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6th Annual

Spaghetti Dinner Hosted by the Wellington Junior Farmers Sunday, April 14, 2013 5:00-7:00 pm Drayton Agricultural Hall $8 per person and a non-perishable food item for our local food bank is appreciated, $4 for kids under 10

Public Service announcements

Drug Problem? We have been there, we can help. More information at Local information at Meeting Information 1-888-811-3887, Golden Triangle Area Narcotics Anonymous. *** Chess: Tuesdays at 7pm. Victoria Park Seniors Centre 150 Albert W. Fergus All levels welcome. Contact: Louie David 519-8434445. *** Free weekly Drop In Yoga for Adults every Thurs. eve 4:305:30pm, Certified Yoga Instructor Owen Ash. St. John’s Church, 112 Guelph St. Rockwood. Info. 519-856-9211. *** The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all. Registered programs may be taken by anyone over 18 years old. Call 519-787-1814. *** The Mood Disorders Support Group of Guelph is an all inclusive, non-profit, self-help, peer-run organization that supports people with mood disorders and their loved ones. We meet every Tuesday in downtown Guelph, 40 Baker Street, 7-9pm. Call 519-766-4477 for information.

All proceeds and donations will be given to local food banks. For tickets and more information, call: Kristina 519.638.0206 or Jen 519.638.0378 or email:

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Guelph Optimist Club Roast Beef Dinner. Serving 5-7pm. All you can eat. 89 Beechwood Ave., Guelph. Includes pie, cake, tea, coffee. Adults $15, Under 8 $5. Tickets at the door. 519822-9581. *** Euchre at St. John’s United Church, Belwood at 7:30pm. *** Scott Woods Band “Swinging Fiddles”. 7pm at Maranatha Christian School, Fergus. Tickets are: Adults $20, child $10, and are available by calling 519-787-4113 or 519-787-1894. *** Progressive Euchre Party, 7:30pm at St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, Elmira. $6. Door prizes and light lunch. All welcome. *** Arthur and Area Historical Society: First of four talks on local perspectives on World War II. “World War II: An Overview”. 1-2:30pm. Historical Rooms, 146 George Street, Arthur. Free. Everyone welcome. *** Guelph Youth Singers and The Over Tones, Inc. present “Can You Feel The Love?” A concert of choral and barbershop-style music at Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Avenue, Guelph. Tickets at River Run Centre box office by calling 519-763-3000 Adults $25, Students and Seniors $20, EyeGO $5. *** On A First Name Basis plays at Theatre Orangeville from April 4 to April 21. For more information or to order your tickets, visit us at or call our Box Office at 519-9423423 or 1-800-424-1295.

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We will be serving: Sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast and jam, tea, coffee and juice $6 per person ~ $3 for children 12 and under This event will be held at the Fergus Legion and is sponsored by Fergus Legion, Branch 275, 500 Blair Street, Fergus A portion of the proceeds are generously donated to the Canadian Cancer Society - Relay for Life 2013.

Sat. apRIL 13

Drayton Legion Jamboree. Dance, sing, play. 2-5pm. 519-3231591. *** Country Dance. Alma Community Centre, 8pm. $10. Dance to Southridge Sound. *** Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph fundraiser

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Bazaar: 9:30am-3:00pm Silent Auction, Baked Goods, Home Décor & Crafts, Living Books Display, Pampered Chef and Lunch Counter Magic Show w’ Clown - 11:00am Lego Car Race. Entry Fee: $2, Entry time: 12pm, Judging: 12:30pm, Race: 1:00pm Parmesan Chicken Dinner: 5:00pm-7:00pm Take-out available 4:00pm-4:30pm Call school to pre-order Live Auction: 7:00pm Auctioneers: Doug Gilmore & Jason Heimpel

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“Girls’ Night Out – Pamper me Pink”. 7pm-12am. Holiday Inn Guelph. Proceeds support the current Women Build Project at 299 Paisley Street. Dancing, DJ, fashion show, complimentary spa service, silent auction, appetizers and more, all for $40. For more info. call Joanna: 519-767-9752 x28. *** Erin Legion Jam Nite 7:30pm. We are having very good attendance at this event, make sure you don’t miss out because all your friends are going to be there. *** Guelph Legion. Keith and Danny, Country music. Members lounge, everyone welcome. No charge, donations appreciated. 2:30-5pm. *** Spring luncheon and bake/craft Sale. 11:30am-1pm at Knox Elora Presbyterian Church. Lunch - Assorted sandwiches, soups, and homemade goodies. Cost $8 adults, $5 children. *** Farmers Breakfast, Speedside United Church, 8-10am. Adults $7, children under 12 $3.50. Eggs, sausage, pancakes. *** Ballinafad United Church all you can eat Spaghetti Supper. Continuous service. 5-7pm Ballinafad Community Centre. Call 905-877-4918 for tickets. *** Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County welcomes Susan Dafoe-Abbey BIS, M.Ed. Susan will discuss ADHD and teen issues. 10am-noon. Rose Head Hall, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 Silvercreek Pkwy N. Guelph. Subsidy is available. Members $10, Non-members $15. A family rate is also available. Preregister by calling 519-837-2050. *** Giant Spring Yard, Rummage & Bake Sale from 8am-12pm. St. George’s Church (Lower Level) 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph. For more info. call 519-822-1366. *** Erin Legion Jam Nite. Doors open at 7:30pm. Come and play a few licks on your guitar or listen with your friends to great music. Chili and garlic bread is on tap. $5 entry fee. *** Rockwood Public School Graduation Fundraiser. Scrap metal drive. 7am-3pm. Rocktoning parking lot, 160 Main Street South, Rockwood. Steel, aluminum, bikes, electronics - radios, TVs, computers, appliances. *** Fundraising Dance - Adult Dance with live band, Elora Community Centre 8pm-1am. Tickets $15 per person, available at the door. Proceeds going to the St. Mary Catholic School Grade 7 and 8 Quebec trip. *** Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh. “A Hotter Night in Hillsburgh”, with the 18-piece Chinguacousy Swing Orchestra. Soul, funk, fusion and rock, as well as traditional Big Band swing. 8pm. Box Office 519-855-4586. *** Arthur Legion Open Euchre. Registration 10am, start time 11am. $10 per person.

