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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011

Public Service Announcement Free fall fitness extravaganza at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre: This fall, we are offering some free fitness classes to allow you to try out a class before registering for the course. They are free – pre-register for all classes as space is limited. Call 519-787-1814 For more information.

Fri. Sept. 23

And the winner is ... - Tayler Black was chosen the 2011-12 Ambassador of the Fair for Fergus. Runner-up was Kayla Scott. The 33rd annual ambassador competition and community dinner was held on Sept. 11.

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Fundraiser for CWDHS Aboriginal Program. Exciting college/ university volleyball action. 6pm-Women: Fanshawe vs. Ryerson. 7:30pm - Men: Guelph vs. Western. $5 general admission. Food concession available. Door prizes. Centre Wellington DHS, 905 Scotland St., Fergus. *** All You Can Eat Wing Night/ Pub Night at Harriston Legion. 6pm till we run out. $12 per person. Entertainment by Lindsay Morgan. Contact 519-338-2843. *** Country and Western Dance 8pm-12am. St. John Parish Centre, Georgina St. Arthur. $15 per adult - $10 for teens. Silent Auction, 50/50 draw, lunch provided. Entertainment. For tickets call Helena 519 848-6722. *** Grand Valley Fall Fair Opening, 7pm. *** Fall Supper with Special Hootenanny to follow, 5-7pm, Arkell United Church. Open Seating. Adults $14, under 12 years $7, under 6 years free. Bring your musical instruments to play or just come to listen. Tickets: Glenna 519 824-0217 or Marj 519824-4909. *** St. Martin’s 8th Annual Chicken Barbecue. St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Drayton, 5-7:30pm. Adult’s $12.50, Children 5-12 $6. Takeout available. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre fundraiser: Tan Jay Fashion Show 1:30pm. $6 members/ $7 non-members includes refreshments. Call 519-787-1814.

Sat. Sept. 24

Elora Legion Saturday Night Dance 8pm. Join Country Versatiles upstairs in the Maple Leaf Room. 519-846-9611. *** Bark Around the Park - CBM Plant in Limehouse, R.R.#1 12522 Fifth Line, Limehouse. Information available on UCHS website: www.uppercredit.com. *** 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. *** Basement Cafe Concert Series featuring Canadian folk-grass band The Laws. Presented by the Minto Arts Council at 8pm. Basement of the Harriston Library, 88 Mill St. Tickets are $15, call 519-327-8529. *** Grand Valley Fall Fair- 11am Parade, Dairy, Goat and Sheep Show, Exhibits and 9pm dance. *** The Legends, Fergus Legion. Doors open at 6pm. Show at 8pm. Burger and fries before the show. $15. Tickets 519-843-2345. *** Colwyn Fancy and Rare Poultry and Bantam Duck Show. 10am4pm. 6104 Wellington Rd. 29. SE of Fergus. 15th year. Large display of exotic and rare breeds. Live auctions. Free admission and parking. For info. call Paul Homer 519-843-3459. *** Treasure Shop. 9am- 12 noon. Held by Grace Christian fellowship. Free good used clothing for all ages. Bethel Baptist Church, 675 Victoria Terrace, Fergus. *** Arthur Legion Karaoke 8:30pm. *** Cram-a-Cruiser. 11-4pm. Palmerston L&M parking lot. Proceeds to the Palmerston Foodbank. *** Vendors needed for a car trunk sale at the Church of St. David and St. Patrick, 520 Speedvale Ave., east of Victoria Road, Guelph. $10 per space. 8am-12noon Call Pearl 519-822-3991 to reserve a space. *** Saturday and Sunday 24-25 Hills of Erin Studio Tour - A selfguided tour through the beautiful hills of Erin and Hillsburgh. 10-5pm each day. For more information please check our website: www.hillsoferinstudiotour.com *** Auditions For Elora Community Theatre “Self Help” by Norm Foster. 6:30-10pm and September 25th 6:30-10pm. Auditions will be open, drop in, no preparation necessary, cold reading from script. Age range - late 30s to 70s, 3 males and 3 females. St. James Anglican Church, 171 Queen St. E. Fergus. For more information call Deb Stanson at 519-496-6481. *** Fergus Lioness semi-annual grand sale at the Fergus Curling Club. 8am-1pm. All proceeds go back into the community.

SUN. SepT. 25

Annual Heart & Stroke Mother Daughter Walk. This event is to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and to raise awareness about Women’s Heart Health. Register online at www. fitforheart.ca or call 519-837-4858. *** Palmerston Legion Jamboree. 1pm. Call the Legion for more info. 519-3434-3749.

*** Stars of the Meadow. Call the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 519836-7860 to register. Join us for a hike through the meadow. We will look at fall wildflowers and insects that call this space their home. 2- 4pm, $5/person. *** Grand Valley Fall Fair - Truck and tractor pull, midway, heavy horse show. For more info. 519- 942-4088. *** Guelph Hiking Club’s 40th anniversary of the Radial Line Trail. 2pm - loop hike along gentle terrain; 4pm - anniversary cake and party. Both are at Eramosa River Park in Guelph at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Florence Lane. For more info. contact Kathy at 519-836-9147. *** Edward Klassen, Harpist and speaker, in concert 7pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8 Peel St., Alma. Freewill offering, refreshments will follow. *** St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gordonville, 133rd Anniversary. 11am. Guest Speaker and Music by The Horst Sisters. All welcome.

Mon. SepT. 26

Victoria Park Seniors Centre- Seminar: Enjoying the Fall Harvest presented by the Community Food Advisors. This popular seminar starts at 10:15am. Call 519-787-1814 for more information and to register. *** Rockwood Presbyterian Church Annual Beef Dinner Rockmosa Community Centre, 6pm. One sitting only. Adults - $15, children under 12 - $7, preschoolers – free. For tickets phone: Jean 519856-9565 or Joan 519-856-2839.

TUES. Sept. 27

Maryborough Horticulture Society meeting 7:30pm. Optimist Hall. Mary Ann Gilhuly, topic: House Plants. Mini seminar: 7:15 Clara Bauman - Re-blooming Poinsettia. *** C.W. Probus Club. 10am. Aboyne Hall - Wellington Museum. Speaker: Dr. Paul Karrow “Glaciers, Glacial Lakes, and the Great Lakes”. All retired seniors welcome; membership available. *** Guelph Horticultural Society General Meeting, Dublin Street United Church. Mini show and basic gardening demonstration starts at 7:30pm, followed by our guest speaker: Dave Duffield. His topic will be “New Trends in Building and Maintaining Ponds”. www.guelphhort.org. *** Welcome the troops home 8pm. RCL Br. #134 Hall, Mount Forest. $10 per person, includes light lunch served after the presentation during a meet and greet with Capt. Ray Wiss, M.D. FOB “DOC”. Limited seating. Reserve your tickets, call the RCL Branch after 4pm daily, except Sundays 519-323-1570 or call Derek Moore: 519-323-2942/1390. *** Free seminar for parents and caregivers “Homework Strategies for Parents”. Why do kids need Homework? How can I stop the battle over Homework? How much is my responsibility? When do I call for help? Homework strategies that really work. New Growth Family Centre Inc. 211 Birmingham St. W., Mount Forest. Call 519-509-6432 to reserve a place for this free event. *** Wellington County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society meeting 7pm, Zehrs 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 1045 Paisley Rd., Guelph. Reverend D. Ralph Spence, Bishop of Niagara (ret.) and Albion Herald for Canada. Reverend Spence will tell us about his lifelong interest in flags and Canadian Heraldry. A must for those who have or would like to have a family heraldic crest. www.wellington.ogs.on.ca. *** Arthur and Area Historical Society will meet at The Wellington County Museum at 7:30pm. for a behind the scenes tour with Susan Dunlop. For more info 519-848-2414.

