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Bill Walters is new Elgin County Warden Central Elgin mayor acclaimed to head council Although councillors at Elgin County Council December 13 made a lighthearted motion to rise when CAO Mark Macdonald asked all candidates for warden to stand, Bill Walters was the only one who stood all the way up. He was therefore acclaimed as Warden, head of Elgin County Council. The mayor of Central Elgin was unopposed in his bid for the one-year position. He had You may see a robin at the Christmas Bird Count December 26. (Photo by Jonathan Oleyar, courtesy of National Audubon Society) previously declared his intention to seek the office. In his inaugural speech, he thanked outgoing warden Dave St. Thomas Field Naturalists Field Naturalists counted Mennill for “leading county count birds on Boxing Day 16,826 birds and 78 species. council this past year and for Bird Studies Canada and Nature enthusiasts in St. setting a good example of how Audubon rely on data from all Thomas will be joining birders to fulfill the warden’s position.” the bird counts to make analyacross North America in the Bill was elected Central Elgin ses regarding bird conserva112th annual Christmas Bird Mayor in the October 2010 tion and climate change across Count. election. He served previously the continent. “We have been tracking birds as mayor from 1997-2000, as If you’d like to get involved in in this area since 1951,” says deputy mayor from 1994-1997 this year’s bird count, contact Diane Dobson, the coordinator and as councilor for the previDiane Dobson before Decemfor the St. Thomas bird count. ous term. He has served seven ber 24. “It's a great tradition which has years on Elgin County Council. potential to help map out This is his first time as warden. changes to climate, bird IF YOU GO… “Elgin County Council faces species population fluctua- Christmas Bird Count some serious challenges, not tions, and the birders just enjoy When? Mon. Dec. 26 only for 2012 but for many the day doing what they are Where? St. Thomas area years ahead,” he said, listing Cost? Volunteer passionate about.” these as reviewing options for Last year the St. Thomas More info? 519-631-7557 Terrace Lodge Home for Sen-

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New Elgin County Warden Bill Walters (right) displays the chain of office, Lord Elgin Watch and gavel of office, which he received from previous warden Dave Mennill December 13.

that have economic development and tourism potential due to our proximity to huge markets,” Bill said. Other opportunities include the introduction of a new Official Plan, the entrepreneurial spirit evident in Elgin and the

creative economy, he said. He ended his remarks by challenging St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman and staff to a re-match with Elgin County for another friendly hockey game to raise money for United Way.

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The games we play When I was growing up, a big part of Christmas was playing games. Puzzles and board games were hauled out of the cupboard and set up on the coffee table and dining room table, as well as other surfaces around the house. There would be the inevitable puzzle that would take the entire holiday to put together. Whenever you passed by or had a spare minute, you would sit and attempt to fit a piece into the matrix. There was the late night Monopoly game that usually fizzled out after all the hotels and houses had been bought. There were the countless card games, like Old Maid and Rummy when we were younger, and Uno when we were older. Chinese checkers were a big hit, as well as a version of Aggravation that usually became quite exciting as playing pieces were hit off the board.

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The MC mystery It’s been building for a few years, but I think it’s safe to say that the anti-MC movement has been around long enough that it is now generating anti-anti-MC momentum. MP Joe Preston and his wife Geri sent out Christmas greetings with an MC message, and I understand that one politically correct constituent scratched out the greeting and mailed it back to them, pointing out how inappropriate it seemed. But that type of response is apparently the exception. Apparently the overwhelming response in the Elgin Middlesex London riding has been positive, if not admiring of Joe and Geri for their courage. Courage, eh? How did it come to that? Are people who follow religions other then Christianity truly objecting? In general, I don’t think so. Perhaps some Jehovah’s Witnesses, who do not celebrate Christmas, might take offence, but they tend to abstain from Christmas

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editorialpage I was reminded of the art of playing games at our company Christmas party last week when several Crokinole boards were set up. This was a game I had never played before. My colleagues explained to me that it was a combination of marbles and shuffleboard where you had to hit a playing piece into the centre of the board. Everyone joined in and I surprised myself by having fun. I had forgotten the sense of competition, the permutations the mind goes through to figure out the next move, as well as the friendly interaction with others. I wondered whether, with the proliferation of electronic gadgetry these days that emphasized interaction with computers instead of other people, we had forgotten how to play games with each other. So maybe this Christmas when I visit my relatives, I’ll suggest a friendly game of Monopoly and see what happens. I always liked landing on Park Place.

