11, with a muscular build and wearing a construction vest. He was last seen fleeing the scene in what is described as a dark grey, fourdoor, newer model sedan, similar to a Hyundai Elantra. In February, a female employee at the store was injured during another robbery which turned violent. The following day, a London man was arrested by police and charged with robbery, assault, assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement in relation to that incident.


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Promoting women in agriculture is part of the tradition during the International Plowing Match’s (IPM) Queen of the Furrow competition. Elgin’s entrant, Anita Rastapkevicius, took top spot this year, becoming the first local woman to hold the title since Lynda Prong in 1960. Rastapkevicius’s role as the 2014/2015 Wallacetown Fair ambassador prepared her for the Queen of the Furrow competition she won during this year’s Elgin Plowmen’s Association match in September. There, in addition to plowing, she made a speech at the banquet and answered an impromptu question from the judges. “It’s a really fun position to have because you get to promote the IPM for next year, which is in Huron County,” Rastapkevicius said. Throughout her one-year, term Rastapkevicius hopes to create networking connections that will last a lifetime. Coming from a fruit, vegetable, and cash crop operation in West Lorne, she hit the ground running and advises others interested to do the same. “The more people I meet in the ag indus-

try, the more I realize how close-knit it is. Rastapkevicius will be in attendance It’s really got a family vibe to it. Even if you during both the Ottawa Valley and London’t know someone, you have someone in don farm shows. common with them.” She credits the title with helping her work on her communication skills with a lot of impromptu speaking opportunities. When she’s not studying for her fourth and final year in agricultural economics at the University of Guelph, Rastapkevicius will be fulfilling the duties of her one-year term as queen. She was also provided with a Ford Escape she’s nicknamed the Queenmobile that’s covered in plowmen’s association logos. While she didn’t initially start in the business (Rastapkevicius started in human nutrition), she soon realized she wanted to follow her passion — agriculture. “I don’t even look back now on changing programs,” she said. “It was one of the best decisions I made in my entire life.” She explained people don’t realize how many different things the industry is able to offer.

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HEALING A HEART’S LOSS Barbara J. Saunders

How observant are you? Some things are so commonplace no one realizes they are there. There are some things we have no idea what their purpose is. Recently I was in a London hospital parking lot and noticed there are barriers being installed between each parking level. The barriers are made of metal, have small holes cut out and each panel is spaced in a manner to prevent anyone from falling off that particular area. This might not be something you pay attention to or have noticed. Some people call this a suicide barrier. I also observed a barrier while driving on a train overpass in London. I routinely drive this route and for some unknown reason on this particular day the mesh metal barrier made an imprint in my mind. I wonder how long has this barrier been there; probably years. I know for certain

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History brewing with beer AS I SEE IT Rick Wellwood

Over 4,000 years ago, the most popular person in any Mesopotamian village was the guy brewing the golden liquid that we now call beer. The drink caught on in Egypt and other ancient kingdoms and it continues to be popular the world over. Here in southwestern Ontario, there are major breweries in Toronto, Guelph and London. We also have microbreweries and craft breweries in small centres such as St. Thomas, where the Railway City Brewery introduced me to beer sold by the growler. Canadians love their beer, which is now being sold in grocery stores. In Kitchener-Waterloo, the celebration of Octoberfest is one of the annual celebrations that enrich the communities both financially

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and culturally. In Munich, the original Oktoberfest is truly big business. It’s a matter of taste, and most people like the taste of a glass of brew, with or without hops. In Dundalk, Ireland, the Harp Brewery also turned out kegs of the legendary stout, Guinness, which is sold everywhere in the world. I also had a chance to visit the Busch brewery in Tampa, where you received a complimentary glass. While in Dundalk, I noticed four or five pubs on each block downtown. In those locations, beer is an excuse to get together to spend quality time with friends. A similar occurrence happens here in Canada, but many spots in the pubs are occupied by solitary drinkers. Now that fall is here, beer is no longer a summer cooler to beat the heat, but it retains its popularity for its own sake. When that beer can was thrown onto the field during a Blue Jays ball game this summer, they weren’t really sure who did it. If the can was empty, it was likely done by a Canadian.

the installation of barriers in some hospital parking lots is more recent. More often than in the past barriers are being installed on bridges over rivers to prevent someone from jumping off of them. The Golden Gate Bridge has a net below the bridge to catch people who jump off of it. In some locations there are barriers over major highway crossings. I feel a need to sigh, and reflect on how sad this is that there is a need for protective barriers. Protecting individuals from themselves and protecting others from an unforeseen situation. There is a belief that if someone can be deterred from jumping they may have more time to make a choice to stay alive. Some might say if someone wants to die they will find another way and perhaps for some people that is true, but not for everyone. Suicide prevention and awareness in all aspects of life is important. For starters there is information available at the Canadian or Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention and the local Canadian Mental Health Organization. Barbara Saunders is a grief counsellor/ thanatologist.

