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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 4, 2011

St. Patrick School and Peru, Hand in Hand Bake Sale & Craft Show Sat. November 12, 2011 9am-4pm 391 Victoria Rd. N. (Victoria & Woodlawn) Will be featuring a variety of vendors and their quality crafts and items for a one-stop shop, bake sale, cafe, kids craft centre, auction, cartoonist and much more. Entrance is FREE For information please contact 519-822-0200 ll Season r 2012 Baseba Fundraising fo seball Ba ue Little Leag Centre Wellington ov. 18!! presents

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The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all including bus trips, fitness, computer, dance, health and wellness, arts and music, general interest and everyday drop in programs. Registered programs may be taken by anyone over 18 years old. Call 519-787-1814

Fri. Nov 4

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. *** Arthur Senior and Youth Horticultural Potluck Supper, Awards and annual general meeting. 6:30pm. Families welcome. Arthur United Church. *** Grey Wellington Theatre Guild presents A Bad Year for Tomatoes, a Comedy. Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30pm and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2pm at the fully-accessible Harriston Town Hall Theatre, 68 Elora Street, S. Tickets $15, call 519-338-2778. *** Clifford Rotary 35th Annual Sauerkraut & Pork Supper, Clifford Community Hall. 4:30-7:30pm. Adults $14, children 11 and under $7. *** Arthur Legion Fish Night 6-8pm. $10.

Sat. Nov 5

Country Craft Bazaar Palmerston Community Centre 8am - 2pm. Buffet breakfast 8-10am and hot lunches starting at 11am. No admission fee. Crafts, baking, games, plants and much more. Everyone welcome. *** Celebrating Dublin’s Music! Dublin Street United Church, 7pm. Come to a special concert celebrating the treasure that is Dublin’s music. Come and bring your friends to share in this wonderful gift of an evening of music. Donations are requested. Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W. Guelph, 519-821-0610. *** Christmas decorations, gift and bake sale. Ballinafad United Church, 14369 Trafalgar Rd, Ballinafad. 9am-1pm. *** Fergus Legion Jam Session. 2-5pm. *** Self Esteem Program for Girls - In a fun and interactive environment they learn how to build and maintain a strong self esteem and self-confidence. Free for girls ages 7-12 at Ross McKay School, Hillsburgh. Parents are also welcome. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Erin. To register call 519-787-8528. If you have any questions please contact us. *** The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Guelph Community and Volunteer Educational Series (CAVES). 9am-3pm. Session workshops will include “Boundaries”, “Hearing Loss vs. Memory Loss”, “Acupressure for Personal Well-being”, “Finding the Calm within the Storm”, “Fraud”, “Family History Online”, “Aura Reading” and “Nutrition & Socialization with Cognitive

Inside Wellington Events Arthur Pentecostal Assembly 121 Charles St. East Sun. Nov. 13th 2011 @ 6:30 pm (a freewill offering will be taken)

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Grey Wellington Theatre Guild Presents

A Bad Year For Tomatoes A Comedy by John Patrick Directed by Peggy Raftis

Sunday November 13, 2011 Games start at 1pm - Doors open at 11am

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“Proceeds to local Community projects” Held at Grand River Raceway

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November 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:30pm Matinee November 6 & 13 at 2:00pm at the fully accessible Harriston Town Hall Theatre Harriston Town Hall Theatre, 68 Elora St., Harriston ON

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Imparted-Strategies.” Please contact for more info. *** Show-sell-share your wares at St. Paul’s, Normanby. 9am-3pm. Interesting vendors. Tea room – baking. Garage sale. Wheelchair accessible. Information - 519-327-8232. *** St. Mary’s Parish, Elora Beef Dinner and draw. 2 sittings, 5, 7pm. Elora Community Centre, Adults $12, Children 4-10 $5. Call Mary 519-846-9541 for tickets. *** Adult/Senior Ice Skating 8 - 9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7/ person. Join us for fun, exercise, music and friendship. Contact 519-836-1015. *** Mount Forest Fire Fighters Association 2nd annual Yuk Yuks Night at Mount Forest & District Sports Complex. 8pm. Tickets $10. Age of majority. *** Jacob’s Place Fundraising Dance and Silent Auction featuring the band Transit 8pm-1am. Fergus Sportsplex. Light lunch and dessert buffet. $15 advanced tickets call 519-843-6308, $20 at door. Proceeds to CWDHS Honduras Mission Team. 19+.

Sun. Nov 6

The Guelph Model Railroad Society and Thomas the Tank Engine are pleased to invite kids of all ages to join us at our annual fall Train Show. We also have a portion of the layout where youngsters can try their hand at operating a train. 50 Crimea St.(off Edinburgh between Paisley and Waterloo) in Guelph. 10am-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Further information at 519-856-4983 or 519-763-3535. *** Fall into Winter Fashion Show. At St. Teresa of Avila Church, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira. 2pm. Tickets $35 each. Call 519-669-3387 for more information. *** Annual Bazaar, Craft Show and Bake Sale. Raffles. Chili Lunch $5. Fergus Legion. 12-4pm. Free admission. For more information call 519-787-2879. *** Orangeville Community Band is playing a Remembrance Day concert at the Salvation Army New Hope Church at 690 Riddell road in Orangeville at 7:30pm. Help us celebrate our veterans. Admission is free. *** Church of Our Lady Guelph. Annual Christmas Tea & Bazaar. 9am. Tea room tickets $6, children under 12 $3. *** Hike the trail. Elora Cataract Trailway. 10am start – Gerrie Road entrance, Elora. Rain or Shine!

mon. Nov 7

7:30pm. Piper Robin Aggus brings his collection of bagpipes (ranging from Scottish Highland to a variety of bagpipes from western Europe) to the community centre in Aberfoyle. He plays traditional Highland and Cape Breton Celtic music. Sponsored by Puslinch Historical Society. *** Mapleton Historical Society Presents “The Story of the Mennonites”. 7:30pm Goldstone United Church. Refreshments and fellowship.

Tue. Nov 8

The Royal City Quilters’ Guild November meeting 7pm. Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Rd. Guelph. Guests are welcome to join the meeting for $5. For more information email

Wed. Nov 9

Rockwood & District Lioness Euchre and bridge night. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood, 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch and prizes to follow. *** The Grand Quilt Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair Street, Fergus. All are welcome - doors open at 7pm and meeting concludes at 9:30pm. *** Turkey Dinner at Trinity United Church, Grand Valley. This continuous buffet is served from 4:15-7pm. Adults-$12, Children age 5-12-$5, Preschool-free. Limited number of tickets being sold. Advance tickets only call 519-928-5627. Also Christmas craft table. *** Until Nov. 12- The Not So Grand Players present a World War II musical comedy at Fergus Grand Theatre. Tickets $12. For tickets please call 519-787-1981. All proceeds will be donated back to Continued on page 15

Christmas Memories SCOTT WOODS AND HIS BAND Palmerston United Church Saturday November 26th - 7pm Adults $20 Child $10 Tickets: Palmerston Home Hardware or call 519-343-3939 or 519-343-3620.