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Ham Supper 4:30-6:30pm St. Paul’s United Church, Metz. Adults $12, 5-12 years $6, under 5 free. Tickets at door. *** Ontario Presbyterian Chorus present the gospel message through the singing of the Psalms, traditional gospel songs, and other music portraying our Christian faith. 7pm. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Mount Forest. *** History lovers? Wellington County Historical Society welcomes all to hear Mr. Tim Epp speak on “Blacks in the Queens Bush”. 2pm at Wellington County Museum and Archives. For information please call 519-546-3450. *** 6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner. Hosted by the Wellington Junior Farmers. 5-7pm. Drayton Agricultural Hall. $8 per person and a non-perishable food item for our local food bank is appreciated. $4 kids under 10. Proceeds and donations to local food banks. For tickets/info. call Kristina 519-638-0206 or Jen 519-6380378. *** Knox Presbyterian Church, Grand Valley. Anne Lindsay and Alex Sinclair in Concert. 2pm. Tickets $12. *** Wellington Junior Farmer meeting. Drayton Ag Hall at 8pm, following the Spaghetti Dinner. New members welcome, ages 15-29.

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Monticello United Church Roast Beef Dinner. 4:30-7pm. Adults $12.50, children $5. Ticket at the door. *** Elmira & District Horticultural Society: 7:30pm “A Salad Garden in a Basket” with Rachel Dyck. Trinity United Church, Elmira. Everyone welcome. *** Continued on page 11

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Investigating the paranormal in Wellington County by Chris Daponte

FERGUS - Whether at the county museum in Aboyne, the Elora Centre for the Arts or numerous private properties, ghost stories abound throughout Wellington County. In fact, according to a local group intent on investigating these cases, the county is renowned for its level of paranormal activity. “From what we’ve read, it’s one of the hot spots in Ontario,� said Bruce McClelland, one of the co-founders of Wellington County Paranormal Investigators (WCPI). Yet of the dozen or so investigations the group has conducted since its establishment in 2010, very few have come from within Wellington. “I’m sure [the activity is] out there, but people don’t want to broadcast it,� said McClelland. Fellow WCPI founder Joe Cairney, who lives in Centre Wellington Township near Belwood, says not a lot of people are aware of the group’s services. But even when they are, he continued, a number of factors can make them hesitant to contact the group about an investigation, with concerns ranging from privacy to embarrassment to scepticism about WCPI or the group’s ability to help. But most often, any apprehension is assuaged by the group’s professional approach. “We’re not thrill seekers, we’re investigators,� Cairney stressed. “We bring real world investigative techniques to the paranormal world.� He noted that together, Cairney, McClelland and third co-founder Russ Teeple, of Hamilton, have over 70 years of investigative experience, notably in corporate investigations. “We are bonded investigators with real experience,� McClelland stressed. Cairney said the WCPI founders, aided by a team of three other investigators, use the tools they have acquired over the last two decades to


conduct their investigations. Those include: personal observations and intuition, photography, regular audio and video recordings, infrared cameras, laser grids (to detect any movement), electronic voice phenomena recordings, laser thermometers, and electromagnetic field indicators. “But there’s more to it than walking in with the technology ... there’s a lot of research involved,� said McClelland. He explained WCPI looks into such things as the minerals in the ground in the subject area, as well as the background of the building/property. “At the end of the day, if nothing else, they’ll get a whole history of the property,� McClelland said. WCPI will investigate any residential, commercial or institutional buildings or properties for anything reported by owners as out of the ordinary. The majority of inquiries they receive involve strange phenomenon - unidentifiable noises/voices or objects mysteriously moved - in private homes of varying ages. But the group says it will also look into other paranormal activity such as possible sightings of UFOs or “cryptids� (defined as creatures whose existence has been suggested but not scientifically proven - for example the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot). “Anything that is not normal, we’ll look at,� said McClelland. Before starting any investigation WCPI officials meet with potential clients and conduct at least one interview. If both sides decide to proceed, two to three investigators are assigned to the job. Investigations can take anywhere from two to eight hours (plus possible follow-ups or return visits if necessary), in addition to the review of materials, background searches and other research, which can add up to 40 to 80 hours in total. Through it all, WCPI tries to ensure confidentiality.

Paranormal place? - Bruce McClelland and Joe Cairney, who co-founded Wellington County Paranormal Investigators (WCPI), say residential, commercial and institutional properties in the county are “hot spots� for paranormal activity. Cover photo: McClelland and Cairney in the area of suspected graves on the property of the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Aboyne. Some say the building, which was built in 1877 and once served as a House of Industry and Refuge, or “poor house,� is home to the ghosts of those who died and were buried on the property. photos by Chris Daponte

“We’re just regular guys and we’re very low key,� said Cairney, noting the group does not use marked vehicles or equipment. He added WCPI always remains neutral, which ensures clients are not judged, investigations are not compromised and investigators do not predetermine the outcome. “We’re not in it to prove or disprove anything,� Cairney said. In fact, WCPI will seldom confirm or deny paranormal activity. They simply present

worse by hitting clients in their pocketbooks. “No one should ever pay for [paranormal investigations],� Cairney said, noting all WCPI services are offered free of charge. “Finding some resolution and giving clients peace of mind is our reward,� said McClelland. “When you see the look of contentment on people’s faces, that’s fulfilling enough.� Added Cairney, “It’s something we’re interested in and

