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Wellingt足足足on Elizabeth McMaster Birnie honoured for dedication to hospice facility

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Young writers - Contestants in the Young Writers Competition, part of the Elora Writer’s Festival, gathered together at the Wellington County Museum on May 29 to await the announcement of the winners. Winning entries for both the young writers and the adult competition can be found on the Elora Writer’s Festival website: www. photo by Natalie McKay

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Annual Strawberry Social Thursday, June 16th, 2011 600 Whites Road, Palmerston 2:00 - 4:00pm 519-343-2611 Ext. 227

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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. *** Knights of Columbus, Guelph. Karaoke every Friday night 9pm. 84 Lewis Road. 519-821-4050 (Glen). No admission charge. Buffet every Friday, 11:30am-1pm, 519-821-4050. (Glen/Ryan/ Rod). Open to the public. *** Was your grade 12 graduation from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, Guelph in 2001? If so, please join alumni and teachers for a drop in 10-year reunion on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Michelle or Shaun at *** Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre Long-term Care Home Information Session - find out how to access longterm care homes in the region. 5-6:30pm. Evergreen Seniors Centre, 683 Woolwich St. Guelph. Attendance is free. Please contact Patti Hirsch at 1-888-883-3313 ext. 5190. *** Tea and Tales with the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and Friends Enabling Gardens, behind Evergreen Senior Centre. Every Friday morning this summer, except July 1. 10:30-11:30am. Stories range from personal memories to literary classics to traditional. Stories are intended for the young at heart, and may be too long or complex for young children. Sandy Schoen 519-767-0017.

Jun 10

Guelph Food Bank, Gigantic Garage Sales, BBQ and silent auctions. 100 Crimea street. 8am to 6pm. June 10 and 11. *** Meet really nice folks, work outdoors, and make a meaningful contribution to Elora/Fergus this summer! Consider joining our team of volunteers working 3-4 hours/week on our urban tree inventory. Professional training on June 10-11, all equipment provided. Contact: or call 519 846 0841. *** Euchre at St. John’s United Church in Belwood. 7:30pm. *** St. Teresa of Avilia’s 21st Annual Garden Party. 19 Flamingo Drive, Elmira. Community BBQ in the hall from 5-8pm. Lots of fun for young and old. Fireworks at 9:30pm. All are welcome. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: The Guelph-Wellington Alzheimer’s Society presents the second in a series of three films at 10am: Alzheimer’s Movie Series #2 - Behaviour Issues. Computer class: “Downloading Free Stuff” at 2pm. Call 787-1814 to register. *** Red Chevron Club, 34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph ON, 519-8241381. Doug Clayfield 8 to 12 (Weather Permitting - Music On Patio). *** Pig Roast. Supper 6:00 pm. Tickets $ 12.00. Athur Legion Br. 226

Jun 11

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Yard Sale, St. John’s United Church Manse, Belwood. 8 11:30a.m. Something for everyone. Please come and visit us. *** Car Wash for Cystic Fibrosis. Join us from 9am-2pm to help raise money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and try to beat our own Guinness World Record for the largest car wash. Free BBQ lunch from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Carstar, Guelph, 81 Malcolm. *** Faith Lutheran Church - Community Garage and Bake Sale, 8am12 noon, 290 Belsyde Ave., E., Fergus. Treasures for everyone. *** The Ponsonby Ratepayers’ Association in conjunction with Elora Road Christian Fellowship Church (ERCF) cordially invite you to the 3rd Annual Ponsonby Community BBQ: 2:30pm - 5:30pm at ERCF, 5696 Cty. Rd. 7 (Elora Rd). Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts & beverages will be served. All welcome – no

charge. Celebration of the ERCF Expansion, Games for kids, special events for all. Please bring your own lawnchairs. *** Old Time Dance. 8pm - 12amm. $10/person, light lunch provided. Band - Southridge Sound. St. John Parish Centre, 160 Georgina St., Arthur. *** Alma Optimists Garden Tractor Pull at Cumming Park in Alma. 11am. Contact Trish 519-846-1606. *** Red Chevron Club, 34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph ON, 519-8241381. 1 Bald Tire 8 to 12. *** The 1st Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event day in 2011. Drayton Community Centre, 68 Main St. W. 9am to 3pm. For residents in Centre Wellington, Erin, Guelph/Eramosa, Mapleton, Minto, Puslinch and Wellington North only. Free. Only household materials defined as HHW will be accepted (e.g., paint, chemicals and motor oil). For more info: 519-837-2601, 1-866-899-0248 or

Jun 12

Guelph Symphony Orchestra presents 8th annual Music in the Park. At Guelph Multicultural Festival. 3pm, Riverside Park, Festival Stage. Parking. Bring chair or blanket. *** Euchre party at Sacred Heart Church, Kenilworth at 8:00pm. Admission $2.50. Door prize, 50/50 draw, penny table and light lunch. All welcome. *** Mark Du Bois & His Studio Singers In Concert. Knox Presbyterian Church, Grand Valley. 2:30pm. Tickets $12.00 @ the door or phone 519-928-5400. *** Centre Wellington Food Bank Lobsterfest. 1pm to 5pm at Cox Creek Winery. Tickets $38. Information and tickets: 519-7673253 or 519-824-1624 or Tickets available at Scotiabank. *** Silent Auction to be held at Erin Masonic Hall from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Please join us for this family fund raiser. Funds to support Shawn and Stephanie Baker during this difficult time due to a battle with cancer. Organized by the Hindley family. All are welcome. For further information please contact Mary & Garry Dunk in Guelph at 519-836-3107. *** Hike the Trail Series. “Flight of the Fireflies”. 9:00 pm. Bring your flashlight. Hike begins at the Gerrie Road Entrance, Elora. For more information call (519)843-2800.

Jun 13

The Harriston & District Horticultural Society June Garden Tour and Meeting. 7:30pm. Connells’ Garden, 5300 5th Line, Minto. Bring a lawn chair. Everyone welcome. *** Poker Walk at 10:30am. Celebrate Seniors Month. At designated stops you will receive a playing card, at the end of the walk we will see who has the best poker hand. Walking 2 km. No poker experience necessary. Prizes. No charge. Pre-register. Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 787-1814 for information and to register. *** Seniors’ Centre for Excellence Event. 519-638-1000. 1:00pm. Gentle Yoga for Seniors. Palmerston United Church.

