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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, March 11, 2011

Public Service Announcements

Wellington Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott and his son, Dean, enjoyed time together on Feb. 27 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington Bowl for Kids. For 20 years as an MPP, Arnott has supported for Big Brothers Big Sisters by participating in the Bowl for Kids fundraisers. This year’s event was held in Guelph.

The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all including fitness, computer, dance, health and wellness, arts and music, general interest and everyday drop in programs. Call 519-787-1814. *** Register now for the 2011 Chase the Tornado Race 10K taking place Sunday May 29, 2011 in Grand Valley. You can learn more on-line $30 registration, $20 for members, kids free. *** Tickets now available for BBBS Just for Women, Just for Fun fundraiser on April 30. Workshops, refreshments, lunch, raffles, silent auction. 519-323-4273. *** Easter Eggs, Chocolate Fondant Filled Eggs. White/Dark Chocolate crosses $2 and Bunnies $1 for sale. Place your order now. Call St. Andrew’s Church 519-843-3565. Proceeds to Mission of the Church. *** Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County. Whether you have a bit of time or you want to get involved on a regular basis, there are a number of ways you can help. For more information, please contact Elaine Graham, Volunteer Coordinator at 519-941-1221.

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Ham and Scalloped Potato Dinner, Drayton Legion Branch 416 at 5:30pm. $12 adults, $6 for kids 6-12 years, children under 6 years free.

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Sibling skate - Jared and Zoe Swaving had a good time on Family Day at the Fergus arena, where they enjoyed a free skate courtesy of area realtor Eric VanGrootheest. contributed photo

Here’s your opportunity Wellington County Junior Farmers 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to save lives. Here’s your opportunity

to save lives.

All donations and proceeds to local food banks

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 5-7pm Drayton Agricultural Hall (Elm Street) $5/person - non-perishable food item $7/person without donation tickets: Romy Schill (519-669-4146) Jen van der Meulen 519-638-0378

Here’s your opportunity to save lives.


­­Fergus Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex,

550 Belsyde Ave., Fergus Tuesday, March 15th, 1:30pm - 8pm Clinic Sponsored by: TD/Canada Trust, Fergus Branch. Today’s Clinic is dedicated to the memory of Jessica Carlaw of Fergus.

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Karaoke contest at Fergus Legion every Saturday 9pm -1am until March 26. Grand Prize $1,000. *** Adult / Senior Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 / person. Contact 519-836-1015. Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. *** Mixed Cribbage tournament. Registration 12pm. Play 1pm sharp. Entry fee $20 per team. Prizes. Elora Legion, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora. Contact the Sports Officer for more details 519-846-9611. *** Jammin’ at the Legion, Drayton Legion Branch 416 at 2pm. Come to play, sing, dance or just enjoy. *** St. Patrick’s Dance. DJ entertainment Lindsay Morgan. 8pm – Guelph Legion. *** Arthur Legion Irish Pub Night . 8:30pm. *** Free Celebration of recent upgrades at the Arthur Community Centre. Breakfast for first 200 people from 10–11am. Official Ceremony at 11am, Children’s Entertainer, “Dan the Music Man” from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Call 519-848-3620, Ext. 35 for more info. *** St. John Catholic Women’s League, Arthur annual St. Patrick’s Day bazaar 1:30-3:30pm at our Parish Centre on Georgina St., Arthur. Come and enjoy our tea tables, penny table, craft and country tables and lots of draws and prizes. *** Think Spring at the Guelph Seedy Saturday, a non-profit public event where you can learn, exchange ideas and garden seeds or purchase seeds and plants in support of Seeds of Diversity. Norfolk United Church, 75 Norfolk Street, Guelph from 1-5pm. Pay What You Can.

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Alma Optimist Toy Show and Sale. Alma Community Centre. Set up 8-10am, show 10am-4pm. Admission $3, children Free. Call John Broadfoot 519-843-1055. *** Gospel Meetings- All are Welcome- Artel Centre 355 Elmira Rd. Unit 120 and 122, Guelph. 6pm. *** Sunday Brunch, Palmerston Legion 10:30am-1pm. Adult - $7 advance/$8 at door, child - $4. Tickets available at 519-343-3919.

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Until March 18- March Break Environmental Day Camp at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. Fun nature activities for kids aged 6 to 10. Please call or visit our web site for more information. *** Harriston and District Horticultural Society meeting. 7:30pm. Minto Community Auditorium. Speaker: Caitlin Hall, Reroot (organic C.S.A.) Topic: Growing Organic Vegetables. Everyone welcome. *** Pioneer Friendship Quilt. Personalize your very own quilt square to add to our pioneer friendship quilt. All ages. Adult assistance required for those 7 and under. Drop in between 10am and 4 pm. Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch.

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Sunday April 3, 2011 Games start at 1pm - Doors open at 11am

share the wealth package $15 - main program package $25 (both packages are required - extra strips available)

“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

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Cancer Support Group 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 10am -12pm. Upper Grand 753 Tower, St. 1st Wednesday of the month, Lunch Out. Contact, Joyce B. 519-843-3213 or Judy D. 519-843-3947 Ext: 100. *** March Break Program-Grand Valley Public Library Presents: Waterwood Theatre, 2pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre.

Admission $3 or three shows for $8. “O IS FOR OGRE” is an original story about a boy named Owen, who just loves books. 519-928-5622. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Pot Luck supper and awards held at Marden Community Centre, 7368 Wellington Road 30. 6:30pm. Bring your favourite food to share along with own dishes and cutlery. Invited guests, door prizes. Entertainment by Al Parrish, former member of Tanglewood, singer, songwriter. Contact Secretary 519-822-5289. *** Iron Horses: Riding the Rails into Canada’s Past – Historical Storytelling. Ruth Stewart-Verger brings train tales to life, including the story of a train robbery, stories of railroaders from her own family and the story of the 1902 train wreck just 2 miles north of Waterloo. Theatre, Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd. (just off Homer Watson Blvd.), Kitchener, 7:30pm. $15, $12 for seniors and students. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Contact 519-748-1914. *** The Guelph and Area Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario will be meeting at 7:30pm at the Evergreen Centre 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph. The chapter offers support and education for families dealing with schizophrenia and other related mental health issues. *** A day in the life of a pioneer student. Relive the one-room schoolhouse experience of the mid-1800s. Attend “class” at PS 190, eat a pioneer-style snack, write on your own slate board and more. Dress the part, don’t be “tardy”, and mind your “Ps and Qs”. Grades 1-6. 2-4pm. Registration required. Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch.

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March Break Program-Grand Valley Public Library Presents: Chris McKhool, 2pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre. Admission $3 or three shows for $8. 519-928-5622. *** Seed Exchange. A seed exchange is where gardeners meet and trade their saved or excess seeds. Bring an envelope of seeds and take an envelope or make a donation. Make sure you label and date the envelope. Fergus and District Horticultural Society 7pm. Victoria Park Centre. Everyone welcome. For info. call Ron Stevenson 519-822-5289. *** Fergus and District Horticultural Society Meeting: 7:30pm. Fergus - Victoria Park Centre. Topic: “Gardening Myths” Speaker: Robert Pavlis. Everyone welcome. Please call Helen for info. 519-843-3131. *** Cattle Rustler Scavenger Hunt. Calling all Buckaroos. Help us cowpokes rope up them doggies for branding. Follow the clues that will lead you back to the corral. Drop in between 10am-noon or 2-4 pm. Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch.

