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Judy Cormier is Truvy, Jennifer Leack is Shelby and Rachel Sherret is Annelle in the Elgin Theatre Guild’s production of “Steel Magnolias” at the Princess Avenue Playhouse. (Photo by Claudia Hepburn)

Steel Magnolias Elgin Theatre Guild production all about relationships You may have seen the 1989 movie, but “Steel Magnolias” was originally based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling about lifelong friendships unfolding at Truvy’s Beauty Salon. As the title suggests, the main female characters may seem as delicate as magnolias but actually are as tough as steel. “The talent level in this play is really high,” says director Ross Hepburn, referring to the cast of the new Elgin Theatre Guild production that features

Judy Cormier, Lynda Nowlan, Jennifer Leack, Rachel Sherret, Kim Kaitell and Charlene McNabb. “This play is not a comedy, but there’s a lot of fun in it,” Ross says. “I’ve never heard so many good one-liners.” IF YOU GO… Steel Magnolias When? Apr. 12-14 and 19-21 at 8pm, Apr. 15 and 22 at 2pm Where? Princess Ave. Theatre, 40 Princess Ave., St. Thomas Cost? $15 each, $10 Apr. 12 preview More info? 519-633-8530 or

After almost five hours of deliberations over the Part 2 Capital Budget, Operations Budget and grant requests, St. Thomas City Council approved the 2012 Budget at its April 2 council meeting. With gross expenditures of $104,675,710 and gross nontax revenues of $62,798,389, the municipal tax levy came in at $41,877,321. “What’s the bottom line for tax payers?” asked Alderman Dave Warden. It means a municipal property tax increase of 3 percent, but coupled with the preliminary education property tax of 0.221 percent, the overall increase in residential property tax is 2.6 percent. These figures do not include any money for the redevelopment of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Council followed a joint decision by the City and Elgin County to wait until the province clarified what a “re-scoped” redevelopment would look and cost like. The budget also did not put money forward for a new police headquarters, but designated $250,000 to investigate what it would take to renovate the current building. Alderman Jeff Kohler asked that $100,000 be axed from the

St. Thomas Treasurer William Day (left) discusses an item in the 2012 Budget with CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves during the St. Thomas city council meeting April 2.

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liberations once the project parameters have been determined. In accordance with this resolution, St. Thomas city council, in its April 2 budget meeting, did not include a contribution to the hospital, but emphasized its commitment once the scope of the project was redefined. Elgin County council will state its position at its next meeting April 10.


“rescoping” means also leaves area municipalities hanging, since they had been asked to contribute major funding to the project. At a meeting March 30, a joint committee of County and City councils said that they supported the redevelopment project as it was originally proposed and recommended that councils commit to supporting the hospital project in future budget de-


The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) redevelopment project was on the chopping block as a way to save money when the Ontario Budget was handed down March 27. Although STEGH’s redevelopment project was not cancelled, the Budget said it would be significantly scaled back or “re-

scoped.” How much the project will be scaled back and what it means to the hospital is not yet clear. According to Cathy Fox, STEGH public relations and communications specialist, the hospital still does not have clarity, but CEO Paul Collins and his team are working to get clarification from the province as soon as possible. The uncertainty of what

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New name. New exhibit. New location? Aylmer-Malahide Museum celebrates 35th season

Volunteer Thea Dygos shows visitors some of the artifacts on display in the new exhibit, “The Doctors and Nurses of Aylmer, Present to Past,” which opened March 24 at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives.

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The recently re-named Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives opened its doors for another season complete with a brand new series of exhibits. The museum’s 35th anniversary season kicked off with a grand opening celebration March 24 with MP Joe Preston, MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin County Warden Bill Walters and Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt in attendance. Staff also unveiled the museum’s new exhibit called “The Doctors and Nurses of Aylmer, Present to Past.” “I love the display on the nurses’ stuff,” said MP Joe Preston. “My mother was a registered nurse her whole life. Just seeing the nurse’s cape back there, I can remember how many times where the six of us kids were playing with mom’s nursing cape, pretending we were vampires, and Mom saying ‘Put the cape away.’ It’s great to see.” The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and 2-5pm and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. “We give guided tours and we have crafts for children connected to every exhibit that we do,” said Pat Zimmer, museum curator. “We also have interactive activities so that if people come in with a family they can really get involved with the display.” For the 35 years it has been open, the museum has been located in a cozy little building on East Street in Aylmer, but if comments from Mayor Couckuyt were any indication, the next year or two could see the museum change locales. “I think the museum is at a crossroads,” said Couckuyt. “They have come to the town several times to ask for help

