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Artist Robin Baratta gets ready for the Art Emporium’s grand opening May 4 in Port Stanley.

A boathouse of art Art Emporium opens in Port Stanley It seems fitting that a former boathouse is the new home of a gallery and gift shop owned and operated by 27 local artists. The lofty space called the Art Emporium consists of two sections: the Boathouse Gallery, which houses original fine art of over 30 area artists, and the Gift Boutique, which sells a variety of work in glass, wood and fabric. "Port Stanley has always been a great hub for artists," says co-owner Robin Baratta. "We hope the Art Emporium

will help establish Port Stanley as a leading art tourism destination." The grand opening May 4 includes a meet and greet with the artists, refreshments and a musical performance by jazz musician David Jolly. The celebration continues Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm. IF YOU GO… Art Emporium Grand Opening When? Fri. May 4, 7-9pm Where? 177 Main St., Port Stanley Cost? Free admission More info? 226-658-1888 or www.ArtEmporium.ca

Thanks to the efforts of Dick Anderson and Lesley Buchanan, the St. Thomas Fire Service now has a historical record of its fire chiefs. Dick Anderson was active in the St. Thomas Fire Department for 30 years and has been retired for the last 16 years. He said there is a wall of photos of former fire chiefs in the entrance lobby of the Wellington Street fire station, but no one seemed to know much about who they were. So he decided to find out. He joined forces with Lesley Buchanan, manager of the St. Thomas Cemetery Company, who does genealogy research as part of her job. “We have a lot of records at the cemetery,” Lesley says. After six months of digging up newspaper clippings and taking photos of gravestones in local cemeteries, Dick and Lesley put their research findings into a scrapbook. It starts off in 1882 when the first fire hall was built in St. Thomas. In 1883, Alonzo Bowlby, the first paid fire chief was hired. “Charles Miterlla was fire chief for a long time, from

Dick Anderson and Lesley Buchanan show St. Thomas Fire Chief Rob Broadbent the scrapbook they developed, documenting St. Thomas fire chiefs from the 19th century to the present.

1924 to 1945,” says Lesley, “but there’s not a lot about him.” There’s also a section on the only three firemen to have died in the line of duty in St.

Thomas: William Reeks, Christmas Day 1870; Henry Ponsford, July 1887; and most recently, Dennis Redman, January 5, 2001. Dick and Lesley say the

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scrapbook will remain at the Wellington Street fire hall as a record for current and future fire fighters. “I like the idea of keeping history alive,” says Dick.


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For the next generation Trees planted to celebrate Arbor Week by Brian Wilsdon

What do bowling alleys, violins, pool cues and maple syrup have in common? “They are all products of the common sugar maple tree,”  says Frank Lattanzio, committee chairman of the local Arbor Week celebrations.

Several ceremonial tree plantings April 27 commemorated the 140th anniversary of the world’s first greening initiative. “You plant one tree today, and the next generation benefits,” says Frank. And the committee is hoping to hear stories from individuals who have planted trees.

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From now until September 21, 2012, National Tree Day, people are asked to email their stories to treescount@gmail.com. A random draw will be conducted and a tree will be awarded, courtesy of Canadale Nurseries. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is planting

100,000 trees throughout the watershed this spring. Other tree ventures include organizations such as Volunteer Elgin, Elgin Municipal Association and Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. Not counting individuals. The future looks bright for young people, such as fouryear-old Dominic McConnell, who participated in the ceremony. Frank sums it up by saying, “You plant a tree today, and it’s for the next generation.”

St. Thomas Police are investigating a break, enter and theft to an apartment on Parkside Drive. On March 25 at 11pm, the tenant left his apartment to take the dog for a walk. A neighbor heard a loud bang and looked out the window and saw a male, wearing a light tan camouflage pattern bomber style jacket and ball cap, 5’11” tall, 25 years old, exit the apartment carrying a bulky canvass bag. Forced entry was made through the patio door. Stolen were numerous medications. A short time later a citizen located the bag in the middle of the road. All the medications were recovered except for 9 Fentanyl patches. Value of this theft is $7,500. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Sharon Larmour retires Sharon Larmour attended her last Central Elgin Council meeting on April 23 and said good-bye as she retired from her role as Director of Finance for Central Elgin after 31 years of service. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing presented her with a Work Acknowledgement Certificate for her many years of great service. Sharon said that her job has been interesting and challenging and that she enjoyed every moment of it. “It’s been my pleasure to serve, and I will continue to do so in other ways by volunteering,” she said as her final remark. Karen DePrest replaces Sharon as Director of Finance. Protests against road side spraying Ron Casier and John Martyn

attended Central Elgin Council meeting with a small group of protestors asking councillors to reconsider the road side spraying program, which has not yet been formally approved. They presented various concerns about the possible outcomes from using herbicide sprays. In his report, John said that the proposal is not in accord with up-to-date science, especially natural science. The provincial government is already concerned about water quality and is putting in a great deal of time and money to deal with this issue. Using herbicide

sprays would pollute the water, it would impact drainage ditches which would directly affect Lake Erie. Spraying also brings the problem of spray drift, which could affect adjacent properties, including organic businesses where pesticides are not permitted in their operation. A scientific report will be presented to Council at a later date for further consideration. More beach business proposals Council has been getting many summer business proposals for Port Stanley’s beach.