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March Break Program-Grand Valley Public Library Presents: Reptillia, 2pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre. Admission $3 or three shows for $8. Hands-on investigations of reptiles and amphibians and how they relate to the world in which they live. 519-928-5622. *** St. Patrick’s Day Supper, 5-7pm at Mt. Forest United Church. Beef Stew, salad, rolls, dessert. Tickets at door are: $10/adults, $5/kids 5-12 years, $22/family ticket. For info. call 519-323-1910. *** Jamboree St. John Parish Centre 160 Georgina St. Arthur. Start time is 7pm. For cancellation info. due to weather call 519-848-6723. *** March 17-19 - Erin Community Theater presents Stepping Out - a comedy. Erin Centre 2000 8pm. Adults $20, students/seniors $15. To reserve call 519-855-6748. *** March 17 - 20 is Kid’s Week at Fergus Community Market. Come in for games, face painting, balloons and free cookies. On Sunday, March 20 celebrate the first day of Spring with us as FACE hosts the St. Paddy’s Irish Event. Live music with Stefan & Beals, local Celtic harpist, local beer, Irish food, tea leaf readings and more. $10. Kids under 10 free. 519-787-5123. *** St. Patrick’s day dessert and card party at 6pm, $5 at The Church of St. David and St. Patrick, 520 Speedvale Ave., Guelph. Everyone is welcome. *** Aboriginal Craft Day. Learn about Norval Morrisseau, famous shaman and artist of the Ojibwa tribe. Explore “symbol storytelling” and then create your own Aboriginal masterpiece. Ages 8 and up. Registration Required. Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch. *** Coffee Hour at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Arthur. 9:30 - 11am. Speaker Rev. Donna Mann Music Rev. Donna Mann and Donna Clark. Feature Rev. Donna Mann Children’s books. Everyone welcome.

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Free Public Skate 2-3:30pm Grand Valley District Community Centre. 519-928-5622. *** Barrie Hill United Church St. Patrick’s Ham Dinner. Featuring The Irish Stew Game. Starting at 6pm. Ticket $20 each. Call Continued on page 15

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Thatcher Farms: All local food is all natural with the Thatchers by Kelly Waterhouse

GUELPH-ERAMOSA There is a trend in food these days to become “locavores” or local food eaters. The push to buy food grown in one’s own community and within the province has become food fashion. Unfortunately, popularity sometimes brings with it the stigma of a niche market. Don’t buy into the hype. Local food is not a fad. At its roots, local food is about much more. Dana and Adam Thatcher, of Thatcher Farms near Rockwood, are invested in proving the local food movement is not a movement at all; it is simply a way of living the good life. “We’ve become so disconnected from where our food comes from that we’ve lost our traditions,” said Dana. “Buying local isn’t new, and it’s not a trend. It’s the way it always was before - the tradition of farming and community values.” As first generation farmers, the young couple is taking the risk of investing in their farm future, ensuring sustainable agriculture and safe local food is available for their family - and everyone else’s, too. Determined to control their products and their livelihood, the Thatcher’s are building their dream right in their own backyard. Spread out over 140 acres, Thatcher Farms has undergone some major changes since Adam took over the land from his family. As a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, his dream was to pursue farming full-time. He began in the pig industry, but when those market prices dropped, he looked for a new venture. In 2007, Thatcher Farms became a working sheep farm, with a flock of 250 Rideau Arcott ewes. That domestic breed was developed by

Agriculture Canada at the Animal Research Centre in Ottawa and released to sheep breeders in 1988. It is one of three truly Canadian lineages. “I chose the Rideau because they are prolific,” said Adam, currently in the middle of a busy lambing season. “Most of our ewes will have twins and triplets, but quads are not uncommon,” he said, pointing to his newest set. “We lamb three times a year. It keeps us busy.” The change in livestock was the momentum the two needed. In summer 2008, they built their Thatcher Farms Country Store, a farm gate retail shop that features their own naturally raised meats, including hormone and additive-free lamb, beef, pork and chicken, and they also offer summer sausage and Omega 3 eggs. They are now harvesting their own honey, too, and feature local maple syrup. Dana’s home baked meat pies and fruit jams are a customer favorite. Plus, they support other local farmers, including the award-winning goat cheeses from River’s Edge Goat Dairy, in Arthur. Maintaining a head of 40 cattle and pigs allows them to stock the Country Store with their own meats without assuming huge overhead. But perhaps their most exciting goal was the completion of an on-site cutting house last spring. Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Cattleman’s Association, the ability to cut and package their own meats offered them complete quality assurance and control. The Thatchers could see their hard work come full circle. It meant their customers could too. “This is what I am most proud of,” said Dana, offering a tour of the spotless, modern cutting house built by Adam,

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complete with a walk-in freezer, and a separate area with confectionery ovens and room for baking and canning.

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“Buying local isn’t new, and it’s not a trend. It’s the way it always was before - the tradition of farming and community values.” - Dana Thatcher “We have lots of plans for the store as a result of this place. It was a dream of ours. Now we are a part of the food production process every step of the way. We grow the

a part of the lambing season and all that entails. “Adam does the trucking to our small, local abattoir in Drayton, and then the carcasses are returned to our farm, where we have the cutting and packaging done here.

We can feel good about how our animals are treated and the high standards of sanitization in the final product,” she said. “It adds so much value to our finished product.” An important part of that pride comes with the respect for the skill of their hired butcher, William Merrit. “He has worked for three generations of Dana’s family,” Adam explained. “He was an apprentice with Dana’s grandfather in his grocery store, then worked for Dana’s uncle, and now he works with us.” The confidence in that relationship is more than just quality control. “It’s rare, to do it all, and it is a lot of work to be a part of everything,” said Dana, who shares the farm work and raising of their two young children with her husband while on leave from her elementary teaching career. “We work together and share all the jobs. These are hard times right now, because it’s just the two of us. It takes a lot of time and effort, but we’re both devoted to it.” On Saturday mornings, people will find Dana at the Guelph Farmer’s Market, where she loves the atmosphere of her fellow farmers and their customers. “People come up to me and ask good questions about how we raise our animals and our farm. I think people like to meet the person behind the food they’re eating.” She enjoys the opportunity to connect with her customers, too. It’s not about big purchases so much as it is about conscious choices, and for Dana the pride in her work is in knowing another family benefits from her labour. “They know my name and they call me their farmer. I love knowing people are in their kitchens, cooking food with our label on it, and they’ve connected with us in some way. These people recognize

how important what we do is - and that means something to me.” That’s why the farm gate sales are important. It gives families a chance to get out of their cars and see the property, meet Adam and Dana Thatcher, and get a sense of where their food is grown. “It’s about educating people about the value of agriculture and what it takes to get food to their table from beginning to end. It is so important,” she said. “When they meet me at the market or come to the store, they make the connection to the farm and the farmer. They see that it isn’t a romantic lifestyle; it’s hard work, yet it is so worth it.” Based on the return customers and the growing interest in their products, she smiles. “I know we’re on to something good here. We’ve got no complaints and people like our product. We stand by the quality of our food. ” On the horizon, the Thatchers would like to add a pavilion to their property as a place for people to come enjoy the countryside, host agricultural-themed events, chef dinners, school tours and group outings. The goal is to bring people out to the family farm as a destination, making the connection between farming and the future. Local food isn’t a niche. It’s about family and community. It’s about healthy food and a healthy economy. It’s home. “I really believe in what we’re doing here,” Dana said, off to do chores. “My heart is in it, and Adam’s heart is here too. The adventures that await our children on this farm, they can’t be measured.” Thatcher Farms is located at 5257 5th Line of Eramosa. For more information, call 519856-4073 or visit buylocal@

