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Public Service announcement

Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation services to and from appointments for children and families. Especially needed are drivers available before school and/or immediately after school for court-mandated or medical/clinical appointments. Mileage reimbursed, orientation and training provided. For more info. contact Eva Marmurek at 519-824-2410, ext. 4822. Helpers - Volunteers helped Audrey Morden find her favourite items for sale at the Clifford Meals on Wheels annual yard and bake sale recently at the John Hobelman Memorial Rotary Park. From left are: Marion Derbecker, Eleanore Gerber, Ivy Leith, Marion Agla, Bill Cheeseman, Shirley Murray, Wes Gerber, Audrey Morden and Ross Derbecker. photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Annual yard and bake sale a big success by Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD - Organizers Wes and Eleanore Gerber were overjoyed with the response to this year’s Clifford Community Meals on Wheels yard and bake sale last month at the John Hobelman Memorial Rotary Park Pavilion in Clifford. They collected over $1,803 over two days through donations of household goods, miscellaneous items and baked goods. Tables were packed with books, records, toys, games, puzzles, glassware, china, candle ware, appliances, pots, pans, purses, plants, planters, and seasonal items. A yellow exercise bicycle became the featured sale of the day. The bake table was laden with pies, cookies, loaves, muffins, cupcakes and preserves.

Hot dogs, sandwiches, pecan tarts, fudge brownies, pop and cups of hot coffee were available and much appreciated. The support was overwhelming. Donations were plentiful. None of the items were priced for the sale. The committee relies on the yard salers to choose a price that suits them. They donate what they think their finds are worth. The event is held rain or shine. Any unsold items are donated again and put to good use or sent to the transfer station or recycle bins. The money will continue to support the meal and transportation services offered through Meals on Wheels. Leave a message on the machine at 519-327-8899 for more information.

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Sat. july 7

Grand Valley Horticultural Society Garden Tour and Riverbend Artists in the Garden, 10am–3pm. Six amazing gardens to tour. Maps available in all Grand Valley restaurants, banks and the library or call 519-928-5371 for more info. *** Gardens on the tour in the town of Conestogo this year. 9am -2pm. Tickets $10. For tickets or more info, call Barb at 519-669-8239. *** Art In The Yard - Elora Centre for the Arts 10th Annual Community Arts Festival. Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am5pm. An entire weekend of original art, live entertainment and food. *** Proceeds going to U of G. Ontario Veterinary College, Cancer Centre for Companion Animals. Enjoy a day of dog sport demo, dog tricks, dancing with you dog, face painting, K9 First Aid and more. 10am-4pm. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Location: McCann Dog Trainers, 929 Brock Rd., Flamborough. *** Arthur Legion. Karaoke 8:30pm. *** Wheels of Hope is inviting all to visit our booth at EC for the Arts, “Art in the Yard” to sign our banner and write a message to the people of Namibia, Africa. The banner will accompany our collected bikes on their journey. Have a bike to donate, drop off at Elora United Church 9am to 2pm. More info call 519-843-6144.

Sun. july 8

Garden Showcase 2012. Guelph Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Tour. 1- 5:30pm. Join us for a self-driven tour of beautiful Guelph gardens and tastefully placed art work from local artists. Tickets are $10 per person (children under 12 free). Visit www. for more information. *** Sunday Night Showcase Concert - with Crossover Junction Reunion 7pm; free, Gore Park bandstand, Elmira. *** The Upper Credit Humane Society’s 4th Annual Ride 4 Paws at the Peel Regional Police Association (10675 Mississauga Road, Brampton). Registration 11am; ride starts at noon. $25 for riders, $10 for passengers. Cash bar, 50/50 Draw, BBQ, Raffle prizes. All proceeds go towards supporting the shelter and the animals. For more info. go to

Mon. july 9

Cats Anonymous Rescue & Adoption is holding a “Meet and Greet” Open Day from 6-8 pm and July 22, 1-4 pm at the shelter in Marsville. A great opportunity for you to drop in, learn about our work and meet our extremely adoptable cats who will love to see you. Check our website or telephone 519-855-6850 for more details.

Tues. july 10

10th Anniversary East Wellington Community Services Golf Tournament, Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club. 12:30pm shot gun start. Fee: $135. Fundraiser to support EWCS programs for children, seniors, and families in need. For more information, contact Caroline Turnbull 519-833-9696. *** Guelph Township Youth Horticultural club meet to make a Thumb-print T-shirt. Please bring a white or light coloured T-shirt. Marden Park pavilion behind the Library. 7pm. 519-8369535, Leader Jane.

Wed. july 11

Euchre. Harriston, Legion #296, Harriston. Start at 8pm. Light lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. For more information call 338-2843. *** Until July 22 - Century Church Theatre, 72 Trafalgar Road, Hillsburgh. Summer Festival opens with Late Flowering, a

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Thurs. july 12

Arthur Agricultural Society meeting. 7:30pm. Upstairs Hall. Arthur Community Centre. All Welcome.

Fri. july 13

The 2012 Elora Festival runs from July 13 - August 5, bringing the best of classical, choral, and popular performances to the village of Elora. To order tickets or for more information call 519-846-0331. *** Guelph Symphony Classical 5K at 8:30pm, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra is hosting the first annual Guelph Classical 5k. Racers should arrive at 7pm for an 8:30 start. There will be entertainment after registration. For more information or to register go to www. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre Friday the 13th Dessert and Euchre or Bid Euchre Party. 1pm. Call 519-787-1814 to register.

Sat. july 14

Guelph Horticultural Society’s “Summer’s Glory” Annual Flower Show. Old Quebec Street Mall, 55 Wyndham St., 12-4pm. We’d love to show you our beautiful flower designs and horticultural displays. For more information about the GHS, please visit www. *** Mid Summer Craft Sale and Barbecue at Pine Meadows on County Rd. 19. 9am- 1pm. Crafts, nearly new items, bake goods, preserves, plus much more. Proceeds to Groves Hospital, Salvation Army and Learning Foundation. *** Damascus Beef BBQ. Damascus Community Centre, 5-7pm. Adults $12; Child $5; Preschool Free. Take-outs available. Call for tickets: 519-848-3246,519-848-2206 or 519-848-3120. *** Annual Drew Pork Chop Barbecue under the pavilion at the Drew Community Centre and ball diamond, 5-7:30pm. Alternate children’s menu available. Proceeds to park improvements. 519338-5423.

