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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 10, 2012

Drop-in scrapbooking workshops It used to be that women would gather for quilting bees a time for a social outing while making a quilt for long winter nights. Scrapbookers may not be quilting with fabric but they are weaving their families’ memories into storybooks to share with future generations. The Eramosa Eden Retreat Centre, between Guelph and Rockwood on Indian Trail, is offering a series of scrapbooking workshops in its new art studio. Anyone with boxes or discs of photos they want to sort into a scrapbook can attend the workshops, which are being held every other Thursday, starting Feb. 9 at either 1 to 3pm or 7 to 9pm (or both). Attendees should bring

photos and a scrapbook. Paints, brushes, glues, all kinds of coloured paper, embellishments, fancy wools and fabric, beads, and a collection of stamps and stencils from which to choose, will be provided, plus access to a large library of art books for inspiration and guidance. Resident artist Gloria Nye will share her skills and experience in composition, stamping and collage techniques, Iris paper folding, paper making, applying embellishments, etc. The cost is $15 per session (pay as you go). Eramosa Eden is a non-profit charitable organization. For more information or directions visit www. To register, phone or email Gloria Nye at 519-856-0380 or glorianye@

Ariss and District Lions offer Family Day events The Ariss and District Lions Club is hosting its their second annual Family Fun Day on Feb. 20. The event will be held at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre on Wellington Road 30 in Marden. Doors will open at 10am and close at 5pm. Cost for the day is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five (each additional person is $2). The club has added additional bouncy castles and amusements, including miniature golf. There will also be two areas for toddlers and a food booth with hotdogs and pizza. Coffee and hot chocolate is free, compliments of Royal

Distributing, of Guelph. Around the track area there will be displays, including face painting at the Cats Anonymous booth for a donation to their medical operation, the Lions Foundation of Canada with guide dogs, wall climbing from the Grotto and many more. A child’s BMX bicycle has been donated by Steele and Ferraro Insurance Brokers Ltd., of Guelph, and one lucky child will be going home with a new bike. Each child will get a ballot to fill out and put in a drum at the bike display on the track. All proceeds from the Family Fun Day will go to the work of the Lions Club, both within the community and worldwide.

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The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all including bus trips, fitness, computer, dance, health and wellness, arts and music, general interest and everyday drop in programs. Registered programs may be taken by anyone over 18 years old. Don’t be disappointed register early for all programs and seminars. Check out our website at or call 519-787-1814. *** 55-Plus Seniors Club at The Salvation Army Fellowship Hall. 1320 Gordon St. Guelph. Wednesdays, Noon–2pm. Bag lunch, conversation, fellowship, exciting programs. Bring own Mug, coffee/tea provided. Info. Cathy Kelly 519-856-0969. *** Celebrate Your Freedom to Read at Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch. Celebrate the freedom of words. Set a word-bird free! Decorate a bird with a word and symbolically free it. The birds will be flown in the library throughout February. *** Ladies Bible Study-weekly starting in February in Fergus. For more information call 519-843-3671, ask for Ricki Kroezen.

Fri. Feb. 10

“A Taste of Italy” Pasta Dinner, Puslinch Community Centre. 6pm. Hosted by: Rotary Club of Guelph South. Adults - $15, Children (5-12 yrs.) - $10, Children (5 & Under) - $2. For ticket info. contact: Margaret Nixon: 519-824-0852. Proceeds to Support Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre. *** Chili fest. 11:30-1:30, Fergus Legion $10. Come out and support the Community Resource Centre. *** Dance, Royal Canadian Legion Palmerston. 8pm. $10 at the door. 
Music by The Country Versatiles.
Everyone welcome.

sat. Feb. 11

Hoot and Howl. Please call the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 519-836-7860 to register. 7-9 pm. 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. There will be a short introductory slide show before we head out on the prowl. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($10 on band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship! *** Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Barrie Hill United Church. 3 course roast beef dinner and entertainment. For tickets contact Tim at 519-763-2661. Ticket price $25 each. Proceeds to the Barrie Hill Kitchen Renovation Fund. 5702 Wellington Rd. 29, R. R. #5 Rockwood. *** Maryhill K of C and CWL Valentine Supper. Two seatings 5:30, 7pm. Adults $15, children 11 and under $7. Advance tickets only. Please specify desired seating. Call Mike Runstedler 519-6483394 or Doug Zinger 519-648-2939. *** Valentine Soup & Sandwich Luncheon & Bake Sale. Knox Calvin Church, Harriston. 11am-1pm. Adults $8, 10 years & under $4. *** The Minto Arts Council presents a special double bill concert with Dan Jeffares, lead guitar/singer of The Bearcats and Melissa Bel, Canada’s newest Blues Diva. Harriston United Church, Fellowship Hall at the corner of Young and John Streets in Harriston. 8pm. $15 per person. For ticket info. phone 519-3278529. *** Karaoke in the Palmerston Legion clubroom. Starts at 9pm. *** Arthur Legion Valentine’s Bazaar, 1:30-3pm. *** Old Time Dance. 8pm-12am. $10/person, light lunch provided. Band - Country Ways. St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St., Arthur. *** Jamboree at the Drayton Legion, Saturday 1:30-5pm. 15 Elm St Drayton. Come play, sing, dance & enjoy.

sun. Feb. 12

Sundays @ 3 Series. The Kevin Ramessar Trio. A Unique Valentine – the lyricism of classical guitar, the passion of jazz and the power of a rock anthem. 3pm. Admission at the door: $20/Students $5. Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W. Guelph. 519-821-0610. *** K9 Helpers Service Dogs Inc. fundraiser. Valentines Tea & Silent Auctions at the Delta Hotel in Guelph 2pm-4pm. Tickets are $40 - or a table of 10 for $350 available at

Mon. Feb. 13

The Harriston and District Horticultural Society meeting. Harriston-Minto Community auditorium. Speaker Jeff Davis. Lunch. Everyone welcome.

Tues. Feb. 14

King & Queen of Hearts Luncheon in support of the North Wellington Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation! Clifford United Church. 11:30am-1:30pm. Tickets: $8 at the door. Includes soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage & chances to win great prizes! For more information call 519-837-4858. *** RCQG February meeting 7pm at the Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road, Guelph. Meeting will showcase Dianne Bergmann. Diane is a fabric landscape artist. Guests are welcome for $5 each. Membership is available. Email Judy.

Wed. Feb. 15

Waterloo Rural Women Day. Calvary United Church, St. Jacobs. Speakers: Andrea Gal: “Rural Women a Hundred Years Ago”. Peggy Bauman: “Farm Family Dynamics”. Pre-registration required, contact 519-664-3794 ext. 237. *** The Guelph-Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), invite you to join us in a special preview tour and celebration of the new Museum facilities in the refitted Loretto Convent. Special guests. Former Loretto Convent, 52 Norfolk Street, corner of Cork Street. 7pm. Contact Mary Tivy for more info. Free, all welcome. *** Arthur Legion General Meeting 8pm. *** Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting: 7:30pm. Victoria Park Centre, Fergus. Topic: “Wildflowers of Ontario”- Speaker: John Reaume. Everyone welcome. For more info. call Roberta at 519-843-5892.

Thur. Feb. 16

Introducing a Brand New Book Club for Kids! Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch. The “Believe it or Not Book Club” for kids in Grades 1-4. Weird and wonderful stories, crafts, food and fun for all! 4-5pm. Please register 519-843-1180. *** The Art of Storytelling Workshop With Sya VanGeest of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers at the Main Branch of the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk, Guelph. Contact 519-829-2152. *** Jamboree St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St. Arthur. 7pm. For cancellation info. due to weather call 519-848-6723.

Fri. Feb. 17

Euchre, Harriston Legion #296. Start at 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 20th Anniversary. All are welcome to join for an open house celebration of the ribbon cutting of the Centre. Light refreshments will be provided. 1-3:30pm at 683 Woolwich St. for more information please call 519-8231291. *** Until Feb. 19- Elora Community Theatre presents Norm Foster’s hilarious comedy “SELF-HELP”, Fergus Grand Theatre. Directed by Jude Winterbottom. Fergus Grand Theatre. Call the box office at 519-787-1981. *** St. John’s United Church, Belwood - Euchre 7:30pm. *** Arthur Legion Wing Night 6–8pm. All you can eat. No take outs. Entertainment by Lindsay Morgan.

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Adult/ Senior Ice Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Fergus Brass Band playing centre ice/ cost $10. Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship! *** The Upper Credit Humane Society’s Thrift Shop, 68 Main St N. (Moore Park Plaza) Georgetown, 5th anniversary! 10am-4pm. Door prizes, raffles, and complimentary light refreshments available. For info. call 905-702-8661. *** Country Dance. Alma Community Hall. $10. Dance Continued on page 15

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Wellington County roots: Local players making an impact on lacrosse’s pre-eminent stage by Chris Daponte

WELLINGTON CTY. - One player jokes that he emerged from the womb with a stick in his hands, while another didn’t play organized lacrosse until he was 13. A third is currently in his seventh season with the same professional team although no Jr. A team expressed interest in him. And yet another turned down the opportunity to play Jr. A and is now with his ninth professional team in eight years. But all four men shared the floor on Jan. 28 for a National Lacrosse League (NLL) game at the Saddledome in Calgary - more than 2,500 kilometres from where their junior lacrosse careers began with the Elora Mohawks. Dane Dobbie, of the Calgary Roughnecks, and Kasey Beirnes, Rob Marshall and Jamie Rooney, of the Toronto Rock, ultimately took different paths to box lacrosse’s pre-eminent stage, but all four speak fondly of their roots in Wellington County. “It’s just a great place to play. I miss it a lot, actually,” Dobbie said specifically of Elora. Now one of Calgary’s top offensive threats - he tied for the team lead with 75 points last year and had 14 through four games this season Dobbie played two years for the Jr. B Mohawks in Elora before heading west in 2005 to play with the Jr. A Burnaby Lakers in British Columbia. He made the move in part because he admired Curt Malawsky, Burnaby’s coach at the time and now assistant general manager and assistant coach for the Roughnecks. Being accompanied by close friend and Mohawk teammate Jamie Lincoln helped make the decision easier. Dobbie, 25, certainly doesn’t regret moving out west. After all, he won the Minto Cup national championship in his first year with Burnaby, was drafted fourth overall by the Roughnecks in 2007 and won the NLL championship there two years later. And though he