Wed. SEPT. 28

Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meeting –7:30pm. Master Gardener Anne Ironside will present “Seed Collection and Storage”. Hope to see you at the Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Everyone is welcome.

Thurs. SEPT. 29

Speedside United Church Turkey Supper. Adults $15, children $7. For tickets call: 4:45pm- 519-843-2351, 6pm -519-822-1731, 7pm - 519-836-1213, takeout – 519-821-0018.

FRI. SEPT. 30

Until Oct. 2 - Woodstock Wood Show. Woodstock Fairgrounds 519-423-6722. www.thewoodstockwoodshow.com. *** Antique and Collectibles Silent Auction at the Fergus Opportunity Shop, 695 St. David Street North. Bids take place from Sept. 19 to Sept. 30. *** Alma Optimist Beef BBQ. 5-7pm at Alma Community Hall. Adults $12, kids $4. *** Scottish Country Dancing Open House Melville United Church, upper hall at 8pm. Join us in the dancing, no partner required, everyone welcome. Call 519-843-2145 for further information. *** Howell’s Fish Fry, St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, 19 Flamingo Dr. Elmira. Two sittings: 5pm and 6:30pm. Adults $14, Children Continued on page 15


Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011 PAGE THREE

10 Years of Youth Outdoors: Return to (exciting) nature by David Meyer

LUTHER MARSH Imagine over 200 kids aged of 9 to 16 wandering around hundreds of acres of rough country - and not one single cell phone. Nobody was hunched over with thumbs moving up and down. Joel Pegg, of the Ministry of Natural Resources, said, almost amazed, “I haven’t seen any kids up here with cell phones or video games. That’s the goal. Give them good outdoor activities and then they can see what they like. “We’re trying to plant a seed. I hope to develop a passion; develop a whole new generation of environmental stewards.” While that might be a bit into the future, the lack of new media being used was, as Pegg put it, “a feat in itself. That’s the whole point. Get the kids away from the computers.” In order to do that, organiz-

pre-teens and teens away from video screens and into nature. The indications are they succeed. Instead of texting friends, 11-years-olds could be overheard while walking into Luther Marsh, “We got up at 5:30 to be here.” Others claimed even earlier rising to reach the site by 8am for an opening demonstration by a handler and trained Ministry of Natural Resources dog. They came from London, Woodstock, Hamilton, Guelph, Innisfil and even from the general area. One youngster made the trek from New York State. They all marvelled at handler Sean Cronsberry and his dog, Timber. That duo demonstrated tasks that Timber has to learn, from following scents for

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became an attack dog trained to stop aggressive people threatening his handler. He ably demonstrated on an MNR member playing the role of bad guy. Nobody envied him that job when Timber was through with him. It takes 16 weeks of training in Sudbury before such dogs are allowed into the field, and regular periods of refresher courses after that. The site at Luther Marsh is a big one, and there were hundreds of

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missing persons to finding hidden illegal game. That demonstration lasted nearly an hour, and the attention was rapt. Timber astonished them when his handler put on the dog’s aggression collar. From a friendly pup he

people there. Over 200 kids were on hand, and they all had to have a parent or guardian with them. In some cases, entire families attended. After the dog exhibition, they headed to five separate stations, to be enthralled by outdoor activities that included watching retriever dogs hit the

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water to pick up simulated shot birds, Brittany Spaniel pointers (that threatened to lick to death the laughing kids watching them perform), seeing bird bander David Lamble demonstrate how to hold a bird and listen to him explain why ducks are constantly nibbling at their feathers (ducks can drown if they do not keep their feathers waterproof, and they get oil from a gland at their rear and distribute it around their feathers with their beaks). The kids were given the opportunities to hold various birds that Lamble had caught earlier that day, and then they released them. They also learned some of those birds will soon be on their way to South America. Lamble explained tests show that birds see horizontally with one eye, and vertically with the other. They can also remember up to 2,500 locations where they have hidden seeds, which left parents who constantly lose their car keys shaking their heads in amazement. At another station, kids learned about butterflies from John G. Powers, of the Incredible World of Bugs, based in Cambridge. They seemed astounded at the distances those insects can travel. Power taught them how to attract butterflies to their yards, how to hold them and he even held a butterfly release with those able to answer his questions doing the honours. When he said those butterflies would be in Windsor by the end of the day the kids seemed shocked. They also had a chance to get up close and personal with birds of prey. The Ontario Falcon Club brought everything from a kestrel (about the size of a pigeon but with a very sharp beak and claws) to a golden eagle from

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the Middle East, which was a huge bird and a huger attraction. They demonstrated how the birds learn to fly to a lure, and even from one person to another. One Harris hawk landed on a spectator who didn’t move and was soon relieved of that bird by a handler. No injuries just smiles. After lunch, many of the kids lined up for an opportunity to hold one of the big birds,

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weeks from now, work will start for next year’s event. The committee members are: chairman O.J. MacDonald, vice chairman Tony Vanderheide, secretarytreasurer Larry Halyk, station co-ordinator Joel Pegg, publicity person Sharon Grose, volunteer co-ordinator Holly Nadalin, food co-ordinators Mari Beth Pulley and Ted Smith and board member at large Mike Williams.

“That’s the whole point. Get the kids away from the computers.” - Joel Pegg, of the Ministry of Natural Resources, speaking of his nine years with Youth Outdoors Day. having been supplied by the handlers with a thick, leather glove. The Harris hawks, in particular, showed good temperament. The kids glowed in awe. After a free lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs, and a number of free draws for some very expensive prizes (Liam Nixon, of Elora, took home a bow worth over $600), the kids still had no time for cell phones. Instead, they were off over a dozen stations to try their hand at bait casting, fly casting, fly tying, shooting a bow and arrow, shooting rifles (the greatest of safety precautions were taken, but yes, even 9 year olds under careful supervision got to shoot at a target with a gun) or they could visit and identify fish at one station, or build a bird house (with all the materials free) at another. All of that takes a lot of work. “I’ve got an awesome committee of volunteers,” Pegg said, adding that about two

Pulley said early in the day all the food is provided free, much of it at cost. The group tries to provide a healthy lunch, with apples instead of sugar treats, and gets a discount on the meat and buns, too. The only thing for sale the day of the event was metal water bottles, and there was a water station on site for refills. “Sponsors allow us to keep this a free event” said a grateful Pegg. “We’ve reached over 2,000 kids now.” Anyone wanting to attend next year should watch the Advertiser for the annual announcements. Pegg was saddened that some had to be turned away this year, but the event is popular and even in the large space, only so many can attend. He added that as an MNR official who monitors hunting and fishing, nothing gives him more pleasure than meeting in the field people who have been through a Youth Outdoor Day. They tell him they discovered hunting and fishing there.

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Rural Life

Agricultural Information Contact Centre | 1-877-424-1300 | www.ontario.ca/omafra 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: 8:30am to 5pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-4241300 or visit the OMAFRA Website: www.omafra.gov.on.ca. IMPROVING RURAL COMMUNITIES IMPORTANT TO MONSANTO CANADA Back in 2008, Monsanto set a series of goals to work with farmers to make agriculture more sustainable. In broad strokes these goals were to produce more (double yields by 2030), conserve more (using a third less inputs) and improve the lives of farmers and the people who depend on them. Lofty goals for sure but with the global population expected to grow by 40% in the next few decades food production will need to grow exponentially. With the onus in large part on farmers around the world, including those in Canada, to meet this growing need it is the third goal of improving farmers’ lives that Monsanto is dedicating significant time and resources to. Monsanto believes that discovering and delivering innovative products that support the farmers who feed, fuel and clothe the world will in and of itself help to improve the lives of farmers abroad. But we believe we can do more. As part of Monsanto’s global commitment to improve the lives of farmers, Monsanto Canada has launched the Genuity® Project – Communities Advanced. Through the Genuity® Project, Monsanto Canada will donate $25,000 to worthy causes across rural communities in Ontario and Quebec. In total, 10 grants of $2,500 will be awarded. These grants will support building initiatives in and around the communities that farmers live. A panel comprised of representatives from the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), Le Salon de l’agriculture and Monsanto Canada, will review all eligible applications. Applications are now being accepted through September 30, 2011. Details on how to apply for a grant for your community can be found at www. genuitytraits.ca.