Pastor Cusick I have had some extraordinary moments in my life when people who were smarter, older, and more established than myself speak a phrase or a blessing over me. On many occasions, this has been my experience: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” It was just the other day I saw a sign that read something like: “Tell your family today that you love them.” Well that started a plethora of texting in the Cusick family. The love kept flying back and forth from person to person. But, it all started with one person — me. I saw the sign, I thought it was a great idea so I sent the first text. I was told by a bunch of people they loved me — and you know what? It felt good! It was a great moment. I’m not sure we all believe how powerful our words can be. Our words can make someone’s day turn completely

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Since its inception, the #stthomasproud campaign has brought out significant community positivity while providing residents and businesses with a vehicle to share their pride. That excitement and positivity can now be channelled into providing support for the most needy in St. Thomas and Elgin County. As a result of strong support from businesses in the community, St. Thomas Economic Development Committee (EDC) has announced the first round of T-shirt sales for #stthomasproud Fridays will result in a donation of $750 to the United Way Elgin-St. Thomas. The concept was simple, according to EDC general manager Sean Dyke. Promote the idea that casual Fridays can be more than just a way to leave the business attire at home for a day. The goal of the campaign is for busi-

nesses to allow employees to wear #stthomasproud shirts on Fridays, with a portion of the sales going to support the local United Way. “This campaign continues to grow and gain momentum and we won’t stop now,” Dyke said. “I challenge all businesses in St. Thomas to join in this positive campaign, show your pride in the community and convert casual Fridays to #stthomasproud Fridays, all while supporting the many worthy causes that the United Way funds in our community.” As this campaign continues to grow, the EDC will make more donations to the United Way. St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson said the idea of #stthomasproud Fridays is “all about building community spirit” and celebrating what St. Thomas has to offer. “If you’re going to have a dress down day, you might as well support EDC in their #stthomasproud campaign, but in turn also support United Way through donations from the shirt sales,” she said. “It’s

a pretty easy way to get involved. They’re nice shirts, not flashy or anything, but a great way to support #stthomasproud.” The launch of #stthomasproud Fridays comes on the heels of EDC receiving a significant international economic development award. Every year, the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Excellence in Economic Development Awards distinguish the world’s best programs and partnerships, marketing materials, as well as the year’s most influential leaders. For the first time ever, St. Thomas has been recognized with a Silver Award in the category of Video/Multimedia Promotion for the #stthomasproud campaign. “This award is amazing for our team and for our community as it represents worldwide recognition for our efforts,” Dyke said. “I’m hopeful that it will both help continue the positive momentum of the campaign and generate even more attention for the city on an international scale.” Born out of negativity following the glob-

al economic downturn, #stthomasproud has become commonplace on social media, signboards and other marketing channels in the city and around the world. The recent wave of companies asking to participate in #stthomasproud Fridays, Dyke said, has pushed the campaign forward, undoubtedly continuing to grow ongoing awareness and pride in the community. For the mayor, “it’s wonderful” being recognized by municipal peers in terms of the economic development, but international recognition takes that acknowledgment to a whole new level. “It means we’re on the right track, we’re doing something others aren’t out there doing,” Jackson said. “We know it’s important to build community spirit to be able to convince business and industry to locate here. The #stthomasproud campaign is very simple. It didn’t cost a lot to do. It’s a social media campaign the community has embraced and we’ve been thrilled with the results.”