Sun. july 15

Sunday Night Showcase Concert - with Grant Carson Band (from Niagara Falls), 7pm; free, Gore Park bandstand, Elmira. *** Ellis Chapel Sunday afternoon services with the theme of Social Awareness. Guest speaker - Mark Rogers, Habitat for Humanity. 2:30pm, followed by refreshments in the garden. The chapel is located at 6705 Ellis Road in Puslinch Township and can be reached from Wellington Rd. 34, 32 or Townline Road. *** The Mount Carmel Cemetery Memorial Service will be held, 2:30pm on the grounds. If inclement weather prevails, the Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s United Church, Belwood.

Mon. july 16

Guelph Enabling Garden Knit Knites 2012 at the Guelph Enabling Garden 6:30pm, weather permitting. This is a unique way to spend an evening in a beautiful setting along the river. Come with your own knitting project, folding chair and learn tricks of the trade or teach others. Please bring a mug if you would like to enjoy tea. The Guelph Enabling Garden (located in Riverside Park by the Speed River) is fully accessible and welcomes folks of all ages and abilities. *** Until July 20 - Annual Vacation Bible School for ages 5-11. 9-11:45am. Crossroads Community Church by the water tower in Harriston. For information, call 519-338-5581.

Tues. july 17

Cancer Support Group, Upper Grand 753 Tower St. S. Near the Hardware store. Wheelchair accessible. First Wednesday of the month lunch out. Contact Joyce 519-843-3213 or Judy 519-8433947 Ext. 100.

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Fri. july 20

A weekend VBS. Everton Community Church is holding Vacation Bible School. Friday and Saturday 9am–3pm, Sunday 10am-1:30pm (bring a bag lunch). Children 4 - 11 yrs welcome. Call Beryl, 519856-9603, for details and to register. *** A Memorial Service will be held at Huxley Cemetery, North of Hillsburgh, 2:30pm. Please accept this as your invitation, please bring a lawn chair and notify any relative that may like to attend. *** Until July 22 - Ontario Chapter 20 International Harvester Club and Country Heritage Continued on page 11

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Art in the Yard: Annual art festival celebrates 10 years by Kelly Waterhouse

ELORA – Art in the Yard (AITY) has emerged to become one of the highlights of the summer season for artists and art lovers alike. Now, as organizers get set to celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary from July 7 to 8, this year promises to be the biggest showcase yet. “We have more artists than we’ve ever had before, with 50 individual artist tents,” said Arlene Saunders, general manager of the centre and committee member for AITY. “Ten years ago there was about 30 exhibiting artists … for the last two years it has always been filled up before the final entry closing date.” The event itself has evolved every year, but the vision for it is as clear as it was back in 2002, when Saunders, a water colour artist and small gallery owner, connected with friend Diane Wallace and the concept was born. “Arlene had been involved in the Oakville art show for years, on the organizational end, and thought it would be a great event for Elora,” Wallace explained. “She thought it would become an ‘economic engine’ for the village. The first year of Art in the Yard she was involved with her own gallery, and led me through the process; it became the first event the art centre held, preceding the opening of the centre as an arts building. “She has since become the visionary, trying to improve and enlarge the event year after year, and has been quite successful at doing so.” The duo wanted to create something that had integrity and worked to benefit the artists. It was a risk, especially given Elora is a small village and they decided to run in competition with the biggest show in the province. “We were silly enough in the early years to go up against the big Toronto show [the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition],” Wallace recalled. “Other communities felt having a show on a different weekend was better, as a lot of the talent would be applying for and hoping to show in

Toronto. “We always felt that the province was big enough for two shows on the weekend, and that, as Toronto often works on a quota basis, lots of great artists wouldn’t be accepted there, but may be interested in showing their high quality work in a smaller venue.” That attitude paid off. Saunders and Wallace created a juried show to be held on the two-acre grounds of the historic building that became the Elora Centre for the Arts, naming it appropriately, Art in the Yard. The event’s popularity has attracted artists from beyond Wellington County and right across Canada. “This year we have a goldsmith coming from New Brunswick,” Saunders said. She attributes that to the fact this show is “originals only and that separates it from other shows. Everything here is original. “We make sure there is a bit of everything. We have traditional painting and drawing, but we also have encaustic, sculpture, metal sculpture, fused glass, jewelry, functional pottery, fibre and wood-turning.” Another reason Saunders believes the community embraces this event is the respect shown to the artists. “The focus has always been to remain about the art and help the artists sell and promote their work, because this is how they make their living,” Sanders said, adding, “We don’t take them for granted. They are the reason we do what we do.” Encouraging emerging artists is an important aspect of the show. The Student Art Tent is a non–juried exhibition for students who have participated in art classes through the centre over the past years, giving them an opportunity to showcase their work. For encaustic artist Jane Longman of Fergus, the student area launched her to be come one of the 50 participating Art in the Yard artists for the first time this year. “I was first introduced to the medium in the Casson

Encaustic demonstration - Last year Jane Longman demonstrated her art form, which uses heated beeswax and damar resin, to which coloured pigments, oil paint or encaustic paint are added. Then the melted medium is applied to wood panel or canvas, allowing other materials to be added, including elements of photography and collage. submitted photo

Cover - The AITY committee, from left, includes: Arlene Saunders, Donna McCaw, Diane Wallace and Sid Feldman.

room [of the centre], with a group of artists working with encaustic,” Longman explains. “I have maintained my practice and built up enough work. This is the first year that I had a strong enough body of work to do it on my own,” she added. She will be holding artist demonstrations at her booth to encourage others to get creative. No one enjoys getting creative more than children, and the Children’s Creative Area is just for kids. Providing safe, supervised arts projects, which allows parents the freedom to shop for art, volunteer coordi-

the success to fellow organizing committee members Sid Feldman, a jack of all trades, and Donna McCaw, whose role it is to ensure the artists are treated with care. “Artists say this is one of their favorite outdoor art shows because we really bend over backwards for them,” Saunders said, adding a crew of volunteers arrives on the Friday evening to help artists put up their tents, returns Sunday for take down, supervises the artist booths to offer artists breaks, and serves refreshments in the green room, where artists can rest. Throughout the evenings, a security team is on site protecting the artwork. “This is considered a premium event in the outdoor show circuit,” Saunders said. McCaw is quick to point out it is the ambiance of the show that makes it special. “The setting is lovely; the people who present it are a dynamic and fun team, the artists, an interesting group that we get to discover when they are new to us, and often follow and see the growth and accomplishment year after year,” McCaw said. “Artists get to meet one another, do a reasonably priced outdoor show in a lovely village, and meet a wide range of people, many of whom have a real appreciation for art.” Building on the sense of an artist community, the show offers two recognition awards open to all exhibiting artists. The first, the Juror’s Choice Award, goes to the exhibitor who displays exceptional artwork in a professional manner and interacts with the public in a way that educates and intrigues visitors. The award, in the amount of $200, is provided through the Rhoda Fund, and this year

creative thinking. We can role model leadership with collaborative and expansive thinking to problem solve and celebrate success through trial and error together.” A new Youth Photo Contest will run throughout the weekend, asking photographers from age eight to 15 years to “shoot the music” of the musicians and musical acts performing that weekend, such as jazz artists Indigo Riff and folk musicians from the Elora Acoustic Café. “We call this a community arts festival, and we’ve added live music throughout

