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Southwold mayor Jim McIntyre (centre) congratulates Kari Huras and Adam Fisher, recipients of the first annual Southwold Scholarship Awards August 30.

Helping local students Southwold Township awards scholarships Two students from Talbotville were the lucky recipients of $1,000 each August 30 when they were awarded Southwold Township’s first annual Scholarship Awards. The money, to be used for school fees, is to be made annually to residents of Southwold who are planning to attend municipally oriented college or university programs in the fall and who have shown a record of community involvement. Kari Huras, 19, will be attending

the University of Guelph in Ridgetown for Veterinary Technology and Adam Fisher, 18, is going to the University of Waterloo for Mechanical Engineering. “It’s an honour to be recognized,” says Kari. “It’s a good stepping stone.” Mayor Jim McIntyre credits CAO Donna Ethier for coming up with the idea. “We talk about keeping students in the community,” he says. “When they graduate, they may not settle in Southwold but maybe somewhere in Elgin County. We felt the benefit would be overwhelming.”

Kangaroos finally honoured Residents urged to line streets for homecoming of forgotten WWII regiment Elgin County residents are asked to come out this Saturday afternoon to honour a secret WWII regiment called the Kangaroos, which never received ac-

knowledgement in Canada for its accomplishments and is only now holding its first official reunion. “These guys have waited 66 years for this and we want to give them the hero’s welcome they’ve always deserved,” says Wayne Dale, president of the Elgin Regiment Association in St. Thomas. “We would like to see Talbot Street lined with well-wishers.” The Kangaroos were a regiment formed in 1944 with a nucleus of officers and men from the Elgin Regiment, eventually in-

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Major Bill Copley of St. Thomas (centre) stands with fellow soldiers beside a kangaroo tank he named after his wife Marion. A restored Kangaroo tank now owned by the Canadian War Museum will be named Marion II in honour of Major Copley and will be part of homecoming activities in St. Thomas September 10. (Photo courtesy of Bill Miller)

cluding members from other Canadian regiments. They pioneered a vehicle to reduce infantry casualties, a concept which is now widely used in armed forces around the world. Members of the 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment were affectionately called ‘Kangaroos’ because the tank they reconfigured had an armoured ‘pouch’ that could safely

carry men and supplies across the battlefield. The Kangaroo carrier was an immediate success and casualty rates dropped dramatically. Until the end of the war, the regiment protected thousands of allied infantrymen, transported the wounded, evacuated civilians and carried supplies, often under Continued on page two

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enemy fire. But the very existence of the regiment and its new combat vehicle was considered an official secret and no publicity was given to its exploits. In June 1945, the regiment was disbanded in Holland and its members went back to their original units. According to Bill Miller, the son of a Kangaroo who has been documenting the history of the regiment, the fact that it was the only Canadian regi-

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ment formed and disbanded on foreign soil and that its members were scattered across Canada with no regimental home may have contributed to its anonymity. Even the Elgin Regiment, who gave the Kangaroos its commander and over 20 officers, NCOs and drivers, didn’t know of its connection to the disbanded regiment until a year ago. Wayne Dale said social networking made him aware of the Kangaroos. When he discovered

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the importance of what they had accomplished, he immediately started the process of establishing recognition activities. “I know that one of the key officers, Bill Copley, lived in St. Thomas until at least 1956,” Wayne says. “It boggles the mind that somewhere in corporate history and memory, these guys fell off the rungs as part of the Elgin family.” On Saturday, September 10, the Kangaroo regiment will finally get its official homecoming with a public ceremony in St. Thomas. The day includes a presentation

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Kangaroo stencil used to identify regimental tanks. (Courtesy of Bill Miller)

of a replica Guidon (or cavalry flag) and a parade down Talbot Street in the afternoon with vintage vehicles and dignitaries on hand. Appearing in the parade and throughout the festivities will be a restored Kangaroo tank owned by the Canadian War Museum, one of only a handful left in the world. It will be christened ‘Marion II’ after the original tank that Major Bill Copley named after his wife. Wayne says 30 of the original 550 Kangaroos are still living, but because of their advanced years, only 10 or 12 will be coming to the ceremonies. But the Elgin Regiment plans to keep the memory of the Kangaroos alive, perpetuating their name and achievements. “We have taken these guys from a footnote in history to making them living history,” Wayne says. “They will be remembered.”

