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Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot coming to St. Thomas

When was the last time a Canadian music legend came to St. Thomas to give a concert? Gordon Lightfoot, winner of 15 Juno Awards and nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, is coming to the Timken Community Centre for a one-night performance June 24. Beloved by music fans across the country, Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He will perform his classic hits, including ‘If You Could Read My Mind,’ ‘Sundown,’

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‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ and many more. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us,” says Robert Lilbourne, supervisor of recreational facilities. “It’s another way to show that the Timken Centre is here for the community.” IF YOU GO… Gordon Lightfoot When? Sun. June 24, 8pm Where? Timken Community Centre, 2 Third Ave., St. Thomas Cost? $49.50 and $85 +HST More info? 519-633-7112 or www.st-thomas.on.ca

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A sign of good things happening Focus Fairview Community Centre is a neighbourhood hub A new banner at 83-11 Fairview Street in St. Thomas to announce the location of the Focus Fairvew Community Centre is a sign of good things happening. According to Focus Fairvew coordinator Cheryl Barendregt, the sign is to help increase awareness and visibility of the centre in the neighbourhood. “It’s all about the community coming together and people meeting their neighbours,” says Cheryl. “This has become the hub, not only of the complex but of the neighbourhood.” Focus Fairview Community Centre is located in one of the 512 Elgin and St. Thomas Housing Corporation units that accommodate households who are in receipt of social assistance or who are working but have low incomes. The centre was established in 2009 to help improve the lives of residents and provide space for agencies to bring in services and educational activities. “Since the centre opened two years ago, police calls to the complex have decreased 67 percent,” Cheryl says. “That’s what happens when residents who now know each other de-

cide they don’t want illegal activities in their community.” Some of the programs the centre provides include a breakfast club, kids craft groups, smoking cessation classes, personal counseling, jam making, crock pot cooking and other informational and educational workshops. They are made possible by a grant from the Ontario

Trillium Foundation, which provides funding for the programs and equipment, as well as for Cheryl herself, who was recently hired to coordinate and conduct activities at the centre.

“A lot of the initiative for things come from the residents,” Cheryl says. The new banner was designed by resident Brandon Krug, who proudly installed the sign March 1.

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Labour of love Students in the Milestones Before and After School program at Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion Public School in St. Thomas show off the ‘Tree of Love’ painting they created in honour of Heart Month. It was auctioned off March 3 and raised $75 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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March is Black Cat Month Animal Aide providing incentives to adopt black cats If you’re thinking of adopting a cat, why not consider a black one. During the month of March, Animal Aide of St. ThomasElgin is making it easy to take one home by offering a gift bag

worth $60 and the opportunity to enter a raffle to win back your adoption fee. “Black cats are fantastic cats,” says Animal Aide manager Tony Bouma. “They don’t get noticed as much as coloured cats, but they are really friendly animals.” He points to Jacob who he says loves to cuddle into your

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neck, Kelci who is a kisser, Vamp who is very aware of her own beauty and Paxton who is a wide-eyed three-year-old kitten. They are just a few of the over 30 black cats up for adoption at Animal Aide at a cost of $150, which includes spaying, neutering and vaccinations. A special open house is being

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New painting for St. Thomas library Acquired through McGregor Morris Fund The recently renovated St. Thomas Public Library has acquired a landscape painting that patrons may now enjoy as they enter by the library’s main desk. The work, ‘Lake Margaret #7,’ was made possible through a grant from the McGregor Morris Fund of the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation. The fund was set up by David Morris and Elaine McGregor-Morris to support art in public places. Artist Laura Woermke painted the 3’ X 3’ acrylic work on canvas, one of a series of landscapes of all sizes, the smallest of which is 2” X 2”. She describes the work as “inspired by Lake Margaret” but also influenced by Ontario landscapes in the Georgian

A sweet taste Three-year-old Nathaniel Emons enjoys a free sample of maple syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival at Springwater Conservation Area near Aylmer. The event is open daily during the March Break. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon) David Morris (left), Elaine McGregor-Morris, artist Laura Woermke and St. Thomas Public Library chief librarian Rudi Denham celebrate the unveiling of Laura’s painting ‘Lake Margaret #7,’ acquired through the McGregor Morris Fund of the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation.