“We bring real world investigative techniques to the paranormal world.� - Joe Cairney, co-founder of WCPI. clients with a final report, usually within a week, on their findings - or in many cases, the lack thereof. McClelland and Cairney said it is surprising how many possible cases actually turn out to be noisy pipes, a neighbour or something else completely ordinary. “We want to give them peace of mind,� said McClelland, adding most people who want an investigation are either “at their wits’ end� or scared - or both. “They’re just looking for help and they don’t know who to turn to.� And while the cases that may include paranormal activity can take their toll psychologically, retaining the services of WCPI won’t make matters




it’s something we enjoy.� He said even when WCPI debunks suspected paranormal activity it is a gratifying experience. So how does one get into the field of paranormal investigations? For Cairney, his interest in the subject matter first materialized as a teenager in Scotland, where he experienced things he could not explain. He spent a lot of time reading and researching the paranormal and his interest was further piqued by Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World, a British TV series in 1980. “I seemed to have a connection with that,� he said. Cairney, who was a firefighter in Scotland, moved to Ontario around 1990, living

in Mississauga, Brampton and Orangeville, before eventually settling near Belwood about seven years ago with his wife Joycelyn and the couple’s four children. “We love it here. We’d never consider leaving,� he said, noting they moved to the area in part due to Joycelyn’s desire to own horses. Despite numerous changes in scenery, Cairney’s curiosity about the paranormal never waned. After repeated discussions with McClelland, and various strange experiences while working together in corporate investigations, the pair came up with the idea of pursuing paranormal investigative work. “We saw things where you can’t explain what happened,� said McClelland. Cairney described one incident he says occurred about five years ago at an estate home in Mississauga. While there for an investigation, Cairney said he and another person entered the basement, where it was cold enough they could see their breath - despite it being a “beautiful summer night.� When the pair was exiting the basement, Cairney said he heard what seemed to be an extra set of footsteps following them as they ascended the staircase. Looking back from the top of the stairs with his partner, Cairney said he saw the old, rickety steps move one at a time as if someone was following them up the stairs. “That’s not normal,� he quipped as he recalled the incident.

It was the culmination of a number of such eerie stories that motivated Cairney, McClelland and Teeple - all professed “history buffs� - to form a paranormal investigators’ group in their spare time (all three still have their day jobs). Since its inception in 2010, the trio has run WCPI with their personal equipment out of their own homes. They will investigate anywhere in southern Ontario, though they want to focus on the Wellington County area. McClelland said the group hopes to have a headquarters set up in the Fergus area by the fall. The group is hoping that move, combined with some exposure, will help build its clientele. “What we’re finding is a lot of people have concerns but are reluctant to come froward,� said Cairney. Yet he noted the feedback the group receives from clients is overwhelmingly positive. “Many, many people have said that just talking to us is a relief; a real weight off their shoulders,� he said. WCPI is currently setting up an investigation in Waterloo Region and is looking for other potential projects in the area and also for more investigators to join their team. “We want to keep busy doing this,� Cairney said. Added McClelland, “This type of thing is not for a lot of people, but we enjoy it.� For more information or to request an investigation visit or email report@

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Canadian Cancer Society marks 75th anniversary TORONTO - Every three minutes another Canadian hears the words “You have cancer,” and the Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know that they are not alone. During Daffodil Month in April, and especially on Daffodil Day, April 27, the Society is asking Canadians to wear a daffodil pin as a bright symbol of support for people living with cancer and to join the fight against cancer by making a donation. The launch of the society’s daffodil campaign is especially meaningful as this day marks the organization’s 75th anniversary. On March 28, 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society was officially born, growing through the years into Canada’s leading national cancer-fighting charity. Today – thanks to the years of support of volunteers and donors – the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against cancer in communities across Canada. “We invite Canadians to join us in marking our 75th anniversary by making a donation during Daffodil Month,” says Pamela Fralick, president and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “Your donation will help us continue our work in preventing cancer, funding research and providing support for Canadians living with cancer.” During the Society’s early years in the 1940s, the cancer survival rate was about 25 per cent. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis. “While our 75th anniversary is an occasion to celebrate our contribution to the success in the fight against cancer, it is clear that more work needs to be done,” says Fralick. “It’s only with the support

of our volunteers and donors that the society will continue to save lives and support people living with cancer.” Daffodil Day – wear a pin The bright yellow daffodil has been an integral part of the Society’s history since it was used for the first time by Toronto volunteers during the 1950s to decorate tables at fundraising events that became known as Daffodil Teas. Daffodil Day, on April 27. helps wrap up the society’s campaign by designating a special day where we can reflect upon the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and also to remember those who have not survived. “By wearing a daffodil pin on April 27, we show people living with cancer that they don’t have to face cancer alone,” says Fralick. “Together, we are creating a national movement of people who are all touched by cancer in one way or another and who are collectively saying we’re in this together and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated.” Do something for a person living with cancer on Daffodil Day The Society also encourages Canadians to do something special on Daffodil Day for a person living with cancer or to help contribute in some way to the fight against the disease. On Daffodil Day: - make a meal for someone you know who has cancer or drive them to an appointment; - yell a loved one or a friend with cancer that you are thinking of them; send them an email or card; tell them about the society’s information and support programs; - sign up as a volunteer with the society and see how you can contribute to the cancer fight; or - join a Relay For Life event or sponsor someone who is

participating . To donate online or to find out where you can get a daffodil pin, go to or contact your local society office. The pins are also available at participating locations. What your donation will do By donating to the Canadian Cancer Society during Daffodil Month you will help the Society: - fund research to outsmart cancer; - provide information and deliver programs to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer, and their families and caregivers; - advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians. Throughout Daffodil Month, special events and activities will be taking place in communities across Canada to raise vital funds for the important work of the society. Contact your local society office to find out what’s going on in your community. Cancer statistics In 2012, it was estimated that 186,400 new cases of cancer (excluding 81,300 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer) would be diagnosed and about 75,700 Canadians would die from the disease. This meant that on average about 510 Canadians would be diagnosed with cancer and about 205 would die from the disease every day. An estimated two in five Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. An estimated one out of every four Canadians is expected to die from cancer. To learn more visit www. or call the toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333; TTY: 1-866-786-3934.

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Putting a different spin on it We are often told that life is in a continual state of change, but let’s face it, most of us don’t crave or seek it out. We tend to shy away from waking up in the morning and exclaiming, “I can’t wait to impose a change in my life today!” Choosing to make a change, through well planned intention and personal control of the situation can be hard enough. But we can all likely relate to what it feels like when change is imposed on us by other people or circumstances. Along with the reality of change in our lives, are all the ways we may try to avoid, sidetrack, put off or even sabotage that change (sometimes without realizing it). I came across information by Steve Davis, a coach, educator and consultant. Here are a few of his tips for coping with change, along with some of my own perceptions. Need for control For some, the need for order in our life is strong, making change even more difficult. We may tend to want to control things and are reluctant to ask for help because we don’t want to put our fate in someone else’s hands. But in fact that may be just the time when we need it most. Asking for help doesn’t mean we have to give up our personal power and could provide us with extra energy and information to better cope with the change. Putting a different spin on it Could we re-frame the change we are facing as an

opportunity? What we think does affect what we ultimately feel about a situation. It is a cliché to be sure, but so true … we may not be able to control what is happening around us, the only thing we can control how we choose to respond to it. Viewing change differently, can inspire us to change our behaviour, with outcomes that might even surprise us. Now don’t get me wrong, re-framing doesn’t mean putting our head in the sand and ignoring how hard it is. It is more about trying to think differently so we can feel more in charge of how we are responding. Taking stock Sometimes if we are highly open to change, unhappy with routine and even frequently seeking change, we may be using it to avoid dealing with our own issues. Take time to sit still, to experience and digest our feelings, journal our thoughts, take stock and ask ourself, “Are my current behaviours getting me what I want in life?” Take extra good care of yourself If everything in our life seems to be in flux, it can help to create safe spaces and structures that don’t change. We need to pay attention to