Sgt. Ted Baldwin, Sgt. H. Major and Cpl. Win Smith were young Elgin NCOs in 1942, who joined the Kangaroo Regiment in 1944-45. (Photo courtesy of Bill Miller)

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Minister of State Goodyear tours ICE Small business owners share stories of facility’s impact The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), visited St. Thomas August 16 for a tour of Elgin County’s first mixed-used business incubator, the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs, known as ICE.

Joe Preston, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, and Susan M. Gardner, President of the ICE Board of Directors and Executive Editor of Municipal World magazine, were also on hand at the visit. It was the first time the Minister had come through Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) and the recently opened ICE facility. Minister Goodyear was very interested to hear about the ICE program and learn how the busi-

ness acceleration program impacts small business owners. ICE client Darren Connolly, owner Allsource Depot, described the ICE program to Minister Goodyear as “taking his business to school.” Heather Baker, owner Elgin Maid, told him, “I am so much more productive working from a professional office than I was at home.” The ICE program acts as a catalyst to business owners, helping

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them to accelerate their business growth and success. The program offers a variety of resources including business counselling and consulting, entrepreneurial training, mentorship, physical space, common services and networking connections. It also supports and encourages opportunities for small business owners to give back to the community. “EBRC and ICE are all about job creation, business growth and

providing tools that will generate long-term sustainability,” said John Regan, EBRC General Manager. “We know that our role in the economic development of the region is a vital component in rebuilding and restructuring St. Thomas and Elgin County. It is gratifying to know that our government recognizes the importance of investing in businesses and not-for-profit organizations in southern Ontario.”

On hand at the Minister’s visit August 16 were (from left) John Regan, EBRC General Manager; Susan M. Gardner, President of ICE Board; Delia Reiche, ICE Business Development Manager; The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State; Joe Preston, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. (Photo courtesy of the Elgin Business Resource Centre)

Donald, or Don as he is usually called, has an Honours Commerce Degree from McMaster University and a Law Degree from the University of Windsor. He has practised law in this area for over 18 years and focuses on real estate, corporate law, estates and wills. He and his wife Maureen have three kids, all involved in sports, but Don also finds time to volunteer. Currently a trustee with Kettle Creek Conservation Trust and the chair of the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre Foundation, he also served three terms on the Board of Knox Presbyterian Church. Sandra (Monger) DiMeo has an honours B.A. in Economics and a Law Degree, both from the University of Western Ontario. She has been practising law for ten years, focusing on general litigation with an emphasis on personal injury and motor vehicle accident law. She and her husband Gene live in Port Stanley. She’s involved with Big Brothers / Big Sisters, including a role as past president and has just been elected to the Board of Family & Children’s Services.

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Paul Shaffer, executive director at United Way, (left) accepts a grant from the Trillium Foundation August 26, along with Talbot Teen Centre team leader Sherry Ball.

contribute to United Way through their paychecks don't know enough about where their money goes. He wants to emphasize that funding does not go to partner agencies but to the programs they offer that have the largest community impact. Paul originally comes from Sudbury and pursued a financial career with the Royal Bank and Canada Trust in Ottawa. He was

recruited by Mary Kay International as a director of sales development and learned a lot about motivating independent business people, who he says are not that different from volunteers. He moved to St. Thomas 12 years ago to care for his son and took on a variety of jobs parttime. While he was assisting Serenity House Hospice as a

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firm ideas about what he'd like to do. He wants to bring United Way back to the grassroots level, attracting not just companies but individuals. He believes this is the way to overcome the perception that the organization’s funding will suffer because of the closure of the Talbotville Ford plant (which was a major contributor to the United Way). "Our boat is not rocked by Ford closing," he says. "Companies come and companies go, but people stay at home. It's not companies that contribute to United Way, it's people." Paul wants to get out to all areas of Elgin County and energize youth. "Kids are socially conscious," he says, "and I want to give them the opportunity to have an impact." He is already talking with Sherry Ball, team leader at the Talbot Teen Centre, to see how they can motivate kids for the cause. "I want to beat the drum that this will be the year of communication," he says. He feels very strongly that employees who


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Of lawns and weeds Now that the scorching weather has passed and cooler days are here, I’ve had to mow my lawn more often. I was almost getting used to not having to cut it when it went dormant. But a bit of rain and balmy temperatures have made my lawn think it’s a wheat field. Not that I mind cutting it. It’s a large lawn and I rather enjoy the up and down and back and forth of walking behind the mower. It’s a chance to get out into the fresh air, get some exercise and say hello to the neighbours. And there’s a certain pride and feeling of satisfaction after it’s done, especially after I’ve trimmed the edges. It’s nice to look over the green expanse at a job well done. I have a feeling I would have done very well as a golf course maintenance person. Unfortunately, along with the grass, the weeds