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veiled by Mayor Couckuyt, Museum Chair Jacquie Jeffrey seemed cautiously optimistic. “If we were downtown, it would be much easier for people to get to us,” she said. IF YOU GO… Doctors and Nurses of Aylmer When? Runs until May 26 Where? Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives, 14 East St., Aylmer Cost? Free admission, donations appreciated. More info? 519-773-9723

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Maggie Yurek, age 8, of St. Thomas enjoying the children’s craft activities at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives at its season opening March 24. “I like the museum because I watch ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ and it reminds me of that,” says Maggie. (Photos by Heather Newton Derks)

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Great lineup for Aylmer Home & Garden Show – and other 2012 events The 3rd Annual Home & Garden Show at the East Elgin Community Complex on Friday April 13, Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, showcases a great lineup at this new venue with some exciting changes in store for the public and the vendors. Elaine Earhart became Secretary/Manager of the East Elgin Agriculture Society (commonly known as the Aylmer Fair) just two years ago, and one of the main functions of her position is to be the driving force behind the Annual Home & Garden Show. Elaine says this would not be possible without the assistance of her able volunteer helpers / sisters Betty Pendreigh and Gwen Owen. Every day that Elaine works at her part-time position, Betty and Gwen are there to help. This year the venue is changed to a more visible site at the Complex. Everyone will be in one building which

is comfort controlled. (Last year some of the vendors were not comfortable due to the lack of heat.) The Complex offers lots of free parking and is an all accessible building. Weather will not be an issue as all the vendors will be inside the building. The opening ceremony will feature Aylmer’s mayor Jack Couckuyt and Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston. The family-oriented show will include daily entertainment, hourly door prizes, face painting for the kids by Dotsy Entertainment and free seminars by the vendors. And don’t forget your merchandize bag when you pay your admission! This year’s vendors will include home improvements, cleaning services, household products, the police and fire departments, fishing charters, landscaping, computer services, realty, non-profit groups, pet service and health related businesses

plus many more. The East Elgin Agricultural Society wants to thank Donna Bezaire from Aylmer Paint & Wallpaper for organizing the original show three years ago as well as our President Scott Lewis and the Board of Directors because without them none of this would have been possible. Elaine is very proud of the fact that the price of admission is the same as it was at the original show - $5 per person or $20 for a family of 5. When the Home Show is over it will be time to start work on the 166th Aylmer Fair happening in 2012 on August 10, 11 and 12. And in October they will be hosting another Haunted House. Contact the East Elgin Agricultural Society at or phone 519-773-3445. You can email to

Elaine Earhart (right) Secretary/Manager of the East Elgin Agricultural Society with volunteers Gwen Owen and Betty Pendreigh have been busy preparing for the Aylmer Home and Garden Show this week-end.

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Catfish Creek Conservation Authority receives donation to repair trails A significant donation has been made from The Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer to the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority March 28. The funds, totaling $57,500, are destined to pay for the replacement of the Springwater Forest boardwalk and the repair and resurfacing of 2.4 kilometres of forest trails with limestone screenings. In addition, more than 30 laminated interpretive signs will be updated and replaced. “The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is very appreciative of the donation from the Dorothy Palmer Estate,”

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passed away in 2009. “It has been a pleasure to work with Kim Smale and Sally Martyn at the Conservation Authority in order to support this terrific project,” said Andrew. “The Springwater Forest is an important and