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now calls Coquitlam, BC, home, he hasn’t ruled out an eventual move back to Ontario. For now, Dobbie enjoys squaring off on the lacrosse floor against guys like Beirnes, Marshall and Rooney, who still reside in Wellington County. “We’re all pretty tight ... it’s good to see four of us in the NLL who came out of the Elora Jr. B system,” Dobbie said. “Those guys are great guys and I always like to see them doing well.” Like Dobbie, Beirnes is a forward who was born in Fergus and raised in Elora. But Beirnes, 31, picked up the sport relatively late, at age 13, whereas Dobbie has played the game for as long as he can remember. “I was pretty much born with a lacrosse stick in my hands,” Dobbie jokes. His family ties to the sport - his father, Larry, has been a fixture in the minor and junior lacrosse systems in Centre Wellington for decades, and his grandfather, Bob, is a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame - left him little choice when it came to summer sports. Beirnes, who registered 40 points last year with the Rock and was third on the team with 11 points through four games this season, said his family was also heavily involved with lacrosse, but for some reason he played baseball as a young boy. That is until Gerald Benham, who would go on to serve as president for the Fergus Thistles Jr. C team, convinced him to attend a local lacrosse camp. “At that point I think I had my fill of baseball and I was kind of bored with it,” Beirnes said. “I don’t think I’ve played another game of ball since.” Like most lacrosse players, Beirnes was drawn to the sport’s similarities with hockey, as well as the excitement and physical nature of Canada’s official summer sport. He played five seasons with the Elora Mohawks, despite being drafted by the Jr. A Orangeville Northmen.


“I never thought of anything coming out of lacrosse, so I turned down the Orangeville gig,” Beirnes said. “I didn’t expect my career to continue, that’s for sure.” But he was drafted in the third round (28th overall) of the 2001 NLL draft by the now defunct Columbus Landsharks. He also spent time playing for Arizona and Minnesota before being traded to the Toronto Rock in 2007. He and Marshall were part of the NLL championship team in Toronto last season. In addition to their recent success with the Rock, playing close to home also makes life a lot easier, Beirnes explained. “This is definitely prolonging my career, playing in Toronto,” he said with a laugh. Shorter travel time for home games means less time away from his family in Fergus - he and his wife have a 2-yearold son and are expecting their second child in June - as well as his job as a booking coordinator for Centre Wellington facilities. “It’s a big commitment from them,” Beirnes said, giving “full props” to his wife and employer for understanding the time commitment required to play professional lacrosse. NLL salaries are much lower than those in other professional sports, ranging from about $7,000 to upwards of $25,000. Thus most players in

Hometown champions - Toronto Rock players and Fergus residents Kasey Beirnes, left, and Rob Marshall celebrate with assistant coach John Lovell after winning the National Lacrosse League championship last season. submitted photo (Cover photo of Kasey Beirnes courtesy of Graig Abel Photography)

with his girlfriend and has worked in construction for a number of years. Rooney, his cousin, is the same age and lives in Arthur, where he works as a salesman at Arthur Chrysler. Both were born in Mount Forest and grew up and played minor lacrosse in Arthur before spending their entire junior careers in Elora. “I always wanted to be a

“It’s good to see four of us in the NLL who came out of the Elora Jr. B system.” - Elora native Dane Dobbie, now an offensive star with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks.

the league also have full-time jobs - Dobbie, for example, is currently completing an apprenticeship as an electrician - and all NLL games are played on weekends. For Beirnes, Marshall and Rooney, another perk of playing for the Rock is being able to car pool to home games at the Air Canada C e n t r e (ACC). “ I t ’ s pretty amazing, actually,” Marshall said of both travelling an playing with Beirnes and Rooney. “It helps your confidence playing with friends. It kind of makes you JAMIE ROONEY (courtesy Graig feel at home.” Abel Photograp hy) Marshall, 27, lives in Fergus

Mohawk,” Marshall said, echoing the sentiments of countless boys who grow up in Wellington County. Though renowned for his aggressive defensive play, Marshall said no Jr. A team ever expressed interest in him. He was later passed over again, going undrafted by NLL teams. But in 2005 he was invited by former Mohawk coach and current Toronto Rock assistant coach John Lovell for a “walkon” tryout with the Rock. “I went in with the attitude that I had nothing to lose,” Marshall recalled. “I just took the ball into my own hands and did what I had to do.” He signed with the team shortly thereafter and to this day, says it is surreal playing in Toronto. “It’s a great atmosphere [at the ACC],” Marshall said. “It’s a real eye-opener seeing that many fans just for warm-up.” Much like Beirnes, Marshall said his family and girlfriend are his “number one fans,” adding they have been supportive from the outset.

Rooney, who Marshall says was always the best offensive player on their teams growing up, also took a unique path to joining the Rock this season. He, too, played his entire junior career in Elora. He was drafted into the Jr. A league by Mississauga and traded to Orangeville, but chose instead to play with his friends on the Mohawks. “We had unfinished business in Elora,” Rooney said, alluding to the team’s loss in the 2004 Founder’s Cup national final. The team would go on to win that cup in 2005. Drafted in 2004 by the Buffalo Bandits, Rooney spent time with eight NLL clubs before signing as a free agent with the Rock in December. As of Feb. 3, he had played two games with the team, scoring what Marshall called two “very big” goals. “It’s amazing right now ... It’s really unbelievable,” Rooney said of his opportunity to play for Lovell in Toronto alongside Beirnes and Marshall. “The product from Elora is spanning out, that’s for sure. It’s great to see.” Not surprisingly, all four players have different responses when quizzed about lacrosse players they have emulated. A few names come up several times, including members of their respective families, as well as familiar individuals from the not-so-distant NLL past like Paul and Gary Gait. Current players such as Colorado Mammoth great John Grant Jr. (the current NLL scoring leader) and Toronto Rock veteran Colin Doyle also come up often. Dobbie specifically credits Malawsky and Rock forward Josh Sanderson, of Orangeville (a perennial top scorer in the NLL and Dobbie’s former roommate in Calgary), with his own development as a player. “I learned a lot from him,”

Dobbie said of Sanderson, who he said had the highest lacrosse acumen of anyone he’s seen in the game, except perhaps Malawsky. Marshall said he has been motivated over the years by the successes of his friends, particularly Beirnes and Rooney. But all four - Marshall, Dobbie, Beirnes and Rooney - hint their background also played a large role in their success. They are part of an impressive contingent of NLL players with roots in Wellington County. Others include Buffalo Bandits forward and Arthur native Chad Culp and Toronto Rock practice player and Rockwood native Jesse Gamble. Both played Jr. A for Orangeville and Gamble also played NCAA field lacrosse for Cornell University. It’s difficult to explain the area’s consistent production of skilled lacrosse players, but Rooney thinks it starts with great coaching. “I think having a Jr. B team (Mohawks) that has been so successful for so long also helps,” he said, adding local kids witness that success and want to be a part of it. Dobbie noted Centre Wellington has long been renowned for its strong minor hockey and lacrosse systems. The rich lacrosse heritage in the area adds to that, he explained. “Generations pass down their commitment to the game,” Dobbie said. Whatever the reasons, and regardless of their different paths, Dobbie, Beirnes, Marshall and Rooney seem to be relishing every moment of their shared NLL experience. All conveyed sentiments similar to those expressed succinctly by Dobbie. “It’s awesome; it’s definitely a lot of fun,” he said. For more information visit

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The legend of Cupid and his association with Feb. 14 Cupid is a symbol of Valentine’s Day, but many do not know how this winged matchmaker came to be associated with the holiday. How do people explain love at first sight? How many friends or relatives have said they met their dream guy or gal by a chance encounter of eyes meeting across the room? Perhaps Cupid played a role shooting his arrow and finding a target. Cupid is represented in several ways. But the best-known image of Cupid is a winged, naked boy shooting arrows to join potential lovers together. Cupid has two types of arrows he can set sail. Goldtipped arrows are what links people in love. However, Cupid also has a devious side. He can fire lead-tipped arrows, which cause people to feel hatred. This side of Cupid is littleknown. Cupid is the son of Venus

in Roman mythology. Greek myths called him Eros, and he was the son of Aphrodite. Stories say that Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, became jealous with a mortal woman named Psyche. She ordered her son to punish the mortal. However, Cupid became enamored with Psyche and

married her instead. But being a mortal, Psyche was not able to look at her husband. She resisted until one day her sisters persuaded her to look at him, wondering why he’d want to hide himself from her. Upon doing so, Cupid punished Psyche by leaving her and making all of their belongings vanish.

Psyche wandered looking for her lost love. She eventually came upon the temple of Venus and wanted to plead her case and apologize. However, Venus was still jealous of Psyche. Venus ordered her to complete dangerous tasks to try and win back Cupid, in an effort to destroy the mortal. In one of her tasks, a visit to Pluto in the underworld, Psyche failed and fell under a deadly slumber. Cupid was distraught and went in search of Psyche. He found and rescued his love. Both Cupid and Venus forgave Psyche. Eventually the rest of the gods, moved by Psyche’s devotion, made her a goddess. Today Cupid is the mascot of Valentine’s Day. His mischievous or devious nature is downplayed, and he is best known as an adorable matchmaker with heart-tipped arrows.

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3. Take a walk down memory lane and visit some of the special places from earlier days of dating. 4. Recreate a partner’s favourite romantic movie scene. 5. Pretend to go on a first date. Show up at the door with flowers, dressed up and with the car washed and cleaned. Re-live the first time. 6. Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate. 7. Cook a romantic dinner together or enjoy take-out by the candlelight. 8. Hold hands and walk to a scenic area that has lots of pretty lights. 9. Make the world a better place together. Purchase a small gift like a bag of rice for just $10 through a non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( and help fight poverty around the world. 10. Create a visual scrapbook of everyday life together. 11. Feeling really creative? Write a story featuring oneself and one’s partner as characters destined to find love. Each year together, add a new chapter.

