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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, January 18, 2013

NeighbourWoods hosting Tree Talk on Jan. 31 ELORA - Central America is one of the most biodiversityrich places in the world, but is constantly being threatened by deforestation where trees are a vital fuel source. NeighbourWoods is hosting a Tree Talk on Jan. 31, featuring guest speaker Craig Frayne, an environmental engineer working with development organizations in Latin America. Learn about the connection

between deforestation and poverty in Latin America and some of the work being done to promote alternate fuels and save their forests. The event begins at 7pm at the Elora Centre for the Arts, at 75 Melville St., in the Harris Room. Admission is $5 or free for members. For more information contact Toni Ellis at 519-846-0841 or

Neil Diamond tribute show comes to Legion FERGUS - Singer Joey Purpura has lived and breathed Neil Diamond since 2004, travelled across the country and parts of the Caribbean with his tribute show Diamond in the Rough. In 2002, the Toronto-based impersonator began researching the singer’s life, studying his every move, song and story behind the music. “I wanted to research his life because I not only sing his songs, I tell a story and highlight his life just to make

it more interesting,” said Purpura. “His music is very diverse and his songs, as one biographer said, ‘cuts through your heart and soul.’ You feel his pain, anguish and joy.” Purpura brings his Diamond In The Rough: The Neil Diamond Tribute Show to the Fergus Legion on Jan. 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 519-8432345 or $25 at the Fergus Legion club room at 500 Blair St. For more information visit

Fergus Elora Belwood Snowmobile Club


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Wing Night SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th Belwood Community Hall 5pm - 9pm

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ANNUAL MAYOR’S BREAKFAST Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Guest Speaker - Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj ‘Changing Challenges Into Opportunities’ Hot buffet breakfast at Grand River Raceway – The Captain’s Quarters 7:30 a.m. RSVP: 519-843-5140 by Jan. 20th, 2013 Sponsored by $20. Members $25. Future Members Cancellation Policy – 7 days advance notice and no-shows will be invoiced

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Sunday February 10, 2013 share the wealth package $15 - main program package $25 (both packages are required - extra strips available)

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“Proceeds to local Community projects” Held at Grand River Raceway

7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora Held under lottery license #M634122. FERGUS ELORA ROTARY FOUNDATION Staffed by: Centre Wellington Rotary Club and Fergus Elora Rotary Club

Public Service announcements

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 Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is celebrating its 32nd Anniversary from April 8 to 26. Application from entrants are being accepted until January 18. Apply at

Fri. Jan. 18

Wellington County Cattlemen’s Association Annual General Meeting. Alma Bible Chapel. Trade Show, Registration and Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm. Tickets $15/person for a complete roast beef dinner, $10 Wellington County 4H Beef Member. Please preregister by Jan. 11. 519-338-2832. *** Euchre. Harriston Legion Branch 296. 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a partner. For more info. call 519-338-2843. *** Until Jan. 26. Elora Community Theatre presents an adult comedy entitled A Dying Family Tradition at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Tickets: 519-787-1981. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. Wing Night, 6-8pm. All you can eat $14. No take outs available. Ent. by Debbie Bayshaw.

sat. Jan. 19

Country Dance. Alma Community Centre, 8pm. $10. Dance to Bill Beattie Band. *** Arthur Agricultural Society Annual Meeting, 10am at the Arthur Community Centre, Potluck lunch at noon. Penny Table, Speaker. All welcome. *** The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo/Wellington concert. Bright Side - Songs of Warmth in a Cold Season. Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph at 8pm. For more info. and tickets contact Brenda Eckhardt at 519-323-1008. *** Adult / Senior Ice Skating. Fergus Brass Band plays centre ice. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost for the band night is $10. Contact 519-836-1015. *** Rock-Vegas Night. Fun evening of chances on the spin of the wheel: over $3,000 in prizes. Free admission. 8pm, at Rockmosa Community Center, Rockwood. Hosted by: Sacred Heart Fundraising Committee, 519-856-4711. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. Jamboree. 2-5pm. For more info. call Nancy 519-848-5702. *** West Montrose Family Campground - Blues Bash 8:30pm. $10 per person - adults only. For all campers and friends of campers to get them over the winter blues and start thinking about the camping season coming soon. No advance tickets, pay at the door. For more info. 519-835-1016. *** Super Night
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Sun. Jan. 20

Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome. *** Jamboree. Harriston Legion Branch 296. Admission $5. Doors open at noon. Entertainment:1pm. Supper $10, 4:30pm. Everyone welcome. For more info. call 519-338-2843.

mon. Jan. 21

Don’t Be “Board”: Gaming at the library. 2:30-3:30pm. Warm up with an afternoon of gaming at the Hillsburgh Branch, Wellington County Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh. Enjoy a variety of board games and snacks. For all ages. Please register 519-8554010. *** New KID’s Club, (PD day) 9am - 4pm at Knox Elora Presbyterian Church. Stories, Music, Games, Crafts. Food, & Fun. Preregistration only, call 519-846-8061 Space limited. Cost $10. *** The Over Tones invite women of all ages to their free vocal workshops. Monday evenings, 7pm at The Village of Riverside Glen, 60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11. Please RSVP to Marisa at 519-822-3783. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre Seminar: Death Care Planning Alternatives To The Traditional Funeral 10:15am. Call 519-7871814 to register.

