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she feels excited, anxious and nervous because she’s never participated in a program such as this before. Sara and Bianca echoed her sentiments. Amber Mattox and Brandi Ostosser, the girls’ instructors, both studied with the NBS when they were younger. Summer classes at NBS and QBS can lead to an invitation to study ballet fulltime at these institutions.

United Way issues emergency appeal With the United Way campaign wrap coming at the end of February, the agency is still $100,000 shy of the amount needed to helps its member agencies. The $100,000 will bring the campaign to the $600,000 mark, barely enough to cover the costs of the 19 agencies and 33 programs it helps run.


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the ballet path, or a jazz dance path. She just enjoys dancing. The best part of ballet for all three girls? The jumps and leaps. While the girls are away at their programs for the summer, they will each stay in residence. The NBS program will run from July 1 - July 28, while the QBS program will run from July 1 - August 1. When asked how they feel about this upcoming adventure, Camryne says



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Three local ballet students from Dance Pointe Studio in St. Thomas auditioned and have been accepted to summer ballet programs at the National Ballet School and the Quinte Ballet School. Twelve-year-old Camryne Quinn and 10 year-old Sara DeVries will head to the National Ballet School (NBS) in Toronto, while 11 year-old Bianca Sinclair will FASD display entered in this year’s travel to the Quinte Ballet School (QBS) Fantasy Holiday of Lights. in Belleville. Spaces in each program One drink during pregnancy and were limited, and thousands of balleriyour child will end up with a Fetal nas auditioned across the country for Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the few spaces available. something that will lead to lifeAuditions for both the NBS and QBS long complications. FASD can be were held at Dance Steps in London used to describe a wide variety of and consisted of different skills such as permanent birth defects caused bar work, and open floor work. Dance when the mother consumes alcohol Steps was one of 15 locations across while she’s pregnant. According to Canada where auditions were held. a 1996 study by Health Canada, Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a Thousands of leading cause of preventable birth ballerinas auditioned defects and developmental delays in Canadian children. across the country for the Ethel de la Penotiere knows how few spaces available. FASD works. Her granddaughter has it. That’s why she and her husband Bianca, who could have applied for Bob started a campaign to create the NBS, says when she found out she awareness. That’s also why each was accepted to the QBS she didn’t year at 9:09am on September 9 want to jeopardize her spot in the prothe bells at St. Thomas City Hall gram. ring nine times. It signifies the ninth Their love for dance is obvious. Their month of pregnancy, and the fate love for ballet even more so. Camryne that befalls those children who are has danced competitively for five years, the victims of alcohol. This practice Bianca for six and Sara for three. Each started with former City of St. Thom- girl practices 10 hours a week or more as Mayor Jeff Kohler in 2006. at the studio. Camryne “really loves The Ontario government doesn’t the movement and how you have to accept FASD as a disability, says push yourself every class,” while Bianca Ethel. It’s also problematic that says she likes the graceful moves. Sara because of the broad range of doesn’t care if her career takes her on


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symptoms, FASD is difficult to diagnose. “The kids are not diagnosed because they look normal,” Ethel says. “Their features are normal, but they’re always in trouble — you can’t always tell who has FASD.” In the local area, there are currently two agencies that can diagnose FASD, both are located inside the London Health Sciences Centre. Ethel says children with FASD have no empathy and feel no pain, which to her is scary. “My little one, if she hurts herself, unless she sees the blood, she doesn’t know she hurt herself.” Another part of the condition is that her granddaughter, now 19, is mentally an eight year-old. Ethel says this is another side effect of FASD. Everything she does is half her age. “They say by the time she’s 20 she will have levelled out.” Children with FASD, Ethel says, are more likely to offend and re-offend. That’s why in 2010 she was glad to hear that Police Chief Bill Lynch got together with other police chiefs to help her spread the word.

of people in the local community could use the help. Entries explaining the situation and including who you’re nominating for the COAD work can be mailed to 43993 Talbot Line, St. Thomas, ON N5P 3S7 or emailed to Random Acts of Mise, St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Members Services Committee chair, left, along with Bob Kindness cards can Rob Hammersley, Chamber President and Mike Vecchio. be found in The Weeksamples handed out during the Chamber’s first ly News ads and at Tim Hortons. These cards enUncorked wine sampling event. The event was a courage both the giver and the receiver to keep huge success, with all 180 tickets sold. Jamie the kindness going by passing these cards along. Quai, owner of Quai du Vin wineries in Sparta, Stories and photos from Random Acts of KindRob Mise, St. Thomas & District Chamber was the emcee for the evening. As the night wore ness Day can be shared via The St. Thomas/Elgin of Commerce Members Services Committee Weekly News’s or myFM’s Facebook page or write chair, left, along with Bob Hammersley, Cham- on, Jamie unmasked and spoke about each of the 12 wines that were available for sampling. about your experience to: ber President and Mike Vecchio enjoyed the

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Ambulatory Centre Opens at STEGH The ambulatory care centre, providing outpatient services in one convenient area, will open on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH). This new centre, located on the previously vacant ground floor of the CCC wing, has been designed based on new processes developed using the same transforming care methodology that made STEGH a provincial leader in reducing Emergency Department wait times. Patient Registration will be also moving from its current location in the hospital’s Elm St. entrance to its new location in the Atrium, adjacent to the new Ambulatory Centre.  Services moving to the Ambulatory Centre February 5th include:  Pre Admission, Outpatient Laboratory, Cardio Respiratory Diagnostics, Respiratory Home Services (CPAP), Sleep Studies Clinic, Ambulatory Care, Ophthalmology Clinic, Elgin Orthopaedics. Chemotherapy will move to the Ambulatory Centre in April. Patients coming to STEGH for a booked appointment will now travel a different route. The newly named South Building (previously called the CCC building) will be the destination for both Patient Registration and appointments in the Ambulatory Centre. The Complex Continuing Care (CCC) remains on the upper floor of the South Building.  Updated signs and additional volunteers will help patients find their way to these newly located services.  This move marks the completion of one of the first steps to the long-awaited redevelopment project at STEGH. Construction work began on September 4, 2012 to renovate the ground floor of the South Building for a new Ambulatory Centre and Patient Registration station.  The mental health care program will open at

STEGH in a temporary location beginning in Fall 2013, until the permanent facility is complete in 2017.

