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Animal alert What to do with an injured wild animal by Brian Wilsdon

You’re walking along a trail and you find an injured or orphaned wild animal. What do you do? “Most people are really scared,” says Laurel Beechey, a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources. According to fellow volunteer Carol Clarke, you must be careful to determine if the animal is orphaned. Birds, deer, squirrels, opossums, foxes, raccoons and skunks are left alone when young

while the adult is getting food. An injured animal is more obvious. Laurel and Carol are with a wildlife rehabilitation organization called RCS Animal Care, which had a display at the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority Open House event September 10. RCS Animal Care partners with the Authority to save wild animals. “We raise and release about 200 babies a year,” Carol says. If you find an injured animal, call RCS Animal Care or your local veterinarian. MORE INFO… RCS Animal Care 519-868-1937 or

United Way executive director, Paul Shaffer, asked a small crowd at the CASO station to join him in making a difference. At United Way’s Kick Off event in St. Thomas September 8, he announced that United Way’s goal this fall would be $700,000. “St. Thomas and United Way are facing a tough year,” he said, “but not as tough as some of the people who need our help.” The number is down from last year’s goal of $713,121, and Paul admits that the loss of contributions from the Ford Talbotville plant is going to have an effect. But, he feels the goal is achievable because “it’s not companies that give, but people.” He described a Thank You BBQ that United Way gave for Ford workers earlier that day. “I shook

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1,200 hands at Ford today,” he said. “We were there to thank them but all they wanted to do was thank us.” Just after the announcement, two donations were made to get the fund going. Trudy Kanellis from the Wayside Dining Lounge gave $250 and Elgin County warden Dave Mennill and staff presented a cheque for $45,000. Heather Jackson-Chapman, finance and administrative coordinator for Elgin St. Thomas United

Way, says the campaign runs from September 8 to January 31, but encourages donors to contribute before the end of the year in order to receive a tax receipt. Tom McCallum, board chair, says donations can be made by personal cheque, payroll deduction or online. MORE INFO… Elgin St. Thomas United Way 519-631-3171 or

better informed when you vote in the upcoming provincial election October 6. “This is a chance for residents to ask questions to the candidates directly,” says Terry Carroll, publisher of the Weekly News. “The format for the evening is all questions, all evening long, with the Weekly News moderating the microphone.” All candidates for the provincial Elgin-Middlesex-London riding have confirmed their attendance: Lori Baldwin-Sands (Liberal), Kathy Cornish (NDP), Eric Loewen (Green),


Elgin County warden Dave Mennill announces the county’s donation to United Way as Georgia Sifton, Sonia Beavers and Jennifer Ford display the cheque for $45,000. The donation was made at United Way’s kick off event September 8 at the CASO station where representatives of United Way member agencies held up signs showing the $700,000 goal this year.

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University to use Wellington St. school Algoma University has expressed interest in offering the first two years of its Bachelor of Arts program in St. Thomas at the former Wellington Street School site. In order to accommodate this use, the city will be renovating the building to include an elevator, washrooms and heating system. Algoma hopes to begin classes in the fall of 2012. Wellington Street widening The Timken Centre will be easier to access now that city council has approved the widening of Wellington Street to allow for the construction of turn lanes onto

Third Avenue, creating a five lane intersection. Traffic signals will also be installed. Alderman Mark Cosens said he realizes it is the best option for this location but would like to see more roundabouts considered to solve traffic problems in the future. Traffic markings in closed school zones With the closing of Balaclava Street School and Scott Street School, city staff are recommending the removal of traffic signs and road markings in those areas. Alderman Mark Cosens questioned the wisdom of this saying that residents have become used to a certain pattern of traffic over the years. Transportation technician, Dave White, said the signs and markings were only there for children crossing and that reason no longer exists. Traffic concerns Alderman Dave Warden said he and other council members get a lot of calls regarding traffic concerns and asked how the public could more effectively convey their concerns to council. John

at the airport, could incur significant costs. Over the years, the city has met the certification criteria, but suggests that in the months ahead, council discuss what it will take to keep the airport certified. Repairs required to Pinafore Park house Manager of operations, Edward Soldo, presented a report for a list of repairs to 89 Elm Street. The house, originally built in 1951 for the park superintendant and now used as long-term lease income by the city, is in a state of disrepair and requires new windows, doors, hydro service, bathroom and furnace. Approximately $13,700 worth of work needs to be done. Funding for repairs will be referred to the 2012 Capital Budget, Part 1 to be considered in December 2011.

