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St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Free Enterprise Awards on May 22. Four Free Enterprise Awards will be given this year: three Free Enterprise Awards for recent or short-term accomplishments and one Free Enterprise Master Award in recognition of long-term success and community support at the St. Anne’s Centre on June 20. Dianne Buckner, a trusted face in Canadian busiFanshawe College students of St. Thomas and Susan O’Brien Board Vice President of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation enjoy creatness journalism, and the host ing a masterpiece sundae during the kick-off event ‘Today I’m Working for of the popular TV show DragMy Hospital’ on June 1. ons Den, a successful program in which entrepreneurs present business ideas, will be the are some very unique ways to keynote speaker for the Working for your hospital evening. ‘Today I’m Working For My raise funds and you’re only The winners for the Free Enlimited by your imagination. In Hospital’ is a fundraising camterprise Awards of Merit are: the past, businesses have parpaign by the St. Thomas Elgin myFm 94.1, our very own St. General Hospital Foundation ticipated by donating a perThomas radio station turned centage of sales, arranging a that runs from June 1 to July their voices on just a year ago. 31. The campaign is reaching bake sale, car wash, bottle The local radio station is a drive or yard sale. ‘Today, I’m out to area businesses to help tremendous link to our comWorking for My Hospital’ raise funds for the Emergency munity. “We were shocked, but fundraiser events can be comDepartment and Operating the entire team at myFm is pleted in one day or over the Suites. All money raised will very excited. It will be a nice eight week period. All particistay in the community of St. evening to relax and enjoy the pants will be recognized on St. Thomas. moment,” said St. Thomas Thomas Elgin General Hospital Allan Weatherall, Executive General Manager of myFm Rob Foundation website and the Director of the St. Thomas HosMise ‘Heartbeat’ newsletter. pital Foundation, said that there

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Ontarioplants Propagation Limited, was established in 1999 by the Vanderkooy family, and is on a mission to become eastern North America’s premier supplier of tomato, cucumber and pepper plants, “We are very honoured with the news of the award, and excited,” said President of Ontarioplants Jack Vanderkooy. Of the nine call centres in the worldwide Starwood Hotels and Resort chains, the St. Thomas operation is the biggest. St. Thomas Customer Care Centre handles over 3 million incoming calls a day. “We are simply thrilled and very excited to be awarded with the Free Enterprise Award of Merit,” said Associate Director Matt Parr Terry and Nancy Carroll and Carroll Publishing are this year’s winners of the Free Enterprise Master Award. Terry and Nancy are being recognized for years of community support and service, and their recent success in giving Elgin County a weekly newspaper and a monthly magazine. The Weekly News and Elgin this Month magazine added reliable and valuable information resources to our region. “It's exciting to be honoured by the Chamber and our peers. This really is a team award. It takes a lot of great people to

Keynote speaker for the evening will be Dianne Buckner, host of the popular TV show Dragons Den.

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place. “We are trying to stay competitive, fair priced and we want to take care of the needs in St. Thomas,” Chris said. The St. Thomas Ford dealership is not only proud of its customer service award but on its continued commitment to the community. The Ford program ‘Drive One 4 UR School’ supports local highschool fundraising events across the county. The program involves team volunteers who transport four of five different Ford vehicles to each school event. For every test drive people come out to do, St. Thomas Ford donates money and Ford Motor Company matches it. The program has raised funds for two St. Thomas high schools. Chris Furtado (left), Service Manager; Bruce Dumouchelle, CoPresident; and John Stollery, CoPresident of St. Thomas Ford Lincoln STV dealership are proud to show off the ‘Diamond President Award” for best in customer satisfaction.

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The lions roar The Lion’s Club of Port Stanley donates $10,000 to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital during the Port Stanley Lion’s golf fundraiser at Kettle Creek Golf and Country Club on June 2. Bob Nemett (left), Port Stanley Lion’s Club; Mayor Jim McIntyre of Southwold; Rick Nemett, Pharmacy owner of Shoppers Drug Mart on Elm Street, St. Thomas; Jennifer Davis, Pharmacy owner of Shoppers Drug Mart on Talbot Street, St. Thomas; Dr. Paul Collins, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital; Grant Davis, Pharmacy owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Aylmer; Allan Weatherall, Executive Director of St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation; Karrie Tong, Pharmacy owner of Shoppers Drug Mart on Edward Street, St. Thomas; Pete Fodorko, Port Stanley Firefighter and Peter Morgan, Port Stanley Lions Club. (Photo courtesy of Janice McClenagan)

