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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, July 23, 2010

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS The Guelph Enabling Garden, located in Riverside Park, Guelph presents the third season of Tea and Tales with the Guelph Guild of Story Tellers continuing each Friday until Aug. 27 from 10:30 - 11:30am. Please join us for a cup of tea and to listen to this talented group of story tellers in a beautiful garden. For more information contact Lea at 519-265-5770.

JULY 23 Clifford United Church, Congregate Dining, 11:30am “Taking the Mystery Out of Label Reading”. To register please call the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence at 519-638-1000 or toll-free at 1866-446-4546. *** Arthur Legion Wing Night 6-8pm. All you can eat $12. Entertainment by Deb Bayshaw. *** Arthur Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ 5-7pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Frederick St. Arthur. $12 for 1/2 chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll and dessert. Proceeds to March 2011 Nicaragua Mission Trip. Call 519-848-5852 for tickets.

JULY 24 The Guelph Youth Singers have returned from their SEVEC exchange to Whistler, BC. Pictured here are Kelsey Danielli, 13, Allison McDonald, 14, and Kavya Yoganathan, 15. submitted photo.

Guelph Youth Singers visit Whistler, BC From May 24 to 29, 32 Choir III members of Guelph Youth Singers, along with conductor Linda Beaupré, accompanist Ken Gee and several chaperones, travelled to British Columbia on a SEVEC-sponsored exchange with the Whistler Children’s Chorus. This program, run by Exchanges Canada, gives financial assistance to Canadian youth groups participating in cultural exchanges. The meeting of the two choirs was a fond reunion, as the Whistler choir had visited Guelph in November. The Guelph choristers were billeted in Whistler choristers’ homes and were treated to beautiful scenic views as well as an inside view of life in Whistler. Activities during the week included a tree-top trek above the rain forest via zip-lines, swaying logs, tire tubes, etc; concerts; a presentation on the black bears that reside in the

Whistler area; shopping; a trip to Vancouver Aquarium and Granville Island; a visit to the cultural centre to learn more about the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations people; a bike and hike through Lost Valley; and more. One highlight was singing the Olympic song I Believe in concert with the Whistler Children’s Chorus. The words of this song highlight the value of this experience: “I believe in the power that comes from ‘Canadians’ brought together as one.” This trip allowed the youths to share the gift of choral music with others, to discover more about each others’ history, geography and culture, to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Canada and its people and to develop new friendships. It was a delight to represent Guelph in this amazing choral exchange, particularly during this monumental Olympic year.

Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Country Versatiles”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** Garage Sale, St. John's United Church, Belwood, 8am – 12noon. Some of everything, including antiques, come browse and support the Building Fund. *** Fish Fry Dinner at Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Sittings at 5pm and 7pm. Tickets, Adults $14, Children (under 12 yrs.) $7. Admission by ticket only. (No Take Out) Please call Mary, 519-856-2844 or Italo, 519-856-2192. Presented by the Rockwood KofC & CWL. *** Courtney Gascho Memorial Walk and Talk at Wallace Cumming Park, Cty. Rd. 17, Alma. Registration 8:30am, Fundraiser BBQ 11:30. Pledge sheets at Husky Farm Equipment, Lloyd Scott Enterprises and Geddes Garage. Proceeds going to Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, helps families with kids with cancer. Bring water bottle. *** Charity Car Wash 10am-3pm, Guelph Auto Partsource, Victoria Road S. Minimum $5 donation. All proceeds going to Shriner's Hospital. Melissa Brown 519-787-0554.

JULY 25 Showcase concert with Gerald Davison and the Country Versatiles at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free. *** Summer Concerts in the Park. 7pm. Riverside Park. “Guelph Concert Band”. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or sit on the grass to enjoy some wonderful music in park this summer. *** Knox Presbyterian Church in Conn is hosting The Black family in concert, 7pm. *** Mounted Games at Grand River Raceway. Registration begins at 9am. Bring your pony, have some fun.

JULY 26 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Breakfast Financial Session: Investment Insight: A Blueprint With A Purpose 9:30am. No charge. Call 519-787-1814 to register. All welcome.

JULY 27 Trillium Waldorf School Parent-Child Program Sample Class. 9am to noon. Register to attend this free opportunity to experience a typical Waldorf early childhood program for parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Contact Connie Watson for more information and to register at: 519-821-5140.


Sunday August 8, 2010 Games start at 1pm - Doors open at 11am share the wealth package $15 - main program package $25

Held at Grand River Raceway 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

AUG 1 McKee Cemetery Memorial Service 2pm. Speaker Rev. Katherine Gregory. Please bring lawn chairs. In case of rain the service will be held in St. John’s United Church, Belwood. *** Showcase concert to be announced at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free. *** The third annual Standardbred Showcase for registered standardbred horses is scheduled for the Industry Day week-end at Grand River Raceway, Elora. Showtime 9am. For information contact Kelly at 905-335-8115.

AUG 2 Sacred heart Church Kenilworth annual Garden Party and Buffet Supper on 4-7pm. Adults-$12, Children 5-12- $5 and children under 5-free. Bingo, draws and games of chance. Everyone welcome.

AUG 4 The Guelph Enabling Garden is hosting "Knit Knites" in the Garden at Riverside Park, Guelph. 6:30pm. Comforting hot tea will be served. For more information call 519-265-5770. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Camouflage: Now you See Me, Now you Don't" $2 / person, under 5 free 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Learn To Play Pool at 2pm or Learn To Play Chess at 2pm. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** The Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington and East Wellington Community Services presents – “How can I do this?” 1-3pm. Erin Centre 2000. Topics include: Caregivers need care too., The G Word-Guilt, Caring, Comforting and Communicating. This 2 part series is free, call Sherri to register 519-833-0087.

AUG 7 1st Annual Rick Couling Memorial Golf Tournament. Wildwinds Golf Club. $100 per person includes golf, cart & steak dinner, proceeds go to The Heart & Stroke Foundation. Call Rick or Amy 519-787-5289.

AUG 8 Showcase concert with Country Ways at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free. *** Summer Concerts in the Park. 7pm. Riverside Park. “Kitchener Musical Society”. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or sit on the grass to enjoy some wonderful music in park this summer.

