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Police and politicians jailed, seek bail

This year for the third time, Andre Reymer, the chief of the Aylmer police, found himself behind bars. Justice was served Sept. 26 at Geerlinks Home Hardware on Wellington Street in St. Thomas where Andre was taken into custody. Andre was charged with imper-

sonating an IT guy. He showed no As silly as it sounds, the justice remorse as he was locked in a cage system hasn’t gone mad. in the hardware store. It was the the day of the an“I think it’s well-deserved. Those nual Jail or Bail fundraiser for I’ve helped out with computers Crimestoppers. have probably reluctantly agreed with the charges here. But I always See LOCKED, Page 2 stand behind my work,” Andre said.

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More than 60 people with RVs, seeking a place to rest and have a little fun, stopped for a spell at the Dalewood Conservation Area, north of St. Thomas. About 31 RVs, owned by the members of the southwestern Ontario chapter of the Explorer RV Club, parked at Dalewood Sept. 24-26. Starting in May, the group hit the open road, visiting campout spots in the US and southern Ontario. The site was their fifth and final stop for the season. Dalewood was chosen by Lynn and Ben Sietsma, St. Thomas residents who have been members of the Explorer club for over 20 years, and members of the local chapter for the last four. “We wanted to promote our city,” Ben said. While the explorers were in the neighbourhood, they took in the local sights, including a visit to the Elgin County Railway Museum and dinner at the CASO Station. “Everybody wants to come back,” Lynn said. “It has far surpassed our expectations.” ▼

It’s been over one and a half years in the making, but Arva Industries in St. Thomas is almost ready to ship a piece of equipment that represents nearly $2 million in parts and labour. Arva received the order from New Jersey Transit to build the Overhead Caternary Inspection vehicle in January, 2012, after beating out two major rail equipment suppliers in the U.S. for the contract. Once final tests are completed, the vehicle is expected to ship out Oct. 7. The completed vehicle weighs about 60 tonnes and includes a crane arm that can extend up to 45 feet. Considering this vehicle had to be designed and built from scratch, the fact that it’s almost finished in so short a time is “incredible,” according to Wayne O’Shell, sales representative of rail products. “One thing Arva has done over the years is it has been able to take on those one-of-a-kind builds and deliver it on time,” Wayne said. The vehicle will be used to complete repairs in subway tunnels, electric street car lines, and on the rails of freight trains. The vehicle has two control rooms with a full diagnostic display, intercom and camera system.

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The interior is climate controlled, and includes a work room, washroom, and kitchen. In an Overhead Caternary Inspection vehicle, it’s typical for the engine to be built inside the vehicle. A 450 horsepower engine needs to be bulky. However, Arva representatives saw an engine design at a rail show that was more compact and horizontal. Using this design, they were able to build an engine that could be fitted below deck, greatly increasing the interior workspace. Winning the contract for this vehicle wasn’t just good news for Arva, but also for local suppliers of hardware and steel. “A good portion of our purchasing is done locally. As much as we can,” Wayne said. Arva had a booth at the Railway Interchange, a railway industry showcase, this Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Not only that, but once Arva’s Caternary vehicle ships to New Jersey Transit, other railway companies, including SEPTA, Amtrack, New York City Transit and others, will be invited to come take a look at it. “It’s going to be a showcase machine for us,” Wayne said. Arva Industries specializes in heavy machinery, and besides railway maintenance vehicles, builds mining vehicles, heavy lifting machines, and vehicles used in defense and marines.

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Each year, people like Andre agree to be “arrested” on a ridiculous charge before being thrown into a cage. They then make appeals to friends and family, who pay to bail them out, or sometimes to keep them locked up. Either way, the fundraiser provides the reward money that Crimestoppers uses to pay the people who call them with tips. “Crimestoppers is an integral partner with the policing community, specifically here in Elgin County between Aylmer and St. Thomas police,” Andre said. “I’m going to throw myself in jail and hopefully get myself out with support from my community.” St. Thomas police inspector Chris Herridge was also locked up, charged with mixing whites with colours in the laundry.

Other notable convicts this year included MPP Jeff Yurek, MP Joe Preston, St. Thomas fire chief Rob Broadbent, and St. Thomas city alderman Dave Warden, among others. Last year’s Jail or Bail raised $15,000, so a similar target was set for this year, explained Constable Heather White, police coordinator. “It’s quite significant. (Crimestoppers) keeps our streets safe and it gives people the chance to call in and report a crime without the repercussion of being hurt,” she said. Over the last 25 years, Crimestoppers has contributed to 855 arrests in St. Thomas, and 1,072 cases closed. Crimestoppers has also retrieved more than $8.4 million in stolen property and recovered over $7.4 million in narcotics in that time. Fundraisers like Jail or Bail are important for Crimestoppers, since they’ve paid out $152,000 in rewards to tipsters in the last 25 years.

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Inspector Chris Herridge, left, and Andre Reymer, Aylmer Chief of police, were locked up at Geerlinks Home Hardware Sept. 26 for the annual Jail or Bail fundraiser for Crimestoppers.