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French immersion proposed for Port Stanley Linda Easton sent a letter to Central Elgin Council regarding the use of Port Stanley Public School. Port Stanley Village Association is exploring alternatives to a request from Thames Valley District School Board to “seek out business usages for the unoccupied space” at the school. In the letter, Linda said, “We believe that the best solution to underuse of the school facilities is to identify appropriate educational uses.” The association asked Central Elgin to support boundary changes so students from a school such as Southwold School (47 students over capacity) could attend Port Stanley Public. The second request “if feasible” was to create French immersion classes within the school to alleviate “overcrowding at other schools” such as Pierre Elliot Trudeau (63 students over capacity). At its June 11 meeting, Central Elgin Council decided to forward the letter to Elgin County’s Rural Initiatives Committee for its consideration. Carr Road Culvert repair Councillors voted for what they considered the best of three options for the Carr Road Culvert rehabilitation project, choosing to accept a $300,128 tender from Intrepid General Limited. Using this option will extend the life of the culvert by 25 to 30 years by repairing “the interior and exterior of the culvert with new steel guard rail.” A cheaper option at $200,000 might have extended the life of the culvert another 15 years, but with a risk that water damage might continue to erode it. A more expensive proposal at $750,000 for total replacement would have meant an 80-year lifespan, but was beyond the limits of the municipality’s capital budget.

Port Stanley pier Council approved $102,500 for engineering services as a first step toward rehabilitating the pier / breakwater in Port Stanley as well dredging the harbour. Mayor Bill Walters said that a number of people have asked if they could get out on the pier. He noted that there is no a quick fix, but engineering is part of a long-term strategy to dredge the harbour and reopen the pier to the public. Funding for the engineering services will come from Harbour Divestiture funds and interest on those funds. Paid parking moving along In answer to a question from Councillor Dan McNeil, Director of Physical Services Lloyd Perrin said that his department recognizes that the Central Elgin Council is committed to paid parking to help control beach traffic. Preliminary work on paid parking will continue during the next long weekend, when traffic counts are heaviest. In a separate item, Deputy Mayor David Marr said he would ask County Council whether there has been a recent traffic study regarding the stop lights at the main intersection in Port Stanley. He said that the timing of the lights for people turning left as they are leaving the village meant “very few cars are getting through.”

Environmental study behind schedule Councillor Dan McNeil said that an updated risk assessment from Transport Canada in regard to Port Stanley Harbour revitalization is about three months behind schedule. Originally, Transport Canada employees had hoped to have finished the assessment by now. No roadside spraying Councillor Sally Martyn has

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Too much quiet On Sunday morning I awoke to quiet, which is happening more frequently these days. My husband was off boating and eager to hook my favourite catch of the day (perch). My two boys were fast asleep in the exhaustion of teenagehood and I arose early, well, earlier than normal for a Sunday morning. With a hot cup of coffee in hand and my faithful companion Oscar trailing beside me, we both ventured outdoors to greet the heat of the morning sun. I sat on my lounger and picked up a book, one that I’ve been meaning to finish for some time now. I will not mention the name of the novel, but what I will say is, women love this book, and to be honest, I am starting to understanding why….Yes, I’m a fan of the character Christian Grey. As I read and enjoyed the stillness of the morning I began to realize just how quiet my life had truly become. I could hear the neighbourhood children next door… young children, belting out their favourite

Terry Carroll

Time to rename Father’s Day? Father’s Day has always been a little more problematic than Mother’s Day. There are extreme examples in the other direction, but most people have a certain amount of (at the very least) affection and respect for their mothers. There’s the discomfort in the final months of pregnancy, the pain of childbirth and the nurturing in the early years – it takes a lot of Mommy Dearest to completely wipe all that out. As for Dad, his role continues to be more of a spectator and supporter in the early years with an increasing role as the child gets older. Since he has often assumes more of the disciplinarian role (‘Wait until your father comes home’ has never completely disappeared), it’s sometimes a question as to what is being celebrated on Father’s Day. Father / child conflict does have its upside. Would there be any great American nov-

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editorialpage cartoon theme songs, bugging their siblings and just being noisy kids. I laughed to myself recalling all those moments not so long ago with my own two boys – the exhaustion of getting up to what I thought was an ungodly hour of 6 am, and preparing myself to move and groove for the next 14 hours. Everything was planned for the day, routines set in place: breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth and making sure enough physical activities were planned throughout the day so by 7:30 pm my husband and I could just sit and relax. How different things are. The noise has changed to deep male voices; the TV is not about music and songs from my children’s favourite TV shows, Barney and Blue’s Clue. The Discovery Channel, the newest movie and hanging with friends is what catches their attention now. Family time together is around the dining room table during dinner or family vacations. I will never regret being there for my boys as they grew up. It was the most fascinating and unbelievable experience of my life, and one I’m grateful to have witnessed. But now, I could deal with a little noise…go figure! els without difficulties between fathers and sons? Arguably not. We all know that there are more single-parent households than there were in 1973 or 1953. Most of these single parents are women. And most of the children in these households are going to grow into fine adults. But along the way, parenting can sometime be tough without a man to consult or to ask to put his size elevens down once in a while. It might be time to change the name from Father’s Day to Men’s Day. I’m not thinking about beer, cigars, hunting, playing golf or poker. I’m thinking about role models. When I was a kid, we were rich in male role models, including fathers, but if you were having trouble with Dad, there were uncles, grandfathers and male neighbours providing examples of how to live as a man. In our time, we have Big Brothers (with lots more needed), ministers and priests (yes, a minority are a problem, but only a minority), teachers (ditto the comment, re: ministers and priests), uncles grandfathers, sports figures, bosses and so on.