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Safety Week

Farmers must create a plan to work safely within confined spaces by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Think about the confined

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but a few. It is often hard to get in and out of confined spaces, although not always. Some confined spaces are open at the top. And it may be tough to get a breath of fresh air when inside, unless one is prepared. In fact, the potential for immediate serious injury or death is high in every confined space on the farm. “Confined space - it’s a matter of understanding the dangers and preparing everyone on the farm to work safely in and around confined spaces,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA). A confined space can be any enclosed or partially enclosed space not designed or intended for people to work in. It does not distinguish itself by size, shape, or nature of the work performed within. It may have limited or restricted entry or exit, making it difficult to provide first aid, evacuation, rescue, or other emergency response services for anyone inside. It is not meant for human occupancy, so when humans enter, they must do so with the utmost of care and preparation. “The incidents that occur in confined spaces are rare events. They are difficult to

predict and very expensive to prevent,” explained Neil McManus, consulting industrial hygienist with NorthWest Occupational Health and Safety ( in British Columbia. “You must get instruments and determine conditions and prepare for entry, just like industry does. The conditions are the same. You may take 1,000 readings and get only one irregular one – however if you didn’t take that reading – you could die. In agriculture, because many operations are micro businesses, those events have a devastating result.” There are several things farmers can do to make confined spaces safer. First - identify them. Then learn about hazardous conditions that could be present. Mark every confined space to indicate danger and help prevent entry. Then look for ways to make changes so that entry is no longer necessary. Perhaps equipment in the spaces can be redesigned or relocated so the work can be done from outside the space. If people must enter an identified confined space on their farm, the operator should ensure that a qualified person has assessed the hazards and prepared a written safe work procedure. Contact a provincial farm safety organization for

by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant More than 12,500 rural kids will learn to be safer on the farm at 75 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® in Canada in 2011. They will be joined by 3,000 adult volunteers who organize the events and lead activities to help make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for children. “The numbers are up about five thousand kids and at least a thousand adults this year,” said Marcel Hacault,

executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. The association provides logistical support for Safety Days across the country. Hacault credited word of mouth endorsements for the jump in program numbers. “Child safety is an important part of an overall farm safety plan,” Hacault said. “Producers are encouraged to have their children attend and participate as part of their own farm safety program.” Each Safety Day focuses on a selection of 29 teaching modules available in the program that offers hands-on, age-appropriate learning experiences on topics including fire safety, first aid, disability awareness, lawn mower safety,

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enter confined spaces and follow work procedures prepared by a qualified person. All contractors should be able to provide a copy of their workplace safety training summary for the farm’s files. The farmer also has the legal duty to inform contractors, as well as employees, about all hazardous conditions on the farm prior to starting work or to deliver the service. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 13 to 19. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) deliver CASW in partnership with Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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assistance. For more information on this and other topics on farm safety also visit www. as well as and www. Provide training for everyone on the farm who may have duties related to the confined space. Get all the required equipment and know how to use it properly to ensure control of the working conditions. Ventilation and testing are critically important to ensuring safety in confined spaces. Document responsibilities and duties. And do not forget – in most provinces, the farm owner is also responsible for ensuring that any contractors who do work on their farms are also trained and competent to

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and safe handling of power tools. The one-day safety pro– grams are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. While the basic program is designed to reach children aged 8 to 13, there are also materials relevant for 4- to 7-year-olds and entire families. Children rotate among different safety stations, allowing each child the opportunity to participate in interactive and engaging activities. July 15 this year is the deadline to apply for a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2012 for a community. Hacault said the early application date is necessary because base funding from sponsors such as Agrium and Bunge is limited and,

“Unfortunately, we’re likely to have a waiting list once again.” He explained those funds are “used to train co-ordinators and provide teaching and resource materials for the kids.” Each co-ordinator then raises money locally to conduct the event. Safety Days may be delivered in English or French and training is available in Canada in both languages. Visit www. for details. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is March 13 to 19. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association deliver CASW in partnership with Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Safety Week

Make sure to include the children in the farm safety plan by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Unlike most other industries, in farming, the workplace is also usually the home. Adults frequently work with their children nearby, and that can increase the risk of children getting injured. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs this year from March 13 to 19. “Farm life can put families in situations that are uncommon to the average household,” explained Greg Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Farm Credit Canada. “As a result, learning to recognize hazards and practicing farm

safety is essential, especially with young children around.” Each year in Canada an average of 115 people are killed and another 1,500 are hospitalized due to farm-related incidents. A study done by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program found that between 1990 and 2005, there were 217 children aged 14 or younger killed on Canadian farms. An alarming number of them, 99, were age 5 or under. For children aged 14 and under, machine run-overs were the predominant cause of death (42 per cent), followed by drownings (15 per cent),

machine rollovers (11 per cent), animal-related injuries (7 per cent), and being caught in or under a non-machine object (5 per cent). For that age group, the first three causes, (machine run-overs, drowning and machine rollovers), were associated with two-thirds of all child deaths. To make the farm more child safe, here are several things operators can do to protect them and yourself: - Inspect the farm for hazards that could lead to injury. Involve your children in the inspection and explain the potential hazards. - Build a fenced-in safe play

area for young children and ensure they are supervised at all times. - Give older children ageappropriate tasks. Remember they are children – not small adults. - Make sure children receive and understand safety training before each activity. - Never allow extra riders

on any equipment. - Check provincial laws to learn the legal age for operating farm machinery. - Fence farm ponds and manure pits. Supervise children in and around water. - Teach children the safe way to handle animals. Keep livestock in appropriate pens or fenced areas.

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Machinery run-overs on farms are very preventable by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Machinery runovers ac– counted for almost 20 per cent of all work-related fatalities on Canadian farms between 19902005 and 2005. Overall, unmanned runovers were most common (37%), followed by bystander run-overs (27%), fallen opera– tor run-overs (19%), and extra rider run-overs (15%), reported a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program. Runovers are entirely preventable. Preventing them needs to be part of farming work procedures laid down in the farm safety plan. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 13 to 19. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), deliver CASW in partnership with Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Run-overs are a significant cause of death among all age groups accounting for 42 per cent of fatalities among children aged 14 and younger; 10 per cent among adults aged 15 to 59; and 23 per cent among adults 60 and older, the CAIR study reports. With children, 55 per cent of all run-over deaths were due to bystander run-overs. Forty-


one per cent of the children were killed when they fell from a machine where they had been an extra rider. “Most children consider it to be great fun to ride on Daddy’s knee while he drives the tractor,” said Marcel. “That tractor is not a toy. The farm is not a playground. Children need to be supervised at all times in a safe play area and never be permitted to be an extra rider. Love your children enough to say ‘No,’ and choose other time to spend with them.” Most adults aged 15 to 59 were run over by machines with no one in the operator’s seat (46%). The practice of bypass-starting a tractor by short circuiting its ignition system is associated with a very high incidence of fatal unmanned machine run-overs. Other significant causes of

death were from being struck by a machine (23%) that the operator had fallen from, as well as bystander (19%) and extra rider (9%) runovers. In adults aged 60 and older, most run-overs involved unmanned machines (56%), followed by fallen operator run-overs (25%), bystander run-overs (15%) and extra rider run-overs (3%). As individuals age, physi– ological and cognitive changes can occur that may affect their ability to perform some task. It is therefore important that older farmers and fellow workers assess the skills required to perform particular tasks and determine whether they can safely perform them. For more information on this and other farm safety topics visit www.planfarmsafety. ca.


