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St.Thomas/Elgin Volume 7 No. 27

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October 27, 2011

Hospital focusing on the positive New caring program at hospital inspired by longterm STEGH resident The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is honouring a former patient at the hospital with the ‘Caught You Caring’ recognition program. Launched October 24, the program is in memory of David Lautebach who lived in the Complex Continuing Care Unit of the hospital for over 25 years. After a diving accident left him a paraplegic in 1985 at the age Volunteers help out at the annual Day Out With Thomas event sponsored by the Elgin County Railway Museum. (Photo courtesy of Scott Taylor) of 28, Dave came to St. Thomas’ Memorial Hospital in 1988 before becoming one of the first residents of the new ous organizations, including the Complex Continuing Care Unit Volunteer fair at Elgin St. Thomas Public Library, at the Elm Street facility in Mall this Saturday Serenity House Hospice, the 1990. He passed away in 2009. Want to learn new skills, boost Caring Cupboard, Elgin County Wendy Farmer, a registered your resume or just take part in Railway Museum, St. Thomas practical nurse and one of your community? Elgin General Hospital and Dave’s many caregivers in the Volunteer Elgin is promoting many more. Complex Continuing Care Unit and encouraging volunteerism “The best part is the satisfac- over the years, said that Dave throughout Elgin County with a tion of giving without necessar- always found the positives in volunteer fair this Saturday at ily getting a paycheck,” says the hospital and staff who Elgin Mall. Scott. worked there. “Volunteerism is part of a “He gave back to STEGH in so healthy community,” says Scott many ways,” Wendy says. “The IF YOU GO… Taylor of Volunteer Elgin, an ‘Caught You Caring’ program agency that helps showcase Volunteer Elgin Volunteer Fair will allow Dave’s courageous volunteer opportunities at mem- When? Sat., Oct. 29, 12-5pm spirit to live on at the St. ber organizations. “For me per- Where? Elgin Mall Thomas Elgin General Hospital.” sonally, getting out there and Community Room, 417 The new program is an opporgiving back to my community is Wellington St., St. Thomas tunity for anyone who wishes to More info? 519-631-9459 or very satisfying.” recognize an individual or group The fair will be showcasing at the hospital, who displays volunteer opportunities at varicompassion and care, and con-

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tributes to delivering an excellent patient care experience. “This program recognizes those who demonstrate our hospital values, the values expressed by our patients and our community, and our vision to deliver an excellent patient care experience,” explains Paul Collins, STEGH president and CEO. “We invite anyone to fill out a card – our patients, their family or friends, staff members,

Bob and Sharon Lautebach (right) hold up the ‘Caught You Caring’ form that the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital has just implemented in honour of their son, David Lautebach. Wendy Farmer, a registered practical nurse in the Complex Continuing Care Unit, holds up a photo of the long-time resident of the unit who passed away in 2009.

physicians, volunteers, visitors, anyone who is in our hospital who feels motivated to recognize the care and compassion they experience or observe.” ‘Caught You Caring’ cards will be shared with the individual or group recognized, with a copy placed in the employee file.

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Comments may be published more widely if authorized by the writer. Human resources manager, Susan Gordon, says there are no rewards or awards given. “Just a thank you,” she says. “That’s all the staff have asked for.”

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On the move

St. Thomas Chamber moving to Elgin Business Resource Centre complex The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce, a longtime tenant on Talbot Street, will be moving into new premises in the new year. Effective January 1, the notfor-profit organization, which has been serving as the voice of the St. Thomas business community since 1869, will be relocating to the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) at 300 South Edgeware Road. Its telephone, fax, email and Internet listings will remain unchanged. “The owner of our current building has decided to list it for sale,” said Chamber president and CEO, Bob Hammersley, who made the announcement at the Business Sample Show October 19. He says the Chamber didn’t want to wait and see whether the new owner would let them stay or not, so they started looking around for other locations. “The EBRC proposed an opportunity that made a lot of sense.” The move to shared premises

Bob Hammersley (left), president of the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce, and Wes Bailey, member services representative, prepare to move the Chamber’s offices to 300 South Edgeware Road in St. Thomas.

within the EBRC is a temporary three-year lease with renewal options. Bob says there are strong benefits to the new location includ-

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ing shared facilities and the ability to assist new start-up businesses that are part of the EBRC’s incubator, as well as the many other clients EBRC serves. The move is not intended to derail the Chamber’s long-term goal to own a permanent facility of its own. Currently, the Building Reserve fund stands at over $225,000, but more is needed to meet the $750,000 investment required. When asked how the Chamber move would affect the downtown core, Bob said that 80 percent of its customer traffic came electronically over telephone, fax and email. “It’s a changed world,” he said. “Walk-in traffic is not nearly as significant as it used to be.” He added that South Edgeware Road was actually a higher traffic area than Talbot Street and that it wasn’t about whether they were supporting the downtown or not. “It’s about supporting the community,” he said.

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New law offices Sandra DiMeo and Don Ferguson are all smiles for the grand opening of the new offices of Ferguson DiMeo Lawyers October 12 at the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas. Joining them are staffer members (seated left) Diane Spinney, Trisha Haines and Holly Clarke.


