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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Family & Children's Services of Guelph & Wellington needs Volunteer Drivers in the cities of Elora/Fergus and immediate surrounding area, to provide transportation services to and from appointments for children and families. Mileage reimbursed /orientation and training provided. Please contact Eva Marmurek at 519-824-2410, ext. 509.

FEBRUARY 5 Another winner - This week's draw of Fergus Elora Retail Alliance (FERA) shop local was at A Weed Bit Natural: Eco-Store. On hand were, from left: chamber general manager Roberta Scarrow, chamber past president Garth Green, Avril Pallagi Murray, shop owner Jodi Pallagi, Jorja Pallagi Hastings and chamber business directory coordinator Heather Andrews. Congratulations to Colleen Trudeau, of Elora, who has won a $50 gift certificate to Herbal One Fergus. The FERA draw next week will be from Jammed Lovely. The following week, a ballot will be drawn from Pamper Me Pet contributed photo Supplies.

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Optimist Club of Puslinch, Community Euchre. 7:30pm. At the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Refreshments provided. 50/50 draw. All Welcome.

FEBRUARY 6 Listowel Legion Robbie Burns Dinner & Dance - Dance to "Fare Enuff" 6pm. $25/person. *** Running until April 4, Arts of China. A travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. Guelph Civic Museum, 6 Dublin St. S., 519-836-1221. Chinese history, culture and classic traditions come to life through the explorations of three materials closely associated with China-jade, bronze and ceramics. Regular admission. Open daily 1-5pm. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating 8pm - 9:50pm Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($8 on Band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** Fergus Legion Cribbage Tournament. Registration 11:30am. Start 1pm sharp! $20 per team. *** Fergus Fall Fair Dance. 8:30pm-12:30am. Presenting “Bill Beattie’s Band”. Elora Community Centre. Tickets $20 per couple. Door prizes, late lunch. Age of Majority. Call John Broadfoot for tickets. 519-843-1055. *** Feb. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8pm, Feb. 7 at 2pm- Elora Community Theatre presents "Having Hope at Home" a new Canadian play. Tickets available at Fergus Grand Theatre 519-787-1981. *** Erin - Video Dance Party. 7-10pm. Centre 2000 Youth aged 7-14. $10 admission. *** Crown Cemetery Annual Meeting, 1pm, Duffs Church, Puslinch. For more information contact Darlene Harrietha, 519-822 0874. All Welcome. *** Knitting Workshops. Some prior knitting experience would be helpful. Knitting with Wire and Beads, 10-12pm. Make a necklace and/or a bracelet. Bring your own needles (4-5mm straight or circular). Two-handed fair-isle knitting, 1:30-3:30pm. Learn to work gorgeous colours into your knitting quickly and easily. Bring your own needles (any length circular, 4-5mm) and whatever wool you’d like, or practice on our stash. For more information, Call Rebecca at 519-994-0064.

FEBRUARY 7 Open Jamboree at the Mount Forest Legion Branch 134. 1:305:30pm, General Admission - $2, Roast Beef Dinner - $12 (including admission). Musicians no admission, $5 for dinner. *** Fergus Legion Super Bowl party. $5 per person. Chili & Sausage on a Bun. 4pm. *** Gardening Conference. Elora & Salem Horticultural Society presents five speakers, lunch, door prizes, garden items. $35 in advance; 9am - 3:30pm at Elora Legion, 110 Metcalfe St., Elora. 519-846-5533. *** Super Bowl Party Harriston Legion #296 Doors open at 3pm. Chili Cook Off – everyone welcome to enter. Judging to take place at 6:30pm. *** St. George’s Anglican Church Harriston 4:30-6:30pm pancake & sausage supper (all the pancakes you can eat). Dessert included. $8 per person. Everyone Welcome. *** Super Bowl Sunday at the Elora Legion Br. 229. Roast Beef dinner at 5pm, prizes, and big screen TVs. Tickets $20 each for dinner and prizes. Come out and join the fun. *** Fundraising evening of Prayer and Sacred music for Families in Haiti. 7:30pm. St. John Church , 131 Georgina St. Arthur.

FEBRUARY 8 Harriston & District Horticultural Society meeting, at 7:30 pm, Harriston-Minto Community Auditorium. Speakers-Margaret Reidt "Planting by Signs of Moon & Companion Planting" and Willa Wick "Towel Folding".

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Parkinson’s Society, Guelph-Wellington Chapter 2pm Zehr’s Community Room Imperial Rd/Paisley Blvd. Guelph. A nutrition expert from the Health and Performance Centre, Nutrition Department U of G will speak to us about “Nutrition for the Parkinson Patient”. Contact: Chris Young 519-829-1749.

“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

FEBRUARY 10 Rockwood & District Lioness Euchre & Bridge Night. Rockmosa

Community Centre, Rockwood at 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch & prizes to follow. *** Euchre, Harriston Legion #296 Start at 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. *** The Grand Quilt Guild meet, at 7:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus. Guest speaker Millie Cumming featuring Spicing up Quilts and Block of the Month is Spring. Everyone welcome.

FEBRUARY 11 Casting call at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh, for “A Sting in the Tale” a murder mystery by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, directed by Jo Phenix. 7:30pm. Character and plot details at Information 519-8554586. *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm, $2.50 includes lunch and prizes. *** “Creative Music Festival/Symposium” Bob Gluck, the acclaimed American pianist and composer of electronic music and installation works kicks off the start of the Creative Music Festival. Concerts start at 12:10pm. MacKinnon Room 107 (Goldschmidt Room) School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph. Admission FREE – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone Welcome! *** Arthur Seniors Bid Euchre- every Thursday at 1pm. Arthur Senior Citizens’ Hall. Everyone welcome. Call 519-848-3469 for more details. *** Free In -Home Care and Long -Term Care Home Placement Information Sessions. 5 – 6:30 pm. Activity Room 2 Evergreen Seniors Centre 683 Woolwich St., Guelph. Fully Accessible. To register, call Patti Hirsch, Waterloo Wellington CCAC, 519-8835500 Ext. 5190. *** The Guelph Field Naturalists and Jeremy Shute present The Ghost Rivers of Guelph at the Arboretum, U of G Campus at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. Goodwill donations are appreciated.

