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Organizer Wanda Taylor welcomes everyone to the Health & Wellness Show at the Timken Community Centre February 11.

How to live well Health & Wellness Show this Saturday Get ideas on how to live better at the Health & Wellness Show hosted by the Home Based Business Association this Saturday at the Timken Centre. Combining a unique mix of traditional and holistic products and services, the show includes local exhibitors, helpful information, exciting demonstrations and tasty samples for your mind, body, family and soul.   “Health and wellness means so many things to so many people,” says organizer Wanda Taylor. “So we are covering

diet, exercise, nutrition, children, pets, cleaning, home care, common ailments and so much more.” Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and include a belly dancing demo and how to deal with the Superwoman syndrome. “And we have tons of door prizes we want to give away,” says Wanda. IF YOU GO… Health & Wellness Show When? Sat. Feb. 11, 11am-5pm Where? Timken Community Centre, 2 Third Ave., St. Thomas Cost? Free admission More info? 519-207-1115

“We want to modernize the outdated apprenticeship system and alleviate the job crisis,” said MPP Jeff Yurek at a press conference February 1 at the St. Thomas campus of Fanshawe College. “This is a clear and easy solution to bring jobs and get people back to work in Ontario.” Jeff was promoting the PC Party’s plan to change the current apprenticeship system, developed in the 1970s, which requires businesses to employ three to five journeymen to train a single apprentice. The PC Party is championing a system that would reduce apprentice-tojourneymen ratios to 1-to-1. Jeff said that if the new system were implemented, 200,000 skilled trades jobs could be created. Jeff also highlighted the PC Party’s plan to give community colleges, like Fanshawe, a greater role in signing up new apprentices and connecting them with employers. “After all,” Jeff said, “the colleges understand the job needs of their communities and therefore are the best institutions to match students up to employers.” Student Doug Sercombe, who was laid off from Sterling Trucks

when it closed three years ago, spoke about his experience at Fanshawe and how the college helped him obtain a millwright apprenticeship with materials handling equipment manufacturer Tripp-Vogt-Trottier. Jeff stressed the importance of modernizing the apprenticeship system not only to increase opportunities for apprentices but also to entice investment to the area. “The reason businesses

Derek Ploj, a first year student in the machinist program at Fanshawe College, hand taps a hole on a manual mill as technologist Dave Elson explains the process to MPP Jeff Yurek and St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman during a tour of the Industrial Training Centre at the St. Thomas campus February 1.

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Thomas Public Library Friends' Shop has slashed its already low prices to more than half on tales of love until February 29. Swoon over romance hardcovers for 75¢, softcovers for 50¢ and 15 Harlequins for $1. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am till 3pm, the 1,000-square foot shop is filled with a mixed bag of great reads. New titles are added every day. Staff members, all volunteers, help customers find their favourite authors, even if it means rooting through unsorted boxes. Folks were pretty well smitten long before Valentine's Day. Just last week, an out-oftowner who delivers books to shut-ins, filled her grocery cart with reading material. Her bill? About $80. Shop coordinator Lois Warden is happy to recount the story. "She was like a kid in a candy store – she couldn't stop." All year long, Lois plans to offer a different sale every

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Dorothy Gourlay (left) , like many of the shop's customers, has come in to look for books by a specific author. Here, volunteer Lisa Emmons, kneeling, and Lois Warden, Shop Coordinator, help speed up her hunt. At the cash register, when Lisa gives the total, Dorothy says, "What a deal. I love this store." (Photo by Rosemarie Johnson Clarke)

The shop opened at the Elgin Mall 10 months ago. When the St. Thomas Public Library relocated to the mall last April during the construction phase of the library's revitalization project, the Friends went from having "a once-a-month book sale [at the library] to a full-blown retail store,” says Ruth Crocker, library marketing coordinator. CONVENIENT WINDSHIELD REPAIR Last year, the shop raised OR REPLACEMENT close to $17,000 and the Friends donated nearly $40,000 to the revitalization project. Ruth calls this "a rather outstanding job." These numbers are a huge factor in why the shop is still at the mall. Insurance Claims Welcome And Ruth and Lois say as long ALL WORKMANSHIP as the shop remains self-supporting, it stays.


