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JUNE 11, 2010


Wellington Dr. Chris Lund - Bringing a hospital to the home by backpack Events, Health & Fitness, Arts & Entertainment, Rural Life County Page


PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, June 11, 2010

New Wellington County Archives to open June 25 After a year of construction, the newly built addition to the Wellington County Museum and Archives will open to the public on June 25th; official remarks at 11:00 am with refreshments to follow. All are welcome to attend. This opening would not be possible without the dedicated effort of Wellington County staff, The Ventin Group Architects and CSL Construction. The beautiful landscaping has been coordinated by landscape architect Wendy Shearer. The new facility consists of 7500 square feet of space, consisting of a storage vault, records processing, microfilm and reading rooms. Researchers will have access to nine computer workstations to search the Archives collection database and internet resources relating to family history. Eight microfilm readers are available to access a variety of resources including newspapers, census records, land abstracts and tax assessment rolls. In addition to state-of-the-art storage and research areas, the

project also included the addition of new washrooms, the renovation of Aboyne Hall and hallway and the installation of an elevator. Once the new Archives opens to the public, the previous archives location will be used for additional museum storage, a conservation lab and exhibit preparation space. The project was first developed in 2007 as a response to the lack of storage space for the growing archival collection, and approved by Wellington County Council in 2009. Funding for the new Archives came from the Build Canada Fund in partnership with the Province of Ontario, the federal Museum Assistance Program and the County of Wellington. The Wellington County Museum & Archives is located at 0536 Wellington Road 18, between Fergus and Elora. Admission to the Archives is free of charge; admission to the Museum galleries is by donation. For further information, please contact the Museum and Archives at 519846-0916.

Harmony Meadows Alpaca Farm Open House S a t ur d ay J un e 12 t h - 1 0 a m to 4 pm

We will be hosting our first ever open house and shearing event and all are welcome. If you’re lucky you can see the shearer in action. Feel the different qualities of fibre that come from these cute critters and check out the finished products that are available. Everything from raw fibre to finished goods will be available for sale. (cash or cheque only)

B elwood Lake

Wellington Rd 26

Sixth Line

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Wellington Rd 124 6185 Sixth Line, RR5, Belwood, ON N0B 1J0 519.841.5055

Sunday June 13, 2010 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

JUNE 11 Until June 26- On Golden Pond. An Ageless Comedy By Ernest Thompson. Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington St., Drayton. Regular Performance $42; Previews $35.50; 18 and Under $21.50. Tel: 519-638-5555 or Toll Free: 1-888-449-4463. *** Seminar: 10 Alzheimer Myths Revealed. 10am. Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** St. Teresa of Avila’s 20th Annual Garden Party. St. Teresa of Avila Church, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira. *** Until June 13 - The 14th annual Multicultural Festival takes place in Riverside Park, Guelph and showcases cultural music, dance & costumes, an interactive children’s tent, youth activities, worldwide cuisines, craft vendors and more. 519-836-7482. *** The Red Chevron Club is hosting Karaoke 8pm. Free admission. Everyone Welcome 19+. *** Beef & Pork BBQ 5pm-7pm. Adults $12 Children 12 and under $6. All are welcome to join us and bring a friend. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Until June 13 - WEEKEND BEGINNER CLASS to improve your health, flexibility and balance with Taoist Tai Chi™ arts of health. This beginner class starts Friday 6-9pm, and continues on Saturday and Sunday at 9-12am. You are then ready for continued practice and instruction in June through August. Telephone 519836-7390.


Eramosa / Garafraxa Townline

Located at 6185 Sixth Line between Wellington Rd 18/County Rd 3 and the Eramosa Garafraxa Townline Rd. Look for our open house signs!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Fergus Carnegie Public Library Building, WCL Fergus Branch is sponsoring a writing contest open to ages 5-8; 9-12 and 13 to 130! The theme of the contest is: “I Love My Library Because…” Visit Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch to pick up an entry form. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Doors Open Anniversary Celebration Saturday June 26 at 3 pm. *** July Family Arts Days At Elora Centre for the Arts. 10am to 12noon, Every Wednesday in July $10 Members / $15 Non. Price is per family each day*. *Each Family must have at least one member of the Centre. Come out for a couple hours of fun and creativity! *** Student Art Wanted for Art in the Yard. If you have participated in a group or program at the Elora Centre for the Arts - we want your artwork! We would like to display your work in a booth at Art in the Yard. Please contact Roisin if you are interested:

Erin Radio Presents Music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Dance with DJ Dave Currie. BBQ. Erin Agricultural Hall 190 Main St. Erin. 7pm. Tickets $10. Call 519-833-1015. *** Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington's annual golf tournament - Big Swings for Littles at Ariss Golf Course. Registration and more information phone 519-787-0106. *** Faith Lutheran Church, Fergus Community Garage and Bake Sale. 8am-2pm. 290 Belsyde Ave. E. New to you treasures. Donated items welcome Thur. June 10 & Fri. June 11 6-8. Enquiries 519-843-5030. *** The Upper Credit Humane Society will be at Georgetown Mall on 10am – 4pm. and June 13, 12noon – 4pm. Learn about some of our animals who are up for adoption. Penny sale, raffle and other surprises. For more information call Frances at 905-877-9162. *** June 12 and 13- Flea market & car show at the Fergus / Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex. The 33rd Annual Historical Automobile Society of Canada Central Region Flea Market and Old Car Show. $3 admission. Show cars should be 20 years or older please. Vendors welcome with set-up after 3pm Friday. Camping available. Call George 519-843-1838. *** Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction 4 - 8:30pm for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Central Pentecostal Church, 7674 Colburne St E Elora. For tickets call 226-979-0413 or 519-846-0293. *** OLDIES DANCE - St. Clements Community Centre - 1 Green Street, St. Clements. Dance to Rock N Ray Michaels and the Retro Rockers 8pm-1am. Tickets $15 each. Call Marilyn 519-6698747. *** Rockwood Pioneer Day Bike Rodeo open to Primary School children. Starts in Lloyd Dyer park following the parade around 1pm. Sponsored by the Rockwood and District Lions Club.


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Please join us at Rockwood United Church for our anniversary service at 11:15am featuring Adwoa and Fule Badoe of Afroculture, performers of storytelling, drumming and dance, in a vibrant celebration of community and Christianity. Lunch and fellowship to follow the service.