So far, Council hasn’t approved any out of fairness to the businesses that do pay taxes. Dan McNeil said that Council hasn’t formulated any policy on any kind of vendors. He said that his question is “What’s in it for the tax payers?” Rob McFarlan suggested that Council get a formal policy in place sooner or later. Council acknowledges that Port Stanley’s beach has good business opportunities, especially during the summer months, and a policy for different vendors definitely needs to be put in place.

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Chico is back St. Thomas rocker performs this Saturday If you enjoy acoustic rock, you may want to head down to the Princess Avenue Playhouse this Saturday. Chico Sanchez, who was originally with the band Hogwild, is back in town with a new three-piece band called Dealer’s Choice, as well as special guest Sarah & Jefferson. “I was born and raised here in St. Thomas as Chuck Stafford, but I inherited my stage name "Chico Sanchez” while forming Hogwild,” Chico says. He feels his roots are close to St. Thomas since his father, Arn Stafford, once worked at the old New York

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Central Railway Station. Chico himself worked at the Ford Motor Company in St. Thomas, but since retiring five

years ago, he has been very active in the music business, especially in the Niagara Falls area. “We are coming to St. Thomas for  two reasons,” Chico says. “First, to support and help contribute some of

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Say cheese! I’ve recently developed an interest in cheese. There seem to be so many kinds and, beyond the really obvious ones like Cheddar and Swiss, I really don’t know a lot about the nuances of cheese (I grew up on Kraft slices and Cheez-Whiz). So I decided to delve into the deeper realms of this dairy food that has been around for thousands of years. The unfortunate part is that there aren’t a lot of places locally to indulge in detailed cheese research. I had to travel afield to taste the difference between the soft washed rind of Sauvagine, the semi-soft quality of Frère Jacques and the pungent tang of Bleu Benedictin. Dairy farms and cheese factories were once local operations; every community used to have one. The Harris Cheese Factory in Ingersoll may be one of the most famous ones in Southwestern Ontario, but did you know that the first cheese factory in Elgin County was set up in Tyrconnell

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Get the thing done Unless they have large family connections, most people who die at age 87 do not attract large crowds to their funerals. The opposite proved to be true for Jean Macdougall. Christ Church (Anglican) in Port Stanley was filled with people for a celebration of her life last Saturday. In a eulogy, her niece from Winnipeg talked about Jean’s decision to go into nursing when she was 30 years old, “even though she didn’t like sickness or hospitals or hierarchy or the elderly.” But she liked people and she understood them, and she was wise enough to move into psychiatric nursing. This led to a career in Elgin County with its psychiatric services, where she was to discover her life-long love of Port Stanley and her small house in the village. At times Jean would sit for hours looking at the lake. Born in Winnipeg and having spent her early years there, Jean must have drawn some of the same meditative and regenerative energy from contemplat-

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editorialpage by John D. Pearce in 1865? Unfortunately, these days most cheese factories are either defunct or owned by big conglomerates. But it’s nice to know that there are still a few hold-outs and several new operations in small communities that produce small batch farmstead and specialty cheeses to delight the taste buds. Most of these are in Quebec, but Ontario has some impressive operations, such as the ones in Prince Edward County where they hold the annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival. Maybe there’s an opportunity here in Elgin County for an intrepid entrepreneur with a passion for cheese to open the Elgin Cheese Company or the St. Thomas Cheese Factory. It could produce artisan cheese that would pair well with local vintages from Quai du Vin or Rush Creek Wines. Or even craft beer from the Railway City Brewing Company. But I may not have to range as far afield for my next cheese fix as I thought. Publisher Terry Carroll reminded me that the Mapleton Taxidermy and Cheese Store is in Belmont. Unusual name for a store, but I’ll have to check it out.

ing the lake as she had from observing the flat prairie land with the big sky. But for Jean, this was meditative time with a purpose. One of her constant questions was how to make the world (and its microcosm – Port Stanley) a better place. Since she had almost zero tolerance for politicians or bureaucrats, Jean went about this in non-political ways. Until her last months, Jean was active with the people and the place she loved, exploring ideas in think tank and Stork Club and lake ferry meetings. She had an entrepreneurial side – her niece described one venture where she bought a hill to be turned into a ski hill with a restaurant, and another involving an art gallery above a restaurant. She unofficially collected daughters over the years and several were at the church on Saturday to remember, pay tribute and mourn a woman who influenced others with her roving intelligence and her ideas. Her funeral card quoted Nellie McClung: Never retract, never explain, never apologize – get the thing done and let them howl. That was Jean Macdougall to the end.

