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Canadian forces to show expertise at air show US Navy also to participate The Canadian Army and Air Force will be conducting ground assault demonstrations at the upcoming Great Lakes International Air Show at the St. Thomas Airport this weekend. They will be performing air to ground battle reenactments with CF-188 Hornets and a CH146 Griffon helicopter to show what soldiers do on operations. Marking 100 years of Naval Aviation, the US Navy will also be on show with 20 planes including Coast Guard helicopters, a Hercules, eight trainers and two jet trainers. The highlight of the weekend

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Charly Gullons and her sister Emma-Belle became part of the history of the St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News on June 16. They were the first students hired as independent carriers to deliver the community newspaper. Their route is in northeastern St. Thomas. Setting up delivery routes and recruiting carriers was the next logical step for The Weekly News, said Terry Carroll, publisher of the newspaper. “We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Canada Post, but we’ve reached the point where running our own delivery system is important to us.” Consultant Ken Seguin has been retained by Carroll Publishing Inc. to set up a carrier distribution system and driver network system for The Weekly

Charly Gullons (left) and Emma-Belle Gullons begin their paper route for the St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News.

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Central Elgin Council adopts 2011 budget Tax rate decreases 2.9% by Amelia Bainbridge

Central Elgin Council approved the 2011 budget at its June 13 meeting. The budget includes a tax rate decrease of 2.9 percent, and a total property tax levy increase of 2.1 percent, or $218,566 over last year. The budget faced a 10 percent decrease in grants from the Ontario Municipal Part-

newspaper circulation. He now resides in St. Thomas and says, “I’m loving it.” Ken is interested in talking to anyone 11 years or older who is

nership Fund, representing a loss of $91,600 in revenue, as well as a 9.8 percent increase in policing costs. Despite these challenges the budget includes many capital projects and limits the increase in the tax levy to less than the current cost of living increases. Highlights of capital projects include the reconstruction of Brouwers Line, green gym equipment for Little Creek Park, $120,000 for the future replacement of the Belmont Arena roof and new tar and

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chip surface treatment on Mapleton Line and Pleasant Valley Line. Council hosted its first ever budget open house and created a budget survey to receive public input on the budget. “The 2011 budget reflects the concerns we heard from the public about taxation levels while maintaining service levels and the public’s investment in roads and other infrastructure,” said Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters.

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sented a report regarding tangible capital assets and how much it would cost to replace them. The city has been accumulating an infrastructure deficit for a long time with the construction of the 1950s and 60s beginning to need attention now. Roberts said that the existing deficit is $280 million, with a cost of $20 million per year over 10 years, after the debt is paid, in order to maintain existing assets. He stressed that St. Thomas is not unlike other municipalities in this regard, but encouraged council not to leave it, but to deal with it now, or else it will cost even more down the road. Backyard burning Mayor Heather JacksonChapman asked Fire Chief Rob Broadbent if backyard burning was allowed in St. Thomas. Broadbent said that it is allowed but that the little units available in the stores were not. Fire pits are okay if they are 5 metres away from combustible material and use clean fuel. However, any complaint about smoke will mean the fire will have to be extinguished.

Stewardship Ontario Battery Collection Program A report outlining potential collection sites of batteries was presented to council. Alderman Gord Campbell asked if automotive batteries were a part of this. John Dewancker, director of environmental services, said no, only dry-cell, rechargeable and cell phone batteries will be accepted at the collection sites. Green cart waste collection Alderman Jeff Kohler said that he had received calls from residents who had purchased extra green bin containers for organic materials from Greenlane, the previous garbage service provider, but that BFI, the current waste management service, was only emptying one. Alderman Tom Johnston said that the current contract stipulates one green container per household every other week. Too much garbage downtown Alderman Dave Warden asked if more garbage receptacles could be placed downtown during events, citing the significant garbage build-up when more people are downtown. Director of environmental services, John Dewancker, said that Michelle Shannon, waste management

coordinator was working with the Downtown Development Board to improve the situation. Alderman Gord Campbell said that the waste management system at the International Plowing Match, which included recycling, worked very well and should be considered as part of a comprehensive plan to deal with the garbage downtown. July 1 fireworks Mayor Heather JacksonChapman said that Canada Day fireworks will be taking place at dusk at the Doug Tarry Sports Complex. However, the festivities will start at 5pm with free entertainment, kids activities, exhibitors and vendors. Donations for the Kinsmen will be accepted at the gate. She urged residents to adhere to parking restrictions onsite to avoid the fallout zone and park in nearby streets or the Faith Baptist Church parking lot across the street.

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[Left] St. Thomas mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman, MP Joe Preston, MPP Steve Peters, North America Railway Hall of Fame vice-president Matt Janes and Ontario Heritage Trust plaque program coordinator Sam Wesley stand by as Ontario Heritage Trust board member Ruth Dudley unveils the new provincial heritage plaque for the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas June 17.

CASO Station honoured by provincial plaque The Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas was honoured June 17 when the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a provincial plaque to commemorate the 1873 heritage building currently being restored by the North America Railway Hall of Fame. “We are extremely fortunate to have this architectural landmark here in St. Thomas,” said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, “to remind us of the proud railway heritage we enjoy in our province.” The unveiling ceremony took place at the CASO Station Friday, where the provincial plaque will be permanently installed in the northwest corner of the grounds. “The railways helped build this community,” said Joe Docherty, executive director of the North America Railway Hall of Fame, “and the workers they attracted helped settle the sur-

“...railways continue to influence this community and keep it strong.” Joe Docherty, Executive Director

rounding area. St. Thomas has rallied behind the efforts to restore this landmark building through their financial contributions and volunteer labour, showing how the railways continue to influence this community and keep it strong.” “Provincial plaques such as this one identify people, places and events from our past that help define our future,” said MPP Steve Peters.

