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February 7, 2013 Volume 8 No. 40

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Emissions test

Health unit gets new home Cold weather hasn’t of the new Elgin

MPP Jeff Yurek

If you’re one of the drivers caught in the new rules for Ontario’s Drive Clean program, MPP Jeff Yurek can sympathize. “I think at this point they should be taking the money that’s invested in this program and use it elsewhere to help our economy turn around.” The program, started 13 years ago under then Premier Mike Harris, now collects $30 million from automobile owners in Ontario. This number comes from the 2012 Auditor General’s report. A report that Jeff says questions the effectiveness of the program. The number of phone calls he’s received on this issue this month alone backs that question. “I’ve had numerous calls, emails and Facebook messages concerning the emissions testing. I tell you, all of last year I may have gotten one or two, so the fact that the Auditor General came out with her report at the end of 2012 and now my office is receiving numerous complaints on the program, that raises quite a bit of red flags.” Ron Buchanan of Ron’s Auto, a licensed e-test facility, sees things differently. “First of all, the program is viable and it is needed. People do no maintain their vehicles.” He says the point of the program is “to See EMISSIONS/page 2

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The new Public Health building is right on schedule, so says Dave Warden, Chair of the Board of Health for Elgin-St. Thomas. “It’s our hope to be moved in by midNovember of this year. Child and Family Services take over that [former] building on December 31, 2013.” Family and Children Services of St. Thomas and Elgin will be moving into the building that currently houses the health unit on Edward Street, where they have been operating from for the past 20 years. What this new building means for residents is upgraded services, as staff will finally have the room to run the increased number of programs the public health departments deals with. An earlier report identified a need for 30,000 square feet of space to have programs run effectively. Dave says various proper-

slowed construction at the site St. Thomas Public Health building

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Long-term food sustainability that has low impact is what Brigitte Cosens wants. That’s why Brigitte, a founding member of the Community Gardens group in St. Thomas, is looking to open a third green space in the City of St. Thomas. It’s also why she needs input from residents on where it would be possible to have such a garden. A nurse by day, and health-conscious at all times, Brigitte found herself, along with husband Mark, attending a meeting in London held to gauge the interest in setting up a community gardening program in St. Thomas. There she met a few like-minded individuals and so the From left, are: Mike Miedema, Hira Vice President, Justin Harper, Hira Senior Project Manager, group was formed. The first garden Cynthia St. John, Executive Director, ESTPH, Heather Jackson, Mayor of St. Thomas, Jack Coucklocation the group acquired was on uyt, Mayor of Aylmer and vice chair of the Board of Health, Dave Warden, Board of Health Chair, Isabel Street in St. Thomas. When Elgin County Warden Cameron McWilliam, Tom Bes, Hira Project Manager, Dr. Frank Warsh, Acting that didn’t work out, they moved Medical Office of Health for ESTPH and McMichael Ruth, architect with Tillman Ruth Robinson. to their permanent homes at Kains ties were looked at during the process, tractors in November 2012. The same and St. Catharine and First Avenue. but the new site at 1230 Talbot Street company is responsible for building the Anyone who knows of a good lowas chosen because it’s still accessible Husky – Car/Truck stop near Belmont cation for a third garden can call to residents, and at just under three and Presstran Industries - Expansion. Brigitte at 519-637-6390 or email acres there will be room for future needs “Everything’s right on budget and will her at stthomascommunitygarden@ and expansion, if necessary. remain that way,” says Dave. “I will make hotmail.com Elgin County Warden Cameron Mc- sure that it stays on budget.” Currently the group, started in William congratulated board of health Two of the main factors for determin- 2010, has 52 gardeners, more than members and staff, telling them how im- ing the best site included if it was ac- 100 people who visit the site and portant it is that the city has good health cessible (on a bus route) and that it was two pieces of land on which to garand welfare in order to make it grow. clean. den. Each piece of land is divided So far, the project is coming in on Ground for the new building was bro- into 10 by 10 plots, as well as some budget. Ten million dollars was set aside ken on January 30, 2013 and architects, See GOOD GROWING/page 2 to see the project through from begin- HIRA representatives, local officials and ning to end, including the $6.8 million members of the Board of Health and construction tender awarded to local Public Health were in attendance. construction firm HIRA General Con-

Caring Cupboard thanks community

With monetary donations up over Christmas, but food donations down overall, Caring Cupboard Manager Brian Burley wants to thank everyone who donated, stressing that without donors, there

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ary, one of the busiest Brian can remember. “This January, just this month, it was the busiest January we’ve ever had. I know Christmas is hard on everyone, so it doesn’t surprise me

that it’s up, but it’s the busiest one yet and I hope it doesn’t stay at this level.” If the numbers stay high, Brian says the Caring Cupboard will have to look at

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clean up the atmosphere one car at a time, not hurt people.” For shop owners that have bought into the equipment needed to perform e-tests, as well as having their mechanics go through certification to do the testing done, the cost of this program is high. Ron says when the program first came out in 2001, equipment cost around $70,000. Now that equipment is scrap under the new rules that have changed e-tests from tailpipe to scanning your vehicle’s computer via on-board diagnostic testing. New equipment cost Ron very close to $20,000. If the program ends, there will be no reimbursement for the equipment. “I’m looking at six blue certificates that each of my guys went through. I’ve got four guys that can test, and one licensed to do repairs. The licensing alone was a couple of thousand dollars.” Jeff says the program, which was originally designed for car manufacturers to build more fuelefficient cars, has done what it was designed to do, and should now be scrapped. “There was a time when it first came on the market that it was needed. Now it’s not really needed. Our cars are better built now.” His party plans to lobby the Liberal government and, barring an outright cancelling of the program, Jeff says that if the PC party forms the next government, they will just end the program outright.

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Brigitte Cosens showcases the Community Gardens sign at the Kains and St. Catharine Street location. The artist is Heather Keating.

