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Women’s Cancer Support Group. Every 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 10am - 12noon. Lunch out every 1st Wed. of every Month. Call Joyce 519-843-3213 or Judy 519-843-3947 Ext. 100. *** Chocolate Fondant Filled 3oz Eggs & White/Dark Chocolate crosses $2, and bunnies $1 for sale. Place your order now. Call St. Andrew’s Church 519-843-3565 by March 16. Proceeds to Missions of the Church. *** Mark your calendars! July 15-18 National Square Dance Campers - Ontario Camporee 2010. At Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, 15 Belsyde Ave., Fergus.

Open Jamboree at the Mount Forest Legion Branch 134. 1:305:30pm, General Admission - $2, Roast Beef Dinner - $12 (including admission). Musicians no admission, $5 for dinner. *** Jamboree - Harriston Legion Auditorium. 1- 6pm. Roast Beef Supper $10/plate. Donation at the door. All entertainers and spectators are welcome. Hosted by the North Wellington Bravehearts and the Harriston Jamboree Committee. *** Sunday Brunch at the Palmerston Legion from 11am - 1pm. French toast, home fries, bacon, muffins, eggs, fresh fruit cup, beverage. Adult - $7 advance/$9 at door, child - $4. Tickets available at 519.343.3919.


Our hostess will bring gifts and greetings, along with helpful community information.

The Fergus Elora Retail Alliance (FERA) Shop Local program draw was held recently at Wood n' Charm. Completing the draw are shop owner Julie Cantin and township representative Dave Rushton. The winner is Roland Roux, of Belwood, who won a $50 gift certificate to Fraberts in Fergus. The FERA draw next week (March 1 to 3) will be at Jester's Fun Factory in Fergus. The following week (March 8 to 10) a ballot will be drawn from the Karger Gallery in Elora. Thanks to all of the participating stores and all of the local shoppers.

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WELLINGTON COUNTY JUNIOR FARMERS 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner All donations & proceeds to the Drayton Food Bank

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“proceeds to local community projects” Held at Grand River Raceway 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora Held under lottery license #M634122. FERGUS ELORA ROTARY FOUNDATION Staffed by: Centre Wellington Rotary Club and Fergus Elora Rotary Club

World Day of Prayer 10:30am at Morriston United Church. Women of Cameroon wrote the service. Guest Speaker volunteers in Cameroon. *** World Day of Prayer at Speedside United Church, Guelph,12:30pm. Featured country is Cameroon, Africa. Robin Fletcher will be speaking about her trip to Nicaragua. All welcome. *** Karaoke at The Red Chevron Club at 34 Elizabeth St., Guelph at 8pm. Everyone 19+ Welcome. *** Optimist Club of Puslinch, Community Euchre. 7:30pm. At the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Refreshments provided. 50/50 draw. All Welcome. *** Plan to attend World Day of Prayer at Melville United Church at 2pm. "Let everything that has breath praise God" written by the women of Cameroon. *** World Day of Prayer 2pm. First Baptist Church, 255 Woolwich St., Guelph. The Women’s Inter Church Council would like to invite everyone to join us for this year’s World Day of Prayer Service. The service is written by the women of Cameroon, and the theme is “Let everything that has breath praise God”. Fellowship following the service. For more information 519-822-7264. *** The Elora Acoustic Cafe - Opening Night at the Elora Centre For the Arts. Open Stage sign up at 7pm. Feature Act - Steve Royall and Friends, 8:30pm. For Info. contact . $5. *** Did you go to Floradale School? The current Floradale Public School building will be taken down soon to make way for the new one. Former students, staff, and anyone else who is interested, are all invited to visit the school from 5 to 8pm. Come tour the school, view displays of old photos, reminisce with old friends and enjoy some refreshments. For more information call the school at 519669-5193 or Rick Kraemer 519-669-0917.

MARCH 6 Treasure Shop. Free good used clothing for all ages. Bethel Baptist Church, 675 Victoria Terrace, Fergus. 9am-12noon. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating 8pm - 9:50pm Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ($8 on Band nights). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Entertainers”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** Woolwich Community Lions club presents “Dancing under the Stars Dance” at 8pm. Tickets $15/person available by calling Denise/Erin at 519-669-0003. *** Paddyfest darts, Parkview Gardens, Listowel Legion Registration 11- 11:30am. Cost $40 per team. All money returned in prizes. *** Erin Legion Branch 442 “The Caledon Country Boys" and their Fundraising Dance for Haiti. 8pm. $10 each and you can pick up your tickets at the bar downstairs. *** St. John Catholic Women's League, Arthur, St. Patrick's Bazaar 1:30-3:30pm at Parish Center beside the Church. Door Prizes, Tea Tables, Penny Table, Book Store & Draws. Great Prizes! *** World Day of prayer from Cameroon, 2pm at Alma United Church. Everyone welcome. *** Roots Quest, (Nicholas Keith Room, Wellington Place) 10am 3pm. Trace your “roots” through photographs, cemetery markers, family heirlooms and stories. Presented by Sarah Fisher and Judy Howard. Bring photographs and family heirlooms to share. Bring a bagged lunch. Refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is required. Please call Judy Howard at 519-787-2109. *** Canadian Bible Society Centre Wellington Branch Annual Dinner Gathering. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. 6:30pm. Tickets for dinner (advance only) $15. Call Thema 519-843-5376 for tickets or info.

MARCH 8 Mark the International day of Women, with your friends at a Celebration of Women in the Arts, local musicians, art on display and authors sharing their work. The Canadian Federation of Women are hosting at the E bar at the Bookshelf Cafe, 7pm, $10. *** Harriston & District Horticultural Society meeting, 7:30pm Harriston – Minto Auditorium. Speaker Wayne Pfeffer, Ayton. Topic: Flora Arranging and Demo. Refreshments and door prizes.

MARCH 9 Parkinsons Society, Guelph-Wellington Chapter 2pm Zehr’s Community Room Imperial Rd/Paisley Blvd. Guelph. Fay Nascimento, a local Speech Language Pathologist, will speak to us about Speech and Swallowing Changes in Parkinson’s Disease. For more info. contact: Chris Young 519-829-1749.