Jun 14

The Royal City Quilters’ Guild (RCQG) will have its last monthly meeting for the 2010-2011 season at 7pm at the Three Willows United Church on 577 Willow Rd. in Guelph, Ontario. Guests are welcome to join the meeting for $5.00. Judy at 519-822-2658. *** Trillium Waldorf School. Parent and Child Sample Classes. Tue., June 14 and Wed., June 15. 9am to noon. Young children and a parent/caregiver are welcomed to enjoy a morning of music, movement, art, storytelling. Siblings welcome. Learn about the Waldorf approach. Register by calling 519-821-5140. *** The Guelph Enabling Garden’s Horticultural Therapy free teaching session entitled “Egoless Writing in the Garden”. 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. For more details contact Lea at 519-993-5323 or visit www. Wherein all citizens are invited to join together to pay respect


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to loved ones and neighbours who have gone before. The Fergus Brass Band will commence playing at 1:30 pm at the Legion Memorial in Belsyde Cemetery. The Parade will begin at 1:45 pm, beginning at the ball diamond on St. David Street South proceeding to the Legion Memorial in Belsyde Cemetery with ceremonies beginning at 2:00 pm. All those wishing to place remembrances may do so at this time. Carnations will be available at the Memorial Service. Weather permitting.

Jun 15

Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting & Flower Show 7:30 pm. Fergus Victoria Park Centre. Topic: “Roses”, Speaker: Donna Zarudny. Our monthly meetings (every third Wednesday) feature informative topics and speakers. Everyone welcome. Please call Helen for info. 519-843-3131. Continued on page 11

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, June 10, 2011 PAGE THREE

Elizabeth McMaster Birnie: Erin volunteer recognized for dedication to hospice facility by Chris Daponte

INGLEWOOD - Erin’s Elizabeth McMaster Birnie has dedicated a large portion of her life ensuring complete strangers are comfortable as they near death. Formerly a palliative care nurse for 14 years with the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), she gave up that job to dedicate upwards of seven years to plan and build Caledon’s first hospice facility in Inglewood. Bethell House, as it is known, has been open for just over a year, but the $5-million, 10,000 square foot facility has already helped to ensure about 130 individuals - including many from Wellington County - are comfortable and at peace in their final days. “Here, families can participate in the care, but they’re not responsible for it,” McMaster Birnie said from inside Bethell House. “Families can enjoy their loved one up until the moment they die.” She often refers to the project as her “baby,” although she noted getting the facility up and running required “seven years of very, very hard work and a lot of ups and downs.” In recognition of her devotion to the project, from concept to construction to fundraising, McMaster Birnie was recently named one of 20 individuals and groups in Ontario to receive the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. “Ontario’s five million volunteers truly are the heart of our communities,” Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins said at an April 15 ceremony in Toronto. “Their vital contributions help maintain our quality of life in Ontario. This award recognizes their commitment to building vibrant communities and a stronger province for us all.” The award, which salutes leadership, innovation, and creativity in volunteerism and community service, is named

after late journalist and author June Callwood, who was one of Canada’s best-known social activists. Louise Stinson, manager of volunteers at Bethell House, nominated McMaster Birnie for the honour. “It it weren’t for Elizabeth, I’m not sure we’d have the Bethell House today,” Stinson said. “She’s a great ambassador ... she’s just fabulous. I can’t say enough about her.” McMaster Birnie said she was “shocked and honoured” to receive the recognition. “I was amazed Louise went to the trouble to fill out the application,” she said. “[The ceremony] was very nice.” McMaster Birnie is quick to deflect praise for the hospice facility - “It was a huge community project, it’s not just me,” she said - but there is no denying her personal connection with the origins of Bethell House. In 2004, her step-father, Tony Bethell, passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones. McMaster Birnie contrasts his “beautiful” experience with the “horrible” death of Tony’s son, Jamie, who died of cancer in a hospital. The contradictory experiences impelled her mother, Lorna Bethell, to ensure more people die like her husband, and fewer like her stepson. “For me, it was the countless faces I had sent to the hospital over the years,” McMaster Birnie said. “You just saw the huge strain on the families [whose loved ones died in a hospital bed].” When Lorna Bethell’s uncle passed away and left her a large inheritance, McMaster Birnie urged her mother to make a financial commitment to a hospice facility. “I told her, ‘If you want something badly enough, you just do it’,” said McMaster Birnie. So Lorna Bethell made a $2-million donation to

the cause, which Stinson said “just spurred the rest of the community on.” That donation was matched by the provincial government, and the remaining $1-million was raised by the Hospice Caledon Foundation, with McMaster Birnie playing a lead role. The tranquil threeacre property was provided by the Town of Caledon. On April 15 of last year, Bethell House, which is designed to provide a homelike setting with 10 private bedrooms, officially opened. Perhaps the easiest task was coming up with a monicker for the new facility, which is named in honour of Jamie and Tony Bethell. A fighter pilot with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and hero in the Second World War, Tony Bethell was one of

Quite an honour - Elizabeth McMaster Birnie, of Erin, was recently named one of 20 Ontario recipients of the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, made the presentation. Ontario government photo grew up in Montreal and for the last 23 years has lived just south of Erin with her husband, Dr. Stuart Birnie. Their four kids are all grown and living in places ranging from Burlington to Vancouver to Norway. McMaster Birnie said she loves the Erin area, particularly the generosity of the local people. She noted a lot of donations to Bethell House have come from Wellington County, with Erin and Hillsburgh “hugely involved.”

“She’s so passionate about what she’s doing, she’s able to engage the community.” - Louise Stinson, volunteer manager at the Bethell House hospice facility, on why she nominated McMaster Birnie for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award. 76 air force officers to break out of Stalag Luft III during The Great Escape in 1944. He was one of only 26 prisoners to survive the daring scheme to dig three tunnels out of the camp, which was made famous in the 1963 Hollywood film starring Steve McQueen. Tony Bethell, who was apparently not a fan of The Great Escape film, retired from the RAF in June 1955 and moved to Montreal, where he held several jobs in money management and the brokerage business. Upon retiring in the early 1990s he and Lorna moved to a farm in Caledon. McMaster Birnie

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She explained businesses and churches in both areas have hosted various fundraisers, and in addition to serving as some of the facility’s 150plus volunteers, locals have also donated quilts and paintings to help make the building feel more homey. “It was a labour of love,” she said, specifically referring to the “sacred quilt” that covers the bodies leaving Bethell House and was made by hand by several ladies in Hillsburgh. What’s happened locally is perhaps indicative of the larger trend that is seeing the hospice movement grow by leaps and bounds in Ontario. In 2003, there were only a handful of hospice facilities in the province, McMaster Birnie noted, but now there are over 20 (Hospice Wellington opened a new facility in


