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Planting the seeds of who we are Local trade mission well received in Japan At the St. Thomas city council meeting on November 14, Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman said that she had just returned from Japan after a grueling 12-hour trip home. But despite the long journey, she said, she felt it was a trip worth doing. In early November, Mayor Jackson-Chapman joined mayors from Ingersoll, Stratford and Woodstock and the executive of the Southwestern The ‘a cappella’ group, The Essentials, will play its last show December 10. Ontario Marketing Alliance (Photo courtesy of The Essentials) (SOMA), including St. Thomas Economic Development general manager Bob Wheeler, on a trade mission to Japan. The Essentials perform last Leno in New Jersey. The objective of their trip was “But it’s our fans that kept us show in Port Stanley to increase awareness and going from Day 1 and our fans After an 18-year career, The generate investment leads in a will keep us going until Day Essentials have decided to revariety of manufacturing sec6,747,” says Joe. tire. The ‘a cappella’ group tors in Southwestern Ontario. The Essentials are Joe Oliva, from London which has perThey met with Jonathan Janet Turner, Dan Speck and formed in cities across Europe Fried, the Canadian ambassaThom Speck. and North America will be playdor to Japan, at the Canadian ing its last concert at the Port Embassy in Tokyo to discuss Stanley Festival Theatre De- IF YOU GO… potential investment opportuThe Essentials cember 10. nities, the current Japanese Founding member Joe Oliva When? Sat. Dec. 10, 8pm business climate and forecasts says that they have traveled Where? Port Stanley Festival of areas of growth from Japan. near and far, released five full- Theatre, 302 Bridge St. In the city of Nagoya, SOMA length CDs, earned a gold Cost? $22 in advance, hosted an investment seminar record and shared the studio $25 at the door that attracted over 30 compaand stage with some incredible More info? 519-782-4353 or nies. “We were very well repeople. The group recently had www.portstanleytheatre.ca ceived,” said Bob Wheeler. “It the opportunity to open for Jay was an excellent opportunity

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for the city and the region to show the benefits we can offer companies in Japan.” Representatives from St. Thomas also met with executives from Takagi Manufacturing and Amino Corporation, both of whom have a strong industrial presence in St. Thomas. Mayor Heather JacksonChapman said the highlight of the trip for her was meeting the mayor of Fujinomiya and presenting him with 1,000 origami cranes. Residents of St. Thomas had worked together to create this symbolic

The meeting at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo included (from left) Woodstock Mayor Pat Sobeski, Stratford Mayor Dan Matheson, Ambassador of Canada to Japan Jonathan Fried, Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey and St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman. (Photo courtesy of St. Thomas Economic Development Corp.)

offering as a show of support in the wake of the devastation caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami last March. “This is a difficult time in Japan, but it is imperative that we continue to work with our Japanese partners to ensure that we are doing all that we can to assist them to grow and prosper in St. Thomas,” said Mayor Jackson-Chapman. “In our meetings with Japan-

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Representing rural interests in Parliament MP Joe Preston elected chair of Rural Caucus Joe Preston, Member of Parliament, was elected chairman of the Rural Caucus of the Conservative Party of Canada at the beginning of November. The Rural Caucus brings together members representing rural ridings from across Canada to discuss issues effecting rural Canadians. “As our urban centres continue to grow, it becomes vi-

tally important that the rural areas of Canada have a strong voice within our government,” said Preston. “Representing a mostly rural riding allows me to understand the values of rural Canadians.” Preston’s other roles include the Chair of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Canada and internationally.

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Fishing for a free car Pam Nesbitt (right) from Bowsher & Bowsher searches for a lucky key from the bowl held by Jennifer Boone of Reith & Associates at the St. Thomas & District Chamber Business After 5 event hosted by New 2 You Auto in St. Thomas November 16. Although the main prize was not won, Pam was one of three people who had a chance at a car valued at $17,824. The draw was cheered on by Dan Reith (back left), New 2 You owner Phil James, Bob Hammersley and Andrew Buttigieg.