Health Unit announces groundbreaking Ground will be broken for the new home of the St. Thomas Public Health Unit headquarters on January 30, 2013 at 1230 Talbot Street. Dave Warden, board of health chair, says that the board was unanimous in its decision to build a new headquarters for public health. “The cooperation between the City of St. Thomas and the County of Elgin contributed to where we are today.” Local dignitaries, architects and Board of Health and Public Health staff will be in attendance. Public information sessions will be held across Elgin County in late February and early March. The dates, times and places will be posted on the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Facebook page at

Teen challenge performance Teen Challenge London, a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment program in London, will be coming to lead the 9am and 11am worship services at Fellowship Church at 641 Elm Street in St. Thomas on February 3, 2013. A free will offering will take place to help with the centre’s ongoing fundraising efforts. Come hear some wonderful testimonies and uplifting music. For more information contact Scott Taylor at 519-631-9459.


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The 35th Annual St.Thomas Sports Spectacular was held at the St. Anne’s Centre in St.Thomas on Thursday, January 24, 2013. This year the special guests were master of ceremonies Jerry Howarth, the voice of the Blue Jays, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Annaleise Carr, Damian Warner, Eddie Shack, George Ryness, Devon White, David Willsie, Jeff Francis, Darren McCarty and the Main Speaker Dennis Hull. The event was well attended, with each celebrity taking a turn on the microphone. One of the highlights of the evening was provided by Annaleise Carr who, at age 14, became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario on August 19, 2012. Annaleise said she “trained for nine months” for the 51.5 KM event that took 27 hours to complete. She said there were times

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Jerry Howarth, the voice of the Blue Jays, introduces Annaleise Carr at the 35th Annual St.Thomas Sports Spectacular, at St. Anne’s Centre on January 24th 2013. (photo by Tim Harvey)

in the night that she thought about quitting when the winds came up and she had to battle six-foot waves. One of Carr’s goals was to raise $30,000 for Camp Trillium, a summer camp for children with cancer. When introducing Annaleise, Jerry  Howarth noted that she raised over $240,000 which was enough to send 115 kids with cancer to Camp Trillium. In addition to dinner there was a both a silent and live action.  The London Firefighters Pipe Band and Meg McTaggart vocalist and Keyboards provided musical entertainment.  Proceeds from the Sports Spectacular helps causes like the local Special Olympics and Community Living Elgin.



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Talent showcased at Gala On Ice [far left] Members of the Port Stanley Juvenile Synchro Team, Marijke Wall, Emily Kraemer and Brittney Wouters, all 13, and Claire Armstrong, 12, display one of their moves. (photo by John Morrow) Alexandria El-Shaurafa, eight, practices one of her poses as she prepares to skate her solo. (photo by John Morrow)

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gives each of these teams a chance to prepare for upcoming out-of-town competitions. In addition to the synchro teams, over 50 individual skaters took to the ice to perform their solos. The many parents and grandparents in the audience showed their appreciation for the skating skills with loud applause. The 40th Anniversary Skating Carnival will take place at the Port Stanley Arena on March 23rd at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this family-oriented event.

Members of the Port Stanley Skating Club entertained family and friends at the Port Stanley Arena on Saturday, January 26th during the Gala On Ice. “This is an opportunity for all the skaters to showcase their talents,” says Marilyn Brown, long-time volunteer organizer at the club. “Not everyone has a chance to perform their solo during the annual skating carnival, but at tonight’s Gala, they all do.” The Port Stanley Food Bank will benefit from the heap of non-perishable food items donated by those attending the Gala Law of probability: On Ice. The probability of being The Port Stanley Skatwatched is directly ing Club has been operatproportional to the ing for 40 years. This year stupidity of your act. the Club is able to field Law of random numbers: If you dial a wrong three synchronized skating teams representing the number, you never get Beginner, Elementary and a busy signal - someone always answers. Juvenile levels. The Gala

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I don’t know whether anyone at the National Post checked Google before writing the headline “Keeping Wynne streak alive.” But I did a Google search (which now passes for research in this business), and I came up with a racehorse called Jellico Wynne Streak. Several newspapers were unable to prevent themselves from writing variations on “Wynne wins.” During campaigns, we in the media love horse race analogies. We race to our keyboards, nose-tonose, vying to come up with something original. And usually failing to come up with something original. In the race that saw Kathleen Wynne become Liberal leader and the first female premier of the Province of Ontario last weekend, some ink was spilled over the fact that she is gay. Kathleen Wynne was married to a man for 13 years, and has three adult daughters, but she left that marriage and is in a long-term relationship with, or married to (depending whom you read), Jane Rounthwaite, the president of a consulting com-

pany. Kathleen’s former husband is Phil Cowperthwaite. Apparently when she discovered she really didn’t go for men in that way, she lost none of her fascination with exotic names that end in “thwaite.” It’s potentially the stuff of British satirical humour, at least as remarkable as having our first female, and, as far as we know, our first gay, premier. And now for something completely boring. Following an initial wave of attention, very few people in Ontario are going to care very much about any of that. We do care, or we ought to, about the provincial debt galloping away from us like Jellico Wynne Streak with the bit in his or her teeth. (Sorry, slipped back into it). And we may care about a big pink blanky that somebody is using to cover up the logic behind two gas-fired generating stations cancelled in the last provincial election. The new premier’s weekend statement, “We are going to build on the legacy of Dalton” is of greater concern than whether Wynne streaks her hair or with whom she cuddles on Saturday night in T.O.