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Veteran Mervin Fisher: From guilt and silence to disclosure and inspiration by Chris Daponte

BELWOOD - Mervin Fisher laid perfectly still in a Dutch ditch as a German tiger tank roared overhead. It was February 1945 and German forces were carrying out a counter attack near Groesbeek, Netherlands after a major Allied offensive in the Second World War. “I was scared stiff. I didn’t move for a while,” said Fisher, a Private in the Essex Scottish infantry regiment of the Canadian Army who was always warned not to be taken prisoner. After the Germans had passed and things calmed down in the immediate area - he estimates it was a couple of hours - he crawled out of the ditch to find he was alone. “I didn’t know which way to turn,” Fisher said, noting it was completely dark. He roamed alone for several hours before deciding to take cover in a dark house. He was shocked to learn the building was actually the local headquarters for German forces. Fisher, now 85 and living in Pine Meadows near Belwood, was taken prisoner and shortly thereafter discovered the Germans had also captured two others from his unit. “One German who spoke English said to me, ‘If we didn’t find your two buddies, we probably wouldn’t have taken you with us.’ You know what that means,” Fisher said, recalling the encounter with remarkable detail. The three Canadian prisoners walked for over a day to a train, then travelled in a boxcar for three days to the Stalag 11b prisoner-of-war camp. Fisher says he was treated pretty well by his captors before being repatriated on May 7. “But I was still glad to get out of there,” he said with a smile. Conditions at the camp left him ill and requiring a hospital stay in England, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because he was deemed unfit

for transfer to the Pacific theatre, unlike other less fortunate Allied soldiers. He was back in Ontario by August and officially discharged on Oct. 2. His story, while fascinating, is one he felt guilty about for much of his adult life. “I did feel guilty for getting caught. I felt sort of stupid,” Fisher said. But as his late friend and fellow veteran George Pike once told him, Fisher did the best he could. That has now become a motto of sorts for Fisher, one of 20 veterans featured in a book written by Jean Miso entitled We’ll Never Forget. The book, published last year, is aimed at encouraging remembrance among children and youths by telling - through words, illustrations and a song - the stories of veterans (from the First World War to Korea to Afghanistan and recent peace keeping missions). “It’s a Canadian story,” Fisher said of Miso’s book. “There’s everything in there. She’s got pretty near everybody represented.” Fisher said some veterans did not want to be a part of the book, but for him, it was an easy decision to get involved. “I was just very interested in her story ... about children not being taught about remembrance,” he said. “Once she tells you the story, it’s pretty hard to turn her down.” Miso, a teacher in Toronto, dedicated the book to her late grandfather, Elmer McKenzie, a Great War veteran who fought in three major WWI battles: the Somme, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books will support the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund. A portion will also go towards purchasing a WWI memorial at Hill 70 in France, the location of a successful 1917 battle for Canadian forces that is often

overlooked because it fell between Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. Miso stressed while the target audience for her book was primary school children, it has become a hit with young and old alike. “It’s really gone a lot further ... it really has opened up to everybody,” she said. “It’s brought out the best in everybody.” The idea, of course, is to promote remembrance, and Miso said she felt personal stories of veterans like her grandfather are the perfect way to do it. She went to various Legions asking for veterans and the president of the Etobicoke branch suggested Fisher,

Important book - Mervin Fisher, who now lives near Belwood, is one of 20 Canadian veterans to have his story told in a book by Toronto author Jean Miso entitled We’ll Never Forget. Fisher served in Belgium and Holland in WWII. photo by Chris Daponte

near Collingwood, Fisher first joined the militia at age 16. One year later he lied about his age in order to get into the army, but it wasn’t long before a superior called Fisher into his office to discuss the deception. “I think somebody ratted on me,” Fisher said with a laugh. He was allowed to finish his training as a tank driver and mechanic, but he was eventually drafted into the infantry and shipped to England for more training at age 18. “That’s when you learn about the seriousness of war,” Fisher said. He explained his mother

“I can’t say I’m sorry I joined. I’m just lucky I came back alive.” - Second World War veteran Mervin Fisher on lying about his age to join the army at age 17.

whose story captured her from the start. “Merv’s virtually lived at the prisoner of war camp his whole life. He’s felt guilty about it for years ... he’s lived it over and over,” she said. She added it’s nice Fisher is finally getting some recognition, because, “He’s a real hero.” She noted Fisher told her she was one of the only people he’s talked to about his experience in the war. “He has a special place for me,” Miso said. “It was really difficult for him to express in words how he felt.” But she is glad Fisher agreed to participate and was able to tell a portion of his “amazing” life story. Born and raised on a farm

was not very happy with his newfound dedication to the army - he jokes it may have been her that relayed his true age to his superiors - but he realized money was tight and he always sent half his military pay back home. “Mom didn’t mind it too much after that,” Fisher said with a laugh. He added many of his friends also joined the army at a young age and that was all the incentive he needed. “I can’t say I’m sorry I joined,” he said. “I’m just lucky I came back alive.” Fisher said he received great training and he suggested a brief stint in the military would serve some of today’s youths well. “You learn to live by the

rules,” he said with a smile. After his training Fisher was sent to a holding unit in Belgium - he spent Christmas of 1944 in “the bush” - before taking a role as a guard and scout. While scouting he would occasionally come close to German scouts. “I’ll tell you, that’ll send shivers up your back,” he said. “I didn’t like that too well, but it was a good initiation.” Shortly thereafter, Fisher was sent to Holland and captured. He spent several months in the prisoner of war camp before returning to Ontario “and life went on from there.” After several months of “readjusting” to life back home, Fisher took a job in the railroad industry, moved to Etobicoke, married and had two kids. He retired almost three decades ago after working for Toronto Hydro for 35 years. He lost his first wife Bess (after 60 years of marriage) in 2008 and remarried Doreen Flockhart two years ago. The couple now resides in Pine Meadows and they are members of the Fergus Legion. Fisher prefers to keep busy during Veterans Week, and particularly on Nov. 11. “Remembrance Day for me has always been a very sad time,” he said. “It’s not bad when you are participating (in parades and services), but when you sit there and watch and have time to recollect things that went on and the ones that didn’t make it, you visualize things ... “I don’t like to reflect on that side of it.” Fisher acknowledged the silence of most Second World War veterans, while understandable if not admirable, may have exacerbated what some see as the declining importance of remembrance among younger generations.