AUG 9 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Seminar: “Put Pork on Your Fork” at 10am. Beginner & Intermediate Computer Course (classes held Mon. & Wed.) Call 519-787-1814 to register.

AUG 11 Until August 28- Cowgirls. A Classically Country Musical By Betsy Howie. Music and Lyrics by Mary Murfitt. Directed by Robert More. 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. *** Guelph Guild of Storytellers. Storytelling at the Boathouse. 8pm Come listen to tales new and old by the river. Short open mic time. This month's theme “People in glass houses”. Special Guest: TBA. Boathouse at 116 Gordon St. Donations graciously accepted. Not suitable for children. Sandy Schoen 519-767-0017. *** Euchre Harriston, Legion #296 Harriston. 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. For more information call 519- 338-2843. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Fascinating Fungi" $2 / person, under 5 free 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Drop-in Blood Pressure Clinic 10am-12 noon - no appointment needed - no charge. Just drop-in. Homemade Wednesday Lunch at 12 noon. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** The Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington and East Wellington Community Services presents – “How can I do this?” 1-3pm. Erin Centre 2000. Topics include: Caregivers need care too., The G Word-Guilt, Caring Comforting and Communicating. This 2 part series is free, call Sherri to register 519-833-0087.


AUG 12

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Trillium Waldorf School Parent-Child Program Information Day9am - 3pm. Drop-in at any time in the day to learn about our enriching and inspiring program for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Contact Connie Watson for more information at: 519-821-5140.

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

Community Barbeque at The Grand River Raceway in Elora at 5pm. Local producers coming together to cook for the public,

Arthur Agricultural Society Directors meeting. 8:15pm. Lower Hall of the Arthur Community Centre. All welcome. *** Arthur and District Horticulture Society Flower and Vegetable Show at Sr. Citizen's Hall 8pm. Entries must be in place by 7:45. Everybody is welcome. Come out and learn some new techniques. Youth meeting 6pm. Continued on page 15

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“proceeds to local community projects”

Until August 21- Country Legends A Salute to Country Music Pioneers. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E., Waterloo. Regular Performance $42; Previews $35.50; 18 and Under $21.50. Tel: 519-747-7788 or Toll Free: 1-888-449-4463. *** Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Incredible Insects: Not so Scary After All" $2 / person, under 5 free 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Wellington Christian Farmers Assoc. Annual Summer Social. 6:30pm 7915 Wellington Rd. 109 Arthur. BYO- Lawn chairs, dishes, cutlery, mugs, salad or desert to share and family, friends and neighbours. Call Wim Denhartog at 519-848-2709 for information or directions. (Rain date July 29).

entertainment, children’s activities. Cost $2 per person, children free. All gate proceeds donated to the Food Bank.


Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, July 23, 2010 PAGE THREE

Cathy Lesperance: First female farrier in Ontario nears 29 years in business by David Meyer

Lesperance goes Red hot - Cathy a hot horseshoe. to work shaping

When Cathy Lesperance left high school in Elmira in 1981, she figured she had at least three career options she might want to pursue - and a fourth that was interesting. Her main choices were accounting, psychology and law. Instead, she decided to try for work as a farrier - shoeing horses. The result was, in one instance alone, two broken ribs, her back broken in two places and a 21-stitch cut to her head - all from a kicking horse. But Lesperance has no regrets at all about her career choice. Placing shoes on horses is a long way from spreadsheets or the courtroom, but she already had a three year start. At 15, growing up in Elmira, she bought her first horse and eventually found herself at a blacksmith shop getting shoes for it. “When I watched that blacksmith I thought it was absolutely fascinating,” she said. And when it came to a career, “I decided, ‘I need to try this first’ - or I didn’t think I ever would.” It wasn’t easy. Lesperance was an 18-year-old high school graduate, but she was a woman. In those days, even with women’s liberation causing a major societal shift in all walks of life in North America, women in the world of blacksmithing and horseshoeing was unheard of - so it was a tough place to gain a foothold. Finally, she got a break. “I found a blacksmith in Guelph that would actually take on a girl. It was his wife who talked him into it. He didn’t want me either,” she said. “I didn’t go in with any feminist attitude. I just went with the attitude I was going to do the


best I could do.” Lesperance looks around today and the world of the farrier has changed. There are schools that teach the trade now, but there were none in Ontario when she began, although she did say there were probably a few in the United States. Even so, many people today still seem surprised to find female farriers. A search on female farriers on the internet showed that in 2005, someone set up a search for females in the trade - and found quite a few - but that the question was even asked indicates some people then still thought it is an oddity. Lesperance knows several women who do the work, and cited two young women from Fergus who are planning to attend a school or take an apprenticeship in the near future. But even after school, students will still have to find a blacksmith or farrier and apprentice. The government does not regulate farriers and anyone can try the trade, but clients can be picky and those who are unable are soon weeded out. Lesperance said of her apprenticeship, “I stayed with him for nine months. Then I went on to work with [her future husband] Larry Lesperance for six years.” When he decided he wanted to get out of the trade and operate a group home, she simply carried on the business. Farriers work specifically with horses, although they need training as a blacksmith to learn techniques for shaping shoes. In short, all farriers are blacksmiths, but not all blacksmiths are farriers.

photo by Sophie H ogan

There are still many similarities. “I have a forge. You still have to heat them up and beat them on an anvil. The hotter they are, the more gentle you have to be.” Her shop is portable, with nary a spreading chestnut tree in sight. It looks like a camper trailer, is pulled by a truck, it carries her forge attached to the back door, has side windows for ventilation and a neat sets of tools and various horseshoes hanging on the walls, ready to

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unshod hooves. Plus, she said, “Horses wear off their feet faster than they can grow. For show horses, or jumpers, or any horse that needs purchase on the ground grabbing, per se - shoes give more than the hoof will give them.” As for speed, she said race horses use very thin shoes, and they are made out of aluminum. That gives purchase, but they are also light, which is important for speed.