FEBRUARY 12 Teachers in Concert Valentine Gala, 7:30pm at New Life Church, 400 Victoria Rd. N., Guelph. Admission: $15 / Children: $5, Silent Auction opens at 7pm. Come hear some of Guelph's most talented music teachers! *** Spaghetti Dinner, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 19 Flamingo Drive Elmira. Continuous service 6-7pm. Take out available. Tickets $8.50- adults, $4.50 children 6-12, 5 and under free. Call 519-6693387 for tickets. *** Chilifest- 11:30-1:30pm at the Fergus Legion. Join in on the fun and help the Community Resource Centre support families in our community. Tickets $10. Plus a silent auction.

FEBRUARY 13 EWCS and Erin and District Lions Club are hosting the Mayor’s Valentine’s Dinner and Dance $75 each, catered by David’s Restaurant, and dancing, with music provided by the Itchy and Scratchy Band. Door prizes, silent and live auctions, opportunity to meet with the mayors from both the Town of Erin and the Township of Guelph Eramosa. For ticket information please call Sue at 519-833-9696 x 226. *** Arthur Seniors Euchre 1pm. Arthur Senior Citizens’ Hall. Everyone welcome. Call 519-848-3469 for more details. *** Listowel Legion Texas Horseshoes - Register at 11am. $5/person. *** Spotlight On Heritage 9:30-5pm. Stone Road Mall, Guelph, Guelph Museums and other local heritage groups organize displays to celebrate Heritage Day at Stone Road Mall. 519-8361221. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating 8pm - 9:50pm Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($8 on Band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** Valentine Soup & Sandwich Luncheon and Bake Sale Knox Calvin Presbyterian Church. 135 Elora St. S., Harriston. Lunch $7. *** Jamming at the Drayton Legion, 2-6pm. Come to play, sing, dance, enjoy. *** Come out and chat with old friends, meet new ones; browse through old photos and explore your family tree! There will be some books for sale. Light refreshments available for purchase. A donation of a Toonie is appreciated. Sponsored by the Eden Mills and District Community Club. *** Maryhill CWL & Kof C Valentine Supper. Ham & Scalloped potatoes. 5:30pm, 7pm. Adults $14, children $7, 5 and under free. Must purchase tickets in advance. Call Mike at 519-648-3394. *** Continued on page 11

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Erin Radio: Commitment to community keeps small station going by Chris Daponte

Jay Mowat, chairman of the board, and Jessica Mott, producer of The Motts show

ERIN - It’s been well over three years since Erin Radio’s first broadcast, but the small community station continues to evolve. “We’re still trying to find our feet,” Jay Mowat, chairman of the station’s board, said with a smile from the station’s second floor studio overlooking Main Street in the village of Erin. The 50 watt station, operated by about 70 regular volunteers and 35 program hosts on 101.5FM, regularly tinkers with programs and personnel to see what fits. “We try to do as much local programming as we can,” Mowat said, adding the station tries to play one local song an hour, and also produces two regular 60-minute local music programs. In addition to a myriad of spoken word programs and musical styles ranging from rock, pop and country to jazz, soul and blues, the station also offers live reporting from local events like elections, Remembrance Day services, Santa Claus parades, fall fairs, the Erin Rodeo, the home and lifestyle show and most recently, the Olympic torch relay. “We try to get out into the community and connect with them,” Mowat said. “We try to be as plugged in locally as we can.” Erin Radio started in October of 2006 in response to the apparent need for a local emergency broadcaster, Mowat explained. After the infamous blackout of August 2003, Nestlé Waters Canada offered free bottled water to Erin residents, but many were unaware of the local company’s donation. That caused a few people in town, including Mowat and Erin Mayor Rod Finnie, to muse that a local radio station would help keep residents informed during such emergencies. A small group of very dedicated volunteers, including Mowat, Brett Girven and David Spencer, took the idea and ran with it. Over the next few years, with the help of the town and other generous benefactors, local support for the idea grew. “This is a very good community for volunteerism, and residents really support us,” Mowat said. “I think the community likes what we’re doing.” He stressed the support of the municipality - both financially and otherwise - has been

instrumental in the station’s success. “The town has been incredibly good to us,” Mowat said, noting council’s 2006 donation of $10,000 helped cover half the cost of a new generator, which allows the station to operate during power outages. The town also supported Erin Radio’s original Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) application in 2005 and provided written and financial support ($2,500 in 2008) to help the station with its initiative to increase its broadcasting area. Finnie said council tries to support any organization that provides a benefit to the community, and thus far its relationship with Erin Radio has worked out well. “It’s been a great addition to our community; it adds an immediacy to our ability to communicate with residents,” Finnie said. “We think they’re important to have.” In the beginning the main task was getting word out that Erin Radio was actually on the air, Mowat said, “But now the job is getting regular listeners.” With that in mind, station officials will be launching a marketing drive this spring to better inform residents of scheduling and the various programs offered by the station. But if Erin Radio really wants to gain more listeners, it first has to increase its power and change frequencies. Currently, its 50 watt signal can be received within a five

kilometre radius only, meaning that even in nearby Hillsburgh the municipality’s other major residential area, which is known for its rolling hills - the reception can range from poor to non-existent. Officials want to increase the station’s power five-fold, to 250 watts, in order to expand its range to include the entire municipality; and they also want to build a larger tower. Those moves would go handin-hand with a change in frequency, from 101.5 to 88.1FM.