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It’s never easy when a pet becomes sick or injured, which is why Farley Month was started to help subsidize the cost of veterinary care. The Farley Foundation was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001, helping ease the financial burden for pet owners who cannot normally afford treatment for their furry and four-legged companions. Nearly 280 veterinary clinics and hospitals across Ontario have registered to participate in the 2013 P&G Pet Care Fundraiser for the Farley Month campaign. This is the Farley Foundation’s biggest fundraising event during the campaign. Throughout the month, veterinary clinics across Ontario hold special events and fundraisers. Participating St. Thomas locations this year include Abbeydale Animal Hospital, Beaver Creek Animal Hospital and Elgin Animal Hospital. The Farley Foundation assists eligible pet owners by subsidizing the necessary or




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The trees of Elgin, rooted to the ground, stand silently as companions across vast stretches of time. It’s with a take on trees something like that in mind that artist Connie Greger presented her exhibit Travelling Companions: Elgin Trees Sept. 20-22 at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. The show featured 16 oil and water NEW Social Group! colour paintings depicting trees across Elgin. “It’s the joy of colour. You look at the When: EVERY Thursday from 9:30am - 12:30pm landscape or you look at a still-life and Where: Christian Reform Baptist Church you notice the different colours. Portay320 Elm Street, St. Thomas ing the colours in front of you onto the canvas ... to be lyrical with the colours Presented by and bring it into harmony, the joy of the the Brain Injury Association of London & Region colours in front of you,” Connie said. Connie, who lives south of Aylmer, has done seven shows at the public art We provide families with respectful and affordable funeral, memorial and centre now. This time, proceeds from cremation services. Free, no-obligation the sales were donated to the Talbot preplanning and prepayment consultation Teen Centre in St. Thomas. The show opened with remarks from is available. Catherine Elliot Shaw, curator of the For more information, please call or McIntosh gallery at Western UniverShawn Jackson visit our website. sity. “Connie Greger has once again captured the essence of these important Elgin County icons. Each oil and watercolour reveals a different facet of the subject, a regally extended limb here, a colourful density of foliage there, to convey their particular story,” Cath31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas 519-631-0570 erine said.

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What are Flea Allergies? Some dogs and cats are allergic to fleas. It takes just one flea bite and an animal can have a reaction resulting in excessive scratching, hair loss, and skin infections. You usually don’t see fleas on these animals because the fleas have been scratched away by the pet. How do I protect my pet against fleas? The most effective way to deal with fleas is prevention. There are many options available for your pet. Beware – not all flea products are equally effective. Your veterinarian will have medications for both treatment and prevention of fleas. There are medications available from your veterinarian to protect against Fleas and to treat flea infestations. Call us to book your pet an appointment and get rid of those pests today!

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There is a way to help

The United Way of Elgin-St. Thomas has set an $620,000 fundraising goal for 2013. That ambitious number is $15,000 over the amount raised last year. Elgin County residents need to get behind the United Way’s all-important mission. So many people are counting on this campaign, and it can’t be allowed to fail. Around 18 social service agencies and 29 local programs across our region rely on money raised during the annual campaign. Together, these organizations transform lives — easing hunger, sheltering the homeless, offering support to the disabled, and protecting abused women, among a host of other services. Need for aid intensified during the last recession, and it’s changing as more people find themselves in “precarious” employment — working part-time or scattered hours without benefits or a pension, and moving from one contract to the next with no guarantee of a lasting pay cheque. The most obvious way to help is to ensure the United Way not only meets,

but well-exceeds this year’s fundraising goal. On average across the country, local United Ways Centraides spend 15 per cent of total revenue on fundraising and administration costs, which means that 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly back to the community. Getting the United Way to achieve their goal requires that we all pull together, including business, labour, community organizations, schools, service clubs, churches and, of course, individual donors. “We are going to do it,” said Paul Shaffer, executive director of the St. Thomas-Elgin United Way. “With your help, we know we can push this over the top. This is the amount of money that’s needed to run those special social programs that are done by all the agencies supported by the United Way.” Read more about United Way online at With everyone lending a hand and generously contributing, the United Way will continue making thousands of lives better — now and well into the future. Please give.

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Give us a smile: It’s a sign of fall when the swan gourds, decorated by R-Grow Farms of West Lorne, are displayed and sold at the Horton Market on Saturdays. Jackie Oldham of St. Thomas poses with two of the personalized creations.

Putting a face to the displaced As I see it Ric Wellwood


ou are probably as depressed as I am over the daily reports of mass killings in the Middle East or Asia. They are different than the mass killings in the U-S. They produce homeless people and refugees. I never gave it a great deal of thought until I met a young salesperson in the Big and Tall Store who told me she was from Iraq. It was the first time I put a face on a refugee, even though Canada has welcomed refugees from the Korean Warn and Viet Nam. The image of the “boat people” came to mind when dozens of people crammed onto ancient wooden craft that were plagued with leaks. Many boat people found their new home on the bottom of the sea. We don’t always remember that collat-

eral damage doesn’t have to be death. It can be displacement. Just ask some of the people in refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey where tens of thousands are just looking for shelter and sustenance. They are the result of the Syrian War. We can also expect more refugees from Iraq, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Afghanistan. Canada is the best place to come with its subsidized medical care and subsidies for newcomers. All this has been going on since before the time of Alexander the Great, when people lose their homes and try for a new life. It has happened in Scotland when herders were expelled. It happened in Ireland when refugees escaped the Potato Famine and came to Atlantic Canada and the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. Even earlier than that, the people who arrived at Plymouth Rock were seeking religious freedom. People do get around, and the complexion of all nations gets blended as families change location, largely because of hardship in times of war and peace.