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ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW: Theatre Orangeville offers world premiere of must-see comedy by Chris Daponte ORANGEVILLE - Fortynine scripts into a prolific and acclaimed career, Norm Foster continues to offer something fresh and exciting with each and every playwrighting effort. In fact, his latest play, now enjoying its world premiere at Theatre Orangeville, is as funny and enthralling as his first hit play 30 years ago. On A First Name Basis tells the story of 62-year-old David Kilbride (played by Foster), a successful and wealthy spy novelist, and his dedicated housekeeper of 28 years, Lucy Hopperstaad (Patricia Vanstone). One evening, David sparks up a conversation that quickly reveals how little he actually knows about the woman with whom he has spent half his life. The discussion starts off with both characters chastising the other about trivial matters - as they have done for years, it seems - but it quickly transforms into a life-altering encounter. With the conversation guided by David, who now wants to know everything about Lucy, no detail is left out, no matter how personal or embarrassing. In his quest for the whole story, David opens himself up to similar queries from Lucy, resulting in a reciprocal catharsis that slowly reveals that despite various historical and

socio-economic differences, the pair has more in common than either of them first imagined. Foster, renowned for his playwrighting abilities, is one of Canadian theatre’s best kept acting secrets. While his onstage abilities will never surpass his playwrighting gifts, Foster has proven time and again that he is a mighty fine actor in his own right. He says he never intended to write the role of David Kilbride for himself, but he realized he’s the same age as the character, and came around to the idea after it was suggested by Theatre Orangeville’s artistic director David Nairn. Foster effortlessly transforms into David Kilbride, and seems to revel in portraying the character’s pompous side - perhaps because it is so far removed from his real-life persona. Foster has remarkable chemistry and timing with Vanstone, who is an absolute delight as Lucy Hopperstaad. Whether hilarious one-liners, emotional revelations, or sarcastic platitudes about her boss, Vanstone’s delivery is flawless. Her performance is impressive and captivating, even for a theatre veteran of her pedigree. The set design by Beckie Morris is astounding. It may only be one room, but her

remarkable attention to detail helps the audience become fully immersed in the story. Predictably, as is often the case with a Foster production, the real backbone of the play is the phenomenal script. During a “talk-back” session following the April 4 preview performance, Foster lightheartedly referred to the script as “very wordy.” “This one I really tried ... to make the play smart, the language smart, and the humour smart, instead of just going for the cheap laugh - which I’m not above doing,” Foster said to much laughter. Indeed, there is no farcical plot or outlandish physical humour here - as with some previous Foster plays - but the witty dialogue and remarkable character development keeps audiences wildly entertained and amused from start to finish. That’s not to say there aren’t a few cheap laughs and dirty jokes mixed in, but the real strength of Foster’s 49th play, as with his first hit, is its thorough and ingenious exploration of two complex yet endearing characters. On A First Name Basis plays five shows a week until April 21. For tickets call 519942-3423 or 1-800-424-1295 or visit

Artisans Showcase brings art to Legion FERGUS Centre Wellington and surrounding area has an abundance of artisans and craftspeople, many of whom work out of their homes. A new showcase will bring their creativity to a one-stopshopping event on April 26 from 6 to 9pm at the Fergus

Legion. The Spring Artisans Showcase is a chance to both discover (or rediscover) local talent, and support the Power of Play community group working to build an accessible playground at the Stait Park location.

The showcase will include a raffle of over 40 handmade gifts with all proceeds going to the Power of Play. For more information on the event or to participate as a vendor, visit or email

Familiar foes - Patricia Vanstone and Norm Foster star in the world premiere of Foster’s On A First Name Basis, playing at Theatre Orangeville until April 21. submitted photo

Kenny, Dolly show comes to Grand Theatre FERGUS - Since the 1983 hit duet Islands in the Stream, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have scored numerous chart-toppers, both collectively and as solo artists, selling over 200 million records worldwide. Rogers’ combination of country and pop music has continually proven to be successful with audiences worldwide. Parton is one of the most successful female artists in music history, best known for her voluptuous figure, big hair and hit songs such as Working 9 to 5 and the worldwide smash I Will Always Love You that was later covered by Whitney Houston.

On April 21, international entertainer Marty Edwards will bring his acclaimed Kenny and Dolly: Together Again show to the Fergus Grand Theatre. Direct from Las Vegas, Edwards, who takes on the role of Kenny Rogers, has also appeared throughout North America. Dolly Parton will be portrayed by Canadian Country music legend Marie Bottrell. With a total of 18 Top 40 radio hits, Bottrell is an eighttime Juno nominee, a twotime Canadian Country Music Association female vocalist of the year, and in 2010 was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.


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“It’s a thrill to perform with Marie Bottrell, I’ve always been a fan of hers,” Edwards said in a press release. Marie said, “It’s an honour to portray Dolly Parton, who is one of my musical heroes. She has wonderful songs, is a talented writer and fabulous performer. In fact, I grew up listening to her music.” Edwards says he is frequently mistaken for Kenny Rogers in his daily travels. To find out more about Edwards and this show, visit www. Tickets to see Kenny and Dolly: Together Again are now on sale for only $30 and seating is limited. Show time is 2pm on April 21 at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Tickets are available at by calling 519-787-1981 or visiting www.FergusGrandTheatre. ca.