Bay area. Laura is also working on a figurative series, called ‘The Sick Secrets,’ based on stills from conversations she’s viewed on YouTube. These will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Lambeth, beginning April 27. The McGregor Morris Fund has financed art purchases for

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Weddings are wonderful As a girl, you always imagine that your wedding day is going to be the best day of your life. And even though the media makes you think that the ultimate wedding is either a romantic ceremony on a sandy beach or a lavish royal extravaganza, one’s own wedding is still something to remember, be it big or small. When my sister got married, she had a big wedding. She planned the day a year in advance, invited lots of people, had lots of bridesmaids and wore a big, poofy dress (this was in the day when Princess Diana inspired a generation of brides). Having witnessed her big day, I decided I didn’t want to go through all that when I got married. And I didn’t. I took only three months to prepare, had a small invitation list, one bridesmaid and a slim, elegant gown. But no matter the difference in how we planned

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Good things come in threes Recently, at a St. Thomas Executives Association meeting, members were asked to give a quick talk on what they loved about their businesses. Interesting challenge, because business owners, managers and sales representatives don’t often find the time to address questions like that. When it was my turn, I said there are a lot of things I love about the newspaper business. What I didn’t say is that some of them are gone, like the smell of ink in the building (printing is all centralized now) or the powerful odour of activator and stabilizer chemicals (photography has gone digital). Big picture, a lot of things I love about the business I also sometimes hate. Deadlines are great but they come too often. Sales is a creative process but it’s hard to see that in January when

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editorialpage our weddings, I know my sister and I both think our weddings were one of the most memorable days of our lives. I can only imagine what St. Thomas bride, Amber Mattox, is thinking of hers. She participated in the reality TV show Four Weddings Canada, in which four brides compete against each other for the best wedding. Although Amber and Matt’s wedding took place in October (held at Central United Church and the CASO station), the Four Weddings episode aired last week, where it was revealed that the other brides had voted Amber as the winner, scoring her the highest in four categories including venue, wedding dress, food and overall experience. One of the highlights at Amber’s wedding was a flash mob that got the dance floor ready for the party. I’m sure Amber and her husband Matt are over the moon because of the experience and, more than other couples, have extra reasons for considering their wedding the best day of their lives. But whether a wedding is big or small, lavish or quiet, it is memorable whatever happens. customers are reluctant to buy. Writing is wonderful until you make a mistake for some 60,000 pairs of eyes to see. But the thing I love the most (and hate some days) is the experience of owning my own business with my wife Nancy. Business people say this to the point of cliché, but I would now agree that there isn’t a university course in the world where you could learn as much . . . about yourself. It’s a process of endlessly having to discover what you are – and are not – made of. In March, at The Weekly News, we are celebrating our third anniversary in this crucible of learning. The time has gone so quickly that I had to ask myself, “Are we starting our third year as a weekly newspaper, or are we finishing our third?” It is the latter. In this celebration of 3, we are offering a weekly draw for $33 and a grand prize draw for $333 with entry forms in the paper. Plus, we have a getaway prize package from the Elmhurst Inn, which you can win by liking us on Facebook. It’s all part of the learning curve. Facebook? Three years ago, I didn’t know what that was.

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A winning song Rachel Ginther (left) and Jessica Floyd-Lass, both from St. Thomas, give each other a hug after their Broadway duet class held February 29 at St. Thomas Christian Church during the St. Thomas Rotary 58th Music Festival. The two were thrilled to be among two pairs in the class to place first! (Photo courtesy of Julie Floyd-Lass)

