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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 24, 2012

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Chilifest success - It was a team effort to stir up Chilifest on Feb. 10 at the Fergus Legion, and the staff of the branches of the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington succeeded with their annual fundraiser benefitting their outreach and support services. With approximately 300 patrons seated for lunch and another 280 take-out orders, plus a silent auction, the staff appreciated the support of L&M Markets in Elora and Scotiabank of Fergus, who will match the $8,200 raised that day. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

River Run Centre presents ‘Wooly Kinderconcert’ Feb. 25 GUELPH - River Run Centre presents Toot Bang Swish, a mini-concert performed by members of the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony, on Feb.25 as part of this season’s Wooly Kinderconcerts. The title of the show suggests the sounds of musical instruments from different families coming together - brass, percussion, string, and more. In this show, inspired by composer Felix Mendelssohn (composer of the famous Wedding March), little ones will

learn how different instruments of the orchestra work together The Wooly Kinderconcerts is a three-show series of miniconcerts designed for children up to five years of age and a popular choice for musical and educational family fun. The Wooly Kinderconcerts Series continues with Fly With Us on a Magic Train on March 24. Tickets to Toot Bang Swish are available through riverrun. ca. Show times are 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am.

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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 the public. *** Friday Night Elora Legion dance. 8pm. $10. Lunch. Dance to Country Versatiles. *** Highland Rugby Club Field House, Contra dance at 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. *** Beef dinner at Conestogo Masonic Hall 61 Wellington St. Drayton. 5:30-7pm. Tickets: $12. Call: 519-638-2126 or 519638-2047. 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-’60s 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 ’80s Dance. Wear your brights & tights - Don’t forget your

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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 www.centrewellington.ca or call 519-787-1814. *** 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. *** Alma Walking Group – Mondays and Wednesdays 9am. Alma Community Centre. Free. All Fitness levels welcome. For more information. Call Seniors’ Centre for Excellence 519-638-1000. *** Chocolate Easter Eggs, Fondant Filled Eggs & white /Dark Chocolate Crosses $2, bunnies $1. Place your order now. Call St. Andrew’s Church 519-843-3565. Deadline for orders is March 18th. Proceeds to Mission of the Church. *** Just for Women, Just for Fun tickets now on sale! Crafts, lifestyle workshops, refreshments, lunch, raffles. Sat. Apr. 28, 2012. All proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. 519-323-4273; marianne_ bbbs@wightman.ca; www.bbbsnorthwellington.org.

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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. *** Scrapbooking and crafts day at Knox Church Ospringe. 9am3pm. Lunch provided, donations to the food bank gratefully received. 519-856-4453 for directions or more information. *** Team Kure 4 Kally presents a Walk for Arthritis Fundraising Show and Sale. Noon - 5pm. Over 20 Vendors of Home-based businesses to show and sell their wares. Free admission.

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. 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. *** 16th Annual Fergus Wedding Showcase. Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus. 11am-4pm. Complete with bridal fashion shows, and catering showcase, the Fergus Wedding Showcase will help you plan the wedding of your dreams by sampling the best of local wedding services. Plus, one lucky bride will walk away with our Crystal Bride Grand Prize Package! $7. Proceeds support Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Info. 519-843-4852. *** Jamboree at the Palmerston Legion. Starts at 1pm. Roast Beef dinner to follow. *** 15th Annual Elora Cooperative Preschool Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser. 4:30-7:30pm. Elora Community Centre. Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. Contact: Carrie Rys 519-846-9333.

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Genealogy Workshop at Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch. Hotel Registries: A Unique Research Tool Facilitated by Kevin James, television personality from “Ancestors in the Attic�. 6:30-8pm. Please register 519-843-1180. *** Arthur NEW to You – Groves Hospital Volunteer Association. Now offering Silent Auction, Seniors Day with 50% off and $.25 clothing items. *** Monticello United Church Ham & Scalloped Potato dinner. 4:307pm. Adults $12.50, children $5. Tickets at the door.

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C.W. Probus Club 10am. Aboyne Hall - Wellington Museum. Speaker: Dr. Terry Crowley, Univ. of Guelph. Topic: Bound Feet & Broken Bikes. An Encounter with Post Mao China. All retired seniors welcome; membership available. *** Guelph Horticultural Society at 8pm. Dublin Street United Church. General meeting followed by guest speaker, Sonia Day “Veggies for small places�. New members welcome. *** Maryborough (Moorefield) Horticultural Society - Dessert, Guest Night & Mini Show. Speaker: Clara Bauman, Seasons of My Garden, a slide show. 7:30pm. Moorefield Optimist Hall. Public is invited. Memberships available.

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Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 24, 2011 PAGE THREE

Horses and riding: A way of life for Radcliffe family by David Meyer

INVERHAUGH - On April 1 Kirsten Radcliffe begins a journey of a lifetime - and that’s no fooling. She will head to Vancouver that day for a week of training and then it is off to Australia where she will ride with Team Canada in the International Mounted Games Exchange as a member of the Canadian Pony Club. Radcliffe, 15, comes from a family that has been involved with horses for many years. Her mom, Sandra, was a member of a Pony Club when she was a girl and she encouraged her children, too. Radcliffe’s father, Tom, is the only one of the family not involved in a major way with horses and competition, but he knows a great deal about the events and is even looking for a farm to replace the family home on 1.5 acres of land with a barn that is located just west of Inverhaugh. He needs a larger place for horses, he said. Sandra Radcliffe, was a chaperone a couple of years ago for the same international event and is president of the Grand River Pony Club. As for Australia, “I’ve done the trip,” she said, noting she went with two neighbours who also qualified for the Canadian team and went down under. She has been involved with pony clubs “since I was 10 - off and on.” Sandra is now the district commissioner of the Grand River Pony Club, and she noted many people are unaware just what the club is. People can be affiliated with it until age 25, but the national team qualifiers compete only the year they turn 15. “It’s world wide,” she said of pony clubs. “In Britain, there’s a waiting list.” She said while the local club might have 25 to 40 members, in Britain there are up to 200. And, she said, that is one reason why Britain and Australia are usually the teams to beat in the international competition, but Canadians are in there trying, and, “We have a good time.” Her mother is not the only family member involved. Kirsten’s older brother, T.J., and her sister were into horses, too. Caitlin, now 23, was in the Pony Club and rode for Team Canada as a girl, competing in Germany. Her lack of fear around horses led to a job at the Grand River Raceway, where she met and married driver Garnett Rooney. He drives for Henry Equestrian. Kirsten’s younger brother Cameron is also a competitor and rider in the Pony Club. Family involvement is encouraged in the Grand River Pony Club, where all riders support their fellow members,

regardless of skill or level. When Kirsten reaches Vancouver, she will join Megan Dick, Kearstyn Sabourin, Tayler Vick and Emma Wiebe on Team Canada. The other members of Team Canada this year are from the west coast. Some years, there are more riders from other places. Kirsten said she got to know some of them at a previous national competition that focused on individual results. “We got to hang out together,” she said, adding that team organizers “took us to Canada’s Wonderland for a day. That was really fun.” Kirsten has been riding since she was 6 years old; it is simply something that her family does. She has also been competing in riding events since those early days. “Our whole family,” she said. “We just grew up doing it.” She remembered, “I got my first pony when I was 6 years old.” She kept that Shetland for about three years and then moved to a larger Welsh pony that she rode for two years. She got another Welsh breed pony for two years, and then, a horse. “I got Matrix two years ago.” She rode that gelding last