National win Members of the St. Thomas Skating Club got a special treat on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Western Fair Arena. They got to Skate with Champions after Mackenzie Ripley won a radio contest with BOB FM. National Canadian Figure Skating Team members Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch (pictured in the middle, back) spent two hours with Mackenzie and fellow skaters from the Club.  The Pair demonstrated many incredible moves, watched the skaters perform, answered questions and ate pizza as the prize for the contest. The skaters were all smiles as they mingled with the National athletes.

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On Monday, I experienced a rather large (in my opinion) turn of events. I moved out of my twenties and into my thirties. Funny, it doesn’t feel like I’m 30, and yet, somehow it does. With age I find myself being taken more seriously. You can see that when I speak with my peers, my opinion holds a bit more weight, because hey! She might actually know what she’s talking about. She certainly looks old enough to know what she’s talking about. . . The twenties weren’t a terrible decade for me. And in the last few weeks, as I lamented the loss of my twenties to people here and there, the general consensus was that most people would love to be my age again. So I suppose I have it pretty good. Considering. My twenties were a tumultuous time. A time for finding out who I am, what kind of music I like, and who I want to be. I’m still not sure

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I’ve figured the last part out completely, but I’m getting there. I was thinking the other day “What would my 19-year-old self think of my 30-year-old self?” Well, I think she would be proud of us and the things we accomplished together. In my twenties I finished college, moved away from home, got my first professional job, then my second, visited relatives in Germany, and got two cats and a great boyfriend I now couldn’t live without. I had a raging bash for my 25th birthday. My 30th was rung in much more quietly. Dinner at home, instead of a large, loud party at a bar. I hate to say it, but I’ve moved past the whole bar scene. That was for my twenties. The early, not the later half. With another entire decade behind me, I’m excited to see what the next decade has in store, and what my 40-year-old self will think of my 30-year-old self. Who knows? Maybe they’ll get along famously. I hear 30 is the new 20 . . .

Women best for politics Last week, I insisted that the Ontario Liberals make their best effort to return the province to being a democracy. Much of that had to do with McGuinty’s and the teachers’ unions and I think that Premier Kathleen Wynne, herself a former Education Minister, will find a way to deal with her first big problem. What I like about her is an openness and sincerity that is very sweet to see, even if the work in the legislature will harden her a bit. She won the leadership in a big way and the liberal teams at the weekend convention were convinced that hopes for the future would go well in her hands, with a little luck and cooperation. She moved quickly to deflate the “elephant in the room” as related to her own choice of life as a lesbian. The diversity of the candidates and the convention voters agreed that it was no big deal and that she had the right to live her life as she chose. Her choice reflects the freedom of choice

that is available in Canada. For that I continue to be grateful. I believe that the best people who enter politics are usually women, since they are by nature, nurturing and honest. You don’t find many female politicians lining their pockets with public funds. There is the odd one who will drink sixteen-dollar glasses of orange juice, but most are as genuine as Olivia Chow, Anne Marie DeCicco or Flora MacDonald. Call me a feminist, but some of the best workers I have partnered with were women who have had to do the job at the same time they ask for fair treatment for pay and work conditions. We know that the province is in for a hard slog, with the loss of so much manufacturing and a high rate of unemployment. Premier Wynne has a tough road ahead, but we can expect that Ontario Media will give her a running head start with a brief “honeymoon.” If she moves quickly, her leadership may be just what we have been looking for.

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At 9759 Talbot St — a residence beside the Elgin Animal Hospital — there was a backyard shed fire with flames reaching over 20 feet high. One brave man ran into the backyard to help the residents untie their dog from a tree. All made it to the front yard safely. Less than two minutes after 911 was called, the St. Thomas Fire Department arrived and contained the blaze. The fire happened on Thursday, January 24 at 10:07 pm. (photo by Chris Cirella)

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When we think of addictions, the most common things that come to mind are alcohol and substance abuse. However, there is a vast array of different addictions that we see on a daily basis. “Addictions” is an independent dramatic feature length production, which is premiering on Saturday February 2nd at Almanarah Presbyterian Church in London. It’s written, produced and directed by Matthew R. Marshall, a Port Stanley native, and all cast members are local to the area. Scenes were filmed in St. Thomas, London, and Port Stanley. The story follows the main character, Kayla Butler (played by Jacqueline Peter) through the painful events in her life, which eventually led her to the Lost Sheep Addiction Program. Her actions have resulted in legal trouble and possible prison time, and it’s up to her to convince a review panel that she’s turned her life around. Marshall  comments on this, “In life we all make decisions and some times the choices we make have consequences. We have to live with the repercussions of our actions and the paths we have taken.    Sometimes one event can drastically change the direction we are going.  Redemption from this event may have a price.” During the movie, we meet other interesting characters with addictions. They’ve found themselves labeled by their crimes, personal life style, associates, and social standing. Each one must deny or accept their addiction and understand that they can’t escape without help or change. “Everyone struggles with something in his or her life,” Marshall notes. “We each grapple with our own inner darkness or demons. What that is depends on what our weakness is.”   Marshall has done a “lot of observing” over the years and has