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staying open longer or another day. Right now they’re open Monday and Thursday from 9:30am3pm and Tuesday from noon-3pm. Food donations provided at Christmas time should last the Caring Cupboard until Spring, but baby formula and personal hygiene items are still needed. Brian says the Caring Cupboard owes thanks to their donors, whether they donate on a regular basis or not. As well, he would like to recognize all of the businesses and schools that arrange for food drives to support the community. “Our community should recognize business partners like Houghton and Houghton Ontario Land Surveyors for donating the use of a cargo van, Messenger Freight Systems for free transportation; the Corporation of the City of St. Thomas for the temporary use of the Horton St. Market to store donations from our holiday food drive; The Weekly News, MYFM for free advertising, the St. Thomas Times Journal; the Knights of Columbus for preparing “homemade” soups; St. Thomas Dog Owners and Kit & Poodle for soliciting and bagging free pet food; Giant Tiger, Real Canadian Superstore, Metro and FreshCo for allowing donation drop boxes in their stores; The Forever Legacy Foundation for donating gift cards; St. Thomas Tire for free services, Christmas Care for donating their campaign’s left-over product and Coca-Cola Canada for free product.” Donations are accepted yearround.

Goodbye penny As of February 4, 2013, Canada will become one more country on a growing list of countries that are phasing out the one cent coin. Canada will move to a new rounding system, where any amount ending in 1, 2, 6 and 7 cents will be rounded down — to the nearest five cent amount, while amounts ending in 3, 4, 8, 9 will be rounded up to the nearest five cent increment. Amounts ending in 0 and five cents remain unchanged. Other countries to adopt this method include: Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Sweden. Currently pennies cost more to make than they are worth, costing the government $11 million a year to bring the supply in from Winnipeg, where they are produced. It costs 1.6 cents to make each penny. Pennies taken out of circulation will be melted, and the metal recycled. When pennies were first made in Canada in 1908 they were made from copper, tin and zinc.


First place honours went to Ethel Mitrovic for her clay sculpture, “Pride,” depicting a pride of lions. (photo by John Morrow)

By John Morrow

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Art enthusiasts filled the Portside Gallery on Main St. in Port Stanley to view the 11th annual Miniature Show and Sale on Sunday, February 3rd. The exhibit, which runs for the rest of the month, features work by local artists. The defining feature of

this show is the restriction that the art must be less than 16 square inches in size. About 90 pieces of art are currently on display. The works were judged by St. Thomas artist Josepha van den Anker. One Best in Show ribbon and three Honourable Mention ribbons were awarded.

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Contact information is Ron Somerville, Chairman of the Rotary Music Festival Committee. He can be reached at 519-631-0852 or www.rotaWith over 300 participants rystthomas.org/musicfestival from St. Thomas, this year’s Rotary Music Festival is shaping up to be a good one. The Employers looking to help festival runs February 25, create student jobs can now 2013 - March 1, 2013, with apply online to receive funda concert and awards presen- ing through the Canada Sumtation at the Salvation Army mer Jobs program at serviceCitadel on Friday, March 1, canada.gc.ca/csj2013 Applications for the fund 2013 at 7pm. Programmes will be printed will be taken from February shortly and will be available 1 - February 28, 2013. Crithrough the library, Maestro teria for proposals include Music Academy and the Cen- jobs that support local priorities, jobs with a salary that tral Academy of Music. The festival is followed by a contribute to the student’s Keynotes Concert and Awards income, service to local communities, and employers who on Friday, April 12, 2013. The hire priority students (disabilipublic is welcome to attend ties, Aboriginal students and all performances. students who are members of The festival, started in the visible minority groups). Beearly 1950s, is an annual fore completing an applicaevent. A true community event, tion, employers must consult as a number of musicians the Canada Summer Jobs Aprepresent their community. plicant Guide and review local Classes will be held at the priorities for their area. Fellowship Christian Church Funding will be available to (strings, instruments, band), not-for-profit organizations, St. Thomas Christian Church public-sector employers and (vocals) and the Salvation small businesses. To qualify Army Citadel (piano and for these job opportunities choirs). Friday, March 1, 2013 youth must be between the is the competitions for the tro- ages of 15 to 30 years old phies and the Cuniffe scholar- and be a full-time student intending to return to school in ship. the fall.

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• Teeth are the hardest part of your body • Elephant tusks are actually modified teeth • A male African Elephant’s molars can be more than a foot long, and weigh around 10lbs each • Sharks constantly grow and lose teeth – up to 20,000 in their lifetime • Giraffes have the same number of teeth as humans do – 32 • Dolphins have more teeth than any other mammal (some dolphins have over 200), and scientists can tell the age of a dolphin by counting the rings on their teeth.

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Family and friends attending the recent Port Stanley Skating Club “Gala on Ice” event were entertained by 50 soloists; an interpretive couples team, and 45 skaters from the three Port Stanley Waves synchro teams. Admittance to the event was by donation of non-perishable goods for the local Port Stanley food bank, which netted approximately 300 items and a generous donation of cash. Helping are Convener Marilyn Brown (middle) and gathering up the donated food are solo skaters Hope Simon (left) and Alexis Tully (right).

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Rick McCaw was not only a great ballplayer – he also was the driving force behind the resurgence of fastball in St. Thomas. His accomplishments were feted when he was inducted posthumously January 31 into the St. Thomas Wall of Fame in the Sports category at the Timken Centre. In 1967, men’s fastball was all but extinct in St. Thomas after the action moved to London. Rick was determined to bring ball back to the Railway City. In 1974, he was the kingpin in the formation of the St. Thomas Memorial Fastball League, his friend and fellow fastball organizer Art Johnson told a large crowd at the Timken Centre. Rick revitalized the sport in the city, bringing home regional and

provincial honours. When he was starting the Memorial league, no obstacle was too large. To raise funds, they launched a programme with advertisers, ran ham and turkey raffles, lined up sponsors and won money at tournaments. They needed a tractor for the diamond on Saturdays, so Rick made arrangements to have the City leave a tractor on weekends for the league. “He was a natural,” Art said. “He could hit, throw and run. He had a big upper body and a sweet swing. If it wasn’t for the farm work, he could have made it to the majors.” Rick McCaw was inducted into the Legends of Fastball last year, shortly after he died. In addition to being a phenom-

Grandchildren Jake Rick (left), Lily Wraight and Mariah McCaw at the unveiling of Rick McCaw’s photograph during his induction into the Wall of Fame.

enal hitter, he was an outstanding centre fielder. His obituary noted, “He was especially proud to be a member of the 1970 Canadian Champion London T.V. Cable and the 1974 Ontario and Memorial League Fastball Championship teams.” His grandchildren Lily Wraight, Mariah McCaw and Jake Rick unveiled the plaque at the Timken Centre. Mariah played softball last year, and Jake plays competitive hardball out of London. Jake’s position? Centre field.

