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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 16, 2012

Fri. Nov. 16

Christmas In The Lobby, Groves Hospital, Fergus. 9am-2pm. Visit our baked goods, New to You, Loonie, Toonie and silent auction tables. Proceeds to Groves Memorial Community Hospital. *** The 8th annual Christmas Joy Home Tour. Friday 4:30-9:30pm and Saturday 10-5pm. Tickets $30. Featuring eight homes decorated for Christmas in the Guelph and Rockwood areas. Contact Didi at 519-836-8115. *** All You Can Eat Wings / Pub Night, Harriston Legion # 296. 6:30pm till we run out. $12 per person. Entertainment provided. Call 519-338-2843. *** The Door Youth Centre annual dinner and silent auction at St. John’s Parish, Arthur. Tickets $12. Ham and scalloped potatoes. For tickets call Jeff and Shari Shoemaker 519-848-3181. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226 Wing Night 6-8pm. All you can eat. No take-outs. $14. Entertainment By Almost Nashville. Here’s How it Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Find the answer on page 15.

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Hilltop Singers 7-8:30pm at Palmerston Presbyterian church. Free will offering. For info. call 519-343-3805. *** Suzuki String School of Guelph’s upcoming fall open house, which will be from 11:30-1:30. Admission and parking: free. Call Paule Barsalou, artistic director 519-836-3798 for information. *** Community craft sale. 9:30am-1:30pm. Evergreen Seniors community centre, 683 Woolwich St. Guelph 519-823-1291. Homemade jewellery, knitting, gift card, crafts and much more. *** Live and Silent Charity Auction. Antiques, vacations, art work, gourmet dinners and more. Proceeds to preserve Dublin Street United Church. Silent auction 6:30pm in the church hall at 68 Suffolk St. W., Guelph, live auction 8:30pm. $10 admission includes refreshments. For tickets or info. 519-821-0610 x 221. *** Johnny Heaman Band, Harriston Legion Branch 296. $12/person. 8pm. Light lunch provided. *** Vegas Night. Maryhill Knights of Columbus. Bridgeport Rod & Gun, 1229 Beitz Road, RR1 Breslau. 519-648-2633. 8pm. Quilts and prizes to be won. All proceeds to charity. Call Mike Runstedler 519-648-3394, Doug Zinger 519-648-2939. *** Sleigh Bell Fantasy. St. George’s Church, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-822-1366. 11am-2pm. Gifts, attic treasures, raffle, baking and more. Lunch, adults $6, children $2. *** Scottish Heritage Dinner. 6pm at Knox-Elora Presbyterian Church. Tickets - adults $15, 8 and under $7. Call 519-846-0680. *** Drayton Christmas Craft Show. Local vendors, door prizes, penny table, light lunch. 10am-2pm. Free. Donations to Food Bank appreciated. Drayton Community Centre 68 Main St. Drayton. *** Adult/Senior Ice Skating 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 per person. *** Christmas Craft and Bake Sale. Burns Presbyterian Church, 155 Main Street Erin. 10am-3pm. Huge selection. *** Country Dance. Alma Community Hall. $10. Dance to Country Troubadours. *** H.O.P.E. Workshop: Supporting someone with mental health issues. 9:30–3pm. Are you a caregiver, friend, or family member supporting someone with mental health issues, over the age of 18? Topics include signs and symptoms, stigma, self-care, resources. Claire Stewart Medical Clinic. Lunch provided. Register now by calling Mandy 519-323-0255 ext5083. *** Arthur Agricultural Society presents the Annual Roast Beef Dinner and Muir Family Entertainment. Social 6:30pm, dinner 7pm. $24. Call 519-848-5917 for tickets. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. Jamboree 2-5pm. For more info. call Nancy 519-848-5702. *** Annual Christmas Bazaar St. Joseph Parish. 760 St. David St. N. Fergus. 10am-2pm. Children’s corner, Looney tables, silent auction, etc. Lunch and photos with Santa: 12:30 -1:30pm. *** Community Living Guelph Wellington-ARC Industries Open House. 9am-1pm. Fresh baked goods, woodworking items, speciality baskets for raffle, various craft tables, barbecue, plant sale and more. Contact 519-824-7147; 8 Royal Road. *** Free “Diabetes and You: Take Charge Expo,” 8:30am-12pm at St. Mary’s High School; 1500 Block Line Rd., Kitchener. Call the Canadian Diabetes Association 519-742-1481 ext. 221 to preregister or more info.

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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. *** Jamboree. Harriston Legion #296. $5. Entertainment 1pm. Supper $10, served at 4:30pm. Musicians, singers, dancers and spectators welcome. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Pyjama & Stuffed Toy Drive. Help families & children in need in our community. Please bring a pair of new pyjamas or a clean

stuffed toy to the Healthy Choices Wellness Show. 10:30-4:30pm. Delta Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road W., Guelph. Tickets $10, $5 with donation. www.powerofhopeontario.ca. Ages Zero-Adult - M/F. *** Christmas Craft Show 9–3pm. Arthur Community Centre. Free admission. Sponsored by Arthur Lions Club. Call 519-848-3516 for info. Hot food available all day.