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Cooking and theatre: mix well

‘To Master the Art’ opens season at Grand Theatre by Ric Wellwood Geoffrey Whynot is Paul Child, Leanna Brodie is Madame Dorin and Sarah Machin Gale is Julia Child in The Grand Theatre production of ‘To Master the Art.’ (Photo by Claus Andersen)

London’s Grand Theatre has opened its 41st season of professional theatre with a Canadian premiere. ‘To Master the Art’ is a captivating piece of theatre commissioned by TimeLine Theatre in Chicago about three years ago. Its authors, William Brown and Doug Frew, follow the life of Julia Child from her honeymoon in Paris to the time she returns to the United States as the author of one of the great cookbooks of all time. I was anxious to read more about the play itself, but there

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was no history of this work in the program. That is the only disappointment in an evening that gave us some very good performances, particularly by Sarah Machin Gale as the feisty Julia, who devotes ten years of her life to creating a culinary guide to the preparation of French cuisine. The story of Julia, her husband and the people in her universe is well-directed by Susan Ferley, even through some of the slower moments in Act One. Thomas Hauff makes a good return to the Grand as an eccen-

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tric French chef and as Julia’s father. Geoffrey Whynot is strong and effective as Paul Child and some of his best work is done in silence. The other seven members of the cast double and triple in roles, with the exception of Jane Miller, who gives a moving portrayal as a family friend who joined the Communist Party in her carefree, idealistic youth. The effects of McCarthyism on Jane and Paul Child were chilling to experience. The play has its serious moments, but it is rich in humour with a virtual banquet of good performance art, something the cast has obviously mastered. The show was aided by a good set and by music and effects that gave a firm foundation of the dramatic effects of the work. Whenever possible, American music reflecting Paris in the mid-twentieth century was selected and played to good effect, from Gershwin to Rodgers and Hart. You will likely want something to eat after the show. IF YOU GO… To Master The Art When? Runs until November 5 Where? Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St., London Cost? Various prices More info?

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The crunch heard across Canada Students at Parkside Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas participate in ‘The Great Big Crunch’ October 20 to celebrate Breakfast for Learning Month sponsored by the Elgin Community Nutrition Partnership. They joined students across Canada in taking a bite from an apple at 11:30am to promote nutrition and local produce. The apples were donated by Rokeby Orchards of Aylmer.

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Of goats and the economy I visited Ed Donkers on his family farm near Frome recently and had great fun interacting with his herd of almost 900 goats. They were the most intelligent looking animals I had ever met, and the little goat kids were so cute. He gave me a sample of the hard cheese he was developing with the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative, and it was absolutely delicious. He’s also pursuing ice cream and drinkable yogurt made with goat’s milk. One thing Ed told me was that this was a new venture for him. He had raised dairy cows for many years, but four years ago, after seeing a thriving goat industry while on a trip to Europe, he decided to change his operation. The reason? Because it was very hard to make it with milk cows in the current system in Ontario. He foresaw far more potential for profit and success with goats, so he made the switch.

Terry Carroll

More baby steps in social media At The Weekly News, we continue to dip our toes into the lake (or is it the swamp?) of social media. Think websites, Facebook, Twitter and whatever is coming next. The reason we have yet to dive into the lake (or splash furiously through the swamp) is that most newspaper attempts at this have cost a lot of time plus a certain amount of money, with not much in the way of financial payback. Anybody I’ve talked to who’s running an exclusively online newspaper, or a local community blog, has yet to make a living at it, and doesn’t see a way to do so in the immediate future. Rather, they’re providing a community service, with a certain amount of financial compensation. It’s a great gig for somebody who doesn’t need the money to pay the bills. Retired or semi-retired, with a pension, sounds perfect for this activity. But it’s not just about money. So far – and this

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editorialpage Ed was also one of the most enthusiastic promoters of his business I had ever met. You could tell he loved goat farming and was excited about the possibilities he saw in the future. You couldn’t help but be carried along with his excitement and believe he was going to achieve his goals. Other farming operations in Elgin County had made similar changes in the last few years. Tobacco farmers had switched over to other crops like corn and soybeans, or branched out to pursue agritourism like Heritage Line Herbs in Aylmer. That made me wonder that if changes for the better could be made in a traditional field like agriculture, why couldn’t it happen in other areas of our economy too? If automobile production was on its way out in Southwestern Ontario, what else was on its way in that we could take advantage of? And are there people out there like Ed, who are so excited about the possibilities here that we couldn’t possibly fail? (For photos and the story about Ed Donkers and his goats, check out the November issue of Elgin This Month magazine, available at locations around Elgin County.) could change any day now – neither faithful readers nor faithful advertisers have been demanding an online presence from us. Since The Weekly News is delivered free to well over 30,000 households, farms, apartments and businesses, perhaps we are already seen as a social medium. However, a couple of things have prompted us to pay attention and take some steps. One is myFM radio. When news director Sarah Locke showed up at her first assignment in early June, she was carrying a camera as well as a recording device. Why the camera? I asked myself. Because of the myFM website and Facebook wall, stupid. It’s this media convergence people talk about. We don’t want to be completely left behind. Another is Search Engine Optimization. Until recently, if you typed something like “St. Thomas newspaper” into Google, you wouldn’t find us on the first few pages. We’re still not at the top, but by taking more baby steps with social media, at least we’re now on the first page. And we now have a (thoroughly eclectic) Facebook presence. In short, even though we still don’t know exactly what we’re doing, we’re getting there, wherever “there” is.

