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Pitch in and pick it up, St. Thomas! Help clean up our city this Saturday

Cheryl Simmons, residence manager at the YWCA on Mary Street in St. Thomas, adds another shingle to the Model of Hope in support of the Keep the Roof campaign.

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assistance or working minimum wage, housing in the area is simply not affordable,” Erin says. She is asking individuals, groups and businesses to make a donation to the campaign and help “keep a roof” over the heads of at-risk women and youth in our community. Amounts over $250 will purchase a shingle, which will be displayed throughout the year on a mini model home called the Model of Hope.

To help break the cycle of homelessness for women in Elgin County, the YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin is asking residents to purchase a roof shingle to support three community houses. At the official kick-off to the Keep the Roof campaign April 16, fund development and communications coordinator Erin Woolley said the YWCA receives little funding for these facilities and so it’s important that the community step up to MORE INFO… YWCA help. “For many women on social 519-631-9800



“Let’s give St. Thomas a facelift,” says Michelle Shannon, waste management coordinator for the City of St. Thomas. In honour of Pitch-In Canada Week and Earth Day, the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board in partnership with the City of St. Thomas Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services departments is organizing a community clean up day this Saturday, April 21. Families, friends, neighbours, community groups, students and employees of St. Thomas businesses are encouraged to gather together to pick up litter on streets, boulevards, surrounding grounds, parking lots, local parks, green spaces and woodlots to preserve and enhance St. Thomas’ natural beauty. Register a clean up that will take place between April 16-21 or come out to the White Street Parking Lot on April 21 and you and your group will have the chance to win great prizes courtesy of the Downtown Development Board. Participants are also able to pick up free garbage bags and gloves (while quantities last) at the Environmental Services Department at St. Thomas City Hall.

Michelle Shannon, waste management coordinator for the City of St. Thomas, looks on as St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson and Dan Muscat, president of the Downtown Development Board, make use of the new recycling waste containers being installed along Talbot Street, just in time for Pitch-In Week April 16-21.

On April 21, between 8am12pm, collected litter can be dropped off at the White Street Municipal Parking Lot (across from Holy Angels’ Church). After depositing bags of litter at the disposal site, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments generously supplied by the Downtown Development

tended clean up areas by contacting Michelle Shannon at 519-631-1680 ext. 4258 or Want to help, but not sure where to go? Michelle can let you know what locations are in need of clean up.



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Skate board park facility Tiffany Collins, a representative speaking on behalf of local youth, spoke to council about her concerns about the removal of the skateboard park at Ross and Centre. She said it was a place of refuge for many St. Thomas youth and helped them stay out of trouble. Tiffany offered some suggestions for a new park and asked

that youth be a part of any plans for a skateboard facility in the future. “We want to work with the city to build a world class facility for skateboarders.” Future options for a skate board park Council agreed to create a Select Skate Board Park Committee to research potential locals and future options for a facility in the city of St. Thomas. The committee will be comprised of two members of council, the Director of Parks &

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Recreation and three member of the general public. Three members of council requested participation in the committee: Aldermen Tom Johnston, Lori Baldwin-Sands and Mark Cosens. Advertisements will be placed in local newspapers for interested members of the public. 2012 Municipal Accessibility Plan The City is required to undertake and produce a Municipal Accessibility Plan on an annual basis. The purpose of the plan

is to the highlight the City’s efforts relating to municipal accessibility, to identify work that has been completed during the previous year and to identify objectives for the future. Alderman Gord Campbell said that the length of the report has been called into question, but he says the committee has gone through all the articles of municipal accessibility since 2005. “We are very pleased how many items have been completed,” Gord said. “The report will get smaller as items no longer appear.” Pinafore Park Waterfall project MMM Group was chosen as the design consultant for the Pinafore Park Memory Garden Waterfall. The project is to consist of a 24-foot arc waterfall, 10-foot high with three discharges into a spillway leading to a smaller four-foot falls into the waterway to Pinafore Lake. Design of this feature is to begin immediately, with construction completion scheduled for December 2012. The waterfall is part of a Centennial project that also included a memory wall completed in 2010.