witnessed many other examples of addictions and obsessions such as compulsive texting, eating disorders, job focus, sports fixations, and video games. “Anything taken to the extreme.” When asked what drew him to create Addictions, he said, “I was inspired to write this so I could give something to open their eyes to what goes on and the struggles people are encountering.” Addictions is officially entered into a number of Film Festivals in the United States and Canada. As well, the New York City Independent Film Festival, Canada International Film Festival in B.C., Denver Indie Festival, Mississauga Independent Film Festival, Indie Fest, and Independent Filmmakers Showcase Los Angeles currently have Addictions “In consideration.” Addictions has also been submitted and currently awaiting acknowledgement of “consideration” for the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Speaking about the story and characters, Marshall says, “I think everybody who watches it will find someone that they relate to on some level.”

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VON delivers The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Middlesex-Elgin showcased its wide-range of programs and services during an open house held at the St. Thomas Senior’s Centre on Thursday, January 24, 2013. From left, front, Phyllis Broadhead and Cynthia Brooks, Meals on Wheels volunteers, hand soup samples to John Taylor, front, and John Hughes, VON volunteer drivers.



In 1976, The Oddfellow Rebekah Heart Equipment Fund Committee was formed to raise funds for a heart stress machine for St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. The doctors informed the committee of their desperate need for more equipment. Through various projects, money was raised to purchase a telemetry machine and holter monitors. Because the Odd Fellow and Rebekah members came

from a wide area geographically, the committee decided to include Four Counties Hospital in Newbury, Tillsonburg General Hospital, and the three major hospitals in London. Thus, what started as a one time donation became an ongoing project which to date has donated $194,686.37. The largest donation to date was in 1988 when $15,200 was donated to St.Joseph’s, Victoria, and University Hospital in London to purchase holter monitors, dopler units, a heart examining

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Shingles, or in medical jargon, Herpes Zoster, is a rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It often presents with a burning, tingling pain on only one side of the body or face. This is usually followed by red patches on the skin and small fluid filled blisters. Within 5-7 days, the blisters will dry and scab over and are usually gone within 2-4 weeks. Although most people recover without complications, approximately 1 in 5 people will develop pain, called neuralgia which can continue for months or even years after the rash resolves. Occasionally, serious complications can occur such as skin infections or scarring, pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain and nerve problems and rarely, death. You cannot give shingles to your family or friends. You can however spread the virus to someone who has never had chickenpox, if they touch the shingles rash or fluid from it. However, this person would develop chickenpox and not shingles. Once the rash has crusted, you are no longer able to spread the virus.

So what can we do? The first step if you think you might have shingles is to see your doctor or nurse practitioner immediately. Powerful medications against the virus are effective in many people if started within 72 hours of rash presentation. But we must act quickly. It is recommended to cover the rash and avoid contact with infants, children, pregnant women and adults who have never had the chickenpox. Rest is also important to make sure that your immune system isn’t compromised. You may also wish to discuss Zostavax® a new vaccine indicated for those 50 and older. While the vaccine may not eliminate the chance of getting shingles, it reduces both the likelihood and severity. Certain pharmacies like ours are running clinics where people can get Zostavax, but the vaccine still requires a prescription. So provided that you are covering your rash and not hanging out at the maternity ward or repeatedly handling and kissing babies (Politicians take note), you can mingle with the shingles. Take care of yourselves and each other.

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Aylmer council last week: The following decisions were made by Aylmer Council at their January 14 session: -That Council authorizes Staff to plan a premiere event on March 16, 2013 at the Old Town Hall to promote the Heritage Places film (of Aylmer). -That the following actions be taken with respect to reviewing financial support and service levels, and the undertaking of an operational review of the East Elgin Community Complex: That the CAOs (of Aylmer and Malahide councils) be directed to prepare a Request For Proposals (RFP) for consideration by both Councils, to undertake an operational review, noting that this review will include:  (a) the comparison of a minimum of four facilities of similar size i.e. twin ice pads;  (b) the staffing needs; and(c) the efficiencies of the facility, such as mechanical operations and revenue sources

Mental Health Association, Elgin St.Thomas Public Health; and Fanshawe College. Aylmer Police charged a 34-   year old Aylmer male last week B.A.D. Girls Hockey after an assault - on a 13-year on CBC old female he was related to in an Aylmer residence the week The BAD (Belmont Aylmer before. After being confronted Dorchester) Bantam C girls by relatives the man turned hockey team, appeared on a himself in. He was charged with CBC program this past Satursexual exploitation, sexual as- day. Said Coach Greg Smith: sault and sexual interference. “One of our parents signed us Last week Police charged a 21 up for a draw from Scotiabank year-old Aylmer male with invi- Hockey Tonight Kids and to our tation to sexual touching after surprise we were lucky enough an incident over the Christmas to be chosen. CBC sent a camera man to our practice recently holidays. and he filmed various segments Medical building in the dressing room and on the changes ice including the introduction to Claudia Mior Eckel, Execu- the pre game show. After some tive Director of the East Elgin early nerves the girls settled in Family Health Team, outlines and did a great job, they all got the changes in tenants due to a chance to be on camera and the current renovations at the really had a great time. They apAylmer Medical Clinic   build- peared in four short segments.” ings on Talbot St. west: In the north Building will be: the Running water in Ultrasound Clinic,  Dr. WashAylmer burn,  Talbot Trail Physiotherapy Bill Berry, Manager of Water and  Dr. Osih, Dentist. In the Operations for Aylmer, explains south Building will be: Doctors/ why a number of residents are staff of the East Elgin Family keeping their taps open for the Health Team  (Drs.Sinclair, Graham, Howe, Toogood, Botsch- town during the recent cold ner); Sonya Mast, NP; Canadian spell. “We do this to prevent wa-