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Congratulations! St. Thomas Alderman Mark Cosens presents an award to 14-year-old Donevin Garton for his impressive achievements in the sport of martial arts during the 2012 St. Thomas Honours and Awards Banquet April 19 at the Memorial Auditorium.

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The buying and selling of art Now that you’ve finished filing your income tax, you have a terrific opportunity to see why your tax money is paying for another of the federal cutbacks. We are all affected by the cutbacks, directly or indirectly, but a curious example of a government that doesn’t understand bookkeeping is the planned art sale of works that once hung on embassy walls. The Department of Foreign Affairs needs the money so they are selling millions of dollars of art produced by famous Canadian artists, such as Kurelek and Riopelle. Years ago, the works were purchased with Canadian tax dollars to show off some of our native talent abroad. It was a terrific idea, but some of these offices are going to close because of budget cuts, so there are no more walls for the art. It appears to be a cash grab by the Depart-

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ment, but unless I am mistaken, that art belongs to the Canadian people, purchased by their tax dollars. I think the money should go into our tax refunds. Foreign Affairs wants to keep the art in the public domain for appreciation by the public, so it is targeting museums and public institutions for the sale. These museums and public institutions are funded by our tax money, so why are we using our tax money a second time to purchase what we already own? If you can figure this out, there is probably a place for you on Bay Street. Just as the Defense Department is keeping two sets of books relating to the purchase of 25 billion dollars worth of jet fighters, somebody had best figure out how Ottawa is spending our money. I can see why it is necessary to have an Auditor General. If only Parliament would pay attention to the AG’s recommendations, we might end up with better government.

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Police Cadet 2 positions available The St. Thomas Police Service is accepting applications for the position of Police Cadet. The cadet program serves as an entry-level position for Police Constable with our Police Service. The position is designed to develop these civilian members for future positions as sworn police officers. The job description includes the following duties but is not limited to summons and subpoena service, fingerprinting, relief dispatch and communication duties, witnessing statements for criminal investigations and contacting victims of crime for follow up information.

Trudeau wins The Junior Girls Basketball team from Pierre Elliot Trudeau French Immersion Public School in St. Thomas became 2012 Division "A" Champions in their final tournament April 27. (Front row) Grace McGowan, Brianna Rowley, Jaylin Wismer, Lexie Adzija, Tiffany Johnston, Zoe Trembley, (middle row) Megan Hepburn, Brooke Bowerman, Billijo Mayer, Savannah Williams, (back row) Coach Mme S. vanderWesten, Holly Thompson, Skye Black, Coach Mme W. Strybosch (Photo by Todd Rowley)

A cadet is hired as a full time civilian member of the Police Service and is recognized and eligible for the benefits and remuneration as described in the Civilian Collective agreement. When a vacancy is available in the uniform division, a cadet is selected to attend the Ontario Police College to complete the Basic Constable Training program. Upon successful completion of this training, the cadet returns to our Service to be sworn in as a Police Constable. Applicants must have a minimum of four (4) years of secondary school education or its equivalent recognized by the Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario. Applicants must meet the requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act for a Police Constable and provide proof of a valid Standard First Aid and C.P.R. certificate as well as a valid Ontario Driver’s licence. Candidates must possess a current Certificate of Results for a police constable from Applicant Testing Services. Applicant Testing Services Inc. can be contacted at 1-800-429-7728 or (519)659-8686 for information regarding the necessary testing and associated fees.

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School board and City sign agreement Improves dialogue between TVDSB and St. Thomas

and opportunities facing both the City and TVDSB,� said Mayor Jackson, adding the An important agreement agreement recognizes the imto improve communications portance of communication about student accommodation between the municipality and issues was signed this week the school board. between the City of St. Thomas The agreements require talks and the Thames Valley District between the Board and municSchool Board. ipalities about issues such as TVDSB Chair surplus space Joyce Bennett and “...We are pleased due to declinMayor Heather St. Thomas has ing enrolment Jackson signed the before the esjoined us in these letter of agreement tablishment written commitments at St. Thomas City of accommoto work together...� Hall May 3. dation review “This letter of committees. agreement represents a major “We are pleased St. Thomas step toward improving comhas joined us in these written munications and involving mucommitments to work together nicipalities at an earlier stage for the greatest possible outwhen we need to examine the come as we consider imporfuture of a school or group of tant decisions that affect schools,� said Bennett. students and the communiLetters of agreement – the ties,� said Bennett, noting that first of their kind in Ontario – discussions are continuing have already been signed with with the City of London. “We the Counties of Elgin, Oxford are grateful to Education Diand Middlesex. rector Bill Tucker for his lead“This will allow us the opporership in the development of tunity to work together proacthese agreements.� tively to discuss challenges

Recognized for caring The Crisis Support Team at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital are presented with an award for Outstanding Volunteer Organization Contributions to the Community at the 2012 St. Thomas Honours and Awards Banquet at the Memorial Auditorium April 19. The team includes Kim Boughner, June Newman, Mickey Breninck, Debra Wilin, Katie Robertson, Gloria Scoyne, Joanne Dowswell, Jackie Dodd, Marie Whitcroft and Caroline Lee.