Habitat for Humanity Jeff Duncan, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Oxford, Middlesex, Elgin gave a brief presentation about Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes for low-income families. He informed council of Habitat’s plans for St. Thomas and Elgin County that began with the establishment of a local steering committee, co-chaired by Jodi Shorrock and Wade Woznuk. They plan to establish a ReStore retail operation in the city in 2013, and have shovels in the ground later this fall. Parallel transit bookings Staff will be making changes to the way parallel transit bookings are being made after the number of bookings, cancellations and no-shows increased dramatically in 2012. Mayor Heather Jackson said that the situation was getting out of hand with 490 cancellations in March as opposed to 140 last March. Edward Soldo, manager of Operations & Compliance, said that a review of the numbers showed the cancellations were made by a limited number of users and the policy changes will address these people. Edward also said

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As a result of the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, three organizations in Elgin County and London will increase accessibility for people with disabilities and enable them to participate more fully in their community. The Elgin Theatre Guild, the Straffordville Library and the Municipality of Thames Centre are receiving grant funding under the Enabling Accessibility Fund, announced April 12 by Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and

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Shots fired on Talbot Street St. Thomas Police investigating incident On Tuesday, April 10 at approximately 4:45pm, St. Thomas City Police Service officers were involved in a drug investigation. Members of the Drug Enforcement Unit observed a drug transaction and called upon Uniform Patrol members to assist. The incident began in the Giant Tiger parking lot on Talbot Street and involved two different vehicles. The first ve-

hicle, a pickup truck, was observed leaving the parking lot with two males. This pickup truck was stopped by police at Talbot and Balaclava Streets. Both males were arrested by police. The remaining vehicle, also with two males inside, in the Giant Tiger parking lot was approached by uniform and plain clothes officers. As they approached the vehicle it sped away driving at a very high rate of speed directly at a police officer. This officer drew his service pistol and fired at the vehicle.

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The truck continued out of the Giant Tiger parking lot at a very high rate of speed, and struck a westbound motorist causing minor damage. However, the driver failed to remain and continued driving directly and dangerously in the direction of the other officers stopped with the first vehicle at Talbot and Balaclava Streets. Officers at that location drew their service pistols and one of the officers fired at the vehicle driving directly at them. The truck continued eastbound pulling into the west

side of the Fresh Co. parking lot around the building and running into a fence to the south of the building where both driver and passenger were arrested. In the vehicles, police found large quantities of Oxycontin, Morphine, Ecstasy and Crack Cocaine with an approximate street value of over $10,000. Charged on several counts including possession of controlled substances, dangerous driving and attempted murder were Andrew Savage, 24, of London; Piotr Kochanski, 31, of London; Sean Slauenwhite, 36, of St. Thomas; and Ron Walker, 43, of St. Thomas.

Fanshawe College supports ICE Sponsorship helps to sustain local business ventures ICE (The Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs) continues to be recognized as a cool place for new businesses. On March 29, Fanshawe College presented ICE, St. Thomas and Elgin County’s first mixeduse business incubator, with $5,000 in sponsorship support. Fanshawe College recognizes that Canada’s entrepre-

neurs are the backbone of our economy. By supporting the ICE initiative, they are contributing to the success of small businesses and driving the economic development of St. Thomas and Elgin County. “The College values its community partnerships like the one we have with ICE,” says Donna Gates, chair at Fanshawe’s St. Thomas campus. “This is a unique opportunity to be involved with the entrepre-

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Reasons to volunteer The green and white flag you see flying high above St. Thomas City Hall this week is in recognition of National Volunteer Week. Although I know that St. Thomas and Elgin County are rich in the generosity of people who give of their time and their money, there always seems to be a need for more volunteers. Just ask any of the hundreds of not-for-profit organizations that depend on the efforts of volunteers, and I don’t think you’ll find one that says they’ve got too many. But why do it? Why get involved with something that doesn’t pay you anything? In this question, payment only refers to money, but there are other, often more important, ways that people get paid for participating. Volunteering can get you out of the house and among other people. Making friends and estab-

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On-the-spot reporting “Hello, sir.” It was Greg Minnema of our staff on his cell phone, just before 5pm on Tuesday April 10. The word “breathless” would be accurate in this case. He was on Talbot Street in St. Thomas. There was a speeding vehicle, shots had been fired, and Greg had come close to losing the side mirror on his Blazer when he was nearly sideswiped by a speeding vehicle. Pretending to be a hip, savvy, social media type, I posted the following on Facebook: “Shots fired a few minutes ago on Talbot Street in St. T. Our own Greg Minnema almost sideswiped. Police heading west on the main drag in pursuit.” The “heading west” part of the story proved to be wrong. With his adrenalin pumping, Greg had forgotten that he heads east every day when he goes home to Aylmer. (It’s a small detail, almost irrelevant, given the accuracy rate of some online