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Hey Mom, we won Lisa Geddes and her son Phoenix, 3, look over their cake which won ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ category. They were part of the cake decorating contest hosted by Scoops & Cakes October 17 in celebration of its 30th anniversary in St. Thomas. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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Scout’s honour One of the happiest days of my life was when Bev Walden, Fergie Jenkins and I received our Queen’s Scout Awards from Lieutenant-Governor J. KeillerMacKay. My time in the Scouting movement was golden and much of my attitude towards society, work and commitment was formed under Scouter Ed Nicholson at the Third Chatham Troop. At no time did I feel threatened, and the shyness I felt in grade school faded away as my confidence built through camping and Monday nights with the troop. Last weekend, the CBC’s Fifth Estate program detailed the story of a pedophile who infiltrated the Scouting movement in both the United States and Canada, using his position to molest young boys in both countries. Richard Turley, once he

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by Ric Wellwood was caught, said if he were a parent, he would never put his son in the Boy Scouts. I couldn’t disagree strongly enough. Scouting kept me physically fit and eternally curious. It gave me ambition and the will for self-improvement. One of the things Scouting can do is get that boy away from the computer, cell phone and texting and into some social situations where he can communicate directly with other people. We can’t paint every Scoutmaster with the same brush, since pederasts can be found everywhere there are young people. I have a good friend who is a Scoutmaster and he is also a great teacher. He and the Scouts he supervises have planted thousands of trees over the years and the boys he has worked with have become good citizens and contributors to society. The CBC can attack all the predators they want, but they should leave the Scouting movement alone.

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The corner office Newly elected Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, Jeff Yurek, sits down at his desk for the first time October 24. His new constituency office opened on the second floor of the CASO station, 750 Talbot Street and will be open 10am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.

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Former St. Thomas resident remembered Elgin County Archives hosts launch of new book about Mona Gould The Elgin County Archives will host a public launch celebration for a new biography of poet, journalist and broadcaster

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Gould eventually moved to Toronto and published three books of poetry: Tasting the Earth, I Run With the Fox and Gossip. Readings of her widely-anthologized poem “This Was My Brother,” written after the 1942 Allied raid on German-occupied Dieppe, France during the Second World War, are common features of Remembrance Day services. In the 1950s, she became a radio commentator. Throughout her life, Gould drew on memories of London, St. Thomas and Port Stanley as inspiration for her work. On her death, Gould’s granddaughter Maria Meindl took on the task of sorting through the 38 boxes of papers she had left

Mona McTavish Gould, Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew, this Sunday. The author, Maria Meindl, will be reading from the book and signing copies. Gould (1908-1999) spent the most formative years of her life in St. Thomas, Ontario. It was here she began her journalistic career, with the London Advertiser and St. Thomas TimesJournal, where, in the 1920s, she served as the Ladies’ Editor. Here, too, she met her future husband, Graham Gould (of the J.H. Gould Ltd. store family).

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behind, and of writing a biography, using the collections of the Elgin County Archives as a principal source for her research. Ms. Meindl is a Toronto-based journalist who writes about health care and the arts and has created series for the CBC Radio program Ideas. IF YOU GO… Book launch When? Sun., Oct. 30, 2pm Where? Elgin County Museum, 4th fl., 450 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas Cost? Free More info? 519-613-1460, ext. 127

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Something To Think About...

Are you superstitious? I can say without fear of contradiction, “I am not superstitious.” I'm not nervous walking under a ladder leaning against a wall. I do not worry about spilled salt. I have kept trying but never did believe that blowing out all the birthday candles on my birthday cake ensured my wish would come true.  Those are the only three I really know, so I did a little web browsing and found that it’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed.  A bird in a house is a sign of death. Apparently it's bad luck to light three cigarettes with one match. And, if you pull out a gray or white hair ten more will grow in its place, once the

gray or white one is pulled. Keep watching my picture and see if that works! Historians tell us that fears and superstitions have kept mankind plodding along at an incredibly slow pace.  But the last century has seen incredible leaps in technology and material progress. I think of people who are in their 80s like my dad. I just hooked up the Internet for him and he grew up without having a telephone! Superstitions have held civilizations captive for hundreds of years. The Big Book from Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that people remain outside the care of a wonderful God because of personal superstitions they have about who they think God is or who they think He isn't. Or for that matter, thinking that God doesn't even exist.  The poignant illustration from

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Note: Flu shots are also available through your local health care provider.

For more information, contact Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at: 519-631-9900 ext. 414 or 1-800-922-0096 ext 414 or:

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ELGIN BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTRE 25TH ANNIVERSARY Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) is a community-based, non-profit organization overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by business professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities.

Celebrating 25 years of encouraging and supporting business in Elgin County Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre Wishes to congratulate EBRC on their 25th Anniversary. As a partner in Economic Development, we look forward to our continued partnership with you as we welcome even more Industrial Revolutionaries to St. Thomas.


300 South Edgeware Rd., Unit 1 St. Thomas (519) 637-8170 Toll Free 1-877-539-0463 “Provides Counseling for Children and Youth in Oxford and Elgin Counties�


On reaching this special milestone. We wish you continued success

We salute you for 25 years of helping small businesses turn their dreams into reality

Way to go EBRC!

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to Elgin Business Resource Centre on your 25th Anniversary

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Elgin Business Resource Centre on your th 25 Anniversary

In 1986, the Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation first opened its doors. At that time, it was known as the Elgin Local Employment Assistance and Development Corporation (LEAD). Ten years later, the organization merged with the Elgin Community Futures Committee to assist and encourage job creation through the creation of small business enterprises and community economic development throughout Elgin County. As an organization that just keeps on re-inventing itself, the organization has undergone another such transformation and

has become the Elgin Business Resource Centre. Over the years In May 1986, Elgin Local Employment Assistance and Development Corporation opened its doors in St. Thomas and hired its first manager, Gar Knutson. In its first year, LEAD loaned out $249,000, creating 28 full time and 40 part-time jobs, operating with two staff. In 1987, the corporation moved from Talbot Street to Barrie Boulevard and increased its staff to five. By 1988, LEAD reported loans of $513,700 creating 46 full time and 11 part time jobs. In the mid 1990s, LEAD amalgamated with Community Futures and became Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation. According to the 2000 Annual Report, the Elgin CFDC had 1,560 business inquiries and disbursed $869,782 in business loans. At this time the office also

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545 Talbot St., St.Thomas 519-631-1680

to Elgin Business Resource Centre on your 25th Anniversary We’re proud of you!

Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman and City Council

Keep Up the Fantastic Community Work! Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund

Raymond Bosveld (519) 633-4334 Suite 2, 300 South Edgeware Rd., St. Thomas

moved to 300 South Edgeware Road to a building that had been a temporary facility for city hall during its restoration. This new facility allowed for expansion of programs and services plus quality rental facilities to the community. In the 2002 Annual Report, it was noted that there was a 10 percent increase in workload at the Elgin CFDC. This included 1,804 general inquiries and 175 jobs created through loans and the Self Employment program. From 1986 to 2003, total loans were $8,891,962. In 2003, less than eight years

Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary Keep up the hard work!

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later, loans value almost doubled to $16,177,709. In 2006, 87 jobs were created and the Elgin Connects portal saw 110,000 page views per month with over 3,000 businesses listed in the directory. In 2008, $785,484 loans were made to 24 businesses. The Community Transition Program was a $15 million fund that ran from 2005 to 2008. Of the 74 projects funded, 14 of those were in Elgin County, including the Horton Street Market. In 2009, Elgin CFDC was rebranded. This rebranding campaign strove to reveal Elgin/St. Thomas’s best-kept secret: the Elgin Business Resource Centre. In 2010, loans totaled $2,721,577 and general inquires jumped to 4,230. This was due to increased demand during the recession and increased services through the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Centre operating within the Elgin Business Resource Centre.

s Congratulation on your 25 Years of Successes

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An airline introduced a special half fare for wives who accompanied their husbands on business trips. Expecting valuable testimonials, the PR department sent out letters to all the wives of businessmen who had used the special rates, asking how they enjoyed their trip. Letters are still pouring in asking, "What trip?" UN DE R





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The diversity of St. Thomas Participants in the YWCA’s multicultural fashion show model costumes of both everyday and special occasion dress from their countries of origin. They were part of citizenship ceremonies October 20 at the YWCA in St. Thomas to celebrate Citizenship Week, which hopes to remind Canadians on the significance of being a citizen of Canada. The models included (back row) Jenny Olivier, Petrusia Hontar, Ali Attahi, Sara Eleamam, Cau Le (front row) Anusha Virdi, Meena Virdi, Amanda Fehr, Kaitlyn Doster, Zynab Ibrahim, Alina Edward Copperi with her daughters, Samantha and Aitana. (Photo courtesy of Erin Woolley)

Change to Elgin This Month in November For the November issue of Elgin This Month, we will print and distribute 6,300 copies, an increase of 800 copies since we launched the monthly magazine, incorporating the Chamber of Commerce Business Beat, in September 2010. The November issue will have some small but significant changes in its distribution method. Delivery to businesses, organizations and newsstands in St. Thomas and across Elgin will be as usual. Because the November issue includes a Farm Business Report feature, we will be mailing the magazine to all farms across Elgin, and scaling back some of our household delivery. If you are accustomed to reading the magazine at your home, and do not receive it by November 3, please pick up a copy at a store, restaurant, newsstand, business or organization. It’s free as always, supported by advertisers that we encourage you to patronize. If you have any questions, please contact me at 519-633-1640 x 25 or Greg Minnema at 519-633-1640 x 22. Thank you, Terry Carroll Publisher

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Celebrate in style.

What a show The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Business Sample Show at St. Anne’s Centre in St. Thomas was packed October 19 despite rainy weather. Congratulating Mike Vecchio of the Chamber (centre) on the show’s success that evening were Laura Woermke of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre and Rob Mise, Samantha Mackinnon and Sarah Locke of myFM 94.1. (Photo by Mark Girdauskas)

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A Thanksgiving Thank You The Caring Cupboard appreciates community donations by Brian Burley

We are very grateful to the citizens of Elgin County for making Thanksgiving 2011 one of the most successful on record. Several corporate sponsors took the initiative this year in organizing several food drives for us and you responded.

Special thanks go to the management and staff of myFM 94.1, Real Canadian Superstore and St. Thomas Ford for their partnership in providing prepackaged bags of food for customers to purchase and drop in the Ford truck for delivery to the Caring Cupboard. Almost 400 bags were purchased as well as many personal donations that customers brought with them to the Superstore. Geerlinks


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Anne Ashfield, board secretary of The Caring Cupboard Food Bank in St. Thomas, joins Brian Burley in thanking all those that gave or bought food donations over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The OPP Auxiliary collected 2,700 lbs of food and over $500 in cash from their Saturday events in Belmont and again at the Real Canadian Superstore. Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign collected over 4,000 lbs in donations, much of which had to be stored at Messenger Delivery’s warehouse until we had space at the Cupboard for sorting and storage. Several churches, schools and small businesses also held Thanksgiving Food Drives for us as well as many personal donations we received from our community. Our area has been hit hard during this recession and economic recovery is an ongoing process, making it difficult for many to find employment. The Caring Cupboard currently supports about 700 families and we are seeing new faces every week. Our thanks to everyone in planning and operating these events and especially to the people of Elgin County who are always willing to support others in need. We would not be able to provide our service without your ongoing support.

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50 F (10 C) Californians shiver uncontrollably. Canadians plant gardens. 35 F (1.6 C) Italian cars won’t start. Canadians drive with the windows down. 32 F (0 C) American water freezes. Canadians have the last cookout of the season. 0 F (-17.9 C) New York City landlords finally turn on the heat. Canadian Girl Guides still sell cookies door-to-door. -60 F (-51 C) Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Canadians pull down their earflaps. -173 F (-114 C) Ethyl alcohol freezes. Canadians get a day off work to go tobogganing. -500 F (-295 C) Hell freezes over. The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.