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Hello…robocalling Sooner or later, some imagination-starved journalist is going to call it Robocallgate. Let’s just say it was a successful, widespread effort to hijack a Canadian election. We don’t know if it actually gave the Harper Tories their desired majority or the death knell for the Liberals, but the results were startling. Persons unknown set off a series of dirty tricks that sent people to the wrong polling stations or led them not to vote at all. It was criminal and it is likely that they will get away with it, even though Elections Canada is conducting an investigation. I don’t think the Harper government will agree to an inquiry. After all, why should they seek to overturn their winning results? For the sake of justice, an inquiry, no matter how expensive, is vital if we are to stop a reoccurrence of election hijacking. Can this be the

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country that is asked to send observers to other nations in order to ensure they have fair elections? Yup. Some countries with dictators in place are probably having a chuckle over our past smugness. If we do have an inquiry, let’s make sure it happens. I remember the callousness of Chretien when he killed the Krever Inquiry concerning tainted blood. He also killed the Somalia Inquiry. That mess cost Canada a fine military regiment that was demobilized and sent into history with a black eye, deserved or not. More than 30,000 voters cared enough to complain about the robocalls. You have to wonder if many more than that didn’t bother to say they were victims. It is sad that the Harper government will have to live with this stain, and sadder still that the Liberals took such a beating. Like the Tories after Mulroney, there is a road to recovery. At least they are starting with more than two seats.

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Letters to the Editor, The North America Railway Hall of Fame would like to thank the unknown neighbour who called 911 to report a grass fire under our two storage trailers on the south side of the Canada Southern Railway Station. Evidence suggests that this fire was deliberately set at around 8:30 on Tuesday evening [February 28]. Our staff extinguished a smaller fire between the trailers around the lunch hour on the same day. Three teens were seen leaving the scene at that time. Our thanks also go to St. Thomas Fire Services, under Platoon Chief Mark Walters, who responded so quickly to

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the 911 call. Thanks also go to the St. Thomas Police Services who also responded and are continuing to investigate the incident. We cannot underestimate the costs of these senseless acts of vandalism to the community, in terms of the responders’ time, use of equipment and follow up investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Thomas Police Services at 519-631-1364 or Crimestoppers at 519-6318477. Joe Docherty, Executive Director North America Railway Hall of Fame



Dear editor: Reliving history at the Old Anvil and Forge on Saturday, February 25 in Sparta was absolutely delightful, with many thanks to Sally Martyn and helpers. The evening of “pot luck� food, the warmth of the crackling fireplace, square dancing, games, a magician and fellowship was overwhelming. Loving history and nostalgia as I do, the evening was like reliving the past, when things seemed to be all about family and friends. David Harding Sparta

  

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Do the Shamrock Shuffle DO YOU WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? You may be eligible to participate in a treatment study using nicotine replacement therapy (i.e., nicotine patch) to help you quit smoking. Workshops/Treatment Sessions will be held on: Tuesday March 27th 6-9pm: Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Wednesday March 28th 9:30am-12:30pm: East Elgin Community Complex To learn more, see if you qualify, and to register, contact Jessica Lang, Health Promoter at 519-631-9900 Ext.1304 For more detailed information on the study please call The STOP Study at 416-535-8501 ext.4455 or email stop_study@camh.net *Confidentiality assured *Medication free of charge

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Charity run raising funds for Inn Out of the Cold If you want a fun morning getting some exercise and joining others in support of a local charity, come out to Central United Church this St. Patrick’s Day and take part in the Shamrock Shuffle. The St. Thomas walk/run for charity is the brainchild of Kathi Jolliffe, Doreen Jensen and Linda Doan, three friends who have been running together for the last three years. “We had participated in a charity run in London in December and thought it would be fun to do something similar in St. Thomas,� says Doreen. “We wanted to put something we love to do to good use.�

Doreen Jensen, Linda Doan and Kathi Jolliffe tie up their running shoes in preparation for the Shamrock Shuffle, a charity walk/run event being held March 17 in support of Inn Out of the Cold in St. Thomas.

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arrange in advance to have the food delivered to a soup kitchen or shelter. Becoming more aware of the environment during your wedding planning will help you and your spouse-to-be make the important decisions to create a better and cleaner world. Enjoy your special day and look forward to the future.