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Small farm hands Farm workers are toiling in the fields of Elgin County, as they do every year. Most of them come from other countries. It’s now generally accepted that born-and-bred Canadians don’t have the strength or the mental attitude to do the work. Or they would turn up their noses at the money. Minimum wage for back-breaking labour? Forget that. Welfare’s better any day. This, of course, is a relatively recent trend. Forty or fifty years ago, we didn’t import our farm workers. They were born next door. It was common for Elgin County farmers and their offspring to work for other farmers. Kids picked up the necessary skills and attitudes at a young age by working around the family farm. By the time they were teenagers, many of them had their first outside paying jobs working in tobacco. Some started before their teens. Dave Murray from Dunwich, who went on to a multi-faceted career as

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have also gone haywire. I’ve tried to pull out as many as possible but I’m not sure I’m going to win the fight with them. I either don’t get the root (so it comes back to haunt me again) or I tear the whole thing out leaving an unsightly divot. The lawn is beginning to look a little like some underground animal has been at work. But as I fill in the holes with earth and spread it with grass seed, I look longingly at some of my neighbours’ lawns that are practically weed free and wonder how they do it. Not that I would want to use a herbicide even if homeowners weren’t banned from using it (I’m not a great advocate of using chemicals) but it would be nice to save the ache in my back and fingers after a session of pulling weeds. If they say that weeds are just plants that grow where we don’t want them to, maybe I should just accept the fact that they will be there. As long as the lawn is well-cut and looks good, does it matter what grows within the green?

a farmer, a provincial agricultural representative and an agri-business dude, attained a certain notoriety and respect among students at what was then West Elgin District High School. He had started working in tobacco when he was ten years old. At the time, this inspired as much admiration as the performance of a child star with perfect pitch who shows up on the stage of America’s Got Talent today. Dave had not only the physical stamina to prime those leaves with one small hand, tuck them under the other arm and hoist them onto the waiting tobacco boat at the end of the row. He had the mental toughness to do it all day long. That being said, at the age of ten, he did have the advantage of not having to bend as far as an adult for sand leaves, although he might have had to stretch a little for tips. We now have laws to prevent this sort of thing. But do we need them? Anyone who thinks a ten-year-old boy today would uncurl his thumbs from a handheld video device so he could curl them around wet leaves at 7am is welcome to raise a tobacco-blackened hand or send me an email.

Riding a big old fire truck Jessye and Jordan Rady of St. Thomas dressed up in kid size fire suits in order to sit in the front seat of an historic Michigan Fire Truck at the St. Thomas Fire Muster in Pinafore Park Saturday. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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The Ford plant re-imagined I only had until September 5 to submit my proposal for the redevelopment of the plant that used to make Ford vehicles in Talbotville. It is a truly huge facility and the opportunities that accompany its retrofit must also be quite large. As a journalist, I am really curious as to what type of proposals have ended up on the table. I often pass by it on my way to work and marvel at how much parking space there is. I wouldn’t be surprised if Walmart is giving it a hard look. We could continue to have mile-high shelves that no one can reach. It could be an ideal facility to house the manufacture of Diamond Aircraft’s new line of personal jets. I bet they could work wonders there if the Federal

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by Ric Wellwood government would consider giving them a business loan. Then again, probably not. Actually, it may not take too much money to turn it into an indoor stadium, or perhaps a dozen or so tennis courts for year-round play. You could fit several basketball courts inside, or even a huge shopping mall. Some good has to come out of this. Perhaps Canadale or some other nursery could use the interior as a greenhouse. You could grow entire trees in there. Imagine how many movie theatres could fit in there. The Toronto International Film Festival could become the Talbotville International Film Festival and people wouldn’t have to pay to park in downtown Toronto. There’s loads of free parking available at the site. For now, I’ll sit back and see who the lucky winner is and hope Talbotville’s luck gets a little better.

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Meet The Candidates bills have doubled,” he says. “We need to bring back conservation,” he says. Helping people in this economic time is very important to Eric. “Buy local, live local and help out wherever you can.”

Eric Loewen for the Green Party Eric Loewen says he has always had a heart for the earth and wants to work with nature as opposed to against it. “That’s what led me to the Green Party,” he says. “Our ideologies meshed because we had the same views. It was a good fit.” He got a taste of the political process when he helped candidate John Fisher in the Federal election in May. Eric is now running in the provincial election in Elgin-Middlesex-London this fall. He emphasizes that the Green Party is not made up of 1970s hippies and is not a fringe party. “It offers true representational democracy representing everyone’s needs throughout the riding,” he says. “It has policies on each issue but keeps the earth in mind in every decision.”

