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Harvest Home Tour and Luncheon. Self-guided tour, rain or shine. 4:30-8:30pm. Saturday, Oct 13 - 9am-4pm. Lunch will be available to purchase. “Country Store” at Barrie Hill United Church offering local produce, canning, etc. for sale. Your ticket will provide a map of the homes and farms which are all located in Guelph/Eramosa township. For tickets contact Sandra 519843-3778 or Shirley 519-822-4997. Tickets will be available to purchase at the church during the weekend of the event. *** The Women’s Inter Church Council of Guelph is holding ”The Ingathering of the Least Coin” meeting at Westminster St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 206 Victoria Rd. N. 2pm. *** Moorefield United Church Pork Dinner 5-7pm. Maryborough Community Centre, Moorefield. Adults $14; Children 5 - 11, $5. *** St. John’s United Church Belwood, Euchre, 7:30pm.

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Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 822 Tutor Squadron, First Annual Model Builders Exhibition and Contest. 9am-5pm at the Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Gowing Youth Development Centre, at the Waterloo Regional International Airport on Fountain Road, Breslau. Open to all model builders and spectators of all ages and skill level. Admission $5. Call Scott Gibbons for info. 519-6348730. *** Craft Sale. Belwood Hall. Hosted by the Belwood WI. 9am1:30pm. New crafters and products. Lunch booth. Free admission. *** Comedian Country Clem and Roast Beef Dinner, 6pm at Duff’s Church Hwy 6 & 401. Country Clem is the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Undertaker, Padre and Mayor of Westfield. Tickets $25 Children 7 and under free. Show only $10. Phone 519-763-1163. *** Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 10:30-11:30am for ages 5 years and up at the Hillsburgh Branch Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd, Hillsburgh. Join Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit for a zany, topsyturvy tea party. Registration required. 519.855.4010.

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Knox-Elora celebrates 175th anniversary with special Thanksgiving service on Sunday, October 14, at 11am. Rev. Herb Gale will conduct the service. All are invited.

Mon. Oct 15

Harriston & District Horticultural Society meeting in the auditorium. 7:30pm. Speaker: John Drummond. Topic “Trees”. Everyone welcome. *** Elmira & District Horticultural Society: “Your End-of-Season Checklist: fall clean-up & bulbs” with Kate Owens, 7:30pm. Trinity United Church. New members welcome.

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Cancer Support Group. Upper Grand 753 Tower St. S. Wheelchair accessible. 1st Wednesday of the month lunch out. Contact Joyce

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519-843-3213 or Judy 519-843-3947 Ext. 100. *** Guelph Twp. Horticultural Society Fall Flower & Vegetable Show, 7:30pm. Guest speaker: Larry Halyk, of Wellington Stewardship Council on “Restoration of Marden Creek”. Show entries 6:307:30pm. Refreshments, Door Prizes. Public Welcome. 7368 Wellington Rd. 30, Marden Community Centre. 519-822-5289. *** Guelph Eramosa Residents 50 and older! Parks and Rec Dept - Master Plan Input Session. Rockmosa Community Centre 5:30pm. Dinner on us! RSVP 519-856-9596 x 113 by Oct 12. *** Brighton Chapter No. 201 O.E.S. Fall Fashion Show. 7pm. Fergus Legion 550 Blair St. Fergus. $12. Desserts, tea, coffee, door prizes. Call Betty Knapton for tickets 519-787-8250.

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Orangeville and Area M.S. Support Group. 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm. Westside Secondary School, Rm.#124. 300 Alder St., Orangeville. Call Diane 519-941-3712. *** St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Arthur. Annual Turkey Supper. Arthur Community Centre. 5-7pm. Adults $12, 6-12 $5, 5 & under-free. Take outs available. 519-848-2839. *** St. George’s Anglican Church Harriston Annual Fall Rummage Sale. Bring in your clean new or gently used items 9am-5pm stay & shop. On Thurs. Oct. 18 - 9am-1pm. Everyone welcome. *** Fergus & District Horticultural Society Meeting: 7:30pm. Victoria Park Centre, Fergus . Topic: “Plant Diseases”- Speaker: Dr. Greg Boland (Professor Emeritus U of G). Everyone welcome. For more info call Roberta at 519-843-5892. *** Guelph-Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Public Lecture. Speaker: David Knight, Archaeologist “The Petrie Building: An Archeology of Social Networks” 7pm. The Bookshelf Ebar. Quebec Street, Guelph. Contact D’Arcy McGee tdmcgee07@gmail.com. No charge, all welcome. *** Dr. Sean Cameron, Ph.D., presents “The Path of a Student with Learning Disabilities from Primary Grades to Post-Secondary and Tips to Make it Through”. Presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County. 7pm. Community Living Board Room, 8 Royal Rd, Guelph. $10 Members, $15 Nonmembers. Please register by telephone 519- 837-2050. *** Oct 17 & 18 - Rummage sale at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Mount Forest. Wed. Oct. 17, 4-7pm, Thurs. Oct. 18, 9 -12 noon. Donations of clean fall & winter clothing, linens, bedding & misc. items can be dropped off at the Church on Wed, Oct 17, 9am-4pm. *** General Meeting of the Fergus Legion, 7:30pm. All members should plan to attend. For more information call the Legion 519843-2345.

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Drayton United Church Turkey Supper, 5-7pm. P.M.D. Community Centre, Drayton, Ontario. Tickets at the door. Adults $14, Children 10 and under $5, Preschoolers free. *** Coffee Hour at Arthur United Church 9:30am. Coffee and snacks followed by Guest Speaker Jennifer Auger, Youth Minister, Melville United Church, Fergus, speaking on Family & Youth Ministry. A special feature and special music will also be provided. Everyone welcome. *** Yoga Hour 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Thursdays. Led by Owen Ash, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor to be held at St. John’s Anglican Church Fellowship Hall. *** Free weekly Drop In Yoga for Adults, 4:30-5:30pm, Certified Yoga Instructor Owen Ash. St. John’s Church, 112 Guelph St., Rockwood. Info. 519-856-9211. *** Free weekly Drop In: Tales of Daring & Magic for Children, 4:30-5:30pm. St. John’s Church, 112 Guelph St. Rockwood. Info. 519-856-9211. *** Guelph Eramosa Residents 50 and older! Parks and Rec Dept Master Plan Input Session. Marden Community Centre 5:30pm. Dinner on us! RSVP 519-856-9596 x 113 by Oct 12.

Fri. Oct. 19

10th annual Nightmare on Daly Street. Palmerston Legion Br. 409. *** Annual Roast Beef Dinner and Quilt Draw, Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church - Harriston. Two sittings at 5pm and 7pm Adults: $12, Child (10 and under) $5. For Tickets Call 519-3382624. *** Progressive Euchre Party 7:30pm. St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, Elmira. 7pm. $6. Door prizes and light served. Everyone welcome. *** Until Oct 21- The Elora Halloween Scare Fair. Thrills, Chills, Vendors, Food, Fun Featuring Twilight Zoo, Haunted House, Maze, Graveyard Games, Performers and More. Friday, Ceremony 6 -10pm. Featuring The Puppet Tamer Tim Holland! Sat., Sun. 12Noon-10pm Featuring Zoltan The Fire Eater! Elora Centre For The Arts, 75 Melville St. Pre-purchase tickets available at locacontinued on page 15


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Guide leaders work to grow numbers by Kris Svela

by Kris Svela HARRISTON - In the Guiding movement in north Wellington County, Rose van Sickle is somewhat of a legend, having served the movement almost 50 years. Girl Guides of Canada has been around for almost 103 years - since January 1910 and van Sickle has served close to half of that time. The Guide movement was started by war hero Lord Robert Baden Powell, who originally started the Scouting movement. As Guides grew, it was later taken over by his sister Agnes Baden Powell. Eventually Robert’s wife Olave, who was 35 years younger, was named Chief Guide in 1918 and took over the Guiding operations. As a young girl growing up in Windsor, Rose Marian Jolie, now Rose van Sickle, belonged to both Brownies and Girl Guides, earning her All Round Cord and then her Gold Cord - a significant achievement in the Guiding movement. At the age of 16 she moved to Brampton and continued in Guiding. She became a lieutenant and then a captain of Girl Guides aged 10 to 15 with a unit with more than 40 girls. Because she wasn’t 18 years old, mothers had to take turns coming to meetings for adult supervision. van Sickle has held many positions in Guiding, including leader of Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers; Camp Advisor for Camp Wyoka near Harriston; District Commissioner’s Acting Division Commissioner; and as a member of the Provincial Program committee for five years. She recalls her first trip, one of many during her tenure, as a Guide leader. “My first trip at the age of 20 was taking the unit on an exchange to Dayton, Ohio,” she said. “Five cars carried the girls to Ohio for five days.” She later travelled with the girls to California and London, England and then by train to Montreal. Her final trip was in March 2011, when she took 37 girls, leaders, and moms from all over the province to Switzerland, Paris, France and London, England.