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Reasons for celebrating Valentine’s Day have changed - so have the customs Valentine’s Day is a February holiday that commemorates love and romance and also the patron Saint Valentine. The history of St. Valentine is shrouded somewhat in mystery, and there are beliefs that many different people went by the name St. Valentine. One such individual was a holy priest who served in Rome, Italy. Some historians surmise that he was jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius II, sentenced to death, and became a religious martyr.

Pope Gelasius marked Feb. 14 as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom in 496 AD. Today, the Catholic church recognizes at least three different martyred saints named Valentine or Valentius. So how did St. Valentine’s Day transform from a religious holiday into one far more secular? During the third century in Rome, Claudius II decided that single men served better as soldiers if they were single and had no attachments at home in the way of a wife and family.

Thus, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine didn’t agree with the views and reportedly performed marriages for young lovers in secret. It is this which may have propelled Valentine’s Day to be more about love than religious obligation. Another legend says that Valentine himself authored the first Valentine card. It has been rumored he fell in love with a woman - the jailer’s daughter - while in prison and sent her a letter. He signed it, “from your Valentine.” No matter the origins of the

holiday, today St. Valentine’s Day has become a day to celebrate love. Lovers send each other cards and tokens of their affection. It is customary to go out for dinner and/or send flowers. Chocolates and roses seem to go hand-in-hand with Valentine’s Day events. Although certain customs have become commonplace, some customs of Valentine’s Day have fallen by the wayside. One such custom is the “drawing of names” that took place in the 18th century. Names of

Why not share a romantic movie both partners will enjoy? Dinner and a movie have been a dating staple for generations. On Valentine’s Day in particular, choosing the right movie may take some compromise. He may believe a sexy James Bond-type girl dodging explosives is the ultimate in cinematic excellence. She may believe it isn’t a good movie unless a full box of tissues is used. However, often there can be some middle ground. Here are 14 movies deemed very romantic. See if they will be the right fit this Valentine’s Day. 1. Dirty Dancing: This flick stands the test of time 25 years later. Baby, a good girl from an affluent family, falls in love with Johnny, a drifter dance instructor, while she’s on a family vacation. This movie illustrates that love can transcend prestige, personal status and well-meaning fathers. 2. Titanic: In another classic movie where love trumps social class, Rose and Jack fall in love aboard the doomed ship. Their passionate connection survives a tragedy and the

ultimate separation. 3. Princess Bride: When Wesley is presumed dead and Buttercup becomes engaged to an area prince whom she doesn’t love, viewers are taken on an adventure that shows that even death cannot stop true love. 4. Gone With the Wind: In this classic, Scarlett O’Hara is a conspiring woman who wants to choose her own husband, but ends up in the arms of rascal Rhett Butler amid the drama of the Civil War. 5. Pretty Woman: Despite a controversial story line that puts Richard Gere and Julia Roberts together - he’s a businessman and she’s a prostitute - the theme of the movie is how love has no social boundaries. 6. Legends of the Fall: A tragic but inspiring tale of three brothers who all fall in love with the same woman, Susannah, for different reasons, although only one eventually marries her in the end. 7. A Room With a View: Lucy vacations in Italy, where she meets people who are more passion-driven than those in

her native Britain. When she meets Julian, a Brit who has been in Italy a while and has learned the wiles of romance, she is drawn into a liaison she soon regrets. 8. Sleepless in Seattle: Sam loses his wife Maggie and has to raise his son, Jonah alone in their new hometown of Seattle. Annie, a Baltimore reporter, hears his heartbreaking tale when Jonah calls into a self-help radio talk show on Christmas Eve. Annie becomes fascinated and wonders if they should meet. 9. Bridget Jones’s Diary: A modern day Pride and Prejudice, Bridget is a single woman in her 30s who has a poor self-image and is also in a pseudo-relationship with her scoundrel boss, played by Hugh Grant, but starts to develop feelings for family friend Mark Darcy. 10. 50 First Dates: This movie tells the tale of Henry, a bachelor and player who meets Lucy, a person with short-term memory amnesia who forgets everything once she goes to sleep. Reliving day after day,

Lucy starts to fall for Henry, who tries to be memorable. 11. An Affair to Remember: Handsome playboy Nicky falls in love with Terry, a nightclub singer, while on a cruise from, despite each’s engagement to other people. They agree to reconnect in six months atop the Empire State Building to see if they should continue their relationship. 12. The Notebook: Allie and Noah fall in love but are kept from each other by Allie’s disapproving parents who move her away. Allie waits several years to hear from Noah before getting engaged to another, but then must satisfy her curiosity about Noah. 13. The Holiday: Two women from different parts of the world agree to swap homes for Christmas and enjoy a vacation from their own lives. 14. Ever After: In an interpretation of the classic Cinderella story, Danielle is treated poorly by her stepmother and stepsisters after her father passes away. But Danielle catches the eye of Prince Henry.

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to his sleeve, which some say gave way to the expression, “wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve.” A woman could do the same type of thing by wearing a charm known as a love-badge near her heart. Originally, Valentine’s Day cards were handmade and personalized letters, containing special sentiments. On Feb. 14, people nipped by the love bug partake in many customs to show their love. How will you?

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ENTERTAINMENT Harlem Gospel Choir at River Run Feb. 12

Blue Suede Shoes comes to Theatre Orangeville ORANGEVILLE - The King is in the building; the Orangeville Theatre that is. Blue Suede Shoes is an explosive musical play about Elvis Presley as seen through the eyes of his agent Colonel Tom Parker, the man who managed Elvisʼ entire career on a handshake. From discovery, to music and movie stardom, the army days, the comeback special and flamboyant Vegas shows, youʼll learn things about Elvis that may surprise you. Staring world champion Elvis tribute artist Roy LeBlanc is a two time Collingwood Elvis Championship winner, who has performed with DJ Fontana, Joe Esposito and The Jordanaires and was named The Worlds Finest Elvis Impersonator at the annual Elvis extravaganza in Las Vegas. Veteran actor Chris McHarge is convincing as Colonel Tom Parker, telling the story with insights, a little whimsy and a healthy dose of humour. In its fourth year, Blue Suede Shoes continues to

The King is back - World champion Elvis tribute artist Roy LeBlanc joins veteran actor Chris McHarge in Blue Suede Shoes at the Orangeville Theatre from Feb. 17 to 19. submitted photo amaze audiences across North America performing 45 songs with a live band, incredible costume changes and a genuine feel good story. The show runs Feb. 17 and

Feb. 18 at 8pm and Feb. 19 at 2pm. Tickets are available on line at or call the box office at 519942-3423.

Hills of Erin Studio Tour seeking entries ERIN - The 2012 Hills of Erin Studio Tour is inviting returning and new artists from the area, as well as guests from other areas to apply to join a community of local and guest artists for its 24th year. The tour will be held on

two weekends; Sept. 15 and 16 and Sept. 22 to 23. Guests have the option to participate on one weekend or both. Information, requirements and entry forms are available at www.hillsoferinstudiotour. com.

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GUELPH - River Run Centre presents The Harlem Gospel Choir in concert. Representing some of the finest choristers from black church choirs in Harlem a and the New York area, The Harlem Gospel Choir has traveled the globe for 25 years, sharing its faith through song and raising funds for children’s charities along the way. Described as “tremendous” by Sir Elton John, and named “Angels of Harlem” by U2’s Bono, the choir is known for its rich harmonies, bursting energy, and dynamic sound. Each live performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir is characterized by a rich blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music, choreography and audience participation. Known today as America’s premier gospel choir, the group has performed for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II in New York’s Central Park. The choir has performed alongside a long list of pop superstars such as Diana Ross, U2’s Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Lyle Lovett, and Josh Groban, to name a few.

World renowned - The Harlem Gospel Choir, regarded as America’s premier gospel choir, will appear on Feb. 12 at the River Run Centre. submitted photo More recently the choir has participated in several musical collaborations, including a European tour with Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra and a series of historical shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem with the grammywinning band Gorillaz. The Harlem Gospel Choir

Symphony Orchestra presents New Worlds GUELPH Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO) will present New Worlds on Feb. 19 at River Run Centre. The concert will feature Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony (from the New World). West Coast Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker’s Harp Concerto is performed by resident harpist Andrew Chan. The concert starts with Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz’s Carnival Overture, for which the Guelph Youth

Symphony Orchestra will join the GSO to make an ensemble of over 80 players. They will be directed by Chris Cigolea, who, as well as being artistic director of the youth group, is also principal trumpet of the GSO. “In December, GYSO music director Chris Cigolea wowed an audience with his performance of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto,” said GSO artistic director Judith Yan. The 2011-12 season also

ABOYNE - The Cuerdas Quartet will bring its glowing Afternoon of Chamber Music to the exhibition hall at the Wellington County Museum and Archives Sunday at 2pm.

This will be the penultimate Gallery Concert of the season. The Cuerdas Quartet members, Ruth Balyta, violin; Jay Samuel, violin; Ron Dolynchuk, viola; and Justin


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FAMILY DAY - Mon. Feb. 20, 2012 Presented by the Rotary Club of Erin at Erin 2000 Centre, 14 Boland Dr., Erin

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ENTERTAINMENT Virtuoso classical duo to play at River Run Centre GUELPH - River Run Centre presents Guy and Nadina, as a part of this season’s Meridian Studio Series. Celebrated internationally as concerto soloists, chamber musicians, recitalists and “fashionistas,” musicians Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few are a musical duo known for their virtuosic playing and unique concert presence. Mackie Jackson is one of the world’s leading bassoonists. With 11 critically acclaimed solo and chamber album recordings to her credit, she tours and records worldwide on both modern and historical bassoons. Few, a virtuoso trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, is in high demand as a soloist throughout Canada and the U.S. Since 2005, this musical duo has released three successful studio albums and received commissions to produce a symphony and several new concerti. While they are heard regularly on CBC, it is their live shows that best demonstrate their unique approach to expanding the traditions and boundaries of classical concerts. They also collaborate as teachers and musical directors. Together, they provided artistic direction for the Grand River Baroque Festival for two successful seasons in 2008 and 2009, and their educational

FERGUS - Need some help to get through the rest of this unpredictable winter? The Elora Community Theatre (ECT) wants to offer an evening of Self-Help. Officials say Self-Help, a comedy written by Canada’s own Norm Foster, is filled with lots of laughs. Featuring an award-winning cast, this play features Trevor Smith Diggins, Michele Di Tomasson, Michelle Kreitzer , Bronwyn Allen Hill, Jude Winterbottom (director), Calum McGeachie and Alan Spreadbury. There is a naked body in the study, a detective in the hall and a reporter on the second

floor. Witty asides and adult humour abound as Foster tries to provide an escape for audiences. “What I am trying to do is make them feel a little better about this world and that’s not easy these days,” he has said. The popular Canadian writer’s characters are “ordinary people just trying to get by in life”. Self-Help plays at the Fergus Grand Theatre from Feb. 17 to 19, and Feb. 23 to 25. Evening performances are at 8pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2pm. For ticket information visit or call 519-787-1981.