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farmers and wants to promote organics, bio-diversity and a wider array of crops. Health care is also an important issue to him and believes we need more doctors, nurse and health care practitioners. But one topic that Eric says is a concern for many people is energy. “I’ve been hearing from homeowners that their energy

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There goes the velocipede David Harding takes off on the 1885 three-wheel velocipede, which he owns and restored. Looking on during Railway Heritage Day August 28 are David Greve and his son Daniel who are the curators of the rarely opened BX Tower, an annex of the Elgin County Railway Museum. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)


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A three-year-old went with his dad to see a litter of kittens. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother there were two boy kittens and two girl kittens. "How did you know?" his mother asked. "Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied, "I think it's printed on the bottom."

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We will be having a complimentary seminar for anyone who has been, or is expecting to be laid off.

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“It is not reason that governs love” The Misanthrope at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival by Ric Wellwood

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival has opened its final production of the season. Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’ is directed by David Grindley in a fine verse translation by Richard Wilbur. The Wilbur versions of Moliere’s works have often proved to be the best, and this production reveals his talents as a poet. Alceste is the Misanthrope, a man who is almost never contented and who is prone to jealousy in regards to the woman who says she has love for him. The woman, Célimène, is a true coquette and succeeds admirably in making his life miserable. Célimène is beautifully portrayed by Sara Topham in some of the most beautiful dresses that Robin Fraser Paye could create. His designs for the men are rich and elegant. The title character is well-played by Ben Carlson, who struts the stage in constant agitation. There are other suitors for Célimène: Peter Hutt is a comic Oronte, a failed poet, while Trent Pardy and Steve Ross supply a lot of the comedy as a pair of sycophants who think they have a chance to win the lady.

The production is also wellserved by Kelli Fox as Célimène’s prickly friend and Juan Chioran as Philinte, the Misanthrope’s best friend. Chioran is one of the best performers in Canada and adds some elegance to a classy production. John Lee Beatty has designed a wonderful set that reflects the times beautifully and the production is supported by strong lighting and sound. Because of its late opening, ‘The

Misanthrope’ has a shorter run than it deserves, and people who are fans of classic comedy will have to place their ticket orders soon. IF YOU GO… The Misanthrope When? Runs until Oct. 29 Where? Stratford Shakespeare Festival Cost? Various prices More info? Custom Cakes Order early!

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What can I, as a pet owner, do? Annual check-ups are very important. They allow your veterinarian to detect problems Why should I be concerned? The aging process starts to affect our pets as they early and treat issues effectively. Keeping get older. Certain issues and diseases are more your pet up to date with their vaccines will common with older pets and their nutritional needs help prevent disease. Routine blood tests change as they age. If we can detect problems and x-rays are also important in identifying early, it is much easier to treat and/or manage them. problems early. Be aware - many illnesses, in What are common illnesses that their early stages, can be mistaken for “old affect older pets? age changes”. • Obesity • Kidney Disease With the help of your veterinarian, your pet • Arthritis • Dental Disease • Thyroid (and other • Cancer / Tumours can enjoy a long and healthy life. Call us and hormone related • Heart Disease book a wellness appointment for your senior issues) • Vision and pet today. • Diabetes Hearing loss Is my pet a senior?

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Practising literacy is as easy as A-B-C September is Life Literacy Month September is all about backto-school – time to get back into routines, make lunches and go to bed early. And since there's so much to do and kids are still in summer mode, it's hard to make sure the family is focusing on learning. Learning together as a family is vital to a child's future education.

Doing family literacy activities not only helps develop children's reading, writing and math skills, it also provides an opportunity for parents to learn something new too! Children raised in literate households are likely to enter grade one with several thousand hours of one-to-one pre-reading experience behind them. Learning happens in many ways, especially in our day-today activities. In honour of Sep-

tember's Life Literacy Month, ABC Life Literacy Canada offers 10 fun and easy ways to make literacy part of your family's daily life. 1. When making your grocery list, have your child write out the items you need to buy. 2. At the store, ask your child to count out the money to make the purchase. 3. Make it a habit to always read a story together at bedtime.