MARCH 10 Rockwood & District Lioness Euchre & Bridge Night. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood at 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch & prizes to follow. *** University of Guelph and the School of Fine Art and Music present the 4th annual Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art, War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. 5:30pm. Free. Featuring: Iwona Blazwick. *** Holden Evening Prayer Service followed by book study "The Sign of Jonah." Joint Anglican and Lutheran service. 7pm at St. James Anglican Church, 171 Queen St. E., Fergus. All are welcome. *** 2010 Tax Clinic –Tax clinic for low income households. If your gross household income is below $17,000 without dependents. Or $25,000 with dependents you are eligible for this free tax clinic. Please call EWCS at 519-833-9696 to book an appointment. Please make sure you have all your paperwork in order before your appointment. *** Canadian Cancer Society Open House 10:00am to 4:00pm to kick off our Daffodil month. Learn what we do and how you can fight cancer. 4A-214 Speedvale Ave W, Guelph. Contact: David Jones 519-824-4261. *** Euchre. Harriston, Legion #296 Harriston, Ontario. Start at 8pm Light Lunch provided, $5 per person. Bring a Partner. *** The Grand Quilt Guild meet at 7:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus. Demonstration on sewing techniques including serging quilts, hanging sleeve and machine quilting. Everyone welcome.

MARCH 11 “Classical guitarist, Cary Savage” will showcase his works from his latest CD “Favorites, Music of Isaac Albéniz and J.S. Bach.” Concerts start at 12:10pm. MacKinnon Room 107 (Goldschmidt Room) School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph. Admission FREE – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone Welcome! *** Arthur Agricultural Society Directors meeting. 8:15pm. Lower Hall of the Arthur Community Centre. All welcome. *** Until April 11 New Work - Jenn E Norton & Scott McGovern - In the Minarovich Gallery - Opening Reception March 11, 7:30pm. *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest. 7:30pm. $2.50 includes lunch and prizes. *** Come try Ringette at 6:30pm at the Mount Forest Sports Complex. Children of all ages welcome bring helmet & skates. Free. Call Bill/Christine 519-323-9409. *** Canadian Cancer Society Open House 5:00pm to 8:00pm to kick off our Daffodil month. Learn what we do and how you can fight cancer. 4A-214 Speedvale Ave W, Guelph. Contact: David Jones 519-824-4261. *** Guelph Field Naturalists are pleased to present Joe Crowley of Ontario Nature who will talk about "Ontario Reptiles at Risk" at the Arboretum, U of G campus at 7:30 p.m. Goodwill donations are appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mary Ellen Pyear at or call 519763-4347. Continued on page 11

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Hugh Black Founders Bonspiel: Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Fergus Curling Club by Mike Robinson BONSPIEL RECOGNIZES FERGUS CURLING CLUB FOUNDER HUGH BLACK

FERGUS - It seems the Black family name is synonymous with curling, and as the recent Hugh Black Founders Bonspiel illustrated, that history continues even today. As the Fergus Curling Club celebrates its 175th anniversary, the club hosted the first annual Founders Bonspiel in recognition of the club’s founder and first president, Hugh Black. The club is almost as old as the town itself, founded in 1834. The club may not be the oldest in Canada - but it comes pretty darn close. Rob Black explained that Hugh Black was founder and first president of the club in 1834. “This is the oldest continuous curling club in Ontario ... and the third oldest club in Canada.” He explained the event held on Feb. 8 was one part of the club’s 175th celebrations that are being held throughout the year. The pipers are Sam Harrop and Laurie Black Rooney, who is a great-great-great granddaughter of Hugh Black. “Sam’s been here forever,”

Rob Black added. The drummers are Claire Rooney, Adam Black, and Tayler Black, all great-greatgreat-great grandchildren of Hugh Black. “My uncle Hugh Black [who] is helping to co-ordinate this event, is a great-great grandson.” On a nearby table stood a display about Hugh Black (1778-1855) and his connections to both curling and the community of Fergus. In an essay crafted in September 2009, (the younger) Hugh Black wrote the

following: “175 years ago, my great great grandfather ... and my namesake ... left a comfortable lifestyle and friends in Scotland and, at the age of 57 with his family in tow, ventured across the Atlantic ocean to make a

new home for himself. “Hugh Black, his wife, Elizabeth Gilmore Black and 12 of their children, arrived in what was later to become known as Fergus in the spring of 1834. “Intent on farming, he

“This is the oldest continuous curling club in Ontario...and the third oldest club in Canada.” - Rob Black

bought 100 acres in the south corner of the village, west of the present day tennis courts on Union Street. “As the story goes, he came with a significant number of furnishings and, seeing the need for a tavern over farming, opened St. Andrews Inn, a two storey log tavern and the first hotel in Fergus. “It was located on the northwest corner of St. Andrew and Tower Streets, on the present site of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.” In that first year, he founded the Fergus Curling Club. Taverns were more than

a place to drink. As a social centre in the community, Black’s tavern also served as a location for meetings, church services and, for a time, the post office as well. “Since 1834, Fergus has been home to nine generations of the Hugh Black family. Today, numerous residents of the town can trace their ancestry back to Hugh and Elizabeth Black, one of the early pioneering families of this fine community.” The event then began with an opening toast: “A toast to our pipers and drummers in the Fergus Curling Club.” In the club’s Centennial Bonspiel, as reported in Canada Curls, Emery Nelson recounted, “The Fergus rink, skipped by E.C. Codlin with O.B. Brown, J.J. Rutherford and A.C. Deacon won the Centennial Competition. In the last end the B.E. Blitz rink from Durham was up by three shots. E.C. Codling threw a hard running shot, cleaning out all the Durham stones and staying in the house, thereby leaving Fergus lying five. First prize consisted of four gold medals and four electric floor polishers.”

Blowin’ their pipes - Piper Sam Harrop, accompanied by descendants of Hugh Black, founder of the Fergus Club, pipe in participants onto the rink for the first annual Hugh Black Founders Cup Bonspiel in celebration of the photos by Mike Robinson club’s 175th anniversary.