“The strength of the show is that they are surrounded by other quality, professional artists.” - Arlene Saunders, on the benefit of Art in the Yard for artists. nator Stephanie Toohill is planning an enchanted woodland theme, creating fantasy origami, magical walking sticks, head horns and fairy catchers, as well as painting on canvasses. “Outside of the enchanted woodland there will be yarn bombing of the pirate ship ruins, [part of Tim Murton’s Twilight Zoo] where folks will be invited to weave and crochet the poles, plus a community painted door which will then be auctioned and hoolahoop making for all ages,” said Toohill, an active volunteer with the centre who returns to AITY each season. “Volunteering at this event is my way of supporting the arts in our community. I believe in the value of children experiencing adults stepping into the realms of imaginative and

the whole weekend,” said Saunders. “We’re open until 8pm on the Saturday, to have it more of a party atmosphere.” Added Wallace, “We’re thrilled to have Indigo Riff back again this year ... they’ve been with the show almost as long as the show’s been around, as well as some wonderful musicians from the Elora Acoustic Cafe.” Local food vendors will add flavour to the event, as will a silent auction of art works donated by participating artists. But Saunders is careful to reassure that “everything that day is to embellish the day, not to take away from the artists or their work.” While the event may appear seamless, there is countless hours of work behind the scenes, and both Wallace and Saunders attribute much of

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will have particular importance as benefactor Rhoda Lipton, passed away recently. She was a community-minded patron of the arts, and with this fund, created a legacy for arts in Elora. The second award is the Volunteer’s Choice Award, which allows AITY volunteers to choose their favorite artist booth. The winner of this award has their booth admission fee waived for the following year’s event. “The strength of this show is that they are surrounded by other quality, professional artists,” Saunders said. Longman looks forward to her first year as an independent artist, but is equally excited about the show itself. “I think there is a broad range and I like seeing work where artists think a little more outside the box … the work appeals to all ages and all tastes,” said Longman. “That’s what I like about it; there is something for everyone.” It’s the reason McCaw continues to volunteer too. “Art in the Yard is good for artists, this community, the folks who attend, the arts centre, the kids who have fun in the children’s creative area, and the musicians who perform. It is fun ... We have made great memories here over the years,” McCaw said. Art in the Yard runs July 7 from 10am to 8pm and July 8 from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine. It takes place on the grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts, at 75 Melville Street. Admission is a suggested $3 donation for adults; children are free. Proceeds support further arts programming at the art centre. For more information on the artists, musicians or youth photography contest visit www.



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ENTERTAINMENT Fiddle Championship set for Aug. 8 to 12 SHELBURNE - The 62nd Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place here from Aug. 8 to 12. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, with partners Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company and the Town of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for over $17,000 in prizes. Besides championship fiddlers, this year’s event will include a concert by the Blazing Fiddles, step dancing, jam sessions, parade, beer garden, Battle of the Bands, pork barbecue, non-denominational church service, Country Superstars and Aerosmith tribute bands, open air market, lots

of entertainment and food at the Legion, camping and much more. On Aug. 9 at 7:30pm, the Rotary Club of Shelburne welcomes The Blazing Fiddles. They are Jeff Taylor, Brielle Goheen, Adam Poot, and Chris Kettlewell playing two fiddles, a stand-up bass, and a piano. Over the last ten years, The Blazing Fiddles have performed for hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship playdowns are on Aug. 10 at 1pm and 7pm at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex. Classes that will compete in the afternoon include the young

(age 9 and under, ages 10 to 12) and the young at heart (age 56 and over). The evening features the remaining classes. After the fiddle parade on Aug. 11, at 3pm the Rotary Club presents a fiddle and stepdance show. The contest finals are on Aug. 11 at 6:30pm and will feature entertainment by the Black Family, as well as the recently revived judges’ showcase. The Black Family is ten children extending in age from 21 down to 5. Their music ranges from old-time fiddle tunes to vocal favourites from years past For tickets or information call 519-925-8620 or visit

Don’t mess with the bride - From left, Gabi Epstein, Jackie Mustakas, Karen Wood and bride JosÊe Boudreau star in Drayton Festival’s production of Perfect Wedding. submitted photos

Centre in the Square announces season KITCHENER - Centre In The Square (CITS) has announced its 2012-13 season. Shrek the Musical cones to the theatre in January as part of its Broadway Series. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, Shrek brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on stage. In February, CITS offers a whole new kind of experience with the Blue Man Group. They are best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Ofiicials say this is a show for all ages. Electric Thursdays has the perfect blend of audience favourites, including a ride in a yellow submarine with the legendary music of The Beatles,

“sweet dreams� with Annie Lennox and The Eurythmics, serving it up “shaken, not stirred� with the music of James Bond, and then taking it to the limit with the music of The Eagles. Classic Albums Live returns after its first great season, which had many great reviews. This year they will rock out to Queen and Led Zeppelin. CITS officials say the comedy series will have audiences in stitches. They have packed together two fan favourites for a year of fun - including the return of improv kings in September with Whose Live Anyway? After a successful show that had everyone doubled over, CITS couldn’t resist an encore. The Just for Laughs Road Show will of course return to end the season in April with another great line up of comedians.


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CITS officials say they have also put together another great line up of homegrown Canadian talent audiences can be proud of with the Great Canadian Play and Songwriter’s series. Wingfield Lost and Found and The Number 14 will bring their hilarious shows to the stage. CITS is pleased to announce the return of the Great Canadian Play Series back to the CITS main stage. This year in the Studio Theatre, Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn, Rose Cousins and Songwriters’ Circle, each with their own unique sounds, will be featured. For music lovers, be sure to consider tickets to The Official Blues Brothers Review (Oct. 11), The Canadian Tenors (Oct. 20), Michael Ciufo (Studio Theatre, Dec. 22), Alfie Zappacosta (Studio Theatre, Feb, 14), Randy Bachman (March 5), Experience The Beatles with Rain (March 24 and 25) and Kellylee Evans (Studio Theatre, April 19) - all on sale now. Officials also want to announce the Broadway blockbuster Wicked, is coming Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. Don’t miss out on this show, winner of 35 major awards. For tickets and information visit

