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Fred Eaglesmith Concert and BBQ CASO Station Musician Fred Eaglesmith, newly inducted into the Railway Hall of Fame for his contribution to Canada’s Train Culture, will be kicking off his 18th annual charity picnic with a special concert and BBQ at St. Thomas Canadian Southern Railway Station (CASO) on Thursday, August 16. This honour came as a result of his ongoing interest and inOn August 18, Elgin County Plowmen’s Association offers a day of coachclusion of trains, tracks and ing for those interested in the Elgin County Plowing Match which will be engines in his award-winning held on September 8. music. For the past 40 years the relentless chug-a-chug-a of the Plowing Match judge, will be tracks has played an important Coaching day available for information and roll on Eaglesmith’s 19 albums. On Saturday, August 18, advice. He has recorded hundreds of courtesy of the Elgin County The Elgin County Plowing songs to date, all of which are Plowmen’s Association, you Match will be held on Saturday, genuinely tied to the land, lives, can pick up a few tips, roll over September 8 beginning with a labours, trials, tribulations and the dirt, and learn the sport of pancake breakfast at 8:30 am. triumphs of everyday people. competitive plowing. This gives all of his work an Coaching Day starts at 9 am If you go . . . enduring, emotional resonance at the farm of Bill Reymer, just Plow Coaching Day east of Aylmer. Novice compet- When? Saturday, August 18, while his songs featuring trains offer a particular timbre, makitive plowers, Queen of the Fur- at 9:00 a.m. ing them desirable covers for row and Princess of the Furrow Where? Opposite 8773 competitors, 4-H Club mem- Hacienda Road, east of Aylmer other musician. Eaglesmith has had the bers, Junior Farmers and sea- at the corner of Talbot Line and pleasure of not only singing soned plowers are also Hacienda Road Cost? Free about trains but also singing on welcome. trains. He has loaded cars with A tractor and plow will be More Info? Dave at fans for hauls from Vancouver provided, but you may also 519-773-8531, Paul at to Toronto, New Mexico to Colbring your own equipment. 519-765-4411 or Anne at orado, and all the way up to Steve Speller, an International 519-773-3804

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Churchill, Manitoba, further cementing the train as part of his personal and musical lore. He has travelled these routes with various iterations of his band, from the Flying Squirrels to the Flat Head Noodlers and with fellow musicians including the late Willie P Bennett as well as current band members Kori Heppner, Matty Simpson and Justine Fischer. No matter whom Eaglesmith plays with, or where he plays, one thing is for certain – he always keeps

moving. Despite the fact that Eaglesmith is seldom at his southern Ontario home, his love for the area is reflected in both his music and his actions. Each year he hosts an annual charity picnic at Springwater Conservation Area in Aylmer. This year the 18th running of this event takes place August 17 to 18 with a kick-off start in St. Thomas with a special concert and BBQ on Thursday, August 16 at the Canadian Southern

Musical performer, Fred Eaglesman will begin his weekend long BBQ and concert fundraiser,on August 16 at the CASO Station.

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Ontario Police College celebrates 50 years Remembering the times by Tim Harvey

On July 12, the Ontario Police College (OPC) celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy for Ontario was the presenter during the ceremony. Ron McNeil, a local politician was also present during the celebrations. Ron originally lobbied for the police training facility in 1963 and believed it would be a great addition to the area. The college provides training, research and at times has assisted lawyers and courts as far away as Australia. Two former students, Harold Tuthill and Russell Carr, both retired teachers of (OPC) and attended the first class held on January 7, 1963 were as well in attendance. Russell a resident of St. Thomas was a locomotive engineer with New York Central,


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and a farmer. After graduating from the college, he then joined the St. Thomas Police Service and served for seven years. “The starting wages for a constable, in 1963, was $3,600 a year,” said Russell. Harold had a long and distinguished career at the OPC. He was an experienced wedding photographer and was hired at the London Police Department to work in identification. He was the first officer in Southwestern Ontario to use the



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breathalyzer and radar. He was also the first officer to take a plaster foot casting as evidence to court. Harold would later, while working at the college, research a plaster kit using dental stone, which is more durable and retains its details after cleaning. This technique is still being used today. Harold developed a method in the area of fingerprint identification using a substance called Ninhydrin (commonly used to detect fingerprints). While this has been used to some degree by police in the UK and USA, a major police service in Canada dismissed it after testing. Harold, through the research at the college, proved the testing method was flawed and introduced this procedure to the police forces in Ontario, through classes at the college. There are many methods in use today, but Ninhydrin is still one of the preferred systems being used. One of Harold’s students, Brian Dalrymple, a constable with the Ontario Provincial Police, discovered the use of lasers to reveal fingerprints. Through Brain’s collaboration with Xerox, the OPP became the first police agency in the world to use this new technology on a regular basis.