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Farm safety can help to control damage and waste, too by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Canadian Federation Of Agriculture There is no question that key motivators for good farm safety practices are the health and well being of humans and animals; however preventing costly damage and waste are

important as well. “Risk management is an all-inclusive phrase for managing the various types of risks that exist on farms,” explained Greg Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “These risks are all very closely connected – when you improve

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one aspect of risk management on the farm, you’re in a better place to improve your overall operation.” Plan Farm Safety is the three-year theme of the Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. Each aspect of the theme is being promoted with a year-long campaign. This year, the focus is on Farm. Next year, emphasis will be on “Safety” including assessment, improvement, and further development of safety systems. The year-long Farm campaign is launched with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 13 to 19. Most farm operations use a less than formal approach to solving damage and waste problems, yet they may not realize that their costs are proportionately higher than many other industries because they have fewer resources to absorb the losses. Banged doors, damaged conveyers, dust-clogged bearings and gears, and broken or lost tools are but a few of endless possibilities. Having the right tools to do the job and ensuring machinery is in good working order will not only reduce the possibility of injuries on a farm, it will

help to increase productivity and profitability. Here are four fundamentals to help improve farm safety and reduce damage and waste. Educate: Ensure everyone working on the farm understands that an incident is any event that could or does result in unintended harm to people or damage to property. The damage to property part is very important – not only because damage is expensive, but also because it could potentially harm people. Emphasize the importance of working careful-

by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Keep a farm’s work areas clean and organized. It can be a challenge, but in the long run, it makes everyone more efficient and safer, too. “Good housekeeping is more than being clean and neat,” said Greg Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Farm Credit Canada. “It means that things on the farm are kept where they should be to ensure maximum productivity, quality, safety, and cost control.” Plan Farm Safety is the three-year theme of the Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. The year-long Farm campaign is launched with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week running March 13 to 19. The occupational health and safety definition of order is, “when there are no unnecessary things about, and when all nec-

essary things are in their proper place.” Every farm operation will have its own unique work areas that will need to be put in order. Here are some general points to get people started. Machinery and equipment must be in good working condition, clean, and free of unnecessary materials and have proper guards and rollover protective structures (ROPS) installed. Stored stock and materials must be properly piled or arranged with easy access and in an appropriate weatherproof environment. Be careful to allow at least one metre of clear space under sprinkler heads. Do not obstruct aisles, stairs, exits, fire equipment, emergency eyewash fountains, emergency showers, or first aid stations. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher and fully stocked chemical spill kit readily accessible in the storage area.

ly to avoid damage and keeping a safe workplace. Identify: Ask workers to point out when something is in need of repairs. That will help them take ownership of their own safety was well as for their co-workers and will assist in keeping the workplace in optimal function. Evaluate: Prioritize repairs based on risk of injury versus cost. Control: Once a needed repair has been identified, make sure it is fixed in a timely manner. That will show work-

ers that you value their safety as well as their input. Waste is akin to damage as it can contribute to injuries and is costly to the business. For example, oil leaks not only waste an expensive resource but can also harm people and cause damage. As profit margins in agriculture get thinner, it makes risk management at all levels a sound business decision. For more information on this and other farm safety topics visit

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Farm safety required; now covered under criminal law of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “And the general appearance of safety is not enough, you need to be able to show documentation that you have fulfilled your responsibilities.” The amendment states, “Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person arising from that work or task.” If convicted, there is no limit to the fines that can be assigned, as it is an indictable offense under the Criminal Code. In a charge of “criminal negligence causing death” the maximum sentence is life imprisonment, if convicted. “Our producers need to take this responsibility seriously,”

by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant On March 31, 2004, Bill C-45, an act to amend Canada’s Criminal Code, came into force. The amendment laid out the responsibilities for workplace safety and allows prosecution under the charges of criminal negligence for those who show willful or reckless disregard for safety. The law applies to anyone with authority to make decisions on day-to-day operations, so it could be a farm owner, manager, or anyone with authority over someone else in the workplace. That further emphasizes the importance of planning for safety on the farm. “If you are not actively planning workplace safety, then you can be perceived as not being a responsible employer,” said Ron Bonnett, president

explained Bonnett. “Safety is part of the cost of production and farmers need to review their existing polices and pro-

cedures, do the training, and budget to buy the necessary equipment. Safety must be topof-mind in all we do.”

Manage the risk in order to control the hazard by Theresa Whalen Farm Safety Consultant Congratulations to those who have just completed a farm safety plan. Now – follow the best practices laid down to manage the risks and control the hazards. “As producers, we can’t eliminate every single hazard that exists in agriculture,” said Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “However, there are hazards we can control as part of a safety plan we follow all year long.” Plan Farm Safety is the three-year theme of the Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. This year, the focus

is on Farm including implementation, documentation, and training. The year-long Farm campaign will be launched with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week running March 13 to 19. Hazards exist in every workplace so strategies to protect workers are essential. 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 “safe place” approach 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. There are three elements that must be considered in the development of any farm safety program: protection of everyone in the workplace; compliance with applicable laws, regulations and internal company standards; and, con-

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A weekly press release prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. If you require further information, regarding this press release, please call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. 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. EXPLORING THE FUTURE” AT THE 11TH LONDON SWINE CONFERENCE GUELPH – Looking to the future will be the focus of a swine industry education event at the end of this month. The eleventh annual London Swine Conference will run March 30 and 31 at the London Convention Centre. Industry updates and a look to the future will be complemented by basic information to fine-tune all aspects of production. Topics will range from industry experience in the UK and Brazil to facility usage, production management, and examining the pork consumer’s changing demands. Feature presentations will include recognized international experts, including: Alex Ramirez, Iowa State University; Augusto Heck, Brasil Foods SA; Gary Huber, Practical Farmers of Iowa; Justin Roelofs, AgStar Financial Service, Minnesota; Larry Jacobson, University of Minnesota; Mike Varley, BPEX, UK; Suzanne Millman, Iowa State University. Attendees will choose among eight interactive workshop sessions. These will be led by our international guests and a host of Ontario pork industry professionals. Presentations will include Jay Squire of Wallenstein Feeds & Supply, Jim Gracie of Quality Meat Packers, Anita Ivanauskas of Pork Marketing Canada, Harry

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Huffman of Huffman Consulting and many more. “The aim of the conference is to help attendees focus forward, and the theme this year is Exploring the Future,” says Stewart Cressman, Conference Chair and Board Director at Ontario Pork. “After many difficult years, looking toward the future can be intimidating, but is more necessary than ever. With continued learning through conferences like this one, we aim to help stakeholders strengthen their planning and positioning for future success”. Conference fees are $200 for both days, and $135 for a one day registration. The fee includes one copy of the proceedings, an evening reception on March 31st, continental breakfasts, lunches and all coffee breaks. Discounts are available for groups of five or more who register together. Registration deadline is March 16, 2011. Please note that there is no registration at the door. The London Swine Conference is a joint effort by staff from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Ontario Pork, University of Guelph, Ontario Pork Industry Council, and is made possible through strong industry sponsorship. For more information: Jaydee Smith, OMAFRA at 519-6741542 or Linda Dillon, OMAFRA at 519-482-3333. Full program and registration material are available at: www. ONTARIO SUMMER JOBS Ontario’s Summer Jobs Programs help students gain jobs and experience through a range of summer job opportunities. These programs help young people connect to jobs in the private sector or government, or to launch their own summer business. Through students can: • Search for a job through Employment Ontario agencies • Find job listings • Get help to improve their marketing skills and resume writing • Learn how to start their own Summer Company