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On the last day of the campout, the explorers took it easy at Dalewood by having hobo stew. Members contributed food to a large cooking pot and took turns stirring it over the fire. “You look forward to getting to meet friends you made from across southern Ontario. We get together and have a good time,” Ben said.

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Members of the Explorer RV Club were camped out at Dalewood Conservation area Sept. 24-26. On their last day there, the campers enjoyed a “hobo stew” prepared over an open fire. (L-R): John Jacobsen, Ann Jacobsen, Lynn Sietsma and Ben Sietsma.

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A united front for preservation of our farmland

Ontario loses approximately 100 acres of farmland every day, and our best, most productive soils are going the fastest. OFA fervently believes the preservation of our province’s farmland base is a big priority and in everyone’s best interest, not just the farmers who own the land. People around the corner and around the world rely

on the food we produce every day, and the agri-food industry makes big bottom line economic contributions to our province. The Ontario Farmland Trust has been protecting and preserving farmland and the associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of rural Ontario for 10 years. The organization has three mandates:

-Direct land protection through conservation easements and land donations. -Policy development for improved farmland protection. -Research and education to advance land protection and related policy development. OFA and its affiliated county federations of agriculture have long established interests

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OFA values policy feedback

As Ontario’s largest general farm organization, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) represents more than 37,000 farmers across Ontario. We take a great deal of pride in being recognized, among government, media and the agricultural community as “the voice of Ontario farmers.” But with that recognition comes significant responsibility. Ontario is a geographically diverse province, with more than 200 agricultural commodities. Many of Ontario’s farmers face a variety of challenges and concerns that aren’t always shared by the majority of OFA’s membership base, but they are no less important when they affect the opportunity for profitable and sustainable farms. And OFA depends on our Policy Advisory Council (PAC) members to bring those issues forward, addressing them as an organization or at a policy level. OFA relies heavily on feedback and guidance from PAC. PAC members are elected to represent their county or commodity, and tasked with bringing policy concerns to OFA’s board of directors. And to ensure accountability, the OFA board of directors must report back to PAC on issues. PAC was formed five years ago when OFA restructured its board of directors. Members meet four times per year, and the board relies on PAC to bring forward issues from the grassroots, county level. PAC

members frequently engage with task teams to provide responses to recommendations that help shape government policy, and its assistance continues to evolve. In the most recent PAC meeting held in August 2013, the council reviewed drafts of OFA’s strategic and operational plans, and members were invited to provide input before the plans are finalized by the board. PAC members also provided critical input on policy issues OFA is asked to comment on, such as the recently-announced review of the Farm Business Registration process. Part of a secondary goal with PAC is to develop awareness and leadership skills among PAC members. Participating in PAC is an ideal choice for young and beginning farmers, or others who may want to pursue leadership roles within the organization in the future. The OFA does its best to represent the needs of Ontario farmers at a policy level. We are grateful for the dedication and commitment PAC members have shown in helping us meet this goal. For more information about OFA’s Policy Advisory Council, visit -By Debra Pretty-Straathof, Vice President, OFA


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Elgin County fire departments are trying to shake people out of complacency with a poster campaign designed to remind people of the dangers of being unprepared for a fire. The posters show step-by-step how quickly a fire can progress, using photos of an actual fire using typical furnishings found in a modern home. You may start to smell smoke in the first 30 seconds, but by three minutes and 30 seconds the fire may be too severe to survive, by far. That three minute and thirty second timeframe is significant, since the average response time for the St. Thomas fire department is about four minutes. In Central Elgin, it’s more like five and a half minutes. “Home fires are the number one cause of fire fatalities,” said Don Crocker, Central Elgin fire chief. “We’re trying to target home fires and reduce fire deaths, fire injuries.” The posters will be up starting this month in restaurants and bars across Elgin. The posters provide the phone number for every local fire department, so people may call to get a free fire safety inspection of their home. The inspection will be arranged for a time that fits around your schedule, and it may just save your life, reminds Rob Broadbent, St. Thomas fire chief. “You call us. We’ll come and do a home safety audit. We’ll check your alarms. We’ll put in batteries, even put up smoke alarms if we have to. It’s to make sure you don’t end up in picture number four,” he said. Having working smoke alarms is only the first step of fire prevention. It’s also important to have a home fire escape plan. People should know two ways out of every room if possible, and have a meeting place chosen outside the home. Both St. Thomas fire stations will hold an open house Oct. 9 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.. Visitors will be able to learn about fire prevention, have a look at the fire trucks, and speak with fire fighters. Firefighter hats will be available for kids. The St. Thomas Fire Department is at 305 Wellington Street, while the Captain Dennis Redman Substation may be found at 235 Burwell Road.

Rob Broadbent, St. Thomas Fire Chief, and Don Crocker, Central Elgin Fire Chief, hold up a poster that will be on display at restaurants and bars in Elgin County. The posters show minute-by-minute how quickly a fire can spread.

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It’s Easy! JOIN Beamish Landscape Service – STEA member since 2011 We are proud to serve St. Thomas and area, and offer consultations for all new customers that are considering our services. Beamish Landscaping designs, builds and maintains outdoor spaces. We also provide lawn maintenance, gardening and snow removal services. Beamish Landscape Services is a full service landscape installation firm respected in St. Thomas and the surrounding area for over 19 years. Four main Service areas are: Design, Construction, Maintenance and Snow Removal. As member of the STEA since 2011, we enjoy all aspects of the association.