Mon. Nov. 19

Elmira & District Horticultural Society. “Christmas decorating with Darlene Aberle” Trinity United Church, 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. *** Harriston and District Horticultural Society annual meeting, pot luck supper and awards night. Harriston-Minto Community Centre auditorium. 6:30pm. Everyone 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 519-843-3213 or Judy 519-843-3947 Ext. 100. *** Seniors Day. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 234, 57 Watson Parkway S., Guelph. Registration 1:30, games start at 2pm. Euchre, bid euchre, cribbage, shuffleboard and darts. Beef stew dinner $7, served at 5pm. *** Pepper Cards. Harriston Legion #296. 1:30pm sharp. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society Pot Luck Supper. Marden Community Centre and library building. 6:30pm. Please bring a food to share and your own dishes and cutlery. 7368 Wellington County Rd. 30. Contact: 519-822-5289. *** Beginnings Family Services, Guelph “Chocolate Extravaganza” fundraising event. 7-9pm, Crestwicke Baptist Church, 400 Speedvale Ave. East, Guelph. Suggested donation of $25/person. Event includes music, entertainment, silent auction, client stories and chocolate. Call Heather Teeter at 519-763-7980 for info. *** Open House. Welcoming guests and former members to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club. 7-9pm at 485 King St. E. and London Road, Mount Forest. *** The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Guelph / Wellington Branch. Carnegie Library and Henderson Street, Elora, circa 1915. The Elora Library. 144 Geddes Street, Elora. Wheelchair access on Henderson St. 7:30pm. Heritage: Economic Development and Community Enhancement. Speaker: Michael J. Seaman, MCIP, RPP. Call Susan Ratcliffe 519-822-8236.

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Orangeville and Area M.S. Support Group. Third Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm. Westside Secondary School, Rm.#124. 300 Alder St., Orangeville. Call Diane 519-941-3712. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. General Meeting 8pm. *** Eramosa Union Cemetery annual meeting 7:30pm at Barrie Hill Church. All welcome.

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Euchre. St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest. 7:30pm. $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes. *** Pork Dinner, Trinity United Church, Listowel 4:30-7pm. Adults - $13, $15 at door, Children $5. Call Kathy at 519-291- 6312 for tickets. Call Shirley at 519-291-3358 for take-out or delivery.

fri. Nov. 23

Cranberry Market. 7-11pm. Unique artisans, café, musical entertainment, auction preview. $2 Admission. Trillium Waldorf School, 540 Victoria Road North, Guelph, 519-821-5140. *** Brighton Chapter #201 O.E.S. Euchre in the Masonic Hall, 310 St. Andrew St. E. Fergus. 7:30pm. Lunch will be served. Call Betty at 519-787-8250.

Sat. Nov. 24

Marsville Lions Community Breakfast. $5 per person. Marsville Community Centre. Last Saturday of every month. 7:30-10:30am. Also, recycling of wine bottles, beer bottles and cans, pop cans. *** Saturday Night Dance at the Elora Legion featuring the Country Versatiles. Starts at 8pm. Cost $10 per person, lunch provided. Call 519-846-0830. *** Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade. Theme - A Modern Christmas 7-9pm. Free Hot Chocolate, Free Skating. Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa. Award for best float. *** The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 234, 57 Watson Parkway S., Christmas Craft and Bake Sale. 10am-3pm. *** Christmas Bazaar, Craft and Bake Sale at Arkell United Church 10am-3pm. Penny table, silent auction, bake sale and crafts. Lunch. Vendors contact Penny at 519-822-6709. Tables $10. *** Rockwood Lioness Craft and Bazaar Sale. 9am-1pm, Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Baking, crafts, penny table, tea tables. *** Christmas Bazaar and Hot Luncheon, Mount Forest United continued on page 15


Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 16, 2012 PAGE THREE

Tutu in You: Stitching together fashion and friendship by Kelly Waterhouse

ELORA - In the second floor youth room in the Elora Centre for the Arts, on any given Tuesday evening, the sound of sewing machines competes in volume against the laughter and chatter of young voices working away, stitching together fabric with friendship. The room, sponsored by the Centre Wellington Rotary Club, is home to the Tutu In You sewing club. “It’s an improvisational group to encourage each other to celebrate differences,” explains organizer and founder Stephanie Toohill. “It’s all about mentorship and celebrating, being curious about each other and things, because when we’re curious, we learn so much.” The inspiration came from Toohill’s vision to create tutu skirts where young girls could take material memories or pieces of material they liked and create a one-of-a-kind skirt that would represent the many layers of who they are. “The name just kind of stuck. The tutus would represent who we are ... and that was the beginning of it,” Toohill said. “This grew as a manifestation of friendship and supporting each other in our dreams.” The group began in 2007, intended to be a self-esteem workshop for Grade 7 and 8 girls at Elora Public School. With the support of then youth councillor Janine Costello and art teacher Donna Hull, the group grew. “The Grade 6 girls wanted to join in and others too, and the group became too big,” Toohill said, adding she was inspired by the success of the group in a way that made her want to continue. “I wanted to open the group up to all girls in the area,” Toohill said, adding, “the Elora Centre for the Arts phoned and asked if I would move it here?” “We have the good fortune to have the Centre Wellington Rotary Club sponsor the youth room, which allows the room to be open to youth all over Centre Wellington,” Toohill said. Now the free drop-in group,