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Do you realize that riches are deceitful?  If, for instance, you do not have riches, you may think that money is the solution to your problems. You would be happier. You could buy whatever you wanted. Your kids could go to university. You could pay cash.

One day, a mailman was greeted by a boy with a dog. The mailman said to the boy, "Does your dog bite?" "No," replied the boy. Just then, the dog bit the mailman. "Hey, "he yelled. "I thought your dog doesn't bite!" "He doesn't," replied the boy, "but that's not my dog."

Once there was a girl who wanted a boyfriend. Her mother wanted to help her, so she set up a blind date for her daughter. When the girl got back from the date she said, "That was the worst night of my life!" "Why is that?" her mom asked. "He owns a 1922 Rolls Royce!" "Isn't that a good thing?" "He's the original owner, mom!"

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2:30. Also at the Seniors Centre Tues. afternoons in March by appt 519-633-2850. Wanted: Scouting Memorabilia for a camp auction fundraiser (uniforms, books, crests, Stetsons, mugs, pictures in any condition). Call 519-633-1256 for more info. Wanted: Quality items for an upcoming spring auction at the Canada Southern Railway Station. Please call Terry Cook 519633-0160. Port Stanley Public Library displays paintings by Guild artist Sandra England and port photos by Sharron Russell through March.  302 Bridge Street. 519-7824241. Is there a school in St Thomas that collects Campbell Soup Labels for Education? Willing to donate large collec-

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Info 519-631-7368. March 14, Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Programme, featuring Elizabeth Rae. Trinity Anglican Church. Church with Purple Steeple, Lunch following, Soup, Sandwiches, Dessert. $7. Wednesday Card Club, March 14, 2-4pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Free will offering. Thursday, March 15, Euchre Games & Dessert, 7pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. For info call 519-6314558. Jabez Therapy Ranch is having a fundraising fish supper at Schooners Galley Restaurant, Port Burwell, Thursday, March 15. Adults $15, ten and under $8. 4:307:30pm, tickets 519874-1168. Junior Farmers Meeting, Elgin County Administrative Building, Ages 15-29, Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm. More info call 519860-5912. St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Dinner, Friday March 16. Tickets $10. Advance. Dinner 5pm. Limited tickets are available, 225 Chestnut St.

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Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558 St. Thomas Seniors' Centre Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Dinner, Friday March 16. Tickets are $10.00 Advance. Dinner @ 5:00pm. Limited Tickets are available. 225 Chestnut St. Friday, March 16, St. Patrick's Beef Dinner, 5-6:30pm, at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Info 519631-4558. Friday, March 16, Sure An' It's Lunch Time, Central United Church, 11:30-1pm. Irish Stew & Biscuits or Soup & Sandwich, Dessert Included, $6. Express Lunch, No Waiting. 519-631-3503. St Patrick’s Day Family Ceildh, Saturday, March 17, 3-9pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, Music, Dance, Kids Crafts, Food, Dance. Tickets Call 519-633-1681. Saturday March 17,

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Hospital Auxiliary's St. Patrick's Day Garage Sale.  8am until noon, in the Atrium, free parking at rear of hospital. St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage. Aylmer Legion, 211 John. St. N. Saturday, March 17 at 6pm. $10 per person. All welcome. Tuesday, March 20, 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. Cancer Survivor? Relay For Life survivor information session, Tuesday, March 20. Learn how you will be honored at our Relay, register and ask any questions. March 21, Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Programme,

$7, featuring Andrew Keegan Mackriell. Trinity Anglican Church. Church with Purple Steeple. Lunch following, Soup, Sandwiches, Dessert. Wednesday, March 21,  Wednesday, Kicker's 6-7pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For children ages 513.  Please call for info if attending this evening. 519-6314558. Wednesday, March 21, Elgin County Plowmen's Association Meeting, 7:30pm, Meeting Room, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, Ferguson Line.  Visitors  welcome.   519-765-4410 or 519-773-8531. ShareTheCare Public Information Session by Sheila Lewis, Wednesday, March 21, 1:303:00pm at the CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., register at Serenity