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Vibrant performance - Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few bring their cross Canada tour, Carnets de Voyages (The Travel Book) to the River Run Centre on Feb. 11. submitted photo stage show for children titled Buzz and Crow premiered at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in August 2010. The River Run concert is part of their cross-Canada tour to perform a new program titled Carnets de Voyages (The

Travel Book) which features the duo’s favourite music, along with personal stories about being touring musicians. The performance takes place at the River Run Centre on Feb. 11 at 8pm. Tickets are available online

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Arts centre wants entries for Artcetera 2012 ELORA - The Elora Centre for the Arts is hosting it’s biggest annual fundraising event of the year. And the call for entries is out for artists to take part. From May 10 to 12 the Elora Centre for the Arts will be presenting Artcetera 2012, a three-day fundraising art auction profiling local, regional and national artists’ work which will be available for sale through a silent auction bid-

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ding process over a three-day period. The highlight of the event culminates in a live auction and reception on the final evening. This event not only raises much-needed funds for the centre, but also promotes and supports local and regional artists. Participating artists are paid 50% of the selling price. Last spring the Centre’s Artcetera 2011 raised well over $30,000 and profiled the art-

work of over 100 artists, including Eileen MacArthur, Jo-Anne Harder, John Kissick, Joel Masewich, Barry McCarthy, Jim Reed and Phil Irish. Artists are asked to visit the Centre’s website at www. for submission details. Entries will be selected on an ongoing basis until March 23. “Submitting artwork to Artcetera 2012 is an excellent


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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2012 From: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Where: In the Gym at Centre 2000 COME ON OUT... LOOK. ..SEE...TALK...SMILE... HAVE FUN Here’s a partial list of last year’s exhibitors: • Belly Dancing • Boot Camp (for ladies only, sorry guys) • HEADS soccer • Tennis • Physical Fitness • Scrapbooking/Memories Capturing • Theatre

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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 519846-0941. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA Website: www.omafra. MAKING THE TRANSITION TO SMALL SCALE ORGANIC PRODUCTION by Canadian Organic Growers Tuesday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - Conference call This workshop is geared to experienced small-scale produce farmers who are interested in transitioning to certified organic production. The workshop is delivered over two 2-hour sessions via conference call. Upon registration, participants will receive a workbook and toll-free number call-in details. The facilitator will be available by phone/email for questions or support with completing workbook activities in-between sessions. Objectives include helping workshop participants to: - Learn about the process of transitioning - Understand the aspects of the Canadian Organic Standards that are directly relevant to small-scale produce farming - Understand the “who”, “what” and “how” of organic certification - Understand how to develop a comprehensive organic plan for their farm - Meet other market gardeners and have an opportunity to network

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Facilitated by: Theresa Schumilas, Garden Party; Cost: $70 ($60 members), $35 for additional people from the same farm business. Register with Canadian Organic Growers: - online at (click “Events”) - by email office@ - by phone 1-888-375-7383. Making the Transition to Small Scale Organic Production workshop may be eligible for cost-share funding through the Business Development for Farm Businesses program, one of the Best Practices suites of programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial, territorial initiative. For more information on program requirements, call 1-800-265-9751 x64213 or visit: bdfbhome. ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN by John C. Benham Well, you have just missed the opportunity to attend the February Environmental Farm Plan workshop. The good news is that there will be another one beginning Monday, March 19th to be completed on Monday, March 26th in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room. Several farmers are signed up already. If you miss this opportunity it will soon be the busy season again and you must have a completed Third Edition EFP workbook to qualify for the EFP Cost Share to help you finance you planned projects. If you have a question about EFP or to sign up, call John at 519-846-3394 or sign up yourself at: www. GROWING YOUR FARM PROFITS by John C. Benham For those farmers in the northern part of Wellington and southern part of Grey, Liz Samis and Cheryl Russwurm are holding a combined Growing Your Farm Profits workshop in Mount Forest beginning Friday, February 24th to be completed on Friday, March 2nd. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required. You may register online at or by calling Cheryl at 519-367-5587 or Liz at 519-638-3268 or John at 519-846-3394. As well, Liz will hold another GYFP workshop in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room Friday, March 23rd to be completed on Friday, March 30th. Don’t miss out on these opportunities.

There is good financial assistance to help you do a better job of managing your farm business. COMING EVENTS: Feb. 10- Grower Pesticide Safety Course in Mount Forest at 8:45 a.m. To register, phone North Wellington Co-op at 519-323-1271. Feb. 14 -Free Online Advantage Food Safety Workshops for Producers – Pre and Post Harvest Water Use at 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Call 1-877-424-1300 or register online at: Feb. 15&16- Farm Business Management Conference – “Take A New Approach: Global Perspectives for Growing Farm Profits” Delta Hotel, Guelph. Farm business management encompasses all aspects of the farm - from marketing and production to human resources, financial analysis and lifestyle. The Agricultural Management Institute encourages new ways of thinking about farm business management and is hosting this conference. For more information, call Susan Fitzgerald, 519-669-3350 or visit: http://www. Feb. 16 & 23- Environmental Farm Plan Workshop, Orangeville. To register, contact Jonathan Watchurst at 519-942-1181 or email at: Feb. 22 - Dufferin Feed and Seed Show and Annual Meeting 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Amaranth Township Hall, 374028 6th Line Amaranth Township. Admission: $25.00 includes membership and lunch. Exhibitor space is available. For information, call Jim Irvine at 1-800-265-2284. Feb. 22 & 23 - Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Annual General Meeting and Banquet - “Celebrating 50 Years of Strength, Commitment and Determination”, Doubletree Hotel, Toronto. For details visit: Feb. 23 - 29th Annual South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $20.00 and includes a roving hot lunch. For information, check the website: or email: Feb. 27 & Mar. 5 -Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop in Orangeville. To register, contact Jonathan Watchurst at 519-942-1181 or via email at:

Preservation forum to focus on resource demands GUELPH – Agriculture, urban growth, aggregate pits, infrastructure projects, green energy, endangered species habitat: how do we effectively balance the use of Ontario’s land resources while also ensuring the long-term sustainability of farming? This is the question posed by the Ontario Farmland Trust’s (OFT) 2012 Farmland Preservation Forum, with the theme: Balancing Agriculture and Resource Demands in Rural Ontario. The forum, to be held in Guelph on Feb. 17, will bring focus to the relationship between policy, land use and rural economic development across Ontario. “Our annual forums are one-of-a-kind events that seek to attract a diverse group of

participants, from elected officials and policy-makers to farmers and local food advocates, and to create a space for meaningful dialogue around some of the most pressing issues facing rural Ontario,” says Bruce Mackenzie, OFT Executive Director. Over the past year, with a mega-quarry development proposed on Dufferin County’s best potato-growing lands, the possibility of a GTA-West mega-highway through prime farmland, expansion of largescale green energy projects, and concerns about speciesat-risk legislation and urban growth planning, significant questions are raised about how Ontario values its rich farmland, diverse agricultural industry and rural communities.

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“Do existing policies lead us toward balancing the multiple functions of the rural landscape, or toward land use conflict? This is of particular concern for primary agriculture, which relies on a stable landbase, established farm infrastructure and a network of supporting farm businesses,”says Matt Setzkorn, OFT Policy Coordinator. “We need to work collectively to shape new policy directions that recognize the unique needs of farmers, respect our rural communities and attract appropriate economic development to rural Ontario.” Forum presentation topics include calculating potential food self-sufficiency in Ontario and a panel on agriculture among Competing land use demands. One session on Niagara’s innovative agricultural planning and economic development includes unique perspectives from Patrick Robson, Region Planning Commissioner; Jim Brandle, CEO of the Vineland Research


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Local and organic - Everdale Farms took part in the Guelph Organic Conference, Seeds of Cooperation, at the University of Guelph’s University Centre from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29. Here Brendan Johnson, left, joined Colleen Darrell, Faeron Darrell and David Alexander. The events included workshops, meet and greets and a marketplace where visitors could sample products and talk to farmers and other organic organizations’ representatives. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

Rural Voices Network now finished with first part of survey on rural life GUELPH - The Rural Voices Network has wrapped up the first part of its effort to better understand the rural citizens of the province. The project backed by The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) and Ontario Trillium Foundation has completed a series of seven Let Your Voice Be Heard public forums across the province. The findings from those gatherings will now form the basis for a public survey of rural Ontarians. Between November to January the network team met with residents of communities around Guelph, Dryden, Rosslyn, Fergus, Perth, Ridgetown and Innisfil. The Guelph gathering brought out some of the challenges facing rural Ontario, including the support and resources needed to assist volunteers, the barriers related to transportation, and the costs for services that allow effective communications. Questions about how to engage rural citizens with a focus on asking, inviting and welcoming people into communities was front and centre. The Fergus gathering brought out some of the chal-

lenges facing rural Ontario, including the time crunch on volunteers. Other barriers mentioned at that session included transportation and accessibility, along with the role of government in policy development. Emphasis was also placed on the opportunities and challenges brought about by technology in communication and community engagement. The findings from Guelph and Fergus, along with the five other centres, were merged into a survey to confirm the results from the in person sessions and to expand on the challenges to engaging rural Ontarians in the future of their communities, as well as examining what enables rural citizens to participate in the common life of their community, and to identify barriers to rural civic engagement. The survey is expected to be available online at www. on Feb. 15. Those rural citizens that would prefer to receive a paper copy of the survey can call, mail or email the network head office at 519-836-3078 or or 7382 Wellington Road 30, RR5 Guelph, Ont., N1H 6J2 “Rural citizens can help

