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Exchanging places from Brazil to Elgin County International student feels welcome in St. Thomas by Mickey Reid

Sisters Sydney and Abby Barrett, who attend John Wise Public School, admire and record some of the 500 pieces of art at the opening of the Great Beginnings art show. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

talented young artists attending schools in St. Thomas and Elgin County. The exhibition gives students the opportunity to share their talent with family, friends, teachers and the entire Children proud to see their community.  work at art exhibition “It’s so great to watch the reby Brian Wilsdon action of the kids as they see Some used paint, some pas- their art hanging in the gallery,” tel. Others used sketches, fab- said Sherri Howard, event coric, collage or paper. ordinator. “It’s an experience The Great Beginnings Ele- they remember forever.” mentary Schools Art Exhibition opened March 10 at the St. IF YOU GO… Thomas-Elgin Public Art CenGreat Beginnings Elementary tre, and hundreds of children Schools Art Exhibition and parents viewed the exhibit, When? Runs until Apr. 7 celebrating the work of over Where? St. Thomas-Elgin 500 participants. Public Art Centre, Every other year, the Art Cen- 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas tre hosts an art exhibit com- Cost? Free admission prised of works created by More info?

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If you lived in Brazil, how would you know if you liked snowboarding? João Myrrha Vaz, a 16-year-old Rotary Club exchange student from Brazil, says it’s “amazing.” He recently returned from a skiing vacation with his host family. Malcolm Rust is not surprised. He is the Youth Exchange Officer for the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program. “Each year an exchange student comes to live with three host families for the academic school year. They get to see the world, learn the language and absorb other cultures,” he explained. “Rotarians do the orientation and preparation, and the host family has their support for the year.” João speaks English and Portuguese and attends St. John High School, where vocals is his favourite class. He says the student exchange experience has made him “very independent.” Wayne and Melody McKinnon were one of João’s host families. “Having João living with us for four months was like having a grandson – he has brightened our lives and given us insight into the life of a teenager in this

ever changing, complex world – and he has reassured us that the world is full of great kids, “ Wayne and Melody said. “We would encourage any family to consider welcoming an exchange student into their home for a few months – it is a wonderful opportunity to learn another culture and to really feel what it is like to be Canadian.” The host family is often very diverse. There may or may not be children, parents could be working or be retired. However, the student soon becomes an integral part of the family. There are also many smiles.


Malcolm stresses the need for three host families in the upcoming school year for a new exchange student coming to St. Thomas. How do we know the program works? João says he is decidedly “not homesick.” MORE INFO… Rotary Youth Exchange Program 519-637-0045 or 519-775-2529

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“João quickly learned that not everyone in Canada has a maid,” Melody said. Most students find that their host families are enthusiastic, adaptable and supportive. Shelby Molyneux, a graduate of Central Elgin, went on exchange to France in 2009-10. “The family understood what it was like to live in another country, and accepted me as part of the family so readily, I believe because that is the way they would want their child to be treated,” Shelby said.




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Ambassador of the Year announced Grace McGartland wins recognition award Grace McGartland, chair of The Arts & Cookery Bank, was named as Elgin County’s Ambassador of the Year for 2011 by the County of Elgin February 15. Elgin County Ambassadors are people who volunteer their

time to help promote business throughout Elgin County and actively participate in the growth and development of the County. The Elgin County Ambassador program is open to entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The Ambassador of the Year is awarded based on points that are given to ambassadors for a variety of items including

"...We would like to thank Grace for her commitment, creativity and enthusiasm..." attendance at quarterly meetings, recruiting new members, promoting Elgin County at


events and informing Economic Development staff about new business in the area. Grace has represented the County at numerous events over the past year, has spoken about Elgin’s Creative Economy at several conferences and organized the Western Elgin Interactive Showcase in October 2011. She sits on the County of Elgin’s Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee and represents Elgin County on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation. "We would like to thank Grace for her commitment, creativity and enthusiasm," said Elgin County Warden Bill Walters. "Her involvement and contribution has been an immeasurable asset to our Economic Development program." MORE INFO… Elgin County Ambassadors 519-631-1460, ext. 168