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Perfect Wedding kicks off nuptial season at Drayton Festival Theatre by Marie Male DRAYTON - Bedlam is the word when Bill wakes up on his wedding day beside a naked stranger. Terror is the word as his betrothed walks in. Uproarious is the word to describe the ensuing absurd and unfortunate events in the British farce, Perfect Wedding. Bill must endure further torment with a cuckolded best man, ostentatious in-laws and a moral minority chambermaid. The audience appeared to concentrate on the action and try to make sense of it when in fact there was none. However, any troubles they may feel

they had were alleviated by the comparative misery of Bill plus his hangover. In farcical fashion there is no need for a distinct plot; the carte blanche of double entendres, startling revelations, mistaken identities, slamming doors, desperate pleas/lies and more slamming doors give rise to unfettered fun. One-liners were lacking; the focus of the comedy was the confusion. A fun-loving crew makes the show, with Darren Keay as Bill, the befuddled groom. He manages to retain sympathy despite his shenanigans. Jackie Mustakas braves the role of Judy, the other woman,


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whose brow raising actions flare up the chaos. She manages to inject drama and pathos into the nonsense. The chambermaid is delightfully played by Gabi Epstein with most enjoyable sass. She is hilarious as she sees “the lot of them� for what they are. Josee Boudreau is the straight-man bride whose faith in her betrothed grapples on until the end. David Leyshon plays Tom, the best man whose convincing hold on dignity nearly makes it to the end. Karen Wood takes it to the max as the bride’s embellished mother, Daphne. Her pitchy “Here Comes the Bride� matches her garish outfit. Costume designer Jessica Bray created this unique outfit amongst others. Set Designer Jeff Johnston Collins has created an inviting and detailed country inn setting with sturdy door frames. Perfect Wedding was written by Robin Hawdon and directed by James Kall with comic timing flair. The wedding season will be a breeze after this. Perfect Wedding runs until July 14. For tickets call the Drayton Festival Theatre box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (3729866).

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ENTERTAINMENT Community-engaged theatre project receives funding to tackle both sides of mega quarry issue MELANCTHON - Dale Hamilton, artistic director of Everybody’s Theatre Company, (ETC), announced the group will proceed with a mega quarry communityengaged theatre project. The announcement comes after ETC learned they had been successfully awarded a $9,000 Canada Council grant and $8,500 from the Ontario Arts Council. The money will be used for production costs and to pay professional artists for their contribution. Now in the research and development phase of the project, ETC will collaborate with residents of Melancthon and Mulmur Townships (north of Shelbourne), plus three local artists and two Native resource people to develop a draft script, lyrics, music, choreography and costume/ prop designs, building towards an all-inclusive communityengaged active promenade outdoor walking play about a high-profile proposal for a controversial “mega-quarry�. The Highland Companies (financed by an American hedge fund) has filed an appli-

cation for a 2,316-acre open pit limestone gravel quarry to be situated on lands they own in Melancthon Township - the largest ever quarry in Canada and the second largest in North America. The proposed quarry site is situated on prime agricultural land, to be excavated 200 feet below the water table in the midst of the headwaters for a number of significant river systems serving a large portion of Ontario’s population. Due to the magnitude of the proposed excavation, and the fact that it lays in a highly sensitive water recharge area, any miscalculation, oversight or other error could, according to opponents, result in an environmental catastrophe. Those in favour of the proposal point to the much-needed local employment that would result and the fact that gravel is needed in the road and building construction industry. The overall goal of the project is to present, artistically, the various perspectives on the mega-quarry proposal, providing an opportunity for creative exploration in the midst of a

Mega production - Everybody’s Theatre Company has announced funding for a community-engaged theatre project, to look at both sides of the Melancthon mega quarry proposal. submitted photo community crisis. Given the high-profile and potentially divisive nature of this issue, Hamilton said the purpose of the project is not to present one point of view, but to give voice to a wide range of opinions from a broad base of people. This phase of the theatre project will culminate in October 2013 with a staged reading of the draft script, an exhibition of design drawings and/or models, initial choreography and draft musical compositions.

The event will also serve as outreach to the community in terms of wider participation in the production phase,which will begin in early 2014. The theatre company is supported through the Canada Council for the Arts, with a grant for the Ontario Arts Council and Rural Learning Association. For more information on the project, contact Dale Hamilton, artistic director of Everybody’s Theatre Company at

Big Band Legends show comes to St.Jacobs WATERLOO – This summer the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse invites audiences to jump and jive with an original production featuring the most memorable tunes of the greatest crooners and songbirds. Big Band Legends runs for three weeks beginning July 18 through August 12. “In the same spirit as our smash hit musical revue Swing!, Big Band Legends is a genuinely feel-good production that encourages everyone to relax, let loose, and have fun,â€? says Mustakas. Backed by an all-star orchestra, this upbeat production is packed with classics from such icons as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald, and mid-century stalwarts Tony Bennett, Doris Day, and Bobby Darin, to the modern day Harry Connick Jr. and Michael BublĂŠ. The show also pays tribute to World War II veterans in a unique segment that salutes the Canadian Forces with a medley of songs from the Department of National Defense entertainment shows. Artistic director Alex Mustakas, follows suit with this fifth installment of the

Songbirds - Drayton Entertainment favorites, The Mantini Sisters join the cast of Big Band Legends. wildly popular Legends series. Distinguished music icon Howard Cable provides orchestrations and vocal arrangements. “This is truly a momentous occasion,� said Mustakas. “Howard Cable has played a dominant role in keeping this extraordinary style of music alive through remarkable collaborations with such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope and others. It’s an infectious style of music that is back in the main-

stream through the popularity of current leading icons like Harry Connick Jr. and Michael BublÊ.� Mustakas has assembled a first-rate ensemble of talented performers for this production including Drayton Entertainment favorites The Mantini Sisters. The cast also includes Canadian song and dance man Eddie Glen, whom audiences may remember as Nathan Detroit in Drayton Entertainment’s hit production

of Guys and Dolls last season. Joining Glen is Michael Killinger, who appeared in Swing!, and was most recently seen as Mr. Lyons in Blood Brothers. Michael Vanhevel makes his professional theatre debut in the production. Rounding out the cast are dancers Kimberly O’Neill, choreographer of the gold medal winning Canadian National Jazz and Modern Teams, and Jesse Weafer, who appeared on the hit CTV series So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 3 as one of the top 16 contestants. The impressive “big bandâ€? includes music director Elizabeth Baird on keyboard, Kevin Dempsey on drums, Dave Dunlop on Trumpet, Peter Hysen on Trombone, Matthew Lima on bass, and Pol CoussĂŠe, Vern Dorge, Paul Pacanowski and Barry Usher on Reed instruments. Big Band Legends plays eight shows a week July 18 through August 12. Tickets are available online at, or at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse box office, or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free 1-855-Drayton.