St. Thomas Executives Association St. Thomas Executive Association Networking is about people, not products! Being a founding member since 1999, I consider each STEA member a part of my Centre of Influence partners. There is confidence in knowing STEA companies have been pre-screened and adhere to professional ethical standards of business conduct. As a busy Investment Advisor, I like the option of being able to attend meetings or having my alternate team member represent my business interest.

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The St. Thomas Executives Association is more than a marketing group. The business ideas and personal relationships that we all share will last a lifetime. We do plumbing that ranges from changing a tap washer to a complete new home. Commercial and residential are the backbone of our business. We share our knowledge with fellow workers, their friends and their family. This makes this group a unique and worthwhile endeavour for anyone considering membership in STEA. I am proud to be a member of the St. Thomas Executives Association. Dan Peterson

Weekly lunches offer a unique opportunity for businesses Gamble Insurance has been a member of the St. Thomas Executive Association since the inception of the organization in 1999. I was pleased to serve as president of the organization in 2002 - 2003. Our service to members includes Commercial Property and Liability Insurance as well as Commercial Auto and Fleet Insurance. The weekly lunches offer a unique opportunity for fellowship in a friendly environment as well as building business relationships and sharing leads. I encourage potential new members to consider coming to a free lunch to see what we're all about. - Chris Hogan

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Since 1973, we at Graham Scott Enns have served clients throughout southwestern Ontario from our offices in St. Thomas and Aylmer. In addition to the typical CA Services such as auditing preparation of financial statements, tax preparation and planning, we provide business consulting services such as business plan development, assistance in preparing financing proposals, and buying, selling and running a business. As Founding Members of St. Thomas Executives Association we are pleased to recommend the New Members Day October 22nd at noon at the Art Gallery in St. Thomas.

STEA is an organization of quality area businesses Each being experts in their individual sectors. As a founding member of STEA, I am proud to say that this organization has truly contributed to raising the profile of our business both within St. Thomas and surrounding communities. By supporting each other and referring clients and friends to each other, the success of our businesses is at the forefront. The weekly lunch meetings provide a great forum to showcase our businesses, network, and build lasting friendships. George Fischtner

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Here’s why business people should consider STEA! Being a member of the St. Thomas Executives Association (STEA) is an effective way to improve your business. The weekly meetings provide opportunities for members to give and receive support from other member businesses while also enjoying great food and conversation. As 2013-14 President I encourage you to consider becoming a member. Our membership is based on one member per category. Samples of open

categories include: Asphalt paving; Bookkeeping; Dentist; Florist; Optometrist; Travel Agency, plus several others. If you are interested in finding out how you might become part of this dynamic business group, call STEA’s Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson at 519-494-9067 or me, Cheryl Lester at 519-688-7500 to learn more and reserve your seat for our “New Members” Day luncheon happening on October 22, 2013.

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“Slipcover Parson’s Chair” Ginette Minor, Southwestern Ontario’s only Certified full service custom Slipcover, Window Covering, Seasonal Decorating and ReDesign company, is among the nation’s foremost expert on soft home furnishings and decorating products. The area’s only firm that offers such a wide variety of window fashions and other “soft” furnishings including special design software that enables clients to visualize how their treatments and fabrics will look – before they purchase. by Ginette Minor, Alexelle Slipcovers and Décor, / 519-494-0787

“The Jack Pine” A small handcrafted Canadian wooden chair that was hand made by another Canadian artist. Pat could not put paint on the maple and ash wood from the forests of southern Ontario, so instead she decided to make a Canadianna chair with an iconic image by Tom Thompson on the seat.

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Bits and boots in Wallacetown Brian Wilsdon

Weekly News Correspondent

The theme for this past weekend’s 153rd Wallacetown Fair was Bits, Boots and Broncs, celebrating agricultural heritage and bringing back everyone’s favourite attractions. “The Fair continues to grow in this rural  community,” said Anna Tokarz, president of the Wallacetown Agricultural Society. “We try to change some things around every year, and have attractions for all ages.” The population of Wallacetown is 350 people, according to John Mairleitner, owner of the local Tall Tales Café. “But we attract millions,” he said, jokingly. “It’s the greatest show around.” On Saturday afternoon of the fair there was a Wild West Show, the Elgin County beef cattle show, and

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even chuck wagon races. Then there were the exhibits of field crops, wine making, cut plants and culinary arts, of which there were thousands of area exhibitors. Plus the usual carnival rides and concession foods. Add to Saturday night the talent show and tractor pull. “But there are even more people Sunday for the demolision derby and the Black Family performance,” Anna said. “We keep agricuture alive for young people by getting them engulfed in it” said Kate Dymock, committee member. Just ask Christine Gruebauer,18, of Dutton, who was selected as this year’s fair ambassador Friday Brian Wilsdon Photo night. “This is such a great experience,” Christine said. Amy Lidster of Blenheim controls her one year old heifer Dixie, weighing “This fair has always been a crucial part of my 1,200 pounds, during the Purebred Beef Show Saturday at the Wallacetown Fair. childhood.”

Water main rupture on Centennial Avenue Dorothy Gebert Weekly News Correspondent

A transmission water main on Centennial Avenue in Central Elgin broke apart on the morning of Sept. 21, leaving approximately 40 households without water for most of the day. The rupture occurred in an open construction excavation, about six meters deep, where sanitary and storm sewers were being installed. Although the water main was located approximately 3.5 m to the east of the construction and had material around it, heavy rainfall during the night flooded the trench and eroded the soil around the water main, exposing two sections of pipe longitudinally.