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Grace McGartland, chair of The Arts & Cookery Bank, was named as Elgin County’s Ambassador of the Year for 2011. (Photo courtesy of Elgin County Economic Development)

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Spring is on the way, are you ready for a change? Let the IODE Decorator Challenge show you how by Anita LaRue

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day, March 25 at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club and begins with brunch followed by designer presentations and a question and answer period. “Door prizes will be given out throughout the event by Renée Carpenter, the owner of Jennings Furniture, with a special surprise for one of our lucky guests,” says Carolyn. The IODE Decorator Challenge has been around since the 1900s and was started by an incredible woman named Margaret Polson Murray from Great Britain. Margaret understood the needs of women, children and giving back to the community. Even now, after 100 years, Margaret is still

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A win for Elgin St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson concedes defeat as Elgin County Warden Bill Walters raises the trophy in triumph after Elgin County staff won 12-10 over St. Thomas city staff during the second annual Mayor’s Charity Hockey Game March 4. Over $3,000 was raised for United Way from the event. (Photo by Mark Girdauskas)



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Dorothy Gebert

The heat is on Last week, a St. Thomas family was the winner of a brand new furnace from Coad Heating and Air Conditioning. It was a goodwill giveaway as part of Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 1. Steve Coad said because the community had supported his company for 30 years, he wanted to give back. And he did that by offering to give a $5,000 high-efficiency furnace to a family that needed one the most. Mike and Stephanie Vanhelvoort of St. Thomas were the lucky householders. Mike said it is going to make a huge difference to them because the furnace that heats the house now is “a beast and an octopus.” Steve Coad said that he can make their house much more comfortable, especially with improvements to the ductwork that he has planned. Home heating is often something we take for

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True confessions This being the season of Lent, on Wednesday March 21, Catholics in the Diocese of London are invited to a day-long event called The Day of Confessions. The correct protocol is for the supplicant to begin, “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been _______ since my last confession.” And right there, I’d have to confess that I really can’t remember how long it’s been since the last one. The longer I go between confessions, the more it feels as if the following fridge magnet message really applies to me: “Jesus loves everybody, but I’m his favourite.” I don’t feel as if I’ve committed any big ones lately, so why go at all? Then I saw a pamphlet that reminded me of the seven deadly sins: greed, anger, lust, gluttony, sloth and so on. I had to face the fact that even Jesus’s favourite could, maybe, (not saying for sure) use

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editorialpage granted…when it works well. But when it doesn’t, you really notice it, especially in older houses. I grew up in a 1920s-vintage brick house that had radiators in every room. Although it took a long time for them to get warmed up, when they did, the heat lasted a long time. My favourite chair was at the end of the kitchen table, right in front of the radiator, where I spent many a cold evening leaning up against it reading a book. I used to think that radiators were the norm in older homes, but it’s not actually the case, especially when you see the ornate floor and wall grilles in some early 20th century houses. Instead of a boiler to heat water that would circulate it through radiators, a furnace would burn oil or coal, and hot air would rise through basement ducts to the rooms above. For the most part, this has been replaced in newer homes with forced air natural gas or electric heat pumps. I’m sure Mike and Stephanie are going to be thrilled with their new furnace. No more drafts or cold spots anymore.

a little tune-up. But does it have to be face-to-face? These things are supposed to be anonymous, but I know the two priests in my parish, and it would be embarrassing if they started to delve into what’s truly in my heart. So I’m thinking maybe it’s time for a mini Vatican III. Let’s bring this celebration in line with 21st century technology. For starters, take a leaf out of the books of election tamperers. I’m thinking a call from a burner cell phone for almost guaranteed anonymity. “Hello, Father, it’s Pierre Robocaller? I’m in a high stakes game of Texas Hold’em in the middle of Lent. Yes, I know that can be a sin, but it looks like I’m playing to lose. Doesn’t that cancel out the sin . . . Father, you still there?” Or Facebook confessions, where I could update my status as, “Angry, but prepared to admit it.” This could be terrific for the vastly overworked priest, who could simply hit the Like button and tell me to say ten Hail Marys. Everything tidied up in about thirty seconds. No? I thought not. See you, Fathers, on the 21st.

