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turns into a year-long match of wits, with plenty of murder, mayhem and slapstick. Jesse Cnockaert, who plays Detective Plotnik, says, “This West Elgin Dramatic show puts WEDS back on its Society launches new feet.” As does the talent of dicomedy rector Jenny Phillips, the six by Brian Wilsdon cast members and other nuThe West Elgin Dramatic So- merous volunteers. ciety (WEDS) is celebrating 40 years in business without a cancelled show. The streak will IF YOU GO… continue thanks to a nifty com- A Little Murder Never Hurt edy, which opens this week. Anybody Paying homage to the screw- When? Mar. 21-24, 29-31, ball comedies of the 30s and 8pm 40s, “A Little Murder Never Where? WEDS Performing Arts Centre, 199 Currie Rd., Hurt Anybody” by Ron Bernas Dutton is a spoof about a man’s midCost? $10 students life crisis and his hilarious at- or seniors, $15 adults tempts to get rid of his wife. It More info? 519-762-2862

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The completion of the Clinton Line watermain in the Township of Southwold was officially celebrated March 15 at the Township’s offices in Fingal. The Clinton Line watermain now loops the end of the watermain on Wonderland Road to the watermain on Sunset Road. Originally, the Wonderland Road watermain ended at the Ford Assembly Plant, the operations of which provided enough pressure to pump water to households further down the line in Southwold. However, with the plant closing and the water draw discontinued, the new watermain was necessary to keep water circulating and maintain safe drinking water for residents. “I understand the importance of safe, clean drinking water for the community,” said MPP Jeff Yurek who attended the com-

pletion ceremony. “This is one of the key elements we need in our daily lives.” The Government of Ontario committed up to $552, 634 (66%) to the project through the Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program. “The Township of Southwold is thankful for the provincial

A spitting good time Straffordville Watermelon Fest wins two awards Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) recognized the Straffordville Watermelon Fest as one of the 2012 Top Festivals and Events in Ontario at its Annual Conference in Niagara Falls March 5. In addition, the local summer event was presented with a 2012 Festivals & Events Achievement Award for

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Work began on the project in December 2011 and the 1.9km of watermain pipe was commissioned in January 2012, with system monitoring and landscape restoration taking place in February.

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Call for Nominations St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital - Board of Governors -----------------------------------------------------------------------------The Nominating Committee of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) Board of Governors is seeking individuals prepared to offer their time, energy and expertise to serve as voluntary Board Members. The Board is comprised of eleven (11) elected and six (6) ex officio members. Three (3) members are completing their annual term and will stand for re-election. One additional member has completed three (3) terms, and will not stand for re-election. Elected positions can be filled by residents of the City of St. Thomas, or of a municipality within Elgin County. One position is at large and may not be limited by geographic restrictions. The Nominating Committee is required to prepare a slate of candidates for the Board that may be equal or greater than the vacant positions. The STEGH Board values its skills-based composition and recruitment approach and is guided by a policy governance model as it pursues the Hospital’s vision to deliver an excellent patient care experience. Members of the Board are volunteers who serve without remuneration for a three-year term.

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Interested individuals should have an understanding of large, complex and diverse organizations, and appropriate skills that align with the work of the board and success of the Hospital. In addition, the ability to work in a team environment, and commit the time required to effectively under take the duties of a Board member, to commit to ongoing governance related education, and a willingness to eventually assume leadership roles within the Board structure are desirable attributes. St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is a community general hospital serving the citizens of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. The Hospital has an annual operating budget of $78 million for 2012/2013, with approximately 850 full and part time employees, and 85 Medical Staff. If you have an interest in the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Board of Governors, please contact the Hospital at 519-631-2030 ext. 2104 or visit our web site at www.stegh.on.ca for further information. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2012. Elections will be held during the STEGH Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elmview Conference Room at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.