4. When cooking dinner, involve your children in measuring the ingredients. This helps them understand fractions and measurements. 5. Driving is the perfect opportunity to practice literacy. Read signs, billboards and license plates together, and show your children the proper way to read a map. 6. While on the Internet, make time to research something new that your family is interested in. Researching skills are important and help with reading and comprehension. 7. In the car, sing along to songs on the radio. Singing en-

courages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills. 8. When playing a board game, read the instructions aloud to each other or count how many spaces to travel around the board. 9. Involve your kids when you pay bills. This will teach them strong financial skills early on in life. 10. Children follow by example, so ensure reading is part of your daily life too! For other family literacy tips and activities, visit:

Behind the bedroom door Danielle Nicole and Chris Bancroft play a couple who take advantage of an all expense paid night at the local hotel in one of the vignettes from Norm Foster’s comedy, ‘Bedtime Stories,’ now playing at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre until September 10.

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Teams of 4 – Pledge-style campaign Great Team Prizes. A weekend Niagara Getaway Package at the Sheraton on the Falls compliments of Starwood. A day-long sailing charter tour with Latitude Charters . . . plus tons more. Register your team, collect your pledges, and


show up on race day to receive your first clue. Decipher each clue to find your next checkpoint, compete in challenges (could be physical, technical or intellectual), make your way through the waterfront town of Port Stanley . . . and win awesome prizes! Pledges over $10 receive a charitable donation receipt.

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• Someone in our neighborhood put a huge sofa out by the curb for trash collection. Since it was in good shape, many motorists slowed down for a look. But when they saw how enormous it was, they'd leave. Eventually a compact car pulled up, and two men got out. This I've got to see, I thought. They removed the cushions, turned the sofa upside down and shook it hard. Then they picked up all the coins that tumbled out, and drove off.

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The personal touch provides a real person to help access online courses At 23, Heather Scott of St. Thomas wanted to upgrade her skills to prepare her for university but she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure about attending classes with younger students. Online courses looked like a good option to her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where to start,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at a loss.â&#x20AC;? She went to the access centre located in Fanshawe College on Bill Martyn Parkway, and learning coordinator Laura Sherret was able to guide her through the courses

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course available in Ontario,â&#x20AC;? she says. Most students choose to study from home, but the access centre has computers and the Internet for those who want a more studious environment away from

â&#x20AC;&#x153;...There are over 10,000 courses and 800 programs available...â&#x20AC;? the distractions from home. Laura says that by using the centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities, some students feel as if they are attending school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help with academic


work,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we can offer moral support and assist with administrative problems.â&#x20AC;? Heather Scott says she likes online learning because her marks are based on her work, not necessarily on how she might behave in a class setting.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at my own pace,â&#x20AC;? she Learning coordinator Laura Sherret (right) assists student Heather Scott says. as she works on her online course at Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently working on sci- the access centre at ence and math courses that will Fanshawe College in St. Thomas help her get into the Medical Sci- August 30. ence program at the University of Western Ontario. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Online learning has given me hope,â&#x20AC;? she says. IF YOU GOâ&#x20AC;Ś Access Centre Where? 120 Bill Martyn Pkwy, Rm. 173, St. Thomas Cost? Free service; course Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open to fees apply assist you with More info? 519-631-7516 or your Federal

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Do you want to be famous? Kids learn acting skills at Children’s Theatre Company When Shannyn Kelly was eight years old, she was asked to go on stage during a juggling show. “That was the moment I knew I could make people laugh,” she says. But growing up in St. Thomas, she said she didn’t have a lot of opportunity to learn acting skills. That’s why, after 25 years as a musical theatre and improv performer, Shannyn is thrilled to be back in St. Thomas to give local kids the benefit of her experience. She recently joined Taylor Music Studios to direct a new theatre arts program for children 6 to 15 called the Children’s Theatre Company. Shannyn says the overwhelming benefit of the program is achieving self-confidence. “The skills you learn from theatre arts stay with you for a lifetime,” she says. Auditions are taking place for 20 places in the 12 week program that will run Thursday evenings from September 22 to December 8. “Come prepared to read a song or a poem,” Shannyn says, emphasizing that she

wants to see the child’s personality shine through. The program will teach children basic acting skills through theatre games, teamwork and stagecraft. They will learn how to speak and stand as well as how to create make up, costumes and props. And they will be doing all of this in preparation for the BIG SHOW on the last night. Shannyn says that if kids want to come and have fun, that’s no problem. But if they are thinking of an acting career, she can help them. “I am a working professional and I know the business.”