FERGUS ELORA ROTARY FOUNDATION Staffed by: Centre Wellington Rotary Club and Fergus Elora Rotary Club

Poker Walk 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 2km. No poker experience necessary! Prizes! No charge! Pre-register! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Harriston & District Horticultural Society meeting, 7:30pm. Harriston- Minto Community Auditorium. Speaker: Kamma Thompson. “Perennials and new plants”. Everyone welcome. *** Guelph Enabling Garden: Horticultural Therapy Teaching Sessions. All welcome to join in this FREE educational workshop 7 - 8pm in the Guelph Enabling Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. Topic "Nature Note Cards with Marilyn Swaby". To register please contact Lea Tran 519-265-5770. *** June 14 & 15- The Not So Grand Players are holding auditions at 7pm. at Heritage River Retirement Home (back auditorium door), for 20 roles in ‘All Sales Final’ which will be playing at Fergus Grand Theatre in November. For information about the auditions, contact Connie Dickinson at 519-846-9950. *** Goldstone United Church are having a special Anniversary Service 11am. Lunch provided and Rev. Mel Sauer speaking. Bring lawn chairs and plan an afternoon of visiting and renewing acquaintances. Free will offering for local food bank.

JUNE 15 Hearing Screening Clinic 9am-3pm (You must make an appointment!). No charge! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Family Picnic 6:30pm at Pavillion 4, Marden Park, behind the Library. Bring your favourite main or dessert course to share with plates and cutlery. Beverage provided. Practice making a corsage, and get an update on the Enabling Garden. 519-822-5289. *** The Guelph Enabling Garden, Riverside Park, Guelph presents "The Organic Backyard Workshop" with guest speaker Cathy Hansen from the Canadian Organic Growers. 7 -8pm. Learn the principles and techniques of organic production to build healthy soils, grow healthy food and achieve food independence. For more information contact Lea at 519-265-5770.

JUNE 16 Free! Drop-in Hearing Clinic (Q&A) 11am-12pm. Celebrate Summer BBQ Lunch 12pm. Reserve your spot! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Arthritis Society/Mount Forest Family Health Team. Discover how you can help manage osteoarthritis in our free workshops. For information or to register: 519-323-0255. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Invasive and Endangered". $2 / person, under 5 free. 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting: 7:30 pm. Fergus - Victoria Park Seniors Centre. Topic: "Milkweed & Monarchs” Speaker: Brenda Stride & John Bealieu. June Flower Show. We meet every 3rd Wednesday. Join us for informative topics and speakers. Please call Helen for info. 519-843-3131.

JUNE 17 Arthur and District Horticulture Society Iris, Peony and Rose Show. Featuring design work. Sr. Citizen's Hall 8pm. Entries must be in place by 7:45. Everybody is welcome. Youth meeting 6pm.

JUNE 18 The Red Chevron Club welcomes Gord Machen Jr. as he debuts his one man show. "Top 40 Gordy"; 8pm. Free admission. Everyone Welcome 19+. *** The North Wellington Senior Council workshop “Nurturing the Mind, Body And Soul Through Horticultural Therapy” Mitchell L. Hewson, HTM, LT, RAHP Manager, Horticultural Therapy Homewood Health Centre Guelph. 9am - 12noon. The Harriston and Minto Community Complex. RSVP 519-848-2084. *** June 18, 19, (20th if needed) Mixed 3 Pitch Tournament (Rick Bell-Crohns Disease Benefit). Entry Fee $150 per team. Prize money to be determined. Guaranteed 2 Games. Four Girls minimum on field. Entry Deadline June 11, 2010. Contact Brian Van Meer 519-323-4321 or Steve Chambers 519-323-3141.

JUNE 19 Woodland Springs Women’s Institute Yard and Bake Sale Fundraiser 8am -12pm. Lots of Yard Sale Items. Bake Table: Homemade squares, tarts, pies, cookies and tea biscuits. Mount Forest Fire Hall, 381 Main Street, Mount Forest. *** Live and Silent Auction - Over 100 items to bid on. The funds are in support of the 2011 Youth Mission to Nicaragua. Viewing starts at 9:30, auction starts at 10am. Located at the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Fergus. *** The Arboretum, University of Guelph 40th Anniversary Open House 10am-3pm. Tours will be available. 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Continued on page 11

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, June 11, 2010 PAGE THREE

Dr. Chris Lund Honoured for care and compassion by David Meyer

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The black bag has been replaced by a backpack, but the kind of medical assistance Dr. Chris Lund offers his patients is relatively new today too, so why not an up-to-date carrier of his equipment? Lund does things a little differently than many of his peers, and he pooh-poohs the idea that what he does is extraordinary. For example, a large part of his medical practice is making house calls, but despite most people believing that form of medicine has gone the way of the buggy whip, Lund says there are numerous doctors he knows of in Wellington County who will visit patients in their homes. Lund’s wife, Dianne Wallace, is from Guelph, and the couple lived in Australia for a year when their three children Ethan, Hannah and Sam Wallace-Lund were ages 2, 4 and 6 respectively. Lund said his wife always wanted to return to the area of her birth, so in 2000 they moved to the Fergus area and he became a general practitioner in Mount Forest for six years. Lund earned his medical degree in the US and has been a general practitioner for 22 years. Wallace, who works in infection control at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, learned the importance of home care treating her mother, who died in 2003. Lund said it was around that time, “I became aware there was a need for general practitioners to do work in palliative care.” Palliative care generally means working with those who are dying or very seriously ill, and it is a relatively new

(again) field of medical care. Lund said there was some work done in that area in the 1920s, but by the 1940s, “palliative care disappeared. Doctors lost sight of looking after people who were dying because their focus was on keeping them alive.” He said the idea of “Do Not Resuscitate” was very new in the 1970s and 1980s, and “people would look at you funny” when that idea was expressed in company. But, Lund said, “By the 1990s, the idea of modern medicine was to treat people with high technology,” and the idea of care for the dying began to be considered once again. The thesis was to provide people with “comfort care. It emerged as a discipline on its own.” And Lund, who took up the cause in 2006, has emerged as one of the best regarded practitioners of such care in the province. He is one of five people who recently received a Human Touch award from Cancer Care Ontario, recognizing his compassion for patients throughout their cancer journey. Oddly, that award, about five years old now, was first presented about the time he was beginning his new practice. He still spends about 25 per cent of his time working in emergency at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest. The rest of the week he is in his blue Honda, with his blue backpack, bringing a hospital setting to people’s homes. His patients are referred from another general practitioner or specialist, and those referrals come from the Grand River Cancer Centre. Others are from

Mississauga, Hamilton or Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Lund said the patients have to be within driving distance for him, and that includes just outside the northern borders of Wellington County, Waterloo Region and parts of Grey County. His practice, from the car to the patient’s home, entails a fair bit of work. “My time’s best spent in bringing medicine and specific

Human Touch - Aw ard Dr. Chris Lund, of winners Karen Simpson, of Wate rlo Fergus, and pres enter Dr. Craig M o Region, cFadyen.