Durham Radio Inc. - one of the Guelph applicants - seeking a new radio station in Orangeville on what Mowat suspects will be 101.5FM. “At the end of the day I’m quite happy Orangeville is getting its own radio station,” he said. “I think having more radio stations is a good thing.” But the Orangeville station, despite having a relatively “small footprint,” could still “knock us off the air,” he added. It also wouldn’t surprise Mowat if there were more

“We try to get out into the community and connect with them ... We try to be as plugged in locally as we can.” - Jay Mowat, chairman of the Erin Radio board “We’re unprotected right now,” Mowat said, explaining that anyone could step in and also use the 101.5 frequency and interfere with Erin Radio. Stations that broadcast at 51 watts and higher are considered protected. In August of 2008, Erin Radio was threatened by three Guelph companies seeking applications to use the same 101.5 frequency. Fortunately, about a year ago the CRTC denied all three applications because it was “not convinced that the Guelph radio market could support the introduction of new commercial radio services at this time.” But the issue has come up again; this time with

applications out of Guelph for the 101.5 frequency next year. “There’s very little room for anybody any more on the FM spectrum,” Mowat said, explaining why so many companies are after the 101.5 frequency. So Erin Radio officials applied on Jan. 5 for a change in frequency to 88.1, as well as an increase in power to 250 watts. They hope a funding agreement can again be reached with the town, as costs could range from $20,000 to $30,000 for a new transmitter, antenna and signal processor. Mowat expects to hear back

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from the CRTC sometime in March. In the meantime, volunteers are ramping up their fundraising efforts - including another Ontario Trillium Foundation grant application to replace provincial funding that ran out last summer - to accommodate for slumping ad revenue. “We’ll always sell advertisements, but I don’t think we should be dependent on them,” Mowat opined. Station officials are also excited about new programs, in particular the December arrival of the husband-and-wife team of Paul and Carol Mott, formerly of Newstalk Radio 1010AM in Toronto. “They bring a whole new cache. It’s a very professional show,” Mowat said of the Motts. “We’re very happy with the relationship.” Erin Radio has formed a partnership with the Motts, who were laid off from Newstalk 1010 in August and now distribute their show online at Because they own a hobby farm just south of the village, the Motts agreed to record the show at Erin Radio, weekdays from 11 to 12pm, with plans to move to two hours very soon. They are offering the show to any radio station that wants it, with stations in Bolton and Caledon already signed on. “It’s worked out perfectly,” Carol Mott said of the partnership with Erin Radio. “We’re just thrilled.

We’re having so much fun ... The people there are so enthusiastic and helpful.” It doesn’t hurt, she added, that the Motts are now their own boss, nor that the trip to the station is only five minutes including a stop for coffee, as opposed to the long commute to the Toronto area. And while the Motts may be the station’s newest hosts from the Erin area, they certainly aren’t the the only ones. In fact, all Erin Radio hosts live within a 30 minute drive, with all but a handful from right in the Town of Erin. Also, the station just might be shaping the careers of future broadcasters through its involvement with Erin District High School (EDHS) students. Since its inception the station has always welcomed coop students from the school, and last year, with the help of a $10,000 grant, it started “The Sesh,” a 30-minute program featuring EDHS students that runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30pm and is also broadcast at the school. “We’ve got a good connection with the youths of Erin, which I think is pretty cool,” Mowat said, adding it’s all part of the station’s ongoing commitment to its community. “All of this and nobody gets paid,” he said with a laugh. For more information on Erin Radio, visit

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Valentine Day proposals Oftentimes Valentine's Day is seen as the perfect time for popping the question. After all, what better day than a day devoted to love to start the journey of a new life together? Valentine's Day is known for many symbols, all of which can be used as the backdrop for your proposal to ensure that it is memorable and special. If you want to propose on Feb. 14, here are some ways to do just that. * Propose on bended knee at sunset on the beach. Even if

potential to induce euphoria -it's best to learn how to put your best kiss forward, especially in time for Valentine's Day. The Perfect Kiss In a society where so many things are fast-paced, a good kiss should not be -- especially if you want it to be remembered in the Kisses Hall of Fame. Gauge the moment, lean in slowly and rest your head against your partner's. Use a finger under the chin to lift his or her face toward yours. In a fluid motion, touch your lips gently together and begin to build kissing momentum. Kiss as though you have all the time in the world, and there's no one else but the two of you on earth. Deepen the kiss as seems fit, and don't let it extend beyond its natural life. Kissing Dos and Don'ts Do embrace and share other

sweet tooth. Unsweetened chocolate: This is pure cocoa that has no sugar added. It is commonly referred to as baking chocolate, and is bitter and not eaten right out of the package. Bittersweet chocolate: While still bitter, bittersweet has some added sugar. Generally high in cocoa solids (up to 75 percent), bittwersweet chocolate contains more cocoa butter than unsweetened varieties. Semisweet chocolate:This chocolate is slightly sweetened during processing. It may contain a little more sugar than bittersweet, but still a high percentage of cocoa solids. Bittersweet and semisweet chocolate are often interchangeable in recipes, but semisweet seems to be the preferred chocolate for bakers. Milk chocolate: This is the sweetest variety of chocolate with the most sugar, milk and least amount of cocoa solids

(perhaps 20 percent). Milk chocolate is commonly used for candy bars. It is not good for baking because the milk protein can interfere in the texture of the finished baked product. White chocolate: Some argue that white chocolate isn't real chocolate. That's because it is made from sweetened cocoa butter with added vanilla and milk solids, but contains no cocoa solids. However, since it contains cocoa butter, which comes from cocoa beans, it is a chocolate derivative. German chocolate: German chocolate actually has nothing to do with Germany, but with a man named "German" who created the confection. It is a dark chocolate but sweeter than semisweet. Conveture: A high-quality baking chocolate that contains more cocoa butter than regular chocolate. Conveture means "to cover," and it is often used for coating truffles or in frostings.