Tues. Jan. 22

Pepper Cards. Harriston Legion #296. Start at 1:30pm sharp. *** Guelph Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting 7:30pm. Guest speaker Sean Fox will guide us through the proper techniques to prune trees and bushes. Dublin Street Church, 68 Suffolk Street N. New members welcome. *** Fergus-Elora Rotary will have their annual Robbie Burns Luncheon. Please visit *** Arthur and Area Historical Society meeting. 7:30pm. Arthur Chamber Office. Speakers topic: Come hear about the exciting progress of Arthur’s new Local Trails from the trail committee

members. All welcome. 519-848-5806.

Wed. Jan. 23

Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Annual General Meeting and Potluck. 6:30pm, Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Gerrie Hergott, an expert on bees and making honey, will be the guest speaker. Please bring one potluck item and your own dishes and cutlery. Everyone welcome. *** Harriston & District Horticultural Society Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at Harriston United Church. 11:30am-1pm. $8. Contact 519-338-3467 or 519-338-5540. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre Special Event: Robbie Burns Luncheon 12pm. Limited seating. Call 519-787-1814 to register.


Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest, 7:30pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** Harriston Legion Branch #296 Dinner. 5-7pm. Tickets $12, Children under 12, $6, Preschoolers Free. Come on out and enjoy a home cooked meal. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Annual Meeting of the Wellington-Waterloo-Dufferin Pork Producers Associations Linwood Community Centre 5279 Ament Line, Linwood. 11:30am-3:30pm. For tickets and reservations 519-275-2786, 519-638-3927 or 519-638-2929.

Fri. JAN 25

Knox Presbyterian Church Palmerston Roast Beef Dinner. Two sittings 4:30 & 6pm. Tickets $13 per person. Under 12 years $6. For tickets call 519-343-3428 or 519-343-3144. *** Fergus contra dance series continues with live music by Relative Harmony. Victoria Park Field House, 150 Albert St. W., Fergus. 8-10:30pm. Admission $10, students $8, youth with adult free. No partner or previous experience necessary. All dances are taught and called. Contact: Janice Ferri 519-843-9971. *** Alma Optimist Beef BBQ. 5-7pm. $12, Alma Community Centre. *** All Saints Community Dinner. Delicious bone-in baked ham with scalloped potatoes. 6-7pm. No sermon & no charge; free will offerings gratefully accepted & gluten-free available. All Saints Church, 81 Main Street, Erin. “The one with the big white spire” . *** Ladies Coffee Hour, 9:30-11:30am at St. John’s Anglican Church, 112 Guelph St. Rockwood. Join us for coffee or tea. Everyone welcome. For more info. call 519-856-9211.

Sat. JAN 26

Country Dance at the Elora Legion featuring Swan Creek. Starts at 8pm. Cost $10 per person, lunch provided. Call 519-846-9611. *** Marsville Lions Community Breakfast. $5 per person. Marsville Community Centre. Last Saturday of every month. 7:30-10:30am. Also, recycling of wine bottles, beer bottles and cans, pop cans. *** Adult / Senior Ice Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost $7 for members, $8 for non-members. Contact 519836-1015. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. Karaoke 8:30pm. *** Treasure Shop- 9am-12noon at Bethel Baptist Church. 675 Victoria Terrace, Fergus, Free good used clothing for all ages. Held by Grace Christian Fellowship.

sun. JAN 27

Palmerston Legion Jamboree. 1-5pm. Roast beef dinner will be available. 519-343-2004. *** Jamboree at the Palmerston Legion, 1pm. Roast beef dinner served around 5pm. 
 *** Erin Legion Jamboree. Doors open at 12:30pm, dinner served at 5pm. Take-out available. Come hear your favourite songs by your favourite singers. *** Walk for Memories. Old Quebec Street 55 Wyndham St. N. Guelph. 9am-12pm. Mount Forest and District Community Complex, 850 Princess Street Mount Forest 9:30am -12pm. Register or pledge a walker 519-836-7672 for the Alzheimer Society Guelph - Wellington.