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St.Thomas Executives Association

An Excellent Way To Promote Your Business! Early on in my business career, I realized the importance of establishing a solid reputation and getting the word out there. I also realized that I was not the only one, and that if I could join forces with others, our results would be greater than working independently. The St. Thomas Executive’s Association is a business network that provides business to business

It’s with great pleasure I go to meet with the executives weekly for Tuesday lunches.

leads and referrals. All of the members of the organization promote each other when the opportunity presents itself, and do business with each other as well. Quai du Vin Estate Winery is proud to be a founding member of this invaluable organization. Roberto Quai Quai du Vin Estate Winery

What does the STEA membership mean to me? It means so much – all these words come to mind when I try to describe my thoughts. ——Professionalism, Humour, Fellowship, Loyalty, Business, Leads, Friends, Opportunity, Surprise, Trust, Growth, Mentors, More Business, Informative, Fun, Social, More Leads, Commitment, Knowledge, Investment,

REMEMBER A MEMBER The matchwords of the St. Thomas Executive Assocation describe the goal of the organization. Elgin Pure Water has been a member since 2000 offering all types of water treatment equipment and drinking water systems for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. By referral, we are able to send business to our fellow members, while assisting our customers with their particular con-

New Member Day November 1

Resources, Confidence, Worldwide. All these words don’t happen every week. They happen over a committed length of membership. It’s with great pride I say that my company has been a member since 2002. It’s time you consider this Worldwide Organization and form your own passionate words. Jane Shepherd

We help STEA businesses build profits on the web cerns. Our weekly lunch meetings allow an opportunity to share and update our business profile. The members also report on their business during the past week with other member businesses. I would encourage any potential business owners to consider membership. Bonnie Lake

Elgin Pure Water Inc. Water Treatment Specialists Since 1981

At Internet Advisor, we specialize in effective web and social media solutions for small businesses and non-profit organizations. So the St. Thomas Executives Association was a great fit for us. While we have helped many member businesses build profits through their internet presence, the relationships and trust built through STEA also en-

able us to give business and referrals to fellow members with confidence. I look forward to the weekly lunches, as there is always something new to learn from others. I highly recommend STEA to prospective businesses. “We build websites that build profits”

Russ Jackman 519-782-7877

We’re really happy that we joined STEA last year

I say a resounding “Yes!” to membership in STEA

My husband Rodney Klassen and I own Klassen Construction. We joined STEA last year, and we’re really happy that we did. We’ve increased our own business through referrals and by doing work for several members. And we’ve been able to return the favour by using the products and services of many members. Rodney is so impressed with

At public events, many people know me as the guy who throws his right arm in the air and calls out “Yes!” when something good about St. Thomas and Elgin comes up. The St. Thomas Executives Association is one of those good things I get excited about. I’m a Founding Member of the organization, in the Real Estate

STEA that he joined the Board of Directors this year. Interested businesses should check out STEA at noon on Tuesday November 1 during the New Members’ Day lunch at the Art Gallery in St. Thomas. Shila Klassen


On Tuesday November 1 St. Thomas Executives Association invites prospective members to join them for a FREE lunch at noon at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. Any business that is not in conflict with the existing membership is invited to participate. Here is your chance to make new friends and business relationships. Learn about other members’ businesses and share confidential leads. Learn about

Professional category with RE/MAX Centre City Realty Inc. Over the years, I’ve truly come to appreciate the fellowship and the business leads we share at our weekly lunches. If you’re considering membership in STEA, I say, “Yes!” Richard Haddow

what is going on in the business community and how it can help your business. Our lunches are delicious and we have a great time. To see if you qualify in a business category, please check our website We invite you to reserve a spot by contacting our Membership Coordinator, Vanessa Bell at 519-8082881 or through Shutter Studios 519-637-3006.

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New Member Day November 1

STEA members (Front left) Bonnie Lake, Elgin Pure Water; Terry Banghart, Cox Transportation; Ginnette Minor, Genuine Stitches; Melanie McBain, McBain Signs; Shila Klassen, Klassen Construction; Ida Anderson, Kathy’s Catering. (Middle left) Vanessa Bell, Shutter Studios; Phil James, New 2 You Auto; Terry Carroll, The Weekly News; Russ Jackman, Internet Advisor; Rebecca Palmer, Thomas C. Fox Investment Group, CIBC Wood Gundy; Biz Thompson, Waite’s Printing Service; Dan Peterson, Service Experts - Plumbing Division. (Back left) George Fischtner, Sparkle Carstar Collision; Linda Sawyer, BMO Bank of Montreal; Rob Quai, Quai du Vin Estate Winery; John Regan, Elgin Business Resource Centre; Steve Gilbert, Service Experts; Jane Shepherd, Corporate IT Solutions; Adrian Peters, A & M Sounds. Not available for the photo: Ansell’s Awards & Specialties, Fixed Right Automotive, Gamble Insurance, Graham Scott Enns, Jennings Furniture, RE/MAX Centre City Realty, Tax Free Cash.