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Music to her ears Thomas Lay and Bob Holt of The Old Elgin Band present Shelly Haycock, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #41 in St. Thomas, with a cheque for $4,000 December 14. The money is being disbursed from funds left over after the musical group disbanded this year after 25 years of service.

activities, rather than actively oppose the day. Atheists and agnostics are possibilities, but most of them in North America enjoy the Christmas party and presents, even if the more religious aspects are shunned. I’m beginning to wonder if the anti-MC movement is an urban myth. It may be a legend that anybody actually objected to someone else using the MC greeting. However, once the myth was out there, all kinds of people from public school board officials to retail store owners became paranoid that something bad would happen if the greeting were used. For the anti-MC crowd, the substitutes don’t really do the trick. Happy holidays? Seems to me that “holiday” originated from “holy day.” Oops. Season’s greetings? Sounds more politically correct until you ask yourself, what season? The season of Christmas, I gather. Happy winter solstice? Now that sounds festive! As we move toward December 25, let’s break this version of the chain letter or the email hoax. Say it loud and say it proud this winter solstice. Merry Christmas. God bless us, every one.

Guest Editorial Is Christmas still a Christian holiday? You don’t have to go far nowadays before you hear someone say that Christmas isn’t what it used to be. For one thing, it used to be a Christian celebration, welcoming the birth of Jesus as the savior of the world. Even non-Christians were going to be saved. However, the composition of Canada is changing daily, with immigrants of many different faiths arriving on our shores and with the percentage of Christians declining every year. Over the past few years, at least two Christian churches in London have been converted into restaurants or office space. Fewer and fewer Christians are practicing their faith, and Christmas has become a different event. Cynics will say it has become a commercial time and while it is true that the season is

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Comfort food and clothing Al Mintz of Christmas Care (right) accepts a basket for turkey fixings, warm clothing items and $2,190 in cash from Bonnie Brown, Marilyn Lunn and Norma Pyatt of the Housekeeping Department at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in support of the St. Thomas Christmas charity.

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When you ask Sandy Kellestine, local logistics co-ordinator for the St. Thomas/Elgin Operation Christmas Child, how she got involved with the project, she'll tell you, "I have been putting a shoebox together for years. So when I was approached by Captain Bob Elliott of the St. Thomas Salvation Army and Dan Noble of Operation Christmas Child in Cambridge to head up the local drive, it was a natural fit." In her second year as co-ordinator, Sandy said there has been an increase of 330 shoeboxes over last year, with boxes coming in from St. Thomas, Rodney, Dutton, Aylmer and various schools in the area.  They were also aided by three  Grade 12  students from Central Elgin Collegiate, Rebekkah Parsons,  Heather Plyley  and  Adrianna Islami, who raised funds as part of their Leadership Class Independent Studies program. They held a Rock-A-Thon at the Salvation Army Church  in November where nine participants rocked away in rocking chairs for several hours, contributing $1,400 to the cause.  That money went towards purchasing 67 pairs of shoes at a local shoe store (Payless ShoeSource at Elgin Mall), socks and school supplies, as well as a donation to Operation Christmas Child to help offset shipping costs.  Once people dropped off their filled shoeboxes at the Salvation Army Church, the boxes were packed into larger containers and taken to Oakridge Presbyterian Church in London for transportation to the Samaritan's Purse Distribution Centre in Cambridge. Each box will be inspected before being loaded

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Police in St. Thomas are investigating a break, enter and theft to an apartment. On December 10, suspects entered a residence at 41 Parkside Drive between the hours of 5:45 and 10 pm, and took a HP laptop computer, a Canon Camcorder and three women’s rings described as a Tanzanite cocktail ring, a sapphire diamond ring and a gold diamond heart shaped ring. Value of this theft is $13,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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dren's faces when they are handed a box because so many of them have never received a gift in their young lives.  As Rebekkah put it when they held the Rock-A-Thon, they did it to help children in other countries who are in need of a little Christmas love. What a lot of love they will spread.