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When Irish eyes.... Eleven-year-old Vera Morrison is ready for whatever luck the shamrocks will bring her on St. Patrick’s Day March 17. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

Guest Editorial

Prison blues While we hold our collective breath waiting for the cuts to come from the Drummond Report, the province made its first move last week by closing the Bluewater Youth Centre near Goderich. The institution housed young offenders for years, through riots, lockdowns and escapes, and once held a large number of apprentice criminals. Now, the population has sunk to just 17 inmates, and it was considered a waste of taxpayers’ money to have 200 people make sure they were secure and comfortable. When you look along the Huron shoreline, the loss of 200 jobs is devastating, considering that there are few places offering secure employment outside of government; and nowadays, even government jobs are less secure. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says there is no longer such a thing as a job for life. However, knowing

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his far right philosophies, he would probably only offer jobs for life if workers could be killed when they were no longer needed. Job cuts are coming, and the Bluewater cuts are definitely defensible, since the notion of having 200 people look after 17 criminals sounds ridiculous in the extreme. I am not one of those people who believe that young people make mistakes because of their youth. With twelve-year-old murderers on the books, we can look to a crop of pretty nasty young people out there. Still, it is ridiculous to keep them penned up in an institution where they can learn all the latest criminal tricks from more experienced crooks. Our problem is not with one-time criminals, but those who make a habit out of it. Police are well aware of people they say are “known to them.” They get ushered through the system with the speed of an enema, and they are soon back to work. We have to stop babying our criminals regardless of their age, and I don’t think prison is doing the job.

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Letters to the Dear Editor, Re: Share the Road presentation to St. Thomas council Feb. 6 I am a Master’s student of Local Economic Development who moved to St. Thomas almost two years ago. While living here, I was hit by two simple ways that St. Thomas can increase its livability for its citizens. The first is developing cycling infrastructure and the second is increasing transportation options (which would help increase walkability as well as options for cyclists). This is not a question of recreational infrastructure – it is increasing options and abilities for St. Thomas citizens to be mobilized and connected to their city as well as making the roadways that our income taxes pay for accessible to all. Jane Jacobs in her book ‘Life and Death of Great American Cities’ writes about the key to livable and friendly cities being visible human action and movement. One tactic to increase activity is by encouraging active transportation throughout the city. The added benefit to activity of this type is that as someone drives a car less (maybe even giving up a car) they decrease the costs directly associated to owning a car, and thus increase their disposable income. Through a variety of studies it has been shown that cyclists tend to shop at local businesses, stop more frequently on a journey and return more often to businesses, unlike their peers who drive cars and typically shuttle from point A to B. This should be of particular interest to a city such as St. Thomas, where the city is a manageable size for a cyclist to navigate. I was at the London Bike Summit held this past Decem-

ber and was delighted to see how many other SW Ontario townships and municipalities smaller than St. Thomas are focusing on cycling tourism. As a previous commuter cyclist in St. Thomas, I was excited to experience this historic little city with its beautiful treelined streets. However, I frequently came up against friends and neighbours being worried for me and my own personal bafflement when I saw other cyclists riding on the sidewalk (which has been proven to be the most dangerous place to cycle, contrary to popular belief). The slogan of the city of St. Thomas says there is 25% more life in St. Thomas. However that should not end with St. Thomas being an affordable choice to buy a home, which is the one goal from this slogan that I have understood. Tara Smedbol London


Dear Editor: We need affordable, reliable and frequent public transportation between London and St. Thomas. Did you know it is very difficult and very expensive to go from London to St. Thomas by bus? Did you know that it is easier and much cheaper to take a bus from London to Toronto than to take it to St. Thomas in kilometers? A senior can go to Toronto for about $27 but to go to St. Thomas costs about $14 for a service that is very infrequent. If you ever come to London by bus and you want to go home to St. Thomas, you are in trouble. If I want to go from Toronto to Pickering it costs me only about $3, and the service is frequent and reliable. E. Hendriksen St.Thomas Borrow money from pessimists – they don't expect it back.