Time to get active Interested in walking? Enjoy cycling? Then Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has the group for you. Monthly meetings are being held by a group of citizens interested in encouraging pro-

moting running, walking and bicycling in Elgin County. The next meeting is Monday, February 11, 2013 from 6-8pm at Elgin St.Thomas Public Health, located at 99 Edward Street in St. Thomas. The group plans to meet the second MOnday of each month. Objectives of the new

committee will include promoting the safe use of trails and pathways, advocating active transportation, building a community culture that supports active transportation and building a healthier community. For more information or to become involved contact Erica Arnett, Health Promoter, at 519631-9900 ext 1247.

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On a cold evening in January, I knew I was in a little bit of trouble when my daughter and two granddaughters arrived at our door with birthday card and hot fudge sundaes in hand. Right. It was my lovely wife Nancy’s birthday. I hadn’t forgotten. Not exactly. The day of this celebration was on the calendar in our kitchen. Nancy and I had made plans to go out the following weekend. But still . . . That particular day in January had started out to be “one of those days,” and it didn’t give up that status until the card and ice cream arrived. Newspapers in the 21st Century are sometimes viewed as old school. Technology has meant for lots of changes in the last quarter century, but in the newspaper world, news and advertising are not quite instantaneous. We’re not tweeting our newspaper. We still have to send the pages (now electronically) to a press where they are printed. The papers are trucked back to us. We

hand-insert flyers and have drivers drop bundles to carriers who go door-to-door. While some of this is labour-intensive, the work is also remarkably fast-paced, even at a community newspaper. Fast-paced, and absorbing. Sometimes, we get so absorbed that other, important events escape our attention. What I’m about to say next is factually accurate, even if I’m not proud of it. When our oldest daughter was born, I was out delivering newspapers from our Volkswagen, the vehicle that doubled as a “truck” at the time to bring papers back from the printers. (I cut my teeth at a small paper in Peterborough). Nancy had been doing cut-and-paste layout, standing at tables, right through her first pregnancy. This newspaper thing is a bit of a family problem, and that may have helped when I mumbled “Happy Birthday” before going to bed. P.S. Mistakes. They do happen, no matter how obsessively we work. Last week, we promoted a West Lorne Optimists’ Adult Fur Night February 23. More fun than a Fun Night? Possibly.

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So what’s this we hear about phasing out the penny? Pennies build up fast, are dirty, can be found lying in most of the streets around this area and they cost more to make than they’re worth. These are some of the many reasons the government would like to see them end. On the other side of the debate, and something I never thought of until someone brought it up, how do we teach children to count money without them? Yes, we can teach them five-cent increments, but that’s not the same, is it? In other news. . . It’s unbelievable that developers of a new condominium complex in the Town of Aylmer didn’t plan well enough to foresee how many parking spaces would be needed for the new structure. How is that even possible?? That said, if council allows them to rent 15 permanent spaces from the parking lot downtown at $500 each/month,

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those of us who live in Aylmer will see a reduction in our taxes, right? In other news. . . It’s not very often these days you hear a story that moves you enough to spread the word. This is exactly what happened in the case of threeyear-old Londoner Mason Smith and his beloved toy, a stuffed lamb in a homemade purple coat named Lambie. Mason is blind, and up until Lambie was lost, he carried his companion everywhere. An impassioned plea for the lamb’s safe return from mom Ashlee Smith on Kijiji now has over 47,000 views and Londoners are still scouring the town to find the toy. In the meantime, American company Douglas Cuddle Toys out of New Hampshire, who originally created the toy, has offered to restart production and mail two to Mason. There is still a $500 reward for the lamb’s whereabouts and for those of us travelling to White Oaks Mall in London in the near future, let’s keep our eyes open. We might find Lambie yet!

Emergence of a rodent Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Wiarton, Ontario and Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, as far apart as they are geographically, share many things in common. They are all communities of between one and two thousand residents and all would be quickly forgotten if they had not invented the idea that a certain large rodent could predict weather. Immediately, national and international attention was paid to all three communities by those people who believe in the Easter Bunny. Then again there are those people who are so desperate to escape a cold winter that they turn to any potential source of hope. We can judge the state of our civilization by seeing that respectable national and international media will send reporters and complete camera teams to provide “live coverage” of a fat, lazy rodent being prodded from his hole to squint at the outside world. It is an odd thing to do, but sometimes a welcome distraction of the seri-

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ous problems that the world faces in the Middle East, organized crime and political corruption. The groundhogs that live in the cages at these communities are pampered and fed. They don’t even have to be males. At one time, a rodent shortage forced the Wiarton people to display a female, giving great care that no one should view its posterior and discover the deception. I know I am going to be labeled a heretic by true believers, but I confess I don’t think there is a rodent living that can communicate weather statistics to anxious humans. They feel cold a little less than we do because of their fur coats, but they are as helpless as we are in the relentless onslaught of nature. Believers say if the rodent emerges to see its shadow, we will only have six more weeks of winter. Personally I believe that and I also believe if it doesn’t see its shadow, we can expect winter for another monthand-a-half. If there was anything special or gifted about groundhogs, then why aren’t they running for Parliament?

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Citizen Input survey

Council received the results of a Citizen Input survey taken in November and December of 2012 ranking satisfaction on certain key services provided by the municipality. Of the 58 surveys collected, consensus seemed to be that participants were generally satisfied with the services they deemed most important such as fire and rescue and drinking water. A common complaint listed in the survey was the high cost of property taxes and a recurring recommendation was the addition of compost collection to the curbside pickup.