Meet the St. Thomas Executives Association

The St. Thomas Executives Association (STEA) has one overriding purpose: to promote the business interests of its members through networking. There’s one other important point: Businesses who belong cannot compete directly with each other. It’s truly networking, so only one member can belong per business category. To expand its network of contacts, STEA is hosting a luncheon dedicated to prospective new members on Tuesday November 1 at 12 noon at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre (the Art Gallery). Businesses interested in exploring the idea are invited to a delicious free lunch catered by Kathy’s Catering, an STEA member. If they have questions about categories, prospective new members are invited to contact Membership Coordinator Vanessa Bell at 519-808-2881 or Shutter Studios, 519-637-3006. Or businesses may wish to call Membership Chair Rodney Klassen, Klassen Construction, at 519-808-2658. There’s also information on the website at President Dan Peterson talks about the relationships and business friendships that are formed. “I’ve always been confident in doing business with other members as well as offering business leads. And I really appre-

ciate the friendships and business relationships that have developed,” Dan says. Prospective new members should have been in business at least a year and strive for excellence in all that they do. Vanessa, Rodney or Dan are interested in talking to good business people, open and honest, who are prepared to commit the time to a weekly lunch and have a genuine interest in building their business through networking. STEA members often express it this way, “To get business, you have to be prepared to give business.” Sometimes, a business is not in a position to buy from another member because it’s not a product or service that business would use. Members still assist each other by giving leads and recommendations about fellow members. There are different types of business leads. Most commonly, these are direct leads – business associates, friends, family close to an STEA member. Less immediate, but also important, are indirect leads – information about new businesses or economic trends that will benefit STEA members. The free lunch Tuesday November 1 at the Art Gallery in St. Thomas could be the beginning of some fruitful new business relationships. Stop by, or call Vanessa Bell at 519-808-2881 or 519-637-3006 about the lunch or business categories..

STEA’s current membership

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A & M Sounds Ansell’s Awards & Specialties BMO Bank of Montreal Corporate IT Solutions Cox Transportation Elgin Business Resource Centre Elgin Pure Water Fixed Right Automotive Gamble Insurance Genuine Stitches Graham Scott Enns Internet Advisor Jennings Furniture Kathy’s Catering Klassen Construction McBain Signs New 2 You Auto Quai du Vin Estate Winery RE/MAX Centre City Realty Service Experts – Heating, Air Conditioning & Gas Fireplaces Service Experts - Plumbing Division Shutter Studios Sparkle Carstar Collision Tax Free Cash Thomas C. Fox Investment Group, CIBC Wood Gundy Waite’s Printing Service The Weekly News

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Animal Aide Desperately needs reliable adult volunteers for weekday shifts. Please visit us at 333 Talbot Street to get started! Wanted: Parade entries

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Canadian Cancer Society, Mobilizing the Mission. Join us! October 27, 6–9pm at the SDCI cafeteria, Strathroy. Elgin-Middlesex Unit at 519-432-1137. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. Pin Poppy on Mayor & Lay Wreath for 91st Battalion, Thursday, October 27, 11am. St. Thomas Cenotaph. Everyone Welcome. Wallacetown Haunted House, Wallacetown Fairgrounds. Thurs. October 27, 7-9pm, Fri. October 28, 710pm, Sat. October 29, 7-10pm.  $7 per person. Supervised Fun children's area. Roast Beef Supper, St. John's Church on Flora St. Friday,  October 28, 5-7pm. Info 519631-7368. Be sure to leave room for dessert. Ladies Society German Canadian Club, Fashion Show/Silent Auction, Friday, October 28, 7pm, Saxonia Hall, Aylmer.  Admission $15 per person.  Tickets call  519-773-

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shows the work of Guild members Rowena Spersrud and Diane Dobson through October. 519-7824241 for hours. Animal Aide is facing a crisis - we are unable to continue rescuing without immediate financial assistance. Your tax-deductible donations will literally be saving lives! Do you have spare time during the day?  VON is in urgent need of Meals On Wheels and Transp o r t a t i o n Volunteers.  Call 519637-6408 for more information. Learn to save a life for free. We supply the training you supply the time. St. John Ambulance is looking for interested volunteers. 519-633-2290. La Leche League Breastfeeding support, mother-to-mother, 2nd Tuesday of each month. 6pm-7:30pm, OEYC, 7 Morrison Drive, Call Marijean 519-637-7763.

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Worship Services Knox Presbyterian Church

Hincks Street at Wellington Street 519-631-2414 Minister: Rev. Mavis Currie Organist and Choir Director: Dr. W. D. Carroll Sunday, October 30, 2011 10:30 a.m. Sermon: “Facing Monsters - Part 3” COME AND WORSHIP WITH US, EVERYONE WELCOME

St. Mark’s United Church and Grace United Church

Minister: Rev. Jim Evans Music Ministry: Rob Earnshaw Telephone 519-631-5705 38 Aldborough Ave., St. Thomas N5R 4T1 Combined Worship Services will commence November 6, 2011 at 10:00am at 38 Aldborough Ave. St. Mark’s welcomes the members of Grace United For Information call 519-631-9865

CHURCH OF CHRIST 60 South Edgeware Road A Bible based Church Romans 16:16

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

8979. Free Haunted House at Elgin Mall with St. Thomas Public Library! October 28 6-9pm, October 29 1-6pm, October 30 1-5pm. Call 519-631-6050 for further details. Volunteer Elgin is hosting a volunteer fair on October 29 from 125pm at Elgin Mall. Learn how you can become a volunteer. Customer Appreciation Event, October 29, noon-3 Gospel Lighthouse, 483 Talbot, Book Signing, Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, cider, sweets, enter to win. Belmont Lioness Bazaar, Belmont Community Centre, Saturday October 29, 9am-2pm. New crafts, penny & baking tables, frozen pies & tea table. Murder mystery dinner theatre at Aylmer Legion  October 29.  Social time 6pm, roast beef dinner 7pm. Tickets $25 each. Call 519-773-5249. Wanted Crafters, Belmont Lioness Bazaar, Belmont Community Centre, Saturday, October 29, 9am-2pm.