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Canadian Farm Safety Awareness Week March 14 - 20 “Plan • Farm • Safety”

Down time because of injuries can mean big business losses Bottom line is also affected after someone gets hurt on the farm The bottom line for any business is profitability. An important part of maximizing profits is minimizing losses – and that includes losses due to injury, illness, or death of the farmer, farm family, or farm workers. Plan • Farm • Safety is the theme of this three-year Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. Each aspect of the theme will be promoted over the next three years. This year the campaign will promote Plan, with safety walkabouts and planning for safety. In the second year, the focus will be on Farm including implementation, documentation and training. In the third year, emphasis will be on Safety, including assessment, improvement and further development of safety systems. The year-long Plan campaign will be launched with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), from March 14 to 20. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) deliver CASW in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “Farm safety is a choice,

not an act of fate,” said Greg Stewart, FCC president and chief executive officer. “It’s up to each of us to make informed and safe choices in our workplace because in agriculture, even taking small risks can have dire consequences.” On average, 115 people are killed and another 1,500 are seriously injured by farm-related incidents in Canada each year - and many more minor injuries are never even reported. The cost to the economy for agricultural injuries is estimated at between $200and $300-million annually, shows a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR). Through provincial work-


er’s compensation board programs and private insurance, people can partially protect a business from losses incurred from injuries, illness, and death. Although it varies from province to province, most provincial worker’s compensation board programs require that employees be covered for benefits that include medical aid, payment for lost time, rehabilitation, permanent disability awards, pensions to dependents, and funeral benefits. An employer’s claim history is factored into premium rates with higher claims demanding higher premiums. However, farm owneroperators and their related workers (children, siblings, and parents) do not necessarily require that coverage in all

provinces. That is significant considering that in Canada, 61 per cent of farms are owned and operated by one person, 27 per cent are partnerships, 10 per cent are family corporations, and only 2 per cent of farms are non-family corporations, according to Statistics Canada. From a business perspective, it is imperative to make an informed decision as to what a farm-related incident could cost a business, then have a plan as to how the situation could be handled. Keep in mind that it is estimated that for every one dollar of insured costs there will be five dollars of uninsured costs. Whether it is an insured employee or an uninsured family member, some of the hidden costs of

injuries may include: - Wages to the injured worker not covered and lost time wages on the day of the injury. - Wages to uninjured workers who stopped to watch or assist the injured, or who depend on the output of the injured worker to complete their task. - Wages to the person caring for the injured worker including stabilizing the scene and waiting for emergency medical services or taking the worker to the hospital, filling out forms and incident reports. - An ambulance if the injured worker needs to be rushed to a hospital. - Damage to product, property or equipment. If these are insured then a deductible may apply. - Costs associated with instructing, training and repositioning workers, or in some cases hiring new employees. - Cost of lost production

while retraining a replacement, or when the worker returns to work. - Cost of investigating, processing of claims, and related paperwork, telephone calls and follow-up. If you calculated the costs of each of these considerations – including the number of people and hours multiplied by the hourly wage rate – what would the total uninsured cost be? Now consider this – if your business runs on a profit margin of five per cent, and if the total uninsured costs were $5,000, then your business will have to generate $100,000 in sales to pay for that incident. Likewise, if a business runs on a two per cent profit margin, then your business will have to generate $250,000 in sales to pay for this incident. Wouldn’t it make better business sense to just prevent the injury in the first place? As you can see, it makes good business sense to minimize losses through injury prevention. That can be achieved by doing a safety audit on your farm, keeping all machinery in good repair with safe guards in place, having adequate accident insurance coverage, training workers in safe practices, leading by example, and making safety a priority on your farm. The CFA, FCC, CASA, and AAFC want to remind Canadian farmers to “Plan • Farm • Safety.”

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Canadian Farm Safety Awareness Week

March 14 - 20

Be safe – and unwilling to pay a big price

Let children play, grow and farm safely Growing up on a farm can be a wonderful experience for children, however without proper supervision it can result in tragedy. Between 1990 and 2004, 209 children under fifteen years old were killed on Canadian farms; and from 1990 to 2000 an additional 1,886 children were hospitalized for farm-related injuries reports the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR). “A farm is an industrial work site,” said Marcel Hacault, CASA Executive Director. “You wouldn’t think of letting your children play unsupervised in an active construction site – so why would you turn them loose on a farm?” The CAIR study indicates that three-quarters (74.2%) of child fatalities were workrelated. Of these deaths, threequarters (73.5%) involved an adult who was engaged in agricultural work. For example cases where a child extra rider fell from a tractor or where a pickup truck reversed over a child bystander. Of the remaining quarter (26.5%) of work-

related fatalities, the child victim was working. For children under fifteen, bystander runovers and extra rider runovers account for 40 per cent of child fatalities. Drownings represent 15 per cent of work-related fatalities and 45 per cent of non-work related fatalities. The most common causes of hospitalized agricultural injuries in children were falls from heights, working and playing with animals, and entanglement. Falls from heights were especially frequent in five to nine year olds. Children under age five are particularly vulnerable to farm related incidents accounting for almost half (46%) of all childhood fatalities and a quarter of hospitalizations. “The best way to keep youngsters safe is to create a safe play area,” says Hacault. “It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to be well thought out.” First, select a location that is removed from the farm activity. Preferably it will be adjacent to or in close proximity to the house. Ensure the location is sheltered from

wind, free of pests (ants, snakes, rodents, etc.) and free of hazardous plants. Second, surround the play area with a child protective fence and self-latching gate. Ensure it is sturdy, easy to maintain and a minimum height of 4 feet. Third, choose play equipment. Quality play equipment does not have to be expensive. Choose balls, sandboxes or tree swings. Remember all structures that can be climbed should be positioned at least six feet from fencing or other equipment. And finally, use protective ground cover such as sand to absorb the shock of falls under play equipment with elevated surfaces such as slides, monkey bars, and swings. For more information on how to design safe play areas go to National Children’s Centre for Rural Safety and Health at earch/children/safePlay. The CFA, CASA, FCC and AAFC want to remind Canadian farmers to “Plan • Farm • Safety.”