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Warm fuzzies Rotary Club Interactors Carliegh Campbell and Emilie Marceau (centre), along with Interact adviser Trudy Kanellis (left), present 20 teddy bears to Diane Cosyns of the Violence Against Women Emergency Shelter in St. Thomas on February 16. The Interactors, the youth arm of the St. Thomas Rotary Club have been donating bears to the shelter for the past eight years. (Photo by Wayne McKinnon)


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Shining the light on solar power Elgin County Conference Series seminar March 28

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tors to industry professionals. "Elgin County is poised to be a leader in solar renewable energy projects with the help of our strong labour market and our vast land resources," says Alan Smith, general manager of Economic Development for Elgin County. "This conference will educate Elgin County residents about how to become a part of this growing and profitable industry."

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SETTLEMENT STRATEGY The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership Council is pleased to invite you to the Settlement Strategy Launch. Join us as we celebrate the work of so many individuals and institutions, who shared their ideas and enthusiasm to contribute to the creation of this strategy. We hope to count on you as we implement the Settlement Strategy. Tuesday, March 20th 2012 Please RSVP 5:00 to 7:30 pm Telephone: at the CASO Station 519-631-9800 x 61 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas There is no admission charge to the event. E-mail: If you require transportation please contact us. Everyone is welcome!

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Garbage and recycling contract At the March 12 Central Elgin Council meeting, Emterra Environmental was granted a seven-year contract for curbside collection of garbage and recyclable material that should save the Municipality about $75,000 a year. The deal was struck after a complicated Request For Proposals went out, and Central Elgin worked with Bayham and Malahide to obtain the best value for all three municipalities. Garbage and recycling will remain on weekly collection. There will be leaf and yard waste collection for four weeks every spring and fall. The list of recyclables will increase (now including plastics 1 – 7, dried paint cans and aerosol cans) at the London Municipal Recycling Facility, and Central Elgin will gain some additional revenue from the tonnage of recyclables that go to the facility. Emterra has committed to purchasing some new vehicles and to a GPS system for tracking, as well as recognizing municipal boundaries so one municipality in the arrangement is not paying for another municipality’s garbage or recycling. No hot dog cart on the beach Mhasie Anwar approached Central Elgin Council with a proposal to rent a small part of the main beach in Port Stanley to operate a mobile food stand, more commonly called a hot dog cart. He operates other similar carts in the London area. Mayor Bill Walters summarized the majority of views around the council table when he said, “We don’t want to entertain this proposal at this point in time.” Councillors were continuing a long tradition of protecting Port Stanley restaurants, which pay taxes year-round, from this type of

competition. Councillor Dan McNeil said his concern was “When you open that door, how do you close it?” Sunday gun hunting allowed Central Elgin council voted in favour of allowing Sunday gun hunting. With this decision, three municipalities in Elgin now allow Sunday gun hunting. Councillor Sally Martyn objected to the proposal because of her concern that gun hunting will interfere with other Sunday activities such as hiking in ravines. Roadside spraying returns After a 12-year hiatus Central Elgin will again spray ditches to control brush growth. This spraying will be done in rotation, about 50 kilometers a year, and all municipal ditches will be sprayed over four to five years, said Director of Physical Services Lloyd Perrin. Mayor Bill Walters

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pointed out that sprays must meet Ministry of Environment standards, and he urged that contracted sprayers be properly licensed. Culvert and bridge Rebuilding the Buis Line

Bridge could cost as much as $480,000, so council voted to do nothing about the bridge at this time, but approved just over $305,500 to repair the Carr Road culvert, extending its life for another 20 years.

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 Notice of Public Meetings - Proposed Zoning By-law Amendments On Monday, March 19th, 2012, Council will hold public meetings at the following times to consider the following applications: 7:00 pm. - 379 Front Street 7:10 pm. - 11026 Wellington Road 7:20 pm. - 44072 Ron McNeil Line The public meetings will be held in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive. Copies of the complete formal notice of public meeting are available at by clicking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Noticeâ&#x20AC;? in the website menu or from the Municipal Office and the Central Elgin Planning Office. For additional information, please contact the Central Elgin Planning Office at 519-633-2560.

