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Got cabin fever? Learn a craft with the hospital auxiliary by Pat Kilmer

If one of the things on your "to do" list for 2012 is to learn a new craft, then the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Auxiliary's first annual Cabin Fever Craft Day on January 28 might be just what you're looking for.  The day includes a morning and afternoon session where participants choose two crafts to complete.  Auxiliary members are offering classes in knitting (basic skills such as casting on, knit-

ting and purling to make a dish cloth), flower arranging, scrapbooking and card making.  The $20 fee includes two classes, refreshments and lunch. All supplies are included in the sign up cost. Proceeds go towards new equipment for the hospital. IF YOU GO‌ Cabin Fever Craft Day When? Sat. Jan. 28, 10am-3pm Where? St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Auditorium Cost? $20 More info? 519-633-3213

St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News reader Monica Smith of St. Thomas thinks it’s a great idea to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 1. “One of the best ways for people to be happy is to be kind to others,� she says. Monica is just one of the many people who have been inspired by the idea of a special day devoted to being nice to others. Based on a suggestion by Carrie Houston, Rob Mise of myFM Radio and Al Hughson of Williams Funeral Home came up with the idea of designating one day to celebrate being nice to others. “Random Acts of Kindness Day is done all over the world,� Rob says. “It just hasn’t been done in St. Thomas before.� Many businesses, schools and organizations are getting involved with special promotions and events this coming Wednesday. Melody Vallerand, who is organizing the event at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, says she is putting up posters and flyers on hospital bulletin boards and emailing staff members ideas of nice things they can do for patients, visitors and colleagues. “The hospital is already a compassionate place,�

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News advertisement (see page 20). On February 1, get into the spirit before you head to work with a free coffee or tea (sponsored by Tim Hortons) at the Timken Centre between 7:308:30am. Then join organizers for a free chili lunch at Memorial Arena between 1-2pm.

See the back page of the Weekly News for great ideas from readers to pay it forward. As Weekly News reader Sherry Pfeffer of St. Thomas says, “It's too bad we have to hold a special day to remember to be kind to others...hopefully the feeling will be contagious and continue every day of the year.�

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Does he like it? Tony Bouma of Animal Aide (right) holds Bodie the cat as it tries out a new cat pillow January 24 as Mary-Ellen Hicknell and children from the Before and After School Program at Locke’s Public School look on. The children made 10 pillows and donated them to the not-for-profit organization so that cats awaiting adoption would be more comfortable.

Thank you to all the sponsors and participants in the Tenth Annual Bedford Financial Fishing Classic held on behalf of The St. Thomas Kinsmen Club This year’s derby was held at Ravenscroft Lodge and raised $9,700 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and $500 each in support of the Cushman and Blackwell families for a total of $10,700. As this was the last derby Brad Bedford would like to give his Heartfelt Thanks to this awesome community for its support for the last ten years. In total we were able to raise and donate $102,528 to various charities. PLATINUM • Elgin Chrysler • Financial Horizons (London) • D. A. Schwartz Investments • Empire Life • Manulife Investments • St. Thomas Energy Services Inc. • Kinsmen Club of St. Thomas • Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services • Bedford Financial • John Hamilton GOLD • Dowler-Karn Limited • Southern Pines Golf and Country Club (Mount Hope) • P J Smith & Associates Limited • CTP Computers & Network Services • OK Tire & Auto Service

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St. Thomas Community Gardens update Brigitte Cosens, an organizer of the St. Thomas Community Gardens Group, gave council an overview of 2011 activities by the grassroots gardening group. Two sites, one on First Avenue and the other on Kains Street, were popular spots for gardeners from the surrounding neighbourhoods as well as from community organizations like the YWCA, YMCA, Talbot Teen Centre and Community Living Elgin. Brigitte wished to thank all those involved and asked for continued support and volunteers from the community for the coming year. Steve Peters, who lives in the area of the Kains Street garden site, described his involvement, saying it was a great experience engendering a sense of neighbourhood. He emphasized that the site had no issues of theft or vandalism and thought the garden was a massive im-

provement to the property. He expressed a few ways that the city could help improve the experience with green bins, grass cutting, water and trees. Hospital grant request Steve Knipe, president of the Hospital Foundation, and Dr. Rod Black requested the city consider making a gift of 4.5 million dollars over five to seven years for the redevelopment of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. They emphasized the scope of the project and how it all comes down to providing better care for area patients. Mayor Heather JacksonChapman said that the city is forming a committee with Elgin County Council to make recommendations concerning the request and would get back to the hospital quickly as both councils are entering the budget process. Revised tree planting standards Parks & Recreation staff presented revised tree planting standards for new plans of subdivision. Alderman Mark Cosens questioned the low percentage of native species in the list. Parks & Recreation director Ross Tucker said that they are recommending the most successful species for planting along roads, both native and