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Valentine’s Day trivia Valentine's Day comes but once a year. Test your knowledge of these interesting facts surrounding the day of love. Answers follow. 1. It is estimated that how many Valentine's Day greeting cards are sent each year? a. 500 thousand b. one million c. one billion d. ten billion 2. What percentage of women send themselves a Valentine's Day card? a. 10% b. 25% c. 5% d. 60% 3. Valentine's Day evolved from what ancient Roman festival? a. Lupercalia b. Festivus c. Bacchanalia d. Cupidis 4. Cupid, the winged cherub who aims his arrows at wouldbe lovers, is the son of what Roman god?

a. Jupiter b. Penelope c. Venus d. Zeus 5. In what year did England's King Henry VIII declare February 14th an official holiday? a. 1537 b. 1692 c. 1402 d. 1954 6. In what Shakesperean play is Valentine's Day mentioned? a. "Romeo & Juliet" b. "Anthony & Cleopatra" c. "Hamlet" d. "Macbeth" 7. Which prominent NYC building played a role on Valentine's Day in the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle"? a. The Chrysler Building b. The Flatiron Building c. City Hall d. The Empire State Building 8. In the 17th century, a hopeful maiden ate what kind of

egg after pinning five bay leaves to her pillow to help her dream of her future husband? a. fried egg b. hard-boiled egg c. scrambled egg d. poached egg 9. What percentage of roses purchased on Valentine's Day are red? a. 100% b. 50% c. 69% d. 84% 10. Beginning in the 1980s, what industry really started promoting their products as perfect for Valentine's Day gifts? a. the diamond industry b. the chocolate industry c. the greeting card industry d. the floral industry. Answers: 1. c, one billion. Valentine's Day is the second largest seasonal holiday for sending cards

behind Christmas. 2. b, 25% 3. a, Lupercalia. This is a fertility celebration that was commemorated annually on February 15. 4. c, Venus, the goddess of love. 5. a, 1537 6. c, Hamlet. "To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. 7. d, The Empire State Building 8. b, hard-boiled egg 9. c, 69%, according to the Ipsos-Insight for the American Floral Endowment's Consumer Tracking Study (2004) 10. a, the diamond industry

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Avoid burning the toast; some tips for wedding party speakers Timing may be everything, but wording is not far behind. Consider one of the most famous toasts of all time, Humphrey Bogart’s words to Ingrid Bergman, “Here’s looking at you, kid.� That is from the legendary 1942 film, Casablanca. Now trade “kid� for another endearment. No big deal? Maybe. But Bogie probably would have achieved another kind of

immortality if he had raised his glass to Bergman and said, “Here’s looking at you ‌ babycakes.â€? Likewise, if you are the best man, maid of honour, or other wedding party speaker, you should be aware of the trust that has been placed in you to say exactly the right thing. A wedding toast should be “brief, personal, and customized to the occasion,â€? accord-

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ers, Owen Wilson offers good advice that echoes Barnhill: “I think you're better off going with something from the heart. Honestly.� Remember, a friend or family member has chosen you to fulfill a special role on that special day. This is your chance to speak with love and make the day complete. Mount Forest Motivators meets at St Mary’s Family Life Centre on Tuesdays at 7pm. The club’s goal is to help people conquer public speaking fears. The group has joined forces with 12,000 other clubs, as part of Toastmasters International – a nonprofit organization serving more than 250,000 members in 106 countries. For more information about Toastmasters International, visit Since its founding in 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than four million men and women develop their public speaking skills and become confident communicators at work, at home, and yes, even at parties.

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Making memories: Unique ways to pop the question Many people, men and women alike, are on the prowl for unusual and memorable ways to propose marriage to their loved ones. The proposal can be simple, with just the two of you and a few props, or it can be based on an elaborate scheme requiring complex planning and numerous accomplices. The key to a successful, out-of-the-ordinary marriage proposal is the element of surprise, so fitting a proposal into "normal" or everyday activities helps to keep your intended off guard. Here are some ideas that may inspire you to create an enduring and treasured memo-

ry for decades to come. Public Performances If you're feeling brave and are fairly sure the answer will be "yes," consider popping the question in front of hundreds, if not thousands of onlookers. * Ask while at the movies, on the big screen! Most movie theaters have repeating advertising slides before the previews that can be purchased. * If you're sports fans, let the scoreboard do the talking or make arrangements with the public address announcer at a sporting event. * Skywriting or a plane flying a banner is an old-fashioned and romantic way to propose. You can both have an

intimate and private marriage proposal, while still proclaiming your love to the world. * Hang up a series of signs along the road your loved one regularly travels on their way to work or school, proclaiming your love and spelling out your intentions while you wait by the last sign with a ring. The Game of Love Take a chance and make your big move during a quiet evening of playing games or solving puzzles. * Purchase a blank jigsaw puzzle and be creative. Work on the puzzle together with the ring ready the moment all the pieces fall into place. * A game of charades with

family or a few close friends is a perfect way to pop the question without your partner ever seeing it coming. "Four words, the first word sounds like..." * There are different ways to spell it out using Scrabble tiles. Secretly pick out the right letters ahead of time and spill those special words from your tray, just as your partner reaches into the bag of tiles and pulls out a box containing the ring. The Great Outdoors Being outside, spending time together relaxing and sharing a common interest may be the perfect moment to surprise the one you love with the big question. * While out fishing, sailing

or at the beach, let your partner discover a bottle you prepared with your proposal message tucked inside. * If golf is your game, have an accomplice ahead of you,

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on everything from what gifts to register for to what color linens to have at the reception." According to a 2007 survey of recently married couples by The Knot Wedding Network, the groom was significantly involved in planning: 36 percent of grooms were 'very involved' and 57 percent of grooms were 'somewhat involved.' Respondents to a GroomsOnline poll indicated similar numbers, with 38 percent of grooms 'very involved' and over 60 percent 'somewhat involved.' It also seems that brides-tobe are excited about sharing responsibilities. It takes the pressure off of them to get everything done within a hectic schedule. Provided the groom checks in with her about some of the decisions, today's bride is enthusiastic about a groom who wants to be involved. She may see this participation as a reflection of what will come in

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Reign in wedding costs What bride and groom hasn't envisioned doves launching into the air while trumpets herald their union; horse-drawn carriages; a Vera Wang gown; and a guest list of 200 or more? Many couples want a dream wedding full of extravagance and fun ... that is until they realize how much it will cost.