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The Sparta area artist has exhibited his artwork at venues across North America, Europe and Japan. “Mr. Kingswood is a well respected artist who continues to be a great ambassador for my home riding through his popu-

lar artwork and world travels,” Peters said. “I am confident that Mr. Kingswood will bring his own unique perspective to this project and that his work will stand the test of time at the Legislature.” As a tradition of the Ontario Legislature, each of the past 39 Speakers has had a portrait painted, all of which are displayed to this day at Queen’s Park. Once completed, Peters’ portrait will join this impressive gallery and Kingswood’s artwork will be viewed by thousands of visitors each year. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to join an exclusive group of artists,” Kingswood said. “The Speaker’s portrait deserves to be rendered with care and attention to its historic significance. Mr. Peters’ confidence in my abilities is truly gratifying.” Kingswood will begin painting Steve Peters’ portrait soon and once completed, the artwork is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled at the Legislature in late spring 2012.


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Round we go Several months ago, St. Thomas city alderman Mark Cosens asked if a roundabout had been considered when the new intersection at Wellington and Third Avenue was being proposed. He was told there wasn’t enough room logistically to put one in. Then a few weeks ago, I was thumbing through a recent issue of Maclean’s magazine, when an article caught my eye that said roundabouts, which are becoming more common on Canadian roads, have demonstrated they save energy and help traffic flow more effectively. The idea of roundabouts was interesting, but it didn’t mean a lot to me because, although I had a vague concept of them being a type of traffic circle, I had never actually experienced one. Then in the space of two weeks, I drove through two of them: one in Michigan and the other in Mississauga.

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Jumbo Train is on track Last week, Dennis Kalichuk – a letter carrier and artist who lives in my neighbourhood – mentioned that he has a CD out, and he volunteered to drop off a copy at the office. I said I’d leave fifteen bucks for him. We went through the ‘that’s not necessary’ routine, but I insisted, since artists do need their money. Plus, I thought if I paid for it, I would be more objective when I gave it a listen. Dennis was as good as his word, dropping off a press release and his CD called ‘Jumbo Train.’ I was not so good. I had been busy and forgot to leave him a cheque. I know Dennis and his family just well enough to be a little nervous before I inserted the CD. He had written the songs and they were recorded in St. Thomas. What if they weren’t very good? No worries on that score. For my money (once Dennis gets it), this is the

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editorialpage In both instances, they were built recently in newly constructed areas. Roundabouts take up more room than regular intersections do, so I can understand why they wouldn’t have worked for an area like Wellington and Third. They also require motorists to be alert and read signs so they know when to wait and when to drive through. No driving on autopilot in these. But I have to agree, you definitely get through the intersection faster, although it is a bit nerve wracking the first time you go through one. I can also understand the Maclean’s perspective that pedestrians are terrified to cross these type of intersections. Drivers are paying so much attention to figuring out when and where to move that it’s hard to see people waiting by the curb. There are no lights to make vehicles stop. Which doesn’t mean that if roundabouts become more common, we won’t get used to them. But if Alderman Cosens is concerned about pedestrian-friendly roads and sidewalks, as he mentioned at the November 21 council meeting, he may want to have another look at the viability of roundabouts. best CD I’ve listened to in some time. It’s guitar driven, mostly acoustic based, some rockin’, some blues. The harmonies are sweet to the ear as are the guitar strains. The lyrics range from light, in a Rachel McAdams tune, to loving and sentimental to something harder. Who hasn’t felt the following at some point in his life? Don’t know how to leave you These tears make it hard to see (FEMALE – Don’t cry for me….) I’ll leave a trail of love my dear So you can come find me I think I’ll have to scrounge up 45 bucks for Dennis. I know a couple of people who are really into music. They might like it for Christmas.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit Shelley Holmes, board chair of the Horton Farmers’ Market, offers poinsettias for sale at the special Christmas market held November 19 at the Manitoba Street venue in St. Thomas.

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80 is the new 65 A new survey by Wells Fargo Bank asked 1,500 Americans, who earned between $25,000 and $99,999 and ranged in age from 20 into their 70s, questions about retirement, savings and Social Security for its seventh annual retirement survey. Three out of four said they expect to work in their retirement years. The rest said they will "need to work until at least age 80" to live comfortably in retirement. Most hope to hang on to the job they are currently working in, and the people who run the survey say that the situation raises a lot of social and economic implications. Will the seniors have the physical and mental ability to work? What does that mean for the younger workforce looking to get ahead? In terms of saving for retirement, 53 percent of those surveyed said they feel they are not

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saving enough. They have been setting aside only 7 percent for retirement and it’s no surprise that most don’t trust the stock market to protect their savings. There seems to be a feeling that the median amount saved should be $350,000 but, in truth, the average money set aside is $25,000. Nobody is saying it out loud, but America is heading for huge trouble with its retirees. However, you can put me down as one who supports people working past 65 if they want to and are capable. A lot of people get more than money out of post-retirement work. Many love what they do and feel lost if they have too much leisure time. But when the youngsters do get the break on jobs, I hope they will set aside at least 12 percent of their income so they can retire in comfort. I’m not so sure that CPP will be there in another twenty years. And, like in America, people will soon be told it’s “every man for himself.”