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Do you pay tax on a resale home? Most Ontarians still confused about HST and resale homes An Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) survey reveals that confusion about the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and buying a resale home has not decreased in the last year despite efforts by the provincial government and real estate industry to educate the public. The survey conducted by Ipsos Reid shows that 58 percent of Ontarians mistakenly believe the HST is applied to the purchase price of a resale home versus 56 percent who believed the same in an identical OREA/Ipsos survey conducted last fall. “It is discouraging to see the confusion about home buying and the HST has not reduced in the past year,” says Barbara Sukkau, president of OREA. “Our members are working very hard to inform their clients about home buying and the HST, but we are asking the government to do more to educate the public,” says Sukkau. Since the introduction of the HST, the Ontario government has created a website to inform consumers about the changes to the tax system and has worked with OREA on a video with the former Minister of Revenue, prior to the ministry becoming part of the Ministry of Finance, to explain the facts about home buying and

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Dorothy Gebert

Worrying for nothing I recently received a letter from an uncle who lives out west. He wanted to tell me that he did not want to be mentioned in the story of my mother’s life that I would soon be publishing because the memories of what his family had gone through during World War II were too personal for him to have others read about. I was a little surprised at his comments since I had no plans to publish a book, let alone write one. I knew he was referring to a draft of an interview my sister and I did with my mother before she died, because we wanted to be able to remember our family history after she was gone. But I wasn’t sure where my uncle got the idea that it would be published. I quickly telephoned him and reassured him that the memoirs were for the family’s eyes only. He said that my mother’s story, which in turn was his story, included enough descriptions of der-

Terry Carroll

Pop goes the pigeon pop. On Friday afternoon at lunch, Chris Heil of our staff mentioned that the pigeon problem seemed to have disappeared in recent years in St. Thomas. “Yeah,” some of the rest of us chimed in. “You’re right. Wonder how that happened?” Linda Axelson pointed out that, not long ago, pigeon poop (hope you can say that in a weekly community newspaper without getting letters) prevented walking on the south side of one part of west-end Talbot Street. The next thing you know, Linda was googling “pigeon scam” which led us to “Pigeon King” and regular updates as she reported from different sites. Seems that a southwestern Ontario dude used the avian flu scare to convince many farmers that pigeon meat was the answer, on a global scale. Unfortunately, there was no market. Our Friday afternoon pretty much went down the drain from there, making me the pigeon among newspaper managers for allowing such

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editorialpage ring-do and last minute escapes that he had assumed I could not help but make it into a great book. However, after much thought, he felt he couldn’t reveal himself so publicly. The sad thing was that I had originally mentioned my mother’s interview to him two years ago. He had been worrying all this time for nothing. This made me think how easily misunderstandings happen – in families, at work, between friends. When we got married, my husband and I decided that we had to ask each other about any concerns we had immediately, so that niggling worries weren’t blown out of proportion. It wasn’t easy at first. “I know you’re going to get mad, but I need to ask you this,” was a regular statement in the early years. But we’ve come to realize that the other doesn’t get upset and that the concern is usually nothing. But just asking the question and clearing the air makes all the difference. Wouldn’t it have been great if my uncle had done that years ago? discussion in the first place. But we did come up with a reason why the pigeon population in the Railway City is under control. We think that Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman should get the credit. The pigeon pop. (that should be okay) has been reduced under her tenure. And, as I recall, she promoted herself as a “bird of a different feather” when she was seeking office. Maybe not in so many words, but you catch my drift. It’s either her or the Downtown Development Board. More research is obviously required, leading to zero productivity around our office for many Fridays to come. On a completely different topic, I have a suggestion for some local business in regard to Random Acts of Kindness Day next Wednesday. My daughter, Josie, who teaches in Huron County reports that an Exeter store has a hockey equipment exchange program on its second floor. Parents drop off equipment when it doesn’t fit kids any more. Other parents stop by to see if there’s equipment available for their kids. It’s all done at no charge. What a great idea to benefit lower income people in a community, while generating traffic to a business location!