The people who nominated him for the award cited him for that special brand of service and caring. Registered nurse Shelley Lillie, supportive and palliative nurse Sandra Howatt and registered nurse Diane Hanlon wrote in their joint nomination, “Chris is very aware of the nuances of the large rural communities and has adapted his practice accordingly, dependent on individual situations. Chris continues to be a strong

“I am absolutely part of a team. There is many layers of care - even overlap.” medical interventions” to the home, he said. “Some things associated with the hospital now can be done at the bedside in the home … tubes, pumps, things like that.” He noted such services are “largely unavailable outside the hospital setting.” Lund, though, takes little credit for himself, and stated several times he has plenty of medical help. “I am absolutely part of a team,” he said, citing nurses, case managers, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and spiritual care workers. “There is many layers of care - even overlap,” he said. It is the mention of “spiritual care workers” that seems to set Lund apart. He seems to understand instinctively that people’s state of mind is important in their treatment.

advocate for patient-centred care for those that live in rural Wellington. One of the many examples of Chris’ advocacy is about a patient who resides in North Wellington, but was scheduled to travel a great distance to Grand River Hospital in Kitchener for blood work. “Chris recognized the burden this placed on the patient and family and made the necessary arrangements for the lab work to be completed locally. His willingness to ensure patient-centred care for this patient highlights one of the many ways his daily practice decreases stress and improves the well being of so many patients and families on this very difficult cancer journey.” They also stated, “Patients benefit greatly from Chris’ ability to provide seamless care, from time of diagnosis, through the treatment phase,

and transitioning through their journey, whether it is at the local hospital, at home or into a hospice setting. He collaborates well with the visiting nurses to ensure that the team feels supported with necessary tools and guidance to provide optimal care for our patients.” They added, “The team appreciates his approachability in that he is almost always available via cell phone, email or text messaging, which has definitely improved collaboration and continuity of care. His continued empathy and support to the family and health care team inspires us to look towards him as one of our most valued role models in this very demanding yet rewarding work. His leadership encourages team members to model his approach and reinforces the benefits of teamwork.” They also noted another aspect of Lund’s career. “As an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University, he has welcomed the opportunity to mentor medical students in community care, and we have enclosed a letter of support in that regard.” Howett said there was no difficulties finding support for that nomination; “We got a lot of letters from different people in the community.” She said the description for Lund was “gentle, kind, considerate, compassionate - there were lots of them.” While Lund insists most of his work is replicating the hospital in a home, he provides some extras for his patients that are unlikely to occur in a hospital setting. One woman he recently visited told him she had not been outdoors in sever-

al years because of her illness. They completed his visit with her in his car - driving the back roads and seeing the scenery, while they talked about her medical and other needs. He has also helped elderly people who have a difficult time coping with modern technology. Patients who are forced to lie in bed all day can become bored and even despondent. He said in some cases they simply cannot program such things as their DVD players, because they are unaware the players must be on channel 3. He has helped several set up their home entertainment systems to make life just a little nicer. Lund said patients almost always do best when they have great family support and he noted, “It’s often actually easier on families to have a loved one at home than a hospital where they feel they have to be at the bedside at all hours.” Lund said one of the most common questions he gets is how he handles working with people who are dying. Actually, he said, some patients he sees for only a few days and others he has had for years. He and Wallace admit, though, that they do not quite have the travel bug out of their system yet, and they say spending only one year in Australia might have been a mistake. They agree that maybe two or three years might have been a better stay - and there is a chance some day they might return with some of their three children. But for now, Lund hits the pavement many times a week, bringing hospital care and his own brand of caring to patients who need his help.

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Health & Fitness

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Naturopathic doctor in Erin bringing part-time practice to Fergus by Chris Daponte FERGUS - Local residents seeking an alternative approach to traditional, pharmaceutical medicine may now have an answer. As of June 4, Danielle Marchildon, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, has been treating patients out of the Natural Choice health food store at the Fergus marketplace on Queen Street. Marchildon, who also practices in Erin and Bolton, said she is welcoming new patients at Natural Choice, where she will be available every other Friday from 9am until 6pm although she may expand hours depending on the demand. “I chose Fergus because it’s a smaller community full of people who are more willing to be pro-active regarding their health,” Dr. Marchildon said. “The demographic in smaller, closer-knit communities is an interesting dynamic in itself,


as these patients tend to have higher vitality, better resilience, are more open minded and can see past the pharmaceutical approach to healthcare.” A resident of Orangeville, Marchildon received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo prior to completing the four-year diploma program at the Canadian College of

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Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). She explained the first two years of the naturopath program are very similar to a medical doctor’s training, including courses in anatomy, physiology and pathology. In the last two years, students focus more on naturopathy, although they also receive extensive training in pharmacology. “It’s important to be able to identify side effects and any interactions that medications can cause when treating any given patient,” Marchildon said. When asked to explain naturopathy, she said it is an approach to medicine that “focuses on treating the root cause of disease as opposed to palliating or simply ‘BandAiding’ symptoms. “It is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.” She added naturopathy is considered a patient-centred health care system in which the doctor educates and helps guide the patient towards health with an “individualized” treatment plan. As an example, she says there is no protocol for high blood pressure. Under the naturopathic method, two people suffering from high blood pressure would have two different treatment plans based on




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their unique situation, symptoms and condition. “First, we obtain optimal health, then we maintain it and prevent disease from returning,” she said. Naturopathic doctors focus on homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture), botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and lifestyle counselling.

and still seeing no improvement,” she said. “This includes a lot of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune diseases and digestive disorders. “In addition to this, we also treat a lot of allergies, anxiety and depression, cancer, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, skin disorders and much more.”

“I think our society as a whole is beginning to shift its perspective on health.” - Naturopath Danielle Marchildon “I find I treat a lot of children for things such as skin issues, behavioural/mental health issues and immune function issues and women for things like infertility and hormone imbalances,” Marchildon said. “I have additional certification in IV therapy which allows me to treat a broad range of diseases using high-doses of vitamins and minerals.” And while women and children may be treated most often, Marchildon says she sees patients both male and female and young and old. “Typically, we see patients who are tired of being on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals

While naturopathic medicine is not currently covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), Marchildon said she is finding more and more employers are covering it with benefit plans. And more and more people - both doctors and prospective patients alike - are realizing the benefits of naturopathic medicine. “I think our society as a whole is beginning to shift its perspective on health,” said Marchildon. “More and more people are becoming aggravated at how little time is actually spent with their medical doctor, regardless of their health concern.”