Tax bill streamlining

Council received a report from Director of Finance Karen DePrest explaining the upcoming changes to the tax and utility billing system designed to make the process run more efficiently. Changes in the 2013 year include a switch to a single bill for addresses that have both a capped and non-capped assessment. This bill will also coincide with the dates of the bi-monthly utilities billing dates, resulting in what DePrest called “one stop shopping” for ratepayers, or a single trip to the municipal building instead of multiple.

No new tires for fire trucks yet For the second time Council heard a report from Fire Chief Don Crocker detailing the recommendation made by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs that the tires on emergency vehicles should be replaced after a seven year life span to prevent potential blowouts that could occur while subject to vigorous driving conditions en route to an emergency. According to Chief Crocker, six vehicles would need to be addressed under this recommendation at a cost of $28,000. While Council did receive a suggestion from staff that the existing tires could be repurposed for use on other, non-emergency municipal vehicles, Mayor Walters commented that “we need some additional budget information from Chief Crocker as to how many vehicles this is going to affect per year before we go ahead with replacing them.”

Alternate county fire coordinator

Council voted to approve the appointment of Fire Chief Don Crocker as a second Alternate to the County Fire Coordinator, meaning that in instances where both the County Fire Coordinator and the other alternate are away, Chief Crocker will be trained and at-theready to oversee management of all county response vehicles on occasions of extreme urgency.

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The next meeting of the Otter Valley Naturalists Club is Monday, February 11 at 7pm at the Port Burwell Public School. The topic is: ‘On Safari in East Africa’ with Tony and Gillian Davey who will talk about Kenya, Tanzania and beyond in a photo and video presentation.

Alex Cuba at O.T. Hall

Latin singer Alex Cuba will appear at the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre on Thursday February 7 in a special weekday performance as part of the Aylmer Performing Arts series. Tickets are $25 and are available at Campbells II. Alex Cuba is on an eight country tour to promote his new album – Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Ruido climbed to number six on the iTunes U.S. Latin chart. In November Cuba took home his second Latin Grammy Award – for Best Tropical Song, “Toma Mi Vida”. Alex won Canada’s first ever Latin Grammy award in 2010 as Best New Artist.

Aylmer this year, albeit in a reduced capacity. As many people thought Aylmer ball folded we may lose some of our older kids to the new Springfield organization and surrounding centers.  The programs we will be running this year are Blast Ball (2009/2010 birth dates), T-Ball (2006/2007/2008 birth dates) and Rookie Ball (2006/2005/2004 birth dates).  All divisions this year will be house league. I believe it is important to be able to offer baseball programs in Aylmer and give kids the opportunity to play baseball in their own community. 

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Golden Community Builders, which is constructing the soon to be completed 39-unit Aylmer Trillium Park apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets, asked Aylmer Council Monday for 15 spaces in the town parking lots downtown. In a letter to Council Monday, HG Rempel, Chair of GCB, noted that the town currently offers assigned spaces for 24/7 in the two downtown lots for $450 each and explained that GCB is concerned about parking for residents who do not have an indoor space, needs 15 spaces by March 1st, would prefer them in a block as close to the complex as possible, and would pay $500 each for them. 

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Is paper currency a dying breed? What about checks and savings bonds? Many of the currency that has survived throughout centuries may eventually go the way of the dinosaur. There’s no denying how daily life has been transformed by technology. With the proliferation of e-mail, online shopping, text messaging, social networking, and the myriad other digital avenues that fill up a person’s day, the concept of writing something on paper -- or paying for something with paper -- may seem archaic. After all, now you can wirelessly transfer funds from one bank account to another or pay for items with the click of a mouse. Still, the general public has been hard-pressed to give up on paper money altogether. But other alternatives are chomping at the bit, and it may not be too long before all money is digitalized, or before the world reverts back to gold, silver or another currency that has actual intrinsic value. Even now, some ATMs in areas like the United Arab Emirates and in India dispense gold and silver coins, diamonds and even jewelry. Just last year, Mumbai became the first city in the world to launch a machine that dispenses diamonds. Consumers are increasingly turning to debit and credit cards to pay for products in stores and online. The rise of mobile credit card readers attached to smartphones and tablets has enabled everyone from small business owners to regular individuals to collect money by swiping a credit or debit card and having the funds automatically deposited into an account of choice. Wallets are being redesigned to be more compact for frontpocket use since many people now carry only

more than 100 million checks, the federal government will save millions on postage and printing costs. Electronic currency also benefits the environment. People may now notice that e-mail purchase receipts have started to appear with more frequency as well. Major retailers like Sears and Kmart enable shoppers to pick whether they want a digital or paper receipt. Smartphone apps are being created to store and organize receipts. In England, Peter Perkins, the general manager of the Tesbury’s grocery chain, has said the store plans to phase out paper receipts by 2020. Electronic receipts and currency are poised to reduce human error and keep things organized. A significant concern with regard to electronic currency and receipts is the likelihood of identity theft, as data breaches occur with some frequency. In September 2012, some major financial institutions, including like Bank of America and PNC Bank, found their Web sites were sporadically inoperable due to a cyber attack that may number of people file their income taxes via the have been tied to an Islamic terrorist group. This Internet, receiving any refunds electronically. Pay- isn’t the first time a technical terrorist attack has roll and other benefits are increasingly becoming occurred. These situations often open the eyes of people who realize how susceptible personal digital-only as well. Even paper savings bonds are being reduced. information can be when only backed by digital Private-sector employees can now join the fed- numbers and codes. It’s hard to stash zeros and eral employees who were able to invest in sav- ones under your mattress for safe-keeping. ings bonds by purchasing them through payroll Also, unlike paper money that limits what thieves can take, digital breaches can lead to endeductions. Removing paper currency in all forms has its tire accounts being wiped out if the breach is not share of pros and cons. The U.S. government has noticed in time. Other personal information, such said that taxpayers will save about $300 million as spending habits and shopping patterns, may the first five years after the changeover to digital be deduced from electronic information stored with accounts, raising privacy. Gillick_4x5.4_Ad_0111 8:54 PM questions Page about 1 socialMary security checks. By not having to send out1/19/11