The OMAFRA Report

ON-FARM FOOD SAFETY--ICE REQUIREMENTS FOR PACKING PRODUCE by Colleen Haskins, OMAFRA You’ve ensured your pre and post water rinses were potable (E.Coli 0 CFUs, Total Coliforms 0 CFUs). Your workers have been trained on proper food safety practices. Your product is now ready to be packed in ice, have you taken all the necessary measures to ensure your product is safe? What about the source of your ice? Was it made from a potable water source? Do you purchase your ice from a supplier? Never assume, always ask for the water test results and treatment records of the water source to make the ice and for the cleaning and sanitation records for the equipment used to make the ice. It may be their ice, but it is the safety of your product that customers will remember. You need water records for your food safety program, and will need them for the ice used as well. RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS Ontario’s new Risk Management Program helps Ontario farmers deal with risks that are beyond their control. With this program in place, farmers can focus on what they do best – growing good things in Ontario. Here are the dates and locations for information sessions for the new Risk Management Program. Presentations by experts from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Agricorp will provide an overview of how the program works and what you need to do to participate. The meetings run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. For a full list of dates visit: http://www.omaf.gov.on.ca/english/about/ rmp/rmpcalendar.htm. ON-FARM FOOD SAFETY -- DIRTY MONEY! by Don Blakely, OMAFRA When we think of dirty money we conjure up thoughts of illbegotten dollars through illegal activities such as the drug trade or fraudulent activities. When it comes to food safety, dirty money is pathogen, fecal covered coins and bills. Just think of the number

of hands money comes in contact with, which may or may not be clean. Plus money never gets washed so that contamination stays around for a long time. It is refreshing to go into a sub shop and watch your order prepared by staff with gloves on which are then removed when they take your cash payment. The same cannot be said about stopping at a farmer’s roadside produce stand and watching an attendant handle your purchase with dirty hands, collect your cash then proceed to service the next customer without any attention to washing their hands. If you have a roadside stand or sell at a farmer’s market you can increase your customer’s confidence in food safety by keeping your hands clean by washing them if running water and soap are readily available, using plastic gloves to handle produce then removing to handle cash or keeping a ready supply of disinfectant wipes and hand gel available which are used after handling cash. The Canadian Government will soon be introducing new plastic bills, which in addition to being difficult to counterfeit could be laundered to clean them. Maybe then we can look forward to cleaner money but for now we are stuck with dirty money! COMING EVENTS: Sept. 24 Fall Rural Romp – self guided tour of farms and markets throughout Wellington County. Visit www.guelphwellingtonlocalfood.ca. Sept. 20-24 2011 International Plowing Match, PrescottRussell County. Details at: http://www.plowingmatch.org/ ipm2011/index.php. Sept. 24 Colwyn Championship Showcase – A Fancy Rare Breed Poultry Show held at Colwyn Stables on 6104 County Road #29 south-east of Fergus. For info. 519-843-3459. Sept. 27 Wellington County Farm Safety regular meeting at Husky Farm Equipment, Alma at 8:00 p.m. sharp. For more information, call Walter Grose at 519-846-5329. Oct. 4 Wellington Federation of Agriculture, monthly board meeting at OMAFRA Boardroom, 6484 Wellington Rd. #7, Elora. For information, contact Lisa Hern at 519-848-3774, or email: jplh@golden.net.

Combines set to roll for world record Sept. 30 LISTOWEL - One hundred combines will gather on a Perth County farm Sept. 30 to set a world record soybean harvest. Area farmers have prepared a 160-acre field of soybeans

with a goal of harvesting it in less than 10 minutes. “Our goal is to gather as many combines as possible to harvest the field in a very short period of time,” said Randy

Drenth, one of the organizers. The project, dubbed Harvest for Hunger, is a project to raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The use of the land, field work, seed, fer-

tilizer, crop protection, fuel and crop scouting has been donated so 100% of the proceeds from the harvest can be used to alleviate hunger around the world. The group’s goal is to raise $200,000 by auctioning the soybeans at the site right after the harvest. Anyone interested in participating with their combine

should register by contacting Peter Rastorfer at 519-3472669, or by email to harvest4hunger@hotmail.ca. Everyone is invited to support the project by coming to watch the record breaking event on Highway 23, 1 kilometre north of Monkton (between Listowel and Mitchell). Come for lunch - beef and pork on a

bun will be served. The public can also be part of the fundraising by donating $20 per bushel to the Harvest for Hunger project to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Donate. Updates on the plans for the world record attempt can be found at Harvest for Hunger or Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Town and country farm tour is on Oct. 1 DUFFERIN CTY. Examples of agricultural heritage and the legacy of farming are all around us. For many on Ontario highways and rural roads, bank barns, crops growing, and livestock pasturing represent a clear and symbolic connection to many generations of farming dating back to the early settlers. The Dufferin Town and Country Farm Tour is a passport to understanding the diversity and complexity of modern agriculture through the profile of several operations in the townships of East Luther and Amaranth. The farm tour is a

venue to reconnect consumers to the producers of the food we eat. It also provides a window to share talk and learn about other related farm and rural interests. Tour Amaranth and East Luther Townships and see farming as it happens. Advance registration is not required and there is no admission. The tour will include a beef farm, dairy operation, equestrian facility, alpaca farm, sheep farm and one of Ontario’s largest wetland areas, the Luther Marsh. A non-perishable food donation to the food bank is

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Rural Life

Farmers’ green thumbs are continuing to drive green energy by Don McCabe, vice president, OFA At its core, agriculture provides the food, fuel and fibre we all need to survive. And as the agriculture and food industry continues to innovate and diversify, there is a growing trend to use crop production to generate energy. That shift to green energy options, from the products of primary production, is no real surprise - farmers have always been resourceful and committed to protecting the environment. Biomass is one of the newest sources of green energy that could transform Ontario’s agricultural industry, introducing new field crops that bring new market opportunities. As a

renewable energy source, biomass refers to any plant matter used to generate electricity, usually by direct combustion. In Ontario, miscanthus and switchgrass are perennial grasses often used as biomass energy crops. Once harvested, those crops are processed into pellets to create an efficient form of fuel that is easy to transport. While that is an exciting new opportunity for farmers and for the production of green energy, it is still a new area of agriculture that needs a closer look to understand how it fits in Ontario’s agricultural landscape. That’s why the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is examining the use of agricultural biomass for combustion

purposes at co-fired facilities with natural gas or combined heat and power furnaces. The most efficient use of biomass is to extract all its valuable components and nutrients before combustion; that maximizes the farm gate value, but needs further research to refine the process. Biomass combustion is a new and evolving green source of energy and electricity. OFA’s current research is examining three important areas of biomass production: - review of studies on agronomic practices; - nutrient extraction and recycling; and - an economic assessment. For growers to take advantage of some of those new

biomass crops, current agronomic practices may have to be adjusted. Ontario farmers must learn about growing conditions, crop selection, yield and environmental impacts of biomass crops. That is why the federation is studying agronomic practices to better understand what it takes to grow the crops, and offer valuable information to farmers interested in that type of green energy production. Biomass crops contain a high level of nutrients such as nitrogen and potassium that are great fertilizers for soil, but can be harmful to the thermal combustion process. Studies are underway to devise a process to remove these important nutrients and recycle them

greater benefits to farmers and our overall society. Energy, especially reliable, renewable sources, is among the top lobbying efforts of the federation right now. It supports biomass production and will continue lobbying the provincial government for its support. In the meantime, the federation continues to research that green energy source and the role it can play in opening new market opportunities for Ontario farmers. For more information please visit ofa.on.ca. The innovative spirit that drives Ontario’s farmers means biomass crops are likely to find their way into the diverse mix of agricultural products that feed, clothe and fuel us all.

