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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2012

Arboretum offers warblers workshops

GUELPH - The Arboretum, University of Guelph is offering two warbler workshops featuring one of spring’s earliest migrants, the confusing family of warblers. In Warblers I on April 26, workshop participants will learn about the plumage, song and behaviour of warblers in addition to habitat requirements and timing of migration through a wide variety of hands-on activities. On April 27, Warblers II will cover 15 less commonly seen

southern Ontario warblers that are not covered in the Warbler I workshop. Participants will receive a descriptive tape of warbler songs and an information booklet for both workshops. The registration deadlines are April 19 (Warbler I) and 20 (Warbler II). Each course is $75 plus HST or participants can register for both for $125 plus tax. For more information or to register for either course please call The Arboretum at 824-4120 extension 52358.


Inside Wellington’s Events listings are reserved for non-profit/charitable events. PLEASE SEND YOUR EVENT INFO TO: 20-25 words 4 weeks prior to event date


Royal Canadian Fergus Legion & Relay for Life are hosting another fantastic community breakfast in conjunction with the folks at the Fergus Legion once again. Bring your family and enjoy a hot meal while catching up with friends from your community. Come see what Relay for Life has in store for this year’s event!

Cost: $6.00 per adult $3.00 per child A portion of the proceeds is being generously donated to the 2012 Relay for Life. Canadian Cancer Society, Wellington County Unit, 4a-214 Speedvale Ave W, Guelph, ON N1H 1C4 , 519-824-4261 ext 3176 c/o Amie Banks, Fundraising Coordinator or you can email her at


The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all including bus trips, fitness, computer, dance, health and wellness, arts and music, general interest and everyday drop in programs. Registered programs may be taken by anyone over 18 years old. Don’t be disappointed register early for all programs and seminars. Check out our website at or call 519-787-1814. *** Just for Women, Just for Fun fundraiser for BBBS. Saturday April 28, 2012. Workshops, refreshments, lunch, raffles. Tickets available until April 6. 519-323-4273.


Elora United Church/Howell’s Fish Fry and Silent Auction, 4:307pm, at the Elora Community Centre. Take-out available. Tickets: Elora United Church or 519-846-9451. Adults - $15, children under 12- $8 (1/2 portion fish). *** Good Friday Cantata – performed by area choirs and conducted by Derek Moore. Grace Anglican Church Arthur. 7:30pm. Free will offering. *** Good Friday Pancake Breakfast at Grace Community Church, 7427 Wellington County Road #30 (old Marden Road). 9 -11am. $5/ each or $20/ family. Proceeds for Youth Missions in Ecuador. For tickets or for more info. please call 519-837-1457. *** Easter Services at Everton Community Church - 0379 Evert St., Everton. Good Friday Communion Service on Apr. 6, 10:30am. Easter Sunday Worship Service on Apr. 8, 10:30am. Further information available by calling 519-856-1185. 

*** Stratford Conservation Area.
8km. Carpooling can be arranged to leave Guelph by 9am when contacting the leader. Or meet 10am in the parking lot of the Stratford Art Gallery at 54 Romeo Street South to walk along the Avon River on the Avon side trail. Lunching is an option at Tango, 104 Ontario St. All welcome. 
Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570. 
Level 1. Speed Moderate. *** Good Friday Evening Service at Alma St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8 Peel St. Alma, Ont. at 7pm. Everyone Welcome. *** Easter services offered by Arkell United Church, 600 Arkell Road: Good Friday April 6th 10am - worship and communion. Sunday April 8th- 7am. Sunrise Service, meet at the parking lot at Starkey Hill. 8am. Breakfast at the church, 10am. Easter Worship Service *** Burns’ Presbyterian Church, 155 Main St. Erin Good Friday Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:30am. Free Will Offering. Good Friday Service will follow at 10am. All welcome. For more information call 519-833-2902. *** Special Services at St. John’s Anglican Church, 112 Guelph Street, Rockwood. Good Friday 10:30am, Easter Morning Service 9:30am. For further information call: -519-856-9211. *** The Arthur United Church would like to invite you to our Good Friday Service 10:30am. Sunrise Service 6:30am and the Easter Communion 10:30am on Sunday. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!


Jam Session Fergus Legion 2-5pm. Everybody welcome. *** Barrie Hill United Church Easter Bunny Hop Dance. 7pm at Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. $15 at the door. Prizes, raffles, 50/50 etc. Proceeds to Barrie Hill United Church kitchen renovation project. For info. call Jenny 519-856-0737. *** Laura Bailey Memorial Trail, Guelph.
7 km. 
Hike start time 10am. Meeting place Grange and Victoria Plaza. This is a combination of trail and road walking in the east side of Guelph. Bring water, no pets. Coffee at Planet Bean an option afterwards. All welcome.
Leader: Terry 519 265-6203. 
Level 1. Speed Moderate.


Sunday April 15, 2012 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

Welcome all children to St. John’s Anglican Church, Rockwood’s 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. Please call 519-856-9211 to register your child. *** Palmerston United Church presents “Once Upon a Parable” an Intergenerational Musical Pageant. Easter Sunday 10:30am. Please join us for breakfast at 8:30 am. Adults-$5; Families-$20. *** Royal Canadian Legion Listowel. Jamboree. Elizabeth St., Listowel. 1-5pm. Roast beef dinner, served at 5pm $9. Call 519291-2569 for info. *** St. John’s Community Church, Orton. Easter Service 9:30am. Speaker: Gary Furis.


The Arboretum, University of Guelph presents Dufflebag Theatre’s The Three Musketeers - interactive children’s theatre 6:30pm. $8 per person. Tickets: 519-824-4120 ext. 52358. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Everyday Matters Seniors Counselling. No charge. Call 519-787-1814 to book your appt. *** RCQG meeting. 7 -9pm at the Three Willows United Church on 577 Willow Road, Guelph. At the April meeting we will have

Gayle Martin as our guest speaker. Gayle has been quilting for over 20 years. Guests are welcome to join the meetings for $5 each meeting. For more information, visit the RCQG website,

WED. APR. 11

Rockwood & District Lioness, Euchre and Bridge Night. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood, 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch and prizes to follow. *** The Grand Quilt Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair Street, Fergus. All are welcome - doors open at 7pm and meeting concludes at 9:30 pm. *** Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at the Clifford Community Hall. 11:30am-1:30pm. $8 person. Silent Auction and Bake Sale Table. Proceeds to the Cancer Society and St. John’s LWMLC. All welcome.


How To Be A Dragon Hunter. Guelph Field Naturalists. 7:30pm, University of Guelph Arboretum. Discuss the art of dragon hunting: how to take your nature identification skills, your love for the outdoors and your natural hunting instincts and apply them to the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies. Visitors always welcome. *** Arthur Agriculture Society meeting. 7:30pm. Upstairs Hall. Arthur Community Centre. All Welcome. *** Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** St. Clement’s Parish Spring Card Party. St. Clement’s Community Centre, St. Clement’s. Doors open at 6pm. $5. Wheelchair accessible. Lunch, draws, prizes, quilt raffle. Everyone welcome. *** General Meeting of the Canadian Diabetes Association, North Perth – North Wellington Branch. Thursday, 7:30pm at Drayton Reformed Church, 74 Wellington St. S. Drayton. Guest Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Alton, B.Sc., O.D., Optometrist, Palmerston. Topic: “Visual Effects of Diabetes”. Come and bring a friend. *** West Luther 4-H Club Sign Up. Damascus Hall. 7pm. Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Vet and Field Crop clubs offered. Call 519-8483998.

FRI. APR. 13

Community euchre sponsored by the Optimist club of Puslinch, 7:30pm at the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Lunch provided. 50/50 draw. All welcome. For information call Neil Smith at 519-837-3838. *** The Arthur & Area Historical Society starts a series of history talks on the Roaring Twenties with “World War I: The end of an era” by Ian Turner. In the Historical rooms at 146 George St., Arthur. 1:30pm. Free admission, refreshments. *** Emmanuel Christian High School Silent Auction and goods, services and talent fundraiser, at 7pm. $10 per person at door. Evening of socializing, Great food and drinks while feasting your eyes on donated objects and services from local businesses offered up to be bid on. 8037 Wellington Road 19. More information call 519-787-1851. *** Arthur Branch Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Luncheon, Arthur United Church. 11:30-1pm. $7, Soup, Sandwich, Dessert. *** Silent Auction at the Arthur Legion . 5-7pm. Sponsored by Grace Anglican Church. Chili, Hot Dogs, Pies etc. available. Everyone welcome for bidding fun, food and fellowship. *** The Art of Tony Luciani Opening Reception, 7-9pm. Wellington County Museum and Archives, 0536 Wellington Road 18 Fergus. *** Fergus Elora Belwood Snowmobile Club Annual Meeting 7:30pm Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex - Mezzanine. 550 Belsyde Ave., Fergus. *** “Wedding Belles” A comedy staged by the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild, at the fully-accessible Harriston Town Hall Theatre, April 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. 7:30pm. Matinee on April 15, 2pm. For tickets, $15, call the box office at 519 338-2778.