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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK MAY 7 - 13 2012

Life improves in Elgin, with the help of CMHA

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Particularly in St. Thomas, where many people recovering from mental illness are easily recognizable in the downtown area, it’s all too easy to have thoughts about “other people” or “those people.” But when you talk to some of these “other people,” your perspective starts to shift. Take Eugene, as one example. For many years – so many that he can’t remember the exact amount of time – Eugene was confined to an institution because of his mental illness. But starting last October, with the help and support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Eugene moved to St. Thomas, and he has been living in the community since that time. “The support from CMHA is helping out,” Eugene says. “They are there when I call, but I don’t like to burden people.” He’s determined and that determination has been a character trait for a very long time. As a young man, he not only played hockey, he made it to the Montreal Metropolitan Junior B Hockey League. He attempted to get a try-out with the Cambridge Hornets, but he stayed in Quebec where he played hockey in Drummondville. Now, he likes going to the Timken Centre where he can walk the track and sometimes watch a little hockey.

Schedule of Events May 7 – 13, 2012 Friday, May 4. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Community Awareness / Fundraising BBQ – Hepburn Parkette, St. Thomas Flag Raising at City Hall, St. Thomas and Town Hall, Town of Aylmer

Tuesday, May 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Community Awareness BBQ – Palmer Band Shell Park, Aylmer

Case Management Provides intensive Case Management services to individuals in Elgin County ages 16 and older with a serious mental illness. This is offered out of the main administrative office in St. Thomas as well as satellite offices in the West Elgin Community Health Centre and the Aylmer Medical Centre, which includes services to the Mennonite Community. Support in healthy relationships, money management, meal preparation, medication management and monitoring, education / concerns, domestic maintenance, recreation / leisure, self-care, vocational needs, and advocacy are available.

Ashley Gammon and Eugene in the CMHA office at 110 Centre Street, St. Thomas. He has a Bachelor of Education, is With the closing of the old psychiatric at the Canadian Mental Health Associbilingual, likes to fish and is interested hospital, Eugene needs regular commu- ation is helping overcome many of in forestry. When he goes to Waterworks nity support. “There was a big stigma those myths, day by day. Whether it’s Park, he likes “the wildlife, the geese, about the hospital closing, and concerns community support, advocacy, transthe swans and the frogs,” he says. about people coming out into the com- portation to appointments or questions Ashley Gammon is a mental health munity. That’s why we have programs about medication, “we support them professional who offers support within in place 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., basically dur- any way they feel they need it,” Ashley housing for people like Eugene. Without ing people’s waking hours,” Ashley says. the work of the CMHA, it would be im- says. But Eugene gets the last word, “It’s possible for Eugene to be living in the There are many myths about mental better than living in an institution,” he community. illness, but she points out that the staff says.

Crisis Walk-in Service In June of 2011, CMHA launched the Walk-in Service at its 110 Centre St. location for individuals sixteen years of age and above who live in Elgin County and who are experiencing a mental health crisis. This service provides crisis assessment, rapid stabilization, supportive counselling and referrals to professional services, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Scheduled appointments are also available as needed.

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Fanshawe College introduces Renewable Energies Technician Program Graduates will possess a theoretical understanding of solar thermal, geothermal and biomass systems.

The 52-week Renewable Energies Technician program leading to an Ontario College Diploma will be focused on the renewable energy sector. This sector represents a new and exciting opportunity for the Ontario economy. The program will appeal to individuals seeking formal training to enable them to enter the renewable energy field as employees or entrepreneurs. Renewable energy technologies generally build upon existing trades and skills. While the application of the various skills and trades is unique, the base skills required to understand this technological sector and function in the field are not. For this reason the program shall firstly deliver the foundational knowledge in the relevant electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines that will be required to function practically in the renewable energy sector. The Renewable Energies Technician program represents a timely application of technical skills, which the St. Thomas

campus has extensive experience in delivering. The program will give the student a solid foundation in the science as well as the design and installation techniques required to work with renewable energy technologies. Included components will be solar energy, wind turbines, biomass energy and geothermal energy systems. The program will also introduce the general concepts associated with global climate change and the practicalities associated with sustainable energy, including energy conservation techniques. Graduates will possess a theoretical understanding of solar thermal, geothermal and biomass systems. Students will

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“The City of St. Thomas salutes our students, teachers and parents during Education Week. Let’s all celebrate teaching excellence and student achievements.”