Call Linda Hunter 519644-0365. Craft Sale, Saturday October 29, 8:30am-?. Odd Fellows Hall, 54 Moore Street. Breakfast & Lunch available. Free Admission. For info contact Carol Graham 519-637-3356. Central Star Chapter #57, Order of the Eastern Star, are holding a coffee party, Saturday October 29, 3 Edward St, 10 to 1pm. Everyone welcome. Proceeds for Charity. Estate of Fear, Oct. 29, 30, 31. Dusk-10 pm. Gladstone Ave. for a Halloween Maze. All ages. Entrance by donation to St. Thomas Animal Shelters and The Relay for Life team UMM. Autumn Leaf Bazaar at New Sarum Baptist Church on Saturday, October 29 from 9am to 1130am. All Welcome. Refreshments will be served. Barn Dance Show, Sunday, October 30, 2:30pm, Keystone Complex, Shedden. Advance tickets $20. Contact Dave Hathaway 519-633-3181. Proceeds to Christmas Care.

Share The Care Public Info Session by Eugene DuFour, Tuesday, November 1, 1:303pm, Aylmer Legion, 211 John St. N., Aylmer. Register with Serenity House Hospice 519-637-3034. Field Naturalist Banquet, Ticket deadline Oct. 31 for Friday, Nov 4 banquet at Knox Church, St. Thomas.  Presentation by Rick Kiriluk. Raffles, 50/50 draw, door prize.  Tickets 519633-4235. Vendors wanted for the St. Thomas Seniors' Centre Craft Sale on Saturday, November 5. Please call the Office at 519-6332850 for more information. Mapleton Church (Disciples of Christ), Candleglow Bazaar, Saturday November 5, 9:00-11:30am. Located at 47471 Mapleton Line. Saturday, Nov 5, Church Bazaar Central United, Corner Wellington & Moore. 8:30am12:30pm, Soup & Sandwich Luncheon 11am-12:30pm. Info 519-631-3503. Union Community

Trinity Anglican Church The Church with the Purple Steeple Corner of Southwick & Wellington

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

Centre Christmas Bazaar, 6068 Bell Street, Union. Saturday, November 5, 9am-1pm. A Variety of Craft Vendors, Light Lunch, and Loonie table. Craft Fare/Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 5, 9am1 p m . Harrietsville-Mossley United Church. Something for everyone. $2 admission includes refreshments. Grace United Church, Yuletide Bazaar, Saturday, November 5, 9am-noon. Baking, books, penny table, Christmas decorations, country store, jewellery, knitting/sewing, toys & more. Coffee corner, handicapped accessible. St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Seasonal Craft Sale/Yard Sale/Bake Sale. Saturday November 5. Sale runs from 8am-12pm. 225 Chestnut St. Fall Fair. St Thomas Community Christian School. 77 Fairview. November 5, 9am2pm. Vendors, lunch, bake room, gently used room, kids games, Silent Auction & more!

"Cranberry Courtyard" St. Hilda's-St. Luke's Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 5, Elm at Hepburn, 9am12pm. Featuring quilts, retro aprons, baby items, jewelry, baking, deli and more. Evening of Gospel Music featuring the Pr aise Quartet and Friends, plus Hymn Sing, Sunday Nov.6, 7pm, St. John's United Church, Springfield. BBQ Beef Supper, Wallacetown United Church, Sunday, November 6, 4:30-7pm. Children 6-12 $6, Adults $12. Preschool free. Parkinson Society Canada, St. Thomas Support Group meets Tuesday, November 8, from 2-4pm at Knights of Columbus, 265 Wellington St. Information call 519-6319313. Holly Jolly Christmas Bazaar at Extendicare, Port Stanley, Wednesday, November 9, 1:30-3:30pm. Bake table, crafts, Toonie draw, also refreshments. Everyone welcome. Continued on next page

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COMING EVENTS Vendors Welcome! If you would like to have a table at the Metcalfe Gardens Bazaar on Saturday, November. 19th, please call Rhonda at 519-631-9393 for more details. BARN DANCE SHOW, Sunday, October 30, 2:30pm, Keystone Complex, Shedden. Advance tickets $20. Contact Dave Hathaway 519633-3181. Proceeds to Christmas Care. CRAFT AND GIFT OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, October 30th, 20 Neal Ave., 10am-3pm. Numerous vendors, jewellery, candles, crocheting, outdoor arrangements, sewing and much more.

COMPUTERS WEBSITES for your business. Why have a website? Because your customers expect you to have one! Local web designer. Check out for details or call 519-6716870. WILSDON COMPUTER SERVICES - Basic setup, operating system install/upgrade, internet setup/repair, Tune-Up, recommended safety suite, rescue disc, data transfer, data backup. In-Home service available. Call Sara or Ian Wilsdon 519-6339638.

DANCE BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS – Starts Monday, November 14 in St. Thomas. Learn to dance Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Cha-Cha and

more. Singles and couples welcome. Contact Michael Murphy 519983-6290, LATIN LINE DANCING – Thursday nights in St. Thomas. Learn to dance Rumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Samba. No partner required. Contact Michael Murphy 519-983-6290, mmdddance@hotmail.c om.

FOR SALE ST. JOES' CLOTHING, Men's 30-36 pants & shorts, med to x-large short & long sleeve shirts, assorted misc. 519-631-9332. FABRIC SALE - Satins, Chiffons, Jacquards, Lace, Cotton and more. Craft supplies on sale. Evelyn's Sewing & Things, 285 Miller Road, Dutton, 519-7626715. 205/65R15 TOYO SNOW’S RIM MOUNTED. Two season’s use (9,000 kms) $600 cash. Phone 519-6313659.