Insurance may offer you $10,000 for a leg, $6,000 for an arm, but fingers only net about $900. What dollar value would assign to your body? How about your life? And what would the real costs of injury or death mean to you, your family and your business? “When it comes to safety on farms, a moment of carelessness can have tragic consequences,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA Executive Director. “Machines have no mercy and livestock have no conscience when it comes to dealing with humans. So it is up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own safety at all times – or it could cost dearly in many ways.” Two of the leading causes of death on Canadian farms are machinery and livestock. For machinery – tractors are by far the worst with rollovers, runovers and entanglements being the most high-risk incidents. For non-machinery, the most risky activity is livestock handling – particularly bulls, horses, and cows with calves, says a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR). On average, 115 people are killed and another 1,500 are seriously injured by farm-related incidents in Canada each year - and many more minor injuries are never even reported. The CAIR study looked at hospitalized and non-hospitalized injuries, permanent disabilities and death and calculated estimations for direct costs including hospital care, physician services, drugs and rehabilitation. also considered indirect costs such as loss of productivity and costs associated with living with a permanent disability as a result of injury. The twelve-year study determined there was significant

variation in the cost for each of these injury types. The cost for premature death was greatest at $274,573, followed by a permanent disability injury at $142,553. The cost per hospitalized occurrence was $10,144, and $695 per non-hospitalized inci-


dent. In total, the cost to our economy for agricultural injuries is estimated at between $200 and $300 million annually. The CFA, FCC, CASA, and AAFC want to remind Canadian farmers to “Plan • Farm • Safety.”



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Canadian Farm Safety Awareness Week

March 14 - 20

Investing in safety on the farm can pay dividends and save lives more medically treated or lost time injuries, says Statistics Canada. “Safety is something that should never be compromised,” says Laurent Pellerin, CFA President. “By planning and investing in safety improvements, such as rollover protective structures, you are not only investing in your business, you are also protecting your most valuable resource – people.” Deaths due to rollovers continue to occur despite the fact

Machinery incidents remain the leading cause of death and injury on Canadian farms. Tractor rollovers cause one in five work-related farm fatalities reports a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR). On average, 115 people are killed and at least 1,500 are hospitalized for farm-related incidents in Canada each year according to CAIR. In 2006 alone a total of 13,801 Canadian farms reported one or

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that rollover protective structures (ROPS) are commercially available as retrofits for virtually every tractor manufactured. Many tractors without a ROPS are still in use, and these are usually older model tractors or tractors that have had the protective structures removed. Retrofitting can pose a difficult decision because its cost for an older tractor can exceed the machine’s actual value. However, not having ROPS can cost you your life. Check with your local implement dealer for more information about retrofitting ROPS. Never try to construct your own ROPS as there are too many variables in mounting and metal strength to design a rollover protection system that is guaranteed to protect you. In addition to having a certified rollover protective structure, a seat belt is a necessity. Without a seat belt, the operator may be flung from the safety of the ROPS into an area where the tractor may crush him or her. Rear rollovers generally happen too fast for the operator to react. It only takes threequarters of a second to reach

wide front-end, and space the rear wheels as far apart as possible. Ballast wheels with weights or fluid. Lock brake pedals together when driving at transport speeds to ensure even braking. Shift to a lower gear before traveling downhill to let the engine and transmission reduce speeds. Use rear-view mirrors if you need to keep an eye on rear attachments or loads. Operators

twisting to look over their shoulder can cause the tractor to swerve abruptly. Be sure the tractor and implements have adequate lighting and are equipped with a bright slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem whenever the tractor is driven on a public road. More information on this and other farm safety topics is available at or .

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the point of no return. Excessive throttle, pulling or towing things, and driving up steep inclines are among the situations that can cause a rear rollover. Most rear rollovers are the result of changing the tractor’s centre of gravity. Hitching above the drawbar or in a location not designated by the manufacturer increases the risk of a rear turnover. Side turnovers are subject to many variations in tractor geometry, ballasting, tire slippage, operating speed, and ground roughness, making it impossible to give a “safe operating slope”. However there are a several things you can do to make working on sloping fields safer: Always keep front-end loader equipment in the lowest position possible when in transport. Always slow down when turning. Tractor speeds should match surface conditions. Rough or uneven surfaces require reduced speeds. When working on a sloped surface, use a tractor with a

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The concept of a Certified Safe Farm began as an experimental program at the University of Iowa in 1998. Iowa producers who achieved Certified Safe Farm status were rewarded with reduced health-care premiums along with the other cost saving aspects of the program, and the combined financial incentive was effective in reducing farm-related injuries and illnesses. Similar incentive-based programs are being piloted in several provinces including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and British Columbia, and there is growing interest in establishing a comprehensive, national research project lead by the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA) based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

CCHSA already has a welldeveloped agricultural occupational health screening program and a strong farm safety education program. John Gordon, principle investigator of Certified Safe Farms Saskatchewan, says that while pieces of such programs have been developed in many provinces, CCHSA will bring together the Canadian and international architects of these programs to help develop a broadly-based Canadian approach to a Certified Safe Farm program. A five-year study would determine whether financial incentives actually help to reduce the current unacceptable death and injury rates in agriculture. “It has been demonstrated in other industries that a good safety record is associated with higher productivity and therefore higher profits,” said

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Canadian Farm Safety Awareness Week March 14 - 20