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Singles and couples welcome. Contact CELTIC CELEBRATION, Michael Murphy 519St. Patrick’s Day, March 9 8 3 - 6 2 9 0 , 17 at 8pm.  Dutton murphy2dance@gmail.com Town Hall, 199 Currie Rd. Dutton. Tickets $12 LATIN LINE DANCING – at the door.  Irish Music Thursday nights in St. Learn to featuring Calgorm with Thomas. Mike Mulhern, Kater dance Rumba, Cha-Cha, Emerson accompanied Salsa, Samba. No partby Dr. Wayne Carroll. ner required. Contact Benefit concert for Michael Murphy 5199 8 3 - 6 2 9 0 , WECS.   murphy2dance@gmail.com

COMPUTERS WILSDON COMPUTER SERVICES - Basic setup, operating system install/upgrade, internet setup/repair, Tune-Up, recommended safety suite, rescue disc, data transfer, data backup. In-Home service available. Call Sara or Ian Wilsdon 519-6339638.

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House Hospice 519637-3034. Wednesday  Card Club, March 21 at 24pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Bring a friend. Free will offering. Avoiding Farm Succession Planning Minefields workshop, March 22, 9-4 pm, Elgin Business Resource Centre, 300 South Edgeware Road, $50pp. Register by March 16. 519-633-7597 ext 326. The St. Thomas Horticultural Society is hosting a bus trip to Canada Blooms and the National Home Show in Toronto, Thursday, March 22, cost $55pp. Shelley MacKenzie 519769-2529. St.  Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, Thursday, March 22, 7pm. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For info call  Rick Badgley 519-637-8432. Everyone Welcome To Attend. Dementia Dialogue Series by Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, March 23, Elgin Mall Community Rm. 12pm. Topic: Write

Your Story. Contact 519-633-4396. Faith Christian Academy, Faith Church, Friday, March 23, hosting a silent auction and community dinner, roast beef and chicken buffet. Tickets $20 in advance. 519-633-0943. Sparta Community Bingo Night, Friday March 23, 7pm8:30pm. Sparta Public School Gym. Entry By Donation. Questions? Call 519-7752524. The St. Thomas Ladies' Choir "Gloria in Excelsis" hosting a roast beef supper, Friday, March 23, 57pm, First Christian Reformed Church, take-out available. Call 519-633-2659. St. John's Church Famous Roast Beef, Friday,  March 23, 5-7pm in Porter Hall. Dinner is a bargain at $12.    Let us cook supper for you tonight.   Info 519631-7368. Rummage/Boutique sale at Knox Presbyterian Church, Hincks Street, Saturday, March 24, 8:3011:30am.  Sunday School & Jr. Choir serving coffee and cookies. Freewill donation.

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DEATH NOTICES HEIDE, KATHARINA passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in her 90th year. A funeral service was held March 3, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HOWARD, KENNETH JOHN passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. A memorial party to be held July 14, 2012 at 25845 Silver Clay Line, West Lorne. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. KERR, VERA IRENE of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in her 79th year. A family service will be held at a later date. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. KLASSEN, DAVID of Aylmer, passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 in his 72nd year. A funeral service was held February 29, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. LEARN, LINDA of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in her 64th year. A funeral service was held March 3, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MARTYN, MARY (JACK) of Dutton and formerly of RR #4 St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in her 93rd year. A funeral was held March 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. REDDING, MRS.  MADELINE (nee BRADSHAW)  of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012.  A public graveside service held March 9, 2012 at 3pm at Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  Sifton Funeral Home.

SMALL, MRS. WINIFRED "PEGGY" (nee SMITH) formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012 in her 90th year.  Funeral service Thursday, March 8, 2012.  Sifton Funeral Home. TEMPLE, DOROTHY (PAGE) passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in her 95th year. Public memorial service March 10, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WARREN, JAMES “JAE” ANDERSON of Fingal, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in his 58th year. A public memorial service was held March 3, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WINNINGTON-INGRAM, GERALD of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 in his 86th year. A funeral service was held March 3, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

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