In June of 1989 Rose was honoured to meet Betty Clay, the daughter of Lord and Lady Baden Powell, and her daughter Gilliam Clay. van Sickle said her experience with Guiding has taught her a lot. “Guiding has given me so much. From being a very shy girl with four brothers, Guiding has taught me to be independent with strong leadership skills,” she said. “I have taught over 1,000 girls how to build a safe fire and taught a lot of girls leadership skills such as first aid, how to march and basic life skills.” Despite ending her active association with the movement, van Sickle still retains her affiliation and is with the Trefoil Guilds, which is a group of Senior Girl Guides, most who do not have units but want to keep in touch with their Guiding friends and what is new in Guiding. “Any female can join Guiding at any age,” van Sickle said. “You do not have to go up through the ranks. Each program is completely different with some test work overlapping in each. She explained Sparks are ages 5 and 6, Brownies 7 to 9, Guides 9 to 12, Pathfinders 12 to 15, and Rangers 15 to 18. She added girls aged 14 to 18 can help out as a Spark, Brownie or Guide helper and many girls do their community volunteer hours in the units. “Leaders are age 16 to 99. There must be at least one 18 year old in each unit,” van Sickle said. “All Guiders and adults helping in units get a police check and registration, of which both are paid for by Girl Guides of Ontario. Purchasing their uniform and holding a current first aid certificate would be their only cost. Girl Guides will reimburse $40 towards their first aid cost.” Units throughout Wellington County meet once a week, starting in September. The Mount Forest unit, for example, meets each Tuesday evening at the United Church. The unit currently has 11 members who meet to make crafts, play games and go on community outings. Last year the group visited the Mount Forest

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Guiding heart - Minto Guide leaders Bev Manser, left, and Rose van Sickle have been in the movement for decades and continue to be active. They are looking at ways to improve the number of members and spread the word about the merits of Guiding. photos by Kris Svela Cover photo: Members of the 1st Mount Forest Girl Guides, from left: Jessica Savage, Savannah Rachar and Rebekah Sales.

historical society archives, marched in the Remembrance Day parade and helped clean up a local park, according to Melanie Hanlon. The agenda for this year includes Christmas caroling and attending a township council meeting. “Our Sparks and Pathfinder groups are non-existent at the moment because of a lack of interest,” Hanlon said. “The Brownies only have two members this year.” The unit is also looking for ladies to volunteer as leaders and new girls to sign on. When Hanlon started in the Mount Forest unit three years

a brief break and started again as a leader from 2001 to today. Her current unit has three Girl Guides, two Pathfinders and one Ranger. The numbers have dwindled in the Town of Minto with only the Harriston unit still operating. “There’s such a lack of girls in our area,” Manser said. “What we really need is getting our units resurrected,” van Sickle added. “We need Sparks and Brownie leaders.” Many leaders joined the organization because their children join. van Sickle said it’s essential those leaders stay on after their children have moved through the ranks.

“From being a very shy girl with four brothers, Guiding has taught me to be independent.” - Longtime Guide leader Rose van Sickle. ago, there were 15 members, and there are 11 this year. Taking over for van Sickle in Harriston is Bev Manser. The Harriston unit, known as the 2nd Harriston Girl Guides, meets every Thursday at Manser’s home on Elora Street next door to the Presbyterian Church from 7 to 9pm. Manser admits taking over the functions from van Sickle has been difficult, but with her considerable experience in Guiding, she is making it work. Manser started in the movement back in 1958, in Etobicoke. “I went through Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders from 1958 to 1967,” she said. She served as a unit leader for two years in Toronto. She rejoined the movement as a leader from 1987 to 1990, took

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“The best leaders are the ones who come in because they want to do it.” Manser said Guiding is an excellent opportunity for young girls to learn community involvement, community appreciation and leadership skills. To achieve that Guides participate in local events and learn about their community heritage. To learn leadership abilities, members discuss upcoming events at their weekly meetings. The Harriston units over the past several years have participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies, Earth Day cleanups, planting natural plants at Hawthorne farms, activities at Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Home, working with the Town of Minto on

its anniversary celebrations, the Red Neck Games and participating in the local fall fair. “I plan my meetings out with the girls,” Manser said. “They decide if it (meetings) is going to be a badge night, a craft night, a games night or a party night.” In Guides, members work to achieve badges which can include different facets of their lives, including sports, hobbies and community involvement. Camping outings planned by the girls mean they have to establish a program for a camping weekend, including food purchasing and preparation and setting up a budget for the event. They also have to determine transportation to get the girls back and forth from where the camping is taking place. Manser has also hosted camping excursions in her own backyard. The events have to be structured to offer participants a variety of tasks they need to earn particular badges. Leadership training also involves the older girls assisting the younger ones with tasks and through that, they can work toward their “bridging badge.” Even though weekend events such as camping are structured, girls also need time for themselves, Manser said. “I like to give my girls free time where they can do what they want as long as you have them in sight.” A top honour for Guides is achieving a Lady Baden Powell badge, while Pathfinders can achieve top honours with a Canada Cord. Overall those involved in the organization learn important life skills, Manser added. “It helps them to be a little more prepared when they’re out on their own,” Manser said. “They learn skills and how to

work together.” Camping and sleepovers are a fun part of Guiding and units are encouraged to do both or, if the Guiders are not into camping, they have 16 Guide camps around the province the girls can attend, van Sickle said. Camping for her started in the huge Bell tents, and then to the canvas “A” shaped tents, to current nylon and easy pop-up tents. “The girls learn first aid, building fires, basic cooking and mostly leadership skills,” she said. “I heard in the past of one of my Pathfinders giving first aid to someone on the street and the mother telling her that her only first aid was what she learned in Guiding. “Another family was on a hike and two of their teenage girls went ahead. There came to a fork in the road and the parents had no idea which way they went, but then found the Guiding trail signs and knew exactly where to go.” To raise funds for local units, members sell chocolate mint cookies in October and chocolate and vanilla cookies in April. The cookies sell for $5 a box with about $2.80 going to the different levels of Guiding and the remainder going back to Dare Cookies, the producer. In Harriston residents can get cookies their local unit or call van Sickle at 519-3382730. Anyone interested in joining Guides can register on line at www.Guidesontario.org or call 1-800-565-8111. Currently the Wellington County units are in Alma, Drayton, Elora, Erin, Fergus, Guelph, Harriston, Mount Forest and Rockwood. Officials would like to start units in all the towns that don’t have them.

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s HEADER s e n ll e W & Health The organic food debate: Is it really more healthy for you or just a marketing hoax? by Katie McKeown N.D. FERGUS - Is organic food healthier? A recent report from Stanford University, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in September has turned this once mild question into a hot button topic teeming with controversy. The report, titled “Are Organic Foods Safer and Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?: A systematic review� concluded, through a confusing and misrepresentative statistical measurement, that there is a lack of evidence to support that “organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods,� and that consumption of organic foods “may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.�

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sole defense from pathogens. The importance of antioxidants to our health is unquestioned. Research has and continues to show that antioxidants reduce our risk of developing many chronic diseases and can help mitigate the damage created by active disease. Quickly growing research supports that polyphenols, isoflavones and flavonoids are equally as important to boosting our immune system and protecting us from developing major chronic diseases as well as reducing the damage caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. Reduced Exposure For many consumers who already buy organic food, the

issues around conventional versus organic foods have never been related to nutritional value. For most, it is about reducing the amount of harmful chemicals they are exposed to on a daily basis. Research, including the results from the Stanford study, almost unanimously agrees that there is less risk of exposure to various chemicals by consuming organic foods. Many studies have shown that there are significantly higher levels of urinary metabolites of harmful insecticides and pesticides in those whose diets consist of conventional produce when compared to those with diets consisting predominantly of organic produce. Other studies have shown

that these same metabolites in high concentrations are correlated with autism, ADHD and asthma in children. While the evidence in these studies is preliminary, some argue that the evidence is sufficient to warrant campaigns supporting organic eating during pregnancy and early childhood. Fruits and vegetables are not the only foods that can be raised organically. Meat, dairy and eggs are also being looked at. The Stanford study acknowledges explicitly that there is a reduction in exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria from organically raised animals. While in Canada, there is a body of law that prohibits the use of growth hormones in all animals raised for consumption, organic or conventional, those laws do not apply to the use of antibiotics. Conventionally raised animals are often given prophylactic antibiotics throughout their life to reduce the risk of developing infections. This common practice increases the likelihood of bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics. Organic farming rules dictate that prophylactic antibiotic use is forbidden, thus reducing the development of antibiotic resistance in organic meat. When to buy Organic After examining the evidence, the question becomes not if, but when to buy organic. With much of the organic produce, meat, dairy and egg prices being higher than conventional foods, many people get stuck on where to focus their shopping efforts when they make the switch to organic foods.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) makes that decision a little easier by putting out an annual “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,� which lists foods that are highly contaminated or rarely contaminated with pesticides. They refer to these lists as “The Dirty Dozen� and “The Clean Fifteen� respectively. The dirtiest foods are items that should be organic, whenever possible. The clean foods are considered safe whether they are conventionally or organically grown. Based on this information provided by the EWG research, Optimum Integrative Health Centre created a ‘cut and carry’ wallet-sized card to keep on hand, helping make grocery shopping easier. Produce, meat, eggs, honey and dairy are always the most nutritious when they are fresh. As food is transported across the globe, it loses nutritional value. While organic eating is important to consider, as much, if not more consideration should be put on buying foods that are local, fresh and sustainably grown. To access the freshest, least contaminated and most sustainable food, visit local farmer’s markets or farm stands, which is made simpler by www. foodlink.ca, a site that helps consumers locate sustainable farms and markets in their area, across Ontario. Buying fresh, local and organic will reduce pesticide and antibiotic resistant exposure, while improving nutritional value and overall health. This column is submitted by Dr. Katie McKeown N.D. of Optimum Integrative Health Centre in Fergus.

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broad themes impact upon us throughout our lives, and how they all interact to affect our health. Take genetics, for instance. We may have a family history of early heart disease, but knowing this we can go for regular medical check-ups and blood pressure screening, eat nutritious heart healthy foods, exercise, get enough sleep and take measures to avoid stress. We may have a parent or sibling who has depression, so we need to be mindful of symptoms, and consult a health care professional for treatment if needed. As well, good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress reducers like sports and socializing can help to keep us mentally healthy. It has been said that “everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten�, and there is some truth in that. We seek miracle cures, but neglect the basics that we all know really are the answer to many of our health problems. Perhaps we find the solutions boring: limit your alcohol, don’t smoke, wear a bike helmet, don’t drive when you are too tired, have been drinking, or are texting. Choose healthy foods and find time for fun. These ‘boring little suggestions’ will go a very long way to keeping you healthy. Yet there are times when despite having an education, secure housing, good food, and employment, and even though we practice good health habits and have strong community connections, we do acquire an illness or disease, and will be grateful for the presence of

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PAGE SIX Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, October 12, 2012

s HEADER s e n ll e W & Health Optometrists caution eye exams are often missed on back-to-school checklist MISSISSAUGA - New shoes for gym … CHECK. New backpack for books … CHECK. Eye exam to read and learn … CHECK. This year don’t overlook the most important back to school readiness decision that can help your child cope with the challenges of learning. Ontario’s optometrists are encouraging all parents to book their child’s eye exam as another school year begins. Statistics have shown that annually 75 per cent of children between the ages of five and nine have not had their eyes examined by a Doctor of Optometry and a staggering 93 per cent of all children under the age of five have never been tested; despite the fact that annual eye examinations are covered by OHIP for children 19 years of age and under. It is estimated that nearly half of all high school students

will also leave high school without ever having an eye exam. “Children can be labelled as having behavioural or learning disabilities because they are unable to see or focus on the work when all they require is a pair of eyeglasses,” said Dr. Sheldon Salaba, president of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). “Children with undetected vision problems will struggle in school and fall behind their peers. An eye exam can give parents the piece of mind of knowing whether their child can see well or not,” said Dr. Salaba. Dr. Karen MacDonald, a Waterloo optometrist and Chair of Children’s Vision for the OAO agrees. “Optometrists have child friendly assessments for determining the complete health of a young child’s eyes,” Dr.

MacDonald said. “The exam is thorough so parents will know exactly how their child’s eyes are developing and if there are any concerns that require monitoring.” “Many parents, who thought their children could see fine, are shocked when a serious vision problem is diagnosed. Many feel badly and wonder why they didn’t notice something earlier,” she said. “Unfortunately, problems aren’t always obvious to a parent or even the child. Children don’t have any form of comparison,” said Dr. MacDonald. Optometrists are most concerned about a condition called amblyopia or lazy eye. Failure to detect this condition at an early age can result in a permanent reduction in a child’s vision and limit potential career options requiring good working sight in both eyes.

Starting July 1, children entering Junior Kindergarten in nine Ontario school regions are eligible to participate in the free Eye See…Eye Learn (ESEL) program that encour-

ages parents to book a comprehensive eye exam with a participating Doctor of Optometry for their JK child. If the child requires glasses, they will receive a pair of

high quality, shatter proof and UV protected glasses free of charge courtesy of ESEL partners Jungle Eyewear and Hoya Vision Care. The OAO, with funding assistance from the Ontario Government, is partnering with local school boards, health units, and corporate partners like CNIB to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of vision problems so that every child can see and learn to the best of his or her ability. To find an optometrist or for more information go tp www.eyecareoao.com or call toll free (855) 424-ESEL (3735) for more information. Doctors of Optometry are university educated and clinically trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and visual system. They provide primary eye care services in the province of Ontario.

Early recognition vital - how to recognize if your child has a vision problem (MNS) - Parents want their kids to be as healthy as possible. Whether tailoring kids’ diets to include healthier foods or encouraging their youngsters to be physically active, parents often go the extra mile with regards to the health of their children. But as hard as parents may try, some health-related issues are difficult to avoid or prevent. For example, even the most conscientious parents might have little influence over their children’s vision. Many children have a form of myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, which progressively worsens as kids get older but eventually stabilizes when their eyes have stopped growing, typically in a young adult’s early 20s. Myopia is common and treatable, but parents should still educate themselves about it so they can better respond should they suspect their child is suffering from nearsightedness. When a person has myopia, light entering his or her eye is focused incorrectly. Nearsighted people usually have an eyeball that is slightly

longer than normal from front to back, and the light rays that make up the images a nearsighted person sees focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. The result is that objects that are far away appear blurry. Kids likely won’t tell their parents that they are struggling to see distant objects clearly, so it’s important for parents to look for indicators that a child might be struggling with myopia. Kids who are nearsighted might squint to see objects that

are far away, including the television. One of the telltale indicators is how a child behaves in the classroom. Children who tell their teacher they need to move closer to the chalkboard should be taken to the eye doctor. Parents who suspect their child might be nearsighted can talk to their child’s teacher and ask if the teacher feels the child might be struggling with his or her vision. Such struggles can affect how a child performs in school. Children who get frequent headaches might also be suffering from nearsightedness. Doctors recommend kids have their eyes examined at six months, three years of age and prior to entering the first grade. But even if kids have passed previous eye examinations at each of those benchmarks, it’s best to take them for another exam the moment a vision problem is suspected. Since it is often inherited, myopia is not preventable. However, treatment can significantly minimize its effects. That exam may include an

eye pressure measurement; a refraction test, which is used to determine a correct prescription for eyeglasses; a retinal examination and a visual acuity test, which measures sharpness of vision at close and far distances. When a child is diagnosed as being nearsighted, the doctor will likely prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are additional symptoms of childhood vision problems that might not indicate nearsightedness, but might indicate another problem that should result in a trip to the eye doctor. For example, a child might close one eye when watching television or reading. This could be indicative that vision in one eye is poorer than the other. Young children who struggle to color within the lines might have an issue with their hand-eye coordination. Poor hand-eye coordination could be the result of a vision impairment. Children who tilt their head to one side to improve vision might be suffering from

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people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we take for granted.” Just $5 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85 per cent of all funds raised by optometrists and their patients goes directly to supporting programs that give sight to those most in need. Funds raised from World Sight Day Challenge will be directed to projects in 35 projects across 23 countries around the world. For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, visit www.givingsight.org.