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editorialpage lishing connections is a big part of the attraction of getting involved with churches, charities and not-for-profits. Volunteering can offer you the opportunity to learn new skills that you may not be able to obtain in your regular work. It’s also a great way to keep your hand in in the work world if you’re unemployed. You never know, the experience could eventually lead to a paid position. One of the big reasons that people tell me they volunteer is because it’s a way to give back. “For me personally getting out there and giving back to my community is very satisfying,” Scott Taylor of Volunteer Elgin once told me. But I have a feeling the number one reason for volunteering is because it feels good, especially if it’s in your own community and you can see the results of your work. As St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson said at this week’s council meeting, “A big thanks to all the people who take time out of their busy lives to make our community a better place to live and work.”

reporting.) Greg gave us more details the next day. The shots sounded exactly as they do in reality TV cop shows: pop, pop, pop. It wasn’t clear who was shooting, but Greg thought it was the cops when the vehicle came right at them. He saw three other people on the ground near a cruiser. And the speeding car, fishtailing its way through police vehicles, seemed to come out of the Van Pelt and Starwoods parking lot. Had it been stolen? By the next day, there were various stories about the quantities and types of drugs seized in the incident – the largest I heard was a trunk full of heroin. Not sure there was any heroin, but you have to love the St. Thomas gossip circuit. It’s better than Facebook any day, and sometimes faster. For our weekly video blog, we’ve invited Constable Cam Constable to participate with police updates, starting next week. Greg Minnema is an occasional show host. With his recent exposure to crime scenes, if we put The Minner and Constable Constable under the lights together, we just might have to raise our TV ad rates.

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Is this my lucky token? Ruth Davis, a volunteer at Elgin Manor, gets ready to try her luck at the Crown and Anchor game as Jeannette Mirisola of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital waits to give the wheel a spin. They were part of Volunteer Elgin’s recognition event held April 13 at Fellowship Church in St. Thomas.

Guest Editorial

Theatre of the mind I don’t want to get all dramatic here, but since I have been a drama critic for more than 40 years, it seems I can’t help it. The Harper government’s cuts to the National Film Board and to CBC have really hurt our cultural base. The CBC is not going to film any more television drama, even though only four shows are under production. What hurts even more is the decision to kill all radio drama after a tradition of more than 70 years. People like Lorne Greene, William Shatner and Christopher Plummer came through the ranks in a CBC radio studio, and there was a time when they made more of their living on the air than on the stage. Many of my readers never had the joy of growing up with only radio, but I recall the laughs I would get from Jack Benny as he crossed his

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alligator-filled moat to get to his safe, or Amos and Andy arguing over some new hare-brained scheme. Late at night, I would listen to a short drama called “Out of This World” in which Rod Coneybeare played all of the characters. Later, Rod went on to become one of the Friendly Giant’s puppets and a CBC legend as well. Radio drama is “Theatre of the Mind.” All the characters can only be seen as the listener creates them. What may be a beautiful blonde for you may actually be a sultry brunette in my mind. The worst monster ever created is the one you will picture while someone makes the appropriate sound effects in a radio studio. Also, no one has mentioned that Canada’s visually-impaired people are put on the same playing field as the sighted. I can only hope they will keep the archived dramas and play them every once in a while for people who crave some exercise for their imagination.

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Dear Editor: I was reading your column on Signs of the Times [April 12 issue of the Weekly News].

I lived in Kentucky in 2009, and the big thing there is to devote the back window of your car or truck to memorials for family members or friends who have passed away. Some of these memorials are fairly simple with just the name of a person, and their birth and death

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year. Others are very elaborate with flowers or angels or praying hands, etc. - the odd one has all three!  I have no idea how these are applied or created.  There's another with a distinct "John Deere" theme, all done in John Deere colours. I have to admit I kind

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Central Elgin Council by Nency Peters