Family affair - Sandra and Kirsten Radcliffe share a love of horses and the Pony Club. Kirsten will be part of Team Canada in Australia in April. Sandra has visited that country as a chaperone for Team Canada performers. contributed photos

has its own Prince Philip Cup, named by his permission. It is awarded annually to the best team in Canada. The games are played by teams of five riders and five ponies, but only four participate in each game. That gives team leaders a chance to choose the best four performers in any of the various competitions, and also gives ponies, and riders, a chance to catch their breaths. The games are variations on a relay race. Some require the riders and ponies to run a slalom course, in and out around a series of upright poles from one end of the field to

“We just grew up doing it. I got my first pony when I was 6 years old.” Kirsten Radcliffe, 15, who will be riding for Team Canada at the Prince Philip Games, on her family’s love of horses, riding and competitions. year in the district and regional competitions in Fergus and then Puslinch Township to qualify as an Ontario representative for the national championships. To make the national team, she had to beat six other riders. That team will compete in Australia from April 7 to 22. The Grand River Pony Club has was one of the original Western Ontario Region branches and it was started in 1971. The club took a three year break from 1999 to 2001 and then reactivated and has been revitalized. The Australian world competition includes representatives from Pony Clubs in Great Britain, the United States, Canada and the host country taking part in the international Prince Philip Games. It is a team competition played by Pony Clubs around the world. The original Prince Philip Cup was donated to the British Pony Club by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinborough. Canada

the other, where they hand-off a prop to the next rider on the team. Some require riders to vault off and onto their ponies. Others make riders drop objects such as socks and vegetables into buckets. There are others that require the rider to pick up objects with another object. Riders develop skills in the areas of timing; sense of space, speed and direction; co-ordination; agility; and horsemanship. The international competitions are held in different countries each year. The Prince Philip Games are one of the few riding competitions in which the members must work as a team, perfecting hand-offs, rotating through the races, while encouraging and supporting each other. Kirsten is not a one-dimensional teen when it comes to sports, either. She plays ring– ette and, at Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, she plays field hockey. When not involved in those sports, she swims and works out in a

gym, and said all those activi- petitions, there are also pairs mon to all formats. ties are definitely a help in her competitions and individual For Kirsten Radcliffe, horscompetitions. Organizers noted es and riding have been a big riding. “You’re not on the horse that if there is a mistake in that part of her life, but she does not the full time,” she said. “It event, it is clearly the fault of let it take over to the exclusion takes a lot of strength - upper the rider because “the pony is of all else. body strength. I do the work- only following orders.” She has a lot of friends from Whichever format is cho- the Grand River Pony Club, but outs and go to the gym.” This year the games will be sen, the same general rules she noted, “Quite a lot of my apply. That means no whips, friends don’t even ride.” held in Canberra and Sydney. One difficulty is the diver- no spurs - and no bad or unAnd is she looking for a sity of the games. While some sporting behaviour. Each for- career in the equine industry? events are standard at such mat of competition has its own Not exactly. competitions, there is a wide selection of about 20 different “I want to be a chemical variety of games from which games, with some being com- engineer,” she said. to choose in any given competition, and so riders have to focus on all-round skills. The tetrathalon, for example, combines riding with other athletic activities. Based on the Olympic modern pentathlon, it has been used by military colleges of many countries to develop the character of their young officers. In 1969, it was started in the Pony Club and became a national program in Canada in 1975. It involves cross country and stadium riding, cross country running, swimming, and air pistol shooting. There are also elements of other riding, such as dressage. “My favourites are jumping and mounted games,” Kirsten said. The Mounted Games were the inspiration of H.R.H. Prince Philip, and are a way for youths to become involved with riding. When Col. Sir Mike Ansell was director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked if he could devise a competition for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony, and in 1957 saw the first Mounted Games Championship for the Easy rider - At age 8 Kirsten Radcliffe was already a member of the Prince Philip Cup. It Grand River Pony Club and riding in various competitions that the was an immediate succlub holds throughout much of the summer. cess. Besides team com-


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PAGE FOUR Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 24, 2012

Equine Guelph teams up with War Horse for show and fundraiser GUELPH - If it has hooves, whinnies, and behaves like a horse, trust Equine Guelph to become involved with it even if the horse is a puppet involved in show business. Equine Guelph formed a partnership with the Ed Mirvisch production of War Horse in Toronto. The British production is set to run until the end of June. Ticket purchases can contribute to the new Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Federation War Horse Welfare Education Fund. Using of life-size and lifelike handspring puppets, War Horse transports the audience to WWI – when horses were integral to progress. The stage adaptation examines the horsehuman bond. Recognizing the need for equine welfare awareness, Mirvish Productions partnered with Equine Guelph and will donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between Feb. 10 and May 6. And, as a special thanks, at the performance, OEF members will receive a free CD (one per order) of the music of War Horse. Call 416-872-1212 or

1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code: WHFUND. Equine Guelph’s communications and programs officer Susan Raymond said in an interview that there is more involved with the production, and there are actually three ways the show and Equine Guelph are working together. As for the show itself, Raymond said it is already generating much interest even before it opened. “I think it’s going to be very popular,” she said. “It’s got a great book, and there’s a movie out at the same time. It’s going to be very big.” The book was written by Michael Morpurgo, and adapted by Nick Stafford with the Handspring Puppet Company. Raymond added, “We were fortunate,” to tie the welfare fund to ticket sales to OEF members. Equine Guelph is also hosting a special gala fundraising evening on March 8 for avid horse enthusiasts. OEF members and non members alike can be part of a gala evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto. Those attending will have premium seats in the orchestra section, a pre-show reception and then have the opportunity

to meet the “puppets” on a backstage tour after production. There are a limited number of tickets and the cost is $200 each. Anyone wanting to take part should visit http://uofg. convio.net/warhorse or call 1-888-266-3108 to order. With over 16 online equine courses dedicated to horse owners and caregivers, Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph understands the need for horse welfare education. In an industry where wellintentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment. Education in horse welfare will result in the following benefits: well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses. The story takes place in 1912 at a village auction, where Albert’s father, Ted Narracott (a poor farmer who has had one too many beers that morning), decides to take on his brother and long-standing enemy, local bully Arthur Narracott. They set to bidding over a young hunter colt. After having driven the price up to astronomical proportions, Arthur gives up the bidding and lets Ted buy the

horse. Over the next two years Albert and Joey, as the horse is named, grow to love and to develop a profound understanding of each other. In 1914, war with Germany is declared. The local yeomanry set about recruiting and Ted, unknown to Albert, decides to sell Joey to the army. Major Nicholls, a local soldier, promises Albert that he will look after Joey when he goes to war: he gives him his solemn word that the horse will be safe. Albert reluctantly lets him go. Nicholls is as good as his word, proving a loyal keeper. He introduces Joey to Topthorn, a thoroughbred and the finest horse in the yeomanry. The two horses come to find peace and security together, for a while. After Nicholls is killed in action the horses are captured by the Germans. Meanwhile, back in Devon, the news of Nicholls’ death has reached Albert. Convinced Joey will no longer be safe outside of his custody, Albert escapes from the farm and runs away to join the army and bring his beloved horse home safely. The show is recommended for those age 10 and up. The Princess of Wales Theatre is at 300 King Street West, Toronto.