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fy for this year’s CKNX Radio Farm Advisory Board Bursary. The goal of the bursary is to support students who have a proven interest in agriculture and who are potential strong contributors to the future of the industry. Applicants will also be asked to submit a 1-2 page essay on their interest in the agriculture industry and/ or their vision of their place in it once their application has been received. Details and application forms are available at: www.agri-media. ca/farm-advisory-board/awardsscholarships/fab-bursary-info-application-2/. COMING EVENTS: Oct. 16 to 17 - Leading Edge Summit - “Building Bold Leaders to Strengthen our Rural Communities” Place - Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville ON. Website: stepstoleadership.ca/default.aspx. Oct. 24 to 26 - Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium, Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, Guelph, Ontario. Check the website: www.dairycattlewelfaresymposium.ca. Oct. 25 - OMAFRA’s “Good Agriculture Practices” Webinar Series: Preparing for an On-Farm Food Safety Audit, 12:00 noon. Interpret what to expect from an audit, the general requirements of a food safety program, and applying the tools needed for a successful audit. Webinar details/registration at: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/ english/food/foodsafety/producers/webinars.htm. Oct. 30 - 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. Nov. 6 and13 - Growing Your Farm Profits two-day workshop at Elora OMAFRA boardroom from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sign up electronically at: www.ontariosoilcrop.org/workshops or phone Liz at 519-638-3268. Nov. 2 to 11 - 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Details at: www.royalfair.org/. Nov. 6 - Wellington Federation of Agriculture, monthly board meeting, at OMAFRA boardroom, Elora at 7:30pm. For information, contact Lisa Hern at 519-848-3774 or email: jplh@golden.net.

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OPINION: Canadian hog industry will have to get itself through difficult times by Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
 GUELPH - The hog industry is experiencing more lows these days due to severe economic swings. In fact, Saskatchewanbased Big Sky farms, North America’s number two producer, entered receivership recently. That announcement was followed the next day by Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection. For the hog industry, it will be more of the same as market conditions continue to change. Many factors, most of them foreseeable and manageable, have triggered bankruptcies in the industry over the years.

These factors include fuel costs, currency fluctuations, and sudden closed-access to some markets. In fact, Big Sky filed for bankruptcy protection and restructured its business just a few years ago after a similar run-up in feed costs. The most recent bankruptcies are evidence the industry is still incapable of systemic adaptation. Canada is one of the most cost competitive pork producers in the world. Most swine producers in Canada are astute cost managers. Nonetheless, current business models in the industry don’t allow producers to hedge against higher feed costs. So when input

costs increase, margins across key business units get much tighter. Most of what we export is fresh or frozen, but unprocessed is where value creation and economic growth really lies. Other business models have been successful elsewhere. Despite the relatively higher cost levels, Danish hog producers are efficient pork exporters despite abrupt economic cycles. A harmonization of activities along the supply chain from breeding and genetics, to production, slaughter, processing, further processing, and exporting, allows the Danish

hog industry to build an unparalleled competitive advantage over other countries. Such coordination from farm to market enables the industry to tailor products to the needs of specific market segments. As a result, we buy pork from Denmark, but Denmark rarely buys from us. After its last bankruptcy episode, Big Sky adopted a producer-centric approach and created several independent entities to accommodate production loops developed over a decade. Most of the reasoning was decoupled from market access and responsiveness. This is a prominent marketing para-

digm in Canadian agriculture. Meanwhile, through close vertical and horizontal coordination, the Danish industry is able to decrease transaction costs, upturn efficiency, and enhance the quality of its products. In other words, structure design of the industry is essentially based on market demand, not on the primary producers’ needs, a refreshing method. Increased competitiveness must be based not only on enhanced economies of scale, but also on more strategic flexibility, proximity to market, and increased global focus. The Canadian hog industry exported more than $3 billion worth of products last year. Like the Danish, some could be produced elsewhere. Production points could get close to aimed markets and logistical capacity could easily be enhanced. The Canadian hog industry committed only to building cost management efficacies in recent decades, making it vulnerable to unexpected changes in input costs. Bankrupted companies will be expecting something from governments, and why not? Public coffers have helped the

industry on several occasions in the past. Billions of dollars later, most governments have changed their views on how they want to support the hog industry, not necessarily by choice but by fiscal obligations. Governments are out of money, plain and simple. The Canadian hog industry will have to work itself through this difficult predicament. Higher feed costs will likely trim herd sizes over the coming months. As usual, the industry will naturally recalibrate itself based on market conditions and prices will go up again. It is a shame that all this will happen without a long-term strategy for the industry in place. To save the hog industry in Canada, governments should leave it alone and let it figure out how to better manage and mitigate systemic risks - or else it will continue its journey toward a slow and certain demise. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is associate dean of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. Source: www.troymedia.com.

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Social Time 6:00 pm Banquet 6:30 pm Fergus Legion Featuring Speaker: Mark Wales, OFA President Buffet by: Jake Tyson (South Street Café, Harriston) Animal tribute - The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Puslinch Township celebrated World Animal Day on Sept. 30. Edith Kearns, of Elora, made the trip to the farm that acts as a site of refuge for donkeys and mules that have been neglected or abused, or can no longer be cared for. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

Study finds not all food choices are based on facts GUELPH – Farmers Feed Cities recently released the results of its Informed Food Philosophy Study, revealing that while 97 per cent of Canadians agree food choices are important to them, there appears to be several misconceptions consumers have when it comes to certain food choices. Farmers Feed Cities, an agriculture awareness organization, focused particularly on hot food issues and farm related misconceptions. “No matter the means of production, all food in Canada passes through the same rigorous testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), ensuring all food meets the same high safety standards,” said Jenny Van Rooy, campaign coordinator for Farmers Feed Cities. “Farmers Feed Cities wants to ensure Canadians are basing the food choices we value on facts to create an informed food philosophy.” When it comes to egg purchases consumers have several choices, three of which are: conventional, free range and free run. These classifications are defined by how the animals are housed, and not nutritional value. According to the study, 81 per cent of Canadians that typi-

cally buy free run eggs believe the chickens producing them have access to the outdoors. However, in reality, eggs classified as “free run” means that the chickens can run freely within an enclosed space, not outside. People are likely confusing this with the term “free range” meaning chickens have access to the outdoors. The study also reveals Canadians are more interested in buying local (86%) than organic (29%). While the majority of Canadians (78%) realize that less than two per cent of Canadian farms are organic, only 44% are aware that the majority of organic food sold in Canada is actually imported. Due to the lack of organic farms, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) estimates that imported products make up over 70% of the organic food consumed in Canada, making it hard to go both local and organic at once. While food choices and availability in Canada are abundant, farmers feed beyond the cities. To meet the needs of the world’s growing population, farmers are continually looking for ways to use technology to maximize yields, producing

more food on less land. Less than half (41%) of Canadians believe genetically modified food is safe for consumption. However, Health Canada assesses the safety of all genetically-modified foods sold in Canada. Researchers are required to submit detailed scientific data for review and approval by Health Canada, before such foods can be sold. In fact, according to Health Canada, it is a seven to ten year process to research, develop, test and assess the safety of a new genetically modified seed variety. Organic and genetically modified foods are not the only areas Canadians lack the facts. Only 66% of Canadians are aware that meat and milk products must be tested before they can be sold in Canada and if they do not meet the industry standards with regards to antibiotics, and synthetic hormones they will be rendered unfit for consumption. For example, the CFIA tests every shipment of milk that leaves the farm. If antibiotics are found in the milk the entire truck load will be discarded and the farm from which the tainted milk came will be fined and have to cover the cost of the discarded milk. Additionally, the majority

of consumers (67% to 69%) believe livestock tends to have either high levels of artificial hormones, antibiotics or vaccines which make their way into the food chain. In reality, high levels never reach consumers. Like people, animals only receive antibiotics or vaccines when they are sick. The CFIA outlines a strict flushing period, testing for any traces prior to sale. “There’s no better time to understand your food’s journey from farm to fork,” said Van Rooy. “We’re excited to see Canadians of all ages are taking an interest in the food they eat. Now it’s time to bridge the gap between interest and knowledge, fostering a generation of informed food consumers,” he said. For more information about food issues visit farmersfeedcities.com or follow @ FarmsFeedCities on Twitter.