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There's no rule that says you have to have a three-course, sitdown dinner. A cocktail party is perfectly acceptable. Just be sure to note the type of party on the reception card of your wedding invitation so guests can plan accordingly. Reception halls often try to up-sell different packages and "extras". Resist the urge to add on to the event -- unless you really have your heart set on something. For example, do you need the gourmet cheese platter or the extended dessert bar? Why not skip the flambe? There will be plenty of food and guests will be satiated even if you skip these goodies. Reign in the Open Bar Alcoholic beverages can be a large expense at a wedding reception. Instead of having guests pick up the tab for their own drinks to save money, offer a limited bar of only wine, beer, soft drinks, and perhaps a signature cocktail. It can cut costs dramatically. Also, eliminating the champagne toast can rein in costs.

Rent Instead of Buy There are many ways to save money by renting wedding components instead of buying them outright. Groomsmen already have the right idea by renting formal wear. The bride and her bridesmaids can rent gowns as well. Some brides wonder why they should pay several hundred dollars for a gown they'll only wear once and then have sit in the attic. Did you know you can even rent wedding cakes? Some bakeries will provide a styrofoam cake that's decorated to perfection, which can be placed on display. Then a less aesthetically pleasing sheet cake is substituted, which is cut into slices for the guests. Flower Power Another budget-eater is flowers. Choosing in-season flowers can help cut costs, but so can reducing the ratio of flowers to other fillers. Consider mixing flowers with greenery or even fruit in centerpieces, which will be much

less expensive. Tell your florist what you want to spend and make sure he or she sticks to that budget. Reassess the Guest List You certainly may want to invite every third cousin once removed. However, it's simply not practical if you're trying to keep expenses low. If you haven't spoken to someone in years, do not feel obligated to invite him or her to the wedding. Also, talk with your parents about keeping their contribution to the guest list within reason. Their personal friends and business associates may need to be limited if it means making room for immediate family. These are just a few suggestions for marrying on a budget. Another way to keep expenses in check is to hire a wedding planner. While it may seem like a luxury expense, he or she can actually help keep costs down, and may have insider information as to where to save money with certain vendors.

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Tradition states that wedding cakes are to be tiered masterpieces featuring white cake and white frosting. However, today's modern couples are going in decidedly different directions with their wedding cakes. Often the dessert is as varied and unique as the couple themselves. Wedding cakes can be created to match couples' individual styles and tastes, as well as the color scheme of the wedding. Shapes and sizes can be

mixed and matched depending upon what the bride and groom envision. Working closely with a skilled cake artist can yield a truly exceptional confection. Here are some ideas for embellishing wedding cakes and making them mirror the personality of the wedding. * Consider a different shape other than standard round or square tiers. How about something that ties into your theme, such as a seashell or a sandcastle for a beachside wedding?

* There are many decorating styles available and you may not have to go with the traditional buttercream icing. Rolled fondant can be cut and shaped into a variety of embellishments. Talk with the cake designer about his or her specialties in cake design, and ask to see a look-book of past cakes created. Be sure the person whose work you are reviewing will be the actual person doing your cake. * Consider matching the

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Spice up your wedding using an eye for theme and details Many prospective couples want their wedding to be unique, in an effort to bring even more excitement to their memorable day. Some adventurous couples have said their "I dos" underwater, decked out in full wedding regalia ... and a scuba tank. Others have plunged out of airplanes and committed to one another in a free-fall beneath the clouds. Yet, if you want something different, but not so "exotic," you could try a theme wedding. Brides magazine predicted that theme weddings would be a fast-growing trend, Limited only by your own imagination, and can run the gamut from fairy tale to western to ethnocentric. If you're considering a theme for your event, here are some ideas to get you on the right track. Determining your theme Discuss your collective

interests with your future spouse. It will be a good jumpstart for determining a theme that appeals to you both. Themes can be as basic or as creative as you'd like. For example, if your wedding day is during an autumn month, a natural theme is a harvest wedding, replete with ripe pumpkins, corn husks, orange-hued decor and fresh apple cider. Or, play upon your heritage and culture. Incorporate native dances, embellishments and menu items into your ceremony and reception for a day that is not only memorable, but dear to older generations. If you've always been a fan of Disney flicks but can't make it to Walt Disney World, consider throwing a Cinderella-themed wedding instead. Ride to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. Wear dainty glass-slipper-inspired shoes with your

billowing ball gown. And ensure that your future husband is an enchanting Prince Charming. Eye for detail Feel free to get extravagant with the details of your theme wedding. After all, the decor, wardrobe and special touches you include will help solidify the theme. Some items to consider: * Use coordinating accessories. Repetition of a common element is a simple way to carry out your theme. If you want a butterfly wedding, use pillar candles with butterfly accents and napkin rings adorned with butterflies, and hang delicate twinkle lights to simulate butterflies in flight. * Involve your guests. While it's fun for you and the wedding party to be swept up in the theme, don't forget to include your guests in the fes-

tivities. A Renaissance wedding may inspire guests to dress in period clothing. Word invitations and seating cards in Old English to keep the tone of the celebration consistent. However, remember that not all guests may want to don a corset or carry a sword to the festivities! Keep participation voluntary and everyone will be smiling. * Expect naysayers. Some family members or friends may not be receptive to your theme idea. Express that it is your big day and you reserve the right to have the party you desire -especially if you're paying for the event. To keep the peace, try to incorporate some traditional elements where possible. Your theme wedding is certain to be memorable and will certainly be talked about for a while if done right. While a wedding is the beginning of a