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Bev Walpole (left) and St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson interview Lucas Abdey, a local Easter Seal child, during the St. Thomas Lions Easter Seal Telethon March 11. The 10-hour fundraiser raised over $12,000 to assist disabled children in the community. Organizers wish to thank all those who participated and donated to make this a successful event. (Photo courtesy of Jack McBride)

A passenger train is creeping along, slowly. Finally it creaks to a halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. "What's going on?" she yells out the window. "Cow on the track!" replies the conductor. Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walk again. She leans out the window and yells, "What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?"


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They’re off! Participants in the first annual Shamrock Shuffle begin their walk/run at Central United Church in St. Thomas March 17. The charity event was a huge success, attracting 340 participants and raising $9,065 for Inn Out Of The Cold. Use of the homeless shelter, located in the gymnasium at Central United Church, was up this year despite the warmer winter. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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ate significant economic gains by attracting visitors from outside the community." In order to be eligible to receive the CFEPP contribution an event’s sponsoring organization must be located in Elgin County or St. Thomas, must be a registered charity, non-profit organization or community organization and the event must be held in Elgin County or St. Thomas. Successful applications for 2012 will best meet the Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism Marketing Plan goals of increasing the number of people that visit the area, the duration of their stay and the money they spend while in Elgin-St. Thomas. Successful applications for

Dawn Miskelly, museum manager at the Elgin County Railway Museum, welcomed visitors to the model railway exhibit during Railway Nostalgia Weekend last June. The event was one of the events to receive funding from the Elgin County’s Community Festival and Event Partnership Program.

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Go Megan! It’s the ultimate dream of many young athletes – to participate in the Olympic Games. But for Megan Muscat of St. Thomas, a track and field athlete with cerebral palsy, the goal was the Paralympic Games. She qualified for the 2010 Games held in Beijing and came in 14th in the 200-metre race and 16th in the 100-metre. “The experience was over the top for me,” she says. So she wants to try again – this time, for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England taking place in August. The twenty-six year old says she needs to attend as many meets as possible to rack up wins to attend the Calgary Nationals in June, where the qualifying athletes for the Paralympics will be chosen. But she needs help getting there. Kathy WolfeReynolds, owner of T-Zone Vibrations in St. Thomas where Megan works out, has created donation cans that will be circulated around area

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What? We’re also TV? When Nancy and I founded what became The Weekly News and Elgin This Month, a standard joke from some people was, “How does it feel to be a media mogul?” I strove for a Yogi Berra kind of answer. Something like, “If you can’t imitate a media mogul, don’t pretend to be one.” But after the last couple of weeks, I guess I have to pretend to be one. We are now TV. And there’s a story for how we got here. Last year, during the Canada Post lockout, when we were going to be licked as a business if we didn’t know exactly what was going on – and fast – I paid a lot of attention to newspaper websites. And what I saw was what people are calling convergence. Many of these sites are running video footage online – a version of television news – with nary a hint of CRTC regulation. At the time, I simply observed what was going on, and stored it away.

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editorialpage businesses and organizations. People are encouraged to make a donation by dropping in their extra change. Megan needs $3,000 for her training expenses, but says she will donate any money over that amount to a local charity. Eight girls will be selected for the Paralympic track and field team, and Megan says she has a pretty good shot at it. “I’m one of the best girls in my classification,” she says. Her love of the sport shines through in her face. “My favourite event is the 100 metre. I just love the thrill of getting out of the blocks.” Her enthusiasm comes naturally since she was born into a huge sports family. “I grew up with sports and am a very competitive person. I had to top my brother,” she laughs. “I just have to go out there and be the best.” Look for cans at local establishments, such as T-Zone Vibrations, Kenny Iguana’s, Central United Church or Princess Avenue Banquet Hall. Or if you want to host a donation can at your workplace for a few weeks, call Kathy at 519-6372111. Next, I had a long conversation with Bryan Bakker at a Chamber of Commerce Business After Five. Bryan had launched his own business called bizbio.tv, and the principle source of revenue for him is business videos. But he has a wide range of interests, including documentaries, and marketing in general. I accepted his invitation to be a guest on his online show, Parallels. I had a cold, I have a face more suited to radio and a voice more suited to print, but it was fun. Bryan then started talking about a video version of The Weekly News. After some testing, we went to air in early March. Our editor, Dorothy Gebert, is the writer and the main “talking head,” and she is really good. Along the way, she confessed that, at university, she spent a lot of time hanging around the radio station. That experience shows. Check out our video blog on bizbio.ca, Facebook, Youtube, or link to it from theweeklynews.ca. I think we got here by following another Yogi Berra saying: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