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Strong Foundations, Bright Futures at the Thames Valley District School Board It is our privilege to welcome you to our celebration of Education Week 2012. This year’s theme is: “Strong Foundations, Bright Futures.” Education Week has traditionally been a time to celebrate the amazing things taking place in our schools and this year is no different. Students, staff and administrators will come together at various events across Thames Valley to reflect on our successes to date and the exciting road ahead. The official kickoff takes place Monday, May 7 at London’s H.B. Beal Secondary School, which joins Rolph Street Public School in Tillson-

Bill Tucker, Director of Education

Joyce Bennett, Board Chair

burg and Ealing Public School in London, celebrating 100 years of learning in their communities this year. At Thames Valley District School Board, we believe each student has unique abilities and potential. It’s up to all of us – parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, support staff, volunteers and community Thames Valley District School Board

Strategic Plan Help Shape the Future of Public Education Locally elected school boards play a vital role in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. The decisions made by your Trustees can have a significant impact on teaching, learning and student achievement and well being in our schools.

partners – to help our students reach their full potential. We do that by keeping our focus on student learning – each student, every day. In every case, it’s about respect, compassion and an unwavering focus on meeting student needs in our schools. Our many achievements could not be realized without the continued support of our school communities to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude. Education is a partnership and Thames Valley schools benefit tremendously from the ongoing support and commitment of the community. On Friday, May 11, Education May 3, 2012 (register by April 30) Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, 361 Second St., Strathroy N7G 4J8 May 31, 2012 (register by May 25) TVDSB Education Centre, 1250 Dundas St., London N6A 5L1 June 14, 2012 (register by June 11) Parkside Collegiate Institute, 241 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas N5R 3C2 Sept. 27, 2012 (register by Sept. 24) TVDSB Education Centre, 1250 Dundas St., London N6A 5L1

The Board of Trustees invites your input into the development Oct. 4, 2012 (register by Oct. 1) Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute, of a Strategic Plan for the future of public education across 37 Alma St., Ingersoll N5C 1N1 the Thames Valley school district. The Strategic Plan will reflect the mission, vision and strategic direction for the Board. The plan is being developed through a partnership involving Trustees, the Director of Education, administration, staff, students, parents and our community.

Public meetings are being held across the school district to exchange ideas and gather community input. Joyce Bennett Chair of the Board

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Week winds up with the official opening of one of Thames Valley’s newest schools – Laurie Hawkins Public School in Ingersoll. Please accept our invitation to participate in Education Week by visiting your local school and witnessing firsthand the achievements of our students and the exciting initiatives in our schools. Thanks, Bill Tucker, Director of Education and Joyce Bennett, Board Chair

Faith Christian Academy helps foster student development Experience the FCA difference! What memories fill your mind when you reflect back on your elementary school days? Great friends, inspiring teachers, and opportunities to learn new skills may come to mind and be the very hope and desire you have for your child. Faith Christian Academy is a private elementary school in St. Thomas that is seeking to

“respond to the challenge of educating today’s youth in relevant ways.” High academic and moral standards, coupled with unique learning opportunities and spiritual instruction for students in JK-8, help to foster and develop independent, confident, happy scholars. An innovative Learning Support

program ensures that all students have an opportunity to succeed. Senior students participate in a unique afternoon arts or athletic program offering an enriched education. Our graduates are highly regarded for their strong academic standards and moral conduct in the various high schools they attend.

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A tasty thank you event Steve Williams, a volunteer at the Optimist Club of St. Thomas, accepts a slice of pizza from Denise Herbert of Libro Financial, the sponsor of Volunteer Elgin’s recognition event held April 13 at Fellowship Church in St. Thomas.

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Memorial Hike for Hospice Sunday May 6 Waterworks Park, South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with kick-off at 10:30 a.m. 1/4 KM paved pathway, 4 or 10 km course to choose from, with a BBQ to celebrate your participation and generous support to follow! Entertainment by John Millard & Carol Beechey Serenity House currently runs a resource centre, providing information and help to improve the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as offering support, education and empowerment to individuals and their families. The dream is to build a residential hospice for local families. To pledge for the walk, or if you need the assistance, stop by Serenity House, Suite 202 in the CASO Station, 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, or call 519-637-3034.

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It’s going to be a colourful walk Staff and volunteers at Serenity House Hospice prepare for the annual Hike for Hospice walk May 6. Getting specially tie-dyed t-shirts ready for the participants are (from left) Cindy Webber, Serenity House Resource Centre manager; Samantha Hamelin, volunteer; Mary Lou Stanley, Serenity House board chair; Erin Destun, volunteer; and Cookie Calvert, volunteer.

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County Libraries evaluation Engineering Director, Clayton Walters, reported the requested information on Elgin County Libraries performance relative to the guidelines for Public Library Systems at the Elgin Council meeting on April 24. He said the County is looking at what the demands are for library services and their levels of usage. The results are being compared among Elgin libraries to see their overall branch performance. The Community Access Program, which has been provided through library services, has received a significant loss in funding. There is an out-cry Canada wide about this loss in funds. Service Canada is being asked to reconsider the funding loss. Mr. Walters said it’s not just about library services but also for people who can’t afford the Internet at home. They need these resources for their survival to find jobs and get training. “Service Canada needs to come and actually look at this,” he said. When asked how many people use these services, Mr. Walters said it was not a perfect science but more of a guess according to public census data. Psychiatric patients in Long Term Care Rhonda Duffy, director of Homes and Senior Services, presented her report on Psychiatric Admissions to Long Term Care. She said Long Term Care homes have become a dumping ground for people with psychiatric conditions, which puts seniors at risk for abuse. Municipal staff members at Elgin facilities are not trained to give specialized psychiatric care. Their focus is managing dementia and related behaviours. As psychiatric facilities close,

