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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 26, 2010­­

Cut-a-thon to help fill cupboards at food bank FERGUS - On Nov. 28 from 10am to 3pm, Martin Cooper Hair Company will be hosting a cut-a-thon with the theme of Filling Cupboards for Christmas. For that day, any haircut will be $20 at the downtown Fergus salon at 135 St. David Street South in the Old Livery building. The stylists and assistants from Fergus and Milton are donating their time so that 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Centre Wellington Food Bank. Those not getting a hair cut that day can support the cause

by dropping off non-perishable food items or new, unwrapped children’s gifts, and by bidding on the silent auction items that have been donated by local businesses. Although walk-ins are welcome, owner Melanie Cooper suggested making an appointment by calling 519843-1880 to ensure getting a cut during the fundraising event. “At this time of year when we are all working on our Christmas lists, it is important we not forget those who need some help to make the holidays special for their families,” Cooper said.

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Communities in Motion event. Learn, discuss and share ideas about how to make Mapleton and Minto more walkable and bikeable communities with great public places. Minto: Wednesday, December 1 at 10am at the Palmerston Arena. Mapleton: Thursday, December 2 at 1pm at the Township of Mapleton Office. Please register by calling 519-638-1000. *** Book now for our Thurs. Dec. 9, trip to Fallsview, Kittling Ridge Winery and Festival of Lights. Departs the Victoria Park Seniors Centre, Fergus, at 9am. Returns 8pm. $20. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** Guelph Youth Dance Company Auditions. GYD Company seeks dancers for its 2011 winter/spring season. All GYD Company dancers must be between the ages of 11-18 and have had a minimum of two years of dance training. GYD Company dancers need to be very committed and passionate about dance and performance. For information or to set up an audition date please call Janet or Catrina at 519-780-2220.

Nov 26

Clinic Sponsored by: Royal Canadian Legion Br. 229, Elora

7th Annual Cranberry Market. Trillium Waldorf School 540 Victoria Road North, Guelph 7pm - 11pm. One-of-a-kind offerings of artisans from Guelph and beyond. $2 Admission includes door prize. Adults and older teens only please. For more information contact: Connie Watson at 519-821-5140. *** Alma Optimist Beef Barbecue. 5-7pm. Alma Community Hall. Tickets: adults $12, children $4 at the door. *** Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Seminar: The Lives of Poets and Their Work. 9:30-11:30am. Call 519-787-1814 to register. *** Nov 26- Dec 5- Century Theatre Guild presents Pantomime Robin Hood outwits the Sheriff of Nottingham to save the Babes in the Wood, in this traditional English pantomime by Bev Nicholas, directed by Martyn Worsnop. Great fun for the whole family. Tickets at Erin and Hillsburgh Libraries $10. By phone from the Box Office $12. General Admission. Box Office 519-855-4586. *** Card Party. 7pm Church of Our Lady, 28 Norfolk St., Guelph. $3. *** Fri. 6-9pm and Sat. November 27th 5-9pm. ‘A Night in Bethlehem’. Tours every 10 minutes and a free shuttle bus provided. Featuring Moe the camel along with a live nativity at Grace Community Church, 7427 Wellington Rd. 30, RR #5, Call 519837-1457 for more info.

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Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Clinic Sponsored by: Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion Br. 275, Fergus Dance. Entertainment by “Country Versatiles”. For info. call Judy Call 1 888 2 DONATE Call 1 888 or2toDONATE for more information book an appointment. Alles 519-846-5582. for more information or to book an appointment. *** Arthur Legion Christmas craft sale 10am - 2pm. $15 per table. All vendors welcome, please contact Nancy 519-848-5702. *** Ladies Night Out. Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus. Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Showtime at 8pm featuring Yuk Yuk’s Comedians. Proceeds to Call 1 888 2 DONATE Groves Memorial Community Hospital. $40 per person, $300 Table of eight. Phone 519-843-4852. *** Admat C - English Christmas Craft and Bake Sale 10am-3pm at the Guelph Legion, 919 York Rd. Free parking and admission. Lunch Available. For more information please call Janet at 519-265-2226. *** Saturday Nov. 27th, 10am - 3pm The Taylor Evans Public School Holiday Craft Sale 9am - 3pm. Victoria Park Seniors Centre This is the 18th year for this popular event held at Taylor Evans 150 Albert St., W., FERGUS Public School on Stephanie Drive, Guelph. Over 80 vendors will be in attendance. Admission is free. Many handcrafted items including: *** von.thanks.2x50_03-07 3/25/07 6:36 PM Page 1 Knitting, handmade cards, baby items, Christmas items, 3:30pm Harriston Annual Santa Claus Parade “A Canadian Quilting, Swedish weaving, embroidery & much more! Christmas”. FREE SKATE with Santa after the parade and hot Enjoy mulled cider & shortbread cookies! chocolate and goodie bags. Call Ryan Hill for more info. 519338-221. Vendors Wanted book your tableof call 519-787-1814 In- toCelebration *** National Volunteer Week Arthur United Church Women annual Poinsettia Luncheon and Bake Sale, 11:30am - 1:30pm. Lunch includes soup, sandwiches, dessert, tea, coffee or juice. *** Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade 7pm. Theme: A Canadian Christmas. Award for best float. FREE skating, hot chocolate and Providing reliable and apple cider. Grand Valley Lions Club will be selling Christmas VON’stransportation Volunteer convenient Trees. Bring a camera to take a photo with Santa. to seniors and adults with Programs Include: *** disabilities, who live in ChristmasFest Bazaar. Norfolk United Church Guelph. 10am• Office Support Fergus & Elora as well as 2pm, Luncheon 11-1pm ($6/person, children 10 and under $2). • & Adult/Alzheimer Day ProgramsBake table, silent auction etc. Call the Church Office for more Guelph Wellington County info. 519-822-6165. • Board of Directors Transportation available *** • VolunteerisVisiting Weber Family Christmas craft and bake sale at Harriston for medical appointments, • Transportation/P.A.T.E.R. Public Library 9am-4pm. Free Admission, Door Prizes and tasks •of Congregate daily living: such as Dining Refreshments. banking or grocery shopping • Meals On Wheels *** and for social outings within • Security Checks/ReassuranceErin Legion Branch 442 Olde Tyme Jamboree at 1pm. Admission the community. is $5 and a delicious home cooked roast beef dinner with all the trimmings is available for an additional $10. Von - Victorian Order of Nurses VON PEEL SITE *** Serving Waterloo Regions, Wellington and Dufferin Counties. Serving Peel and Waterloo Regions, Wellington and Dufferin Counties Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Fundraiser: Craft Show 10am For more information about our transportation program or other For more information about these programs or to volunteer call 1 800 727 1581 – 3pm. We are looking for craft vendors wanting to sell their VON programs or to volunteer call: For P.A.T.E.R. call Cambridge 519 622 4967 hand-crafted items for this event. $25 per table. One of a kind for more information or to book an appointment.