SAT. APR. 14

Frog Frolic. Please call the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 519836-7860 to register. 7-9pm. Who’s that singing in the swamp? Let’s find out together. There will be a short slide show highlighting Ontario’s frogs and a chance to meet with the Nature Centre’s resident hoppers, before we head out to the swamp to find the elusive spring peepers. Bring a flashlight and rubber boots. *** ‘Little Breeches Club’ for Children Ages 4–7 Saturday Mornings. Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, Puslinch. Phone 519-837-0558 ext. 21 for program details. *** Canadian Fiddle Champion, Scott Woods and his band play tribute to “Fiddle Legends” 7pm. Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd. St. Jacobs. Advanced tickets - $20; children 12 and under $10 by calling 519-885-5012. *** Pot luck supper and games night at Knox Church Ospringe. 6pm. Continued on page 15

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2011 PAGE THREE

For the love of books:

Stories of friendship by Kelly Waterhouse

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~ Mark Twain Mark Twain understood the value of good friends and great books. But if he is suggesting a sleepy conscience means the ability to turn off conventional ideals and open one’s mind to new opinions, then two local book clubs fit the bill. The clubs have in common things Twain himself would appreciate: interesting books read by a diverse group of intelligent readers with gregarious personalities and varied opinions, celebrating the written word with fine wine and hors d’oeuvres. The Page Turners became an official book club in 2008, when member Carolyn Pollock registered her reading friends as a collective to get a library book club card at the Hillsburgh library. After all, that is where three of Pollock’s friends met for the first time to join a formal book group. This was also the moment when Pollock, Anna Froebe and Louise Day decided conventional wasn’t going to work for them. “It just wasn’t our genre,” Froebe said. “There was no wine, no food and the three of us decided this was not what we wanted our book club to be,” Pollock laughed, adding they respected the structure of that initial club introduction, including how to generate dialogue around the context of books and frame the organization of a book club to benefit its members. Five years later, the Page Turners have written their own rules for their intimate circle of nine friends, ranging in age from 46 to 66, brought together by their passion for books. Once a month they gather in their respective homes in Eden Mills, Hillsburgh, Orton, Belwood and Guelph to share ideas, opinions and laughter. The Wellington County library card has a place of honour in the Page Turner binder, a book that allows the group to record book selections made by individual members, meeting dates and questions for discussion. But what these readers most enjoy is their self-created overall ranking system of each book. Rating the novels on a scale of zero to five each person has an opportunity to offer their own input. Pollock calculates the average score and it is recorded on a spreadsheet, not to guide further choices of materials, but more to acknowledge the group’s democratic participation in the monthly discussion. “I used to read mostly historical fiction, mysteries or art-

ist biographies,” said Ursula Bland, who joined the club a year and half ago. “But now, thanks to the club, my horizons have expanded ten-fold. I think it would be amazing if young people, instead of playing computer games, would discover the sharing of books and the friendships they inspire.” “We are all readers, but this forces us to read books we wouldn’t usually read,” fellow Page Turner Margaret Timmins said. “It pushes you beyond your comfort zone.” “We definitely don’t agree on everything, and I like that,” said Day, who admits she won’t recommend a book unless she has read it herself. “When someone doesn’t like a book, we don’t take it personally.” Her fellow book club members recall some of the controversial books that have prompted some interesting discussions, such as The Shack by William P. Young, and other books that had dark subject matter, or made readers uncomfortable. There were books that the majority of the group simply did not enjoy. In this environment, everyone is safe to express herself without judgment. “I think our friendship isn’t impacted by the books, but more the gathering that comes from a group of women,” Froebe explains. For Timmins, some of the best conversations come from the difficult stories, because they bring out strong emotions. “I think it’s good to read heavy books,” said Timmins. “Part of the beauty of reading is to open your mind and to see things through other people’s tragedies or through someone’s eyes.” Opening their homes, much like opening their books invites these women into personal aspects of each other’s lives, and this is where the friendship deepens. Each month, from September to June, a member from the group hosts book club in their home, to coincide with their personal book selection for the group. “It’s really important for women in rural communities,” said Froebe. “The rural part of this book club is that we need to gather and talk about each other’s lives.” It is this connection in a disconnected world that she believes adds to the group. “We’re always able to share significant things with each other through this club that I wouldn’t share with others.” Timmins agrees. “You’ve got to have women friends.” “We eat, we have a glass of wine and we discuss the book,” Pollock said. “And it gives us an excuse to make a date every month to get together.”

The Friday Night Book Club - (Front) Betty MacPherson Slack, Susan Lehnen, Sabine Maarse, Sophie Hogan and (back) Anne Stubington, Lois Scott and Shelley Carter gather in Elora. Members absent: Denise Moore McManus, Debbie Reynolds, Deb Kennedy Barr, Karina Castillo-Soto and Stephanie Toohill. photo by Sophie Hogan

The Friday Night Book Club, in the village of Elora, started with an impromptu invitation from Sophie Hogan, a self-employed photographer who wanted to blend quality social time around a mutual appreciation for good literature. “The Friday Night Book Club was a slow-simmered

from school and fellow artists. The idea of all of us under one roof on a monthly basis sipping wine and discussing books tempted me enough to ask them all to join.” The eclectic group of women quickly grew to 13 members and the camaraderie was immediate. So was the induction of a formal structure,

“It’s like being surrounded by chosen sisters.” - Shelley Carter, describing her Friday Night Book Club.

idea,” explains Hogan. “For three summers I landscaped my very public backyard and over the course of turning my field into a garden, I bumped into so many local women who passed by and chatted while I was covered in dirt and sunscreen. This collection of women was past portrait clients, old friends, local businesswomen, moms

to keep the culture of the club grounded from fall until summer. “We have created a fairly formal process, where we send [book] suggestions to Sophie, which she compiles for the group before we break for the summer,” explained Shelley Carter, of the Friday Night group.

“We usually have a discussion about the books suggested and come up with a final list. We each host on the nights when ‘our book’ is being read. It works really well,” Carter said laughing, adding, “We love to visit each other’s homes…we have a very high standard for snacks now. “We have some young moms, some older moms, some who work in the home, some out of the home … artists, health care workers, business women, renaissance women,” said Carter. “They are all lovely, smart, funny, interesting, vital, open-minded women. I adore spending time with them.” Betty Slack joined this club after being invited by an original member, which is part of the club’s unofficial membership policy. “I love to read and love to read books that others have found interesting or intriguing … however, that was only a small part of what enticed me to join. The group of women and the thought of once a month having an evening to enjoy the company and thoughts of these women is what truly drew me in.” “Books are also important in that we don’t read just anything,” Carter said, noting the nature of the books are as dynamic as the women in her group. “We definitely read books with difficult subject matter. We try to space them out, so we get a variety to discuss,” Carter explained. “We get to know each other a little more through the books that we select.” When asked why books bring people together, Carter said, “I think it is largely hearing how different people experience the books differently.

We had a book about grief that really resonated for people who had lost a significant person in our lives, and wasn’t particularly enjoyed by those who hadn’t lost someone significant. There was recognition that life experiences change how we view things.” Slack said, “This group of women is very accepting of each other, so yes, we do discuss tough subjects sometimes, but always in a free and easy environment.” Carter adds, “It’s like being surrounded by chosen sisters.” For her, this club is about connecting to her community. The Friday Night Book Club makes no apologies for the social aspect of their group. “The books are important because they bring us together, but we don’t spend the whole evening talking about the book,” Carter admits. “We’re very relaxed in the beginning … catching up on the latest news, kids, community issues, etc. Then we move to the living room and sit in a circle. We ask questions of each other, regarding the book, or give our impressions. We have used formal questions or mixed media, but generally just discussion. I think our group has found a nice balance of social time and book time. “Over the past three years we have not only met from September to June, but we also gather for a ‘breakfast club’, support each other’s fundraisers or just get together for a martini night in February to ward off the winter blahs,” Hogan said. “I love my gals ... oh and the books, too.” It seems good books, like good friends, have the ability to enrich lives; mind, body and soul.