Tues. JAN 29

Pepper Cards. Harriston Legion #296. Start at 1:30pm sharp. *** Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, 7pm at the Alma Bible Church. A roast beef dinner will be served by the members of the church. Tickets $15 each. Contact Walter Grose 519-846-5329.

Wed. JAN 30

Grand Valley and District Horticultural Society meeting. 7:30pm at Trinity United Church in Grand Valley. Guest Speaker Barry van der Veer discussing “From Radio to Garden”. Please join us. All are welcome. *** Dinner with the Rockwood & District Lioness 6pm. “Ham & Scalloped Potatoes” at Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Adults $15, Children 12 and under $7. For info. or tickets call Jean 519-856-1402, Jane 519-856-2978 or any Rockwood Lioness. For more events go to:

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, January 18, 2013 PAGE THREE

Eclectic collection: Lightning rod balls & Raggedy Ann dolls by Patrick Raftis

ABOYNE - What do lightning rod balls, Raggedy Ann dolls and car vases have in common? Very little really, except that you can find them all in the collections of Guelph-Eramosa resident Joyce Blyth, currently on display at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Blyth’s eclectic collections are the first in a new series of exhibitions called Wellington County Collects at the museum in Aboyne. The series will showcase the private collections of Wellington County residents at the museum throughout the year. “We are excited about the new display because now we have a space to work with the public and display their special collections to share with our visitors,” said curatorial assistant Amy Dunlop. “From the weird to the wonderful, it doesn’t matter what the collection is. We are interested in the stories behind the objects.” Dunlop said the series has been under discussion for some time and the idea of featuring community collections has been a priority for museum director Janice Hindley. “She’s really passionate about it,” said Dunlop, who said the search for local collections has been an exciting venture. “We talked to so many people in the county. We had no idea we had so many collectors.” Dunlop said enough Wellington County collectors have been tentatively booked for exhibitions to keep the series going for the next three years. Each exhibition will be on display at the museum for four months and plans are in the works to have them each displayed for an additional four months at the Wellington County administration centre in Guelph. The first collector, Blyth,

is displaying a selection of the lightning rod balls, car vases and Raggedy Ann dolls she has acquired since she first caught the collecting bug decades ago. “These are a few of my favourite pieces,” said Blyth of the items in the exhibition, which opened on Jan. 12. Blyth’s hobby began when she started picking up various types of unique and antique items at auctions and flea markets. “Things seemed to snowball from there and we ended up filling up our house with antiques,” she said. Over the years, she settled into the three main collections currently on display at the museum. Of these, the lightning rod balls were her first passion. “I bought my first lightning rod ball at the outdoor Aberfoyle Flea Market when it was held on the grounds of the Aberfoyle Mill. The beautiful ball just took my eye,” she said, adding she paid $5 for her initial collectable. “There was a case of the silver mercury balls that had never been on a building and I bought one and that got me started.” Lightning rod balls were used as ornaments on lightning rods. The balls have no practical function and are purely decorative. Blyth says that from the late 1800s to the 1930s, salesmen travelled the countryside selling lightning protection systems to farmers and small town residents. Dozens of colors and style variations were made and Blyth has about 100 in her collection. That’s probably only about a third of the various models in existence, she notes. Blyth is always on the lookout for lightning rod balls “if they are affordable. “I bought one for $30 at an antique market. It sold on eBay for $20, which was disappointing, but it is what is happening

On display - Decorative antique lightning rod balls and iconic Raggedy Ann dolls share a display case at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Cover photo - Curatorial assistant Amy Dunlop holds some of the Raggedy Ann dolls included in local resident Joyce Blyth’s collection, on display in the archives until May 12. photos by Patrick Raftis

on the market right now.” While she has picked up some of her collection at auctions and flea markets, most items have been acquired through trading, largely with American collectors. “Collections of lightning rod balls in Ontario are rare, simply because there is not the source available. I did a lot of trading in the States, specifically the mid-western states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan,” said Blyth. She noted the first lightning rod ball patented in Canada in 1878 was a small clear ball

with her husband. “When I was collecting in the ‘70s I would go to the farmer and buy it from him. When Don and I went on car rides I would use my binoculars to spot if any were on barns or farmhouses because we could not see them from the road. “One time I climbed up a television tower but when I got to the roof I saw the lightning rod ball was damaged,” said Blyth, who said the couple’s son, then a teenager, was sometimes enlisted to climb on rooftops to retrieve her purchases. “It is funny but I never