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“We were a very quiet bunch,” he admitted. “I’ve never wanted to talk about it ... It is tough.” But Fisher is trying to change his ways - and he credits Miso and her book for that transformation. On Remembrance Day he will be visiting St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Fergus to talk to students about his experience. Miso was pleased when informed about Fisher’s plan to speak at the school. “If we don’t pass on our memories - and for veterans they’re living memories - they will be lost,” she said. “The only way we’ll never forget is by talking about it.” Understandably, Fisher is nervous about the discussion with students, during which he hopes to relay a message of both remembrance and inspiration. “I would like to tell them that if they do the best they can, that’s all you can expect,” he said. He will refuse to get into the “gory details of war,” but hopes through anecdotes and answering questions he can somehow impart on the students the importance of remembering and honouring the sacrifices of those who died in service of their country. “The idea is to remember those that lost their lives,” he said. “Their lives were snuffed out a very early age; they never had a chance in life ... and for that, they should always be remembered.” He pauses momentarily before continuing. “If that’s the message you can give to them, you’ve done okay,” he said. See page 6 of Inside Wellington for a related article on the We’ll Never Forget book.

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Veterans Week is November 5 to 11 - How will you remember? Each year, from Nov. 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week, and this year is no different. Over the next week hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of

past generations of veterans, have made many sacrifices in the name of peace and freedom. This Veterans’ Week, take the remembrance challenge. Veteran Affairs Canada is challenging Canadians to make remembrance more than some-

veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Today, many Canadian Forces members are returning home from missions around the world. Canadians recognize the commitment made by these service men and women and their families. They, along with

Remembrance Day Services Most communities in and around Wellington County will be holding Remembrance Day services and Legion events during the week of Nov. 11. The Wellington Advertiser encourages everyone to attend a local service.

Lest We Forget - Aberfoyle, Nov. 11 at 10:30am at the community centre - Arthur, Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph - Belwood, Nov. 6 at the cenotpah at 12:30pm - Clifford, Nov. 6 at 2:30pm at the cenotaph - Drayton, Nov. 11, at 2pm at the cenotaph - Elora, Nov. 11, at 11am at the cenotaph - Erin, Nov. 6 at 10:45am at the cenotaph - Fergus, Nov. 11, at 11am at the cenotaph (parade at 10:40am) - Grand Valley, Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph - Guelph, Nov. 11, 9am service at McCrae Birthplace on Water St. with Rev. Dr. Ron Smeaton, 9:50am Parade marches to Sleeman Centre, 10:20am Remembrance Service at Sleeman Centre, 10:30am Woodlawn Memorial Park - Veterans’ Area - Harriston, Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph (10:30am parade) - Hillsburgh, at Ross R. MacKay Public School, 10:45am, visitors welcome - Mount Forest, Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph - Palmerston, Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph - Rockwood, Nov. 5 at 11am at the cenotaph (10:30am parade); with a special service Nov. 11 at 11am at the cenotaph for school children - Salem, Nov. 11 at 9:30am at the cenotaph. “Serving Seniors Since 1968”

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thing one feels; to make it something one does. There are many ways to display remembrance and honour veterans: - pin a poppy above the heart; attend the local Remembrance Day ceremony; - talk to a friend or relative who has just returned home from Afghanistan or who served in other areas of conflict; - listen to veterans talk

City Legion plans a number of events GUELPH - The Legion branch here has planned a number of events leading up to the service of remembrance on Nov. 11. On Oct. 28, Guelph Legion Brand 234 held a Poppy Banner raising at noon. That campaign began immediately after that, and continues until Nov. 11. Cadet Units and Legionnaires will be at various locations in the city distributing Poppies for community members as well as delivering poppy boxes to schools and businesses. From Nov. 5 to 11 the Guelph Legion will celebrate Veterans’ Week, asking “How will you remember?” On Nov. 7, there will be a Church service at St. George’s Anglican Church at 10:30am. On Nov. 10, there will be a pre-Remembrance Day dinner

presentations, with Master of Ceremonies Allan Koehler; Following the Remembrance Service, the parade will form on Courthouse Lane beside the Sleeman Centre and will march past the Cenotaph, and along Wyndham Street past the reviewing platform at St. George’s Square. The parade marshall will be Capt. (Ret) Rod Pettigrew M,M.M.,CD. Everyone is welcome at Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234 of The Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Watson Parkway South, following the parade, for refreshment, light lunch, and to meet friends. Anyone seeking more information can telephone 519822-1565, or email rcl234@, or visit the website

at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 234, on 57 Watson Parkway South, in Guelph. That event includes cocktails from 6 to 7pm, and dinner served at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at the members’ lounge. Bar. The Legion noted it is proud and honoured to have veterans as guests at that dinner. Any veteran can apply by application with a service number. Applications are available at the branch. On Nov. 11, the Remembrance Day agenda is: - 9am is a service at the Colonel John McCrae birthplace on Water Street with Rev. Dr. Ron Smeaton; - 9:50am, a parade marches to Sleeman Centre; - 10:20am, there is a Remembrance Service at Sleeman Centre with wreath


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and - download the “We Remember” mobile application. Above all, Canadians must vow never to forget. However one chooses to remember, be sure to tell a friend, a family member or a colleague. Together, it is Canadians’ duty to pass on the legacy and keep the memories of veterans alive. This Veterans’ Week, how will you remember?

about their experiences; - post a yellow ribbon on one’s vehicle or home; - create a mash-up and share it on the YouTube Channel and on Veteran Affairs’ Veterans’ Week Remembrance Feed; - visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Facebook fan page and write on the wall; - change Facebook profile picture to a poppy; - blog, tweet or update Facebook status about the importance of remembrance;



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Will you please pause with us at 11am on November 11th to observe the “2-Minute Wave of Silence” as we remember those men and women who served their country with great pride and sacrifice in the wars. We are filled with gratitude for the selfless service they gave. We especially think of our own from Centre Wellington today, men and women from the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 229 – Elora and Branch 275 – Fergus. Thank you for helping us to keep alive the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as well as those who are active today in our community supporting us in countless ways. You are appreciated! Our thoughts are also drawn to those men and women who presently serve this great nation, Canada, on foreign soil as well as here at home. We say a humble, heartfelt thank you as we ‘remember’. Township of Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj Councillors Kelly Linton, Ward 1 Kirk McElwain, Ward 2 Mary Lloyd, Ward 3 Fred Morris, Ward 4 Walt Visser, Ward 5 Steven VanLeeuwen, Ward 6

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Historical society offers county’s military past FERGUS - The Wellington County Museum is offering a talk about the county’s military history on Nov. 6 at 2pm. Guests will learn about Wellington County’s involvement in the military from the early 1800s to the present day. The event is presented by the Wellington County Historical Society, and speaker Ross Irwin, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Wellington County Historical Society, will speak on the contributions and involvement