has attracted youth from the ages of nine and up, enough to make two different groups, bringing together youth from different schools, home schools, backgrounds and abilities to get creative together. “If young women are encouraged to express who they are, they may feel empowered to make more mindful choices for themselves in the future,” Toohill said. But Toohill is careful to note the group is not intended to be a counselling group. It is run entirely by community volunteers, peers who enjoy working with the youth, such as Randi Vann, Libby Carlaw, Peloma Von Fielitz, Nora Wardell and Judy Blundell. “It’s not like we’re teaching. We are supporting and we encourage mentorship,” Toohill said. “They learn from each other’s skills, always with an emphasis on creative problem solving.” She adds, “When you are creating and sharing, it unlocks so much in your mind.” That includes social problems too, which can be a challenge, but one Toohill works to handle in a positive way. “There are no corners in this room for people to get cliquey,” she points out and describes another area of the room, with couches set in a circle, as a place to relax and talk. At the door there is a sign that reads “all welcome” and beside it, a worry box, where the children are encouraged to write down anything that is bothering them, so it doesn’t interfere with their creativity. Toohill says, “often times, by the end of the night, the worries aren’t a worry anymore” A “rope of celebration” hangs from the ceiling, strewn from one end of the room to another, as a place for the youth to add a ribbon or bow to it, so that all new members are represented and can add to it at anytime. Everyone is to feel they belong. There is a full length mirror on the wall painted with the phrase: “You are amazing.” On the chalkboard in bold letters it reads “You are beautiful.” A dress-maker dummy

The fabric of friendship - Left: Martina Breit and Lily Harrison welcome new friends to the Tutu in You group. Right: Shelley Callaghan, Presly Lock, Iris Breit and volunteer Paloma Von Fielitz work on a project together. Cover: Presly Lock, Iris Breit, organizer Stephanie Toohill and Lily Harrison proudly show their creative workspace. photo by Kelly Waterhouse allows the youth to build on their designs, but the emphasis is not to create a perfect piece of fashion. “We don’t do any measuring because each of us is our own unique shape, so we use lots of lengths of wool and chalk to measure, so there is no comparing sizes. We are the shape we are,” Toohill said. In the corner is a costume rack of donated goods, so the sewers can see how things are put together, turn them inside out and figure things out. The environment is technology-free, so that everyone is engaged and communicating. In the centre of one table there is a bell, a device to allow

have learned to sew purses, bags, clothes and stuffed animals.” Toohill describes a setting where there is always music playing to keep the creative juices flowing. “I think this is a safe place for breaking down barriers,” Toohill said. “The rules are to be kind to yourself and others and respectful of all the equipment and materials.” Eleven-year-old Lily Harrison joined the tutu group over two years ago and is proof that the efforts of Toohill and Campbell, are on the right track. “I love that it is a safe place,” said Harrison. “We

“When you are creating and sharing, it unlocks so much in your mind.” - Stephanie Toohill, co-leader of Tutu in You.

the ringer to be heard. “Anyone who rings the bell has a voice. Everyone has to stop and pay attention,” said Toohill. “I encourage all the sewers to have a voice in leadership.” Chelsea Campbell, co-leader, has been involved with Tutu In You for three years. For her, the reward in volunteering is seeing the changes in the youth over time. “Always, when they first start, they are really shy for the first two sessions,” she said. “Then it changes. They always gain a confidence they didn’t have, from learning to use the machines and making something themselves. “It’s really inspiring to see them teach each other to sew. Sewing is a dying art form,” Campbell said. “The kids are really independent now. They

have the worry box and we can put our worries in it ... I’ve used it once or twice,” she said adding she didn’t need to take the worries away at the end of the night. “I find it really easy to make friends here. It’s the number one place to make friends, easier sometimes than at school,” Harrison said. She credits Toohill with helping her deal with issues at school, by acting as a sounding-board and role model for coping with peer issues. “Last year I had a problem with friends and Steph helped us get through it. She’s the kind of person who teaches you sympathy and compassion for anyone else,” Harrison said. “This is a safe, happy place.” Harrison believes the group “definitely boosts confidence” in her fellow participants, by

allowing them to be as creative as they want. “Steph helped us make this crazy, messed up doll,” said Harrison, holding up what has become the club’s mascot, an odd shaped stuffed creature, made of patched pieces and buttons. The girls call it the Giant Thumb. “I always tell the girls, ‘you are in charge of your own creativity. You are the driver. You drive that creativity wherever you need to go,’” Toohill said, adding that mistakes are part of learning and usually the best teacher. For nine-year-old Rebekah Denton, Tuesday nights are an outlet to be her creative self. “I like that we can just get to do whatever we want and be really creative,” Denton said. “I like to sew pillows.” Her mother Valerie is grateful that the tutu club exists. “I think this has been wonderful for her. When I read about the program and how they get to design their own fashions, I knew that was for Rebekah. She is her own person and this is perfect for her.” An important component of the group is the environmental message of recycling. “We’re about recycling, reusing, thinking of different ways to make things: alter-couture ... wearable art,” describes Toohill. Each of the donated sewing machines have names, based on their usefulness, like Reliable Ruby, who never breaks down and Smooth Suzie, with always even stitches. “We can always use donated material, thread, ribbon, buttons, lace, wool, any kind of sewing paraphernalia, knitting and crocheting needles,” Toohill said. “We need help having sewing machines maintained and serviced too.” Harrison adds, “Most of what we have gets donated. 3 Colours to Choose From!