“Collections of lightning rod balls in Ontario are rare, simply because there is not the source available.” - Joyce Blyth, Wellington County collector. with the patent date around the middle. “The balls in Ontario are plain as compared to the wide range of designs and colours found in the U.S. Most of what are left on the farm buildings in Ontario is the plain round opaque white or blue,” says Blyth, adding it is rare to find balls on buildings these days. “The more colourful ones have been removed and are in private collections. The glass balls were also favourite targets for boys with BB guns.” When she began her collection, much of the hunt took place outdoors on excursions

Wellington County Collects - Guelph-Eramosa resident Joyce Blyth, right, is the first local collector to have her work displayed in a new series of exhibitions featuring collectors from across Wellington County. Curatorial assistant Amy Dunlop, left, is coordinating the exhibitions, which will feature a new collection every four months.

noticed lightning rod balls as a youngster,” she says. “We had a plain round white one on the family farmhouse in Erin Township.” Car vases Accumulating small coneshaped car vases are another of Blyth’s hobbies. She picked up her first pair for $50 at a Pilkington Township farm auction in 1975. “The farm wagon was loaded with all sorts of small items from around the farm and under a pile of objects were two striking cobalt car vases; which I pulled from the box. I can’t remember ever seeing these types of vases before, but I knew exactly what they were; I must have seen them as a small child on either my grandfather’s or father’s car,” she recalls. “That Christmas my husband gave me an amber vase and I was off on a new collection. He would give them to me every Christmas for many years. We used to go to a lot of shows in the States where we would find them. Don’s friend also looked for them at shows for me too,” said Blyth, adding she no longer adds to her vase collection because they have become too expensive to be a good investment. Made in a variety of colours and types of glass, car vases were sold individually but were often purchased in pairs. Fresh flowers as well as artificial flowers were used in the vases. Blyth is not certain when auto vases were first introduced and speculates they may have been available in the horse and buggy era. However, she notes,

they were shown in the 1916 Canadian Fairbanks-Morse accessory catalogue. The vases became popular again in the mid-1920s. From 1927 to 1931, car vases were sold from the Eaton’s catalogue, priced from 85 cents to $1 each. The vases were made by a number of different glass companies in United States. The metal brackets that held the vases are rarer now than the glass vases. “They would have been scrapped with the old cars whereas the pretty glass ornament was often saved.” The vases are often associated with the classic Volkswagen Beetle, which came with a vase. Blyth was excited to learn the new version of the “Bug” launched in 1997 came with a vase, but was disappointed to discover they were “plastic and very plain.” Raggedy Ann dolls In the mid-90s, Blyth began collecting Raggedy Ann dolls, after she noticed the stuffed toys turning up at antique shows in the U.S. “Collections in the United States are probably two or three years ahead of what were doing in Ontario,” she explained, adding that she started picking them up at garage sales back home in anticipation of an

increase in value. The doll has an interesting history, dating back to 1915 when writer Johnny Gruelle made one for his daughter Marcella, after she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. The male version of the doll, Raggedy Andy, was introduced in 1920. Marcella died at the age of 13 after being vaccinated at school for small pox without her parent’s consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccinations and Raggedy Ann was used as a symbol of an anti-vaccination movement. The dolls make up the smallest part of Blyth’s collection. She has about 20 of them, which she allows her granddaughters to play with. With much of her collection currently at the museum, Blyth has a little more space in her home, where she says all three collections are kept on display. “There’s nothing in boxes,” she notes. That’s in keeping with one of her primary reasons for collecting the items the first place, which is sharing them with others. Blyth’s collections will be on display at the museum until May 12 during museum hours.

CAR VASES - Collector Joyce Blyth notes that other small cone-shaped vases are often mistaken for car vases. Genuine car vases can be recognized by a small indentation in the glass where the set screw for the mounting bracket would have fitted.

PAGE FOUR Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, January 18, 2013

Senior LIFESTYLES Walk for Memories fundraiser is Jan. 27

GUELPH - January is Alzheimer Awareness Month across Canada. The Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington is hosting its annual Walk for Memories, presented by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, on Jan. 27 inside the Old Quebec Street Shoppes and Office Suites in Guelph. Registration for the walk begins at 9am. The event includes entertainment, refreshments and fun

New bus on the road for EWCS seniors day program ERIN - There was much excitement on Dec. 19, as those involved with the seniors program waited for delivery of the new bus that has taken several years to purchase. East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) thanked the community for its support in helping to raise the required funds to purchase a new bus for the Seniors Day program. “It is awesome to have this vehicle finally here,” said Sherri Plourde, manager of Seniors Services. EWCS has been providing the day program for frail seniors and other services for seniors since 1987. Day Program participants are referred through the Community Care Access Centre in Guelph, and must meet certain eligibility requirements (i.e.- a form of physical disability, dementia, or socially isolated) in regard to their level of functioning, to obtain admittance to the Day Program. Caregivers welcome the break which the Day Program provides to them, and the seniors benefit greatly from the day out with other seniors. A typical day in this program begins with the 18-passenger wheelchair accessible

activities for everyone. There are many prizes to be won. A Walk for Memories will also be held inside the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex on Jan. 27 beginning at 9:30am. All proceeds from these two events will go to the Alzeimer Society of GuelphWellington to help fund local programs and services. To register or pledge a walker, visit or call 519836-7672.