Successful campaign - Officials with the Royal Canadian Legion Fergus Branch 275 recently presented a $5,000 cheque to Military Family Resource Centre executive members Lynn Elliot (director) and Donna Earl (board chairman). The Yellow Ribbon campaign was designed to show support for and welcome home Canadian troops from active duty. About 10 women, mostly Legion members, made close to 1,500 ribbons, which were sold for $5 and continue to adorn various homes and business in Centre Wellington. photo by Sherry Clarke

Yellow Ribbon Campaign raises $5,000 for military families by Chris Daponte FERGUS - If yellow ribbon sales by the Fergus Legion are any indication, remembrance and gratitude for Canadian troops are alive and well here. Branch 275 Legion officials planned to sell about 300 large yellow ribbons to welcome home Canadian soldiers from the mission in Afghanistan. They were blown away by the demand and eventually sold close to 1,500, raising $5,000 for the Military Family Resource Centre. “It just took off on its own,” said Brian Bielby, the Legion’s past president and one of the organizers of the local Yellow Ribbon campaign.

Bielby brought the idea to Branch 275 after attending the Legion District annual convention in Owen Sound earlier this year, where someone brought a yellow bow and suggested Legions in the district could do something positive to welcome all soldiers from across Canada who had served in Afghanistan. In July Canada started bringing home troops from a war that lasted for nearly eight years in Afghanistan and saw over 150 Canadians killed in action. Bielby said the goal all along was to honour those who served in Afghanistan. “The fact that we sold so many and were able to make

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$5,000 was a bonus,” he said. He opined such a campaign required the leadership of the Legion to get off the ground. “Once you do that, the community will rally around it,” he said, adding that Pine Meadows, near Belwood, was particularly supportive. In hindsight, Bielby said perhaps he should not have been surprised with the support, given the way the local community annually rallies around the poppy campaign. The Fergus campaign annually sells over 10,000 poppies and raises around $20,000, which Bielby said is “incredible.” He thanked the commu-

nity on behalf of the Legion and also thanked the women who spend hours making the ribbons non-stop over several weeks this summer. He said the team that completed the “phenomenal” work includes: Beryl Russell, Elizabeth Pearse, Joan Ferrier, Linda Semanyk, Maria George, Mary Barber, Mary Schmidt, Pearl Davis, Dianne Smeltzer and Mary Mackenzie-Mason. All the proceeds from the campaign went to the Military Family Resource Centre, a non-profit organization with 32 chapters across Canada that provides information, support and resources to the families of serving personnel.

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of people from the county in historical and current military engagements. The event is open to the public free of charge. It will be an afternoon of celebrating the county’s military achievements. The presentation will be followed by discussion and refreshments. The event will be held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, located on County Road 18 between Fergus and Elora.

Local Legion’s events for Remembrance Week HARRISTON - The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 296 here will be holding several events through Remembrance Week, Nov. 1 to 5. The poppy canvas runs during that period, and members can pick up boxes from 10:30am to 12:30pm; and again 4:30 to 6:30pm. On Nov. 6 there will be a 10:30am church services at Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church. There will also be a 1:30pm service at Caressant Care. At

2:30pm, the Legion will hold he Clifford community service On Nov. 11 in Harriston, there will be a parade at 10:30am, with an 11am cenotaph service. Lunch will follow the service. There will also be a dinner, with cocktails starting at 6pm and the banquet at 7pm. This year, the guest speaker is now-retired MPP Bill Murdoch Tickets are available at the Harriston Legion and Harriston Home Hardware.

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Local Legion, schools, libraries offer support for book of remembrance by Chris Daponte C. WELLINGTON Schools, Legions and libraries seem to be embracing We’ll Never Forget, a book featuring a local veteran and aimed at promoting the importance of remembrance among youths. “I just think it’s a terrific book,” said Fred Hiller, youth education chairman at Legion Branch 275 in Fergus. The hardcover book was written by Toronto teacher Jean Miso and features the stories of 20 veterans from WWI and WWII as well as Korea, peace keeping missions and Afghanistan. It also includes illustrations and a song. “I think it’s a powerful tool to help children not to forget there were a lot of sacrifices made so they can live the life they do and so we can have the country we have,” Miso told the Advertiser. “I never had to deal with what [veterans] had to face. I am very lucky - and I think kids are getting it now, too.” And while the target audience may be primary school children, the book has been a hit with young and old alike, she explained. Hiller was impressed with the book from the outset

JEAN MISO and brought it to the Fergus Legion’s executive committee, which agreed it should be made available in local schools and libraries. So they agreed to purchase several books and tasked Hiller with visiting school and library officials to explain the idea and gauge their interest. “It was tremendous,” he said of the feedback he received at each and every location. So in addition to the Fergus Legion, We’ll Never Forget is also available for reading at nine schools in the branch’s catchment area, as well as Wellington County libraries in Fergus and Aboyne. The Fergus Legion also recently presented a copy to Paige Marie Lovella Hough, a

provincial finalist in the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual essay and poetry contest. Hiller credits Mervin Fisher, a Second World War veteran living in Pine Meadows near Belwood, with much of the local success of the book. Fisher, who moved to the area last year from Etobicoke, is one of the veterans featured in Miso’s book. Along with his wife, Doreen Flockhart, Fisher has helped Miso spread word about the book and even to sell copies. “We’ve sold over 100 for her,” said Fisher. He said the book is an invaluable tool to help teach students about veterans and remembrance - and particularly those who gave their lives in service of their country. “It’s important not to forget the ones that didn’t make it,” Fisher said. Hiller said he hopes the book catches on with other Legions. He want to take the idea to Mount Forest and specifically to Wellington Heights Secondary School. He also noted the Elora Legion was discussing the book (Branch 229 president Ashley Woods was unavailable for comment by press time).

To date, Miso has sold about 2,250 of 3,000 books. She must sell the remainder in order to raise enough money for a Canadian WWI memorial at Hill 70 in France. A proceed from the sales also goes

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Contestant saluted - Paige Marie Lovella Hough was a provincial finalist in last year’s Royal Canadian Legion’s annual essay and poetry contest, winning the area, zone and district. She was recently presented a copy of We’ll Never Forget at Centre Wellington District High school. From left: Legion youth education chairman Fred Hiller, Doreen Flockhart, Merv Fisher, Lovella Hough, president Ray Pearse and principal Maggie Roe. The Legion also provided copies of the book to each school in the town, plus the Fergus and Aboyne libraries. Advertiser file photo the first 3,000 are sold. For more information on Miso and her book, visit www. To purchase a copy locally (for $22), contact Fisher and Flockhart at 519787-5111.