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craft items. Enjoy hot apple cider and shortbread cookies. Free admission. Call 519-787-1814 for more information. *** Annual Bazaar and Dutch Luncheon, 10-2. Crafts, plants, baking, books, kids activities and more. Join us at Emmanuel Christian High School, 8037 Garafraxa St. Fergus. *** Christmas bazaar and hot luncheon at Mount Forest United Church, 10am - 2pm. Lunch Available 11am-1pm. Silent auction, baking, candy, crafts and much more. *** St. Joseph’s Parish Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Joseph School, 150 Strathallan St., Fergus. 10am – 2pm. Free admission. Luncheon, hot roast beef on a bun, served from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Penny table, bake table, silent auction, kids draws, pictures with Santa etc. *** Eden Mills Community Christmas Bazaar at the Community Hall, from 1- 3pm. Tea Room, great penny table, bake tables, jewellery etc. Free admission, wheelchair accessible. *** Christmas Around the World Luncheon and Bazaar St. James Anglican Church Queen St. E. Fergus. Bake, Craft, Toonie Tables and Draws. Lunch- Adults $7, Children $4. Everyone Welcome. *** Beef Dinner 6pm, Melville United Church, Fergus. Adult/$15, Youth 7-12/$5, 6 and under/free. Phone for tickets. 519-843-1781 or 519-843-5066. *** Arthur Opti-Mrs. Santa Claus Parade 7pm. Theme: Night of Lights. Start place: Arthur Public School, Conestoga St., Arthur. All floats to arrive between 6-6:30pm. *** “Soundsation”, a mixed chorus of 45+members is coming to Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church - Harriston at 7:30pm. Freewill offering proceeds to support the Harriston food grains project. All welcome. *** Elora Legion Bake Sale. 2pm. in the club room. *** Guelph Chamber Choir – An Advent Festival, featuring cantatas from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and other seasonal repertoire for choir and organ, with soloists: Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano; Neal Banerjee, tenor; Benjamin Covey, bass - Orchestra on period instruments - 8pm, Church of Our Lady, Guelph - Tickets: 519763-3000. Adults $25, 4 tickets for $80, under 30 years $10, eyeGO $5. *** Rockwood Lioness Club Bazaar, Rockmosa Community Centre. 9am-1pm. Donation to Rockwood Food Bank would be appreciated. *** Craft Sale. 9am-3pm. Knox United Church in Caledon Village (Hwy #10 and Hwy #24) Vendors wanted $25 per table. 519942-1257. *** Come and warm up with the Country Breakfast at Rockwood United Church 8am-11am. Tickets at door. $7 Adults, $5 Children and $20 Family Deal. Next breakfast will be Jan 29- NO Breakfast in December. *** Headwaters Hospital Auxiliary’s 22nd Annual Candy Cane Fair. Headwaters Hospital, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, 9am -3pm. Crafts, vendors, photos with Santa, bake sale, kid’s dollar store, entertainment, face painting. Free parking. All proceeds go to purchase of equipment for the hospital. *** St. Patrick School Craft and Bake Sale, 391 Victoria Rd. North (Victoria and Woodlawn) at St. Patrick School. 9am-4pm. FREE. Support our Food Drive by bringing in non-perishable food items. *** Elora United Church Bake Sale, Grandma’s Attic treasures, Silent Auction, soup and sandwich lunch. 9am -1pm. Corner of Church and Geddes streets. *** Karaoke. Arthur Legion Br. 226, 8:30pm. *** Craft Sale 10am. Arthur Legion Br. 226. For more info call Nancy 519-848-5702. *** The Red Chevron Club has live music with, “The Rodney Jewell Band”, downstairs in the club room, 8pm. Everyone welcome 19+.

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The Awesome Snake Show at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre 2-4pm. Please call to register 519-836-7860. $5/person. Slithery, slippery and definitely NOT slimy. Come out and meet some very cool reptiles. There will be a slide show highlighting the snakes of Ontario, and a chance to meet some live snakes. *** Palmerston Legion Jamboree- 1pm. 519-343-2400. *** The Red Chevron Club is hosting a Grey Cup Party and Games Day. 1pm. Register in advance with the bar server for Pool, Crockinole, Shuffle Board, Cribbage and Euchre. Everyone 19+ is welcome. *** Puslinch Santa Claus Parade. 2pm. The parade starts at the Puslinch Firehall on Wellington Road 34, travels east to Brock Road (Cty Rd. 46), south to village of Aberfoyle, then turns onto Maple Leaf Lane and into the grounds of the Community Centre. The theme this year is “My Favourite Things”. Continued on page 15

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Claudette Savoie: Fergus woman went from trucker to trainer by David Meyer

Attention truckers - Claudette Savoie drove big rigs for years, and now she teaches prospective truckers.