War horse - With a theme of war, horses and puppets, War Horse is expected to be a hit. The show has teamed with Equine Guelph to create a fundraiser for that group. photo courtesy of Simon Annand


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Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, February 24, 2012 PAGE FIVE

Equine enthusiasts hope to trail blaze for town’s economic development by Mike Robinson ERIN - Residents here are hoping a bit of horse sense will help develop the local economy. Economic development committee chairman Brian Gentles, Mary Venneman and Dr. Kim Hall were at council Feb. 7 promoting the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs business expansion and retention project. It is an all-volunteer program. The committee has budgeted $6,500 to cover incidentals and the operation of a group of about 30. Venneman said members are considering how to promote economic development given the restraints of the Greenbelt, the Credit Valley Conservation

watershed area, and sewage and settlement issues. The other issue is manageable by volunteers. They look to the OMAFRA model, which has a proven track record focuses on small to medium size communities. “Usually the full business expansion and retention pro– ject would look at all business opportunities,” Venneman said. “Given this was being done by volunteers, the scope was too big.” The focus now is on the equine industry. “Why equine? It is a real growth industry in Wellington County.” She said, “It is interesting to note Wellington County is the leading region for the horse industry. The annual economic

impact for Wellington County is $49 million.” Investment in fixed assets in the county is in excess of $500 million. She said between 2001 and 2006, the equine population of Wellington County grew by 50%. “It gives you an order of magnitude of the opportunity that is here in Erin.” This is the first time a survey was designed for a specific rural industry. “All the other municipalities in the area have

their eyes on this as well.” She said there are four phases to the initiative, and the survey represents only the first part. Recommendations would still need to be brought to the economic development committee and council. “We would like to be able to engage the broader community in those recommendations.” Hall said quite a few months have been spent developing the survey.

Another difference between the typical business expansion and retention project is the focus is not only on the business and industry view, but to supplement that information with that provided by recreational, pleasure and competitive riders, Hall said That information could provide a significant impact. She said participation in the study is voluntary and all information provided will remain confidential.

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Councillor Barb Tocher asked if there would be any input from the non-equine community. “No,” was the response. Tocher said there may be conflicts, such as trail usage. Hall said issues such as that might be identified in questions regarding potential challenges and barriers to the equine industry. She said once the recommendations are released, more research may be required.

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Horse survey to develop equine friendly business climate ERIN - Equine enthusiasts and business professionals alike may have reason to call 2012 The Year of the Horse. Erin town council are looking for opinions. If anyone is active in the horse industry, as a recreational enthusiast or professional, the Erin Equine Task Force wants hear from them. Responses will be used for to design to achieve a “horsefriendly” business climate for years to come. “There are other communities in the U.S. and Canada that have strategically built their community around horses, giving a real boost to the local equine industry, as well as the local economy,” according to Brian Gentles, one of the project’s coordinators. “We’d like to do the same in Erin. Our approach is one-

on-one interviews with people personally or professionally involved in equine or equinerelated activities.” It is modelled on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs business retention and expansion program. Not only does the process provide for development of a long range plan for the community but it also yields some shortrange tangible results. What’s unique about the Erin approach is it is the first time it is being applied specifically to the equine industry. Those interested can become part of the trailblazing team that will carve out a new future for equine enthusiasts in Erin. For more information, send a name and email address to Connie Cox (connie.cox@erin. ca).

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possibly an ultrasound to look at how efficiently the muscle and valves work. They look for enlargement or abnormal structure in the heart and check for normal blood flow around the valves. Physick-Sheard described two types of rhythm disturbance that can be found: - benign variations on normal (mostly involving the top part of the heart); and - ventricular rhythm disturbances, which can be serious and even life threatening. When found, staff look first for problems outside the heart, disturbances in homoeostasis, which involves keeping the environment around cells con-

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If the horseshoe fits: Area farriers take part in recent competition by Mike Robinson ROCKWOOD - On Jan. 21 System Fencing of Rockwood hosted its first forging competition. Forging is the art of creating horseshoers from flat bar stock. Several horses in the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society’s program also lent a hoof or two for the competition. System Fencing hosted the event, which boasted $2,000 in prize money, in combination with a two-day sale for farriers. “We acquired this location last year,” said Nanci Job, special events and social media spokesperson for System Fencing. “From there we created the farrier division and expanded upon it. The next step was to host a forging competition.” She said similar events are held across the province. “We thought, we have the facility, we have the space, so why not?”

petitors - depending on where the event is held. Job said competitors are from across Ontario - some from as far as two-and-a-half hour’s drive away, but they also numbers quite a few locals as well. Each division in the various classes is required to build a shoe from bar stock - a straight piece of steel - to set specifications. Competitors are given a specified period of time to create that shoe, and are then judged on their creations. Later Job explained the Eagle Eye class in the competition involves competitors being shown an actual horse leg and hoof. They stand back about five or six feet, and are given 20 seconds to make any observations or notes. Competitors are not allowed to touch the hoof, Job said. From there, they pick out the bar stock they believe is appropriate for the shoe for that horse. Then, they have 20 minutes to make it to their specifications. Once that 20 minutes is up, the judge takes the shoe and places the horse’s hoof over top to see which competitor’s shoe is the closest match. Novices start with a shoe and merely reform it, but the open and intermediate classes make the shoe straight from plain stock. Doug Buck, of Glen Williams, is vice president of the Ontario Farriers Association, and a competitor in the open division. He said “Every division is geared to shoes appropriate to the skill level.” He added that particular event includes a ground-level competition. He said there are also higher level events,

A seminar was held the day prior to the competition for competitors, trainers and people who want to know more about specific products. Job said the competition involves three divisions - novice, intermediate and open. Novices are mostly new farriers or beginners. Some of them are still in school and haven’t obtained a job working at it yet. The intermediates are established farriers. Many have a client base and are perfecting their skills. The open division, she said, are farriers with quite a good customer base and who compete quite a bit. “They are definitely competitors,” Job said. “Response has been great. We’ve had 21 competitors registered, which is pretty good for a first competition.” She added that generally, participation in such events runs between 19 and 24 com-

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ENTERTAINMENT ‘Wish dolls’ sew spirit of friendship into fundraiser by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - Stitching together friendships is the goal of the TuTu in You youth sewing group. Now it is also the inspiration for its recent fundraiser. “We needed to raise money to fix or replace our well-loved sewing machines,” said group leader Stephanie Toohill. Since January, a group of youths, aged nine years and older, have been working on wish dolls, handmade dolls made of recycled and donated materials. “Each doll is stitched together with friendship and each doll has a message of love attached to it,” said Toohill. “This was really exciting because the students got to collaborate with an artist working in the community. “Bear Epp is a Vancouver artist who now owns a business in Elora, and she came and sewed with the girls at the art

centre, and offered us a place to showcase their work.” From Feb. 1 to 11, the completed wish dolls were displayed at the Junior Arts Collective, an arts workshop and supply store owned by Epp on Metcalfe Street in Elora. “It gave the sewers a chance to shine on Main Street, as the textile artists they are,” Toohill said, adding the sewers also created bags and broaches for sale. The wish dolls, priced at $40 sold out at the Feb. 11 exhibition. “We raised $400,” Toohill said. “I am really proud of these girls. They’re inspirational. “They try things they don’t know how to do and they mentor each other.” Their next project is to prepare for the Planet Youth Extravaganza, where the sewers will take part in a fashion show on May 27 at the Gorge

Guelph museum hosting opening weekend from Feb. 24 to 26 GUELPH - The new Guelph Civic Museum is rolling out a welcome mat opening weekend, Feb. 24 to 26. Officials are inviting everyone to open houses that include behind-the-scenes tours of collections storage areas at the 30,000 square food building. The museum will be open on Feb. 24 from 5 to 9pm and Feb. 25 and 26 from 1 to 5pm. Admission is free on opening weekend. The museum, located at 52 Norfolk Street, offers free parking with overflow parking in the Church of Our Lady parking lot (off Cork Street) for grand opening weekend. Regular admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, and children, and $10/family. For more information, visit guelph.ca/museum or call the museum at 519-836-1221.