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& District has been delivering free financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs to youth in London, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Huron and Perth counties. “JA provides a transformational event that alters ambitions and encourages youth to do more with their lives,” says Bev Robinson, president and CEO of Junior Achievement London & District. “We deliver the skills and confidence re-

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Share the road I was in Palm Springs, California over Christmas and was amazed at how easy it was to exercise and keep fit. Swimming pools were in the backyard, hiking trails were minutes away, tennis courts were around the corner and bike lanes were everywhere. This was a city that was geared towards tourists and the retired set, and had the climate to enjoy these activities year round, but it still amazed me that they felt it was important enough to provide the infrastructure for these activities to occur. It made making excuses for not being active seem silly. This experience came back to me Monday night when Eleanor McMahon, president of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, came to speak to St. Thomas City Council about the benefits of becoming a Bike-Friendly Community. Her organization helps communities work through the ins and outs of creating environ-

Terry Carroll

Future randomness Following the first-ever St. Thomas Random Acts of Kindness Day February 1, several people were talking about how big this event was going to be next year. But all I could think about was how big it was this year. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bob Hammersley reported that, first, 17 people at a Tim Hortons drive-through were “paying it forward,” and, later, 25 in-a-row. It was Bob, I think, who first abbreviated the name of the day to RAK. A former radio guy, he loves that kind of thing. RAK could be even bigger next year, but every act need not be random. We’re not exactly spontaneous people in Elgin County. We like to mull things over, do a little planning. For that reason, maybe we should expand the concept to include Planned Acts of Kindness. February 1 can then become RAK PAK day. Men

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editorialpage ments that make it easy to drive a bicycle safely. She says that studies have shown that many people would like to cycle but don’t because they perceive it as dangerous – both from cars and from road conditions. But by enhancing awareness, creating new policies and changing the conversation about how cycling can happen more effectively, better conditions for bicyclists can occur. And it’s true. I have a bicycle that’s been sitting in my basement for a couple of years. I know I should probably pump up the tires and take it for a spin, but I don’t. Laziness may have something to do with it, but I am also concerned about cars and how to share the road safely. If it was clearly spelled out where cars and bicycles had the right of way, I might be inspired to haul my bicycle up the back stairs. It was encouraging to see representatives from Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, Elgin County Economic Development and the St. Thomas Police Force in the gallery to support this initiative. If enough people see the value of bike lanes, they may happen sooner rather than later. can dress like Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. (Young guys can check them out on Youtube, then slick back their hair). Let’s face it: even this year’s event was not completely random. It began serendipitously enough, with Carrie Houston suggesting at her mother’s funeral that people should carry on her tradition of kindness. Funeral director Al Hughson discussed the idea with myFM’s Rob Mise. Rob got The Weekly News, the Chamber and many other partners involved. In a winter with almost no snow, the idea snowballed. By late January, Al was getting calls from service clubs about involvement next year. I know a little about service clubs . . . they’re into kindness, but they’re not into randomness. The Grade 5/6 class at June Rose Callwood School learned about RAK in The Weekly News and planned three days of acts of kindness. More schools have expressed interest. I know a little about schools . . . they’re not into randomness. Hey, a little kindness, a little randomness, it adds up to a RAK PAK sort of day. Or maybe a year.

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Starting the day off right Carrie Houston and Al Hughson sip a coffee at the Timken Centre where free coffee and donuts were on hand to launch Random Acts of Kindness Day February 1. Carrie originally gave Al the idea to celebrate paying it forward.

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It smells It was sad but understandable when Sterling Trucks closed the St. Thomas plant because of a lack of demand for the product. It was worse when Ford Talbotville closed down because of a restructuring in the recession. Yes, hundreds of jobs disappeared, but the companies were having problems and were in trouble. I wish I could say the same for Caterpillar, who stabbed nearly 500 people in the back at the same time they were enjoying record earnings. The cannibalizing of Electro-Motive was not only filled with dirty tricks, it also lacked integrity and showed a complete lack of corporate citizenship. Something similar happed several years ago when Northern Telecom left hundreds of people out of work when it left London, due to corporate fraud at the top levels. Hundreds lost their jobs,

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some after many years of service. Over the past month, we have been faced with another example of corporate greed that should shame the board of directors and the top executives of Caterpillar. I am surprised that their identities have not been published as examples of shoddy business practices. Now that the plant is on its way to Muncie, Indiana (where they have voted against having a union), we now find out that even as the lockedout London workers were hoping for some kind of agreement, Caterpillar was running a job fair for the Muncie plant. Yuck! I also find it distressing that Ottawa hasn’t raised hell about the millions in tax breaks they gave to Caterpillar. That money has gone south, while the people who were stabbed in the back will have to depend on EI, which Ottawa is claiming is not sustainable. The stench of these actions will be evident in Muncie, Indiana, but the people there won’t complain, because they will be getting the jobs.