Sandy Kellestine, local logistics co-ordinator for St. Thomas /Elgin Operation Christmas Child with this year's boxes – 1,530 in total, up 330 from last year. (Photo by Pat Kilmer)

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New board for Port Stanley Festival Theatre A new board of governors was elected at Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s annual general meeting December 7. They are (front row) Mary Dunn, past president and Robert Halle, president, (back row) Louise Carbonneau Vermeirien, director; Richard Haddow, director; Jim Campbell, secretary; Kristin Marmai Brown, director; Brian Welsh, vice-president; Gaston St. Amand, treasurer, Dennis Goddard, director; and Gary McLeod, director. (Photo courtesy of PSFT)

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Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 7pm will be in Grace United Church, 18 Balaclava St.  Christmas Day Service, 10am at St. Mark’s, 38 Aldborough Ave. Merry Christmas! New Year's Day Service, 10am at St. Mark’s For Information call 519-631-9865

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2012 Capital Budget – Part 1 After discussion by council, the 2012 Capital Budget – Part 1 was approved for expenditures of $7,850,965. Treasurer William Day said that no increase in taxes will result. The money comes from the current property tax levy, the water and sewer reserve, the Valleyview Reserve (Counsell Estate), Development Charges Reserve Fund, Building Reserve, Provincial Gas Tax and Grants and Recoveries. The money will be used for capital projects identified and prioritized by City Departments and Boards. Historically, the City has considered capital budget requests and associated funding in two distinct parts, one typically in the fall preceding the fiscal year and the second at the time of the adoption of the current budget. This is to allow high priority construction projects to proceed immediately thereby increasing opportunities for cost savings via early tendering. Although most items were approved, the replacement of five vehicles was removed from the budget. Several aldermen felt that these vehicles could last a few years longer and more information was needed before making a decision to replace them.

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Cowan Park improvements Stan Beleutz and Bill Horn of the Lynhurst Community Association came to council to present a cheque for $35,000 to finish the improvements to Cowan Park. The Association has been working on this project since 1995. They were able to finish the third phase of installing washrooms in the park

with a generous donation from the Green Lane Community Trust Fund. Garbage bins for downtown Fifty waste and recycling containers will be purchased by Environmental Services and installed along Talbot Street as part of the city’s Public Space Recycling initiative. “These are long overdue,” says Alderman Mark Cosens. The bins will be purchased from Clean River Recycling Solutions for $40,050 and installed as early as February 1.

Generous donation to United Way Employees of the City of St. Thomas concluded their 2011 fundraising campaign for United Way and raised $16,755.65, a 12 percent increase over the campaign goal of $15,000. The funds were raised by payroll deductions, one-time pledges and many special events throughout the fall. “It is my understanding that this is one of the highest amounts we’ve raised in the last seven years,” says Gra-

ham Dart, director of human resources. Don’t speed Constable Brian Kempster of the St. Thomas Police advised the public that they will be monitoring Elm Street between

Fairview Avenue and Wilson Avenue for speeding. This area has been identified as an area where speeds occur that are higher than the posted signs of 50km/hr (and 40km/hr in front of the Elgin General Hospital).

There is no safe time,type, or amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. This season, ask for a mocktail instead.

For facilities at Cowan Park Stan Beleutz and Bill Horn of the Lynhurst Community Association present a cheque for $35,000 to Alderman Gord Campbell December 19 to construct washrooms at Cowan Park. The Association received the money from Green Lane Community Trust Fund to complete the project.

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A city couple went for horse riding lessons while on holidays. The cowboy preparing the horses asked the wife whether she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was. He told her one had a horn and one didn't. She replied, "The one without the horn is fine. I don't expect we'll run into too much traffic."

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Cool donation Malcom Rust (right), president of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas Foundation, presents a cheque for $10,000 to John Regan, general manager of the Elgin Business Resource Centre, and Delia Reiche, business development manager for the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs. The donation was made December 12 for the new Rotary Youth Suite at ICE to encourage youthful entrepreneurs to build new businesses. (Photo courtesy of Bill Horn)

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A new survey finds that while 96 percent of Ontarians support the reuse and recycling of electronics to prevent substances of concern ending up in landfill, only four in ten actually plan on recycling the electronics they will replace this holiday. This means the fate of some unwanted electronics may be to collect dust in a basement or garage, or even worse, end up in landfill. According to Environ-

ment Canada, approximately 140,000 tonnes of e-waste goes to landfill each year. The poll was commissioned by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a not-for-profit organization that oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of end-of-life electronics across the province. "We live in an age where technology is evolving at lightning speed, so it's not surprising