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What makes a house a home? Local students explore issue dents at St. Thomas Community Christian School, through their of affordable housing study of issues surrounding eqthrough art

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Art specialist at the school, Peggy DeVries, who is always on the lookout to connect learning with the Visual Arts expectations set by the Ministry of Education, invited representatives from Habitat for Humanity into the classroom, in order to broaden her students’ perspective. After interviewing a woman who had just received a home through the help of Habitat for Humanity, Grade 7 student Corey Fox asked, “What can we do to help?� Because the students had been learning ways that art can impact society and cause people to re-examine the world around them, they created artwork that would be able to stimulate discussion about affordable housing. Peggy partnered with the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre to present an art show of the students’ work June 9 and invited representatives from both government and non-governmental organizations to speak about housing. The student art show consisted

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Central Elgin Council by Amelia Bainbridge

Sparta improvements Sparta business owner Darlene Sinclair attended council to suggest opening public washrooms in Sparta. “I have had people ten deep waiting for the washroom, and I don’t mind at all but I feel sorry for the people,� said Sinclair. She explained that most businesses in Sparta are on a holding tank and therefore can’t offer public washrooms. The community hall washrooms were once open to the public, but as Councillor Sally Martyn explained there were problems with vandalism and damage as the washrooms weren’t staffed. Council directed staff to investigate options for public washrooms for the coming tourist season. CBC London transmitter Council will support a request by London asking the CBC to reconsider shutting down its London television transmitter. Loss of this transmitter would mean any households using antennas to receive over the air television would be unable to view the CBC channel. “I think that is very disturbing, many of us still have aerials and I think that’s wrong for them to do that,� said Councillor Martyn. “I don’t disagree with Sally, but I think the whole TV process is changing from analogue to digital, so it’s a done deal,� said Councillor Rob McFarlan. St. George Street sidewalk Council will request that Elgin County install rumble strips along the north edge of pavement on St. George Street from Wellington Road to Hydro Road and designate this section as no parking. Residents are concerned that there is no physical barrier between the street and the sidewalk in this area, allowing cars to easily drive onto the sidewalk and endanger pedestrians. Parking on the sidewalks is also problematic for pedestrians. “There are by-laws prohibiting people from parking on the sidewalk but this past week-


Martyn. Line painting contract awarded Council awarded K.D.N. Pavement Marking Ltd. of Rockwood, Ontario the contract for line painting in various Central Elgin locations. K.D.N. provided the lowest bid at $4.63 per litre with options for the same price over the next three years. “This is an increase of eleven percent over last year. The price that we had last year was for the third year of that previous contract which was a three year contract and we chose to renew it for one more year, so we haven’t had a price increase for four years,� said Director of Physical Services Lloyd Perrin. Purchase of pickup trucks Central Elgin will buy three pickup trucks from Elgin Chrysler for a total price of $78,849.14 including tax. Staff provided a cost analysis on different classes and models of trucks to be used for transporting workers and equipments. “I noticed that the vehicles that were highlighted had much higher CO2 emissions than some of the other vehicles, so I was concerned about that because the mileage didn’t seem that different,� said Councillor Martyn.

end staff observed at least seven or eight vehicles that were parked across the sidewalk blocking it,� said CAO Don Leitch. ‘Quota’ revitalization Council will give interested community groups the chance to revitalize a sculpture of a fish named ‘Quota’ that once overlooked the Port Stanley harbour in Glover Park. ‘Quota’ was put into storage when the sign it was mounted on was removed and the sculpture was found to be damaged from exposure. “I say give it up and let [the community groups] do the fundraising and get our approval on where to put it. I don’t think the rest of Central Elgin would like us spending money on ‘Quota’ in Port Stanley so give it to Port Stanley,� said Councillor Dan McNeil. Automatic aid agreement Central Elgin will enter an automatic aid agreement with the Township of Malahide for the response areas of the Yarmouth Centre and Belmont stations, and the property at 47326 Jamestown Line. If there is a structure fire in these areas, both Central Elgin and Malahide Fire Rescue will respond. Councillor Russell Matthews asked why Aylmer wasn’t approached for the agreement. “Basically it’s our quick response time. It’s not always that easy to get through Extra Lean TURKEY BURGERS Aylmer, especially on Tuesdays and with the location of their fire hall, so the Chief approached us instead of Aylmer,� said Fire Chief Crocker. Water study completion Extra Lean TURKEY SAUSAGE The Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System has completed Plain or Marinated TURKEY BREASTS an environmental assessment & FILLETS for the construction of a Residuals Management Facility at the VISIT US SAT. AT HORTON MARKET water treatment plant on Dexter Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat. 9-4 Line. This facility will improve the Horton Market.. Sat. 8-12 quality of water being sent into Lake Erie. “The wastewater that goes from the water treatment plant was an area of concern, Sunset Rd. Just N. of Talbotville and I’m glad to see that that’s 519.633.0527 being dealt with,� said Councillor


St. Thomas Relay for Life raises $100,000 Members of the team from the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, called ‘STEGH Island,’ take a break during the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life event in St. Thomas June 10. Bev Trethewey, chair of the event, said over $100,000 was raised this year, surpassing last year’s donations of $73,000.