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but includes a dress code and decorum on the links. People with new memberships – many of whom are families – quickly learn to appreciate the clubhouse, its excellent restaurant offering everything from casual to formal dining and the Club’s social activities. It becomes a home away from home. Simply put, the membership drive on now offers exceptional rates and terms, for a very limited time only. Initiation fees have been drastically reduced for this limited window of time, and the new-member offer includes a monthly payment plan option for annual dues. The Club has also launched a targeted offer to St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce members to get them started with a yearly commitment only. Once they experience this excellent venue for exercising and entertaining business partners or clients, Chamber members will want to become longterm members of St. Thomas Golf & Country Club. Member value has increased over the last couple of years. The on-course lake has been deep-

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On parade A restored Kangaroo tank owned by the Canadian War Museum was part of the parade September 10 in St. Thomas to honour the 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment, known as the Kangaroos after the pouch-like tank they created to ferry soldiers and supplies through combat zones. It was named ‘Marion II’ in honour of a Kangaroo tank a St. Thomas officer named after his wife. (Photo by Gregory Paranuik)

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vacant for long. The St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced September 8 that Forest City Castings of London has entered into an Agreement to purchase the Lear property at 10 Highbury Avenue in St. Thomas. Over 70 skilled employees currently work for Forest City Castings and that number is expected to grow as the company relo-

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an exciting part of our business community.” Established in 2004 in London, Forest City Castings is a privately‐owned company that specializes in quality zinc and aluminum castings for manufacturers in the United States, Mexico, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Singapore. It provides a turnkey service for its customers by offering in‐house mould making and custom CNC machining. “The addition of this world class manufacturer to our community helps to further diversify our economic base and places even more emphasis on the fact that St. Thomas is the home of a new Industrial Revolution,” commented St. Thomas EDC president Dennis Broome. Owners Michael Vandenboom and Scott McRae have over 20 years experience with graphite permanent mould technology, sand casting and the manufacturing of zinc and aluminum castings. The company offers a wide range of casting products and supplies to a number of different industry sectors, including electrical, mechanical hardware, medical, high tech, nautical and others. “The decision to move our business to St. Thomas was not difficult as we knew we would be able to retain our current high‐quality employees while growing our business in a community that is very supportive to industry,” said Vandenboom. Forest City Castings is expected to move in during the first quarter of 2012.

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My glass is half full A gentleman who said he was a retired Ford worker called me last week to take issue with my August 31 column about celebrating economic activity in the area. He thought I was being unfair to Ford and had not done my research in regards to the kind of jobs coming to town. We had a long conversation that ended with my suggestion that he send me a letter so that I could share his views with our readers. I haven’t received anything as of yet. With Ford closing its gates this week, it seemed appropriate to talk about it again. I am in no way slamming Ford or its legacy in this area. For 40 odd years it was a boon to this community, giving families and individuals good wages. I am the daughter of a steelworker so I know the standard of living an international, unionized company can provide.

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However, what I don’t buy into is the idea that when Ford shutters its doors, so should the rest of the community. Yes, we have lost a lot of industry, but many of those empty buildings are filling back up. Just this week, we received word that Lear Seating, which is shutting down a day after Ford, will not stand empty, but will be bustling with a London company expanding its operations. My caller felt that incoming companies were not bringing jobs to the area but importing their own workers and not paying Ford-type wages. Maybe, maybe not. But isn’t it a good thing that empty buildings are being utilized and there is at least the possibility of future work. Even the Ford property is not a lost cause with a variety of companies considering possible uses. This is an emotional issue that has no easy answers, but I think it is a classic case of whether one sees the glass as half full or half empty. To me, rather than look at what’s going or gone, I’d rather concentrate on what’s possible for St. Thomas and Elgin County.

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The challenges of change At the United Way appreciation lunch for workers at the Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant last week, Brenda Stoddart was joking about how she had been roped into helping organize the lunch. “You can leave United Way,” she said. “But they never let you go.” I’ve heard United Way people call that “drinking the blue juice” or a variation on the movie line, “Hasta la vista, baby. You'll be back.” In the past, Brenda was involved with many campaigns at the plant. She and her husband Ray both went on to chair Ford / CAW Local 1520 United Way campaigns, and she was a Loaned Representative. The Elgin-St. Thomas United Way is working its way back, and it ain’t all easy, baby. One challenge is the loss of the Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant and CAW Local 1520 campaign, which some years represented over 20 percent of the total local campaign. The United Way campaign launch at the CASO Sta-

