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100 mile run Local woman wants end to Huntington’s Disease

Mayor Heather Jackson receives the first poppy from Wayne Donnelly, Poppy Campaign chairman for the Lord Elgin Branch 41, Royal Canadian Legion on Thursday, October 25, 2012. (photo by Mark G.)

Poppy campaign begins With boxes out all over the city of St. Thomas, it's time to pick up your poppy. Poppy Campaign chairman Wayne Donnelly says members from the Lord Elgin Branch 41, Royal Canadian Legion have placed approximately 90 boxes all over the city. Money from the poppy sales is used for veteran assistance as well as to fund bursaries and support charitable foundations. The legion doesn't keep one cent from the proceeds. The Poppy Campaign is the legion's largest fundraiser of the year and Wayne says it's important to note the legion

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doesn't sell the poppies — it distributes them. "It's more important to us that people wear the poppy as a sign of remembrance." Poppies always come out on the last Friday in October, and Poppy Day will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 so keep your eyes open for veterans and volunteers stationed around the town from 9am— 3pm. St. Thomas' Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:45am in front of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital at the boy soldier monument.


With a 50 per cent chance of getting Hungtington's Disease, Terri Biloski isn't just waiting around, she plans to do something about it. Hungtington's, a genetic brain disorder that causes cells in specific parts of the brain to die, is in Terri’s family. Her grandmother passed away from the disease, and now her mother has it. About one in every 10,000 Canadians has the disease. At the moment there is no cure for it, but that's not stopping Terri from running towards a goal she feels will help all the families affected by the disease. "It takes 10-25 years from the onset of this disease until death," she says. While there are promising trials and research being done, as of yet there is no cure. Terri, who's enjoyed running since she was a child and owns St. Thomas specialty store Run For Your Life, thought this was the perfect way to combine something she loves to do with something that can help others. She, with the help of 21 volunteers, will be running her 100 miles, aptly named Run 161 (100 miles is 161km), throughout Elgin County on

November 10—11, which coincides with World Run Day. The idea for this run came to Terri while she was thinking about doing an ultramarathon. Ultramarathons are any run over 42.2km. To train for the run she's been doing a lot of long distance running. "Ultra distance running gets attention I find. People are always surprised that I can run what I can run,

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which will also help raise awareness for this disease." This past week alone she ran 50km on Saturday, and 39km on Sunday. The target goal for this run is $5,000 and donations can be made at or can be donated at her store Run for Your Life in person or by phone 519-6370333, or at Fitness to the Max in Aylmer or Sweet Beach Cafe in Port Stanley. The run will start at Terri's store at 39 Burwell Road and finish at the Wharf Restaurant in Port Stanley with a fundraising breakfast. Tickets for the breakfast are available by calling the Wharf.

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Dreams can come true, and Janis Cookson knows this better than anyone. The Lambeth born woman was one of 1500 that had the opportunity to work on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. No stranger to sports, Janis won a gold medal in women's softball in the 1983 Pan Am games and her team was inducted into Canadian Softball Hall of Fame. That's just the beginning to a long career in the sports field. She started with women's softball (fast pitch), which got her a four year scholarship to the University of Arizona. While there she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Recre-

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ation Administration, which was the closest thing to a sports management degree at the time. Her first job involved working with the Ontario Soccer Association, her second for provincial sports organizations and her third with national sports organizations. In 1990 she left to go out west and ended up working for the province of British Columbia in their sport branch as an organization Janis Cookson development consultant. She then switched gears and found herself working in sport event management which led her to organizing the 2003 Winterfest — the seniors’ winter games in London. From there she was an event manager for the 2003 World Cycling Championship, in 2004 she was general manager for the World Inline Hockey Championships, all the while these experiences would lead to her employment on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She went back out west to take on the

role of Director of Sport Tourism in BC until 2006 when she started work on the olympics. "I was living the dream. It was nice to associate myself with something so positive." She worked in Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, one of 52 departments staffed by 1500 people. She laughed recalling the 55,00 white plastic folding samsonite chairs her department was responsible for storing and placing on the field during opening ceremonies. The fulltime staff in her department was 150, and she was in charge of 500 volunteers. "Everyone working at the olympics loved sports so it wasn't difficult to get all of us working towards a common goal. It was amazing to be part of the opening ceremonies." Janis is now looking to give back to her community by pairing up with business, sports and tourism leaders to help put St. Thomas sport tourism on the

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map. She recently teamed up with Stevenson and Hunt Insurance Brokers in London, a new industry for her, in hopes of becoming not just another broker, but someone who can be competitive with sports insurance coverage. She says she is a wealth of sports information and would like to see additional sports events brought into the community because of the talented athletes that live in this area. Along with Sport Tourism, Janis would like to get a children's sports program put together to help foster the love of sports at a young age.

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Early on in my business career, I realized the importance of establishing a solid reputation and getting the word out there. I also realized that I was not the only one, and that if I could join forces with others, our results would be greater than working independently. The St. Thomas Executive’s Association is a business network that provides business to business

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leads and referrals. All of the members of the organization promote each other when the opportunity presents itself, and do business with each other as well. Quai du Vin Estate Winery is proud to be a founding member of this invaluable organization. Roberto Quai Quai du Vin Estate Winery

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The St. Thomas Executives Association is more than a marketing group. The business ideas and personal relationships that we all share will last a lifetime. We do plumbing that ranges from changing a tap washer to a complete new home. Commercial and residential are the backbone of our business.