Community Snapshot

Our Choice Matters Staff and volunteers from Community Living Elgin enjoy the day while taking part in a BBQ fundraiser at the Superstore on May 31. Money raised will go to The Self Advocacy Group of Elgin; in the fall the group will present to other Self Advocacy Groups across Ontario on issues of citizenship, accessibility and self-advocacy. Joel Austin (left), Ken O’Donnell, Steven Murrey, Richard Sitzes, Becky Marcus, and Nicole Thistle.

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Who’s running the prisons? Until the Harper government started a push for a new superprison, I had no idea how many Canadians are behind bars. It all came back to me last week when London lawyer Kevin Egan was talking on CBC radio about the troubled Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. He is in the midst of several lawsuits against the provincial government for its failure to upgrade the facility and protect the inmates who are sent there, even before they are convicted of anything. The Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) was constructed to house 150 inmates, but for years it has been housing over 400. A shortage of beds means some will sleep on the floor and those who do have beds are fighting bedbugs through the night. There is no adequate video surveillance: one reason an inmate was beaten to death in 2009. There are places inmates can

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go unobserved and the guards, members of OPSEU, are pleading for more staff. It’s a sad situation when the inmates run the prison, but Kevin Egan says this is so and that long-term prisoners are in charge of distributing food and other items as “servers”. The guards keep their distance, simply because they are understaffed. I don’t know how the lawsuits will turn out, but it hasn’t helped the dozens of men who have been severely beaten at the Exeter Road facility. Our courts are slow and overcrowded. Some charges are dismissed when the accused has had to wait too long. The delays in our courts and the troubles at EMDC are just the tip of a very dangerous iceberg that we have to melt before some kind of disastrous collision. Kevin Egan will continue his crusade to improve the facility, but I wonder if anyone will listen and act. Some people believe if you ignore a problem long enough, it will go away. I don’t think that is the case with this one.

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Smile through the pain On June 7, Rob Broadbent (left), Fire Chief; Jim Malik, Operations Manager of EMS and Bill Lynch, Police Chief, smile through the pain of wearing women’s high heel shoes to support the ‘Walk a Mile in Her shoes’ campaign for Violence Against Women beginning September 23 at Pinafore Park. Executive Director of Violence Against Women of Services Elgin County, Liz Brown said, “We are advertising early to engage high school students especially boys to step-up and help support the cause.” The goal is to raise $15,000 to support women who need transportation to the shelter and counseling.

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St. Thomas - A new incentive program launched by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority will help landowners undertake environmental projects on their property. KCCA is now accepting applications for this new incentive program. KCCA will provide successful applicants with up to 50 per cent of the cost of environmental projects undertaken on their property. The program is specifically targeting projects that will benefit water quality and quantity in the Kettle Creek Watershed. Funds are limited and will be distributed by a review committee. Any landowner in the Kettle Creek watershed can apply for up to 5 percent of the costs associated with projects. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2012. Contact Betsy will likely be an anchor to what appears to be a promising sea- McClure at (519) 631-1270 ext. 229. son of theatre.

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Shakespeare Festival after many seasons to direct the season opener of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing”. As Artistic Director Emeritus of the Shaw Festival, Newton is reunited with two former stars of Shaw, Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay, who tackle the roles of Beatrice and Benedick with the comfort and familiarity of a real husband and wife. The banter between these two crusty lovers is heartfelt and terribly funny. In addition to her comic talents, Ms. Hay brings a physical comedy possessed by few actresses. The story of “Much Ado About Nothing,” centers on the betrayal of a heroine and the rocky road to love for Beatrice and Benedick, yet we also have Don John, a villain so nasty that he was booed at curtain call; a tribute to the degree of nastiness that Gareth Potter can summon as a performer. Solid support came from the father and Keith Dinicol as the uncle to the betrayed bride, portrayed with innocent enthusiasm by Bethany Jillard. Another Shaw veteran, Richard Binsley, does a very nice turn as Dogberry, the constable with confused language but a