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I know many seniors have been asking one question recently – will my Old Age Security cheque stay the same? Many Canadians close to retirement have also been asking whether Old Age Security will be there for them when they reach 65. The answer to both questions is yes.  The Harper Government is committed to protecting retirement income for today’s seniors, and for future generations of retirees. Canadians receive retirement income from a variety of sources, including the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. The Canada Pension Plan is funded by premiums from each of our pay cheques and it is on a safe, secure, and sustainable path. Old Age Security, on the other hand, is funded from general government revenue and is not sustainable in its current form.  In 1975 there were seven working taxpayers for every senior. Because our population is getting older, today there are only four working-age Canadians for each senior. By 2030, the total number of seniors will nearly double, leaving only two working-age Canadians for

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each senior. Amidst these changing demographics, the annual cost of the Old Age Security program is projected to increase from $36 billion in 2010 to $108 billion in 2030. If changes are not made to the Old Age Security program, it will become unsustainable in the long-term. Failure to make important decisions now will put the program in jeopardy for future generations.  I can guarantee you that any changes to Old Age Security will never affect anyone currently receiving benefits, nor will they ever affect any individual now nearing retirement.  Other Canadians, who are not near retirement, will receive substantial notice of changes to Old Age Security, to ensure they have ample time to plan for their future.  The Harper Government will take responsible action to ensure financial stability for future generations of seniors and give them confidence that Old Age Security will be sustainable and available to them in their retirement. Joe Preston MP, Elgin-Middlesex-London


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Dear editor: I read in your Feb. 2 paper about Central Elgin installing sewers in the Centennial area. It was mentioned how much it cost Central Elgin. The thing forgotten is what it will cost the homeowners. On the west side of Centennial, our cost will be well over $20,000. It is not just the work on the road, but our houses are quite a way back from the road and we will have to have pipelines put in, which we understand can cost us over $5,000. We have many people who are retirees and like myself are on a work pension and CP, etc. Why were we never given the opportunity to discuss this with Central Elgin and vote for our own decision? Ken Doggett St. Thomas




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personal care and comfort items to children admitted to Family & Children’s Services. “If a teddy bear or blanket or a comfortable pair of pyjamas makes one child’s coping with coming into care a little bit easier, then I would say the program is a success,” says Foundation member Gail Ford. Speaking of the impact of

other Foundation-supported programs, Foundation member Pat White says, “We keep hearing that our camping program has given many disadvantaged children positive experiences they will never forget.” The Foundation is looking for two new board members (over the age of 18) who are sympathetic to the plight of at-risk children and youth and want to help them in a practical way. “I have been on the board for

many years, and have come to see the need for child welfare services and the good things it can do,” says Foundation president Steve Bailey. He says he is looking for people who are committed to working with a children’s charity and who reflect the diversity of Elgin

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Bedside Manners Hilarious confusion abounds in new comedy If you want a chance to laugh and relax, plan on seeing ‘Bedside Manners,’ the new play by Derek Benfield being staged at the Old Town Hall Theatre in Aylmer beginning February 16. The comedy revolves around Ferris who is minding his sister's seedy country inn while

she takes a vacation. Two husbands and wives turn up at the inn but not with their appropriate partners and it is up to Ferris to keep them apart if he can. The inevitable lies, confusions and bewilderments occur with plenty of compromising situations. “It’s an extremely funny, fast paced play,” says Colleen

Sawyer of the Aylmer Community Theatre. “A great evening of entertainment.” Directed by Barbara Warnock, the cast includes Harry Edison, Andrea Edison, Peter Leack, Jayme Cannon and Greg Mizon. “Our audiences love comedies,” says Colleen, “and we want the audience’s laughter.