Each being experts in their individual sectors. As a founding member of STEA, I am proud to say that this organization has truly contributed to raising the profile of our business both within St. Thomas and surrounding communities. By supporting each other and referring clients and friends to

We share our knowledge with fellow workers, their friends and their family. This makes this group a unique and worthwhile endeavour for anyone considering membership in STEA. I am proud to be a member of the St. Thomas Executives Association. Dan Peterson

each other, the success of our businesses is at the forefront. The weekly lunch meetings provide a great forum to showcase our businesses, network, and build lasting friendships. George Fischtner


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Even though I have been in business for 17 years, I was pleasantly surprised at how the St. Thomas Executives Association has promoted my business through networking. The STEA allows me to have a captive audience of 25+ like-minded business professionals. This business group has broad-

tion firm respected in St. Thomas and the surrounding area for over 18 years. Four main Service areas are: Design, Construction, Maintenance and Snow Removal As member of the STEA since 2011, we enjoy all aspects of the association. Bill Beamish

ened my presence in the community and strengthened my customer base. I look forward to our weekly luncheons to meet with the STEA members. STEA has proven to be a great part of the Elgin Transmission business plan. Jamie Weisler

STEA New Members’ Day coming Tuesday November 13 One of the benefits of joining the STEA, is that one membership per business category is allowed. I’ve always been confident in doing business with other members as well as offering business leads or recommending STEA members to other businesses I know. I also really appreciate the friendships and business relationships that have developed. I’m currently proud to serve as president of STEA.

The association is hosting a New Member’s Day on Tuesday November 13. This includes a free lunch for prospective business members at noon at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. I encourage you to come join us! To learn more, visit or contact any STEA member. Membership Coordinator Elizabeth Thompson may be reached at 519-494-9067. Melanie McBain, President


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What’s in the Juice? There has been a great deal of publicity lately around methadone and methadone clinics. So you go your local pharmacy, and you see a client drinking a cup of orange juice. They politely say thank you and leave. Not unlike a scene from Mackie’s in the summer. But unlike Mackie’s delicious orangeade, this juice is fortified with more than vitamin C. Since the 1960s, methadone has been used to help people who are dependent on or addicted to other narcotics, such as codeine, oxycodone, morphine and heroin. Methadone is available through specialized drug treatment clinics or it may be prescribed by family physicians with specialized training and dispensed by community pharmacists. When dispensed for dependence, pharmacists dilute the medication in orange juice to mask the bitter taste and help prevent diversion, and it is usually given daily. Methadone can be used to replace the opioid drug that a person is dependent on. It prevents withdrawal symptoms and cuts down on the person’s drug cravings; it does not have a euphoric effect (a “high”) how-

ever, it does block the effect of heroin and other opioid drugs, so it makes the idea of using those drugs much less attractive. Using methadone allows opioid dependent people to stabilize and improve their lives and overall health. This is a harm reduction approach to opioid addiction, allowing people to reduce or eliminate the harmful consequences of their addiction. For example, by taking methadone daily, people can reduce their risk of developing infections such as HIV and Hepatitis as well as the harmful acts involved in acquiring narcotics by illegal means. Not all opioid addictions are to illegal drugs; some people become dependent on prescription painkillers due to chronic pain conditions. People stay on methadone as long as they need to. Some health care providers promote short-term methadone detoxification, where the dependent person is stabilized on methadone and then tapers off using it over the next one to six months. Others may stay on it for up to twenty years. Whether short-term or longterm, research has shown that methadone maintenance is the most effective treatment for opioid dependence. Take care of yourselves and each other.

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Thanks to the unseasonably warm weather on Thursday, October 25, 2012, Stratford residents Amy Van de Kamp and her three boys Micah, five, Jeriah, three, and Isaac, eight months, made the trip to Port Bruce to enjoy the sunshine on the pier. “With three busy boys, when you get a day like this you take advantage of it,” she said. Environment Canada recorded a high of 24 degrees Celsius in the area. (photo by Heather Derks)

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Only 7.5 weeks ‘til Christmas Now that Halloween has passed, is it safe to begin to discuss Christmas? Maybe. We’re not yet at Remembrance Day. But because of the planning involved, some aspects of Christmas need to be out in the open fairly early. When you peek at what’s upcoming, it can be a little daunting. Close your eyes, make a Christmas wish, open them, take a deep breath and see if you can memorize the following. (It’s only a partial list). Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade Holiday Fantasy of Lights in St. Thomas Christmas Spirit Walk in Springwater Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives Christmas Tour of Homes Rotary Club of St. Thomas Tour of Homes 2012 Christmas Lights in Aylmer West Lorne Santa Claus Parade Sparta Country Christmas

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So nice, I’ll buy it twice If you're anything like me, every year you buy a poppy, pin it on your jacket, look down a few hours later and realize you've lost it. It’s not inexperience that helps me lose them (I’ve been buying poppies since I was old enough to understand what they mean to our country) it just seems to be that maybe the needle is slippery, or made of some lapel resistant material. That must be the answer. Or maybe my seatbelt drags them away into the great beyond under the driver side seat where each abandoned fry is now wearing it’s own poppy . . . As a co-worker said to me, though, and I agree — it's the only thing I buy more than once that I'm not irritated to be paying extra for because I know the money's going to a good cause. In fact, in the space of the two-week long campaign I

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editorialpage Windows of Christmas at the North America Railway Hall of Fame Straffordville Santa Claus Parade Rodney Christmas Celebrations and Santa Claus Parade St. Thomas Optimist Santa Claus Parade Port Stanley Dicken’s Days Parade St. Thomas Tree Lighting Fingal Optimists Santa Claus Parade Belmont Santa Claus Parade This list doesn’t begin to touch the music and pageantry being developed in the many, many churches in this area. If recent history is any indication, churches will be filled to capacity at Christmas, leaving many a pastor minister and priest to wonder, “Where were all these people the other 51 Sundays of the year?” All this energy going into Christmas celebrations brings to mind a couple of great Christmas sayings. “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” Harlan Miller And, “The only blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” - Helen Keller usually end up spending money on three or four poppies and that is okay with me. If you type “theft of poppy boxes” into Google and see how many newspaper stories regarding the theft of poppy boxes have been written in the last few years, I guess the small boxes filled with untraceable coins make an easy target for people to pick up and take with them. Such a shame you feel you need to steal from our veterans. It’s plain wrong to steal from the people who fought for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. Poppies, used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers that died in war, were first brought to fame in the poem In Flander's Fields, which was written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae in 1915. Poppies in Canada are now used as a symbol of remembrance and are distributed two weeks before November 11. They are usually worn as close to the heart as possible. So the next time you see a box of poppies, please give generously to this good cause. Even if you, like me, end up buying the same poppy pin three or four times.