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tion last Thursday evening was energetic and upbeat, so that’s a great start. New executive director Paul Shaffer had about two weeks under his belt at the kick-off, so his initiation this fall will be a true baptism by fire. He announced that he is willing to devote 365 days a year to both United Way and what he called its “partner agencies.” The United Way office has two dedicated and experienced staff people in Donna Riddell and Heather Jackson-Chapman – yes, that Heather JacksonChapman, also mayor of St. Thomas. She has to be not only the busiest but also the best organized professional woman in this area. This year’s campaign has no volunteer chair so that role is being filled by Paul Shaffer working with Board president Tom McCallum, who has strong management skills and an excellent pedigree in notfor-profit circles. What drives so much of this is the blue juice factor. No matter what the challenges, United Way represents the coming together of management and labour, of rich and poor, of government and the governed, putting aside their differences for the greater good of the community. As they say, it’s the United Way.

Katie Benninghoff looks over a display of stained glass by Andy Hulst at the St. James Presbyterian Church Fabulous Fall Fair September 10. The country church on Ferguson Line attracted 14 vendors and hundreds of people to the event. (Photo by Brian Wilsdon)

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10 years later Almost everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. I was at work and made it to a television set before the second tower collapsed onto the streets of lower Manhattan. I caught the jet slamming through the building and stared in amazement at the people who preferred to jump rather than be burned alive. It was a nightmare that sliced its way through the American psyche. It may have happened 10 years ago, but its residue is with us still. Troublesome border security has slowed international trade to a crawl. Travel by air can involve strip search and we now need passports to enter the U.S. I suppose I should be happy that the Americans are just as inconvenienced as we are and that they

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by Ric Wellwood are paying billions every year to stop any future terrorism. Yet I wish the Americans could be more like the Irish, British and Spanish who understand terrorism but don’t let it alter the way they approach life. The 9-11 tragedy led to the illegal invasion of Iraq and further military action in Afghanistan. In all, Osama Bin Laden and his brood hijacked four planes at virtually no cost to the terrorists and set them on a path of death and destruction that America is paying for 10 years later. A lot of the current recession is because of the money wasted on military actions. America has gone broke keeping up homeland security while its citizens still quake in fear, waiting for an attack that may never come. For Bin Laden to virtually bankrupt the richest nation on earth is something for the military history books. It will be a long time before anyone forgets his murderous legacy.

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Meet The Candidates Lori BaldwinSands for the Liberal Party

When she was growing up in St. Thomas, Lori Baldwin-Sands says she was taught by her parents to serve the customer. She is doing that now in her business, as an alderman on St. Thomas city council and as the Liberal candidate for Elgin-MiddlesexLondon in the provincial election this fall. “When I go to their door, people tell me to protect education, make the hospital happen and bring jobs to this area,” she says. “I’m a good listener and a strong advocate for what’s important to people.” As a partner in the Sears Canada store in St. Thomas and the owner of commercial property in the city, Lori understands what small business owners are going through. “I am keenly aware of the ebbs and flows of

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the economy,” she says. “I fight for what I believe in and keeping jobs and creating jobs is important to me.” As a mother, Lori knows how the education system generates prosperity for children and teens. “Implementing full-day kindergarten to save on child care costs and increasing high school graduation rates are investments in our future,” she says.

She is a strong supporter of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital redevelopment project and considers it a major investment in health care in the riding. “We have a government that is investing in hospitals and creating sustainable health services,” she says. “The Liberals are the only ones who have put it in writing.” Lori has been a city alderman since 2006 and feels that, as the

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various other charities. At its peak, the Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant employed 3,500 workers. Technological changes reduced that number to 2,200 working two shifts and then 1,100 on one shift. “About 300 workers have found other jobs

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Live life to the fullest Serious injuries due to falls can be prevented (NC) Don’t let the arrival of fall mean‌the arrival of falls. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls are the number two cause (after motor vehicle collisions) of injury-related hospitalizations for all ages, and the leading cause for seniors. Falls account for 85 percent of injury hospitalizations for people over 65, cause more than 90 percent of hip fractures in seniors, and trigger 40 percent of nursing home admissions. “Injuries from falls can be harder to recover from as we get older,â€? says Joanne Kykeman, vice-president of clinical services at Revera Inc., a leading North American provider of accommodation, care and services for seniors. “And that can have a big impact on our sense of independence and well-being.â€? The good news – many falls can be avoided with education and healthy habits. Here are some ways to reduce the risk. 1. Get active. Exercise and physical activity can strengthen your legs, feet and ankles, increase your flexibility, maintain your muscle tone and improve your balance. 2. Eat right. A healthy diet, particularly with vitamin D and calcium supplements, can help keep bones strong, reducing your risk of fracture from a fall. 3. Review your health. You may be at risk for a fall if your vision has changed, your chronic illness or pain isn’t well-controlled, you have less control over your balance or gait or you sometimes feel lighthead or dizzy. Talk to your doctor if you’ve had any changes in your health. 4. Have the right gear. Choose low-heeled footwear with non-slip soles. Canes or walkers should be fitted for you and be in good repair.