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We don’t tend to publish silhouetted photos and stories with anonymous sources. It’s not necessarily good journalism and we still harbour the belief that if a story is worth telling someone should stand up and be known. There are times, though, when that is not a realistic filter for what is fit for print. Domestic violence cases, young offender scandals, people truly scared of a backlash from negative publicity and a host of other issues are occasions where victims involved are owed some respect and privacy. That is how we viewed a rather shy visitor to the office this week. It seems the anti wind turbine folks, specifically the faction that is somewhat militant, has taken to badgering neighbours, hounding landowners and berating by flyers those who happen to favour

the Green Energy Act. Local councils were bounced by force by the provincial government from any real decision making power. Citizens with concerns, whether health-related or monetary, were essentially dismissed as not in my backyard opponents with vested interests in their property values. That forced change in the countryside also has something to do with the Greenbelt legislation which shelters other areas from rampant development. This is a very difficult issue that has turned quite nasty, with no soon end in sight. But neighbours are still neighbours and sometimes, some deeds make that a pretty tough existence when certain lines have been crossed. It is something we hope folks will think about.

wind-power. Whether those pro-folks are applicants, hosts by virtue of signed contracts or people who buy into green power at all costs, everyone has a right to an opinion. He wished to write a letter in defense of wind-power and against letters he describes as propaganda for the anti wind turbine crowd. But, and this is where the need for a silhouetted photo comes in, he fears for his own safety based on what has happened to neighbours that have leased or are looking to lease their land for wind turbines. It is a sad time indeed when debate is stifled by force or fear of force. The irony of that statement is not lost on us, nor should it be on our readers. By force, the landscape in spots across this county and province were abducted for use in a high stakes game to meet the fuzzy goals of

Map to find garlic now available TORONTO - Garlic lovers are a click away from finding farmers’ markets and stores that stock Ontario garlic in winter, thanks to a garlic map created by the Toronto Garlic Festival. The online map features 120 farmers’ markets, farms, independent stores and supermarkets that sell Ontario garlic. To find the nearest location users enter their town or postal code in the map search box. The Garlic Map is online at www.torontogarlicfestival. ca/the-garlic-map.php and will add more farmers’ markets and locations as fresh-harvested garlic greens and garlic scapes become available in spring. “Now, the answer to the question, ‘Where can I find Ontario garlic?’ is a click away,” said Toronto Garlic Festival founder Peter

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Dufferin Soil & Crop Improvement Assoc. Annual Feed & Seed Show & Annual Meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Amaranth Township Hall, outside Laurel 9:30am to 3:00pm Admission: $25.00 Includes 2012 Membership and Lunch Guest Speakers Include: Greg Stewart, OMAFRA Corn Industry Program Lead Peter Turrell, Director Millennium Institution Christine Brown, Nutrient Management Lead for Field Crops Steve Kell, Business Development Manager Parish & Heimbecker Limited Joan McKinlay, President, Ontario Soil & Crops Jim Irvine 519-638-3026 or Ralph Baumlisberger 519-928-2949



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World Religion Day Celebrated in Puslinch - A colourful celebration of unity of humanity spanning a diverse range of faiths and cultures took place on Jan. 15, World Religion Day, hosted by Duff’s Presbyterian Church. Readings from a wide variety of scriptures took place, from the Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Sikh and Zoroastrianism faiths represented by local community residents. submitted photo

New president named for Clifford Meals on Wheels program by Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD - President Marion Agla welcomed 23 committee members, drivers, clients and guests to the Clifford Community Meals on Wheels annual general meeting recently at Jamesway Manor in Clifford. Agla resigned as president but conducted the meeting. Alieda Murray accepted the position of president. Bonnie Demerling resigned from her position as treasurer, but will continue on the board. Bill Cheeseman accepted that position. Reports were given regarding meals, drivers, restaurant liaison, tray favours, publicity, and the yard and bake sale. Currently 13 regular and diabetic meals are being prepared by Marlene and Jim Dennie and staff at the Redwood Restaurant and delivered by volunteer drivers at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fifteen drivers rotate every three months with two spare drivers. Wes Gerber reported the Rotary pavillion has been

booked for June 2 for the yard and bake sale. Items accepted include books, toys, decorations, knickknacks, and small furniture, while any clothes can go to the diabetes clothesline program. Gerber has agreed to store some items. Discussion surrounded the volunteer service regarding costs and destinations. Flat fees are gone. It is not a taxi service, but a service for seniors unable to reach their doctor’s appointments, and the group believes drivers should not be out of pocket for parking or a meal, as it is their time they are donating. Destination, possible stops along the way, and duration should be discussed with the driver prior to departure. A list of drivers is available by calling the Meals on Wheels at 519-327-8588. Last year, Sheldon Wolfe resigned from the board and since that time, has passed away. Board members with terms ending in 2011 are Joyce Yost, Lyle Murray and Randy Ruetz. Yost decided to step down and was thanked for years of ser-

vice, for preparing favours for the trays and for convening the bake sale. Members appointed to the board at the volunteer appreciation luncheon were Helen Braun, Sandy Cheeseman, Bill Cheeseman and Shirley Murray. Members with terms ending in 2012 include Bonnie Demerling, Marion Agla, Carol Lange, Bonnie Whitehead, Ross Derbecker, Patrick Mullan, Eleanor Gerber and Wes Gerber. Agla invited everyone to share comments or suggestions. Dorothy Domm praised the meals and the drivers who deliver them hot to the door. Any comments or concerns on the meals can be directed to the drivers, the meal liaison and the president. A volunteer appreciation luncheon for the committee, drivers and clients will be scheduled for April. Appreciation was extended to Domm for her hospitality in allowing the committee to hold its meeting at Jamesway Manor. A social time concluded the evening.

FERGUS - In honour of International Women’s Day, a group known as the Grandmothers on the Grand is celebrating the global community of women helping women by hosting two events. The first is on International Women’s Day on March 8. The event is a complimentary celebration honouring Women of the World, held at the Elora Legion, Branch 229 at 7pm in the Maple Leaf Room. “We’re going to have food tasting from local restaurants, including international foods,” said Laurie Black Rooney, part of the Grandmothers group. “This event is about getting together to celebrate women.” She said the evening is a free, casual event featuring a marketplace of African goods, and will include a guest from

the Stephen Lewis Foundation, as well as two local women, Annie McLeod, speaking about Aboriginal women, and Erin Rooney, talking about women from Honduras. “This event is open to everyone and we really hope men will feel welcome to come and take part in the celebrations,” Black Rooney said. The second event is the second annual Grandmothers curling bonspiel on March 10 at the Fergus Curling Club. It begins at 8:30am with an entry fee of $30 that includes breakfast, a hot lunch, awards and door prizes. There will be a marketplace of African-crafted items. “We are encouraging participants to get sponsorships, but it’s not mandatory,” said Black Rooney, noting tax

receipts will be provided for any donations over $20. “We really just want people to come out and have fun and raise some money. We’re looking for teams of men, women or even co-ed teams. It’s a great event for everyone.” Teams need to register in advance by calling Black Rooney at 519-787-1092. The Grandmothers of the Grand raise funds to support the efforts of the Stephen Lewis Foundation for the campaign Grandmothers of Africa. Funds will provide grandmothers in Africa with food, school fees and school uniforms for grandchildren, income-generating projects, counselling and social support, as well as the coffins to allow for a dignified burial of their loved ones.

New board- The Clifford Community Meals on Wheels committee held its annual general meeting recently at Jamesway Manor. Board members, seated from left, are: Shirley Murray, Helen Braun, Joyce Yost, Sandy Cheeseman and Marion Agla. Standing: Carol Lange, Lyle Murray, Bill Cheeseman, Bonnie Demerling, Ross Derbecker, Alieda Murray, Wes Gerber and Eleanor Gerber. Absent: Randy Ruetz and Patrick Mullan. photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Church proposal seeks council support to provide help, cash for youths by Mike Robinson ABERFOYLE - Puslinch residents have found yet another means to get young people involved in the community. But proponents are looking for financial support to bring the project to life. On Jan. 18, councillors heard a presentation by Marty Molengraaf, of Duff’s Presbyterian Church, and youth engagement worker Katie Stewart. Molengraaf explained, “At Duff’s Church over the past number of years, we’ve been very concerned about youth in the community.” A number of initiatives were undertaken to engage youth, he added. “Churches are not filled with young people the way they used to be. It’s harder for churches to engage young people and to try to meet the needs of some of the young people,” he said. “And yet as a church, we recognize that there are concerns that young people in our community do address.” Molengraaf said the approach is different than a youth group at a church. “It is a community endeavour and Duff’s Church feels strongly about trying to get support for youth in our community. We’re stepping outside of our church and trying to address concerns within the community.” The church plans to support the initiative with roughly

$10,000 a year, with another $1,000 in program costs. He cited a recent presentation to the Puslinch Optimist Club, asking it to be partners financially. “We’re asking for consideration of council to do the same and be equal partners in trying to meet the needs of youth in the community.” Stewart is a formal and trained youth engagement worker and currently works with the YMCA in Guelph. Molengraaf said Stewart is delighted to take part in a program in the community where she lives. “Right now we have hired [her] for 10 to 12 hours per week.” Stewart said one youth group has started already with about 10 people, and it continues to grow. She said the current group ranges between 12 and 20 years old. “The nice thing is that they are taking leadership roles with the younger ones.” She said, “What we want is to have a youth engagement - a meaningful participation and sustained involvement of a young person in an activity, with a focus outside of him or herself.” Activities can range from sports, arts, music, volunteer work, politics, social activism “and it can occur in almost any kind of setting.” She noted not everyone is engaged to the same extent or

in the same way. “Not every youth is going to want to stand up and make a presentation ... not every youth is into sports.” Steward said the program is making sure everyone plays a part “and that we see what they are comfortable doing.” Stewart added more research is needed to understand the impacts of various activities and what makes engagement meaningful to different youth in different activities. “I don’t sit there and say this is what we need to do, they decide as a group, what they would like to do. I’m just there basically to help and guide.” Stewart said students involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to drop out. That, she said, is particularly true for youths from poor families and youths with poor social and academic skills. “These young people were five times less likely to drop out than youth who were not engaged.” She stressed the importance of community and providing opportunities for young people. The group meets weekly on Thursday. “We’re looking for this to be a community thing - for all areas of the township to be involved. It’s great that there is some free time at the recreation centre right now, so we can start organizing some sports,” Stewart said.