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Edison Museum Building Committee: Lynn Acre, of the Bayham Township Edison Museum Building Committee, provides this update on their progress: “The plan is to have a new building on the site that has already been purchased by the fundraising efforts of the committee. This site is on Plank Road, just before you go down the hill into Vienna.   The new building will be 100 feet by 80 feet in size. The reason for wanting a new building is that the present building is, in itself, an artifact, not a musuem. It’s impossible to control the humidity, which is causing rapid deterioration of our artifacts inside. The present building is located on a remote sidestreet in Vienna and tourists often cannot find it. We also need more space for storage as our collection continues to grow, and space for restoration activities and space for meetings. Once we know the general amount of money we need to complete the project, we will seek a meeting with Bayham council to discuss the options for funding.”

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numbers have been reduced to fewer than 100. (Residents who run water will get their rates adjusted.) However last year was the first winter I can remember that we never notified anyone the entire winter.”


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Notice of Designations of Property pursuant to Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act TAKE NOTICE that on the 24th day of September, 2012, the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin passed: • By-law 1520 to designate the property known municipally as 6137 Hiram Smith Lane and legally described as Part of Lot 5, Plan 7, Geographic Township of Yarmouth, Municipality of Central Elgin; and • By-law 1521 to designate the property known municipally as 6188 Quaker Road and legally described as Part of Lot 4, Plan 48, East Side of King Street, Geographic Township of Yarmouth, Municipality of Central Elgin to be properties of cultural heritage value or interest pursuant to section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.18. DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin this 17th day of January, 2013. Donald N. Leitch, Chief Administrative Officer & Clerk


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Funding for upgrades

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, today announced $35,828 in federal funding for Fire Code Upgrades to the Vienna Community Centre. The project includes fire code upgrades for the centre including construction of fire rated exit enclosures; installation of fire code drywall; the removal of existing ceiling drywall and new surface mounted lighting in the basement area; and removal of existing tile ceiling and installation of a commercial grade t-bar ceiling with new recessed lighting on the main floor. Paul Ens, Mayor of the Municipality of Bayham says, “The Vienna Community Centre is a critical resource for our residents, and this federal funding will be of great assistance in allowing the Municipality to continue to provide safe, reliable and accessible community infrastructure.”

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Thirteen skaters from the Port Stanley Skating Club competed at the Skate Canada, Western Ontario Division Pat Abela-Lyle McPhedran Memorial Invitation Competition held recently in Amherstburg, winning six gold; one silver; and one bronze. Competitors are, from left: Mikalya Timmermans, Preliminary FreeSkate - Gold; Colleen Black, Pre-Preliminary FreeSkate - Gold; Alex Martin - Preliminary FreeSkate; Ella Granger, Pre-Preliminary FreeSkate - Gold; Dakota Dawdy - Pre-Preliminary FreeSkate; Emma Hind, Pre-Preliminary FreeSkate - Gold; Miracle Collins, Junior Bronze StarSkate - Gold; and Alexis Tully, Preliminary FreeSkate.  Absent from picture: Holly Monteith, Preliminary FreeSkate - Gold; Rinni Hall, StarSkate Preliminary - Bronze; Carrie Fehr/Jody Gleeson, Adult Couples Interpretive - Silver; and Emily Kraemer, Preliminary FreeSkate.

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Importance of agriculture recognized The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) congratulates Ontario’s incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne, and looks forward to working together to strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector. Wynne won the Ontario Liberal leadership – and will become Ontario’s first female premier – at the leadership convention held in Toronto on January 26. She has stated that she will resume the Ontario legislature on February 19, after being prorogued since October 2012. “Ms. Wynne clearly recognizes the importance of the agriculture and food industry as an economic engine in our province, driving job creation on farms, at processors and through innovation.  She will demonstrate her personal commitment to agriculture and rural Ontario by appointing herself as the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs for at least one year,” says Mark Wales, President of OFA. “OFA is hopeful Wynne will bridge the perceived Ontario urban and rural divide.  We look forward to meeting with her

as premier and minister of agriculture to work on important issues affecting our sector.” On behalf of Ontario agriculture, OFA will be addressing four areas of focus with Wynne and Liberal policy makers in the upcoming legislative session – 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. The Ontario agri-food industry contributes $33 billion annually to the Ontario economy and represents 10 per cent of the province’s entire workforce with 700,000 jobs. “The OFA also congratulates Premier McGuinty for his many years of public service,” says Mark. “Mr. McGuinty recognized the importance of agriculture to Ontario and worked with farmers to help develop and promote Ontario products. Under his leadership, we have been able to secure a more sustainable future for our sector.”

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St Thomas Police are investigating an assault. On January 1st, at 4 am, the adult male victim was walking home on Scott St., in the area of the old Scott St School, when two unknown males jumped out at the victim. One of these males punched the victim in the right side of the face. The victim’s girlfriend came to his aid, as the male suspects left the area. The victim was treated at the hospital for a broken jaw and black eye. Since the assault, the victim has had to have his jaw wired shut and suffers from severe headaches.