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Hiroshima Day remembered with floating lanterns Drop by the North Pavilion in Pinafore Park on Monday August 6 after 2:30 pm, and you will see people of all ages designing and creating tissuepaper lantern covers in preparation for the annual Hiroshima Lantern-Floating Memorial. This solemn and


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bomb was dropped from that airplane. Tens of thousands of people died before the day was over. Three days later a second bomb was dropped over Nagasaki with a similar result. It is estimated that up to 220,000 people have died as a result of these two bombings. Almost all of these fatalities were civilians. Atomic weapons have not been used since.

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beautiful event is organized by the Sparta Quakers and has been happening now for over 25 years in St. Thomas. Hiroshima Day is recognized around the world from Japan to Australia to the United Kingdom to Germany and Austria. Here in Canada the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg plan special activities for this day. Organizers hope to remind others

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Anita LaRue

The amazing 80s I’m going to go back in time, yes! The 80s were the perfect era for some definite fun. I remember waking up every morning wondering what the heck I was going to do with my fine, crazy hair. Now, thank goodness teasing was the style back then. It was all about how full bodied you could get your mane, the crazier the better, and did I go crazy, well, not as crazy as the girls and guys who wore Mohawks, but it was close. What was the saying then . . . right . . . close but no cigar . . . a saying only used today, if you grew up in the 80s. Oh, and neon colours . . . the neon blues, oranges, pinks and greens. I believe neon colours are back in style . . . really? I do have to admit, I still have my graduation shirt with lots of signa-

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What’s up doc? Quite a bit About 30 years ago, I had a couple of nosebleeds and went to the doctor. He said my blood pressure was on the high side of normal, and told me to restrict my salt intake. (He said nothing about the package of Player’s in my pocket, and he did not ask me about caffeine or alcohol). For years, my blood pressure stayed on the high side of normal. Along the way, I quit drinking, quit smoking, quit caffeine and lost 20 pounds. (My current doctor helped the most with quitting smoking.) About four months ago, my blood pressure crept past the high side of normal. My doctor discussed possible lifestyle changes, but other than additional exercise, there wasn’t much left. I don’t have a drug plan, so he put me on a pill that cost pennies a day. Last week, he said the top number was okay, but the bottom number hadn’t moved enough.

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editorialpage tures and, yes, neon colours are all over it. Movies . . . oh yes, the movies of the 80s. My ultimate favourites, The Outsiders, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and About Last Night. Oh, and 9 ½ weeks. We think ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is explicit; take a peek at what we watched back in the 80s . . . yikes. Supposedly a time when parents knew what their children were up too . . . hmmm, not so much. HOUSE PARTY! That was the word of the week, at whose house, what time and who’s going. Wow, now that I think about it, I do believe my eldest son has gone to one house party at 15, with much hesitation on my part. Me, well, by 15, I had gone to at least . . . OK, way too much information. But, I do recall, many fun Friday nights. So, the 80s were amazing, fun and definitely a topic for discussion. I’m just glad my boys are living in the 21st century where everything is about responsibility and maturity. OK, now who are we really kidding?

He was going to try something new, an inhibitor. He checked a book to see what pill was the best value. I asked him what we were trying to inhibit. He said the kidneys produce something that, when they produce too much of it, causes the arteries to tighten up more than they should, and the heart has to work too hard. The inhibitor helps to stop that. (This is my highly technical summary of what he said). When I picked up the new pills, the pharmacist went over everything thoroughly. A month’s worth of the new medication cost 50 cents a day, including the dispensing fee. I started them on Friday and checked my blood pressure on Saturday. The bottom number had dropped from 100 to 74. Wow! We often hear about the problems with our health care system. We hear far less about the everyday improvements. This little story of mine – with its awareness of costs, communication from doctor and pharmacist, attention to lifestyle, medication as needed – may indicate a trend toward sensible, lower cost health care. I’m optimistic about that.