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Sarnia-Lambton, visited the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre on Exeter Road in London November 16. The purpose of the trip was to gather information and to witness the working conditions of Ontario’s correctional facilities. For MPP Yurek, the trip afforded the opportunity to see first-hand the operations of a major correctional facility within the Elgin-MiddlesexLondon riding. “It was an eye-opening experience to witness the day-today conditions in which the guards and management have to work,” says MPP Yurek. MPP Bailey, who formerly served as Critic of Labour, has been tasked with reviewing the province’s jails and is also responsible for keeping a close eye on the actions of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS). Currently, the MCSCS is responsible for overseeing the

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province’s correctional system, which includes detention centres, probation and parole offices, the Parole Board, and programs and facilities aimed at offender rehabilitation. Both MPPs recognize the importance of the province’s correctional system and are committed to ensuring the system is safe, secure, and accountable.

Philanthropy recognized Sherene Casey and Erin Woolley of the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin present Debbie Geerlinks, general manager of Metcalfe Gardens in St. Thomas (centre), with the first National Philanthropy Day Award November 15. Metcalfe Gardens was recognized for its consistent generosity to the YWCA and other local agencies over the years.

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Fun and laughter tops the bill Port Stanley Festival Theatre announces 2012 season If you enjoyed the hilarity and hijinks of last year’s plays at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre (PSFT), you can look forward to five new plays next summer with an eclectic mix of comedy, drama and music. The season starts in May with "Back in '59," a rollicking non-stop journey through the top hits of the 50s and 60s. This is followed in mid-June by "Dating by the Book," a comedy that follows the

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Jenna Oldham, front of house manager, and Melissa Kempf, theatre manager, welcome calls to book tickets for next season at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre.

Find your way around town New St. Thomas street map now available The latest edition of the Discovery Guide and Street Maps for St. Thomas, Central Elgin, Belmont and surrounding communities has just been released by the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce. “Our new version, updates all information from our 2009 edi-

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Catherine Grondin, Board Chair and David Hopper From the Board of Directors: The Central Community Health Centre celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday November 9, 2011. Thank you to the representatives of the City of St. Thomas, the Township of Southwold, and the Municipality of Central Elgin, to the Vice-Chair of the Local Health Integration Network, to the representative of the Association of Community Health Centres, and our Board Chair for their kind words of congratulations. Thank you to the staff of Central Community Health Centre for their hard work in bringing this centre to where it is today. Thank you to the community for their support throughout the year, and a special thanks to all those who attended the celebrations. Central Community Health Centre

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New provincial speaker elected Steve Peters replaced by Dave Levac The Ontario legislature conducted its first order of business November 21 and elected a new Speaker of the House. Dave Levac, MPP for Brant and former Parlimentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, was elected Speaker in the second ballot of voting.  At 2pm, the legislative clerk accepted nominations for Speaker. In addition to Levac,

Kevin Flynn of Oakville, David Zimmer of Willowdale, and Donna Cansfield of EtobicokeCentral were also nominated. Cansfield was considered by many to be the favourite and had she prevailed, would have been the first female Speaker in the legislature’s history.  Levac accepted the honour while acknowledging the calibre of his colleagues who ran against him by saying, “If any of us were to take this chair,

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we (the legislature) would be well-served.” Mr. Levac replaces former Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters as Speaker. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty thanked Peters saying, “On behalf of 13 million Ontarians, I want to thank outgoing Speaker, Steve Peters, for his hard work, judgment and fairness over the course of the last session.” Jeff Yurek, the current MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London said, “It was good to see Steve in the gallery today.  He was very well-respected as Speaker.”

Elton's Pride Dutton Lion Elton Brazier (centre) and his pride of lions took second place in the Best Dressed category at the Dutton Lions Trivia event at the Dutton Dunwich Community Centre November 19. (From left) Adam Freeman, Kim Murison, Peter Murison, Elton Brazier, Kelley Brazier and Christine Brazier. The successful fundraising event increased from 18 teams last year to 32 teams this year.