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Keeping kids safe Protocol signed Keeping our children safe is top priority for both Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin County and Elgin County Fire Departments. On June 11, a new protocol was signed formalizing a set of

procedures in which a CAS (Children’s Aid Society) worker making a home visit will be taking note of fire hazards or absence of working smoke alarms and alerting the local Fire Department. Reciprocally, a Fire Department official may notice and report any concerns to the CAS that the children in the home are at risk for neglect, abuse or any other form of maltreatment. The purpose of this protocol is to create a partnership in the

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provision of services to families involved with Family and Children’s Services, who need education, and increased awareness of fire safety. The protocol outlines roles and responsibilities and procedures to be followed to enhance fire safety and prevention measures, reduce risk to children from preventable home fires, and to keep children and families safe in the City of St. Thomas. Reports by either sector will be done with knowl-

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Creative minds An artsy soul by Rosemarie Johnson Clarke

A St. Thomas entrepreneur aspires to draw together Elgin County’s artsy souls by providing a kaleidoscope of creative choices — all under one roof. The brainchild of Jena Downen-Dempsey, The Art Company is billed as “the ultimate DIY art studio” and will offer members “the tools, tutorials, equipment and workshops to be creative.” Although the doors won’t open till November 2012, Jena has been busy canvassing neighbourhoods and businesses for months. She established a virtual presence and joined the St Thomas Chamber of Commerce in March 2012. Two months later, she signed her first corporate member, Dragonfly Salon and Spa, in May. The concept is simple: “The idea is to offer creativity the

The Art Company signed its first corporate member, Dragonfly Salon and Spa in May. Corporate membership costs a company nothing and its staff receives discounted rates. Jena Downen-Dempsey, The Art Company owner (left) with Julie Carr, Dragonfly owner, at her salon and spa in St Thomas. (Photo by Rosemarie Johnson Clarke)

same way a gym offers physical fitness. You can find creative studios in pockets throughout the county but not all under one roof,” she explains. “The Art Company will be a place where you can try almost anything you want from throwing on a pottery wheel one day to working on a

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stained glass project the next to canning strawberry jam the day after.” Workshops and programming will be available. Jena emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between The Art Company and artists in small studios throughout the county. “They will, in fact, be the peo-

ple delivering our programmes,” she says. Her company has received a grant from the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) and Jena has invested her own funds. She is still researching locations and says her design concept will fit into any space “with character.” Glenn Thorel, an advisor with EBRC, is an initial supporter of the venture. He says, “A centre like The Art Company promises to contribute to the liveability of the community, creating economic diversity, social inclusion and improving the quality of life.” According to Glenn, Jena’s business concept “is part of a growing trend towards community arts and cultural development… She has a vision to bring the community and artists together in a collaborative approach, integrating different creative sectors and appealing to a growing demographic that is seeking ways to explore their own creative spirits in a vibrant community centre.” Wendell Graves, Chief Ad-

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Memorable Mondays, Sept 10, 2-3pm, AylmerMalahide Museum. 14 East St. Aylmer, 519-773-9723. Topic: Back to School, includes program, refreshments and hand-out. Members – Free, Nonmembers $5.

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Aylmer Christian Community will host Christian song writers, Keith and Kristin Getty and their band from Tennessee on September 19. For tickets call Sharon 519 773-2894. 

Malahide Museum. 14 East St. Aylmer, 519-773-9723. Topic: Beautiful Books and Book Markers, includes program, refreshments and hand-out. Members – Free, Non-members $5.

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DEATH NOTICES CASKANETTE, AURELIA MARIE (ZUBER) of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in her 84th year. A funeral was held June 8, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. CHAPMAN, JEAN of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012 in her 74th year. A public memorial service was held June 13, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DAVIE, MARJORIE E. (nee SMITH) of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012 in her 92nd year.  Funeral service held June 14, 2012 at 11:00am at the Sifton Funeral Home. GOODMAN, SHIRLEY JEAN of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 in her 74th year. Public memorial service held June 14, 2012 at 11am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. McKINNON, DONALD VINCENT of Aylmer, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in his 77th year. Mass to celebrate Don’s life held June 14, 2012 at 2pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MURRAY, MARION ISABEL of St. Thomas and formerly of Windsor, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012 in her 95th year. Services to celebrate Marion’s life were held June 11 and June 13, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

SIMMONS, GORDON A. of the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012 in his 96th year.  A private funeral service was held on June 12, 2012.  Sifton Funeral Home. SUCH, MURIEL M. (nee BEER) of St. Thomas, formerly of Goderich, passed away Monday, June 4, 2012 in her 89th year.  Funeral service was held on June 9, 2012. Sifton Funeral Home. TOVSTIGA, ADINA of Aylmer, passed away Friday, June 8, 2012 in her 80th year. A funeral service was held June 12, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

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