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to see the latest smartphone or tablet topping holiday shopping lists," says Carol Hochu, executive director, OES. "It's important for consumers to think about recycling unwanted electronics or, in keeping with the spirit of the season, donating to refurbishers who make secondhand items like computers accessible to schools and other not-for-profit groups." The OES program includes a network of approved collection sites and numerous other affiliate sites – retail, not-for-profit, commercial and municipal – located throughout the province. In fact, 85 percent of residents live within 10 kilometers of a collection depot. To date, the Ontario Electronic Stewardship has diverted approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste electronics from landfill. That's equivalent to 9,800 tractor-trailer loads of unwanted TVs, digital cameras, mp3 players and monitors. Parked endto-end, these trailers would form a line from downtown Toronto all the way north to Huntsville. To locate a nearby collection site and access resources including a list of 44 items accepted by the OES program, visit: www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.


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Elgin County Council by Amelia Bainbridge

Ford property assessment Ford is ramping up its efforts to gain a lower assessment on the Ford Plant. The county is currently appealing the Ford Plant’s assessment of approximately half of its previous value of $47 million. Ford, previously represented by a property tax paralegal firm, has now hired a legal firm and asked for an even lower assessment of $12,549,000. The county’s current plan is based on a $23 million valuation. The reduced value would mean lost taxes of $600,000. “There will be some provisions we will have to make in our ten-year plan depending on what we hear from MTE,� said Bundschuh. Council met with MTE Inc., the county’s consultants on the appeal, during in-camera session to receive direction on the appeal. County website development The Elgin County website committee has put forward five recommendations to improve the county’s website, www.elgincounty.ca. The recommen-

dations include content review, staff training for updating the website, the appointment of a designated web administrator, increased updating flexibility and reorganization of the homepage. The two phases of the process will involve first migrating the website to a new content management system, which will require an RFP for a company to complete the work, and a reorganization of the site to make it more user friendly. “Everything needs to be easier to find, accessible, mobile and easier to use,� said Katherine Thompson, Economic Development Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Tax ratios remain Council approved a recommendation that the county’s commercial and industrial tax rates stay the same after hearing a report by General Manager of Economic Development Alan Smith. The report shows that the county is competitive in their rates compared to similar upper-tier municipal governments and that Elgin is below the provincial threshold for tax

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ratios. Smith noted the county can focus on other factors rather than lowering tax rates to attract investment to the area: “Businesses are looking for price of land, workforce development and location,� said Smith. “Elgin is building a competitive advantage with its brand and marketing its quality of place which we believe will attract the businesses we are looking for.� Survey software for county homes Council approved the use of web-based software Survey Monkey in county homes for seniors to gain feedback from residents, family and staff members. Director of Homes and Senior Services Rhonda Duffy reported that county homes have five resident access computers with many daily users, and family members that may live at a distance could easily provide feedback by

using online software. The cost of the package, an annual fee of $348, would be absorbed in the Homes and Senior Services administration budget. “It will streamline our abilities, instead of manually trying to collect information we can do it online,� said Duffy. Preventative maintenance for mobility devices Shopper’s Home Health Care (SHHC) has been approved to provide preventative maintenance for wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices at all three county homes for seniors. Rhonda Duffy reported that homes are mandated to ensure equipment is in working order regardless if the equipment is owned by the resident or the county. “Homes can provide assistance with minor repairs, but it does require the use of another company to come in with skill and expertise,� said Duffy. After interviewing two compa-

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nies SHHC was chosen based on their previous service to residents of Elgin Manor. Library Internet Policy and Procedure update Council approved updates to the Library Internet Policy, including a disclaimer statement requiring patrons to accept the terms of the policy in the Bayham, Aylmer, Port Stanley and Dutton locations where automated booking software has been installed. The policy also

addresses widespread usage of wireless services at each branch, and clearly states that the County uses filters to ensure content is appropriate for the public. A Code of Ethics will be posted next to all library computers. “We want people to understand that they will abide by our policy when they use the computers,� said Brian Masschaele, Director of Community and Cultural Services.