Shannyn Kelly (bottom centre) with her theatre arts students at the Children’s Theatre Company Summer Camp program. (Photo courtesy of Wanda Taylor)

IF YOU GO… Children’s Theatre Company auditions When? Thu., Sep. 8 and 15, 7pm; call to make appointment Where? Grace United Church, 18 Balaclava St., St. Thomas Cost? Free to audition; $240 for 12 week program More info? 519-649-9497 or

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Attention all kids grades 1-4! Power Hour Last Tuesday each month 78:15pm. STPA, 144 Wellington Street, St. Troubled by someone Thomas.  Bus available else's drinking? We will for select areas.  519- Sept 9, Beef Supper, A “Fabulous Fall Fair” Odd Fellows & Re- with a variety of venhelp! Alateen - Mon- 633-3810 info. bekahs Hall, 54 Moore dors, bake table & silent days at 6:30pm, St. St. Thomas Special St. Doors open 4pm, Thomas Christian Olympics needs volun- serving 5-7pm. Adult Church, 451 Wellington Tickles teers for swimming and $10, child 6-12 $5, Whisker Cat Sitting Service Street, St. Thomas. starting up golf and under 5 free. Tickets at 519-495-5654 Phone 519-434-2613. bocce.  For information door, eat in/take out. All That Glitters Is Not call Noreen Lanning 519-631-3494. Gold, Aylmer and Dis- 519-782-3621. Open Auditions for Elgin trict Museum, 14 East Free, Fall Fitness Fun Theatre Guilds presenSt., Aylmer.  Sept/Nov. Ladies Walking group, tation of "Anne of Green 27, Monday-Thursday Pinafore Park, Monday– Gables". Sept. 9, 7pm; 10-1 & 2-6, Friday 10Friday, meet at 6:55am, Sept. 10, 2pm; Sept. 12, 1. Evening, Group, Spewalk starts at 7,  5 7pm. Males 12-75, fe-

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Cemetery 11:45am. The St. Thomas Ladies' Choir "Gloria in Excelsis" beginning September 12, 7:15pm, First Christian Reformed Church, inviting ladies to join us. No auditions.   Call Anna 519-633-2659.

Central United Church Rally/Children’s Sunday, 10:30am, Corn Boil, Hot Dog Luncheon with Special Guest Artist Saidat. Sunday, SeptemVON Smart Exercise ber 11. Class in St Thomas! Ham & Turkey Bingo Classes on Monday Sunday, September 11. mornings at the SalvaDoors open 12:30pm. tion Army.  Pre-registraSt. Thomas Legion, Br. tion September 12, 41. 24 John St. Every- 9:30am.  Call the VON one welcome. 519-637-6408 for info. Aylmer Legion salute to fallen comrades, Sunday, September 11, Aylmer Cemetery at 11am. Springfield

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Sale Features: Harness Racing Sulky (Wooden Wheels) Exc. Condition, Horse Drawn Road Grader (Manufactured Guelph, Ont.), 2 Horse Drawn Dump Rakes (One Wooden Wheel & One Steel Wheel), 3 Section Fold Up Harrows, Wooden Harrows, Belt Drive Buzz Saw (On Steel Wheels), Horse Driven Winch, Wooden Land Roller, Grain Wagon (Wooden Spoke Wheels), Templin Grain Cleaner (Fergus Ont.), Walking Plows (Incl. Cockshutt#21), Left Hand Walking Plow, IH 2 Row Corn Planter (Horse Drawn), Massey Harris Trencher, MH Tooth Scuffler, Large Wheel Walk Behind Cultivator, Junior #300 Planter, Turnip Plow, Hand Scufflers, Dille & McGuire 1940’s Briggs & Stratton Power Mower, Singer Industrial Sewing Machine, White Elna Sewing Machine Sign (Lights Up), Wooden Wheel Chair, 1950’s Cash Register, Barn Track Hayforks, Cyclone Seeders, John Watson Hand Cart, Horse Drawn Orchard Sprayer (Spramotor London), Spramotor #2 Brass Pump, Wooden Baskets & Barrels, Pair 5:00 X 20 Tire & Rims, Wood Crates, Buggy Steps, Scuffler & Plow Handles, Shovels, Spades, Forks, Potato Forks, Barn Jacks, Litter Carrier, Hay Knives, Foggers, Wood & Steel Pulleys, Buck Saws, Cider Press, Saw Sharpener Clamps, Ives - Way Can Sealer, McCormick Sickle Grinder, Ratchet Tighteners, Bottle Cappers, Crosscut Saws, Axes, Double Headed Axe, South Dorchester Municipal Hall Wood Sign, Foot Pedal Emery, Push Lawn Mowers, Lawn Roller, 3 Platform Scales Incl. Gurney Farm & Stock Scale (Pat. April 25,1888), School Bell, Fanning Mills, Coal Buckets, Brass Fire Extinguisher, Lightening Rods, Screw Jacks, Log Pullers, Tubs, Sod Cutters, Tree Trimmers, Large Elgin Co-Op Sign, Tricycles, Bicycles, Wooden Rakes, Whipple Trees, Horse Collars, Harness, 3 Cream Separators, Fairbanks Morris C2213 Engine (As Is), Buggy Shafts, Implement Seats, Trunks, School Desk, 1940’s to 80’s License Plates, Old Farm Magazines & Books, Old Bottles, Assorted Square Nails, Butter Churns, Pump Jacks, Windmill Head (Parts), Grain Cradles, Canadian Tire Milker, Lanterns, Mannequin, Tire Pumps, Cream & Milk Cans & More. TERMS OF SALE: CASH OR APPROVED CHEQUE WITH PROPER ID. LUNCH BOOTH ON GROUNDS. OWNERS & AUCTIONEERS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS OR INJURY DAY OF SALE. LIST SUBJECT TO ADDITIONS & DELETIONS. AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: FOR FULL LISTING & PICTURES GO TO: FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL IRELAND AUCTION & APPRAISERS (5I9) 392 - 6580 AUCTIONEER: BOB IRELAND