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Got to hand it to you mom Christine Brown gets help choosing treats from her children Samantha and Benjamin at the fall   Coffee Break and Bake sale at Frome United Church Saturday morning. The historic country church, established in 1819, was the first Congregational Church in Upper Canada. (photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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To get the shot or not On the weekend, Ontario and Quebec finally responded to the Health Canada decision to halt distribution of flu vaccines manufactured by Novartis, revealing that it will have no impact on their plans. The announcements are the latest in a patchwork of responses from the provinces that include everything from suspending vaccination clinics to moving full steam ahead. The tainted vaccine caused alarm and serious concern, particularly among those who decided long ago to avoid getting the flu shot. Some people can’t stand the sight of needles, and others don’t believe the vaccine has any value at all. Of course, there are different kinds of flu, from Swine to Spanish, and many strains can be fatal. After World War I, a worldwide outbreak of Spanish Flu killed more than 50 million people. Clearly, some strains are a little more serious than sniffles and headaches. Aside from the No-

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vartis problems, it appears that vaccines made in other labs are not only safe, but available and for the first time ever the vaccine may be delivered by pharmacists. It takes a lot of pressure off our doctors and means a quicker shot for those who wish to get it. All this news comes with a bonus as new research says the flu vaccine may also prevent strokes and heart attacks. While this can hardly apply to our youth, there are a number of adults, particularly seniors, who will welcome this news. The research was presented over the weekend at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Toronto. Four studies studied subjects who either had the vaccine or a placebo, and the studies concluded that the vaccine recipients suffered 50 per cent fewer strokes and heart attacks. There was also a 40 per cent reduction in deaths from any other cause. Still, less than 50per cent of Canadians actually get the shot, even though our death rate from influenza reaches as high as 8,000 in any given year. By the time you read this, I will have had my shot. Feel free.

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Blood donor clinic Blood donors are needed for a clinic running in Aylmer. The drive will be held at the East Elgin Community Complex on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 2:30—7:30pm. You can call 1-888-2DONATE or visit to book your appointment. New donors are always welcome. Every 60 seconds someone in Canada requires blood or a blood product. The demand will continue to grow and to meet Canada's needs we encourage more Canadians to become regular donors.

Correction In the story A Helping Hand, an incorrect phone number for Jason McComb was published. The number should be 1-855-953HOME or for local calls 519633-5885. The Weekly News regrets the error.

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Review Grand Calendar By Ric Wellwood

The Grand Theatre’s subscription series is off to a racy start with Calendar Girls. This British play set in a small Yorkshire town is an ensemble piece that has acquired a halfdozen of Canada’s most talented performers, some of whom are making a return to London from prior successes here. Emily Andrews, Burgandy Code and Sarah Machin Gale gave us last year’s entertaining comedy, “To Master the Art.� Nigel Bennett was here for Kingfisher Days, and we welcome two actresses from the Shaw Festival background, Donna Belleville and Brigitte Robinson. The story focuses on a group of middle-aged members of the local women’s Institute who decide to pose for a nude

calendar as a fund-raiser in the memory of a lovable man who died of cancer. While there are several serious moments in the play, it is crammed with laughs and the tasteful presentation of aging flesh. Playwright Tim Firth gives each of his characters a real persona and something the company can easily bring to life, particularly the haunted portrayal of a woman who wants more out of life created by Brigitte Robinson and an insecure woman who gains her confidence through some funny and painful encounters, delivered with subtlety by Sarah Machin Gale. Some, such as Burgandy Code and Donna Belleville get more material to work with, but the ensemble presentation, even with the smallest role, brings the audience to its feet.

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St. Thomas Police are investigating the theft of a bicycle. On Friday, October 12th the victim visited a friend on East Street at 7:40pm. He locked the bike with an aircraft combo lock to the railing. At 8 pm he returned and found his bike and lock gone. The bike is described as a ‘Specialized’ Rock Hopper mountain bike, 21 speed, red and white in colour, it had fat tubing, a white seat and disc brakes. A witness saw a white man kick the rail breaking it and freeing the bike fleeing southbound on East Street. Value of the bike is $1,800.

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Making a difference In my last column I introduced the concept of the sentencing circle that is now often used when young persons commit non-violent offences. Victim and perpetrator meet in a structured yet informal setting facilitated by community volunteers. The stated goals include both healing for the victim and meaningful consequences for the offender. One of those community volunteers is Sparta resident Mary Catherine Garrod. Her own experience was with a lengthy court proceeding following a tragic accident that resulted in the death of her step-daughter. It left her unfulfilled in terms of healing and forgiveness. When she later learned about the restorative justice process, it motivated her to take the necessary training and eventually become a facilitator. According to Mary Catherine, “The model completely spoke to me…there is something very powerful about having to face and dialogue with someone that you have harmed…communication fosters understanding (and) understanding fosters

healing.” She says that, “It is remarkable to witness what happens when a victim explains what life has been like since the crime was committed…it is here that feelings and emotions surface and the raw reality of the effects of crime are heard.” The offender not only comes to terms with the harm caused, but in some cases the victim even gains insight into the offender’s actions. “I have facilitated circles where the victim arrived filled with anger at the offender but as the circle proceeded and clarity was gained, the anger shifted.” Mary Catherine also recounts one case where a resident had property stolen from his garage, and how the theft had left him fearful in his own home. By allowing his voice to be heard, the restorative justice process gave him a feeling of empowerment, and the offender understood the devastating effect a seemingly petty theft had on the victim. Mary Catherine loves the aspect of “complete accountability”, and believes that the community is “…well served by restorative justice’s approach to resolving crime as it has been found to have positive effects for all parties involved and thus may lead to a safer and health-

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ier community for all of us.” With her strong dedication and commitment to the restorative justice program for youth in Elgin County, it comes as no surprise that Mary Catherine was the recipient of the local Youth Justice Committee’s volunteer of the year award. She is a shining example of how one local volunteer makes a difference in her community.