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Make the world a little better kind act at a time Ways that you can get involved! • Send an e-card to your employees letting them know how much you appreciate them. • Share your “to die for” chocolate chip cookies with co-workers. • Offer to make the morning coffee run for everyone. • Make a point of thanking a coworker for their help on a recent project. • Gather up your gently used clothes, toys, furniture, and books and donate them to the appropriate organization. • Carry groceries to the car and return the cart for a parent with a child, or a senior, etc. • Say something nice to everyone you meet.

We live in a truly amazing community where so much kindness happens every day. Let’s take a moment to recognize when someone does something nice for us. In return, do something nice for them, not just for one day, but every day of the year. - Co-chair Al Hughson

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Grief and Loss Journey

by Barbara Saunders

Barbara Saunders is a long term resident of St. Thomas, a graduate of King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London, with a major in Thanatology (study of death and loss) and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Her column will be appearing monthly in The St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News. I believe no one escapes the experience of grief and loss. Loss can be experienced in many ways such as a death, relationship ending, not seeing family for whatever reason, job loss, relocating and the list can continue. Grief and loss experiences are unique to each individual and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There are however, different components to grieving that can to be considered when looking at loss such as; age, culture, type of loss, sudden or

traumatic death, role changes, family dynamics, subsequent loss scenarios, complicated grief to name a few. Many people in our culture grieve, but they do not mourn. Instead of being encouraged to express their grief outwardly, they are often greeted with messages such as “carry on,” “keep your chin up,” and “keep busy.” This can result with grieving within themselves in isolation, instead of mourning outwardly in the presence of loving companions or friends…This is where people

can get “STUCK” and unable to process their grief. “Grief” is the internal or inward expression of loss such as thoughts and feelings; asking “WHY” questions and emotions of sorrow, sadness, fear, aloneness, and more. “Mourning” is the outward expressions of grief people see such as crying, isolating self, and what clothing is worn. You might ask, “What can I do to help someone who is grieving?” One of the most important gifts you can give someone who is grieving is a listening ear without judgment. Seek other resources such as grief counsellors or support groups if needed but, realize not everyone needs additional resources to journey through grief. In the coming months I will talk about a variety of grief and loss concerns, resources and more.

St Thomas Police are investigating a theft. On January 10th, at 8:45 pm, the victim arrived to Goodlife Fitness at the Elgin Mall, where he went to the men’s locker room and hung up his coat on a coat rack. The victim completed his workout by 10pm and discovered his coat, cell phone and keys had been stolen. The coat was a unique, one of a kind, Philadelphia Flyers coat. The coat was black and orange in colour, with a Flyers logo on it.

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Community Bulletin Board St. Thomas Ladies’ Choir invites all ladies interested in singing Christian music to join the choir on Monday’s at 7:15pm at the First C.R.C., 320 Elm Street. 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. 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. January 31, Spaghetti Dinner, Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, 54 Moore St. Doors open 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Adults $7, Child 6-12 $4, 5 and under free. Call for Info 519-631-3494. VON Public Foot Care Clinic, Jan. 31, Sponsored by Port Stanley Lioness. The Kettle Creek Villa Apartments, 289 Frances Street, 8-11:30am. Call 519-782-4089 for appointment. Field Naturalist Meeting, Friday, February 1, 7:30pm, Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentation by members. Info 519-631-5279. Don’t miss this free event at Fanshawe College, St. Thomas on February 1. Learn from the tax man how employers can benefit from apprenticeship. Grief Share a weekly support group for those grieving the death of someone close to them. Information workshop Saturday, February 2, 8:30am-12:30pm. Info 519-637-0283. Saturday, February 2, “Messy Church”  4:306:30pm, all ages learning together, Cadlemas, Supper provided. St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave. All Welcome. 519-631-4558. Shedden Soccer Registration, Saturday, February 2, 9am-12noon, Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Southwold Keystone Complex. Youth 4-18. Tuesday, Feb 5, Euchre Club, St. John’s Church of Flora St. Do you love to play Euchre?  Meet people? Have a great time?  We play every Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill offering. 519-631-7368. Tuesday, February 5, Creating into a Mystery/ Prayer Shawl Group, 10:30am at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave.  Info 519-631-4558. 