“For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” John Gower's Confesio Amantis, dated approximately 1390. be shaped for the horses. She travels to her clients, instead of them coming to her. And she still dunks those red hot shoes, and the steam still sizzles as it rises. “It’s still done where you burn it onto the foot,” she said. “Then you nail it on. You have to nail it on.” Anyone who ever watched old westerns on TV or in the movies remembers the Plains Indians did not ride shod horses. Lesperance said the reason most horses are shod today is people are using them more, surfaces are rougher, they are used for racing, games, eventing, hunter and jumper and a variety of other uses, all of which would be difficult on

“They’ve got some serious grab,” she said. “They can run completely unimpeded.” Regular shoes, which she mainly uses, are “made out of mild steel,” but she noted, “You can get plastic, rubber or titanium shoes.” Lesperance does not work with race horses or with the big ones, like Percherons, but she has still handled some fair sized horses, with the biggest just over 18 hands. She also has shoed four-month-old miniatures so small she looms over them. She moved to Fergus nine years ago and gets her shoeing supplies in Orangeville. She knows of many people who can

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shape iron into various shapes, but she is a farrier. She works with horseshoes. “I love shaping horseshoes. I’m not creative with blacksmithing at all. Some [blacksmiths] are artists. I like shaping horses’ shoes. Each one is different.” To place four shoes on a horse takes her about 40 to 50 minutes, and to reset them takes about 35 to 40 minutes. She estimates she shoes “a couple of thousand” horses each year, and her hours range from 40 to 60 per week, which she admitted “can be tough.” Most of her clients are in the Caledon, Orangeville, Palgrave, Guelph and Fergus area, but she has one client in Mitchell she still works for because she likes the client. Lesperance is all business when it comes to satisfying her customers. She has heard the horror stories about farriers who are supposed to show up at 2pm on a Wednesday and arrive in February. She said she always calls when she is going to be delayed because people’s time is valuable and she respects that. She added she would never re-shoe a horse when she can simply repair old shoes. The money would be nice, but … “My clients are my bosses. I take a lot of pride in my service and integrity. I run my business the way I would want to be treated.” Lesperance smiles and remembers how she freaked out her sister during one of her injury stints with a nasty horse several years back. She was bringing Ronda Lobsinger something from Fergus to a nearby city and asked her sister to come to the farm where she was working. That was a time she got seriously hurt from a kick. When Lobsinger arrived, staff at the barn seemed a little frantic. When she asked for Cathy Lesperance, a worker

told her, “Don’t worry; the ambulance is on its way.” Lesperance said until she saw her sister she was doing just fine, but when she saw her, she lost it and started to cry. Today, she shrugs off such hurts as simply part of the job. She gets kicked, she gets stepped on. “I have aches and pains. I have earned them legally and rightfully - they’re mine. I deserve them,” she said. Lesperance looks around at the horse world today and sees nothing but opportunity ahead. She noted southern Ontario has more horses per capita than Kentucky, which is still acknowledged as the horse capital of the world. And, she said, “There are a lot more women now. It’s not the same industry.” She said there was a time that a blacksmith used a bellows instead of modern propane-fired forge, and what was needed in those days was generally stereotyped as “a strong back and a weak mind.” Today, she said, “It’s about horsemanship and finesse.” She still rides, and has continued that for nearly 40 years now. She added this area has many farriers. Some are full time, some do only their own horses and some work at it part time. With so many horses around, there is plenty of work. “It’s a huge industry. There are a lot of them.” There is also the occasional bonus, too. Lesperance obtained the work for Medieval Times, a show out of Toronto. “I get to watch the knights practicing.” Are there any second thoughts about that career in law or accounting or psychology? “No. Not at all. I wouldn’t change a thing. I would do it again. I still like my job.” Cover horse - Pacific Star, at Travis Hall Equestrian.

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PAGE FOUR Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, July 23, 2010



Spursuader was invented here and is now being used around the world by David Meyer GUELPH - How would you like a sharp poke in the ribs? Well, neither does your horse. Equestrian Canada level 2 coach, horse racer, and eventing competitor Linda Hauck followed that train of logic and has developed and patented a new kind of spur - one that the rider and the horse will likely find very appealing. “This one is telling,” she said, holding a traditional, long, pointed spur. “This one is asking,” she added, showing the spursuader. Instead of coming to a point, the spursuader is rounded, and it is angled onto the boot hold with the horse’s ribs in mind, and it doesn’t cause any sharp movements from sensitive horses when the rider uses the spurs to ask the horse to move to one side or another, or forward or back. Hauck said that is particularly appealing in events like dressage, where jittery movements are not what the rider wants. It can be used in dressage, eventing, and Canadian hunter jumper competitions, among others. “I designed it to make the horse happy,” she said in an interview. “The sensitive ones, the thoroughbreds, the one’s with some go to them. It’s also for the riders.” The level 2 coach has done eventing for years, and for ten

Invented here - Linda Hauck shows the traditional spur, left, and her spursuader, which she patented as a tool to ask the horse to do something rather than order it. photo by David Meyer more years she rode the thoroughbreds at racetracks like Woodbine and Fort Erie, and in the United States, as well as currently training and buying and selling horses in her 30 years in the industry. Since she buys and sells mostly thoroughbreds, as well as coach and train, the spursuader comes in very handy. She said when she teaches, the spursuader particularly

gives students the confidence to kick it into the horse without getting a major reaction, and yet it gets the movement the rider desires. “It gives them the confidence - and it’s effective,” she said with a smile. “There’s nothing like it on the market.” She added that when people see it, their reaction is, “It’s a no brainer.” Now, her invention is mak-

ing inroads all over North America and in Europe. “It had been in my mind for years,” she said. “The thoroughbreds hated the points [on traditional spurs]. I told myself, if I didn’t do it, somebody else will.” She said she simply asked herself, “What can I do that will make both of us happier?” Hauck said she had noticed over five years ago that the