Guelph last spring to coincide with the organization’s 30th anniversary). As a nurse, McMaster Birnie realized years ago the great need for a hospice facility in Caledon. At the outset, people in Inglewood were “terrified” about the idea, she said, but now many from the village volunteer at the new facility. “They finally understand what it’s about,” she said. From the high ceilings and timber framing in the entrance, to the open kitchen and the inviting fire place in the living room area, to the library, quiet room, and children’s play room, Bethell House feels nothing like a hospital and more like a home. “We chose to do something totally different here,” said McMaster Birnie, who closely oversaw the construction. Pets are welcome at the facility and each of the ten rooms, located in two separate wings overlooking a bucolic garden area, has pull-out beds for family members. “The feedback has been astounding,” she said. “[Families] can’t believe the attention to detail and the love involved in the construction.” Nurses are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and Bethell House also boasts a part-time physician (although patients can have their own doctor visit as well), a spiritual committee, a social worker, and occupational therapist, not to mention kitchen staff ready to make homemade food at any time. “The idea is to take care of the whole person,” McMaster Birnie said, adding the spiritual and emotional aspects are important parts of the care provided. “It’s kind of taken a lot of the mystery and fear away from death. It makes death a normal process, like a birth ... people don’t need to hide from it.” Unlike a hospital, she explained, there is no parking fee or cost for a television - nor is there a long commute for most patients at the facility and their families. “Essentially, the cost to the family is nothing,” she said, adding that officials do welcome in memoriam donations. Any resident from Ontario can stay at the

facility, though admission is based on need. She noted about 15% of the patients are from Caledon, while a lot come from Wellington and Dufferin Counties, as well as Peel Region. “We’ve had people from all over,” she said. Every Tuesday at Bethell House, patients can take part in a high tea service, which Lorna Bethell, at age 82, still regularly attends. “She’s still very involved,” McMaster Birnie said of her mother. “She’s essentially the reason why we were able to pay for this.” But there are still ongoing expenses. The facility annually costs about $1.5-million to operate, and a regular provincial grant of $650,000 still leaves $850,000 to be raised each year. It is hoped that one day the province will see the benefit of funding all the operational expenses - McMaster Birnie noted it costs about $500 a day less to care for someone at Bethell House than in a hospital - but until then, foundation members have their work cut out for them. McMaster Birnie, who quit her job with VON because planning for the Bethell House became a full-time job, now works as a nurse for her husband’s medical practice and dedicates a lot of her time to fundraising for Bethell House. “It’s her passion,” Stinson said of McMaster Birnie’s ongoing efforts. “She’s so passionate about what she’s doing, she’s able to engage the community.” But McMaster Birnie again deflects praise, hinting most people are generous, they just need an impetus to help out. “You just keep pushing and if people believe in you, they’ll donate money,” she said, adding many of her own family members, including herself, are among the 3,000plus donors to date at Bethell House. “They believe in us and they believe in the community,” she said of the donors. That likely comes very easily when there are people like McMaster Birnie setting such a great example. For more information or to donate money to Bethell House visit For more information about Hospice Wellington, or to donate locally, visit www. *With files from

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ENTERTAINMENT Doors Open Fergus-Elora runs June 25 this year throughout township C. WELLINGTON TWP. – On June 25, this year’s Doors Open Fergus-Elora will feature several sites. Doors Open is a one day heritage event that opens spaces throughout the community, and the public can explore during the annual celebration of heritage, culture and architec-

ture. It is free and is a great chance to explore community buildings, private homes, and heritage sites. This year, Doors Open Fergus Elora runs from 10am until 4pm. All Doors Open FergusElora sites will have guided tours or volunteers to show visitors the properties and sur-

Concerts in the Park GUELPH - The Guelph Concert Band will host the annual Summer Concerts in the Park IN June, July, and August. The family friendly concerts will feature great music from local community bands. All concerts will be at the Riverside Park bandstand in Guelph. Donations are appreciated. The Summer Concerts in the Park will be kicked off with A picnic in the park with the Guelph Concert Band on June 26. Bring a picnic basket at 5:30, followed by the concert at 7pm. The remaining concerts will be held at 7pm Sundays:

- July 10, Chinguacousy Swing Band; - July 17, Waterloo Concert Band; - July 24, Guelph and Chinguacousy Concert Bands together; - Aug. 7, Kitchener Musical Society Band Aug. 14: Cambridge Concert Band; and - Aug. 21: Chinguacousy Concert Band Bring lawn chairs, blankets, or sit on the grass to enjoy music in the park. For more information visit www.guelphconcertband. org, or email

roundings. Some of the featured sites are; James Russell & Sons and Fergus Community Market, Van Gali’s Cafe and Inn, Melville United Church, the Old Salem School House, and the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Visitors can also make their way to the Elora’s Upper Gorge Trailway to take a selfguided tour of Elora’s spectacularly beautiful gorge. The Elora Cataract Trailway

Association will feature their hike the trail series for Trails Open Ontario 2011. Hikes will begin at the Wellington County Museum to coincide with Doors Open. Taking place again this year as a part of Doors Open are the free historical walking tours in Fergus and Elora, featuring Older Voices. Doors Open Fergus-Elora is asking people if they have any history or pictures of any

of the sites of the participants for this year’s event, especially the Salem School House, Fergus Weigh Scale Building, and Van Gali’s Café and Inn. Anyone who has any information or pictures to share can bring it into the Elora Tourism Office or email to rmulder@ A joint undertaking of Heritage Centre Wellington, the Wellington County Museum and Archives, and

Elora Fergus Tourism, Doors Open Fergus-Elora is also part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation province-wide initiative to celebrate community heritage. For more information call Elora Fergus Tourism on 519846-9841 or contact Robyn at For a complete list of Doors Open Fergus-Elora venues visit and search Fergus-Elora.

18th annual Donkey Day is on June 12 GUELPH - The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada will host its largest fundraising event of the year on June 12. This year’s event will feature new activities for young and old, live entertainment, and donkeys. Activities include a raffle, 50:50 draw and silent auction, Diamond Dogs (agility dogs), wagon rides, a Kid’s Fun Fest (activities and crafts), Donkey ’N U photos, demonstrations from Our Partners in Care, and more. Do not forget the Carrot

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18. Volunteers will be on site to help direct parking and provide guests with information about the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and protection of abandoned, neglected, or abused donkeys, mules, and hinnies. Animals admitted to the sanctuary are given a lifelong home. Currently, it is home to

58 donkeys, 9 mules, with 36 on 17 foster farms throughout Ontario. The sanctuary does not receive government funding and relies solely on individual donations and fundraising events, like Donkey Day to operate. The sanctuary is now open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays from May to October. For more information, visit

Community bread oven construction begins in Bissell Park June 11 to 13 ELORA - After months of community collaboration, the date for the community oven build is set for June 11 to 13. Over the past week, a large storage shed has been built on site at Bissell Park at the east end near the walking bridge, and building materials have been gathered. Edge Realty has to clean up the cement pad and area, while Grand River Tree Service has donated time to cutting back large weed trees. Those are just some examples of the donations from our community. Centre Wellington District High School is assembling a donor wall, with Wellington Manufacturers providing bracket supports. A Newfoundland architect donated the design to Kitchen in the Park Project

(KIPP). There is a small volunteer team of qualified builders and labourers, volunteer skilled labourers, and handy interested enthusiasts from the community are encouraged to join the build and share their skills. Building will start at 9am where much of the block walls will be completed with a chance to cure to prepare the platforms and hearth build. By Sunday organizers hope to begin the oven domes and insulation process. Some finishing work will be done during the following weekday evenings, if needed. The ovens will be ready to use at that point, with finishing elements, décor, and housing finished later in the month. Organizers will need to

borrow some equipment and are appreciative of any offers. Items needed include bricklaying tools, shovels and trowels, skill saw, chop saw, jig saw, hammers, drills and bits, levelling tools, grinder, brick cutting blades for skill saw and grinder, pliers, and wheelbarrows. The workers will need to be fed. Any offers of food, snacks, and drinks will be most appreciated. Contact Steph Toohill, at Sante, for food related donations. Contact the organizers at with offers of help, equipment, or support. Find more information and receive regular updates at and join the group on Facebook.