But there remains a disconnect between the traditional and naturopathic discourses. “I’d say there are more MDs who do not support us,” she said. “And the biggest misconception that we have to deal with is that we aren’t scientifically based ... The treatments we suggest are based on clinical trials that support the treatment’s efficacy.” Marchildon noted that every year at CCNM, groups of visiting medical students from the University of Toronto and Ottawa are surprised at the extent to which the naturopathic curriculum is a scientifically-based learning model. It remains a daily challenge for naturopaths to prove themselves in a society where pharmaceutical companies have a lot of say, she explained. “It is difficult, but for every one patient we help, we make significant progress,” she said. “In an ideal world, naturopaths would work closely with allopaths [or MDs] to ensure optimal health for everyone.” Anyone interested in seeing Marchildon can contact her in Fergus at 519-787-5256 or She can be reached at her Erin office (165 Main St.), where she works on Wednesdays from 9am until 5pm, at 519-8330031. For more information on naturopathic medicine, visit

It’s best to catch iron deficiency early (NC) - There are three stages of iron deficiency, but unfortunately many people do not get diagnosed until the latter stages, when symptoms are far more intense. The first stage is when the body’s iron stores (serum ferritin) begin to drop. Next, red blood cells decrease in size and colour. After that, hemoglobin levels begin to drop. Common testing methods for iron check only hemoglobin, the last marker to show a decrease in iron levels. Therefore, an iron deficiency that could have been diagnosed in the early stages, is often discovered later, when its symptoms are much more intense.

“Pick up on the deficiency before anemia develops, and it is safer to treat and easier to correct,” says Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, a licensed naturopathic physician and registered midwife. “A serum ferritin test is the best way to identify iron deficiency.” Symptoms of iron deficiency include a racing heart, stiff muscles and a feeling of exhaustion during and after exercise. Other symptoms may include decreased ability to concentrate, chest pain during exercise, increased frequency of infection, paleness, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, shortness of breath,

dizziness, restless legs, and cold hands and feet. “For years, I have recommended Salus Floradix,” adds Carlson-Rink, “a liquid iron supplement that has been in use worldwide for more than 60 years. Floradix is plant-based, so it does not lead to iron overload, a problem with animalbased iron sources. It is also additive and preservative free, is non-constipating, contains vitamins B and C to maximize absorption and is clinically proven to normalize low iron levels.” More information can be found online at or toll-free at 1-888-436-6697. -

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Health & Fitness

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Keeping drugs out of drinking water: government is starting to move by Dianne Saxe TORONTO - Two years ago, this column cited the growing problem of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. Since then, has government done anything about it? In January, the Ministry of the Environment quietly posted new data: - 258 samples were collected from 17 municipal drinking water systems (half from source water, and half from treated drinking water). The samples were analyzed for 46 pharmaceuticals plus BPA; 27 of them were detected. (They did not check for the presence of illegal drugs, like cocaine or marijuana.) The most frequently detected drugs in untreated source waters (rivers, lakes) were: - Anticonvulsant: carbamazepine; - Lipid-lowering agents: gemfibrozil, sulfamethoxazole, bezafibrate;

- Analgesics: ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen; - Antimicrobials: lincomycin, erythromycin, trimethoprim; veterinary-only antiinfectives: monensin, sulfamethazine; - Other: bisphenol A (a plasticizer now banned in baby bottles); In treated drinking water, the most frequently detected drugs were: - Carbamazepine (an anticonvulsant); - Gemfibrozil (a lipid-lowering agent); - Ibuprofen (a commonly used fever and pain medication); and - Bisphenol A (a notorious plasticizer) . There are no regulatory standards for safe levels of drugs in drinking water, and no one knows the effects of lifelong exposure to mixtures of different drugs. Nor is there any evidence

that bottled water is any better; bottled water is usually made from tap water, or from the same types of source water that municipalities use. The good news is: - drug levels in drinking water are tiny; - current water treatment plants may not be designed to treat pharmaceuticals, but they do help. Drug concentrations in finished (treated) drinking water were usually lower than those in untreated source water. - Regulators in Canada and Australia conclude that one would have to drink thousands of glasses of water a day to exceed "acceptable" daily intakes of individual drugs. Australia has been thinking about how to set safe limits for pharmaceuticals in drinking water, and has proposed public guidelines. For example, regulators could divide the lowest daily therapeutic dose by a reas-

onable safety factor, which has to protect toddlers and pregnant women. After much discussion, they proposed a safety factor from 1,000 to 10,000. As an example, Australian guidelines consider the antibiotic norfloxacin (lowest daily dose 800mg per day): applying a safety factor of 1,000 would mean that 0.8mg (800 mcg) could be ingested each day via (the average) two litres of water individuals consume each day. That translates to a maximum acceptable concentration of 400mcg/litre, well above concentrations that have actually been measured. I admit, however, that this apparently scientific calculation does not make me feel much better: - Drug safety tests never endure for an entire lifetime, and the "lowest daily therapeutic dose" isn't calculated with lifetime exposure in mind. - What if the right safety

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day (NC) - Whether you are an adult getting ready to take on the world at work, or a student who needs to be fuelled for a day full of learning at school, breakfast is essential to making sure the day starts off right. For many though, the morning rush prevents them from having a healthy breakfast - but skipping this important meal doesn’t only impact your day, but also your health. “Research shows that adults who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight or have a higher body mass index than adults who eat breakfast daily,” says registered dietitian Sue

Mah. “A healthy, balanced breakfast not only kick-starts your morning but also helps control your appetite throughout the day.” Starting each day with a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Mah, in partnership with the Peanut Bureau of Canada, offers the following tips to get your day started right: Plan ahead - With a little preparation, you can plan a quick and healthy breakfast rather than stopping at the local coffee shop or drive-thru. Freeze slices of homemade

Peanut Butter Banana bread and simply reheat. Team it up with a glass of low fat milk and breakfast is ready in no time. Or whip up a smoothie made with fresh/frozen fruit and low fat vanilla yogurt. Keep it interesting - Mix up your breakfast menu and include a variety of wholesome foods. Remember to add some protein to help you stay full for longer. Try cheese and crackers, a scrambled egg sandwich or peanut butter on whole grain toast. Even last night’s dinner leftovers can work. Set yourself up for success To avoid the morning rush, try

moving a few tasks to the evening before. Pack the kids’ lunches, set the table for breakfast and pick your outfit for the next day. You’ll have less stress and more time in the morning to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Not only important for adults, breakfast is equally essential for children. Research shows that students who eat a balanced breakfast before school are better prepared for the day and have better memory, problem-solving skills and creative abilities. More recipes can be found at -