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St.Thomas City Council Balaclava Street Public School Sue Fortin-Smith, chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee, addressed council asking it to consider designating the former Balaclava Street School as a heritage building under the Ontario Heritage Act. Also in attendance was historian Laurence Grant who wrote an extensive report on the architectural, cultural and heritage attributes of the building. Formally opened on January 27, 1899, the same year as Wellington Street Public School, Balaclava was designed by local architect John Zell Long in the style known as Picturesque Eclecticism. “Heritage is not just about an old building,” Sue said, “but also about the sentiment of shared memories.” CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves said he will outline the step by step designation process at the December 5 council meeting. Water rates go up The 2012 water consumption rate for the St. Thomas Water Distribution system will be raised from $1.0608 to $1.0914 per cubic metre, effective January 1, 2012. This translates to a rate increase of 2.9 percent. The combination of the rate increase and the fixed monthly base charge increase results in an overall increase of 3.81 percent. Based on an average consumption of 270 cubic metres of water per year, the average residential bill will increase from $460.39 per year to $477.93 per year. Alderman Tom Johnston said that it is still a bargain price for safe drinking water. Elmina and Oak intersection Last April, council approved the temporary installation of All-Way stop signs at the intersection of Elmina and Oak Streets, replacing the previous

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one-way street and mirror system. Police services have been monitoring traffic flow in the area and have concluded that motorists comply with the stop signs. However, police noticed that in wet conditions drivers have trouble proceeding uphill from a stopped position. City staff recommended the application of a product called Safety Grip be applied to the three intersection approaches to increase traction during all seasons. Alderman Dave Warden said the stop signs have definitely slowed traffic down. However, Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman says that in order to avoid that area, cars are now using the Fifth Avenue “expressway” instead. Don’t park on city streets St. Thomas Police are reminding citizens not to park on

city streets between 3am and 5am from November 15, 2011 until March 15, 2012. Vehicles found in contravention of the bylaw will be issued a $25 ticket. Donation to Valleyview Valleyview Home received a donation of $400,000 from the estate of Ralph Counsell to be used in the activation department for the benefit of the residents. The activation department is responsible for the recreation, therapeutic and social activities of the residents. In order to benefit the maximum number of residents in the short term yet be prudent and respectful of the gift for the long term, staff recommends the purchase of several items including a karaoke machine, bingo machine, televisions, electronic communication

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A big strike against breast cancer The second annual Bowling for Boobs fundraiser held October 14-16 at Heritage Lanes in St. Thomas raised $31,000 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, well over the $12,000 raised last year. At the cheque presentation November 18 were (front row) St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman who participated in the event, Dawn Hamilton of the Breast Cancer Society and Kelly Baines, founder of the Bowling for Boobs event; (second row) Joanne Redman and Trish Russell of the Bowling for Boobs committee; (third row) Matt Tyson of Century Sound and Alicia Reid of Tim Hortons, who both donated supplies, and John Baines of the Bowling for Boobs committee.

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Hospital wins another award St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital wins Platinum Award for Quality Healthcare Workplace St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has received the Platinum Level Quality Healthcare Workplace Award from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. This is the second year in a row STEGH has achieved this prestigious award. The award recognizes organizational ef-

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quality healthcare workplaces. The award has four levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – designed to encourage self-evaluation, learning, and improvement. A high-calibre adjudication panel of quality workplace experts completed a rigorous assessment process when reviewing all candidates, which focused on drivers of employee and organizational health. Sue Reitsma, RPN in the Complex Continuing Care Unit, says, “We are very excited to have received the Platinum level Quality Healthcare Work-

place Award.” Sue contributed to the application process of the award by adding a testimonial. She said, “All disciplines work together to deliver the best care for our patients.” In a letter to STEGH, the Ontario Hospital Association and

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Welcome home ‘Quota’ Port Stanley re-installs statue of village mascot by Heather Newton Derks

On the morning of November 17, residents and businesses in Port Stanley were greeted with a welcome sight – the return of their beloved village mascot, ‘Quota’ the fish. After an absence of more than a year, the 10-foot, 150

pound statue was returned completely refurbished to its accustomed position at the intersection of Main and Colborne. It had been removed in the early summer of 2010 as a result of damage caused by both exposure to the elements and, unfortunately, vandalism. “I had to make a new fin. One had been completely broken off and taken away,” said John

Hoos, a local auto body specialist who paired up with his daughter Helaine Hindley to complete the restoration. Helaine, who tackled the repainting while her father handled the structural repairs, added, “Quota was really damaged due to weather exposure as well. The whole back end was sandblasted from the wind off the lake.”