traditional spur was not working well with “these sensitive breeds. Some people don’t necessarily want more speed from a horse, they just want it to move over. People tell me there is no overreaction.” Hauck knows her spurs. She said the first American patent on them came in 1860, and that Europe could have different patents. So, 18 months ago, she had a prototype made, and had all the people she was riding with and those she was training try them out. They liked it. Hauck applied for a patent in the Untied States first, because it is a bigger market. She filed her invention on May 28 last year, and received the patent on April 13 this year. “It went really well,” she said, noting that the patent is also good across North America and Europe, too. It is good for 14 years. She said the shape she uses is unique and her lawyer told her the spursuader will be very difficult to duplicate or copy. Old style spurs can run anywhere from $15 to $150, but she sells the spursuader in the mid price range at $54.99. She said of the patent experience, and getting her spursader recognized for various events, “I did jump all the hoops.” Hauck said at first, the Federation Equestrian International felt international calibre

riders should know what they are doing when it comes to spurring a horse, but now it is used by riders in its events, too. She attended a huge trade show in Britain in February, and Hauck added she has talked to a number of top notch riders about the spursuader, and they like it, too. She said that three-time Olympian Peter Gray, now the Canadian three day event team coach used to refuse to use any spurs at all, but he will now use the spursuader. The prototype spursuader was made in Elmira, as was the packaging. Unfortunately, she she said, there were problems with the tumbling process, and she was losing about half the production to breakage. She is now marketing the spursuader through Shires Equestrian Products, which does business in Europe and North America, and the spursuader is now made in the Shire’s factory in China. “It wasn’t something that I wanted to do,” Hauck admitted. “I’m very much made-in-Canada.” Hauck could not be more pleased with her invention. She said that “everything just fell into place.” Her partner, a firefighter, came up with the name, and a company in Elmira helped with the packaging. “The only thing I came up with was the design.”

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, July 23, 2010 PAGE FIVE



Steps to take for reducing environmental hoof-print for horse operations by Mark Eastman, Credit Valley Conservation Authority Have you ever wondered how your equine operation may be negatively impacting the natural environment? Have you considered making improvements on your property such as fencing along streams and ponds, planting trees for windbreaks or habitat enhancement, or; constructing a new manure storage, but are concerned about the cost? If you have answered yes to the above questions, then consider attending a free Environmental Farm Plan Workshop. Those workshops are delivered by local Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association representatives to assist participants with the completion of worksheets that assess the level of your operation’s environmental risk.

Some examples of the categories addressed in the plan, include manure storage and handling, stream, ditch and floodplain management, wetland, woodlands and wildlife management. Once the worksheets are completed, the landowner creates an action plan to identify land management improvement opportunities and priorities on the property. In addition, the action plan highlights how the improvements are to be made. Once that plan is completed, it is reviewed by a committee made up of local peers. If the plan is accepted by the peer review committee, you may proceed with implementing one or several projects of your choice to reduce the environmental risk of your operation. In an effort to assist with the cost of implementing the environmental improvement pro-




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jects, the local Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association will inform you about funding available through the CanadaOntario Farm Stewardship program. Traditionally, only farms that possessed valid farm business registration numbers were eligible for that Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship program funding. That excluded many smaller equine operations that did not view themselves as farm businesses and did not generate greater than $7,000 of gross income from the operation. However, the eligibility criteria for the program has recently changed and a valid farm business registration number is no longer a requirement. Now, small equine operations can simply submit a copy of their property assessment notice from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

(MPAC), confirming the property is classified as “Farm Taxable: Full.” You will also need to provide proof of individual membership in the one of the following farm organizations, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario or National Farmers Union-Ontario. If your property is not currently classified as agricultural or you are not a registered member in one of those three general farm organizations, you have options. For properties zoned agricultural, including all subclasses (such as rural or small agricultural holdings) that engage in agricultural activity, and that includes raising and maintaining horses, it is possible to have the classification of at least a portion of your property changed from commercial or rural residential to


agricultural by submitting a Request for Reconsideration to MPAC. For more information on that process contact MPAC by calling 1 866-296-6722. To enroll yourself as an individual member in one of the three general farm organizations, contact them at: - Ontario Federation of Agriculture: 1 800 668-3276; - Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario: 519-837-1620; or - National Farmers Union: 306-652-9465. Note that individual memberships do not provide RST exemption. Only property owners who gross greater than $7,000 of farm income annually and have a valid farm business registration number are eligible for RST exemption. There are a number of other programs that can help imple-

ment your approved Environmental Farm Plan, too. Contact your local Conservation Authority for details on technical and financial grant opportunities. Not sure which of the 36 Conservation Authorities you should contact, check out the provincial map and contact listing on the Conservation Ontario website at This article has been prepared by the Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses steering committee, which is comprised of representatives from the Horse Facilities Council, Uxbridge Horseman’s Association, Ontario Trail Riders Association, Equine Guelph, University of Guelph, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Equestrian Federation and various Conservation Authorities.

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PAGE SIX Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, July 23, 2010



WHOA connects people in the horse world to many needed services by David Meyer “Now what do I do? That was the thought that ran through the mind of Elaine Capes just after she had moved to Mono Township and purchased a horse. Her thoughts were all practical, running along the lines of “Where do I buy feed? Where to I find a vet? I didn’t know where to get a farrier.” Instead of remaining puzzled, Capes turned to a modern method of finding out what she needed to know. “I’m a person who likes networking,” she said in an interview in June at Equifest, in

Orangeville. “I bet there are others out there who can help me.” She started WHOA. That stands for Women Horse Owners Association - but it is not an exclusive club. One of its first members was a man. She laughed and said for a while she called it “WHOA plus Bob.” The difficulty in using the term “women” was simply that the word “men” of “people” wrecked a nice, horsey acronym for a group associated with horses. “I’m a recreational rider,” Capes said, adding that she likes to keep things simple.