It is not just anyone who would be willing to haul hazardous materials like sulfuric acid for hours at a time, but Claudette Savoie absolutely loved that job. Then again, she had admired trucks ever since she was a little girl growing up on her parents’ farm near Campbellton, adjacent to the New Brunswick and Quebec border. Those big rigs used to roll through the town and slowly climb a hill and disappear over the horizon. It hardly seemed like an occupation for a little girl, and at first it wasn’t. She married and had two children. Then, in her 30s, she decided to pursue her dream - and ran smack into roadblocks. As odd as it might seem, New Brunswick issued licences for truck drivers, but offered no training. To drive a big rig, Savoie had to head outside the province for accreditation. That meant Nova Scotia. “It was a hard process to get into,” she said. “It took me three years to get into the course.” On top of everything else, her parents “discouraged me. Mom was worried. I was doing long haul all over the States in my 30s.” Savoie added, “She prayed a lot.” With her husband deceased, her children stayed with her parents while she worked. She started the long haul routes after the kids went to college. She was the only woman out of 117 truckers based in New Brunswick who held an A licence for a tractor trailer. She got hired by the Irvings, a provincial juggernaut with businesses ranging from forestry to steamships to oil and gas and newsprint. “I was the only female with 155 guys at Irvings,” she remembers. “The guys accepted me,” she said of the RST tanker division, where she stayed for seven years. Respect came because she was hauling the most dangerous of goods, called simply, “caustics.” That included chlorine, sulphuric acids and also ammonia. She joked she could pull into a truck stop and find parking almost immediately because other truckers would pull out or move rather than stay beside the materials she carried on her truck. She used to leave Dalhousie loaded to Woodland, Maine, back to St. John, reload, then to Atholville, round trip. That was a regular route for her for some time. The chemicals were used in paper mills to “wash the paper stock.” She also hauled

to Newfoundland. Those loads were used to clean beer bottles. She said of those days, “I loved it. I miss the tankers. It’s a different lifestyle. You get respect out there.” But she loves trucking in general, and drove flatbed for a while, too. “It’s in your blood,” she said. “It’s a feeling of empowerment. You have this big rig and you’re doing this job that has to be done - like hauling caustics. It was a good job. It was a dangerous job and it gave you a feeling of accomplishment when you were done.” She joined Laidlaw, a trucking industry giant and worked there for a while. A Native band planning its own fuel depot at Eel River Crossing in New Brunswick asked if she would join them. “They brought me in,” she said of that work for a year. “I knew the roads and was a long haul operator. They figured I could bring in customers.” She sold her truck and decided to come to Ontario to take courses in trucking, with an eye to training truck drivers. She learned the technique of being an instructor. She took, and is now qualified to teach Motor Vehicle Fleet Driver Training, Air Brake Endorsement Instruction; Air Brake Adjustment Instruction, Hours of Service (dealing with log books), Trip Inspection, Transportation of Dangerous goods (the rules laid down for that one fill a book just on the techniques for loading and unloading) as well as Workplace Hazardous Material Instruction, Driver Profile and Maintenance Profile, Commercial Vehicle Operators Record workshops, as well a

school bus driver’s improvement course (mandatory since 2009) and Canada Safety Council course. She said “All coach and school bus driver’s need to take it or they can’t use” those vehicles. She is also qualified to teach the Professional Drivers Improvement Course by the Canada Safety Council. She also can teach an In Vehicle Fleet Driver Training. Parts of her course include up and down gear shifting, backing and docking, coupling and uncoupling, city, highway,

vides one-on-one truck driving instruction. Savoie said in the first hour of class many of the men have the attitude “What does she know?” But only for an hour. With 20 years of experience and much of it handling dangerous material, she soon has their respect. That is because when it comes to teaching what the future truckers need to know, “I deliver it from real world experience. It’s not just book talk. I’ve been there.” She can quickly tell which

“I don’t just train around the block. We do real life experiences.” - Claudette Savoie and night driving, pre- and post-trip inspection, border crossing and log book work and, of course, transportation of dangerous goods. With those qualifications, it did not take Savoie long to get a job training budding truck drivers. The problem was, she did not like the way the company operated, because students had to fight to get truck driving time. So she started her own business on County Road 18, where she has a classroom, a semitractor, and a D licence truck. Z licences are required for any truck with air brakes, which means all the bigger trucks. She trains up to 10 people at a time in the classroom, and pro-

students will succeed and who will not. “When I start training someone I know within an hour if they are going to make it.” The business is not a 9 to 5 job, and anyone expecting that will soon be gone. Further, she said, some think a truck driving job will allow them to see the world. “They’ll a see truck driving route,” she said. She smiles when asked about Global Positioning Units to help drivers find their destinations, and said any truckers who want such a thing should buy a special trucker model. The regular GPS might show the route from one town to another, but the trucker model shows bridges and

underpasses, and their height restrictions. In her classes, students receive a special, and very large atlas with truck routes, underpasses and bridges clearly marked - for Canada and the United States. As well, it shows the weigh scales that truckers might have to check into on their trip. While the business is becoming high technology (a Canadian firm can chart the progress and speed of a truck in Texas in real time), truckers have to drive, and pay attention to a lot of little details. She offers Z licence courses every second week, and AZ and DZ licence classes every two to four weeks depending on the demand. Savoie does not stagnate in the classroom, either. She said a local trucking firm calls her from time to time when it needs an extra driver. She takes each of her students into Mississauga via Highway 401 so they can get a feel for driving a big truck in traffic. She is able to calm most of those students by explaining she trusts them - because they are driving her trucks. She also teaches students how to plan a trip. “I don’t just train around the block. We do real life experiences.” She is finding, too, that there are a number of women taking her courses. Many of them are wives of truckers and they want to travel with their husbands. But, since husbands can’t teach and qualify them, women come to her. Ask Savoie about job conditions, and she is right up front. When she started driving

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for one company, as the new kid in the fleet, she was out on the road for 36 straight days. While not all of those days were spent behind the wheel, she was not at home, either. She added in that first year, she had 16 days at home. There are other issues, too. “I hit a moose in 1995” outside if Moncton, New Brunswick. It was 4:30am and there was a mother, father, and baby moose. “I got the calf,” she said, noting the damage to her rig was $23,000. There are a few fringe benefits. When truckers walk into a truck stop for a meal, they get served first - no matter how many car drivers are ahead of them. The restaurant appreciates their business and wants them to return. Savoie said when she started her business, she was a little worried about how it would work out, since she was putting everything she had into it. But, she said, she placed a small advertisement in The Wellington Advertiser in that first week over five years ago, and received 18 phone calls. She was on her way. Savoie believes there is still a good living to be made in trucking, and lots of hauling to do, because how else are people going to get the goods they need? But, she said, these days she advises new truckers to work for someone for at least a couple of years, and to have some good cash reserves before buying their own trucks. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a truck driver can contact Savoie at, or visit her website at