• Apply for summer jobs with the Ontario government COMING EVENTS: Mar. 9 - 11 Western Fair Farm Show, Western Fair Entertainment Centre, London. Information at 1-800-619-4629/519-4387203; Mar. 16 Soil Test Clinic, Markdale with Peter Johnson, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bring your questions and your soil tests. Preregistration is required. Call Ray Robertson, 519-986-3756. Mar. 16 Soil Test Clinic, Listowel with Peter Johnson, 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required - please call Cathy Dibble at 519-463-9737. Mar. 17 Harmony Organic: Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., presents Dr. Temple Grandin “Creating the Best Life for our Animals” and speaker - Hubert J. Karreman V.M.D. Advanced registration required; $40.00 includes organic buffet lunch. For information, call Sue 519-291-9733 or email: Mar. 21 Grain Farmers of Ontario, March Classic, London Convention Centre: Mar. 24 Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Elmira. Course starts at 8:45 a.m. To register, call Farmers Plus at 519-669-5475. Mar. 24 Grower Pesticide Safety Exam, Elmira. Exam starts at 1:30 p.m. To register, call Farmers Plus at 519-669-5475. Mar. 28 Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Elmira. Course starts at 8:45 a.m. To register, call Farmers Plus at 519-669-5475. Mar. 29 & Apr. 5 Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop: another one starts the last Tuesday of March in the OMAFRA meeting room, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call John Benham at 519-846-3394. Mar. 30 Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Guelph. Course starts at 8:45 a.m. and Separate Exam 3:00 p.m. To register, call Woodrill Farms at 519-821-1018. Apr. 2 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. For more information, phone 1-877-969-0094 or website:

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these core funders, which represent 99 per cent of total national check-off contributions to the existing marketing groups (CBEF and BIC) is confirmation of the recommendation to establish one beef cattle research, marketing and promotion agency,” said CBWG co-chair Brian Ross. As well, the principle organizations directly impacted by the proposal have approved or are in the final stages of their approval process. The National Check-off Agency, BIC Committee, and the CCA executive have all passed resolutions supporting the con-

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County Federation of Agriculture announces winners of Baptie bursary WELLINGTON CTY. The 2010-11 recipients of the Ray Baptie memorial bursary awards are Becky Koeslag of RR1 Alma; Katherine Clyne of RR1 Harriston; Rebecca Grose of RR2 Alma; and Trevor Koeslag of RR1 Alma. The award annually given to Wellington County students pursuing post secondary studies in agriculture. Those students will be officially recognized at the WFA annual general meeting in November. Koeslag is enrolled at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus, studying horticulture. She achieved hon-

our roll status for all four years of high school and was awarded the Ryan Giddy memorial award for citizenship.Among many other activities, she is an active member of Alma United Chruch and a 4-H member. She works weekends to help offset her educational costs and is excited to be working towards an agricultural career - likely working with fruits and vegetables. Clyne is currently in a degree program at the University of Guelph studying animal biology, striving to eventually become a large animal veterinarian. Clyne was

the 2010 Wellington County Queen of the Furrow, and represented Wellington County at the 2010 International Plowing Match. Her accomplishments and volunteerism includes honour roll status and Ontario Scholar status in high school, a member of Wellington County Junior Farmers, co-founder and copresident of the HarristonMinto Jr. Agricultural Society, and volunteer for Harriston United Church. She is a former lifeguard for Minto, and continues to work on weekends on her family’s dairy farm which is the site of the 2011

Wellington County Plowing Match. Grose is pursuing a diploma in agriculture-equine major at Kemptville College. She has completed in excess of 65 4-H clubs ranging from gardening and cooking clubs, to scrap booking, public speaking, and horse and poultry clubs. She subscribes to the 4-H motto Learn to Do by Doing. She has an extensive list of awards including the Margaret Bolander award from Grand River Agricultural Society, Gay Lea award of achievement, 2008 4-H achiever of the year award-

Western Ontario Region, and was one of two Canadian delegates representing Canada at the 4-H Washington National Conference in 2009. Koeslag loves farming to the core. He is working towards a diploma in agriculture at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus and is looking forward to a life long career in primary agriculture. He completed over 30 4-H clubs, and has volunteered with the Alma Optimists at the Fergus Truck Show and has volunteered in the past to work at the Clifford tractor pull. He took part in a 4-H exchange

by John Clement Ontario’s farmers are fed up with the heavily regulated business environment in which they operate their businesses. At the same time, society and government have become overly cautious, trying to outsmart common sense by putting more and more costly rules and regulations in place that are burdening our farming community. This year’s CFFO seminar series is Enough is Enough

and examines the case for an improved regulatory process. An annual event for 16 years, the organization’s seminar series aims at facilitating grassroots participation in policy development. This year’s edition will explore the reasons for the over-regulated farm business situation and will look towards alternative approaches to regulations that can be proposed to elected leaders, other organizations and the consuming public.

Long-time CFFO friend Bill van Geest will be the principal facilitator for the series. He is an executive coach and strategic planner and enjoys helping organizations and their leaders move forward with clarity and purpose. Nathan Stevens, the CFFO’s research and policy advisor, will also be on hand at selected locations to work alongside those in attendance. Bob Seguin and Al Mussell, from the George Morris Centre, will draw on their experienc-

es as members of Canada’s independent agri-food think tank to help attendees explore the rationale and complexities behind legislation and regulations. Seguin has first-hand knowledge in understanding regulations, having served as a senior manager in several government departments. Explore and critique the frustrating and complex world

of legislation and regulations. The CFFO seminar series is open to all who wish to attend. Log on to the CFFO’s website at for details on how to register and where individual seminars are being held. John Clement is the General Manager of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.

to Saskatchewan, and continues to volunteer with various church and youth group events for Alma United Church. His diploma in agriculture will help to prepare him with the task that young people today face with owning a farm business. If anyone knows of a student worthy of next year’s scholarship, they should contact Lisa Hern at or phone 519-848-3774 prior to the Oct. 15, deadline.

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Wellington County librarian to become administrator of Wellington Place by David Meyer WELLINGTON COUNTY - It will not be a long way to go for Janice Hindley to change jobs. She will be moving from the Wellington County library headquarters in Aboyne about 100 feet west to the Wellington County Museum and Archives as the new administrator of Wellington Place. Warden Chris White made the announcement at county council on Feb. 24 that Hindley would be replacing Bonnie Callen as administrator. After 32 years of working at the County Museum and Archives, Callen will retire on April 29 and Hindley will begin her new role. Hindley said in an interview, “I’ve been working in public libraries for 21 years now and I felt it was time for a change.” She said there are “great links” between the museum and public libraries, including cultural, recreational, and

institutional, and, “I could see transferring my skills for the museum and archives. I thought it was a good fit.” Hindley was hired as the county’s Chief Librarian in 1999, and has seen the Wellington County Library system change dramatically over the past 11 years. Several Carnegie libraries have been renovated, and new library branches have been built in Clifford, Arthur, Erin, Puslinch, and Drayton. Online library resources have also been changing constantly. Prior to coming to the county, Hindley was Chief Librarian at the Orangeville Public Library from 1992 to 1999. Hindley attended the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English. “With my undergrad in history and English, I’ve always

been passionate about history,” Hindley said, and noted it was a real benefit for her to be able to change her job and still remain with Wellington County. “I am very proud of the library system in Wellington County,” said Hindley. “I look forward to transferring my skills, experience and enthusiasm to the museum and Archives.” White said at county council, “I am pleased to announce that Janice Hindley will be replacing Bonnie Callen as Museum and Wellington Place administrator. I’d like to congratulate Bonnie on her retirement. Her commitment to serving the residents of the County of Wellington for over 32 years has been amazing. “I know Janice will be a fantastic administrator at Wellington Place. She has shown outstanding leadership as Chief Librarian.” Chief Administrative Officer Scott Wilson said,

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will be missed by all of us at the county. Janice has big shoes to fill.” There will be a retirement

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At the nature centre - Students learn black-capped chickadees are friendly and nearly fearless if offered a tasty seed during the winter at the GRCA’s nature centres. fall by as much as 8 decrees Celsius to lose less body heat. But now, frenetic activity rules the chickadees as the students approach. The birds must consume enough energy to combat the cold of winter. I carefully place proteinrich sunflower seeds on top of toques and on outstretched hands. The students are startled once again when the chickadees land on them, choose a seed, then whir away to peck it open on a nearby branch. Formerly filled with chatty, edgy energy, the entire class falls silent with wonder. In a world seemingly ruled by video games and shopping malls, chickadee encounters at GRCA nature centres demonstrate the connection that kids have with the natural world.