Georgetown Little Theatre presents ‘Sylvia’ GEORGETOWN - A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, directed by Rockwood’s Jim Monaghan and produced by Pamela Niesiobedzki-Curtis of Erin, is an adult comedy on mid-life angst and the role pets play in our lives. In the Georgetown Little Theatre production, a marriage is turned upside down when a young, buxom blonde disrupts the relations - only this female is a four-legged, shaggy Labradoodle. The cast of characters present a humourous look at supporting a marriage that has gone to the dogs. Sylvia takes the stage at the Acton Town Hall Centre, 19 Willow St. It runs evenings at 8pm on April 12, 13, 18 to 20, and 25 to 27; matinees are April 14 and 21 at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door or at Acton Home Hardware or Sports Unlimited, or JET box office at 905-8773700 and online at

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ENTERTAINMENT Elmira Theatre presents The Murder Room ELMIRA - The Elmira Theatre Company presents The Murder Room from April 26 to May 11. Written by Jack Sharkey and directed by Michelle Kreitzer, the play is a quick witted comedy in a plot that includes a mysterious murder, mistaken identities and a cast

of characters that add to the farce. The show is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. The Murder Room is playing at the Elmira Theatre Company, located at 76 Howard Ave, from April 26 to May 11. Showtimes are

8pm for performances from Thursday to Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18. Call the Centre In The Square box office at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-2658977, or order online through the Elmira Theatre Company website www.elmiratheatre. com.

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Stage comedy - Opening night is fast approaching for the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild production of the Norm Foster comedy Maggie’s Getting Married. The show runs April 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Cast members, from left, are pictured at a recent rehearsal: front, Kelly Lenselink, Scott Cooper; back, Tali McGovern, Dan Haugh, Richard Jaunzemis and Roslyn Fortier. submitted photo

Maggie’s Getting Married onstage as GWTG presents Norm Foster comedy HARRISTON - Maggie’s getting married – but first, everyone has to get through the rehearsal party. Anyone who has ever attended a wedding knows that seldom does anyone get hitched without a hitch. In the case of the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s (GWTG) upcoming spring production, Maggie’s Getting Married, those “hitchesâ€? have downright hilarious results. Written by popular Canadian playwright Norm Foster, the play is a relationship comedy about a family in the final stages of wedding preparation. “The Duncan family is getting ready for the wedding of their youngest daughter Maggie. “The night before the wedding, her older sister Wanda comes home and when she meets the groom ‌some misunderstandings occur and chaos ensues,â€? explains Caroline Wollis, of Mount Forest, who is taking her first turn in the director’s chair after performing numerous roles, on

stage and off, with the guild. Wollis says audiences will enjoy the interaction of characters in roles many can relate to. “It shows family dynamics. As would any family, they can make you laugh, they can make you cry, they can make you roll your eyes.� The cast of Maggie’s Getting Married is a mix of veteran actors and stage newcomers, drawn from the north Wellington area. The bride-to-be, Maggie, is played by Kelly Lenselink of Harriston , who has previously appeared in such GWTG productions as The Cemetery Club and Marion Bridge, while her sister, Wanda, is portrayed by Tali McGovern, of Mount Forest, in her first role with the guild. Also new to the GWTG stage is Dan Haugh, of Mount Forest, who plays Wanda’s boyfriend Axel. Drayton’s Scott Cooper, whom audiences will remember from another Foster comedy, The Foursome, portrays the bridegroom, Russell. GWTG veteran Richard Jaunzemis, of Harriston, last

seen onstage in Annie, and Rosyln Fortier, of Mount Forest, who has appeared in Wedding Belles and The Rented Christmas, play the bride’s parents. Off-stage crew members include producer Flora Burke, stage manager Helen Craigie, both of Mount Forest, and assistant stage manager Annilene McRobb and props coordinator Patricia von Westerholt of Harriston. Despite the difficulties of assembling everyone for rehearsals during one of the snowiest winters in recent memory, Wollis says the show has come together very smoothly “It’s a really enthusiastic group of people and they all meshed.� Maggie’s Getting Married runs April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are available for $15 at Harriston Home Hardware, Shopper’s Drugmart in Mount Forest, or by calling the box office at 519-338-2778.

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Local bonspiel aids Foodgrains Bank by Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD Lorne Underwood and Claude Field hosted a 16-team curling bonspiel recently for the Clifford Project of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Dave Winkel’s team, on the 8:30am draw, edged out Jeremy Underwood’s team on the 10:30 draw by three quarters of a point, scoring 36 points to Underwood’s 35.25. Winkel’s team included Harry Winkel, Mike Defreitas and Ken Bender. Other 8:30 draw teams were led by John Polfuss, Matt Lubbers, Brett Uhrig, Clifford Rotary, Leonard Underwood, Brian Molto and Ron McIntosh. Other 10:30-draw teams were Bill Raynard, Ray Alexander, Dwayne Koeslag, Bruce Shannon, Jen Van Dyk, Don Roswell and Aaron Dettman. Teams were awarded prizes sponsored by Larry Grummett Insurance, North-Wellington Co-op, and Mennonite Savings and Credit Union. A quilt was donated for a draw by the Sharing Our Faith Quilting Group, which meets the third Wednesday of each winter month. All are welcome to attend. For further details contact any of the executive: president Agnes Newton, vice president Bonnie Koeslag,

Rotarians with brooms - The Clifford Rotary team (from left: Phil Baumgarten, Dave Seidle, Kelly Smith, and Nick Oleksandriw) particpated in the Foodgrains Bank curling bonspiel held recently at the Clifford Arena. photo by Bonnie Whitehead secretary Sharon Kaufman, or treasurer Carol Ann Jackson. The winner of the quilt was Phil Baumgarten of Clifford. Ellen Underwood and Arthena Underwood served a luncheon of pulled pork on a bun and potato salad. Lorne Underwood set up a display of Foodgrains projects and spent most of the day talking to everyone about the local corn- and pumpkin-growing

projects. The Canadian International Development Agency matches match any dollars raised on a four-to-one basis. Therefore, a $2,000 curling bonspiel profit in Clifford means a total of $10,000 worth of support for Third World countries. The curling bonspiel has been running for five years and includes curlers of all skill levels.