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ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW: Foster’s Love List a hit with Drayton Entertainment audiences by Chris Daponte ST. JACOBS - Men, women. Young, old. We’ve all done it. Whether an actual itemized list on paper, a visualization or a simple verbal expression of a desired trait, everyone has, at one time or another, formed their own list of what qualities make an ideal mate. Playwright Norm Foster capitalized on this quasi-tradition with his comedy The Love List, which is playing at the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs until Dec. 23. The play opens with Leon (played by Terry Barna), a married, struggling writer with philandering tendencies, attempting to set up his best friend Bill (Ian Deakin) through a dating service. Bill, a straitlaced divor-

cee who just celebrated his 50th birthday, initially refuses Leon’s offer, but after some intense pestering, agrees to go along with the idea. A jubilant Leon informs his pal the first order of business is to devise a list of the top 10 qualities Bill is seeking in a woman. Leon’s suggestion for the number one attribute has the audience in stitches and kicks off an hilarious debate about which quality goes where - if anywhere at all - on the list. Despite their differences, the men finally agree on 10 traits, and the mysterious arrival of fantasy woman Justine (Jayme Armstrong) initially reinforces their belief that the list indeed represents the ideal woman. But, in a play of words on

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a familiar mantra, it’s not long before the pair - Leon at first, followed reluctantly by Bill realizes perfection is in the eye of the beholder. The men change their minds and make several adjustments to the list, with Justine’s personality changing instantaneously and uproariously with each stroke of the pencil. Armstrong absolutely dazzles as Justine. She is witty and engaging and seems perfectly cast, if at all possible, for the demanding attributes included on the love list. She seems to easily master Justine’s abrupt personality swings, perfectly manipulating her vocal delivery to suit Justine - whether it be overlygenial and placating lines or those of a more critical and sarcastic nature. Barna is also well-cast as Leon, the past-his-prime writer who, a few pounds lighter and a few years younger, was very popular with the ladies. Barna is also very funny and he excels in scenes that highlight the irony of Leon’s selfish approach towards women - particularly his wife - even after he realizes the errors of his way. Deakin is great as Bill, arguably the toughest character to play in the production. Sure, he is very believable as the mild-mannered statistician, but he also shines in many scenes in which his role is largely reactionary (when his character is not provided as many

Lady’s list - Ian Deakin, Jayme Armstrong and Terry Barna star in Drayton Entertainment’s presentation of Norm Foster’s The Love List, playing at the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs until Dec. 23.

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laugh-out-loud moments as the others), which is a difficult task for any actor. The trio of players has obviously received great instruction from director Chris McHarge, and the set and lighting design, by Stephen Degenstein and Lyle Franklin respectively, is perfect (for example, the apartment’s kitchen seems to actually function, and window shadows are deftly and subtly incorporated to suggest the

passage of time). Yet as is the case with many of his plays, much of the credit for the success of The Love List rests with Foster. Even more impressive than the writer’s prolific record - he has penned nearly 50 plays over three decades - is the unwavering and impressive quality of those stories. The Love List is hilarious with few flaws, although there were a few fumbled lines dur-

ing the Sept. 27 production. The play also incorporates humour to remind audiences we should all be happy and thankful for the significant others in our lives - imperfections and all. To quote the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, “that’s the good stuff.” The Love List plays eight shows a week until Dec. 23. For tickets call 519-638-5555 or visit www.draytonfestival. com.

Aladdin brings interactive pantomime to Grand Theatre FERGUS - On the Spot Productions presents Aladdin just in time for the holiday season. The show will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. In true pantomime fashion, the audience will be encouraged to cheer for the good guys and boo the villains. The cast, made up of local actors, will lead audiences through the story of a young man, Aladdin, who seeks his true love, only to find that she is the Princess Badrauboudour. Sound familiar? Think again. Make no mistake, this is not Walt Disney’s Aladdin. The story is set in Peking,

China and presents the classic tale. Creator Chaz Booth said, “It is an English tradition to attend a pantomime during the Christmas season. Everyone gets involved because the audience is encouraged to cheer on the favourites and hiss and boo when the nemesis comes on stage. “For anyone who has never seen real pantomime, they are a tongue-in-cheek take on traditional tales. There has been great support from the business community to sponsor the pantomime because ... it is an event everyone will love.” Director Tina Darke, noted,

“For a pantomime, the costumes are elaborate and colourful and sets are minimal but pack a punch because they are so vibrant. The setting for this story is a market in Peking where goods of all kinds can be purchased.” Featured prominently in the story is Widow Twankey, Aladdin’s mother, who operates a laundry service. “She is such a famous character from English pantomime,” said Darke. “You can count on some fun whenever she appears. This is why pantos are so much fun. The actors will have to be prepared to do some improvisation

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Audition call for Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun GUELPH - Guelph Little Theatre is hosting auditions for a play by award-winning Canadian playwright, Norm Foster Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun tells the story of a friendship between Robert, a mentally challenged man, and Holly, a pregnant young woman. It is a story about people finding the nerve to take responsibility, and about persevering against the odds. Auditions will be held on Oct. 14 and 16 at 7pm at the Guelph Little Theatre at 176 Morris Street. No preparation is required. There will be a cold read from the script. Roles are available for both men and women. For more information contact Robin Bennett atrobin@sentex.net.


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Ambassadors in song - The Guelph Chamber Choir won third place at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod music festival while on tour in England and Wales this summer. submitted photo

Choir earns international recognition; performances set for 2012-13 season GUELPH - The Guelph Chamber Choir took home a third place finish at the celebrated Llangollen International Eisteddod music festival in Wales this past July. Other tour highlights included a performance at Westminster Hall in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Houses of Parliament as part of the festival in honour of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Jubilee celebrations, and performances at notable cathedrals including Shewsbury, Coventry, Derby, and the Cathedral of the Peak. The adjudicators at the festival praised the choir, noting â&#x20AC;&#x153;good communication, energy, direction in the performanceâ&#x20AC;?

and â&#x20AC;&#x153;singing of a high standard, giving much pleasure.â&#x20AC;? Audiences across Great Britain embraced the choirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances. Conductor Gerald Neufeld said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could not have been more pleased with the high level of music making on tour. Everyone rose to the occasion, working extremely hard to learn and memorize challenging competition repertoire, and it was a pleasure to travel with such a fine group of musical friends.â&#x20AC;? The Guelph Chamber Choirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular season begins in November with a concert entitled Remembrance and Peace on Nov. 3 at 8pm at the

Little Theatre stage is set for The Full Monty GUELPH - The laugh-outloud musical production The Full Monty will bring a spectacle of humour and friendship to the Guelph Little Theatre. Using the music and lyrics of David Yazbek, based on the book by Terrence McNally, the Guelph production is directed and choreographed by Sally Nelson, with Grace Peters as musical director and produced by Lil Milanovich.

The production will take the stage Oct. 12 to 13, 18 to 21, and 25 to 27. Performances begin at 8pm. Matinees will be performed on Oct. 13 and 21 at 2pm. The Full Monty contains strong language and nudity. Tickets are $24, available by calling 519-821-0270 or online at www.guelphlittletheatre. com. The Guelph Little Theatre is located at 176 Morris St. in Guelph.

River Run Centre. An afternoon of Carols for Christmas with organ, harp and flute follows at St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church on Dec. 2 at 3pm. On Dec. 22 at 8pm at the River Run Centre the choir presents Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Messiah with an orchestra on period instruments. Rounding out the season is Songfest 2013: World Music on April 27 at 8pm, also at the River Run Centre. Season and single tickets are now available through the River Run Centre. Tickets to all four concerts are $100, available by calling 519-7633000 or visiting riverrun.ca. For more information visit www.guelphchamberchoir.ca or call 519-836-5103.