Equi-challenge Aug. 26 HALTON HILLS - Riding on the overwhelming success of the inaugural Equi-Challenge ’09 at the Aziz family’s Iron Horse Farm in Caledon, the Ontario Veterinary College has announced Equi-Challenge 2010 to be held at Halton Place on Aug. 26. While the venue has changed, the unique formula, which played to a sold-out crowd in its first year, will remain constant with the top riders from Olympic sports, racing, western, and polo changing hats for a great cause. A one-of-a-kind multidiscipline team event, EquiChallenge features the biggest

names in sport doing other types of riding for the evening, with show jumpers barrel racing, jockeys jumping hurdles, drivers playing polo, and more. Choreographed for good sport and entertainment, EquiChallenge will flow from team competition at ringside to gourmet food and music in the VIP tent. Equi-Challenge will be an evening to celebrate the diversity of the horse and support the new Equine Sports Medicine and Reproduction Centre at the world leading Ontario Veterinary College. For information or tickets, visit

Starting the group was remarkably easy, as it turned out. Capes said. “I cooked it up on a napkin ... in a pub with my husband.” The group began formally in January of 2006, and it now has members from all over Ontario, including several from Wellington County. She knew off hand of members in Guelph, Rockwood, and Hillsburgh who are part of WHOA. That first meeting was held in the basement of her house in Rosemont, “and it kind of evolved into a beautiful thing from there,” she said. There are now over 100 members, and, “We do let men join,” even though Bob left the club due to business commitments and time. WHOA meets every third Tuesday. “Different people volunteer to host them.” Members can attend and learn about all things equine. Some of the meeting have included such topics as: - the TTouch Method; - cleaning tack; - a clicker training demonstration; - a nutrition night; - equine first aid; - trainer riding tips; - fire prevention in barns; - herbs for horses; and - trailer loading. Besides attending meetings and hearing about horse issues, Capes and WHOA started

Equifest at the Orangeville fairgrounds as another method of meeting people interested in horses, and all the equine disciplines. Equifest featured over 250 people this year (“It just keeps growing,” Capes said) and offered vendors an outlet to purvey all kinds of horse services. There was a horse chiropractor, horse art, displays for trailers and just about every piece of horse equipment known to modern equestrianism. One participant is making a buggy, by hand. There was also a saddle fitter available to discuss riders’ needs. A woman farrier was available to discuss shoes. Kaitlyn Arkwright said she is establishing herself in the farrier business, and noted that many women own horses - and they are quite comfortable talking about their horse’s needs with another woman. Capes said the first year, the show featured only one ring. This year, it had six going. The demonstrations were not just for viewing - but more like “feet-in-the stirrups.” WHOA member Joanne Milton, of Rustic Meadows, near Hillsburgh, was giving a demonstration of riding. She has been teaching western and sidesaddle riding for over 30 years, and sought audience members to join her in the ring for a ride - side-saddle. There

WHOA founder - Elaine Capes, of Mono Township, at Equifest, in Orangeville, in June. She founded the Women Horse Owners Association and that group just completed its fifth event, and it just seems to grow every year. were several takers who joined - and looked thrilled. WHOA membership has its privileges, from discounted feed at certain stores to myriad other discounts, price breaks, and services. Membership is $25 per year. The group also has lots of activities scheduled throughout the year. Coming events include:

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Curious kids - Nobody knows just what they will find at the Equimania display, and that is one reason why the demonstration by Equine Guelph has become such a popular attraction wherever it goes.


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competition coming to Lexington, Kentucky in the fall. An invitation to the international stage is a remarkable feat given the age of Equine Guelph – a youthful six years. “We have worked diligently on building Equine Guelph’s programs including, EquiMania, and I am so proud that we have earned this oppor-

tunity,” said Ecker. EquiMania, an interactive traveling education centre for youth, has been a popular exhibit in Canada – featured regularly at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and rural agricultural fairs – but never before has the 5,500 pound exhibit crossed international borders. The games will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, and they are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Eques-

tre Internationale (FEI). Held outside of Europe for the first time, the competition involving 600 riding competitors and 700 horses from more than 60 countries is expected to be attended by as many as 600,000 spectators and viewed on television by an international audience exceeding 460 million. EquiMania will be located in the centre of the park – in the Carriage House. The facility will be chock full of unique educational displays, activities, and quizzes to engage youth about horse health care and safety. Continued on next page

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When the rider becomes hot, the horse has become even hotter by Teresa Pitman A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both are exercising at a moderate level. Which is more likely to overheat? It might surprise people to know that their horse gets hotter much faster than they do and it is more susceptible to the negative effects of heat stress. Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, explained, “It takes only 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s tem-

perature to dangerous levels. That’s three to 10 times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do.” And the effects can be serious. If a horse’s body temperature shoots up from the normal 37° to 38° C to 41° C, temperatures within working muscles may be as high as 43° C, a temperature at which proteins in muscle begin to denature (cook). Horses suffering excessive heat stress may experience hypotension, colic and renal failure. Lindinger, a faculty mem-

EquiMania is eduction centre at World Games FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Kids of all ages will learn: how to braid a tail, about potential careers in the horse industry, to tell the age of a horse by its teeth, horse farm and rider safety, to identify horse bones, colours of equine competition ribbons, equine nutrition, how to wrap legs and what parasites look like. Not only will young visitors learn new things about horses, but horse people from around the world will learn about Equine Guelph’s award-winning online education programs in equine science and business management. “The hard-working team at Equine Guelph should be

proud of this accomplishment,” said Alastair Summerlee, president of the University of Guelph. “This is a wonderful opportunity to show the world how Equine Guelph, the Ontario Veterinary College, and the University of Guelph can support the needs of the equine industry – both now and in the future – through research, performance, and education.” Tickets for the event have already been sold to enthusiasts in all 50 U.S. states and 48 countries. For more information on the Games and to purchase tickets, visit Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

ber in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, became interested in the effects of heat on horses when he was a lead researcher on the Canadian research team that contributed information on the response of the horse to heat and humidity for the Atlanta Summer Olympics. He recently presented a workshop on the topic at Equine Guelph’s outdoor Equine Expo held at the university’s Arkell Research Station. Horses are more susceptible to heat for several reasons, said Lindinger. First, they are larger and have a higher percentage of active muscle than people do during exercise. When muscles are being used, they produce a lot of heat. Horses also rely to a significant extent on sweating to cool them off. They can sweat 15 to 20 litres per hour in cool, dry conditions and up to 30 litres per hour in hot, humid conditions, but only 25 to 30 per cent of the sweat produced is effective in cooling the horse by evaporation. “Because so much more sweat is produced than can be evaporated, the rest just drips off the horse’s body,” said Lindinger. “By comparison, up to 50 per cent of the sweat people produce is evaporated from our bodies during exercise and helps to cool us.” The salts in horse sweat are also four times as concentrated as in human sweat. Lindinger