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With proper selection and care Christmas Trees can last a long time (MS) Christmas trees strung with coloured lights and covered in ornaments and other trinkets are staples of the holiday season. Finding the perfect tree and decorating it is as much a Christmas tradition as egg nog and bad gifts from distant aunts and uncles. There is much debate over what tree is better, artificial or real, but the fact of the matter remains that an artificial tree will not provide the aroma or experience a real tree can offer. Before going shopping at a tree farm or just up the corner at the Christmas tree lot, first measure the openings of the house and the space for setting up the tree. A tree out in the

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to dry out, making them ideal Christmas trees. - Examine the tree carefully. A good one will look healthy, be vibrant green, and have a strong pine aroma. - If the tree has dry, brittle twigs, a musty smell, or any sign of dryness or browning, it is probably best to choose another, as this one is past its prime. - Look for a tree with strong branches to hold ornaments. - The needles should be soft and flexible. They should not fall off easily when running the hand over the boughs. Remember, a healthy tree can last several weeks if it is brought indoors freshly cut and

maintained with regular watering. Be sure to shake the tree out before you transport it home. This will loosen any dead branches and needles, which will make a mess of the car and home. Most tree lots and farms will wrap the tree in netting so that it stays condensed and portable for the trip home. Tie it securely so it does not end up airborne on the roads home, which has happened to many people. Also, be sure to cut off an inch to two inches of the trunk to promote good water absorption later on. When the tree is home, carefully bring it indoors (those

door measurements will come in handy now). Make sure that the tree stand will fit the circumference of the tree’s trunk. Do not shave the sides of the trunk to get it to fit because that risks compromising how long the tree will last. A cut tree first can absorb as much as one gallon of water 24 hours after it is cut. After that, the general rule is that a tree needs approximately one quart of water per inch of trunk diameter. Adding special mixes to the water will not help it last any longer. By following those tips people can ensure they have a beautiful,healthy tree to enjoy for the duration of the season.

Canada Post asks Canadians to submit and vote on stamp design OTTAWA /CNW/ - For the first time in its 159 year history, Canada Post is asking Canadians to submit and vote on the design that will become a Canadian postage stamp. Until Jan. 10, Canadians are invited to submit designs online to The submission that proves most popular online will become one of 20 semi-finalists to be submitted to the stamp advisory committee (SAC). One of those designs will become the 2011 Mental Health stamp. “A stamp design will be seen by millions of Canadians; it has an incredible power to invite conversation,” said Mary Traversy, senior vicepresident, Transaction Mail, at Canada Post. “We’re asking entrants to convey important themes about mental health in a single image and make the winning stamp an ambassador for awareness.” The SAC will choose five designs from the 20 semi-finalists. Those five designs will be voted on by the public from Feb. 14 to March 14. The winning design will be announced in April. Canada Post made mental health its cause of choice in 2008. Since then, customers, employees, suppliers, and the public have raised more than $2.5-million for the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. Some $600,000 of that was from sales of the 2008 and 2009 mental health stamps. Canada Post recently issued this year’s mental health stamp, which is intended to help the company reach its $2-million campaign goal. A dollar from every booklet sold supports the foundation. The foundation provides critical funding to community

based, non-profit groups helping people living with mental illness - a growing legacy of support for the more than 7 million Canadians who will need help with mental health problems this year. Over $2.5-million in grants have been distributed, to organizations across the country, by the foundation. Details on the Canada Post mental health stamp design competition Eligible Canadians have until Jan. 10 to enter the competition to design Canada Post’s 2011 Mental Health stamp. The

website includes instructions and the full contest rules. Entrants will be asked to include a short essay, up to 100 words, about their design and why they feel it will raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues. Entrants can promote their submissions using social media. The submission that proves most popular online will become one of the 20 semi-finalists, and its designer will win an iPad. The other 19 semi-finalists will be chosen by an ad-

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Easy ways to keep a home safe while away for the holidays

Safety and security is an important concern for many homeowners. Around the holidays, it can be easy to overlook those concerns due to the increasingly busy schedule many people have between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, putting home security on the backburner during the holiday season can prove to be a grievous error. Because extended vacations to visit family and friends are common during the

stuffed mailbox. Before you leave, arrange to have your mail, newspapers and flyers picked up by a neighbor or friend. If you can, arrange to have newspaper delivery suspended for the duration of your trip. If you can’t find someone to pick up your mail, you can ask the local post office to suspend delivery while you’re out of town. * Leave some lights on, including the Christmas lights. If your beautiful Christmas lights display glows in the

holiday season, criminals often target this time of year thanks to empty homes they know will not be the hub of activity they usually are. To safeguard your home while you’re out of town this holiday season, it’s best to take a few precautionary measures to make a home less appealing to prospective burglars and criminals. * Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up the mail. If your home doesn’t have a mail slot in the front door, a telltale sign that you’re away is an over-

Staple of holiday decor has deep history Chances are, holiday revelers will find themselves underneath the mistletoe at least once this holiday season. While they might know what to do when that time comes, they might not know the history of that plant above their heads. Especially sacred to Celtic Druids, mistletoe was believed to bestow life and fertility, while also protecting against poison and serving as an aphrodisiac. Mistletoe would later take on a more political meaning, as the ritual of cutting the mistletoe came to symbolize the emasculation of the old king by

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Holidays Exterior home essentials for the holidays As a child, a large cardboard box with cut-out windows made a great playhouse. However, as you grew up, you wanted your home to have more appeal and real windows. After crossing the threshold to homeownership, it’s time to consider more than cardboard for your home’s exterior. “The outside of your house is much more than just a reflection of your lifestyle or the architectural design of the structure,” says Tina Mealer with Fypon(R). “Your home’s exterior has essential elements -like siding, louvers, windows, a roof and doors -- that all join together to protect what’s inside your home.” Due to the fast-paced lives of many families, these days the exterior of the home needs to be especially easy to maintain. And, with severe weather cropping up in many areas along with the need for energyefficient products, the selection of your home’s exterior products is critical. “Think about your home from the top down,” advises Mark Clement, carpenter and co-host of MyFixItUpLife. com website and radio show. “Start with the roof overhead that needs to protect your home from rain, sleet, snow, hail and even potential lightning strikes. Consider the stress factors placed on a roof over time plus the need for long-term durability. “After doing a vast amount of research, I chose maintenance-free DaVinci