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ENTERTAINMENT Guelph Symphony Orchestra offers tour of the world in coming season

Archer’s 06-01-11 event launches new look and new sponsorship in local community by Mike Robinson ARTHUR - On May 28, residents here had a sneak peak into the new look and music of Canadian country artist Tim Archer - now simply known as Archer. The Chesley-based country music artist was featured performer at Sussman’s annual tent sale event. Because of that, Arthur residents the news came to locals a few days earlier than what the general public when it came to his new look, his new CD, his new sponsorship by Sussman’s of Arthur, and his new record contract. His newest releases are One of Kind and his two disc CD Let’s Dance combining country and pop music and revisited version of Blue of the Sky. The unveiling was for a number of new items for his fans and Archer said the launch itself was called 06-01-11. There was also some giveaway of some music and CDs. The event also coincided with an antique car show on location as well. “It is a great honour to be here in Arthur. I’m glad I got to meet you really nice people here and we’re having a great time here today.� Archer said he met the staff at Sussman’s not too long ago. He said there were discussions about when he goes on tour doing rodeos and other events. “When I need to look my best, that my official endors-

ing sponsor is Sussman’s of Arthur.� Archer also had a display of some of the former attire he’d performed in including a jacket he’d worn performing in the Grand Ole Opry where he’d performed years ago. Now on his fifth CD, some of his performance was a tribute to his parents. He acknowledged fans who’d been there since the start of his career at age 18, from a small fan base to becoming a top 10 Canadian country music singer in 2010 - with three hit singles and a return of Blue of the Sky. He said Blue of the Sky was a project which began in 1961, “a song my father had wrote for my mom - they were my two biggest fans.� When Archer was 22, his mother passed away as a result of cancer. At that time, his father presented him with the song to finish and record “and let the world hear Blue of the Sky.� He also considered himself fortunate in the late 1990s to sing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. He said last year, he did just that, recording a CD of all original material, and Blue of the Sky went to number 7 on the country charts. “So their message was heard. It was great to be a part of that,� Archer added. Additional information is on his website www.archercd. ca.

GUELPH- The Guelph Symphony Orchestra has announced its new season, and new artistic director and conductor Judith Yan. The five-concert season is themed Tour the World. All concerts are on Sunday at 3pm at River Run Centre. For Yan’s debut on Oct. 23, GSO performs Russian Pictures, featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arr.Ravel). Jacques Israelievitch makes a welcome return to the GSO to play Glazunov’s Violin Concerto. The holiday season welcomes international opera baritone James Westman and features the Grand River Chorus for a European Noel on Dec. 11, mixing classics and festive seasonal music. Dreams of Vienna, the annual GSO Viennese-style musical extravaganza, returns on Jan. 1 with tenor and raconteur Mark Dubois, along with soprano Corrine Lynch. Dancers glide across the stage to waltzes, polkas, and marches. Feb. 19 returns to North America for New Worlds, presenting Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony (from the New World). West Coast Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker’s Harp Concerto, written in 2004, will be performed by GSO’s resident harpist Andrew Chan.

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Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz’s vibrant Carnival Overture gets the concert off to a rousing start. Finally on April 1, the GSO presents French Masterworks, beginning with Roman Carnival Overture, by Berlioz. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Minor is performed by Sarah Whynot, the winner of the 2011 concerto competition. Yan said, “Looking ahead, I see a terrific season planned for all of us: each concert an adventurous destination ... Joining us are outstanding guest artists, some internationally renowned, others at the exhilarating start of their career. It is a season of excitement and I hope you will join us.� Yan brings a wealth of international experience to the podium, regularly conducting opera, ballet, and symphonic music in San Francisco, Seattle, Hong Kong, Germany, and Italy as well as having held staff conductor positions with the San Francisco Opera, National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company. She is also music director for the annual opera on the Avalon Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The orchestra also provides opportunities for young emerging professional performers. Season tickets are available from June 13 at River Run Centre at 519-763-3000 or

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9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For more information on this and other OMAFRA Programs call the: Agricultural Information Contact Centre 1-877-4241300 or email Nutrients, Soil and Water! Challenges and Opportunities! DIGGING BENEATH THE SURFACE HANDS-ON FIELD DIAGNOSIS CHALLENGES PLAN TO GET DIRTY! Join the OMAFRA Soil Team as we explore by bus soil, nutrient and water management issues in Simcoe county. While still featuring soil pits and loads of hands-on, in field activities, the workshop has been revised to offer new information and opportunities for repeat soil workshop participants. Subject Areas Planned: 1) soil erosion; 2) phosphorous -- and why we should care; 3) soil water and drainage; 4) nutrients -- composts and manures; and 5) soil texture and structure. The program will feature a seriesWe of farm/infield want to stops hearwith additional learning opportunities on the bus. Cost: $80.00 from you! or $60.00 for Ontario Soil and Crop Members. Registration includes: lunch, refreshments, reference materials. A confirmation letter and a map to the meeting location will be sent THIS IS EXACTLY HOW by email/fax to all registrants. Dress appropriately – i.e. work YOUR AD WILL APPEAR IN boots, hat, bug spray & sunscreen. Bring your own – knife or THE NEWSPAPER. soil trowel. Please check to make sure that For more information: Contact the Woodstock the informationOMAFRA is Resource Centre at 519-537-6621. correct. Mark any errors Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing on this copyEducation and fax backCredits to applied for (SWQ/NM). (519) 843-7607 GROWING YOUR FARM PROFITS or call (519) 843-5410 by John C. Benham by TUESDAY NOON. We are accepting names for the waiting list the fully IF WE DO NOTfor HEAR signed up GYFP workshop on Friday, June 17th and Friday, FROM YOU, YOUR AD June 24th in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room. WILL BE PRINTED IN THE NEWSPAPER AS IT for IS HERE. The next two day GYFP workshop is planned Friday, DEADLINES: 16th and September 9th to be completed Friday, September OurNovember deadlines for3rd and if that doesn’t work for you – Thursday, ad submission is Thursday, November 10th are the next dates. The location is MONDAY 3:00 P.M. are the Elora OMAFRA meeting room. Lunch and AT refreshments Ourfinancial deadline for supplied. No costs to you! Keep in mind assistance error Agricultural corrections is Skills is available for Farm Financial Assistance, TUESDAY NOON.Plan Development, Advanced Business Planning andAT Business Please feel free to call and Implementation after you have attended the GYFP workshop to the discuss yourworkbook. ad. completed the workbook which is similarusto EFP We keep hearing good comments about this The program. If you have questions or wish to sign up, call John Benham at 519846-3394.


