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Back in ‘59 actors from the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. The show runs from May 30 to June 9.

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musical takes the audience on a journey as four friends relive the time of their lives through happy songs, love songs, heartbreak songs, sad songs and songs that are only meant to be sung by girls. Harmonizing vocals, twisting dance moves and finger snapping brings the audience back to ’59. The show runs from May 30 to June 9.

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Back in ‘59 by Thom Currie is the first all sold-out show in the history of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre during a twoweek run. The show is a fun and energetic musical presenting the top hits of the 50’s and 60’s with songs such as ‘Lollipop’ made famous by the Chordettes and ‘The book of love’ by The Monotones. The


Thirty-four per cent increase in registered teams Torrential rains Friday June 1 did not dampen the success of this year’s Relay For Life. When the skies opened up mid-afternoon, the organizing committee worked with St. Joseph’s Catholic High School and moved everything indoors. In the end, at least $133,000 was raised for Canadian Cancer Society research by 55 teams, an increase of $24,000 from 2011 where 41 teams gathered $109,000 in cash and pledges. Event co-chair Bev Trethewey said she was exhausted but happy with the results and the way everybody pulled together. Results could still prove to be higher, she said. She and cochair Matt Pfeifer have planned a wrap-up meeting and party for volunteers June 14, where a final tally may be announced. Bev gave full marks to St. Joseph’s principal Peter Cassidy for cooperating at the eleventh hour when the event had to be moved inside the high school. Team members located spaces “wherever they could find a corner,” she said, whether that was in hallways or the gymnasium. “The track did dry out, and people were out walking the track before the night was over,

Mother and daughter, Paige Thompson (left) and Jennifer Thompson both cancer survivors, participate in the 12th annual Relay for Life at St. Joseph’s high school in St. Thomas on June 1. (Photo by Brian Wilson)

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Home brew competition Who can brew the best beer? The competition is on. Railway City Brewing Company is presenting the “Sum-

mer’s Best Brew” competition. The idea for the competition was to honour home brewers and the excellent beers they make from around the area. The competition started on June 2 and winners will be announced the following week. The judging panel consisted of respected and qualified beer judges, brewers and other industry professionals. “It usually takes a year to put on a com-

petition like this one. We did it in two months,” Al Goulding, one of the founding partners of Railway City, said. Cash awards will be given to the top three winners. The first place winner will be honoured with the year’s summer seasonal beer which will be sold at the brewery, and also receive the opportunity to brew a full batch of their winning beer at Railway City Brewing Company.

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Bonfire debate Bonfires can bring out some of the best conversations and debates. Maybe people are more relaxed around a flaming fire? Enjoying the warmth of an evening fire is definitely on my list of favourite things. One evening, while sitting around a bonfire with friends, the topic of manners was addressed, and a passionate discussion followed. The conversation turned into a debate, some agreeing that society at large has forgotten how to use manners while others in the discussion believed that our generation is so absorbed in daily life that lack of manners is not intentional. It was interesting to listen to both sides but I began to wonder, have we truly forgotten how to use manners or are we really that busy that we can’t at least say thank you? During the debate,

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Sometimes, a man just has to tinker St. Anne’s Centre can be a tough place to shoot photographs, so I decided to address the problem before leaving for an assignment May 26 at that building. A little background. The camera I use is a digital SLR on loan from my son-in-law, Tyler. It has auto focus and a pop-up flash. Before leaving for St. Anne’s, I attached a flash from the old days, when we used film and worried about f-stops. I experimented with a few shots in the living room. With the new / old flash, the camera was letting in too much light. Genius that I am, I altered some settings, took off the lens, put it back on, and played some more. By the time I left, I thought I had something workable. At the centre, I took about ten shots, and every-

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editorialpage I recalled an initiative called Random Act-of Kindness. It popped up on my facebook a few months ago. My immediate thought was wonderful, what a great idea, but then I began to think, why do we need this? Have we truly forgotten how to treat one another? All who participated in the discussion agreed they had all witnessed someone helping another, then watched as they walked away without a whisper of a thank you. Yet, they had also observed people who were so grateful and acknowledged those around that helped. By the end of the debate, most agreed to disagree, that yes, there are people who tend to forget the importance of manners, leaving the helper feeling disappointed, but there are others who truly are very thankful. What it really comes down to is remembering those who care enough to say thank you and disregard the ones who don’t. It’s easy to remember those who forget, but in remembering the ones that don’t, well, that is a true act of kindness within us.

thing seemed fine. But when I sat down to check the lighting, I saw the photos were all out of focus. Wildly, tragically out of focus. Moments of panic ensued. I went to the back of the hall and took test shots. No focus, none at all. I left the building and shot in the evening light in the parking lot, playing with camera settings, reshooting, deleting pictures, all to no avail. The next day, I took the camera to my son-inlaw. Within about three minutes, he had the solution. While playing around, I had failed to turn the lens that extra little bit to get it to click solidly in place . . . and activate auto focus. Sometimes I think there’s a translation problem in the Bible. In Genesis, where it says “God created man,” five words seem to be missing. Those words would be “with an itch to tinker.” Those words wouldn’t make man a good tinkerer. He would still be a whole lot better off if he’d read the manual. But they would justify what seems to be the case. Man was born with an itch to tinker . . . with varying degrees of success. Make that vastly varying degrees of success.

Community Snapshot

The winner is? Sarah Card a student from Faith Christian Church Academy smiles as the lucky winner of a new bike she won through a draw at the Wheels Rodeo on June 4. St. Thomas police officers Brian Kempster (left) and Jason Geddes educated 47 students from grade 1 to 5 on bike safety involving learning street signs and the importance of wearing a helmet.

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Should we fail students? If there is anything newsworthy that has captured my attention in the past week, it’s that poor Edmonton teacher who has been suspended for daring to give zeros to students who don’t do their assignments. This action by the Edmonton School Board has split the entire country down the middle. Some feel he is a brute and others feel that he is a victim of an education system that has softened its standards to such a degree, that it is beginning to turn into some kind of ooze. As a person who has had his share of zeros in high school and who eventually made it to university after failing Grade Eleven geometry three times (I never DID get it), I respect the teachers who gave me a kick in the pants for a lack of effort and discipline. Years later, through a quarter-century of teaching at Fanshawe College, I gave out my share of zeros to students whose

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assignments were late. (In the news business, a missed deadline is reason to be fired). If there were no assignments handed in at all, they were thrown out of the course. Harsh, maybe, but it reflected the realities of the working world. I was training people for careers and even my failing students rose to prominence in good careers. We come back to the notion that failing a student will cause him to lose confidence and selfrespect. There are those who feel that everyone should pass if they show the slightest effort to get through the school year, and if they don’t put their chewing gum under the seat. Failure is a great teacher, even if people can’t see it at first. People who feel that the world owes them a living are in for a big surprise when they get out of the system that patted them on the back for no good reason. The Edmonton teacher is prepared to surrender a 35-year career and a good part of his pension on a matter of principle. I admire his ethics, but in the end I don’t think anyone will give him the credit and support he deserves.