back into the soil. Like any new business venture, growing biomass crops requires a plan and cost analysis. And the federation is assessing the economics of the new market opportunity, looking at the production, processing, transportation and end market use of biomass crops. That green energy crop has a lot of potential, but will also be competing with some of our existing energy sources, especially natural gas. In fact, natural gas is likely to remain the preferred fuel source for electricity generation for the next 25 years, making biomass a more expensive option. However, biomass is a more environmentally friendly energy source and will provide

County groups bring home images of Ontario agricultural honorees - Donald N. Huntley; - Ross Weston Irwin; - C.C. James; - Gintarius (Ginty) Jocius; - George Edwin Jones; - Ernest Andrew Kerr; Frederick William Stone; - Clayton Macfie Switzer; - William Attwood Young; and - William Stanley Young. Those people have had a significant impact on agriculture and rural communities in Wellington County and at the provincial level and beyond. Not only will they be recognized locally, they will form a new exhibit area at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Representatives from the Wellington County Historical Society; the Wellington Federation of Agriculture;

Wellington County Council; the Museum and Archives; Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association, Hall of Fame inductees and family members will be attending the unveiling. The event will be a part of the annual Harvest Home Festival at the museum. The Wellington County Museum and Archives is on County Road 18 between Fergus and Elora. The Wellington County Historical Society was founded in 1928 through the initiative and efforts of the many Women’s Institutes in this county. The Society’s original purpose was to preserve our county’s historical records and to collect and display artifacts. Now in its eighth decade of activity, the society contin-

ues to support the work of the Museum & Archives. Together, the society works to: - stimulate public interest in the history and heritage of Wellington County; - bring together people who are interested in the history of Wellington County; - encourage individuals to undertake research and writing on County history; and - cooperate with the museum in the acquisition of historical records, documents and artifacts. The Wellington County Museum and Archives was established in 1954 by the Wellington County Historical Research Society and in 1957 The County of Wellington assumed ownership and operation. Twelve galleries of Museum exhibits reflect the life

Annual ‘Hog Jog’ seeking new cause, chairman STRATFORD The Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) is seeking nominations for the honorary chair and the cause for the 7th Annual Hog Jog to be held here next June. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15. The Hog Jog has raised approximately $152,000 for six causes over the past six years, including $32,000 this year for National Service Dogs Training Center.

The Ontario Pork Industry has rallied behind seven honorary chairpersons (Richard Hiscocks, Doug Maus, Jeff Timmermans, Gilbert Vanden Heuval, George Charbonneau, and Ann Coyle and Wanda Spruyt). As a way of giving back to the community, a different cause is selected for the event each year. Causes considered may include, among others; societies, charities, community

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development groups or educational scholarships. The causes have included The Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, The Alzheimer Society of Perth County, Lung Association Huron-Perth Asthma Awareness programs, Emergency Department of the Stratford General Hospital and National Service Dogs Training Centre.

As a way of celebrating the people of the pork industry, an honorary chair or co-chairs are selected each year to put a face on the chosen cause. The individual is selected based on his or her involvement in the pork industry and the local community and his or her personal and professional attributes. Nomination forms and details are available at hogjog. ca. For more information call 519-272-1532.

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Wellington Federation of Agriculture was established in 1939, and works for farmers’ economic, environmental and social well-being through programs, information, services, and collective action. The WFA promotes a wide range of agricultural and rural community activities. This year, it gave four scholarships to agriculture students from the county who will most likely be future agricultural leaders. It has also provided agricultural firefighter training to each municipality, sponsored all agricultural societies, been an active participant with Pizza Perfect, and partnered in the Rural Water Quality program.

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PAGE SIX Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011

Engine coolant should be a year round concern (NC) - Most people only think about their vehicle’s antifreeze/coolant during extreme weather conditions - or when it’s too late and their overheated vehicle is stranded on the side of the road. The truth is, antifreeze/ coolant is a year round concern. “As the name implies, antifreeze/coolant performs two functions,” explains Jay Buckley, ASE certified master mechanic and training manager for Prestone. “It helps keep the engine’s

cooling system from freezing up in cold weather and from boiling over in hot weather.” In order to help lower exhaust emissions, modern engines run at very high operating temperatures. Cooling system temperatures of 110º C are not uncommon. What’s more, many engines are constructed of dissimilar metals, which can lead to corrosion. All of this puts more stress on the antifreeze/ coolant. A high-quality antifreeze/ coolant designed for use in any

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Tune-ups are not what they used to be (NC) - With the widespread use of computerized engine controls, the regular “tune-up” is now a thing of the past. Modern vehicles don’t have ignition points and there are no carburetors to adjust. But there is still an important wear item that needs to be replaced periodically: the spark plug. Replacing worn or fouled spark plugs can improve engine starts, lower emissions, and even boost acceleration. What’s more, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Spark plugs take the electrical current from the ignition coil and send it across a gap between the plug’s electrodes. That spark ignites the air/fuel mixture, which powers the engine.

Keep in mind that all this happens in a very harsh environment. Up to 40,000 volts cross this gap, and combustion temperatures can reach 3,000º C. Even with the greater durability of platinum- or iridium-tipped electrodes, these components eventually wear out. They also can become fouled due to poor gasoline quality, or excessive oil entering the combustion chamber from worn engine parts. Fouling can even be caused by prolonged engine idling that prevents the spark plugs from reaching their proper operating temperatures. Be sure to replace vehicle spark plugs on a regular basis. It’s one of the most economical ways to maintain an efficient engine and avoid wasting fuel. - www.newscanada.com

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dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores and other allergens from entering the passenger compartment. Top-quality cabin air filters can even filter out certain odours. A poor-performing or clogged cabin air filter can block the output of the heater and air conditioner. Even more important, however, is the fact that a clean and

properly functioning cabin air filter can benefit the health and comfort of passengers. This is especially important for people who suffer from allergies or allergy-induced asthma. Replacement intervals vary by vehicle manufacturer, but Fram recommends changing it once a year, or every 20,000 km. For most vehicles, this is relatively easy. While the location of this filter varies, most

are installed in a slot inside the passenger compartment or under the hood. Some vehicles even have more than one. Check vehicle owner’s manuals for more information. Often drivers are suprised to discover the sometimes-awful stuff this filter has captured. Install a new cabin air filter and drivers and passengers alike can breathe easier. - www.newscanada.com