Official welcome Central Elgin Council officially welcomed Karen DePrest as the new Director of Financial Services and Treasurer for the Municipality of Central Elgin at the April 10 meeting. Keeping Port Stanley’s public school open Central Elgin’s Deputy Mayor David Marr announced that he is planning a meeting with Mr. Bill Tucker, director of Education of the Thames Valley District School Board, to discuss Port Stanley’s Public School. The school is underutilized and rumours are that it is being closed. However, Council is willing to do its part to keep it open and running and will hold a

meeting in May or June to discuss how they can partner together in keeping the school open. Crime Stoppers makes a difference Detachment Commander Brad Fishleigh gave the annual Elgin County OPP year-end report for 2011. The Ontario Provincial Police got a lot of tips through Crime Stoppers last year that enabled them to “catch a lot of bad guys.” Crime Stoppers is a non-profit program, which doesn’t cost taxpayers anything and is an invaluable tool in helping OPP officers stop crimes. Construction on schedule Central Elgin’s Director of

Staff change at St. Thomas Chamber Linda Crawford is the new Member Services Rep Linda Crawford is the new face of Member Services at the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce. She has an extensive background in business and community service. As a former owner/operator of a retail business, and with several years working in a larger corporate environment, she understands the needs and wants of Chamber Members and the realities of today’s business world. Linda also brings an extensive history of support and service to community causes and projects. She is currently a volunteer serving on the Board of Directors of the North America Railway Hall of Fame and actively involved in CASO Railway Station tourism and marketing.  Linda’s work with the Chamber will focus on membership

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(NC)—Christmas lights still up because there's nowhere to put them? Bikes and kid toys scattered in the backyard? Can't find (or get to) your essential gardening tools in the garage? Start the season off on the right foot with a quick reorganization of your outdoor space with these storage ideas: Planter storage box Display colourful annuals or a collection of herbs in the planting tray on top, and store garden accessories or even a hose behind closed doors— beautiful and functional! Shed some light on space Consider an outdoor shed or deck box to store seasonal items. When looking for options, think about how much room you'll need and what items should be easily accessible. Do you need an overhead storage loft or just an extra spot to hide the lawn mower? Double duty Opt for deck storage that can house all the tools you can't fit in your garage, and also offers outdoor seating for guests. Everything in its place Work as a family to make sure everything is returned to its rightful place at the end of a fun (or yard-work) filled day. This will minimize and keep things tidy so you can enjoy the sun!

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want to hear from you.” Tim McKenna, manager of Environmental and Community Services for the Municipality of Central Elgin, says that the survey is part of a larger strategy called the Active Transportation Initiative, which aims to identify active transportation opportunities, develop a connected network of trails, increase the rate of cycling throughout Elgin St. Thomas and create a useful tool to build a local cycling network. Each person who completes a survey will be eligible to win a new bicycle valued at almost $500, donated by Paul’s Bicycle Repair and Sport Exchange. Both online and print surveys are available until August. To complete the survey online, go to Print surveys are available at local municipal offices and Elgin St. Thomas Public Health.

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give. We train them to be first, points and its bad points. Taking according to Code, may be in the even though the vast majority of the good points, if we shop well, process of raising pretty scary I love a good us are second, third, or fiftieth in we will have more to share with spouses and employees!  the less fortunate.  Taking the And that, is something to think shopping deal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the line.   but, not as much So consumerism has its good bad side of consumerism, we, about.  as my wife does.  While she is not necessarily the coupon queen, she does shop the specials. We're on the same page as MCpl Jordan Rowley sights a bearing far as deals are concerned, but with a compass at Springwater Conpeople laugh at me when it servation Area April 14 as part of comes to buying cars. The sellSpring FTX, field training exercises ing feature of a car is not the with #7 St. Thomas Army Cadets. The kind, year or colour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it's the cadet program helps young people develop transferable, career-enhancprice. It's just got to be a good ing skills and gives them opportunideal. But I am not alone! ties to provide valuable contributions Make no mistake about it, we to their communities and become acare a consumer-driven socitive, responsible citizens.  ety. We seek the best deals at (Photo by Carol Van Rooy) the best prices, which in and of itself is okay.  But, our consumerism has driven our appetite for stuff way off the charts.  We are a society that needs more and more stuff. And further, we critique a box of cereal as if we were investing in a house!   Another side effect of consumerism is (are you ready for this?)  anthropocentricity.  Huh? Simply put, anthropocentricity means I'm the centre of the universe. Walmart, Canadian Tire, Esso, Apple Computers exist for me.  The town council's deciRelay For Life in St. Thomas sions, the federal budget, the speed limit on Wellington Street, June 1-2, 2012 the seats I get at a Blue Jays St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic H.S. game all have this in common â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember loved ones and their battle against cancer.â&#x20AC;? ask me first! Put me first! Get out of my way.   Luminaries are candles placed in special bags bearing of cancer survivors or those Another side effect of conwho have lost their battle to cancer. After being lit during a twilight ceremony, sumerism is the way we raise Luminaries provide light and inspiration to Relay participants all night long. our children. "We can raise our children to become citizens, Purchase Luminaries May 5 in St. Thomas, Port Stanley, rather than consumers." (David and Dutton at your local grocery store for $5. Code, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids Pick Up On EveryTo register for Relay and/or to purchase Luminaries, thing;  How Parental Stress Is go or call 519-637-7592 Toxic To Childrenâ&#x20AC;?) David Code Nancy Watts suggests our children become the victims of our consumerism because we train them to be Wayside GOLD SPONSOR consumers. They are no longer functioning, contributing members of our families, they are people we serve endlessly. We train them to receive rather than