That’s how the actors and crew get paid. We’re all volunteers but if we can make people happy, it energizes us all.” IF YOU GO… Bedside Manners When? Feb. 16-18 and 23-25 at 8pm, Feb. 19 at 2pm Where? Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. S., Aylmer Cost? $15 adults, $10 students More info? 519-773-3372 or

Peter Leack in Aylmer Community Theatre’s new production of ‘Bedside Manners.’ (Photo courtesy of Aylmer Community Theatre)

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There’s a little bit of Scotch heritage in Dutton-Dunwich and the tradition was celebrated in style February 4. Over 100 clanspeople gathered at the WEDS Theatre in Dutton for a night of Scottish music, prose, and food. “It was also to honour our

We invite you to discuss Funeral Preplanning at any time with any one of our qualified Funeral Directors. Williams Funeral Home has proudly served the families of St. Thomas & Area with care and professionalism for over 116 years. From the very beginning, the Hughson family and the staff of Williams Funeral Home has continued to meet the needs of the families we have had the honor to serve. We unite the time honored traditions that have served our families over the years with the willingness and ability to grow toward meeting the needs of those we serve.

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most celebrated prodigy, the late John Kenneth Galbraith,” said local historian Jenny Phillips. “He had 40 bestselling novels, was a Harvard professor and was an advisor to four different presidents including John F. Kennedy. We also pay tribute to Robbie Burns, but most important, to the cultural heritage of our own community.” The event was organized by Friends of Dutton-Dunwich, and proceeds helped raise money for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award for Writing sponsored by the local library named after Galbraith. The program included the Scottish Pipe Band, the Royal Scottish Country Dancers, The McWilliams and Friends band, a reading by Lilias McKillop, and the Celtic Dance Company of Southwestern Ontario. Scottish treats were catered by the Tall Tales Cafe in Wallacetown.

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Steve Ferguson and his wife Tracy Gordon were among the local Dutton residents who enjoyed the Celebration of the Scotch Saturday night. Tracy made her 1745 style court dress. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

“The event went very well.” Jenny Phillips added. “The Scottish Pipe Band just rocked

the building as they exited playing Scotland The Brave.”

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February is Pet Dental Health Month! This month, veterinarians will be educating their clients about oral care for their pets. Your pets teeth are vitally important to their overall wellbeing and should be examined on a regular basis. Just like us, regular cleanings are necessary to help maintain your pets health and promote an overall good quality of life. Here are some fun dental facts about our animal friends: • Adult dogs have 42 teeth – 20 on top and 22 on the bottom • Adult cats have 30 permanent teeth – 16 on top and 14 on the bottom • Pet Rabbits, Hamsters, and mice have teeth that continue to grow their entire life, and must chew on hard surfaces to wear them down

• Mammals have the most developed teeth in the animal kingdom • Teeth are the hardest part of your body • Elephant tusks are actually modified teeth • A male African Elephant’s molars can be more than a foot long, and weigh around 10lbs each • Sharks constantly grow and lose teeth – up to 20,000 in their lifetime • Giraffes have the same number of teeth as humans do – 32 • Dolphins have more teeth than any other mammal (some dolphins have over 200), and scientists can tell the age of a dolphin by counting the rings on their teeth

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St. Thomas City Council Balaclava Street School Alderman Gord Campbell says he does not support designating Balaclava Street


School as a heritage building because he does not want it to have the same fate as Alma College. “Why not develop the



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that promoted the conversion of heritage buildings into profitable uses. CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves reminded council that his report was intended to let council know where they were in the designation process and was not a decision to designate at this time. The motion was carried to continue looking into designation of the building. Share the Road Cycling Coalition Alderman Mark Cosens invited Eleanor McMahon of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition to address council regarding the benefits of creating a bicycle-friendly community. She said one of the projects the organization was involved with in St. Thomas was the Wheeling to School program at Mitchell Hepburn School, which encouraged parents and children to find bicycle-friendly

routes to school. She encouraged the city to apply for the Bicycle-Friendly Community designation to take advantage of free advice and resources to help attain that status. Director of environmental services John Dewancker said, “As an avid cyclist, I can see the advantages but I can also see the challenges.� Fairview Avenue bridge Environmental services director John Dewancker issued a report to council recommending that short-term maintenance work be done on the Dalewood Drive and Fairview Avenue bridges to extend their life span by five years. Council members were concerned about putting money into bridges that would ultimately be torn down. “We can’t take the bridge down today,� said alderman Mark Cosens, “so how do we keep it going until

SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC TENDER THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHWOLD Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on 29 February 2012, at the Southwold Township Office, 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, Ontario N0L 1K0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Southwold Township Office, 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal. Description of Lands: Roll No. 34 24 000 006 13400 0000; 11645 Sunset Rd. St. Thomas; PIN 35159-0187(LT) Part Lot 46 Concession NWNBTR Southwold as in E172953 except D77 & D911; Southwold. File 10-04

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then?� Talbot Teen Centre delegation Staff, friends and teens from the Talbot Teen Centre packed the gallery at city hall as they made a request for continued support for the coming year. Seventeen-year-old Ashley Leblanc spoke about how coming to the Teen Centre changed her, building her selfconfidence and esteem. Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Lois Jackson, chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, recommended to council that a Community Cat Program be established to deal with feral cats. The project would include spaying and neutering cats to stop them reproducing and releasing them back out into their colonies to stop new cats from entering the system.