McGinn signs deal with Hurricanes RALEIGH, NC - Fergus native Brock McGinn has signed a three-year contract with the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes. Jason Karmanos, the Hurricanes’ executive vice president and assistant general manager, announced on April 3 the team and McGinn had agreed to an entry-level contract. “Brock is a gritty, skilled forward who skates well and hits everything,” Karmanos said in a press release. At the NHL level, McGinn will receive $700,000 in 2013-14, $750,000 in 2014-15 and $800,000 in 2015-16. At the AHL level, he would be paid $70,000 in all three seasons. McGinn also received a signing bonus of $277,500, and immediately joined the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. McGinn, 19, had 54 points in 68 games this season with the Guelph Storm (the team was recently eliminated from the OHL playoffs). He was drafted by the

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Junior Bantam Curlers - Over 40 Junior Bantam curlers played several intense games during an interclub tournament at the Elora Curling Club recently. Teams from Elora, Fergus, Shelburne, Orangeville, Mount Forest and Elmira were in attendance. Ten teams participated in two divisions in the regular inter-club tourney. Throughout the curling season, these clubs have rotated in hosting the bantam curlers. submitted photo

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LEARN MORE • See what else Ontario is doing to support entrepreneurship and innovation. IT’S COLT’S-FOOT TIME AGAIN! by John C. Benham, Weed Inspector Now that the snow is gone - beware those bright yellow flowers are appearing now! Many times they are confused with dandelions. Remember the dandelion has a smooth flower stem and the Colt’s-Foot flower stem has scales. Very few leaves will be present at flowering time. Make note of the location so it can be destroyed later in the season. Do whatever is necessary to eliminate the flower heads before they set seed. I am told each flower head will contain about 3,500 seeds similar in structure to a dandelion. They are distributed far and wide by the wind. If the seed lands on bare soil it will establish itself and become extremely competitive smothering out all competing crops with its dense canopy of leaves. Its underground creeping root system rapidly expands the patch. I have seen Colt’s-Foot leaves up to 14” across appear in late June to early July that are very effective in smothering all the neighbouring plants. Glyphosate is most effective in controlling this noxious weed when applied in late July and August when the plant is storing root reserves for next year. Check the patch later since often there will be leaves under the canopy that do not receive the spray. After, when all the living plants are destroyed, recheck the spot since it is an inviting spot for new seedlings. It will likely require several years to eliminate an established patch. Keep in mind that Colt’s-foot is a noxious weed under the Weed Act and must be destroyed. Be sure to meet the requirements of the Cosmetic Pesticide Act. I can assure you that if you choose to ignore this plant, it will never diminish or leave on its own accord. Check out those early yellow flowers and take appropriate action!

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Thatcher Farms owners named 2013 Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers by Kelly Waterhouse ROCKWOOD - Dana and Adam Thatcher are young farmers with big dreams, and last month, their hard work was rewarded when the couple were awarded the title of Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OOYF), presented in Guelph. “We love what we do so it reassures me that what we are doing matters, providing healthy quality meats to our customers,” said Dana Thatcher. The award and gala event was sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, Dupont-Pioneer, Better Farming, OMAFRA, GROWMARK and the Grain Farmers of Ontario. Thatcher explained she and her husband Adam were nominated for the award by the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association, which set the couple up alongside an impressive group of fellow farmers from across Ontario working in various agricultural markets. The finals came down to five nominees, chosen based on career progress, environmental and safety practices, crop and livestock production history, financial and management practices, and contributions to society. Thatcher says the win, though wonderful, was equalled by the experience of meeting peers. “I felt so privileged to have

Outstanding in their field - Dana and Adam Thatcher with their children, Thomas, William and Sophie, operate Thatcher Farms in Rockwood. They have been named Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2013. photo by Kelly Waterhouse met the five other nominees and learn from them. We are all doing something specific and yet, similar,” said Thatcher, who enjoyed the three-day event, which provided a networking opportunity for all involved. “We’ve made a great group of friends.” It took a fair amount of work too, preparing a presentation and explaining the history of their farm and agricultural practices. “This was the opportunity for Adam and I to reflect on

our business ... what we’re doing, where we’re going and why we do it. It was really valuable.” The Thatchers, who are both under the age of 40, are parents to three children: fiveyear-old Sophie, four-year-old William, and one-year-old Thomas. Their 140 acre farm, located on 5th Line, Eramosa, went from being a struggling hog farm to a 250 ewe sheep operation and farm gate retail shop that features their own

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naturally raised meats, including hormone and additive-free lamb, beef, pork and chicken, Omega-3 eggs, honey, and maple syrup. The store also includes an on-site bakery where Dana’s homebaked meat pies are a customer favorite. The store employs two fulltime and several part-time staff. In the spring of 2012, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Cattleman’s Association, they were able to add an on-site butcher shop, ensuring they had complete quality assurance and control. “We’ve really done it from scratch, just the two of us,” said Thatcher. “I was so lucky to have married Adam, who was a farmer, because I am living a life like no other and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” That passion for agriculture was clear when the panel of three judges voted for the Thatchers to win. In a press release the judges, Philip Lynn (OOYF winner in 2005), Ross Carson (FCC) and Rob Gordon (Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College,

University of Guelph) stated they chose the Thatchers in part due to their innovation, commitment to product quality, customer service and their ever-present desire to talk to the consumer about what they do on their farm. Consumers at the Guelph Farmers’ Market have come to know the Thatchers well. “We started there in 2009,” Thatcher explains, adding their booth size has grown to accommodate customers’ requests. “I’ve made some major life friendships with customers who like to get to know their farmers, how their food is grown and see where their food comes from. People want to come out and see the farm.” She believes helping people make the connection to food and the land is essential for the future of sustainable agriculture. Future goals on the farm include hosting agriculturalthemed events by creating a farm destination. In November, the Thatchers will head to Regina, Saskatchewan, for the nationals, vying for the title of Canada’s Outstanding Young

Farmers. It is an experience the Thatchers are excited about. “We get to go and be with these incredible people in the industry. To go and take the opportunity to learn from these knowledgeable people, exposing ourselves to these experts is all that matters,” she said. Until then, like all farmers, the Thatchers are busy doing what they do. “Farmers work so hard all day, every single day of the year (espcially Adam) so to have farmers recognized in general is a reward in itself,” said Thatcher. “Farmers are the smartest, most hard working group of people I have ever met and I am very proud to be one. So just to be recognized for something we believe in and love doing is an honour.” To be eligible for the OOYF award, farmers must be between 19 and 39 years of age, derive at least two thirds of their annual income from farming and demonstrate progress in their agriculture careers. Nominations for the 2014 award are due Dec. 1, 2013. For more information visit