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Dear Mr. Carroll, I don't understand why there is such a theme of cynicism and judgment throughout your columns. In July you openly admitted being judgmental about a panhandler that approached you in St. Thomas, in another you talked about the nooses that small business people wear around their necks, and in the last issue you challenged the

idea of child labour laws. I sincerely feel that your judgment is actually prejudice. I could make a similar judgment regarding small business owners. For example, I could say that the nooses they wear around their necks are not taxes and payroll, but selfishness and greed. I have worked for a good number of small business people. A couple of them did not provide their

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workers with toilets, one even had no hand washing facilities! My safety has been routinely disregarded and I was once injured as a result. I come to work, every day, on time, and do my job. Why would they treat me with such little respect? Perhaps they were choking on the taxes they had to pay so that my children could go to the doctor without me charging it on my credit card. I know I couldn't afford it on $15/hour. Do you think this is a reasonable judgment? You are in a unique position of

power and therefore responsibility, in my view. As a businessman, you have the power to control your employees’ livelihood, their daily work experience, their safety and health for a good part of their waking hours. As a publisher, you can spread news and ideas. Could you find the courage to spread ideas of hope, charity, faith, hard work and  perseverance? God knows there is enough cynicism and bitterness in this world. Ian Edgar Sparta

I am disappointed to see that NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies recently introduced a Private Member’s proposal that would cost Canadian taxpayers a billion dollars and give expensive taxpayer funded benefits to those who may have never paid any taxes in Canada and do not deserve them. The NDP has now joined hands with the Liberals in asking the government to reduce the residency requirement to receive taxpayer-funded Old Age Security. The Liberals and NDP want us to reduce the residency requirement from 10 years to only a few short years.  This would mean that someone who only recently arrived in Canada would receive Old Age Security and a Guaranteed Income Supplement, just like someone who has worked hard for 10 years or more, paid taxes, and contributed to Canadian society. I want to be clear – our Conservative Government is opposed to this costly and irresponsible Liberal-NDP scheme.  

I have received an overwhelming amount of correspondence from constituents from all over Elgin-Middlesex-London. I would like to thank the Canadians, including the high number of Canadian immigrants, who took the time to write in and express their opposition to the LiberalNDP proposal. I have heard your opinion loud and clear and, like all of you, I am completely opposed to this irresponsible and costly scheme. This scheme would cost a billion dollars at a time when Canadians can least afford it.  It is offensive to Canadians who work hard and pay their taxes, and goes against Canadians’ deeply ingrained sense of fairness and fiscal responsibility. I would like to reassure everyone in Elgin-Middlesex-London that our Conservative Government will vigorously oppose this costly and irresponsible LiberalNDP scheme. Joe Preston, MP (Elgin-MiddlesexLondon)

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St. Thomas Special Olympics needs volunteers for swimming and starting up golf and bocce. For information call Noreen Lanning 519-782-3621. Free, Fall Fitness Fun Ladies Walking group, Pinafore Park, Monday– Friday, meet at 6:55am, walk starts at 7.   5

Aylmer 50+ Seniors welcome you to join them for Euchre or Bridge, very Monday 13:30pm upstairs at Aylmer Legion, admission $2.

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Thursday, September 15, Euchre Games and Dessert, 7pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 60 West Ave. Everyone welcome. For info 519Aylmer Area Community 631-4558. Believe in a Cure: Walk Choir. New members for Lou Gehrig’s DisThursday, September welcome! Rehearsals ease, Saturday, Sep15, 4:30-7pm, Chicken every Monday night at tember 17, 10-1pm at BBQ, Fingal United 6:30, music room, East Pinafore Park. Call 519Church. Advance tickets Elgin Secondary 633-6540 for more inonly, $14 adult/$7 child School, Aylmer.  More 5-10. Take-out avail- formation. info call Joanne 519able.  Call Viola  519- Aylmer Legion steak 765-2216. 769-2306 or Myrna barbecue, Saturday,