New shows open at Wellington gallery FERGUS - The Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre announced its new show and the addition of a new guest artist this month. “The Beauty of Positive Power� opens June 29 and runs until July 26. The exhibit is a collection of original landscapes and abstract paintings by emerging artist Elle How, whose work has appeared in galleries across southern Ontario. Some of her current pieces are in travelling exhibitions across Canada and Australia. The Wellington Artist’s Gallery is proud to welcome Nola McConnan, a professional visual artist, who is a teacher of art and an illustrator. McConnan’s recent book

ABC Muskoka is in its sixth printing. Many will recognize her commissioned artwork for Royal Winter Fair posters. Her works are shown along side those of Kreighoff, Tom Forestall and George MacLean plus a number of First Nations artists. McConnan’s work is keenly sought and is in private collections in Canada and the United States. Selected pieces of her art will be on exhibit here from June 29 to July 26. An opening reception for both exhibitions will take place on July 7 from 1 to 4pm. The Wellington Artists’ Gallery is located at 6142 Wellington Rd 29, For more information visit

County represented in Ontario pageant WALKERTON - The Ontario Miss Mid West and Princess Pageant will be held on July 14 at the Walkerton Community Centre. Thirty-eight participants will represent the counties of Wellington, Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce. Local girls competing in the Miss Mid West include Olivia Douglas, of Harriston; Samantha Jenson, of Erin; Tracey Moore of Mount Forest; Lisa Billiald, Arthur; and Nicole Lenselink of Palmerston. Each are spon-

sored by their community’s agricultural society. Competing in the Princess Contest are local girls Larissa Lamont, of Mount Forest; Katherine Idzik of Arthur; and Sadie-Lyn Bieman, of Harriston. The pageants take place at the Walkerton Community Centre on July 14. Doors open at 7pm. For more information, contact Barb MacArthur, president of the Ontario Miss and Princess pageant at 519881-4612 or email rjbmac@





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The OMAFRA Report A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA Website: OMAFRA FIELD CROP REPORT - JUNE 21 Corn: Greg Stewart - Warm temperatures continue to push crop development. The majority of the crop is in very good condition. The exceptions would be some of the earliest corn that is less uniform due to cold temperature stresses and some of the later planted corn that went 3 weeks without a rain after planting and has uneven emergence or soil compaction issues. Rapid growth symptom (pale leaves emerging from the whorl) has virtually disappeared. Some sulphur deficiency in corn and seed corn has been confirmed on sandy soils and eroded knolls. Potash deficiency on lower testing soils is also showing up. Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) traps have identified a few WBC moths in the south western part of the province. Stay up to date with WBC issues and trapping results at www. Soybeans: Horst Bohner - Fields are now at the third trifoliate, with early stands beginning to flower (R1 stage). Thin plant stands continue to be an issue. Soil moisture is adequate for nodulation and N fixation to begin in most fields. In very dry areas N fixation is slow, resulting in a pale looking crop. If beans show yellowing between the leaf veins, but the veins remain dark green they are suffering from Manganese (Mn) deficiency. Ontario research has shown that for fields with a history of Mn deficiency, a foliar application of Mn can provide an additional 4 bu/ac. Yield increases are only evident if a true Mn deficiency is present. Applying Mn to either conventional or glyphosate tolerant varieties that show no symptoms will not provide any yield benefit. Ideally, Mn should not be mixed with glyphosate because it reduces the effectiveness of the glyphosate and reduces the efficacy of the Mn. At least 10 days should separate the application of Mn and glyphosate.

DON’T TOUCH WILD PARSNIP Wild parsnip occurs throughout Ontario in abandoned yards, waste places, meadows, old fields, roadsides and railway embankments. It is a member of the carrot family and is very similar to the cultivated parsnip. It is also related to giant hogweed and has similar effects. Wild parsnip is distinguished from other members of the carrot family by its compound leaves with broad, sometimes coarsely-lobed leaflets, yellow flowers and distinctive odour. In its first year, wild parsnip grows in the form of rosettes. These grow close to the ground with leaves averaging six inches long. When wild parsnip matures, its flower stalks grow to about 4 feet high and have umbrella like clusters of yellow flowers that form large flat seeds. Leaves are compound and have 5-15 oval leaflets with variable toothed edges and deep lobes. Wild parsnip rosettes are among the first plants to become green in spring, and its flowers turn a prominent yellow in midsummer. After flowering and going to seed, plants die and turn brown in fall, but first year rosettes remain green until frost. Harmful Effects - After handling the fruit, flowers or leaves of wild parsnip, humans can develop dermatitis. Aided by sunlight, chemicals in the plant cause inflammation of the skin. Mild cases cause burning sensations and reddening of the skin. Severe cases can lead to blistering and extreme burning sensations. Wild parsnip reactions often appear as long spots or streaks on the skin and are commonly confused with the effects of poison-ivy. Unlike poison ivy, you don’t need to be sensitized by a prior exposure. Wild parsnip causes a non-allergic photo-dermatitis that can occur in anyone with the right combination of plant juice and sunlight. Precautions - Outdoor workers should become familiar with the wild parsnip plant and know it by sight. Being able to readily identify wild parsnip and early detection of infested areas will minimize inadvertent exposure to this plant and the painful results that follow. A useful web-site for weed identification is • Never touch or brush up against the plant with bare skin. • If you must work near the plant, cover all body parts

using impermeable coveralls and boots, rubber gloves, and a face shield to protect the eyes and face. • Thoroughly wash boots and gloves with soap, water and a scrub brush before taking off your protective clothing. • Avoid using power tools near the plant because breaking or crushing the stem or leaves can release the toxic sap. • Avoid burning poison sumac where possible. If burning must take place, avoid the smoke and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. • The only person that should cut or attempt to control wild parsnip is someone who knows - the hazards, what controls will prevent contact and how to prevent further spread of the plant. What to Do if Exposed… • Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water. • Stay out of sunlight and cover up exposed areas. • Get medical attention immediately. This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from your physician or a local public health unit. ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN – John C. Benham Once the Fourth Edition workbook is available (planned for late 2012) farm businesses will be expected to update their EFP over time, to remain eligible for cost share. A deemed appropriate Action Plan from the EFP Third Edition will satisfy eligibility requirements for any new environmental programs delivered through OSCIA for a period of five years from the date it was peer reviewed by the local OSCIA Program Committee. If the five years has expired by the time the Fourth Edition is introduced, an updated EFP (i.e. the Fourth Edition) will be required. If substantial changes have taken place on the farm during the same time period (e.g. change in primary commodity) a new EFP maybe required. COMING EVENTS: July 12 - FarmSmart Expo, University of Guelph, Elora Research Station, Elora. For details: July 13 - FarmSmart Expo Youth Day at Elora Research Station at 8:45am. Check the website:

Guelph group attends Brazil trade event Sao Paulo, Brazil - Officials from the City of Guelph and University of Guelph were be in Brazil last week to attend SIAL Brazil and Fispal Food Service trade events from June 25 to 28. The Guelph group met with business executives and decision makers in all areas of the agriculture and food and beverage industries that are looking to invest in Ontario. Guelph participated in this mission as part of the Ontario Food Cluster (OFC), a group of southern Ontario economic

development agencies, as well as the provincial and federal government. A founding member of the OFC, Guelph benefits from the organization’s ability to leverage the combined agrifood strengths and assets of the region, making this sector the country’s largest economic and employment sector and the second largest in North America. “We have developed this year’s OFC program to reach out and attract agri-food firms from abroad and highlight southern Ontario’s collective

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Clowning around - The colourful wig and red nose attracts kids, but farm safety is no laughing matter. Safety Sam, also known as Walter Grose, talks about manure gas hazards with the help of Iris Perriman at the recent Waterloo Rural Women’s Kids Farm Safety Day. Over 80 kids attended the event. Students were put into small groups and rotated through eight different safety stations. photo by Sharon Grose

Government: New system could reduce costs Delhi, Ontario - The federal government is funding a pioneering project that could provide an alternative way to generate on-farm energy and reduce costs. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, recently announced funding of more than $52,000 for the development and installation of a hydro-electric device designed to harness energy from existing dams on farms. “Our government is committed to helping producers find ways to boost their bottom

lines by identifying new energy sources,” said Finley. “Initiatives like these have the potential to lighten the environmental footprint of farms across Canada, while also saving farmers money.” The investment will help Norfolk County–based GreenBug Energy Inc. install and operate a test site for its first-in-Canada farm-scale Archimedes Screw Micro Hydro System in the remnants of an old mill beside an existing low-head dam. This high-tech auger-like device, mounted inside a hollow pipe, is built to rotate using

the force of the water current and power a dynamo to generate approximately 60,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. Until now, low-head dams have not been used for hydroelectricity due to a lack of costeffective technology. The new facility could provide farmers with the opportunity to better assess and evaluate the waterpower potential of their own dams. If expanded on a larger scale, this system could allow hundreds of farms to reduce their energy costs by taking advantage of the water flows on their properties.

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Rural Life Holstein Rodeo in town July 12 to 15 Holstein - There will be no rhinestones on the rodeo cowboys galloping across Ontario’s rural landscape during the inaugural New Holland Pro-Rodeo Series this summer, says rodeo promoter Shawn Orr, president of A Bar K Rodeo Productions, a division of Wildhorse Stunts Inc. True grit, said Orr, is what fans can expect at each one of the four professional rodeo weekends, held this summer in rural communities in the four corners of Ontario. The Holstein Rodeo, July 12 to 15, is the second stop on the series and the Egremont Optimist Club, organizers of the event, are equally excited about bringing world class competition to Ontario’s #1 Rodeo. “We’re committed to driving the bar higher by attracting top rodeo riders from across North America and delivering first class competition and exceptional spectator entertainment,” said Orr. A former professional rodeo bareback rider and stunt-

man for some of the biggest entertainment names in the movie industry, Orr recognizes the special synergy between great sport and spectator entertainment by delivering the best of the best in bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding. Split-second timed events like steer wrestling, roping and barrel racing keep the audience excited, while the entertaining rodeo clowns and ever-ready bullfighters ensure the safety of each cowboy. Live country music each evening, including one of Canada’s hottest artists Dean Brody; sheep shearing competitions hosted by renowned author and playwright Dan Needles; farriers contests; the “vendor village” featuring local artists; and shops, food concessions and a beer garden create a festive atmosphere throughout the Holstein Rodeo. “Rodeo provides a great opportunity to take New Holland’s brand name to the public... which includes today’s farmer,” said Brian Osterndorff, GM and owner

of Robert’s Farm Equipment, which owns three New Holland dealerships. “It’s entertaining, live each day and draws huge [crowds],” he added, referring to the more than 35,000 visitors that attend the Holstein Rodeo each year. Robert’s Farm Equipment will be responsible for the New Holland “sea of blue” equipment that prepares the facility and maintains the competition arenas throughout the four days of rodeo competition. Co-owner and brother Bruce Osterndorff adds, “It has been a great way for us to engage with the communities we serve,” referring to the Robert’s New Holland dealerships located in Mount Forest, Chesley and Lucknow. “There was great buzz around the dealerships after last year’s Holstein Rodeo.” For the latest updates, ticket information and schedules visit For information about the New Holland Pro-Rodeo Series visit

Big ticket - Thousands of fans annually flock to the Holstein Rodeo, which this year will take place July 12 to 15. submitted photo

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Pork show - Ontario Pork Congress volunteers Sherry and Sharon Heldmann show Lorraine Wood some of the prize winning “pig art” at the recent Ontario Pork Congress (OPC). Sharon is a past president of the Pork Congress, and pig farmer. Each year, nearly 2,000 producers and industry professionals attend the OPC to learn more about profitability, animal health and current issues. They get to see the newest products, services and technologies offered by more than 100 commercial exhibitors. The OPC is Canada’s largest pork-specific trade show. photo by Sharon Grose

4-H Photo Club keeps on clicking On May 30 the members of Mimosa’s own 4-H Photography club gathered for yet another meeting. Members started off with the pledge, and then launched into the lesson portion of the meeting. This month’s topic? Playing with motion shots. To illustrate a point regarding the parts of a camera, leader Leslie Cook brought out a camera from the 1930s. The shutter on this high-tech piece

of equipment is a lot easier to see working than that of a digital camera. After wrapping up the lesson on how to modify digital cameras for motion shots, members grabbed their own cameras and headed outside, intent on photographically documenting every inch of the great outdoors. Members got some decidedly strange looks when they tried for motion shots of pass-

ing cars, but to be fair, a bunch of children lined up eagerly anticipating an approaching vehicle must seem a bit strange to the uninformed observer. Naturally, this was merely the source of a good chuckle for the older members and leaders. Alas, the meeting drew to a close as the sun set and members bid one another good night with the 4-H motto.

our 2012 crop year, has provided us the opportunity to further lower license fees for our members.” Beginning July 1, 2012 the license fees paid for corn, soybeans and direct marketed wheat (including GFP premium) are: - corn $0.42/mT; - soybeans $1.42/mT; and - wheat $0.79/mT. For further details on license fees visit

sands of potential new customers. Trade shows provide industry members with valuable opportunities to promote the quality, safety advantages, and environmental benefits of Canadian products; to create new international contacts; and to strengthen existing business relationships. As a registered Canada Brand member, the CFEA has access to tools and promotional items to help with marketing strategies. “The Canadian Food Exporters Association is very appreciative of the funding we receive from the AgriMarketing Program,” said

marketing/dealers. About GFO Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is the province’s newest and largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. Their crops cover 5 million acres of farm land, generate over $2.5 billion in gate receipts, result in $9 billion in economic output, and provide over 40,000 jobs.