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Dorothy Gebert

Bicycle blues When I was going home for lunch last week, I was almost cut off by a bicyclist. She had been meandering along the side of the road while I was driving up and then decided to cross the street without waiting for the lights or signaling just as I was making a turn. I swerved out of the way but it didn’t seem to register with the bicyclist that she was doing anything dangerous. It is that time of year when bicycles become more prevalent on the road, and I would normally encourage motorists to make sure they pay attention and share the road with cyclists. However, it works both ways. Although bicyclists have the same rights as other vehicles on the road, they also have the same responsibilities to obey the rules of the road, which were enacted to keep everyone safe. That means stopping at lights and signs and

Terry Carroll

The 21st century – what a riot A scant three days after the Vancouver chaos that followed the Stanley Cup final, Nancy and I hosted a small “Back to the 60s” party in St. Thomas. A 60s party is a bit of a nobrainer – the tie-dye, the wild hair, the beads, the peaceful, groovy language are easy to have fun with, or parody. Many of the people in the room were young in the 1960s, an era of considerable protest. But when the conversation veered in the direction of the Vancouver riots, there wasn’t a lot of sympathy for the fires, vandalism and destruction of property on The West Coast. The majority asked “How could this happen?” and expressed a desire to punish the instigators who had shown up, prepped for destruction. The dissenters were two people, more left-leaning, who disagreed with a characterization of some of the hooligans or anarchists as terrorists.

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editorialpage looking both ways before proceeding. It means signaling your intentions to turn so drivers can anticipate your actions. It means traveling in the same direction as the traffic and not driving on the sidewalk. It also means being visible, especially at night, with reflective clothing and a working bike light. I am not against bicycles. I have one myself. It is a great way to get some exercize and reduce your carbon footprint. But being aware of traffic and obeying the rules of the road is part of the responsibility of driving a bicycle – or any other type of vehicle – so those near misses (or worse) can be avoided. In last week’s St. Thomas council meeting, alderman Mark Cosens urged people to forego their cars and drive their bicycles to the Doug Tarry Sports Complex on Fairview Avenue to see the fireworks on Canada Day. It’s a noble and energysaving suggestion, but remember to pay attention to what is going on around you, let drivers know what you are doing and stay safe.

Another idea tickles the back of my mind. There is a link between the social revolution of the 1960s and what happened in Vancouver, an event that seemed eerily similar to last year’s G20 riots in Toronto. Along with peace, love and new ways of organizing society, the flower power generation ushered in two concepts that have mushroomed over the years. One is an emphasis on individual human rights, which now trump all other rights. The other is a deep suspicion of organized religion, a logical outcome of a rallying cry from 45 years ago: Do your own thing. Here’s the dilemma. If a boy grows up with an exaggerated sense of his rights as an individual, and with no organized religion, where is the moral centre to stop him from kicking in storefront windows and setting fire to automobiles? I don’t see it. Government leaders should consider this before they book another G20 summit or approve gigantic outdoor screens to attract enormous crowds to hockey games. Some commentators say Vancouver was about the increasing violence in hockey. Nonsense, I say. It was about violence for its own sake.

Community Snapshot

Best chip shot wins Dave Mennill, Elgin County Warden, accepts a United Way t-shirt from Heather Jackson-Chapman, Mayor of St. Thomas, for winning the chip shot challenge at the 3rd annual Warden’s Charity Golf Tournament June 15 at the Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club in Port Stanley. On behalf of the city, Heather will donate $500 to the United Way, whose new tag line is ‘Change starts here.’

Guest Editorial

Keeping secrets Just when I thought things were going well, the Director of CSIS says my country is filled with spies. Richard Fadden says it’s just as bad now as it was during the Cold War and that Canada is ripe for Islamist extremists to perpetrate acts of terrorism. I am thinking twice about using the Toronto subway. Fortunately, we are not panicking or over-reacting to such possibilities. The biggest problem we have is apparently home-grown terrorists. They are Canadians who have decided to follow the radical path and force their beliefs and values on a suspicious public. The actual spies are probably probing our economy more than our defense capabilities. Many of these are based in mainland China and drawing good wages hacking our computer systems through the Internet.

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by Ric Wellwood All of this is happening as Canadians and Americans are growing more concerned about their privacy. Recent figures show that six million Americans have quit Facebook in efforts to stop people from snooping in their affairs. In Canada, usage of Facebook is also on the decline. Life continues, but it seems to get more complicated. Ever since 9-11, we have been working even closer with American intelligence agencies, so we don’t even need to keep secrets. They can keep them for us. It’s hard to believe that we have any secrets at all. I get a little nervous about this relationship because I am old enough to remember the DEW Line during the Cold War. It was designed to detect incoming Soxziet bombers before they reached the US. It would be better, they thought, to explode those nukes over Canada. Somehow, I didn’t feel any more secure because of this. We are facing similar problems today when we place too much trust in our allies. I wonder if CSIS is spying on them. It would be nice to know what they are up to.