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Help an athlete achieve her dream Paul Swaby, former Toronto Argonauts player and now promotional manager for T-Zone Vibrations, seeds a donation can with a toonie to help athlete Megan Muscat (centre) to qualify for the London Paralympic Games, as St. Thomas T-Zone Vibrations owner Kathy Wolfe-Reynolds looks on.

Guest Editorial

Shameful foolishness The St. Patrick’s Day Riot in London will become a part of the history of the Forest City and an occasion of shame and foolishness. It’s not the first time that St. Patrick’s Day parties have led to civil disobedience and property damage, but it is certainly the worst so far. Before I retired, I taught at Fanshawe College for 24 years, and the young people I worked with were gifted and ambitious. Most students are still dedicated to becoming good citizens, but some are a bit addled. Once the riot was over, 13 people were charged and 7 were students at Fanshawe. They are among the goons who set a CTV News Cruiser ablaze and damaged more than a dozen police cruisers. Outside of property damage, rioters and emergency workers were injured with flying bricks and beer bottles.

Terry Carroll - Publisher: terry@theweeklynews.ca [Ext. 25] Nancy Kelly Carroll - Sec./Treasurer: nancykellycarroll@yahoo.com Dorothy Gebert - Editor: editor@theweeklynews.ca [Ext. 26] Rebecca Smallman - Circulation: circ@theweeklynews.ca [Ext. 33] Linda Axelson - Sales: linda@theweeklynews.ca [Ext. 27]

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Parents of students at Fanshawe may be curious enough to ask their kids what they were doing Sunday night. A team of investigators is reviewing footage of the riot posted online and interviewing witnesses to identify those responsible. People at the scene were taking cell phone images of the rioters and many are already online, much as the rioters were in Vancouver. It may take time to track them down, but London police, many of whom are nursing wounds from bricks and bottles, are dedicated to stopping this foolishness. Yes, there were goons out in full force, and if you see the footage, there were also goonettes. In future, there will be full patrols on Fleming Drive for the coming St. Paddy’s Days. If the Fanshawe students arrested can account for their innocence, they should be allowed to return to college. If not, they should be expelled. It will mean less crowded classrooms, and their forfeited tuition will help people who are serious about education.

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Dear Editor, I wish to thank three young people who went above and beyond on my behalf. On February 9, as I was driving from Elgin Mall to the traffic light at Wellington Street and First Avenue, the transmission in my car broke. I could not move forward and wondered what I was going to do. A young man in the car behind me offered to help and turned on his indicator lights to alert other drivers. He also moved my car backwards (since it was the only way it would move) to the side of the road and stood behind me while he and his friend phoned CAA for me. After they left, another young man pulled up behind me and used the flashing lights on his car to protect me from other drivers until a tow truck arrived. I would like to thank these three young people very much for helping me, especially since it was just a few days after Random Acts of Kindness Day.   Christel Cyr Port Stanley Editor: On reading recent comments on the Police Headquarters Building, it appears that some people have blinders on and refuse to look at practical alterna-

tives that will satisfy the need for Police HQ expansion, at a cost to the taxpayer of possibly much less than $19 million. I, along with several others, are thankful to Aldermen Cosens, Kohler and Yusuf who raise this question, while others are prone to fear-mongering. I attended an escorted tour of the current Police Headquarters and without a doubt they require much more space than 14,000 sq.ft. Shortly, the provincial courts will vacate space that they currently occupy in the police building. With this additional space, there will be 31,000 sq.ft., yes, more than double what is now available, to renovate and expand. This alternative was dismissed by the consultant (Rebanks, Pepper, Littlewood), as not feasible and excessively costly, even though they were fully aware of the additional space becoming available.    The focus of senior management of the Police Dept. is not on a state-of-the-art, flashy edifice, but on an adequate, functional building from which to serve the citizens of St. Thomas.  Of course their eyes widened with the $19 million facility  being proposed by the consultant and the Police Building Committee. This Committee was given a mandate to investigate a new building; but, when presenting their findings to City Council, should they not also have mentioned the alterna-