COVER PAGE The Page Turners - Front: Carolyn Pollock and Margaret Timmins with (back) Michelle D’Auria, Louise Day and Anna Froebe meet at Timmins’ home in Guelph. Members absent include Karen Davis, Ursula Bland, Lisa Brusse and Terri Pelan. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

PAGE FOUR Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2012

ch 229 of the Royal Ca n a r B a r nadian Leg Elo i

Celebrates 80 Years


Elora Legion celebrates 80 years of service to veterans, the community Lobby groups for veterans’ rights that originated during the First World War eventually merged to become the Royal Canadian Legion. The Legion assisted Second World War veterans because it was well established and able to help. In the post-war era the Legion evolved into a community service group. When the First World War ended, the Elora Express newspaper reported, “Elora in common with the rest of Canada, went wild. Whistles shrieked, bells rang, horns blew, and anything that would make a noise was called into service.” During the afternoon of Armistice Day, factory employees made an effigy of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm. At the conclusion of the program, the mock ruler was set aflame. Mrs. M. Moynihan, whose son Jimmy was the first Elora boy killed in action, had the honour of applying the torch. The bonfire was a huge one. War veterans returned, and for the first time in Canadian history, the country could not cope with the influx. Veterans’ groups grew out of the soldiers’ frustrations with civilian life, such as the Great War Veteran’s Association, the 153rd Wellington Battalion Association and the Elora Veteran’s Association. Nichol Township was one of the first to erect a cenotaph - at a cost of $300. Elora and Fergus soon followed. Local members of the Great War Veterans Association, along with a marching band met in Elora at the market square and marched to Salem for the first area Remembrance ceremo-

nies. Remembrance Day services have been held in Elora since 1919, but it was not until 1926 veterans observed Armistice day with a banquet like the one now held annually. Then the centre chair on the right of the chairman was not occupied, across the back hung a soldiers uniform and cap, a simple tribute to the memory of the comrades who sleep in the fields of France and Flanders. At the end of the banquet, the question of forming a permanent veterans’ organization in Elora was discussed and a motion passed that the association be called the Elora Veterans’ Association. The following officers were elected, including honourary president Woods, president David Foote, secretary-treasurer Patmore, vice-president Kendall and executive committee members D.H. Bell, Fred Magnus and James Quinn.” Eventually the meetings of the group became policy discussions. Sam Trilesky advocated the Elora group join the national Canadian Legion but he was voted down by those who felt $4 annual dues was too high. After several years, when most of the veterans’ groups had disbanded, the Elora men decided their only hope was strength in numbers. They applied to form the 229th branch in Ontario of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Elora Express of September 21, 1932, reported, “In spite of a very wet night, there was a large attendance at the Armoury Hall on Tuesday night, Sept. 13, when Elora Branch, No. 229 of the Canadian Legion, received its

Legion expands - On May 21, 1968 a ground breaking was held for the expansion of the Elora Legion. The ceremonial opening was held on Remembrance Day later that year. submitted photo charter.” The charter members of the Elora Legion were: J.K. MacDonald, E.C. Grimes, F.W. Rogers, A. Farquar, R.

Fladd, F. Magnus, S. Trilesky, Wib Shafer, L. Little, J. Rogers and T. Boyd. The most important day on a Legionnaire’s calendar

is Remembrance Day, and the annual service continues every year. In 1935, the Legion leased club rooms on Mill Street adjacent to the Victoria Street bridge. The Canadian Legion of the British’ Empire Service League was the largest organization for returned soldiers that the commonwealth possessed. The Elora Express reported it was world wide in 1935 with 1,200 branches and a membership of 175,000. Today the Royal Canadian Legion has 450,000 members with membership having peaked at just over 600,000 in the early 1990s. In 1937 the Elora branch members had raised sufficient funds to purchase the old commercial hotel from Bill Fleetham, site of the Legion’s current pool room. An Elora-Fergus picnic was held annually through the depression years at Whitelaw’s Flats. Sponsored by the Elora Legion, a feast would host 200 people consuming 400 ice cream cones, 20 watermelons and 20 gallons of lemonade. In the 1980s the picnic was held at Veteran’s Park in Salem and since 1987 it has been held at the Ponsonby Community Park. Various fundraising events were held including Donkey baseball games between Elora volunteer firemen and the Legion. Dances were held regularly. During that period club membership hovered around 75 with prohibition and the depression resulting in the decline of Legion branches everywhere. In 1937, the Vimy Ridge


Congratulations To Our Neighbours Happy 80th

To the Elora Legion for 80 Years of helping veterans & the community.

Wishes to Congratulate the Elora Legion on their 80th Anniversary. Keep up the great work! 82 Wellington Rd. 7, Elora On

(519) 846-2636

Memorial was unveiled, and local hardware merchant, Ivan French was selected to represent the area. Historians mark that WW1 battle as an important milestone on the road to nationhood. French had a literary flare and coverage of his experiences at the ceremonies were reported for several national publications including Maclean’s magazine. Writing in the Elora Express, French remarked, “The deep significance underlying this summer’s Vimy pilgrimage gave the whole trip a greater meaning than any ordinary voyage. Thousands of Canadians from coast to coast were travelling. Vimy had become a huge mecca.” Veterans recognized the possibility of a Second World War and advocated peace through superior fire power. As a protest against fascism and communism in Canada, the Elora Legion sponsored a Magna Carta week asking for cooperation from the council, school board, churches, womens’ groups, and all public bodies in order that “this rallying of all the friends of freedom in this locality be as widespread as possible.” In 1939, during the visit of King George to Canada, Elora Legion president Fred Magnus and secretary William C. Beattie, went to Ottawa for the ceremonies. Magnus stated, “It was the most magnificent thing I have ever seen ... Of course, the placing of the colours was just preliminary to the unveiling of the memorial cenotaph on Sunday, but even for that King Continued on page 6

Fergus Legion, Br. 275

500 Blair St., Fergus 519-843-2345

155 Geddes St., Elora, Ontario N0B 1S0 Tel: (519) 846-5555 Fax: (519) 846-5554

Congratulations Branch 229!

Thank you for 80 years of Service! We look forward to many more.

Since receiving its charter on April 9, 1932, Elora Branch 229 of the Royal Canadian Legion has continued its honourable service in Centre Wellington. Your presence in our community has a positive impact on people of all ages. It is a privilege to congratulate you, the members of Elora Legion Branch 229, as you celebrate 80 years of service! We are filled with gratitude for the support and contributions you make throughout Elora and surrounding area through the many services you provide, especially to our veterans, seniors, and youth. Your quiet and selfless response to the needs of the people of our community serves to improve the quality of life for others. Thank you! A particularly important service Elora Legion Branch 229 performs is the promotion of ‘Remembrance’ and we are truly grateful to you for maintaining our November 11th tradition through the Poppy Campaign, Two-Minutes Wave of Silence and organization of the November 11th Remembrance Day ceremonies, to name a few. We proudly celebrate with you this significant milestone that the Elora Legion Branch 229 marks in 2012. Sincerely,


Centre Wellington Council Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj

Councillors Kelly Linton, Ward 1 Mary Lloyd, Ward 3 Walt Visser, Ward 5

Kirk McElwain, Ward 2 Fred Morris, Ward 4 Steven VanLeeuwen, Ward 6

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2012 PAGE FIVE

2 2 h 9 c of the Royal C n a r B a r anadian L o El egi

Celebrates 80 Years


A message from the president

To survive in a small community like Elora for 80 years says a lot about the “ideals and principles” of the Legion. Over the years, many members of our community have received benefits for which that the Legion fights. Our mandate is to support our veterans and their dependents, and to lobby for their rights. In addition, we have been fortunate to be able to give considerably to our community, and we have received much in return. One question that is often asked is, “Will we be able to survive under the pressures of changing laws, government and society?” To answer that question would take a person who can see into the future. What I can tell you is the Legion has not changed much over the years; we have been steadfast in our purposes and we do not change just for the sake of change. We will, however, have to evaluate our objectives if we are to stay current. We must always be there for our veterans and their dependents, but we must be open-minded to accept change that will benefit our cause. Nationally, the Royal Canadian Legion is losing about 2,000 members per month, and even with active recruiting campaigns, we cannot keep pace. We are also losing active participation of our existing members. People are very busy these days, and seem to be choosy with how they use their spare time. We are very appreciative of the time that our active members offer on a regular basis. We cannot accomplish our work without the efforts of our dedicated members and volunteers. The Legion is one place that respect is still demanded of our members and guests. We offer a safe and comfortable environment for social activities. We also provide opportunities for our youth to participate in the remembrance of our past. Through our pop tab program we enable the

Dedicated to community - For over 80 years, Elora Legion members have looked after veterans, honoured graves (like Lynn McClellan, above) and also aided other community causes, including Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus (top). submitted photos Total Computing Solutions

ASHLEY WOODS handicapped to have dignity and assistance. We embrace all our seniors - not just veterans - for what they have done for our country and community. We support many local groups and fundraisers by giving away almost $1 million since our Branch opened. We are also proud to be able to provide a meeting place for non-profit groups of all sorts. Elora Legion Branch 229 is proud of its members, past and present, and will strive to continue our prominent position in our community. Why not consider joining the Legion? Check out our website at or the national website at for more information - or stop by and visit any time. We thank our community, and our politicians at all levels for their support over the past 80 years. Ashley Woods, President, Elora Legion Branch 229

Congratulations Elora Legion on Your 80th Anniversary From Legion Members: Lynn & Darlene McClellan

Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

1-866-388-4700 519-787-4700

Congratulates Elora Legion Branch 229 on 80 great years!