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Alzheimer Society tackles stigma of dementia during January campaign

TORONTO - Imagine a close friend tells you she has dementia. Would you avoid her for fear of being embarrassed by what she might say or do? According to a recent poll by Alzheimer’s Disease International, 40 per cent of people with dementia reported they had been avoided or treated differently after diagnosis. It’s no surprise, then, that one in four respondents cited stigma as a reason to conceal their diagnosis. That’s why, this January during Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society is launching a nation-wide campaign called See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia.

Its goal is to address myths about the disease, shift attitudes and make it easier to talk about dementia. Canadians are also invited to test their attitudes and perceptions in an online quiz at the Society’s website, www. Stereotypes and misinformation are what prevent people with dementia from getting the help they need and stop others from taking the disease seriously. Dementia is more than having the occasional “senior moment” or losing your keys. The truth is it’s a progressive degenerative brain disorder that affects each person differently.

It’s fatal and there is no cure. “Dementia really challenges the values we hold as a society and what it means to be human,” said Mary Schulz, Director of Education at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. “We need to stop avoiding this disease and rethink how we interact with people with dementia. Only by understanding the disease and talking more openly about it, can we face our own fears and support individuals and families living with dementia,” Schulz said. Today, 747,000 Canadians have dementia. While dementia can affect people as young as 40, the risk doubles every five years after 65.

“A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t immediately render a person incapable of working or carrying on with their daily life,” explains Schulz. “Many people with this disease tell us they want to continue contributing to their community and remain engaged for as long as possible.” In fact growing evidence shows that involving people with dementia in meaningful activities that speak to their strengths helps to slow the progression of the disease and will improve their well-being. “Inclusion benefits all of us,” adds Schulz. The number of Canadians with dementia is expected to


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The OMAFRA Report A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 5pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website: www. DAIRY HOUSING DESIGN SEMINARS Calf Housing - Feb. 28, - Woodstock OMAFRA office Free Stall Housing - Feb. 26 & 27, 2013 - Woodstock OMAFRA office Tie Stall Housing - Jan. 31 - Milverton Recreation Complex To register by phone or for more information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or 519-8264047 or e-mail: STUDENTS SPEAK OUT! Farm Management Canada Excellence Award for Agricultural Students The Farm Management Canada (FMC) Excellence Award for Agricultural Students is a scholarship competition that is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm business management. Submissions are collected from students across Canada and three winners are awarded a $1,000 cash prize to help further their education in agriculture. The award is a great way of connecting with the next generation of farm managers while challenging them to reflect on the important issues facing the industry.


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Wellington County Farm And Home Safety Association

Annual General Meeting & Banquet Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Alma Bible Church - 7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Rick Howard Claims Manager at Peel Maryborough Mutual Insurance For more information and tickets contact: Walter Grose 519.846.5329 $15 per ticket

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Students are asked to submit videos, responding to the following question: Why is innovation an important aspect of a farm’s success? How can farm business management be innovative? Please provide examples. Farm Management Canada must receive the completed online application form no later than Feb. 28. The names of the winners will be announced in March. Visit: 2012 AGRICULTURE IN ACTION RESOURCE GUIDE IS NOW ONLINE! Agriculture Development Branch supports Ontario’s thriving and growing agricultural sector by providing business and organizations tools, knowledge and information needed for the future. We understand the challenges faced by agriculture and produce resources and programming to provide solutions to improve innovation and competitiveness. Through collaboration with agriculture industry and academia, we promote high quality agriculture production through technology/knowledge transfer including our Agriculture in Action 2011-12 resource guide. The 2011-12 summary projects are categorized in four themes: • Farm Business Development • Production Innovation • Plant Health • Animal Health Just take 10 minutes and learn about the activities and initiatives. COMING EVENTS Jan. 19 Farm$mart Agricultural Conference, Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph. Jan. 19 Beef Symposium, in conjunction with the Farm$mart Conference. Check for details at: Jan. 22 OMAFRA’s “Good Agriculture Practices” Webinar Series: Getting Started in Food Safety, 12:00 noon. Learn how to identify the role food safety plays in farming operations; ana-