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Something To Think About... Doing one thing well Are we not amazed at people who can do five things at once? You know what I’m talking about if you have kids or teenagers in your house – they can do it. They listen to music, watch a movie, text a friend and do their algebra homework all at the same time!  We watch that happen, shake our heads and go back to doing our one thing at a time. Read the paper. Once completed, do

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the dishes. Once completed, cut the grass. Once completed, well, I think you get it. A multi-tasker, I am not. I cannot do four things at once. I am happy if I can do one thing at a time. But, with all this multi-tasking going on, are we running the risk of missing two things? First, do we miss the joy of really focusing on one thing? Second, do we actually end up doing many things 'kind of okay' when we could do one thing with some degree of excellence? Think of it this way.  Wayne Gretsky is a hockey player – who knows if he is really any good at yard work?  Gordon

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Lightfoot is a musician / song writer – who knows if he can sketch with charcoal? Gordon Ramsay is a chef – who knows if he can sail a boat? Ron MacLean is a hockey analyst – who knows if he can play the bagpipes? These people are renowned for doing one thing and doing it well. Actually, come to think of it, the historical person, Jesus Christ, fits into the 'one thing' kind of approach as well. Jesus, had one thing on his mind – 'to seek and save the lost.' Hmm, good approach! Doing one thing well.  And that, is something to think about.

Dr. Robert Burns, Heritage Central Elgin Chair and Dot Sale, Belmont representative for Heritage Central Elgin, remove the cloth from the Belmont Pioneer Cemetery plaque June 11. The sign was erected to make people aware that, though the cemetery was no longer used after the 1930s, due to an oversight, there are unknown pioneers still buried there. (Photo by Ron Sale)

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The year was 1847 when William and Margaret (Hicks) Baker left Cornwall in England with their ten children and landed in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It took several more days to trek from Hamilton to Yarmouth by foot in a rented ox cart. Their first homestead in Elgin County was a mud and straw house, with 18 inch thick walls. Saturday, June 18 was the 114th reunion of the large family they brought to this area. Ruby Poole, 91, was the oldest descendant at the reunion. She herself has eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, none of which were able to attend, as they live all over Canada. The question that the family

cannot answer is why the couple left the peaceful farming area near Cornwall, England to come to Canada. Apparently, they came with cash and bought their first farm outright. Julie Allen, president of the reunion committee, felt that it boiled down to “a better opportunity for future generations of Bakers,� as well as more farmland available for the expanding family of settlers. It was at a time when many farming families from England were immigrating to the potentially rich farmland in southern Ontario. Whatever the exact reason,

Ruby Poole, 91, meets Griffin Baker, 2, in the arms of dad Chad, with Julie Allen, looking on. The occasion was the 114th annual reunion of the descendants of William and Margaret Baker who settled in Yarmouth in 1847. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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Giving back to the community Ross Woodhouse (left), on behalf of Fingal United Church, donates lights and training manuals to Robert Brown, Southwold Fire Chief and an automated external defibrillator to Michelle Lackey, manager of the Shedden Keystone Complex at a presentation June 17. These donations, worth $3,000, were funded by outreach activities by Fingal United Church, which will be closing June 2012.


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Drumming up business

Lighting up the Relay

Elgin County Economic Development introduces Elgin Arts Trail by Heidi Goud

Inspired by the success of its Savour Elgin program in 2010, Elgin County Economic Development is partnering with the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Arts Centre and Elgin Business Resource Centre to launch a new program called Elgin Arts Trail, to begin September 2011. A meeting was held at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Arts Centre June 16 to present details of the program and garner public input. “The Elgin Arts trail is designed to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience of what the St. Thomas-Elgin area has to offer,” says Kathryn Russell, tourism development coordinator at the County. Promoting visual attractions both in St. Thomas and in Elgin County, the Elgin Arts Trail will present tourists with a clearly marked route of destinations they can visit, showing off the talent of local painters, sculptures, potters, blacksmiths, glass blowers, jewellery makers, stain glass artists and pho-

tographers. While encouraging local people to come out to see the sights, the Elgin Arts Trail is primarily designed to draw people from cities like London or Toronto to come for a memorable getaway. “The Arts Trail will appeal to older people looking for a vacation, younger working couples, and two-income families looking for a chance to escape big city life,” says Kathryn. To encourage visits this year, the Elgin County is distributing over 15,000 copies of the Elgin Arts Trail Guide and Map throughout the province, using print and magazine ads, participating at trade shows and events throughout Ontario, using media promotion and tours, and doing radio advertising. “If the Savour Elgin Culinary Trail is any indication,” says Kathryn, “we are in for a success.” Since 2010, Savour Elgin has drawn visitors from all over the province to explore its culinary attractions. The Elgin County Economic Centre is encouraging local art galleries, shops, artists and artisans to join the Elgin Arts Trail. To join, participants are re-

The Portside Gallery in Port Stanley has expressed interest in becoming part of the new Elgin Arts Trail. (Photo supplied)

quired to meet certain criteria. All exhibits must be primarily derived from the original and authentic work of local visual artists and artisans. Participants must also reside in the Elgin County or St. Thomas area, be open more than seven months

of the year, post and adhere to consistent hours of operation, and provide annual proof of liability insurance. To promote a great tourist experience, the Elgin Arts Trail will also require each site to have accessible washrooms within walking distance, clearly marked signage and parking areas, a healthy and safe environment, and a high quality of customer service. Whether you are an artist, gallery owner, or just someone who wants a tour, why not join the Elgin Arts Trail or find out what it can offer you? MORE INFO... Elgin Arts Trail 519-631-1460 ext. 176

St. James Presbyterian Church presents

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Ol’ Tyme Country Gospel Event June 26, 2011 2:00 pm ~ Worship and Concert (free will offering will be taken)

Kimberly Coaker, Small Business Advisor, presents a cheque on behalf of Scotiabank to Bev Trethewey, chair of the St. Thomas Cancer Relay for Life. Scotiabank has been the luminary sponsor for the event for the past 8 years.