259 Woodlawn Rd., W., Guelph | 519-822-1251

Congratulations on serving the Community and our Veterans for the past 80 years.

We will remember them. Congratulations to the Elora Legion’s 80th Anniversary from Arthur Legion Branch 226

G. William Corby Barrister & Solicitor 181 St. Andrew St. E. Unit 3, Fergus





Congratulations to Elora Legion, Branch 229 On your 80th Anniversary Thank you for the support of Canada and our local community

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2 2 h 9 c of the Royal C n a r B a anadian L Elor egi

Celebrates 80 Years


Branch 229 celebrates 80 years of history

FROM PAGE FOUR George came out on the balcony of the Chateau for a few minutes and we were all able to see what a fine figure of a monarch and a man he is.” When war erupted again, the Elora Legion rallied. Among the first to enlist from Elora and the immediate area included Captain E.T. Mutrie, gunners A. McQuarrie and R Jordan, and privates W. Lee, L. Mosure, James Quinn, Victor Ross, L. Batt and Fred Rogers. Elora raised funds for the purchase of a bren gun for the war effort. William C. Beattie, then secretary for the Elora Legion, received a letter from J.L. Haley, Minister of Finance, which stated, “My colleagues and I appreciate deeply this evidence of their practical interest and support in the Dominion’s part in the war. I note it is the wish of the donors that this amount be used to buy a bren gun and I am accordingly arranging to have one of these guns suitably identified as a gift from Branch 229 of the Canadian Legion.” The national loan campaign went better than expected in Elora. A large thermometer on the flag pole in the village square recorded pledges. It took only the first two days of the campaign to reach and pass the objective of $45,000 and, in ten days, official figures topped $100,000 for Elora. The Elora Express reported that north Wellington County was able to take and hold third

Helping hand - The Legion’s pop tab program has raised money for over 1,000 wheelchairs like the one above, which are donated to those in need in the community. submitted photo

Legion’s pop tab program a success Can one tab really make a difference? Absolutely! Each year, billions of cans are made, and each one of them has a simple aluminum tab attached to it. People all over Canada, and even the world, collect these tabs. Some of them are mailed in, dropped off, picked up by volunteers and even delivered by trucking companies. Using the proceeds from these tabs, the Legion has purchased and donated almost 1,500 wheelchairs, scooters and other assistance devices. Considering it takes an average of three million tabs

to purchase one wheelchair that amounts to over four billion tabs collected, sorted and recycled! Wondering how to help? It’s easy; just save those tabs. Get in the habit of pulling the tabs off before depositing cans in the the recycle bin. Other ideas include a collection can at work, asking friends and family to start saving, or even rooting through other recycle bins. Once a bag is filled, just drop them off at the Elora Legion or call and they will arrange for someone to pick up the tabs. Those with some time

to spare can volunteer to pick up and/or sort the tabs. The wheelchairs and scooters are given, with absolutely no strings attached, to veterans, seniors and the disabled. The Legion also has crutches, walkers, hospital beds and other assistance devices people can borrow. Anyone needing help for themselves or for someone they know should contact the branch and Legion officials will do what they can. Don’t forget: a small, seemingly insignificant aluminum tab can change the life of someone in need.

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place in Canada. When the war ended, Elora was prepared. “Promptly as the word came over the radio, the bells of St. John’s church peeled, and the siren, the old fire bell, the school bell and all the factory whistles in town took up the refrain,” reported the Elora Express. Throughout the peacetime years, the Elora Legion has been an advocate for the veteran. In the 1960s the Elora Legion looked for a new location to expand its premises. The first sod was turned May 21, 1968. The ceremonial opening was held Nov. 11, 1968. That evening was also the 50th anniversary of the cessation of World War 1. Within five years the Elora Legion was able to hold a mortgage burning ceremony; over, $170,000 had been paid off. At the time it was the only banquet hall in the village. From the 1970s until 2000, the Legion averaged annual donations of $70,000 to various community groups such as minor sports, Girl Guides and Scouts. It funds scholarships annually at Centre Wellington District High School since 1975. Since 1992 the Legion has provided $200 a month to the local food bank. Membership in the branch increased above 300 after the new hall was built. It peaked in the late 1970s at 700 members. Although attrition is due to demographics, younger members are following in their parents’ footsteps.

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While many communities have seen their local Legion branch decline or close, the Elora Legion remains vibrant. Membership rules have opened to the point that anyone can join. There is no armed forces service requirement. While the care of veteran and their dependents remains the focal point, all community projects for the youths and the aged are undertaken. The 50th anniversary of the branch coincided with the 150th anniversary of Elora in 1982. The back rooms of the branch were converted into a museum for two weeks and everyone displayed their family’s treasured mementoes of war time service. Royden Rogers provided round the clock security. For two weeks events were held in the club rooms commemorating the village sesquicentennial. Gong shows and male beauty contests were a featured event. The 60th anniversary occurred during 1992 and the 125th anniversary of the country. A weekend of legion events were held including a visit from the Ontario Provincial command president. On both occasions the traditional Saturday night dance was held. Over the last 80 years the Elora Legion has grown from a veteran’s club to a vital community organization. Legion officials are proud of their commitment to help make Centre Wellington a better place to live.

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A legacy of leadership Elora Legion Branch 229 Presidents

Aiding Veterans remains a top priority Making sure veterans past and present are being taken care of is the primary focus of the Legion. Each branch has a veterans service officer in charge of making sure all local veterans are getting the help and support they need. All requests for help are held in the strictest of confidence, and no personal information is ever shared. The only issue is that the veteran needs to ask for the assistance; the request can not come from a family member or friend.

Anyone who knows of a veteran that is in need of assistance should encourage them to call Elora Legion veterans service officer Greg Oakes at 519-822-1211. Individuals, groups and businesses in the community can help as well. The money collected through the annual poppy campaign is primarily used to support our veterans. Please be generous with poppy boxes, even if already wearing a poppy. The Legion also welcomes donations at any time during the year.

If we don’t ensure our veterans are looked after, who will?

Past executive - Legion and Ladies Auxiliary executives past and present help to ensure the Elora branch maintains its commitment to veterans and the community. submitted photo

Ladies Auxiliary Presidents Eileen Trilesky 1939-1940 J. Boyd 1943 H. McLean 1945-1946 Etta Howes 1948-1950 M. Gibson 1951-1952 J. Claxton 1953-1954 Beatrice Gammie 1955-1956 Eva Medley 1957-1958 Vivianne Bayne 1959-1960 Annie Nixon 1961-1962

J.K. MacDonald Sam Trilesky Rudolph Fladd Fred Magnus H.M. Lake Arthur Brett George Waterfield Alex Fleming Albert Simpson L. Mosure Jim McElroy Bill Claxton Harold Chambers Hec Gunn Vic Ross James I. Rogers Harold Gammie W. Harris Bell Arthur Bayne John Burns Murray Anderson Harry Heseltine Robert Noonan Elizabeth Smiley Lloyd Rogers Jack Baumber Jack Van Norman Gregory Oakes Neil Walser John Hake F. Lynn McClellan Ashley Woods Gary Rogers

1932-1933, 1963 1934 1935-1937 1938-1940 1941 1942-1944 1945 1946-1947, 1953-1954, 1957 1948 1949 1950-1951 1952, 1958 1955-1956 1959 1960-1962, 1978-1979 1964, 1967-1971 1965-1966 1972 1973-1974 1975-1976 1977 1980-1981 1982-1983 1984 1985 1986-1989 1990, 1993 1991-1992 1993 1994-1996 1997-2000 2001, 2005-present 2002-2003

Harriet Caddick 1963 Margaurite Richardson 1964-1966 Annie Proctor 1967-1968 J. Morphy 1969-1971 Winnifred Michalski 1971-1976 Lois Bell 1976-1978 Audrey Heseltine 1978-1980 A. Guylee 1981-1984 Sharon Greene 1984-1987 Marie-Antoinette Noonan 1987-1996 Marjorie Walser 1997-’02, ‘05-present Carol Kane 2003



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PAGE TEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2012