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Sale of surplus antique machinery & collectables to be held for Gay Lea Foods Co-operative at the Dairy Heritage Museum located at 48075 Jamestown Line, R.R. #2 Aylmer Terms of Sale: Cash or approved cheque with proper ID. Lunch booth on grounds. Owners and auctioneers not responsible for accidents or injury day of sale. Auctioneer’s Note: for full listing & pictures go to: the Appraisers (519) 392-6580 Auctioneer: Bob Ireland

September 17, 5:30pm. Call 519-773-5249 for Preschool Play Program, run by The Early Years tickets. Centre, Union Sports Tickets are available at Club, Fridays 9:30- the Port Stanley Festival 11:30am, Fridays start- Theatre for a tribute to ing on September 16, Elton John on Saturday, no cost, for children 5 September 17, 8pm. A and under with an adult. great musical evening! 519-764-2352.

Youth Dance. Fundraiser for Clean Water Project. Grades 4-8. Port Stanley Arena upstairs Friday, Sept. 16, 7-10pm, $5. at the door. For information call Donna Morgan 519637-8448.

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Dance, Karate, Soccer ages 4 to 15. Starting Sept. 19 at Locke’s and Morrison gyms.  $50 Trinity Anglican Church Jumpstart subsidies The Church with the Purple Steeple available. Locke’s MorCorner of Southwick & Wellington 9 am Holy Communion [BCP] rison Community Asso10:30 am Holy Eucharist ciation (LMCA) 10th Annual Elgin Pugand Sunday School Dine Out Turkey Dinner, $12/pp nic, Sunday, September 519-488-6449. Monday, Sept. 26th, 5-7pm 18. All pugs and their Celebrate Legion Week Take-Out Now Available families welcome. For September 19-23. Flag Phone: 519-631-4335 registration or event info Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Monday, Sept. Vesta Centre is hosting The Alzheimer Society is call 519-633-5606. free breastfeeding sup- having our Coffee Break Knox Presbyterian 19, 11am. Church Kirkin' o' the Tuesday, September 20, port September 20, 10- Kickoff, September 21, Tartan, Sunday, Sep- Creating into a Mystery 11:30am.    All new 8am-2pm at Cravings tember 18. Parade from Prayer Shawl Group, mothers and mothers to Coffee and Sweet Labour Centre to Knox, 10:30am, St. Andrew's be welcome. 767 Talbot Shoppe, 9 Princess Ave. 10am. start. Service at United Church, 60 West St. 519-631-6461. 10:30.  Info 519-631- Ave. For info 519-6312414. 4558. Everyone is WelFURNITURE, come. CLOTHING,

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DEATH NOTICES BARENDREGT, MARGARET L. (MCMILLAN ) of Port Stanley, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011 in her 69th year. Funeral service held September 15, 2011 at 11am. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. BARNIER, RAYMOND HOWARD of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 in his 77th year. A public memorial service was held September 8, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. BRIDGEMAN, ALICE MARION (NEE BAYNES), passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the age of 94. A funeral service was held September 9, 2011. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. CARVETH, PAULINE GLADYS WHISTLECRAFT (NEE BUTCHER) passed away, Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the age of 85. Visitation on September 15, 7-9pm and September 16, 10-11am. Memorial service following at 11am. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home.

CHRISTOV, STEPHEN “FUR” of RR 1, Belmont, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 in his 62nd year. A service was held September 9, 2011. H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home. EXLEY, JEAN ELIZABETH of St. Thomas, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011 in her 93rd year. Funeral service September 15, 2011 at 1:30pm. Shawn Jackson Funeral Home. GENTH, ROSINA of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in her 90th year. A funeral service was held September 10, 2011. West Lorne Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors Ltd. GIBBS, ROBERT H. "BOB" of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011 in his 91st year.  A memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, September 21 at 11:00am.  Visitation one hour prior to the service. 

GROENEWEG, BASTIAAN of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 in his 84th year. A funeral service was held September 10, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HALL, JO-ANNE (BOTTINEAU) of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in her 68th year. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated September 12, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd. HOLMES-BURGAR, NORA (LACKEY) of RR #1, St. Thomas, formerly of Fingal, passed away Friday, September 9, 2011 in her 92nd year.  A funeral service was held Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Sifton Funeral Home. HUME, PATRICIA of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in her 71st year. A public memorial service was held September 13, 2011. Williams Funeral Home Ltd.