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How to say ‘Thank You’ ... with a personal touch It is customary for the bride- and groom-to-be to show their gratitude to all of the people who will make their wedding day special. Weddings today feature people who have roles that go beyond the traditional, like interior decorators and musical soloists. It's important to remember to thank everyone who contributes to the celebration. Thank-you gifts should be something thoughtful and enduring. Avoid fad or gag gifts. These gifts should be presented at a pre-wedding occasion. It's customarily done at the rehearsal dinner. Crafting personalized remarks is a nice way to call

attention to the unique tasks of each wedding participant. Don't simply pass the gifts out in one fell swoop. This way the gift will have more meaning through a personal message. Don't let thank-you gifts be forgotten. Start thinking of gift ideas early on and plan for any extra time for engraving or other personalization. Groomsmen When selecting gifts for groomsmen, think about a gift they would like but probably wouldn't buy themselves. This can be cuff links, a fine watch, money clip, or a high-quality wallet. Feel free to splurge a little more on the best man. Bridesmaids

Traditional gifts for bridesmaids are different types of jewelry. Monogrammed stationery, a spa treatment, or another pampering session. As you have with the best man, feel free to bestow a little more thanks on the maid of honor with a more lavish gift. Younger bridal party members can get a similar gift, but one in scale with their ages. Clergy Many couples choose to make a financial donation to their house of worship. Additional tipping or monetary gifts for musicians, alter boys/girls, etc. can also be a thoughtful gesture. A donation toward an officiant's vestments

may also be appreciated. Parents of the Bride and Groom The couple may choose to bestow a gift on their parents, which can be especially meaningful if the parents are taking care of the financial responsibility of the wedding. Jewelry or fine gifts in similar scope to that of the bridal party are good ideas. Consider engraved picture frames that can house a wedding portrait down the road. Others Readers, soloists, ushers, etc. can be given a small token of your appreciation, like a gift card or a personalized memento.

Responsibilities of the wedding party As weddings have become less regimented and more expensive, the traditional bridal party is often pared down to a best man and a bridesmaid or two. Their roles, however, have remained constant through the years. Whether the wedding you've got in mind is large or small, formal or casual, conventional or original, it's helpful to have a sense of the roles that bridal party members have played through the years. * Maid of Honor - Usually the closest friend of the bride and sometimes a relative. A married, divorced, widowed, or older woman might be called the matron of honor. She assists with the details of the wedding plans, like shopping for the bridal gown, addressing invitations and choosing flowers. She arranges the bridal shower in conjunction with the bride's family, is in charge of coordinating the bridesmaids and organizing fittings, and typical-

ly signs the couple's certificate of marriage or wedding license as a legal witness. At the reception, she should stand immediately after the groom in the receiving line. * Best Man - Commonly the groom's best friend, relative or not, the best man is in charge of instructing the ushers and coordinating the groom's transportation to the ceremony. He usually holds the rings until the ceremony and will also sign the marriage certificate as a legal witness. At the reception, he holds a place of honor, escorting the maid of honor in the receiving line and in all other wedding party activities. He's also the toastmaster, offering the first toast to the couple. * Bridesmaids and Ushers Typically friends or relatives of

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ENTERTAINMENT Local youths offered chance to star in chorus for High School Musical DRAYTON - Local youths will have the opportunity to star as chorus members alongside professional performers in Drayton Entertainment’s production of Disney’s High School Musical, which runs from April 21 to May 15 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity again to give aspiring young performers the chance to appear on stage and work side by side with professional actors in this energetic and family-friendly musical,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. Open auditions will be held on Feb. 20 at John F. Ross CVI, at 21 Meyer Drive in Guelph, from 10am to 1pm, for students of the Upper Grand District School Board only; and from 2 to 5pm for students of the Wellington Catholic District School Board only. Auditions are open exclusively to students in grades 9 though 12. Students do not need to prepare any material for the audition; they should bring a recent photo and comfortable clothes and shoes for the movement audition. Addi-

tional information is available at In order to involve as many local students as possible, 48 area high school students will be cast in the ensemble alongside Drayton Entertainment’s acting company. To accommodate the rigorous schedule of the full-scale professional production, the student performers will be divided into groups of 12, with each group taking the stage for eight performances. High School Musical is a stage version of the recordbreaking Disney Channel original movie that tells the story of two teenagers: Troy, a popular high school basketball star, and Gabriella, a shy, academically gifted newcomer, who discover they share a secret passion for singing. When the two decide to audition for the lead roles in the school musical it threatens East High’s social order and sends their peers into uproar. In a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo, the “jocks,” the “brainiacs,” and even the “drama kids” are soon hatching elaborate plots to separate the pair.

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GUELPH - River Run Centre presents Pavlo, Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez on Feb. 12, at 8PM. The three guitar luminaries have created a collaborative show – blending Mediterranean magic, triumphant fusion, and Latin fire. Separately, Pavlo, Emmett and Lopez have forged brilliant solo careers garnering numerous international accolades and critical praise. The trio came together in the summer of 2008, over an excellent meal and an intense jam session in northeast Toronto. The collaboration has resulted in a joint release, Trifecta, a group of songs dedicated to the romantic spirit of the guitar, and an extensive Canadian concert tour, with many shows already sold out. They are from different backgrounds. Canadian-born Pavlo is a first generation Greek whose ability to combine the Greek bouzouki with Latin flavour results in a

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Guelph Horticultural Society meetings Old Tyme Dance 8pm - 12am. Band - "Marion's Country Band", $10 per person, light lunch provided. St. John Parish Centre, 130 Georgina St., Arthur.