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Sciatica is a painful condition affecting the nerves that run from the lower spine and pelvis down into the leg. It is one of the most devastating conditions seen in chiropractic offices, often creating severe discomfort and disability. As anyone who has experienced sciatica will tell you, the pain can be totally immobilizing. The condition results from irritation being placed on one or more of the 5 roots that make up the sciatic nerve. The cause most commonly results from disc injuries, arthritic changes, sacroiliac (pelvic) strain, and severe muscular imbalances (piriformis syndrome). Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling or complete loss of sensation and muscle wasting in more advanced cases. Due to the complexity of this condition, the most effective treatment usually involves a com-

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SELECT SKATE BOARD PARK COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS The City of St. Thomas invites applications from persons who are 18 years of age or older and a resident of St. Thomas for appointment to the following, commencing immediately: Select Skate Board Park Committee 3 members required (term of council) Application forms are available online at or from the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 545 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is May 4th, 2012.

week to spare? Become a Volunteer Visitor.  Call VON at 519-637-6408 for more information. The Rotary Club of St. Thomas is looking for 3 families who will host an international student attending St. Joseph’s High School next year. Malcolm 519-637-0045. Thursday, April 19, Euchre Games & Dessert, 7pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. For info 519-631-4558. 15th Annual Bean Blast, St. Anne's Centre, Thursday, April 19, 11:30-1pm. Cost $5. Wieners and beans, door prizes, entertainment. Supports Community Outreach Dinners. PD Day Program at the Union Community Centre, April 20 from 9-4pm. Call to register 519-631-3840. Fun for all ages games night, April 20, 7pm, Fellowship Church,

641 Elm, St. Bring a game & have fun. Donations gratefully accepted for Fresh Start maternity Supports. Info 519-631-9011. Friday, April 20, Spaghetti Dinner, 57pm, movie to follow at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. In support of summer camps. Info and tickets 519-631-4558. Karaoke at the Legion, Friday, April 20, 711pm. Free admission. Light luncheon. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. 24 John St. Everyone welcome. Trivia Challenge. Friday, April 20, 7pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, Wellington St., $15. per person, $85. for a team of 6. Info call 519-6312166. Proceeds to Caring Cupboard. Gospel Concert with The Chapelaires and The Nale Family. Sat. April 21, 6pm. 531 Talbot St. W.   East Elgin Community Complex, Aylmer. For info 519773-7302. Freewill of-

fering. VON presents “When Families Grieve” for caregivers supporting grieving children, April 21, 1-3pm, Aylmer Baptist Church. For information/register call Becky Ahrens 519637-6408. Celtic Ceili, featuring The London Irish Folk Club, April 21, 7:30pm, Sparta Quaker Meetinghouse,  just north of Sparta on Quaker Line. Free! Everyone is welcome. Benefit Concert for Multiple Myeloma Featuring Lindsey Hull and special guests. WEDS Performing Arts Theatre, 199 Currie Rd., Dutton, Saturday, April 21, 7pm. 519-7622775. Spring Concert of the St. Thomas Ladies' Choir, April 21, 7:30pm, First Christian Reformed Church. Special music by handbells, flute, trumpet and harp.  Freewill offering for Fresh Start. Grace United Church,


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everyone. Benefit Concert for Multiple Myeloma “All Aboard” the Victory Express" WEDS Performing Arts Theatre, Dutton, April 21, 7pm. $10 Adult, $5 kids under 12. 519-7622775, 519-762-3614. Forest Park Public School is celebrating Earth Day in a big way. Join us on Sunday, April 22, 2-4pm (weather permitting) to start the digging for our brand new Reading Garden. Dine Out Beef Dinner,