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The people you meet Home show events are great for seeing new products, services and ideas for one’s home, but local shows are especially wonderful for being places to bump into people you know. At last weekend’s Home, Garden and Outdoor Living Show hosted by the St. Thomas Elgin Home Builder’s Association, I seemed to run into a lot of people, some I’d just seen a few days ago and others I hadn’t seen in awhile. I met Dan Muscat and Wayne Northcott of the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board who were braving the cold at the front doors handing out bags. They were enthusiastically promoting the DDB’s vendor display in the Doug Tarry Room, featuring stores from up and down Talbot Street. While passing through that venue, my husband was tempted by the pulled pork mini-burgers being sampled at the Farmgate Markets booth. There, we met Tricia Herbert, a former Weekly News columnist, who talked up the excellence of

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A multi-million dollar idea Over the past couple of weeks, I heard stories about light in these sometimes dark economic times at a presentation by Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) to Central Elgin Council and then at the 25th Annual General Meeting of EBRC. At the council meeting, John Regan and Glenn Thorel mentioned entrepreneurial successes, jobs created and a couple of million dollars available to lend this year to local business people with a good idea, a plan, and rejection letters from banks. These themes continued at the organization’s AGM with inspiring business stories, often following periods of adversity. This creative environment got me revisiting a retail idea, one I’d like to take to the next level in partnership with EBRC. I definitely meet one of the criteria – I know how to be turned down by a bank. Believe me, it’s not that difficult. As for the idea? It’s a solution to one of those

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editorialpage Ontario meat products and how few people knew about it. I met Jena Downen-Dempsey and Brian Dempsey who were promoting Jena’s new endeavor called “the art company.” Eventually to be housed in the former Elmdale Public School building, this new art studio is just taking off, and I promised to meet with her soon to discuss what it was all about. I’ll keep you posted on the details of this new venture. I met Stefanie Coleman-Dias and John Dias of Coleman-Dias3 Construction who were happy to chat at their booth about the new things happening in their business, and how they loved being at this year’s home show to meet new clients. I even met Lindsay Bos, a student of mine from Fanshawe College where I teach a course on business communication, who was taking time out of her schedule to help out at one of the booths. That’s the nice thing about a smaller community; it’s just big enough that you don’t necessarily know everybody but can still recognize quite a few faces in the crowd. That’s something you don’t experience in the big city. simple things that bedevils every couple in the kitchen. I’m talking about fridge magnets, but with a twist: fridge magnets for your dishwasher. I know, I know, sounds mundane, but bear with me. Millions of times across this fair land every day, somebody goes to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher only to hear somebody else say, with a note of panic in her voice, “Those are clean.” Together, my lovely wife Nancy and I have developed a solution. It’s a fridge magnet with one word on it, and that word is: Clean. With this new innovation, every time you start the dishwasher, you move the Clean fridge magnet from the fridge to the dishwasher. And you put it back on the fridge after you unload the dishwasher. At five bucks apiece for the upscale urban market, I’m envisioning five million in revenue. To get to ten million, we sell these suckers in pairs, one says Clean, one says Dirty. And we haven’t touched on the multi-lingual international market potential. How do you spell Clean and Dirty in Cantonese? With a couple of million from my friends at EBRC, I’m prepared to find out.

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Flowers on show Ron Arends of St. Thomas (right) buys some unusually coloured roses from Brian Mansell of the Old Gardens Flower Shop during the Home, Garden and Outdoor Living Show March 31.

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No more pennies With the constant invention of new words and language, we must be prepared for some of it to die and pass into history. I am reminded that one of the great phrases from my youth was “a penny for your thoughts,” in which the exchange of a single cent would allow someone to spill all their deepest, darkest secrets. Only old people will miss the penny, because there was a time when we could get grab bags full of treats for a single copper penny. They also sold three “blackballs” for a penny, and when you got past the outer layer of black, there were other layers of flavour that lasted a very long time. A penny went a long way back in the 1940s and 50s.

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Now it takes 1.6 cents to make a single penny, and the currency is almost valueless, unless you have a ton-and-a-half of it to trade in for larger denominations. I guess the only people who will miss the penny, now that the Royal Mint has decided to stop producing it, will be Walmart, who will now have to adjust prices down to .95 instead of .99. On the surface, it means that the consumer will save 4 cents, but I don’t think so. Copper is worth a great deal as a metal, and thieves try to steal hundreds of pounds of copper tubing or copper wire to sell it back to the unsuspecting. It is a true commodity and should not be wasted in a currency of low value. It is all for the best, since prices have been rising so much recently that a penny has almost no value at all, except as symbol of happy times, many years ago, when a penny was really worth something.