To prevent this kind of damage to the new finish, the duo decided to use automotive quality paint to ensure that the refurbishment would hold up. John and Helaine donated over 120 hours of labour and area sponsors contributed materials. The 150 pound mascot was hoisted into place by a municipal crew and carefully positioned onto a new metal frame that was courtesy of the Port

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New show opens at St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre Recent work by Patrick Landsley

Artist Patrick Landsley with his artwork ‘Forest Edge by Lake Margaret.’ An exhibition of his recent work is on display at the St. Thomas - Elgin Art Centre until January 7.

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We all have a talent; some find it in their youth while others discover it later in life. For Patrick Landsley, his extraordinary talent was recognized as a young teenager. It was in the halls of a Winnipeg art museum that his love for sketching and painting was inspired. “A large painting with two young boys sitting in a loft of a barn on this massive hay is what struck me the most, observing how terrific the hay looked, thick, gorgeous colour,” Patrick recalls, “and I thought, this is what I would like to do.” Since then, during specific periods of his life, he has created a series of artwork, all with a dynamic feel, texture and creativity. His use of sand, acrylic, sandpaper collage, charcoal and oil give the viewer much more than expected. It mesmerizes the soul of the spectator, making each painting intriguing and poetic. “Instead of doing a painting or drawing of a landscape, I do a painting about the view, which I call the exterior view because the exterior view is what brings the painting to life,” Patrick says. An exhibition of his paintings and sketches is now on display at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. Part of the show includes Patrick’s recent art series, three major paintings called ‘Time Lapse,’ ‘The Hours of October’ and ‘The Hours of May,’ all painted in 2011. “The idea for my recent work is that the upper half of the painting is night time and the bottom lower half is the daytime, so it’s a time lapse,” Patrick says. He is also showing many of

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Building homes for needy families Ontario home builders lead humanitarian build in Dominican Republic

Hard hats, safety boots and work gloves top the packing list for a planeload of Ontario home builders and their families heading to the Dominican Republic for the 2011 Ontario Home Builders’ Association

Conference (OHBA) November 22-29. While based in Puerto Plata, volunteers will make the daily trek to an extremely poor neighbourhood nearby to build modest homes for six needy

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families. “This is the first time in the history of our association that we have held a conference out of province and the biggest charitable initiative we’ve ever embarked upon,” said OHBA President Doug Tarry. “We are thrilled with the support we have received from our members and sponsor partners who are keen to help provide these families with safe, clean housing.”

Joining the volunteers are builders from the St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association, co-ordinated by team leader Art Pol of Donwest Construction Ltd. “It’s been amazing how quickly people jumped on

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Roast Beef Supper, St. John's Church, Flora St. Friday, November 25, 5-7pm. Info 519631-7368. Just like Mom said, "You'll eat it and like it!". Friday, November 25, Meal and Movie 6pm movie "Nativity"  at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave., RSVP if attending. 519-631-4558. Women of Today Women's Networking Luncheon, Friday November 25, 11:30-1. Kenny Iguanas, corner of Talbot & Ross. Beattie Haven Christmas Home Tours, 5 homes to tour in Rodney & Wardsville area. Friday November 25 & Saturday November 26. Passports $10. Please Call 519-6934901. Aylmer Lioness Bus Trip, One of a Kind Christmas Show, Toronto, Saturday, November 26, $75 includes travel, leaves No Frills 9am, admission and meal. Call 519-765-2229. The Ports Stanley Community Christmas Bazaar is being held on Saturday, November 26, 9am to 2pm at the Carlow Rd. Arena. Free Admission. Lunch room available. Aylmer Legion steak barbecue, Nov. 26 at 6pm $12 per person. Limited seating, call 519-773-5249 for tickets.

Come get your pet’s picture taken with Santa “Claws” on Saturday, November 26th from 1-3pm at Elgin Animal Hospital! All proceeds to support Animal Aide’s life-saving efforts in your community. Elgin Animal Hospital 9789 Sunset Rd, St. Thomas