referred to a photograph of an area where endurance horses had been standing while their sweaty bodies were repeatedly scraped and cooled with water. As the liquids evaporated from the ground, the soil surface was left white because of the salt in the horses’ sweat. “Those salts have to be replaced,” he added. “Just giving the horse water will not rehydrate a dehydrated horse. When horses drink plain water, it dilutes their body fluids, and their bodies respond by trying to get rid of more water and more electrolytes.” Horses also pant to dissipate heat, but Lindinger says this is effective only if the air is at least five degrees cooler than the horse’s body temperature. His tips for protecting horses from the harmful effects of summer heat begin with teaching your horse to drink an electrolyte solution (water with the right proportion of salts dissolved in it) to replace sweat losses. “Start with a small amount in the water, allowing the horse to get used to the taste, and

gradually increase it over days and weeks until you have reached the manufacturer’s recommendation.” Keeping a horse properly hydrated is the most important step in protecting it against the harmful effects of heat, he said. F o r t h o s e preparing for a competition, Lindinger recommended trying to acclimatize the horse to the heat by spending four hours daily, at least five days a week, for three weeks, in hot conditions. For best results, exercise the horse for an hour during the second hour of each of those days. “Many riders will train their horses in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cool, then go to a competition held during the hottest part of the day. You need to get horses used to being ridden in the heat and allow them to develop the full spectrum of beneficial adaptations that come with heat acclimation.” Lindinger said that horses

that have been through a process of heat acclimation will lose more heat through sweating and respiration and will be better able to stay hydrated because they are more likely to drink. When a horse is hot, look for shade and breezes to help cool it down, but never use a blanket or “cooler” on a horse that is sweating, he added, suggesting the best way to cool a horse quickly is to rinse the horse’s body repeatedly with cold water and scrape off the excess water. “You can cool the horse two degrees in 10 minutes this way: pour on the water, scrape it off, pour on more, and just keep repeating it,” says Lindinger. “The scraping part is important because otherwise the water will be trapped in the horse’s hair and will quickly warm up. By scraping and pouring on fresh, cold water you keep the cooling process going.” Just as equestrians pack a canteen of water, some sunscreen and a hat with a brim for summer riding adventures, Lindinger says they should also equip themselves with the tools needed to protect their horses from the heat and humidity. If riders prepare their horse in advance and have a plan to cool him down if he becomes overheated, he said, even the hot, muggy days of summer can be great riding fun. This article was originally published in At Guelph.

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Horse industry partnership grows as more get involved for kids’ safety by Henrietta Coole GUELPH – SSG Gloves has announced that it has joined as an industry partner of Equine Guelph’s youth educational initiative, Play Safe. It’s HorseSense – an interactive safety activity for kids within Equine Guelph’s travelling education centre – EquiMania. Entering into its third year, other partners of the initiative include: Workplace Safety Pre-

vention Services (formerly Farm Safety Association), Kubota Canada, System Fencing and Tack, and the Ontario Equestrian Federation. Featured at events like the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium, and Canada’s Outdoor Equine Expo, the EquiMania safety initiative teaches kids how to stay safe around horses and on the farm – in the barn, outside, and

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ENTERTAINMENT Country Legends is at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse starting next week WATERLOO – The St. Jacobs Country Playhouse will present Country Legends, a theatrical salute to the outstanding musicians who helped put Nashville on the map. The show runs July 28 through Aug. 21. Following its sold-out run in 2009 at the Drayton Festival Theatre and the King’s Wharf

Theatre in Penetanguishene, Country Legends is back, fusing elements of classic country, gospel and bluegrass with comedy and dance. “Being a country music fan is not a prerequisite to enjoy this show,” said artistic director of Drayton Entertainment Alex Mustakas. “Early country music was early radio and every-

one will recognize the songs and the memorable lyrics. Not to mention, the music is simply infectious.” Conceived, written and directed by Mustakas, Country Legends is a tribute to the artists and the repertoire that ultimately defined country music. Their personal influence is celebrated in the musical revue

that features classic songs by Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and many more. Many Drayton Entertainment’s performers are reunited in the revue, including Keith Savage alongside Jayme Arm-

strong, Karen Coughlin, Trevor Covelli, Liam Flanagan, Carla Giuliani, Paula MacNeil, Chad McNamara, Jack Nicholsen, Bobby Prochaska, Danny Williams, and Heather E. Wilson. “Country music is more popular than ever,” said Mustakas. “This production gives recognition to those ex-

traordinary artists who pioneered the Grand Ole Opry and who have made such an enormous impact on North American popular culture.” Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 519747-7788 or toll free at 1-888449-4463. For more information visit

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Riverfest to feature Prairie Oyster in August ELORA - Want to see Prairie Oyster, the Canadian veterans of roots country, in your own back yard? The Elora Centre for the Arts will feature Prairie Oyster and Winnipeg's House of Doc and award-winning female duo Dala at its Riverfest 2010. In its second year, the show is a music celebration and community party held at the centre on Aug. 27 and 28. Zoe Janzen opens the Friday night show, followed by headlining act Dala. Saturday night will see Prairie Oyster and House of Doc on stage. Prairie Oyster's eighth album, One Kiss, is being hailed as the best work of its 30year career. Lead vocalist and bassist Russell deCarie, guitarist and vocalist Keith Glass, key-

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writer, he produced prolifically for the stage with various comedy troupes including Lichen to Gods, as well as publishing several board games and roleplaying systems. Recent fiction publications include his story Fatherly Love, in The Harrow, and The Sun Also Shines on the Wicked, in the new anthology from Edge Publishing, Vampires Evolve. The Beat the Block workshop will take place on Aug. 8

at the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph, easily accessible by bus or car. Cost for the full day is $65, with discounts for students and some local organizations. Space is limited. To register, visit m/registration.htm. For further information about the Beat the Block workshop series, visit that web site or contact Nunn at or phone at 519-763-4259.