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Stephen Fearing comes to Eden Mills EDEN MILLS - Stephen Fearing is coming back to Eden Mills at 8pm on Nov. 27 for a performance at the community hall. A musician of national and international stature, Fearing is known for his mastery of the guitar and his evocative songwriting. The Halifax Chronicle Herald called him “a king amongst minstrels,” and Stephen Foster, of the BBC, proclaimed him to be “without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet … quality albums… stunning shows.” Alone on the stage, he is a force to be reckoned with, an artist of rich imagination without technical limitations. The consistent quality of Fearing’s work over his twodecades-plus career has earned him a West Coast Music award for best folk music recording,


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bedroom to the helm of the Jolly Roger. A sea effect is created with waving fabric enough to nearly drown in. Costume designer Angela Van der Veen provides a truly green outfit for Peter Pan, a wonderful array of pirate and Indian costumes and a remarkable Nana, the nursemaid dog, and a ticking crocodile too. The flying sequences drew gasps from the audience and were provided by the renowned aerial experts from Flying by Foy, of Las Vegas. The pantomime was written by Simon Aylin and Trudy Moffatt. It was also directed and choreographed by Moffat, who has led previous Drayton Entertainment holiday hits Aladdin, Cinderella, and Robin Hood. Peter Pans of all sizes and vintages were thrilled with the family event, which marks a happy start to the Christmas season. Peter Pan plays until Dec. 19. For tickets call 519-7477788 or toll free at 1-888-4494463. For more information visit

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five Juno awards and seven Juno nominations. Fearing has strong ties to Guelph, where he lived for many years, and where he continues to record. Born in 1963 in Vancouver, he spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Dublin. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since. After a short stint in the American midwest, he returned to Canada, and is now longestablished as a regular and popular fixture on the folk club and festival circuit in North America and the U.K. He is also a member of the highly successful Canadian roots rock trio, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Fearing’s most recent albums are Yellowjacket (“feels overwhelmingly human and honest” Maverick Magazine, UK) and The Man Who Married Music, a compilation of some of his favourite songs. The Nov. 27 concert is Fearing’s fourth appearance in Eden Mills. The community hall provides a relaxed ambiance which enhances his personal connection to the audience. The doors open at 7:30pm and he show starts at 8pm. The Eden Mills Community Hall, is at 108 York Street. Tickets are $20 and there is a cash bar open. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ground Floor Music, 13 Quebec Street, Guelph, 519-827-1444 or from Kit Bresnahan, 519-856-1188 or kitbresnahan1@gmail. com. The next fundraising concert for the Eden Mills Community Club and Eden Mills Millpond Conservation Association is Carlos Del Junco on Feb. 11.

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ENTERTAINMENT Christmas Rocks house tour for curling club is set for Dec. 4 HARRISTON - The local curling club’s third annual Christmas House Tour will be on Dec. 4 to raise money for the club. The club is returning to the original format of 1 to 7pm so viewers can enjoy the night lights. There are eight stops on the tour this year, on a simple route. Follow County Road 109 from Teviotdale to Greenbush, with several stops in Harriston. In Teviotdale area there is a 130 year old home being restored since 1996. It was once part of “Douglas Corners”

a popular stagecoach stop at the turn of the century. North along 109 is a beautifully remodeled home. From there visitors can see The Brides’ Dream, and creative decorating talents. The home is 20 years old and incorporated “The Brides’ Dream a few years later. The Anglican Church the oldest church building in Harriston and is opening its doors for all to see the festive sanctuary. The church had its first service on Christmas Eve 1870. The church women will be having their annual

Christmas lunch and bake sale next door in their parish hall. The next stop is a home with a turret, porches and a deck and gazebo at the end of Margaret Street. Owners are preparing for their second Christmas Tour. They have added a new family room along with other upgrades. The former Bud Blakeslee’s home is next. The new owners have added an addition to double the size. The last stop is unique. The owners have agreed to let everyone tour the Viewing

Room of their training stables. Joan and daughter They train and board award winning American Saddlebreds and Hacknee Ponies. Their lounge for the comfort of their clients is an oasis complete with bar, kitchen, and large glass panes overlooking the riding rink. They will be working horses the day of the tour. The Harriston Curling Club has been using volunteer high school students to help the home owners the day of the tour. They get some hours for their student service require-

Fête Romantique – Celebrating the launch of Guelph’s Arts Council Signature Fundraiser GUELPH- Guelph Arts Council has just launched its popular annual fundraising event, Fête Romantique that supports Council services and programs. As in past years, the 25th annual offering will give ticket purchasers the opportunity to win the much-sought-after Fête Romantique Grand Prize – an elegant, gourmet dinner for six to be served in one of the area’s wonderful heritage homes. To be presented on Saturday Feb. 12, 2011, the multi-course dinner will be coordinated by Kevin McKitrick, proprietor of Platters Catering and Events, whose culinary skills and knowledge will be familiar to those who participate

in other community events. A chauffeur-driven limousine will transport the lucky winner and guests to the dinner site, the location of which always remains an exciting, carefully-guarded secret. As well as the Grand Prize, there will be some 27 other chances to win fabulous prizes including tickets to concerts, theatres and festivals, and gift certificates for dinners at local restaurants or vouchers for the products and services of fine local businesses. Fête Romantique supporters continually remark on what great gifts these tickets make – whether as a stocking stuffer for a friend or family member; as a small thank-you or recognition

to a co-worker, child’s teacher or coach; or simply as a personal treat. Only 1,800 tickets will be printed. Ticket-buying is easier than ever, as Guelph Arts Council is able to receive funds through Visa and Master Card. The funds raised by Fête Romantique make possible such popular programs as Historical Walking Tours and Doors Open Guelph, and go toward hosting the guelpharts / wellingtonarts arts and heritage website portal, to maintaining an information resource centre, to publishing the Arts in Guelph newsletter and to sponsoring workshops and Schmoozefest networking gatherings. Fête Romantique dollars allow Guelph Arts Council to continue its mission

to nurture, advocate and promote arts and culture in this community. Fête Romantique tickets cost $15 each or 2 for $25, and are available from GAC board members or at the following locations: Framing and Art Centre at 987 Gordon Street; Guelph Artisans store in Old Quebec Street, 55 Wyndham Street North; Wyndham Art Supplies at 125 Wyndham Street North or the GAC office at 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404 (519) 836-3280. The draw will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at 4:30pm in the Guelph Arts Council boardroom. For more information, check out or call 519-836-3280.