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Simulated fire evacuation at Valleyview Nursing Home St. Thomas Fire Department by Tim Harvey

Residents and staff at Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas experienced a simulated fire evacuation on May 29, presented by the St. Thomas Fire Department. Fire Chief Rob Broadbent observed the residents and staff while

they participated in the exercise. Captain Steve Donker led fellow firefighters Dave Dipierro and Daryl Smith into a smoke-filled room in search of a victim, played by Valleyview’s Assistant Director of Nursing Melissa Billard. “Though I have participated in past exercises, it was terrifying to lie helpless in a smoke-filled

room, not able to see, and waiting to be rescued,” Melissa said. “It is an incredible feeling to have the firefighters come into the room.” Captain Steve Donker of the St. Thomas Fire Department said that an infrared camera is used to locate victims in zero visibility environments.

Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas participated in a simulated evacuation with The St. Thomas Fire Department on May 29. (Photo by Tim Harvey)


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suggested she have Kettle Creek Conservation Authority come in to identify any noxious weeds. Memorial markers Council discussed putting up memorial markers on selected trees at certain parks not only for the memorials in themselves but also for educational purposes by naming the species of the trees. Councillor Sally Martyn said that the markers can be made out of plastic which would be inexpensive. Taking into consideration the vandalism that is common in public places, the markers would often have to be replaced, said Lloyd Perrin, Director of Physical Services. Council agreed to be flexible as to where to put these markers as some parks would be more appropriate and less prone to vandalism. Sparta Hall Councillors discussed helping out Sparta with the construction costs of an accessible rear entrance at the Community Hall. They said that they would be willing to help out with the labour costs, and decided that at the June 4th community input meeting they would consult with the Sparta community to see what they think about the proposal and maybe come up with a plan that will help cover the costs. Recycling grass clippings Central Elgin will educate people this summer on recycling grass clippings to inform them about how it works and the benefits of it, and then move to enforcing a policy around this in the fall. Director of Physical Services Lloyd Perrin said that 15-20 tons of waste would be saved from landfills. It’s not much but it does make a difference, and there are other benefits to this as well, he said. At this time it would be strictly grass recycling.

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Community Foundation shooting for a million Annual meeting celebrates successes It was a great year. That was the message Junee Monteith, Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation Board Chair, brought to the annual general meeting of the foundation May 22 at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. Successes included “a new website, a strong Fund Development Committee – and our signature event Expedition Elgin growing in success – as well as the move from volunteer staff to paid staff 2.5 days a week,” she said. Endowed funds in the foundation totalled $789,580 by the end of 2011. Total grants to the community have been $206,300 to date. Executive director Karen Laine said, “The Community Foundation is working toward

the goal of $1 million in endowed funds in 2103, our 10th year since incorporation.” At the annual meeting, the Board of Directors recognized new endowment funds, including the Parks and Recreation / Pinafore Endowment Fund, the Sweetgrass Fund to support local charities and help build the community, and the Jim O’Grady Legacy Fund to supply registration and equipment for children who would otherwise not be able to participate in sports due to lack of funds. “As Elgin’s Community Foundation, we build and manage community assets so that we can respond creatively and immediately to needs in our community, and support our local charities,” Junee said. “I want to thank and welcome everyone here today for your personal role in supporting the growth and development of the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation.”

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awareness campaigns. On June 3, at Pinafore Park, the group had its 5th annual fundraising walk and second annual motorcycle ride to raise money to support its local efforts. “We try to keep educating the public about the damage of impaired driving and its consequences,” Cathy Gilchrist, a local director, said.

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In Canada, seniors make up the fastest growing segment of the total population and so too are the largest group of consumers of prescriptions, over-the-counter products and herbal medications. Consider Canada’s aging population — seniors age 65 and older made up 13% of the total population in 2006 and this is expected to almost double in several decades, increasing to 24.5% by 2036. As Canada’s population continues to age, this will increase the amount of medication use, since over 60% of seniors regularly take 5 or more prescription products. Not surprisingly, this population is at highest risk for Drug Related Problems (DRPs). In a recent study of 1017 patients visiting the emergency department, drug-related problems were responsible for 122 patients (12.0%); of these, 83 visits (68.0%) were deemed preventable. Severity was classified as mild in 15.6% of the 122 cases, moderate in 74.6% and severe in 9.8%. DRPs could be taking too much of a medication; not enough; an allergic reaction; taking a medication that is not necessary; or not taking a medication that is. Having multiple medical conditions, more than one doctor and using more than one pharmacy increases the risk of a DRP. Some tips to reduce your risk: Make sure you understand what each medication is, what it

looks like, what is does and when to take it; keep all your prescriptions at one pharmacy; use a pill box, calendar or other reminder to make sure medication is taken on time; discuss any side effects with your doctor or pharmacist. Another good way to reduce errors is to book a MedsCheck appointment to discuss your medications. MedsCheck is a program that allows you to schedule a 20 to 30 minute one-to-one meeting with your community pharmacist to ensure that you are safely and appropriately using all types of medication. Think of it as a comprehensive medication review. And it´s free! Just bring your OHIP card. The MedsCheck appointment is your chance to discuss how your prescription, over-thecounter and alternative medications may be affecting each other.

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Seniors, mark your calendars. The annual Seniors Picnic in the Park runs Wednesday July 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Pinafore Park, St. Thomas.

Preliminary publicity for the day promises “food, all-day entertainment, door prizes and fun.” For those requiring Paratransit, the service is free that day for seniors calling 519-6312731. Free transportation is also available on the regular Elm Street bus route to the park, by showing a senior’s card to the driver. The two main sponsors are the County of Elgin and the City of St. Thomas, and there is no charge for admission to the picnic July 11.

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Focus What you can do about hearing loss? From Elgin Audiology Consultants An estimated 10% of all Canadians have hearing loss. If you think you or a loved one is among them, there is help. That help is available close to home from Elgin Audiology Consultants. No more need to travel to London to see an Audiologist about your hearing loss. Elgin Audiology has offices in St. Thomas, Aylmer and now West Lorne. With the office in West Lorne, right behind the West Elgin Community Health Centre, Elgin Audiology now truly covers all of Elgin County. The clinics provide full diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid prescription, repairs and dispensing as well as other procedures such as Central Auditory Processing evaluations. You or a loved one may have a hearing loss if you: • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better • Find that people sound as if they mumble • Lose your place in group conversations • Keep the volume on your TV at a level that others say is too loud • Have pain or ringing in your ears • Notice that women's and children's voices are harder to understand. "People who see themselves in these statements should see a registered audiologist for a hearing test," according to Elgin Audiology Audiologist, David Pfingstgraef. Audiologists specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders.

They provide treatment for hearing loss including properly-fitting hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and they can teach people various listening strategies. "Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life. Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life." Hearing loss often occurs slowly and has many causes, such as normal aging, diabetes or exposure to noise. Audiologists recommend that children have their hearing checked if there are any concerns at any time, but for sure before entry into school. An

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annual hearing checkup is a good idea for adults from age 45 and older. For people that have a hearing loss, many options are available to help. Some of these include hearing aids. According to Pfingstgraef, the new digital hearing aids fit comfortably, are easy to use and actually now allow you to hear much better even in noisier rooms. If you think you may have a hearing loss call Elgin Audiology in Aylmer at 519-7733838, West Lorne 1-888-815-2306 or the Main Clinic in St. Thomas at 519637-5925 to arrange an appointment.