Community Snapshot

Autograph, please Marg Ashton (left) and her uncle Henry Knight, 92, watch as Rebecca Kohler autographs his jersey prior to the St. Thomas Stars game January 22 at the Timken Community Centre Arena. Rebecca won a gold medal with the U 18 Women’s Hockey Team at the World Championships in Europe. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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Naming rights By the time you read this column, Hollywood actress and celebrity Jennifer Garner may have delivered her third child. Her two daughters are in a contest with her to name the child and it’s possible that it may be a third girl. One of the suggested names is Minnie Mouse Affleck. I’m sure Ben Affleck will be thrilled. Celebrities seem to think that some quirky cleverness is their right because they make most of their fortune by simply being famous. I recall that Bruce Willis and Demi Moore named their two daughters Rumer and Scout. Why anyone would name a defenseless little girl after Tonto’s horse is a puzzle for the Gods. It’s like Michael Jackson naming his son Prince, or Sonny and Cher naming their erstwhile daughter

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Chastity. How long could that last? Name a little girl Chastity and you are begging for drastic behavior. Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but we have to be careful if we smell the thing that is now named a schnurgle. Somehow, rose seems to fit better. As a professor at Fanshawe, when my third child was about to arrive, my students asked me what I was going to call him, and I glibly answered: “I admire Elwood Glover so I think I’ll call him Elwood.” “You can’t do that,” they said, figuring that the moniker would ruin him forever. You can imagine their relief when it was a girl. Somewhere out there are people who hate their names or are bullied because they were named Percival or Ermintrude. Times change and so do tastes, but we have to remember that the one thing we can give a child that will last a lifetime is a name. Be kind.

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My opinion of the Caterpillar/CAW battle is this.  The problem both sides face is the fact that our governments are not making it easier for us to compete in the world economy for manufacturing. I have  worked in automotive manufacturing for almost 15 years and have experienced first hand  the devastation lay-offs have caused myself and many other people in our community.  Canada's high  dollar and virtually all other associated costs keep going up year after year, especially the cost of steel, the main ingredient in automotive manufacturing and one of

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the highest. Unions try to fight companies for higher wages, benefits, pensions, etc., but companies get their manufacturing done in other low-cost countries  practically everywhere. The southern states, for example, pay workers as low as $12/hr, skilled trades $20/ hr. And the super low-cost countries have governments who subsidize the cost of steel and highly efficient manufacturing (CNC) machines to build the product fast. Does our government do this? Not to the same extent at all.  Companies can't compete because they will lose their shirts if they try do the job

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for less. It is my opinion that company/union battles are in a fight that they both will lose, unless our government steps up to the plate and helps us Canadians be more competitive. We have no advantage anymore and unless we can make profound improvements to our efficiencies, and do the jobs better, faster and cheaper we will lose manufacturing altogether.  Does the government want automotive  manufacturing in Canada anymore? I think manufacturing is an honorable career and important to our economy.  They are all smart people, why can't everyone see this too? Mike Schaap, Tool and Die Maker St. Thomas

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Tom Looby and Will Hayhoe of Hayhoe Homes (left) present a cheque for $7,500 to Cheryl Simmons and Erin Woolley of the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin as representatives of Hayhoe partner companies look on. Funds were raised through an auction with over 20 local companies participating by donating or bidding on items. The money will support housing programs for women and youth at-risk of homelessness.

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How to retire early Tips to think about to achieve those happy golden years by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

You may dream about retiring early, but how do you know if it’s right for you? And how do you accomplish it financially? Here are some tips on how to achieve a successful early retirement. Factor in how major life changes may affect you – “If you have a spouse, consider what would happen if your relationship breaks up after your early retirement,” say Chartered Accountants Gary Marcus and Don Hunter. “Or, how would you manage if you became ill or disabled? The costs of drugs and health care can be prohibitive, and after retirement, you may have to cover these costs yourself.”