Think S.A.F.E - to be safe It has often been said that, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Nowhere is this truer than in agriculture, where machinery or unpredictable livestock can take or devastate a life in an instant. “Effective safety management doesn’t have to be time consuming – in fact it usually only takes a few moments of thought,” says Laurent Pellerin, CFA President. “A few moments of thought can prevent a life-time of regret.” Among the most self-preserving and profitable actions any primary producer can take are those that predict problems, and then take the necessary actions to prevent or minimize the effects of the problem. This thinking process requires both an understanding of the work and the will to make safety a priority. To help do this, think S.A.F.E. Spot the hazards Employers need a simple procedure for routinely identifying hazards in the workplace. This can most effectively be achieved by involving workers since they are generally more aware of the problems that exist. Also, if you involve workers in developing safety solutions, they will be more committed to making the solution work. This can be achieved by management and workers regularly inspecting the workplace and machinery

and together identifying hazards. Assess the risk ‘Risk’ is a measure of the probability that an incident will occur and the probable severity of the injuries. The measure of the risk can be rated as high, medium or low. Once the risks have been assessed, employers can use the risk rating to prioritise the hazards that need immediate action from those that can be monitored and fixed later. Regular assessment also helps employers to budget time and resources towards repairs and maintenance. Find a safer way Once the risk has been prioritized employers, together with their workers, must develop controls or ways to minimize the risk. Controlling a hazard at its source should be the first choice because this method will eliminate it from the workplace altogether or isolate it from the worker. This may require substitution of a material with non-hazardous ones, isolation of hazards, addition of safety features to existing equipment, redesign of the work processes, or purchase of new equipment. When the hazard cannot be removed or controlled adequately, personal protective equipment is the last line of defence if the work process is to continue. In reality, many controls are a combination of two or more

control types. Every day After the appropriate control measures have been taken, monitor the situation and inspect it regularly to make sure that the actions taken are working and not creating any additional risks. The CFA, CASA, FCC and AAFC want to remind Canadian farmers to “Plan • Farm • Safety” and think ‘SAFE’ to help solve problems and stay safe on your farm.



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Canadian Farm Safety Awareness Week

March 14 - 20

Farmers need to consider safety habits as a factor in who they hire An important part of effective farm management is hiring and keeping quality farm labour, often in competition with nonfarm employers for skilled workers. There are a number of things that should be considered in the hiring process to help ensure that you hire the right person.

“Hiring the right people means accurately assessing each candidate’s knowledge and experience for the position,” says Greg Stewart, FCC president and chief executive officer. “Hiring workers with appropriate skills will help protect you from costly risks and ensure the health and safety of your


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Consider the human factor when thinking safety by Theresa Whalen The most frequent causes of farm-related injuries include the unsafe use of machinery or material handling practices followed by fatigue, trying to save time and miscommunication between workers, according to the Census of Agriculture 2001. And common sense tells us: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. On average, 115 people are killed and at least 1,500 are hospitalized for farm-related incidents in Canada each year, according to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program.

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In 2006 alone, a total of 13,801 Canadian farms reported one or more medically treated or lost time injuries, according to Statistics Canada. Rushing, fatigue, frustration, and complacency are too often the root human factor causes of farm related injuries. During planting and harvest seasons it is common for farmers to work 18-hour days and that’s when human factors can easily turn into tragedy. “Most people think of personal protective equipment as being work boots, goggles and hard hats. In fact, it can be anything that makes doing a job safer,” according to Laurent Pellerin, of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “I think the most important personal protective equipment is a person’s attitude and that could mean walking away from a frustration for a few minutes or taking a 20 minute snooze when you are exhausted.” Although the human factor is a significant cause of farmrelated hazards – humans are also the most important factor in farm safety solutions. Safety is about your choices. It just takes a moment to make a choice that could literally be the difference between life and death. Choose safety. For both the worker and the business – good safety makes good sense. More information on this and other farm safety topics is available at or Theresa Whalen prepared this article as the CFA Farm Safety Consultant.

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ENTERTAINMENT Mischievous, twisty Nearly Lear plays at River Run March 11 GUELPH - River Run Centre presents Nearly Lear on March 11 at 8Pm. Created by Susanna Hamnett, and directed by Edith Tankus, this version of the story of King Lear is told with a mischievous and tender twist through the eyes of the King’s devoted clown Norris. Hamnett (an actor, theatre artist, clown, and artist in education) plays Norris, who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is actually Noreen disguised as a boy. Fiercely devoted to the King and his daughter, Cordelia, Norris-Noreen is devastated by the tragedy that befalls them, until her father suggests that she goes out and shares the story with the world. What follows then, is Norris-Noreen’s telling the story. Borrowing generously from Shakespeare’s play, and helping herself liberally to his language, she mixes sorrow and concern at the tragic nature of what she has to relate with her own infectious delight at playing out the characters and situations that have been so close to her heart.

An emotional roller-coaster ride that will enchant lovers of Shakespeare as well as Bard neophytes, Nearly Lear blends exuberant storytelling, music, song, and film with Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to take us firmly into the heart of this great story. Susanna Hamnett trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of world-renowned Shakespeare teacher, Patsy Rodenberg.Since coming to Canada, she has trained and collaborated extensively with master clowns John Turner and Mike Kennard (Mump and Smoot). In 2005 she began working with Tankus, who has been hailed as one of Canada’s finest female clowns. Tickets range from $23 to $25. As part of the uGo program, university and college students may purchase tickets for only $20 each. And through eyeGO, high school students may attend for just $5 each. All tickets may be purchased at, by phone at 519-763-3000 or in person at the box office.

Seed workshop set for March 25 GUELPH - A Growing Perennials from Seed Workshop is being offered at The Arboretum, University of Guelph on March 25from 9am to4pm. Growing many popular garden and native perennials from seed is easy to do at home. Come and learn about seed stratification, potting mixes, light and temperature requirements, disease prevention,

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Centre Wellington Rotary Club helps Haitians The members of Centre Wellington Rotary Club have made two donations of $1,000 each to aid the people of Haiti. One donation went to Rotary’s Shelter Box program that supplies food, water, housing, and medical supplies for a family of ten. Through Rotary International, several thousand of those were dispatched to Haiti shortly after the earthquake.

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HOROSCOPES - For the second week of March ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, look before you leap or you might find the landing a bit more difficult than you originally thought. A lesson is learned that produces unexpected results.

CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Others question your motives when you fail to share responsibilities. The benefits are greater when the wealth is spread out. Innovations not tested may prove troublesome.

LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, now is the time to focus on education. If you were thinking of finishing a degree or going back to school, the opportunity to do so is now.

CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Others don’t trust your motives, Capricorn. They wonder if you are in good health and are thinking clearly. Show them that you are fine and just making a change.

TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a close friend will enlighten you on Tuesday. Information that you had been seeking is brought to light in the strangest way. Work relations are a bit strained.

LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, work matters take a back seat to responsibilities at home. Take these developments in stride and make the most of increased time at home.

SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, listen to your heart rather than your head this week. Sometimes it pays to forgo an analytical approach. A new friend is on the horizon.

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, practice patience at home for a few weeks. Your resolve is constantly put to the test. Now is not the time for any rash decisions. Wait things out for a while.

GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Get ready for an awe-inspiring adventure this week. It will be a very interesting journey. Take someone you trust along for the trip and you’ll have great company.

VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you have alienated someone close to you without intending to do so. This is why you are receiving a chilly reception. Make amends before it escalates.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, take an organized approach to a task that needs to get done. If you tackle list by list, things won’t seem as overwhelming. A family member offers to help.

PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 You are searching for something but you don’t know just what that is yet. You will learn a lot when you think introspectively.

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You can do it - Chantal Simpson, 11, of Fergus, gets some tips from Amanda Varga, of Fergus at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids held on Guelph on Feb. 21. Organizers were hoping to raise over $30,000 and were off to a good start early in the day. The place was packed.

Ready to roll - These four bowlers were having plenty of fun at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids in Guelph on Feb. 21. By 11am the organizers announced they had raised $9,617 for the organization. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are always needed. To volunteer call 519-787-0106. photos by David Meyer

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GUELPH – The Guelph Chamber Choir will present with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto a joint concert of choral works from Russia, Latvia and Canada at Harcourt Memorial United Church here on Feb. 27 at 8 pm. The coming together of two of southern Ontario’s outstanding choirs is the winter feature of the Guelph Choir’s 30th anniversary season. The heart of the evening will be a performance of select movements from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil or Vespers performed in the original liturgical Russian. Based on ancient

chants, Rachmaninoff’s composition, created in less than two weeks, is considered the greatest musical achievement of Russian Orthodoxy. Complementing that masterwork are explorations of chant from Latvia and Canada: - Dona Nobis, by Peter Vasks (Latvia); - Amazing Grace, by Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia); - The Kontakion, by Rupert Lang (Canada); and - Oh Great Mystery, by Tim Corlis (Canada) Conductor Gerald Neufeld will share the podium with Robert Cooper and welcome

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him and his choir to Guelph. Early in their careers, Neufeld and Cooper studied together in Germany under the tutelage of choral master, Helmuth Rilling. Cooper also conducts Chorus Niagara, Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and is an esteemed member of the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music. A recipient of the Order of Canada, he is well known from his work with CBC Radio Two as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music. The Orpheus Choir of Toronto is an ensemble, 60 voices strong, with a mandate to celebrate life through the discovery and performance of fine choral music. It is now in its 45th season. Tickets are available through the River Run Centre by calling 519-763-3000, online at, or at the door at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Choir and board members will be pleased to sell tickets as well. Tickets are $25 each (students and eyeGO: $10 and $5). For more information, visit or call 519-836-5103.

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GUELPH - On April 24, visitors will again have the opportunity to participate in Doors Open Guelph, the annual celebration of the City’s history and architectural heritage. Between 10am and 4pm, several of Guelph’s most arch itecturally and historically significant buildings – most of which are not generally open to the public – will open their doors for free public tours. An additional feature for 2010 is a Trails Open hiking opportunity. The ninth Doors Open, the 2010 event will feature several new locations. Sites have been selected to make it easy for participants to move from one location to another. This year, there has been the added challenge of working around those areas of the city that will be significantly under construction in early spring. In the south end of the city, visitors will discover the Hammond Radio Museum on Southgate Drive, which houses more than 2,000 rare and historically significant items that reveal the development of radio over the past 100 years. Moving north along the Hanlon Expressway, there is


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Society of Guelph. Across the river, on the railway siding behind St. George’s Church, will be 1941 wooden-body Canadian Pacific Caboose 436994 which has been restored by members of the Guelph Historical Railway Association. Doors Open Guelph is cooperating with the Guelph Hiking Trail Club for Guelph’s first Trails Open. Starting from the parking lot of Eramosa River Park, guided hikes will be led along the Radial Line Trail to discover interesting historic and geological features. A joint undertaking of Guelph Arts Council, Heritage Guelph, and the City of Guelph Tourism Services, Doors Open Guelph 2010 is also part of part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation pro vince-wide initiative to celebrate community heritage. The Guelph event will kick off the Doors Open Ontario season, which this year will see 55 communities as well as more than 20 hiking groups participate across the province. For more information, look for the Doors Open Guelph brochure, available in mid-March; visit the Doors Open Guelph website at; or contact Guelph Arts Council by telephone at (519) 836-3280, or email



also the restored Italianatestyle limestone house on Woodycrest Drive. Called Homewood, the house was once the home of Charles Kingsmill, the first director of the Canadian Navy, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Another group of sites is located still further north off the Hanlon on Woodlawn Road West. There is Wellington Brew ery, Canada’s oldest, independent microbrewery, pro ducing time-honoured, tra di tional beers, as well as the Linamar Corporation Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excel lence in Manufacturing. Further east is a cluster of site that revolves around the corner of Woodlawn and Wool wich Streets. On Woolwich (Highway 6) is the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, which has been operating in the 600acre setting since 1913. The main building, now called Orchard Park, houses many community businesses and organizations, as well as the little-known St. Philopater Coptic Orthodox Church. Back down Woolwich is Woodlawn Cemetery Lodge in Woodlawn Memorial Park, an 1883 Gothic brick structure that was built as and continues to be the home of the cemetery keepers. Closer to the centre of Guelph is the second oldest of the city’s stone church buildings, which is now a mosque, the home of the Islamic


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Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, March 5, 2010 PAGE ELEVEN It has been a long and cold winter. Oh wait, this is Ontario. We have not had winter yet. I can not say that I feel tremendously sad about that. Perhaps Wiarton Willy was correct and we will finally see some winter venture our way in these next six weeks. One thing that is positively without a doubt venturing our way though is the annual