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contacted the City of St. Thomas Works Department as well as the Municipality of Central Elgin. By 9 a.m., city operations staff had isolated the water main break and water began to flow back into the city distribution system. As the water operating authority, the City of St. Thomas notified the 40 customers affected by the break about the water interruption. It also issued a precautionary boil water notice, which was later rescinded after water samples confirmed that chlorine residuals were high and there was no risk of contamination in the system. By 6 p.m. Saturday, the water main was back in service. Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters spoke with a number of Centennial Avenue residents on Saturday afternoon. “Would you know what to do “Most of them your loved one starts choking couldn’t say enough good at the dinner table?” about AECOM staff [the project engineers] and about the City of St. Thomas and our staff,” he said. “They felt everyone had done a wonderful job of relaying the timelines and the information on when the pipeline was goCall for the next course date: ing to be re-con519-631-1611 (St. Thomas) or nected and when 519-681-7330 (London) they expected water to flow.” Perrin said that, given the kind of rainfall that came down on Sept. 20, “it couldn’t have been anticiFor a course nearest your location visit: pated what pened.”

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woods like Oak, Yellow Birch and Maple, even fine gaps will show unattractive lighter areas between some of the boards.” Though gaps were once considered a natural occurrence one had to accept when choosing wood flooring, Gormley explains there is now an innovation in gap protection available for consumers looking for the beauty and elegance of quality prefinished hardwood floors without the unattractive offcolour gaps that inevitably come with them. Avant Guard Hardwood Flooring, North America’s leading direct buy premium wood flooring manufacturer, has created the new standard in hardwood flooring protection. Called “Contour Guard,” it’s a unique patented contour finishing process that envelops each of its floorboards. With its exclusive gap protection, not only the top but the sides and ends of each precision-milled board are stained. “By doing so, you’re covered as the process virtually eliminates any possible unattractive effects from gaps,” Gormley added. Along with the added benefit of contour guard protection, consumers can now customize and select their flooring choices at home by visiting the site, which gives consumers access to premium high-end flooring they can custom design online. Their floors are then custom-made and shipped directly to their homes in the construction, species, grade, stain colour and gloss level of their choosing.










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Putting a face on mental health issues

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Some people have a hard time understanding mental illness. Jeanette Boldt of St. Thomas has an 11-year-old son, Zachary, with ADHD and other mental health issues that lead to aggression and unstable behaviour. But mental health issues aren’t a visible ailment, like being in a wheelchair, so people may not realize that a person is mentally ill and struggling. Some parents with mentally ill children may feel a stigma about coming forward, which Jeanette thinks should change. “I think it’s time people stand up. I think it’s time people put a face to mental illness and understand children who are going through this. It’s not always something they can control,” she said. Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12. To mark the occasion, the Oxford El-

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Jeanette Boldt, of St. Thomas, right, is the mother of 11-yearold Zachary. Zachary has complex mental health issues, and has been getting support from the Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre since 2011.

gin Child and Youth Centre (OECYC) will host their first annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Oct. 10 from 5-9 p.m. at the St. Thomas Seniors Centre on Chestnut Street. Proceeds from the event will support the OECYC. Jeanette is part of a volunteer consortium that takes fundraising initiatives with proceeds being donated to OECYC. She

volunteers her time because she wants to give back to the OECYC for all that organization has done for her and her family. Jeanette and her family have accessed every service available to them through OECYC, including group therapy, individual counselling, and an inhome support worker. “For people who know mental health, It’s not a secret that

it’s very, very underfunded,” she said. “(OECYC workers) are very, very compassionate individuals who really want to make a difference in the lives of the kids with mental health issues. I think the bottom line is they don’t have the necessary funding they need to make the difference.” It is estimated that 10-20 per cent of Canadian youths are affected by a mental illness or disorder, but only 25 per cent of those affected actually receive treatment. Jeanette experienced the frustration of waiting lists that came from applying to several mental health services before her son finally got help through OECYC in 2011. Raising a child with Zachary’s needs has been the toughest battle Jeanette and her husband have had to face together. Their family used to live in New Hamburg and decided they needed to move back to St. Thomas to be nearer to the support of friends and family. Tickets for the spaghetti dinner may be purchased for $20 at OECYC or by contacting Gaby Wass at 519-854-6899.

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Town of Aylmer notes again offering a free Grade 1 Public Skating pass, valid from Oct. 1 to March 31, for children born in 2006 and 2007. Seniors Day Out started Sept. 24, being held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Sunday afternoon Public Skating is back from 1-2:30 p.m. at a cost of $2/students, $3/adults and $6/family. Adult Skate is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for $3. Tiny Tots skating is also on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour right after Adult Skate. Indoor Walking is Tuesdays and ThursTREE DAY: In honour of National Tree Day Sept. 25, Elgin County tree commissioner Jeff Lawrence (left) joined Elgin County Warden Cameron McWilliam and Arbor Week committee chair C. Frank Lattanzio to plant a sycamore tree on the grounds of the Elgin County Administration Building on Sunset Drive in St. Thomas.

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Students took part in a number of outdoor activities such as catching and measuring fish, collecting and studying inhabitants of wetlands, learning how humans impact on the quality of water and taking part in activities and games to reinforce the importance of having healthy wetlands. Bayham fire chief resigns Gord Roesch has resigned as Bayham Township Fire Chief/By-law Enforcement Officer effective Sept. 30. Roesch has held this position since March, 2010.