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Olympic Fever Framed by the flags hanging on the fence, Bonnie Baker of Third St. in St. Thomas shows off the pins she collected at the Beijing Summer Paralympics in 2008. Young family members admiring the collection include: Jack Milne Jones, 5, (left) Austin Caron, 10, Hunter Freeman, 16, and brothers Danny Jack, 1, and Roger Jack, 2. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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Olympic lessons in love Most of my TV watching has centred on the Olympics but not for the medal count. I get the most from watching the athletes, all focused on doing their best and knowing they won’t get another chance for four more years. It’s now, or maybe never. I can recall the days when professionals were not allowed to compete and when doping tests were not very well conducted. There were times when even the “amateurs” were on their government’s payroll. It was rampant in the time of the Soviet Union. Even my high school classmate, Mel Wakabayashi, was on the payroll of the Tokyo Prince Hotel as Public Relations Director. His main job, however, was coaching the Seibu Hockey Team for the B Level Olympics. You didn’t see him in the office a lot. Nowadays, almost all Olympians are sponsored in some way so they can concentrate on good

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performance in the sport of their choice. Because most of it is so physical, their working life is short, unless you are like Ian Millar, whose only worry is the age of his horse. There is a degree of dedication and determination that few people will ever experience when it comes to preparing for and performing on the Olympic Team. Many are driven, but it might be observed that they love what they do. This observation brings me back to what many people discover too late in life: that doing what you love is often better than working for money. In fact, if you love what you do, it is very likely that you will do it quite well and reap the attendant rewards. My children and theirs have discovered this. At this moment, my only granddaughter is in Uganda as a volunteer in a hospital for children with AIDS. I wonder how she is doing, but my family has never been good at writing letters. Still, she loves it. I don’t think we will see Uganda in the Medal Count, but by being there, they are winners.

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Letter to the Cats are welcomed here In 2012, 53 dropped off to date Dear editor, Pets/Friends For Life (PFFL) acknowledges and appreciates those council members who readily see the value of the services we provide to the City of St. Thomas. While it was disappointing to learn in June that grant funds were allocated to the Burwell shelter’s operating budget under recommendation of the Animal Welfare Committee, City Council’s approval of $5,000 in transition funds was good news. People often ask us about our services. Here are some questions and answers. Does PFFL take cats from the Burwell shelter? No. In 2011,

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155 cats were dropped off at our side entrances; 53 to date in 2012. Whenever the sign on Burwell says “No Cats Being Taken In,” Pets/Friends For Life is inundated with drop-offs. These 53 cats were never processed through the Burwell shelter, formerly known as the pound. Without us, where would these cats be today? Do we take in sick cats? Just ask Moonlight, given to us by the man on Ferguson Line. She needed all her teeth removed and a polyp removed from her ear at a cost of $500. Do we euthanize? Only as a last resort and only under the advice of a vet. Do we care? Every member of the PFFL team is a volunteer. There has never been a paid employee. All of our records are professionally reviewed and are


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 Civic Holiday – Office Closing Municipal Offices will be closed Monday, August 6th, 2012 for the Civic Holiday.

Waste Collection –Week of Civic Holiday There will be no garbage and blue box recyclables collection on the Civic Holiday, Monday, August 6th, 2012. Garbage and blue box recyclables will be collected one day later than normal the week of Monday, August 6th, 2012. For instance, if your waste is normally collected on Monday, it will be collected on Tuesday. If your waste is normally collected on Friday, it will be collected on Saturday.

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New LED Street Light Installation Started Central Elgin has started to replace all of the street light heads in the municipality with new LED lights to save energy and reduce electricity costs. The LED lights will save about 55% of the electricity currently used by existing mercury vapour and high pressure sodium lights. After paying for the new lights, the Municipality is projected to save over $100,000 each year in electricity and maintenance costs. Over the next five to seven weeks, crews will be replacing lights throughout Central Elgin. During this period, Central Elgin will not be repairing any existing street lights as the old lights are going to be changed out.