Susan Powell, president of the CFEA. “The association leverages this support to provide export programs for small to mid-sized food, beverage, and ingredient manufacturers to make them more competitive in the international marketplace. This financial assistance has allowed for an acceleration of our efforts, and we remain dedicated to opening new markets for our members.” To find out more about the AgriMarketing Program or the Canada Brand international strategy, visit agrimarketing or

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Ottawa - A government official says new federal funding will increase the competitiveness of Canada’s food and beverage industry in key global markets. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and MP Paul Calandra (Oak Ridges-Markham) reccently announced $765,000 in funding for the Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA) to raise awareness of Canadian products at important international trade shows. “Our government’s top priority remains the economy, and Canada’s food and beverage industry plays an important role in creating jobs and keeping our economy strong,” said Calandra. “By helping industry get the tools and resources needed to boost sales in international markets, our government is creating opportunities for Canadian farmers and companies to grow and prosper.” This investment will allow the CFEA to lead trade missions with its members to key international trade shows to get their products in front of thou-

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Slo-pitch tournament was a big fundraising success for firefighters by Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD - The volunteer firefighters here hosted a slopitch tournament recently. Eleven teams played out in the broiling sun, rain and the warm breeze of mornings. The precision of the pitcher sometimes led to three up, three pitches, three out. One fielder performed an amazing flip over the fence in an attempt to catch a ball before it landed just out of reach. In this tournament, any ball hit over the fence was an automatic out for the batter, although the run did count. In the championship games, the temperatures soared to 34 degrees and refreshment stands were kept busy. The B championship was played between the Liquor Pigs and the Busters, with the Liquor Pigs emerging triumphant. After winning the C final game, Weapon’s Crew offered hearty handshakes to the players of the Sam G team it had defeated. The Wolf Pack A was the champs, beating Kegs and Legs. Firefighter Kurt Dykstra congratulated Travis McFadden on his team’s A championship win. Other local teams competing for the A, B and C championships were Crystal V, C. Grice, Richardson, Stray Cats, and Debby K. The Busters from the Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department was the team that travelled the furthest to play. Many of the teams returned their championship winnings, making it an amazing fundraiser for the Clifford volunteer fire fighters.

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Winners - Kurt Dykstra, right, congratulated Travis McFadden of the Wolf Pack on winning the A championship game in the Clifford Volunteer Firefighters slo-pitch tournament last month at the Clifford ball park. photos by Bonnie Whitehead

Big ball game - About 500 people attended the international fastball exhibition doubleheader between the world champion New Zealand Black Sox, above, and the Argentina national team in Moorefield on June 20. photo by David Meyer

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A champs - The Wolf Pack won the A championship game in the Clifford Volunteer Firefighters slo-pitch tournament recently in Clifford. Front: Andrea McFadden. Middle from left: Brooklyn Butchart, Sherri Butchart, Travis McFadden, Jordan Boyle and Derek Grice. Back: Dan Richardson, Colin Rawn, Amber Riebeling, Maurita Boyle and Tyler Andrews. Sam Rolefson and Trent McClement were absent.


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by David Meyer MOOREFIELD - A pair of international fastball teams entertained about 500 people here on June 20 - with a local mural project the big winner. The New Zealand Black Sox swept the doubleheader against the Argentina national team at the newly-refurbished ball diamond, but both teams had a good tune-up for the Legends fastball tournament that ran over the weekend in Kitchener. That tournament is operated by Mapleton Township’s public works director Larry Lynch, who is also the field boss for the New York Gremlins, one of the teams in the Legends tournament. Several of the New Zealand players play for that New York team and Lynch considers them friends as well, and arranged the exhibition series with Argentina to help raise funds for a mural project for Moorefield. That mural has been commissioned and will feature historic scenes of the town, including fastball players. The first game was close for three innings, then Black Sox Penese Iosefo hit a triple on a shot to the opposite field that eluded the Argentina fielder and started a rally for New Zealand. He later homered, over the left field fence this time, to make it 5-0. Argentina then came to life and scored several runs, only to have the Black Sox come right back and increase its lead. The final score in that seven inning game was 7-5. In the second game, New

Zealand won easily, 7-1. Trends in fastball tend to move in cycles, with pitching dominating for several years, and then batters getting better. Lynch said there might be a couple of reasons for high scores against very fast pitchers who had a lot of movement on the ball. First, he said, the hot humid weather was a factor. “I think all the pitchers lost some of their velocity after a couple of innings,” he said. Second, neither team had its aces present. In Argentina’s case, its top two pitchers were unavailable for the tour. That meant the clubs were able to test some of their lesser pitching staff, staggering the workload over a few innings for each of them. Finally, Lynch said, technology is getting much better and balls tend to rocket off the bat quickly, and bats are not only several ounces lighter than the standard bats of a decade ago, they have better compression. That would explain some of the shots that were hit over the eight foot high fence, located 250 feet from home plate in the corners. It also might explain runners failing to score from second base on hard hit singles to left field - with the ball reaching the field so quickly there was no chance to come around third and try for home. “The balls really fly out of the park,” Lynch said of the improved bats. He said the New Zealand players had nothing but praise for the refurbished ball park

in Moorefield, with its fence moved back and its new lights now installed. “When they came in, they were impressed,” he said. “They said it was a beautiful park to play in. They said we should have more events there.” Lynch said he will be working with a number of different groups to see more events at the park. The New Zealanders also performed The Haka, a Maori war dance, prior to the game. It is designed to intimidate the opposition, but while the crowd was entertained, Argentina players glared right back at them during the entire ceremony. Lynch said the financial picture of the event is still not yet clear, but there were between 400 and 500 fans and he believes, “I think we’re close to [the goal of $3,000].” There were also food and refreshment booths, plus raffles tickets. Former catcher Bruce Whale, who is also Mayor of Mapleton, welcomed the crowd to Moorefield. Hetty Meulenbelt, a volunteer for minor ball in Moorefield for over 30 years, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Whale, called by honorary umpire Dennis Craven. Bat boys and girls and game bat keepers were provided by Drayton-Moorefield Minor Softball players Zack Newmaster, Brent Ellison, and Erica and Daphne Culp. Dozens of businesses and organizations were thanked in the event’s official program.