FEBRUARY 14 Hoot and Howl. Guelph Lake Nature Centre 2 – 4pm. Please register at 519-836-7860. This is a great way to spend an evening with your family. We will be going out on a night hike to look for owls and coyotes. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly. Program fee: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family of 4. *** The Artisan Belles of Belwood are hosting a Valentine's Day Art & Craft Sale 12-4pm. Handcrafted Alpaca items, yarn, photo art, quilting, working wooden locks & more. See the Alpacas too. 011405 E-W Garafraxa TL (old 8th line). Call Wendy 519-8431663 for more info. *** Alma Optimists FREE Family Fun Day Wallace Cumming Park in Alma, Skating 12:30 - 1:30 at rink. Tobogganing, sleigh rides, cross country skiing. serving hot dogs, hot chocolate. Come and enjoy. *** Upper Credit Humane Society Valentine’s Day open house 15pm, 5383 Trafalgar Road, Wellington #24. Show some love to the needy cats at the Shelter. Meet and play with our over 100 cats who are excited to have more people to love. Be a Valentine and make it a purrrrrrfect day! For more information call the shelter at 519-833-2287.

FEBRUARY 15 Family Heritage Day 1-5pm. 6 Dublin St. S., 519-836-1221. Enjoy an afternoon with the family at Guelph Civic Museum. ½ price admission. *** Second casting call at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh, for “A Sting in the Tale” a murder mystery by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, directed by Jo Phenix. 7:30pm. Character and plot details at Information 519-8554586. *** Monticello United Church Annual ham and scalloped potato supper. 4:30-7pm. Adults $12.50, children $5. Pre school – free. Tickets at the door. *** Family Day Games and Potluck Supper at Elora United Church. Games 3-5 pm, bring your favourite board games. Potluck Supper 5- 7pm. Everyone welcome. Call Barb 519-846-2542 for more info. *** Family Day Free Skating 1:30-3:30pm. Fergus Arena, Ice pad ‘B’. Face painting, hot chocolate and cookies. Sponsored by Claire Welsh, sales representative, Remax.

FEBRUARY 16 The Schizophrenia Society, Guelph and area monthly meeting. 7:30pm at the Evergreen Centre, 683 Woolwich Street. Anyone touched by or interested in Schizophrenia is welcome. Info. 519822-8781. *** Wellington County Dairy Producer Committee Annual Meeting. 10:30 – 3pm, Drayton PMD Hall. Panel will discuss the effectiveness of supply management. Contact Bill VanAndel 519-6383447 or Debbie Brander 519-856-9957 for tickets. *** Pancake supper and bake sale. Arthur & Area Community Centre. 5-7pm Adults $12, children 10 & under $5, preschool-free. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society presents the results of its Photographic competition at Marden Community Centre/Library. 7:30pm. Refreshments follow meeting. Jean 519-822-5289. *** Pancake Supper. 5 - 6:30pm, Melville United Church, corner of Tower and St. Andrew St., Fergus. Pancakes, sausages, homemade hash browns, drinks, ice-cream, fresh fruit. At door $7/person, $20/family with children under 12. Call 519-843-1781. *** Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5-7pm. - All Saints Anglican Church, Erin - Tickets available at door - All proceeds to Primate's World Relief and Development Fund - Additional information 519-833-2272. *** Pancake Supper at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Mount Forest. 57pm. $7. *** Pancake Supper 5 -7pm St. Alban’s Church, Grand Valley. Adults/teens $8, Children $ 4. Tots free. All you can eat. *** All you can eat Pancake and Sausage Supper. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Alma. 5-7pm. Adults $9, children 6-12 $4, under 6 Free, Family $22. *** Pancake Supper, St John's Church – Elora, 5-7pm. Pancakes (with pure maple syrup), sausages, ice cream, beverage. Adults: $8, Family: $20 (mom, pop & kids). *** Westminster-St. Paul's church at 206 Victoria Road North, Guelph holds its annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday. Served continuously 4:30 - 6pm. Cost is $7 per adult, $3 for children under 10 or $20 for a family. For details and tickets call the church office at 519-824-5221.

FEBRUARY 17 The Guelph & Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) free public talk. MP and Guelph citizen Frank Valeriote will talk about his historic home and the fascinating story of how he came to acquire it. 7- 9pm. 10 Carden Street, Guelph (opposite City Hall). Susan Ratcliffe 519-8228236. *** Until March 7 -Theatre Orangeville presents the touching and compelling World Premiere Comedy - Freedom 85. This twowoman multi-character comedy will introduce audiences to the magic of euchre, memories of wartime Britain, romance and love. To book tickets call the Theatre Orangeville Box Office at 519942-3423.

FEBRUARY 19 Brighton Chapter O.E.S. Euchre in the Masonic Hall, St. Andrew St., Fergus. For more information call Betty or Roy at 519-7878250. *** Euchre, Harriston Legion #296. Start at 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 /person. Bring a partner.

FEBRUARY 20 An Awareness Training Seminar to promote hope and healing. 9am-1pm. Lunch included. Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 88 Main Street East Drayton. Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact: Teresa Dekker 519-638-5916. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating 8pm - 9:50pm Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($8 on Band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** “Winter Magic” Dream Auction in support of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. This event features both live and silent auctions. Doors open at 6:30pm. Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West. Tickets $50. Call 519-826-4204. *** Arthur Seniors Euchre Everyone welcome. Call 519-848-3469 for more details. *** Country Breakfast at Rockwood United Church, Harris Street Rockwood. Come on in and warm up. Adults $7, Children $5, Family Deal $20 (2 adults and 2 or more children). For more information call 519-856-9298. *** Chalmers/Three Willows United Church 53rd Annual Curling Bonspiel will be held at the Guelph Curling Club with dinner following at Three Willows United Church. For further information Email:

FEBRUARY 21 Listowel Legion Sunday Brunch at Parkview Gardens.10am-2pm. $5/plate. *** Mini Golf Tournament at the Palmerston Legion. 4 per team, call 519-343-3919 to register team. *** Jamboree, Harriston Legion # 296. Admission $5. Doors open at 12pm. Entertainment starts at 1pm. Supper $10. Musicians, Singers, Dancers and Spectators Welcome. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Bowl for Kids. At Woodlawn Bowl, 253 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph. Great prizes! For pledge sheet or more info. call 519-7870106.