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for many of their patients the only other option seems to be being placed in Long Term Care. Duffy’s report said everyone has the right to access care, however, it needs to be the most appropriate care based on the residents needs and the facility’s availability to deliver the required services. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is examining this issue and developing a plan to improve these conditions. Geerlinks

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A great idea set in motion Parkside students get involved with role-play game by Anita LaRue

It all starts with an idea. Once the idea has a plan and is put into action, the outcome can produce amazing results. Garrett Williamson, a Grade 10 student from Parkside started with just that, an idea.

“My inspiration came from an actual group in Sweden where they play a game called LARP which means, live action roleplay,” Garrett explains. LARP is defined as a roleplay game where participants physically perform the characters they represent. The roleplay is determined by the facilitator and can be re-enacted in a historical setting or

a more modern experience. “Our role-play is an outdoor role-play where four fictional countries try to rule and become King,” says Garrett, “I wasn’t sure if people would be into it and have a great imagination,” but the results were surprising. Thirty students signed up, and the game dates were set. On April 14 and 28, students

gathered together outdoors, dressed in their home-made costumes, gear and imaginations to perform the live-action interactive role-play game. Nick Liznick, a Grade 10 student from Parkside says, “The experience was amazing, it has been the best two weekends of my life.” Victoria Rich, another partic-

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Grade 10 students from Parkside Collegiate in St. Thomas came together April 17 to play a live-action interactive role-play game. (Photo by Anita LaRue)

Rick, fresh out of accounting school, went to an interview for a good paying job. The boss asked various questions about him and his education, but then asked, "What is three times seven?" "22," Rick replied. After he left, he double-checked it on his calculator and realized he wouldn't get the job. About two weeks later, he got a letter that said he was hired for the job! He was not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but was still very curious. The next day, he went in and asked why he got the job, even though he got such a simple question wrong. The boss shrugged and said, "Well, you were the closest."


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Flippin’ out Rob Wardle, a committee member of the YMCA, initiated an idea to help generate more sponsors for the Strong Kids Campaign, held April 28, by seeing how many times he could flip a 650 pound tractor tire in five minutes. “The goal is to reach $10,000; right now we are at $7,000, but that could change by the end of the campaign.” Rob set an impressive personal record of 18 tire flips within the five minutes. (Photo by Anita LaRue)

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if that’s the case then it’s easy to figure

out why four-year-old St. Thomas resident Aubrey D., is causing such a stir. The soft-spoken, fair-haired little girl is currently competing against ten thousand other entrants from all over North America in the First Choice Haircutters “Be The Face” contest, and she isn’t just holding her own – she’s currently in second place. “We saw an ad for the contest on television and thought it would be kind of fun to enter her,” says Aubrey’s mother Ali-

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cia Blaxall. “We just sent in her photo online and the next thing we knew, she was in the Top 50. “ Pretty impressive on its own, but since the field has been narrowed, thanks to Aubrey’s wholesome good looks and the help of quite a few online voters, she is now in second place. “If she gets the most votes in her category (girls age 4-12), she’ll be sent to New York for a ‘top modelling’ experience – a photo shoot and counselling

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“...We just sent in her photo online and the next thing we knew, she was in the Top 50... “ with an agency,” says Alicia. “Obviously, being four, she doesn’t really understand the

whole thing, but she is really excited about the opportunity.” As for Aubrey, she seems to be taking all of the excitement in stride. Asked what she thinks will happen if she wins, Aubrey shrugs, looking out over the playground at Pinafore Park, and then grins. “I might get to go to New York,” she says before racing off to the slide.

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Four-year-old St. Thomas resident Aubrey D. with her mother Alicia Blaxall on the swings at Pinafore Park. (Photo by Heather Newton Derks)

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The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch. "Madam," he announced, "I'm the piano tuner." The lady exclaimed, "Why? I didn't send for a piano tuner." The man replied, "I know you didn't, but your neighbors did."