New exhibit on display Elgin County Museum in conjunction with the 31 CER (The Elgins) and the Elgin Military Museum is now exhibiting a full-scale mock-up of the waist gunner emplacement in a Mitchell B-25 bomber. The installation was planned to commemorate the thousands of ground crew, pilots and flying crew who were trained in Elgin

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New CEO for Ascent group With more than 20 years of energy sector experience, Ascent Group Inc. has named Ron Osborne its new CEO for the Ascent group of companies. Ron, a professional member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Institute of Corporate Directors, was appointed mid-October. "We are delighted with the appointment of Ron to the CEO role. With his proven track record, Ron is well qualified to assume leadership of the corporation and its vision of being the industry leader in energy solutions," says Ascent chairman Jim Herbert. Ascent, a dynamic and positive force in the electrical service industry, is owned by the City of St. Thomas with a number of affiliates including St. Thomas Energy Inc., Ascent Solutions Inc., Ascent Energy Services Inc., and Ascent Renewables Inc. Ascent is an integrated energy solutions provider with over 100 years of experience based in St. Thomas, Ontario with offices in St. Thomas, Belleville and Tillsonburg.


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This year's Bowling for Boobs event was a huge success according to organizer Kelly Baines. The three-day long bowling event netted $43,000 for breast cancer research, a total that equals the totals from the first two years combined says Kelly, making a grand total of $86,000 raised over the three years. With more than 100 teams in attendance this year, each team of five dressed up with their own theme for the event. Bowling was done at the two alleys in town – Park ’N Bowl and Heritage Lanes. Bowling for Boobs committee members present the breast Cancer Society of Canada with a cheque for $43,000. Present are, from front left: Dawn Hamilton, Breast Cancer Society Canada representative, Kelly Baines, event organizer and Joanne Redman, committee member. In the middle are Sharon Giles, committee member and Heather Jackson, Mayor. From back left are: Sheri Hill, committee member and John Baines.

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Robin Wilkinson (centre) president of the St. Thomas Centennial Sports Club accepts a plaque from George Dryburgh (left) president of the St. ThomasElgin United Way and Paul Shaffer, Executive Director of United Way. The sports club won the United Way's Caboose Pull with a winning time of 10.35. The club sponsors minor sports in St. Thomas and Elgin through internal raffles and fundraising efforts. Robin says the club puts approximately $20,000 a year into minor sports in the community. The 10 member team also included: Josh Wilson, Phil Newt, Casey Baker, Rich Fox, Rob Savage, Mike Baker, Tom Edie, Kyle McDowell and Tom Garrison.

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those around me." The Elgin-St. Thomas health unit is just one of many places the flu shot is available. The flu shot is offered free of charge to everyone six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. The flu vaccine is safe and effective, and getting it early helps you and people around you stay healthy. The sooner you get your flu shot, the sooner you're protected. The flu can lead to serious health problems and those most at risk

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A reason to smile St. Thomas residents now have one more reason to smile. During this year's Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign residents who purchased smile cookies across all eight St. Thomas locations helped raise a total of $23,240. That raises Southwestern Ontario's total to $197,113. Proceeds from the cookies are donated to Children's Hospital which is part of the London Health Sciences Centre. The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services to children 18 and under including liver and bowel transplants, oncology and intensive care.

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Council Wants Your Input Participating in the development of Central Elgin’s new Strategic Plan and the 2013 municipal budget process just got easier. A drop-in open house is planned to allow residents, businesses and property owners to provide input into the new Municipal Strategic Plan that Council is currently working on. Council also wants your input before starting its review of the 2013 Municipal budget. The open house will be on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the County Training Room, Basement Level of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive. Members of Council and staff will be on hand to answer questions and hear your input. Council will consider your comments when finalizing the Strategic Plan and preparing the 2013 Municipal Budget. The proposed Strategic Plan can be viewed on the municipal website, If you are not able to attend the open house, you can provide your input by completing online surveys available through the municipal website. All of Council’s budget meetings are open to the public and listed on the events calendar on the municipal website,


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The Christmas Shoppe will open its doors for its 22nd season on December 10th, providing reduced-price shopping for low-income families. The charity, to date, has helped over 5000 families have a happier holiday season. We take this opportunity to thank the many churches, community organizations and individuals who have assisted each year. We again ask for contributions in whatever form is best for you, volunteers, new clothing/toys/gifts or monetary donations. The Christmas Shoppe will be operating out of the gymnasium of First United Church on St. George Street, St. Thomas, again this year. Entry will be by the west ground-level door at the back, off the parking lot. Shopping is by invitation only and can be obtained from a local service agency or church. This year, shopping will take place December 10th, 11th & 13th from 10 am to 2:30 pm; December 14th from 10 am to 12 pm; December 10th & 13th evenings, 7 to 9 pm and Children’s Shopping Day, December 15th, 10 am to 12 pm. Goods may be dropped off at the Church on December 7th & 8th between the hours of 10 am and 2:30 pm or any day the following week when the Shoppe is open. All donations are gratefully accepted.