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tice allows for more sickness in the shelter, we have found that with regular vaccinations since 2009 and with the establishment of a “quarantine” and “rehabilitation” room, we have had more success in controlling issues such as upper respiratory. Our vets have told us that “overpopulation” is a prime suspect in such illnesses and at present we are seriously over our limit due to a large number of drop-offs in the last few months. The shelter is run by 7 Directors who receive no salary and dedicate many, many hours and funds of their own to meet the needs of these “left behind” creatures. We are fortunate to have a retired registered nurse as one of our Directors who provides care in the “rehabilitation” room, and other professional individuals

through a Registered Education Savings Plan.” Decide how to make the transition – “You need something to get you from full speed to retirement, whether it is a community project, a personal project or a part-time arrangement with your employer,” says Hunter. “You may find that you prefer to work part-time or

volunteer instead of retiring completely.” Start planning early – “If you want to retire early, you should start planning for it the moment you make the decision,” says Marcus. “You need to plan throughout your whole life, and most people probably don’t start early enough.”

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A little bit about Pets/Friends for Life We are an “independently” operated animal shelter located at 14 St. Catharine Street, St. Thomas, Ontario. We have been instrumental in rescuing neglected, abandoned, abused or “disposable” kitties since 2000, received our nonprofit charitable status in June of 2003, and became incorporated in the year 2007. At present we have 180 cats and kittens residing in our 5,280 sq. ft. building and several awaiting their forever families in foster homes. Our “kids” enjoy couches, rocking chairs, an office desk and other cozy items to make them feel they are as close to being in a home as possible. All animals receive quality food, are spayed or neutered and are vaccinated annually. We offer them a no-cage and a no-kill security. While some may say the “no-cage” prac-

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ample, your mortgage and education costs may go down, but your travel expenses may go up. Once you know what your expenses will be, you can factor in inflation.” Don’t forget to think about the implications of retiring at age 55 if you live to be 100. “That is 45 years of post-retirement living you may need to pay for,” says Marcus.

who bring their gifts and talents to provide support to the shelter. All this helps towards us trying to meet our needs in a cost-efficient manner and to continue with our mission here at Pets/Friends for Life. The shelter is open to the public Monday-Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (adoptions also by appointments). Our goal is to get every new cat into a new and loving home. Pets/Friends for Life provides opportunities for people on Ontario Works to get the hours they need. High School students with community hours, those requiring court ordered hours and children with handson experience are all welcomed.

Please feel free to drop in and say hello. We are confident that you will be impressed with the love, care and attention our “kids” get.

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Find an activity you will enjoy doing this year in the soon-tobe distributed Active Elgin Guide. The Active Elgin coalition is releasing the fourth edition of the guide, which continues to include a comprehensive listing of available sport, recreation, and leisure opportunities in the City of St. Thomas and County of Elgin.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Active Elgin guide features programs for all ages and abilities in 40 different areas of interest including aquatics, camps, golf, horseback riding, music and walking,â&#x20AC;? says Darrell Jutzi, public health nurse. Additional features of the guide include a map of Elgin County, free programs highlighted throughout, and information on facility accessibility, the 2012 Active Elgin Days, and subsidies for children and youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Active Elgin guide is a

unique, valuable and accessible resource in the community and can make the decision to become more active easier,â&#x20AC;? Darrell says. The Active Elgin guide will soon be mailed to all homes across the City of St. Thomas and County of Elgin. Residents are encouraged to read through the guide and make 2012 their most active year yet! Additional guides will also be available at local libraries, municipal offices and each of the partnering organizations. Information contained in the guide is also available at www.activeelgin.ca Active Elgin is a coalition of community organizations led by Elgin St. Thomas Public

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Al McIntosh (left), chair of the Council 1467 Knights of Columbus Charity Raffle, presents a cheque for $500 to Dan Knight of the South West Arthritis Society January 17 as Dan Dale of Elgin Chrysler (right) looks on. The money is in anticipation of the far greater amount that Knights across Ontario will be donating to the Arthritis Society after seven vehicles and other prizes are raffled off. Tickets are being sold at Elgin Mall and other locations in St. Thomas.