Minimum Tender Amount: $29,609.31 Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. Note: HST may be payable by successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender visit, or if no internet available contact: Ms. Suzanna Dieleman Treasurer The Corporation of the Township of Southwold 35663 Fingal Line Fingal, Ontario N0L 1K0 519-769-2010

Police in St. Thomas are investigating a break, enter and theft to an apartment. On December 21 between the hours of 1:30pm and 2am, suspects entered an apartment on Manitoba Street by breaking a window at the back of the residence. Stolen was a 50-inch Samsung plasma TV, an X Box 360, several X Box games, a drill and a Sony Cyber shot digital camera. Value of this theft is $3000. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Reach over 30,000 addresses with your word ad... now that’s reach! Call us today at 519-633-1640

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Bean bag focus It became a rather intense moment in sports history â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it wasn't the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was a bean bag contest. While we were cruising the Caribbean, we were watching our granddaughter play with some bean bags. Then, the Bean Bag Lady arrived â&#x20AC;&#x201C; intense, running shoes donned, with fire in her eyes. She pushed people aside, grabbed a handful of bean bags and announced, "We're in a tournament and have to practise!"  So, we stepped aside and watched her practise. Boy, was she intense! With each toss, she pumped her fist either in delight if she sank a bean bag (which I

don't think she did), or a curse if she missed. As we watched her, I kept thinking, "Lady, you need to get a life!"  The next day, the Bean Bag Lady and her hubby were in the heat of the tournament.  Their competition were far too cheery and relaxed, and much to the chagrin of the Bean Bag Lady, they kept sinking their bean bags into the little hole.  With the loss clearly evident, the Bean Bag Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hubby tossed the last bag and gave up. His wife went up to him and gave him the 'what for,' poking his chest for emphasis.  Well, she did provide great entertainment for us, but I thought she seriously needed to get a new focus. Then I thought, now I wonder how silly many of our foci are?   And that, is something to think about. 


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playgroup for children 0-6 and their caregivers. Every Monday, 9:30-11:30am, Keystone Complex, Talbot Line. OEYC 519-6319496. Do you have an hour a week to spare? Become a Volunteer Visitor.  Call VON at 519-637-6408 for more information. Art Gallery of Lambeth S t u d i o s , Children's/Adult Art Programs, pottery, printmaking, clay, textile arts, dra wing/painting, mixed media parent/child programs, birthday parties 519652-5556. Lyons, Free drop in playgroup for children 0-6 and their caregivers. Every Thursday from 9:30-11:30am at South Dorchester community hall, 49431 Lyons Line. OEYC 519-631-9496. Port Stanley Public Library shows the work of wildlife artists Margo Oborne and Sharon Veldstra, port photos by Sharron Russell, through February.  302 Bridge Street. 519-7824241. Have compassion that you want to share with

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one welcome. Parkinson Support Group, Meeting, Tuesday, February 14, 2-4 pm, Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info: 519-631-9313. TOPS Open House, February 14, 10-11am, Royal Canadian Legion. We are a support group to help you shed those unwanted pounds.  Debbie 519-207-1076. Drumming Circle, Tuesday, February 14 at 7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Info 519-631-7368. St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Italian Dinner Night, Wednesday, February 15. Doors open at 4:30pm, Dinner at 5:00pm. Tickets $10 Advance, $12 at the door. Aylmer Community Theatre presents Bedside Manners, ThursSat Feb 16-18  8pm, Sun Feb 19 matinee 2pm, Thurs-Sat Feb 23-25 8pm. Adults $15 Students $10. 519-773-3372. February 16 - Thursday Euchre Games & Dessert, 7 pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone welcome. For info 519-6314558.