Our community is a very generous place,” said Harrison. That is why Toohill and Campbell encourage the youth to participate in community events, to pay it forward. “I encourage the sewers to support community events. It gives them an opportunity to feel celebrated and inspires our community to think creatively of how to do things differently,” said Toohill. “It teaches them to be community leaders.” The Tutu in You club has helped make comfort dolls for the Centre Wellington Fire and Rescue Department, to hand to children involved in accidents or fires. Wish dolls were created as a fundraiser to support the materials needed for that initiative. “The sewers are committed to make things and raise the money that goes back to them for supplies,” explains Toohill. The sewers have created outfits and modelled them for the Anime North “Alice in Wonderland” Steampunk Fashion Show in Toronto, the Women in Crisis in Fergus, and the annual Planet Youth Extravaganza event in May at the Gorge Cinema. Their art has been added to the Monster March parade, where the group created a giant octopus with Puppets Elora, and they are collaborating with Bear Epp of the Junior Art Collective to “embellish the reindeer and Santa’s suit” for the Elora Santa Claus Parade. For Toohill, the success of the group is the difference it makes in the lives of each individual sewer. “And some of that comes just from teaching someone to thread a needle.” Tutu in You meets Tuesday evenings at the Elora Centre for the Arts. For more information on Tutu in You, visit www.eloracentreforthearts.ca.

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Santa’s coming to Arthur ARTHUR - It’s the time of year area and village residents, young and old, have been waiting for with the arrival of Santa Claus. Hosted again this year by the OptiMrs. Club, the evening parade is set to make its way along the main street starting at 7pm on Nov. 24 with its “Christmas in Hollywood” theme. Club members who have organized this year’s parade are Susan O’Neill, Debbie Bannister and Colleen Fleet. “Floats can opt to join the theme, or have a general theme - the more the merrier,” O’Neill said. Parade floats and participants will assemble at the Arthur public school on Conestoga Street where there is ample room before heading out. “Annually the OptiMrs. organize the parade with assistance from both the Arthur Optimist Club and Arthur Lions Club,” O’Neill added. There is no charge to enter the parade and everyone is welcome to participate, she said.

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It’s No Trouble ... A Big Polar Bear. “I got the email saying, ‘we want to move ahead,’ and I screamed in my kitchen, then called my husband Marc and screamed some more,” she recalls. It was quite a day, as minutes later, Dalrymple learned she had won the Writers’ Union of Canada’s first place award in the category of writing for small children, for a manuscript for Skink on the Brink, a tale of a lizard named Stewie the Blue. That submission has now been picked up by publisher Fitzhenry and Whiteside and will appear on bookstore shelves in May 2013. For Dalrymple, who has written since childhood, the excitement has not waned in the lengthy process of getting a book published and holding it her hands for the first time. “I’ve always written,” Dalrymple explains. “I started making books myself at eight years old and started sending books to publishers at the age of ten.” She adds with a laugh, “They were all rejected.” If It’s No Trouble ... A Big Polar Bear was Dalrymple’s first experience seeing her words come to life on the page,

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a reality. Imagine waking up with a crust of frost covering the blankets, icy floors and frozen water. The upcoming exhibition Keeping Warm in the 19th Century opened Nov. 10 at Wellington County Museum and Archives. “Our material history, preserved in the museum collection, reflects the challenges of keeping warm,” said curator Susan Dunlop. “These utilitarian pieces were created not only for warmth. The artifacts will delight visitors with their attention to fine details and give you a sense of appreciation for the hardiness of Wellington County pioneers.” The exhibition runs until April 2. The galleries are open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and 12 to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Telling tales - Fergus author Lisa Dalrymple will bring her recently published children’s rhyming book, the first of two, to Roxanne’s Reflections for a reading on Nov. 17. photo by Kelly Waterhouse with images. “I was really fortunate to work with illustrator Elizabeth Pratt, who is also from St. John’s,” Dalrymple said. “A picture book is a collaborative effort, 100 per cent.” Pratt asked Dalrymple to forward pictures of her family and added aspects of their

features into the characters, particularly the main character of Natalie. “I’m so thrilled that my first book, that was inspired by my kids, holds true to that visually,” Dalrymple said. “Lizz did not have to do that. She did it just for me. That was so nice.” On Oct. 20, with the sup-