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Taking it to the next level Guitarist Chris Eveland offers students benefit of his experience If you’re a guitar player who wants to take your performance to a higher level or you’re a beginner who has aspirations of sounding like one of the greats, Chris Eveland is willing to teach you how. With over 15 years of professional guitar experience under his belt, he is looking forward to passing on his wealth of knowledge and love of the instrument. It all began when Chris was 12 years old, when his parents gave him a Sony Walkman and a cassette tape of what they thought was popular music at the time. It turned out to be an album by the hard rock band, Van Halen. “In the middle section of the songs, the screechy sound did something to me,” he remembers. “At the time I didn’t know what it was, but I later learned it was Eddie Van Halen on guitar.” Two years later, Chris began guitar lessons with Mike Klause in St. Thomas and later trained with Scott Szeryk in London. At 17, he was on the bar circuit playing rock, blues and folk, eventually playing with various bands and performing in over 2,000 shows. His most memorable experience was with Aaron Walpole of Canadian Idol fame. “I played with

his band for a year, opening for such talent as Colin James and Alanna Myles,” he says. He also played tribute shows and charity events with his friend, singer and guitarist John Milles. In the meantime, Chris started working at the Ford Talbotville Assembly Plant to make some extra money, but after he got engaged and started a family, his one month commitment turned into 12 years. However, with the plant closing this year, he took the buyout package and decided to commit himself to music full-time. As well as continuing to perform in live performances and studio sessions, Chris is teaching guitar to interested students who want to take their playing to the next level. “All guitar players reach a plateau,” says Chris. “You may know how to play like Van Halen, but how do you get to the point of

playing like Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Eric Clapton, who can do more with one note than others can do with a hundred.” Chris is offering half hour oneon-one lessons for beginning to advanced students in acoustic and electric guitar, music theory, efficiency picking and ear training. “This is for people who dig the guitar as much as I do,” he says. “If they want to perform, I can give them a bag of tools to expand their playing. If they want to write songs, I can give them the theory to do that.” MORE INFO… Chris Eveland Guitar Instruction 55 Carrie St., St. Thomas 519-207-1099 or christophereveland

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Mom, now that the kids are back in school treat yourself to a day to browse in our store. Plan a great Thanksgiving and create the perfect table scape. We have paper products to create invitations & place cards as well as flowers, ribbon, nests, grapevine wreaths and glittery stems for a more modern look. We have some Christmas items out already too! Hours: 530 Talbot St. E., Aylmer Mon. – Thurs. 9-5:30 Fri. 9-9 Sat. 9-9 Closed Sundays


On behalf of Masco Canada Limited, I would like say thank you to the town and citizens of St. Thomas for whole heartedly supporting our business expansion in the community. We are very proud to call Elgin County home. Masco Canada manufactures, assembles and distributes faucets and plumbing related products, such as plumbing repair parts, bathroom accessories, bath safety hardware and laundry tubs. Our decision to consolidate operations to St. Thomas was a measure to improve the competiveness of the company. Thanks to the support of our staff and the town, our efficiency and communication has already improved. Our facility in St. Thomas currently employs over 400 staff producing and distributing high quality products under brands such as Delta, BrassCraft, Master

Plumber, Waltec, Plumbshop, Hansgrohe and the list goes on. Are you looking to renovate your kitchen and bathroom? Why not welcome one of our latest products into your home? Here are some of our newest kitchen and bathroom smart solutions from Delta: Delta Addison Touch2O.xt® for the bathroom The Delta Addison bathroom faucet is now available with Touch2O.xt® Technology, an intuitive technology that enables you to turn the water on by simply approaching the faucet’s sensing field or tapping the faucet anywhere on the spout or handle. This technology means less mess, less waste and more functionality. Delta In2ition Shower The Delta In2ition Shower gives you the warmth and flexibility of two streams of water at

once. With a lever positioned on the side of the showerhead, you can set the In2ition shower to one of three options: showerhead and handshower, showerhead only, and handshower only. The Delta In2ition Shower gives you water any way you need it. Delta Pilar Waterfall Kitchen Faucet with Touch20 Technology The series is inspired by a fusion of technology and nature and is designed for those who are looking for a smarter, cleaner and more efficient way to work in their kitchen. With a simple tap on the handle or spout, the consumer can easily turn the faucet on or off between tasks, helping to conserve water.

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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.

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FALL FASHIONS AT ELGIN MALL Lots of Fall Fashions are arriving at the Elgin Mall. Stop by your favourite store to see what is new! STORE DIRECTORY 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

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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