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How do I help veterans and their dependants? Thanks to many volunteers and a grant from the Dorothy Palmer foundation, the 250-foot long board walk through the environmentally sensitive wetlands at Springwater Park, was replaced this past week. Students from the Environmental Leadership Program to East Elgin Secondary School helped dismantle and rebuilt the walkway. (photo by Brian Wilsdon)

The basic purpose of Poppy Funds is to provide immediate assistance the veterans and their dependants in need. This may include food, shelter or medical attention for them or their families. Also, bursaries are granted to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans.

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It took up to 40 volunteers and contractors to take down and rebuild the 25 year-old boardwalk at Springwater over the past week. Laemers Excavating, and a drilling auger from Koolen Electrical, and volunteers from Environmental Leadership Program from East Elgin Secondary School were involved in the task of rebuilding the 250foot boardwalk through the environmentally sensitive wetland upstream at Springwater Lake. The walk connects eight kilometers of public trails in the park. “I could not be happier with such a huge project leaving very little impact on the environment,” says Ed Pietrzak, Conservation Area Supervisor.

The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Dorothy Palmer Foundation. Other enhancements enabled by the grant were the de-rooting of tree roots posing a hazard on the trail system, and the rebuilding of the fishing platform and the observation deck.

“These could not have been done without the grant, because these projects are not included in the annual budget of the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority,” says Ed. The boardwalk will be open to the public by the November 2 weekend.

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A place for those in need If you know someone dealing with a life-threatening illness, Serenity House Hospice can offer you support, education and compassionate care. After a need and feasibility study in Elgin County in fall 2003, it was determined that a hospice would help meet the needs of palliative and nonpalliative clients. It showed there was a need for this in Elgin County so in 2006 Serenity House Hospice opened their doors to offer support programs and information. All services offered by Serenity House Hospice are free, though the group isn't funded by the government. Instead they are supported through donations, fundraisers and grants. Located in the CASO station, the volunteer-based group started by Peggy Gillespie and Linda Corriveau is not only a resource centre, but also a place of peace that offers Reiki massages, after care and grief counselling. The group is now looking to expand, a move that would take them out of the CASO station and into a facility large enough to offer full-time hospice care. "We get about four calls a month from families

looking for hospice beds in Elgin County," says Cindy Webber, Resource Centre manager. The new location would provide enough space to offer a home-like setting with 24 hour a day care that would allow the family to be family and not just caregivers. "It would provide a safe place for clients," Cindy says. Clients can be referred to Serenity House and come in to enjoy services, but the group is also willing to bring those services to your home, something that is usually done when a client is in their last days. The office is open Monday — Friday from 10am—4pm. Volunteers are trained in the fundamentals of palliative care and have all had some kind of experience that makes them empathetic to client needs. The group currently boasts a full board of directors and 45 volunteers. They are also part of Share the Care, a program designed to bring in community and family members to help care for someone who is seriously ill by assisting them in such matters as who will cut their grass and where their next meal is coming from. For the past two years the Serenity House Hospice has also run a children's grief camp in the summer. It's a camp for six—13 year-olds who have had experienced a loss. They are one of United Way’s many member agencies.

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Serenity House Hospice volunteers and staff, from left: Lynn Davis, program coordinator, Cindy Webber, Resource Centre manager, Teri Peterkin, program coordinator's assistant and second year SSW social worker program student, and Heather Mudford, volunteer coordinator show off the lending library. Books can be signed out by anyone, similar to the Elgin County Library.

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Something To Think About... I challenge you I know you know it-especially if you check your own bank account. Personal debt for Canadians is growing and growing.  Apparently, the latest amount of personal debt per Canadian averages out to about $13,000.00.  Yikes! I just read about a family that decided to do something about their personal debt--they called the idea: "100 Thing Challenge."  They decided that each person in the family

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our consumption habits are largely driven by emotion. “Why do people buy? Well, the reasons are as diverse as the stuff that they own,” says Mulvey. “The simplest way to look at it is [people] want to achieve their goals. Usually, the goals have to do with actualizing some vision of who one wants to become. Pastimes such as reading, cooking and fashion are all modes of self-expression,” he says, “and 'those things all require stuff to make the experience happen." ( da/story/2012/10/16/f-100thing-challenge-consumer-

debt.html) What is extra fascinating about this challenge is the life styles of many of my friends in other countries. I think of my friend Elpedio in Cuba (who happens to be very happy and content).  If he were to take the '100 Thing Challenge', next time I see him, I would have to take four suitcases full of stuff.  You see, Elpedios' problem is that he has only about 30 things to start with!   Another friend of mine said this: "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing."  And that is something to think about.

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‘Scream’ a success More than 300 attended this year's Scream for a Cure at Kenny Iguana's. With some monies still outstanding, committee member Tracey Price says the final total is being worked on, but she estimates that over the three years this event's been held they've raised a total of $40,000. "Thanks to all the residents of St. Thomas for their support. We're looking forward to screaming louder for Scream for a Cure 4." Tracey says residents should keep their eyes open as more fundraisers are in the

works to help with next year's day long concert. This year's event ran with the help of 11 committee members including: Sue McKittrick, Christina Kokko, Chris Kokko, Kathy Phillips, David Skinner, Brenda Skinner, April Deverell, Betty Barnheart and Dave Molyneux, Tracey Price, Chris Price, and the staff at Kenny Iguana's. Funds raised from this year's event are going to the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance fund at the London Health Sciences Foundation.