port of a Writers’ Union grant, Dalrymple flew to St. John’s to launch her first book. The stay-at-home mother of three graduated with an English degree from Western University and her MA from the University of Guelph, but admits raising children has taken priority. She writes whenever she can. “I do what all other mothers do. We find whatever ways we can. We stress we’re not doing enough for our kids. We stress we’re not working enough and we burn out,” she said. “That’s how it goes, but we keep going.” For her own family, Dalrymple credits the unwavering support of her husband Marc for encouraging her writing, but she says her children seem oblivious to the achievement of publishing a book. “They’ve lived with this story of a big polar bear for years now, seeing different pictures and hearing the stories,” she said. “It’s been a part of us for so long, it’s not such a big deal for them to see it in a book.” But that’s okay with the author, because audiences young and old have been enjoying the story. “I don’t really read it; I per-

form it,” Dalrymple said. “That gets a chuckle out of them.” Dalrymple has done readings at local schools, the Fergus library and even with the Frst Fergus Brownie pack. “I want the kids to enjoy it,” she said. “I want them to cuddle up with their parents and read it together.” Her book launch at Roxanne’s Reflections this weekend helps her bring the story home, to that first Christmas spent in her family’s new home in Fergus. “It’s important to me ... I don’t think books usually get two launches,” Dalrymple said. “It’s important that my friends and family and the community that have supported me are a part of it.” Dalrymple will bring If It’s No Trouble ... A Big Polar Bear to local audiences from 11 am to 1pm on Nov. 17, for a book signing and story time, with crafts and refreshments. “It’s awesome to have my local bookstore support me,” said Dalrymple. Roxanne’s Reflections, located at 152 St. Andrew Street West, will sell the book for $12.95. For information about the author or the event visit lisadalrymple. com or roxannesreflections.ca respectively.

Strata Gallery offers Riki Weiland retrospective ELORA - Strata Gallery will be showing a retrospective of works by Riki Weiland simply titled Works. The show will feature Weiland’s diverse expressions in paint and sculpture from the last decade. Weiland, who studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and Cooper Union in New York City, originally focused on the fine arts, particularly sculpture and painting. She has had several solo exhibitions across the U.S. and Canada and has won numerous

Riki Weiland awards. When Weiland moved to Fergus in 1998, she started

working with clay, and when she moved to Elora, she began to paint large abstract works known for rich colours and lots of reds. “Red is a colour of consequences - like the commitment of one’s life blood - but also a colour of celebration and vitality,” said Weiland, a tireless community worker who volunteered as chair of the Elora Arts Council (two terms), chair of the Insights Committee and numerous arts steering committees. The artist has continued

to create stunning artwork throughout her cancer treatments despite loosing sensitivity in her fingers. Her strength during this difficult time has inspired the arts community. “ It is truly an honour to exhibit Riki’s works; she not only is a remarkably talented artist but a major mentor and contributor to the arts community,” said gallery co-owner Shirley Al. Works will be on exhibition at the Strata Gallery until Dec. 4. For more information visit www.stratagallery.com.

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Senior Lifestyles Speedside United Church congregation receives royal thank-you gift SPEEDSIDE - On June 3, the congregation of Speedside United Church celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a party after the morning church service. The celebration was preplanned and members of the congregation dressed for a “royal” occasion. Tea was served in china cups from a silver tea service along with scones and jam. All were escorted from the

sanctuary to the adjacent hall by a lady piper in full Scottish regalia. A “royal” celebration was enjoyed by all. Many pictures were taken and, following the event, a selection of the pictures were sent to Queen Elizabeth with a short note describing Speedside’s celebration of her 60 years as Canada’s monarch. In mid-October an envelope arrived addressed to “all the Speedside congregation.”

In it was a letter thanking the congregation for the good wishes on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a folder with a brief message and several photos of highlights of her years on the throne. This is a souvenir the congregation will treasurer as it remembers its celebration on June 3. Members Freeman and Grace McEwen said the letter and pictures will eventually be hung in the church sanctuary.

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Royal greeting - Speedside United Church members Freeman and Grace McEwen show the pictures and letter of thanks the congregation received from Queen Elizabeth. photo by Kris Svela

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Senior Lifestyles Survey predicts one-third to sell real estate investments to support retirement TORONTO - Sun Life Financial and CARP recently released the results of a poll showing that while the majority of respondents age 45-plus expect to live past age 80, one in three of respondents are relying on selling their investments in real estate for financial support during their retirement years. Sun Life Financial and the Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) surveyed CARP members over four days. CARP is a 300,000-plus member organization supporting a “new vision of aging for Canada.” When it comes to longevity and retirement planning, the poll found: - almost nine in 10 (88 per cent) expect to live past age 80 with almost a third (32.7%) expecting to live past age 90; - one-third (31%) will rely

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“At the same time, many have not factored in what it might cost if they need longterm care with 40% of respondents worried about having enough money - creating some gaps in their retirement planning,” said Dougherty. The longevity expectations of most CARP members are aligned with data from Statistics Canada showing that at age 65, the average Canadian male can expect to live to age 83 with over four of those years expected to be with a diminished quality of life. At age 65, the average Canadian female can expect to live to age 86 with over six of those years expected to be with a diminished quality of life. “People are living longer and better but they still need to be prepared for the unexpected so they can live the retirement they want on their terms,” said Moses Znaimer, CARP