HUSKY EVENING SPECIALS Mondays – Meatloaf Monday! Buy 1 meatloaf dinner at the regular price and receive the 2nd meatloaf dinner at ½ price. Tuesdays – Family Night! For every adult entrée valued at $8.99 & up, kids 10 and under may select a free meal and pop from the kids’ menu Wednesdays – All You Can Eat Pasta! $8.99 includes a slice of garlic toast and a side salad. Three different pastas & sauces to choose from. Thursdays – ½ Roast Chicken Dinner includes soup, your choice of potato and vegetable. Fridays - Fish & Chip Dinner includes soup, your choice of potato and vegetable. Ask your server for details. Exit 195, Highway 74 & 401 Home of the Big Canada Flag 519-644-0200

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“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”

Seana McKenna is King Richard in Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Stratford Festival this summer. (Photo by Andrew Eccles)

Shakespeare’s Richard III opens at Stratford Festival by Ric Wellwood

The 2011 season at Stratford’s Tom Patterson Theatre opened with William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III.’ For the first time in more than fifty seasons at the Stratford Festival, the role of Richard is being performed by a woman. Festival veteran Seana McKenna, who has given many memorable performances over the years, from Anne Hathaway to Phèdre, takes to the stage as a spider-like Richard. But despite high energy and a full understanding of the text, her attempt is a noble failure. Any efforts to make the character

into the lecher that Shakespeare wrote are stymied as Richard becomes androgynous. It’s hard to make a connection between the Yorkish monster and the three women he pursues in pursuit of power and pleasure when played as a sexless Richard.

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But that does not mean that the production is not worth seeing. Her efforts are strong and she gets good support from actors like Wayne Best as Buckingham, as well as Andrew Gillies as a nobleman who turns against Richard and risks the life of his own son who is being held hostage as a guarantee of his loyalty. In addition, Martha Henry has returned to her old form as a powerful performer, vilifying Richard and his deeds. Director Miles Potter’s staging runs from trite with the upstage curtains to daring with the death of Richard among the ghosts of his victims. Although one is tempted to compare this title figure with performances by Colm Feore or Brian Bedford, I have to admit that this one stands on its own as something daring and unique. You have to hand it to the Festival for its willingness to take a chance on a risky idea. IF YOU GO… Richard III When? Runs until Sept. 25 Where? Stratford Shakespeare Festival Cost? Various prices More info?

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Experience a culinary adventure Fanshawe College tour explores Savour Elgin destinations It’s been said that people will travel around the earth to experience new things but will overlook fascinating attractions in their own backyard – often ones that tourists from elsewhere travel to see. This summer, Fanshawe College has developed a one day

bus tour to sample four culinary destinations on the Savour Elgin trail – and you don’t have to do any of the driving. Savour Elgin is a program to promote and enhance culinary tourism in Elgin County and includes restaurants, farms, wineries and other attractions that focus on food and drink local to Elgin County and St. Thomas. “The course provides more than just visiting as a regular tourist,” says Kate Burns, business development coordinator at Elgin County, “because we’ve asked the proprietors to talk with the participants about the culinary uniqueness of their establishments.” The first stop will be Clovermead Apiaries, which is famous for its bees and honey. You will take a Bee-Line tour to learn about honey production and have an opportunity to sample the end product. Later in the morning, it’s off to Pinecroft Studios to watch a pottery demonstration and roam the Muskoka-like surroundings. You will learn how local products are incorporated into the menu of its Green Frog Tea Room, where you can order a home-cooked country lunch. In the afternoon, the scent of fresh grown lavender will be in the air at Steed and Company Lavender Farm. Proprietor Suzanne Steed will discuss how lavender is grown and used in cooking. You’ll be able to sample lavender products and wander the fields. Last stop is Quai du Vin Win-

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ery, Elgin County’s oldest winery, where you will tour the vineyard and speak with the winemaker about wine production. Find out about wine pairing and taste a couple of vintages. “It’s an opportunity to sip some wine and then get on a bus,” says Kate. “What a great way to find out about local food and what this area offers.” The Culinary Adventure Tour is one of the short-term courses available in the Summer School of the Arts for adults offered through Continuing Education at Fanshawe College.

Indulge your senses Celebrate scent at Steed & Company’s Lavender Festival by Heather Newton Derks

If you’re tired of keeping up with the hectic pace of modern life, take a break at Steed & Company’s Lavender Festival this weekend. “It’s a relaxing outing in the country, a little taste of France just outside of Sparta,” says proprietor Suzanne Steed, owner of Steed & Company Lavender, previously known as Lavender Blue. Suzanne recently changed the IF YOU GO… name of her farm to better reCulinary Adventure Tour flect the double entendre of her When? Wed., July 13, 8:30am last name and her horse who -5:30pm grazes in the fields nearby. As Where? Departs Fanshawe she says on her website, “We College London 8:30am; redesigned our logo to be a marriage of lavender and Fanshawe St. Thomas horse.” Campus 9am In addition to the cleansing Cost? $99 +HST More info? 519-452-4441 or properties of breathing in air heavy with the soothing scent of lavender, visitors will be able to watch painting by open air artists, pottery demonstrations, Reach over 30,000 Addresses floral design, gardening expertwith your word ad... ise from master gardeners, chilnow that’s reach! dren’s crafts, cooking with Call us today or email lavender and live musical companiment by local musician Kim Ladd.