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Alternatively, if you want to be spoiled for choice with a variety of different meats all in one place, you can do your local meat shopping at one of the area’s many butchers and farmer’s markets. Briwood Farm Market offers a full deli and meat section chockfull of locally raised meats, and the Horton Farmers Market (open seasonally) offers a true market-style shopping experience. There, you can purchase a variety of meats

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AUXILIARY ACHIEVES PLEDGE: On Oct. 17, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) Foundation announced the STEGH Auxiliary had just completed their $500,000 pledge for the Great Expansion; the largest investment in the hospital since it was built in 1954. “Our hospital has been there for us for many years, and all of the auxiliary members understand the importance of having access to excellent healthcare for our families, friends and entire community,” said STEGH Auxiliary president Pat Mellor. “We can make an impact on our local healthcare through volunteering and fundraising; it’s a contribution we are all proud of and it’s our way to make sure our hospital is supported now and for years to come.” Construction of a new three-storey tower is well underway. Located on the northwest corner of the current location, the new addition will house an emergency department, surgical suites, a permanent home for the mental health unit, as well as a medical device reprocessing department.

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Dining Out Elgin Boston pizza offers something for the whole family The dining scene in Elgin County is a patchwork of locally owned, small-scale At the Boston Pizza in St. Thomas, the food made exactly to order, arrives to the establishments, big-name chains and everything in between. When it comes to table hot, and is exactly as described on the menu. I respect and appreciate that. choosing a chain restaurant in St. Thomas, Boston Pizza offers a delicious selection Even when ordered to go (which is what we did on this occasion) the food is hot, of family-friendly meals to suit every taste. fresh, and not at all soggy. I ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich with a side of yam fries. The sandwich A Gift Certificates from one was comprised of a breaded chicken breast dipped in buffalo sauce, then topped of these local Restaurant with lettuce, tomato, and creamy garlic parmesan sauce. It was delicious! The in, email or drop off this ballot to be Name _________________________ Mail buffalo sauce has a kick without being too spicy, and the veggie toppings and entered into the draw. All entries must be received by Noon on November 3 , 2016, Address _______________________ the Draw will be held November 4 and the sauce provide the perfect cooling counterpart. The yam fries with crispy and hot, winner will be notified by phone. and the chipotle dip is addicting! Phone_________________________ Limit 1 entry per household, Incomplete or illegible entries, The kids’ menu at Boston Pizza offers a good selection of choices geared toward mechanically or electronically reproduced entries will not be accepted and will be disqualified. The Contest is open to all the younger set, such as pizza Enter by email at residents of the Elgin County that have reached the age of majority, except for employees, their immediate families and anyone living OPEN and “bugs and cheese” (bugPASTA DISHES with any employee of Metroland Media. One (1) prize is available to be won, consisting of a $50 gift certificate (approximate retail FOR LUNCH Spaghetti with meat sauce or mail or drop off entries to the value of each prize is $50.00 CDN). The winner must come to 15 shaped pasta in a creamy (Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 1 pm) (add 95 for meatball or mushrooms).. $9.75 St. Catharine St, St. Thomas, ON to collect the prize won. If the Delivery Available Lasagna and meat sauce St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News winner does not claim the prize within five (5) days of notification, sauce) but what I really like are (add 95 for mushrooms) ................... $9.75 another eligible entry will be selected and contacted and the first selected entrant will have no further claim to the prize. In order Ravioli......................................$9.75 the choices of sides that are 15 St. Catharine St, St. Thomas, to be eligible to win a prize, each selected entrant must correctly Manicotti.................................$9.75 answer a mathematical skill-testing question without assistance or Dine In or Take Out available for kids. They offer ON, N5P 2V7 mechanical or electronic aid. MONDAY -THURSDAY TUESDAY the usual suspects such as 2 MEDIUM PIZZAS 1 Large Deluxe Pizza fries, but they also offer more 4 TOPPINGS PIZZA + tax $13.50* healthful choices such as salad 19-631-0 8 4 $24.95 Take-out & home delivery with Dine In,Take-Out, Pick-Up coupon only and cucumber and red pepper Our menu is available online: strips. As a mom, I appreciate *plus taxes and delivery with coupon only the chance to give my kid a healthy side dish, even if the What do you call main is a bit more indulgent. a fish with no eyes? Boston Pizza is a great choice for family meals, date nights, and those watching-the-game nights out with friends. Whether you dine in or take out, you’re guaranteed to have a delicious meal. The jokes may be bad, but the fish and chips are amazing! Dine in or take out. Delivery available.