The idea of retirement changes as people work longer

year-old worker can expect to work before retiring, if retirement rates of a given year prevail. Expected working life is estimated using a method similar to that used for calculating life expectancy. According to the indicator, older workers have been increasingly delaying their retirement since the mid-1990s. This is consistent with the increase in the employment rate

A 50-year-old worker in 2008 could expect to stay in the labour force  3.5  years longer than in the mid-1990s, according to an indicator that tracks the retirement behaviour of Canadians. Using Labour Force Survey data, this indicator estimates the number of years a 50-

of older Canadians that began about the same time. According to this measure, in 2008, an employed 50year-old had an expected additional 16 years at work. This is roughly  3.5  years longer than workers of the same age in the mid-1990s, who could expect to work  12.5  more years. The 3.5-year increase was the same for both men and women.

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Focus Do you need a lifetime income guarantee? Submitted by Mary Gillick, Investors Group

Are you getting ready to retire or already retired? Are you looking for a secure, predictable, guaranteed retirement income?

The answer could be a Guaranteed Investment Fund (GIF) with Lifetime Income Benefit. A GIF (also known as a segregated fund policy) is a form of insurance that combines the growth potential of investment mutual funds – including builtin diversification, liquidity and professional management – with the features of an insurance policy to provide the se-

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curity of a guaranteed income for life. Depending on the features you choose, your GIF could provide: • A predictable income guaranteed for life, starting as early as age 50. • Payments based on an income percentage that increases with age and will never decrease (unless withdrawals exceed the annual guaranteed amount). • Payments that can be deferred to increase the amount of the annual lifetime income. • The possibility for income 'resets' - usually every three years - that can increase the amount of your income payments to help offset inflation. As your policy market value increases, you have the option of using those gains to 'reset' your lifetime income amount. • Death benefit guarantees. • Access to your assets whenever they are needed but certain fees or RRIF minimums

may apply to withdrawals. Withdrawals in excess of the annual guaranteed income amount will affect your lifetime income amount. • For business owners and professionals, a GIF offers the potential for creditor protection of personal assets. Talk to your financial advisor about whether a GIF is the right fit for your financial plan. This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec - a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant. Insurance products and services are distributed by I.G. Insurance Services Inc. (in Québec - a Financial Services Firm). Insurance licence sponsored by The Great-West Life Assurance Company outside of Quebec.

Medications and falls

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change. Taking certain medications or combinations of medication can increase your risk for falling. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent falls. Remember that medications which relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling. And Calcium and Vitamin D help to keep your bones strong. Medication Safety Tips: • Talk to your pharmacist and doctor if pills make you drowsy or dizzy. They may need to change the type, dose, or time of day your take them. • When you stand up, pause, get your balance and then move. • Alcohol affects medications. Be careful. • Use only one pharmacy to fill prescriptions. It is important that your pharmacist knows all the medications you take to predict side-effects. • Keep a current medication list in your wallet and at home. Review them yearly with your pharmacist and doctor. • Only use your prescribed medications, never someone else's. Check the expiry date and return outdated medications to your pharmacist.

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A salute to role models for our youth by MPP Jeff Yurek

As your Member of Provincial Parliament, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the seniors in our community. Whether you’re parents, grandparents, a neighbour, or a friend, its seniors like you that touch many lives in a positive way. You act as a good role model for the youth in our community through all that you do. Not to mention that the joie de vivre possessed by you and many of your peers proves that people truly are as young as they feel. As your provincial representative, I look forward to learning from your experience and

continuing to address your needs in the Ontario Legislature. So to all the seniors,


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Submitted by: Brent Sifton, Sifton Funeral Home

people plan funerals in advance. Brent Sifton said, “People who have pre-arranged with us have told us that our experience and advice was an invaluable addition to the support they received from their families and clergy. As trained professionals, we not only record the vital information needed for a funeral (rituals, music, other services and items of merchandise a person may want to use), but we also help in gathering information for required forms. It should be stressed that there are a wide range of funeral service options available to today’s public. It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to re-view their options with a licensed, professional funeral director in a calm, unpressured atmosphere.” The Sifton Funeral Home marks their 85th anniversary this year. A Consumer’s Checklist for Pre-planning: 1) Take your time. Don’t be pressured or pushed when making decisions. 2) Get all the facts. Most arrangements are available with a number of options. Keep asking questions until you understand everything you want to know. 3) Pre-planning does not require pre-payment. This is an option. 4) Pre-planning should be for the convenience of you and your family not someone else’s advantage.

thank you for the remarkable contributions you make to this community every day. makes good sense “It just makes sense. That’s what we hear over and over again from the families who have completed their funeral arrangements with us in advance,” said Brent Sifton of the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas. “As one gentleman said, “We plan ahead for everything else in life...whether it’s as simple a thing as going to the grocery store or as important an event as our retirement. It makes sense to plan our funerals too.” More and more people have found that planning a funeral in advance is a thoughtful decision that shows consideration for a family. It reduces the stress caused by indecision and the uncertainty that often accompanies a death. Many people not only arrange their funerals in advance (pre-arrangement), but also pre-finance them, for many different reasons. Some want to be sure that a funeral reflects their personal lifestyle and beliefs. And others want to ease the financial burden that can beset unprepared families at a time of loss. People who have moved to a distant community, or whose children have moved away, often want to specify that their final disposition be taken care of in a particular manner and place. Funeral directors are specifically trained to help

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Family-owned Denture and Hearing Clinic A personal touch. That is what you can expect from Nathan and Tiffany Landon, and staff at the St. Thomas Denture and Hearing Clinic. The clinic is located in the heart of downtown St. Thomas at 120 Centre Street. As a Denturist, Nathan is an expert at creating and maintaining comfortable dentures that fit well and look attractive. All denture work is done on site, making same-day repairs and relines possible. It also provides the patient the option to see what the denture will look like at each step, ensuring satisfaction with the end result.

Nathan also can create new partial plates and mouth guards. He also makes dentures to fit onto dental implants that have been inserted by a dental surgeon. Tiffany Landon a Hearing Instrument Specialist and a Registered Nurse understands the importance of one-on-one care to her patients. “Every patient is unique, and it is important for us to listen and understand their problems before coming up with a proper hearing health solution,� states Tiffany. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes and also in all price ranges which gives Tiffany and her team the ability to offer help to anyone with any hearing loss and budget. The tech-

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Tiffany and Nathan Landon outside their Centre Street offices in St. Thomas.

nology that is in the market today allows them to assist patients who may not have benefited from hearing aids previously. Tiffany will be adding a full time audiologist, Jennifer Allen, to her team in July to help with the clinic’s case load and ensure there is

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tient like they are a part of our family. We listen to patients concerns and ensure they make a proper solution they will be happy with,� states Tiffany. The clinic has ample free parking and is wheelchair accessible. The clinic provides free consultations. For information on dentures or hearing please call 519-633-1624.