FEBRUARY 23 Elora Centre for the Arts presents From Camera to Computer with Sylvia Galbraith. 7- 9:30pm. For information call 519-846-9609. *** Ontario Genealogical Society Bring and Brag 7:30pm. Zehrs Community Room, 1045 Paisley Rd., Guelph. Members will talk briefly about problems and successes they have had in researching their family trees. Contact: Susan Edwards ( to be put on the program. For all meetings more information can be found at or 519-836-3999. Free admission for all meetings.

FEBRUARY 24 “Beat the Winter Blahs" dinner for St. Andrew's, Mount Forest. 6:15pm. Reserve now, don't wait: call 519-323-2217. $10 each. 50 only available. *** Until Mar. 31- Lunches in Lent: Wednesdays, St. Alban’s Church, Grand Valley. 11- 1:30pm. Homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts. $7.

FEBRUARY 25 Elora Centre for the Arts and Heritage Centre Wellington present Heritage Lecture Series. Heritage Restoration: Meet the Experts. Ask the Experts - If you are interested in restoring an old house, or have other questions ask the panel for advice. 6:30pm at Elora Centre for the Arts. $10 non-members, $8 for members. $35 for series of 4. 519-846-9698. ***

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Guelph Township Horticultural Society begins its 2010 year with results of the photographic competition being shown at the Marden community centre, 7369 Wellington Road 30 on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The meeting begins at 7:30pm. As usual, a delicious lunch follows the meeting. Memberships will be for sale, which include a card giving discount at two of the organization’s local sponsors, and the yearbook with all the show schedules and tips on gardening and exhibiting. A cast of interesting speakers is scheduled for the year including mini demonstrations of making miniatures, hand held bouquets, corsage making, and herb drying and preparing the garden for winter. Another trip to South Western gardens is planned for the summer. All look forward to the March pot luck supper when major awards for 2009 are pre-

sented. Work continues on the Enabling Garden. Check out the spring bulbs and roses while sitting on the benches provided. This project is a cooperation between the horticultural society and the Township of GuelphEramosa. Saturday, May 1 the group is planning a plant and bake sale to be held at the Marden location. As always organizers appreciate the donations of members` and friends` perennials, suitably potted and labeled. A new venture is also a booth at the Guelph Home Show, at the Guelph Legion on York Road from Feb.19 to 21, where members will display the winning photos, do flower demonstrations, have an activity centre for youth, and sell memberships. The society invites all interested to its meetings. Notices are in the local papers, including the Wellington Advertiser.

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HOROSCOPES - For the first week of February ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 It'll take a while for you to get moving this week, Aries, but once you do, there will be no stopping you. Pace yourself, however, or you could burn out much too fast. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 This is a good time to concentrate on your finances, Taurus. Re-examine your budget or make a plan for the new year. Bills pile up later in the week and will need addressing. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Put on a happy face even if you aren't in the mood, Gemini. It'll make getting through the week a little easier. You are a master at hiding your true emotions. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 What are you trying to prove, Cancer? Taking on too much isn't going to win you points with the higher-ups. It'll quickly tire you out and then your performance will suffer. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Making new friends comes easily to you, Leo. You have a magnetism, which will certainly come through this week. Others are ready to do your bidding. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Slow down, Virgo. This breakneck pace you've been keeping is a recipe for disaster. Things will still be there if you arrive at them at a slower pace. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 If you don't concentrate on where your money is going, pretty soon you will be in the red, Libra. Use your time wisely to sit down and examine your finances.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You need a vacation, Scorpio, so simply take one. Don't be concerned about the consequences; your mental health is more important at this point. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Changes are in store and that worries you, Sagittarius. Learn to embrace a little variety in life and you'll be a wellrounded person. A financial windfall is on the horizon. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Focus on friends the next few days, Capricorn. You never know when you may need to ask a favor from them. A scheduling conflict arises on Wednesday. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 There's not much you can do to change a present situation, Aquarius, and that is frustrating. Channel your energy into something you can tackle to take your mind off the other. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 With Pisces birthdays on the horizon, start thinking about how you would like to spend your special day. Let loose.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS • County Council passed its 2010 budget with a modest 2.6% increase. • The new Mount Forest library branch will officially open on March 19, 2010. • Curbside collection of bagged household garbage and blue box materials in the rural areas of the Town of Erin will begin in May. • Puslinch Library Branch to be redeveloped this year.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED ... to stop blue box contamination Non-recyclable items (styrofoam, flower pots, etc.) are being placed in the recycling bins at waste facilities. These “contaminants” must be removed by hand and sent to landfill - a costly and inefficient process.

RECREATION & CULTURE (RACC) FAIR The RACC Fair offers the residents of the Town of Erin a forum to sign up for their favorite recreational activity. Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Centre 2000 in Erin Contact: Lisa Hass, Town Manager, at: 519.855.4407, ext. 223, or

Family Day

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Please place only acceptable items in the recycling bins

is Monday, February 15th!

If you are unsure about what to recycle, please ask an attendant or contact SWS. For more information, contact Solid Waste Services (SWS): 519.837.2601 or 1.866.899.0248.

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life Wellington Terrace recognizes the importance of leisure and recreation for all residents. Community tours of our facility are available every Thursday. For more information, please contact Wellington Terrace, at: 519.846.5359.

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