Most Canadians are not getting enough daily fibre by Leslie Bonci, RD (NC) - Canadians trying to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle might have a hard time without knowing how much fibre they’re consuming. According to a recent survey commissioned by Kellogg Canada, only 16 per cent of Canadians are consuming the daily recommended intake of fibre. Below are some important facts about fibre. Why we need it The International Food Information Council explains that a high fibre diet can help weight managers feel fuller longer, improve digestive health and reduce the risks of

heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Where the confusion lies According to the Kellogg’s Fibre Survey, consumers don’t agree on what the best sources of fibre are, and mistakenly believe products that tout “whole grain” provide it. It’s important to check the nutrition facts on food packages for the grams of fibre per serving to ensure you are getting the maximum health benefits.Whole grain foods are good for us, but sources of whole grain and high fibre give us the health benefits of both. Where we get it Fibre comes from plant

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easy thing that can help. Leftover drugs should never be flushed down toilets or discarded with regular garbage. Consumers should return unused drugs to their pharmacies for incineration. So far, returning drugs to pharmacies is voluntary in most of the country; only B.C. requires it. Vancouver bans consumers from throwing unused medications into curbside garbage, which has prompted a huge increase in consumer awareness. As of July 1, Ontario will also regulate consumers' unused drugs, and hopes to collect about 659 tonnes a year, all at the expense of the drug manufacturers. Believe it or not, 90% of Ontario pharmacies already accept unused drugs, and the rest will have to do that this summer. Every pill bottle returned to a pharmacy may help to keep something important out of our drinking water. It is an easy thing to do right. Dr. Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers and is listed as one of the world’s leading environmental lawyers by three international rating services.

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On tap: Tap Dogs an Australian blend with working class roots by Marie Male ST. JACOBS - The world of tap dance has been rocked. There is no going back, except maybe to see it again. Mr. Bojangles, you would have been proud. The body becomes a musical instrument in Tap Dogs as only glimpsed before. Drayton Entertainment has brought the most successful tap show of all time to the stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Six male tap dancers use everything but the kitchen sink to create a rocking spectacle of dance, music, theatre and laughter. Only theatre etiquette will stop the audience from tapping in the aisles. This rougher, blue collar, macho group of tappers has reinvented that dance form. It is the new “let’s build that shed, have a few beers and do some tappin” set. They communicate, create and compete through tapping in their Blundstone Original 505 boots. It is all dance, with a profusion of flying sweat and labour

disclaimed by the ever pristine Fred Astaire set. The audience is cognizant of that hard work at all times; the dancers’ facial features never denying the work involved. The energy expended by these performers is incredible; two minutes of their exertions might be fatal to the average audience member. However, they have managed quite a feat by making tap dancing seem natural, fun, and even joyful. The Tap Dogs troupe originated in Australia. The show was premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995 and it has since performed in 330 cities world wide. Tap Dogs was created by award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, who learned to dance at a makeshift dance school in a small Australian town along with a some of the future Dogs. He worked as an industrial machinist for six years before he made his mark in show business, and we see those roots on the stage. The percussive set is a construction site created by well

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MINTO - As the Canadian Redneck Games draws close to its fifth anniversary, organizers are preparing for bigger and better things. Business and Economic Development Manager Belinda Wick-Graham was joined by Mandy Hansen in making a presentation to Minto councillors on May 19. Wick-Graham said, “It’s very exciting times ahead.” Hansen said the presentation was to look at awards, what is new this year and new parts of the event. She noted this year will include an economic impact study. Organizers are also starting to expand the social media outlets on the web. Wick-Graham said the Redneck Games is a multiple award winning event in Ontario and across Canada. “We were in the top 100 and

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had the best community involvement.” Hansen said Friday night will again host a Redneck Comedy Night that includes comedians Frank Spadone and Steve Cox. There will be wings and nachos supreme again this year, she said. As well, alcoholic beverages will be available. Wick-Graham said tickets are going very fast for that event. “A big part of that is RV groups from across Ontario who are staying from Thursday to Sunday. They bought packages, so they will be participating in all this stuff. We’re getting calls from everywhere this year,” she said. Wick-Graham said there are a number of new events for the fifth anniversary. Some of those on Saturday include morning yard and sidewalk sales across Minto, a Kar-Ruze Car Show in downtown Harriston, a ball hockey tournament for the kids, Settlers Creek Band, a return of the West Coast Lumberjack Show, Disc Dog demos by R&R Pet Paradise, a Redneck Wedding

followed by a Redneck Hoedown reception featuring the Too Drunk to Fish Band. That night at the Harriston community centre, the Canadian Redneck Games will be presenting Corb Lunch and the Hurtin’ Albertans, with special friend Fred Eaglesmith and Band. Wick-Graham noted the games recently received funds from Celebrate Ontario to be used for the concert and to bring more people to the community. There will be an anniversary fireworks display during the intermission. Hansen said Sunday includes the third annual Mud Pit Volleyball Tournament in Clifford. “Quite a few teams are really interested.” This year, Minto was chosen as one of 20 places through Festivals Ontario to participate in a study that will include onsite surveys with visitors to find out more about spending. “With that information, we can show the true economic impact of the event. I don’t think everyone is aware of what this entails. It’s not just

the profit that we give back to the community, but the amount spent within the community and by the people coming in to the community.” Hansen noted the relaunch of the website at Since March, there have been 224,000 hits on the website. In addition, the event is now on Facebook and Twitter. Wick-Graham said a big part of the event’s success is the involvement of community groups. Hansen thanked council for its support over the years, from support of the Mud Pit volleyball team, participation in the Redneck Parade, and the appreciation barbecue. Council passed an exemption to its noise bylaw to accommodate the Saturday night concert and fireworks. Minto council also passed a bylaw to execute and agreement between the town and the Concert Factory, which books entertainment for the event. “It’s going to be a wild night,” predicted Mayor David Anderson.

DECORATION DAY Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Wherein all citizens are invited to join together to pay respect 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.