Will paper money become obsolete? cards in their wallets. Although it once seemed like paper currency would always be around, such a concept is quickly falling by the wayside. The United States Department of the Treasury announced that paper checks for Social Security payments would be a thing of the past starting in 2013. Recipients can have the money deposited electronically in a bank account. For those without accounts, deposits can be loaded on a Direct Express Debit MasterCard to be used for purchases just like any other debit/credit card. Many people already have witnessed the phasing out of government tax refund checks. A large

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Back to business for Ontario politics By Mark Wales

President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

As Ontario’s elected representatives prepare to head back to the legislature on February 19, Ontarians look forward to a productive spring session following a four month hiatus. Most of the Queen’s Park business that was active throughout 2012 died on the legislative table when the government was prorogued in October 2012. That leaves a clean slate for new business in 2013 – including agriculture. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) looks forward to working with incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne on issues relevant to Ontario farm families. As the province’s largest accredited general farm organization, the OFA is proud to be

the voice of Ontario farm families. The OFA had the opportunity to reach out to Wynne about the four key issues the OFA is tackling for the coming year. We received some honest answers from her on each issue, and look forward to continuing that dialogue and further developing Wynne’s relationship with agriculture in the months to come. The Ontario agri-food industry contributes $33 billion annually to the Ontario economy On behalf of Ontario agriculture, the four areas of focus OFA will be addressing with PremierDesignate Wynne and Liberal party policy makers in the upcoming legislative session include Ontario’s agriculture and food strategy, energy, regulatory modernization and investing in rural Ontario. OFA is proud to work on behalf of Ontario’s farmers by advocating for issues that matter to agriculture.

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OFA representatives have also been hard at work meeting with all political parties about OFA’s legislative agenda, and we are pleased to see all three parties embracing OFA’s priorities. In the coming months, we intend to see that support grow by having a stronger presence at Queen’s Park, and we will introduce some new lobby tools to encourage our grassroots members to take up the torch during constituency days in their own rural communities.  The Ontario agri-food industry contributes $33

EFA awards dinner Exemplary support of agriculture in Elgin County was recognized during the Elgin Federation of Agriculture’s (EFA) annual awards dinner. The dinner was held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Anne’s Centre in St. Thomas. The EFA, according to President Fons Vandenbroek, is an affiliate of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and is dedicated to farmers helping farmers. Each year they offer several awards to people in Elgin County. The 2013 recipient was the Aylmer Express, with John Hueston and his son Brett on hand to receive this year’s award. This year there was no applicant for the Hall of Fame Award. One of the previous win-

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billion annually to the Ontario economy and represents 10 per cent of the province’s entire workforce with 700,000 jobs. The OFA is encouraged that the industry is garnering the support it deserves from our provincial representatives, and we are committed to growing those relationships to enable prosperous and sustainable farms. We congratulate Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne and look forward to getting back to work with the Ontario legislature on the business of agriculture.

2013 Elgin Federation of  Agriculture Awards, from left: Marilyn Crewe – Elgin Business Resource Centre, Fons Vandenbroek – President EFA, Brett Hueston  - Aylmer Express, John Hueston – Aylmer Express recipient of the Agri-Business Award, Jim Hunter - Elgin Business Resource Centre, Bill Luyks – Vice President – EFA, Kari Huras – recipient of the Elgin County/Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship Award, and John Regan – General Manager Elgin Business Resource Centre. (photo by Tim Harvey)

This award is given in partnership with the Elgin Business Resource Centre in St.Thomas and was represented by General Manager John Regan, Jim Hunter and Marilyn Crewe. According to Marilyn Crewe the EBRC has been a partner for over 10 years.  The other award was the Elgin County/Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship Award. This was created by Elgin County Junior Farmers Alumni, Elgin Federation of Agriculture and the Kettle Creek

given to Elgin County or Kettle Creek watershed residents, between the ages of 17-30 who are entering or currently pursuing agriculturally-related studies with an emphasis on compatibility with the natural environment at a post secondary institution.   This year’s recipient was 20 year-old Kari Huras, who is currently a student at Ridgetown College/University of Guelph studying Veterinary Technology.


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league. Members of the St. Thomas Curling Club have raised more than half of the estimated $4,400 needed for this trip and over 100 members were present to wish the team good luck at Nationals. In St. Thomas, youth curlers have represented the St. Thomas club at the National and Provincial level four times since 2008.

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The finalists of the St.Thomas Lions Effective Speaking Contest on February 2, 2013, happily display their Certificates of Achievement awarded to them for their excellent presentations. The top three finalists will proceed to the District Finals in Chatham on March 24, 2013. The St.Thomas Lions have provided on opportunity for competitive public speaking to the students of  St.Thomas for over 10 years. From front, left, are: Second place: Erika Marks, Third place: Kamryn Bridgett,  First place: Claire Watts. From back, left, are: Honorable Mentions: Jessica Reeves,  Megan Gahan (all finalists attend Lockes Public School).

St. Joseph’s Catholic High School Team captain and Crew Rally Everyone Welcome! Bring a Friend! Learn about what’s new for this year’s Relay! Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:30p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 265 Wellington Street Register your team today at relayforlife.ca/stthomas or contact the Elgin Middlesex Unit at 519-432-1137 or call Martin Trethewey at 519-808-5607 St.Thomas/Elgin

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St. Thomas’s Junior Men’s team will be heading to Fort McMurray, Alberta to compete. The team, known as Team Squires, will play in the 2013 National Junior Championships from January 31 to February 10. Club Past President Tom Devaney coaches the team. Aaron Squires, the team’s skip/vice, started his curling career in grade three, playing in the Little Rocks

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ACT offers Gallic giggles

Dave Leeson as Bernard and Sue Evert as Suzanne in ACT’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner.