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tives?  Anyone have a hidden agenda?  Regarding the cost to evaluate an alternative, isn’t it wiser to spend a few thousand dollars instead of a few million? The Chairman of the Protective Services Committee said that the entire process had cost close to $1 million. How much of this was paid to the consultant and why did it take them more that 4 years to present Council with their plan? At the January 25 council meeting, the Chairman said that the approval of the $19 million plan was a “no brainer.”  Really? I understand that expansion of the Police HQ has been postponed over the last few years, while other city projects took priority, such as the Court House, Fire Dept., Valleyview Seniors’ Home, etc. Let us now put every effort into expediting the decision on a Police Headquarters that will serve our law enforcement officers for many years to come. They have never demanded a top-of-the-line, brand-new Lincoln Continental, as long as they were assured of a used, completely overhauled, functional, safe and secure Crown Victoria (with the possibility of attaching a trailer for future expansion). I am sure that City Council is aware of the urgency of this file and will do everything possible to expedite action on same. Tony D’Costa St. Thomas

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Business Retention and Expansion Report Elgin County Business Development Coordinator Kate Burns presented the Business Retention and Expansion Report, part of the county’s initiative to cultivate local business growth. Eleven local businesses in the energy sector were interviewed on factors including business climate, future plans, business development, markets, finances, workforce development and training. “There’s a high degree of local decisionmaking in this sector, meaning that a lot of the companies’ headquarters and decisionmaking are here in Elgin,” said Burns. “Eight of the eleven businesses plan to expand or renovate in the next three years.” Local Food Plan Kate Burns updated council on the Elgin County Local Food Plan, part of the county’s economic development strategy. The plan’s objective is to increase local food in schools, retirement homes, hospitals and restaurants, as well as connect farmers to consumers. The plan will increase awareness of local food through website communication, social media, classroom kits, local TV, radio and print ads and a farmconnect program. “We hope to get off the ground and running in the spring when all the crops are growing,” said Burns. SWEA membership The county will renew its membership with the Southwestern Ontario Alliance (SWEA) for a cost of $4,000 for 2012. SWEA’s objective is to link government, business, industry and the academic sector to generate economic growth in Southwestern Ontario. The county is entitled to three voting members and representation in the SWEA Advi-

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sory Committee. On Councillor Jim McIntyre’s suggestion, Warden Bill Walters and Councillor Cameron McWilliam were selected to sit on the committee along with General Manager of Economic Development Alan Smith.

Rural library guidelines Director of Community and Cultural Services Brian Masschaele reported that the Administrators of Rural and Urban Public Libraries of Ontario (ARUPLO) adopted the revised 2nd edition of Guidelines for Rural/Urban Public Library Systems. The second edition of

munities in terms of sustaining them,” said Masschaele. Tweedsmuir digitization funding The Elgin County Archives received a $1,000 donation from the Elgin Historical Society to fund the digitization of the Elgin County Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir History Books.

the document includes guidelines for facilities, hours of operation, staffing, collections and technology, and best practices for space allocations, branch locations, collections and programs. “This document is a good articulation of why we feel that libraries are extremely important to our com-

“This money will join the $6,000 we have received from the Ontario Genealogical Society to further extend the project. We’re well underway,” said Director of Community and Cultural Services Brian Masschaele. “This funding will allow us to do further volumes in the project.”

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“I’m hoping the government has a Plan B for this program. It’s been a good contract agreement between the government and horse racing industry to share revenues.� Yurek said Conservatives want to see a solid plan with the upcoming budget, and he would like the province to step in and help municipalities collect on $12 million of outstanding fines.

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assured council that he will fight to see funds come to rural areas. Yurek also touched on the announcement that the province is ending the slots program at racetracks in Ontario. “Going around the riding, there’s quite a few horsebreeders in our area and the offshoots of supplying the horse-breeders,� said Yurek.