Other priorities are to keep programs operating at low or no cost for youths, increasing the number of activities and providing volunteer opportunities for local events and businesses She said, “Some of these youth are in high school and looking for volunteer hours and part of this could simply be local businesses opening up the opportunities for young people to volunteer.” Another opportunity might be for young people to help at the Aberfoyle Fall Fair. Molengraaf said, “We congratulate council and the community for some very fine resources which are present in the community - such as the new recreation facility, the library, the community hall which are all wonderful places where youth can potentially gather.” But he sees a lack in programing, especially in winter. He said the hiring of Stewart is seen as an outreach to the community. “That is why we feel comfortable asking for partners with in the community to work with us to help fund Katie’s work.” He said that “$10,000 a year is the bare minimum. It amounts to about $10 an hour. We’re hoping that eventually this could be a full time position - so we are looking at a

bare minimum at this point - and trying to get as many partners as possible. “We hope that you and the Optimist Club will partner with us - and perhaps other interested individuals or organizations.” Councillor Susan Fielding said, “I think you are hitting the nail on the head with this. We do need some programmed activities and we’ve been working towards it. We do have excellent sports organizations, but I think we need to go beyond that.” She personally felt it important everyone can take part, “because kids who are disadvantaged need that more than anybody. I think you are heading in the right direction.” Councillor Wayne Stokley said in his “past life” he was a teacher and activity director in a high school. “If you get them active, they feel much better about themselves and can do something for the community. I think this will be a very valid opportunity,” said Stokley. He asked how they plan to let people know about the group. Stewart suggested social media such as Facebook, Twitter, texting, posters and an information night at the community centre. Molengraaf advocated making use of traditional media such as the Puslinch Pioneer

and the Wellington Advertiser, as well as word of mouth. Councillor Ken Roth, “I think it is such a great idea. I hope you have a huge success.” Councillor Jerry Schmidt also applauded the foresight in recognizing a need. “In a rural environment such as ours, it really doesn’t offer the same opportunities for youth, or the same types of opportunities, found in a larger municipality,” said Schmidt. “If we can find ways and means to provide opportunities for our young people to learn and expand, I can see nothing but positive results for your efforts.” He saw the only potential handicap as being financial. Schmidt believed the proposal is modest, and was more than willing to support it. Molengraaf said he realizes this is just the beginning. “True youth engagement takes more than 10 hours a week for one worker ... But this is a place to start. We’re happy to be a part of the beginning of the whole process. Mayor Dennis Lever said the local agricultural society is always looking for volunteers. He said Puslinch is in the middle of its budget, “so this indeed will be considered along with everything else. Based on what I hear tonight, I’m certain we can work something out.”

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s HEADER s e n ll e W & Health ‘Good’ fats help improve brain function (NC) - On the topic of nutrition, most people know there are good and bad fats. The bad ones are saturates and trans fats that are found in various deep-fried sweet treats and fast foods just waiting to clog the efficient functioning of arteries. The good fats are derived from certain grains and vegetables, but it is the benefits of these good fats that are not as well known. “The human body needs dietary fats every day for good brain function and a healthy nervous system,” says Dr. Doug Tkachuk at LifeLabs, a leading diagnostic centre. “That’s why nutritionists and dietitians are always reminding us to be selective,

discard the bad fats and choose only the most beneficial ones, like omega-3.” While awareness is increasing, data shows that the average North American still gets less than half of the daily recommendation of essential omega-3 fatty acids. The typical daily diet contains about one gram, when ideally, it should include two to four grams for optimum health. Specialists in this field say approximately two per cent of total daily calories should come from omega-3. “You can be tested to find out your omega-3 level, but you can also be pro-active by learning about, and by eating, the correct foods,” said Tkachuk.

This particular fatty acid is found in a relatively small number of foods, so take a look at this LifeLabs guide to get more omega-3 every day: - fish and seafood: salmon, halibut, tuna and scallops are highly recommended a few times a week; - walnuts and flaxseeds: add them to favourite recipes, to salads, soups, baked goods, and granola; - beans and winter squash: make these a staple on the grocery store shopping list; - olives and extra virgin olive oil: add olives to salads, pizza, pasta sauces, or serve them on a pickle tray. Use high quality olive oil in cooking recipes, salads, appetizers and dips.

Experts address food, weight ‘messaging’ by Jean Gottlieb (NC) - “Do I look fat in this?” used to come automatically to Nikki Mang’s lips when getting ready to go out. That was before she had children and saw how influenced they are by the social value placed on being slender, blond and blue-eyed. “My daughter wanted to be Barbie,” says Mang. “Given that we are from stocky Asian people, that was never going to happen. “It broke my heart one day when I heard her ask the mirror ‘do I look fat in this? It made me look at myself and the values I was sharing with her without thinking about it.” It’s a daily struggle for Mang to withstand the multiple pressures she feels to look more like the female ideal in

media. She believes, however, that resisting is important for her and her child. Merryl Bear, director of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (www., sympathizes with the struggles that parents have around food and weight messaging for themselves and their children. “It may feel like rolling a boulder uphill,” she says, “but there are huge rewards for both parents and kids when it’s clear in the family that there are more important things than your clothing size.” Agreeing that it is difficult to always be on message about celebrating the wide range of healthy body sizes, dietitian Mary Pikford says that years of carefully encouraging her three children to be positive about

their own bodies and abilities has paid dividends for her too: “I never used food as a treat or a punishment, or label it good or bad,” said Pikford. “At the same time, it was clear that some foods were not everyday foods. My biggest struggle was to stop making careless comments that linked my own or someone else’s abilities or character to their weight.” After years of carefully focusing on affirming her children’s positive characteristics and building their social and emotional competence, Pikford said she was delighted to realize that she herself was more compassionate and accepting of her own body and abilities. “I don’t let size influence what I am going to do, or how I relate to others,” she said.

Solution arrives for ‘white coat syndrome’ (NC) - Health specialists tell say high blood pressure often exists with no symptoms at all. If left unchecked, however, it may lead to heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline and kidney failure. For some, blood pressure rises purely by the worry of a medical condition, and it can especially peak when talking to a doctor or a lab technician. If getting blood pressure tested, those results may constantly deliver readings of hypertension, when in fact the condition is just temporary nervousness. “With concerns on the mind, many people are tense in a doctor’s office,” says Dr. Michael Moss at LifeLabs, a leading diagnostic centre. “And, we are fully aware that this ‘white coat syndrome’ might very easily be reflected in blood pressure testing. As a

result, research technology has developed an alternate method for more accurate results in the peace of one’s own home.” If that idea seems more appealing, people should ask their doctor about the option of wearing a lightweight ambulatory blood pressure monitor cuff (ABPM). Worn on the wrist over a 24-hour period, the cuff will take blood pressure readings every 20 minutes (less frequently overnight) to produce a more exact reading. “The ABPM method is also good for any person who has persistently raised blood pressure readings for any reason,” Moss said. “It has proven helpful too, for people with borderline readings at the clinic; for poorly controlled hypertension where drug resistance may be a factor; and for patients with target organ damage and other

high risk ailments. There is even reversed white coat syndrome, where blood pressure readings are normal in the clinic, but raised in the patient’s own environment.” Health experts say poor weight control plus a lifestyle lacking in exercise, good nutrition and restful nights, are primary triggers for high blood pressure.

Art’s Girls - Family members of Art Morrison, who passed away a year ago due to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease, were out in force on Jan. 29 at the walking track at the Mount Forest sports complex to raise money to fight the disease. The family raised the most of all the groups participating in the Walk for Memories event, which brought in some $14,000. Overall about $40,000 was raised in Wellington County. From left are Nancy Palmateer, Jenna Coe with Avery Coe, Sydney Coe with Betty Anne Doguid, Muriel Morrison, Peggy Morrison and family friend Debbie Alexander. Absent was Earl Scarrow who organized the fundraising. photo by Kris Svela

Programs help people quit tobacco TORONTO - To help more Ontarians quit smoking, people undergoing treatment for drug addictions will soon have access to free counselling supports, nicotine gum and patches. Over the next three years, the province will work with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to help nearly 23,000 smokers undergoing addictions treatment across Ontario. Of those who enter an addiction treatment program, more die from tobacco-related disease than from all other causes combined. Smokers in addiction treatment will get more help to quit through: - a five-week treatment of over-the-counter nicotine; replacement therapies and counseling; - follow-up counselling at key milestones to help quit for good; - advice and assistance every time they see a counsellor - free support through the

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nicotine replacement therapy, combined with counselling can double the success rates for smokers who want to quit. CAMH supports this provincial initiative and is grateful for the opportunity to play a key role in making it happen.” Tobacco kills 13,000 people a year in Ontario. Tobaccorelated disease costs Ontario’s health care system $1.93 billion in direct health care costs and $5.8 billion in productivity losses each year. The percentage of Ontarians who smoke has declined from 24.5% in 2000 to 18.6% in 2009. Research indicates that combining over-the-counter smoking cessation aids with anti-smoking counselling supports is an effective way to help people quit smoking. Smoking cessation supports such as counselling and nicotine replacement therapy are already available in many Public Health Units, Family Health Teams, pharmacies and hospitals.