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On Monday, March 19 , 2012, the Committee of Adjustment will hold public hearings, at the following times into applications for minor variances respecting the following properties: 6:40 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 47 Crescent Avenue (Appl. COA 2/12) 6:50 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 239 Church Street (Appl. COA 3/12) The hearings will be held in the Council Chambers of the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive, Central Elgin. A copy of the complete formal notices of public hearing will be available at or from the Municipal Office and the Central Elgin Planning Office. For additional information, please contact the Secretary Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment, 519-631-4860 Ext 286.

2012 Seasonal Employment Opportunities The Municipality is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Roads Department Labourer (Seasonal), Parks Green Team (Seasonal), Beach Patrol Lifeguard, Wastewater/Water Labourer (Seasonal), Bridge Operator, By-law Enforcement Officer, General Office Assistant. Applications for these positions must be received on or before 4:30 pm on Monday, March 26, 2012. For some positions, applicants may be required to be students returning to school. For further information visit Employment Opportunities at

Request for Expressions of Interest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dominion of Canada (Omstead) Warehouse, Port Stanley Harbour Expressions of interest are invited from persons or firms interested in renting the building on a seasonal basis. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12 noon. For further information view â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenders and RFPsâ&#x20AC;? on the Central Elgin website:

Tender PW-12-004 - 2012-2013 Roadside Grass Cutting Tenders are invited for all labour and equipment required for the cutting of roadside grass and grass in sewage lagoon areas within the Municipality of Central Elgin. Tenders close on: Tuesday March 27 - 11:00 am. For further information view â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenders and RFPsâ&#x20AC;? on the Central Elgin Website: The lowest or any bid may not necessarily be accepted.

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This year marks 60 years of West Elgin Secondary School (WESS) in West Lorne, the heart of the West Elgin community. Over the years, students, teachers, coaches and staff have developed memories in the classrooms and hallways, experienced glory on the playing fields, and made friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. On the weekend of May 1819, WESS will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. Everyone is invited to this celebration! This two-day event will include a reception, coffee bar

and open house at WESS on Friday evening, along with a silent auction which will run both days. There will be a dinner and dance on Saturday from 5pm-1am at the West Elgin Arena. Other fun activities are in the works. WESS has undergone many positive changes over the years and now stands as a beacon of modern learning to our current and future students. Classrooms with SMARTBOARDS, data projectors, virtual classroom and â&#x20AC;&#x153;clickers,â&#x20AC;? all contribute to WESS being on the cutting edge of providing technology and a positive learning experience to our students. The school continues to have many championship sports



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years ago and was recently president of Ducks Unlimited Canada. Maybe the conservation passion will be carried on to the third generation of Sinclairs.

Duncan Sinclair nominated for distinction award by Brian Wilsdon

His classroom is mostly outdoors. But on March 2, when he was speaking to the St. Thomas Field Naturalists, teacher Duncan Sinclair was surprised to find out that colleagues at East Elgin Secondary School where he teaches had nominated him for a Thames Valley District School Board Award of Distinction, which will be presented May 10. His students do stewardship projects in local creeks, swamps, and woodlots, especially for Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. They measure creeks, do soil samples, climb rocks (on field trips), and become certified in canoe and chainsaw safety. And they have to qualify for the four credit, Grade 12 Environmental Leadership Program. Fund



raising and donations from Ducks Unlimited cover the cost. “I’m simply the facilitator of the program,” Duncan said. “The program has been successful over the years, so I just keep the ball rolling and it works. I’m the luckiest teacher in the world.” Duncan was born and raised in a hunting and conservation family. His father Duncan Sinclair, 75, is still an active doctor in Aylmer, was a fundraising founder of Ducks Unlimited 30