Grasscycling REASON #2 TO GRASSCYCLE Grasscycling saves time and work. A recent study in the United States found that 147 homeowners who quit bagging their clippings saved an average of 35 minutes per mowing. That’s an average of seven hours per season ... or a day at Main Beach. WHAT IS GRASSCYLING? Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn. Grasscycling saves time, reduces waste and leads to a deeper, healthier root system that increases your lawn’s resistance to disease, drought and insects.

Yard Waste Depot Yard waste can be deposited at the Municipality's White Station Operations Centre at 42343 Fruit Ridge Line (approximately 1 km west of Sunset Road). The depot is open year round at the following times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Thursdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Yard waste must be in kraft paper bags. No plastic bags permitted. There is no charge to dispose of yard waste at this Depot.


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Enter to win local bucks this summer For a chance to win $1,000 in St. Thomas Downtown Bucks and Elgin County Bucks, write a short article, take a photograph or shoot a short video of a daytrip you took in Elgin or St. Thomas. Then, visit and click on Share Your Experience to enter. To whet your appetite, here are two entries in the Experience Elgin contest. People friendly, to put it mildly My wife and I, finally retired, moved from the big city to Sarnia earlier this year, looking for a more people friendly community. A new  neighbour  advised us about the Quai du Vin Winery in St. Thomas, situated in  Elgin County. Their award winning wines of course and all their Special Entertainment Events. We decided to attend.

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Well, people friendly is putting it mildly. Easy to fall in love with the folks of Southwestern Ontario. Attendee involvement was surprisingly and deliciously  overwhelming. The owners, the Quai family, were affable and visibly involved in  ensuring  everyone's stay would be enjoyable and memorable. Their "Summer sounds delicious." Elgin County Rocks! We will be back for more. First, we shall recuperate. Conrad Coleman, Sarnia Ontario Day Out With Thomas To the participants and promoters of . . . "A Day Out With Thomas." I attended the "The Thomas The Train" special event in Saint Thomas today. What a wonderful experience for my whole family. The program was very well organized. The volunteers were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Share your experience to win big! We want to hear from you Central Elgin– Elgin - St. Thomas Tourism is pleased to announce the new ‘Share Your Experience’ contest. The contest encourages visitors and residents to share their Elgin - St. Thomas experiences for the chance to win $1,000 in Elgin County and St. Thomas Downtown dollars to be used at participating businesses. Have you visited an Elgin - St. Thomas winery, beach, restaurant, artisan, or heritage site? Do you have a favourite event or spot in Elgin - St. Thomas? If you have a photo, video or want to write about a positive experience you’ve had, Elgin - St. Thomas Tourism wants you to share it.

“We want to get visitors and residents excited about Elgin St. Thomas," said Tourism Development Coordinator Kathryn Russell. "We want to learn firsthand what visitors like about the area.” To enter the contest,

It was a fantastic day out with activities for children of all ages, including parents and grandparents. (Insert smiley face here!) We all rode Thomas the Train and arrived back at the station with smiles on our faces. My grandson adored the hay maze and bubble blowing area. What a unique and fun filled area. The bouncy Thomas the Train and castle were also a big hit! The entertainment, story telling and videos were a pleasurable addition to the day. The train play area, temporary tattoos and craft corners were icing on the cake. A Great Big Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and staff who planned, coordinated, promoted and made this wonderful event possible! Hats off to each & every one of you! Jan Powell, Hagersville, Ontario 

fill out the form at, click on the Share Your Experience tab, and upload your story, photo or video. Submissions will be reviewed and shared with tourism followers on Facebook and on the Experience Elgin blog. You could even be featured in the St. Thomas Weekly News. The contest is open to all visitors and residents of Elgin - St. Thomas that are 16 years of age and older. The Contest runs until September 4 and Elgin St. Thomas Tourism will use a draw to select the winner when the contest closes. ‘The Share your Experience’ contest is a partnership between Elgin - St. Thomas Tourism, the St. Thomas Weekly News,  MyFM St. Thomas and the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board. For more info . . . 1-877-GO-ELGIN

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The Robinson and Futcher families reunite by Bernice (Gilbert) Frederick