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Do you have spare time during the day? VON is in need of Meals on Wheels and Transportation Volunteers. For more information call 519-637-6408. Do you have an hour a week to spare?  Become a Volunteer Visitor.  Call VON at 519-637-6408 for more information. Memorial Angel $10, Port Stanley Library  with name of deceased.  Cheque to Optimist Club of Port Stanley, 331 Colborne St., Port Stanley N5L 1B3.  519-782-3272. Charity Childhood Cancer. Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge Street, displays the vibrant works of Guild artists Suzette Terry and Sharon Veldstra through November. Call 519-782-4241 for times. Display of early skates at the Aylmer & District Museum, 14 East St., Aylmer, until November 25. Mon–Thurs 10-1, 2-6 & Fri 10–1. Selected Items from the Carol McLay Collection on Display, Sunday November 27, 1pm–4pm. St. Thomas Stamp Club Meeting, November 24, 7pm. Community of Christ Church, 105 Fairview Avenue. For Info Rick Badgley 519-637-8432. Everyone Welcome To Attend.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, dramatized by Joseph Robinette December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 p.m. December 4, 11 at 2:00 p.m. Elgin Theatre Guild, 40 Princess Avenue, St. Thomas. Tickets: $15.00. Call 519-633-8530

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Bible Study – Wednesday at 7 pm Sunday School – Sunday at 10 am Worship Service – Sunday at 11 am Contact Bob 519-633-1123

Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414 Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll Sunday, November 27, 2011 10:30 a.m. First Sunday of Advent, Theme: “Come in by the Fire” COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

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Minister: Rev. Jim Evans Music Ministry: Rob Earnshaw 38 Aldborough Ave., St. Thomas N5R 4T1 Telephone 519-631-5705 The two churches are combining worship services at 10am, 38 Aldborough Ave.

White Gift Service and First Sunday of Advent Celebrating HOPE All welcome For Information call 519-631-9865

St. Andrews Anglican Church, Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 26, 10am– 3pm, Antler River Seniors Centre, 20723 Muncey Road, Muncey. Tacos, Indian Corn Soup, Christmas Crafts and Draws. Ladies Auxiliary Santa Bazaar, Sat., Nov. 26, 10-3pm.Table rentals $6. Call Debbie 519207-1076. Door prize, bake table, penny table, Christmas items. St. Thomas Legion, 24 John St. Nativity Tea and Bake Sale, Yarmouth Centre United Church, intersection of Highway 3 & Yarmouth Centre Rd. Saturday, November 26, 9am-1pm. Everyone welcome. Santa is at the Sparta House Tea Room Saturday, November 26, 11-3 & Sunday, November 27, 12-3. Free picture with Santa & hot chocolate.  Donations to the Caring Cupboard.

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Sunday, November 27, Candle of Hope Service ,7pm. A reflection on losses, at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. For info 519-631-4558. Aylmer & District Museum 34th Anniversary Open House. Sunday November 27, 1-4pm. Special Event, Magic Lantern Show. Free Admission. Refreshments. Family Time at The Museum, Sunday, Nov. 27, 1-4pm. Join us for our 34th Anniversary at the Aylmer and District Museum, 14 East Street. Free Admission and Cake! Dine Out Pork Dinner, Trinity Anglican Church with the Purple Steeple, Southwick and Wellington , Monday, November 28, 57pm,$12pp, Take Out Available, 519-6314335. November 29, Mom’s Night Out (shopping event) at OEYC, 7 Mor-

rison Drive. Free Admission. Information, Vendor Shopping, Door Prizes, Refreshments. Call 519-631-9496 to register. Christmas Boston Booster, Take a break with Santa, Wednesday, November 30, 5:30-7:00pm Tickets must be purchased in Advance - $20. Call Animal Aide 519-6333788. Edna Rebekah Lodge No. 14, 54 Moore Street, holding a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon, November 30, 11:30am-1:30pm. Cost $6 per person. Craft, Bake & Slightly used tables. Animal Aide's Christmas Boston Booster, Wednesday, November 30, 5:30-7. Take a break with Santa. Tickets $20. must be purchased in advance.  Call 519-6333788. Friday, Dec 2, Field Naturalist Meeting at 7:30 pm at Knox Church, St. Thomas.   Forest Feast- Presentation by Maintenance and repair of outdoor power equipment Sally Martyn.      Info and also 519-631-5279. Chinese ATV’s Snowmobiles, Friday, December 2, Dirk Bikes 7pm. Star Guitarist and Ewan Dobson Live in yard equipment Arthur Pickup and delivery available 226-234-6229 Concert. Voaden Auditorium. www.elginrepair.com

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9 am Holy Communion [BCP] 10:30 am Holy Eucharist and Sunday School Dine Out Pork Dinner, $12/pp Monday Nov. 28th, 5-7pm Phone: 519-631-4335