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OPINION: Better ways to remember those who died Dear Editor: “Even a slice of courage can encourage.” It is Remembrance Day 2010 at my workplace and I was quite cognizant of the day, filled with remorse, yet pride and deep respect. At 11am all machines and people fell silent for a twominute reflection for the fallen, who served us to that very last ounce of humanity, decorated in warm vermilion. In at least two areas, we awaited the solemn moment to pause with local radio stations. In this Dominion of Canada, our Armistice Day tradition has a certain format and pace, drawing special significance from the past. Yet I still appreciate this fact today and honestly believe Nov. 11 will always serve us well, to focus our collective attentions inwards and upwards. In some prior years, I had felt the whole thing was too

public, too old-fashioned and irrelevant for a progressive peace-loving nation. I lost my comprehension of the whole act of self-sacrifice, but more recently I have come full circle and now appreciate it even more. The station broadcasting to me had the obligatory two minutes, and shortly thereafter transitioned into a Sarah MacLachlan song entitled Angel. That was it. In the nearby department, their radio station transitioned to a Blue Rodeo tune. Those are tremendous Canadian artists, but they had not written those songs for this purpose, as easily evidenced by the lyrics. I would think the artists would be taken aback by this misuse of their works. But someone, out of maybe shame, disrespect, ignorance, to be creative or not offend their audience, instead duped and abused the listeners with that shallow response.

That left me resentful, upset, embarrassed and a bit ashamed. In fact, I felt distracted and cheated of the true significance of the entire day, and likewise that our fallen guardians had been somehow slandered and diminished. We need to reflect on what is acceptable to show true respect. There may be an official format, so ask the Royal Canadian Legion. Let us not take the easy, quick exit, to avoid an honest response to an equally honest act of forfeit. Broadcasters: please show a little courage and grant appropriate homage and let the bemoaners fade away. It is for such as those, that the others did and do sacrifice. It is our task to continue to honour these brave souls (as well as those that survive) in a structured, meaningful fashion every day of the year. I am faithful to the In Flander’s Fields’ sentiment; that we catch and carry that

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precious torch (the flame is in fact their very lives) and never forget the names and faces of any friend or foe after the dust of each human conflict settles into record. To do less depreciates them all, and eventually ourselves and our national historical identity. I encourage local broadcasters to step up and be accountable, and give the full measure of devotion back to our heroes, who likewise gave their last breath in the trust this would cement the freedom we daily take for granted. Maybe at the very least, two minutes and read In Flanders’ Fields or some other appropriate response. But to cover this bitter pill of life with so much artificial sweetener only cheapens and dilutes the legitimate. With indifference, we all lose. We can do better, so we should do no less. Dave Hawkins, Arthur

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, of Guelph, is believed to have written In Flanders Fields on May 3, 1915 after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, in Belgium during WWI.

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OPINION: View of war and Nov. 11 changed - after years to grow up by David Meyer When I was a kid, in the top drawer of my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom dresser was a red arm band with a white circle and a symbol that I later learned was called a swastika. In the dirt floor basement of our family home, known to us kids as the wood cellar, were piles of old boards and discarded and often broken furniture - along with a rusted .303 rifle that I later learned was carried in World War II. Of those two souvenirs my father, Norm, brought home from the war, the gun, of course, was most fascinating, and I learned the hard way after mom marched down to school to get me that bringing a rifle to my grade 2 class for show and tell was frowned upon.

Why else would I have hidden behind a tree, clutching that (unknown to me, broken) gun that was inches taller than me as an OPP cruiser drifted past? It was years later, when we began to learn about civics, I noticed my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was on a plaque in the school, along with a lot of other names of fathers of my classmates. We learned they had all enlisted in World War II - and several of those named never returned. Dad was never much for talking about his war experience. Like many, he lied about his age to enlist and go overseas. His command of the high German language made him useful as a translator as the Allies moved into Germany, where, I suspect, he acquired that swastika souvenir.

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He emerged, for all intents and purposes, a whole man - if anyone who has seen the horrors of war can make such a claim. Mom often said he had a few likes and dislikes based on his army experience, including an aversion to standing in long lines for any service. My best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Leo Dietrich, another enlistee, to the day he died could not abide packaged, processed potatoes. What I can probably remember the best, looking back nearly 50 years, is the lack of complaint from any of them. Many men gave up a part of their lives to spend years away from home to risk their lives for little pay in order to fight for freedom. My uncle Jack Kelly, a proud patriot, never complained once in all the many years I knew him about leaving his right leg in Italy courtesy of a hand grenade wound. Instead, uncle Jack found work as a chauffeur for Paddy Conklin, the man who owned the midways at the Canadian National Exhibition for years, and got on with raising a large family. As kids, we used to drop clothespins into the hole at the top of Uncle Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wooden leg when he was wearing shorts.

He would just laugh, knowing that it was a way his nephews and own kids could hear him rattle when he was about to come around a corner and find us doing something we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. As a callow teen, it never occurred to me that I owed a debt of thanks to those people near and dear to me who gave the early years of their lives in an enterprise that saved the world from tyranny. In fact, as a product of those times, the 1960s, I came to hate war, remembering all the while slogans like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell no. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go.â&#x20AC;? It was a different time, and a different place. To my generation, all war was evil. With the surety of youth, it was easy to say nobody should fight a war - and that was that. It was years later, having indulged a passion for reading and history, that I discovered what World War II and that swastika was all about, and how brave were those who enlisted to fight Adolph Hitler and the Axis. A real Axis of Evil. The Allies were the underdogs. That most of the people named on my school wall were of German descent drove home the point to me. They were fighting against the land

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of their ancestors. Their cause would have to be just - particularly when what they bravely faced was a likely defeat. Reading people like Tolkien, I learned, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.â&#x20AC;? People sometimes are forced to take a stand or spend the rest of their lives running. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much choice - and I never liked running. Over the years, I came to learn to respect institutions of democracy even as, sometimes, I was appalled at the people duly elected to operate that system. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to realize a few other things. For the past ten years, I have met many Canadian soldiers from all over, mainly men returning from Afghanistan. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also met many members of local Legions, all of whom are adamant that we support our troops with such things as coffee from Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or hanging a yellow ribbon on a tree or post to welcome home those who fought for us. I look at those young people in Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armed Forces who seem to understand in their 20s and 30s what it took me until my 40s to figure out, and to see they are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best and the brightestâ&#x20AC;? of their generation. I have a nephew who plans to

McCrae House marks Remembrance Week with radio club GUELPH - Remembrance Day traditions continue at McCrae House here with the return of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club. Now in its 23rd season, the group will again be sending and receiving remembrance messages at the birthplace of John McCrae from Nov. 6 to 11. Members of the club look forward to contacting, via the airwaves, ham radio enthusiasts around the world. This is their opportunity to acknowledge Remembrance Day and exchange thoughts on its significance. The club also assists the museum in educating people taking part in Remembrance programs offered throughout the week. Students, as well as the general public, are invited to share their thoughts and reacquaint themselves with John McCrae. McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, doc-