DAVID McCORD average one in four people were said to have known a victim of the attacks. Artists Tone Mørk Karlsrud and Tobbe Malm, who live near Oslo, are working to create a central monument in memory of the victims of these attacks. The monument will be a collaboration of iron roses, sent from blacksmith artists around the world. McCord learned about the project after reading a letter to the editor in the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America publication. “These artists in Norway were asking people to submit iron roses from around the

Lynn, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. The show is produced by Bill Culp. For tickets to the Harriston show, contact the box office at 519-338-2778 or visit the local Home Hardware. For the Fergus show visit fergusgrandtheatre.ca or call 519-787-1981. Tickets to these performances are $20 and $25.

HARRISTON - Local country music fans won’t want to miss Johnny Cash and the Queens of Country when the show comes to Harriston Town Hall Theatre on March 3 at 7:30pm and the Fergus Grand Theatre on March 4 at 2pm. In addition to Johnny Cash, this brand-new all-star tribute show also celebrates the music of Tammy Wynette, Loretta

Sewing friendship - Isis Vella and Lilith Murie, members of The Tutu in You youth sewing group, present handmade “wish dolls” during the group’s fundraiser at Junior Arts Collective in Elora. Cinema in Elora. Inspired by this event, the sewers are planning to build dolls for the local fire department to offer to children in emergency situations. The TuTu in You group

meets in the Rotary youth room of the Elora Centre for the Arts every Tuesday. It is a free drop-in group for youths aged 9 and above. For more information, visit www. eloracentreforthearts.ca.

Elora artist sends iron rose to Norway massacre monument by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - Out of tragic circumstances can come incredible acts of humanity - and that is what inspired Elora blacksmith artist David McCord to take part in the iron rose art sculpture project to commemorate the lives lost in the Norway massacre. “I wanted to contribute to the project because of the losses of life and the type of violence,” McCord explained. “I was interested in doing something for peace.” On July 22 Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, launched two terrorist attacks in Oslo, Norway, including a fertilizer bomb that killed eight people at a government building, then gunning down 69 youth activists at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya Island. The horrific event shocked the peaceful nation of Norway, where, according to Norway’s Klassekampen newspaper, on

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world,” said McCord. He explained the roses were to reflect the outpouring of grief, with citizens of Norway throwing roses along the streets in the days after the tragedy, and the July 26 rose parade held in Oslo and other cities throughout the country. McCord’s iron rose took a total of two days to create. “This was made using a triphammer, for the effect, and a [3 by 3.25-inch] bar of steel.” He figures the retail cost of the iron rose would be $200. “I tried to let the shapes be largely suggested by the metal and the techniques,” McCord said, adding the emotion of the piece was always present in his work. “It wasn’t about making the perfect rose. The forging was a lot of fun but the reason was very sad.” McCord’s rose, sent to Norway last month, will join hundreds of iron roses sent to Karlsrud and Malm from blacksmiths around the world. Karlsrud and Malm plan to build a sculpture 16.5 feet high, with a rose-covered globe resting on top, to represent unity and global engagement. The names of all the victims will carved into the granite foundation. “I’m waiting to see the final project,” McCord said. “I think it will evolve depending on

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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. gov.on.ca GRAIN DRYING AND STORAGE WORKSHOPS Grain drying and storage workshops are again being offered this year to serve farmers’ needs. These workshops are for you; if you want a better understanding of grain drying and storage principles, if you are planning a new system, if you are expanding your system, or are considering modifications to your grain handling system. Come and get your questions answered. Free discussion is encouraged throughout the workshops which results in good exchange of information among participants. The topics covered in the workshops will include the following: 1)How Grain Dries; 2) Types of Drying Systems; 3) Dryeration/ Cooleration; 4) Fan Sizing & Selection; 5) Aeration to Keep Grain in Condition; 6) Locating Drying & Storage Systems; 7) Traffic Flow Considerations and 8) Reducing Drying Energy. Workshop time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Instructor: Helmut Spieser, Engineer, OMAFRA. Spaces are limited, so register early; $50.00 (lunch included). To register, call Ag Business Centre, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus 1-866-222-9682 or 519-674-1500 ext 63592. Listowel: Friday, March 23rd - First Choice Bosman, 8582 Hwy 23; Woodstock: Wednesday, March 28th - OMAFRA, 401 Lakeview Drive, Hwy 59N and Elmvale: Thursday, March 29th - Elmvale Legion, 7 John Street. ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN by John C. Benham If you are one of the farmers that keeps thinking that they should do their EFP workshop before the busy season, you should sign up for the next workshop in Wellington on Monday, March 19th to be completed on Monday, March 26th in the Elora OMAFRA meeting

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room 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at no cost to you. Lunch and refreshments provided. To qualify for Cost Share funding, a completed up to date EFP workbook is required. Several farmers are signed up already. You may sign up yourself by going to: www.ontariosoilcrop.org/workshops/ or give John a call at 519-846-3394. GROWING YOUR FARM PROFITS by John C. Benham If you are a beginning farmer, or have one in your family or if you know of one please let them know about this program. There is very good cost share support for several segments of this program designed for beginning farmers. The next GYFP workshop will be held in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room Friday, March 23rd to be completed on Friday, March 30th. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required. You may register online at www.ontariosoilcrop.org/workshops or by calling Liz at 519-638-3268 or John at 519-846-3394. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. There is good financial assistance to help you do a better job of managing your farm business. RECORD KEEPING FOR ORGANIC FARMING by Canadian Organic Growers Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Villa, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 N., Guelph. One of the most important aspects of organic certification is the requirement to maintain records which enable the inspector to conduct a field to table audit of organic production. This one-day workshop will help you learn the best way to set up a record keeping system, what types of records you need to keep and how your farm operation can benefit from improved record keeping. This course is targeted to producers who are: 1) already organic, 2) in transition to organic, or 3) interested in transitioning to organic. Course facilitated by Maureen Bostock, Organic farmer and inspector. Cost includes lunch and a copy of Record Keeping for Organic Growers: $70 ($60 members), $35 per additional person from same farm business (excludes book). Register with Canadian Organic Growers: online at www.cog.ca/shop/ (click “Events”) - by

email office@cog.ca - by phone 1-888-375-7383. The Record Keeping for Organic Farming 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 1-800-2659751 x64213 or visit: www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/bdfbhome. COMING EVENTS: 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: www.cattle.guelph.on.ca. 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: www.dairysymposium.com or email: jrodenburg@xplornet.com. Feb. 27 & Mar. 5- Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop in Orangeville. To register, contact Jonathan Watchurst at 519-942-1181 or via email at: Dufferin@ontariosoilcrop.org. Feb. 28 - Wellington County Farm Safety regular meeting at Husky Farm Equipment, Alma at 8:00 p.m. sharp. For more information, call Walter Grose at 519-846-5329. Mar. 6 - Dairy Housing Design Seminars – Tie Stall Housing – 9:30 a.m. at Milverton Recreation Complex, 40 Temperance Street, Milverton. To register by phone, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at: 1-877-424-1300 or email: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca. Mar. 7- National Farmers Union Waterloo-Wellington Local, monthly board meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Husky Farm Equipment, Alma. (They meet every first Wednesday of the month).