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Take precautions: Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of auto theft by Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. Car theft is a global problem but Canada has one of the highest rates of car theft in the world. According to Statistics Canada, in 2009 about 300 cars a day were stolen. The OPP’s website says the stolen car industry is a $600 million dollar a year illicit industry in Canada - and in Ontario over 52,000 cars are stolen a year; an average of 1,000 per week. In Wellington County car theft is not a big problem, but there are a few areas within the county that have higher rates of car theft than others. One of the most notable is Puslinch Township, specifically two car pool lots near Highway 401. Puslinch councillor Susan Fielding noted last week that according to county OPP officials, about one car per week, on average, is stolen from the lot near the 401 and Brock Road (Highway 6). The location is also a prime spot for those looking to steal items out of vehicles. A local resident asked at the Puslinch community forum on Sept. 15 if the township could convince the Ministry of Transportation to install lights at that lot, as well as another at Townline Road and the 401. Fielding said she would contact officials with TWD Roads Management Inc., the company in charge of carrying out such work on behalf of the MTO. “But I’m not sure lights are the answer,” she said. Fielding noted a lot of the

thefts occur during daylight because thieves assume the vehicles will be there all day. “It is fairly well lit,” she added of the lot. What vehicles are targets? London and Hamilton are the two Ontario cities with the highest rates of auto theft (489 and 480 incidents respectively per 100,000 population). But regardless of the location, economy and luxury cars alike can be targets for auto theft. Fielding noted GMC trucks seem to be one of the more common vehicles stolen from the Brock Road/401 lot. But the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s statistics for 2009 show the top five most stolen cars in Canada were the Honda Civic, Cadillac Escalade, Acura RSX, Acura Integra and Audi S4 Quattro. What happens? According to the OPP, 60% are recovered in what are called transportation crimes (used and dumped). The remainder is the result of organized enterprise auto theft. Currently 18,000 stolen vehicles are outstanding in Ontario, not including trucks, trailers or heavy equipment. The cost of auto theft to the public is $1.2 billion dollars a year, which equates to $48 per insurance policy holder. But far worse, police say, are the 40 to 65 deaths in Canada that are directly related to auto theft. The OPP’s Provincial Auto Theft Team (PATT) is a standing Joint Forces Operation combining the resources of police, governmental and nongovernmental agencies in a

Cause for concern - Over 52,000 cars are stolen every year in Ontario, but there are steps drivers can take to prevent auto theft. partnership to combat organized crime. How organized auto theft works A stolen vehicle in itself is not a profitable commodity. In order for the criminal to realize a profit, he/she must either export the vehicle to a destination where it is no longer sought by police, chop the vehicle into parts and sell the stolen parts as legitimate components or disguise the vehicle’s identity (clone or re-vin) and sell it as “legitimate” to unsuspecting buyers. PATT therefore focuses on auto exports, fraudulent registration or re-vinning of vehi-

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Important tips for relaxing travel: The Do’s and Don’ts of road trips Road trips are a tradition enjoyed by people everywhere. Cross country trips, adventurous jaunts through Europe and spring break excursions to warmer climes are just a few of the more popular road trips travelers enjoy each and every year. Though road trips leave travelers largely in control of their own getaways, there are ways trips can quickly spiral out of control. Careless planning or unforeseen auto troubles can turn a dream road trip into a nightmare. Before setting on a road trip this season, travelers would be wise to consider the following do’s and don’ts of road tripping. DO: Prepare the vehicle Nothing is more integral to a successful road trip than a vehicle that can withstand the trials and tribulations of the road. No one is happy when a vehicle breaks down during a road trip, but such breakdowns are almost always preventable. Though a flat tire or a car accident can’t be predicted, drivers can safeguard themselves against mechanical problems by taking their car to a mechanic a few days before the trip begins. Make sure to do so several

days in advance so if the car needs work, the mechanic has ample time to make any repairs. Waiting till the last minute is a bad idea, as there’s no guarantee the mechanic can fit the car into his schedule. Also, waiting until the last minute might prove more expensive, as mechanics might be forced to have new parts shipped overnight to ensure the trip can start on time. Such shipping costs will be passed on to the automobile owner. DON’T: Bring too much Novice road trippers often make the mistake of packing too much into the car. This creates a few problems. First and foremost, a crowded car is an uncomfortable car. Road trippers spend a significant amount of time in the car, so driver and passenger(s) alike will want to be comfortable. A case of bottled water might save a few dollars, but those savings should not come at the expense of comfort. Another downside to packing too much is the effect it might have on fuel efficiency. Fuel costs are still significant, and a car that’s weighed down with unnecessary items will need more fuel to operate. Families of young children, for example, don’t need to pack

a backup stroller just in case the primary stroller breaks. The chances of that happening are slim, and the second stroller is likely only going to take up space and decrease fuel efficiency. Avoid double-packing items and keep in mind the vehicle does not need to be a rolling pantry. DO: Enjoy the road Part of the joy of road trips is their laid back nature. Unlike other vacations that require travelers get to the airport by a certain time, road trips allow travelers to move at their own paces. Enjoy the opportunity to vacation without having to wait in long lines at airports or sit through long layovers. Enjoy the road and the scenery it provides. Don’t feel as though the trip needs to adhere to a strict schedule. Such schedules will make the trip seem hurried, robbing it of its relaxing nature. DON’T: Be surprised Expect delays when traveling by car. Rush hour traffic and road work will rear their ugly heads sometime during the trip. Build these delays into the trip so they’re less stressful when they inevitably appear. In addition, plan for pit stops to stretch your legs or enjoy an early dinner during rush hour.

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Vacation should not include the daily grind of rush hour. DO: Get some rest It’s tempting for road trippers to burn the midnight oil, as roads are less crowded late at night and it’s easy to make up for any lost time that occurred during the day. This is especially tempting when little kids are along, as parents feel they can truly make up hours while the little ones are asleep. However, drivers must get some rest themselves. Despite being sedentary while behind the wheel of a car, drivers do get tired and it’s easy to fall asleep at the wheel when it’s dark out and the highway is essentially empty. No matter how much time needs to be made up, drivers must get adequate rest. DON’T: Leave little time Eventually, the car is going to have to turn around and come home. Don’t leave all that driving to one day. Take a different route home and enjoy new sights and stopovers along the way. If the return trip is made with few stops, chances are travelers will be road weary upon returning home, and all the rest and relaxation earned on the trip will have been for naught.

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PAGE TEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011

Cold weather is on the way: Plan now for safe winter driving Thanks to global climate change, many of the weather patterns we’ve grown accustomed to in the past are no longer the norm today. It seems much of the country experiences shorter than normal days of moderate spring and fall weather, with seasons simply switching from scorching sun one moment to chilly temperatures and snow the next. That means it’s never too early to take a refresher course in preparing for safe winter driving. Winter weather takes all of the usual road hazards and steps them up a notch. Slippery roadways, congestion, road rage, pedestrian traffic -- all of these situations seem magnified when the weather is poor and daylight is waning. Although winter driving may be frustrating, there are ways to prepare for the season

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ENTERTAINMENT Perfect Wedding shows what can go wrong on that big day by David Meyer ELMIRA - The Elmira Theatre Company Inc. kicked off its season of comedy with a nightmare called Perfect Wedding. No matter what a nervous prospective bride or twitchy groom could imagine could go wrong on their big day, not in their wildest imaginations could they conjure the problems devised by playwright Robin Hawdon for his loving couple. The play takes its premise from a bad idea to have a stag party the night before the wedding at the inn where the wedding is taking place. The groom, Bill, played by Mike Rochford, wakes up - in the wrong room, actually the honeymoon suite - with a hangover that would knock over an average buffalo. Even worse, he finds a body in his bed - a live one. A woman. One he’s never met. The wedding is two hours away. He can’t remember anything - which, of course, insults the woman in his bed, Judy, played by Jill Peterson. So, he lies to her - and the trouble begins. He realizes his bride will soon be on the way to the room and begs Judy to leave. She suddenly bolts and hides in the bathroom, as best man Tom, played by Ken Noakes, arrives with lots of other troubles. More plots and schemes, more lies, and more trouble builds. Judy won’t come out of the bathroom. Bill convinces Tom to pass off chamber-

maid Julie (the similarity of her’s and Judy’s names play a big part here), and the web of deceit passes beyond the stage of ridiculous. The plot has more twists than a licorice twirl. One difficulty for the audience is its complexity. So many people have been fed so many lies it often seems that nobody on stage is on the same page. Some players seem to be two or three lines behind the others in knowledge when it comes to the dialogue - which makes the play hilarious in spots, but can make it somewhat difficult to follow at times. And that is for the actors too. It has to be tough to remember lines that have no logical sequence. We suspect the actors will hone their timing after learning what lines create the laughs. Noakes, as Tom, whom we have seen many times, is perfectly manic as the guy who cannot seem to find the right girl. His interplay with Rochford is good, and it is even better with Kathy Fahey, the chambermaid. She offers a strong performance as the tsk tsker at all the goings on, and her scatterbrain also makes for hilarity when she completely misunderstands various situations. Peterson does a terrific job as Jill, the girl in the bed. The sympathies of the audience went to Shannon McCannell, who played the bride, Rachel, as mildly selfabsorbed but not a lady who deserves all the things are happening around her.