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A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 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. CROP PLANNING FOR ORGANIC VEGETABLE GROWERS by Canadian Organic Growers April 10th & 12th 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Webinar Part 1 – Setting your crop planning objectives - This session creates the foundation for your crop plan. It begins with setting financial goals for your farm business that are then developed into a marketing plan. We will also explore how to analyze the profitability of the crops you choose to grow. Part 2 – Developing and implementing your crop plan - This session covers how to develop and implement a successful crop plan. You’ll transform your marketing plan from Part 1 into a complete crop plan that includes field planting schedules, greenhouse schedules and a seed order. You will also learn how to monitor and carry out your plan through the unpredictability of the growing season. Facilitation by: Daniel Brisebois, Ferme Coopérative TourneSol and co-author, Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. Cost: $40 ($30 COG members) for both sessions. See full workshop details and register at Canadian Organic Growers’ Online Store at: or call: 1-888-375-7383. MITIGATE HIGH FEED COSTS WITH FEEDLOT SCANNING AND CARCASS PREDICTION Used commonly in western Canada and the US for increasing feedlot feeding efficiency and grade quality, Beef Improvement Ontario’s (BIO) ultrasound technology is being recommended for Ontario Feedlot Operations in order mitigate high feed costs. The ultrasound technology measures back fat, marbling and muscle depth, and makes use of live weight and feedlot performance,

to predict optimal shipping dates. The cost of a visit to your farm is usually $150 plus $9 per head, however, until September 2012, the per head fee is being absorbed by the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association. Contact Jason Koudys of BIO or visit the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association website at: http://www.cattle.guelph. for more details. STARTING THE GRAZING SEASON by Jack Kyle, OMAFRA Grazier Specialist “When can I start my cattle on pasture?” This question runs through everyone’s mind as spring approaches. If you turn cattle out too soon, the grass will not support the livestock. Once the grass is set back at the beginning of the season, it will be less productive throughout the entire grazing season. If you leave it too late to let the animals out to grass, you use more stored feed. Hay is about twice the cost of pasture, so this has a significant impact on the pocket book. Grass Condition At Turn Out Is Important - Initial grass growth is very slow. The new small leaves can produce only small amounts of energy from photosynthesis. Plant energy comes mainly from root reserves. Cool temperatures are also limiting growth. A rule of thumb often suggested is to wait until the grass plant has three leaves before starting to graze. When the plant has reached the 3-leaf stage, the photosynthesis in the leaves is providing sufficient energy to support the plant. The plant will then be able to recover from the grazing and rapidly grow new leaves. Increase Dry Matter Intake - To achieve optimum performance on pasture, the grazing animal must be able to get a mouth full of palatable, nutrient rich food with each bite. If the bite is small, it will take more bites to get the required nutrition. This is likely to result in less than optimum performance. Cattle spend about one-third of their day eating, one-third ruminating and digesting the feed, and then rest the remaining one-third. For cattle, these three time periods each total about 8 hours. Sheep will spend about 12 hours eating. It takes longer to digest low quality forage than high quality forage. The lower the quality of the forage they are consuming, the more time they need to spend ruminating. This increased ruminating time is at the expense of

the eating and resting time. If we have a grazing season with abundant to excessive moisture, the grass will be lush but full of moisture. The animal will then need to consume more pounds of pasture to get the same amount of dry matter intake as they would with normal grass moisture levels. Therefore, in a year of abundant growth it is very important to do every thing you can to encourage intake. Ideally we want to get animal dry matter intakes of about 2.5% of body weight. It takes about 1.75% of body weight dry matter intake to keep the animal alive. The extra intake over and above this provides the growth and weight gain. If you think about your own eating habits, we want the animal to have “second helpings” at every meal. When do we have second helpings, either we are really hungry or the food tastes really good! Having quality forage that tastes great is the easiest way to increase intake and maximize performance on pasture. Managing the available forage throughout the grazing season to provide for big bites of high quality nutritious forage will optimize livestock performance. Start the grazing season on the right foot with grass that is growing well and yet be able to get to all your pastures before they start to mature and the forage quality diminishes. Refer to “Frost Seeding – A Cheaper Alternative” COMING EVENTS: Apr. 5 - Waterloo Federation of Agriculture, monthly Board meeting will be held at the Wilmot Recreation Complex. For information, contact Richard Cressman at: 519-662-2790 or email: Apr. 10 - Grower Pesticide Safety Course at 8:45 a.m. and Separate Exam at 3:00 p.m. at OMAFRA Elora. To register, phone Ontario Pesticide Education Program at: 1-800-652-8573. Apr. 11&12 - Poultry Industry Show – Western Fair Entertainment Centre, London. For more details visit: http://www. Apr. 16- A Taste of Woolwich at Breslau Mennonite Church, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Come see (and taste for free) the best of the Township. Contact: Carol 519-883-2004 ext. 5336 or Barb 519669-3961.

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GUELPH - – Farmers of North America (FNA) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) announced the formation of a new partnership that will strengthen the value both organizations provide farmers in Ontario. FNA’s national farmers’ business alliance joins the list of 12 companies and organizations that are part of the OFA member benefits partner program offering enhanced value and savings to members. The partnership was announced at the Western Fair Farm Show in London, Ontario on March 7. With more than 10,000 members across Canada, FNA leverages the strength of its farmers’ business alliance to provide lower cost inputs and improve farm profitability and empower farmers.

FNA’s mandate complements the valuable work that OFA does in policy and regulation for farmers in Ontario. The new partnership is designed to increase and strengthen both organizations – two important sources of farmer empowerment. “At FNA, we see a future where the farmer is in control; whether it’s the price they pay for inputs or the direction they take agriculture policy. The agriculture industry has seen the impact that working together can have, and it’s a powerful force,” says Bob Friesen, VP of government relations with FNA. Starting now, members of OFA will receive a significant discount on the price of a membership in FNA which allows them to access the programs and services FNA farmers’ business alliance provides.

FNA recognizes that the OFA represents farmers in the province, and when those farmers are active in their farm organizations, their voice is stronger. At the same time, when farmers work together through a business alliance like FNA, they are able to influence prices for products in their favour. Each provide their own unique source of farmer empowerment, yet both share the identical objective of improving the profitability of farmers and improving the environment within which farmers operate. The partnership between FNA and OFA is an important milestone for both organizations. “We are excited about the potential empowerment opportunity for our members, and that OFA is adding another valuable partner

in FNA to our popular member benefits program,” says Mark Wales, OFA president. Farmers of North America (FNA) is a farmer-member based business with the single mission of “Improving Farm Profitability.” ( The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is the largest general farm organization in Ontario, representing 37,000 farm families across the province. As a dynamic farmer-led organization based in Guelph, the OFA works to represent and champion the interests of Ontario farmers through government relations, farm policy recommendations, lobby efforts, community representation, media relations and more. OFA is the leading advocate for Ontario’s farmers and is Ontario’s voice of the farmer.

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“We are glad that Agriculture Minister Ted McMeekin and Finance Minister, Dwight Duncan committed to continue the RMP as a permanent program in these tough times” said Dan Darling, President of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association. “Farmers have been assured that the 2012

year will be funded and administered as presented without a cap on funding”. OASC representative, Don Kenny, from Grain Farmers of Ontario, added “OASC is encouraged by this government commitment and we will be working with Minister McMeekin to continue to provide a risk management program that is predictable and bankable for our farmers as well as the government”. OASC will monitor developments going forward as more budget details become available and will hold any additional comments on the issue until we receive final details from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and the from the federal budget to be tabled tomorrow. RMP is a business risk management insurance program supported by government and farmer premiums and was announced as a permanent program in the 2011 provincial budget.

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National Farmers Union awards night held March 23 ELORA - This year’s awards banquet for the Waterloo-Wellington local of the National Farmers Union attracted just under 200 people here March 28 to celebrate local food and local farmers. Awards were presented in three categories: Sustainable Farming award, Future Farmer of the Year, and Barn Restoration and Preservation award. The event had more nominees than ever, leaving a difficult task for the nine judges: Wim DenHartog, David Parker and Craig Switzer (future farmer), June Switzer, Trevor Haws and Floyd Schiek (barn preservation), Anne Loeffler, Gerald Poechman and John Rowe (sustainable farming). Nominees, judges, chefs, NFU members, farmers and community members mingled while Fergus musician Steve Royalls performed. At 7pm, Waterloo-Wellington NFU president John Sutherland welcomed everyone and introduced the guests of honour, including Wellington HaltonHills MP Michael Chong, Ontario coordinator of the NFU Ann Slater, and Gord Flewwelling and Denhartog, the current presidents of the Wellington Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (Wellington district), respectively. Chris Jess, chef instructor of Centre Wellington District High School’s Food School ( introduced the local menu of handrolled buns, butter and goat cheese, fresh salad, homemade chicken noodle soup, roasted winter vegetables and a braised pork dish with potatoes, followed by crepes with ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. He also explained the work of the food school, from the great work of the 300 students who learn in his kitchen every year to its plans to expand to a farm and source such things as vegetables and chickens. Ron Weber asked for a blessing. Jess and his students did not disappoint; the dinner was excellent and student chefs acted as servers. As dessert was being served, there was a video outlining stories and farms of some of the nominees. The video was made by Bob MacArthur from