When you are out for a walk in the woods, bring some bird seed. If you put it in your outstretched palm or on top of a hat and wait quietly, the chickadees will often accept your offering. It sometimes takes only a few minutes. Great places to do this are Starkey’s Loop, southwest of Guelph, and Dickson Wilderness Area, south of Cambridge. The best time to feed chickadees from the hand is mid-December to March. This is one of the many experiential learning opportunities available at the nature centres operated by the GRCA, where experiencing the natural environment is a lesson learned. For more information, check the Nature Centres page of

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Health & Wellness Keeping fitness a priority throughout the year needs to be the goal

(MS) - At the dawn of a new year, many people resolve to get back in shape, eat better, reduce stress at the office and at home, and quit smoking. Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s resolution knows, sticking to these resolutions is often not easy and many resolutions become an afterthought by the end of January. The common thread among many resolutions is the notion of getting healthier. Many individuals fail to make it a month before being tossing aside resolutions, which means lots of people are, in essence, tossing aside their health as well. Such a trend is a frightening prospect when considering the effects of regular physical activity on health and disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity has a direct

impact on mortality rates in two notable ways: 1. Higher levels of regular physical activity are associated with lower mortality rates for both older and younger adults. 2. Even those who are moderately active on a regular basis have lower mortality rates than those who are least active. The first point illustrates that regular exercise can increase life expectancy (not to mention quality of life), while the second illustrates that even moderate exercise can as well. From that perspective, don’t be so quick to give up on fitness - any kind of fitness. It’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. Though the midway point of the year might have come and gone, it’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolution a reality. For those looking to back into shape, consider the following tips before begin-

ning. · Be committed: If you made a resolution earlier this year but didn’t stick with it, don’t make the same mistake again. Getting back in shape takes time and results won’t show up immediately. However, once you’ve committed, each day begins to grow a little easier than the one before. A big part of staying committed is setting realistic, attainable goals. Someone who wants to lose 50 pounds in three weeks, for example, won’t stay committed because that’s an impossible goal to reach. Once the three weeks are over, and you haven’t dropped anywhere near 50 pounds, you’ll give up. Begin with a realistic goal that promotes commitment, such as making it to a gym five days per week. If you reach that goal in your first week, you’ll want to do it again, and you can then

set new goals once you’ve established a routine. · Find a motivating factor: Proper motivation is also key to sticking to a fitness program. If you have young children, they can be a great motivator, ones for whom you set the example of good fitness. Other people are motivated by getting in beach shape. While that can be great to get you through the winter, once summer is over and there are no more beach visits on the horizon, the temptation to revert back to unhealthy behavior might be too strong to resist. A motivating factor should be something that keeps you going all year long. · Spice things up: Another reason many people fail to realize their fitness resolutions is they find their program too

iron per day, but the average North American diet provides only 8-10 mg. How to get more iron in your diet: • Eat dark, leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, Swiss chard, spinach. • Consume dried fruits such as raisins, prunes and apricots. • Seaweed is a great source of iron, as is blackstrap molasses. • Kidney, Lima and soy beans also are a great source of iron. • Eat one portion of lean meat or liver three to four times a week. • Whole grain products and legumes like lentils or white

beans supply iron and other valuable minerals. • Vitamin C, found in peppers, broccoli and citrus fruits improves iron absorption, so combine meals with one or more of these items. “For years, I have recommended Salus Floradix,” says Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, a licensed naturopathic physician and registered midwife. “A serum ferritin test is also the best way to identify iron deficiency,” she adds. More information can be found online at or toll-free at 1-888-436-6697.

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ENTERTAINMENT College Royal invites locals to ‘walk on the Royal side’ GUELPH - As the days fly by, March is upon us, and when it comes to the University of Guelph, everyone knows what that means. Students across campus are getting ready for College Royal, and their hard work and preparations are sure to make this year one to remember. Next weekend, on March 19 and 20, when current students, prospective students, the community and alumni will come to the University of Guelph for the annual tradition of the College Royal Open House. College Royal is the largest student run, university open house event of its kind in North America, and has been an annual tradition for 87 years at the University of Guelph. Each March, the University of Guelph is opened to the general public in a campus-wide open house that attracts over 30,000 visitors. “This year’s open house promises to be yet another fantastic display of student achievement,” said 2011 event president Kaiti Nixon. “We have made some big changes but kept the old favourites. I know our guests will be thrilled as usual.”

The event will showcase how the university can cater to past, present and future students as well as the Guelph community and the whole world in terms of research and innovation. “I can’t say enough about our 2011 executive; they are energetic, excited and ready to bring out the best College Royal has to offer,” said Nixon. “I hope when visitors see our maroon jackets that they will take a moment to congratulate the exec on a job well done.” College Royal Open House offers a wide range of events and activities including livestock shows, square dancing, campus tours, a lecture series, logging competitions, dog and cat shows, photography show,

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flower arranging competition, seeds and forages competition and more. The weekend is full of events for the kids such as Old Mac’s new farm, the junior tractor rodeo, face painting, teddy bear surgery and milkshakes at food science. Check out a chemistry magic show, a juried art show and the many displays and exhibits designed by student clubs and classes. The 12 days of College Royal began March 9 and run through to the end of open house weekend. For more information about these events or if you are interested in participating in or attending College Royal 2011, email at colroyal@uoguelph. ca or call 519-824-4120 ext. 58366.

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ENTERTAINMENT Festival and Singers perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor April 3 in Guelph one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As conductor and artistic director of two worldclass Canadian ensembles, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers, Edison is in demand for guest engagements with such orchestras as the Winnipeg Symphony and Toronto Symphony. In 2002, the University of Guelph conferred

ELORA Grammynominated Elora Festival Singers will perform Bach’s B minor Mass in Guelph on April 3 at 3pm. The work represents the pinnacle of Bach’s creative genius. Noel Edison will conduct the Festival Singers with orchestra and soloists using the great acoustics of the Church of our Lady Immaculate. Edison is established as

upon him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music and in 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. He has put together a stellar cast of performers for this performance. The Elora Festival Singers were founded in 1980 by Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival. Since 1997, the choir has been

the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival for four weeks each summer. The Singers have established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. They have 12 releases on the Naxos label. The Elora Festival Singers

and Edison were nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance for their Naxos CD Eric Whitacre: Choral Music. Performing will be internationally renowned Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, Canadian counter-tenor David Trudgen, Canadian tenor Isaiah Bell, Matthew Cassils “This great spiritual work

deserves a great spiritual space to really let it come alive,” said Edison. “The combination of this monumental work in this monumental space will be truly magical.” The Elora Festival Singers 2010-2011 season will conclude on May 8 at St John’s Church, Elora with Oh Canada, a tribute to Canadian composers.