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Economic development tops agenda The board of directors of the South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC) met with the regional MPPs April 27 to discuss issues, proposed solutions and possibilities for economic development across the region, including green energy options, the cost of policing, closure of rural and small schools and regional infrastructure planning. The MPPs present were: Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London; Toby Barrett, MPP, Haldimand-Norfolk and Ernie Hardeman, MPP, Oxford. (Photo courtesy of SCOR EDC)

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"Sex Please, We're Sixty" Uproarious new production by Aylmer Community Theatre  by Colleen Sawyer

Let’s admit it. Aylmer Community Theatre’s latest production, "Sex Please, We’re Sixty" by Michael Parker and Susan Parker, may not be for everyone. If you are disturbed by "persons of a certain age," you may want to miss this show. If words such as "condom," "libido" or "menopause" upset you, then this show is not for you. If you despise laughing uproariously, you should definitely not see this show. The setting for this play is tranquil Rose Cottage, a bed

and breakfast owned and operated by the efficient Mrs. Stancliffe. Her life is complicated by Henry, a retired chemist and would-be suitor and by her next door neighbour, Bud, a senior citizen Lothario who insists on romancing the B&B’s female guests. Complications and mix-ups ensue when Henry develops a little blue pill, Venusia, which is designed to offset menopausal symptoms. "It has been a bumpy ride," says Director Ron Sawyer of the rehearsal process. "The play is full of innuendo, and since the cast consists mostly of dirty-minded individuals, it was hard for anyone to keep a straight face in rehearsal." The play employs the acting

talents of Barbara Warnock, Andrew Gibbes, Gary Bodkin, Judy Jacoletti, Norma Roberts and Sandy Beacom. The show runs from May 10 to 19, but on Saturday May 12, there is a special offer of "Dinner and Theatre" for only $25 per person. The Rotary Club of Aylmer is providing a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings to be served at Trinity Anglican Church, 170 John Street North, at 6pm. From there, it is a short walk to the theatre. A silent auction of tickets to various productions around Southwestern Ontario will raise funds for the Rotary Club and ACT. For more information or to reserve tickets for "Dinner and Theatre," call 519-773-9276.

Andrew Gibbes as Bud and Judy Jacoletti as Victoria in Aylmer Community Theatre’s “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” beginning May 10. (Photo courtesy of Aylmer Community Theatre)

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St. Thomas Police are investigating a break, enter and theft to a residence on Bennett Place. On March 23 between 6pm and midnight, suspects entered the residence through an unlocked window at the rear of the home. The living room was rummaged through and a TV, a Wii system and various other items were stolen. Culprits left through the patio doors and over the fence into the 240 Burwell Road housing complex. Value of this theft is $1,500. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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Something To Think About...

A tale of two pouches A friend of mine told me about an activity he has found most useful in life. Here's his advice. Imagine that you have two pouches you carry around your waist.  One pouch is on your back, the other on your front. The pouch can be worn either way. In one pouch, you carry around all the nice things, the good things, the kind things that you have had done to and for you. This pouch has compliments in it.  Family pictures. Your first kiss. Your first bike. Your dollies. Your favorite t-shirt that your wife tossed. It has the practical joke you played on your roommate.  It has the birth of your first grandchild. It has that family trip in it, where you all laughed

so hard you thought you would burst. It has that sense of accomplishment when you received your degree, your diploma, your first job. It has a list of all your friends. The hugs at Christmas. Your dog. It's just a great pouch. It's worth examining often. The other pouch? Well, that's a different story. This pouch is actually a heavier pouch.  In there you carry around the stuff that really ticks you off.  Slow drivers.  Lousy weather.  In here you carry around the stuff done to you. Sam got the position, although you were more suited for it.  Your rebellious teenagers.  Your divorce.  The nasty neighbor.  Cancer.  Job loss. The third grade teacher who called you stupid. The guy who dumped you although you actually loved him. Your dad – so insensitive, selfish, and ignorant. In short, this pouch has all the negative stuff that has

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happened to you. So, you have two pouches.  One carries all the good, positive things that happened to you, the other all the bad, negative things that happened to you. What most people do is spend their lives switching the pouches to the front, for easier access.  You can tell which pouch a person is dwelling on by the way they communicate, look and react. All those negative emotions point to the fact that they have the negative pouch on the front. As my friend described the scenario, I was expecting him to give me some simple advice. I figured he would tell me to make sure the negative stuff stayed on my back, but he didn't.  He said something radical.  First, put the negative pouch on your back, and the positive pouch on your front. Next, get a knife, reach around your back and slit a

hole the bottom in the negative pouch, go for a walk, and let the contents all fall to the ground – and leave them there!   I have another friend, by the name of Paul, who wrote me a letter with these instructions. Using himself as an example he wrote: “No, dear friend, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”  As I think about my friend Paul, I think this is his way of saying put a slit in that pouch!   And that, is something to think about. 

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We will be selling the remaining contents of the home at 25 Rickwood Place and then offering the property for sale by way of public auction at noon the day of the sale. This is an extra clean property with a surprisingly spacious interior in an excellent neighbourhood close to all amenities. It has been well cared for and is ready to be occupied. Auction Preview will open at 9 AM sale day. Real Estate selling at Noon – No Buyers Premium on Real Estate. Cheque & Cash day-of-sale. Auctioneer: Mark Cosens, CPPA – 519-282-8044 Photos and Conditions of Sale at:

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Wednesday Card Club, May 9, 2-4pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Coffee and goodies provided.  Freewill Elgin County Railway Museum general offering. 26th Appreciation Of membership meeting The Arts, May 9, 10, 11 takes place May 10. & 12, a free four day art Now held in the MuArtifacts exhibit, 436 Elm Street, seum's 7pm Wednesday Room.  7pm. Opening Night Gala, Thurs and Friday hours 1-9pm and Sat 103pm.