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ENTERTAINMENT “Our Changing Landscape”

Doors Open Fergus - Elora coming June 26 FERGUS - On June 26, Centre Wellington residents and visitors will once again have the opportunity to participate and explore the many “doors opened” during the annual celebration of the area’s heritage, architecture, parks and culture. Now in its third year, Doors Open Fergus - Elora will feature several public, commercial, private and not-for-profit structures that are part of what weaves and shapes the fabric of the community’s past. Parks, places of worship, places for fun, creativity and recreation are all part of this year’s event featuring over 18 specific sites in Elora, Fergus, and rural Centre Wellington Township. Visits to all Doors Open Fergus-Elora sites will be guided, or will have volunteers on hand to show visitors the surroundings and properties. Sites will be open from 10am to 4pm in every location. Especially exciting and of great interest at this year’s event, is the first ever Riverfolk Music and Art Festival in Fergus. With a line-up of award winning musicians, visitors will be able to browse artists’ displays while being serenaded by the sounds of the Grand River and live music. The kids can even get their faces painted by award winning Kricket the Klown. Elora will also be hosting its own Art Walk, following the success of its inaugural event last year. In celebration of its strong artistic community, Elora invites everyone to linger and enjoy music and art. Along with the downtown artistic displays and folk music, Fergus Legion Branch 275 will be hosting a musical tribute to the Great Wars. As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, visitors will enjoy the music that helped so many people through the dark days of WWI and II. Dance Hall tunes will be recreated for fun and laughter throughout the day. Also on display will be the branch’s historic collection, including uniforms, medals, pictures and special objects from HCMS Fergus. The Dalby House in downtown Elora makes its first appearance in Doors Open in its current incarnation as a medical centre. Built in 1865 by W.H.L. La Penotiere, the stunning brick flatiron building has had a colourful history, housing bars,

a hardware store, a barber shop, lawyers’ offices, and a photography studio before becoming a medical centre. Refurbished in 2008 by Brian McCulloch, of Fryett Architects, it opens its doors so everyone can visit the masterpiece and see how a modern renovation has breathed new life and beauty into this centuries’ old building. Another new event for Doors Open this year is the Downtown Fergus Historical Walking Tours featuring Older Voices. Meet on the steps of the Fergus Library (190 St Andrew Street West) and take time to visit the past with some of the memorable characters who helped build both the architecture and the community of Fergus. Tours leave at 11am and 2pm, admission is free. Also in its first year with Doors Open is the Elora Culinary Walking Tour. Come for a stroll through the streets of historic Elora and enjoy the culinary delights found there. During the tour visitors will have a chance to sample specially created dishes at various locally owned and operated restaurants and shops while learning about the history and architecture of the area. The walking tours bring together food, history and architecture in a unique and fun way. The cost is $10 per person, it starts at 1pm, and to obtain reservations in advance call 226-384-7000). Two rural properties and one of the “prettiest farmers’ markets in Ontario” will be featured again this year. The Elora Farmers’ Market will be open, featuring recipes, special taste treats, and a mouth watering selection of local produce, local meats, baking and more, all on the banks of the Grand River. The Wellington County Museum and Archives will return as a featured site, this time focusing on the heritage farming equipment, a century barn and the annual Herb Fair held each year on its property. New to everyone will be the freshly opened, state of the art archives addition, which will have its grand opening just the day before. Fergus-Elora is also proud of its many beautiful parks most notably Victoria Park in Elora, overlooking the famous Elora Gorge where visitors can walk down steps to the river bed and see caves where First Nations’ treasures were discovered in the 1800s, Bissell Park

also in Elora, is perfect for picnics alongside the Grand River. In Fergus, the Templin Gardens gives visitors a taste of the power of the Grand River as it cascades into the deep whirlpool below the walking bridge, and the newly remodelled BT Corners, with its dry stone walls, shows creativity and timeless craftsmanship at its best. The fun continues with a starlit outdoor movie experience in Fergus’ downtown east end. Bring a lawn chair and sit under the stars for entertainment, food, and fun. A joint undertaking of Heritage Centre Wellington, Wellington County Museum and Archives, and Elora Fergus Tourism, Doors Open Fergus Elora is also part of Doors Open Ontario an Ontario Heritage Foundation provincewide initiative to celebrate community heritage. A lot of energy and time commitment by volunteers went into making the event such a success over the years. For a complete list of venues visit and search “Fergus-Elora” or contact: Deb Dalziel 519-846-9841.

Raceway open house - There was a lot learn at last weekend’s open house at the Grand River Raceway as participants had a chance to go behind normally-closed doors. Seen here are Wendy McFadyen, Jessica McFadyen, Patrick McFadyen, Henri Clark and Kyle Reibeling.

The Walkerton Clean Water Centre will be hosting a

Public Open House on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event will include tours of the Centre’s state-of-theart permanent facility at 20 Ontario Road, Walkerton, as well as educational programming on drinking water. The permanent facility was designed and built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. The LEED system is an internationally recognized green design standard for developing buildings that are energy efficient; it promotes a wholebuilding approach that reduces impacts on both the natural and indoor environment. Best practices in designing, constructing and maintaining the new facility have conserved electricity and water and promoted a healthier working environment. Features of the building’s design include a geothermal heating system, energy efficient lighting, ultra-low flow toilets, a water retention cistern, rainwater harvesting, and solar energy.

Great cause - The Grandmothers to Grandmothers group is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation that provides support to African grandmothers raising grandchildren whose parents have died from AIDS. Heritage River’s Barb Stewart-Schieck, left, donated beads on behalf of Heritage River to Elly Tuitman, a member of the grandmothers group, so she can make jewellery to sell, with profits going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The new building houses classrooms and a Technology Demonstration Facility with a drinking water pilot plant, treatment technologies, monitoring and control instruments, and a pilot distribution system to provide handson training to the professionals who provide safe drinking water to homes and businesses across Ontario.

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Area dealer part of distribution network for Connect Equipment DULUTH - A worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment has announced that Connect Equipment Corporation has expanded its offering of AGCO brands as a provider of sales, parts and service for the full-line of Challenger agricultural equipment through central and parts of southwestern Ontario. One of the new distribution outlets is located in Wellington County. The Challenger line offers professional producers choices in power, efficiency and technology from track and wheel tractors, as well as combines and hay equipment. “When Connect Equipment Corporation was formed, we pledged to broaden the choice

of equipment we would offer to all of our customers,” said Bob Downham, president. “The Challenger line expands our product offering to give us more and better ways to help agricultural customers handle their farm’s workload. Going into the busy summer season, we’re working hard to ensure a quick transition to the full product line and service offering.” Connect Equipment Corporation currently has eight locations across central and southwestern Ontario. Connect was formed in February as a merger involving Swanston Farm Equipment, Mullin’s Farm Service, Kitchener Tractor Centre, Cross County Equipment and D&S Down-

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Challenger brand as we move forward. The organization has a history of providing customers with a combination of industry-leading technology, reliability and equipment solutions to enhance productivity and profitability which mirrors the AGCO philosophy and makes Connect a great partner for customers and AGCO.” With addition of the Challenger line at Connect a precision agriculture support technician already working at Connect Equipment will be a key member of the Challenger support team. Key parts, sales and service employees who will be working with the Challenger line have already been added to the Connect team, and in most