Federal government investments to help dairy farmers boost exports OTTAWA - Canadian dairy farmers will grow their businesses through increased market opportunities with new support from the federal government. Parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced on Feb. 2 an investment of nearly $1.3 million at the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) annual policy conference in Ottawa. “Our Government’s top priority remains the economy, and Canadian dairy farmers play an important role in creating

jobs and keeping our economy strong,” said Lemieux. “This investment will boost our dairy farmers’ bottom lines by enabling them to better showcase their world-class dairy products and genetics systems internationally.” An investment of over $1 million will enable the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to create new markets to export dairy genetics. The CLGA will accomplish this by participating in key trade shows and targeted trade missions, conducting market assessments

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and training more farmers in the production and transfer of embryos. “These funds help us to grow markets through promotion and the equipping of clients in other countries to profitably manage their investment in Canadian dairy genetics,” said Rick McRonald, Executive Director of the CLGA. “Whether it is training in embryo transfer, advice on feeding and nutrition or whatever the client needs, the AgriMarketing Program helps us to provide the ‘full package’ Canadian advantage.” Recently, the Government of Canada has achieved concrete results for Canadian exporters of live breeding cattle by successfully working to open markets in Vietnam, the

United Arab Emirates and the Philippines. An investment of over $130,000 will assist DFC in developing niche markets for high-value cheese made with the unique know-how of Canada’s cheesemakers. Many Canadian specialty and artisan cheeses featuring value-added attributes have won top distinctions in national and international competitions. More than half of Canadian exports of specialty cheeses go to the US, a market which received more than $12 million worth of specialty cheeses from Canada in 2010. “Canada’s great cheesemakers and the dairy farmers that provide them with outstanding, high-quality milk are working together to expand the

opment, industry-to-industry trade advocacy, and consumer awareness and branding. As a recipient of AgriMarketing funds, the CLGA and DFC will help brand Canadian agricultural products around the world, building greater recognition for the quality, safety advantages and environmental benefits of Canadian products. Tools and promotional items are available to the CLGA and DFC as registered Canada Brand members to help develop its marketing strategies and activities. To find out more about the AgriMarketing Program or the Canada Brand international strategy, visit: www.agr.gc.ca/ agrimarketing or www.marquecanadabrand.agr.gc.ca.

Agriflexibility Fund increasing canola sales in China CHINA - As part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trade mission to China, Minister of Agriculture Gerry

Ritz was pleased to announce that Tongwei Co. Ltd., a major Chinese feed company, intends to increase its purchase of

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interest in Canadian cheese in international markets, and the market development expertise provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada are valuable resources in making this happen,” said Wally Smith, DFC President. “Canada is well known abroad for its cheese-making history and the reputation of the Canadian cheesemaker is an instant dooropener to foreign consumers who seek products.” The announcement is part of an $88-million investment provided through the AgriMarketing program under Growing Forward, which helps industry implement long-term international strategies including activities such as international market devel-

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Canadian canola meal by up to $240 million annually by 2015. This increased demand for canola meal was facilitated by research funded by the government’s economic action plan. The Canola Council of Canada has been working with a number of Chinese dairy and aquaculture processing companies to demonstrate the quality and nutritional benefits of canola meal. In dairy feeding research it was observed that canola meal is cost effective, has nutritional value and contributes to increased milk production in dairy cattle. Canadian canola will help Chinese farmers achieve the goal of doubling milk production by 2015 as outlined in China’s five year plan. In 2010, $1.8 billion worth of canola was exported to China, making it the largest

market for Canadian canola. In 2009, China imposed trade restrictions on Canadian canola seed due to the presence of blackleg. Transition measures have allowed continued exports of Canadian canola seed, but Canada remains committed to resolving the issue, ensuring predictable trade for Canadian canola exporters. The feed research was funded through the AgriFlexibility fund, a five-year (2009-14) initiative aimed at implementing new initiatives that will help the agriculture sector adapt to pressures and improve its competitiveness by reducing production costs, improving environmental sustainability, promoting innovation and responding to market challenges. For more information, visit: www.agr.gc.ca.

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Supply Management Janet Harrop, Dairy farm business owner Supply management - what is it all about? I keep getting asked that exact question from other business owners who don’t work in the agricultural field. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about supply management and marketing boards with the proposed dismantling of the Wheat Board and Canada’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Deal. As a dairy producer working and living in a supplymanaged system there are simple economics to explain the system. So, what is supply management? How do marketing boards play a role in this? Where is the money? In Canada, the broiler hatching egg, chicken, dairy, egg and turkey industries operate under national supply management systems. These systems are governed by national legislated acts which are controlled by national bodies and provincial commodity marketing boards that have been delegated powers by federal and provincial governments. Why did the government implement a national supply management system? Well, back in the early 1960s, farms were producing food and marketing the products into a fragmented system. The farmers didn’t have a reliable market for their products, processors didn’t have a reliable supply of product when they needed it and consumers didn’t have a standardized food safety system in place for their food. The Ontario government commissioned a study around the food production system(s) of the time, and from the study the supply management system arose in 1963. The concept, in its simplistic form, is pretty straight forward: produce the food to meet the demand. Supply-demand equals supply management. For the dairy sector, the producers in Canada supply just over 94% of the dairy

products the consumer demands. The remainder is supplied by required imports of dairy products through various negotiated trade deals. In order to control the supply of dairy products the quota system was implemented. In the dairy system, the quota is calculated by volumes of the various dairy products demanded by consumers and then the right to produce that commodity - ie. quota - is allocated or purchased by farmers to produce, and processors to process the dairy products. Producers’ quotas are expressed in terms of kilograms of daily butterfat. By matching the total supply of the product available in Canada with the market demand, supply management systems aim to provide efficient producers with fair returns, provide a consistent high quality product to processors who in turn provide Canadian consumers with an adequate supply of the product at reasonable prices. Dairy producers sell their raw milk to Dairy Farmers of Ontario, who in turn sell the milk to processors, pays producers, inspect farms and dairy handling facilities, coordinate collection and transportation of milk, conduct research, and provide educational and nutritional information to producers and consumers. Raw milk is used to make fluid milk (milk and cream that consumers drink) or industrial products (eg. yogurt, cottage cheese). Each producer receives a blended price that reflects fluid and industrial sales and the processor pay for products based on their classification. What is a fair price for everyone in the food supply chain? Who should pay? Supply management regulates prices at the producer and processor level and includes a cost of production formula to fairly compensate primary food producers for increased production costs. In return Canadian producers receive a fair price for their products, processors receive a consistent product when they