McCourt brothers show comes to city March 18 tale of comedy and tragedy, as they recount life in the dank streets of Limerick, Ireland and amidst the hustle and bustle of The Big Apple’s Brooklyn. Based on an earlier dramatic collaboration by the McCourt brothers, Echoes of Ireland is a series of recollections told by a pair of young immigrants. Lead actors Jonathan Judge-Russo and Ryan Wesley Gilreath play two rabble-rousing immigrants who stumble

GUELPH - Hot on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day, River Run Centre presents Echoes of Ireland: The Musical on March 18 at 8 pm on the Main Stage. The production is a collaboration of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Frank McCourt and best-selling author (and brother) Malachy McCourt, with the step dance group, The Magic of Ireland. Known world-wide as storytelling royalty, the brothers tug at heart strings, in this one-of-a-kind

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GUELPH - A half-day indoor and outdoor workshop will teach participants the principles of easy and correct pruning in the home garden. The course is available at the Arboretum, University of Guelph, on two different dates from 1 to 4:30pm on March

22 or 23. Horticulturist Sean Fox will lead the workshop. The registration fee is $55, and the registration deadline is March 15. For more information or to register, call The Arboretum at 519-824-4120 extension 52358.

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Murder farce - Five people take on numerous roles in the Century Church’s murder mystery at the end of March and start of April. From left: Peter King, Sharon Ching, Pat Hewitt, Kendra Kidnie and (sitting) Lisa Lester. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at 519-855-4586 or on line at

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MOUNT FOREST - North Wellington’s annual Bowl for Kids campaign continues to pick up momentum. Recently, the event had two more buses from Arthur Public School and one bus from St. John Catholic School in Arthur take part at the Mount Forest bowling lanes. The school challenge will finish this week with two more buses from Arthur Public, two from Minto Clifford, and one from Palmerston Public School. Marnie Mainland said on Sunday, “We had an amazing day with Minto, Mapleton community bowling, 193 bowlers raising $19,793.” “We were pleased to have Bernice Arkell drop by to say hi and wish us well on our

25th. Bernice was with us 25 years ago when we started bowling as a fundraiser for Big Brothers.” Mainland added organizers are appreciative of the generous communities and that the group has a facility like the Mount Forest Bowling lanes. The local campaign continues with the schools participating during the week and the Mount Forest community bowl on March 6. The official thank-you and invitation to the annual awards breakfast will be held May 7, at the Arthur United Church. Winners will be notified, but everyone is welcome. For details on the organization’s programs visit www.

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*** Come to the cabaret. St. Teresa of Avila Church , 19 Flamingo Drive, Elmira is presenting Cabaret in the Church Hall. 7:30pm. Tickets $15 per person, at the church office 519-669-3387. *** St. John’s United Church Euchre. 7:30pm. Admission $3. *** Melville United Church Annual Irish Stew Supper. 5-6:30pm. $10 per person. $25/ family. Tickets at the church office 519843-1781. *** Arthur Legion Wing Night. All you can eat $12. *** Pioneer Games Day In a world without technology, just how did pioneer kids have fun? Join us and find out. All ages. Drop in between 10am-noon or 2-4 pm. Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch.

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Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast with Real Maple Syrup. Sponsored by the Belwood Lions at the Belwood Hall from 8-11am, Adults $7, age 3 and under free. *** Derby League Soccer proudly presents: Free Soccer Day. Men (aged 18+) are invited for a free game of pick-up Soccer at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre from 12-2pm. This is your chance to beat the winter blues with a game of indoor Soccer. Representatives will be there to answer questions about Derby League Soccer and the upcoming 2011 season. Please signup by e-mailing us at *** Adult / Senior Skating. 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 / person. Contact 519-836-1015. Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Fergus Brass Band. *** Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and Bake Sale at St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest. 11:30am-1:30pm. Adults $7, children 5-10 $4. *** St. Patrick Dance at St. Mary Parish Centre, Mount Forest 8:30pm-1am. Music by the Moore Family. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call Bert at 519-323-4931 or Dan at 510-323-4690 for tickets. *** Mount Forest Legion Branch 134 - euchre tournament - two person teams. $20 per team. Registration 11:30am - 12:45pm. Play starts at 1pm sharp. For details call 519-323- 3196. *** Karaoke contest at Fergus Legion every Saturday 9pm -1am until March 26th. Grand Prize $1,000. *** Arthur Legion Jamboree. 2- 5pm. For info. call Nancy 519- 8485702. *** Dance in the New Alma Community Hall. 8pm-12am. With Marion’s Country Band. Admission $10. *** Organic Stone Soup: A Local Organic Food Skills Fair - 11am2pm. St. George’s Church, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph. Join Canadian Organic Growers Perth-Waterloo-Wellington for a family fun event all about helping yourself to local organic. A simple soup lunch will be served and other organic goods will be available for purchase at a mini organic farmers’ market. Pay what you can - free parking. *** Knox Ospringe Presbyterian and Community Church, corner of Highways 124 and 125, pot luck and games night A social evening for all ages. 6pm. For more information contact Nora 519-856-4453 *** St. Patrick’s Day Party Royal Canadian Legion Br.134 Mount Forest. Featuring the music of The Mainlanders. Meat Draws, Irish Stew and green beer. 3pm- midnight.

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Gospel Meetings- All are welcome- Artel Centre 355 Elmira Rd. Unit 120 and 122. 6pm. *** St. Patrick’s Day CWL euchre at Sacred heart Church, Kenilworth at 8pm. Admission: $2.50. Penny table, door prize, 50/50 draw and light lunch, everyone welcome.

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Centre Wellington Connection invites all ladies to our dinner meeting at 7674 Colbourne St. E., Elora, 7pm. Guest speaker. $17 inclusive. RSVP 519-846-5459 or 519-846-5252.

Mar 23

Plan to join the Elora and Salem Horticultural Society at their monthly meeting Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm, at Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Master Gardener Robert Pavlis will share some of his “Gardening Tricks”. Everyone welcome. *** March 23-26 Erin Community Theatre presents Stepping Out - a comedy. Erin Centre 2000 8pm. Adults $20, students/seniors $15. To reserve call 519-855-6748. *** Euchre Party – Alma Community Centre, 7:30pm. $3 per person.

*** March 23 -27 Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced at Fergus Grand Theatre. Tickets available at 519-787-1981. Proceeds to Centre Wellington Food Bank. Please bring a non-perishable food item.

Mar 24

Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** Carol McMullen Seminar ‘Focus on Learning Problems’. 7-9:30pm at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church (88 Main Street East). Pre-registration not required. Suggested donation of $10 per person to help cover expenses. Transportation arrangements provided if required, contact Teresa Dekker 519-638-2542.

Mar 25

March 25 – April 3 Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomens Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery”. An off-the-wall comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. Directed by Dale Jones. A Century Theatre Guild production. 8pm. Sundays 2:30pm. Box Office 519-855-4586. *** Alma Optimist Beef Barbecue. 5-7pm. Alma Community Hall. Tickets: Adults $12, children $4 at the door. *** March 25 and 26- Royal City Ambassadors hold Annual Show “Harmony Playlist”. 7:30pm at River Run Centre in Guelph; including the Southern Ontario Youth Chorus.