Trinity Anglican Church With the Purple Steeple, Southwick and Wellington, Monday, April 23, 5-7pm, $12 pp, 519-631-4335. Drumming Circle, Tuesday, April 24, 7pm St. John's Church on Flora St. It' 'beats' watching TV.  Join us! Info 519631-7368. Wednesday Card Club, April 25, 2-4pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Coffee and goodies provided. Freewill offering. continued on next page

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SALE: Stamping, Card-making, Scrapbooking Hobby. Giving up hobbies. All supplies MUST GO! Great savings! Friday, April 27 – 6-9pm and Saturday, April 28 – 9am-2pm, SHARP each day. CASH only. 42531 Sparta Line West, Union. Call 519637-2874 for more information.

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 519-6339638.

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SENIORS APARTMENT in Belmont’s beautiful Bel Parc, $620 per month, stove and fridge, heat and hydro included. Phone 519-644-1994. ST. THOMAS/ELGIN SECOND STAGE HOUSING is accepting applications for women leaving abusive relationships who are seeking support and longer term affordable housing. Call us at 519-637-2288 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.

FREE LEARN TO SING ACAPPELLA LESSONS in four part harmony, looking for men 15 years and up. No experience required, Barbershop Harmony Society, The Elginaires, 519637-0876.

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Field Naturalist  Walk, Wednesday, April 25, 6:30pm, Lake Erie Salmon & Trout Club, 4255 Thomas Line. Info 519-769-2094. Wednesday, April 25, Bible Questions at St. Andrew's United Church, everyone is welcome. For info call 519-631-4558. Ham supper at Duff C h u r c h Largie,  Wednesday, April 25, 5-7pm. $10. adults, childern 6 to 12 $5., under 6 free. St. Thomas Legion Jamboree, Wednesday, April 25, 5-6:30pm soup & sandwich. Entertainment 7-11pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. 24 John St. Everyone welcome. April 25, Elgin County Plowmen's Assn. Meeting, 7:30pm, Kettle

Crawford, Orma Grace McPhee (Thede), March 24, 1925 - April 9, 2012. In the comforting presence of family, Orma passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Easter Monday. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 51 years, Orval, in 1998. Orma will be sadly missed and mourned by her loving children Heather, Paul (Joanne), and Craig, and her much loved grandchildren, Tori, Joe, Tara and Jordan. She is also survived by sister inlaw, Doreen Knowles, cousin Olive Gunn, many nieces and nephews and grand-dog Archie. Orma worked for many years as secretary at High Park and Parkview Schools. She was a charter member of High Park United Church and a long time member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. A kind and gentle spirit, Orma enjoyed the adventures of travel, the challenges of the golf course, the bridge table and the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the company and laughter of her family and many friends. She remained determined, optimistic and interested in the world around her until the end. Cremation has taken place and funeral service will be held from the Chapel of the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE on Friday April 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday April 12th,  2012, from 2-4  and 7 - 9 p.m. Donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or High Park United Church would be appreciated by the family. The D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 102 N. Victoria St. Sarnia, ON., N7T 5W9 Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

Creek Conservation Authority, Ferguson Line.   Visitors  welcome.    No knowledge of  plowing  required.   519-765-4410 or 519-773-8531. Jane Fish will talk about selecting daylilies, St. Thomas Horticultural Society Public Meeting, April 25, 7pm, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 South Edgeware Road. 519-6333939. Ham Supper, Wednesday, April 25, Duff Church Largie, 5-7pm. Adults $10. Children 612 $5.  Children under 6 free. Thursday, April 26, Anniversary Dinner, (Beef) 5-6:30pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For info and tickets call 519-631-4558. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, April 26, 7pm.