ment for graduation. Any students interested in volunteering should call Sheila at 519-3383433. Organizers have started an added attraction this year with the tour tickets. Viewers will be given a list of items to locate during the tour. Fill in the stop where the item is located and deposit the sheet in a draw box at the curling club at the end of the day. There will be drawing for a gift basket. Tickets will are $12 for the day and include a complimentary wine and cheese at the

Harriston curling club lounge throughout the tour. The ticket will have a map on the self guided tour. It will be marked at each home as upon entry. That allows people on the tour to complete it in any order they wish at any time from 1 to 7pm on Dec. 4. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Harriston Home Hardware or Leslie Motors or by calling Sheila Grein at 519- 338-3433 or Lindsay Hogg at 519-338-2977. They can also be purchased at the curling club after noon the day of the tour.

Art show set for Albion on Dec. 12 GUELPH - Touch Wood, the art of John H. Fleming, will be at The Albion Hotel in December. The show features six new paintings inspired by a recent canoe trip into Killarney pro-

vincial park. A gala opening will be held on Dec. 12 from 7 to 11pm, featuring live music by, Bent on Canvas. For more information visit,

Ceilidh set for Fergus Community Market Dec. 13 FERGUS - This community has been chosen as the only one in Canada for the BBC’s new Empire Series. Robin Dashwood, will be in Fergus Dec. 11 through 14, conducting interviews and filming all aspects of the earliest history of the town, which was founded in 1833 by James Webster and Adam Fergusson. As part of the filming, the BBC asked if locals could hold a ceilidh. Everyone is welcome to attend an evening of tradition Scottish entertainments on the second floor of Fergus

Community Market, 227 St. Andrew Street West on Dec. 13, beginning at 6pm. Doors will open early. Visitors are asked to bring folding chairs if are planning to stay for the evening. Admission is by donation. The money collected will assist with expenses. Refreshments and snacks will be available. A whiskey tasting is planned for those who would like to sample a wee dram - a truly Scottish tradition. The entertainment include The Cleikum - the Fergus Pipe

Band, 18 pipers strong, from 6 to 6:30pm; Harpist Hollie Anne Duby from 6:30 to – 7pm, The Farm Team and Mixed Company, the Eramosa 4-H Square Dancers who perform to Scottish music, from 7 to 7:30; the Fergus Traditional Scottish Country Dancers from 7:30 to 8pm. Other entertainers through the night will include; Nonie Crete & Company; Scott Woods & Friends; The Kitchen Ceilidh featuring the Grand Celtic Pipe Band & MacDonald

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will be plenty of opportunity to get these field operations done. Farmers should make some time today to check their storage bins, not just for grain condition but look deeper as to the bug situation. Yes, check your stored grain, beans or whatever you have in storage for signs of insect activity. ANOTHER RECORD WHEAT CROP? by Peter Johnson, OMAFRA Cereal Specialist, Stratford Incredible! With excellent wheat prices and an early soybean harvest already getting underway, wheat plantings appear ready to challenge the previous record of 1.2 million acres. Seed supplies look tight on some of the hot new varieties, with a few production issues making seed supplies even tighter. Variety selection is one of the cornerstones of big yield, so be sure to visit the Winter Wheat performance trials at There are lots of exciting new varieties. As well as the yield tables, be sure to also look at the trait tables, with particular attention to Fusarium ratings and lodging scores. Soft Red Varieties - 25R47 continues to be the variety to beat in the main production region, but a look at the trials will show that Emmit is the star performer as you move deep into Area II. Both of these varieties are proven performers, and need no further discussion. The range of yields within the trials is closing nicely, with many varieties now challenging these old standards. 25R39 looks to have the edge in yield potential, but standability is a concern, with grower reports of “tough to combine”, and a very tight seed supply. There is a big group of varieties after that, with Branson, R045, CM614, 25R56 and HY116SRW all having a fit somewhere. Any of these varieties would be worth a trial run in Recipes, Cooking tips, Newsletter, Contest and MORE! your test plot, or test acreage on your farm. Soft White Varieties - Ava continues to dominate. High yield, coupled with a MR *Contest ends on December 31, 2010. Skill-testing question required to win. No purchase necessary; see full rules for details at Contest open to Ontario residents 18 years of age or older. (moderately resistant) fusarium rating make it tough comThis ad is sponsored by the Wellington County Cattlemen’s Association petition. However, Ava does have lodging concerns, so watch nitrogen rates. There are other soft whites to consider, but often high yield matches

A weekly press release prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. If you require further information, regarding this press release, please call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA Website: www. ENJOYING THE HARVEST? WELL, SO ARE THE BUGS! by Helmut Spieser, Engineer, Ridgetown This harvest season of 2010 is one for the record books. Beautiful fall days, good field conditions and corn ranging from 29% moisture content down to less than 15%. Some of this corn went right from the field to the bin bypassing the dryer altogether. Fuel suppliers may not be happy but farmers definitely have a smile on their faces from the money they don’t have to spend on drying fuel. Things couldn’t be better but are there problems lurking in the bin waiting to cause you grief. Yes, I realize you still have field work that needs to be done. Chopping stalks is always a job best carried out when it is sunny and mild. Chisel plowing or mould board plowing is more fun when fields are not wet or muddy and the sun is shining. It’s only the first week of November so there