The Alzheimer Society is having our Coffee Break Kickoff September 14, 9am-12pm at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church, 194 South Street W, Aylmer. St. Thomas Seniors' Centre, Euchre Dinner. Pork Chops & Scalloped Potato Supper Sept. 14. 5pm Dinner $10 Advance/$12 Day of. 225 Chestnut St. 519-6332850. Limited tickets Available. Wednesday, September 14, Bible Questions10:30 am, a time for discussion and reflection on Biblical Stories, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. 519-631-4558. Everyone welcome.

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DEATH NOTICES BRANJE, WILHELMUS MARIA “WIL” of Aylmer, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2011 in his 83rd year. A funeral service was held September 7, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. CRABE, H.L. “LEN” of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2011 in his 84th year. Public visitation on Thursday, September 8 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A private family funeral will be held. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. GOECKLER, GEORGE EDWARD “ED” of RR5, Aylmer, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2011 in his 58th year. Funeral service Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 11am. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. GRAHAM, THELMA BELLE of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in her 97th year. A funeral service was held September 3, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HAYLOW, JAMES BASIL of St. Thomas, passed away Monday, August 29, 2011 in his 88th year. Mass of the Christian Burial September 8, 2011 at Holy Angels’ Church at 10am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. MILLS, WINNIFRED LOUISE (NEE THORPE) formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at age 99. A funeral service


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On Jack and Jesus Jack Layton stole of the hearts of a lot of Canadians. Wasn't it amazing to see the outpouring of love and sympathy at his recent passing? At his funeral, his son Mike Layton shared with the crowd memories of his "loving dad" who urged people to "have a dream that is longer than a lifetime." What a terrific way to face the future. What a terrific way to dream.  This flies in the face of much of

Ask an Interior Stylist Renée Carpenter JENNINGS FURNITURE & DESIGN West Village St. Thomas

Painting made easy Question: We plan to repaint the interior of our home before the holidays. Any painting 101 tips? Answer: Assuming you’ve picked your paint colour and gathered your supplies, follow this stepby-step guide to achieve the most desirable results. Start by clearing out the room, taping off windows, ceiling, etc. Then you can begin the painting process: cutting in and painting the walls, followed by a quick and easy cleanup. Remove small items and move large furniture into the centre, covering it with a plastic drop cloth. Protect the floor with another drop cloth and tape the edges to the floor to prevent tripping. Remove all switch plates and outlet covers. Use painter’s tape to mask off window and doorframes, ceilings, baseboards, etc. Load your brush by dipping a third of the brush’s bristles into the paint. Lift the bristles out of the paint and gently tap them (don’t wipe) against the rim of the paint can. Cut in using a 3-inch flat brush to outline walls and ceilings. An angled brush will work better in tricky areas that require more brush control. Brush in long sections, each about as wide as two brush widths. Brush upward to unload the brush, then down to set the paint, then up again to remove the brush marks. Always start painting at the edges, then fill in the centre area. Avoid starting a new can of paint in the middle of the wall because there could be variations between paint batches. To avoid streaks, wrap the ferrule of the brush with painters tape to catch the drips. Use a roller and load it by dipping it into a tray full of paint and rolling it up the tray’s ramp until the roller is saturated. Work in small four-foot sections rolling paint into the wall in an overlapping W motion. Be sure to overlap still-wet areas to prevent roller marks. The cleaning of your rollers and brushes is a vital part in making sure the next step of your painting process is as painless as the first. Remove excess paint from brushes with a wide-tooth comb. Rinse the brush in warm water or soak in a solution of ½