New Growth Family Centre in Mount Forest. Students from local high schools designed the three awards for the winners: Mandy DeBoer from Wellington Heights in Mount Forest painted a portrait of a child feeding a cow on barn board for the Future Farmer award. The making of the Barn Preservation award was designed as a competition between Bill Spira’s design technology students at Erin District High School, and the NFU local had a choice of eight plaques made by Kyle Boone, Brandon Flemming, Michael Mifsud-Sweeney, Blake Nicholson, Nicholas Parker, Ryan VanderVleit, Carolyn Doukas and Ben Quarrie. The local decided on the design by Nicholson. The Sustainable Farming award was a box, made from local wood, crafted by two recently graduated Norwell District Secondary School students Alec Forbes and Aaron Lyon. The awards were presented by Chong. The winner of the Barn Restoration Preservation award was Paul May and family, of Rockwood. He thanked his children for nominating him and his friends and family for helping with the restoration project. Steven Jackson, living near Guelph, took home the Future Farmer award, and the Sustainable Farming award went to Kaj and Cathy Hansen of Burnway Farms, near Ospringe. Hansen gave a few words and urged farmers and consumers alike to raise the bar higher than mere sustainable farming and instead aim for regenerative agriculture. Chong thanked organizers of the night’s event, and called attention to Anita Stewart’s recent honour in receiving the Order of Canada, and he also thanked all farmers for their hard work. Slater brought greeting on behalf of the NFU Ontario before the WaterlooWellington local presented its own award to a community member working to connect farmers and eaters. That award (Local Food Hero) was presented to Jess, who accepted the certificate as he nodded to his students, saying he hopes the Food School

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will be making 300 new local food heroes every year. Guest speaker Stewart talked about the importance of eating from the local “food shed” and preserving skill sets so Canada will be able to feed itself through whatever challenges it might have in the future. She spoke generally about the long history of our foods and the early settling of Wellington County, noting that while foreign food has made a splash, we should not imagine that our culinary traditions here are ones that should be scoffed at. She said consumers are returning to authenticity and simplicity in life and in food because eating local, seasonal, organic and artisanal foods help people to feel not quite so out of control in their society. Canada, she argued, is teaming with biodiversity, with life and with food. “Canada is food,” she said. Stewart praised the NFU for its work in protecting and celebrating local farmers and left the audience with an image of the statue of St. Ignatius, leaning into the wind clutching his Bible, at the Jesuit retreat centre in Guelph. She encouraged the audience to be like that man: forward thinking, visionary, unafraid and keeping convictions close to heart. For more information on Stewart, visit The evening concluded with a skit performed by Lukas Schumacher, a young Alpaca farmer from New Dundee. The skit was one side of

a telephone conversation between a farmer, awoken while on his honeymoon, and a hired hand that he doesn’t know, fresh out of Ridgetown College. The hired help explained to the farmer all of the changes he had been making to his farm, like bringing visitors to the farm using social media, listing direct farm sales of his milk, converting his manure storage to a swimming pool and many other things that a farmer would hope never to hear. The monologue was translated and altered by Linda Laepple, of Petersburg, so that it covered a range of issues to which all Ontario farmers could relate; the crowd was in stitches. John Sutherland was appreciative of all those who came to be a part of the annual evening of celebration. Following, all NFU members present were invited to stay for a short meeting to determine the board’s leadership for the next year. The executive positions remain the same: president, John Sutherland; vice president, Kim Delaney; and treasurer, Martin DeGroot. The directors are: Ron Weber, Jill Sutherland, Pat Brown, Linda Laepple, Jim Profit, Arwa DeGroot and two more nominations are awaiting approval. Melisa Luymes was reappointed to the role of secretary. For more information, contact Sutherland at / 519 855 4651, or Melisa Luymes at or 519 638 7762.

Reports cite strong showing for Canadian agriculture OTTAWA – Two reports show another prosperous year for farmers in 2011 and a positive outlook for 2012. That is in reports released recently by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). “In 2011, Canada benefited from another strong economic performance by the agricultural industry,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “And the results of our forecasts for 2012 are even better than expected. Continued high prices in crop

and livestock markets are predicted, meaning that prospects for Canadian farmers look solid in the year ahead.” Preliminary forecasts for 2012 promise another good year for the agricultural sector, though farm incomes are expected to drop slightly from record highs in 2011, based on the assumption that the year will see lower program payments and modest increases in expenses, despite projections of continuing high market prices.


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Isobel Rankel of Puslinch Township was presented with a certificate and flowers by Walter Grose secretary of Wellington County Farm Safety Association. Rankel was recognized for 30 years of service with Wellington County Farm Safety. She joined Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association 30 years ago after her nephew was killed in a tractor accident. She served as the Women’s Institute representative and board committee member. “It is so important to get the message out about being safe on the farm, since we live where we work,” she said. submitted photo

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ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW: Wingfield hilarity continues in Lost & Found by Chris Daponte ORANGEVILLE Regardless of gender, background or occupation, there’s something for everyone to love in Walt Wingfield. The beloved character, created by Dan Needles and featured in seven of the playwright’s Wingfield productions, returns to the stage at Theatre Orangeville until April 22. Wingfield, a retired stockbroker turned farmer who relays his adventures in a series of letters to the editor, is full of wacky tales and one liners sure to please urbanites and country folks alike - and everyone in between. Abiding by the adage that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,� the seventh installment of the Wingfield series again features Needles teaming up with director Douglas Beattie and actor Rod Beattie. The trio has collaborated since the first Wingfield play, Letter From Wingfield Farm in 1985, and the result has been a series of productions that has become very popular - the plays are regularly sold out - particularly in Wellington and Dufferin counties.

Piano man - Rod Beattie dazzles in Theatre Orangeville’s Wingfield Lost & Found, playing until April 22. submitted photo After all, Needles based the tales of Walt Wingfield on his own experiences after moving from a large city to a family farm in Rosemont, located between Alliston and Shelburne. Rod Beattie, despite an otherwise distinguished and lengthy acting career, has become so synonymous with the character of Walt Wingfield, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the role. The apparent ease with

which he tackles the magnitude of lines, voices and characters in the Wingfield productions is astounding and worth the price of admission in and of itself. In Lost & Found, which features Wingfield searching for a source of water after his well dries up during a major drought, Beattie tackles over a dozen characters, each with their own unique personalities. Not once were audience members left wondering who was speaking, and Beattie man-

ages to infuse each character with heart, humour and ingenuity. Quite simply, he is a joy to watch and audiences will be blown away by his performance. If there is one weakness in Lost & Found, it’s the lack of continuity in the story and, at times, a complete absence of anything resembling denouement. That void is appeased somewhat in the final story, which does string together several loose ends, but at a few points audience members are left hanging for no particular reason at all (a companion joked over 30 minutes after the conclusion of the play’s first story that the cattle contained therein must still be on the loose). But overall, there is very little not to like about Lost & Found. Audiences not familiar with the Wingfield series should be forewarned it is a one-player production, but Rod Beattie quickly erases any concern about the difficulties that can often plague such plays. Wingfield Lost & Found runs until April 22. For tickets (if any are left) call 519942-3423 or email tickets@

Art of Tony Luciani at museum until June 3 ABOYNE - The Art of Tony Luciani display is on now at the Wellington County Museum and Archives until June 3. Tony Luciani has spent a major part of his career in Wellington County and was an active member of the arts community in Minto Township. Now living in the village of Durham, he has been working for several years on this major exhibition. “I want the viewer to be drawn into the work, to be captured by the detail, and step closer to discover what is in it,� said Luciani. “At the same time, I hope people will look to

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ENTERTAINMENT Churches offer Three Cantors concert GUELPH - On April 27 three Anglican churches - St. James in Fergus, St. John’s in Elora and St. George in Guelph - will jointly host a benefit concert with The Three Cantors. Bill Cliff, David Picket and Peter Wahl, with Angus Sinclair at the keyboard, first came together in 1996 and have had a very busy concert schedule ever since. Over the last 16 years, these musicians have combined two passions: bringing music to thousands and raising well over $1 million for the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). This concert will raise funds for work in Cuba, where rural

Powerful performance - Donovan Locke performed with Chris Whiteley at the Underground Railroad Music Festival last summer at Centennial Park in Drayton. Hundreds attended the 3rd annual festival, which celebrates the Underground Railroad and the black pioneers of the Queen’s Bush Settlement. Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2012 festival on Aug. 18. Advertiser file photo

Underground Railroad Festival tickets on sale DRAYTON - Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Underground Railroad Music Festival on Aug. 18 at Centennial Park in Drayton. Tickets are $30 until May 1 and can be purchased online at events/5977. The festival, billed as a celebration of the Underground Railroad and the early black pioneers of the Queen’s Bush

settlement, is celebrating its fourth year in 2012. “The festival is held in the region of Ontario that was a main terminus on the Underground Railroad,” said event founder Diana Braithwaite, chairperson of the Underground Music Society. “It is the only one of its kind in North America.” This year’s line up of includes: Timothy Epp, The

Sensational Gospel Tones, Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, Melissa Adamson and The Weary Travellers, Curley Bridges, Blackburn, Ken Whiteley, Miss Angel (“Mississippi Delta Queen of the Blues”), Harrison Kennedy, and an old time blue grass cuntry jubilee. For more information visit www.braithwaiteandwhiteley. com or call 416-857-4951.