Tickets $10 at the door. Call 519-6313770 for details. Al Simmons: Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. S., Aylmer, Sat., December 3, 2pm, presented by Kids and Company, tickets in advance $8 or at door $10. Info: 519-773-8220. Poinsettia Bazaar, Fingal United Church, Saturday, December 3, 9:30-11am. Baking, crafts, etc. Christmas benefit concert featuring The Chapelaires, The Salvation Army, Elm St. Dec. 3, 7pm. Supporting mission trip to Nicaragua. $12 advance, Christmas goodies to follow. 519631-6431. Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas Breakfast with Santa. Sunday, December 4, 9am until noon. St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, Phone 519-6334396 for Tickets. Christmas Carol Sing, Old St. Thomas Church, 55 Walnut St. Sunday, Dec. 4, Cookies, hot cider, mince tarts. Free will offering. Warm clothing recommended. 519-6332610. Come share in a conversation about cross

cultural and a look at faith diversity.  Inviting Jewish, Christian and  Islamic voices to the table.  December 4, 7pm. Call for info 519-207-3331. Aylmer 50+ Seniors Christmas Dinner Monday, Dec. 5. Social Hour: 11:15. Dinner: 12:00. Members $10. Non-Members $12. $2 to play cards. Contact Jean 519-773-2889. Turkey Raffle, Monday, December 5, 7pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St., St. Thomas. Everyone welcome. St. Thomas Seniors' Centre Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wed., December. 7, Door Prizes & Entertainment, Doors Open 11am, Lunch 11:30am, $15. Adv, 225 Chestnut St. 519633-2850. Junior Farmers Meeting at Elgin County Administrative Building, Everyone is invited, Dec. 8, 7:30pm.  More info call 519-8605912. St. James Presbyterian Church features Danielle Aaron and Lindsay Traichevich at a “Christmas Music Night” December 9, Continued on next page


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7pm. Come sing and hear the carols. Info 519-631-1141. Dec. 9, 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. Carols by Candlelight, Sunday, Dec.11, 7pm, Central United Church, Wellington & Moore. Senior and Junior choirs. Free will donation, Caring Cupboard. Info at 519-633-3249. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, December 11. Doors open at 12:30pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St. Everyone

welcome. Parkinson Support Group, Meeting Tuesday Dec. 13, 2-4pm., Knights of Coumbus, 265 Wellington St. Info 519-631-9313. Celtic Christmas with "The Sheridan Band" at The Princess Ave. Playhouse, Dec 17. Tickets $10 call 519-633-6118 or 519-637-2300. Proceeds to the Caring Cupboard foodbank. Rotary Music Festival Syllabus 2012 is now available at Maestro, schools, and on our website. Deadline for entries is December 19.  Festival dates Feb. 27-March 2. 519631-9865.

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DEATH NOTICES BADGLEY, WILLIAM “BADGE” of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the age of 70. Funeral service was held November 16, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. EDISON, ERNEST “HAROLD” of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011 in his 82nd year. A public memorial service November 24, 2011 at 3:30pm. Visitation 2:30 to 3:30pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HINDLEY, BRADLEY AARON of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 in his 27th year. Funeral service held November 24, 2011 at First United Church at 2pm. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. KEMP, WILLIAM “BILL” RAYMOND of St. Thomas, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in his 90th year. A public memorial service was held November 19, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MCCRACKEN, JAMES of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in his 52nd year. A service was held November 21, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. NUNN, THERESA RUBY of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 in her 83rd year. A funeral service was held November 23, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ORMISTON, AUDREY (nee STOCKER) of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 in her 91st year.  Funeral service held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Welling-

ton Street, St. Thomas, Thursday, November 24 at 11:00am.  Sifton Funeral Home. PAGE, FREDA of Aylmer and formerly RR1, Belmont, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 in her 80th year. Funeral service was held November 23, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. POLLARD, BARBARA “GAYLE” of St. Thomas, passed away Friday, November 18, 2011 at the age of 49. A funeral service was held November 22, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PRESSEY, ALLAN of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the age of 86. A funeral service was held November 19, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. ROBINSON, MILDRED of Port Stanley, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 in her 89th year. Funeral November 25, 2011 at 1pm. Visitation November 24 from 7-9. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. RUDER, GISELA HILDEGARD of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 in her 74th year. Funeral service November 24, 2011 at 11am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. VANWYLICK, LAURA of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the age of 62. A private family service held November 19, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. VANSANTHA, PARVATHI of St. Thomas and formerly Regina, passed away November 15, 2011 at the age of 84. Funeral service November 26, 2011.