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Belmont Lions Perch Dinner & Pub Nite, Friday, November 2, 58:30pm. Belmont tis and Jean Johnson Community Centre. through November, at Adults $15, Kids $8. 302 Bridge St. Call "Cranberry Courtyard" 519-782-4241 for St. Hilda's-St. Luke's hours. Christmas Bazaar, SatBeef Supper, Novem- urday, November 3, ber 2, Centre St. Bap- Elm at Hepburn, 9amtist Church, 28 12pm, Featuring quilts, Southwick St., 5-7pm., retro aprons, baby Adult $12, Child 4Yrs.- items, jewelry, baking, 12 Yrs. $5, Child under deli and more. 4 Yrs. Free, Delivery Christmas Bazaar at 519-631-1872, Tickets the Union Community 519-631-1872. Centre, Nov. 3, 9-1pm. Belmont Lions Perch Light lunch, coffee

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visiting programs might be the right fit for you! Call VON at 519637-6408 for more information. The St Thomas MS Walk is seeking new Committee Members to join our team for 2013! Multiple positions are available. Contact Sabrina Highgate 519-680-7878 x 3306.

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. Port Stanley Public LiWant flexibility in your brary features the work Volunteer role?  VON’s of Guild artists Pat Cur-


Someone who loves a challenge and working with people from all walks of life – and is excellent with Excell and / or Access – will enjoy this position. You are involved in all aspects of the circulation system, including recruiting carriers and drivers as needed, trouble-shooting problems as they arise and organizing newspaper delivery and flyer inserts each week. Full-time with some flex hours Monday to Friday. The successful candidate will have a valid driver’s licence and vehicle. Reply to Terry Carroll, St.Thomas/Elgin


We’re looking for somebody who loves working with business people, has an eye for ad design and is comfortable with computers, emails and attachments. A career in newspaper sales can be a lot of work at times, but developing relationships with business people also brings tremendous satisfaction. People who love the job often enjoy networking at events such as the Chamber’s Business After Five. Must have own vehicle and understand the risks and rewards of compensation that includes commission. If you have experience in sales, or you know you have the right personality for this position, send your resume today to Terry Carroll, St.Thomas/Elgin

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St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave.

Rev. Joan Golden

Worship Service 10:30am Communion

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Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558

Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10am 9:00am (BCP) Holy Communion 10:30am (BAS) Holy Eucharist and Sunday School The Rev. Canon Brenda Clark Liz Rae Minister of Music

Tues. November 6th, 5-8pm Right Reverend Robert F. Bennett Dine Out Pork Dinner November 26th from 5-7pm, $12pp Take Out Available


time, loonie table, bake November 3, 9amsale, and many craft 1pm. Craft Vendors, vendors. Bake table, Loonie Table and Light Lunch. Harvest Bazaar, ReGrace United Church Yuletide Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 9am-noon. Bake table, books, country store, penny table, Xmas decorations. Coffee Corner, handicapped accessiCentral United Church ble, lots of parking. Bazaar, 135 Wellington Hear about all about St., St. Thomas, Sat. Rose Gardening at Nov. 3, 8:30am–12pm. 1pm on Saturday, NoBaking, craft table, gift vember 3 in  the baskets, treasures. Carnegie Room of the Silent Auction, Coffee St. Thomas Public Licorner. Lunch 11am. brary. Door prizes. deemer Lutheran Church, Elm St. and First Avenue, November 3, 8am-2pm. Coffee Break and Soup and Sandwich Lunch served. Proceeds to support local missions.

Central Music Academy will perform Sunday November 4, 2pm, Central United Church, St. Thomas. Freewill offering to "Inn Out of the Cold".  519-6313503. Remembrance Service, Sunday, Nov 4, 9:30am, Keystone Complex, Shedden, Topic: Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945. Laying of Wreaths 11am, displays, refreshments.

Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414 Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll

November 4th, 2012 10:30am

ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY SERVICE Guest Minister: Rev. Alan McPherson

Won’t you please join us! We’re celebrating 175 years! COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

Robert Bennett will be present for fellowship at 5pm, Dinner 6pm, Q&A 7-8pm.

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Gospel Concert with The Daae Family from Saskatchewan, Open Bible Baptist Church in Aylmer, 9060 Hacienda Rd., Nov.8, 7pm. Free. Info call 519-765-3472 or 519-773-3303.

Tuesday, November 6, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group, 10:30am, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For info 519-631- Thursday, November 8, 4558. Everyone is Kickers, 6pm, St. AnWelcome. drew's United Church , Low Impact Circuit mid week group ages Training Classes, new 5- 13, games music session begins Nov. 6, craft everyone wel7-8pm. and Nov. 8, 5- come for more info 6pm. Registration Nov. 519-631-4558. 6, 6:30-7pm. Call for St Thomas Elgin Artist's info. 519-631-3840. Guild 6th Annual show

Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, November 4. Doors open 12:30pm. 226-234-6229 St. Thomas Legion, Br. Tuesday, November 6, 519-773-3991 Union Community CenTeachers in Delivery can be arranged tre Christmas Bazaar Concert: Faculty of 41. 24 John St. Every- Euchre Club, every one welcome. Tuesday, 2-4pm, St. Wellness is the Need to Supplement / Elgin County Christian John's Church on Flora Orchestra! Musicians St. We serve the best Focus of each Replace Income? in Elgin County! Initial goodies and of course Laid off/down-sized? Treatment! information meeting we will have prizes! Hate your Job? WSIB & MVA Welcome Nov. 5. Bring instru- Freewill offering. Motivated? ment and music stand Wednesday, November Registered Massage Therapist – Wendy Baker AchievementFrom Professionals to 144 Wellington St. 7, 7pm, the Dutton & Reiki Master – Laura Dunn oriented? you can Trust! Contact person Peter W District Lions host their 519-207-2517 Cusick. 18 East St., St. Thomas Contact us today non-profit bingo in the for a free estimate: Trinity Anglican Church, (519) 637-3542 the Church with Purple PETS/FRIENDS FOR LIFE Steeple, Tuesday, No519-319-5012 vember 6, Bishop 14 St. Catharine St. Open Mon. – Sat. 8-6

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OVERNIGHT SHOPPING TRIP TO AUBURN HILLS MICHIGAN. Saturday, December 1st, departs Elgin Mall, St Thomas. $130/person, includes transportation and hotel (based on shared occupancy). Call 519-633-6202. 3RD ANNUAL BIRCH RUN BLACK SATURDAY SHOPPING BUS, November 24, leaving direct from St. Thomas, Passport required, Everyone Welcome! $42 per person for more info/bookings call 519-8522161.  Dragonfly Tours & Entertainment.