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Furthering a commitment to my clients Sharon is a Senior Real Estate Specialist from Sharon Merkley

Having been a licensed realtor for 17 years, and a broker for 12 years, I have always had a strong, personal commitment to my clients. Their goal is my goal! In 2007, I took the opportunity to pursue, what at that time was a new professional designation in Canada for realtors: Accredited Senior Agent (ASA). Over the course of the past 5 years I have gained much experience and knowledge in working with seniors and their families. Never one to be complacent in my career, in April 2012 I sought out and obtained the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation(SRES), to further enhance my real estate practice. SRES designees are realtors

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qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. The SRES Council awards the SRES designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program and passed. By earning the SRES designation, I have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in downsizing, relocating, refinancing or selling the family home. I have received special training and I am prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions. My service is designed to GUIDE you, not DECIDE for you. I can not only create a customized approach to marketing and selling your property but I can also work with you to explore your housing options to ensure that your

next home best serves your current and future needs. When you need help from other professionals, I can tap into my network and put you in touch with other qualified resource people. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, I have the knowledge and resources to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home. Are you over the age of 50 and considering selling your home? You need a realtor with senior experience, knowledge and marketing savvy. Well, you just found ONE! You are invited to contact me for your own personal consultation. I’m here when the time is right for you to buy or sell of course, but I am also here for those times in between, when all you need is a little information.

SENIORS: are you concerned about your next move? As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, my business is dedicated to meet the interests and needs of mature clients and their families. PROVIDING you with: ANSWERS to your Real Estate questions SOLUTIONS to your Real Estate problems ASSISTANCE in the Transition to your Next Home SHARON MERKLEY Real Estate Broker Seniors Real Estate Specialist Accredited Senior Agent Royal LePage Triland Realty For more information or to arrange a confidential consultation Call Sharon Direct 519-670-0630 or email:

Elgin County wholeheartedly joins the nation in celebrating Seniors’ Month Three home in Elgin County From: Rhonda Duffy, Elgin County Director of Homes & Senior Services

The county salutes seniors and the great contribution they make to our communities. The theme of Seniors’ Month in June – Celebrate, Participate – reminds us that seniors are a vital part of our neighbourhoods and they positively affect the lives of all of us through their living history, family involvement, volunteerism, business entrepreneurship and community and recreation participation. The county operates three homes: Terrace Lodge, Elgin Manor and Bobier Villa, where the ‘Celebrate, Participate’ theme is evident. Whether connecting with

family via internet, partaking in the latest ‘good read’ through one of the County of Elgin’s libraries, taking in a play at local theatre, participating in the residents’ council, or enjoying a historical presentation, it is clear that our residents continue to both participate and engage in and out of the homes. Terrace Lodge has its ‘Giving

Back’ program; Elgin Manor’s auxiliary recently hosted the bird watching club and viewing centre; and Bobier’s popular ‘residents choir’ all demonstrate the commitment to celebrate life and participate in community projects and events. The spirit of volunteerism, too, is alive and well in Elgin County homes where seniors donate their time to enhance and enrich the lives of residents. Providing coffee and a warm smile, seniors offer their time to brighten another senior’s day. Please join us in celebrating Seniors’ Month and take a moment to acknowledge the seniors who have made a difference in your life.

County of Elgin Homes and Senior Services "Dedicated to nurture and support dignified long-term care."

The County of Elgin's Commitment to Caring Elgin County has been providing care and support since 1875 when the first House of Industry was established. Over the years, service has been enhanced to include three long term care homes across the County and community outreach programs. The three homes are Bobier Villa in Dutton, Elgin Manor in St. Thomas and Terrace Lodge in Aylmer.

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Metcalfe Gardens celebrates 23 years, and more Seniors’ driving socialization and freedom that games room, and physiother- treat. Quality service and care to our seniors deserve. apy, it truly is the “Next best Customer service is priority habits seniors and their families With service options, suite place to Home”. number one, and our ContinuSubmitted by: Metcalfe Gardens

Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence has provided quality service and care to seniors and their families in Elgin County for over 23 years. A retirement community providing all the comforts of home, with the safety, security,

options, meal choices, and a busy recreational calendar, most say, we’ve thought of just about everything. From sun lounges on each floor to our main lounge, theatre area, beautiful dining room, café, chapel, library,

The St. Thomas Police Service Please contact us about these programs or services: Alzheimer Identification Program - Wandering Registry Program Elder Abuse Committee Senior's Taking Extra Precautions (STEP) For more information call: 519 -631-1224 ext 140 or visit

Metcalfe Gardens provides food for the brain with our “Brain Gym” program, strength with our Physio therapy, and nourishment for the soul with our Chapel services. Nothing is more important than the friendships that develop and grow in this beautiful setting. Like home, Metcalfe Gardens is safe and secure with fire safety systems, sprinklers, call bells and staff available 24 hours a day. If you enjoy the outdoors, we’re surrounded by mature trees, flowers, and a lovely shady area to sit listen to the birds. If it is too warm outside, come into our fully air conditioned residence, listen to entertainment and enjoy a cold

These happy faces show that Metcalfe Gardens really is

“The Next Best Place to Home!” Comfort and Safety are the number one priorities for Metcalfe Gardens Residents. Drop in for a personal tour and we’ll treat you to lunch and tell you about our specials.

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ous Quality Improvement Program ensures our services are top notch. Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence knows the value of community participation. From raising money and awareness of the Heart and Stroke Campaign, Canadian Cancer Society and Breast Cancer research, to collecting food for our local Stuff the Bus, Salvation Army / Food Bank, to being a Penny Drop for the Alzheimers Society we are involved in our community. From our intergenerational program to touring a local feature in the Metcalfe bus, residents’ are active and involved. Metcalfe Gardens, celebrating 23 years of Retirement Living! Call us, we’d be happy to treat you to lunch and show you why Metcalfe Gardens is “The Next Best Place to Home”

In the oldest age group, more men keep their licences In 2009, 3.25 million people aged 65 and over, or threequarters of all seniors, had a driver's licence. Of that number, about 200,000 were aged 85 and over. Self-reported survey data show that the majority of seniors, even those of more advanced ages, travel mostly by car. There was a substantial gap between men and women with respect to having a driver's li-


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cence, particularly in those aged 85 and over. In 2009, 67% of men aged 85 and over living in private households had a driver's licence, compared with 26% of women. In 2009, more than two-thirds (68%) of seniors aged  65  to  74  reported that their main form of transportation was driving their own vehicle. Less than 6% used public transit and 3% walked or used a bicycle. Among seniors aged 85 and over, 56% of men and 18% of women reported that their main form of transportation was driving their own vehicle. Self-reported health status data were used to rank seniors according to various levels of functional capacity. The ranking showed that the vast majority of seniors who had a driver's licence had good or very good visual and auditory capacities and cognitive abilities. For example, among seniors who were classified as having very good hearing capacity,  76%, or approximately  2.8  million, had a driver's licence. However, of seniors who reported having the most serious hearing problems,  53%, or  26,400, had a driver's licence. Of those,  25,000  had driven a vehicle in the month prior to the survey. More than  3  million seniors who had a driver's licence had very good or good visual capacity. Among seniors who did not see well enough to read the newspaper or to recognize a friend on the other side of the street, even with glasses, 19%, or 13,600, had a licence. About half of this group had driven a vehicle in the previous month. In  2009,  28% of people aged  65  and over who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, roughly 20,000 people, had a driver's licence. Of these seniors, 14,600 had driven in the month preceding the survey.