Governments announce Growing Forward 2 OTTAWA - The federal and provincial governments are working to help Ontario’s agri-food industry grow profits, expand markets and manage risk through Growing Forward 2. The federal and provincial governments have signed a five-year, multi-million dollar bilateral agreement focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development. It includes $2 billion for federal-

provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, which is a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding. Ontario’s Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economy. Information sessions and workshops will be available in April and May, with applications opening in June for provincial programs. Governments will continue

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Taste For Life event set for April 24 the door or call 519-836-8498. *** “Spring Carnival” bazaar and auction, hosted by Community Christian School, PMD Arena, Drayton. 9:30am-3pm. Live auction 7pm. For more info. call 519-638-2935. Everyone welcome. *** Palmerston Legion Karaoke with Dave and Andrea. 9pm - 1am in the Clubroom. *** Arthur Legion cribbage tournament. Start 1pm., Registration 11:30am. $20 per team. *** Olde Tyme Country Music Spring Fling, Belfountain Community Hall. 17204 Main St. Belfountain. 8pm. $15 /person. $25 /couple. Call Sarah 519-316-0060. *** Arthur Legion Jamboree 2-5pm. Call Nancy 519-848-5702. *** KIPPelora one day training sessions to learn the art of baking in a wood fired oven. Demonstrations in fire starting, dough making and baking. 9am-2:30pm, lunch is included. $10/person. Donations of seasoned hardwood is appreciated. To register call Kent Smith at 226-384-3788. *** Erin Legion is heading to London to visit the Veterans at Parkwood Hospital. If you would like to come along for a fun day, be at the Legion by 10am.

Tues. apRIL 16

Cancer Support Group, Upper Grand, 753 Tower, St., S. Fergus. Every third Tuesday of each month, 10am-12noon. Lunch Out - 1st Wednesday of each month. Wheel chair accessible. Please contact Judy D. 519-843-3947 Ext: 100 or Joyce B. 519-8433213. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Pot Luck Supper and Awards Night. Marden Community Centre and library building. 6:30pm. Please bring entree or dessert to share and your own dishes and cutlery. Beverage provided. Door prizes, memberships available. Musical entertainment by talented youth member: Nicole Brenner. Info: 519-822-5289. *** Schizophrenia Society Family Support Meeting. 7:30pm. Evergreen Centre 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph. Families supporting Families.

Wed. apRIL 17

Rummage Sale 4-7pm, and Thurs. 8am-12noon. Mount Forest United Church. *** Arthur Legion general meeting 8pm. *** The Harriston & District Horticultural Society meeting at the Train Station. Speaker Toni Ellis, Elora. Topic “Urban Tree Inventory. Silent Auction. Everyone Welcome. *** Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting. 7:30pm. Victoria Park Centre, Fergus. Topic: “Lavender” - Speaker: Nick Morris, Everyone welcome. For further info. call Roberta at 519-843-5892.

Sun. apRIL 21

Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome. A portion of the proceeds with go to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life 2013. *** Knox Presbyterian Church, Crieff. 7156 Concession 1, Puslinch Homecoming, 10am. Reunion choir, music performances from the past, refreshments. All are welcome. *** Dying With Dignity, Grand River Chapter, What Can We Learn from Oregon? 1:30pm. Grand River Unitarian Congregation, 299 Sydney St. South, Kitchener. See a powerful documentary on end-of-life choices made by Oregon residents. For info. call 1-800-495-6156. *** Norfolk Farewell Concert. 7pm. Norfolk Street United Church, Guelph. Join John Zadro as he performs a varied selection of popular melodies as a joyous farewell to the music traditions at Norfolk Street United Church. $10 at the door. *** Jamboree. Harriston Legion Branch # 296. Admission $5. Doors open at 12pm Entertainment starts 1pm. Supper $10. Served at 4:30pm. Musicians, Singers, Dancers and spectators welcome. Call 519-338-2843. *** Coningsby W.I. Erin Antique “Road Show” and live auction. Bring small antiques, learn, and be entertained. $20 each item. Refreshments. 1pm. Arc. Building, 10 Thompson Cr. Erin. *** Centre Wellington Singers “Let Us Entertain You” concert, 3:30 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 325 St. George St. W., Fergus. Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 children 12 + under, at the door.

Thurs. apRIL 18

Until April 20- 2nd Annual Woolwich Home and Garden Show. Woolwich Memorial Centre, Elmira. $2 per person. Call Jennifer Horndl 519-669-6048. Thurs. 5-9:30pm; Fri. 4-9:30pm; Sat. 9am-4pm. *** Cancer Society Lasagna Luncheon 11:30am-1pm. Palmerston United Church Tickets $12. Advance only. Proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society.

Fri. apRIL 19

Arthur Branch Cancer Society Daffodil Luncheon, Arthur United Church, 12-2pm, $7 Soup, sandwich, dessert. *** Rock N Roll Fundraising Dance. Elora Legion. Hot Dogs/Hamburgers for sale. Students $5, Adults $10. Raffles, 50/50 Draw. All ages. 8pm. Fundraiser for a volunteer mission to Ghana. *** Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church Harriston Annual Fish Fry. Two sittings at 5 and 7pm. Adults $ 14, Child to age 10 $7. All are welcome. For tickets call 519-338-2624. *** The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild is staging the Norm Foster comedy “Maggie’s Getting Married” April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm, Sunday April 21, 2pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Tickets: $15 at the Box Office 519-338-2778. *** Wing Night, Harriston Legion Br 296. 6:30pm. $10 for one pound and $15 for two pounds. Fries and salad included. Call 519-338-2843. *** Terry Hayden Memorial Pool Tournament Harriston Legion Branch #296. Contact Merv 519-372-8810 or Brian 519-3234321. Legion 519-338-2843. *** Arthur and Area Historical Society: Second of four talks on local perspectives on World War II. “Radio and the War Effort”. 1-2:30pm, Historical Rooms, 146 George Street, Arthur. Free. Everyone welcome. *** Arthur Legion Wing Night 6-8pm. All you can eat $ 14. No take-outs.