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St. Thomas Police are investigating a theft from Wilson’s Canada Cleaners. On March 9 at 5:40pm, a staff member left the front counter area and went into the back room. When they returned a few minutes later, they observed that the cash register drawer was open and the cash was gone. A small amount of cash was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.






Arbor Day is April 10 Celebrate by planting a tree (and maybe you’ll win one, too) The St. Thomas-Elgin Arbor Week Committee wants you to count yourself in for a special celebration in honour of the 140th anniversary of Arbor Day on April 10. The volunteer committee is running a contest to encourage people in Elgin County to plant a tree this year to celebrate the annual international event that promotes tree planting. “From the start of Arbor Day to early fall, we’re going to ask people to email us and tell us the number of trees they planted,” says C. Frank Lattanzio, committee chairperson. “What number will we reach? The sky’s the limit!” Trees planted between April 10, 2012 (Arbor Day’s 140th anniversary) and September 19, 2012 (Canada’s National Tree Day) are eligible. Tree planters are asked to email their name, contact information, number of trees they planted and the species to the committee. People are also encouraged to share their favourite tree stories. At the end of the planting season in September, a random draw from the emails will be made and the winner will

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“A penny for your thoughts?” This classic phrase may not mean anything anymore after the Canadian government discontinues the use of the penny coin later this year, but the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas says it still means something to them. The local charity launched a MORE INFO… new fundraising and awareness Pennies for Memories campaign March 30 called “Pennies for Memories” to help those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. “We thought people would want to do something with their extra coins, and this is a way to put them to good use,” said Chris Smith, events coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Elgin St. Thomas. She said every penny counts towards providing programs and services in sup-

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Youth entrepreneurial award Justin Brown (left) and Sameer Jagasia are the proud winners of the 2011 Helen LeFrank Entrepreneurial Youth Award for their business, Fourword Thinking. The annual award supports youth under 29 years of age who are involved in entrepreneurship and/or business start-ups and includes a grant of up to $1,000. It was presented at the 25th annual general meeting of Elgin Business Resource Centre March 27.

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Officially re-opening the library The St. Thomas Public Library held its grand re-opening March 29 after almost a year of renovation. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) John Knox of Chamberlain Architects; Andrew Gunn, trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate who funded a major portion of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library; Greg Grondin, chair of the St. Thomas Public Library Board; Rudi Denham, chief librarian and CEO of the library; St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson; and Heather Robinson, library revitalization project coordinator.

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Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal From the agony of the crucifixion to the defeat of death through the resurrection Good Friday Service, April 6th at 10:00 a.m. Hot Cross Buns and refreshments at 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Service, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. Services with John VanEyk. Everyone Welcome.

Minister: Rev. Jim Evans, Music Ministry: Rob Earnshaw 38 Aldborough Ave. St. Thomas N5R 4T1 Telephone: Grace UC 519-631-7096, St Mark's 519-631-5705 All services are held at St. Mark's United Church April 5 - Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm April 6 - Good Friday Service 10:00 am April 8 - Easter Worship Service 10:00 am Sunday School available. Please join us.  All are welcome.

UNION UNITED CHURCH 6008 Stonechurch Rd. 519-631-0304 Good Friday Service at 9:30am Easter Sunday Service at 9:30am Everyone Welcome

Family Science Day, sponsored by the volunteer group Let’s Talk Science, attracted a basement full of youngsters at St. James Presbyterian Church March 24. Here Alyssa Tait, Mikaela Fletcher, and Amanda Vlasma, work with volunteer Anne Dieterle using a combination yeast and dishwasher detergent to create a froth called Elephant’s Tooth Paste. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave., St. Thomas

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Ferguson Line and Yarmouth Centre Line. Pastor Cynthia Breadner 519-207-3331 April 6, 2012 Good Friday 9:30 AM Grief, Loss and Bereavement Service Everyone is invited to walk their grief to the cross, and begin to heal. The power of resurrection. April 8, 2012 Easter Sunday 7:00 AM Sunrise Service at Belmont Park Light Breakfast, coffee, tea and juice to follow at the church 9:30 AM Easter Morning Service Reminder: April 11, 2012 Spring Supper!! Tickets available soon! Good Friday Service this year is being hosted by New Sarum Baptist Church. Pastor Phil Butler April 6th at 10:30 a.m.