Artists’ gallery opens fifth season April 28 C. WELLINGTON - The Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre south of Fergus will host the opening of its fifth season on April 28 from 2 to 4pm. The event will feature the opening of the gallery’s outdoor sculpture park. The gallery will feature special events throughout the season, which runs until November. Visit for information and directions.

and urban families are instructed and supported in small scale, intensive and sustainable farming. After the near disastrous collapse of large scale, government-run plantations, the paradigm shift to locally produced food for local markets is proving highly successful. “Enough and nutritious food for everyone is not a lofty dream; it is totally possible; and it takes all of us to bring it about,” said Doris M’Timkulu, PWRDF coordinator of in the Niagara area. The Three Cantors will bring the joy of music and celebration of life to St. George Anglican Church (on Woolwich Street in Guelph) on

April 27 at 7:30pm. Whether it is beloved music of the church, spirituals, folk songs, or the best of Broadway, their singing appears to be a hit, from coast to coast and beyond. “I know that everyone will leave the concert with a big smile,” said Dr. Barbara Clunes, chair of the planning committee, “And we hope to raise $5,000 for the wonderful work of PWRDF.” For more information, contact Clunes at 519-843-5748. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children and can be ordered by phoning 519-822-1366, or by e-mailing


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Guelph gold - Guelph’s Duncan-McPhee U10 ringette team captured gold at a recent Niagara Falls tournament. The teams also recently won the championship title for the Western Region Ringette League. submitted photo Local league champs - The Arthur Vipers Atom LL team won the FEAEH (Fergus, Elora, Arthur and Erin-Hillsburgh) white division championship for the 2011-12 season. The Vipers finished in first place with 16 points (eight wins and two losses) and 36 goals for and 12 against. They defeated Erin-Hillsburgh 3-2 in the championship game on March 22. submitted by Ben Austin

‘Stars’ shine - Superstars Baton Club members Madison Ross (Puslinch), Audra Jander (Georgetown), Lauren Robb (Fergus), Mackenzie Ross (Puslinch) and Bailey Pinder (Mildmay) all performed well at the Canadian National Baton Twirling Association’s annual “Shamrock” competition on March 25 and 26. Approximately 90 athletes gathered to compete for the Shamrock and Clover Cup and Miss Shamrock Pageant. The group, trained by Fergus’ Krista DiStasi, won several medals. submitted photo

Meeting McGinn - On March 14 Kezia and Kenny Skerritt made signs to cheer on Fergus native Tye McGinn during an Adirondack Phantoms game in Glens Falls, New York. The Skerritt family, of Alma, are self-professed “huge Philadelphia Flyers fans” and since they could not get to Philadelphia, they decided to check out the Flyers’ farm team, the Phantoms. Kenny made a sign that said, “Hi Tye from Fergus” and Kezia made a “Go Phantoms go” sign. After the game the family got to meet McGinn, the younger brother of NHL player Jamie McGinn, who told the Skerritts he saw the signs and was happy to see fans from his hometown. Since the encounter Kenny has been proudly wearing his autographed McGinn jersey and says his new favorite number is 16. submitted photos


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FROM PAGE TWO 519-856-4453 for directions or more information. *** Ballinafad United Church all you can eat Spaghetti Supper. 5-7pm continuous service. Ballinafad Community Center. Call 905-8734918 to reserve tickets. *** UCHS Spring 2012 Rabies Clinic 10am-2pm at Elmira Farm Service, 8911 Wellington Road #124 in Ospringe, (southeast corner Hwy #124/Hwy #125). Microchips $30. Rabies vaccinations (good for 3 years) $30. The clinic is open to all who are interested. Donations of canned goods will support the EWCS Foodbank. Upper Credit Humane Society, 5383 Trafalgar Road, Erin. 519-833-2287. *** St. Joseph’s Church Listowel Fundraising Gala at Elma Community Centre, Atwood. Black tie event. For tickets please contact Bev Seim 519-291-4400 ext 3. Tanya Terpstra 519-3562847 or Catherine Terpstra 519-418-2602. *** The Colonel John McCrae Legion Branch #234 Guelph Presents Tribute To Dean Martin and Johnny Cash. Featuring John Morello. 8pm. 519-822-1565. Tickets can be purchased at the bar or office. $15 each. *** Farmers Breakfast. Speedside United Church 8 -10am. $7 adults, $3.50 12 and under. Eggs, pancakes, Sausage and more. *** Spring Luncheon and Bake Sale, 11:30am - 1pm. at Knox-Elora Presbyterian Church. Lunch $8. Lots of home baking for sale. Info. 519-846-0680. *** Saturday Night Ceilidh Concert. Fergus Grand Theatre, 8pm. Join us and indulge in Scottish fun at the Fergus Tartan Day Ceilidh Concert. Experience the incomparable Rant Maggie Rant and celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Fergus Pipe Band. $25 per person. Box Office: Fergus Grand Theatre 519-787-1981. *** Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275 Fergus Spaghetti Dinner. In celebration of the Ladies Auxiliary 70th Anniversary. Adults $10, Children under 10, $5. Tickets are available in the branch or at the door. 5-7pm. *** Downloading eBooks 101 at the Hillsburgh Branch Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd., Hillsburgh from 10:30 – 11:30am. Learn how to download eBooks, transfer books to your eReader, and navigate the Overdrive website. Please register by calling 519-855-4010. *** Old Time Dance 8pm - 12am. $10/person, light lunch provided. Band - Bill Beattie St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St., Arthur. *** Dublin Street United Church Art Show and sale. 10am-4pm. Admission is free. Dublin and Suffolk Streets in Guelph. *** Century Church Theatre. 72 Trafalgar Rd., Hillsburgh Chinguacousy Swing Orchestra. Fifth annual concert, with a special tribute the great Big Bands of the past. 8pm. Box Office 519.855.4586. *** Elora Salem Horticultural Society has a tree plant for 60 trees to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. We would appreciate help by contacting Shirley at 519-846-5579. *** Annual Spring Flowers Tea hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Alma. 3pm at the Alma Community Centre. $10 per person. For tickets call Beth 519-846-9266. *** Masonic Lodge Farmers Breakfast . 8-10am. Adults $7, children $3. Prince Arthur Lodge #334, Edward Street Arthur.

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Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome. *** Tartan Day, Downtown Fergus 12 - 5pm. Time to “Tilt yer Kilt” and celebrate all things Scottish - its Tartan Day! Join us for the Pub Krawl with the Fergus Pipe Band; free Historical walking tours, Kilted Kilometre Race for all ages. Free. Call 519-787-0099 for more info. *** Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show at Rockwood United Church (Dinner 4:30pm, Show 6:30pm). Dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Variety Show includes musical acts, comedy, puppets and much more! Adults $15, Children $8. Contact Brent Stiles 519-856-9372 for tickets. All welcome! *** High Tea & High Heels (Tea Party & Accessories Sale) 2pm. Centre 2000, Erin. Tickets $15. Warm up this spring with fabulous accessories for your wardrobe and table. Enjoy a cup of tea in your take-home tea cup and saucer, along with scones, and other treats. Bid on silent auction items. *** Rockwood and District Lions Club 33rd annual Pancake Breakfast. Rockmosa community Centre . All you can eat pancakes. Adults $7, children $3. Call 519-856-9690 for info. *** Royal Canadian Fergus Legion Relay for Life community

breakfast 9am-noon. $6 per adult, $3 per child. A portion of the proceeds is being generously donated to the 2012 Relay for Life. We can’t wait to see you all! Call Canadian Cancer Society, Wellington Unit at 519-824-4261 c/o Amie Banks, Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Mon. Apr. 16

Victoria Park Seniors Centre Seminar: The Importance of Early Diagnosis. 10:15am. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** Elmira & District Horticultural Society presents “Gardening for Wildlife” with Crystal Bradford & Liam Kijewski. Trinity United Church, 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. Contact: 519-669-2458. *** The Harriston & District Horticultural society meeting in the auditorium 7:30pm. Speaker: Suzanne Hanna, Sault Ste. Marie. Topic: The speedy business of gardening, Silent Auction and seed exchange. Refreshments and door prizes.