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Zut alors, but the French are a fickle bunch. Bernard loves Suzanne but he is married Jacqueline. Jacquline is married to Bernard but is in love with Robert. Robert loves Jacqueline but he is also Bernard’s

best friend. Suzanne is Bernard’s mistress. Suzette is the hired cook. And some how the two Suzys get mixed up. Sound confusing? It is only the beginning of Aylmer Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Marc Camoletti’s play “Don’t Dress For Dinner.” The

situation goes from absurd to zany in this fast-paced farce set in a country home outside of Paris.  “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is directed by Ronald Sawyer and features the acting talents of Susan Evert, David Leeson, Sandra Loponen, Gregory Mate,

Evan Thompson and Barbara Warnock.”Don’t Dress for Dinner” will preview on Thursday, February 14, 2013 with discount tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students. The show will open on Friday, February 15th at 8pm. Immediately following the performance there

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will be a public adjudication by Ross Stuart as this performance will be judged for the Western Ontario Drama League in the Out of Festival competition. There will be a performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 16th. After the show there will be an informal meet and greet with the cast and crew of the production where beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be a 2pm matinee on Sunday, February 17th and there will be additional 8pm performances on Wednesday, February 20th, Thursday, February 21st and Friday,

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February 22nd. Please note there will not be the usual second Saturday evening performance. Performances will be held at the fabulous Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John Street South, Aylmer, Ontario.  Regular tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available from The Prime Ingredient, Campbell’s II, or Aylmer Video or at the door prior to the performance. Tickets can be reserved by phoning (519)7653039 or contacting www. aylmertheatre.ca

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Troubled by someone else’s drinking? We will help! Alateen - Mondays at 6:30pm, St. Thomas Christian Church, 451 Wellington Street, St. Thomas. Phone  519-434-2613.

Pancake Supper, February 12, St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s, 185 Elm St., 5-7pm, $6 Adults, $3 Children, Pancakes, Sausage, Dessert and BevFebruary 9, Victorian Tea, erage. 519-631-0504. 2-4pm, bake table, St. Andrew’s United Church, Talent Registration, Feb60 West Ave. Every- ruary 12, 4-8pm, St. one Welcome. Info Thomas Senior Center for 519-631-4558. Grow- the Easter Seal Telethon ing Youth Fund Raiser. March 3. Sponsored by Lions Club of St. Thomas. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, February 10. Doors Shrove Tuesday Panopen 12:30pm. St. Thom- cake Supper, Feb. 12, as Legion, Br. 41. 24 John 5-6:30pm, St. Anne’s St. Everyone welcome. Centre.  Pancakes, Sausages, beverage & desSunday, February 10, sert.  $6 adult; $3 child 9am-1pm, Lions full 12 & under, available at breakfast for $6, in Church Office or at door.  the Lions Den, behind Dutton Dunwich Pancake and Sausage Community Centre. Supper, Trinity Anglican Church with the Tues, Feb 12, Euchre Purple Steeple, Tuesday Club, St. John’s Church February 12, 5-7pm, of Flora St. Do you love $6, Children $2.50 or to play Euchre?  Meet $20. Max/Per Fampeople? Have a great ily. Info 519-631-7000. time?  We play every Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill Cancer Relay for Life Team offering. 519-631-7368. Captain/Crew Rally, Feb. 13, Knights of Columbus, Pancake supper, sausage 6:30-8pm. Information/ and fruit cup, Knox Presby- Ideas on 2013 Relay. Team terian Church, 55 Hincks registration/Prizes. RSVP St., Tuesday, February 12, Martin 519-806-5607. 5-7pm.  Adults $6, under 12 $3, preschoolers free.   Wednesday, February Info 519-631-2631. 13, Bible Questions 10:30am at St. AnPancake Supper, First drew’s United Church, United Church, 7 Curtis everyone is welcome. St., Tuesday, February Info 519-631-4558. 12, 4:30-7p.m. Adults $6, 10 years & under New! Cat Owner Chat $2, 5 years & under free. and Outreach (STDOA), Wednesday, FebruStack’em High Pancakes ary 13, 7-9pm, Elgin & Sausage, Tuesday Feb- Mall Community Room. ruary 12, 5-7pm,  St. Free. Preventative NuJohn’s Church on Flora trition, Diabetes, TNR St.  Beverage, fruit cock- info, Lost Pet Recovery. tail or homemade pie.  $6, Children $3,  under Women’s committee 5 – Free.  519-631-7368. meeting Wed., Feb. 13, at the Art Centre 10:30am, Port Stanley United coffee and talk on Ian Church, Pancake Sup- McLean’s exhibit “Easper, Tuesday, February ily Distracted”. Call the 12, 4:45-7pm. Adults Art Centre 519-631- $8, Children 5-12 - $5. 4040 for further info. Drum Circle, Tuesday Take Your Sweetie To February 12, 7pm at Lunch, 4th Annual  “Heart St. John’s Church on and Stroke Soup’s Flora St.  Our jam ses- On  Challenge”,  Februsion requires absolutely ary 14 at St Annes, no experience and is  for 11-1:30pm. Tickets everyone.  All ages wel- only $5. Come Hungry. come.  519-631-7368. Thursday, February 14, Feb 12, Pancake Supper, Kickers, 6pm, St. AnCentral United Church, drew’s United Church, Wellington & Moore Sts. mid-week group, ages First Seating 4:30pm 5-13, games, music, Second 6pm. Entertain- craft. Everyone welcome. ment by Kim Ladd. Sau- Info 519-631-4558. sage, Beverage, Dessert Incl. 519-631-3503. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, February 14, Parkinson Support Group, 7pm. Community of Christ Meeting Tuesday February Church, 105 Fairview Av12, 2-4pm. Knights of enue. Info Rick Badgley Columbus, 265 Wellington 519-637-8432. EverySt. Info 519-631-9313. one Welcome To Attend. Pancake Supper, Shrove Karaoke, Friday, February Tuesday, Feb 12, 5-7pm, 15, 7-10pm. St. Thomas Fellowship Church, 641 Legion, Br. 41. 24 John Elm St.  Pancakes, St. Everyone welcome. Sausages, Fruit, Syrup toppings. Adults/$6, St. Thomas Seniors Cenchildren 3-12/$3, Fam- tre, Roast Beef and Yorkies ily 4/$15. Mission Dinner, Friday February 15, Honduras fundraiser. Tickets   $10 Advance $12 day of. Dinner at 5pm. February 12, Pancake Supper, 5-7pm, with Comedy in Motion with Maple Syrup, at St. An- Bob Cates and a silent drew’s United Church, 60 auction, Faith Church, 345 West Ave. Free will offer- Fairview Ave, Friday, ing. Info 519-631-4558. Feb 15, 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets available at the February 12, All-You- church. Adults $15, Fam-