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OFA: Nothing tastes better than a secure food system

Cattlemen thank MPPs at 8th annual barbecue

TORONTO – Representatives of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors were in Toronto last for their 8th annual Queen’s Park Barbecue on the south lawn of the Ontario Legislature. It has become one of the most highly anticipated events by MPPs and their staff. The barbecue provided an opportunity for the directors to meet with MPPs and to thank them for their support for the establishment of the recently announced risk management insurance orogram for Ontario farmers. Ontario Minister of

Agriculture Carol Mitchell, partnered with OCA in hosting the event, which served over 600 with corn-fed beef tenderloin. Premier Dalton McGuinty, was able to attend. He greeted directors and served barbecue in the annual “slicing the beef.” The association OCA was delighted that Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak took a turn in slicing the beef for guests. “Our annual Queen’s Park barbecue has continued to be a great success for our association,” said OCA vice-president Dan Darling. “It was meaningful for us to be able to meet with a number of MPPs yes-

terday to express to them our gratitude for their support and commitment to Ontario farmers and consumers. A risk management insurance program for Ontario beef farmers will provide the industry with a longterm solution. “Over the past couple of months, we have been working very hard with ... Mitchell on the program design and we look forward to rolling out the details to our producers later this year.” Discussions provided the OCA board and staff anopportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges producers still face in regards to market competi-

tiveness and the need for a flexible approach from the federal government to address regional priorities. “The OCA directors look forward to this barbecue each year,” said OCA director John Gillespie. “Our annual event not only provides us with an opportunity for open dialogue with [MPPs] and their staff, it allows us to showcase the outstanding beef produced by the farmers in this province.” The Ontario Cattlemen’s Association represents 19,000 beef producers in the province and provides leadership to cattlemen from all sectors of the industry.

Canada-Russian partnership proving beneficial

OTTAWA – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz underlined the importance of Canada’s growing partnership with Russia in the agriculture sector at the opening of the first Canada-Russia Livestock Forum held here June 1. Ritz and Russian first deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov renewed their commitment to build on Canada and Russia’s strong ties and agreed to continue working together to increase bilateral trade for the benefit of farmers.

“Russia is a growing market and partner for Canada’s agriculture sector, especially for the livestock industry,” said Ritz. “Gathering key players from both countries at events such as this forum ensures we continue to strengthen ties with our Russian partners and create opportunities for our farmers.” Ritz also congratulated Genesus Genetics Inc., a company from Manitoba that just finalized an agreement to ship 4,100 Canadian live swine to

Russia, a deal worth more than $5-million. According to Genesus Genetics Inc., the contract is the largest ever signed by Canada with Russia for registered purebred pigs. Over the last three years, Russia’s annual average imports of livestock and genetics from Canada were worth $26-million in a potential market of $235-million, and Russia’s interest in Canadian products and expertise keeps growing. Canada is an ideal

partner for Russia to help its livestock sector develop to its full potential with key agricultural inputs - machinery, technology, knowledge, and expertise. Under the theme Partners in Livestock Excellence, the Canada-Russia Livestock Forum brings together leading business representatives and government officials to strengthen bilateral relations with the aim of increasing trade and knowledge transfer between the two countries.

Major grocery company commits to local beef sales BRAMPTON - Advocates of Ontario beef, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart, Your Independent Grocer and Bloor Street Market grocery stores in Ontario ─ corporate and franchised retail stores of Loblaw Companies Limited ─ have taken their current partnership with Ontario Cattle Feeders Association (OCFA) to a new level by featuring a significantly increased Ontario beef offering. The relationship means an increase from 240 Ontario beef farmers to approximately 500 will be supplying Ontario corn fed beef, the OCFA’s signature beef brand, to more than 150 stores. The beef is marked with a special logo making it easy for customers to find product from Ontario. “We know our customers want to buy products that are sourced locally from Ontario, so we are thrilled to be able to advance our partnership


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with Ontario farmers to deliver products that can meet demand and our high standards,” said Rodney Koning, vice-president of meat and seafood for Loblaw. “... we’ve raised the bar on our commitment to Ontario cattle farmers and our customers - it’s a win for everyone.” According to the provincial government, 63 per cent of consumers said support for Ontario farmers is a reason for buying Ontario produced or processed foods. “Having Ontario corn fed beef featured ... is a tremendous show of support for Ontario farmers and we are going to make sure we deliver on the commitment,” said Dale Pallister, president of OCFA and a fifth generation beef farmer. “Nothing brings me more pride than knowing I’m feeding my neighbours across the province and that my grandson is the seventh genera-

tion of my family, since 1873, to enjoy life on the farm.” As Canada’s second largest beef producing province, Ontario’s cattle and beef sector supports more than 13,000 jobs and contributes approximately $4-billion dollars to the provincial economy. “It is wonderful news that the Loblaws group will be carrying Ontario corn fed beef in their stores. Not only does it support our cattle producers and our beef industry, but now families will be able to enjoy more of our province’s delicious, nutritious, locally Ontario produced beef,” said Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell. In 2010, the company ran its Grown Close to Home program for the third year in a row. In July and August, up to 40 per cent of produce in Loblaw stores was sourced from Canadian growers. “We are encouraged by how

our corporate social responsibility activities are positively impacting our customers, our business, and the larger community,” said Bob Chant, vicepresident of corporate affairs, Loblaw Companies Limited. Among the initiatives the company believes will serve its long-term vision to improve the sustainability of local food, Loblaw gave a $3-million gift to the University of Guelph to establish the Loblaw Companies Limited chair in sustainable food production, and took a leading role in the development of the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada, which aims to develop a framework for a national food strategy.

by Bette Jean Crews, Ontario Federation of Agriculture president

Food seems to be on everybody’s mind. Consumers are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, and the safety and security of our food supply. As farmers we know how fortunate Canada is to have safe, nutritious and inexpensive food. And we are just as interested as our urban neighbours about the security of the Canadian food system. Canada does not currently have a long-term vision for the agriculture and food sector. That’s why the OFA is working closely with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to develop and implement the National Food Strategy – a long term strategy to ensure a safe supply of Canadian food for future generations. Canadian farmers are in the business of succession planning on our own farms, so we know just how important it is to protect and preserve our entire food industry – not only for the next generation of farmers… but for consumers too. To date, the National Food Strategy has been presented to a number of provincial and federal politicians, government policy advisors and industry influencers. Food and the development of a long-term strategy for food system sustainability must now extend beyond agriculture into several government ministries because a secure food system affects and is affected by so many public policy considerations. The OFA is working diligently to help all provincial ministries understand the importance of the National Food Strategy and are asking them for their support in sustaining Canada’s food supply. The recent Open for Business initiative addressing regulatory reform in Ontario has demonstrated how positive change can take place efficiently when industry and government work together with a common purpose. The National Food