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Surviving grief through the holidays Three ways to remember your loved ones by Cindy Webber, Serenity House Hospice

Holidays, and especially Christmas, can be very difficult times of the year for those who have lost a loved one. It may be thought that a great relief occurs following a death, but it's not as easy as that. You may dread facing the holidays without your loved one and, feeling numb, withdraw from friends and family. There is no right or wrong way to grieve; grief is a personal and individual issue. A family in grief can greatly help one another by preparing in advance for special days. Maintaining family traditions is very important, but it is not always possible. Adding new traditions can expand the

meaning and depth of special days for each member of the family when they are included in the process. Here are three suggestions for those who are facing the holidays with a loss. 1. Recreate or change traditions, start something new. Everyone grieves differently and you may want to break from past activities or start something new. It may be too painful to remember or participate in some past family traditions. 2. Bring the special touches of your loved one to the holidays. Some suggestions are: hang a stocking for the deceased, place his/her favourite ornament on the tree, or place a past Christmas card or picture out to display. 3. Connect to the spiritual. During the holidays; read a book about hope, go to a place that lifts you out of yourself, pray or meditate, light a candle, do something that is significant for you.

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Anticipation of the holidays is usually worse than the actual day, but try to do what helps you the most. There is no perfect way to spend the holidays. Hold on to your hope. Listen to the small still voice inside you and do what you have to do.

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For the animals Michael Kuijpers of St. Thomas presents Siobhan Poole of Cedar Row Animal Sanctuary with a cheque for $2,250 October 8. The King’s University College student raised the money by collecting small change at local stores during the summer. It will be used for food and hay for the hundreds of abandoned, abused and unwanted goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens and ducks that the sanctuary rescues. (Photo courtesy of Carla Kuijpers-Hannick)

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Members of the St. Thomas Elgin Insurance Brokers Association donated 50 purple blankets to the Aylmer and Malahide Fire Departments December 12. At the presentation were (from left) Sam Taylor of the Aylmer Fire Department and Paul Groeneveld of the Malahide Fire Department, as well as Jim Mathews, Matt Sharpe, Crystal Underhill and Dawn Brower of the St. Thomas Elgin Insurance Brokers Association. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Underhill)

ECOENERGY RETROFITHOMES PROGRAM The Federal Government renewed the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes Program in the 2011 Federal Budget. From June 6, 2011, until March 31, 2012, homeowners are eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy efficient. There are two important changes to the Program. First, there is a requirement for participants to register directly with the Program before booking their evaluation. Second, homeowners will now be required to provide receipts to their energy advisor at the time of the postretrofit evaluation to confirm eligibility for the Grant.

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Season’s Greetings Mayor Heather JacksonChapman & the members of St. Thomas City Council would like to take this opportunity to extend warm greetings for the season, and wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year City Hall will close on Thursday, December 22 at 4:30p.m. and re-open January 2 at 8:30a.m. 545 Talbot St., St. Thomas 519-631-1680

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asked to draft a bylaw covering chip wagons in Central Elgin. A bylaw in the former Township of Yarmouth allowed chip wagon licences for 1240 Talbot Street and 6194 Stone Church Road. A report from CAO Donald Leitch to council pointed out that neither Belmont nor Port Stanley have licensed mobile food vendors and the zoning bylaws for Port Stanley do not currently permit chip wagons anywhere in the village. Silvia Trnad wrote the municipality expressing an interest in a chip wagon at 1240 Talbot Street. In order for such a business to operate, a new bylaw would have to be drafted, and proper zoning and a licence would need to be in place. Greening Central Elgin The municipality is partnering with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority and Catfish Creek Conservation Authority on a pilot project called “Greening Central Elgin” to promote the sale of seedling nursery stock for reforestation

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No objections to Official Plan At its December 19 meeting, Central Elgin council clarified its position on a Township of Southwold Official Plan submission to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In a formal motion prepared by mayor Bill Walters, councillors asked CAO Donald Leitch to write to the Ministry, saying that the municipality had no objection to the Official Plan and that Central Elgin is prepared to enter into negotiations with Southwold in regard to sewage for Port Stanley. Deputy mayor David Marr reminded council that sewage lagoons for Central Elgin are in Southwold. Belmont solar clarification Councillor Sally Martyn said she agreed with a letter from MPP Jeff Yurek to provincial Minister of Energy Chris Bentley and forwarded to Central Elgin. The letter asks the minister to make a choice about a proposed solar field in Belmont, under review by the ministry. The letter reads, in part, “I ask that we have FSD

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Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for an employment project. Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, made the announcement December 19 on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Our government’s top priority is jobs and the economy,” said MP Preston. “For many young Canadians, making the

transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment. That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Youth Engagement Project.” With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin will help 24  youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. The participants will attend workshops that focus on topics such as resumé writing, job search strategies and interview techniques. They will also be assigned job placements with local employers based on their specific needs and inter-

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ests to gain hands-on experience and further develop their skills. Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living

in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin will receive over $365,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Engagement Project.