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519-631-2631. Valentines Dance in support of Stork Club, SatWednesday, February Pancake Supper, First urday, February 16, Port 6, Lions Bingo, in Dut- United Church, 7 Curtis Stanley Arena featuring ton Dunwich Commu- St., Tuesday, February Sahara Swing Band. Innity Centre. 7pm, cash 12, 4:30-7p.m. Adults cludes complimentary prizes with $500 Jackpot. $6, 10 years & under late-night sandwich buffet. $2, 5 years & under free. Tickets 519-633-6202. VON’s Healing Soul’s Grief Support Group, Stack’em High Pancakes Valentine’s Dance,  Satfree 8 week group ses- & Sausage, Tuesday Feb- urday, February 16, Live sions, February 6–March ruary 12, 5-7pm,  St. Band, Cash Bar, Lunch 27 in St. Thomas.  For John’s Church on Flora provided. St. John’s Parmore information/ St.  Beverage, fruit cock- ish, 20 Flora Street. For register contact Becky tail or homemade pie.  tickets & info, contact Ahrens 519-637-6408. $6, Children $3,  under St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s 5 – Free.  519-631-7368. Church. 519-631-0504.  Kids Creative Cuisine , ages 9-13, learn to Port Stanley United Cancer Relay For Life Valcook simple, kid friendly Church, Pancake Sup- entines Dance, Sat. Feb. meals while learning per, Tuesday, February 16, 8pm-1am, Knights safety tips for the kitchen. 12, 4:45-7pm. Adults of Columbus. $10/ea Feb 7 to Mar 14.  Call - $8, Children 5-12 - $5. or $15/couple. Music, YWCA 519-631-9800. Drum Circle, Tuesday midnight buffet, silent Thursday, February 7, February 12, 7pm at auction, prizes. Contact 519-280-5937. Euchre Games & Des- St. John’s Church on Brad sert, 2pm at St. Andrew’s Flora St.  Our jam ses- Field Naturalist Walk, United Church, 60 West sion requires absolutely Sunday, February 17, Ave. Everyone Welcome no experience and is  for 1:30pm, Fingal Wildfor info 519-631-4558. everyone.  All ages wel- life Management Area. come.  519-631-7368. main parking area.  Feb. 8, Beef Supper, Odd 519-631-5279. Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, Feb 12, Pancake Supper, Info 54 Moore St. Doors open Central United Church, Family Day in Sparta, 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Wellington & Moore Sts. Monday February 18, Adult $10, child 6-12 First Seating 4:30pm 11am-3pm, free draws, $5, under 5 free. Tick- Second 6pm. Entertain- and games, free hotdogs ets at door, eat in/take ment by Kim Ladd. Sau- at Tearoom, conditions out. 519-631-3494. sage, Beverage, Dessert apply. Donations for CarIncl. 519-631-3503. ing Cupboard accepted. Grab & Go Chicken Divine Dinner, Friday, Febru- Parkinson Support Group, Tues. Feb 19, Euchre ary 8, St. Mark’s United Meeting Tuesday February Club, St. John’s Church Church, 38 Aldborough 12, 2-4pm. Knights of of Flora St. Do you love Ave., Pick-up 4:30- Columbus, 265 Wellington to play Euchre? Meet 6:30pm. Pay at door $12. St. Info 519-631-9313. people? Have a great STCCS Dinner & Auction. Pancake Supper, Shrove time?  We play every Feb 9, St Anne’s Centre. Tuesday, Feb 12, 5-7pm, Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill Dinner 5pm & Dessert/ Fellowship Church, 641 offering. 519-631-7368. Live Auction 7pm. Din- Elm St.  Pancakes, Tuesday, February 19, ner $25 per person or Sausages, Fruit, Syrup Creating into a Mystery/ Dessert $10 per person. toppings. Adults/$6, Prayer Shawl Group, Tickets  519-633-0690. children 3-12/$3, Fam- 10:30am, St. Andrew’s ily 4/$15. Mission United Church, 60 West Red Cross Babysitting Honduras fundraiser. Ave.   Info 519-631-4558.  Course, ages 11+, learn to care for children & February 12, Pancake Everyone is Welcome. basic first aid. $50 in- Supper, 5-7pm, with February 20, Lenten cludes manual. Feb 9 & Maple Syrup, at St. An- Lunch Noon Hour Recital Mar 15. 9am-4pm. Call drew’s United Church, 60 Program, featuring Bob YWCA 519-631-9800. West Ave. Free will offer- Towers at Trinity Anglican ing. Info 519-631-4558. Church with the Purple Vendors Wanted. HBBA sponsored Health & Well- Cancer Relay for Life Team Steeple Lunch following, ness show, February 9, 10- Captain/Crew Rally, Feb. Soup and Sandwiches $7. 4pm, Timken Center. All 13, Knights of Columbus, Home Alone Safely, health and wellness relat- 6:30-8pm. Information/ ages 9-12, learn the ed vendors welcome. Call Ideas on 2013 Relay. Team basic skills to be safe Wanda 519-207-1115. registration/Prizes. RSVP while alone in the home. Martin 519-806-5607. Feb 21 to Mar 21. Call Public Speaking Compe519-631-9800. tition, Saturday, Febru- Wednesday, February YWCA ary 9, 9am. St. Thomas 13, Bible Questions Thursday, February Legion, Br. 41, 24 John 10:30am at St. An- 21, Thursday Euchre St. For info/register  call drew’s United Church, Games & Dessert, 2pm Ron at 519-631-9285. everyone is welcome. at St. Andrew’s UnitInfo 519-631-4558. ed       Church , 60 West February 9, Victorian Tea, 2-4pm, bake table, St. New! Cat Owner Chat Ave. Everyone Welcome. 519-631-4558. Andrew’s United Church, and Outreach (STDOA), Info 60 West Ave. Every- Wednesday, Febru- Roast Beef Supper. St. one Welcome. Info ary 13, 7-9pm, Elgin John’s Church on Flora 519-631-4558. Grow- Mall Community Room. St., Friday February ing Youth Fund Raiser. Free. Preventative Nu- 22, 5-7pm.  Fill your trition, Diabetes, TNR Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sun- info, Lost Pet Recovery. plate for  $12 which includes dessert.  All day, February 10. Doors open 12:30pm. St. Thom- Take Your Sweetie To that and we will clean Fantastic.  as Legion, Br. 41. 24 John Lunch, 4th Annual  “Heart up, too.  St. Everyone welcome. and Stroke Soup’s Port Stanley Lioness On  Challenge”,  FebruSunday, February 10, ary 14 at St. Annes, Club, Chili Cook Off, Friday, February 22, Port 9am-1pm, Lions full 11-1:30pm. Tickets Chili breakfast for $6, in only $5. Come Hungry. Stanley Arena. Tasting 6-7:30pm. the Lions Den, behind Dutton Dunwich Thursday, February 14, Adults - $9, Children Community Centre. Kickers, 6pm, St. An- 6-12 - $5, Under 6 Free. drew’s United Church, Tues, Feb 12, Euchre mid-week group, ages St. Thomas Rotary MuClub, St. John’s Church 5-13, games, music, sic Festival takes place of Flora St. Do you love craft. Everyone welcome. February 25 to March 1 at 3 venues. Awards to play Euchre?  Meet Info 519-631-4558. competition March  1 at people? Have a great Infortime?  We play every Karaoke, Friday, February Salvation Army. Tuesday 2-4pm. Freewill 15, 7-10pm. St. Thomas mation 519-631-0852. offering. 519-631-7368. Legion, Br. 41. 24 John Friday, February 22, Meal St. Everyone welcome. & A Movie, 5:30pm at St. Pancake supper, sausage and fruit cup, Knox Presby- St. Thomas Seniors Cen- Andrew’s United Church, terian Church, 55 Hincks tre, Roast Beef and Yorkies 60 West Ave.  Please St., Tuesday, February 12, Dinner, Friday February 15, R.S.V.P. Info 519-6315-7pm.  Adults $6, under Tickets $10 Advance $12 4558. Everyone Welcome. 12 $3, preschoolers free.   day of. 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Drum Circle, St. John’s Church on Flora St. Tuesday, February 26, 7pm.    Family friendly.  Instruments available.  Absolutely no experience necessary.  519-631-7368.