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Central Elgin Council

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Paid beach parking? Central Elgin Council has taken an important step toward paid parking near the beach in Port Stanley. At a January 23 regular meeting, councillors voted to agree in principle to the implementation of paid parking in that area and formed a steering committee to consult with the Port Stanley BIA, the Port Stanley Village Association and businesses such

as Mackie’s, GT’s and The Buccaneer. Paid parking could gross $400,000 for the municipality on a good year and net in the range of $274,000 after expenses. However, councillor Dan McNeill and deputy mayor David Marr argued that consultation was important since businesses near the beach could be affected by a switch from free parking to paid. Also, the municipality’s leases with two municipally owned commercial buildings, GT’s and Pizzaworx, include parking clauses. The lease with GT’s allows for 50 parking spaces for staff and tenants and maximum $3 parking charges on weekends and specified statutory holidays. The lease at Pizzaworx is less specific, but includes an allowance for parking for staff and customers at no charge, although it also recognizes that “the Landlord may

levy parking charges to the Tenant’s customers for parking privileges.” Some councillors noted that businesses near the beach may be concerned about beach patrons flooding parking spots allotted to businesses before these beachgoers would use paid parking. Richardson lease After sending out Requests For Proposals, and receiving one reply by the January 11 deadline, municipal council voted to lease the grain handling facility at 177 Carlow Road back to Richardson International Limited for $6,000 per month for two years starting April 1, with an option to renew for a third year. Richardson would pay property taxes and utilities during this period. Central Elgin purchased the facility from Richardson for $500,000 last year. Mayor Bill Walters noted that if the lease runs for three years, Central Elgin will have earned back $216,000 over that period, plus property

taxes. Dog friendly area proposed A proposal from Eric Salin, writing as his Border Collie / Lab named Zoe Salin, for a dog friendly area in Port Stanley, (sometimes known as a “leash-free dog park”) was referred to future recreation planning. Barn quilts Councillor Sally Martyn asked whether Central Elgin could be a $300 sponsor of the Barn Quilt project, celebrating the War of 1812 with barn paintings between Hamilton and Windsor. Five of these paintings are in Central Elgin. The item was referred to the municipal budget process.

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For the love of quilts St. Thomas quilters see samples of Danish handiwork by Anita LaRue

What attracts us to the beauty of a quilt? Some may say it is the colours, the texture and the talent. But if we truly understand the meaning behind the exquisiteness of a homemade quilt, the answer would be love. In November, the St. Thomas Elgin Nimble Thimble Quilting Guild saw firsthand the love that was stitched block by block into each magnificent quilt designed by Danish women. The display of quilts was shown to the St. Thomas quil-

ters by volunteers from the annual Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival. Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival is now in its second year and is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who travel across Ontario to display quilts from other countries in order to promote the festival. Last year’s presentation was ‘The Quilts of the Netherlands.’ This year, from May 1-5, the festival will feature ‘The Quilts of Denmark.’ A large display of quilts will be shown at the Ailsa Craig Community Centre, with the opportunity to observe talented quilters and their stunning creations. Four Danish teachers will be traveling from Denmark to teach quilting workshops to all of those that are interested. MORE INFO… Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival 519-293-3993 www.ailsacraigquiltfestival.ca

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Volunteers Jane Walker and Gary Walker hold up a quilt made by Merethe Seby of Denmark, part of ‘The Quilts of Denmark’ display at the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival this spring. (Photo by Anita LaRue)

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‘Ed’s Garage’ at the Grand Theatre First-rate cast give their best in average play

doesn’t click on the stage itself. The return of Adrienne Gould to the theatre world is very welcome, and Tim Campbell has good chemistry with her as a couple who are beginning to have feelings for one another. Dana Osborne’s set allows the audience a good view of Ed’s garage and its environs, and the show owes a great deal to effective sound. Many in the audience appeared quite happy with the production, but perhaps they expected less than I did. With such good actors, Dan Needles couldn’t hope for better interpreters of his work. Maybe the material needs tweaking. Needles has created Canadian literary icons and for this, we owe him a great deal. Consider this a mixed review.

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Douglas E. Hughes and Rod Beattie in ‘Ed’s Garage’ at The Grand Theatre running until February 4. (Photo courtesy of Claus Andersen)

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Think about what you may be bringing back from your vacation (NC) How many of us have walked the beaches of a tropical locale and been tempted to buy souvenirs like tribal masks, wooden sculptures or animal skins? After all, you think, part of travel is bringing a piece of your vacation home with you. The problem is that some of those souvenirs could contain dangerous species such as pests, micro-organisms, viruses, fungi and bacteria that, if allowed into Canada, could harm trees, forests, farmland and animals. Even the tiniest hole in untreated wood, for example, can harbour microscopic pests that could cause harm once brought into our country. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) estimates that if an outbreak of just one disease, such as foot-andmouth disease, occurred today, it could cost billions in damage. Export markets for Canadian cattle, swine, sheep and other livestock species could also be closed for months with

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Doug Tarry, president of the Ontario Home Builder’s Association and director of marketing for Doug Tarry Homes in St. Thomas, shows off the Lifebreath Clean Air Furnace that works with the Envirosense Condensing Water Heater to heat the new Thornwood model home just opened on Majestic Court in St. Thomas January 18. It is one of the new ‘Discovery Homes’ that are being built by four home builder associations across Ontario to showcase new energy-conserving technologies that could eventually be incorporated into mainstream construction.