VALENTINES AUCTION Monday night Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. (Preview 4 p.m.) At The Vienna Auction Center, 6228 Plank Line, Vienna, Ont. Selling ANTIQUES, PRIMITIVES, COLLECTABLES, JEWELLERY, ARTWORK, SPORTS MEMORABILIA, COIN COLLECTION, DECORATOR FURNITURE, APPLIANCES, NEW HOME FURNISHINGS, and other interesting lots. Leather furniture, bedroom, dining room furniture, new mattress sets, queen, double single, decorator furniture, tables & chair sets, occasional furniture, lamp, parlour tables, clock, glass, chine, box lit items, lamps also contests from Aylmer & Tillsonburg homes (not available in time for advertising. Ladies & Gents’ Jewellery, Heart Jewellery, perfumes, artwork by Group of 7, Salvador Dali, Robson, Baetman and other named artists, music, Guitar pick collection, coins, banknotes and others, sports memorabilia, signed baseball, small wares, knick knacks, tools and 100s of unlisted items. Terms: cash, cheque with I.D. 10% buyer premium Hot food served. Large interesting auction. Plan to attend. Over 300 lots.

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others? Come and volunteer for the VON Elgin Hospice Volunteer Program!  For more information, call 519-637-6408. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting February 9, 7 p.m. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue.  For Info Rick Badgley 519-6378432. Everyone welcome to attend. Grab 'n' Go Chicken Divine Dinner, Take Out Only, Friday, February 10, St. Mark's United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Pick-up 4-6pm. $10 at the door. St. Thomas Community Christian School Auction Fundraiser. Feb. 11. Silent auction 3:30-6pm. Dinner 56pm, Live Auction 6pm-close. Dinner tickets $25 reserve by calling 519-633-0690. February 11, Saturday, Victorian Tea and Bake Sale 2-4pm, St.  Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Free Will Offering in support of Growing Youth. Everyone welcome. 519631-4558. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, February 12. Doors open 12:30pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. 24 John St. Every-

Worship Services St. Andrew’s United Church 60 West Ave.

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Do you have a new eReader? Learn  how to download free eBooks at Elgin County Library branches. Port Stanley Library - February 16 drop in from 4-7pm. Upcoming JK/SK, all Grades Registration for Sept. 2012-13, Thursday, Feb.16, 6-8 p.m. Immanuel Christian School, 75 Caverly Rd. Aylmer. Friday, Feb. 17 Soup & Sandwich Lunch Central United Church, 11:30–1pm. Soup, Sandwich, Dessert & Beverage. Express Lunch - No Waiting. Reserve a table 519631-3503. Port Stanley Youth Group annual Spaghetti Supper fundraiser, February 17 from 5-7pm. at St. John's Presbyterian Church, Port Stanley. Tickets $8.00 for adults, 519-782-3971. Col. Talbot Branch 81, Royal Canadian Le-

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February 21, Tuesday, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group 10:30 am at St. Andrew's United Church 60 West Ave. For info 519-6314558. Everyone is welcome. February 21, Pancake Supper, with real maple syrup, 5-7 pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Free Will Offering. Info 519-631-4558. Feb. 21, Pancakes 'n Sausages Supper  5-7 pm at Fellowship Church, 641 Elm St.  Adults, $6 or $8, Children, $3, Family/4, $15. Supports kids' summer camps. Port Stanley United Church Pancake Supper Tuesday, Feb. 21 5 -7 pm. Pancakes, beans, sausage, tea, coffee, ice cream with homemade sauces. For info call 519-6335556. Pancake & Sausage Dinner, Trinity Anglican Church with the Purple Steeple, Tuesday, February 21, 5-7pm, $5pp, Children $2.50 Maintenance and repair of outdoor power equipment or $20. Max/Per Famand also Chinese ATV’s, Dirt Bikes ily. Info 519-631Yard Equipment and Snow Blowers Pickup and delivery available 226-234-6229 7000.

gion, 211 John St. N., Aylmer, chicken and cabbage roll dinner, Feb 18 at 6pm. $10 per person. Mixed dart tournament, Feb. 18, Aylmer Legion, 211 John St. N. Registration 10:30am, start 11am. Destination Church 1st Anniversary Open House Sat., Feb. 18, 14pm., 388 Talbot St. Banquet 6pm Princess Banquet Centre. Tickets at 388 Talbot St. or call 519-207-2676 by Feb. 15. Stork Club Music & Memories Tour presents "The Sahara Swing Band", 8-12 pm Sat. Feb. 18, The Wharf Port Stanley. Tickets $15 on-line at Stork Club website or call The Wharf 782-7788. Family Day in Downtown Sparta, February 20, 11am-3pm. Fun and games for the whole family, free hotdogs for the kids (conditions apply). For