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Health & Wellness Fergus family part of walk June 12 to help others needing critical refuge FERGUS - Imagine being faced with the news that your child is critically ill and will need special care in a hospital more than an hour away. All of sudden everything nothing is normal and it takes all the strength and energy available to help the child and family make it through to a healthy recovery. The consideration is where to sleep or get the next meal but people cannot ignore those basic needs for long. That’s why the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton was first established – to provide a home away from home for families so they can focus on their children. For the Uddin family from Fergus, that was a heartbreaking reality when Abraham and his wife, Zdenka, found out their second child would be born nearly two months premature and seriously ill. The Uddins had never imagined they would ever need the facility, but after seven months of what seemed to be a healthy and normal pregnancy, everything changed. The couple had to head for McMaster Hospital in Hamilton. After the premature birth of their son, Mikail, the Uddins stayed at the hospital, despite the stress of leaving their daughter at home. Then they were told only one parent could stay at the hospital. Abraham Uddin took refuge in his car. With no home or family nearby, and a lost wallet, he had nowhere

to go. “I couldn’t bear to leave them. So I slept in my car. But I was so uncomfortable and worried, I hardly slept at all,” he said. Then a social worker heard of the familiy’s plight and told him of Ronald McDonald House. “When I walked in I cried immediately and for the first time since we came to Hamilton I felt relieved.” The Uddins are one of hundreds of families from the area that have stayed there in times of need. Last year, more 175 families from the Waterloo Wellington area used the house, more than 30% of the total at the home in 2010. With more parents seeking its services, the reality is due to lack of space officials have to turn away about four families a day. “It’s heartbreaking to have to have no space for them,” said executive director, Chantel Tunney. “It’s this need that prompted our expansion project to grow our home from 15 to 40 rooms this year, with the goal to help as many families as we can.” The Udins are not the only local people who benefited from the house. Isabelle Christina Lougheed, of Arthur was born 6 ½ months ago at the Groves in Fergus. She was five weeks premature and had underdeveloped lungs. She was moved to the McMaster Children’s Hospital

in Hamilton where she stayed for four days. Her parents were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while she was in the hospital. They needed to stay only for a short time but while they were there they met one lady who had been there for 94 days. Isabelle’s family is asking for any donation people can give to the house, including food, new baby items, toys, dishes, utensils or cash. Those are unsure what to give can visit the Ronald McDonald House website and view the 2011 wish list at aspx. Make cheques payable to Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. Or, to make a donation please call Meghan or Todd at 519-848-3929 or drop by 157 Clarke Street in Arthur. They will pick up any donations. Once the donation drive is over they will be driving down to Ronald McDonald House to drop it off themselves, and they will keep everyone posted on how they do. The donation drive will go from June 1 to July 5, so they ask people delay donating perishable food items until the end of the drive. Uddin is also very grateful. “Thanks to the McMaster Children’s Hospital, I was able to receive the care I needed and thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, I was able to have my family there with me. Thank you for your support as this means so much to my family and me,” he said.

There when needed - The Uddin family, of Fergus, needed help from Ronald McDonald House Hamilton in 2007-08. Now, the family is prepared to give back to the home for parents of sick children by taking part in the annual Footsteps for Families Walk in Stoney Creek on June 12. Because of the support the Uddins received from the home, they became dedicated to giving back. The Uddins are participating in the second annual Footsteps for Families Walk at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s F.H. Sherman Recreation Park in Stoney Creek on June 12 to raise money “to keep the lights on” in the expanded house. “We couldn’t be more grateful for what the house

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families the opportunity to stay as close as possible to their children when they need them the most. “It’s the little things you come to treasure, the milestones that Mikail is accomplishing every day that we are thankful for,” he said. To donate or find out more ways to help the home, visit www.helpourhomegrow. com.

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Walk of Hope raised over $5,000 for group The Guelph & Area Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society held its annual Walk of Hope May 29 and raised over $5,000. The walk is to raise awareness and funds. The theme was to thank all past and senior members for their dedication and contributions over the years. A short tribute was expressed to the seniors before the walk commenced. In 1981, several people from Guelph and area formed a support group, which eventually evolved to become the Guelph & Area Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. Many of the founding members attended. Schizophrenia usually strikes in the late teenage and early adult years, most commonly between 12 and 25 years of age in men, and between 25 and 35 years in women. It is a form of psychotic disorder, which means it can cause people to have difficulty interpreting reality. Individuals develop a marked change in their thinking, perceptions, and behaviour. Improved medications have greatly improved the outcome for those suffering with this illness. Receiving help early has also enhanced the recovery results. This is why knowing the signs of schizophrenia and other mental illness and taking immediate action is so important. Several years ago mental

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illness was not talked about. Information on signs of the illness and how to effectively care for someone who became ill was not readily available. Families associated with the newly formed support group knew of an education program in Hamilton and were very instrumental in helping to create an effective 10 week education program in Guelph. Currently such a program is offered at Trellis for families to learn about mental illness. Information about mental illness became more readily available and the stigma surrounding mental illness began to lessen. As families became educated more programs and groups became available in the area. Education programs were planned for area schools, and creative support groups were formed for those who had been diagnosed with mental illness to allow them avenues for healing through art, music and social activities. Families and friends joined to raise awareness to combat the stigma often associated with the illness. A handbook From Rollercoaster to Recovery was created by families to help others when navigating through the mental health system. Members rallied to have an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team for Guelph.


Are we there yet?

How often have you heard it said, as you start off on a long trip - or even a not-solong trip? The Open Mind committee - a group of four members, active and interested in the mental health of the community, ask that question also. Are we there yet? We have been present in the Wellington and Dufferin Counties, and Guelph communities for 15 years. We are grateful to The Wellington Advertiser which has committed to the regular publishing of the Open Mind articles. But have we made any progress in promoting mental health? Has the stigma associated with mental illness been reduced? Have people been encouraged to seek help early, whether for themselves or other family members or loved ones? Are we there yet? We are finding that the

need for the promotion of mental health is far from over. The federal report, Out of the Shadows at Last, published in May 2006, highlighted many areas of need. “Many people living with a mental illness report that the stigmatization of mental illness causes them more suffering than the disease itself.” Many do not seek help because of this stigma. Based on their findings, the mental health commission launched a ten year anti-stigma campaign called Opening Minds. We are gratified that the name chosen was so like our own, but disheartened to know that stigma remains such a strong barrier to people seeking needed help. Further to that federal initiative, our provincial government also addressed unmet needs in its December 2010 report, Respect, Recovery, Resilience: Recommendations

ing children to swimming by throwing them into the water without any knowledge about swimming whatsoever – and all they are doing is teaching their children how to be terrified of the water,” said Goldberg, a former national swimmer in Great Britain, owner of a swimming school, and author of the children’s book I Love to Swim (www. “Those advocates claim they are teaching survival, but I believe teaching survival can be – and should be – gentle and fun.” Goldberg’s lament is that too many children drown needlessly every year, and too many parents are either resistant to teaching their toddlers to swim, or teach them the wrong way. “No child, and I mean no child, has to ever drown in a swimming pool again if they are taught how to survive in the water the right way and at the earliest possible age,” she added. “Drowning is actually the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. It is leading in Florida and a few other states, and the real tragedy is that almost every child who drowns could have been saved by simply being taught to swim correctly. Traumatizing them only teaches them to fear the water, and who among us makes the