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 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 www.OntarioTaxSales.ca, 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 treasurer@twp.southwold.on.ca

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More than meets the eye New art show focuses on how artists see themselves by Mickey Reid

How do you see yourself? What kind of self-portrait would you choose if you were an artist? Possibly an oil painting or ceramic figure? Would it look exactly like you, or would an abstract image be more your style? Visitors to the St. ThomasElgin Public Art Centre may have thought just that January 14 as they enthusiastically viewed the opening of a unique art exhibition called ‘Identity Transfer.’ The show features the creations of 16 artists exploring

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their personal identities in various art mediums. The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, a non-profit organization, presents 16 exhibitions annually, featuring international, local and regional artists. The idea for the ‘Identity Transfer’ show was born after the Art Centre put out a call to the artist community for submission of self-portraits. Following the response, Cassandra Getty, curator of art from Museum London chose the works for the exhibit. ‘Identity Transfer’ focuses on the unique concepts and views artists may have about their individuality and character. The portraits display their technique

and skill; some thoughtful and peaceful, others with turmoil. You might wonder why an artist would create a self-portrait. Lisa Gerrard’s picture is entitled ‘Portrait of an Artist as a Portrait Artist Medium.’ She explains that, sometimes, you don’t have a readily available model. When asked what she wanted to convey, she smiles, “I wanted to reflect my off-thewall humour and capture my smirk.” Each portrait has a distinct style. Some were created with photographs, and others with mirrors, as was Sine Maule’s portrait of herself standing behind her box easel. Albert Sugerman hoped he “conveyed the meaning beyond

times over the years and noted that the art has become a “chronological picture of her life.” ‘My Life in Hats,’ a painting by Betty Burrell, features a chef’s hat, nurse’s cap, garden hat, and golf visor. Each hat depicts a Artist Sine Maule with her self-portrait at the opening personal facet of of the ‘Identity Transfer’ show at the St. Thomas-Elgin her character and Public Art Centre January 14. (Photo by Mickey Reid) important events the image” with his huge black occurring in her life. and white photo entitled, ‘Nova As a child, Punch and Judy Scotia.’ shows frightened Josepha van Kit Cutting’s oil on canvas is ti- den Anker. “Children exposed to tled, ‘Bathroom Reflections.’ violence never forget it,” she She has painted herself many said, explaining the three por-

trait pictures she painted. The ‘Identity Transfer’ show will appeal to people who not only appreciate the visual arts, but who also try to understand the creators of those works a little better. It truly falls to the expression, “More than meets the eye.” IF YOU GO… Identity Transfer When? Runs until Mar. 3 Where? St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas Cost? Free admission More info? 519-631-4040 or www.stepac.ca

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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. JK Open House at Faith Christian Academy, 345 Fairview Ave, Thursday, January 26 from 9-11am. 519633-0943 (Parents only). YWCA Kids Creative Cuisine, cook simple, kid friendly meals while learning safety tips in the kitchen. Jan 26-Mar 1. Contact us at the YWCA at 16 Mary St. W, 519-6319800. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, Thursday, January 26, 7pm. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info: Rick Badgley 519-6378432. Everyone Welcome To Attend. Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, January 27, Elgin Mall Community Room, 10:3011:30am. Topic: Alzheimer’s - Know For

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pice has an open grief Support Group every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Elgin Mall’s Community Room. 519-6373034. Men’s’ Only Grief Group offered at Serenity House Hospice is beginning new sessions soon. Call 519-637-3034 for more details. Call Serenity House Hospice for peer or grief support to help empower you through your journey. Complementary therapies also offered. 519-6373034. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge St., displays the work of Guild artists Ann Fong and George Pigache, with photos by Sharron Russell through January. 519-782-4241 for times. Victim Services Elgin is currently looking for Volunteers to provide