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Our thanks to the community for your support in 2011

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Dear Santa: Animal Aide Kitty Wish List: cleaning supplies, laundry & dish detergent, bleach, fabric softener, and 'Temptations' kitty treats puurrease! Can't afford a winter coat? Call us at Coats for Kids 519-6334509.  We have some adults coats as well! Elgin County Railway Museum. Great gift ideas & Thomas the Tank Engine products available in the Museum Store. $4 person, children under 12 free. Call for hours. 519-637-6284. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge St., invites you to enjoy the work of Guild artists

uary 3, Tuesdays 78pm. Registration Jan. 3, 6:30-7pm. Call for info. Vicki at 519-6313840. Thursday, Jan. 5, Wallacetown Women's Institute annual potluck lunch and euchre card party. South Dunwich Hall, Wallacetown, 12pm. 519-7623629 or 519-762-3118. Everyone welcome. Jabez Therapy Ranch fundraising fish supper at Schooners in Port Burwell, Thursday, January 5. Adults $15, 10 and under $8.   4:307:30pm.   For tickets contact 519-8741168. V.O.N. Exercises at the Union Community Centre, starts January 5, runs on Thursdays from 10-11am. Call for info. Vicki at 519631-3840. Friday January 6, Field Naturalist Meeting, 7:30pm at Knox Church, St. Thomas. Presentations by club  members.  Info

Kim Hughson and Sharon Veldstra through December. Telephone 519-7824241 for times. Consider learning skills to support someone with dementia.  VON is in need of Visiting Volunteers!  Training provided in January 2012.  Call 519-6376408 for information. St Thomas Special Olympics, Volunteer Swimming And Bocce  Coaches Urgently Needed. Also Any Donations of Used Bocce Ball Sets. If Interested contact Noreen Lanning 519782-3621. Maintenance and repair of outdoor power equipment and also Chinese ATV’s, Dirt Bikes Are you alone for Yard Equipment and Snow Blowers Christmas dinner? delivery available 226-234-6229 Come have dinner with Pickup andwww.elginrepair.com

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Monday Morning 11 a.m. Dec. 26 (Preview 9:30 a.m.) At the Vienna Auction Center, 6227 Plank Line, Vienna On (#19 Hwy. few minutes from Pt. Burwell) Selling by Auction Antiques – FINE FURNITURE – EUROPEAN FURNITURE – MODERN FURNITURE – NEW FURNITURE – DECORATOR FURNITURE – LAMPS – CLOCKS – COINS – PAINTINGS – PRINTS – GLASS – CHINA – PRIMITIVES – COLLECTABLES – TOOLS –CARPETS – APPLIANCE and other interesting lots! Bedroom – Dining –Living room Furniture, Oak Furniture from Holland, new furniture from Brantford warehouse, single, double, queen and king size mattress sets, china cabinets, buffet and hutch, sets of chairs, rockers, hall tree, bookcase, sideboards, antique platform scales, lamp and parlour tables, upholstered furniture, antiques from storage unit. LAMPS, nice hanging oil lamp, table lamps, cups and saucers, Lily Lamp, Royal Doulton figurines, crystal, clear glass, dinnerware sets. CLOCKS including Pequegnat wall clock, oak mantle clock, postman alarm, statue clock other clocks. Prints by Peter Robson, Bateman and other artwork, brass, copper. COIN COLLECTIONS, $1, $.50, $.25, $.10, $.05, $.01 and paper money, books, knicknacs, household effects plus 100s of unlisted items. Over 400 lots

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519-631-5279. Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, January 6, Elgin Mall Community Room, 10:3011:30am. Topic: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Parkinson Support Group, Meeting Tuesday, January 10, 24pm., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313. Grab & Go Roast Pork Dinner, Take out only, Friday, January 13, St. Mark's United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Pick-up 4-6pm.  Only $10 at the door. Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, January 13, Elgin Mall Community Room, 10:3011:30am. Topic: Alzheimer’s -  Let’s Face It! St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Chicken and Ribs Dinner, Friday January 20. Dinner 5pm. Tickets $15 per person advance. Sign