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journey of the traumatic effects that bullycide leaves on family members. Penny Knapp presented statistics, tools and resources to help those that may be suffering. Headlining the night was well-known slam poet and author Shane Koyzcan. Shane was launched into the spotlight with his performance of “We Are More” during the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver. “We are extremely pleased at how well received the night was and we stress the importance of these types of events

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everything in place, get the collection housed, the computers reconnected, and services back on track, the St. Thomas Public Library officially celebrates its re-opening on March 29. The library now offers an accessible facility the community can be proud of. The re-organized configuration welcomes natural light, making the best use of the many windows. The

Children’s and Teens’ Services Department is now on the lower level with three times more space than before. Customers can socialize in the lounge with a fireplace, find a comfortable chair on any level of the library, or get down to work in a quiet study area. Come and enjoy the bright, fresh and welcoming St. Thomas Public Library.

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Renovating the St. Thomas Public Library Heather Robinson ponders the process When children’s librarian Heather Robinson took on the additional responsibilities of library revitalization project coordinator for the St. Thomas Public Library, she said she was given these words of advice: “You’ll work harder than you ever thought you would and be faced with problems you won’t know the answers to, so you’ll have to find out things quickly.” Heather says those words were right. “But it was still the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” she says. “How often do you get to renovate a library?” The 1970s building on Curtis Heather Robinson (right) points out the amount of light in the renovated St. Public Library during a visit by the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Street was showing its age and Thomas Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, March 14, as CEO Rudi Denham and needed sprucing up. “It was Board chair Greg Grondin look on. outdated. It was dingy. There Already attendance is up with moved back into the building was too much admin space and the library re-opened in over 1,000 people through the and not enough public space,” January. “It was anti-climac- door every day. “We’ve had to Heather says. tic,” Heather remembers. “It double up some of our proThe original idea was to stay felt like we were showing off grams, especially the prein the building during our house be- school ones,” she says, “but the revitalization. But fore it was now we’ve got a programming when it looked like “ ...it was still the ready.” There room, which we didn’t have the process was was still a lot to before, so we can do that a going to take three opportunity do with fixing whole lot better now.” times as long and of a lifetime for She’s looking forward to the outstanding iscost three times as sues and deco- open house March 29 where me, ” she says. much, staff decided rating the she hopes people will see the to move to a tempo- “How often do amount of thinking that went spaces. rary location in Elgin you get to But she was into the process of renovating Mall to facilitate conamazed that the library. “It’s time to celerenovate a struction. people started brate.” Heather went to library?” using the library site meetings every almost immeditwo weeks and "The Library ately. “Right made inspection visRevitalization has away, they embraced the its once a week, consulting space,” she says. “The feeling developed the library with architects, construction was that the library was into a destination - a workers and designers. “It theirs.” welcoming and 545 Talbot St., went slowly at the beginning,” Heather says people have accessible space for all. St.Thomas she says, “and then in the 519-631-1680 told her that they like the modPlease plan to attend summer everything began to ern, open concept and enjoy the Grand Re-Opening.” move quickly.” the colours. “And the staff feel Renovation work was almost a great sense of pride in this Mayor Heather Jackson and City Council complete by December when place too,” she says. books and materials were www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

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Fewer emergency visits Study shows West Elgin Community Health Centre patients use hospitals less A new study released last week demonstrates that Community Health Centres (CHCs) are the most effective model for keeping people out of emergency departments – even though the populations they serve have more complex health care needs. The study, conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, investigated seven models that have different methods for compensating family physicians. The study zeroed in on differences in demographics of the populations served, as well as how often their patients or clients used the emergency department. Community Health Centres serve individuals, families and communities that often face barriers to health and wellness. These barriers may include poverty, culture, language and complex and/or chronic health conditions – including mental health and addictions. But de-