Mar 26

Elora Legion Saturday Night Dance 8pm. Join Country Versatiles upstairs in the Maple Leaf Room for an evening of dancing. 519846-9611. *** Marsville Lions Community Breakfast. $5 per person. Marsville Hall. Last Saturday of every month. 7:30-10:30am. Also, recycling of wine bottles, beer bottles and cans, pop cans. *** Karaoke contest at Fergus Legion every Saturday 9pm -1am until March 26th. Grand Prize $1,000. *** Arthur Legion Karaoke. 8:30pm. *** Centre Wellington District HS Aboriginal Program Native Heritage Day. Doors Open at 11am and the Opening Celebration will be at 12pm. Presentations and demonstrations which will honour the old ways. Admission is by donation, proceeds to the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative. All ages event. Jack: 519-843-2500, ext. 522 *** Knox Ospringe Presbyterian and Community Church, corner of Highways 124 and 125, scrapbook and crafts day Bring your favourite craft and chat. 9am-3pm. Lunch provided. Donation to charity gratefully received. For more information contact Nora 519-856-4453. *** Curl For The Cure Bonspiel. Supporting our Community. Held at Fergus Curling Club. Raising money for six local charities. Looking for interested curlers/curling teams. Please contact Bruce Hawkins 519-787-0132. *** Crystal Anniversary Dinner and Auction, 5pm at the Guelph Place, 492 Michener Rd., Guelph. Purchase a glass of sparkling wine for a chance to win a 1/4 carat diamond. Enjoy dinner, live music, games and prizes, silent and live auction with dynamic auctioneers. Tickets: $50. For tickets, information or to donate please call 519-836-1110.

Mar 27

It’s for the Birds at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, 2-4pm. Please call to register 519-836-7860. $5/person. We will go on short hike to look for winter birds and include a stop at the chickadee tree. Afterwards, join us in building a birdhouse that you can take home. There is a $10 fee/bird house. Bring a hammer and lots of muscle power. Birdhouses are limited so please call to register. *** Palmerston Legion Jamboree- 1pm. 519-343-2400. *** 24th Formosa Farm Toy Show and Sale. 9:30am-4pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, Fire #1658 Hwy 9, between Mildmay and Walkerton. Admission $2. Food and refreshments available. For more info. Call John or Gerry Benniger at 519-392-6207. *** Gospel Meetings- All are welcome- Artel Centre 355 Elmira Rd. Unit 120 and 122, Guelph. 6pm. *** Arthur Legion Kid’s Karaoke, up to age 18. 2pm. For info. call Linda 519-848-2622.

Inside Wellington Events Send your Non-Profit/Charitable event info to: 20-25 words, 4 weeks prior to event date

CAMBRIDGE - Area stakeholders are meeting in a one-day workshop here to discuss how Ontario, and more specifically the Grand River watershed, can benefit from green infrastructure policies, programs, and investments and what those elements could look like. Experts in the field say that green infrastructure provides many economic, environmental, and social benefits that are not recognized in current policies and investment formulas. Hosted by the newly formed Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and the Grand River Conservation Authority, the workshop will include presentations and training sessions on green infrastructure best practices, policies, and performance. Participants will also discuss a provincial advocacy strategy to persuade the Ontario government to adopt a comprehensive green infrastructure policy. The training and consultative sessions will be led by international experts Green

Roofs for Healthy Cities. Among the session leaders are Steven Peck from Green Roofs for Health Cities, Deb Martin-Downs and Dean Young from Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Gus Rungis from Grand River Conservation Authority, and Chris Johnston from Nedlaw Living Walls and Living Roofs. Green infrastructure refers to everything from woodlots, wetlands, and urban forests to vegetative technologies such as green roofs and permeable paving. That infrastructure offers benefits for healthy living and a healthy economy, providing everything from shade and better air quality to employment and bottom-line savings on storm water management and energy costs. To register, visit www. greeninfrastructureontario. org. The event will be at the Grand River Conservation Authority administration centre, 400 Clyde Road, Cambridge on April 1.

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 third week of March -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, instead of looking toward the horizon, it’s better if you look right in front of you for a change. Otherwise you may miss important things.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, it’s not like you to act spontaneously, but that’s just what you will do this week. Sometimes it can feel liberating to act on the spot.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 In times of trouble this week, turn to a close friend who is bound to offer the assistance you need, Taurus. The stars indicate a potential disturbance on Tuesday.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Big changes are in store for you, Sagittarius, but you won’t realize what they are until they are right upon you. The latter part of the week can be downright hectic.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may want to change plans to invest money in a certain endeavor. Now is the time for saving and not spending. Buckle down at work for the time being. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Take a different tact regarding an important matter, Cancer. Things have not worked out so far, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t turn around quickly. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, the time has come to put matters of the heart before matters of the head. Reconnect with a romantic partner and share one-on-one time together this week. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, someone from your past comes back into the picture this week. Take this opportunity to reminisce and catch up with this long lost old friend. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a missed opportunity may not be recovered. That’s why it pays to act right away if you feel like the time is right for a change. Get your financial ducks in a row first.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, now that you have settled into a schedule, you can take on a few other responsibilities. But be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, take a deep breath and a step back to avoid lashing out at those around you. A calming time is on the horizon, and it’s just what you need. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, there are few chances to get the things you need done, so act while you are feeling motivated this week.

PAGE SIXTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, March 11, 2011

Reuse Centre Spring Cleaning - Think Reuse Don’t throw away items that someone else could reuse. Take them to a County Reuse Centre or post them online at For more information, contact Solid Waste Services (SWS): 519.837.2601 or toll-free 1.866.899.0248.

2011 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Combined Conference Highlights Warden Chris White, 2010 ROMA Chair, along with Paul Johnson, County Operations Manager and 2010 OGRA President, co-hosted numerous events at the combined conference in Toronto February 27 March 2.

Warden White, Premier McGuinty, Paul Johnson

Some highlights include: ∙ Record attendance: over 2200 speakers, delegates and Ministry staff attended the conference.

Paul Johnson, Janet McMillan, Hon. Kathleen Wynne

∙ Warden White introduced Premier Dalton McGuinty. ∙

March Break Discover Ancient Egypt with daily family activities! 1 - 4 pm Monday, March 14 Mummies & Archaeology

Wednesday, March 16 The Nile & Transportation

Tuesday, March 15 Food & Clothing

Thursday, March 17 Paper & Society

Friday, March 18 Hieroglyphics & Art

Also, tour the ROM travelling exhibition: Egypt, Gift of the Nile ` Admission by donation ` Children must be accompanied by an adult.

0536 Wellington County Rd. 18 Fergus, Centre Wellington, Ontario, N1M 2W3 519.846.0916 1.800.663.0750 ext. 5221

ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. For more information, contact: Jennifer Cowan, Accessibility Clerk, Communications Page at: 519.837.2600,County ext. 2373* or

Wellington Advertiser for publication: March 11, 2011 prepared by Phil Dietrich Wellington County Museum & Archives

In the opening remarks of his 45 minute address, Premier McGuinty commended the County of Wellington’s Green Legacy Programme and recent recognition from the United Nations.

∙ Paul Johnson thanked Premier Dalton McGuinty for recognizing the County. ∙

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation, and Paul Johnson presented long service awards to 51 individuals recognized for their 30+ years of municipal roads experience. Three County employees and one Township of Wellington North employee were honoured:

∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

Janet McMillan, 41 years Rick Dale, 36 years Maurice Kaye, 36 years Gary Williamson, 30 years (Township of Wellington North)


Warden Chris White lobbied extensively with governing and opposition officials about the need for long term, sustainable funding for municipal roads and bridges, like the Federal gas tax.

Paul Johnson, Rick Dale, Hon. Kathleen Wynne

Paul Johnson, Maurice Kaye, Hon. Kathleen Wynne

Paul Johnson, Gary Williamson, Hon. Kathleen Wynne

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