lyze the associated risks and what good agricultural practices are and how they apply. This module will also explain the resources OMAFRA has to offer to help reduce your risks. Webinar details/ registration at: Jan. 25 & Feb. 1 Growing Your Farm Profits at Elora OMAFRA meeting room at 9:30am to 3pm To sign up, go online: www. or phone Liz at 519-638-3268. Jan. 30 Grower Pesticide Safety Course in Elmira, 8:45 a.m. To register, phone Farmers Plus at 519-669-5475. Jan. 30 & Feb. 6 Environmental Farm Plan at Elora OMAFRA meeting room, 10am to 3pm. Call John at 519-846-3394 for more information. Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 32nd Annual Guelph Organic Conference and Expo. Full details available at: Feb. 1 Grower Pesticide Safety Exam, Guelph at 10am. To register, phone Woodrill Farms at 519-821-1018. Feb. 5-6 0SCIA Annual Meeting, Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, 591 Wellington Road South, London. Registration: Amber Van De Peer 1-800-265-9751, ext 63152 or email: or Feb. 5-7 Canadian International Farm Show, Toronto. Check: Feb. 6 & 7 Canadian Dairy Xpo, Canada’s National Dairy Showcase, Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford, Ontario. Check the website: Feb. 13 Grower Pesticide Safety Course at 9:00 a.m. and Separate Exam 2:45 p.m., Harriston. To register, phone Cargill at 519338-2015. Feb. 20 Grower Pesticide Safety Course at 8:45am and Separate Exam at 3pm, at Elora OMAFRA boardroom. To register, phone the Ontario Pesticide Education Program at 1-800-652-8573.

OFA: Placing rural priorities on the next premier’s agenda By Mark Wales, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture GUELPH - With Ontario’s Liberal leadership race in its final weeks, events have taken a positive turn for rural Ontario. That’s because every one of the seven leadership candidates currently in the running for Ontario’s top job has addressed rural issues and several have incorporated a detailed rural strategy as part of their campaign. This development demonstrates recognition of the importance of rural Ontario, and it means we can be assured that the awareness created in this campaign will carry forward beyond the Jan. 26 leadership convention to Ontario’s

legislature and the next election. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is focusing on four key areas in our talks with politicians and policy makers in the coming year. First, we will pursue the development of a provincial agriculture and food strategy. OFA has already done extensive work on a National Food Strategy, which incorporates the contributions of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and our colleagues across the country. Consistent with the National Food Strategy, any provincial initiative must include agreed upon principles and measurable outcomes to guide the development of Ontario agriculture and

food-related policy. Second, OFA will work with the new premier to create a reliable and affordable energy system in Ontario. Ontario farm businesses require access to sustainable energy, generated through socially and environmentally responsible methods. The OFA also seeks revisions to the current regulatory environment. We will continue to request a seat at the table when new regulations that impact agriculture are developed, and we will seek improved processes for how those regulations are enforced, to ensure they are respectful of farm businesses and farm properties. Finally, OFA plans to con-

tinue to press the provincial government for meaningful investment in rural Ontario. We look for a commitment to ensuring rural Ontario residents have access to a similar range and quality of services and infrastructure as their urban counterparts. With a leadership election in sight, the OFA looks forward to getting back to the business of lobbying on behalf of Ontario farmers. We look forward to contributing to hearing the discussion from each candidate in the coming weeks on strategies for a stronger rural Ontario, and we look forward to working with the next premier on issues that matter to Ontario agriculture.

Elora Farmers’ Market raises funds for food bank

ELORA - Food demonstrations at the winter version of the Elora Farmers’ Market are offering a series of events, including soup demonstrations. On Jan. 19, it is mushroom day at the market, featuring chef Peter Skoggard demonstrating a mushroom-based soup. The owner of Windy Field Farms will talk about the many

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uses and benefits of mushrooms and sampling some of her lovely recipes. There will be soup tasting offered. On Jan. 26, the Flowers to Fragrance booth is offering a for massage demonstration. The farm, located near Harriston, grows lavender and other specialized flowers that are then pressed right on the farm for their essential oils. ‘A massage specialist will offer hand and foot massages using massage oils from direct from

the farm. The market vendors, who include farmers and food producers, raised $180 for the Centre Wellington Food Bank from the last two soup demos, with vendors donating ingredients, and the customers who enjoyed the food. Peter Scott’s inspired reenactment of the fable of Bone Button Borscht was a successful part of the December soup demonstrations. The Elora Farmers’ Market

takes place each Saturday from 9am to 1pm throughout the winter featuring local foods and artisan products. There is a kid’s activity table and a musical busker on site to entertain us all, in the indoor facility of the Grand River Raceway, located a 7445 Wellington County Road 21. For more information visit or on Facebook at Elora Farmers Market email us at elorafarmersmarket@gmail. com.