Mon. apRIL 22

PD day KID’s Club, 9am-4pm at Knox Elora Presbyterian Church. Stories, Music, Games, Crafts, Movies, Lunch & 2 snacks provided. Please call 519-846-8061 to register as space is limited.

Tues. apRIL 23

Guelph Horticultural Society Mini show 7:30pm and Basic Gardening Demo with guest Robert Pavlis: “Building Natural Looking Ponds and Waterfalls”. Dublin Street Church, 68 Suffolk Street N. New members welcome. *** Royal Canadian Legion Br. 234 Guelph, 57 Watson Parkway S., Guelph. Seniors Day. Registration: 1pm. Euchre, Bid Euchre, Crib, Shuffleboard 2pm. Dinner: 5pm, $7. For info. please call 519-822-1565. *** Arthur and Area Historical Society meeting, Historical Room. 7:30pm and then travel out to Carl and Marg Hall’s, Alma, for an evening of enjoying their collectibles. 519-820-5913.

Sat. apRIL 20

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington’s 6th Annual Just for Women, Just for Fun. Enjoy lunch with an inspiring and motivational speaker. Coffee breaks with raffles, silent auctions and more. Workshops include health, body, soul, crafts and fitness. Registration form is at: *** The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 234, Guelph, 57 Watson Parkway S., Guelph. Open Crib Tournament/Silent Auction. $20 for a two person team. Registration:10:30am. Games start at noon. There will be a lunch counter available. Open to the public. For info. call Sue at 519-763-1635. *** First Light Theatre’s Junior programme presents Peter Pan by Timothy Mason. Saturday 2pm, 7pm, Sunday 11am, 3pm. George Luscombe Theatre, University of Guelph. Tickets $10 at


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Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meeting, 7:30pm at the Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Andria Braun will provide us with some “2013 Planting Ideas”. Light refreshments are provided and everyone is welcome! ***



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GUELPH - The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County is hosting their fifth annual dining out fundraiser known as A Taste For Life. This year’s event features 19 participating restaurants in Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Morriston and Mount Forest, doing breakfast, lunch or dinner. A Taste For Life is a dining out fundraiser in support of AIDS service organizations in participating cities. The event began in Ottawa in 1999, and Guelph is celebrating its fifth year as part of the Taste family. Beginning April 24 the people of Guelph and Wellington County are invited to participate in the event that asks restaurants, from every neigh-

bourhood and in every price range, to donate a portion of the total bill to The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County. The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County is celebrating over 24 years of providing support and programs for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Proceeds raised through this event will go towards continued exemplary service in the area of HIV and AIDS through innovative health promotion strategies and community partnerships. For more information and participating restaurants visit or www.

GRCA parks open on May 1 CAMBRIDGE - A new season of camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking at GRCA parks. The parks are open May 1 to Oct. 14 this year allowing for 167 days of outdoor activities

in the finest natural areas within the Grand River watershed. Park passes are available at the gatehouse of each of the parks or online at Campsites can be booked online at


FROM PAGE TWO The Cambridge Spinners and Weavers “ Surprise meeting”. This will be our first meeting as we were snowed out in March. 7pm in the Ironwood at Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Road. Questions? Call Barbara at 905-659-3465.

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Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, take time to sort through some of the paperwork on your desk. You could find there is something important that you overlooked that needs to be addressed. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 There are a few things you can’t seem to work out in your head, Taurus. A better idea may be to put everything on paper and perhaps the answer will jump out. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, there will be a few moments this week when you seem to have a breakthrough. Maybe it’s in a relationship or you have just the right answers at work. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Surprising events are in store as you continue to change your views about life-altering events, Cancer. You may find your master plan is entirely turned on its head. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, your energy level is so revved up that others won’t be able to keep up with you. You may have to slow down a little to let others catch up. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, others find it difficult to change your opinion once you have your mind set on something. But it still helps to consider if the direction you’re heading is the right way.

For the third week of April

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you may be feeling a little homesick, especially if you are away on business or on vacation. Try to make the most of the situation even if you’re feeling nostalgic. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, if it seems like nothing is going your way, keep in mind there is a master plan in the works. You may not be able to see the resolution, but just be patient. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, there are a few puzzle pieces that you need to get into place and then you’ll have everything worked out. Reward yourself with a night out. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, lay low for awhile rather than drumming up some trouble. Tempting as it is to stir the pot, it may cause more difficulties for you in the long run. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, although you have a few projects on your to-do list, you can’t seem to get started. Instead of looking at the entire list, tackle one task at a time and you’ll get the job get done. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, turn your thoughts to creative efforts and you’ll find the days will just fly by. Before you know it, the weekend will be here.

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6th Annual Just for WOMEN just for FUN

Downtown Fergus Is Open For Business

Saturday, April 20 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Wellington Heights Secondary School, Mount Forest $65.00 per registrant

The Tower Street Bridge will be closed for replacement until November but all shops and services will remain open. Shop downtown Fergus today!

Workshops • Health • Body • Soul • Crafts • Fitness This is an event you won’t want to miss! Come and experience workshops that cover a wide range of topics, enjoy delicious refreshments and lunch and be inspired by our motivational speaker! For more information: T: 519.323.4273 E:

County Bursary and Scholarship Programme Wellington County offers an annual County Bursary/Scholarship Programme to financially assist students in our community who are entering or enrolled in College or University. Eligibility Requirements Applicants must:

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• Be a resident of Wellington County. • Be pursuing post secondary education. • Have a proven record of involvement in our community. Applicants applying for scholarships must have an overall academic average of 75% upon graduation. Bursary applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need in writing. An application is available for download at: Questions? Nicole Cardow, Deputy Clerk T: 519.837.2600 x 2930 E:

Crime Stoppers of Guelph-Wellington

Mulch Sale Fundraiser Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (In the plaza at Imperial Rd and Paisley Rd in Guelph)

Inaugural Exhibition

Saturday, May 11 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (Centre Wellington Sportsplex in Fergus)

April 20 to June 9

Opening Reception Sunday, April 28 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Colours Available • Canada Red® • Mocha Brown®

• Red Devil® • Black Beauty®

$5 per 2cu ft. bag (tax included) Cash and Carry. For more information, visit: Plan early. Save money. Help fight crime in your community. sponsored by:


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