GUELPH - Guelph MP Frank Valeriote awarded Diamond Jubilee Medals to 30 community members and seven Order of Canada recipients recently in a ceremony at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Among the recipients of the Diamond Jubilee medals, issued in honour of Queen Elizabeth IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60 years as monarch, was Judith Nasby, director and curator of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (MSAC). Nasby has lead the MSAC for over three decades, showing innovative exhibitions, building an art collection of more than 7000 works, and making the gallery a focal point for arts

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you know what your customers want. Understanding your customers is an ongoing process, as their needs and wants are likely to evolve over time. Stay on top of knowing what your customers want so you can continue to meet those needs. - Think about what you want your company’s reputation to be. Branding also involves managing your company’s reputation. You want existing customers to react positively when thinking about you, your company and your products. Courteous, attentive and professional customer service goes a long way, as does adhering to your company’s mission. You not only want customers to be return customers, but you also want them to speak positively of you to their friends and family. - Seek help. Defining a brand isn’t easy, and if you’re struggling to turn a great product into a successful brand, then don’t be afraid to seek help. Many communities recognize the important role small businesses play in a local economy, and such communities routinely host small business forums and discussions aimed at helping small business owners thrive. In addition, seek advice from established small business owners in your area, who might be able to share both their good and bad experiences and help you avoid certain mistakes they made when starting out. Metro Newspaper Service

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Silver success - A small business with big plans recently accepted its fourth international award at the Custom Design and Installation Association’s Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, this time taking home a silver in the category of best home theatre under $90,000 for a new home in Aberfoyle. Showing the hardward, from left, are: Rod Dykstra, Rowan McLean and John Stumpf. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

Local business earns international award at recent electronics expo by Kelly Waterhouse FERGUS - The team at Station Earth knows small businesses can make a big impression on the world stage, after winning their fourth international award. The local business recently took part in the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, which includes an industry award gala.

“This is an important event because you are judged by your industry peers and entries come from all over the world,” said Station Earth sales manager John Stumpf. “We enter our own projects.” For the expo, the Fergus business entered in the category of “best home theatre under $90,000.” “We did a home theatre install in a new home being built in Aberfoyle,” said

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Stumpf. The design and install won the team the silver award, which Stumpf explains is no small feat for the team. “This was the biggest category of the event, with entries from all over the world. The furthest entry was a company from Cypress.” The award follows previous installation wins in home technology systems at the CEDIA expo, including: - 2006: silver for best home theatre from $40,000 to $70,000; - 2007: gold for best integrated home, $270,000 to $355,000; and - 2011: silver for best home theatre, $189,000 to $240,500. “It is great that the ‘little shop from Fergus’ can compete, and win, on an International Stage,” Stumpf said. While he is clear winning isn’t everything, he is proud of his team, which includes 26 employees, most of whom have been with the company since it’s beginning. “It’s verifies that we do good work,” Stumpf said. “It shows what a group of passionate individuals can do when they put their mind to it.” Plans are already underway for next year. “We have a project going in next year that should be our largest project to date,” Strompf said. Recognition on the international stage is good for the company’s profile, but Stumpf insists that goal of the business remains providing home electronic and technology needs. “It’s great to win all these awards, but we’re not just about upper echelon products. There is no budget too big or too small to shop here. We have something for everyone,” he said. Station Earth is located at 766 Tower Street South in Fergus. For more information, visit www.stationearth.com.


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How social media can help businesses reach existing and potential customers (MNS) - Small business owners know how important it is to reach their existing customers and attract new ones. The Internet has made it easier than ever before for small businesses to do just that, but the days of relying on a Web site alone have largely fallen by the wayside. Social media is one of the foremost reasons many people now go online. While engaging in social media won’t turn a failing business into a successful enterprise overnight, it can help business owners in a number of ways. Increase visibility In early 2012, the digital marketing firm iCrossing estimated that Facebook would reach the 1 billion users plateau by August of that year. Twitter, another popular social media platform, has more than 100 million registered users. Simply put, social media is more popular than ever before, and its popularity is growing

by the day. Businesses can take advantage of this by joining social media and immediately increasing their visibility. And that visibility is constant, as social media sites don’t close at 10pm and social media allows businesses to reach customers far and wide. Promote products

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be simply sent via social media. Business owners won’t have to spend as much time trying to convert them from potential customers into actual customers, and the informal nature of promoting a product via social media can make customers feel more comfortable about their decisions. Promote yourself Though it can sometimes feel like the days of the successful small business owner is a thing of the past, social media is making it easier for small business owners to promote themselves and entice customers along the way. Buying from large corporations tends to alienate consumers, and small business owners can use that to their advantage. Use social media to tell your story. When consumers know who is behind a product, they tend to trust the company more and feel a more personal connection than they’re likely to feel with a larger company

or corporation. Better serve customers Social media users enjoy using social media because it gives them a chance to share their thoughts on a variety of things, including the products they buy. Small business owners can help their business by encouraging those who follow them on social media to share their thoughts about certain products or promotions. Employ social media to understand what customers like and dislike about certain products. This market research might once have cost small businesses a substantial amount of money, but now social media allows business owners to access this valuable information at relatively no cost. Build a network Small business owners know that running a small business is not a one-man operation. Other small business own-

ers and business consultants are valuable resources, and social media makes it easy to consult them for advice on how to turn a small business into a success. But a network of fellow professionals isn’t the only network social media can help you build. Satisfied customers who take to social media to speak positively about your product can help you build a network of satisfied customers. Word-of-mouth has long been a friend to small business owners, and now social media enables satisfied customers to share their experience with friends and family members who might one day become your next satisfied customer. Small businesses often need all the help they can get to establish and maintain success. Social media can be a significant ally to your small business in a number of ways. - Metro Newspaper Service

BDC: New entrepreneurial activity is stuck near lows hit during last recession MONTREAL - Canadians remain reluctant to start new businesses, with new entrepreneurial activity still barely above the worst levels seen during the recession, according to a new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Slightly over 43,000 Canadians started a new business that hired employees in 2011 - or 0.23% of the almost 19-million-strong Canadian workforce. That’s only a slight increase from the 2009 recession low point of 0.22%. Last year’s rate was also well below the 2005 pre-recession high of 0.30%. The study is the first to use BDC’s newly created Index of New Entrepreneurial Activity (“The BDC Index”), which measures the rate at which Canadians are launching new job-creating business ventures across the country. The study will be prepared annually by BDC’s Research and Market Intelligence group. “This study is important because it gives us our first health check-up for Canadian entrepreneurship,” said Pierre Cléroux, BDC’s vice president, Research and Chief Economist. “The slow economic recovery appears to have discouraged risk-taking on new business ventures. This is a concern because entrepreneurship is an indicator of economic dyna-

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mism, creates jobs and drives innovation,” Cléroux said. BDC’s study also found: The BDC Index is still at a much lower level than before the recession at 0.23%. British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario have seen the country’s best recovery in entrepreneurship, with a BDC Index in 2011 of 0.27%, 0.23% and 0.22% respectively. The Prairies and Atlantic provinces are still struggling to reverse their declines in new entrepreneurial activity. In 2011, the BDC Index for the Prairies stood at 0.22% - an all-time low. In the Atlantic region, the BDC Index was 0.23% in 2011, tied with the region’s previous all-time worst year in 2007. Entrepreneurship has started to recover in three of the six industry sectors studied. Recoveries have occurred in the trade sector (0.21% in 2011); health care and social assistance (0.24% in 2011); and professional services (0.38% in 2011). Construction, the sector with the highest rate of entrepreneurship, has yet to rebound, though there are signs the decline may be over. The sector had an index of 0.49% in 2010 and 2011, down from

0.62% in 2008. Two other sectors continue to decline: accommodation and food services (with an index of 0.42% in 2011), as well as manufacturing from a high of 0.10% in 2009. Canadian women are far less likely than men to start a new job-creating business, with 0.14% of women doing so last year—less than half of the 0.31% rate for men. Canadians aged 25 to 44 were the most likely age group to start a new business with employees in 2011, with a BDC Index of 0.28%. But that figure has declined sharply since peaking at 0.40% in 2006. Meanwhile, the babyboomers aged 45 to 54 have seen their index shoot up from

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Guelph residents star in Grassroots Championships ELORA - Grand River Raceway hosted the Grassroots Championships for the first time on Sept. 29 and the stars of the $800,000 show were local horsemen Doug and Gregg McNair. Trainer Gregg McNair harnessed four starters in three Grassroots Championships and carried home three trophies. Driver Doug piloted four of his six Grassroots Championship mounts to victory, including his father’s three winners. “It was great to have a great night like that at this track, it’s one of my favourite tracks and it’s close to home,” said the 22-year-old reinsman. Rain soaked the Grand River oval in the hours leading up to the start of the championship races, resulting in a sloppy racing surface rated two seconds slower than normal and causing Doug McNair a few moments of worry before he paraded out for the first $100,000 contest aboard twoyear-old pacing filly Cams Macharena. “I had good horses and good post positions, but then it started to rain at the start of the night and that usually mixes things up, it usually goes the wrong way,” said the driver. McNair crafted the win for trainer Tony O’Sullivan of Cambridge and overjoyed owner-breeders Chris Arold and Michael Drury of Strongsville, Ohio and Kenneth Kohut of Independence, Ohio.