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Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, January 27, Elgin AYLMER Mall Community FURNITURE AND Room, 10:30APPLIANCES 11:30am. Topic: Alzheimer’s - Know For NEW AND USED Sure! SOFAS & Non-profit groups, CHAIRS FOR A send your Community COMFY HOME Billboard announceOpen Mon. – Sat. 8-6 ments (25 words or by D&M less per item by text Local moves Moving email, no attachments 429 John St. N. (Tall building behind Beer Store) or email/websites in ad) to laura@theweek- 519-773-3991 Delivery can be arranged lynews.ca

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We hope we will see you ALL again in 2012. Animal Aide would also like to remind you that giving pets as presents is rarely a good idea, but prepaid adoption certificates are always the right size!

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BROADHURST, GORDON R. of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2011 in his 74th year.    Memorial service at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11am.  Visitation one hour prior. Sifton Funeral Home. CLARKE, FRANCIS GWENDOLYN “GWEN” (DWYER) (TIERNEY) of St. Thomas and formerly of Alliston passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 at the age of 71. A funeral service was held December 16, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LAM, QUEN THI of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the age of 59. Mass of the Christian Burial was held December 20, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LITTLE, JUSTICE T. DAVID of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the age of 71. There will be a private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. NESDAHL, DENNIS of Rodney, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011. A funeral service was held December 20, 2011. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. NOONAN, DORIS ELIZABETH of Aylmer and formerly Woodstock, passed away Tuesday. December 13, 2011 in her 88th year. A public memorial service was held December 16, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SMITH, LILLY FAY of Port Stanley, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 in her 87th year. A funeral service was held December 17, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. TIMMERMANS, PETER of West Lorne, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 in his 88th year. Funeral Mass from St. Mary’s Church, West Lorne on Thursday, December 22nd at 11am. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd.

TITCHNER, EDWARD “ED” LLOYD of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in his 71st year. A public memorial service was held December 17, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WHALEY, FREDA of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 in her 92nd year. A funeral service was held December 21, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WILSON, JAMES MICHAEL “MIKE” of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 in his 62nd year. A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11am. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WOODSWORTH,  LOIS  (nee PATTERSON) of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday,  December 15, 2011 in her 68th year.  A funeral service was held December 19, 2011.  Sifton Funeral Home.

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Something To Think About...

Pastor Cusick: ww.stpa.on.ca

Are dates important? Okay, so it's a historical enigma. Jesus Christ, son of Mary, and supposed son of Joseph might not have been born on Dec e m b e r 25. Historians who have sorted through the reams of historical data tell us the following. First, Jesus Christ was born nine months after Hanukkah, which puts his birth date in the month of September. And sec-

ond, historically Christians worldwide celebrate Christmas on December 25 because of one of two possibilities. One has to do with giving the Christians something to do on a pagan holiday. The other has to do with a different manner of dating the death of Jesus.  There is a French scholar who has done some extensive work on this subject. Why does all this matter? Let's ask a question. Is the Christian faith dependent upon the exact dating of the birth of the historical person called Jesus Christ? Probably not. I believe the Christian faith has to do with

three things that surround what Christians call 'revelation,' which has nothing to do with the exact date of any particular event. In other words, the only thing we know about God is what He chooses to reveal about Himself. The three ways God chooses to reveal Himself are first, He reveals Himself in general creation; second, in the pages of the written Bible; and third, in the person of Jesus Christ.   I think the issue of when Christmas was, is, or should be, is quite irrelevant. The real issue surrounds a God who chooses to reveal Himself – who otherwise would be unknown.  And that, is something to think about. 

For unto us a child is born

Isaiah 9:6

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Jeff Yurek, Jenn and Maggie wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe, Don’t Drink and Drive.

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We wish to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to our customers and friends for their continued support in 2011 In keeping with The Co-operators tradition of giving back to our communities, this year, Debbie Hamilton & Associates Ltd., has made donations to various charities in lieu of Christmas cards. You have supported us this year St.Thomas, and now it is our pleasure to give back to you!

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Creative Writing Group If you can think it or dream it, you can write it.  This growing and talented group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm in the Community Room.  Stop by or call to find out what the Creative Writers' Group is all about.  Contact Dave Ferguson 519-765-1486 for more information.

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New Years Eve Dec 31 9:30am - 4:00pm New Years Day CLOSED January 2 Regular hours resume

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