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Skate board park At the March 19 council meeting, the gallery was crowded with supporters of the skate board park north of Centre Street which was demolished March 13 due to safety concerns. They had come to voice their concerns, but were unable to speak because they had not followed the correct method of addressing council. CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves explained that anyone wishing to make a deputation needs to send in a request to the Clerk’s Department. He also said that a report would be coming back to council on April 9 regarding the future of the skate park. Iron Horse Festival request Organizers of the Iron Horse Festival made their annual request for the closure of Talbot Street between August 23 to 26. However, because of concerns expressed over the loss of business from the Downtown Development Board, alderman Gord Campbell asked if any consideration had been made to locating the festival elsewhere in the downtown, possibly on vacant railway lands. Jayden Abel, president of the Iron Horse Festival, replied saying that the possibility had been looked at but that electrical cabling on Talbot Street was perfect for their needs and would be costly to install anywhere else. CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves said that the city is looking at how the rail corridor could be adapted to be the location of many festivals, not just the Iron Horse. “We are just on the cusp of getting those details. I’m sure we can work around those logistical things,” he said. Most aldermen agreed that there was no time to relocate the festival this year, but urged organizers to consider an alternate location. East Side servicing project Lloyd Perrin, Director of

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Physical Services at the Municipality of Central Elgin, addressed council regarding the long-standing joint project for the servicing of the residences and businesses on lands along the Central Elgin and St. Thomas municipal boundary. The area takes in 1,140 hectares, with 150 hectares in St. Thomas. He outlined the master plan that would happen in four phases from 2012 to

2015, including the building of pumping stations, forcemains and sewers. The cost to St. Thomas would be $1.171 million, with Central Elgin’s portion being $23.661 million. He said that Central Elgin council has committed to moving ahead with the project. St. Thomas council will consider the cost of the project in the upcoming Part 2 Capital Budget deliberations.

Gas tax money Consultant Christina Bruce of DPRA Canada presented recommendations regarding capital investments the city could make using $8 million in gas tax funding that the city will receive. In order to receive this funding, the city is required to complete a Capital Investment Plan outlining how designated projects meet environmental sustainability criteria. Christina outlined 14 projects that would

meet the criteria, including Sunset Drive slope stabilization, Jaycee Pool rehabilitation, energy retrofit to municipal buildings, as well as various intersection, sidewalk and road improvements. More hours for Parks Dept. The Parks Department asked for additional employee hours in the fall for grass cutting to compensate for the loss of student workers who leave in September. Alderman Dave

Warden said that considering the weather recently, the department may need to start cutting grass in the spring as well. He also asked how staff will be handling requests to open ball diamonds and soccer fields because of the warmer weather. Ross Tucker, director of parks and recreation, said that he doesn’t have the staff to open these facilities early and will open as usual on May 1.

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Pearce Williams Christian Centre launches $4.5 million capital campaign With roots grown down into God's love, Pearce Williams Christian Centre (PWCC) has kept strong for 50 years in Elgin County. Working from its strength, grounded in its belief that every child deserves a week at camp, the trailblazing summer camp and retreat facility has been Called to Grow. Following a year-long exploration of opportunity, the leadership team has developed a vision for PWCC that will see the long-established experiential learning centre become Ontario's prime destination for innovative educational programs. Led by Executive Director Joe Richards and Campaign Chair, former Elgin County Warden, Bonnie Vowel, PWCC today launched its $4.5 million Called to Grow Capi-

tal Campaign – the largest fundraising campaign in PWCC's 50-year history – to fulfill the first stage of this new vision. Monies raised, in part, will fund the creation of two new targeted programming camps on the 180-acre property: World Camp, which will deliver novel approaches in teaching Canada's next generation of leaders a better global understanding of how people live and work in developing countries; and Farm Camp, which will inventively illustrate and teach individuals how to cultivate gardens to produce food and resources for residents of Elgin and citizens of the world. Other major projects include the construction of a fully, self-contained 50-person re-

treat facility to better service PWCC's ever-growing adult clientele, a new pool, a fully accessible bathroom building, a new septic system, winterizing of cabins, a greenhouse and a community space of worship. "Our vision will enable Pearce Williams to continue its effectiveness as a life changing, challenging and essential experience," says Richards. "And our service to the community will be greatly enhanced – through these new programs and new facilities. Our influence reaches campers and groups from all over Ontario and beyond." "We are blessed to have such a wonderful place so close to home where our families can enjoy such a pristine campground offering pro-

grams for all ages by youth who are employed for the summer months," says Vowel, who serves PWCC as Called to Grow Campaign Chair. "The camaraderie experienced by those who attend stays with them for life

as witnessed by the frequent visitors from years gone by." To become involved in this campaign, contact Joe Richards, PWCC Executive Director, 519-764-2317 (office), 519.636.4285 (mobile) or joe@pearcewilliams.org