Arts council seeks nominees for Graham memorial award GUELPH – The Arts Council here is inviting applications for the 2010 Jane Graham memorial award. Any visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County who can demonstrate a commitment to professional artistic development is eligible to apply for funding to pursue professional development opportunities. Specific activities considered include any course, con-

ference, apprenticeship, field trip, or other professional development learning experience that can be shown to contribute to the personal artistic growth of the applicant artist. The application deadline is Sept. 7. The award was created in 2006 in memory of Jane Graham, an artist living and working in the Guelph area prior to her death in 2005. With donations received in her memory, Guelph Arts Council created a memorial fund at The

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Six area artists’ co-ops offering car tours for gallery visits Six unique co-op galleries have joined forces to form a day trip of approximately 100km for art lovers. Travellers can also take more time and break the tour up into several day trips. The galleries are Dragonfly Arts on Broadway, Orangeville; Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre, Glen Williams,; Alton Mill, Alton (Caledon), www.alton-; Beaux-Arts Gallery, Brampton,, Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre, Fergus,; and Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, www.eloracentre forthearts .ca. In those six Galleries travellers will find the works of hundreds of local artists, some actually working at their craft in in-house studios.

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A weekly press release prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. If you require further information, regarding this press release, please call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA Website: REMINDER! DO YOU OPERATE A SMALL-SCALE FARM? HAVE YOUR SAY. The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is researching the labor needs on farms with less than $100,000 in gross receipts. Your responses will be used to better understand employment needs of smaller farms and will ensure that operations from Ontario are represented in the research. Go to or call CAHRC at 1-866-430-7457 ext. 228 to complete the survey by phone. All respondents can enter for a chance to win $100. About CAHRC: The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) was created to address human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. CAHRC works with industry leaders, governments, and education stakeholders to research, develop and communicate solutions to the challenges in agriculture employment and skills development. ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN / GROWING YOUR FARM PROFITS by John C. Benham, Program Rep. Mark Wednesday, Sept. 15 on your calendar and reserve it, if you plan to apply for Cost Share with the Environmental Farm Plan for 2011. On that day at 8:30 a.m. in the OMAFRA meeting room in Elora, people will be available to handout Cost Share applications and to help in answering questions. The applications acceptance in Guelph is time sensitive to the minute. All blanks on the application must be completed or the form is set to one side by head office. A list of the required information that you need to bring with you is being drawn up and will be forwarded to you either by letter or fax or email if you request it. One of the required pieces of information you are most likely to not have, is the Premises Identification Number (this is not your Farm Business Registration Number which you also need). I now have a brochure explaining the process to obtain the PIN number that I can mail or fax or email to you. Don’t leave this off to the last minute! If you require a Third Edition EFP, the next workshop is planned for Tuesday, July 27 to be completed on Tuesday, Aug. 3

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Woman heading to Ireland with Junior Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exchange Having been involved with farming from a very young age, Kim McCaw has always dreamed about learning how farming works in other countries. Now she has the chance to see Ireland and explore their environment, farming practices and economics. Thanks to the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario (JFAO) international exchange program, McCaw will be travelling to Ireland this August. That will allow her to stay with numerous farm families while learning more about agricultural practices there. She is hoping to also share her knowledge and experience of Canadian agriculture with her hosts. When she returns, she will be a speaker for her JFAO colleagues and other industry organizations on the similarities and differences in agricultural practices. The Junior Farmers Association of Ontario (JFAO) is a non-profit organization and the only self directed youth program offered in Ontario. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission statement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to build future rural leaders through self-help and community betterment.â&#x20AC;? Formed in 1944, the JFAO is filled with energetic, enthusiastic and rural leaders between the ages of 15 and 29. The

Off to Ireland - Kimberly McCaw is heading to Ireland on a Junior Farmer Association of Ontario exchange for three weeks in August. She leaves July 29. submitted photo members are looking for new challenges, fun and an opportunity to be actively involved in the local community. The travel exchange program was initiated in 1945. Members have the opportunity to apply for numerous exchanges, in countries ranging from Australia to Europe, as well as within Canada. In 2004, McCaw was lucky enough to win the exchange to Alberta for two weeks as a del-

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AUG 13 Junior Farmers Association of Ontario 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Best ball with 12:30pm shotgun start at Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club. 519-780-5326. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Scrapbooking Workshop 9am12noon. Call 519-787-1814 to register .

AUG 14 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Computer Course: Social Networking 9:30-11:30am (1 class) & DVD/CD Burning 1:303:30pm (1 class). Call 519-787-1814 to register . *** Rocketry - Build and fly your own rocket at Erin, Hoops Main Place, 185 Main St., Erin. 9 am. For more call Patrick Suessmuth 519-833-2058. *** Big Rig Starlight Drive-In. Free family friendly movie; (shown inside if raining) Whites Road Pentecostal Church, Harriston.

AUG 15 Showcase concert with Lynn Russwurm’s Anniversary Jam at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free. *** Summer Concerts in the Park. 7pm. Riverside Park. “Cambridge Concert Band”. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or sit on the grass to enjoy some wonderful music in park this summer. *** Ellis Chapel 2010 Summer program. Celebrate the heritage of Puslinch Township and join us for our Sunday afternoon services at 2:30pm. 149th Anniversary Service, Rev. Marty Molengraaf, Duff’s Presbyterian Church, Morriston. Special Music by The Island Singers, Manitoulin Island. Call 519-824-4697 for more information.

AUG 16 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. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre - The Arthritis Society’s Chronic Pain Management Seminar at 9:30-11:30am. Call 519-787-1814 to register .

AUG 17 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Rubber Stamping & Card Making Workshop at 9:30-11:30am. Call 519-787-1814 to register .

AUG 18 Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Bats" $2 / person, under 5 free 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show- at Marden Community Centre. 2-4 pm. Afternoon Tea.- Check out the Enabling Garden at the rear of the building. 7pm- Doors open for viewing with awards at 8pm. (Note: Entries are to be in Tuesday, Aug. 17 between 6:30 and 8:30pm ). More info - Jean 519-822-5289. *** August 18-28. Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh. “The Decorator”, a laugh-out-loud comedy by Donald Churchill, directed by Jo Phenix. Starring Neville Worsnop, Elizabeth Glenday, Jill Peterson. Wed, Thurs, Sat 2:30pm. Thurs, Fri, Sat 8pm. Dinner in the theatre Friday, Aug 20. Box Office 519-855-4586. *** Seniors Wellness Expo’ at Centre 2000, Erin. Speak with representatives from various agencies about wellness, healthy ageing, lifestyle and more. 1- 7pm. Free admission with donation to food bank. 519-833-9696.