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Give your heart a break this Valentine’s Day Research shows benefits of dark chocolate (NC) - While many people spend Feb. 14 trying to win hearts, they should be sure to take care of their own during Heart Health Awareness Month. For decades, heart disease was considered a man’s disease, when in fact, researchers say, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, resulting in approximately 500,000 deaths annually. One out of four women will die of it, so it’s important for both men and women to speak with their primary care doctors about signs and symptoms, as well as what they can do to prevent heart disease. While it’s commonly known that heart attacks cause chest pain, there are also other symptoms and signals, including: - pain that radiates to the jaw, shoulder or arm; - nausea; - vomiting; and - intense sweating. Helping to prevent or slow the progression of heart disease depends on the patient’s unique needs, specialists say. Dr. Sharonne Hayes at the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, suggests people should aim for the following:

by Michael Long FERGUS - February, the month of Valentine’s Day, brings awareness to the heart not only as a symbol of love, but also as a vital component of health. As such, the following news has applicability to not only health, but also to that special Valentine on your list. Research published in the British Journal of Medicine strongly demonstrates the health benefits of dark chocolate. The meta-analysis study sought to evaluate the theoretical association between dark chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic health. The study, with a random sample of over 100,000 people, found those with high consumption of dark chocolate had a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and an 8% reduction in stroke.

This is exciting news, and builds upon previous studies showing dark chocolate improves insulin sensitivity in diabetes, and helps to lower blood pressure. The cardio-protective nature of dark chocolate is thought to be mediated through the polyphenol constituent, flavonol. Flavonols act in the body to increase nitric oxide bioavailability, which in turn has a positive pharmacologic effect on the cells of the cardiovascular system by relaxing the endothelium (interior lining) of blood vessels and improving the insulin mediated uptake of glucose. What does this mean, and how will you benefit? Well, studies show 100g of dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) contains approximately 50mg of polyphenols, and is a sufficient dose to provide a posi-

tive health effect on the heart, helping to lower blood pressure, reducing risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease and improving insulin function. But wait, there must be a catch? And as anything that is too good to be true, this is no exception. Dark chocolate contains five calories per gram, so despite the heart benefits of dark chocolate, it can quickly become a heart problem if taken in excess. As is well known, excess weight gain is heavily correlated with heart disease, so be careful not to turn your heart friend into your heart enemy. Go ahead and spoil yourself and your loved ones with dark chocolate this Valentine’s Day - just not too much of it. Dr. Michael Long, is a naturopathic doctor at Optimum Integrative Health Centre in Fergus.

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To honour the spirit of Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 11 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost. For the fourth consecutive year, the Gift From the Heart campaign offers a way for dental hygienists to reach out in their community and help members of the public who may be financially unable to receive oral care or have difficultly accessing dental hygiene services. “Because dental hygienists can work independently outside the traditional dental office, the event also helps to build awareness about the

public’s right to choose their health-care provider and the importance of preventing oral disease for a healthy mouth and healthy body,� said Bev Woods, co-ordinator of the project. Gift From the Heart participants in and around Wellington County include: - Acton: M. Susan MacPhail of Dental Hygiene Healthcare, 46 Mill St. E., 519-853-5985; - Erin: Kelly Kirk, Pearly Whites Dental Hygiene, 49 Waterford Dr., 519-833-9788; and -Georgetown: Lisa Castrucci, TLC Dental Hygiene, 360 Guelph St., Unit 40, 905-8771300.

Last year, dental hygienists from all practice settings treated approximately 1,500 clients during the one-day volunteer event. “Our annual Gift From the Heart keeps growing,� Woods said. “This year we expect to help more people so that we can truly make a difference through treatment and public education about the importance of good oral health.� Since 2007, when legislation allowed dental hygienists to provide their services outside the dental office, more than 190 independent dental hygiene practices have opened across Ontario.

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ABOYNE - It’s out there; the flu, that is. While it has been a relatively mild year for flu activity, health officials are beginning to see confirmed cases in Wellington and Dufferin Counties. WDG Public Health has received four lab confirmed cases of flu in the community and one confirmed outbreak of flu in a long-term care home. “To date, we have administered almost 10,000 flu shots in our clinics and distributed 61,000 doses to area physicians, hospitals, and long-term care homes,� said WDGPH clinical services manager

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PAGE FOURTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 10, 2012

Local boy fundraising for Japan karate trip by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - Fundraising efforts are underway to help a local teen fulfill his dream of competing in Japan. Michael Corbett, 13, is one of seven members, including fellow junior student Francesca Van Esch, 11, of the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo heading to the 2012 International Dai Sensei Mei Toku Yagi Memorial celebration in Okinawa, Japan from March 1 to 6. “Getting to go to this tournament is a real honour,” Corbett said. “It means I will get to compete on the world stage in my sport, right in the birthplace of karate.” Corbett won the invitation to compete in Okinawa after taking third place for kata in the senior brown belt division at the 2011 World Karate Championships hosted by Guelph’s Budo Kan Centre for Martial Arts last June. “I am really proud of him,” said Corbett’s mother, Maureen. “Michael’s really excited to have this experience, and he’s never flown before, so it will be quite a trip for him.” But it is a costly trip, too, and one that has made this experience nearly unattainable for Corbett. A fundraising event was held at Crazy Carole’s Restaurant in Elora last month that included a silent auction and door prizes. “The silent auction was really great,” said Maureen

Off to Japan - Francesca Van Esch and Michael Corbett are the two youngest members of the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo to be invited to participate in the 2012 International Dai Sensei Mei Toku Yagi Memorial celebration in Okinawa, Japan this March.

photo by Kelly Waterhouse

Corbett. “I’d like to thank local merchants in both Elora and Fergus who donated items to the silent auction, including artist Tim Murton, and the help of Sensei

Phil McCullough and Brad Graham for their generous donations. And of course, my staff at Crazy Carole’s” The event raised $1,051, but the ultimate goal for Corbett’s

trip is $6,000. The trip involves two weeks in Japan, including airfare, food and accommodations. For Corbett, it will be worth the debt he will incur just to be a part of the honour of this event. According to Sensei Van Esch, being included in this event has put the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo on the international stage. “We are now a part of the international Meibukan GojyuRyu Karate-Do Association,” Van Esch said. “We are now training directly with our source and now the only dojo in Centre Wellington or North Wellington to be certified by or officially registered with this association of 62 dojos.” Despite concern about raising the funds for the trip, Corbett is focused on putting forth his best effort during the competition in Japan. “I’m not really nervous,” Corbett said. “I am to excited to see the culture and sites in Japan.” A bake sale fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 11 from 9am to 1pm at Crazy Carole’s Restaurant on Wellington Road 7 in Elora. Donations for Corbett’s Japan trip can also be made at this location any time. A bank account has been arranged for donations via the TD Canada Trust branch 2402 in Elora, with account number 6273260. To contact the Corbett family, email

Locals win martial arts triple crowns Lucas Nikolasevic, left, of Elora; Dolan White, centre back, of Fergus; Samantha Kress, of Waterloo; and Josh Roy, of Salem, were all gold medal winners at the World Congress of Martial Arts World Tournament in Cancun last month. Twelve athletes joined coach Kyoshi Frank Verbakel, of Elora, to represent Canada at the Mexican tournament. Kress won a gold medal in weapons for the third year in a row, while Roy, White and Nikolasevic won gold medals in three events - making all four competitors triple crown winners. Nikolasevic also received a gold medal in sparring for the third consecutive year, making him the very first double triple crown winner in 37 years. All four competitors will be traveling to the world tournament in 2013 to receive diamond and ruby triple crown rings at the closing ceremonies. submitted photo

photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Curling club off to smashing start by Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD Lorne Underwood set out to find curlers to form a club in Clifford and found that curling is alive and well in the village. Players formed an executive with Underwood as president; Luke Hartung vice-president; Cari Chard-Richards secretary; and Jackie Rock treasurer. Four rinks can accommodate eight teams. There are 29 avid curlers, beginners, and spares who stepped onto the ice surface with curling shoes, sliders, brooms, and enthusiasm back on that first night on Nov. 15. When three more register, there will be a full eight teams. Spare curlers participate for free, but they need to register to be on the phone list. A new schedule for curling was set midJanuary. The members are finding

the ice is quite good. Spectators can hear the cheers of victory and praise as someone somehow lands a rock on the button. They can also hear the cheers when the shot is just a little too heavy. The club has grown in size and popularity and Tuesday evenings at 8pm are reserved for curling. The sweeping of the brooms, the sound of the rocks gently moving along the ice both have a mesmerizing appeal. Underwood commended Mike Maynard of Minto for doing an excellent job of creating great ice, pebbling the rinks, setting the hacks, and rolling out the stones. Two bonspiels are in the works: for the Clifford Rotary Club in February and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in March. Spectators are welcome.

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Government has tips for safe snowmobile season TORONTO - Snowmobilers are being reminded to put safety first and plan ahead before riding the trails this winter. Snowmobiling continues to be one of Ontario’s most popular winter activities. With over 34,000 kilometres of trails to

Ready, set, heave - Clifford Curling Club members Kent DeBruyn and Nick Oleksandriw prepare to send rocks to the button during a Tuesday evening session at the local arena.

travel, its snowmobile routes are among the world’s best. Here are some safety tips: - always drive sober. Alcohol and drugs will affect judgment, slow reaction time and increase risk of fatigue and hypothermia;

- travelling on ice is always risky. Check conditions beforehand, carry ice picks and wear a buoyant snowmobile suit; - ride only on marked, open trails and check conditions heading out; - always carry a survival

kit, including first aid supplies, a trail map, compass or GPS unit, waterproof matches, a flashlight and high energy food; and - travel with a friend and tell someone the destination, route and planned return.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 7:30 pm Wellington County Library Rockwood Branch - Meeting Room 85 Christie St. Rockwood, ON

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FROM PAGE TWO to Blue Water Country.

*** Mini Golf Tournament at the Palmerston Legion. 1:30pm registrations, 1:45pm shotgun tee off, dinner & prizes. Call 519-343-3919 for info. *** Arthur Legion Jamboree. 2-5pm.

sun. Feb. 19

The Return of Bigfoot. Please call the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 519-836-7860 to register. This is your last chance to strap on snowshoes and join us for an afternoon of great family fun. Remember that snowshoes are limited so please call to reserve space. $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family of 4. *** Fergus Legion Community Breakfast. $6. 9-11:30am. *** Jamboree, Harriston Legion # 296. Admission $5. Doors open at 12pm. Entertainment 1pm. Supper $10, served at 4:30pm. Musicians, Singers, Dancers and Spectators Welcome. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Guelph Hiking Trail Club KIDS HIKE. The hike will be about 90 minutes long, and will be in the woods of Preservation Park. Start time is 1pm, and all children must be accompanied by an adult on the hike. No pets please. Dress for the weather. Hot chocolate & cookies after the hike, (please bring your own mugs.) Please register in advance with Kathy, 519-836-9147. Free to the public, and new participants are welcome!