Visitation from 1-3pm followed by the service. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WILHELMINA (MIENTJE, HELMA) EVERS (NEE GEERS) of St. Thomas, passed away November 19, 2011 in her 86th year. Visitation Thursday, November 24 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm; with prayers at 4pm. Mass of the Christian Burial held at 10am at St. Anne’s Parish on Friday, November 25, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

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Something To Think About... Putting your life on the line I was recently in a local city driving down a four lane road. The traffic was moving quite quickly for a city street. It was around four o'clock in the afternoon and the children had been dismissed from school.  Up ahead, I saw a crossing guard bravely stick out her stop sign and venture out into the middle of the traffic. I was stopped one truck behind the crossing guard. The two lanes facing us had stopped, the truck in front of me had stopped, as had the line of traf-

fic behind us. The lane beside us was, at present, empty.  The guard blew her whistle and the children started crossing.  As they approached the centre of the road – where the crossing guard stood with her stop sign held nice and high – the empty lane beside me started filling up.  The crossing guard saw the oncoming traffic in the once empty lane and ran over, frantically waving her stop sign. The driver saw her and slowed down, while she signaled the children to advance. Once the children had crossed, she too proceeded to the curb.  When she was about two feet from the curb, three lanes of

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traffic floored it and the race was on. Once her foot hit the curb, the remaining lane joined in the race.  I'm watching all this and thinking "Wow, does she get danger pay?"  Danger pay is extra money paid to compensate for the risks involved in certain dangerous jobs. Compare this to a local version. I was driving along one of the streets in St. Thomas and witnessed a similar scene – but this one was different.  The crossing guard had all the children lined up to cross the road. He moved out into the street and calmly raised his stop sign. We all stopped and watched. He put the whistle to

Don’t go it alone Small business accountant coaches clients in understanding their business Ever since she was a little girl, Gail Dennis has been asking why. This curious and investigative attitude has stood her in good stead during her 25-year career as an accountant. But she is now offering her talents to help small businesses understand their financials. “When I was working in the corporate world, I didn’t like the way small businesses were treated,” she says. “They’re just as important, but their needs were not given the same attention as bigger companies.” Gail recently opened a business of her own called Accounting With You. She provides accounting, payroll, income tax and financial planning services to small and

medium sized businesses. But what sets her apart is her willingness to work with business owners to help them understand what’s going on with their enterprise. “Other accountants often don’t want people to know what’s happening with their books,” Gail says. “I want my clients to be more aware of where their business is standing. I prepare their financial statements but I also explain what’s happening and where they are at, tell them where a job made a profit and where it didn’t. And then I coach them into more profitable directions.” She calls herself a prosperity coach, providing assistance with financial planning, both business and personal. “It’s easy to open a business,” Gail says. “But if it’s not handled correctly, it can be closed just as easily.”

his mouth and – instead of the one panic blow that said “take your life in your hands getting across the drag strip” – he began a series of short blasts on his whistle. The children started marching across the road in single file to the rhythm of the toots from his whistle.  It was hilarious to watch and clearly the children loved it. The crossing guard was having a hoot and we all watched wondering if we could hire him to get our kids to the table for supper. What a difference!   I'm wondering if we need to slow down a little and appreciate the simpler things in life.  And that, is something to think about. 

Gail Dennis of Accounting With You in her office at the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs in St. Thomas.

She is taking her own advice by renting office space at the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) in St. Thomas. Along with the office and shared facilities, she receives coaching in networking and marketing in order to grow her own business. Gail is also able to rent onsite meeting rooms at ICE where she can hold monthly seminars of value to her clients and other interested people. “I consider the information sessions part of my coaching,” she says. “I’m able to go into more depth on a topic, such as cash flow or tax deductions.” Gail emphasizes that she is

more than just somebody who does the books. She works with her clients to help them understand their business in order to make it prosper. IF YOU GO… Cash Flow Forecasting Info Session When? Wed. Nov. 30, 5:30-7:30pm Where? 300 S. Edgeware Rd., St. Thomas Cost? Free but RSVP by Nov. 28 More info? 519-633-7597, ext. 405

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Talbot Trail Toastmasters If you are nervous about speaking or would like to improve your communication skills join us Thursday evening at 7 pm in the Community Room.

Ontario Early Years Participate in a FREE playgroup Thursday mornings from 9:3011:30 am. Parents/caregivers and children from birth to six years of age are welcome.

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