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30 minutes of brisk daily walking is all you need It's easier to get active than you think. All it takes is the equivalent of 30 minutes of brisk daily walking if you are able. That's why it's shocking that 55% of Ontarians are inactive and getting less of out life than they should. You can fit 30 minutes of brisk walking into your daily schedule every day of the year no matter how old you are or

Taking care of your mental health A mentally healthy person is able to cope with life’s challenges. And looking after the “basics” of healthy living is a key component for good mental health. Here are some tips to help you develop and maintain good mental health: Eat a well-balanced diet. Follow the food guidelines in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. You can also speak to a registered dietician, free of charge by calling 1-877-5105102 or through Eat Right Ontario. Exercise regularly. Physical activity can positively affect your mood by reducing anxiety and stress and improving

symptoms of depression. Learn to balance work and life. Your work and personal life should not be demanding so much out of you that you feel out of control and overwhelmed. This balance is different for each person - find what works best for you. Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mental health. You may feel irritable and grumpy, have difficulty concentrating, and want to avoid your usual activities because you are too tired. Manage your stress. Find out what causes your stress so that you can find ways to effectively cope. Stress can cause confusion, decreased

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KING OF THE GRILL Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rain or Shine! Festival Staff Steve Waudby (left), Joe Winning and Nathan Sharrow are ready to set up for the 41st annual St. Anne’s Festival also know as the World’s finest show on June 6 to 9.

St. Anne’s Festival this weekend Something for everyone at annual event The 41st annual St. Anne’s Festival in the church parking lot between Morrison Drive and Park Avenue in St. Thomas runs this weekend with a huge midway, bake sale and restaurant tent every day. Live entertainment includes Open Mic night Thursday, Radio on Friday and the classic rock band Hog Wild on Saturday, all from 7 – 10 pm.

For special evening dinners, enjoy barbecued half chicken Thursday, yellow lake perch Friday and barbecued steak on Saturday from 5 – 7pm. As well as midway games of chance, people can try their luck at a long-standing St. Anne’s Festival feature called Looney Bingo. There’s also blackjack and wheels night in the Centre on Friday and Festival tickets for sale throughout the event. To prove that there is some-

thing for everyone, volunteers who organize the show have lined up a Crafter’s Marketplace every day, a youth area, face painting, games for kids, two auctions Saturday evening and much more. Admission and parking are free. The event is organized by a committee of St. Anne’s Church, but net proceeds from the Festival go to support a broad range of projects and causes in the community.

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Sixth Annual Emily Morgan Celebration Golf Tournament

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Meet the Steering Committee for Habitat for Humanity Linda Stevenson (left), chair and promotion and branding; Levy Leverton, co-chair and build; Wade Woznuk, co-chair of St. Thomas Build; Jodi Shorrock, co-chair; Ward Houghton, chair and landlord; Melanie Miller, volunteer co-chair; Sharon Gordon, volunteer co-chair; Sarah Locke, co-chair fundraising and Joanne Dowswell, co-chair fundraising. Absent: Heather Debruyn, chair of family selection and Tony Fangeat, co-chair of building.

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Akita Sushi St. Thomas Ambrose Plumbing and Heating St. Thomas Antiques on the Side St. Thomas Anything Used and Sparta Country Sparta The Auto Guys St. Thomas Aylmer Garden Centre Aylmer Balloon Experience Dutton Bas-Kim Industries London Beachside Cottage Rentals Port Stanley Malcolm Beckwith St. Thomas Bella Jack's Mexican Cantina St. Thomas Benjamin Moore Paints St. Thomas Berkelmans Home Hardware Port Stanley Berry Hill Limited St. Thomas Beyond the Garden Gate Sparta Bob Martin Golf London Boston Pizza St. Thomas Thomas Bradnam Toronto Bridgeview Bodyworks Port Stanley Bridgeview Motors St. Thomas Briwood Farm Market St. Thomas Broderick's Ice Cream Parlour Port Stanley Bulk Barn St. Thomas CNR Police Association Montreal Canadale Nurseries Ltd. St. Thomas Capital Management Group – Peter Manfredi St. Thomas Casey Farm -- Joe Casey Wallacetown Charles and Company Hair Salon St. Thomas Charlton's Quality Meats St. Thomas Clovermead Bees and Honey Springfield Country Seat Upholstery Studio Wallacetown Cravings Coffee Market and Sweet Shoppe St. Thomas Rick and Linda Doan St. Thomas Dog and Pony Productions St. Thomas Day to Remember Dutton Dutton Meadows Golf Course Dutton Eagle Surveillance Group Ltd London East Side Mario's - Wonderland London Econo Printer Cartridges St. Thomas Elgin County Foot Services St. Thomas Elgin Optical St. Thomas Empire Valley Farm Market Wallacetown Evergreen Studio -- Sandra England Union Rhonda Fabian and Stephanie Kerr Tillsonburg Family Flowers St. Thomas Family Health Options St. Thomas Farmgate Market St. Thomas Fellows Fernlea Flowers St. Thomas First Optometry St. Thomas Flowers by Rosita Port Stanley Foodland -- Dutton Dutton Foodland -- Port Stanley Port Stanley Fore Golfers Only St. Thomas Framing and Art Centre London

From the Log Talbotville GGolfs Academy -- Grant Gulych St. Thomas GT's on the Beach Port Stanley Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas Sondra Gantner and Roy Main Charlottetown Geerlinks Home Hardware St. Thomas Garlic's of London London Good Life Fitness St. Thomas The Grand Theatre London The Green Roof Restaurant Port Stanley Hammersley's Fish and Chips St. Thomas Hartz Canada Inc. St. Thomas Ken and Tracy Hepburn Port Stanley Hoselton Canada Colborne Dorothy and Jim Howell Mexico Hugh's Climate Care St. Thomas Hyland Theatre London Jill’s Table London Joshua and Company Port Stanley Dr Joel Keenleyside Port Stanley Kangaroo Kidz St. Thomas Kenny Iguana's St. Thomas Kettle Creek Golf and Country Club Port Stanley Killer Desserts Port Stanley Lighthouse Reflections Wallacetown The Lighting Shoppe London M.E. and Suzie's Restaurant Port Stanley Mackie's Restaurant Port Stanley Malahide Township Council and Staff Maryann McCoy St. Thomas Maxwell's Foto Source St. Thomas Patrick McGhee Port Stanley McLay and Company St. Thomas Mickey's Boathouse Port Stanley Minerva Art Gallery Springfield Moksha Yoga London London Moksha Yoga London West London Moore Water Gardens Port Stanley Charlie Morgan Kingston Trisha Morgan Kingston Dr Robert Morin St. Thomas Natural Health Therapy St. Thomas Jane and Stephan Neale St. Thomas nrichmedia Courtenay, BC Oegema Turkey Farms Talbotville Optimist Club of Port Stanley Port Stanley Megan Park Los Angeles Dr Roger Pettit St. Thomas Pinecroft Green Frog Tea Room Aylmer Pizza Hut St. Thomas Point Edward Casino Point Edward Port Stanley Festival Theatre Port Stanley Port Stanley Fitness Centre Port Stanley Port Stanley Terminal Rail Port Stanley Ports Pets Port Stanley Portside Gallery Port Stanley Quai du Vin Winery Sparta