Easter Eucharist April 8 at 10:00am St. Hilda’s - St. Luke’s Anglican Church 185 Elm Street, St. Thomas 519-631 -0504

Center Street, New Sarum and Sparta Baptist Churches. Everyone welcome Easter Sunday there will be a breakfast service at 8am, with breakfast provided by the Youth Group. Easter worship is at 11:15 am.

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See my fish Emma Annett, a Grade 2 student at Southwold Public School, shows off her work of art at the the Great Beginnings Elementary Schools Art Exhibit at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. The show runs until April 7. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

Trinity Anglican Church The Church with the Purple Steeple

Maundy Thursday Apr 5th 7pm Good Friday Apr 6th 10am Service at St. Hildas• St.Lukes Sunrise Service Old English Church Apr 8th 7:30am Easter Sunday Apr 8th 9am Communion [BCP] 10:30am Holy Eucharist and Sunday School Father Jawn Kolohon Officiating Gods Peace in this Holy Week Phone: 519-631-7000


Full and Partial Estates, Collections, High Quality Antiques, Artwork, Furniture, Folk Art, Historic Documents, Clocks, Toys and other fine items on a consignment basis to be sold at an upcoming Spring auction at the Canada Southern Railway Station. Proceeds of the sales will go toward the ongoing restoration of the Station. Dealers welcome.

Easter Worship Services Living Hope Community Church 80 Curtis St , St. Thomas 519-637-4195 Pastor David Howlett Good Friday, April 6, 10:30am Easter Sunday, April 8, 10:00am God loves you. He wants you to know Him. “COME”

St. John’s Anglican 20 Flora St., 631-7368 Priest: Rev’d Jim Innes, B.A., M.Div. Music Director: Brian May

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11:00 a.m. – Children’s Liturgy Stations of the Cross and Communion Service 3:00 p.m. – Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Good Friday. (April 6th) at 10:30a.m. – At New Sarum Baptist Church. Combined service with New Sarum & Sparta Baptist Churches Easter Sunday. (April 8th): 9:00a.m. – “Sonrise” service at the church 9:30a.m. – Easter Breakfast 11:00a.m. – Resurrection Celebration Service

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Learning from each other Pretty close to everything I have ever learned, I learned from either someone else or in a community setting. As a kid, I learned to never leave an extension ladder standing next to a building. A young child may venture up it in my absence and hurt himself.  My dad taught me that. But, my dad was a volunteer fireman – they taught him that. As a kid, I learned not to tease someone who was different from me. My dad taught me that in the context of a Sunday School class gone awry.  In the absence of the teacher, we decided to tease another pupil in the class who was different than we were.  Which seemed fine – until my dad found out!   St.Thomas/Elgin

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As a kid, I learned that you couldn't win a soccer game by yourself, no matter how good a goalkeeper you were. I played a little soccer as a child and had a knack for playing goal. But I learned in the context of a game that, without community, I could never win a game.  Someone had to venture down the field and score. As a kid, I learned the essentials of “buddy-breathing” when I took a scuba diving course with my dad. The idea is to share your air and your register with a buddy in case of an emergency. Buddy breathing was designed to stop you from ripping the register out of your buddy's mouth because you ran out of air. But again, I learned that in the context of a community called the Barracudas  Underwater Club of St. Catharines. Henri Nouwen wrote the following:  "Whatever we know about God and God's love; whatever we know about

Jesus – His life, death, and resurrection – whatever we know about the church and its ministry, is not the invention of our minds asking for an award. It is the knowledge that has come to us through the ages from the people of Israel and the prophets, from Jesus and the saints, and from all who have played roles in the formation of our hearts. True spiritual knowledge belongs to the communion of saints." So, for me, my spirituality has to take place in community, because as I said, “Pretty close to everything I have ever learned, I learned from either someone else or in a community setting.”  And that, is something to think about. 