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February 27, Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Program, featuring Angus Sinclair at Trinity Anglican Church with the Purple Steeple Lunch following, Soup and Sandwiches $7.

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Wednesday, February 27, Bible Questions, 10:30am at St. Andrew’s United Church. Everyone is welcome. Soup and Sandwiches $7. Info 519-631-4558. March 13, Lenten Lunch Thursday, February 28, Noon Hour Recital ProKickers, 6pm at St. An- gram, featuring Elizabeth drew’s United Church, and Ted Rae at Trinmid-week group, ages ity Anglican Church 5-13, games, music, craft. Everyone welcome. Info 519-631-4558. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge Street, features the work of Guild member Candy Macmaniman through March. Call 519-782-4241 for times. Field Naturalist Meeting, Friday, March 1, 7:30pm, Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentation by Sue Southon on Arctic Adventures Info 519-631-5279.

Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10am ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING Joint Service 10am (BAS) Eucharist Sunday School Father Jawn Kolohon Officiating Liz Rae Minister of Music

519-631-7000 with the Purple Steeple Lupton at Trinity Anglican Lunch following, Soup Church with the Purple and Sandwiches $7. Steeple Lunch following, Soup and Sandwiches $7. March 20, Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Pro- Canadian Cancer Society, gram, featuring William free 6 week program for

cancer survivors and caregivers: “Living Well beyond Cancer”. Every Tuesday 6-8:30pm starting March 26. Call 519-432-1137.

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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. March 6, Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Program, featuring George Hildt at Trinity Anglican Church with the Purple Steeple Lunch following,

ARVAI, LOUIS SR. of West Lorne, passed away on Monday, January JAMES, CATHARINE CHARLOTTE (NEE BULL) of Extendicare 28, 2013 in his 85th year. A funeral service will be held February Nursing Home, Port Stanley, passed away Monday, Janu2, 2013 at 1pm. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. ary 21, 2013 in her 100th year. A funeral service was held January 24, 2013. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. BAEHR, GUNTHER of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 in his 71st year. A funeral service will be KLASSEN, KATHARINA of Aylmer, passed away Tuesheld January 31, 2013 at 3pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. day, January 22, 2013 in her 76th year. A funeral service was held January 25, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. BAUGHMAN, HOWARD “MELVIN” of St. Thomas, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 in his 73rd year. A funeral ser- MITCHELL, DUSTIN CHARLES of St. Thomas, passed away vice was held January 28, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. Thursday, January 24, 2013 in his 23rd year. A funeral service was held January 29, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. CINDRIC, IVICA, “JOHN” of Talbotville, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in his 61st year. Mass of the Christian PINEO, MELVIN of Port Bruce, passed away on Monday, JanuBurial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Church, London ary 28, 2013 in his 85th year. A funeral service will be held on January 31, 2013 at 10am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. January 31, 2013 at 11am. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. FAW, WARREN WORDSWORTH of Fairview Mennonite Home, Cambridge, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 in his 104th year. A graveside service will be held at Trinity Cemetery on February 1 at 12pm. The funeral service will follow at the Aylmer Missionary Church at 1pm. A memorial service will be held at Fairview Mennonite Home on February 2 at 2pm. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

SCHAAFSMA, RENSKE “RENEE” (HOEKSTRA) of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in her 85th year. A funeral service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church on January 31, 2013 at 1pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

SUDERMAN, KLAAS of Vienna, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 in his 63rd year. A funeral service was FRANK, PAULINE “POLLY” DOROTHY MADDALENA (AL- held January 26, 2013. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. VARO) of St. Thomas, passed away January 26, 2013 TEETZEL, ROSS “TINY” of Bobier Villa, Dutton and formerly of Shedden, in her 83rd year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated January 30, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in his 86th year. A funeral service was held January 30, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FRIESEN, ANNA “OMA” of Aylmer, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 in her 66th year. A funeral service will be held at the E.M.M.C. Summers Corners Talbot Ln., Aylmer on January 31, 2013 at 1pm. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home.


GRANT, GEORGE CARTER of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 in his 88th year. A funeral service will be held February 1, 2013 at 11am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GUNNING, HELEN (COTT) of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in her 98th year. A funeral service was held January 29, 2013. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.



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