Jacques Laforge appointed CEO of dairy commission OTTAWA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on Feb. 7 the appointment of Jacques Laforge as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC). “I’m very pleased to announce Mr. Laforge’s appointment to the Canadian Dairy Commission,” said Ritz. “As both a farmer and a former president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Laforge has established himself as a driving force in the Canadian dairy industry. “I am certain that his knowledge and passion for the industry will continue to serve our dairy producers and processors well as he takes on this important new role.” Laforge will work with producers, processors, the restau-

rant industry, and consumers to build a long-term vision for the CDC and its stakeholders that will include innovative ways to continue to build a sustainable dairy industry. The CDC is a Crown corporation established in 1966 to coordinate federal and provincial dairy policies and create a control mechanism for stabilizing milk production and revenues. The CDC plays a key role in shaping dairy policy in Canada and provides a framework for the effective management of the industry as a whole, which is a jurisdiction shared by the federal government and the provinces. Laforge’s appointment is effective immediately for a term of three years.

need it and consumers receive high quality dairy products. Canadian producers receive no subsidization from the Canadian government. Consumers in other countries, like the U.S. and E.U., pay twice for their dairy products; once at the checkout & again at tax time. Canadian consumers only pay once for their dairy products. Recent numbers show that dairy producers in the US receive as much as 50% of their income from government subsidization. What do we pay for dairy products? The Farmer’s share of a restaurant glass of milk is 21 cents out of $2 and just 69 cents for the cheese on an $18.50 restaurant pizza. Canadians spend 10% of their disposable income on food, one of the lowest in the world, including 1.5% on dairy products. Canadian dairy farms contribute 15 billion dollars to Canada’s GDP and create 215,000 sustainable jobs. Canada produces over 94% of their domestic needs for dairy products. In the world, 93% of dairy products are consumed domestically. When the border closed to beef, exports of pork dried up, and producer pricing plummeted well below the cost of production, the consumer price in the grocery stores did not change. Supply management provides a fair return and pricing for all levels of the food value chain, without pricing support or dependence on volatile export markets. As a dairy business owner who has heard many hardships from previous generations who farmed in Europe and before supply management was implemented in Canada, I have the luxury of knowing the difference, and the stories and issues remain the same: pure economics.

Agriculture honoured at Rideau Hall during Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Ottawa - Two key contributors to Canada’s cattle industry were honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during the inaugural presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall on Feb. 6. Dr. David Chalack, former president of the Calgary Stampede who hails from Balzac, Alberta, was chosen for his contributions to the field of animal care and to the continued success of Calgary’s world-renowned, annual agricultural fair. “David is a leader, and his contributions to the field of livestock genetics and to the success of the Calgary Stampede have raised the profile of Canadian agriculture on

the domestic and international stage,” said agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. “The recognition is certainly well deserved.” The second recipient was Travis Toews, a cattle producer from Beaverlodge, Alberta, and president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He was honoured for his dedication to the field of agriculture, and for his support for farmers and cattlemen. “Travis has been an excellent ambassador of our Canadian beef industry and I would like to congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award,” said Ritz. “Travis is a great example of the kind of producers and processors who are the unsung heroes of economic growth in

Canada.” His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the ceremony, along with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. This event marked the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada. This commemorative medal will be presented throughout the year to 60,000 deserving Canadians to celebrate their significant contributions and achievements and to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.

China mission to benefit cattle producers OTTAWA - Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) president Travis Toews is pleased with the progress made during the federal government’s recent trade mission to China. Toews was part of an official industry delegation accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the week-long mission, along with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. During the trade mission, Prime Minister Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cleared the way for the resumption of Canadian tallow exports to China and Minister Ritz announced an understanding with his Chinese counterpart to work towards the approval of additional Canadian beef export facilities and the inclusion of bone-in beef and offal from cattle under-thirty months (UTM) of age as well as live dairy cattle. The latter item sets in motion a process to expand the list of Canadian facilities eligible to export beef to China and to add bone-in UTM beef and offal products. Eventually, it is expected

that a further step of including beef from cattle over-thirty months of age would also be achieved in accordance with the June 2010 commitment and consistent with the scientific standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The immediate access to the Chinese beef tallow market by Canadian processors for the first time in almost a decade is beneficial to producers as well. This new access will add value to the overall price that Canadian cattle producers receive for selling their animals and provide incentive to process those animals in Canada. China was the top export market for Canadian industrial tallow in 2002, worth $31 million. During Canada’s nineyear absence, China’s global imports of tallow have grown to more than $400 million annually. Industrial tallow is used in soaps, cosmetics, waxes, bio-

diesel and lubricants. The Canadian industry expects its renewed exports of tallow to outpace its previous performance and for the Chinese market for Canadian beef and tallow to exceed $110 million once full market access is achieved. “This has been a very rewarding mission for Canadian cattle and beef producers,” said Toews. In June 2010, during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Canada, China committed to restore access for all Canadian beef and beef products. It was expected the access would be phased in over time with the first two steps being boneless beef from UTM cattle and industrial beef tallow. Since that time, extensive technical negotiations have taken place resulting in the boneless UTM access in May 2011 and the industrial beef tallow announced on Feb. 8 during the trade mission.

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Local captures championship belt at Belleville arm wrestling event Robinson’s meteoric rise leads to global aspirations by Chris Daponte MOOREFIELD - Tyler Robinson continues to take the Ontario arm wrestling world by storm. The 22-year-old Moorefield resident, last year named Rookie of the Year by the Ontario Armwrestling Association (OAA), captured the overall championship belt (left arm) at the Arm Melter 13 event in Belleville on Feb. 11. Robinson defeated Nicola Gazzetto 3-0 in a best-of-five “super match” at the event, which is organized by promoter Joe Gould and billed as the Canadian Professional Championships Supermatches. “I was pretty surprised and happy,” Robinson said of his victory. He explained the Arm Melter event features super matches between opponents who otherwise would not face one another due to different weight classifications. Friend and training partner Jeff Oosterveld, of Drayton, says the Arm Melter win could open up many opportunities for Robinson, including the chance to travel to tournaments in the U.S. and Europe. There is some money to be made in the sport, Oosterveld explained, but not so much within Ontario’s borders. He is hoping sponsors will

step forward to help Robinson pay for travel expenses that could be incurred as the young competitor ascends the arm wrestling ranks. “I see the potential in him,” Oosterveld said of Robinson. “And I don’t want him being held back [by finances].” Robinson has been a fan of arm wrestling since he was very young - watching the 1987 Sylvester Stallone film Over the Top certainly didn’t hurt - and he has “fiddled around” with the sport for years. “I liked it ever since I was a kid. I think it’s one of the best sports out there,” he said. But he has only competed seriously for about two years, which astounds those familiar with the sport. “I’ve been in it for five years and I haven’t come anywhere close to what he’s accomplished,” Oosterveld said. “The dedication and time he’s putting into it is just incredible.” Previous titles held by Robinson in the sport include southern Ontario champion in his left arm and third for his right arm (in the 177 to 198 pounds category), as well as western Ontario champion for his left arm and second for his right arm. Robinson works out daily, whether at home or at the local