Tues. Apr. 17

Cancer Support Group 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 10am-12pm. Upper Grand 753 Tower, St. Fergus. 1st Wednesday of the month, Lunch Out. Contact, Joyce B. 519-843-3213 or Judy D. 519-8433947 Ext: 100. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Widow/Widower Support Group. 1pm. All welcome, just drop-in! Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Guelph & Area Chapter, is hosting a family support meeting, at the Evergreen Centre, 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph. 7:30pm. Topic: SIBLINGS. Special panel guests, discussions. Everyone is welcome…you don’t have to be a member. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society meeting at the Marden Library and Community Centre, 7368 Wellington Road 30. 7:30pm Speaker: Gwynedd Brundett. Topic: Gardening in Small Spaces. Refreshments to follow. Memberships available. Call 519-822-5289 for more info. *** Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild has their annual Open House Display and Tea at Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Drive Guelph 1-5pm. Free admission and parking.

GUELPH - Gardening Fundamentals is a series of courses designed for the beginner and experienced gardener. The course is offered by The Arboretum on Tuesdays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 7 to 9:30pm. Course material covers basic information to provide a good grounding and then goes on to introduce advanced topics that are normally not found in gardening books. The presenter has over 35 years of gardening experience, most of it in the Guelph area. Each course is about 2.5 hours in length and is designed to be independent of each other, allowing participants to take only the courses that are of interest to them. The full set of six courses will give participants a solid understanding of gardening fundamentals. At the

end of the courses they will be able to plant and maintain the best garden on their block. Participants will also have an opportunity to have all of their gardening questions answered by local master hardeners. Topics include soil, vegetables, perennials, trees and shrubs, bulbs and ornamental grasses and pests and diseases. A description of what is covered for each topic can be found on-line at: http://www. shtml#GardeningFund. Guest instructor Robert Pavlis will lead the workshops. The registration fee is $10 plus HST per course and the registration deadline is April 10. For more information or to register, call The Arboretum at 8244120 extension 52358.

Tree expert gives talk at centre on April 26 ELORA The NeighbourWoods Tree Talk will take a photographic tour of some of Ontario’s rarest and most interesting woody plant species with guest speaker Sean Fox from University of Guelph’ The Arboretum. The talk will be presented

on April 26 at 7:30pm at the Elora Centre for the Arts, at 75 Melville St. Elora. Admission is $5, and free for members For more information call 519-846-0841 or email www.

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St. George’s Anglican Church Harriston Spring Rummage Sale. April 18 drop off and shop 9am - 7pm and April 19. Shop from 9am until 1pm. *** Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting: 7:30pm. Victoria Park Centre, Fergus. Topic: “Landscaping & Architecture: Exploring the Relationship”. Speaker: Doug Mooder. Everyone welcome. For more info. call Roberta at 519-843-5892. *** Rummage Sale At Mount Forest United Church. 4-8pm and Thurs. April 19, 8:30-noon.

Thurs. Apr. 19

Jamboree. St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St. Arthur, Ontario. Start time is 7pm. For cancellation info. due to weather call 519-848-6723. *** 4th Annual Teen Jam Night Season Opener! All Ages Jam Session - Live in the park! 6- 10pm. McMillan Park, 109 Main Street, Erin. FREE BAR-B-Q ~ Body art. Vendors spaces available. For more information, call or text Tracey 519-216-5379. *** Rummage Sale. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Mount Forest. Drop off clothing, shoes, linens, books etc. Thursday 9-4pm. Sale is 4-9pm and on Friday 9am-noon. Call 519-323-2496 for more information.

Fri. Apr. 20

Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Telling Your Story Workshop. 1-2:30pm. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** Neil Diamond Tribute Show: Joey Purpura’s Diamond in the Rough. 8pm ANAF Club 344, 32 Gordon St. Guelph. $20 adv/$25 door. Tickets available ANAF. Special ANAF members price $10. *** Annual Fish Fry Dinner, Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church Harriston Two Sittings at 5, 7pm. Adults: $ 13, Child to age 10: $6. For Tickets please call 519-338-2624. *** The Arthur & Area Historical Society continues its series of history talks on the Roaring Twenties with “Prohibition - how Arthur & area reacted to alcohol being illegal” by Dave Stack. In the Historical rooms at 146 George St., Arthur at 1:30pm. Free admission, refreshments.

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‘Little Breeches Club’ for Children Ages 4–7 Saturday Mornings. Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre – Puslinch. Phone: 519-837-0558 x21 for program details. *** Barrie Hill United Church Spring Roast Beef Dinner. 5 & 6:15pm. $15 adults, pre-schoolers free. 5702 Wellington Road 29, Rockwood. 2km north of Highway 24. Call Lillian for tickets 519-821-4555.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, others are wondering if you are up to the challenge of doing something different and out of your comfort zone. This seems like just your style this week.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, butting heads in a conflict is easy, but it’s not so easy to let things slide like water off a duck’s back. You will earn greater respect for being nonconfrontational. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, work on rebuilding a relationship that may once have taken a backseat to more pressing matters. You never know when you need to call in a favor. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, your stubbornness appears once you set your mind to something and get to the task at hand. This can have its pros and cons, especially at work. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you have exerted all your energy and now you’re looking to lessen the workload. Now could be the time to delegate some of your responsibilities to others. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, accepting help is not a weakness. While you may want to be an independent person, accept the help others have generously offered. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, sometimes you want to play the role of the savior. While your efforts are generous, not everyone will accept your advice or your gestures.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Pick your battles, Scorpio, because not everything will necessarily go your way. There is no point in creating extra stress and grief for yourself. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, relax and open up to the ones you love. You may be surprised just how fulfilling and liberating this can feel, especially when you do it frequently.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, lean on friends and family when a difficult situation presents itself. Not everything has to be a secret this week; you can use some support. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, expect to see everything in black and white in the days ahead. This is alright, just avoid taking this perspective to the extreme. Sometimes you have to have faith. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, things are changing all around you and you’ll get left behind if you don’t make some attempts to catch up.

PAGE SIXTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 6, 2012

March County Council Highlights  The County of Wellington and the City of Guelph have reached an agreement on the Wellington Terrace cost

sharing dispute.

 Mr. Craig Dyer, County Treasurer, tendered his resignation effective April 18.

County Council and staff gave Mr. Dyer

a standing ovation at the end of the Council meeting.  158,000 trees will be planted this spring under the Green Legacy Programme, bringing the total to over 1.4 million trees planted in the County since 2004.

Township Green Legacy Tree Distribution Days Municipalities in Wellington County will each be distributing 5,000 seedlings to residents, under the Green Legacy Tree Planting Programme. A variety of species are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The seedlings are 8-24”. Trees are free of charge, but donations to the local food bank and monetary contributions to the Arthur and Mount Forest Horticultural Societies are encouraged. Come early to avoid disappointment. MUNICIPALITY






Saturday, April 28

Brenda Law

Green Shed at the Puslinch Community Centre, 23 Brock Rd. S., Aberfoyle

8:30 - 11:00 am Food bank donation

Centre Wellington

Saturday, April 28

Walt Visser or Ken Elder

Centre Wellington Public Works 7444 County Rd. 21, Elora

8:00 - 10:00 am Food bank donation


Saturday, April 28

John Brennan

Municipal Work Yard, 5684 Trafalgar Rd., Hillsburgh

9:00 - 11:00 am Food bank donation


Saturday, May 5

John Scott

Rockwood Fire Hall, 5141 Wellington Rd. 27, Rockwood AND Marden Municipal Garage 7366 Wellington Rd. 30, Marden

Beginning at 10:00 am Food bank donation


Saturday, May 5

Patty Sinnamon Peel Shop Garage, 7275 SdRd. 16, Drayton

8:00 - 11:00 am Food bank donation

Wellington North

Saturday, May 12

Cathy Conrad

Kenilworth Works Yard 7490 Sideroad 7 West, Kenilworth

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Donations to the Arthur Horticultural Society or the Mount Forest Horticultural Society


Saturday, May 12

Brian Hansen

Town of Minto Municipal Office Garage 5941 Hwy 89, Harriston

8:00 - 10:00 am Food bank donation

Maximize Diversion During Spring Cleanup Scrap metal, tires and wood are all recyclable - don’t waste them. Sort the material when loading your

vehicle or trailer to make it easy to place in the correct bins or piles at waste facilities.

When materials are all mixed together,

they’re garbage.

General waste fees apply for scrap

metal and wood. Tires are accepted for free.

2011 Diversion Statistics 946 tonnes of wood 445 tonnes of scrap metal 223 tonnes of tires

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