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Unable to find a suitable space in London, baker Kate St. Laurent is fulfilling her cakecreating dreams in St. Thomas. St. Laurent started the Bake Shop Studio in May with an aim towards giving other bakers a place to start their own business. “I kind of started three businesses at once. I wanted to start a decorating business, but I couldn’t find a commercial kitchen in London that would suit my needs so I thought I’d open my own place in St. Thomas.” St. Laurent said it was a matter of right place right time when she was invited to join the Start Wise program through the Small Business Enterprise Centre in London. From that experience she opened an incubator business that includes cake baking, decorating, space rentals to other bakers and different classes and children’s birthday parties.

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STEA Members-(from left, front row) Steve Gilbert, Roy Inch & Sons, Heating Division; Peter Inch, Roy Inch & Sons, Plumbing, Dan Peterson, Honorary Member; Randi Donnelly, Cox Transportation Ltd.; Kyle Holmes, Sparkle Carstar Collision; Brian Wilson, Tax Free Cash Inc.; Bill Beamish, Beamish Landscape Service: Second Row- Paul Marshall, St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News; Jamie Weisler, Elgin Transmission; Duane Orth St. Thomas Energy Inc. Russ Jackman, Internet Advisor, David Eyndhoven, Westbourne Electric; Hetty Teuber, Silverthorn Landscape; Jane Shepherd, Corporate IT Solutions; Matt Sharpe, May McConville Omni Insurance Back Row Richard Haddow, Re Max Centre City Realty Inc.; Rob Quai, Quai du Vin Winery Ltd. Dr.Mike Boone, CARE Chiropractic & Acupuncture; Kathy Watson, Kathy’s Catering; Laura Callaghan, CIBC Wood Gundy; Warren Silverthorn, Fixed Right Automotive Inc; Jamie McBain, McBain Signs Inc.; Cristina Dinu, Bank of Montreal

The purpose of the St. Thomas Executives Association (STEA) is to promote the business interests of its member through networking. Remember: Businesses who belong cannot compete directly with each other. That means it is networking in its purest form since only one member can belong per business category. We are inviting prospective members to give us a try by joining us for our New Members’ Lunch on Tuesday, October 25 as 12 noon at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre (the Art Register Gallery) at the west end of St. Thomas for your – 301 Talbot Street (opposite Grand Central Apartments.) If you are a business owner or manager and are interested in membership, join us for a delicious Email Karen Coutts free lunch, catered by Kathy’s Catering, one of our STEA members. Do you have questions about business categories or whether you might qualify? Contact our Executive Director, Karen Coutts



by email at To qualify you should have been in business at least one year and strive for excellence in all that you do. Our members are confident in doing business with each other. Also, we offer business leads and recommend STEA members to our customers and friends.This leads to developing friendships and business relationships with other members. We are looking for good, honest people who are prepared to commit to attending the weekly lunches and building their business through networking. Even if you can’t use the services offered by every one of our membersweanticipateyouwillwanttopassonleadsandrecommendations to fellow members. The St. Thomas Executives Association is a member of the International Executives Association (IEA) an affiliation that has the capacity to take networking,leadsandfriendshipstoawholenewlevel.Closertohome,STEA members periodically network with the members of the London Executives Association (LEA), just one more potential benefit of membership. Don’t forget – the free business lunch on Tuesday, October 25 could be the beginning of fruitful new business relationships. Be sure to register with our Executive Director, Karen Coutts at

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STEA Current Members & Their Categories Bank of Montreal - Banking & Trust Beamish Landscape Service - Landscape Contracting CARE Chiropractic & Acupuncture - Chiropractic CIBC Wood Gundy - Financial Consultants Corporate I.T. Solutions Inc. - Computer Hardware / Software Sales & Service Cox Transportation Ltd - Taxi / Courier Elgin Transmission - Transmission Repair Fingal Farm Supply Ltd. - Fertilizer, herbicide, & seed supplier Fixed Right Automotive Inc - Tire Sales & Automotive Service Graham • Scott • Enns - Chartered Accountants Internet Advisor - Web Design & Internet Marketing Kathy’s Catering - Catering Services May-McConville - Omni Insurance Brokers Ltd.-Insurance Broker - General McBain Signs Inc. - Signs, Banners, Decals & Vehicle Graphics Nurse Next Door - Home Health Care Services Quai du Vin Estate Winery Ltd. - Winery Re/Max Centre City Realty Inc. - Real Estate Professional Roy Inch & Sons A Service Experts - Heating, Air Conditioning and Gas Fireplaces Roy Inch & Sons A Service Experts Company - Plumbing Division Plumbing & Heating Silverthorn Landscape Supplies - Landscape Supplies Sparkle Carstar Collision - Auto Body Repair St. Thomas Energy Inc. - Energy Conservation & Education St. Thomas Ford Sales Ltd. - Vehicle Sales & Leasing, New & Used Tax Free Cash Inc. - Life Insurance The Weekly News - Print Advertising Westburne Electric - Electrical Products