Eighty-one persons gathered on Sunday, July 22 to celebrate the Robinson family whose heritage began in Canada in 1856, 156 years ago. The newly born grandson of Jay Futcher (Peyton Schurch) was the youngest member in attendance. The family met at Linslade Farm (the homestead of Jabel Robinson), which is presently owned by Allison Futcher, Jabel’s great grandson. Jabel established himself as a successful businessman, Chief of Police and town councillor in St. Thomas. In 1871, he retired to the country as a farmer. He was an Independent Member of Parliament for West Elgin from 1900 to 1904. Sara Robinson (daughter of Jabel Robinson) married James Northwood Futcher (son of Thomas #2 Futcher), and Kate Robinson ( a l s o daughter of Jabel Robinson) married John Henry Futcher (also son of Thomas #2 Futcher, and so two very prominent families became in-



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tertwined. Thomas #2 Futcher, the father of James and John and their brothers, came to Canada in 1834 (he was four years old at that time), returning to England and coming again in 1840 with his parents Thomas #1 and Hester Futcher. He grew up on Fovant Farm on Talbot Road (known as Fingal Line today), located just west of St. Thomas. Thomas #1 and Thomas #2 were both founders of the Old English Church on Walnut Street in St. Thomas. He also founded and helped build Trinity Anglican Church. Eighty-one persons attended including Ross Robinson and his family from Niagara on the Lake, Pat Malicki from Windsor, Ontario, and Lois Barker from Fort Erie, Ontario. John E.

Futcher, Lois Farley all from St. Thomas, Kate Farley of Montreal, P.Q., and Martha Farley and her family from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Douglas Allison of Detroit, Michigan, Marjorie Suprunowicz of Bay City, Michigan, Allison Futcher of Linslade Farm on Fingal Line, Paul Gilbert, and Bernice (Gilbert) Frederick of St. Thomas, and their families. Also present were Jack McNiven, Carolyn McNiven, Louise Sifton, Brian Lyle, Brent Sifton, Louise Stafford-Golisky, John Fulton, Brent Fulton, Robie Futcher, Robin Garell, Anne Jackson, Jay Futcher, Mark Futcher and Mary Anne McMullen, Jim Frederick, Judy Begg Linkovitch, and their families.

An American tourist was in a village in Elgin County. He approached a local person and asked, "What's the quickest way to St. Thomas?" Harold, the local man, scratched his head, "Are ya walkin' or drivin'?" he asked the stranger. "I'm driving," said the stranger. Harold replied, "That's the quickest way."

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Justice Corner Good judgment Later this year, the John Howard Society of London and District will present an award to veteran local judge, The Honourable Justice Edward J. McGrath, recognizing his exceptional contribution to the benevolent work of that organization. I recently interviewed “Ted” (as he prefers to be called outside court) over lunch at Farmgate. He talked quite openly about a number of topics, and provided me with a rare glimpse into some of the lesser-known aspects of a judge’s life. In over four decades in the criminal law field, Ted always paid special attention to natives and youthful offenders. As a lawyer, Ted says he found his native clients to be the most appreciative, and that his

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young clients had the best chance to be rehabilitated. While he welcomed the stability and relative calmness that a judgeship affords, Ted also talks about restless nights wrestling with the task of arbitrating the life and fate of others. Currently he struggles with the knowledge that locking up offenders in a dangerous environment devoid of programs is an ineffective way to prevent further criminal behaviour. Ted says he does not “live and breathe law reform,” but one cannot help but get the feeling that he is insulted by government suggesting that judges are incapable of determining proper penalties, and must therefore be constrained by mandatory minimum sentences. In Ted’s view, needless and expensive Charter challenges are the inevitable result. One big positive for the citizens of Elgin will be the efficiencies created by the “long overdue”

consolidated court facility currently under construction. When asked what has been the most important development in our law over the years, Ted does not hesitate to say that it would have to be the passage of the Charter, because for the first time in our history Canadians were provided with a number of guaranteed rights and freedoms. In her letter nominating Ted for the John Howard award,

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native services worker Anita Parker states that she finds in Ted McGrath, “the core values and teachings of the Anishnabek Medicine Wheel: equality, wholeness, balance and healing.” Recently retired Crown Attorney Bill Tymchyshyn describes Ted in simple terms, calling him straightforward and fair in his dealings with others, and when you think about it, isn’t that what good judging is all about?