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May 14, 2-3pm at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum. 14 East St. Aylmer. 519-7739723. Topic: The Diamond Jubilee Queens. Members – Free, Nonmembers $5. Arthur Voaden S.S. and Locke’s P.S. Instrumental Concert.  Featuring: Guitar Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band and Concert Bands.  May 15, 7pm, AVSS Auditorium. $5 at the door.

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Thursday, May 17, Info 519-769-2094. 7pm in the Carnegie Margaret Miller will Room. Free. demonstrate floral arClassic Cars Wanted. ranging at the St. St. Thomas Senior Thomas Horticultural Centre. Anyone inter- Society Public Meeting, ested in showing off May 23, 7pm, Monsitheir Classic Car at Our gnor Morrison Catholic Good Ole' Fashioned School, 10 South BBQ & Classic Car Edgeware Road. show on May18 call Wednesday Card Club, 519-633-2850. May 23, 2-4pm, St.

May 27 & June 24, includes Buffet for both dates. Direct Motorcoach Transportation. Info call 519-8522161.

June 1 & 2, St. Joseph’s High School,  6:45pm-7am. Register a team and participate all night. Buy a luminary online May 28, Dine Out for $5 in honour of or in Turkey Dinner, Trinity memory of someone. Anglican Church, AVSS The Off BroadChurch with the Purple way Singers present Steeple from 5-7pm, "Another Op'nin', An$12pp. Take Out avail- other Show".  June 1 & able. Call 519-631- 2, 7pm in the AVSS Au4335. ditorium.  Admission Wednesday Card Club, $10 for adults; $5 for May  30, 2-4pm, St. seniors and students.

Vendors Wanted! St. Thomas Seniors' Centre invites Vendors to participate in Our Good Ole' Fashioned BBQ and Classic Car show, Friday, May 18. To register please call 519633-2850.

John's Church on Flora St.  Bring a friend. Coffee and goodies provided.  Freewill John's Church on Flora offering. St. John's Famous St.  Bring a friend. CofRoast Beef, Friday, May fee and goodies proFreewill 25, 5-7pm.  Our beef is vided.  carved to perfection. offering.

Annual Plant Sale hosted by St. Thomas Horticultural Society will take place on Saturday, May 19, 7:30am at the Horton Farmers Market, St. Thomas.

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Drumming Circle, Tuesday, May 22, 7pm, St. John's Church on Flora St.  It 'beats' watching TV.  Join us! Info 519-631-7368.

Royal Ascot  Tea and Hat/Fascinator Competition,  Knox Presbyterian Church, Hincks Street, Saturday, May 26, 2:30pm. Prizes. Tickets $10. 519637-1965, 519-6312414.

2nd annual family picnic, Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion Public School, May 31, 5pm. Lots of food, games and an auction. For contribution/donations, contact Iffat 519-878-5379.

Port Stanley Artists Guild 22nd Annual Show & Sale, Royal Canadian Legion, 310 George St. Opening Night Friday June 8, 710pm, Show continues, June 9, 12-8pm, June 10, 12-5 pm. Memorable Mondays, June 11, 2-3pm, Aylmer-Malahide Museum. 14 East St. Aylmer, 519-7739723. Topic: Planting Time, includes program, refreshments & hand-out. MembersFree, Non-members $5.

Field Naturalist Potluck Supper & Walk, Friday June 1, 6:00pm, meet at Woodland Pavilion, Field Naturalist Walk, 2 Great Trips to Niagara Pinafore Park.    Info Wednesday, May 23, Fallsview Casino 1 Low 519-631-5279. 6:30pm at Hawk Cliff. Price, $25 per person, Relay For Life Event Memorable Mondays, July 9, 2-3pm, Aylmer-

DEATH NOTICES

HERBST, PETRUS “PIETER” of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at the age of 75. A funeral service was held April 27, 2012. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. MANNERS, JOSEPH ROBERT of Aylmer, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 in his 26th year. A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 1, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. MASSECAR, JUDITH “JUDY” ANNE of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in her 69th year. A funeral service was held May 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MILMINE, GLADYS of Aylmer, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 in her 94th year. A funeral service was held April 27, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. PETTIT, RONALD of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in his 75th year. A funeral service was held April 27, 2012. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. POPP, BERNHARD "BEN" of R.R. # 3, St. Thomas, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 in his 77th year.  Cremation. Private service for the immediate family.  Sifton Funeral Home. SILVERTHORN, CHERYL RENEE of Union, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012 in her 54th year. A funeral service was held May 2, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

THOMAS, DENNIS of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in his 84th year. A private family service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. VERSTEEG, JEANETTE “NETTIE” (KLEINE DETERS) of Port Stanley, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in her 77th year. A funeral service was held April 30, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WIENER, JEAN IRENE (McNABB) of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in her 91st year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated May 1, 2012. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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