Canadian 4-H Council celebrates 100 years OTTAWA - The Canadian 4-H Council has announced a series of initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada. “More than two million young Canadians have enriched their lives and the lives of others through their 4-H experience,” said council president Rob Black. “Our centennial celebrations and activities reflect that legacy and point the organization towards to the future.” The 4-H centennial projects include: - a national food drive that will see 4-H members and clubs across Canada collect food and

cash donations for local food banks with the objective of setting a record for the most food collected by an organization in one year; - a centennial gala evening to be held in May in Winnipeg to give a nod to the importance of food production, sustainability and the role of youth as future agricultural leaders; - a campaign called “$100 for 100 Years” that will give past and present 4-H members an opportunity to donate to a legacy fund for future programming; - a Canada Post-issued commemorative envelope marking the 4-H centennial; - a video competition

called Shout Out for Ag to give 4-Hers the opportunity to create a 30-second video expressing a positive message about agriculture, as an extension to 4-H provincial public speaking programs; - a living history web site of the past and present of 4-H in Canada; and - a global 4-H Youth Ag Summit to be held in Calgary, in August, with delegates from more than 20 countries to discuss overcoming the challenges of feeding a growing world. For more information on Canada’s 4-H Council, visit


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Moorefield hurler picked for Team Canada squad for Maccabi Games MOOREFIELD - Lydia Kalbfleisch of the Durham College women’s fastball team has been selected to represent team Canada at the 19th annual Maccabi Games. This year’s event will take place in Israel from July 17 to July 31. Kalbfleisch, a Moorefield native who played competitive ball in the Palmerston Marlins organization, will be joining Durham women’s fastball assistant coach Rosemary Theriault on team Canada (Theriault was selected as a co-coach at the international event). The Maccabi Games are quadrennial “Jewish Olympics,” held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from around the world compete in Open, Masters, Juniors, and Disabled competitions. The games are one of the top three gatherings of athletes in the world. Over 7,000 athletes rep-

LYDIA KALBFLIESCH resent over 55 countries and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in their respective sports. Upon learning she had been selected to team Canada, Kalbfleisch was excited about

the opportunity and challenges ahead. “I was overjoyed and excited at the same time,” said Kalbfleisch. “I felt so privileged to receive the opportunity.” Kalbfleisch is in her first year of the sport management program at Durham College. She had an outstanding freshman year with the Lords, earning a silver medal at the provincial and national championships. She was second in OCAA wins (five) and had a 3.80 ERA with 29 strikeouts. Along with the excitement of the games, Kalbfleisch is also looking forward to the level of competition she is going to see at the national level, while keeping her expectations in check. “I am hoping that we do really well as a team. I would ultimately like to win gold, but if we don’t, then I will [still] feel honoured representing my country.”

Taking the shot - The Centre Wellington Fusion house league Atom team, Orange Crush, competed recently in the Schomberg Red and White tournament, featuring eight teams. The team beat Innisfil in the first game by a score of 5-0, then beat Schomberg 5-1 before dropping the final 4-0 to Oakville. Taking a shot, in game two, is Jax Grover, with Matt Strachan (14) looking on. submitted photo

CW Softball hosting food bank fundraiser FERGUS - The Centre Wellington Minor Softball Association Inc. will host its annual Pancake Breakfast Food Bank Fundraiser on Feb. 16. The event takes place at Sam’s Family Burgers in

Fergus from 8 to 10am. For a food bank donation or $3 donation, diners will receive pancakes with coffee or juice (side of bacon is $1). All proceeds support the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

Registration dates for the league are Feb. 2, March 9 and April 13 from 12 to 2pm, and April 27 from 9am to 3pm at the Fergus sportsplex in boardroom A. For more information visit


ENTERTAINMENT Canadian ballet legend, choreographer take a turn teaching at local dance school by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - It is not every day that young ballerinas in a small town get the chance to work with two internationally-renowned Canadian ballet dancers. But on Jan. 4, that day arrived, as the Fergus Elora Academy of Dance hosted Carolyn Zettle-Augustyn and Frank Augustyn. “To have the opportunity to work with two very important dancers is incredible. It’s also a great opportunity to work with different teachers, which is important for young dancers,” said Erica Finlayson, owner and artistic director of the Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance, located on the upper level of the Elora Centre for the Arts. The timing of the workshop coincides with the 40th anniversary of Augustyn’s first place win for best pas de deux, with dance partner Karen Kain, at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1973. His career includes the role of principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada and the Berlin Opera Ballet. Augustyn was artistic director of the Ottawa Ballet and has continued his work teaching in the United States. He is an officer of the Order of Canada. His wife, Zettle-Augustyn,