St. Thomas Police are investigating the theft of a pickup truck. On July 9th between the hours of 630 and 7:30am, a silver 1995 Dodge pickup truck was stolen from the parking garage at 430 Wellington Street. Licence plate number #703 9VT. The vehicle had a silver topper on it with a Walker transmission jack in the bed. The suspects left behind a vehicle they had stolen from London, a green Plymouth Breeze. Value of this theft is $4,000.

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sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way. So, I guess parts of the characters are like dead people walking around, and the others are normal?  I was struck by the title ‘The Walking Dead’ because it reminds me of this quote by Albert Schweitzer: "The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." Now that I'm 55 years old, I get the idea that we are all dying. We are dying physically – even though we are still walking around.  However, Schweitzer's comment is

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Community Bulletin Board Serenity House Hospice is holding their children's grief camp again this summer. We are looking for campers and counsellors, if interested please call 519-6373034 for more details. Get fit for free! VON needs In-Home SMART instructors.  Training on August 22.  Call the VON office for more information or to register: 519-637-6408. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge St., displays the work of

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Thomas' oldest Church at 55 Walnut Street. All welcome. 519-6332610 for info. August 4, East Elgin Secondary School, Classmates & Teachers from 60's & 70's. Info Mary Beth Miners Committee Chair 519773-8280, Heather Johnson Committee Mbr 519-773-2200.

Wednesday, August 1, Euchre Club. We meet every Wednesday 24pm at St. John's Church on Flora St. Freewill offering, includes all sorts of scrumptious treats. Join us! Tuesday, August 7 to August Fifth Family Fun Day, Friday, August 4, 11am-3pm. 10, Music Camp, Free food, games, "Music, Music, Everycrafts and tours. Drop where", 9am-3pm at by and discover St. St. Andrew's, 60 West

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Wednesday, August 8, Euchre Club. We meet every Wednesday 24pm at St. John's Church on Flora St. Freewill offering, includes all sorts of scrumptious treats. Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17, Bible Join us! Friday, August 10, Beef Camp 'The Wonders of BBQ, Belmont United Nature', 9am-3pm at Church, 4:30-7pm. St. Andrew's, 60 West Adults and Students, Ave. Info 519-63113 and over $15, Chil- 4558.

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Port Bruce Manor staff, clients and owners would like to thank the fire fighters of Malahide Township for their speedy response and the residents of Port Bruce for their support and hospitality during our fire crisis. I would also like to thank my dedicated staff and their families for making sure all of the clients found safety and comfort.  Thank you so much from Tessa.

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DEATH NOTICES HEFFREN, LEWIS ARNOLD of RR #6, Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in his 74th year. A graveside service was held July 27, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HORSBURGH, MARGARET H. “RITA” of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 in her 69th year. A private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LEE, LINDA PAULINE of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 in her 68th year. A private family service held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. NEVILLE, LOUISE of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in her 65th year. A celebration of life was held July 28, 2012. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PETERSON, PHOEBE of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012 in her 90th year. Cremation has taken place. H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PROUM, HAIM of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the age of 78. A funeral service was held July 28, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

RUSSELL, AGNUS HYNDMAN HENDERSON passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in his 92nd year. A public memorial service was held July 28, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TRUDEL, JOSEPH JOHN-PAUL of Montreal, Quebec, passed away July 24, 2012 at the age of 27. A funeral service was held July 28, 2012. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.




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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


Join us Thursday August 30, 6-9pm. Our participating tenants will be having 20 mins promotions throughout the evening. Follow the blue flashing light to find the deals!!  MyFM will also be live on location throughout the evening. While you are here enter to win our What’s In Your Locker Contest for some great back to school prizes! STORE DIRECTORY Bentley .................................................................. 637-8021 Charm Diamond Centre..................................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius ............................637-2542 Dorlene...................................................................637-1255 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

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


Summer Savings on Group Departures! Book your Winter Package this summer and take advantage of great incentives! * 9th Adult Free! * Save the Tax! * Price Protection! Contact us for your Wedding Group, Family Reunion or Friends Getaway Quote! Call 519-633-6300, or Also, Winter Brochures Now Arriving. Stop by to pick up your copy!



Liquidation Sale - Everything must go!

The club meets the last Monday of the month from 7-9pm in the Community Room. If you are a doll enthusiast, come out and join the fun. All are welcome


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 Riverbed Aqua Massage ...................................207-3225 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

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August 2, 2012 Issue  

News and views from in and around St.Thomas and area.

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