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On Tuesday October 25, we invite you to join us for a free lunch! If your company is not in competition with an existing member category, and you’ve been in business for at least one full year, you are eligible for membership with the STEA. Here is your chance to build new business relationships, learn more about other members’ industries and share confidential leads, learn about what is going on in the local business community, and how this can help you. To see if your business category is still open, please check the Member Directory on our website: For more information, or to reserve your spot for lunch, contact our Executive Director Karen Coutts at

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At Service Experts, we’ve been STEA members since 1999 when the organization was founded by Peter Inch. Peter’s membership in the London Executives Association helped him to discover the importance of networking among like business people within the community. So much so, that he knew that type of model would work in a community like St. Thomas. I am a proud member of the association and look forward to the business relationships I continue to establish every week as part of the STEA.

The weekly meetings have provided me an opportunity to inform local business of the saveONenergy conservation programs that are available to ALL businesses. The meetings are an excellent forum to let the businesses know of innovative ideas that can help manage their electricity consumption and to inform the businesses of promotions/sales that are being offered at local Duane Orth retailers.

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I am proud to be a part of the St Thomas Executive Association I hold each member in the highest regard and am having the pleasure of getting to know each of them individually and their businesses. I have the confidence to refer my clients to any of these individuals as I trust them myself with anything I need. Being a part of STEA has provided me the opportunity to meet some of the professionals of our community and I look forward to our meetings. Laura M. Callaghan Investment Advisor

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I am a Proud Founding Member of STEA, formed in 1999. I was President in 2004/2005. I have enjoyed the Fellowship and Business referrals over the years. The goals of the STEA, are based on the idea of referrals with other members, developing an understanding and appreciation of Members’ Businesses. I have been a Licensed Realtor for the past 30 years, servicing St. Thomas, Port Stanley and Elgin County, representing residential and commercial properties. The STEA affords me the opportunity to inform the members on Real Estate trends on a weekly basis.

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At the St. Thomas Executives Association, we work together to serve each other’s business interests. Imagine meeting weekly with about 25 members, all working to increase your 35 sales, without having to pay them! We develop knowledge and confidence in the products of our members. This allows us to then refer our friends, family, and customers with confidence. This fits perfectly with our commitment to customer service and developing leads at St. Thomas Ford Lincoln. In the end, it’s all about relationships, isn’t it! Phil James

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Road construction is never a popular thing, but after this summer St. Thomas residents are finding themselves with more opportunities for walking and cycling because of it. A good deal of attention was paid to improving the Railway City’s active transportation infrastructure with the inclusion of five km of new sidewalk at 15 different locations, seven km of bike lanes at six different locations, and four new pedestrian crossovers. City of St. Thomas manager of capital works, David Jackson, said the municipality has always tried to focus on active transportation links, but is now making it a greater priority. “Certainly now there is a bigger push, both on reconstruction projects when we’re redoing the whole road, but also the smaller kinds of projects where we take an existing road and modify it for active transportation,” he said. “It’s a city goal we’re emphasizing more, but there are other groups looking at it too. The heath unit is another looking at those things, looking at walking routes and where improvements can be made based on the health improvements that are available from being more active.” Sidewalks were added on streets with high pedestrian volume along routes to schools, shopping centres, and parks. Bike lanes were added on high volume roads where the existing road width could be optimized to include them. The pedestrian crosswalks were added to what Jackson described as “high pedestrian volume and high vehicle volume,” areas where the city is looking to improve pedestrian safety. Jackson estimates the city spent approximately $500,000 on the sidewalks, $50,000 on the bike lanes and about $150,000 on the pedestrian crossings. He describes the projects as being “very cost effective” for the benefits they provide. “These projects completed missing links in our active transportation network and improved