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them, is a major deterrent to seeking help. Health care professionals themselves often hold attitudes that discriminate against those with mental health problems. Governments can only do so much. They do not control our minds. It is up to each one of us to choose to change our attitudes, and to become members of a community with an open mind. Are you there yet? This article was written by Janet Fowler, a community member of the Open Mind group and former public health nurse. The Open Mind column is sponsored by individuals and organizations concerned with mental health issues in rural Wellington and Dufferin Counties. Contact For access to all Open Mind columns and local mental health resources/ information, visit

Practical and safe tips for teaching kids to swim

Rita Goldberg cannot believe some people still teach kids to swim by throwing them in the water to see if they sink or swim instinctively. “Many parents and even some traumatic swim programs still use that ancient and ridiculous method of introduc-

More for Groves - The Elora Home Hardware grand opening and barbecue was successful. The barbecue was held to benefit Groves Hospital in Fergus. Total donations from the Elora and Fergus locations grand openings was $1,100. From left: Lawrence Mernaugh, Jennifer McKeen, owner Patty Uhrig, owner Paul Smith, and Groves Foundation Executive Director Sherri Sutherland.

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for Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Most recently, the provincial budget of March 2011 announced additional funding for children’s mental health and education. So the good news is governments are paying attention. The bad news is we remain resistant to changing our attitudes toward the health of our minds. As stated in the reports above, the facts remain: - Mental health and addiction issues touch more Ontarians than any other health condition - An estimated one in five people will experience mental health illness in their lifetime. - About 70% of mental health issues have their onset in childhood and adolescence. Early treatment can make a big difference. - Stigma, the fear of what others may say or think of

best choices, or can even process calm thought, when we are afraid? “Children are no different. They need to be given the tools to survival and draw their confidence in the water from that knowledge. We want kids to respect the water, not fear it.” Goldberg’s tips for teaching kids to swim include: - Start young New studies show that the best age to teach a child to swim is between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Just as parents are learning that is a good time to teach children how to read, they are beginning to understand that is a time when children are able to absorb information like sponges. Teaching them to swim at that early age is a great way to make swimming second nature to them. - Float to survive As a supplement to safeguarding kids through extra vigilant supervision and a safety gate around the pool, focus on giving the child the best lifesaving tool – the ability to survive in the water. The first gift is the ability to float on their backs. This is the most important survival skill of all. It enables all swimmers to rest, breathe, and call for help, thus alleviating the “silent” danger of floating face down. - Gentle and fun Swimming will come more naturally to children who are taught gen-

tly, without trauma, and with a sense of fun. One cannot teach a 2-year-old not to go near the swimming pool. One cannot teach them that the pool is dangerous. Parents see the swimming pool as a potential death trap for their kids, but all kids see is a big, wet playground. They are not going to change their opinion, so stop trying. Focus on calm, gentle fun, and the kids will take to their lessons like fish to water. “Parents need to understand that playing in a swimming pool is the same as playing on dry land to children,” she said. “It’s all play to them. While it’s important for them to feel confident in the water, we need to help temper that confidence with a strong sense of safety and good judgment. Adhering to those rules as parents will serve to reinforce those rules, however, the best way to pull it all together is to start them young. Once swimming and safety are second nature to them, they’ll be safer and your supervision of them in the water will be more fun for everyone. Goldberg was a national swimmer in Britain who went on to become a teacher. Working in the education system for many years, she left in 1981 to open her own private swim school in England.

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Join us and celebrate Father’s Day. Barrie Hill United Church invites you to a Fish Dinner (featuring Howell’s Fish from Wiarton), with Cake and Strawberries. Prices: $13 adults, $6 students (age 5-12), pre-school free with a ticket. 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, buffet or take-out tickets available. Please call Bernice at 519-824-8609. Barrie Hill United Church, 5702 Wellington Rd. 29, Rockwood, 2km North of Hwy. #24. *** Arthur United Church, ladies day 10am-2:30pm. Praise and worship, guest speakers and a free lunch. All ladies are welcome. Cathy Knapp 519-848-5529. *** Victorian Tea and House Tour, at home of Elora’s first physician Dr. William Savage. Tours and settings 1 pm. and 3 pm. Call Knox Church 846-0680. Limited seating - Call now. Tickets $20. *** Alma Optimist Club. Country Dance. In the new Alma community hall. Dance to “Country Ways�. Come and enjoy our new facility. *** Red Chevron Club, 34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph ON, 519-8241381. Falcons 2 to 6 ( Matinee).

Jun 19

Fergus Legion Community Breakfast. 9-11:30am. Take father out. Everybody welcome. $5. *** Woodland Springs Women’s Institute. Yard and Bake Sale Fund Raiser. 8:00am to 12:00pm. Lots of Yard Sale Items. Bake Table: Homemade squares, tarts, pies, cookies and tea biscuits. Mount Forest Fire Hall, 381 Main Street, Mount Forest. *** Historic Ellis Chapel celebrates its 150th anniversary in a summer long series of events, beginning today at 2:30 pm. Gerald Neufeld and the Guelph Chamber Choir will be presenting a program on Church Music through the Years followed by refreshments in the garden. 6705 Ellis Road in Puslinch Township, directly behind the north service centre on westbound 401 and can be reached from Wellington Rds. 34 and 32 and Townline Road. Details on other 150th anniversary events may be found at: and

Jun 20

Spirit Walk in Puslinch Crown Cemetery 7pm. Tour the cemetery and hear the life stories and words of 5 people who are buried here. Take Nicholas Beaver Rd (at Tim Hortons) south of Aberfoyle to the cemetery side entrance. “An introduction to genealogy and what it can do for communities� will be discussed by Bob McEachern at Duff’s Church afterwards. Coffee/tea will be served. Sponsored by Puslinch Historical Society. All welcome. or 519-658-9923. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Join us for a seminar on Travel Insurance 101 – What you Need to Know at 10:15. Call 787-1814 to register. *** Centre Wellington Women’s Connection invites all ladies to our

Jun 22

Garden excursion to Dream Gardens - The Elora and Salem Horticultural Society will venture off to Rockwood to visit the two-acre garden site and pond known as Dream Gardens. This is a great opportunity to observe some innovative and fresh gardening ideas. Meet at the Old Schoolhouse in Salem, at 6pm and carpool from there to our destination. Should be fun. Everyone welcome. *** Annual Strawberry Supper at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Hillsburgh. 3 sittings – 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:15pm and Take-out. Choose between a Ÿ chicken dinner for $12.00 or a ½ for $15.00. Special $7.00 price for children 5-11. Youngsters under 5 are free. Tickets on sale now at What’s Cookin’ in Erin (519-833-0909) or call Helen or Ted at 519-855-6597. Call today‌we sell out.