information 519-7750054 or 519-7752313. Pancake Supper Fingal United Church, Monday, February 20, 4:30-7pm. Info 519764-2352. Winterfest, Belmont HUB, Feb. 20, 10:30– 1pm, ball hockey scrimmage, winter games, Xcelerate hockey skills, kids bingo, chili cook-off, bbq, hot chocolate bar and more. Pancake Supper Tues. Feb. 21, 5–7pm at St. Hilda’s/St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 185 Elm Street. $6 adults, $3 children. Pancakes, sausages, beverage, dessert. Tuesday Feb. 21 Pancake Supper at Central United Church, St. Thomas. First Seating 4:30. Second 6:00. Entertainment by Kim Ladd. Advance Tickets 631-3503 or 6333249.

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SERVICES OFFERED ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – Drinking is your business. Helping you to stop is ours. Call 519633-0430 or Write P.O. Box 220001, St. Thomas, ON N5R 4P5. What’s Your Challenge in 2012? Tired of living paycheck to paycheck? Got a plan B in place? No? One hour could change your life!! Come party with us on Thursday nights at 7pm. Call Karen at 519-6315820 for details. Leap into to spring at Curves. Make an appointment for Feb 29 and receive an addi-

tional gift. Call 519631-8408 or drop by the club at 53 Princess Ave. Free Banquet Hall with bartender! All private events/parties. Stag+Does, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. Call Tracy for details. 519633-5532. Book Your Date Now! Life Mentoring and Coaching. Ready to take on your toughest challenge in life? Breaking free? Traction Strategies will provide the support you need. The Alzheimer Society is running a 4 part learning series in March that offers caregivers of individuals with dementia an overview of the disease. Call 519-6334396. Saturday February 11. Would you like to paint like Bob Ross? No experience necessary. Call Amber, 519-2664455 for details.

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HBBA Health & Wellness show! February 11, 11-5pm. FREE Admission, Door prizes, Demos, Speakers, Samples. Extra door prize ballot for donation to Caring Cupboard. C.A.R.E. Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers ProAdjuster Technology, a gentle tool used to relieve pain.  Visit us for a complimentary spinal scan! (more info. at TOPS will be at the  HBBA Health and Wellness Show on February 11, 11am-5pm. Come and learn about what TOPS can do for you. Come see Sunset Gourmet at the HBBA Health and Wellness Show Timkens Centre, Feb 11.  We have GLUTEN FREE products so stop by. Your SereniTea - come see us at our booth at the Health and Wellness Show. Over 40 different flavors of loose leaf teas available. ROMANTIC DESIGNS ARTIST STUDIO, Art Therapy. Visit us at the HBBA - Health and Wellness Show February 11th. Handouts, Demonstrations, Partici p a t i o n , Paintings/Sculptures for Display/Sale. Xocai - The Healthy Dark Chocolate!  Visit our table  and Sample our chocolate at the Health & Wellness Show, Timken Center, Saturday, February 11, 11am5pm.

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supper, Wallacetown United Church, Wallacetown. Serving 4:30-7pm. Adults $6, children 5-12 $3, under 5 free. Everyone welcomed. Shrove Tuesday, Feb 21, 57pm, St. John's Church, Flora St. Pancakes, real maple syrup, sausages, fruit cocktail or homemade pie, beverage. $6, Children $3, Under 5 Free.  Join us! Wed., Feb. 22, Elgin District Women's Institute Winter Picnic at South Dunwich Hall, Wallacetown, 12 noon. Reg. Dietician Cathy McPherson speaker - Heart Health. 519-631-0433. Junior Farmers Meeting at Elgin County Administrative Building - Everyone is invited, Feb.  22 at 7:30pm. More info: 519-860-5912. February 22,  Wednesday, Kicker's  6 pm - 7 pm St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. for children ages 5-13. Please call for info if attending this evening 519631-4558. Elgin Business Womens Network, February 22 meeting, Wayside Inn at Talbotville, networking 6pm, dinner 7pm, Social Media presentation. Engage, Inspire and Grow- RSVP online. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting - February 23, 7 p.m. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info: Rick Badgley - 519-637-8432. Everyone welcome to attend. Port Stanley Lionesses Chili Cook Off, Friday February 24, Port Stanley Arena. Doors open 6pm.  Tickets at Port Stanley Home Hardware. Art Gallery of Lambeth hosting 2nd Annual March Miniature Juried Show and Exhibition, Feb 28-April 7. Open Call to artist of all media. Deadline Feb 24. Call for info 519-