gym in Drayton, and said he has seen immense improvement from three years ago, when he regularly won arm wrestling events at Paddyfest in Listowel. “I feel way stronger now,” he said. “I’ve been training really hard to get good enough to travel around the world.” Oosterveld said the next step is spreading the word about the sport and Robinson’s vast potential to attract sponsorships that could make the dream a reality. Having known Robinson since he was a young boy, Oosterveld says there is no one more deserving of the opportunity - or of the success - than Robinson. “He lives for arm wrestling,” said Oosterveld. Born with cerebral palsy, Robinson’s doctors originally told his parents he would never walk. He overcame that hurdle some time ago, but as recently as 2009, Robinson still required the use of walking aids to get around. But thanks to his perseverance and dedication to working out, resulting in improved balance and strength throughout his entire body, he has left those behind. “He’s never let his difficulties hold him down; they drive him,” said Oosterveld. “I wish I had the drive and desire that he does ... he’s just an incredible guy.” Robinson’s mother, Deb, agrees her son has come a long

way - both in life and in the sport of arm wrestling. “He’s doing just great. We’re so happy for him,” she said, adding his most recent win at the Arm Melter 13 event was particularly impressive, considering the calibre of his opponent. Oosterveld said many people are in awe of Robinson’s meteoric rise in the sport. He is a crowd favourite at tournaments and has become extremely popular among his arm wrestling peers. “It’s incredible for him. His muscles react slower than [normal], so he’s working twice as hard as everyone else,” Oosterveld said. Yet Robinson remains humble and steadfast in his goals. He is appreciative of the support from Oosterveld and other mentors - including several on his Harriston Havoc team - and for now, he hopes to enjoy continued success at area tournaments, including the Mike Gould Classic in Oshawa in March. Ultimately, the long-term goal remains success on a much grander scale. “I really want to be a world champ. I’ve been training my butt off to get that good,” said Robinson. To help him reach his goal through a sponsorship, call Oosterveld for more information at 519-741-7268. For more information on upcoming tournaments visit ontarioarmwrestling.com.

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Another piece of hardware - Moorefield arm wrestler Tyler Robinson shows off the belt he won on Feb. 11 as overall left arm champion at the Arm Melter 13 event in Belleville. submitted photo

Impressive feat - A rare eight ender (an end where all eight stones score for one team) was scored by Mark Burgess’ rink on Jan. 25 during the Wednesday night competitive curling league at The Harriston Curling Club. From left are: Burgess, Todd Pridham, Don Wilkin and Dwayne Koeslag. This was the first eight ender for any of the players on the team. submitted photo

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Celtic pride - The Centre Wellington Celtics major midget girls basketball team had a record of 2-2 at the Oakville Vytis Invitational Tournament recently. Kristen Gora led the team with 31 points and 22 rebounds. Front row, from left, are: coach Janice Teeter, Gora, Erika Beaver, Alana Toms, Taylor Luther, Kayla Teeter, Madison Fennell and Kate McNamara. Back: Natalie Garner, Hannah Larmer, Anna de Lange, Abbey Gallina, Katelyn Allen, coach Fiona Fennell and coach Dennis Wilkes. submitted by Dennis Wilkes


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Emilie-Claire Barlow takes the stage Feb. 25 FROM PAGE TWO enjoy the Entertainment. Admission $5pp. (Performing musicians: free). Call 519-843-7011 for information.

fri. Mar. 2

Community euchre sponsored by the Optimist club of Puslinch, 7:30pm at the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Lunch provided. 50/50 draw. All welcome. For information call Neil Smith at 519-837-3838. *** Please join us in celebrating with the Women of Malaysia, World Day of Prayer at Grace Anglican Church, Arthur. 7:30pm. Theme is “ Let Justice Prevail”. All welcome. *** St. John’s United Church in Belwood invites everyone to join us at 2pm, as we celebrate World Day of Prayer. *** World Day of Prayer Service, 2pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 Silvercreek Pkwy, North, Guelph. “Let Justice Prevail” this service is written by the women of Malaysia. Please join us, everyone is welcome. *** World Day of Prayer Service. “Let Justice Prevail”. St. Mary’s Immaculate Church, 267 Geddes Street, Elora. 2pm. Call Pamela McDaniel 519-843-0930 for more info.

sat. Mar. 3

Hoot and Howl. Please call the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 519-836-7860 to register. 7-9pm. 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. Please 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! *** Fergus Legion Jam Session. 2-5pm. Everybody welcome. *** Canadian Bible Society Annual Dinner Gathering. Speaker: Rev. Cal Bombay, Pastor / Missionary / Author / TV Commentator. Praise: Hilltop Singers. Alma Bible Church,
59 Peel St. East, Alma. 
6:30pm. 
Tickets: $15. 
519-843-2079.

Sun. Mar. 4

“Sing into Spring” concert with The Kerr Family. 2pm. Burns’ Presbyterian Church, at 155 Main St. Erin. Free will offering.

Thurs. Mar. 8

The Wonderful World Of Fossils. Guelph Field Naturalists. 7:30pm, University of Guelph Arboretum. Bob O’Donnell, shares his knowledge of Fossils including the process of fossilization and how they are protected by Conservation Areas around Canada. Fossils will be on display. Visitors always welcome. *** Arthur Agriculture Society meeting. 7:30pm. Upstairs Hall. Arthur Community Centre. All Welcome. *** Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, Rural Women’s Support Program invites you to the Palmerston Norgan Theater to celebrate International Women’s Day with a showing of the film Fried Green Tomatoes at 7pm. Minimum $2 donation. All proceeds to the Rural Women’s Support Program. For more information, please call Sarah 519-343-5192. *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** Customer Appreciation Day, Fergus “New to You” Shop, 10am4:30pm. Surprise specials, Spin the Wheel, Fabulous prize draw and Refreshments. Proceeds to Groves Hospital.

Sat. Mar. 10

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! *** Grandmothers of the Grand (Stephen Lewis Foundation) 2nd annual Curling Bonspiel, Fergus Club. 8:30am. $30 includes, breakfast, lunch, awards and prizes. To pre-register, contact Laurie Black Rooney at 519-787-1092.

Sun. Mar. 11

Alma Optimist Club Toy Show and Sale. 10-4pm. Alma Community Centre. For info. call 519-846-1055. *** Roast Beef Dinner. Eat in or pick-up from 4:30-6pm. $12 per person. St. George’s Anglican Church, Young St. Harriston.

Mon. Mar. 12

Tickle Trunk Story Time with Lisa at the Grand Valley Public Library. Time: 10:30 am. 519-928-5622. www.grandvalley.org

Tues. Mar. 13

Seniors Day of Games & Dinner. RCL Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234, Guelph. 1:30pm games registration for euchre, cribbage, floor shuffleboard and darts. Dinner of Stew $7/ plate. This event is open to the public and you do not have to be a senior to attend and enjoy a great afternoon of games and dinner or come out for dinner only. ***

The RCQG March meeting 7pm at the Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road, Guelph, with Kathy Wylie. Kathy is a certified quilt judge and has won multiple international awards for her quilts. Guests are welcome for $5 each. Membership is available. Email Judy.RCQG@gmail.com. *** March Break Program - Grand Valley Public Library presents MUSIC WITH BRIAN. Held at the Grand Valley Community Centre at 10:30am. Cost $3 per show or $8 for all 3 shows. 519928-5622.

wed. Mar. 14

Rockwood & District Lioness, Euchre & Bridge Night. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood, 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch & Prizes to follow. *** The Grand Quilt Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair Street, Fergus. All are welcome - doors open at 7pm and meeting concludes at 9:30pm. *** March Break Program - Grand Valley Public Library - Dufflebag Theatre presents Peter Pan. Held at the Grand Valley Community Centre at 10:30am. Cost $3 per show or $8 for all 3 shows. 519928-5622. *** Euchre, Harriston Legion Branch #296. Start at 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** FREE SKATE - Sponsored by the Grand Valley Public Library at the Grand Valley Community Centre. 2-3pm. 519-928-5622. *** Euchre Party. Alma Community Centre, 7:30pm, $3 per person. Prizes, Lunch.