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OPINION: Seniors’ many contributions to society a reflection of the times by Veronica Menec WINNIPEG - Stories abound in the media about how seniors are going to bankrupt the health care system or how the Canadian pension system will collapse under the burden of a growing senior population. What we don’t hear in the midst of all of these doomsday stories - which are not based in evidence, and are simply wrong - is how seniors contribute to society. The fact that people live longer than ever should be celebrated as one of the biggest success stories in history. As the saying goes: “Getting old is better than the alternative.” How do seniors contribute to society? Like any younger person, they shop, they use services (which employ people) and they pay taxes. They also volunteer; in fact, many organizations would be hard-pressed to function without their older volunteers. Seniors also give generously: they make more charitable donations per capita than any other age group. Seniors babysit; they look after grandchildren. One can only imagine what would happen to our economy if, suddenly, no grandparents were available to look after grandchildren. How many parents would have to scramble to find other care options (already scarce) - or would have to miss

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ON FARM FOOD SAFETY: YOUR BUSINESS ADVANTAGE Clean-up of Storage and Product Processing Areas A food safety program is important for maintaining a competitive advantage for agri-food businesses, and includes proper cleaning and maintenance of storage and product processing areas. Here are some points to remember: - ensure storage and processing areas are clean and free of food sources to discourage pests; - inspect and repair all walls to prevent points of entry by rodents, raccoons and birds; - inspect building structures for any water leaks which lead to moisture accumulation and pathogen growth; and - ensure lights are covered with shatter proof covering to prevent broken glass ending up in edible products. Paying attention to your storage and product processing areas will help reduce food safety risks. Food safety practices keep agri-food businesses competitive, productive and sustainable. For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs website at: www. ontario.ca/goodagpractices or call us at 1-877-424-1300. COMMON BUCKTHORN by John C. Benham The frosts have taken care of most of the noxious weeds except one – Buckthorn. As you drive the roads and check the fence bottoms you will notice plants still with dark green leaves and some with black berries. These are buckthorns. Those with the berries are the female plants and those with no berries are the male plants. In recent years this plant has greatly increased in numbers and can become a serious threat to hardwood forests. Since it is a prolific seed producer and is relished by birds that distribute the seeds, the buckthorn will grow in thick stands that shade out new seedlings in the bush. This is a threat to the future of the bush, if there is no new regeneration. For identification, besides the dark green leaves with three to four pairs of veins that curve upward toward the leaf tip, the inner bark is yellow. Also the twigs have a sharp spine instead of a terminal bud. These plants are on the Noxious Weed List and so must be

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Local horse, breeder take top prize at Royal fair High honours - Wellington North’s Nancy Campbell and her stallion Firefly Hill Araris competed at the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Nov. 2, where they were awarded the high honour of Grand Champion Belgian Stallion. This is the highest honour to be achieved at The Royal for the breed. This summer, the three-yearold Araris won first place in its class at the North American Belgian Championships (NABC) in Brandon, Manitoba.

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puslinch Santa Claus Parade - Sunday, November 25, 2 pm.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus on his way to Puslinch “Ho! Ho! Ho!” is the theme of this year’s Puslinch Township Santa Claus Parade. The event takes place Sunday, Nov. 25, beginning at 2pm. The parade route begins at the Fire Hall and township office on Wellington Rd 34, in Aberfoyle, and proceeds east to Brock Rd., south to Maple Leaf Lane, then into the community centre grounds where Santa will have the chance to meet with the children. Parade-goers are encouraged to bring an item for the local food bank. The Optimist Club of Puslinch, which sponsors the parade, is looking for a variety of participants to

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Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 16, 2012 PAGE THIRTEEN

Starting at the Puslinch Municipal Office, 7404 Wellington Road 34, east to Wellington Road 46 (Brock Road), south to Maple Leaf Lane and into the back entrance of the Puslinch Community Centre Grounds.

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Silver finish - Nicole Hessels (980), a Grade 10 student at Norwell District Secondary School, competed at the OFSAA Cross-Country Championships in Brampton on Nov. 3. Competing against 266 of the province’s top qualifiers, Hessels finished second, earning a silver medal, in a time of 15:14. Hessels finished three seconds behind Charlotte Prouse of London Central. Hessels and Prouse raced previously this season at the Waterloo County and Fanshawe Park invitationals. Saturday’s finish marks their closest of 2012. Last year, as a midget athlete, Hessels finished seventh and ninth (in the 3,000m) at the OFSAA Cross-Country and Track and Field Championships, respectively. submitted photo