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“Come for the experience,” says Steed, “and help celebrate lavender at its peak just before the harvest, as well as learning all of the things you can do with it.” IF YOU GO… Lavender Festival When? Sat., June 25, 10am5pm; Sun, June 26, 12-4pm Where? Steed & Company Lavender, 47589 Sparta Line, Aylmer Cost? $5 adults, children free More info? (519) 494-5525 or

Suzanne Steed, owner and operator of Steed & Company Lavender outside of Sparts, stands in front of this year’s lavender crop with her dog, Harry Potter. (Photo by Heather Newton Derks)

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Visit Old St. Thomas Church Student tour guides help St. Thomas residents discover their heritage by Heidi Goud

When university students Michael Singer and Danielle McKay returned home to St. Thomas from school to look for summer jobs, they were intrigued by the history of the Old St. Thomas Church on Walnut Street and applied to become tour guides of the heritage property. “I was inspired by an excellent tour my family and I re-

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ceived from Jenny Olivia, a previous tour guide,” says Michael. “I enjoyed learning about my history and wanted to share it with others.” While giving tours five days a week, Michael and Danielle help visitors to uncover their genealogies, crack the myths of the two-century-old graveyard and enhance their knowledge of St. Thomas’ history. They also maintain the grounds around the cemetery and help with the general upkeep of the building. “The thing that strikes me most about the church is its Gothic style architecture,” says Danielle who is studying at Carleton University. The church was the first brick building in the city of St. Thomas and features cubic-style pews popular in the early 1800s, a prisoner’s balcony and Masonic stained glass windows. “My favourite part of the job is seeing people track their heritage back to the founding fathers of St. Thomas,” says Michael. As part of their training, guides are given a very extensive background tour by longtime resident and board member, Jeff Booth. They also receive a variety of reading material about the church and a training manual compiled by students who worked there in previous years. “On our first tour of the church, I immediately fell in love with the paintings on the original stain glass window,” says Danielle. She and Michael also share a

Danielle McKay and Michael Singer, tour guides at Old St. Thomas Church, hold a vintage sign they show to visitors during summer tours to the heritage building. (Photo by Heidi Goud)

high appreciation for the open feel of the church’s architecture and the two original prints of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert which grace the front of the church. They encourage local residents to visit Old St. Thomas Church to rediscover the begin-

ning’s of their town and connect with a piece of their heritage. “Touring the church allows you to make a connection with the original pioneers,” says Michael Singer. “It gives you a chance to hear their stories and recognize the amazing things they did.”

IF YOU GO... Old St. Thomas Church tours When? Tues.-Sat., 9am-5pm, until the end of Aug. Where? Old St. Thomas Church, 55 Walnut Street Cost? Free More Info? 519-633-2610 or

Kids and teddy bears Paula Kielstra, a staff member at the St. Thomas Public Library (right), holds a monkey puppet as she reads a story to Alex Duncan, Lukas Rusek and Isabel Rusek and their teddy bears during the Teddy Bear Picnic at Pinafore Park June 15. (Photo by Nicole Duncan)

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Blues, Brew & BBQs hits high note Ceremonial drive goes bust Dave Mennill, Elgin County Warden, hits an exploding golf ball during a ceremonial drive to open the 3rd annual Warden’s Charity Golf Tournament June 15 at the Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club in Port Stanley. The tournament broke the $20,000 barrier this year in its goal to raise funds for the United Way.

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High flying fun ‘Boeing Boeing’ takes off at Port Stanley Festival Theatre

Liz Gilroy as Judith gives a big welcome hug to Jamie Williams as Bernard in Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s production of ‘Boeing Boeing.’

Do you remember the romantic comedies of the 1950s and 60s? Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s current production of ‘Boeing Boeing’ by Marc Camoletti is a classic farce from that era (made into a movie with Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis in 1965) and retains all the effervescent qualities of the genre. Directed by Simon Joynes, the cast looks like they’re having fun amidst all the slamming doors and ringing telephones that permeate the set. Jamie Williams plays Bernard, a ladies man who believes he’s got the perfect set up juggling three fiancées who each work for a different airline.

“One up, one down and one pending,” he says. Ashley Brooke plays Janet, the American air hostess who flys TWA, Rachel Jones is Jacqueline, the French fiancée from Air France and Liz Gilroy is especially funny as the intense German air hostess, Judith, from Lufthansa. Even though Bernard has worked out each fiancée’s schedule to the precise second, things begin to go awry when the girls are grounded and all head to Bernard’s apartment at the same time. James Quigley plays Robert, Bernard’s friend, who tries to help him regain control over the unexpected situation and plays

the character with an impish innocence that is quite endearing. Rounding out the cast is Danielle Nicole as Bertha the maid, whose blunt and forthright manner dealing with Bernard’s harem is quite hilarious. For light and frothy fun with lots of laughs, ‘Boeing Boeing’ is a great evening out. IF YOU GO… Boeing Boeing When? Until July 2, 2pm or 8pm Where? Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 302 Bridge St. Cost? $28, matinees $25 More info? 519-782-4353 or


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Volunteers Betty Pendreigh and Gwen Owen and organizer Elaine Earhart, show off strawberries and tote bags that will be available at the Aylmer & East Elgin Strawberry Fest June 24-26. (Photo by Mickey Reid)

It’s strawberry time! Aylmer Fair hosts seasonal fest this weekend by Mickey Reid

Get ready for a strawberry feast with lots of free berry tastings at the Aylmer & East Elgin 2nd Annual Strawberry Fest, being held at the Aylmer Fairgrounds June 24-26. Presented by the East Elgin Agricultural Society, this much anticipated event promises great fun for the whole family. Even though the weather has not been the best for the strawberry crop this year, organizer Elaine Earhart has reassured that “there WILL be strawberries!”