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enlist next year. I wish him all the best and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of what he is doing. When some suggest that we have to work harder to ensure that people remember, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so certain that is the case. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen lots of young people who understand and respect what was done for them. As for the others, perhaps like me they simply need more time to appreciate what those who came before did for them and for their country. That old rifle and the swastika arm band disappeared years ago, and it is probably for the best. One day, they simply were no longer there. So, too, my best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad, Leo, passed on some years ago, as did my uncle Jack. It saddens me that it took so long to understand the sacrifice they made, and the respect they earned and often did not receive. Dad turned 88 on Sept. 10 - and since he was underage when he enlisted, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good indication or how old most of those World War II veterans are, and a reminder we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have them around for too much longer. So, to Dad and to all of the veterans who remain, I say a heartfelt thank you. You have my gratitude and deepest respect - and I apologize it was so long in coming.

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Two hundred years later: Recognizing the Sacrifices of the War of 1812 by Chris Daponte Much of the attention on Remembrance Day is rightfully dedicated to those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Recently, increased respect and recognition is given to those who gave their lives as part of Canadian forces in more recent peace keeping missions or in Afghanistan. Often overlooked are those individuals who died fighting in older conflicts. For example, next year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. That conflict, though technically not Canadian at all - it was fought between forces of the British Empire and the United States - featured many battles on Canadian soil. And were it not for the ultimate sacrifice of thousands - both Canadian and British - Canada would likely look decidedly different in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Had the War of 1812 ended differently, the Canada we know today would not exist,â&#x20AC;? Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, said in a recent press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The war laid the foundation for Confederation and the cornerstones of our political institutions.â&#x20AC;? Last month the federal government launched the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. British losses in the war are estimated at about 1,600 killed in action and 3,700 wounded, while over 3,000 died from disease. These figures do not include deaths among Canadian militia forces or losses among Native Canadian tribes, for which accurate numbers are not known. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The heroic efforts of those who fought for our country in the War of 1812 tell the story of the Canada we know today: an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own distinct parliamentary system,â&#x20AC;? said James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportu-

nity for all of us to take pride in our history, and we look forward to taking part in the events and activities that will mark this important anniversary for Canada.â&#x20AC;? Over the next four years, the government will try to increase awareness of this defining moment in Canadian history through: - a pan-Canadian educational campaign focused on the importance of the War of 1812 to Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history; - support for up to 100 historical re-enactments, commemorations and local events; - a permanent 1812 memorial located in the Ottawa region; - interactive tours, six exhibits and improvements to three national historic sites across the country; - investments in infrastructure at key 1812 battle sites, such as Fort Mississauga and Fort York; - celebrating and honouring the links that many current militia regiments in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada have to the War of 1812; and - designating October 2012 as a month of commemoration of the heroes and key battles of the war. About the war In early June of 1812, U.S. President James Madison complained to congress of various grievances against Great Britain. Many feel Madison never intended his message as a call for war, but shortly thereafter the House of Representatives voted in favour of a declaration of war, and the Senate agreed. The war officially began on June 18, when Madison approved the declaration. Most notable among the American grievances were a series of trade restrictions Britain introduced about five years prior, intended to impede American trade with France. At the time Britain was nearly a decade into its war in Europe with Napoleonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French Empire. The United States, considered neutral in the European conflict, viewed the measures as illegal under international law.

Many argue the trade restrictions were also a result of growing British fears that its maritime supremacy was being challenged by the Americans, whose merchant marine had nearly doubled between 1802 and 1810. Compounding the strained relationship was the British practice of impressment - intercepting American ships and searching for so-called deserters to become sailors in the British Navy (due to a lack of volunteers). The British also supported Native American tribes (with arms mainly) in their fight to block American expansion. Some argue the U.S. planned expansion into Upper and Lower Canada all along, but most historians refute that assertion. An easy conquest? At the time, most inhabitants of Ontario, then known as Upper Canada, were either Revolutionary-era exiles from the United States (British Loyalists) or post-war American immigrants. Given the sparse population in the Canadian colonies, that many there had moved from the U.S. and that the Canadas were only lightly defended by the British Army, many Americans believed the majority of people in Upper Canada would greet invading Americans as liberators. But that did not happen. Nor was Upper Canada easily conquered as (now famously) anticipated by former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. He had stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us the experience for the attack on Halifax, the next and final expulsion of England from the

American continent.â&#x20AC;? Many American officials also overlooked the lack of support for the war, throughout its duration, in the states closest to Canada. The U.S. was arguably further weakened by domestic political conflict between the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party. The invasion Nonetheless, the conflict received enough support and on July 12, 1812, an American force of about 1,000 untrained and poorly equipped militia invaded Upper Canada across the Detroit River and occupied the town of Sandwich (now a neighbourhood of Windsor). But a few weeks later, the American troops (then numbering 2,500, including several hundred Canadians) retreated to Detroit and surrendered to a force of British regulars, Canadian militia and Natives, led by British Major General Isaac Brock and Shawnee leader Tecumseh. The victory eventually allowed British forces to take control over most of Michigan. On Oct. 13, U.S. forces were again defeated at the Battle of Queenston Heights, though it came at a huge cost for the British, as its popular leader, Brock, was killed there. The Americans, on the other hand, seemed to struggle from the outset with a lack of military leadership, which many experts feel led to a number of defeats at the hands of inferior forces (the British were outnumbered and had taken a defensive stance due to its preoccupation with Napoleon in Europe), including a failed attempt to capture Montreal. The Americans retreated in disarray in October 1813. But they experienced several victories thereafter, notably at sea, and at Fort George and Fort

Niagara. In late 1813 and throughout 1814, both sides experienced victories and defeats in every theatre of the war, including the Atlantic, Great Lakes, Niagara, Upper and Lower Canada, Maine, the American northwest and the southern U.S. Often victories on one side were short lived, with the other side quickly recapturing what it had lost. The road to peace By 1814, both sides were growing weary of a costly war resulting in a stalemate. American losses were 2,260 killed in action and 4,505 wounded, as opposed to 1,600 and 3,700 respectively for the British (not including Canadian militia and Native deaths). All told, from both sides and all causes, some estimates are that about 15,000 lost their lives in the conflict. Both sides sent delegations to a neutral site in Ghent, Belgium. Negotiations began in early August and concluded on Dec. 24, when a final agreement was signed. However, in some parts fighting continued while waiting for both sides to ratify the Treaty of Ghent (February for the U.S.). The main terms of the treaty included returning all occupied territory and restoring the prewar boundary between Canada and the United States. Who won? Generally, historians view the War of 1812 three ways. Americans view it as a victory because the U.S. did not lose any territory and they managed to suppress the Native American resistance. Canadians view it as a victory because the British thwarted

repeated American invasions and Canada retained its independence of the United States (However some Canadians continue to overestimate the role the Canadian militia played in the war. Though important, most agree it pales in comparison to that played by British regulars). For the most part, the conflict is overlooked or forgotten by the British, who view it as a secondary conflict to the Napoleonic Wars. But one fact remains clear to this day. Were it not for the bravery and sacrifice of hundreds of British and Canadians during the War of 1812, Canada surely would appear decidedly different than it does today. The war is but one chapter in a proud history of Canadians and their allies fighting side by side for a common cause; a tradition that continued in WWI, WWII, Korea, Afghanistan and others. Lest we forget.