What a mess - Things begin to fall apart in Perfect Wedding at the Elmira Theatre Company’s production when the groom, played by Mike Rochford has to deal with angry best man Ken Noakes, while Jill Peterson, wearing the dress but not really the bride, has to deal with the bride’s mother, played by Liz Poulton. Everything eventually gets sorted out - sort of. contributed photo The show runs at the theatre She is particularly good what, and her costume is a done by Deb Deckert. It is large, and features two rooms on Howard Avenue in Elmira when she finally demands to marvel. We have no doubt that of a suite, nicely divided by a from Sept. 15 to 24 with shows know what is going on and gives Bill what guys often refer director John Snowdon will small wall and a door. It was Thursday to Saturday at 8pm correct some of the flaws in quite believable that people on and Sunday shows at 2:30pm. to as “the look.� For tickets, call the Centre Liz Poulton, as Rachel’s timing and the course of the one side could not see what mother was a delight - the offi- run will go smoothly. Perfect was going on in the next room in the Square in Kitchener at - although there was some seri- 519-578-1570 or 1-800265cious mother of the bride who Wedding is well worth seeing. The staging is beautifully ous eves-dropping taking place. 8977. wants the wedding, no matter

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ENTERTAINMENT Tribute to Elvis Presley at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre ST. JACOBS – Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King, is on stage now through Dec. 18 at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre. Over 30 years ago Elvis Presley died. The story of his rise to stardom continues in this production that commemorates his life from humble beginnings as seen through the eyes of his business manager, Colonel Tom Parker. “This play is a tribute to a true artistic pioneer,� said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. �It contains one hit after another,

and whether or not you’re a fan, this show will touch your heart, make you laugh, and leave you singing your way out of the theatre.� Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc takes to the stage as the icon who became one of the most popular singers of the 20th century. LeBlanc personifies The King, which inspired co-creators Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart to bring the theatrical endeavour to life. From his renditions of Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel and Jailhouse Rock to when he’s singing Viva Las Vegas,

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In the Ghetto, and Suspicious Minds, the audience will enjoy LeBlanc’s raw emotion. “Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King is an awe-inspiring production,� said Mustakas. McHarge treats the star of the show with compassion and respect, and provides a few laughs along the way. Not only does he tackle the part of the Colonel but McHarge also directs. Backing up LeBlanc is a band headed by Colin Stewart on bass, Dean Harrison on piano, John Kenny on guitar, and Ted Peacock on drums. Stewart also serves double duty as music director, and leads the way through more than 40 hits. Over the course of the performance, the audience has a glimpse at the most transformative moments in Presley’s life. From the early days at Sun Records and his time with RCA, through his induction to the U.S. Army in 1958, fol-

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lowed by leading roles in nearly 30 films produced during the 1960s, Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King is a prolific journey through The Presley’s life and career. One of the most thrilling moments in this play occurs when the stage is set for his comeback - Presley’s first live performance since 1961. Widely regarded as one of his greatest performances, the show aired on NBC, Dec. 3, 1968 and led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of tours. Elvis Presley’s death on Aug. 16 1977 ended a remarkable career and firmly established him as a rock and roll legend. The show plays eight times a week. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866). Visit www.draytonentertainment.com for more information.

The King - Roy LeBlanc plays Elvis Presley in Drayton Entertainment’s Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King, running through Dec. 18 at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre.

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from across the region that will be served fresh in Harriston. Foods will be paired with tastings from local wineries and breweries, including samples from MacLean’s Ales, Carrick Wines and Ciders, Infusion Coffee, Queen’s Bush Bistro, Hawthorn Farms, South Street Cafe and the Harriston Bakery. Savour the Flavours is a joint venture by the Minto Chamber of Commerce, Farmer’s Market, Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society and Palmerston Agricultural Society. “We’re bringing in a farmer’s market this year for people

Singer Peter Katz will perform here on Oct. 1 FERGUS - Canadian singer-songwriter Peter Katz release his new live CD and DVD on Sept. 20 and then kick off his Canadian fall tour with a stop in Fergus on Oct. 1 at The Grand Theatre. With over 150 and more shows a year, Katz has found his home on stage. The release is titled Peter Katz and Friends Live at the

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to purchase products that will actually be cooked that night,� Hall told council. The event will coincide with the second annual Cultural Days event running Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, Mandy Hansen told council during her presentation, outlining the events slated for Cultural Days. She explained local businesses that capture the culture defined in Minto will be featured. The idea is to promote the cultural life of Minto and promote the economic contribution different businesses bring to the community. Cultural Days was conceived and initiated in response to growing recognition in Canada that a vibrant arts and cultural community contributes directly to the local economic viability of rural communities. Hansen told council this year’s event has attracted 11 businesses and the town’s Heritage Association. The event will also include a Minto cultural bus route to take visitors to sites. To view the activities that have been confirmed visit www.culturedays.ca.

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Scottish fest header Likes what he sees - Walter Botham, left, of Toronto, heard about the Fergus Classic Car Show while visiting and couldn’t resist coming to the downtown. He liked this 1950 Ford Flathead owned by Brent Gallagher, of Belwood.

Colour all in a row - The annual Fergus Classic Car show continues to grow each year, and the beautiful weather probably helps. Hundreds of people wandered the downtown on Sept. 9 to see hundreds of classic automobiles and trucks on display.

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The strength of our community lies in solid citizens. If you know a young person, aged 6 to 17, who is involved in worthwhile community service; a special person who is contributing while living with a limitation; a youth who has performed an act of heroism; or a ‘good kid’ who shows a commitment to making life better for others, doing more than is normally expected of someone their age – help us recognize their contribution – nominate them today!

Nominations will be accepted until November 30 Contact this newspaper or the Ontario Community Newspapers Association at www.ocna.org or 905.639.8720 ext. 239 Grandpa’s car - Brianna Tone, 4, of Arthur, is getting an early love of classic automobiles. This 1930 model A Ford is owned by her grandfather, Ron Tone. The vehicle is being rebuilt almost from scratch.