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safety for pedestrians and cyclists,” Jackson said. “There are many health and quality of life benefits to walking and cycling, so we want to ensure the infrastructure is in place for people to choose those travel options.” These investments, he added, work towards the city’s strategic priority to provide “a safe, accessible community, increase active transportation options, and improve pedestrian connectivity.” Terry Koning, senior technician of roads and traffic, said the city’s active transportation focus — using the area of Chestnut Street and Highview Drive as an example — helps connect parks with existing multi-use pathways already in use. It’s also an example of maximizing the parking available by introducing bike lanes onto city streets, and creating active transpiration options for everyone around the city to use. “This project was a good example of linking different systems together with each other,” Koning said. “With Chestnut and Highview linking up the southeast corridor of the city to the centre corridor, it makes a lot of sense.” The city will continue its focus, but to do so Jackson explained the public will have a role to play as well. Any time a major change is made to civic infrastructure, the municipality seeks to gauge the public’s response to those changes. The city “always value public input,” Jackson said, adding there has been “a lot of great input” received from the public around this year’s active transportation projects. “We’re always open to input and some of these were new initiatives this year, so we want to look at expanding those, looking at what other routes would be good for making connections to these paths, to the other parks and key destination points around the city,” he said. “We’re always open to input, and people can email the city at our new customer service address,, with that information.”


Staff at the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority are joining in on the #IChooseTapWater campaign, an initiative to encourage kids to reach for tap water rather than sugary drinks.

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The hazy days of summer may be over for another year, but when it comes to needing a cold drink, a new initiative is hoping people will turn to the nearest water tap. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) and the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) want thirsty kids to reach for tap water rather than sugary drinks with the initiative, #IChooseTapWater. “The initiative’s hashtag, #IChooseTapWater, sums up our objective,” says Erica Arnett, ESTPH strategic initiatives manager. “We want kids to be proud to choose tap water in an environmentally friendly, reusable bottle.” To help make tap water more attractive, and to reduce the environmental impact of packaged, one-use sugar sweetened beverage bottles,

KCCA and ESTPH are distributing free reusable water bottles throughout the community. Encouraging people to reach for the tap first, Arnett said, makes sense for many reasons, particularly as tap water is an inexpensive form of hydration that comes without the potential health impacts associated with today’s sugar-sweetened beverages. As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to snap a selfie showing themselves drinking tap water and then posting it to social media with the hashtag #IChooseTapWater. Luiza Moczarski, KCCA’s public relations supervisor, said the hope is that by targeting a younger generation, the #IChooseTapWater message will be spread through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. “If you use the hashtag you will

be entered into monthly draws for prizes,” explained Luiza Moczarski, KCCA’s public relations supervisor. “This social media campaign will help to promote tap water as a healthy, low-cost and socially preferred drink. We’re looking for kids to make water their go-to drink.” YouTube will also play a big role with the inclusion of a video-making contest. Grade 3-7 students from across Elgin County and St. Thomas are being encouraged to submit a video on the importance of choosing tap water over bottled water and/or a sugary drink. A first prize ($1,000), second prize ($500) and third prize ($250) will be awarded to the winning classes. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 25. Contest details and entry forms are available at www.kettlecreek-

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AtCorporateITSolutions,weprovidecomputer and IT solutions, primarily to businesses, large and small. Our business has been built, one customer at a time, primarily on relationships. And since business relationships are what St. Thomas Executives Association is all about, it’s been a natural for us to be a member since 2002. It’s also been fun and a great way to learn from other business owners, managers and sales people! We are proud to belong, and we encourage prospective members to “expand your bandwidth” and join us for lunch.

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Families from Elgin County had the opportunity to learn about the importance of the Carolinian Forest during the second annual Carolinian Forest Festival on Oct. 8. Held at the Jaffa Education Centre, the free public day offered a wide variety of events for people to participate in, including guided hikes and a birds of prey show. Betsy McClure, Kettle Creek Conservation Area stewardship program supervisor, said for the past nine years the festival was a school-based event for Grades 6 and 7, but last year they started offering the day free to the public so people could learn about forest resources, forest animals, climate change, stewardship and conservation. “Last year we decided it’d be nice to open the event to the broader community so we decided to hold our first ever public day,” she said. “We had great success with over 500 people out so we decided we’d do it again this year.” The intent was to spread the message about the importance of Carolinian forests, while allowing people the chance to explore what’s offered in their own backyard. The Carolinian zone extends northward from the Carolinas, between the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains to southwestern Ontario. In Ontario, the zone stretches from an imaginary line between the southern end of Lake Huron to the north shore of Lake Ontario, and amounts to less than a quarter percent of Canada’s total land area. “We are in one of the most populated areas of Canada, but we also have a lot of species at risk and endangered habitats,” McClure said. “So we’re trying to get people out into nature by getting them away from their TVs and out on a nice day to explore the forest.”