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Federal government supporting green agriculture technology GUELPH – Farmers will benefit from a partnership between the federal government, industry and universities across Canada to enhance producer profitability through green agriculture technologies. On Oct. 13, parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced spending of nearly $4 million for the University of Guelph to study and develop on-farm tools to help farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and remain competitive in the global marketplace. “Our government’s top

priority is the economy, and Canada’s agriculture industry plays a vital role in keeping our economy strong,” said Lemieux. “This research will lead to new tools and practices to help farmers protect the environment and grow their business.” The university will use the money to conduct two separate projects. The first will focus on livestock and crop production systems, and will examine new and refined management practices to enhance the dairy sector through improved feeding strategies, resulting in better economic returns.

The second will focus on agroforestry, and look at tree-based inter-cropping, a European agricultural practice that incorporates trees onto the farm to reduce emissions and increase a farm’s profit potential. “These two projects will go a long way towards helping Canada develop important greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, benefiting farmers and reducing impacts on the environment,” said Kevin Hall, University of Guelph’s vice-president for research. “Partnerships such as the two we are celebrating today are

central to our mission of creating new knowledge and value for society. The University of Guelph has a long history of working with government and industry to translate research knowledge into new technologies, products and services.” Funding is through the agricultural greenhouse gases program, a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The program provides cash to partners across Canada to investigate innovative approaches to provide solutions for the agriculture sector.

MOSCOW, Russia – Canadian livestock producers have stronger ties to Russia following a successful agriculture trade mission led by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Our government is committed to strengthening ties with our Russian partners and creating business opportunities for Canadian farmers and the growth of the entire economy,” said Ritz on Oct. 14. “The industry is telling me that our efforts are starting to pay off and that trade conditions have improved considerably.” In Moscow, he welcomed the conclusion of bilateral negotiations on agriculture related elements for Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) follow-

ing meetings with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov, and Minister of Agriculture Elena Skrynnik. With Russia’s WTO accession, Canadian agriculture exporters can look forward to improved and more predictable access to the Russian market, opening up opportunities for Canadian products. Ritz took the occasion to thank Russia for its support for the extension of Canada’s current veterinary export certificates until Jan. 1, 2013. That extension comes after he raised with his Russian counterparts on various occasions the importance of continued trade with Russia and the Customs Union. The extension allows exports such as fish and seafood, livestock, meat products,

animal genetics and day old poultry and hatching eggs to continue to be exported to Russia until a long-term agreement can be concluded with the Customs Union. In 2010, the Customs Union access was valued at approximately $288 million for Canadian farmers and producers. Ritz also led a Canadian industry delegation and joined it for a Canada-Russia dialogue on meat, livestock and genetics, which built upon the CanadaRussia livestock Forum held in Ottawa last June. The meeting concluded with the signing of an agreement between Canada Pork International and the Russian Meat Union that will increase cooperation that benefit trade. That agreement

will result in joint initiatives such as personnel exchange; technology demonstration and workshops and information sharing. Ritz also visited one of Russia’s unique pork production companies, Mortadel, which operates using Canadian genetics and applying Canadian swine production technology. He had a first-hand look at how Canadian knowledge and inputs can benefit-Russia and discuss potential growth and trade opportunities for the Canadian industry. Canada was the largest provider of imported pure-bred breeding swine to Russia in 2010 with exports valued at $8 million, representing one quarter of the market share.

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Farmers’ Market opens for the winter Elora – The Elora Farmers’ Market will be back in the Paddock Building at Grand River Raceway for the winter market season. The market opens there on Nov. 5 from 9am to 1pm. The market operates at the

raceway every Saturday from November through to midMarch. Check the website calendar for special events. On Nov. 26 is second annual crafters bazaar. For crafter information visit the website or call Barb at

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Fond du Lac County. Rankin has served in that role since 1988 and advises crop producers on the production and utilization of forage, grain, and vegetable crops. Forage Focus 2011 is cosponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Other speakers at the conference will include: Joel Bagg, forage specialist from OMAFRA with the topic

of Making Hay In A Bullish Grain Market-Stepping Up Our Game, and Ray Robertson, of the Ontario Forage Council, who will be speaking about Hay Marketing Opportunities. Registration for the conference is $35 per person, which includes a hot roast beef dinner and the conference proceedings. Advance registration is required by calling 1-877-8928663 by Nov. 25.

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ENTERTAINMENT Routes of Country returns to Church

HILLSBURGH - The Routes of Country, featuring the Muir Family Singers and their special guests will make a return here on Nov. 5. Last year the packed house was on its feet after an evening of music, laughter, and memories.

On November 5, the same musicians will return to continue the story of the growth of country music. Drummer Brandon Muir will have more personal and family stories, along with selected historical anecdotes, on the great performers and

songwriters who have been responsible for the growth and popularity of country music, while a formidable assembly of musicians and singers will bring the music to life. Along with the Muir Family, Jeff Barry will be there, and Canada’s leading steel guitarist, Doug Johnson. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are $25 inclusive, and may be reserved by calling the box office at 519-855-4586 or visit www.centurychurchtheatre. com.

Back again - The Muir Family Singers and special guests are at the Century Church Theatre on Nov. 5

Fergus performer at city comedy festival TORONTO - Madison Walsh, who grew up in Fergus, will perform with her sketch troupe Touch My Stereotype at the seventh annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival running from Nov. 8 to 13. The full troupe is Chelsea Larkin, Kritty Uranowski, Mike Tanchuk, Sonia D’Amico, Ryan Galloway and Walsh. Walsh studied theatre at

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FERGUS - The Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre’s Christmas Boutique Deck Your Walls with Art of Beauty will run from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12. The gallery is holding an open house, Nov. 5 and 6. The gallery will be laden with gift items for sale. The gallery’s usual fine art will continue to hang in the main gallery, and in the lower there will be a collection of affordable gift items.