Union, Free Drop-In Playgroup for children 0-6 and their Caregivers.  Crafts, toys, story time, and so much more. Every Friday 9:30-11:30am at the Union Sports Club.  OEYC 519-631-9496. Belmont, Free Drop-In Playgroup for children 0-6 and their Caregivers. Crafts, toys, story time, and so much more. Every Thursday 9:30-11:30am at the Belmont HUB. OEYC 519-631-9496. Exchange student. Do you have teenagers at home?   Hosting a Rotary international exchange student for 3 months could be a wonderful experience for everyone. 519-637-0045. Pearce Williams Christian Centre is looking for enthusiastic and dependent Board members who can help bring the future vision to life.  If interested call 519-764-2317. Grief Share is a weekly support group for those grieving the death of someone close to them. Runs  weekly on Thursdays until May 30, 7-9pm at Fellowship Church. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge Street, features the work of Guild members Sandra England and Roxanne Jervis through February. Call 519-782-4241 for times. Kids Creative Cuisine , ages 9-13, learn to cook simple, kid friendly meals while learning safety tips for the kitchen. Feb 7 to Mar 14.  Call YWCA 519-631-9800. Thursday, February 7, Euchre Games & Dessert, 2pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome for info 519-631-4558. Feb. 8, Beef Supper, Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, 54 Moore St. Doors open 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Adult $10, child 6-12 $5, under 5 free. Tickets at door, eat in/take out. 519-631-3494. Grab & Go Chicken Divine Dinner, Friday, February 8, St. Mark’s United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave., Pick-up 4:306:30pm. Pay at door $12. STCCS Dinner & Auction. Feb 9, St Anne’s Centre. Dinner 5pm & Dessert/ Live Auction 7pm. Dinner $25 per person or Dessert $10 per person. Tickets  519-633-0690. Red Cross Babysitting Course, ages 11+, learn to care for children & basic first aid. $50 includes manual. Feb 9 & Mar 15. 9am-4pm. Call YWCA 519-631-9800. Vendors Wanted. HBBA sponsored Health & Well-

Public Speaking Competition, Saturday, February 9, 9am. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St. For info/register  call Ron at 519-631-9285.

Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Supper, 5-7pm. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 271 Elm Street. Adults $6, Children 4-12 $4. Info 519-631-9053.

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Friday, February 22, Meal ily $35. 519-633-0976. & A Movie, 5:30pm at St. Valentines Dance in sup- Andrew’s United Church, port of Stork Club, Sat- 60 West Ave.  Please urday, February 16, Port R.S.V.P. Info 519-631Stanley Arena featuring 4558. Everyone Welcome. Sahara Swing Band.  In- St. Thomas Stamp cludes complimentary Club Philatelic Exhibilate-night sandwich buffet. tion, Saturday February Tickets 519-633-6202. 23,  9:30am-5pm. ComValentine’s Dance,  Sat- munity of Christ Church, urday, February 16, Live 105 Fairview Avenue. Band, Cash Bar, Lunch Free Parking and Admisprovided. St. John’s Par- sion. Everyone Welcome. ish, 20 Flora Street. For Tues. Feb 26, Euchre tickets & info, contact Club, St. John’s Church St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s of Flora St. Do you love Church. 519-631-0504.  to play Euchre?  Meet Cancer Relay For Life Val- people? Have a great entines Dance, Sat. Feb. time?  We play every 16, 8pm-1am, Knights Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill of Columbus. $10/ea offering. 519-631-7368. or $15/couple. Music, Drum Circle, St. John’s midnight buffet, silent Church on Flora St.  Tuesauction, prizes. Contact day, February 26, 7pm.  Brad 519-280-5937. Family friendly.  InstruField Naturalist Walk, ments available.  AbsoSunday, February 17, lutely no experience nec1:30pm, Fingal Wild- essary.  519-631-7368. life Management Area. February 27, Lenten main parking area.  Lunch   Noon Hour Recital Info 519-631-5279. Program, featuring Angus Family Day in Sparta, Sinclair at Trinity Anglican Monday February 18, Church with the Purple 11am-3pm, free draws, Steeple Lunch following, and games, free hotdogs Soup and Sandwiches $7. at Tearoom, conditions Wednesday, February apply. Donations for Car- 27, Bible Questions, ing Cupboard accepted. 10:30am at St. AnTues. Feb 19, Euchre drew’s United Church. Club, St. John’s Church Everyone is welcome. 519-631-4558. of Flora St. Do you love Info to play Euchre? Meet Thursday, February 28, people? Have a great Kickers, 6pm at St. Antime?  We play every drew’s United Church, Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill mid-week group, ages offering. 519-631-7368. 5-13, games, music, Tuesday, February 19, craft. Everyone welcome. 519-631-4558. Creating into a Mystery/ Info Prayer Shawl Group, Thursday, February 28, 10:30am, St. Andrew’s Turkey Dinner, 5-6:30pm United Church, 60 West at St. Andrew’s United Ave.  Info 519-631-4558.  Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone is Welcome. Tickets 519-631-5363 519-631-4558. February 20, Lenten or Welcome. Lunch Noon Hour Recital Everyone Program, featuring Bob St. Thomas Stamp  Club Towers at Trinity Anglican Meeting, February 28, Church with the Purple 7pm. Community of Christ Steeple Lunch following, Church,105 Fairview AvSoup and Sandwiches $7. enue. Info Rick Badgley Elgin Business Womens 519-637-8432.  EveryNetwork, February 20 one Welcome To Attend. meeting at St Thomas Port Stanley Public LiRoadhouse, 837 Tal- brary, 302 Bridge Street, bot Street, networking features the work of Guild 6pm, dinner 7pm.   Tips member Candy Macmanifor 2013 with Sharon man through March. Call Lechner, RSVP online. 519-782-4241 for times. Home Alone Safely, ages 9-12, learn the basic skills to be safe while alone in the home. Feb 21 to Mar 21. Call YWCA 519-631-9800. Thursday, February 21, Thursday Euchre Games & Dessert, 2pm at St. Andrew’s United       Church , 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. Info 519-631-4558. Roast Beef Supper. St. John’s Church on Flora St., Friday February 22, 5-7pm.  Fill your plate for  $12 which includes dessert.  All that and we will clean up, too.  Fantastic.  Port Stanley Lioness Club, Chili Cook Off, Friday, February 22, Port Stanley Arena. Chili Tasting 6-7:30pm. Adults - $9, Children 6-12 - $5, Under 6 Free. St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival takes place February 25 to March 1 at 3 venues. Awards competition March  1 at