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HS (highly susceptible) fusarium ratings, a trade off I don’t like. Hard Red Varieties - Wentworth is the yield leader, but again couples with a HS fusarium rating. That makes Princeton a top option, tying together fair yield with decent fusarium (MS moderately susceptible) and reasonable standability. AC Morley and Keldin are other options. Which Class To Grow? - Many growers are taking notice of pricing premiums to soft white or hard red classes. Consider the following in your profit calculations: Soft white wheat yield is equal to soft red, but has sprouting potential. Look closely at the premium offered. Does it cover increased drying fees to allow early harvest to prevent sprouting? What happens if the wheat is downgraded because of sprouting? Hard red wheat yield is about 8% less than soft reds. Protein premiums, if offered, are often hard to achieve. Nitrogen rates should be a minimum of 120 lbs/acre. Seeding rates may need to be higher, because many of the varieties in this class are large seeded. Whatever class you decide to grow, remember one caveat - no more soft white than you can combine in 2 days! Good luck, and plant lots of wheat. COMING EVENTS: Nov. 30 Forage Focus Conference, in Shakespeare. Our key speaker this year will be Tom Kilcer from New York State. Preregistration is required by November 26th. Cost will be just $35 which includes hot roast beef dinner. Call 1-877-892-8663 or 519-986-1484 to register. Check the website at: Dec. 1 & 2 Sheep Infrastructure Workshop, Dufferin-Bruce Area. Two day course sponsored by the Large Flock Operators and OMAFRA; limited to 20 participants. The Program is targeted toward people in the planning cycle for building large scale, commercial scale infrastructure as part of an expansion plan in their sheep enterprise. To register / agenda at: For information call 1-877-424-1300/519-826-4047; email: ca. Dec. 2 Waterloo Federation of Agriculture, monthly Board meeting at St. Agatha Community Centre. For information contact Secretary, Richard Cressman at 519-662-2790 or email: Dec. 3 Wellington Soil & Crop Improvement Association Education Day and AGM at Alma Bible Church, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration, $25.00 includes lunch and annual membership. For information, contact Linda McFadden at 519-846-5215. Dec. 7 Wellington Federation of Agriculture, monthly Board meeting at OMAFRA Boardroom, 6484 Cty. Rd. #7, Elora at 7:30 p.m. For information, contact Secretary, Lisa Hern at 519-8483774 or email: Dec. 8 Hay and Straw Sale by Live Auction – 10:00 a.m. at Elmira Produce Auction, corner of Arthur Street and Reid Woods Drive, just North of Elmira. To buy or sell, contact Clarence Knorr at 519-6994913 or call the Auction office on Sale Days at 519-669-3884. Dec. 8 Healthy Calf Conference, Stratford. As information is available, it will be posted on or contact Kendra Keels at 519-824-2942.

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Canada supports young and beginning farmers At the end of the first National Future Farmers Network held in Gatineau Nov. 15 and 16, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced, the next steps to come. The network event, the first for young and beginning farmers, involved 45 people who represented every region of Canada and various types of farming, in addition to observers from farming organizations and the federal and provincial governments. “The diverse experience of participants today allowed us to address several issues which concern these young farmers on an everyday basis,” said

Blackburn. “The discussions that we have held with young farmers were especially productive. Together, we explored the various opportunities offered by this very innovative sector. We have also identified promising ideas to help young farmers face their challenges.,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said, “The future of agriculture lies in the hands of young and beginning farmers and we need to find more ways to help them take the reins of the farm business. While this group faces many unique challenges, this network will give us another opportunity to hear first hand about how we can help maintain and grow this

important sector.” Following the network, young and beginning farmers will have the opportunity to carry on with the discussions already held, and to further define the solutions they have identified. Besides, the presence of observers from farming organizations, as well as the federal and provincial governments, will help spread the information collected during the network across Canada. “This national network is a great initiative to renew - a first step that the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec (FRAQ) hopes will result in a longer-term approach and real action with regard to agricul-

tural sustainability in Canada,” said Yohan Perreault, senior vice-president of FRAQ. “Having this opportunity to participate in the NFFN is comforting. We all recognize and have experienced a diverse range of challenges pertaining to young farmers in our country,” said Leona Dargis, a member of the Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum. “I am appreciative to be able to have an influential voice in creating positive change towards a dynamic future for the Canadian agricultural industry.” “I am impressed by the passion and sense of leadership which drive young farmers, as well as their positive outlook

on their careers. I am convinced that our discussions today will help us continue move forward, in order to help young farmers have a prosperous future,” concluded Blackburn. “We will also continue to involve them closely in consultations to shape programs and policies, specifically the next agriculture policy. We intend to continue the dialogue, not only with those present at the network, but also with farming organizations and young and beginning farmers from across the country.” The event allowed for discussions on a variety of subjects that are of importance to future farmers, such as access to capital, farm transfers,

skills development, information about government programs, access to agricultural land, profitability of the sector, and the necessity to promote a positive image of agriculture. It found that young farmers share the same concerns no matter where they come from in the country. The Minister invited the participants and observers to work together and put into action the ideas and solutions that were put on the table by the young farmers. For more information on young farmers and the National Future Farmers Network, visit

CFFO releases goals for a winning Ontario food strategy by Nathan Stevens As anyone who plays a lot of games knows, having a plan is essential to success. Whether one is playing a sport, a board game, or a video game, having that plan of action greatly increases the chance of winning. That is also true in the business world where having a plan makes a huge difference between success and failure. The agriculture sector is no

different. The CFFO has developed what it believes are the essential goals of a food strategy for Ontario. Last winter, the CFFO seminar series focused on the importance of a strategy. It developed a set of goals for the sector to work towards that improve the entire sector and meet the needs of society at large. The result of our consultation with the grassroots is the CFFO’s Goals for an Ontario

Food Strategy. The CFFO strategy focuses on forward thinking initiatives that enhance the productivity and capability of the Ontario agri-food sector. The strategy considers today’s political reality of record deficits, and the fact that real influence can be leveraged if farmers, processors, retailers, and consumers have a common set of goals and values related to food. That means that bridge building will