She and her “volunteers extraordinaire,” Gwen Owen and Betty Pendreigh, have worked diligently to create a fun community festival. There will be an MCC auction, food booths, craft vendors and a silent auction, as well as midway rides and entertainment by Dotsy the Clown. IF YOU GO… Aylmer & East Elgin Strawberry Fest When? Fri., June 24, 5-9pm; Sat., June 25, 9am-9pm; Sun., June 26, 11am-4pm Where? Aylmer Fairgrounds, 139 Pine St. E. Cost? Free More info? 519-773-3445

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Healthy Smiles Elgin St. Thomas Public Health hosted a grand opening June 10 of its new oral health clinic for Elgin County and St. Thomas children and youth who don't have access to dental benefits. Pictured from left are Dr. Frank Warsh, Medical Officer of Health for Elgin St. Thomas Public Health; Stever Peters, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP; Cynthia St. John, Elgin St. Thomas Public

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Remembering Lynhurst heritage Heritage Central Elgin members, Ward 4 member Glenn Dutton, councilor Sally Martyn and chairman Dr. Robert Burns unveil a new sign in Lynhurst honouring the Tole family June 11. It is situated on the site where the family is buried and where there is a large monument to them in a wooded grove. Colonel Thomas Talbot granted Silas Tole this land for his participation in the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812 where he had been wounded. (Photo supplied)

Winners of the 2011 Free Enterprise Award Central Elgin council recognized the winners of the 2011 St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Awards. Mayor Bill Walters (left) and Deputy Mayor Dave Marr (second from right) congratulate Sam Barraco, general manager of Presstran Industries, winner of the Chair's Award; Jeff Campbell of St. Thomas Rent All, winner of the Master's Award; and Jamie Weisler of Elgin Transmission, winner the Award of Merit. (Photo by Amelia Bainbridge)

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Rose and Flower Show, Saturday, June 25, 16pm, Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 South Edgeware Road. Sponsored by the St. The YWCA St. Thomas- Thomas Horticultural Elgin Annual General Society. Meeting will be held on Decoration Day, Sunday, Thursday, June 23 at June 26, Holy Angels 5:15pm at 16 Mary St. Cemetery at 1:15pm W., St. Thomas.  To and Southpark CemeRSVP, please call 519tery at 2pm. St. Thomas 631-9800. Legion, Br. 41. Every-

Visit Friends of St. Thomas Public Library’s “Library Friends Shop” in Elgin Mall, open MonSat, 9-1pm. June Special: Romance bag of books for $1. Grab & Go Ham Take Out Dinner, Thursday, June 23, $10, 4-6pm, Harrietsville Church, Elgin Road, Reserve call 519-644-0150.

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David Harding will speak about 'The History of the Port Stanley Railway' on Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm at the Elgin County Museum, STPA presents: “Driven 450 Sunset Drive. by Eternity”, A John BeRoast Beef Supper, St. vere video series, SunJohn's Church on Flora day, June 26 at 6pm, St., Friday, June 24 144 Wellington St., St. 519-633from 5-7pm.  Info 519- Thomas, 631-7368. Last chance 3810. till September! Country Gospel, HeadYouth Dance (non video), ages 10-14 only. Friday June 24, 710pm. Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas. Great music and light show. $7 admission. 519-639-2336. 7th Annual Craft Sale/Car Show, Corinth, Community of Christ Church, #54246 Eden Line, June 25, 10am3pm. Rain or Shine!!! For info call Lori 519866-5004.

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Strawberry Social 1850's Style, Sunday, June 26, Backus-Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown. Must have advanced tickets $15/person. 519-762Misfit Motorcycle Club 3072. Ride for London Chil- Sunday, June 26, 2pm, dren’s Hospital, Satur- Fingal Community Picday, June 25, Meet at nic, Shedden Keystone Captain's Corner. 170 Continued on next page

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Wednesday, June 29, Kicker's, 6:30-8pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave.  For children 1st Annual Ride For Madd, ages 5-13,  crafts,  games Sunday, June 26, Pinafore and music. For info 519Park at the Marshall Field 631-4558. Lakeside Pavilion. RegisThursday, June 30, Euchre tration 10am, $20 per moGames and Dessert, 7pm, torcycle with prizes and St. Andrew's United BBQ to follow.  519-637Church, 60 West Ave. 3333. Everyone welcome. For St. Thomas Public Library, “Visit the Beaches of Normandy & Dieppe: A Travel & History Program”, Monday, June 27 at 2pm, Elgin Mall. Free. 519-631-6050 for more info.

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Road trip, Drayton Festival Theatre, July 16. Italian Funerals & Other Festive Occasions. Leave 9am arrive St. Jacobs, lunch in Drayton. Performance 2pm. $95. 519-6373034.

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STPA presents: “Driven by Eternity”, A John Bevere video series, Sunday, August 7 at 6pm, 144 Wellington St., St. Thomas, 519-633-3810.