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FROM PAGE TWO Park 2012 Red Power Show. Featuring anything that International Harvester manufactured. This show will include I.H. trucks, scouts, cub cadets, tractors, dozers, equipment, toys, and memorabilia. Country Heritage Park, Milton. Call Al Smith 519-767-0875 or Ken Tosh 519-837-1625 for more info. *** Arthur Legion Wing Night 6-8pm. All you can eat $12. No take outs.

Sat. july 21

Fireworks Festival Weekend Breakfast at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen St. East, 8-11am. Hot breakfast. $8/adults, $5/kids (5-12 years). Accessible entrance off parking lot. All welcome. For info. call 519-323-1910. *** Car Wash at Ken Weeks Dealership Hwy 6 North in Fergus. 9am. Donations to the 2013 Nicaragua Mission Team is appreciated. *** Arthur Legion Karaoke 8:30pm. *** Country dance, Alma Community Hall. $10. Dance to Tri County Classic Country.

Sun. july 22

Sunday Night Showcase Concert - with Grasslands (Bluegrass), 7pm; free, Gore Park bandstand, Elmira. *** Country Jamboree, 1-5 pm, at Amos Dromore Presbyterian Church Shed, 224081 Southgate Rd 22. Jammers, bring your instrument and have fun. Contact for more info. 519-924-0599

Here’s How it Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Find the answer below.

Horoscopes - For the second week of July -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, the week may begin a little off-kilter, but you’ll find that by Wednesday or Thursday, things turn around significantly. A couple of opportunities for socialization arise.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Sometimes much more can be said by remaining quiet that actually speaking, Scorpio. Keep this in mind when you are socializing with new people.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Take inventory of your life this week, Taurus, and make the necessary tweaks to align you with your primary goals. Take a cue from someone organized.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 It can sometimes feel lonely at the top, Sagittarius. Now that you’ve acquired many of the things you wanted, the resulting feelings may not be what you thought.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you’re inspired to do something creative. Narrow down the possibilities. Maybe you want to paint indoors or take on a new craft hobby. Either way you’ll find success.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Now may be the time to get serious about your efforts to find a new job, Capricorn. Start doing the legwork and get your name out to new people as much as you can.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Even the most organized people can get tripped up once in a while, Cancer. This week you may be unable to keep track of things. Keep your cool, and you will get it under control.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Although you’re a do-it-yourself person by nature, Aquarius, sometimes letting someone get the job done frees you up for more important projects. You also get a needed break.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Take control of a situation that arises, Leo, because right now it seems no one else is capable of handling the situation. You may prove to be an excellent leader.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you can’t seem to keep your mind on the thing at hand. Your wandering thoughts may put you in tune with a better idea.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Influential people will be moving in your social circles, Virgo. Failure to introduce yourself and network could lead to setbacks in your employment goals. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Once the excitement of an event wears off, Libra, you may be left floundering for a little while. Don’t wallow in boredom. Get started on a new project.

Mon. july 23

Until July 27- St. John’s Lutheran Church Clifford is holding its Bible School from 9am - noon. The topic is God Keeps His Promises. There will be fun, stories, songs, games crafts and snacks.

Fri. july 27

Alma Optimist Beef BBQ. Alma Community Hall. $12. Kids $4. *** All Saints Community Dinner. Check your livestock before you leave home because July’s treat is Chicken Fingers…‘hand’ made, of course! Salad, bread and dessert and don’t worry if you need gluten-free because we have that as well. Bring your families and bring your friends to Erin’s best dinner deal, 6-7pm. No sermon and no charge; free will offerings gratefully accepted. All Saints Church, 81 Main Street, Erin. “The one with the Steeple”

Sat. July 28

Marsville Lions Community Breakfast. $5 per person. Marsville Community Centre. Last Saturday of every month. 7:30-10:30am. Also, recycling of wine bottles, beer bottles and cans, pop cans. *** Saturday Night Dance at the Elora Legion featuring Marion’s Band. Starts at 8pm. Cost $10 per person, lunch provided. Call 519-846-9611 for more information.

Sun. july 29

Sunday Night Showcase Concert - with Rhyme ‘N’ Reason (Bluegrass), 7pm; free, Gore Park bandstand, Elmira.

FROM PAGE TWO online. Here’s just a sample of what people are saying. “Kevin from St. Pauls writes, ‘We just want our governments to live within their means and pay the bills’. “The most important issue to Joe from Listowel is, ‘Making sure that the province has a secure future’... “More than 77% of respondents agreed that our communities need a greater say over the placement of industrial wind

turbines. Thinking of their personal economic circumstances, 38% of respondents are not confident in the future, and that’s very troubling. Over 60% believe that the provincial government is in general on the wrong track. “I am very pleased that so many of my constituents took time to respond with their ideas and concerns.” In total, Pettapiece received almost 200 responses from Perth-Wellington constituents.



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EXTREME HEAT The hot summer sun is enjoyable, but it does pose some risks. Extreme Heat Risks May Include:

Saturday, July 14 All around the Village of Erin!

• Heat cramps • Heat Exhaustion • Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke)

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To ♦ minimize your risk, take the following precautions: • Keep out of the heat during peak hours. • Stay cool by taking cool showers, staying indoors, reducing use of oven, turn off lights, keep drapes closed, etc.


• Keep hydrated!

Wellington County Social Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new Social Services office located at 321 St. Andrew Street West in Fergus.

• Avoid outdoor physical activity during peak hours.

We provide assistance with: • Ontario Works benefits to the residents of the Townships of Minto, Mapleton, Centre Wellington and Wellington North

For more information, visit the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website at:

• Employment services, including access to computer workstations and job postings • Settlement Services to help newcomers to Canada successfully transition to their new home in Wellington County Application Line for Ontario Works Assistance: 519.837.2670 x 2603


General Inquiries: 519.837.2670 x 4800

SUMMER PLEASURES Join us each Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, for summer activities for all ages. ! Please check our website for details ! All children must be accompanied by an adult. ! Admission is by donation unless otherwise stated. ! Some events require registration.

July 4

Gone to the Dogs!

July 11

Believe! Celebrate the Olympics

July 18

Puppets Elora

July 25

Storytelling with Donna McCaw

August 1 Tour of Belsyde Cemetery August 8 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Tea August 15 Let’s go Fishin'! August 22 Papermaking 101! August 29 What does this recipe mean?

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