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PAGE FOURTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011

Taste Real field dinner 2011 an authentic local fare success

by Kelly Waterhouse GUELPH - The second annual Taste Real Guelph Wellington field dinner welcomed more than 80 guests to a sit down dining experience of homegrown food in the heart of Strom’s Farm cornfield here on Sept. 11. “Hopefully this event encourages people to think about local food in this region,� said Kate Vsetula, Guelph Wellington local food initiative coordinator. “This helps us build business relationships between farmers and restaurants, businesses and consumers.� The event included live music and an auction, hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Centre Wellington District High School’s food school and more than eight courses of fine dining dishes prepared by local chefs from in and around Wellington County, including Appetizingly Yours Catering from Guelph, Enver’s of Morriston, Queen’s Bush Bistro from Mount Forest, the South Street Gourmet in Harriston, and The Harvest Table from

Mapleton Township. Building a menu of seasonal flavours entirely from the region’s farmers, each chef created a plate of local fare with a home-cooked flavour, including meats from The Harvest Table, Blue Haven Farms Wellington County Pork and Devos Meats, prepared over an open charcoal fire. Vegetables and fruits complemented each dish, sourced from Strom’s Farm, Deerfield Farm, Collinspinach Farm, Wellesley Apple Products, ReRoot Farm, Hewitt’s Dairy, Masborough Country Market, Oak Manor Farms, Organic Meadow, Irvine Creek Organics Farm and Greenbush Heritage Organic Farm. Cheese from local makers Best Baa Dairy in Fergus and River’s Edge Goat Dairy in Arthur complemented several dishes. Dessert included home baking by South Street Bistro paired with Mapleton’s Organic ice cream, and Get Baked’s Burnt Honey and Peach Tart that obtained ingredients from Guelph’s Tuckamore Honey

and farms. Each presentation was paired with a complementary wine or beer, provided by Colaneri Estate Winery from Niagara-on-the-Lake or Guelph’s own Wellington County Brewery. Run by volunteers, the event included many helpers, notably 12 students from across Canada participating in the Katimivik program. Field Dinner 2011 organizer Ingrid von Cube was pleased with the event and the professional quality of the food, and hoped the diversity of the menu would encourage people to make the connection between where their food is grown and the people who grow it. “It’s about putting real food first and a face to the name behind the food, by showing people where the food really comes from, right here on the farm,� she said. Proceeds from the 2011 field dinner will support local food programs and initiatives of Guelph Wellington Local Food and the Guelph Food Round Table.

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Making the glass - Volunteers for Sensational Elora were at Blown Away Glass Studio in Elora preparing for Empty Glasses - from scratch. From left: Katherine McManus, volunteer Linda Lane, Rhoda Lipton, Tim McManus, and executive director Karen Thomas. contributed photo

Icemen, 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s join to form new Mapleton Minto Senior AA hockey team by Kelly Waterhouse Minto - The Palmerston 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the Drayton Icemen have joined forces in an attempt to ice a more competitive team for the 2011-12 WOAA Senior AA hockey season. The new team, named the Mapleton Minto 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is the result of discussions between the two hockey teams going back as far as last April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel it is a positive move,â&#x20AC;? said Mapleton Minto 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager Rick

Fisk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a good mixed executive and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bonus, for sure.â&#x20AC;? According to Fisk, many factors contributed to the decision, including community advantages like the need for ice time in both Palmerston and Drayton, a shared sponsorship base and a fan base to support the team. The amalgamation will allow team officials to increase the number of local players on the team while improving their ability to draw players within a competitive geographic area, such as Elora, Monkton and Shelburne. The Mapleton Minto 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive is currently working to finalize operational staffing, a sponsorship drive and other fundraising events for the coming season.

The new Mapleton Minto 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular season will consist of 24 games; 12 at home and 12 away games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will split home games between the Mapleton and Minto arenas,â&#x20AC;? said Fisk. The season home opener will be played against the Shelburne Muskies on Oct. 15 at 6:30pm at the PMD Arena in Drayton. Open practice and try-outs will be held in Palmerston on Sept. 17 at 4pm, Sept. 20 at 9pm and Sept. 27 at 9pm. Everyone is welcome. The team is also looking for volunteers who want to participate with the team in a variety of areas, including inviting students looking to fulfill their community volunteer hours by helping with admissions and/or music during the game, as well as other roles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to put a competitive team on the ice for good competitive hockey,â&#x20AC;? said Fisk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to get a fan following for the team. I hope the people will give us a chance.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the supporting or volunteering call Fisk at 519-338-3446 or 519-343-2840 or Uwe Claussen at 519-638-3868.


Inside Wellington Second of Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, May23, 6, 2011 2011 PAGE PAGE FIFTEEN FIFTEEN Inside Wellington - Second- Section The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September

Results from 4-H test at Mount Forest Fair

FROM PAGE TWO at the RDAPC in Marden. Tuesdays and Thursday from 8am12pm beginning October 4th and 6th with Free ‘try it’ sessions. Activities for all fitness levels from walking, bocce and badminton, to Coffee drinking and card playing! *** Community Cancer Prevention series- “Health tips on…” 6:30pm at Highland Rugby Club House. 160 Albert St. Fergus. Learn about the relationship between diet and cancer risk, food choices you can make to reduce your chances of developing cancer etc. Free admission. For more info. go to www.cancer-prevention.ca.

5-12 $6. Advance tickets from the parish office, 9am-1pm or call 519-669-3387. *** Until Oct. 1- Riverbend Artists are presenting “A Village Arts Experience” in businesses throughout Grand Valley 10am-4pm. Dufferin County Road 25. Presentations and demonstrations for Culture Days are on Oct. 2. www.riverbendartistsofgrandvalley. ca. *** Arthur Legion Silent Auction 5 - 7pm. For more info. please call 519- 848-5702. *** Card Party. 7pm Church of Our lady (Basement Hall) 28 Norfolk St., Guelph. $3.

Thurs. Oct 6

Belwood Lions Jamboree- 7:30pm Belwood Hall. Come and Play, Sing, Dance & just enjoy the Entertainment. Admission $5pp. (Performing musicians Free). Call 519-843-7011 for information.

Sat. Oct 1

Jam Session, Fergus Legion. 2-5pm. Come and join in. Nonmembers welcome. *** Puslinch Community Tree Planting 9:30-11:30am. Rain or shine. Friends of Mill Creek is inviting the public to help them plant trees along Mill Creek, behind the Puslinch Community Centre located at 23 Brock Road South. Contact Larry Halyk of the Wellington County Stewardship Council to register at 519-826-4936. *** St. James Anglican Church 171 Queen St. E., Fergus Basement Sale 8am to 12pm. Everyone Welcome. *** Dufferin Town & Country Farm Tour. 9am- 4pm. This selfguided driving tour will visit farms and agri-businesses in East Luther and Amaranth Township. Passports with driving maps will be available day of tour from 9am – 2pm at Hills of Headwaters Tourism Information Centre, Orangeville, Grand Valley Public School parking area and Bluwood Canada in Shelburne. A donation of non-perishable food or cash for the local food bank is your admission. For further information, please call 1-800-332-9744. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre’s 5th Annual: Active Living & Retirement Show! 10am-2pm. All welcome. Free admission. Exhibitors, displays, refreshments & lunch available, goodie bags, door prizes. 519-787-1814.

Fri. Oct 7

Community euchre sponsored by the Optimist club of Puslinch, 7:30pm at the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Lunch provided. 50/50 draw. All welcome. For information call Neil Smith at 519-837-3838.

Tues. Oct 11

The Royal City Quilters’ Guild October meeting at 7pm at the Three Willows United Church on 577 Willow Rd. in Guelph, Ontario. The program for this evening will be a presentation by Dwaynne Wanner on Origins, Inspirations and Challenges. Guests are welcome to join the meeting for $5. Membership is $37 for the year, which includes participation in fun-filled monthly meetings with other quilters, access to an extensive library of quilting books and the opportunity to join in guild workshops. For more info. email Judy.RCQG@gmail.com.

Wed. Oct 12

Rockwood & District Lioness Euchre & Bridge Night, Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood, 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch & Prizes to follow. 3rd. Early Bird Draw For $50. *** Harriston, Legion #296 Euchre 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. For more information call 519-3382843.