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Has your life been affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, AL-ANON is for you! We will help. Call 519434-2613 or 1-8884al-ANON. 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. Income Tax Clinics (low income) at St. Thomas Public Library, Mondays in April (not April 9), 9:15-2:30. Also at the Seniors Centre Tues. afternoons in March by appt 519-633-2850. Grief support offered for all ages, one to one or Group settings available.  Call  Seren-

ity House Hospice at 519-637-3034 for more details. Do you have spare time during the day? VON is in need of Meals on Wheels and Transportation Volunteers. For more information call 519-637-6408. April Open House. Free Learn To Sing Acappella Four Part Harmony, Men 15 Years And Up, No Experience Required, Barbershop Harmony Society, The Elginaires, 519-6370876. Nervous about public speaking? Talbot Trail Toastmasters can help. Meeting every Thursday evening 78:30pm, Elgin Mall Community Centre. Guests welcome, bring a friend! Pennies for Memories. Please drop off your pennies at the Alzheimer Society

Corporation of the Township of Southwold ROAD MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Township of Southwold is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of full-time Road Maintenance Employee for a one-year contract (possible extension). The incumbent must have a valid DZ license and experience in the operation of a variety of heavy equipment. Experience in snow plowing, road construction and maintenance techniques would be considered an asset. A complete job description is available upon request. Normal work week is 40 hrs. On-call duties on a rotating basis and after hours work for emergency repairs and call outs are a requirement of the position. Resumes will be accepted until Friday April 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m., Attn: Scott Woolley, Public Works Superintendent, Township of Southwold, 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON, N0L 1K0 or fax to (519) 769-2837 or email: The personal information submitted for employment is collected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. We thank you for your application, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of Southwold is an “Equal Opportunity Employer”

Elgin-St. Thomas, 450 Sunset Drive or call 519-633-4396 for pick-up. Pennies for your Thoughts. Port Stanley Public Library showcases the paintings of Guild artist Robin Baratta and Port photos by Sharron Russell through April. 302 Bridge Street. 519-782-4241. Field Naturalist Meeting, Friday, April 6, 7:30pm, Knox Church, St. Thomas, "Action in Grandmas Gardens: Fact, Fancy & Folklore" by Amelia Angel & Miles Evans.  519631-5279. Family Easter Event, Union Community Centre, sponsored by the Union South Yarmouth Optimist Club, April 7, 1011:30am. Come as a family. Easter Egg Hunt. No charge. Youth Ball Registration at the Easter Event at the Union Community Centre on April 7, 1011:30am. Call for info. 519-631-3840. Port Stanley Commu-

nity Policing presents Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 11am, starting at the Library ending at the Legion. Kids finger printing. Annual Easter Celebration in Sparta, Saturday, April 7, 11am-3pm. Free fun for the kids-draws, Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bake sale and coffee bake by Adah Chapter O.E.S. at Caladonia 2 Pioneer Line at Dutton. Saturday, April 7, 10-12pm. Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives, Memorable Mondays. The 2nd Monday of each month. April 9, 2-3pm. Museum members free, nonmembers $5.  14 East St. Aylmer, 519-7739723. The Canadian Cancer Society is offering a free 6 week self-management program “Living Well Beyond Cancer” starting April 10 from 6–8:30pm.  To

register 519-4321137 ext. 3915. Parkinson Support Group Meeting, Tuesday April 10, 2-4pm., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313. Drumming Circle, Tuesday, April 10, 7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. The interactive Drum Circle is open to everyone.  Info 519631-7368. Wednesday Card Club, April 11, 2-4pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Coffee and goodies provided.  Freewill offering. Field Naturalist Walk,  Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm at Aylmer Wildlife Management Area.    Info 519-769-2094. Wednesday, April 11, Bible Questions at St. Andrew's United Church, everyone is welcome. For info call 519-631-4558. Hospice Visiting Volun-