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OFA says farmers still in need of more federal government help by Bette Jean Crews, President, OFA Several decades ago, farmers were encouraged to expand their operations – get bigger – if they wanted to survive. Government officials provided statistics showing the importance of larger, more efficient operations. Generally, farmers have complied. Farms have expanded from 45 hectares to 450 hectares on average. Economies of scale have helped their bottom lines, but not enough to protect them from so many uncertainties in the industry. Farm organizations have presented calculations showing a

need for improved risk management programs, but the federal government has shown strong resistance to the implementation of such programs. They don’t seem to acknowledge the need for changes to existing risk management programs – changes that should have been in place in 2008. Now, when survival of the new normal – by size standards – is on the line, government officials are unwilling to implement the requested changes. They don’t seem concerned with the possibilities of today’s farmers failing and disappearing from the landscape. It is interesting to note the

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differing perspectives of our federal government on farms and farming. The Department of Correctional Services is closing its prison farms across Ontario because they are too expensive to operate – they lose money, notwithstanding relatively inexpensive labour and the opportunity to market the farm outputs. And yet our federal Minister of Agriculture denies that our Ontario farms are in dire straits and in need of a revised risk management program. They can’t have it both ways. Keeping today’s farmers in place, surviving through unpredictable economic conditions, will be a delicate accomplish-

ment. There’s not a lot of space for error or mistakes in judgment. Statistics Canada reports show that fewer than two per cent of the country’s population is producing the food needed to feed the other 98 per cent. Global population growth is expected to continue, and the need for more and more food will prevail. That is why the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the group of non-supply-managed commodity organizations have joined forces into the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Coalition (OASC) - to try to impress upon the federal

government the need for specific changes to existing risk management programs. There is another force at work reducing the numbers of farmers in Canada – the reluctance of young people to get into farming. Statistics show a very small percentage of active farmers today in Canada is under the age of 35 years. MP Larry Miller, chair of the federal government’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee, has travelled Canada recently to review what is keeping young people out of farming. The conclusion of that committee appears to be a lack of profit compared to the large

investment required to operate a farm, and all the work that farmers have to do to operate their farms. The OFA and its federal counterpart, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, offer solutions to the federal government – amend AgriStability, retroactively, so it actually works to manage the real risk farmers have been facing since 2008. We also need to see the government adopt an AgriFlex program that will enable provincially-designed business risk management programming to be implemented to address the particular risks within each province.

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Welcoming homes needed for international teens hoping to improve English Continued from page 2 *** Belwood Lions Club Annual Beef BBQ from 4:30-6:30pm. Adults: $12, 12&under: $6, Preschool: Free. Tickets available at Belwood Country Store and Ron Wilkin Jeweller or call 518-8433380. *** The Red Chevron Club presents "Open Stage" with Gordy Machen Jr. 2pm. Free admission. Everyone welcome 19+. *** Faery Fest, Riverside Park, Guelph. Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm Free Admission. A family fun event with local performing and visual arts all with a fantasy twist. *** Potluck Pig Roast Fundraiser near Palmerston 2-7pm. Friends of the Orphans Canada. Learn about the work and volunteer trips available at orphanages in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru. Bring a salad and/or dessert, lawn chair. Free will donation. For further info, directions and to RSVP - Mark Robinson 519-343-5149 or Ken Speers (President of Fotocan) 519-3435161. *** Arthur Chrysler 35th Anniversary celebrations. Charity BBQ and car wash to raise money for Groves Memorial Hospital CT Scanner. See you there! *** Yard Sale. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Mount Forest, 8am 2pm.

JUNE 20 Farnham Cemetery Memorial Service 2pm on the Cemetery Grounds, Arkell Rd. In case of rain the service will be held at the Arkell United Church. Further information call 519-824-0217. *** Fergus Horticultural Society's Annual Self-Guided Garden Tour. 12:30-4:30pm. Rain or shine. Free of charge, donations to Centre Wellington Food Bank gratefully accepted. Further information call Cheryl at 519-843-4443. *** Eramosa Union Cemetery Bi-Annual Memorial Service. 2pm. Please bring chairs for seating. For inclement weather, service will be held at Barrie Hill Church.

JUNE 21 Women Cancer Support group. 3rd Tuesday of every Month. 10am-12pm. No Fee. St Joseph Church Community Hall. 460 St George St., W. Fergus. Lunch out 1st Wednesday of every Month. Call Joyce B. 519-843-3213 or Judy D. 519-843-3947 Ext: 100. *** Breakfast Financial Seminar: Foundations of Investing at 10:15am. No charge! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Guelph Enabling Garden: Horticultural Therapy Teaching Sessions. All welcome to join in this FREE educational workshop 7 - 8pm in the Guelph Enabling Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. Topic “Making Seed Notepaper". To register please contact Lea Tran 519-265-5770. *** Healing Through Horticultural Therapy Elmira & District Horticultural Society presents Karen Ince, Horticultural Therapist 7:30pm, Trinity United Church. Members free, visitors $2. *** Women in Crisis Annual Meeting. 6pm. Community Room, 38 Elizabeth Street Guelph.

JUNE 22 Alma Garden Party and Strawberry Social Tuesday June 22nd at Alma United Church Rebecca St., Alma, 5-7:30pm. Adults $12 and children $4. Call 519-846-9788 for more information. *** Coin Value & Identification Clinic 2-4pm (You must book an appointment!). Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519787-1814 for information and to register.

JUNE 23 Arthritis Society/Mount Forest Family Health Team. Discover how you can help manage osteoarthritis in our free workshops. For information or to register: 519-323-0255. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Wild Art". $2 / person, under 5 free. 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Strawberry Supper BBQ chicken dinner. 3 sittings: 5, 6 & 7:15pm. Adults: quarter chicken $12, half chicken $15, children (5-11): $7, Under 5: free. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 83 Trafalgar Road (Main Street) Hillsburgh. Call Helen or Ted 519855-6597 for tickets.

JUNE 24 The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will be at Arthur Pentecostal Assembly for the - Concert of Hope. 7pm.(121 Charles St. Arthur 519.848.3370) free admission.

JUNE 25 The Red Chevron Club is hosting Karaoke 8pm. Free admission. Everyone Welcome 19+.