Volunteer Linda Storey helps Jack Knight, 3, craft his own bird feeder during the Carolinian Forest Festival held at Jaffa Environmental Education Centre on Oct. 8.

The day was free for the public thanks to funding from the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, TD Friends of the Environment, and other local community funds. Activities for the day included stations called Chestnut or Chestnot?, I Spy with My Bird Eye, Down but not Out, Tune In, Monarch Migration Madness, Marvelous Mammals, Slimy or Scaly?, Explore the Zone, Archery, Camp with Us, and Jenga made with real wood and many environmental displays.

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Residents will have an opportunity to place organic material out in paper bags or bundles every week on their waste collection day during this period. Only material set out in paper bags will be collected. Material placed out in plastic bags will not be collected and will remain the responsibility of the property owner. Residents are still encouraged to utilize their green cart to their fullest ability. Acceptable Material includes: Grass, leaves, weeds, plants and brush (no longer than 3 feet and no thicker than 2 inches in diameter) Acceptable Set outs include: • Material set out in paper yard waste bags weighing no more than 45lbs. • Bundles of brush weighing no more than 45lbs. The Community Recycling Centre at 330 South Edgeware Road accepts leaf and yard waste from St. Thomas residents free of charge, for those who do not wish to utilize the curbside program.

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October 20 & 27 - 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 October 21 – Port Stanley Lioness Club Ladies Night Wine and Cheese, Port Stanley Arena, doors open @ 6:30 p.m., proceeds to STEGH Great Expansion. Call 519-782-3589 for tickets

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light dinner. Eagle Community goods and Lunch Room Centre, Eagle 519-768-2698 or November 5 - 9a.m. - 1p.m. - St to register Thomas Community Christian October 29 – Autumn Leaf School Annual Fall Fair 77 Bazaar 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. New Fairview Ave. Come for the food, Sarum Baptist Church, Soup & games, vendors, produce market, Sandwich (eat in or take out), Christmas room and more! coffee, baking and more November 5 - 8a.m. – 12 p.m.

October 22 – Pickleball Lessons – Equipment supplied. Must be 18 or older & a resident of Elgin County. Registration deadline: October 15. Call 519-207-1466

October 26 - 7:00 p.m. Lulza Moczarski, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority Public Relations Supervisor, will discuss ‘Kettle Creek Watershed’ at the St. Thomas Horticultural Society meeting on, Canada Southern Railway Station, 750 Talbot St.

October 23 – Antique and Collectables Show in aid of homeless Veterans 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Port Stanley Legion. Admission is a cash donation

October 27-29th: Screamfield Halloween Haunted Attraction,7-9 p.m., Malahide Community Place, Springfield. Adults $7, Children under 12 yrs $5. Group rates. Call 519-765-4722

October 30, November 13, 27 - You are invited to come learn more about one of the oldest and most controversial books out there!! Community bible study at the Community Center 380 Manor Rd. St. Thomas. Every second Sunday 7-8pm.

October 23 - 2:30 pm. Join us for an afternoon of music, desserts and fellowship at Yarmouth Centre United Church (corner of Talbot Line & Yarmouth Centre Rd.)

October 27 – St. Thomas Legion Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Ham, scallop potatoes, peas, corn and fresh roll. Eat in for $8 or take out (pick up only) for $8.25. Our lunches take place on the last Thursday of the month and are a public event!

October 30 - Orthopedic Tea 2-4 p.m., Omar Temple Daughters of the Nile, Supporting Canadian Shriners Hospital for Children Mocha Shrine, 468 Colborne St., London, Ontario, Club Displays, Hear from a Shriners’ Kid

October 28 – Spaghetti Supper – Union Community Centre, 5-7 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $10; Children 5 and over - $5; Children under 5 are free and a family of 4 - $25.