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Removal of skate board park Council authorized the removal of the skate board park located south of Centre Street and east of Moore Street due to the unsafe condition of the skate components and deck/ramp surfaces. A recent review of the facility by PlayChek Services, a play space inspection company, found the park to be in such poor condition that immediate closure was recommended. The City’s insurance company agreed due to the risk of liability issues after seeing the report. On March 9 the facility was closed, and on March 13 the skate components were removed and recycled. “After eight years we are dismantling it and hauling it to the dump,” alderman Dave Warden said. “There was no monitoring of the facility and no regulations. We need to implement the lessons we learned here.” Alderman Mark Cosens said that it was unfortunate that the fabricator of the equipment went out of business soon after the park was built, and that the City was unable to get replacement pieces. “Concrete may be a better idea in the future than nylon, vinyl and aluminum.” Mark said that he hoped the skate board park would be replaced soon, and Dave said that discussion would have to take place about where it would go. The skate board park was built in 2004 at a cost of $130,000. The cost to remove the skate board components is between $3,000-4,000, although some cost recovery for the scrap aluminum will be made. Speed limit review A speed limit review was conducted on South Edgeware Road at Locke’s Street School in order to find out whether a

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asked for a reduction in speed year due to all-day kinderto 40km/hr. Alderman Lori garten. Edward Soldo, manBaldwin-Sands agreed saying ager of operations and that she would also like to see compliance, said his staff will a stop sign at South Edgeware look at the issue and bring and Dalewood to slow cars back a report with recommendown. She said this is neces- dations. sary because of the additional Waste diversion rate in 2011 A total volume of 11,857.92 number of students attending the school this year, as well as tonnes of recyclable, organic more anticipated to come next and residual waste was colSt.Thomas/Elgin

lected at the curbside in 2011. Of this amount, 3,239.32 tonnes were organics collected in the green cart program and 2,314.19 tonnes of material were recyclables collected from the blue box program. In 2011, the City of St. Thomas was able to divert approximately 48.2 percent of its total waste from going into

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Who’s more popular now? reveals the following quote by famed singer John Lennon: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity." In the mid 1990s, statisticians told us there were 2,264,492,000 people who called themselves Christians.  Maybe John was wrong. He wanted us to imagine that there was no heaven. He wanted us to get high with a little help from our friends.  He told us Mother Mary would come to us with words of wisdom.  He suggested that Lucy in the sky

with diamonds would provide us with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. As catchy as John's songs were and as talented a man as he was, John was wrong. The temporary fixes offered were just that, temporary.  Jesus' popularity is soaring and John's isn't. There are millions of followers of Jesus who have

Pastor Cusick:

never heard of John Lennon. Jesus' popularity in South America, Africa, and Asia is huge. Don't be confused with Christianity's struggles and difficulties in our western culture – it is not worldwide. Christianity isn't shrinking. Jesus' popularity is growing.  But the funny thing is, even a cursory reading of the gospels

tells us that Jesus isn't really interested in popularity (although I've often thought Jesus would have been better

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off with a public relations department). Jesus wasn't concerned about a strong fan base, record sales or the latest

opinion polls. And yet, his popularity continues to escalate.  And that, is something to think about. 



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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. Avoiding Farm Succession Planning Minefields workshop, March 22, 9-4 pm, Elgin Business Resource Centre, 300 South Edgeware Road, $50pp. Register by March 16. 519-6337597 ext 326. 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. Taste of Mission and Uturn Concert, Saturday March 17, Snacks of the World, 6:30pm, Uturn Concert 7pm. The Salvation Army 380 Elm Street, 519631-6202. Free Will Offering. Celtic Celebration, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 8pm.  Dutton Town Hall, 199 Currie Rd. Tickets $12 at the door.  Irish Music accompanied by Dr. Wayne Carroll. Benefit concert for WECS. 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. Relay for Life Survivor Information Night, Tuesday, March 20, Knights of Columbus, 6:30-7:30pm. rsvp Christine 519-2070201. Relay for Life is on June 1 and 2.

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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. ShareTheCare Public Information Session by Sheila Lewis, Wednesday, March 21, 1:303:00pm at the CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., register at Serenity House Hospice 519637-3034. Wednesday Card Club, March  21 at 2-4pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Free will offering. Elgin Business Womens Network, March 21 Meeting, Best Western Stoneridge Inn, networking 6pm, dinner 7pm, speaker Dr. Konrad on Women in Business. RSVP attendance online. 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.