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Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558 Field Naturalist Meeting,  Friday, March 1, 7:30pm, Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentation by Sue Southon on Arctic Adventures Info 519-631-5279. 6th Annual Pies & Purses Fundraiser Auction, Saturday, March 2 at St. John’s Church.  Doors open 6:30pm, sale starts 7pm.  Auctioneer Al Hughson.  Free admission 519-631-7368. Murray Adlam’s “Songs From The Heart”, Saturday. March 2, 7:30pm, St. Mark’s United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Tickets $12. advance, $15. at

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door. Call 519-631-2110. Lupton at Trinity Anglican Church with the Purple March 6, Lenten Lunch Steeple Lunch following, Noon Hour Recital Pro- Soup and Sandwiches $7. gram, featuring George Hildt at Trinity Anglican Canadian Cancer Society, Church with the Purple free 6 week program for Steeple Lunch following, cancer survivors and careSoup and Sandwiches $7. givers: “Living Well beyond Cancer”.  Every Tuesday March 13, Lenten Lunch 6-8:30pm starting March Noon Hour Recital Pro- 26. Call 519-432-1137. gram, featuring Elizabeth and Ted Rae at Trin- March 27, Lenten Lunch ity Anglican Church Noon Hour Recital Prowith the Purple Steeple gram, featuring Dr. Wayne Lunch following, Soup Carroll at Trinity Anglican and Sandwiches $7. Church with the Purple Steeple Lunch following, March 20, Lenten Lunch Soup and Sandwiches $7. Noon Hour Recital Program, featuring William The Nale Family and

Kingway Quartet Gospel Concert, Saturday, April 20, 6pm, East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot Street W., Aylmer, 519-7737302. Freewill offering. Wanted. Craft and garden vendors for Port Stanley Legion 410 Spring Show May 4. Please contact Gloria 519-637-3292. Former Clark/VME Employees are planning the Last Reunion at Pinafore Park, Sunday, August 4. For registration details phone Penny to register  519-633-1422.

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DUNCAN, ISABELLA of St. Thomas, passed away Thurs- and formerly of Newmarket and Kettleby, Ontario, passed away day, January 31, 2013 in her 82nd year. A private fam- on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in her 105th year. A memorial serily service was held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. vice will be announced in the spring. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GIBBONS, MARY JOSEPHINE “JO” of St. Thomas, passed away RESKA, HANS ALFRED (JOHN) of RR #5, Aylmer, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in her 79th year. Mass of the Thursday, January 31, 2013 in his 86th year. A funeral serChristian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Church, vice was held February 4, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. February 7, 2013 at 10am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. STECHYSHYN, DONNA of St. Thomas, passed away on JOHNSON, CATHERINE ANN of RR #1, Port Stanley, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the age of 82. A memoWednesday, January 30, 2013 at the age of 65. A funeral ser- rial service to be announced. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. vice was held February 2, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WIELER, SUSANA of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, JanuMENNILL, MARJORIE of Aylmer, passed away Friday, Feb- ary 31, 2013 in her 62nd year. A funeral service was ruary 1, 2013 in her 89th year. A funeral service was held February 3, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. held February 4, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. NIELSEN, RUTH SALLY (JUNG) of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013 in her 91st year. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. OKOLISAN, JOHN of Rodney, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the age of 91. A funeral service was held February 6, 2013. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd.

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getting to their treatments, have no family or cannot afford the gas or the daily parking . She says: “If wasn’t for this service, clients might not be able to receive their treatments or would decide not to take treatment if they had to get there by themselves or pay for gas and parking. It’s just a very necessary service. At the same time, I enjoy feeling appreciated for doing something which is so easy. It is so much fun meeting and talking with such very interesting people.” One of these interesting people is Catherine Neff, a longtime resident of St. Thomas and as a cancer patient she has depended on volunteer drivers to get to her treatment appointments in the St. Thomas area for many years. Catherine describes the drivers she’s had over the years as being good humored and compassionate. “I’ve had many different drivers over the years, but they’ve all been so kind and helpful to me,” says Catherine. “They look after me and help me get into the car. When I get to the cancer clinic, they help me out again

and make sure I get registered. I’ve had no complaints with any driver I’ve ever had; they’ve all been wonderful and very nice. I drove for years and years, but when you get to be my age I don’t drive anymore and you can’t always depend on family. I think it’s wonderful that this program is provided for us. It’s a godsend for people like me.” There are many people like Catherine in the St. Thomas area who depend on the Volunteer Driver program and many who would otherwise have no other way to get to treatment. Volunteer drivers provide a crucial service to people in St. Thomas just by giving of their time. The Society is very fortunate to be able to count on so many compassionate volunteer drivers, says Julia De Paz, Community Services Coordinator. However, as the need for transportation increases, St. Thomas’s volunteers are in much demand. If you want to be part of this team, please call 519432-1137.

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