Horoscopes - For the second week of June -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, someone from your past surfaces and you may have some explaining to do. These are not the surprises you had hoped for, but it’s something you can manage.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 There are a few options you need to consider for a big event, Libra. Make a list of all that needs to be accomplished and cross one item off at a time.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 It’s important to breathe once in a while, Taurus. Running through many different responsibilities can lead to stress almost instantly. Take a few steps back and enjoy quiet.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Make a few concessions when company drops by, Scorpio. While it may disrupt your schedule for a little bit, the end result will be positive.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, it’s OK to ask for help, even if it seems like you can tackle everything on your own. This weekend offers an opportunity for letting loose, and you are ready.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Think about of a change in location, Cancer. You may need a few new amenities and additional features that your current place simply can’t provide. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Unless you speak up you cannot be heard, Leo. You have a roar -- so use it. There’s something going on you don’t like, but it will be difficult to change.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Sometimes the past can sneak up on you, Aquarius. That’s just what happens this week, and you are caught in a sticky situation. Only the truth can resolve this.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you’re full of happiness this week and it’s because everything is finally falling into place. Home: check! Work: check! Now all you need to do is work on love.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Warm weather has you excited about a vacation, Pisces. The trouble will be rounding up the funds to get away.


Jun 23

Moorefield United Church Garden Party to be held at Moorefield Community Centre with seatings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MENU; Ham, Turkey, Salads, and Strawberry Shortcake. No advance tickets needed. PRICE: Adult $12.00; Children 5 to 7 $5.00; Under 5 free. *** Annual General Meeting. 6pm. Home Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill road, Kitchener. Join us for an evening with our Board of Directors, Volunteers & Staff. Feat. Guest Speaker: Tom Reitz, Waterloo Region Museum Manager/Curator. Light refreshments will be served. For more info: call 519748-4377 or visit



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Jun 17

Victoria Park Seniors Centre: The Guelph-Wellington Alzheimer’s Society presents the third in a series of three films at 10am: Alzheimer’s Movie Series #3-Family Caregiving. Call 787-1814 to register. *** Red Chevron Club, 34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph ON, 519-8241381. Karaoke 8 to 12. *** Athur Legion Br. 226. Wing Night 6 - 8 p.m. All you can eat. No Take Outs Available *** “Falls Prevention� by Scott Fraser at 12:00 pm at the Clifford United Church. Free. Donations appreciated.

Jun 21

Cancer Support Group 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 10am -12pm. Upper Grand 753 Tower, St. First Wednesday of the month, Lunch Out. Contact, Joyce B. 519-843-3213 or Judy D. 519-8433947 Ext: 100. *** Strawberry Social Garden Party. Alma United Church. Serving 5 - 7pm. Adults $13.00, Children $5.00. Alma Community Hall. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: CNIB Low Vision Clinic: Between 9:30am to 12:30pm. Call 1-800-265-4127 Ext.5164 for more information. Hearing Screening Assessments: Come out and get your hearing screened. Book your ½ hour appointment prior to the clinic by calling the Reception Desk at Victoria Park Seniors Centre 519-787-1814. No charge. *** The Guelph Enabling Garden’s Horticultural Therapy free teaching session entitled “Pressing Flowersâ€?. 7:00 - 8:00 p.m in the Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. For more details contact Lea at 519-993-5323 or visit *** The Wellington County Library - Palmerston Branch and the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence are pleased to offer a Genealogy workshop from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Palmerston Library. The workshop will be led by Kevin James. Kevin James is a Professor at the University of Guelph and a Genealogical Consultant on the television show “Ancestors in the Atticâ€?. He will discuss the challenges of translating “Ancestorsâ€? into a 22-minute show. Registration requested before June 17 at the Palmerston Library or by calling 519-638-1000. *** Seniors’ Centre for Excellence Event. 519-638-1000. 10:00am. Urban Pole Walking Information Session. Palmerston United Church.


Jun 16

Arthur and District Horticultural Society. Iris, Rose and Peony Show and meeting. 8:00 p.m. Arthur Senior Citizen’s Hall, Arthur. Youth members meet at 6:00 p.m. For further information 519-848-3386. *** Seniors’ Centre for Excellence Event. 519-638-1000. 7:15pm. Ballroom Dancing! Maryborough Hall, Moorefield. *** Meet the Artist Event. 1-3pm. Homer Watson House & Gallery. 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener. *** How Can I Do This? – Caregivers need care too! Led by Robin Smart of the Guelph-Wellington Alzheimer Society, this workshop is directed to the caregivers of those that are dealing with dementia. This workshop is taking place from 10am to 2pm. Lunch is included. There is no cost! Please call the SCE, at 519638-1000, in advance to register.

dinner meeting at 7674 Colbourne St. East, Elora at 7pm. We’ll be featuring “Jammed Lovely and Epiphany�, Speaker & Soloist Barbara Johnston talking about “The Gift You Can’t Afford to Live Without�. $17.00 incl. RSVP 519-846-5459 & 519-8465252. *** Elmira & District Horticultural Society Presents Robert Pavlis, Master Gardener: “Creating Aspen Grove�. 7:30 P.M., Trinity United Church, Elmira. Members: free; Visitors: $2.


FROM PAGE TWO Grandmothers of the Grand meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Heritage River Retirement Residence, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Please join us if you are interested in helping us raise awareness and funds for the AIDS/HIV pandemic in Africa, specifically for the Stephen Lewis Foundation - Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign. For more information call Cinda at 519-843-1034.

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COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS Markets feature 100% locally grown fruits and vegetables (organic and non organic), home baking, meats, honey, maple syrup, plants and unique artisan products.

HARRISTON FRIDAYS 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Harriston Motors June 10 – October 7

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SATURDAYS 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum June 11 – September 3 Hand car rides available!

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2010 AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE County Council recently approved the 2010 Audited Financial Statements for the Corporation of the County of Wellington. Copies are available at no cost to County residents at the County Administration Centre, 74 Woolwich St., Guelph and at For more information, or to have the statements mailed to you, contact Ken DeHart, Manager of Financial Services, at: 519. 837.2600, ext. 2920 or kend@wellington.

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