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Everyone Welcome 519-631-4558 St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, Thursday, March 22, 7pm. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For info call Rick Badgley 519637-8432. Everyone Welcome To Attend. Dementia Dialogue Series by Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas, Friday, March 23, Elgin Mall Community Rm. 1-2pm. 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. 519-6330943. Sparta Community

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Bingo Night, Friday March 23, 7pm8:30pm. Sparta Public School Gym. Entry by Donation. Questions? Call 519-775-2524. The St. Thomas Ladies' Choir "Gloria in Excelsis" hosting a roast beef supper, Friday, March 23, 5-7pm, First Christian Reformed Church, takeout 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 519-6317368. Rummage/Boutique sale at Knox Presbyterian Church, Hincks Street, Saturday, March 24, 8:30Local moves 11:30am.  Sunday by D&M School & Jr. Choir serving coffee and Moving cookies. Freewill doAYLMER nation. FURNITURE AND March 24, Science for APPLIANCES Large Selection of New & Kids, Family Event. Preowned Furniture! Host Susie Taylor and Preowned appliances with warranty friends, 10–2pm, free Open Mon. – Sat. 8-6 event. Hands-on Sci429 John St. N. (Tall building behind Beer Store) ence fun with lunch in519-773-3991 cluded. RSVP to Delivery can be arranged 519-207-3331. All Are

Welcome. Aylmer Area Community Choir and Band presents Big Band Extravaganza, March 24, 7:30pm, Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. S. Aylmer. Tickets $10person at door or 519-765-2216. Easter Ham Raffle, Saturday, March 24, 16pm, Centennial Sports, 41 Jonas Street. Supporting minor sports in St. Thomas since 1966. Drumming Circle, Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm, St. John's Church on Flora St. Info 519-631-7368. March 28 Lenten Lunch Noon Hour Recital Programme, $7 ,featuring Angus Sinclair. Trinity Anglican Church. Church with Purple Steeple. Lunch following, Soup, Sandwiches, Dessert. Bob Allen will talk about pruning at the St. Thomas Horticultural Society Public Meeting March 28, 7pm, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas. continued on next page