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Sure! Traditional Monthly Roast Beef Supper, St. John's Church on Flora St. Friday,  January 27 5-7pm.  Dinner is a bargain at $12.  Be prepared to eat, eat, eat. Info 519-6317368. Women of Today Business Support Group. Friday January 27, 11:30-1pm, Kenny Iguanas Restaurant, Talbot & Ross, St. Thomas.  Topic: Online Marketing.  Cost:  Your Lunch. VON presents “When Families Grieve” for caregivers supporting

grieving children, January 28, St. Thomas Christian Church, 451 Wellington St, 1–3pm. Information/register 519-637-6408. Rotary Music Festival Committee meets Tuesday, January 31, 7pm at Central United. Recipients of award shields need to return them soon to Lois, 92 Forest Ave, 519-6373528. Port Stanley Public Library shows the work of wildlife artists Margo Oborne and Sharon Veldstra, port photos by Sharron Russell, through February.  302 Bridge

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DEATH NOTICES BALE, JOHN E. of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 in his 76th year.  No public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of cremated remains.  Sifton Funeral Home. BEATTIE, KENNETH W. of London, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 in his 66th year.  No public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of cremated remains.  Sifton Funeral Home. BROWN, RONALD WILLIAM of Wyoming and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the age of 54. A private family service will be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. BUCKE, VERA (OLSEN) (ASHTON) of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in her 95th year. A funeral was held January 20, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DEVLAEMINCK, MARIETTE of Aylmer, passed away Monday, January 16, 2012 in her 83rd year. A funeral mass was held January 20, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. GRANT, MARJORIE (WATTERWORTH) of Straffordville and Aylmer, passed away on January 21, 2012 at the age of 95. Funeral services held Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1pm. Visitation Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7-9pm. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. GROENEWEG, JANIE (ADRIANA WILLEMINA) of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 in her 82nd year. A funeral was held January 23, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HEPBURN, IAN DOUGLAS of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in his 74th year. A funeral service was held January 25, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LACASSE, HILDA of Aylmer, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2011. A service was held January 7, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

SAIJAS, MARIO EMERSON of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in his 87th year. A celebration of life held Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. SJOERDSMA, PETER, of Sparta, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012 in his 83rd year. A funeral service was held January 23, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. TREIBL, JAKOB “JACK” of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 in his 92nd year. A funeral service was held January 25, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WALLER, MARILYN MARGARET ANNE of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 in her 78th year. A public memorial service was held January 20, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WHITE, MARGERY ELAINE of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 in her 78th year. A family service will be held. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WHITTINGHAM, BETTY (MINAHAN) of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2012 in her 86th year. A public memorial service was held January 24, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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Remembering others Sometimes my wife and I chuckle when we are buying something or going s o m e where.  Let me give you example. It happened the other day when I was at the Detroit airport flying out on business. I had gone through the check-in and was walking towards the departure gate. On the way down a long corridor, there was an automatic sidewalk. You know, the escalator stairs that are not stairs. You just stand on them and they move you along – saves you from walking.  However, I learned there is a protocol to abide by. If you are simply standing because you're too lazy to walk, then stand on

the right-hand side. This gives the ‘get out of my way, I'm late’ people the opportunity to fly by in the left-hand lane (a lane for speedy travelers).  However, back to my point. Whenever we participate in such an activity as that, Ruth and I look at one another and say, "Joshua would never believe this." We say that at buffet restaurants. We say that at big department stores. We say that when we get in one of our two cars. We say that when I walk over and flick a button that turns on the gas fireplace. We keep saying,  "Joshua would never believe this." Bet you're wondering who Joshua is?  Well, Joshua is a good friend of ours whom we have known for about four years, who lives in the city of Florida, Cuba. By Cuban standards, his house is actually

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quite nice; but by our standards, it is not. He travels around the city of Florida on his old green bike, with his wife perched precariously on the nice soft handlebars. Joshua is a great friend who is funny, intelligent and compassionate.   Whenever we struggle with the apparent imbalance of wealth, we keep coming back to the same conclusion. If everyone were like Joshua, who

would help? Our Canadian affluence is a gift given to us to use to help the Joshuas around the world. The best thing you can do is give something away. Find a connection to a real person who needs your help.  For all that we give and do for Joshua, my wife and I are sure of this; we benefit the most from our relationship with him.  And that, is something to think about. 