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The Schizophrenia Society, Guelph and area monthly meeting. 7:30pm at the Evergreen Centre, 683 Woolwich Street. Anyone touched by or interested in schizophrenia is welcome. Info. 519822-8781. *** Seniors Day Games & Dinner – Cribbage, Euchre, Shuffleboard & Darts – Dinner at 5 pm. $7/ plate. Everyone is welcome so come out and have some fun. The Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Br. 234, Guelph. *** Arthur Library March Break event for all ages! Captain Corbin, the magical Pirate entertains at 2:30pm. $2 tickets go on sale February 16. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Pot Luck Supper. MacKinnon Room 107 (Goldschmidt Room) School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph. Admission FREE – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone Welcome! *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest. 7:30pm. $2.50 includes lunch and prizes. *** OFA Farrier Convention at Leatherstone Equestrian Centre ( 756 Watson Rd, just North of Arkell). Thursday - Horseshoeing Competition. Friday - Educational Clinic. Open to everyone. Entry is “pay what you can” with all proceeds going to Jessica’s footprint. For more information 519-822-0202.

MARCH 13 Hoot and Howl. Guelph Lake Nature Centre 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. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly. Program fee: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family of 4. *** Adult/ Senior Ice Skating 8pm - 9:50pm Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person ( $8 on Band nights ). Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Listowel Legion, Parkview Gardens – 8pm -1am. Cost $10 per person. Party to ACDC Tribute Band “Bare Rump”. *** Washoo Tournament: $15 team of 2 -register by March 6. Start Time 10:30am – Public Welcome. The Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Br. 234, 919 York Rd., Guelph. Inquiries 519-822-1565. *** Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast with Real Maple Syrup sponsored by the Belwood Lions at the Belwood Hall from 8- 11am, Adults: $7, Children under 12: $3, Pre-schoolers free. *** Jammin at the Drayton Legion - 2 - 6pm. Come to play, sing, dance, enjoy. *** St. Patrick's Dance, 8:30pm - 1am at St. Mary's Family Centre, Mount Forest. D.J. Bob Clubley, $12 per person, includes lunch. For tickets call 519-323-1054 to reserve yours. *** Old Time Dance 8pm- 12am. $10/person, light lunch provided. Band - Country Ways St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St., Arthur For cancellation information due to weather, call 519-8486723 after 4 p.m. on the day of the dance. *** Elora United Church Shamrock Supper, 5-7pm. Beef Stew and Ham Buffet. Adults $12, children (12 and under) $3. Call the church office for tickets 519-846-0122. *** Live Music at The Red Chevron Club at 34 Elizabeth St., Guelph at 8pm. The Musical Sounds Of Rod Jewell, Upclose & Intimate Accoustical Show. Everyone 19+ Welcome. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226 Wild Game Supper. 7 pm. Advance tickets $15. Arthur Legion 519-848-5052, Linda Tremble 519-848-2622.

MARCH 14 Elora/Alma Optimist Toy Show and Sale, Elora Community Centre. Set up 8-10am, show 10am-4pm. Call John at 519-8431055 for display rates. $3 per person, children 12 & under free. *** Sunday Jamboree - Listowel Legion, Parkview Gardens - Start 1pm, Supper 5pm. Admission $5, Supper $8. *** St. Patrick’s Day euchre at Sacred Heart Church, Kenilworth, at 8pm. $2.50/person, draws, penny table and light lunch. Everyone welcome. *** “Sing To The Lord”. A Service of Song & Praise at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Alma 9:30am and Knox Presbyterian Church, Elora, 11am. Freewill Offering, Coffee Hour & Fellowship. Everyone Welcome. *** Annual meeting of Chalmers Community Services Centre at 2 pm at the Mt. Carmel-Zion United Church, Morriston. Call 519-8228778 for information. *** Meet Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s “House of Bryan” and “Disaster DIY” at 2 pm at Rockwood United Church. Renovation ideas and Q & A time with a door prize, raffle draws and babysitting available. Refreshments will follow. Limited seating – tickets are $5 each. Call 519-856-0504 to reserve your seat OR get them at the door.

MARCH 15 Until March 19- March Break Environmental Day Camp at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. Fun nature activities for kids aged 6 – 10. Please call or visit our web site for more information.

MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Day Beef Stew Supper at Mount Forest United Church. 175 Queen St., Mount Forest 5-7 pm. Tickets at the door. $10/adults, $5/kids 5-12 years, $22/family. All welcome. 519323-1910. *** St. Patrick’s Day Dessert and Card Party at St. David and St. Patrick's Anglican Church, 520 Speedvale Ave, East, Guelph. Desserts, 6pm, cards, 7 to 9pm. Tickets $5, call 519-822-3991. *** Public Talk at Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph from 79pm. Toronto architect Allan Killen will tell how the old stone walls of the market were saved and incorporated into Guelph's new City Hall. For more information contact Susan Ratcliffe (519) 822-8236. No charge – all welcome.

MARCH 19 Karaoke at The Red Chevron Club at 34 Elizabeth St., Guelph at 8pm. Everyone 19+ Welcome.

MARCH 26 2010 Elton John Tribute Show and Dinner (Limited # of tickets will be sold). The Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Br. 234, 919 York Rd., Guelph. Inquiries 519-8221565. *** March 26, 27 & 28 - St John Ambulance, Level 1 First Aid and Level C CPR. All courses held at St John Ambulance Training Facility in Elora. For information call 519-846-8704. *** Harriston Minto Cancer Society Annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon. 11:30-1:30pm, $7. Harriston United Church ( John and Young St.). Phone Laverne Stinson 519-338-3903. *** Harriston Legion #296 Dinner Harriston 5-7pm. Tickets $12, Children under 12 $6, Preschoolers Free. Come on out and enjoy a home cooked meal. *** Alma Optimists Beef Barbecue. 5-7pm. Alma Community Hall, come and enjoy. Tickets: adults$12, children $4 at the door.