October 31 - Port Stanley Trick or Eat Food Drive. 338 Smith St. Halloween Night

Music provided by the Lunch October 22 – Community Prime Rib Bunch. Free-will offering. Dinner 6 p.m. at the Aylmer Legion. Advance tickets only at the Legion. October 24 - Girls Night Out - 7:00p.m. at Faith Church in October 22- Belmont Lioness Craft St.Thomas! Indulge in yummy Show- Belmont Community Centre desserts and warm drinks while - 9am-2pm- Crafts, Baking, Tea shopping at our silent auction and Room, Penny Table. Admission listening to a powerful message $2 For more info -call 519-644of love from our speaker, Lorelee 1137 Tables still available Siemens, along with her birth mother and adoptive mother! October 22 – S.S. #5 Malahide You do not want to miss this (Dunboyne) Annual School Reunion, Luton Community Centre, evening! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, we just John Wise Line and Hacienda ask that you RSVP to events@ Rd., in Malahide. 11 a.m. to or by calling 519-6373 p.m. For more information, 7775 ext 4 to let us know you¹re please call 519-637-4168 coming! All proceeds benefit October 22 – Fall Rummage Fresh Start Maternity Supports. Sale 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. First October 25 - 6-8pm St. Thomas United Church, 7 Curtis St. Seventh-Day Adventist Community @ George St. Fall and winter Centre, 380 Manor Rd (monthly!!) clothing for the whole family, Free!! Clothing and small

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Bring a non perishable, get a spooky treat! All proceeds to Port Stanley Food Bank.

October 29 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Family pumpkin carving night at Knox Presbterian Church. Tools and pumpkins included. Bring a toonie.

Nov. 5th - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Union Community Centre, Christmas Bazaar - Many Craft Vendors, Toonie Table, Baked

October 29th: Screamfield Halloween Costume Dance Party. Family Dance 7-9 p.m. Adult Dance 9pm-1am. Licensed event. Adults $10, Children $2, under 5 free. Information call 519-765-4755. October 29 – Spooktacular Family Halloween Party 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wear a costume to enter draw for a prize, free community event,

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9:00 BCP Eucharist 10:30 BAS Eucharist Reverend Val Kenyon Preaching Susan Marshall Organist 519-631-7000

Craft & Yard Sale St. Thomas Seniors Centre 225 Chestnut St. November 5 - 9:00 a.m. - noon CRANBERRY COURTYARD CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 185 Elm Street, Quality Christmas items, gifts and a chance to win a ³Hashtag² quilt.

Nov 5 - Central United Christmas Bazaar 135 Wellington 8:00 a.m. ¬ 12:30p.m Coffee & Muffins, Baking, Deli, Gift baskets, Arrangements and more. Lunch available 11:00 November 6 - 9:30 a.m. Remembrance Service, Keystone Complex, Shedden Speaker: Ted Barris Topic: Vimy Ridge, April 9,1917 Laying wreaths at 11:00 am Harvards fly over. Displays Refreshments Info: Township of Southwold 519. 769. 2010 ask for Michele

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

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Guest Minister – Rev. Michael Stol Foodgrains Luncheon COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

Death Notices BEATTIE - Mrs. Mary (nee Lyle), of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016, in her 94th year. A Registered Nurse, she worked at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for many years. Cremation. A memorial service was held at First United Church on Friday, October 14, 2016. Sifton Funeral Home. ESLER - Margaret (Brady) of Glanworth, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, October 15th, 2016, at the L.H.S.C. (Victoria Campus),at the age of 72. FREDERICK - Mrs. Bernice (nee Gilbert), of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in her 73rd year.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Sifton Funeral Home. HANCOCK - Jennifer Lynn of St. Thomas, passed away suddenly, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at the L.H.S.C. (University Campus) at the age of 52. HILLMAN - Mrs. Ruth (nee Axson), of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in her 78th year. She formerly worked at Brazed Parts, St Thomas. Cremation. A celebration of life service was held at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Sifton Funeral Home.

KASSNER - Ecatarina Rochus “Kathie” of Eden passed away at home on Thursday, October 6, 2016,in her 91st year OWLES - Charles “Charlie” Edward of St. Thomas passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital with his family by his side in his 71st year. PERRY- Marion Theresa Perry (nee Schram) passed away at the St. ThomasElgin General Hospital on Friday, October 7, 2016 in her 90th year. TAYLOR - Derek Michael of Toronto, passed away on Monday, October 10th, 2016, at the Princess Margaret Hospital,

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