Andrew Quin Port Stanley Quizno’s St. Thomas Riverbed Aqua Massage St. Thomas Robert Q Travel London Rocky's Harley-Davidson/Buell London RONA Building Centre St. Thomas Dan and Melanie Rose Port Stanley Ruby's Cookhouse Aylmer St. Thomas Glass Company St. Thomas St. Thomas Tire Service Ltd. St. Thomas St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre St. Thomas Smith Books St. Thomas Scott's Printing Services St. Thomas Serenity Now Massage Therapy St. Thomas Shaw's Ice Cream St. Thomas Shutter and Brush Port Stanley Silverthorn Landscape Supplies St. Thomas Sparta Tea Room Sparta Stan Portley's Antiques & Uniques Port Stanley Staples St. Thomas Starbucks -- Commissioners & Southdale London Starbucks -- Dundas Street London Starbucks -- Fanshawe & Hyde Park London Starbucks -- Fanshawe & Wonderland London Starbucks -- Masonville London Starbucks -- Oxford & Hyde Park London Starbucks -- Oxford & Wharncliffe London Starbucks -- Richmond Street Chapters London Starbucks -- Richmond & Central London Starbucks -- Wellington Chapters London Starbucks -- Wonderland London Station Park All Suite Hotel London Studio Style Port Stanley Sue Bradnam Photography London Tiny Devotions London Tommy White’s Source for Sports St. Thomas UPS Store St. Thomas Union Sports Sales St. Thomas Vermeer Flowers St. Thomas Victorian Epicure Spices St. Thomas Village Crier Wallacetown WJ Sound and Lighting Dorchester Wayside Inn Talbotville Wendy's Restaurant St. Thomas Nancy Whittingham St. Thomas Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas Yellow Sign People St. Thomas Yurek Pharmacy St. Thomas

A very special thank you to the generous and supportive Principal Contributors of Emily’s Tournament: McLay and Company of St. Thomas and Moksha Yoga London

Barb Clarke, Rhonda Fabian, Stephanie Kerr, Maryann McCoy, Annette Mellor, Frank Morgan, Jerry Morgan, Trisha Morgan, Mary Pocock, and Gwen Steward -A TRULY FABULOUS TEAM Thanks to all the golfers who participated – please join us again next year! From your friends, Tony, Dianne and Lucy

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St. Thomas Police are investigating a robbery. On May 23 at 4:20 pm an elderly lady was on the elevator at 294 Talbot St., the Grand Central Apartments, with a young male. As he was getting off on the 5th floor, he grabbed the victim’s purse and ran east and down the stairs and was seen running eastbound on Talbot St. The suspect is described as white, in his twenties, thin build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a black ball cap with a white symbol on the front and white trim. He was wearing grey shorts that went below the knee and dark shoes with white soles and black socks.

Lifelong learning awards ceremony Honours achievers

It’s not easy to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. But many adult members of our community, displaced by a changing economy, have had to do just that, 3” square sometimes with the added weight of physical, family and Reg. $1.89 other challenges. And they’ve succeeded. NOW Every year, the Elgin Council each for Adult Education, Training, and Employment recognizes 5 $ adult learners who have trieach umphed over adversity in a Special prices from June 6 - 13 Lifelong Learning Awards ceremony. The 19th edition was held in St. Thomas on May 24 at the St. Joseph High School/Fanshawe College cafeteria, where 31 learners from five agencies and schools South of Aylmer at 8467 Imperial Road S. (Hwy. 73) received framed certificates in Mon. – Fri. 8-8, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-5 acknowledgement of their success. Ontario Works, Employ-

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ment Services Elgin,, YWCA St. ThomasElgin, and Fanshawe College all nominated students for awards. Teachers were also on hand at the early evening ceremony to introduce their students, describing their accomplishments, the challenges they had to meet and overcome, and the special character traits that empowered them to succeed. In the audience were many family members and friends of the students, a big part of their support network. Several of the students receiving awards took time to thank the teachers who helped them to acquire the education and skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Bob Brine, Academic and Literacy Coordinator at Fanshawe College, notes the comments of two Fanshawe students who were

honoured. “Not only did this program benefit me tremendously, but two of my teenage children were inspired by my example to return and complete their high school, and they have now gone on to complete a university degree,” said a single mother from Aylmer.

“After I was laid off from a 20-year job, the LBS (Literacy & Basic Skills) program gave me the academic skills to find a new job, but more importantly, it gave me the courage and self-confidence to face a very different world,” said a mother from St. Thomas.

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Something To Think About...

The freedom to be a child This is hilarious. I was sitting on a chair outside my garage the other night, and two brothers were arguing out on the street. One brother was riding his bike with a friend while the other was walking. I have no idea what they were arguing about. But the funny part was, the parting comments. One brother said to the other, "You're dead!" This brought little or no response, so he tried again. "You're demolished!" He yells. I'm laughing now, we’ve gone from being dead to being demolished. I have no idea which one is worse. The funnier part however, was the other brother's reaction, nothing. He just kept on walking as though he found out the earth was still round. He just kept on his journey and the other two rode off as if nothing was wrong. I sat there thinking, we would be better off communicating like kids. I think we take ourselves way too seriously.  To some people, every look is scrutinized.  Every word put

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under a microscope and examined. Every conversation is recorded in the mind, and taken apart piece by piece as we Google search for meaning.   Maybe we should just relax.  Why not just give the other guy the benefit of the doubt?  Why not stop taking everything so seriously? Why not just learn to laugh? Another funny thing came to mind the other day as I was thinking about kids, and communication. The perfect specimen of spirituality, according to Jesus, is a kid. Jesus actually shocked his follower’s one day by picking up a child, putting the child in front of everyone, and admonishing them as follows. "I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all. Therefore, anyone who will humble himself likes this child, that man shall be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." So, thanks kids for speaking your mind and not holding grudges.  Thanks for letting name-calling fall like water off a duck's back. Thanks for simply not taking things so seriously.  Thanks for not getting bent out of shape! And that, is something to think about. 