Driving to win - The Grand River Raceway hosted the Grassroots Championships on Sept. 29 and featured a “driver meet and greet,” which included local drivers, from left: Anthony MacDonald and Doug McNair of Guelph; Sylvan Filion, James MacDonald of Guelph and Trevor Henry of Arthur. photo by Iron Horse Photo The reinsman’s second victory came in similar fashion with his father’s twoyear-old trotting colt Buddy Hally. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, breeder Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, Nova Scotia. Father and son teamed up for one last Grassroots Championship test in the three-year-old pacing colt division. Saddled with Post 7, the younger McNair had Lucky Jet on fire early and with a big finishing kick, propelled him to a half length victory over

In Commando and Modern Xhibit. “I ended up finding a little bit of room in the backside to slide out so it worked out for the best, I guess it was meant to be,” said McNair, who crafted the 1:54.3 win for owners Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, Illinois, Michelle Crawford of Cazenovia, New York and Edward Kollross of Dubai. In the other Grassroots Championships, three-yearold trotting filly Dancehall Mistress scored a 1:58.2 victory for trainer Brad Maxwell and owners David Goodrow Stable of Cambridge, Douglas Millard of Woodstock, P G Van Camp Stables of Port

Perry and Glenn Tarver of Scarborough. Arthur resident Trevor Henry engineered the filly’s fourth win. Princess Lilly won the two-year-old trotting filly championship in 2:00. Mario Baillargeon crafted the victory for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, and owners Les Ecuries Piramidan of Gatineau, Quebec. Fan favourite Northern Escort got the job done in the three-year-old trotting colt division to record his eighth win for trainer Justin Filion and owner Les Ecuries JYJ Inc. of St-Andre-D’Argenteuil, Qebec. Sylvain Filion piloted the colt to the win.

Promotion of honour - Tenth degree black belt Hanshi Carlos Montalvo, left, welcomed Fergus martial arts instructor Sensei Tim Moynihan to the international governing board of the Ronin Martial Arts Organization, during a testing conference for karate, ju jitsu and judo featuring students representing Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. The event took place recently in Tampa, Florida. Moynihan is a fourth degree black belt and Tai-Chi/Qigong instructor. submitted photo

Local invited to international martial arts organization FERGUS - Tim Moynihan can now add more credentials to his already impressive list of martial arts achievements. After a recent trip to Tampa, Florida, the owner of Moynihan Family Martial Arts was invited to take part in a board overseeing an international black belt grading. Moynihan is the Canadian director of International Ronin Martial Arts Federation, an organization that includes all the main schools of Karate, Ju Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi and Qigong,

Krav Maga and others. The Ronin Schools are located in 26 Countries world wide. It was during this visit that Hanshi Carlos Montalvo, on behalf of all members and the board of directors, welcomed Sensei Moynihan into the “Ronin Red Belt Society,” an honour usually bestowed upon very high ranking black belts who are personally chosen by the CEO and board. Moynihan said he was honoured to become part of the elite group dedicated to the development of programs.

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Dozers push a win - The Dozers took home the ‘A’ championship for the Rockwood Men’s Three Pitch League. Team members are, front row from left: Roy Garbotz (with Jack the dog), Martin Garbotz, Steve Liebig, supporter Charlie Kinlin, Ken Rodd, supporter Frankie Kinlin, Kevin Cox and Dean Clattenburg. Back: Charlie Clattenburg, Kevin Hill, Jay Campbell, Dean Campbell, Steve Kinlin, Mike Fowler and Clive Bell. submitted photo

Dozers win 2012 ‘A’ championship ROCKWOOD - Another season for the Rockwood Men’s Three Pitch League came to a close recently with the crowning of a new league champ, the Dozers. The team added this honor to its first place finish during the regular season. In the final the Dozers gave the Grey Sox a shellacking by beating them 34 -17. The young guns of the “not so” Grey Sox had already beaten the more chronologically challenged Dozers earlier in the round robin stage 13-7. They were also going into the final undefeated in their first

five games. However, the underdog Dozers took the early lead and continued to out-distance the Sox with every passing inning. Especially damaging was the second inning, in which the team scored 13 unanswered runs. Co-captains Roy Garbotz and Ken Rodd of the Dozers said it was a true team effort with everyone on the squad coming up with big hits and solid defensive plays. In the B Championship, the surprising Highwaymen were able to redeem themselves from a mediocre season by beating the Spare Parts squad

23-14. It also marked the Highwaymen’s first league championship of any kind since the inception of the team. League president and Highwaymen manager Jim Monaghan was happy to finally get the monkey off his back but also for the great weather. Captains Walter Hanley and Peter Restelli thanked all their teammates for “playing hard despite various injuries and coming up big when they needed it most.” The league banquet is Oct. 27 at Rockmosa Community Center at 6pm.

C. WELLINGTON - The Centre Wellington (CW) Fusion Major Atom AE team had a strong start to its season Sept. 22 with a 4-2 win over Burlington at home in Elora. Scoring for CW were Eric Feltham (2), Ethan Koesempel and Cole Chipman. Assists were added by Ty Needham, Levi Humber, Koesempel and Feltham. On Sept. 23 the team travelled to Oakville, and played hard but Oakville went on to win 6-0. Aiden Kelly and Jacob Killinger played very well sharing time in goal during both games. The team then hosted Orangeville in Elora on Sept 29 and rallied back from a two- goal deficit early in the game to end the first period tied 3-3. The second period had both teams scoring twice keeping the score even at 5-5. The third period saw both teams score once and the game ended in a 6-6 tie. Kelly was excellent in goal for CW. Scoring for CW was Carter Hyndman (2), Koesempel, Jack McDonald, Brody Shafer and Chipman. Assists were added by Shafer, Feltham, Lukas Mammoliti, Chipman, Ryan Gemin and Ethan Meyer.

Rolling up the season - The Elora Rocks Lawn Bowling Club recently ended another successful season, as club president Norma Seiber, left, presents ladies singles champion Evelyn Robson with her trophy. submitted photo

Champs - The FEDS United Women’s soccer team finished its season undefeated (11 wins and three ties), taking the championship title of the Ontario Women’s Soccer League MJDL South Division. Other noteworthy accomplishments include Jocelyn Lodder, leading the league with 15 goals, and Jenn Beer, leading with seven shutouts; both were named league all-stars. The team includes, front row from left: Whitley Vanveen, Leah Skinner, Shelby McCulligh, Amberleigh McCulligh, Sara Haley and Danielle Sikkema. Back: Kailey Swaving, Sarah Medemblik, Marisa Kurtz, Jacqui Evans, Jenn Beer, Chelsea Lodder, Jocelyn Lodder and coach Bob McDougall. Absent: Katelyn Curran, Kimber Evans, Alicia Mell and Jackie Allen. submitted photo


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*** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Special Event: Victorian Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea. 1:30pm. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** Friday and Saturday. Double Pool Tournament Harriston Legion Branch 296 $80 per team. CPA Rules. Handicap of 10, Race to 4. Contact Merv 519-372-8810 or Brian 519-323-4321.

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Barrie Hill United Church 180th Anniversary Turkey Supper. $13 adults, $6 students (age 5-12), pre-school free with a ticket. For 4:30 & 5:30 Buffet tickets Bernice at 519-824-8609 or 6:30 & take-out Lillian at 519-821-4555. *** Hopewell Children’s Homes 8th Annual Bowl-A-Thon. 1:30-5pm at Woodlawn Bowl in Guelph. For more information please call 519-836-9641 ext 221. *** 150th Anniversary Tea, Eden Mills Presbyterian Church, 2-4 pm. $10 advance (by Oct.17), $12.00 at door. Phone Maisie Lasby 519 -856-4436. Proceeds to EWCS. *** Fergus’ Biggest 5k run / walk for the Children of Haiti, 9:30am start. Free brunch, great prizes. Registration forms at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church office, 325 St. George St. W. Fergus. 519843-3565. *** Mount Forest Harmonaires presents “All Aboard”. Guests: The Black Family. Featuring country and western and swing music. 8pm and Sun Oct. 21 at 2:30pm. Victoria Cross Public School, 335 Durham St. W., Mount Forest. Phone 519-323-2784. *** Join in the Elora Monster March Parade. A non-motorized march down the main streets of Elora. Join us at the Scare Fair afterward for a hauntingly good time. Parade 6:30pm. Macdonald Square. *** Country Dance, Alma Community Hill. $10. Dance to Bill Beattie Band. *** Beef Supper At Knox Ospringe Church. Adults $15, Children $6. Sittings - 5, 6 & 7pm. Limited take-outs available. For tickets call Bonnie 519-833-2074. *** 90th Anniversary Open House. 1–4pm. Hillsburgh Branch Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh. Join us for an afternoon of refreshments and reminiscing as we celebrate 90 years of library service in the Hillsburgh community. Activities and face painting for the children. 519.855.4010. *** Hillsburgh Community Christian Church presents the Hilltop Singers, in concert at the Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh. 7:30pm. $15 at the door.