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teers Needed, Training will be held April 11May 30. Please call VON for more information 519-637-6408. Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. April 12, 13, 14, 19 (soldout), 20, 21 at 8pm. April 15 & 22 at 2pm. Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 Princess Avenue. Tickets: $15. Call 519633-8530. Elgin County Railway Museum general meeting takes place Thursday, April 12 at the Museum site. 7pm. Please note change of location. 519-631-9865. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, April 12, 7pm, Community Of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info Rick Badgley 519637-8432. Everyone Welcome To Attend. Junior Farmers Meeting at Elgin County Administrative Building, Ages 15-29, April 12 at 7:30pm. More info 519-860-5912. April 13, 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 Music Festival Keynotes Concert takes place April 13, 7pm at the Salvation Army, Elm St. Presentation of the many scholarships and awards to young per-

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519-852-2161. Yard Sale & Hidden Treasures, Saturday, April 14, beginning 8am-noon, St. John's Church on Flora St. We have 'Yards' & 'Yards' of good stuff. Check us out. Rummage/Bake Sale & Boutique, Saturday, April 14, 8-11:30am, Central United Church, 135 Wellington St. Tuesday, April 17, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group,10:30am at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For info 519-6314558. Everyone is Welcome. Wednesday Card Club, April 18, 2-4pm St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Coffee and goodies provided.  Freewill offering.


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formers. 519-6319865. Grab & Go, Chicken Divine Dinner, Friday, April 13, St. Mark's United Church, Pick up 4:30-6pm, still only $10. at the door. St. Thomas Crimestoppers rain barrel sale, Saturday, April 14. Support our local initiatives. Please call Grant at 519-6310740 for more information. Babysitting Course, April 14 and 27, Union Community Centre, Children 10 yrs and older. Call to register 519-631-3840. Shopping Bus to Vaughan Mills Mall and IKEA, Saturday, April 14 leaving from St. Thomas. Everyone Welcome, $42 per person. For information or to book a seat call

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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.



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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Field Naturalist Walk, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30pm at Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area, on Sparta Line.  Info 519-7692094. Wednesday, April 18, Kicker's,  6-7pm, St. Andrew's United Church , 60 West Ave. For children ages 513.    Please call for info  if attending this evening. 519-6314558. Thursday, April 19, Euchre Games & Dessert, 7pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. For info 519-631-4558. 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. 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 offering. 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.

Congratulations to the winners in our 3rd Anniversary Contest Draw in our Final Cash 33 $3 e th f o r ne Win lacetown Deb Else from Wal mantic Package Winner of the Ro mhurst Inn for Two at the Elht suite stay, including overnig reakfast dinner and b n Jennifer Jefferso

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DEATH NOTICES BUCKLEY, RANDY L. of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 in his 60th year.  Cremation took place. No public visitation or funeral service.  Sifton Funeral Home. CATTELL, DOROTHY JEAN (GAUTHIER) of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 in her 82nd year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated April 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GIBBONS, EDITH C. of Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in her 86th year. A funeral was held March 29, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. JONES, MAY DOREEN of Aylmer and Springfield, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 in her 93rd year. A funeral was held April 3, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. LATAM, BETTY (NEE SYTSMA) passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in her 70th year. A celebration of life was held March 30, 2012. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. MCCANN, LORRAINE of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 in her 86th year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated April 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. RONSON, JOHN AYLMER “JACK” of Aylmer and formerly of Belmont, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 in his 92nd year. An informal celebration of life Friday, April 6 at 1pm. Visitation from 12-1pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SHACKELTON, CINDY LYNN of RR #4, Aylmer, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in her 47th year. A funeral service was held March 31, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

SMITH, CLARENCE JAMES of London and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 in his 87th year. A funeral was held March 30, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TAYLOR, NORMAN RALPH of RR #1, Belmont, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the age of 78. A service was held March 30, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. TEMPLE, COLLEEN of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in her 76th year. A public memorial service was held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALLER, WILFRED LESLIE “LES” of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in his 70th year. A funeral was held April 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WHITE, SALLY (NEE JONES) of Aylmer, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in her 91st year. A private family service held. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.




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April 5, 2012 Issue  

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