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NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT AND PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE Highway 3 (St. Thomas Expressway) Bridge Rehabilitations and Highway 4 (Sunset Drive) Culvert Replacement G.W.P. 3050-08-00 The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained Dillon Consulting Limited to complete the Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process for the rehabilitation of four bridges on Highway 3 (St. Thomas Expressway) in the City of St. Thomas and the replacement of one culvert on Highway 4 (Sunset Road) in Talbotville. These include Kettle Creek Branch Bridge, Balaclava Street Bridge, First Avenue Bridge, Burwell Road Bridge and Dodd’s Creek Culvert. The extent of rehabilitation required and traffic management during construction will be determined as the project proceeds. Additional information and updates are available online at the project website: Public Information Centre A Public Information Centre (PIC) has been arranged to provide the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed rehabilitations and traffic management during construction. The PIC will be held as a drop-in style, open house format. Representatives of the project team will be in attendance to answer questions and receive comments. The PIC will be held as follows: Tuesday June 12, 2012 Timken Community Centre (Doug Tarry Room) 2 Third Avenue, St. Thomas, Ontario 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with brief presentations at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

THE PROCESS This study is subject to Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act and will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) as a Group ‘B’ project. MTO’s Class EA allows a Group ‘B’ project to be ‘stepped down’ to a Group ‘C’ project if there are no significant adverse environmental effects. The MTO will decide after the PIC, if it is appropriate for the project to be ‘stepped down’ and a notice issued providing a 30-day public review period of MTO’s decision to ‘step down’ the project. COMMENTS Comments and information regarding this project are being collected to assist the MTO in meeting the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. This material will be maintained on file for use during the project and may be included in project documentation. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. We are interested in hearing any comments you may have as early as possible as the study proceeds. Please send any comments or requests to one of the undersigned by June 29, 2012. Brian Goudeseune, Senior Project Manager Ministry of Transportation, Ontario West Region, Planning and Design Section 659 Exeter Road London, ON N6E 1L3 tel: 519-873-4546 toll-free: 1-800-265-6072 fax: 519-873-4600 e-mail:

John Gawley, P.Eng., Project Manager or Sabrina Stanlake, Planner Dillon Consulting Limited Box 426 London, ON N6A 4W7 tel: 519-438-6192 toll-free: 1-888-345-5668 fax: 519-672-8209 e-mail:

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ing and service costs, would cost approximately $2,500. At the June 4 council meeting, Alderman Sam Yusuf asked if previous councils provided this service during Canada Day celebrations at Pinafore Park. Council said no, it has not been provided in previous years. Alderman Mark Cosens said his intention was Paratransit service only that evening, however with the City contract both Paratransit and conventional transit work together. Based on the review of the revenue/cost

benefit of providing this service, councillors voted in favour of the staff recommendations not to provide the service. Justice building upgrades

A proposal was submitted by Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon, in the amount of $13, 200 excluding HST for the detailed engineering design of building renovations, sanitary repairs and HVAC repairs at the Justice building on St. Catharine street. In order to optimize the existing space and to functionality, a number of build-

ing modifications are required. These include the reconstruction for a number of walls, relocation of some piping and electrical upgrades. Alderman Jeff Kohler asked why we are looking at taking walls down and reconfiguring things. Manager of operations and compliance Edward Soldo said the intent of the budget was to do short term improvements but there are a number of rooms that require moving the walls to expand some space. Mayor Heather Jackson said that “

people are working in spaces that are confined, these are immediate needs and this is all this is addressing. This work needs to be done to accommodate some of these areas so staff has safe working conditions. This addresses nothing more than health and safety issues”. Council approved the proposal to do the work. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority - Clean Water Initiative

A new initiative program has been launched by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority

(KCCA) to help landowners undertake environmental projects on their property. Alderman Mark Cosens said this is a noble effort and a step in the right direction but he is concerned about the hundreds of thousands of gallons of pesticides and herbicides. “This is just a drop in the bucket compared to what is really polluting our water,” he said. “This is probably a provincial matter but it is something I need to communicate back on my behalf.”


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Greenway Park Project Open House Wednesday June 13, 7 pm Pinafore Park Service Building Pinafore Park, 95 Elm Street

7pm at the CASO Station, Call 519-6319800 for tickets. Key for Two by J. Chapman & D. Freeman, June 7, 8, 9, 14 (sold out), 15, 16 at 8pm, June 10 & 17 at 2pm Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 Princess Avenue. Tickets $15. Call 519-633-8530.

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Show & Sale, Royal Canadian Legion, 310 George St. Opening Night, Friday June 8, 710pm, Show continues, June 9, 12-8pm, June 10, 12-5pm.

Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414 Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll June 10th., 2012 - 10:30am Sermon: “I bet you’ve never heard this sermon...” Won’t you please join us! We’re celebrating 175 years!

Grab & Go Chicken Divine Dinner, Friday, Trinity Anglican Church June 8, St. Mark's The Church with the Purple Steeple United Church, 38 AldWednesday Morning Eucharist 10:00am borough Ave., Pick-up Joint Service - Church Picnic at Pinafore Park - 10:00am 4-6p.m. Cost $10. at Father Jawn Kolohon Officiating Thursday, June 7, Eu- door. Dine Out Chicken Barbeque chre Games & Dessert, BBQ Steak and Potato June 25th from 5-7pm, $12pp 7pm at St. Andrew's Dinner, Friday, June 8. Homemade Pies, Take Out Available 519-631-7000 United Church, 60 West Tickets $10 Advance, Ave. Everyone Wel- $12 Day of. Doors open come. For info 519- at 4pm, Dinner at 5pm. $10, child 6-12 $5, 631-4558. Limited tickets avail- under 5 free. Tickets at door, eat in/take out. “The Queen”: Film & able. Discussion, celebrating June 8, Beef Supper, 519-631-3494. the Diamond Jubilee, Odd Fellows & Re- Public is welcome to St. Thomas Public Li- bekahs Hall, 54 Moore the Port Stanley Comby Apprentice Jazzette brary, Thursday, June St. Doors open 4pm, 7, 7pm. Free admis- serving 5-7pm. Adult Continued on next page Men’s $10


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Join us for a tour and a conversation about activities at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Register for a 30 Minute Update, Q &A, and Guided Tour Tuesday June 19 @ 7pm St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Elmview Conference Room (Ground Floor near elevators) To register please contact Marianne Campbell at 519-631-2030 Ext. 2184 or email Interested in booking a session for your Service Club or Community Organization? Give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule a session for your group!

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Coffee and Treats. 285 Bridge St., 519782-3934. East Elgin Sportsmen's Assn Open House, June 9 & 10, 10am-4pm. Try your hand at shooting, all equipment provided. $10pp, ammunition extra. 9586 Springfield Rd, Aylmer 519773-8868. Attention all Home Based Businesses! Home Based Business Association (HBBA) AGM, Sunday, June 10, Elgin Mall's Community room , 13pm. Info 519-2071115. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, June 10. Doors open 12:30pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St. Everyone welcome. Home Based Business Association AGM, June 10, Elgin Mall Community Room, 1-3pm. All home based businesses welcome, accepting new members, $60 per year. 519-207-1115. “Celebrate His Love”. Enjoy the musical talents of the combined choirs of St. Mark’s and Grace United, guest vocalists and musicians. June 10, 7pm. St. Mark’s United Church, 38 Aldborough. St. Thomas Youth Choir and St. Thomas Children's Choir present their Year End Concert, Sunday, June 10, 3pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Avenue. Free will offering. Musical Concert, Sun-

day, June 10, 7pm. St. Mark's United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Enjoy a variety of musical selections. Free-will offering. Memorable Mondays, June 11, 2-3pm, Aylmer-Malahide Museum. 14 East St. Aylmer, 519-7739723. Topic: Planting Time, includes program, refreshments & hand-out. MembersFree, Non-members $5. Parkinson Support Group Meeting, Tuesday June 12, 2-4pm., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313.