St Anne's Council of Women, 43rd Wine and Cheese Party presents “Those Dancing Feet”. Friday February 24 and Saturday February 25, St Anne’s Centre. Tickets: $15, 519631-3640. February 24, Meal and Movie, Movie "The Help" at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone welcome. For info and to attend 519-6314558. Junior Farmers Presents Sports Night at Dutton-Dunwich Community Centre for ages 15-29, Feb.  24 at 7pm.  More info: 519-8605912. Roast Beef Friday, February 24 from 5-7pm.  Dinner is a bargain at $12.  Let us cook supper for you tonight. Info 519-631-7368. Annual Indoor Yard Sale, St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 8am and will

On Wednesday, February 1, 2012 you made the world a little better kind act at a time

But don’t stop now! Keep paying it forward every day.

Was a Huge success! Brought to you by:

Randy Gordon

run until 12pm. Breakfast served all morning. 225 Chestnut St. St. Thomas Stamp Club, Philatelic Exhibition Feb. 25 - 9:30am-5pm. Community of Christ Church, 105

Fairview Avenue. 13 Bourse Tables, Buy-Sell-Trade. Free admission. 519-6378432. Becoming a Woman of grace, Tuesday evening study starting February 28

at Fellowship CRC, 641 Elm St. Info    Janny VanOorspronk at 519-637-0283. Drumming Circle, Tuesday, February 28 at 7pm. St. John's Church on Flora St. Info 519-631-7368.

DEATH NOTICES ALTON, LOUISE of London, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in her 83rd year. A funeral service was held February 4, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. BEVAN, MISS IRIS M. of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012 in her 82nd year. No public visitation or funeral service.  Private reception to share memories. Sifton Funeral Home. CARTER, PAULINE ANN (nee LOVE) of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012 in her 71st year.  No public visitation or funeral service.  Sifton Funeral Home. DAVIS,  W. F.  "BUD" of Port Bruce, passed away Monday, February 6, 2012 in his 83rd year.  A public graveside service was held at Union Cemetery on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  Sifton Funeral Home. DODD, ETHEL (CHILTON) of St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012 in her 96th year. Public visitation and reception was held February 8, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ENNS, MARGARETHA of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012 in her 94th year. A funeral service was held February 7, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HORNSBY, RONALD JAMES of Aylmer and formerly Toronto, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in his 71st year. A funeral service was held February 4, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MARE, JACOBUS CORNELIUS (JAKE) passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. Private arrangements. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.

NORTH, HELEN ALBERTHA “KATSI’TSYALO-LOKS (Gathering Flowers)” of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the age of 77. A celebration of life was held February 8, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PANTRY, DOROTHY (HASSARD) of St. Thomas and formerly of Toronto, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in her 98th year. A service of celebration was held February 4, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WAITE, “JACK” JOHN NORMAN of Aylmer, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in his 79th year. A funeral mass was celebrated February 4, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. YORK, JOHN THOMAS “YORKY” of Port Stanley, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in his 68th year. A service of remembrances will be announced at a later date. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.




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Hairmasters...........................................................633-2440 Hallmark.................................................................633-7675 K&K Locksmith.....................................................631-4110 Knockout Fashions..............................................633-0530 La Senza.................................................................637-6250 Magic Nails...........................................................631-3413 Mags, Smokes & More ......................................633-9773 Metro......................................................................633-8780 Northern Reflections ..........................................633-4853 OMAC Mortgage .................................................637-1850 Payless Shoe Source .........................................637-7796 Rayna......................................................................633-4944 Rogers Wireless ..................................................637-0384

Riverbed Aqua Massage ...................................207-3225 Smithbooks............................................................633-4717 Sport Mart .............................................................631-4006 St Thomas Town & Country Realty..................................................207-3000 Stitches ..................................................................631-4600 Subway ..................................................................631-0331 Suzy Shier..............................................................633-1336 TD Canada Trust...................................................633-4640 Tan Jay ...................................................................633-5524 The Perk.................................................................631-3242 Wok Express.........................................................637-6426 Zellers.....................................................................633-4645

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February 9, 2012 Issue  

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

February 9, 2012 Issue  

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