Community Of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info Rick Badgley 519-6378432. Everyone Welcome To Attend. "A Starry Night" Open House, Arthur Voaden Secondary School, Spaghetti Dinner, Concert, Art and Craft Sale. April 26, 6pm. Admission Free, Dinner Tickets $10. 519-631-3770 for tickets. Dementia Dialogue Series by Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, April 27, Elgin Mall Community Rm.12pm. Topic: Safely Home Wandering Registry. Contact 519-6334396. St. John's Famous Roast Beef, Friday, April 27, beginning 5-7pm. Our beef is carved to perfection. Leave room for dessert. Cost $12.  (If you go home hungry, it's your fault!) Morrison Magic & Mayhem! Friday, April 27,

7pm. Monsignor Morrison School Gym. Magic, Juggling, Ventriloquism. Proceeds to a new playground. For info call Yvette, 519-649-6726. Sparta Community Bingo Night. April 27, 78:30pm. Sparta Public School Gym. Freewill donation towards music program. Snack bar available. All ages welcome. 519-7752524. Rummage Sale, Our Lady of Sorrows, 116 John St. S., Aylmer, Friday, April 27, 10am1:00pm. Clean gently used clothing & small household items. For more info call Bonnie 519-773-2033. Aylmer, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 81. Friday Madness Returns, Full Course Meal, Roast Beef Dinner, Desert Included. $12 Per Person, April 27, Serving 5:30-7pm. All Welcome. Saturday, April 28, Spring Rummage Sale,

First United Church, 8:30-11:30am. Excellent selection of clothing and household items. St. Thomas Youth Choir's Cabaret, April 28, 7pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students. Call 519-637-1427 for tickets and information.

The Ladies Auxilliary of the Knights of Columbus is holding a Desserts Fashion Show on Sunday, April 29, 24pm, Columbus Club, Wellington Street. Cost $15. Field Naturalist Walk, Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm, Archie Coulter Conservation Area. Info 519-769-2094.

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DEATH NOTICES ANDERSON, RUTH (nee DAWSON) of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 in her 99th year.  Cremation.  Private graveside service.  Sifton Funeral Home. CARROLL, SCOTT “SCOTTY” of Richmond, passed away, Friday, April 13, 2012 in his 86th year. A family graveside service at a later date. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. COROEDOFF, WANDA of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in her 92nd year. No visitation at her request. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DUCKWORTH, JAMES GEORGE of Belmont, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the age of 69. Private. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. McMAHON, MARION (nee SIMMONS)  of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 in her 85th year.  A private graveside service was held.  Sifton Funeral Home. McTAGGART, MARY ELIZABETH of Aylmer, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in her 50th year. A funeral service was held April 14, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SCHNED, “BETTY” ELIZABETH of Aylmer, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 in her 88th year. A funeral service was held April 18, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

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Creativity is alive and well Art exhibit by local

Tyler Tran won four awards, and his sister Vanessa-An one award, which were presented to them April 13 at the St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival Keynotes concert held at the Salvation Army. The event concluded the 58th annual festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Thomas Foundation. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

teens on display by Anita LaRue

In an age of social media, electronic games and hundreds of television channels, it may seem that our youth are losing the gift of creativity. But, are they really? The Great Beginnings Secondary School Art Exhibition, which opened April 14 at the St. Thomas Elgin-Public Art Centre, may prove just the opposite. Talented young artists from secondary schools around Elgin County, including Parkside Collegiate, Central Elgin, St. Joseph’s, Arthur Voaden, West Elgin and East Elgin, are showing an astounding gift for artistic expression. “It is the kids who have come through grade school and decide, ‘I may have some talent and I really enjoy doing it,’” says Sherri Howard, education and event coordinator of the St. Thomas Elgin-Public Art Centre. “It’s amazing to see just how big the leap of artistic ability changes from elementary school to high school.” Using materials such as acrylic paint, charcoal, sketching pencils and pencil crayons, these artists from Grades 9 to 12 generate such extraordinary energy in their paintings that the viewer can feel the vitality they are trying to express in their work. As well as using their talent to articulate themselves, students also use artistic expression to relieve the stressors that come with being young. Samantha Page, a Grade 10 student at Arthur Voaden says, “I painted all the time when I was little. It

is a passion. I draw when I am upset or mad and feel better after I do my art work.” IF YOU GO… Great Beginnings Secondary Schools Art Exhibition When? Show runs until May 12 Where? St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas Cost? Free admission More info? 519-631-4040 or

Students from secondary schools across Elgin County show off their artwork at the opening of the Great Beginnings Secondary School Art Exhibition April 14 at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre.  Art teachers Michael Lambert (Parkside), Linda Armstrong (Parkside), Ruthanne McLagn (West Elgin), Kristen Osterback (Arthur Voaden) and Diane Lademer ( Arthur Voaden) were in attendance to share in their students’ accomplishments. (Photo by Anita LaRue)

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