The Mount Forest 4-H invitational show Sept. 5 at Mount Forest Fall Fair was a qualifying show for Wellington and Bruce Counties to select the teams to compete in the 4-H show at the Royal Winter Fair. The show had 68 dairy members competing. In the showmanship classes: - champion senior showman, James Walker, Guelph; and - reserve champion senior showman, Eric Martin, Ripley; - champion dairy calf: James Walker, Guelph; and

- reserve champion dairy calf, Eric Martin, Ripley. There were 43 beef members competing in the beef show. The winners of the various classes were: - champion beef showman: Brad MacIntyre, Lucknow; and - reserve champion beef showman Grant Milliner, Dundalk. In the confirmation class: - champion beef calf: Tyler MacPherson, Lucknow; and - reserve champion beef calf, Melissa MacIntyre, Lucknow.

Wellington Junior Farmers tested knowledge at fall fair MOUNT FOREST - The community here got a taste and a test of what if take to be a “smart” farmer at the Mount Forest Fall Fair a few weeks ago. Members of the Wellington County Junior Farmers club tested the knowledge of participants with the game Are You Smarter Than a Farmer. It was geared to adults and children of all ages who were asked several questions based on farming and agriculture. The questions were multiple choice and ranged anywhere from, what color is a John Deere tractor?, to what’s the

average birth weight of a new born piglet? Kids were given a fall fair passport, and after visiting the Junior Farmer booth they got a pass for participation and were eligible to win a prize. The skill testing game was visited with over 50 participants taking a crack at the questions. The Wellington Junior farmers hold monthly meetings on Monday nights in Drayton, along with a fun event. Members are ages 15 to 30, and can be from a rural or non rural back ground.

THURS. Oct 13

Mon. Oct 3

Arthur Agricultural Society, upstairs hall. 7:30pm. Arthur Community Centre. All welcome. *** Guelph Field Naturalists discuss “Bats and Other Wildlife Of Trinidad and Tobago” with Fiona Reid, Mammalogist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum. 7:30pm University of Guelph’s Arboretum Centre. To confirm visit www.guelphfieldnaturalists.org. *** General Meeting of the Canadian Diabetes Association, North Perth – North Wellington Branch. 7:30pm at Knox United Church, 11 Allan St. E., Clifford. Guest Speaker: Jennifer Urosevic, Regional Supervisor, Client Services C.N.I.B. Topic: “Seeing Beyond Vision Loss” Nancy Dietrich will also be present to demonstrate some of her visual aids. Come and bring a friend.

Monticello United Church, Roast Beef Dinner. Adults $12.50, Children $5, Preschoolers free. 4:30-7pm.

Tues. Oct 4

St. John’s Lutheran Church Turkey Dinner – Clifford Community Centre 4:30-7pm. Adults $12.50, Children 5-12 $5. Tickets: 519327-8135 or tickets at the door. *** Guelph Historical Society’s new season will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 7:30pm. The guest speaker is Ceska Brennan. Her topic: “Symbolism and Design - then and now”. *** Over 50 and looking to stay active? Come join the Zoomer Club

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 fourth week of September -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, if romance hasn’t been on your mind, it’s time to make it a priority. Do what you have to do -- wine, dine and pull out all the romantic punches.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Find a way to reduce the stress in your life, Scorpio. This way you can enjoy family and friends without a lot of things on your mind at any given time.

Nestlé Waters Canada invites you to join us on Saturday, September 24th for a Community Open House. Come out and meet our team and learn more about our business by taking a guided tour through our plant.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Another person’s misdeeds will shed some light on your own, Taurus. Recognize your mistakes and work to correct them as soon as possible.

Noon – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you will need an abundance of patience if you are to make it through the next few days. Thursday proves especially challenging when a curveball gets thrown your way.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, don’t make too much of a situation because you’re reading into it the wrong way. The truth is much less than you are making things. Excitement awaits you.

Community Open House

• Guided tour of our bottling facility • Free BBQ and product sampling • Project Wet Water Education

• Classic Car Show • Puslinch Fire Department exhibit • Ontario Provincial Police exhibit

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CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you don’t take a breather now and then you will be left with little energy. Take advantage of invitations by friends to hang out and enjoy some downtime. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you may feel like you’re taking two steps back every day, but the truth is you’re making progress just in small doses. Stick with what you’re doing. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, few things are more exciting than being surprised by someone you love and respect. That is just what may happen to you.


PAGE SIXTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, September 23, 2011

ERIN FALL FAIR October 7 – 10

184 Main Street, Village of Erin Ontario’s preview to the Royal Winter Fair, celebrating 161 years. Live entertainment, livestock and horse shows, demonstrations, midway, children’s activities, truck and tractor pulls and much more. COUNTY OFFICIALLY OPENS THE NEW PUSLINCH LIBRARY BRANCH On September 16, the County of Wellington, the Township of Puslinch and the Wellington County Library Board held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Puslinch Library Branch.

DISCOVER CENTRE WELLINGTON TRAILS The Township of Centre Wellington is developing a Township-wide Trails Master Plan. The plan will build upon the success of the Elora Cataract Trailway which has been developed and maintained by community volunteers. The Trails Master Plan will also seek to connect neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, recreation facilities, parks, etc., linking Centre Wellington to surrounding municipalities. A connected park and trail system is part of a physically active and healthy community.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! • • •

Complete on line survey: www.surveymonkey.com/Wellington_Questionnaires Join us at a public meeting. Check www.centrewellington.ca and in local newspapers for more information. Provide your comments directly to the study team.

www.erinfair.ca

2012 GREEN LEGACY PROGRAMME

COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING DAY

Order forms available October 1!

The Friends of Mill Creek are looking for volunteers to help plant Green Legacy trees in Puslinch.

The Green Legacy Tree Planting Programme will continue in 2012. This spring, over 158,000 trees will be planted all over Wellington County! Visit www.wellington.ca, or call 226.971.0750 to obtain an order form. Order early to avoid disappointment.

OCTOBER 1

This community tree planting event take place on Saturday, October 1, from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The trees will be planted behind the Puslinch Community Centre, on the banks of Mill Creek. For more information, or to register, contact Larry Halyk at: 519.826.4936 or larry.halyk@ontario.ca.

Contact the project representatives listed below with your comments, questions and ideas. Andy Goldie, Director of Parks and Recreation Township of Centre Wellington T 519.843.2800 x 23 E agoldie@centrewellington.ca

Sunday, October 2

Jay Cranstone Project Manager MMM Group Ltd. T 905.826.4770 x 1736 E cranstonej@mmm.ca

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Unveiling of Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame — Wellington County Inductees

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Dancing with the Elora Grand Squares

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Also demonstrations black smithing, log squaring, rope making, sheep shearing, quilting, lace making, spinning wool and more!

9:00 am to 3:00 pm on: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 Mapleton Municipal Office 7275 Sideroad 16, Drayton

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Rockmosa Community Centre 74 Christie St., Rockwood

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 Liquidation World 480 Smith St. (Hwy. 6), Arthur

Please bring food bank donations. www.wellington.ca

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ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. For more information, contact: Jennifer Cowan, Accessibility Clerk, at: 519.837.2600, ext. 2373* or Jenniferc@wellington.ca

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FEEDBACK - HOW ARE WE DOING? Do you have an idea for an upcoming issue? County Communications Page Andrea Ravensdale, Communications Officer Wellington Advertiser 519.837.2600, ext. 2320* or andrear@wellington.ca for publication: September 23, 2011 *ALL CALLS by CAN MADE TOLL FREE TO 1.800.663.0750 prepared PhilBEDietrich

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