STPA presents: “Driven by Eternity”, A John Bevere video series, Sunday, July 17 at 6pm, 144 Wellington St., St. Thomas, 519-633STPA presents:  “Driven by 3810. Eternity”, A John Bevere Christmas in July, Wednes- video series, Sunday, Auday, July 20, Full Turkey gust 14 at 6pm, 144 Dinner with all the trim- Wellington St., St. Thomas, mings. Tickets $10 Ad- 519-633-3810. vance, $12 at door. Doors STPA presents:  “Driven by open 4:30pm. Dinner 5pm. Eternity”, A John Bevere

Port Stanley United Church Strawberry Supper, Saturday, July 2, 5-7pm. Adults $10, Children 5-12 $5, under 5 free. Dessert only $5 (Strawberries, Ice Tuesday, June 28, Straw- Cream & Cake). Info 519- STPA presents: “Driven by berry Social with hotdogs, 633-5556. Eternity”, A John Bevere 5-6:30pm at St. Andrew's video series, Sunday, July STPA presents:  “Driven by United Church, 60 West 24 at 6pm, 144 Wellington Eternity”, A John Bevere Ave. Freewill offering. In St., St. Thomas, 519-633video series, Sunday, July support of Growing Youth 3810. 3 at 6pm, 144 Wellington Summer camps. St., St. Thomas, 519-633Drumming Circle, St. John's Church, Flora St., Tuesday,  June 28, 7pm. All ages welcome. Instruments available.  Freewill offering only. No experience necessary.  Info 519631-7368.

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Pickers pick St. Thomas Scott Cozens (left) and Sheldon Smithers of the History Television show ‘Canadian Pickers’ were in St. Thomas June 17 to film a segment of an episode at Rail City Vintage on Talbot Street. (Photo by Jake Bonn)

DEATH NOTICES ANDREW, ALEXANDER of St. Thomas, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 in his 73rd year. A memorial service was held June 14, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. COFFEY, TERRY of Lyons, passed way Friday, June 17, 2011 in his 65th year. A funeral service was held June 21, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. DEMSKI, TADEUSZ “TED” of Caressant Care Mary Bucke in St. Thomas, formerly of London, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the age of 88. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. FEHR, EDNA MAY (CURTIS) of St. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in her 54th year. A memorial visitation was held June 15, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. FOSTER, ROBERT “BRIAN” of St. Thomas, passed away on Friday June 10, 2011 in his 64th year. A private graveside service was held June 14, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. LUCAS, HILDA (LUNN), RN, of London, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011, in her 88th year.  A funeral was held June 20, 2011.  Sifton Funeral Home.  MITCHELL, EVELYN of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011 in her 89th year. The funeral mass was

celebrated June 21, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. NESBITT, OPAL EDITH of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in her 85th year. A funeral service was held June 18, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. O’BRIEN, COLIN L., formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the age of 93. A memorial service was held June 18, 2011. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. PEER, HAZEL MAE (NEE CALLOW) of Rodney, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 90 years of age. A service was held June 17, 2011. Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. RICKWOOD, THOMAS WILFRED “WILF” of St. Thomas. passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in his 73rd year. A funeral service was held June 17, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.




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Normandy and Dieppe

Visit the Beaches of Normandy & Dieppe: A Program on Travel and History. St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall Location Monday, June 27, 2011 2 - 3:30 pm.

Library Meeting Place (beside Library Administration, formerly H&R Block) See WWII sites in Normandy, Dieppe, and Vimy Ridge through a personal photographic travelogue with guest speaker Mary Vanzanten from Advantage Elgin Travel. Plus, get expert advice on planning your own safe and memorable holiday! Free admission. Call 519-631-6050 for more information.

St. Thomas Doll Club

The club meets the last Monday of the month from 7 - 9pm in the Community Room. If you are a doll enthusiast, come out and join the fun. Everyone welcome. STORE DIRECTORY Ardene...............................................1-877-606-4233 x171 Bentley .................................................................. 637-8021 Charm Diamond Centre..................................... 637-8020 Dairy Queen / Orange Julius ............................637-2542 Dorlene...................................................................637-1255 Elgin Mall Dental Office .....................................637-1811 Elgin Travel & Cruises.........................................633-6300 Experts Tailoring & Alterations.........................852-1035 Flair Jeans & Alterations ...................................633-4794 GNC.........................................................................637-0023 Galaxy Cinemas ...................................................631-2261 GoodLife Fitness .............................633-8475 & 631-1501

Hairmasters...........................................................633-2440 Hallmark.................................................................633-7675 Jenner Pet ....................................................519-207-7387 K&K Locksmith.....................................................631-4110 Knockout Fashions..............................................633-0530 La Senza.................................................................637-6250 Magic Nails...........................................................631-3413 Mags, Smokes & More ......................................633-9773 Metro......................................................................633-8780 Northern Reflections ..........................................633-4853 OMAC Mortgage .................................................637-1850 Payless Shoe Source .........................................637-7796 Rayna......................................................................633-4944 Rogers Wireless ..................................................637-0384

Riverbed Aqua Massage ...................................207-3225 Smithbooks............................................................633-4717 Sport Mart .............................................................631-4006 St Thomas Public Library...................................631-6050 St Thomas Town & Country Realty..................207-3000 The Station Master..............................................637-0127 Stitches ..................................................................631-4600 Subway ..................................................................631-0331 Suzy Shier..............................................................633-1336 TD Canada Trust...................................................633-4640 Tan Jay ...................................................................633-5524 The Perk.................................................................631-3242 Wok Express.........................................................637-6426 Zellers.....................................................................633-4645

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News and Views from in and around St.Thomas & Elgin County

June 22, 2011 Issue  

News and Views from in and around St.Thomas & Elgin County