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Do something nice Reader suggestions and comments on how to be kind February 1st should be an exciting day throughout Elgin County..... I often perform Random Acts of Kindness, and when I refuse payment and tell people it was a random act of kindness, they look at me strangely, and I get a thank you. When I suggest it is their turn to "pay it forward," which usually requires an explanation, and that is sad. I will not be deterred, and like the feeling I get, and continue to be optimistic. Yvonne Brooks Wallacetown

It's a great idea to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day in St. Thomas. According to research, one of the best ways for people to be happy is to be kind to others. Then the happiness spreads like a pebble that is dropped in water - there's a ripple effect. As ripples circle on and on, spreading outward from the centre - in the same way, random acts of kindness have a positive effect on others, and the ripple effect might spread through the whole city! One idea is to also "Be Kind to Animals." Play with your pet(s), take your dog out for a special walk, cuddle your cat. If you don't have a pet - visit a local animal shelter (i.e. Animal Aide, Pets are Friends for Life, All Breed Canine Rescue, or the St. Thomas City Pound) and spend some time with the animals there or make a donation towards the care of these needy animals of St. Thomas. I remember when I was in elementary school, and the Humane Society handed out buttons to all the students with the words: "BE KIND TO ANIMALS" Monica Smith St. Thomas

Bake and deliver a batch of muffins to a senior living alone. Bake and deliver a batch of muffins to a group home. Bake and deliver a batch of muffins to your day care provider. Bake and deliver a batch of muffins to your favourite news publisher and his staff. Bake muffins with a child then deliver them to any of the above. Colour with a child. It's fun!  Crayons are highly underrated. Play cards with a child. Take your spouse to a movie. Offer to babysit so that a young couple who cannot afford one can get out for a coffee or a movie. Babysit for a young Mom so she can go to the gym or grocery store for a couple of hours. Shovel the walk or driveway for a neighbour battling cancer. Bring in your neighbour's trashcans when you bring in your own. Read to a senior or anyone with vision issues. Let the person in line behind you at  the grocery store go ahead.  Let someone in who is trying to get into traffic. Bring your spouse an unsolicited cup of coffee or tea. Do the laundry for a senior or a young Mom.  Overtip  a server who looks overwhelmed. Sincerely compliment someone who deserves it. Beth Spicer St. Thomas

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I remember a Christmas season about 5 years ago. I was having a horrible day...nothing seemed to be going right. I was going through Timmies to get my usual coffee and pulled up to the window to pay. To my surprise the lady said "Merry Christmas from the person in front of you...she paid." I had no idea who this was. I have a strong faith in God and I believe he had a part in this to make me smile and relax...no day is THAT bad. Every Christmas, I do the same thing hoping I'm putting a smile on someone else’s heart. Brotherly love isn't about how we feel about our fellow neighbours, it’s WHAT WE DO. Let the other car go first, hold a door, say hello...take the time to share a simple sincere "Hi, how are you" with an elderly person. It's too bad we have to hold a special day to remember to be kind to others...hopefully the feeling will be contagious and continue everyday of the year. Sherry Pfeffer St. Thomas

Last week I was getting into line at a Tim Hortons and waved a van into line ahead of me. When I got to the window they had paid for my order and said thank you for letting them in line. Very Nice. Wendy Duff

A very great friend of mine has two amazing men that do wonderful things for her everyday. The first young man is her foster son Jason Keip. He has been helping her out for many years, helping her with her cat, going to different stores to pick up things for her as she cannot get out very easily. She is in a wheelchair but with her personality nothing gets this woman down. Jason helps her with baking and cooking sometimes and even helps her drink her coffee.  Brian, her adopted by love son I was speaking of earlier, picks up where Jason leaves off. Whenever "Ma" needs to get into the building, she rings us up and says can Brian come down and help me, he goes down and helps her bring up her shopping and helps her put it away and yes he helps her with her coffee as well. There are alot of people involved in Ma's life and we all try and help her in our own way but she wished for Jason and Brian to be centred out because what they get paid with is either cookies or a thank you which is fine with them in many ways. Both of the guys do much more than just this for her as well as for other people. I may be partial because one is my husband and Jason is a good friend. But both these guys would give you the shirt off their back if they had to in order to keep you warm. They are amazing men and should be thanked many times over because they are amazing guys to have in one’s life. Jennifer J. Groke and Georgina Keillor

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