This is last sale in 2011. There will be something for every member of the family, including pottery, textiles, drawing, painting, wood carving, photography and more. Enjoy a cup of hot cinnamon cider and homemade cookies. There is no HST on items bought at Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre. The gallery is located on County Road 29, southeast of Fergus.

Judy French has new show Oct. 29 to Nov. 12 FERGUS - Wellington Artists’ Gallery showcases the work of Judy French from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12. The opening reception is Nov. 6 from 2 to 4pm. The current show will, in some respects, be a retrospect of French’s acrylic works. The exhibition will highlight scenes from cottage country in Northern Ontario to the charm of Newfoundland. French will also show water colours. The gallery is on County Road 29, southeast of Fergus.

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Arthur Agricultural Society, upstairs hall. 7:30pm. Arthur Community Centre. All welcome. *** Shuffle Board. Every Thursday 1pm. St. Mary’s Hall, Mount Forest. Everyone welcome. *** Free osteoporosis public education forum from 9am- 2:30pm. St. George’s Hall, 665 King Street North in Waterloo (2 km North of Conestoga Mall). The focus of the event this year will be safe physical activity with osteoporosis. There will be many displays on local programs and services and will include a light lunch. Registration is required. Please call Kate to register at 519-5001440. *** Guelph Historical Society Presents: My Great Uncle in the Great War: Soldiers of the 43rd Battery. 7:30pm. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church , 161 Norfolk Street Guelph. *** Euchre St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest. 7:30pm $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes.

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Progressive Euchre Card Party . St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, Elmira. 7:30pm. Admission is $6. Door prize, lunch. Everyone welcome. *** St. John’s United Church Belwood, Euchre, 7:30pm. *** Arthur Legion Remembrance Day Service. 11am.

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Duff’s Annual Harvest Ham Supper, Puslinch Community Centre. Sittings: 5pm, 7pm. Entertainment 4:30, 6:30. $15 Adult, $8 Children (12 and under). Under 5 Free. Tickets 519-767-2462, 519-763-1268 and 905-659-3935. *** Harvest & Holly Bazaar & Lunch. Sponsored by the Morriston Mt. Carmel - Zion United Church 10:30 - 1:30pm. Puslinch Community Centre, Aberfoyle, Cty. Rd. 46. Lunch, Baking, Deli, Craft & Christmas items available. *** Hanover District Horticultural Society Arts & Craft Show. 10am2pm. Hanover Columbus Centre, 1/2 mile west of Hanover on Hwy 4. *** Louise Marshall Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar and Luncheon to be held at Mount Forest United Church 11am-2pm. Lunch served 11:30-1:30 tickets $8. Silent Auction, Bake Table, Quilt Draw, Country Cupboard, Cookies by the Dozen, Draw Tables. *** Self Esteem Program for Boys - In a fun and interactive environment they learn how to build and maintain a strong self esteem and self-confidence. FREE for boys ages 7-12 at Erin Public School. Parents are also welcome. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Erin. To register call 519-787-8528. *** Moorefield United Church Christmas Bazaar 10am-2pm. Maryborough Community Centre. Crafts, home baking, home canning, produce, touch & take, silent auction and draws. Live Auction at 11am. Lasagna Lunch will be served at noon. Admission: an item or cash for the food bank. *** Bethany United Church Elora, Ham Supper. Sitting 5, 7pm. Adults $12, children 5-12 $6, under 5 Free. Call 519-824-6548.

ELORA - Tony McManus takes a break from globetrotting to host his fifth annual Elora guitar seminar during the weekend of Nov. 4 to 6. This year, 12 students from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe congregate at the Drew House for an intense weekend of lessons and jamming with Tony and guest instructor Don Ross. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday evening public concert at the Elora United Church. In addition to solo and duet performances from McManus and Ross, this year’s concert will include a presentation by Jowi Taylor - award winning writer and broadcaster with CBC and custodian of the Six String Nation guitar. That instrument made its debut on July 1 2006 and was built using wood from every province and territory of the country – all of it of historic significance from Pierre Trudeau’s canoe paddle to Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick. Previous concerts have been packed to the rafters so get tickets in advance from Santé Natural Grocery on Metcalfe Street or call 519-846-9977.

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SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, news you receive is less than satisfying. Not one to give up, you will fight to let others know of the injustice that was done and garner some supporters.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if you are on a health kick, then this is the time to start incorporating some exercise into your routine. If joining a gym is out, then simply walk with friends.

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GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You have every excuse in the book not to get something done, Gemini. The fact remains that the work will still be there even after much procrastination.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, there’s not much to do this week that you can’t tackle at another time. This means you can have a few days to simply do whatever it is you desire.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, momentary lapses in judgement could cause significant problems. Stay focused on the tasks at hand to avoid any conflicts in the future. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, friendship is the name of the game this week, and you will meet some new people who have the potential to be lifelong buddies. Introduce your existing friends, too. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Sometimes the answer is right in front of your eyes even if you can’t see it right away, Virgo. Look more closely at the possibilities and stop naysaying. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you may be reconsidering a recent decision. It just may be too late to change things at this point, so you will have to go with the flow.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Take a few days to relax, Aquarius. It will clear your head and put you in a better place for making hard decisions that seem to crop up out of nowhere. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 It’s time to put that romance into the next gear, Pisces. You don’t want to run the risk of missing out on love.

PAGE SIXTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 4, 2011

REMEMBRANCE DAY CLOSURES All County of Wellington offices, library branches, transfer stations and landfill sites will be closed on Friday, November 11.





CLOSED Friday, November 11 REOPEN Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 am



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CURBSIDE GARBAGE AND BLUE BOX COLLECTION: CANCELLED Friday, November 11 RESCHEDULED Saturday, November 12, starting at 7:00 am QUESTIONS? 519.837.2601 1.866.899.0248

ARE YOU A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT LOOKING TO COMPLETE VOLUNTEER HOURS? High school students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students in grade 9-12 can volunteer at the Green Legacy Nursery every Saturday in November from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Green Legacy Nursery is located at 6714 Wellington Road 34 in Puslinch Township. Additional student volunteer opportunities will be available in 2012. For more information, or to sign up, please contact: Brenda Walsh, Outreach Coordinator T: 519.546.4788 E:

WINTER PARKING REMINDER There is no parking on all public roadways or parking lots within the County between the hours of 2:00 and 6:00 am on any day between November 1 and March 31. Any person who violates the provisions of this by-law is guilty of an offence and will be issued a Parking Infraction Notice. CONTACT: Kelly-Ann Hall, Parking Coordinator T 519.837.2600 x 2510* E

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2012 GREEN LEGACY ORDER FORMS NOW AVAILABLE The Green Legacy Tree Planting Programme will continue in 2012. This spring, over 158,000 trees will be planted all over Wellington County!

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