HOME BASED BUSINESS TIRED OF LAYOFF'S & DOWNSIZING? Not paid what you're worth? Worried about your future? Take charge Today! Call 519-631-5820 for info.

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Community Bulletin Boards Garden Tool Care Seminar by The St. Thomas Horticultural Society, Nov. 9, 7pm, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School. Pre-register by contacting Shelley MacKenzie 519-7692529. Elgin Business Women’s Network, November 9 Meeting, Best Western Stoneridge Inn, networking 6pm, dinner 7pm, speaker Dr. Konrad on Women in Business. RSVP 519-637-3777. Remembrance Day Service, Friday, November 11, 10:45am. St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Everyone Welcome. Grab 'n Go "Chicken Divine" dinner. Friday, November 11. Pick-up 4-6pm, St Mark's United Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. $10. For info call: Bonny 519-637-8248. Candlelight Preview, Christmas Tour of Homes, November 11. Tour 5 Homes Complimentary Beverage & Snacks. Buy Gift Balls, Draws, Auction Items. Tickets $30. Call 519-633-1565. Christmas Extravaganza Craft Show and Breakfast, Sat, Nov. 12, 9-1, Faith Christian Academy, 345 Fairview Ave. Over 50 booths.  Admission: donation of one food item for Caring Cupboard. 50th Anniversary of St. Thomas Community Christian School (formerly Ebenezer), Saturday, November 12.  Open House & Dinner, 519-633-0690 to reserve seat for dinner, $25 pp. Trinity Church Christmas Bazaar, Sat. Nov. 12, 8:30-noon, 55 Southwick St. Something for everyone, bake table, deli, unusual auction, tea room, books, preserves, treasures, crafts. Yuletide Bazaar, Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, 15 Bonnie Place. Saturday, November 12,

1:30-3:30pm. Many Craft Vendors, Loonie Table, Tea Room, Bake Table and Raffle. Knox Presbyterian Church Tartan Bazaar, Hincks St, Nov.12, 8:30am-1pm. Coffee break 8:30-10:30; lunch 10:30-12:30. Homemade baking, candy, preserves, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, books, knitting, sewing and crafts.

tickets/info call 519-6330838. Ham & Turkey Bingo, Sunday, November 13. Doors open 12:30pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41. 24 John St. Everyone welcome. St. Thomas Senior Centre Celebrates its 17th An-

niversary. Join us for a Roast Beef Dinner Friday November 18, 5pm.Tickets Are $10 Advance/$12 Day of. Limited Tickets Available. 'Twas the Art Before Christmas STEAG  Art Show & Sale, CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. Fri-

day, Nov 18, Opening 7pm-10pm; Sat. Nov. 19 11am-5pm, Sun. Nov 20 Noon-5pm. Christmas Tour of Homes, Aylmer Museum. Nov 18, 19 7-10pm and Nov 20 1-4pm.  4 unique homes decorated for Christmas.  $15.  Infor-

mation 519-773-9723. St. Anne's Annual Holly Berry Bazaar Saturday, November 19, 9am-1pm. Something for Everyone, crafts, baking, indoor garage sale, country store. Come early & stay for lunch!

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Vienna Lioness Club, Annual Christmas Craft Show & Indoor Yard Sale, Saturday November 12, Vienna Community Center. 9am-3pm. Admission $2.

Tickets: $17.00 advance, $20.00 at the door For tickets or information call 519-633-0838

Vendors & Crafters Show & Sale, Saturday, November 12, 10am-2pm. St. Thomas Legion, Br. 41, 24 John St. (Upstairs). Everyone welcome. Christmas Tour of Homes, Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. Tour “5” Homes all decked out for the Holidays. Rotary Club. For

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“Exclusive Candlelight Preview” Friday Evening, Nov 11th • 5:30pm – 9:00pm Tour “Five” Homes Complimentary Beverage and Snacks Limited Tickets are Available Tickets $30. Call 519-633-1565

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LAND, MAURICE of London and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in his 86th year. A funeral service was held October 26, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LEPINE, JEAN MARC of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the age of 75. A memorial service was held October 22, 2011. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. OFFICER, GRANT ALLAN of Toronto and formerly of Kitchener, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in his 49th year. A private service will be held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. PEARCE, SYLVIA EVA of St. Thomas and formerly of Sydney, Nova Scotia, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. A funeral service was held October 22, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.

SPALETA, MLADEN “MIKE” of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 in his 77th year. Mass of the Christian Burial was held October 26, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALKER, DOUGLAS ROSS of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in his 78th year. A memorial service was held October 26, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. WALSCHEK, ELLY FRIEDA of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in her 91st year. A memorial service was held October 26, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. ZINN, HAROLD LAVERNE of Port Stanley and formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011 in his 97th year. A funeral service was held October 26, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.




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ELGIN TRAVEL & CRUISES Springtime Along the Rhine Boutique River Cruise 8 Day Amsterdam - Frankfurt Early booking savings up to $850 per couple. Ends Oct 31st. Call Elgin Travel Thomas Cook at 519-633-6300 or email CHARM DIAMOND CENTRE 60% OFF Q Rays RAYNA 50% OFF Sweaters Buy any 3 items get the 4th FREE on all new Fall products *some exceptions do apply LA SENZA Exciting News!! Our Slippers, Robes & P.J.’s have arrived just in time for the cool weather! Come in and be amazed with all the choices. TD Canada Trust...................................................633-4640 Tan Jay ...................................................................633-5524 The Perk.................................................................631-3242 Wok Express.........................................................637-6426 Zellers.....................................................................633-4645

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