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Aylmer brush collection Aylmer’s fall Brush Collection takes place this week. Brush will be picked up the day prior to one’s regular garbage day. Brush must not exceed 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) in length and must be bundled and tied. Police now enforcing parking Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer informs that police have now begun enforcing two hour parking violations uptown once again. The police have a uniformed female civilian doing this task one day a week. Malahide recycling improves Malahide Township recently reported successful recycling figures from May 2012 to May 2013. There was an increase in recycling materials from 275 to 433 tons, up 158 tons, and a decrease in waste collected from 1,879 to 1,528 tons, down 351 tons. Fall programs at the EEC complex The East Elgin Community Complex is

days from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for $1. Shuffleboard is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. for $3. EESS Enviro class teaching others (From the TVDSB website) – “Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) students at East Elgin Secondary School were taking the classroom to the wetland for about 400 elementary students in local Elgin County schools for a unique learning experience. MarshQuest was a TVDSB festival, held Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 23-25, where the ELP students facilitated activities for Grade 4 students linked to their curriculum unit of Science and Technology: Habitats and Communities. Held at the Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area southwest of Aylmer, the interactive and experiential activities are designed to encourage and promote good environmental stewardship and awareness that students can implement in their homes, schools and communities.

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ey four eyes,” I would hear them whisper under their breath. The comment was directed at my best friend who had to get glasses in Grade 4. One thing David had going for him, was size and strength — a strong farm boy. The comments were always muttered so he couldn’t hear. Years later David did the laser surgery thing and no longer wears glasses. I recall the first time I had my eyes examined. Here was the doctor’s assessment of my condition — my eyes were too far apart! What? Like, is their surgery for that? What can be done? Now I’m wondering if people look at me and think, “Wow his eyes are miles apart! No wonder he has such a huge head. He needs a fat head to keep the space between his eyes!” After that traumatic event I didn’t go to the eye doctor for years. But then, things started to get fuzzy — you know, out of focus. My solution to the issue was the dollar store glasses. I had them all over the place. But, the issue was they never did fit right. You know, the fat head problem. After a few years I decided to take the plunge and actually buy the glasses the doctor prescribed. They actually fit my head, and I saw well. The next issue became bifocals. First, I

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tried the no-line bifocals. I had issues with the glasses, and thankfully it had nothing to do with how far my eyes were apart. I just could not learn to get the right angle for computer work. So, they were returned for the traditional line bifocals and I also bought a plain pair of reading glasses. Now, I’m fine. I have my huge glasses for my fat head. No one borrows them. After all, they are too big for a normal head. I use glasses, because I need to stay focused! A good friend of mine Derrick Drover wrote and sang a song entitled Eyes on the Prize. The chorus of the song goes like this: Hold on, Hold on, Keep your eyes on the prize, Hold on. Whatever you are going to achieve in life will only be achieved if you can stay focused on a goal. After I got over my initial shock of having eyes too far apart, I braved the examination again, to stay focused. If I’m not focused I won’t see anything. I will not achieve anything. Some other good friends of mine had the same focus. A friend of mine called Paul wrote this: “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” Another historical person, Jesus Christ, had focus as well. The gospels say this of Jesus: “As the time drew near for his return to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Stay focused. If you don’t, you will never reach your goal. And that, is something to think about.

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Ham & Turkey Bingo Sunday October 6 St Thomas Legion Doors open at 12:30 p.m. games start at 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. Drum Circle,St. John’s Church Flora St. Tuesday 8 October 7 pm All ages welcome. Family friendly.  Instruments available. Absolutley no experience necessary.  519.631.7368 Parkinson Support Group Meeting Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013, 2-4 p.m., Knights of Columbus 265 Wellington Street Info 519-631-9313

Kids Creative Cuisine - cook simple, kid friendly meals while learning safety tips for the kitchen. Ages 9-13. $45/child. Thursdays Oct 13 - Nov 14, 5-6:30pm. Call YWCA at 519-631-9800