MARCH 27 Golden Acrylics Workshop at Elora Centre for the Arts. 3- 5pm. Free. The Golden Acrylic Lecture demo is a fun, fast paced informative lecture covering all aspects of painting. Free samples and literature. Call 519-846-9698. *** Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Country Versatiles”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** Environmental Health Fair at Alma Public School, 10am -2pm. 12 Simpson Street East in Alma. It is a school fundraising event with free admission. Many, many vendors including Jesters from Fergus. Party Safari will be there with their many critters, and the Harvest table from Parker will be providing lunch. *** Guelph/Wellington Women in Crisis Dinner & Auction. 5pm. Guelph Place, 492 Michener Road, Guelph. $45, included buffet dinner, auctions and entertainment. For ticket or to donate call 519-836-1110. *** Easter Ham Roll – 2pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Br. 234, 919 York Rd., Guelph. Inquiries 519-822-1565.

SEND YOUR NON-PROFIT/CHARITABLE EVENT INFO TO 20-25 words, 4 weeks prior to event date.

third largest outdoor party


will be returning for one appearance only in Fergus on June 18, 2010. Okay, so the Truck show and the Highland Games rank 1 and 2, but unlike those shows that require a full weekend to do their job,

we just

need one night! This will be a great outdoor party. Come rain or shine, the folks that participate are in full swing ready for a spectacular night of activities. This year, the theme is “Disney”.

Dreams really could come true. Even if only for one evening, anyone who joins us could feel like they made a small difference. Isn’t that what the purpose is after all? No matter how remote, if you feel like you’ve contributed to something so much larger then all of us could have imagined, you are a success to your own goal.

So let’s talk about the event.

Music, singing, entertainment, speeches, people walking, running, skipping, holding hands, whatever your fancy is. We have it all! There will be much to chat about this year. From the costumes, to the decorations, right down to the relay committee who will be dressed in some whacky Disney costumes and volunteers just waiting to take care of you and your teams. We will have a lot of exciting changes this year from the previous relays.

You don’t want to miss it.

The objective is clear. Remember why we relay, Celebrate those survivors and honour the memory of those you miss and love. And Fight Back! Fight back against Cancer by participating. What is the one thing that we need to accomplish first and foremost though?


Droves of teams. Last year we had 22 teams registered. This year we want to see that number go to at least 30. So how do we accomplish this? Well personally, I think it always best to handle these situations with much diplomacy and etiquette. When that doesn’t work, go to plan B and stir the pot! But why not create some challenges. Zellers, you know you want to show the folks at Canadian Tire that you are the larger and better retailer. Well why not put a team in and see if Canadian Tire is up to the task of putting a team in against you. Tim Hortons, Dairy Queen and MacDonalds- who is up for the challenge. Why not throw Sammy’s Burger into the mix and maybe they will put a team in and outdo all of you. Even better, why not have a business or two join forces and take on two other businesses? Fergus Minor Hockey and Elora Mohawks. Bears Cheerleading and the Fergus Skating Club.

There are so many organizations who could put teams in. Where else can you

go where you can set up camp, party all night, remember and celebrate why we are there and know that you contributed to trying to make a difference. Sleep when you need to, walk, run or skip when you need to. There will be food! Even the Relay for life folks can create challenges. This will be my public challenge to myself.

If we can get thirty teams registered and

I will stand up on that stage and shave my head. Yes you heard it. But are you up for the challenge? everyone out participating,

J. May - Event Chair

PAGE TWELVE The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, March 5, 2010


County of Wellington “Connecting Citizens with County News”

February County Council Highlights

County Operations Manager, Paul Johnson, was elected 2010 President of the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) at its annual conference on February 25th.

Guelph/Eramosa Mayor, Chris White, was elected Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) at the annual OGRA conference.

The Ventin Group Architects previewed the design of the new Centre Wellington OPP Detachment at County Council.

Wellington County Library Pirates @ Your Library!

ATTENTION Town of Erin Residents

March Break 2010: March 15-19

Curbside collection of userpay garbage and blue boxes begins Thursday, May 6 in rural areas of Erin. (collection will be every other week.) Other items, including: selected HHW, tires, scrap metal, wood/brush and bulky items, may be taken to any other County waste facility after the Hillsburgh Transfer Station closes Saturday, May 1. Information packages will be delivered to rural households in April. More information is available at:

Programme registration begins Tuesday, February 16


March 15 - 19

Captain Corbin’s Books Ahoy Magic Show! Join Captain Corbin for a fun and amazing adventure of Piratical Proportions! Get your tickets early for this great 45-minute, pirate-themed show that entertains and educates children about caring for books! A musical, magical and fun time with audience participation.

For more information, contact Solid Waste Services (SWS): (519) 837-2601* or 1-866-899-0248.

March Break

Captain Corbin encourages guests to come dressed as pirates, mermaids, princesses, and scurvy dogs, however please leave all “weapons” and foam swords at home!

Monday, March 15 10:30 am - Drayton Branch 2:30 pm - Harriston Branch

Ticket sales begin Tuesday, February 16.

Tickets $2 Tuesday, March 16 10:30 am - Fergus Legion 500 Blair Street, Fergus 2:30 pm - Arthur Branch

Wednesday, March 17 10:30 am - Erin Branch 2:30 pm - Rockwood Branch

Drop-in for family activities! 1 - 4 pm daily

at the Museum

Crime Book ‘em! The Science of CSI Stoppers! Mon., March 15 Meet the Wellington County Crime Stoppers force.

Each afternoon has a different crimesolving theme, with hands-on activities, crafts, special guests and focus on the travelling exhibition: Arresting Images, mug shots from the OPP Museum

County of Wellington Administration Centre 74 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON N1H 3T9

Tues., March 16 Have your own 19th Century-style mug shot portrait taken, but don't smile!

Wed., March 17 From fingerprints, dentistry and DNA, learn about the science of crime scene investigation.

K-9 Thurs., March 18 Come and meet your OPP Police Dog, Riker.

Pull a Fast one!

Fri., March 19 Meet a magician and learn a few tricks at this Sleight-of-Hand afternoon!

Admission by donation Wellington County Museum & Archives Tuesday March 16 Wednesday March 0536 Wellington Rd. 18 17 Children must be accompanied Monday March 15 by an adult. RR 1, Fergus Ontario

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