AUG 21 Mom to Mom Sale Harriston, Legion #296 Harriston. 9am-2 pm. Limited spaces available so please book early. Interested Vendors please contact the Legion at 519-338-2843, Brenda at 519-3383867, Becca at 519-665-2495. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre special event: Peach Social from 11am-2pm . Fresh Niagara Peaches, Peach Shortcake, Peach Pies, Home Baking, Craft Items, Raffle Draws. Lunch available . Join us . All proceeds go to support Victoria Park Seniors Centre . Free Admission . Call 519-787-1814 for more information . *** Big Rig Starlight Drive-In. Free family friendly movie; (shown inside if raining) Whites Road Pentecostal Church, Harriston.

AUG 22 Showcase concert with Maryanne Cunningham & the Red Rascal Band at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free.

AUG 23 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Breakfast Financial Session: Estate Planning: Building Your Legacy at 9:30am (You must pre-register by Aug.18) Call 519-787-1814 to register .

AUG 25 Evening Nature Walk beginning at the J.C.Taylor Centre, Arboretum, U of G at 7 - 8:30pm. "Story Telling" $2 / person,

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AUG 28 Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Marion’s Band”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** Upper Credit Humane Society 2010 Golf Tournament Eagle Ridge Golf Club RR#4 11742 Tenth Line, Georgetown. Cart, Lunch & Dinner - $185. Golf, Cart and Lunch - $145. Dinner only $50. Arrival, Registration & Lunch - 12pm. Shotgun start, scramble format - 1:30pm. Cocktails, Dinner, Silent Auction and Prizes - 6:30pm. Call 905-609-1047 for more information. *** Special 25th Anniversary Ontario Toy Show and Auction, Auction: 9am-4pm. Show: Sunday- 10am -3pm. Quality Inn Hotel and Convention Centre Hwy 59 & 401 (exit 232 N) Woodstock, This year's Unique Special Edition Show Replica: IH 1206 Tractor with Maple Leaf Medallion and Ontario Toy Show Packaging. More info. 519-537-3753. *** Free BBQ & Big Rig Starlight Drive-In. 7:15pm start (Rain or shine). Hot dogs, children activities and a VeggieTale movie. Whites Road Pentecostal Church, Harriston.

Fergus Elora Retail Alliance (FERA) Shop Local program draw held at Eramosa Physio in Elora. Making the Draw is Christine Pratt,Physiotherapist, Stephanie Sittlington, Office Manager and Sarah Eby, Physiotherapist with FERA representative Michael Weinstein, President of CW Chamber of Commerce. The winning ballot was Sharon Baker of Salem who won a $50.00 gift certificate to Station Earth in Fergus. The next FERA draw was at The Country Forge in Fergus. A ballot will be drawn July 26-28 from the Gorge Cinema. Thanks to all of the participating stores and all of the local shoppers!

AUG 29 Showcase concert with Variety Night with Paul Weber at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free.

AUG 30 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - Seminar: It’s not Your Grandmother’s Hearing Aid at 10am. Call 519-787-1814 to register .

SEPT 2 Arthur Agricultural Society Directors meeting. 8:15pm. Lower Hall of the Arthur Community Centre. All welcome.

SEPT 5 Showcase concert with Crossover Junction at the Bandstand, Gore Park, Elmira. 7-9pm. Free.

SEPT 6 BBQ Smoked Pork chop Dinner. Ballinafad Community Centre. Rain or Shine. Continuous service from 5-7pm. Includes silent auction and Bounce Castle for the kids. Adults $14. For tickets call 905-877-4072.

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SEPT12 The popular Spirit Walk event will begin at McCrae House. First tour begins at 12:30 pm. The guided walking tours will include encounters with characters who helped shape Guelph’s history. Ticketed event. For more information call 519-836-1221 or visit *** Ellis Chapel 2010 Summer program. Celebrate the heritage of Puslinch Township and join us for our Sunday afternoon services at 2:30pm. Rev. John Lougheed, Spiritual Care Provider, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Special Music by The Arkellites Choir. Call 519-824-4697 for more information.

SEPT15 Until October 9- Guys and Dolls. A Musical Fable of Broadway. 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.

SEPT16 Arthur Agricultural Society Directors meeting. 8:15pm. Lower Hall of the Arthur Community Centre. All welcome. *** Arthur and District Horticulture Society Fall Show at Sr. Citizen's Hall 8pm. Featuring "The Home Photographer" class. Please have entries in place by 7:45. Everyone is welcome. Youth meeting 6pm.

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GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a strong connection comes your way as you are drawn to someone new. You will soon see that your hard work is noticed and rewarded. A hidden agenda benefits you. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, your unique talents finally get the recognition they deserve this week. A fascinating friend returns to your life in an unexpected way. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 You are on a lucky roll, Leo. With every chance you take and every move you make you charm others into doing exactly what you want. It won’t last forever but enjoy the ride. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, the week ahead may mark a significant turning point in your life. The dreams and goals you have been working toward in your professional and personal life are realized. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, the past few months have been a whirlwind. And now your love life is about to heat up in the

same way. Financial gains may soon arrive. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, your passion is recognized as you are given new opportunities for romance, love and travel. Your positive outlook comes in handy when a friend turns to you for help. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, a new look turns heads wherever you go. You have been searching for joy and you find it where you least expected it. A new interest excites you. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you’re in the spotlight this week and feel in the mood for fun. Don’t worry because good times are awaiting you around every turn the next few days. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a long-lost friend or love wants to be back in your life. This week, life is truly unexpected - with each day filled with mysterious and delightful happenings. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Happiness is yours for the taking, Pisces. A long-time goal is realized and good fortune falls into your lap.

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