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14, 7pm. Call 519631-6050 to register. For ages 18-65+. Elgin County Railway Museum general membership meeting, Thursday, June 14, in the Museum, Artifacts Room. 7pm. All welcome. Sparta Community Bingo Night, Friday, June 15, 7-8:30pm. Sparta Community Centre.  Freewill Donation to make the Community Centre more accessible.  All ages welcome. 519775-2524. Continued on next page

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Sat. June 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Amazing Tribute Acts!

Lori Holden as Patsy Cline Tribute Artist as Michael Jackson Tribute Artist as Tina Turner PLUS - The Chris Murphy Blues Band Advance tickets: $18 At the door: $25 Advance tickets available at Knights of Columbus Hall Fridays 4 – 6 p.m. or call 519-631-2166.

Drumming Circle, Tuesday June 12, 7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Cost $7.50 with a drum. Children 10 and under are free. Come and join us, it 'beats' watching TV.


Wednesday Euchre Club, June 13, 24pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Card Club for all those who can't seem to get enough of "fun & friendly" competition. Freewill offering. Sensational Strawberry Social, Thursday June 14, 5-7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. $6-Adults, $2-Children (5 & under). Tickets available at 519-6317368 or at the door. Thursday, June 14, Strawberr y Social,  hotdogs, strawberry dessert and beverage at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Free will offering in support of Growing Youth. Reducing Pain with Meditation. Free Workshop, St. Thomas Public Library. Thursday, June

LIVE IN ST. THOMAS TIMKEN COMMUNITY CENTRE SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $49.50 59.50 & $85.00 + HST Limited # VIP Packages available @ $125 + HST

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St. John's Presbyterian Church, Port Stanley, will be holding their Rib Dinner, June 15, 5-7pm. Tickets/info 519782-3971. Choral Connection presents a variety concert with orchestra and guest soloists at Centre Street Bap-

tist Church, Saturday, June 16, 8pm. Admission $20 adults, $15 students.  519633-6385.

9-Noon. $6 per person. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday, June 19, Creating into a Mystery/Prayer Shawl Group 10:30am at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For info 519-6314558. Everyone is Welcome.

Dance, Karate, Soccer, Basketball, ages 4-15. Register by June 20, Locke’s & M o r r i s o n schools.  $50 Jumpstart subsidies available. Locke’s Morrison Community Assn. (LMCA) 519488-6449.

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Teddy Bear Picnic, free event for families with children 0-6, Wednesday, June 20, 10am-2pm, Pinafore Park. Lots of fun activities for all. Please call 519-631-9496 to register. Wednesday Euchre Club, June 20, 24pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Join us for the great game of Euchre, coffee and goodies. Bring a friend.

Freewill offering. Wednesday, June 20, Bible Questions at St. Andrew's United Church, everyone is welcome. For info 519-631-4558. Elgin Business Womens Network, June 20 for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee EBWN Royal Picnic and Tea at Silverthorn Landscape Supplies, 69pm. RSVP on line. London historian Dan

DEATH NOTICES BOGART, ANGIE (BLANCHER) of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, June 2nd 2012 in her 55th year. A funeral service was held June 6, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. DENNISS, MARY VIVIAN (OLDE), passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in her 81st year. A funeral service was held June 1, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FRENCH, JOHN E. “JACK” of St. Thomas and formerly of Toronto, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012 at the age of 90. A funeral service was held June 5, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. JERMYN, EDWARD “ED” JAMES of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in his 54th year. A funeral service was held June 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. JEWELL, DOUGLAS HAROLD of Port Stanley passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in his 95th year. A funeral service was held June 2, 2012. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.

McLAUCHLIN, JEFFREY SCOTT of Ottawa and formerly of Southwold, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in his 50th year. A public memorial service was held June 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WEAVER, ANNA MARTHA (NEE VOKES) of Port Stanley, passed away May 31, 2012 at the age of 86. A funeral service was held June 4, 2012. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.

Brock will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Elgin St. Thomas Archives Assn., June 21, 7:30pm, Elgin County Museum, 4th Floor, 450 Sunset Drive. 519-633-3939. Thursday, June 21, 100th Anniversary Premier, 6:30pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Refreshments. Free will offering. Big Beef Dinner, Fri-

day June 22, 5-7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Last chance to fill your plate till September.  Cost $12.  Save room for dessert! The St.Thomas Rose and Flower Show, Saturday, June 23, 26pm, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 South Edgeware Road. 3rd Annual Land of Misfit Motorcyclists Ride for Children's

Hospital, Saturday, June 23, Captains Corner, 170 William St. 10am, $15. Call 519-782-7228. Aylmer Garden Tour, June 24, 1-5pm. Six gardens featured on heritage properties. Tickets $5 at Flower Fountain, Campbell's Office Pro, and in front of Aylmer Library noon-2pm day of tour. Decoration Day Sunday, June 24, 1:15pm

at Holy Angels Cemetery and then proceeding to Southpark Cemetery for 2pm service. St. Legion, Lord Elgin Br.41. Everyone welcome. Casino Bus Run Direct St. Thomas to Niagara Fallsview Casino, Sunday, June 24, $15 per person includes buffet. For tickets and more info please call 519-8522161.

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Notice Of Intention To Pass A By-Law To Change Building Permit Fees TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to section 7 of the Building Code Act, 1992, the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin intends to pass a by-law to change certain fees imposed for applications for a building permit at its meeting of Monday, June 25, 2012. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Council has scheduled a public meeting for 7:20 pm on Monday, June 25, 2012 to be held in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, to hear any person, or by his/her counsel, solicitor or agent, who wishes to make representation respecting the proposed by-law. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION respecting the proposed by-law is available at no cost to any member of the public upon request in my office during normal office hours, Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Specific inquiries can be directed to Shawn Parkins, Chief Building Official,, or 519-631-4860, Ext 274. DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin this 30th day of May, 2012. Donald N. Leitch Chief Administrative Officer & Clerk



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CREATIVE WRITING GROUP Ever wanted to write something but never found the time? Now is your chance. Set aside a couple of hours a month and share your ideas, stories, poems, prose or whatever genre you prefer. WriteAdvantage Creative Writer’s Workshop meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Elgin Mall Community room 7-9PM. IT’S FREE!!! For further info please contact Dave Ferguson 519.765.1486

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY Are you caring for someone with Dementia? Join us the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3:00pm in the Community Room. The first part of the session is a guest speaker or topic. The second part offers an opportunity to discuss the caregiver role with others who understand. For more information please call 519-633-4396 or visit

STORE DIRECTORY Bentley .................................................................. 637-8021 Charm Diamond Centre..................................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius ............................637-2542 Dorlene...................................................................637-1255 Elgin Mall Dental Office .....................................637-1811 Elgin Travel & Cruises.........................................633-6300 Experts Tailoring & Alterations.........................852-1035 Flair Jeans & Alterations ...................................633-4794 GNC.........................................................................637-0023 Galaxy Cinemas ...................................................631-2261 GoodLife Fitness .............................633-8475 & 631-1501

Hairmasters...........................................................633-2440 Hallmark.................................................................633-7675 K&K Locksmith.....................................................631-4110 Knockout Fashions..............................................633-0530 LifeLabs ......................................................1-877-849-3637 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 Pharmasave..........................................................631-5551 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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June 7, 2012 Issue  

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