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ing months, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has begun preparing for a humanitarian crisis in the region. About 20,000 Syrians have already fled to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and the flow of people is increasing, said Rick Janzen, a director of MCC’s programs in the Middle East. MCC has launched a $500,000 Middle East Crisis appeal to assist partner organizations as they provide humanitarian aid and build peace. At this point, MCC’s response includes: 1. Emergency assistance – food, medicine and non-food items for Syrians affected by violence and in need of basic supplies. 2. Relief kits – people in the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to assemble kits and drop them off at their nearest MCC office or warehouse. 3. Building peace – grassroots, community efforts that encourage conflict prevention. Janzen, who travels often to the Middle East and visited Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine in early February, said he was startled by the

In a more peaceful time, orphans Alla and Marah look out over the city of Homs, Syria. Their orphanage, a ministry of the Syrian Orthodox Church and supported by MCC’s Global Family education sponsorship program, has now moved to a safer location. (Photo courtesy of MCC)

heightened fears of sectarian violence and political unrest across the Middle East. “Everywhere we went, we heard outlooks for the future that were devastating and ominous,” said Janzen. “Now is the time to put our peace theology to work; our partners are calling on us to support their efforts at conflict prevention and peace building.

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Port Stanley Community Policing presents Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 11am, starting at the Library ending at the Legion. Kids finger printing. Annual Easter Celebration in Sparta, Saturday, April 7, 11am-3pm. Free fun for the kids-draws, Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. The Canadian Cancer Society is offering a free 6 week self-management program “Living Well Beyond Cancer” starting April 10 from 6–8:30pm. To register 519-4321137 ext. 3915. Parkinson Support Group Meeting, Tuesday April 10, 2-4pm., Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313. Hospice Visiting Volunteers Needed, Training will be held April 11May 30.  Please call VON for more information 519-637-6408.  Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. April 12, 13, 14, 19 (soldout), 20, 21 at 8pm. April 15 & 22 at 2pm. Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 Princess Avenue. Tickets: $15. Call 519633-8530. April 13, Beef Supper, Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Hall, 54 Moore St. Doors open 4pm, serving 5-7pm. Adult $10, child 6-12 $5, under 5 free. Tickets at door, eat in/take out. 519-631-3494. St. Thomas Crimestoppers rain barrel sale, Saturday, April 14. Support our local initiatives. Please call Grant at 519-6310740 for more infor-

mation. Babysitting Course, April 14 and 27, Union Community Centre, Children 10 yrs and older. Call to register 519-631-3840. Shopping Bus to Vaughan Mills Mall and IKEA, Saturday, April 14 leaving from St. Thomas. Everyone Welcome, $42 per person. For information or to book a seat call 519-852-2161. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, April 15. Doors open 12:30pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. 24 John St. Everyone welcome. PD Day Program at the Union Community Centre, April 20 from 9-4pm. Call to register 519-631-3840.

After a courageous 5 month battle with cancer, Jeff passed away peacefully at his home in Bronte Village. Jeff was born in Leamington, Ont. and raised in Wheatley, Ont., graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in Physiology and Psychology, later to graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  He was a well respected Chiropractor in the Bronte area for the past 11 years (formerly Truelife Chiropractic, now Live Well-Health & Healing Centre) Beleutz was one of four children born to the late Nick Dr. Jeffrey Derrick Jeff Beleutz, survived by his mother Jeanette (Stan), and was the Beleutz D.C. beloved husband of Vinnie Russo, beloved daughter Samantha

(January 1967 - March 2012)