Mon. Feb. 20

Elmira & District Horticultural Society presents: 7:30pm. “How to Kill a Tree” with arborist Mike Hayes. Trinity United Church, Elmira. New members welcome. Information: 519-669-2458.

Tues. Feb. 21

Cancer Support Group 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 10am-12pm. Upper Grand 753 Tower, St. Fergus. 1st Wednesday of the month, Lunch Out. Contact, Joyce B. 519-843-3213 or Judy D. 519-8433947 Ext: 100. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Photographic Competition results. Marden Community Centre/Library building. 7:30pm. All welcome. Refreshments. Memberships for 2012 available. Jean: 518-822-5289. *** Pancake Supper. St Paul’s Anglican Church Mount Forest. All you can eat pancakes, real maple syrup, sausages, tea, coffee and dessert. 5-7pm. $7 per person. Contact Joan McNeil 519-8569102. *** Pancake Supper at Melville United Church (corner of Tower and St. Andrew, Fergus). 5-7pm. Pancakes, sausage, hash browns, dessert, drinks, fruit. Freewill donation. All welcome. 519-8433841. *** Pancake Supper - St. James Anglican Church, 171 Queen St. E., Fergus. 5-7pm. Adults $8, Children $4, 10 yrs. & under. Pancakes, sausages, dessert & beverage - lots of toppings, everyone welcome. *** Pancake Supper, Arthur Community Centre. 5-7pm. Hosted by Grace Anglican Church. Adults $12, children 6-12 $6. Bake table available. *** Normanby Pancake & Sausage Supper, St. Paul’s Normanby Lutheran Church Auditorium. 5–7pm. Wheel Chair Accessible. Adults - $8; age 8 – 12 - $4; Under 8 - free. Info. 519-799-5346. *** 29th annual Pancake and Sausage Supper. 5-7pm, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 325 St. George St. W. Fergus. Adults $10, children 4-11 $6. Tickets at the church office. 519-843-3565. *** Pancake Supper, 5-7pm at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen St. East. Pancakes made from scratch with ham, sausage, dessert, tea, coffee, juice. Tickets at door are: $8/adults, $4/kids (6-10 years), free/5 & younger. Accessible entrance off parking lot. All welcome. For more info. call 519-323-1910. *** Palmerston United Church Pancake Supper. 5-7pm. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, fruit cocktail. $8 adults, $4 children. Proceeds go to the Canada Foodgrains Bank. For tickets please contact. Bill and Barb Holzworth at 519 343-2746. *** Wellington County 4-H Leaders’ Association Volunteer Supper and Annual Meeting. Please note the date change. To be held at EastGen (Gencor). Supper 7pm. Annual Meeting 8pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the annual meeting. *** Pancake & Sausage Supper at Barrie Hill United Church. 5-6:30pm walk in. Adults $10, Children under 12 years $5 - tickets at the door. Call for more details 519-767-3168.

wed. Feb. 22

Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meeting, 7:30pm. Phil Guenter, Forestry Technician, Arborist, will discuss “The Emerald Ash Borer”. Join us at the Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Everyone welcome. *** Wii Bowling for Kids Sake at the CW Sportsplex, Fergus,

12-9pm. Gather a team of 3-4 people, collect pledges and then come on out and have fun Wii Bowling. All pledges support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington. Call 519-787-0106 for more information and to book a time.

Thurs. Feb. 23

Introducing a Brand New Book Club for Kids!!! Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch. The “Believe it or Not Book Club” for kids in Grades 1–4. Weird and wonderful stories, crafts, food and fun for all! 4–5pm. Please register 519-843-1180. *** Arthur Lions Club Drive thru Chicken BBQ 4:30-7pm. $12. Advance tickets available from Lions Club members. St. John’s Parish Centre, Arthur. Proceeds to community betterment. *** Until Feb 25- Elora Community Theatre presents Norm Foster’s hilarious comedy “SELF-HELP”, Fergus Grand Theatre. Directed by Jude Winterbottom. Fergus Grand Theatre. Call the box office at 519-787-1981. *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30 pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes.

Fri. Feb. 24

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes Dinner. Harriston Legion Branch #296. 5- 7pm. Tickets $12 per person, children under 12 $6, Preschoolers Free. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre-Wii Bowl for Kids Sake supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington, 9:30-1:30pm. For a minimum donation of $10 per person, come out and try Wii Bowling for an hour. Phone VPSC at 519-787-1814 to schedule a bowling time. *** King & Queen of Hearts Luncheon in support of the North Wellington Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation! Royal Canadian Legion Mount Forest - 11:30am - 1:30pm. Tickets $8 at the door. Includes soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage & chances to win great prizes! For more information call 519-837-4858. *** All You Can Eat Wings & Pizza Fundraiser For The Guelph Legion. $12. Per Person. 6:30-9pm. Advance Tickets At The Lounge Bar. Open To Public. *** Friday Night Elora Legion dance. 8pm. $10. Lunch. Dance to Country Versatiles. *** Highland Rugby Club Field House, 150 Albert St. W., Fergus. 8-10:30pm. Admission $10. (students $8) Similar to square dance. No partner or previous experience necessary! For more information contact Janice Ferri 519-843-9971 or visit www. and click on contra dance. *** Beef Dinner at Conestogo Masonic Hall 61 Wellington St. Drayton. 5:30-7pm. Tickets: $12 Call: 519-638-2126 or 519-6382047.

Sat. Feb. 25

Adult/ Senior Ice Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($10 on band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship! *** 50-60’s Country. Fergus Legion. Doors open at 6pm. No reserve seating. Show 8-10:30pm. Tickets $15 per person, $20 at the door. Call 519-843-2345. *** Come one and all to the Country Breakfast at Rockwood United Church. 8-11am. Tickets at door. Adults $7, Child $5 and Family Deal $20 (2 adults and 2 or more children). All welcome. For more info. call 519-856-4160. *** 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. *** Woolwich Community Lions Presents - A Blast from The Past 80’s Dance. Wear your brights & tights - Don’t forget your big hair. Lions Hall, South Street, Elmira. 8pm-1am – DJ, Spot Dances, Door Prizes, Best 80’s Costume prize, Late Night Lunch. Tickets $15/person. Telephone 519-669-9356, 519-669-5800 or 519-669-5757. *** Arthur Legion Karaoke 8:30pm.

Sun. Feb. 26

Palmerston Legion Jamboree 1-5pm. *** Guelph and Wellington County Master Gardeners annual ‘Day In the Garden’ workshop. Theme: ‘Garden Design’ and will feature a hands-on workshop as well as speakers. Victoria East Golf Club, 1096 Victoria Road South, Guelph. 9-3pm. Cost: $40. includes a catered lunch. Seating is limited. Registration: 519-824-4120 ext. 56714 and leave a message. *** Royal City co-ed volleyball tournament. John F. Ross H.S. , Guelph. Recreational and intermediate divisions only. Proceeds to charity. Call 519-822-6353. *** Bowl for Kids Sake classic bowling supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington. Come out to Woodlawn Bowl, Guelph and have a great time bowling with family, friends or coworkers. Phone 519-787-0106 for more information or to book a time.

Getting into character - Students and staff at Salem Public School celebrated Family Literacy Day by dressing as their favourite fictional characters. Grade 3 student Luke May came in a Harry Potter costume because “Harry does a lot of reading and he plays sports like Quidditch.” May is with Kathy McGirr, the school’s librarian, dressed as one of Snow White’s seven dwarfs. submitted photo

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Horoscopes - For the third week of February ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 It’s best not to make any trouble this week, Aries. Simply fly under the radar, and others may not know you are around, which can work to your advantage. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you might want to keep a few things close to the vest, but sharing with others might help as well. Consider both angles and make the best decision for you. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Hiding emotions will be difficult this week, Gemini. Your emotions will be written right on your face when you interact with others, but that’s OK because you’re in a good mood. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, teamwork is the name of the game at the office this week. Work with coworkers and respect their ideas and insights & everything will go swimmingly. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Focus your attention on matters at home, Leo, which should take precedence in the coming weeks. Use this opportunity for a little early spring cleaning. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, fun might have to be put on the back burner this week. While it’s healthy to enjoy yourself, it’s now time to get back to business. Step up your game at work. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, it is almost crunch time for you, and you’ll have to buckle down for the next few weeks to get everything completed. Don’t leave things until the last minute.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, a change of pace will prove refreshing this week. Instead of sticking to your normal schedule, do things out of the ordinary for some excitement. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Emphasize spending quality time with family this week, Sagitarrius. Tackle a few home-related tasks or simply hang around the house for some good times. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, finances may be tight for a while, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. You may need to buckle down a little while longer until the accounts fill up. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a spending spree is about to end. While it was enjoyable while it lasted, it’s now time to replenish the coffers and go easy on the shopping. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, there are certain health remedies that you can try to improve your levels of energy. Stick with the regimen.

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FAMILY FUN DAY FAMILY DAY is Monday, February 20! All County of Wellington offices, library branches, transfer stations and landfill sites will be closed on Family Day.

Monday, February 20 10: 00 am - 5:00 pm Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre 7384 Wellington Road 30, Guelph A fun filled day of carnival games, jumping castles, demonstrations, food (additional fee), and so much more! Admission: $5/person $20/family (family of 5) For more information, please call: 519.856.9596 ext. 201. Proudly sponsored by:

NEW FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMME IN FERGUS! Strengthening Families for the Future (SFF) is a programme designed for families with children between the ages of 7 and 11. Research has shown that these programmes increase: • Children and youth resilience and life skills • Positive and effective parenting • Family communication The 14-week programme begins Monday, March 19 at the Melville United Church in Fergus. • Free meal • Childcare provided • Transportation available An information session will be held: Monday, March 5 5:30 pm Melville United Church, 300 St Andrew Street West, Fergus For more information or to register, contact: Amy Larson T: 519.821.6638 x 402

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