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our efforts. Efforts such as the time, emotion, shopping, energy and resources poured into the things we buy, like an automobile. Once this great purchase has occurred, you simply look out the front window and the car turns into a bucket of rust within 10 to 15 years. All that time, effort and money go to waste. Now I understand that a car is a necessary evil, but perhaps it shouldn’t be something we 'dream about.' I believe Jack Layton was correct. Let's use our dreams and visions on things that last longer than a lifetime. To live for the next generation, or to live for the future is transformational. There is an

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assortment of people throughout history that did just that, and the world is better because of them. The great historical figure Jesus Christ stands out to me as a prime example of having a dream that lasted longer than His lifetime. Perhaps Jack and Jesus had that one key thing in common.    What do your dreams consist of?  Nice red car?  Bigger house? Greener lawn? Early retirement?  Higher grades?  Jack and Jesus would suggest you aim at something a little more lasting. And that, is something to think about. 

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cup liquid fabric softener to 1 gallon of warm water for 15 minutes. Remove excess moisture. Store brushes by wrapping them in heavy kraft paper or grocery bag. Secure it with a rubber band. Clean rollers by scraping excess paint with the curved side of a five-in-one tool. Rinse in warm water, scraping with the tool until the water runs clean. Remove excess water and moisture. Stand the roller cover on its end to dry completely before storing. Send your questions to Renée at



A husband took his wife camping for the first time. Considering himself an experienced outdoorsman, he passed along outdoor survival tips at every chance he got. However, one day they got lost hiking in the deep woods. The husband tried the usual tactics to determine direction -moss on the trees (there was none), direction of the sun (it was an overcast day), etc. Just as his wife was beginning to panic, he spotted a small cabin off in the distance. He pulled out his binoculars, studied the cabin, turned and led them right back to the campsite. "That was terrific," she said. "How did you do it?" "Simple," he replied. "In this part of the country all the TV satellite dishes point south."


Open Burning Restrictions

Open burning is not permitted in the Municipality of Central Elgin, except with the permission of the Fire Chief and only by written permit signed by the property owner. “Burn Permits” shall not be issued for the built up areas of Port Stanley, Union, Sparta, Lynhurst, New Sarum, Yarmouth Centre, Orwell, Belmont, Norman-Lyndale and Eastwood Subdivision. “Campfires” for the purpose of cooking or providing heat is permitted in all areas of Central Elgin; however, this must be done away from all buildings and in a small contained area no larger than one square metre. Permits are not required for campfires. The fire must be attended at all times by a competent adult with sufficient fire suppression/extinguishing equipment and water readily available. Items to be burned should be clean and dry firewood only. No open burning of grass or leaves shall be allowed in any built up area. Failure to obtain the no charge open burn permit is a contravention of the Ontario Fire Code and Municipal By-law No. 773. A minimum fee for service of $500.00 or $375.00 per vehicle per hour and/or charges laid under the Ontario Fire Code of not more than $10,000.00 shall be levied against the property owner if Central Elgin Fire/Rescue attends your property. For more information on open burning restrictions, visit the Municipality’s website,

2011 Garbage Bag Tags for Sale You may purchase additional 2011 garbage bag tags for $1.50 each at the following locations: • Central Elgin Municipal Office, Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Dr. • Belmont Arena Office, 14020 Belmont Rd. • Port Stanley Arena Office, 332 Carlow Road The 2011 garbage tags will not be useable next year.

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Creative Writers’ Group If you can think it or dream it, you can write it. This growing and talented group meet the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm in the community room. Stop by or call to find out what the Creative Writers’ Group is all about. Contact Dave Ferguson 519-765-1486 for more information.

Words & Music Linwood Barclay Brought to you by St. Thomas Public Library Tuesday, September 27, 8pm (doors open at 7:30) Princess Ave. Playhouse 40 Princess Ave., St. Thomas With Linwood Barclay, author of The Accident and Never Look Away and the Rainbow Gardens Quartet with jazz vocalist Hazel Walker. Books for sale and signing after the event. Pick up FREE tickets at St. Thomas Public Library, Adult Department, Elgin Mall location. For more information, call 519-631-6050. (Tickets at the door, if available.)

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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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