is an award winning choreographer. She founded the Academy of Dance in Waterloo before moving to the United States, where her numerous accomplishments include being appointed dance director for the Huntington Center for Performing Arts and assistant artistic director of the Long Island Ballet Theatre. She is a ballet faculty member at Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts. “This has been an amazing experience for my students and other students from other dance schools,” said Finlayson. She coordinated three different master classes for dancers aged six and up, inviting students from dance academies throughout the region to participate. More than 40 male and female students registered to fill the spots. “It is lovely to teach and give back what I’ve learned,” Augustyn said, noting his career will be very different from the future of these students, given the changes in the training (including a focus on body and mind health), the accomplishments of sports medicine and the overall athleticism of the art. “I want these students to be better than my generation,” Augustyn said. “This is an opportunity to


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Ballet masters - Erica Finlayson, left, of the Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance, welcomed renowned choreographer Carolyn ZettleAugustyn and former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada Frank Augustyn. The pair offered master classes for students aged six and up on Jan. 4 at Finlayson’s studio at the Elora Centre for the Arts. photo by Kelly Waterhouse expand their exposure to the art form,” added Zettle-Augustyn. “It’s about doing something physical and artistic.” For the male students in the classes, Augustyn, who began ballet at the age of 10, acknowledges it is not an easy path.

“For little boys who want to dance, there is still a stigma attached to it,” he said, adding he hoped his work that day would encourage them to look beyond it. “I know my mentors for dance were at the National Ballet of Canada. I had expo-

sure to others that went through this and made me feel like I wasn’t alone,” Augustyn said. “It had great significance. Today, when I see male dancers in the studio and I know my role is to mentor them.” Zettle-Augustyn enjoyed working with the young dancers and hopes it will inspire some to pursue their artistic dreams. “To open that window of opportunity could change everything,” she said. The couple admits they stumbled on Elora’s art centre by accident during their honeymoon in the village several years ago. It was the chance encounter with the heritage building that had the dancers offer the workshops to Finlayson. “People are drawn to the arts communities and we are drawn here,” said ZettleAugustyn. “We would like to come back and collaborate with Erica again.” Finlayson hopes to make that happen in the near future. The Fergus-Elora Academy


of Dance is located at 75 Melville Street. For more information visit

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FLU SEASON Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person. The flu causes fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, joint pain, and weakness. Some people – including infants and children, adults with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes and cancer), and the elderly – are at greater risk of complications. In Canada, the flu season generally runs from November to April. The best way to prevent the flu is to get your flu shot from a free public health clinic, your doctor, or another flu clinic. You can get your flu shot through your doctor’s office or one of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s regular immunization clinics. For more information, visit

TURKEY Rhubarb Concert The Marden Branch will be hosting a concert by children’s band TURKEY Rhubarb to celebrate Family Literacy Day. TURKEY Rhubarb’s music is for clapping, dancing and singing along. Come and join the fun! Marden Branch, 519.763.7445 Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 am All ages. Please register. eBook Workshops There are still a few remaining eBook workshops in January! Learn the basics to help get you started downloading FREE eBooks from the library. Please register. Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 pm Erin Branch, 519.833.9762 Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 pm Clifford Branch, 519.327.8328 Backyard Bird Feeding Workshop We’ve invited Wild Birds Unlimited from Guelph to come to the library and teach us everything we need to know about feeding birds in our own backyards this winter. Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 pm Rockwood Branch, 519.856.4851 Adults, please register.

Is your child entering Full Day Kindergarten? Your local school and service providers are committed to working towards providing special needs services that consider the best interests of families and their children as the Full Day Kindergarten Early Learning Programme unfolds. If your child has special needs and you have questions about how services will be provided in Full Day Kindergarten, contact the people working with your child or the school principal for more information.

The vision of Safe Communities Wellington County as part of Parachute is “To make Wellington County, the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and play in Canada.” On November 22, residents and representatives from private, public and non-government organizations met to prioritize seven injury categories and to identify the top three priorities for Wellington County. We extend a sincere thank you to all those who participated and assisted with the exercise. The top three injury prevention priorities identified were: • Falls - includes all falls • Motor Vehicle (On / Off Road) - All on road motor vehicle collisions (cars, buses, motorcycle etc), all off road motor vehicle collisions (ATV, snowmobile etc) • Intentional Self Harm - All purposely self-inflicted injuries hanging, drug overdoses etc (suicides and attempted suicides) To learn more about Safe Communities Wellington County visit: The winners of the gift cards for the Safe Communities Wellington County survey were: Pooja Kothari, Yvonne Schieck, Bonnie Moebus, Hilary Eastmure, Brenda Law, Matthew Lubbers, Jason Swan and Lauren Voisin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.


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