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Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome. *** Knox Presbyterian Church Palmerston, celebrating 149th Anniversary. Service 10am with Rev. Jim Johnson as Guest Speaker. *** Jamboree. Harriston Legion #296, Harriston. $5. Doors open at noon, entertainment 1pm. Supper $10, served at 4:30pm. Musicians, singers, dancers and spectators welcome. For more information call 519-338-2843.

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Knox Presbyterian Church, Palmerston. Schnieder Male Chorus at the Norgan Theatre- 7:30-9pm. Free will offering. For info. call 519-343-3805. *** Fall Festival. 10am-4pm. Melville United Church, St. Andrew and Tower St., Fergus. Baking, Crafts, Christmas Corner, Silent Auction, Books, Attic Treasures and more. Musical, “Oh, Jonah!” 1:15 - 1:45 by Melville’s Children’s Choir. 519-843-1781 or 787-0570. *** Monticello United Church Roast Beef Dinner. 4:30-7pm. Adults $12.50, Children $5. Tickets at the door.

Guelph Horticultural Society General Meeting. 7:30pm. Dublin Street United Church. Basic gardening demo and mini show. 8pm - guest speaker: Heather Lekx. New members welcome. *** Free “Pre-diabetes: Your Chance to Change the Future”, first of two health promotion series at Erin Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm. Call 519-833-7576 x362 for more information or to register. *** Arthur and Area Historical Meeting 7:30pm. Held at the former Chamber offices. Guest speaker. All welcome. 519-848-5904.

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Plan to attend the Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meeting, 7:30pm when Willa Wick will give a presentation on hardy alpine succulents “Hens and Chicks”. Hope to see you at the Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Everyone is Welcome. *** Buffet Style Turkey Supper at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church, Fergus. 12 noon, 5pm and 6:30pm sittings, Take-out also available at sitting times. Adults $14, children $7, 4 and under - free. Tickets at church office 519-843-3565. *** Palmerston United Church Turkey Supper. Buffet style service with sittings at 5, 6:30pm. Advance Sales Only. Adults $12, Children 7-12 $6, 6 and under - free. Tickets: 519-343-3620. For advance take-out dinner tickets call 519-343-2836.

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Friday Night Dance at the Elora Legion featuring Bill Beattie. 8pm. Cost $10 per person, lunch provided. Call 519-846-0830. *** Relax with an evening of local musical talent and dessert. 7-9pm Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 290 Belsyde Ave. E. Fergus. Guests include Nick Gush, Janice Howie and Leila Simpson. Guitar, vocals and piano. Freewill offering for medical mission to Tanzania. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Special Event: Halloween Dessert & Euchre or Bid Euchre Party. 1pm. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** All You Can Eat Wings. Harriston Legion Branch # 296. 6:30pm till we run out. $12 per person. Entertainment provided. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Fergus contra dance 8-10:30pm. Highland Rugby Club Field House, 150 Albert St. West, Fergus. Admission $10. Live music by Relative Harmony. Similar to square dance. No partner or previous experience necessary. Contact Janice Ferri 519-843-9971. *** Brighton Chapter #201 O.E.S. Euchre in the Masonic Hall, 310 St. Andrew St. E. Fergus. 7:30pm. Prizes and lunch will be served.

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Horoscopes - For the Third week of October ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, do not be discouraged if a few things do not go right for you this week. Most people learn from their mistakes or challenges, and you will find a silver lining in this. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, reflect on special times in your life because they can bring happiness. Whenever you feel a tad stressed this week, think positively and know that this, too, shall pass. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may be a party animal this week if the social opportunities arise. Just keep your head at all times and remember to celebrate in a responsible way. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, many ideas are floating through your head, but nothing will come to fruition unless you write something down and start some action. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, when you have doubts about making purchases or splurging financially, trust your gut instinct and you will be alright. You will have a good meeting on Tuesday. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, it can be hard to concentrate when you are being pulled in so many directions. You need to designate special times to handle all tasks so you can stay organized. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Sometimes taking a risk is necessary to get ahead, Libra. Now is not the time to take risks, however, Play it very conservatively for the next few weeks and then rethink your

options. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Just when you seem to be coasting along successfully, a few minor bumps may spring up, Scorpio. They won’t be enough to derail your plans, however. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, there will be plenty of times for laughter this week, as you seem to cause giggles everywhere you go. It feels good to boost people’s spirits. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, a large purchase has been on your mind, but until now you may not have been able to do anything about it. Put out feelers and test the water in the next few days. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Plenty of opportunities for social gatherings arise now that you have made a few new friends, Aquarius. Show them you’re always willing to have a good time. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You don’t have to share every detail to be an honest person, Pisces. It is sometimes advantageous to keep some things personal.


PAGE SIXTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, October 12, 2012

COUNTY OFFICIALLY OPENS THE NORTHERN GREEN LEGACY TREE NURSERY

OVER 1,500 TREES PLANTED DURING WARDEN’S TREE PLANTING DAY

Roads Division Traffic Tip Traffic signal light not changing? Did you stop at the white painted stop bar in the intersection? At the white stop bar there are sensor loops in the ground to detect vehicles. Stopping at the white bar will insure that the traffic signal will change quicker.

On October 1, the County officially opened its second

Some 100 County of Wellington and Township of Green Legacy Tree Nursery in Damascus. 2 1 1 I S N O W Wellington AVA INorth L ACouncillors, B L E employees and their The nursery property was developed through a solid families participated in the annual Warden’s tree partnership between the County, the Grand River F O R A L L W E L L I N G T O Nplanting C Oday UN T Y RonE SID in Damascus October 1. E N T S Conservation Authority and the Upper Grand District School Board. Callis if need information about: The Green Legacy Programme will continue in 2013. The Green Legacy Programme theyou largest municipal tree planting Order forms are now available at programme in North America. Since 2004, over 1.4 million trees have • Housing Services • Children Services • Health www.wellington.ca or by Matters calling 519.546.2228. been planted in Wellington County by the community. • Social Assistance

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Questions? Engineering Services, Road Division 519.837.2601 x 2250 roadsinfo@wellington.ca

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Working • The 211 service is free in Rural • Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week • Multi-lingual services available Wellington Living here is good. Working here is GREAT!

• Services available online at: www.211ontario.ca

Are you looking for a career change?

3rd Annual Yuk Yuk’s Stand Up Comedy Night

Attend this interactive fun showcase about work in rural Wellington!

Presented by the Mount Forest Fire Fighters Association

Wednesday, October 24 4:00 - 8:00 pm Arthur Community Centre, 158 Domville Street, Arthur

Featuring: • Rob Pue • Rebecca Kohler • Chuck Byrn

For more information, call 519.622.7122.

Saturday, October 27 The Mount Forest and District Sports Complex 8:00 – 10:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) Tickets $25 (cash only)

Do your kids wonder what they’ll do after school?

Tickets available at V & S Solutions, Cynthia & Co., Munro’s on Main and The Spot in Mount Forest. ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Accessibility Clerk 519.837.2600 x 2373 or accessibility@wellington.ca

Available in Wellington County Call if you need information about: • Housing Services • Children Services • Health Matters • Social Assistance • Legal Matters • Homes for the Aged • Community Programmes • Employment Services • Immigrant Settlement Services The 211 service is free • Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Wellington North Simply Explore featuring The Butter Tart Trail The Trails of Wellington North Lead To Butter Tarts ... How sweet is that? www.simplyexplore.ca Simply Explore

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