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FROM PAGE TWO Church, 10am-2pm. Lunch 11am-1pm. Silent auction, baking, candy, preserves, crafts and much more. *** Arthur United Church Women Poinsettia Luncheon. Bake table, touch and take table. 11:30am-1:30pm. Arthur United Church. All welcome. *** Weber Family Christmas craft and bake sale at Harriston Public Library. 9am-4pm. Free admission, door prizes and refreshments. *** Country Breakfast at Rockwood United Church, Harris Street, Rockwood. Adults $7, Children $5 and Families $20. 8am-11am. Tickets available at the door. All welcome. For more information call 519-856-4160. *** Knox Presbyterian Church, Palmerston Bazaar. 10am-1pm. Soup and sandwich luncheon, bake table, gift table, “new to you” table. *** Erin Lions Club Santa Claus Parade. 1:30pm. Come enjoy or enter a float. Contact Don for more info. dcovert123@hotmail.com. *** St. James Anglican Church Fergus, “Home for the Christmas” Luncheon and bazaar. 11am- 2pm. Crafts,baking, toonie table and draws. Lunch. Adults $8, Children $4. All Welcome. *** Arthur Santa Claus Parade. 7pm. Arthur Public School, Conestoga Street, Arthur. Theme: Christmas in Hollywood. Contact Susan O’Neill 519-848-2903. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226. Karaoke 8:30pm. *** Eden Mills Christmas Bazaar, at the community hall, from 12 -2pm. Great Penny Table, bake tables, Christmas wreaths and arrangements, arts and crafts, jewellery and much more. Tea Room. Wheelchair accessible. *** Arthur Opti Mrs. Santa Claus parade 7pm. All floats to arrive at APS 6-6:30pm. 519-848-2903 or 519-323-4343. Children can visit Santa at fire hall after parade. *** Join us for a beautiful 15Km hike in the Hockley Valley. Meet Lynn (519-780-0342), by 9am at Guelph’s covered bridge on Gordon St. to carpool. Bring water and lunch. Pub stop after hike. *** Join the Elora Lions Club following the Elora Santa Claus parade at the KIPPovens in Bissell Park for a ‘Meet and Greet’ Santa

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*** Annual Bazaar and Dutch Luncheon. Emmanuel Christian High School. 10am-2pm. Baking, crafts, Christmas wreaths and arrangements, poinsettias and so much more. Lots of activities and shows for the kids to enjoy. Stay for a delicious Dutch lunch and treat yourself to our specialty desserts in the Tea Room. 8037 Wellington Rd. 19 Fergus. *** Jamboree - Doors open at 12:30pm. Dinner at 5pm. Take out meals at 5:30pm. Erin Legion, Branch 442. *** Holidays Happen. 9am-1pm: Craft and vendor sale in support of Salem School Council play structure maintenance. At Elora Community Centre. Free admission. *** Elora Legion Branch 229 Annual Fundraising Bake Sale. 2-4pm before the Santa Claus Parade. *** Italian Supper and Family Fun night, 6-9pm. Pasta, lasagna, garlic bread, desserts and refreshments plus games and a movie. $10 14 and over, $5 4-13. Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road, Guelph. Limited seating. Purchase or reserve your tickets by noon, November 23, by calling 519-822-7690. *** Elora United Church Bake Sale, crafts and Grandma’s attic. Soup and sandwich lunch. 9am-1pm.

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The Puslinch Optimist Club Annual Christmas Parade. 2pm. Theme is “HO HO HO”. Floats wanted, please call John 519-8265750 or Sally 519-763-0202 to confirm your participation. *** Sundays @ 3 Concert Series, 3pm. In Anticipation of Christmas. The Trillium Brass with Dublin Chancel Choir. Donations gratefully accepted. Admission at the door: $20/Students $5. Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W. Guelph. 519-821-0610. *** Stone United Church presents the Cantata, “Follow the Star, Follow the King”, performed by the Speedside, Rockwood, Barrie Hill, and Stone United Church choirs. 7pm. 5370 Fourth Line Eramosa, Rockwood. Contact 519-833-2496 for more info. *** Cats Anonymous Rescue & Adoption Christmas Open House & Craft Sale. 10-3pm. 063055 Dufferin Road #3 (across from East Garafaxa School). Cat Toys, catnip mats, crafts, treats, baked goods, cat grass, gifts and much more.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, while there’s much about a situation that you don’t understand, you will quickly be filled in on all the details you need to know to get the job done. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, confrontation will get you nowhere. It is better to avoid any troublesome parties and simply go on with your days. No need to put monkey wrenches in the plans. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Take some time to reflect on what you need to get done, Gemini. Things are about to get more hectic, and it will help to know what is on your schedule in the coming days. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 There is no need to put off romantic endeavors, Cancer. Make time to further relationships, and you will be happier for having made the additional effort. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, a casual encounter with an old friend goes by like no time has elapsed at all. Agree to keep in touch and spend more time together going forward. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, there are too many messes to clean up, so instead of digging in you may just decide to procrastinate a little longer. Just be sure to make up the time later on.

of the entire group. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Certain challenges may be tough to conquer, Scorpio. But with the right help you can get the job done. Gemini may be your shining light this week. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 There is no point in speculating about your finances, Sagittarius. Keep track of your deposits and withdrawals so you have a handle on all accounts. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Now is not the time to leap without looking, Capricorn. You have to be cautious with your choices and actions this time of the month. Don’t make waves so close to the holidays. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, although you do plenty, someone around the house could really use some more assistance from you. It may take some juggling of your schedule to accomplish. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Usually your outpouring of creative juices is unstoppable, Pisces. This week you could have a little trouble thinking up new ideas.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You may find that things that are beneficial for others may not always be beneficial for you, Libra. But often you have to make sacrifices for the benefit

The gift of good health this year They may be posing as the cast of the TV show MASH but these local doctors are working hard to provide excellent patient care for you and your family at Groves Memorial Community Hospital. Real doctors need real equipment. Donations to the Get Real Campaign will allow us to purchase new equipment that will be used now and in our new hospital.