Beleutz and children of Vinnie, Gabriel and the late Christian Di Rollo. Jeff will forever be remembered by his devoted brothers Gilbert (Tina), Rodney and the late Nicky. Along with caring in-laws, Francesco and Evelina Russo, Joe and the late Lucy Russo, Anna and Richard Tremblay, Benny and Sandy Russo, Italo and Leslie Russo. He will be remembered and missed by all his nieces and nephews, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, canoeing and taekwando. Dr. Jeff was a wholehearted supporter of the Oakville Community, and a respected member of TOWARF Marine Rescue of Oakville. Resident of Oakville, Ontario.

Jeff touched and helped the lives of many people through his Chiropractic work, smile, generosity, and maintained positive outlook on life; a look that carried onwards to the very end.  “I am love and I am light,” he said. Funeral Services were held in Oakville on Monday, March 19, 2012.  The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Sick Kids Foundation, for Juvenile Arthritis (www.sickkidsfoundation.com) or to The Darling Home for Kids, The Christian Di Rollo Hospice Wing, (www.darlinghomeforkids.ca) Online condolences and memories for the family can be shared through www.glenoaks.ca

DEATH NOTICES ANDERSON, DOROTHY IRENE of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 in her 88th year. A funeral was held March 21, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ANKENMAN, RUTH (nee BEAUPRE) of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 in her 104th year.  Visitation at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Thursday, March 22 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service at the funeral home on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Sifton Funeral Home. CUMMINGS, PHILIP ELMOND, (MIKE) of London, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012 in his 87th year. Private family service. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. DURNEZ, ROGER GRIEL of RR #1, Union, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in his 84th year. A funeral service was held March 17, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ELVIDGE, EDNA ROSELYN of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 in her 79th year. A funeral service was held March 21, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. FREEMAN, LLOYD SHERWOOD of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday March 12, 2012 in his 82nd year. A funeral service was held March 16, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GIBSON, ANNA KEAYS of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2012 in her 89th year. Family interment, Royal York Cemetery, Islington. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

HEBERT, ORVAL FRANCIS of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 in his 88th year.  A memorial service was held on March 16, 2012.  Sifton Funeral Home. MOCKUS LIUDVIKA (KAZEMEKAITIS) of Rodney, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012 in her 89th year. Funeral Mass was celebrated March 17, 2012. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. PEARCE, MATTHEW of RR #3, St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in his 18th year. A funeral service was held March 16, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. VINCE, RUTH ELIZABETH ROWE (STEWART) of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the age of 84. A funeral service was held March 17, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. YORSTON, MRS. SONDE (nee DONOGHUE) of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 in her 71st year.  Visitation at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service at the funeral home on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Sifton Funeral Home.

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Something To Think About...

Do you hear it? A recent survey revealed that 40 college students in the same class submitted the same paper, which they all downloaded from the Internet. When confronted about the issue, one of the students said, "Well we've

been under a lot of stress lately."  So that makes it okay? Really?   This makes me wonder about our culture's insistence on discarding absolutes. I'm wondering if sooner or later that way of thinking will backfire.  And talking of backfiring, I used to drive a truck years ago, hauling fresh fruit and produce out of the Vineland area.  We

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traveled extensively in and around the Kitchener, Stratford and Wiarton areas.  My boss would teach us to downshift when we came into smaller towns as a sign that we were making the effort to slow down a bit.  One particular truck would often backfire when it was downshifted. We thought it was amusing to watch people, out in their yards, jump a few inches when the old truck backfired.   But, now I'm wondering if our society is listening for any backfiring. For example, with the discarding of absolutes, sexual immorality simply doesn't exist anymore.  That has gone the way of the 8-track player I used to have in my truck.  Cheating, stealing, integrity, righteousness and pure old justice are quickly becom-

ing things of the past.   I recall a person I once talked to who explained to me he had fathered 23 children.  I was surprised and responded, "Twenty-three?"  His response.  "Well, not with one woman. What do you take me for?" He didn't want to know my answer to that. So, listen. Something is backfiring. Are we aware?  And that, is something to think about. 

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