ST. THOMAS OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Busy Location, 100 sq' private office + shared kitchen, bathroom, meeting area, etc. Preferably seeking company/individual in the financial/home services e.g. mortgage agent, financial planner, insurance agent, home inspector, etc. $450.00/month inclusive 519-643-6271.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Flora Street, Saturday, November 17, 8am-noon. Unique gift ideas and baking. Coffee break with cinnamon buns.

CHRISTMAS IDEAS GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS. Treat someone to something special. Gift Certificates for Massage, Hot Stone or Reflexology available. Call Aylmer Healing Waters 519-773-8102.

COMPUTERS WILSDON COMPUTER SERVICES Basic setup, operating system install/upgrade, internet setup/repair, Tune-Up, recommended safety suite, rescue disc, data transfer, data backup. In-Home service available. Call Sara or Ian Wilsdon 519-633-9638.


Community Bulletin Boards continued from page 18 12-8pm and Nov 11 12- Table, Bake Table, Books; 5pm. CASO Station. Attic Treasurers, etc. Grab & Go Roast Pork Dinner, Friday, Nov. 9, St Mark's United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Pick-up 4:306:30pm.   Still only $10 at door. Nov, 9, 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. Rotary Christmas Tour of Homes, November 9, 10, 11, Friday Candlelight Preview 69pm, Sat. & Sun 10am-4pm, Tickets $17 advance or $20 at door. Call 519-633-0838.

TOY POODLE PUPPIES for sale. Male and female. Non-shedding, non-allergenic, dewormed. Vet checked, ready to go. 519-8663157 519-859-3731.

Union United Church, Holly Berry Market, Nov. 10, 9am– 12noon, 6008 Stone Church Rd., Union. Preserves, baking, apple pies, sewing, croSERVICES OFFERED PRIVATE, TRAINED CARE, offered for cheting, crafts, floral centre, seniors and children or mother care Artisan BJ Weld. as a doula. 519-281-0974 Extravaganza ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – Drink- Christmas ing is your business. Helping you to Craft Show, Saturday, Nostop is ours. Call 519-633-0430 or vember 10, 9am-1pm, Faith Write P.O. Box 220001, St. Thomas, Christian Academy, 345 ON N5R 4P5. Fairview Ave. Admission by donation of one item to the STORAGE KING STORAGE. We store it all, Caring Cupboard. cars, trucks, RV’s, camping trailers, boats, etc. Rates starting at $30/month. Best of all you never get blocked in. Call 519-5501382 or email

Christmas Carol Bazaar, Trinity Church, Nov. 10 812,  Jams, preserves, Bake Table,  Penny Table, Silent Auction, Tea Room, Door VENDORS WANTED Draw, Knitting, Books and so NEW VENDORS WANTED! At The much more.

Quaker Barrel Antique Store, All Types Welcome, Fair Rent Rates, Yuletide Bazaar at Caressant Call 519-913-1278. 47272 Talbot Care on Bonnie Place. 27 YR. OLD U.S. BASED CONSUM- Line Orwell Ontario Nov. 10, 1:30-3:30pm. Many ABLES MANUFACTURING COMPANY Craft Vendors, Bake table, seeking driven, motivated, goal-oriLoonie table, Raffle and Tea ented, marketing executives to expand customer base and increase Room. customer shopping memberships. From Pepperoni Pizza Knox Presbyterian Church Paid in U.S. dollars converted at 1.2%. Tartan Bazaar, Nov 10, cofto Fine Furniture... 519-319-5012. The Weekly News fee break 8:30-10:30am, ADVERTISING SALES Representalunch 10:30-12:30pm. tive required by The Weekly News. Flyer Insert Service Homemade baking, candy, Look for full details in larger ad in this issue of TWN. Reply in writing delivers results for preserves, Christmas revisited and lots more. to businesses



BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE SOFA, Wood Trim, Reupholstered, selling due to downsizing, Rarely used. $75. Call 519-631-7926.

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The Plains Country Christmas Bazaar, Fairview Ave & Sparta Line, Nov 10, 911:30am. Refreshments served in Oak Hall Craft

13, 2-4pm., Knights of 13-17. Information 519Columbus, 265 Wellington 765-3020. Free Admission. St. Info call 519-631-9313. Wednesday, November 14, Tuesday, November 13, Eu- Bible Questions, 10:30am, chre Club, every Tuesday, St. Andrew's United Church, 2-4pm, St. John's Church on everyone is welcome. For Flora St. We serve the best info 519-631-4558. goodies and of course we The Women’s Committee of will have prizes! Freewill of- the St. Thomas Elgin Public fering. Art Centre is hosting a lunch-

Poinsettia Bazaar, Saturday Nov 10, 9:30-1:30pm, Dunwich United Church, Dutton baking, crafts, soup mixes, new & used table, home- Drum Circle, Tuesday, November 13, 7pm at St. made beef pies, lunch $5. John's Church on Flora St. Junior Farmers Meeting, Open to everyone. AbAges 15-29, Nov. 10, solutely no experience re7:30pm. More info 519 860 quired. 5912, please call for location. Our Lady of Sorrows ChristSunday, Nov. 11, 8am- mas Bazaar, 116 John St. S., 1pm,the Dutton & District Aylmer, Tuesday, November Lions serve a full breakfast, 13, 9:30am-2pm. Silent all you can eat, $6 in "The Auction, Crafts, Bake Goods. Lions Den" just behind the Lunch 11am-1pm. Dutton Dunwich Community Ten Thousand Villages HandCentre. icrafts and Arts Sale, Old Parkinson Support Group, Town Hall, 38 John Street Meeting Tuesday, November South, Aylmer. November


11th Annual Tour of Homes. November 16, 7-10pm and November 17, 1-9pm. Tickets are $15 and available at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum 519-773-9723.