JUNE 26 Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Country Versatiles”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** The 15th annual Children’s Farm Safety day hosted by Waterloo

Rural Women, Saturday, 9am- 1:30pm at McNabb Farm, 1427 Pinehill Rd. in Wilmot Township. Children learn farm and home safety through demonstrations, plays, and games and activities. For children ages 4-12 that live on a farm or visit farms. Registration fee $5. 519-664-3794 ext. 237. *** Strawberry Festival includes salad supper & strawberry dessert. 5- 8pm. Tickets at the door. Adult $15, Students $10, child (5-12) $5. All welcome. Mini putt for kids, Bake table! Preserves! Take out! Ebenezer United Church, 12274 Guelph Line. *** Harriston Legion #296 Yard Sale. 8am-3pm. Breakfast and Lunch available. Donations of good used items can be dropped off at the Legion after 4pm on June 16. For more information call 519-3382843. *** Ham Dinner with Strawberries 5-7pm. Knox - Elora Presbyterian Church. Adults $10, Children under 8 $5. Please call 519-8460680 for tickets. *** The Red Chevron Club presents, "Open Stage" with Ray Smith and Friends 2pm. Free admission. Everyone welcome 19+. *** Fergus Branch Doors Open/Anniversary Celebration 10am- 4pm. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fergus Carnegie Public Library Building! Memories, historical displays, refreshments and contests. Join us at 2pm for “Carnegie Capers”, a play about the story behind the building of the present Carnegie Free Library in Fergus. *** Gospel Text Mission invites you to help celebrate its first 60 years by attending special services at North Broadway Baptist Church 6 North Street East Tillsonburg. 2pm- Gospel Sing, 5pm Food and Fellowship, 7pm Celebration Service, Speaker Casper Koning, U.S. Director of Gospel Text Mission. Please call 866789 -0230 if attending (RSVP for a supper reservation).

Families are needed in Fergus and Elora to host teens from Spain this summer. Students come for a fourweek stay in July. They stay with local families, participate in the family’s regular schedule and enjoy supervised afternoon activities in the community. Here are the details: - Students are teenagers between 14 and 18 years; - Students are hoping for a positive English immersion experience with a Canadian family; - Most students speak some English and some are quite fluent; - This is a “homestay” program in which the teens spend the whole month with their hosts (they do not attend English classes); - However, group afternoon activities are planned under the leadership of an adult chaperone, so students will be away from the family each weekday

for several hours - A whole-day trip is planned one day each week (Toronto, Niagara Falls, Canada’s Wonderland); - Families are asked to provide a bedroom, meals, a welcoming Canadian environment, and to show their guests some local places of interest; and - Families receive $180 per week as an honorarium; The program is operated by Canada Linc English, a local company with its head office in Waterloo. Visit its web site at for details. Activities in Centre Wellington are managed by Guelph coordinator Margaret Burnett. The company is looking for 20 families, so any interest is appreciated. Burnett can be reached at 519-821-1247, 519-766-8973 or by email at

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JUNE 27 The 51st Annual Memorial Service at the Erin Union Cemetery at 2:30pm-immediately following the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 442 Decoration Day Service. *** Crown Cemetery Memorial Service 2:30pm. Please BRING lawn chairs. In case of rain the service will be held in Nanson Hall, Duff’s Presbyterian Church. Please share this invitation with relatives, friends and neighbours. For more information contact Darlene Harrietha, 519-822-0874.

JUNE 28 Guelph Enabling Garden: Horticultural Therapy Teaching Sessions. All welcome to join in this FREE educational workshop 7 - 8pm in the Guelph Enabling Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. Topic “Reiki 101 with Leanne Hodgson". To register please contact Lea Tran 519-265-5770.

JUNE 29 Learn to Play Bid Euchre at 10am, Strawberry Social at 2pm. Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Rockwood Presbyterian Church Strawberry Social and Dinner 6:30pm. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Tickets available by calling Sue at 519-856-4664. Adults - $12, Youth 6 to 12 - $5, Children under 5 - Free. Take-outs available. Advance tickets only.

JUNE 30 Until July 24- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A Quirky Musical Comedy. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E., Waterloo. Regular Performance $42; Previews $35.50; 18 and Under $21.50. 1-888-449-4463. *** Until July 24- Cagney! A Spirited Musical Biography Book by Peter Colley. Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington St., Drayton. Regular Performance $42; Previews $35.50; 18 and Under $21.50. Toll Free: 1-888-449-4463. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "My Backyard is an Oasis and Yours Can Be Too". $2 / person, under 5 free. 519-824-4120 ext. 52113.

JULY 2 Grand Valley Community of Christ Church - Annual Strawberry Supper. Mill St E., Grand Valley. 4:30pm. Adults $12, 12 and under $5, Preschool Free.

JULY 3 Grand Valley Horticulture Society garden tour, 10am-3pm. BBQ lunch available for purchase, maps available call 519-928-5694. Six open gardens.

JULY 5 Until July 9- Vacation Bible School at Burns Presbyterian Church in Erin for ages 4 to 12. This year's theme, Son Castle Faire will see us transported to a medieval castle where we will meet knights and fair ladies, jesters and minstrels and enjoy games, crafts, stories, music and snacks. Register by calling Burns at 519-8332902.

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HOROSCOPES - For the third week of June ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you have never needed any help getting noticed and nothing is different about this week either. You will be the life of the party and others will flock to you. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 It’s time to let loose a little, Taurus, Though it may not seem like you have the permission to do so, go out and have fun and everything will be OK. Work certainly will wait. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, things might be a struggle this week because you are so tired. You have had a lot of responsibilities and the tasks will continue through this week, too. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Delegation is your best friend this week, Cancer. With so much on your plate you will have to farm out some work to others or you will face a meltdown. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, sit down with past bills and spend some time working through your finances. It is time to get a budget in place so you can stop some of the financial bleeding. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, a battle of wills could put you in a peculiar spot on Tuesday. In your quest to have everything orderly, you actually cause a lot of confusion in the process. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, big changes on the horizon excite you about things to come. Keep your head about you and work through each step a little at a time.

SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you like to be ahead of the game and this week you will find you’re planning for something that is still months ahead in the future. It’s alright to be prepared. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Shift your thought processes from recreation to business, Sagittarius. An opportunity presents itself and you need to have your business sense in full force to work through the details. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you may need to rethink your priorities this week. A scenario that you had cast aside actually may be the way to go in the future. Give it a little more thought. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Frustration and boredom are usually linked, Aquarius. You need to learn how to enjoy the things you have instead of looking toward other things that you can acquire. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, romantic endeavors are in full force this week. You would think that Valentine’s Day occurred in June.

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County of Wellington “Connecting Citizens with County News”

The County of Wellington cordially invites you to the

Grand Opening

of the new Archives Facility at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. 0536 Wellington County Road 18 Fergus, Ontario Tours available before and after formal ceremonies. Refreshments served.

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

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