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ing in rear of Hospital. will be held April 11- bot St. W. East Elgin 6, Waterworks Park, St. Community Bulletin Boards Field Naturalist Meet- May 30.  Please call Community Complex, Thomas. For pledge ing, Friday, April 6, VON for more informa- Aylmer. For info 519- sheets, to donate or to 773-7302. Freewill of- get involved call continued from previous page agement Area. Info 7:30pm, Knox Church, tion 519-637-6408. fering. Serenity House HosWednesday, March 28, 519-633-4235. St. Thomas, "Action in Steel Magnolias by pice at 519-637-3034. Bible Questions at St. Grandmas Gardens: Robert Harling. April Dementia Dialogue Andrew's United Easter "Eggstrava- Fact, Fancy & Folklore" 12, 13, 14, 19 (sold- Series by Alzheimer Elgin WrapAround AnSaturday, Church, everyone is ganza", Elgin-St. nual Buffet Lunch & March 31, Knox Pres- by Amelia Angel & out), 20, 21 at 8pm. Society welcome. For info call Auction Miles Evans.  519- April 15 & 22 at 2pm. Thomas, Friday, April Silent byterian Church, St. 519-631-4558. Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 27, Elgin Mall Commu- Fundraising Event, Thomas. 10am to 631-5279. Legion Country Jam- noon. Kids ages 4 to Princess Avenue. Tick- nity Rm.1-2pm. Topic: May 10, 11:30-1pm. boree, Wednesday, 12. $1 per kid.  To re- Family Easter Event, ets: $15. Call 519- Safely Home Wander- Advance Tickets $30 Community March 28. 5-6:30pm serve a spot call 519- Union ing Registry. Contact ea or 2 for $50. St. Centre, sponsored by 633-8530. pasta dinner, $6, serv- 631-2414. Thomas-Elgin Public the Union South St. Thomas Crimestop- 519-633-4396. ing 5:30-6:30. EnterArt Centre. 519-633Port Stanley Public Li10th Annual Hike for pers rain barrel sale, Yarmouth Optimist tainment 7-11pm. St. brary showcases the Club, April 7, 10- Saturday, April 14. Hospice, Sunday, May 5606. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. paintings of Guild artist 11:30am. Come as a Support our local ini24 John St. Everyone Robin Baratta and Port family. Easter Egg tiatives. Please call welcome. photos by Sharron Hunt. No charge. Grant at 519-631Weekly Card Club, Russell through April. 0740 for more inforWednesday, March 28, 302 Bridge Street. Youth Ball Registration mation. at the Easter Event at 2-4pm, St. John's 519-782-4241. the Union Community Babysitting Course, Church on Flora St. Bring a friend. Free April 4 Lenten Lunch Centre on April 7, 10- April 14 and 27, Union Be much more effective, healthy Noon Hour Recital Pro- 11:30am. Call for info. Community Centre, will offering. and happy in all aspects gramme, featuring Children 10 yrs and Wednesday, March 28, Wayne Carroll. Trinity 519-631-3840. of your daily life. older. Call to register Elgin County Plow- Anglican Church. The Canadian Cancer Successful counseling and therapy is men's Association Church with Purple Society is offering a 519-631-3840. a collaborative process that benefits from the active participation of clients and therapist. Meeting, 7:30pm, Steeple. Lunch follow- free 6 week self-man- PD Day Program at the Meeting Room, Kettle ing, Soup, Sand- agement Community program Union You do have options Creek Conservation wiches, Dessert. Cost “Living Well Beyond Centre, April 20 from Jim Innes Authority, Ferguson $7. Cancer” starting April 9-4pm. Call to register Counselling Line.  Visitors  wel10 from 6–8:30pm.  To 519-631-3840. A clinically trained and come.   519-765-4410 Auxiliary Easter Bake register 519-432experienced Individual Sale, Wednesday, April Gospel Concert with or 519-773-8531. & Couples Therapist 4 in Hospital Atrium, 1137 ext. 3915. The Chapelaires and Offices in London and St. Thomas The Plains, Spring 8:30am until Hospice Visiting Volun- The Nale Family. Sat. 519 858 0849 Chicken BBQ Dinner, 12:30pm.   Free park- teers Needed, Training April 21, 6pm. 531 TalWednesday, March 28, 4:30-6:30pm. Advance tickets only, Adults $12, 12 and under $6, preschool free. Call 519-631BEATTEAY, GERALD DANIEL “GERRY” of St. Thomas, passed VAN GURP, JACOBUS “JACK” of R.R. #1, Aylmer, passed 4069 or 519-631away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in his 70th year. Private away Monday, March 5, 2012 in his 86th year. A funeral 6333.


Thursday, March 29, Euchre Games & Dessert, 7pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone Welcome. For info call 519-631-4558. Laugh & Learn Comedy Improv Grad Shows. Come out and see our local talent! Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 Princess Avenue. $5 at the door. Field Naturalist Duck Rally, Saturday, March 31, 8am. Begins  at Aylmer Wildlife Man-

family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. BOWEN, MAXINE DOROTHY of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the age of 85. A funeral service was held March 12, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. COLEMAN, HERBERT of Aylmer, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 in his 80th year. A celebration of life was held March 9, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. HEIDT, VERSA MARJORIE of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 in her 95th year. A funeral service was held March 9, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MACLEOD, KENNETH NORMAN of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2011 in his 85th year. A funeral service was held March 14, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MILMINE, MICHAEL JOHN of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the age of 68. Private family service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. POSTMAN, JOHN WALLACE “WALLY” of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 in his 81st year. Funeral service held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church (Caverly Rd at South St. W.) on March 15, 2012 at 11am. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

service was held March 8, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. WHEELER, GRACE EMILY of St. Thomas passed away March 10, 2012 at the age of 86. A private family service was held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WHITE, CHARLES L. "CHARLIE" of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in his 95th year.  A funeral service was held on March 10, 2012.  Sifton Funeral Home.




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