Thurs. Mar. 15

GUELPH - The River Run Centre presents Emilie-Claire Barlow, with special opening guest Brandi Disterheft, on Feb. 25 at 8pm as a part of this season’s Macquarie Music and More Series. Barlow is recognized as one of Canada’s top jazz talents whose well-honed vocals and charming stage presence have earned her a loyal following worldwide. Born in Toronto to professional musicians, Barlow started her career with voice recordings for radio and television when she was only seven years old. Today, 12 years into a successful recording career and just having released her eighth album, Barlow is easily one of the biggest names in Canadian jazz. For the River Run show, she will lead her band through exquisite arrangements of Great American Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads, and tunes from her 1960s-inspired album, The Beat Goes On. “I just felt it was time to do something a little different from the last two records,” said Barlow of the inspiration behind the album. “I started looking at the songs of the 60s and they really struck me. “This is not an attempt to

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW sum up the ‘60s or call these the best songs of the decade. These are songs that hit me, sparking ideas of how to recreate them in my own way.” Opening the evening is Juno award winner Brandi Disterheft. Still in her 20s, this bassist and composer from Vancouver is gaining attention for her playing, writing style and performances. Tickets are available through the River Run online at riverrun.ca. As part of the uGO program, university and college students may purchase tickets for only $20 each. Through eyeGO, high school students may attend for just $5 each.

March Break Program - Grand Valley Public Library - JUNGLE CAT WORLD - Prepare to be captivated with an array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, spider and insects from around the world. Held at the Grand Valley Community Centre at 10:30am. Cost $3 per show or $8 for all 3 shows. 519-928-5622.

Fri. Mar. 16

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Arthur 4:30 – 6pm. Beef Stew Supper. $12. Please call Bea Little for tickets 519-848-2839. All welcome. *** Irish Pub and Meat Roll. Harriston Legion Branch #296. For more information call 519-338-2843.

Sat. Mar. 17

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! *** Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast with Real Maple Syrup sponsored by the Belwood Lions at the Belwood Hall from 8am - 11am, Adults $7 ea., Children age 4 to 12 $3 ea., age 3 & under free. *** St. Patrick’s Lunch, St. Paul’s Anglican Church Mount Forest. 11:30 - 1pm. $8 per person. *** Pot luck supper and games night at Knox Church Ospringe. 6pm. 519-856-4453 for directions or more information.

Sun. Mar. 18

Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome. *** St. Patrick’s Day Euchre party at Sacred Heart Church, Kenilworth. 8pm. Admission: $2.50. Door prize, 50/25/25 draw, penny table and light lunch. Everyone welcome. *** Jamboree. Harriston Legion Branch #296. Admission $5.Doors open at 12pm. Entertainment starts at 1pm. Supper $10, served at 4:30pm. Musicians, Singers, Dancers and Spectators Welcome. For more information call 519-338-2843.

Here’s How it Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Find the answer below.

Horoscopes - For the first week of March -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you typically have a lot of energy and feel the need to come in first in everything you do. Today that trait will work to your advantage at work. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you won’t necessarily feel comfortable when a friend asks for a favour. But in this instance you simply need to go along for the ride to ruffle the least feathers.

Tues. Mar. 20

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, your social energy this week is helping to bring the right people into your inner circle. Be sure to pay one particular person a good deal of attention.

Thurs. Mar. 22

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, financial issues are certainly keeping you on your toes, although you are hoping for a respite. Go with the flow for now and find a better way to organize.

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. Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** Orangeville Community Band Spring Thaw Concert & Pasta Dinner. Orangeville District Secondary School. 22 Faulkner St., Orangeville. 5:30pm. Advance Tickets only. Adults $20, Seniors $15, children 12 and under $10. Call Kathy at the box office 519942-1026.

Fri. Mar. 23

Arthur United Church’s UCW 3rd annual Rummage/Bake sale at Arthur United Church. Friday 1- 8pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. *** National Farmers’ Union’s Sustainable Farming Awards and Dinner, at the Elora Legion. Social at 6 and Dinner at 7. Our speaker is Anita Stewart and a fine dinner of local food provided by The Food School. Tickets are $20 and please call John Sutherland to order 519-855-4651.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Keep trying to win over someone who is not entirely on board with your line of thinking, Leo. A little more persuasion and there’s a good chance you can get another supporter. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you’re energy and attention span is a bit scattered this week but could be just enough to find a new way to take care of things. Experiment with fun activities. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you have an uncanny ability to tune into the way people think and operate. You can put this knowledge to work at the workplace and find success in new ventures.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, a family member needs help getting through a rough time. You may be the only one who can provide the comfort and help your loved one needs and deserves. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Put your creative energy to good use, Sagittarius. It could mean renovating a part of your home or discovering a new hobby to keep you busy. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, try to tackle an easy financial project this week. It could involve brown-bagging your lunch or saving loose change for a vacation fund. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Don’t fret, Aquarius. People are paying attention to you even if they seem distracted on the surface. Take every opportunity to be on your best behavior this week. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, it may seem like a struggle right now, but you will find out that almost any obstacle can be overcome if you set your mind to it.


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INFORMATION FOR TENANTS AND LANDLORDS Need Help Keeping a Place to live? The Housing Help Centre can help. If you are behind in your rent and are in danger of losing your home, help is available.

The 4th Annual Guelph Wellington Local Food Networking Event Monday, February 27 12:00 - 5:30 pm Loyala House at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6, RR5 Guelph 12:30 pm Panel Discussion Dr. Andreas Boecker, University of Guelph - Associate Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Jean Beauchemin, Morton’s Wholesale Ltd. Cori Claus, The Harvest Table Chris Jess, Centre Wellington District High School Trish Scott, Whispering Meadows Josh Whitehead, Green Table Foods 3:15 pm Cafe Klatch- Breakout Discussion Sessions

• Have incomes of $48,000 or less based on household size. • Are able to keep going with regular rent payments with the rent bank funds. Eviction prevention support on behalf of tenants and landlords is also available. The Housing Help Centre provides Information and referrals to resources such as the legal clinic and the landlord and tenant board. Contact: The Housing Help Centre 138 Wyndham Street North, Guelph. 519. 837.5492 x 3710 housinghelp@wellington.ca

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Wellington County receives more money from the sale of recyclables because materials are sorted. Over $900,000 was received in 2011. Blue boxes are available at County waste facilities, municipal offices and the County Administration Centre. No charge. For more information visit, www.wellington.ca. ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. For more information, contact: Jennifer Cowan, Accessibility Clerk, at: 519.837.2600 x 2373* or Jenniferc@wellington.ca

HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE High quality child care spaces are important for children, families, and the economy because they: • stimulate children’s development • help parents stay connected to the workforce • are part of investing in children’s healthy development and reduce health and social costs in the future As the child care system manager for Wellington and Guelph, the County of Wellington Child Care Services continues to plan for affordable, accessible, and available high quality child care spaces in our service delivery area. www.wellington.ca

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