VON Public Foot Care Clinics St.Thomas Seniors Centre October 2/9/16/23 8:30am-12:00pm, 225 VON Public Foot Care Clinics 420 Wellington St. St.Thomas~ October 10 9am-12pm, 289 Francis Chestnut St. Call 519-637-6408 for an appt St. Call 519-637-6408 price & appointment Sparta Community Bingo Friday, October Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction proceeds to 4, 2013 Sparta Public School 7pm Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre Oct. Donations to Sparta Public School Hosted 10 5-9. St Thomas Seniors Centre. Tickets by Sparta Baptist All Ages Welcome $20 donation.  Gaby Wass 519-854-6899 Oct 4 -  Field Naturalist Club Meeting  Child/Youth Mental Health Matters!  Spaghetti at 7:30 pm at Knox Church, St. dinner/silent auction October 10 5-9 Thomas.  Presentation by  Dave Minhinnick  at the Senior’s Centre.  Tickets $20 at on the Hullett Marsh.  Info 631-5279 Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre. Haunted House…Free treats. Aylmer Canadian Cancer Society, Elgin-Middlesex Fair Grounds . Admission is $2.00 person. Unit seeking volunteers for 2013 Pink Ribbon Every Friday & Saturday in October. Starts Campaign in St Thomas Oct 10, 11 & 12.  Contact October 4, 7-9 p.m 519-773-3445 Liz Tofflemire at 519-637-2858 for details. Saturday, October 5 - Garage Sale. 174 Lake PA Day Camps at Elgin Court, Mitchell Margaret Trail 7:30am to 1:30pm. Proceeds to Arthur Voaden Music Trip to New York. Donations Hepburn and Southwold PS on Oct 11 and Dec 20. Call YWCA at 519-631-9800 needed. Call 519-614-8897 for free pick-up GRAB & GO Chicken Divine dinner St. Sat Oct 5th HBB Fall Expo 10 – 2 pm Central Mark’s United Church, 38 Aldborough United Church, 135 Wellington 20+ Home Ave. Friday, October 11 Pick-up  4:30 Based Vendors Free Admission - Door Prize - 6:00 Pay at door $12.00 Draw Silent Auction-Chili Lunch 519-631-3503 Beef Supper, Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Hall 54 Oct.5 - Fall Into Fashion 2:00p.m. - Hospital Moore St. Doors open at 4pm. Serving 5 – 7pm. Atrium Fashions and accessories by Studio Adult $10 Child 6 – 12 $5. Child under 5 free. Style, Port Stanley Gift Box, Hospital TicketsTickets at door. Eat in or take out. 519-631-3494 $10.00 from Gift Box or 519-633-1538 Power of Being a Girl - an interactive leadership Thanksgiving Raffle, Saturday Oct. 5, 1pm – conference for girls ages 10-13 on Oct 5pm, Centennial Sports Club 41 Jonas St. 19th 10am -3:30pm. $25. Bring a friend for Ugandan Girls Education Fund “Frugal & half price! Call YWCA at 519-631-9800

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Centre.  Tickets $5 to benefit Elgin County Library. 519-762-2780.  Oct  25 - Last day for tickets to St. Thomas Field Naturalist Banquet on Nov. 1.  Presentation by Gregor Beck from the Long Point Basin Land Trust. Tickets 519-773-8768

Coffee, Tea ~ Be a VIP Event-Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Oct. ~ 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Also enjoy a sweet treat and hear about how your team can be VIP at Cancer Relay For Life this year.

Let us cook roast beef for you tonight... St. John’s Church on Flora   Friday 25th October beginning 5 - 7 pm  Our beef is carved to perfection.  Be sure to leave room for dessert. 

Port Stanley Lioness Club “Ladies Night” Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 Port Stanley Arena Doors open 6:30 P.M. Tickets $18 in advance $20 at the door Call 782-3589 for info

Red Cross Babysitting Course - learn to care for children and basic first aid. Ages 11+. $50/child. Oct 26 & Dec 14. Call YWCA at 519-631-9800

Rummage/Boutique sale at Knox Presbyterian Church, Hincks St. - Saturday, October 19th - 8:30 am to 11:30 a.m. Sunday school serving cookies & coffee - freewill donation.

One Stop Shop Start your holiday shopping at Forest Parks School on October 26 Saturday, 9-2. With 30 wonderful vendors.

Fall Rummage Sale – First United Church, 7 Curtis St. Sat. Oct 19 – 8:30 – 11:30am. Fall and winter clothing, linen, china, knic knacs, jewelry, books and toys.

VON Public Foot Care Clinics Kettle Creek Apartments, Pt.Stanley October 31 8:30am-12pm,289 Francis St. Call 519-782-4089 for an appt.

Babysitting Course at the Union Community Centre October 19th - 9 - 3 p.m. and continue Nov. 1st - 4:30 - 6:30 Call Vicki to register - 519-631-3840.

St Thomas Community Christian School Fall Fair. November 2, 8am-1:30pm. 77 Fairview Ave. Vendors, kids games, pies, croquettes and much more.

You are invited to an old-fashioned Hymn Sing on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fingal Baptist Church, Lanark St., Fingal, at 7:00 PM.

Union Community Centre Christmas Bazaar Nov. 2nd - 9 - 12 noon Looking for Craft Vendors - Call Vicki to rent table at 519-631-3840

London Zombie Walk and Horror Movie Night on 19th October, Elgin County Walk for the UnDead on 20th October. More info call 519-868-9097. VON Public Foot Care Clinics Aylmer Knights of Columbus October 21 8:30am-12pm, 58 Beech St. Call 519-765-4334 for an appt. Drum Circle...St. John’s Church on Flora St. Tuesday 22nd October at 7 pm  It ‘beats’ watching TV Join us!  519.631.7368 Tuesday, October 22 Meet NYT Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.  Author talk and book signing.  Malahide Community Place.  Tickets $5 benefit Elgin County Library. 519-765-4515.  Thursday, October 24 NYT Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.  Author talk and book signing.  Dutton Dunwich Community

Trinity Anglican Church Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10am 9:00am [BCP] Holy Communion 10:30am Holy Eucharist and Sunday School The Reverend Valerie Kenyon Preaching Liz Rae Minister of Music - Organ and Piano From our Daily Bread God calls the restless ones to find their rest in Him Come and Worship Visit Us


Knox Presbyterian Church Hincks Street at Wellington Street

St Thomas Community Christian School Fall Fair. November 2, 8am-1:30pm. 77 Fairview Ave. Vendors, kids games, pies, croquettes and much more. Southwold P.S. Parent Council vendors for “All Under 1 Roof Sale” and “Mom 2 Mom Sale”.  Saturday November 9th. 9am-2pm.   Dec. 7. 1850s Christmas Dinner at Backus-Page House Museum. Limit of 14 tickets call 519-762-3072. $100/person includes a $50 charitable tax receipt. “St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival Syllabus, Maestro, Central Academy, Public Library or Ron Somerville .  Festival Feb. 24-28, 2014.  Registration deadline Dec. 15. “


Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist & Choir Director: Dr. Wayne Carroll Sermon: Much Depends upon Dinner Sacrament of Holy Communion October 6th, 2013 - 10:30am


Grace United Church St. Mark’s United Church Minister: Rev. Jim Evans Music Ministry: Rob Earnshaw, Paul Bodkin, Pat Baker 38 Aldborough Ave. St. Thomas N5R 4T1 519-631-5705

Special services for World Communion Oct. 6 Thanksgiving Oct. 13 World Food Sunday Oct. 20 Anniversary Sunday for both congregations Oct. 27

St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave. Rev. Joan Golden Worship Service & Sunday School 10:30am World Communion Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558

Death Notices BIRMINGHAM, Ella Ruth of St. Thomas passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in her 84th year. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 27, 2013. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. BOKA, Erzsebet of St. Thomas passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in her 87th year. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors. CHURCHILL, Donna Sutherland of London passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in her 63rd year. A memorial service was held on Monday, September 30, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HAWLEY, Joseph of St. Thomas passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 in his 75th year. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. IRWIN, William “Bill” of St. Thomas passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in his

87th year. A private family service was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LALE, Joan Beatrice of St. Thomas passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 in her 70th year. No visitation will be held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MAILING, Shirley of St. Thomas passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013 in her 83rd year. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 27, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PAUL, STEWART L., of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in his 66th year. Cremation. No public visitation or funeral service. Sifton Funeral Home. PRENDERGAST, Joseph Gerard of Aylmer passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013 in his 91st year. A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, September 27, 2013. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. SHOUP, Nancy Carol of Aylmer passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in her 68th year. A

funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. STEENBEREGEN, Jan “John” of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in his 81st year. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 27, 2013. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. TRIBNER, Joyce of Port Stanley passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2013 in her 86th year. A private family service was held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALKER, Patricia Ann of Aylmer passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in her 77th year. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. . H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WALKER, John of Aylmer passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 in his 90th year. A celebration of John’s life was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WELLS, Betty of St. Thomas passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in her 91st year.

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A private family service will be held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WOODS, JAMES M. “JIM”, of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in his 82nd year. Cremation. No public visitation or funeral service. Sifton Funeral Home. YEOMAN, Dora Jeanette of London passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2913 in her 79th year. A celebration of life will follow. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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Bring the little kids (and the big ones too!) for some spooky fun! Monday, October 28th, Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th from 5 - 8 pm. Admission - one non-perishable food item for Caring Cupboard.


Both on Facebook and in the Mall on October 31. Anyone who wears a costume to the mall between 5-8pm can fill out a ballot and be entered into the draw at 8pm. Anyone who posts a photo in a costume or likes the Elgin Mall page on Facebook will be entered into a separate draw on November 1. Posting photos on Facebook begins on October 17 and ends October 31. Prizes will be Mall gift certificates. STORE DIRECTORY Bentley....................................................... 637-8021 Bluenotes...................................................631-4600 Brix & Stix..................................................631-3535 Charm Diamond Centre.......................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius ..................637-2542 Elgin Mall Dental Office...........................637-1811 Elgin Travel & Cruises..............................633-6300 Experts Tailoring & Alterations...............852-1035 Flair Jeans & Alterations.........................633-4794 GNC.............................................................637-0023 Galaxy Cinemas........................................631-2261

presents “Halloween at Monster High” A free exhibit for the month of October of doll club member’s collections: • Monster High Dolls • Scary & Spooky Costume Dolls • Villains & Heros The St. Thomas Doll Club welcomes doll collectors, doll artists and doll enthusiasts. They meet the last Monday of each month in Elgin Mall’s Community Room.

Keepsake Ornament Debut Weekend October 5-6 More than 100 New Ornaments! Free Draws for Ornaments! Free Gift with purchase of Ornaments



Participate in a FREE playgroup every Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Parents/caregivers and children from birth to six years of age are welcome.



Don’t miss out on our new Fall Fashions! Now available at SmithBooks Elgin Mall. Boy and Girl “Elf on a Shelf” and 2013 collector’s edition Elf Skirts!

TALBOT TRAIL TOASTMASTERS If you are nervous about speaking or would like to improve your communication skills, join us Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30 pm in the Community Room.

GoodLife Fitness..................633-8475 & 631-1501 Hairmasters...............................................633-2440 Hallmark.....................................................633-7675 Knockout Fashions...................................633-0530 LifeLabs...........................................1-877-849-3637 Magic Nails................................................631-3413 Mags, Smokes & More............................633-9773 Metro..........................................................633-8780 Northern Reflections................................633-4853 OMAC Mortgage.......................................637-1850 Payless Shoe Source...............................637-7796 Pharmasave...............................................631-5551

Rogers Wireless.......................................637-0384 Smithbooks................................................633-4717 Speaking Phones..............................519-637-2275 St Thomas Town & Country Realty........207-3000 Subway.......................................................631-0331 Suzy Shier..................................................633-1336 TD Canada Trust........................................633-4640 Tan Jay.......................................................633-5524 The Perk.....................................................631-3242 Wok Express..............................................637-6426

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October 3, 2013  

St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News

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