Tour of Homes Turkey Dinner at the Aylmer Baptist Church. November 16, 6-7pm. $12. Tickets available at the eon Wed., Nov. 14 at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum. gallery. Guests are welcome. 519-773-9723. Call the art centre, 519-631- St. John's Presbyterian 4040 for information. Church, Port Stanley, annual Thursday, November 15, Eu- Turkey Supper, November chre Games & Dessert, 2pm, 16, 5-7pm. Early, late and St. Andrew's United Church , takeout tickets available at 60 West Ave. Everyone Wel- 519-782-3971. Adults $12. come for info 519-631- Aylmer Museum Christmas 4558. Tour of Homes, 4 unique PD Day Program, Nov. 16, homes plus the Museum, $25 per child, after and be- Friday, Nov. 16, 7-10pm, fore time available, includes Sat. Nov. 17, 1-9pm. Tickets lunch, snacks and lots of fun. $15. 519-773-5575 or from Call to register by Nov. 10. local merchants. 519-631-3840.


ANDERSON, ROBERT JAMES of London and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012 in his 53rd year. Private interment. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. BENNETT, MISS DORIS E. of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 in her 77th year.  A funeral service will be held at Centre Street Baptist Church (Centre & Southwick Street) on November 1, 2012 at 10:30am.  Sifton Funeral Home. BURTWISTLE, MRS. JEAN (nee LOVE) of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 in her 95th year.  A private family funeral service was held on October 25, 2012. Sifton Funeral Home. CLARK, DOROTHY “ROSE” of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012 in her 92nd year. A funeral service was held October 29, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. CLIFFE, DOROTHY E. of Bobier Villa, Dutton and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, Octoer 26, 2012 in her 95th year. A funeral service was held October 29, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DE KOK, JOHN of Caressant Care, Mary Bucke, St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012 in his 92nd year. A service was held October 31, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. DEVINE, THOMAS DALTON of Rodney, formerly of Ottawa, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 in his 68th year. A funeral service was held October 31, 2012. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. DONCASTER, EDITH LILLIAN “DEE” of Elgin Manor, St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012 in her 76th year. A memorial service was held October 24, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DREWITT, DANIEL of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 in his 70th year. A public memorial service will be held November 1, 2012 at 11am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

ELLISON, ADELE (GREEN) of Glencoe, formerly of Rodney, passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 in her 74th year. A funeral service was held October 26, 2012. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. HULLER, VERNE of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 in his 87th year. A funeral service was held October 31, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MACEY, FRED WESLEY of West Elgin, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the age of 62. A funeral service was held October 27, 2012. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. VANDENBROEK, CASPER of Dutton and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 in his 77th year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated October 31, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. VELLA, JANICE ELLA of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 in her 61st year. A funeral service will be held November 1, 2012 at 3pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALKER, BARBARA ANN (ROBINSON) of West Lorne, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 in her 70th year. A funeral service was held October 30, 2012. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd.




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ALZHEIMER SOCIETY Are you caring for someone with Dementia? Join us the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3:00pm in the Community Room. The first part of the session features a guest speaker or topic. The second part offers an opportunity to discuss the caregiver role with others who understand.  For more information please call 519-633-4396 or visit

ONTARIO EARLY YEARS Participate in a FREE playgroup every Tuesday from 1:00-3:30pm. Parents/caregivers and children from birth to six years of age are welcome.


Wear a poppy to show you will remember. Pick up your poppy at our Elgin Mall stores. STORE DIRECTORY Bentley .................................................................. 637-8021 Charm Diamond Centre..................................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius ............................637-2542 Elgin Mall Dental Office .....................................637-1811 Elgin Travel & Cruises.........................................633-6300 Experts Tailoring & Alterations.........................852-1035 Flair Jeans & Alterations ...................................633-4794 GNC.........................................................................637-0023 Galaxy Cinemas ...................................................631-2261 GoodLife Fitness .............................633-8475 & 631-1501 Groovie Smoothie................................................207-5500

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

Hairmasters...........................................................633-2440 Hallmark.................................................................633-7675 K&K Locksmith.....................................................631-4110 Knockout Fashions..............................................633-0530 LifeLabs ......................................................1-877-849-3637 Magic Nails...........................................................631-3413 Mags, Smokes & More ......................................633-9773 Metro......................................................................633-8780 Northern Reflections ..........................................633-4853 OMAC Mortgage .................................................637-1850 Payless Shoe Source .........................................637-7796 Pharmasave..........................................................631-5551 Rayna......................................................................633-4944

Rogers Wireless ..................................................637-0384 Smithbooks............................................................633-4717 Sport Mart .............................................................631-4006 St Thomas Town & Country Realty..................207-3000 Stitches ..................................................................631-4600 Subway ..................................................................631-0331 Suzy Shier..............................................................633-1336 TD Canada Trust...................................................633-4640 Tan Jay ...................................................................633-5524 The Perk.................................................................631-3242 Wok Express.........................................................637-6426 Zellers.....................................................................633-4645

TAN JAY 1 Year Anniversary Special, Wednesday November 28th all day; Fashion Show, Door Prizes, Refreshments, and Unlock the Secret. * Stephanie McIlroy will be on site from 1:00-2:00pm.

ELGIN TRAVEL & THE LAND DOWN UNDER! Ever think about travelling to Australia or the South Pacific? Join us Nov 7th at 1pm for a special information presentation with Aubrey Schmidt, from APT Tours. Learn all you need to know about travelling to the Land Down Under, and find out about upcoming tours & deals. Please RSVP by Nov 5th, call 519-633-6300, or email We hope to see you there!

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