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During this special time of year you can help in so many different ways. You may wish to pay tribute to someone you care about, give a one-time pledge, or start a multiyear or monthly pledge for you and your family. Please don’t let this season of joy and giving pass without supporting patient care at Groves Hospital. Your gift will change lives!

Contact Bonnie at the Foundation office for more information. 519 843 2010 ext 3268 info@grovesfoundation.com www.donategroves.com www.canadahelps.org

MASH cast (Front Row): Dr. Dan Reilly, Dr. Rick Gergovich, Dr. Rob Norrie, Jerome Quenneville, Dr. Fasel Bismilla. (Back Row) Dr. Amanda Kamminga, Dr. Patrick Otto, Dr. John Stickney.

Please look for your Groves envelope in this week’s edition of the Wellington Advertiser. This poster was made possible through the generous donations of Amy Couling Photography and Mach One Communications


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Winter Travel Safety Tips Always check weather and travel conditions before heading out on the open road. Local radio stations, and the Environment Canada website, are good sources of accurate weather information. • Keep your gas tank over half full. If you do get stuck or stranded, the car motor may be your only source of heat. • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. Purchase Winter Wipers. They resist freezing and usually work better in winter weather conditions. • Check windshield washer fluid level regularly, and keep a spare full one in the trunk. • Use snow tires in winter weather conditions and check tire pressure and tire condition regularly. • Remember to clean all of your vehicle’s windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice build-up. • Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and drive slowly. Keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. • Treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four wait stops unless otherwise posted by the road authority. Assemble a Vehicle Emergency Kit – You can purchase kits at many retail stores. They make great gifts too! Your kit should include: • Shovel (folding ones available) • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter • Sand or kitty litter • Booster Cables • Compass • Road Maps • Cloth or Paper Towels • Blanket (survival blankets) • Warning Lights or Flares • Fire extinguisher • Extra clothing and/or footwear • Flashlight and batteries • Emergency food pack 72 hours) • Ice Scraper/brush • Methyl hydrate (de-icing fuel line and windshield) • Matches and a survival candle in deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink, emergency light)

PROPERTY TAX REBATE FOR ELIGIBLE CHARITIES AND OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS

FREE Professional Activity (P.A.) Day Programmes @ Wellington County Library

The County of Wellington offers a property tax rebate programme for eligible charities and similar nonprofit organizations. The provision allows for up to 40% of taxes to be rebated each year.

Looking for something to do with the kids this coming P.A. day? Check out the following programmes offered around the County:

Criteria: • an eligible charity is a registered charity as defined in the Income Tax Acts.248(1) • an eligible organization means a non-profit organization or foundation as described in s. 149 of the Income Tax Act (e.g. agricultural society, board of trade, chamber of commerce, registered amateur athletic association, etc.) • an eligible property is one in the commercial or industrial property tax classes

• the charity must own and occupy the qualifying property; or

• the charity may be a tenant responsible for payment of property taxes under their lease agreement Application forms are available at local municipal offices, the County Administration Centre, or online at: www.wellington.ca.

Erick Traplin Concert Drayton Branch Friday, November 23 at 11:00 am Erick captivates young audiences and encourages participation at his fun-filled, high energy children’s concerts. All ages are welcome. Board Game Battles! Harriston Branch Friday, November 23 at 2:00 pm This P.A. Day, head to the library for an afternoon of gaming. School aged children. Please register. P.A. Day Programme Mount Forest Branch Friday, November 23 at 2:00 pm Join us for activities and games to celebrate the launch of Jeff Kinney’s new Wimpy Kid book, Third Wheel! School aged children. Please register.

Contact: Emma Reddish T: 519.837.2600 x 2940* E: emmar@wellington.ca.

Employment Resource Centre to run “Getting Ahead” workshops The Getting Ahead workshop is designed to help people in poverty create their own paths to a stable and secure future. It is based on the “Bridges Out of Poverty” community change model with the goal of eliminating poverty in our communities. Participants analyze their own circumstances and leave the workshop with knowledge, tools and individualized action plans that will help them move out of poverty. The pilot session of “Getting Ahead” will run on January 7, 2013. Additional sessions are planned for April, June and October. The sessions will run for three weeks, Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Getting Ahead will be co-facilitated by staff from the County of Wellington Employment Resource Centre and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Child care and transportation supports are available to participants. The Getting Ahead workshop is free and includes lunch and snacks. For more information contact: Terri Townsley, Employment Facilitator T: 519.823.7887 or 1.800.265.7284 X 3660 E: territ@wellington.ca

ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Accessibility Clerk 519.837.2600 x 2373 or accessibility@wellington.ca

Elaine Weir BScN, RN, Public Health Nurse T: 519.846.2715 or 1.800.265.7293 X 3631 E: elaine.weir@wdgpublichealth.ca

FEEDBACK - HOW ARE WE DOING? Do you have an idea for an upcoming issue? Andrea Ravensdale, Communications Manager 519.837.2600 x 2320* or andrear@wellington.ca *ALL CALLS CAN BE MADE TOLL FREE TO 1.800.663.0750


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