Canada aims to help deer, elk ranchers find new markets

OTTAWA – The federal government is spending $20,000 to develop an international strategy to increase cervid exports. “We are doing everything we can to help the Canadian livestock industry to succeed in international markets,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This investment will help identify new opportunities for the cervid industry in international markets, reaching new international consumers and strengthening our industry.” The Canadian Cervid Alliance mainly represents deer and elk ranchers and it

will benefit by developing an international strategy to assist the sector in identifying objectives, priorities, and target markets to increase exports of this top quality product. President of the Canadian Cervid Alliance, Randy Wehrkamp, said, “BSE and other infectious diseases have hit Canada’s livestock industries hard, resulting in restrictions put in place by many countries to deal with the uncertainties. Science, diplomacy and investments from AgriMarketing will fix these problems.” “Cooperatively with fed-

eral, provincial and territorial initiatives, our industry will return to the confidence and profitability levels we enjoyed in the past.” This money comes through the AgriMarketing program, which helps national producer and processor associations increase exports of safe, premium Canadian products around the world. The program helps implement long term international strategies, which include activities such as the expansion of international markets, consumer education, and brand promotion.

be essential to success. The strategy identifies broad goals for the entire sector, as well as more specific goals related to domestic production and export oriented goals. The most important of these goals is to achieve a food system that is profitable for each segment of the chain. The strategy then focuses on how government can support the initiatives of the farming

community as capacity builder and enabler of innovation. And finally the strategy acknowledges that the plan for Ontario must play to one of its key strengths: the wide diversity of production that can take place in this province. Ontario needs a food strategy to succeed on an ever more competitive North American stage. There need to be clear cut goals for the sector as a

whole to work towards and achieve. The CFFO food strategy, which can be found on our website under publications, identifies the goals that are important to its members that will move Ontario agriculture forward successfully in the future. Nathan Stevens is the Research and Policy Advisor for the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.

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Wind. For my community. Today, wind is providing clean, reliable and safe energy to over 1.2 million Canadian homes – creating social, economic and environmental benefits for all Canadians. The 99MW Erie Shores Wind Farm – located along 26 kilometres of Lake Erie shoreline – provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue, increased tourism, and jobs for local residents.

“Wind energy is having an incredibly positive impact on our community. The Erie Shores Wind Farm has become part of our identity. My advice would be to come and see it for yourself.” — Lynn Acre, Mayor of Bayham, Ontario

A recent Ipsos-Reid survey found 86% of Ontarians would like to see their municipal government encourage and facilitate wind energy development.

A white jay? - Tim and Sue O’Donnell, of Arthur, have a bird feeder in their back yard. This unusually coloured blue jay recently started dropping by for a snack, and they provided this picture.

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Boy, 7, fundraises because he likes ‘to help’ people “I like to help people - to make them happy,” he said. For Hayden that means more than just talking about it. The son of Neil Boyd and Stacey England-Boys got inspired by the Terry Fox Run held at J.D Hogarth school this

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year - and since the following month was dedicated to fighting cancer, Hayden decided to keep right on going after the Terry Fox event. He created Coins for Cancers, and started collecting pennies. England Boyd, said, “Family and friends are a given,” for such donations. But Hayden did not slow down after collecting from them. He started going around the neighbourhood surrounding Tait Crescent, and kept right on collecting. It was then Hayden’s mom contacted the Cancer Society, which provided Hayden and his brother with “a Hello hat and a name tag” to let people know the collection was a legitimate endeavor. Then, Hayden, along with younger brother, Hudson, 5, spent an hour at Zehr’s, collecting for cancer. “He was a big help,” Hayden said of Hudson. People were generous, too. The boys now have over $200 to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. They keep the cash in a green plastic box,

which holds the money from their collection boxes. And, starting by collecting pennies, the cash has grown to tens, fives, and lots of loonies and toonies, too. “He doesn’t want to stop,” said England-Boyd.” He wants to keep going. We’ve only done this area. We may go to the north end of town.” Hayden added, enthusi-astically, “And Elora.” He said he would like to reach $1,000 for the Cancer Society, and noted a teacher at school has promised a donation. His mom said of the two boys, “We’re quite proud of them.” She also noted that Hayden’s desire to help people goes even beyond cancer. “When the earthquake hit Haiti, he wanted to give his toys away [to help the victims.” Plus, she said, “He started collecting milk bags.” Those bags, which are throw-away in Canadian society, were used by volunteers in Haiti to create sleeping bags for needy children.

Helping others - Hayden Boyd, 7 and his brother Hudson, 5, receive approval from their mother, Stacey England-Boyd for their fundraising efforts to fight cancer. photo by David Meyer

Symphony’s Christmas Choral Fantasy, Dec. 12.

GUELPH - THE Symphony Orchestra here celebrates its 10th anniversary season, featuring five concerts and five guest conductors. One of those will be selected as the new resident conductor of the GSO, starting in the 2011-12 season. Audience members are invited to contribute to the selection process, through a survey available after each concert. Christmas Choral Fantasy

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with the Grand River Chorus, will be performed on Dec. 12, at 3pm at River Run Centre with conductor David Bourque. The Christmas offering is a blend of classics and festive seasonal music. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the Grand River Chorus and Amy Wark (piano) is the major work, together with the opening chorus from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Brahms’ Christmas Day. There will be lots of carols and opportunities for audi-


ence sing-along, and the King George School choir will add to the festivities. The Orchestra acknowledges the receipt of a grant from the Ontario Arts Council in support of the 2010-2011 season. The GSO is a semi-professional orchestra, based in Guelph and using primarily Guelph-area players. The ensemble consists of 35 to 50-plus players, depending on the repertoire requirements.

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Continued from page 2 *** Cats Anonymous Christmas Open House and Craft Sale. 10am 3pm. For details visit our website or call 519-855-6850. *** Upper Grand Family Health Team - High Blood Pressure Screening clinic - 2pm - 5 pm at Walsh’s Pharmacy, Arthur. *** 21st annual Christmas in the Valley Craft & Gift Sale, 10am-4pm. Grand Valley Community Centre, Grand Valley. Admission is free, but a donation to the Food Bank would be welcome.

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10:15am- Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Slide Presentation: Along the Grand River. Call 519-787-1814 to register. Presented by local photographer.

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Victoria Park Seniors Centre: Drop-in Blood Pressure Clinic 10am-12noon - no appointment needed. *** Grandmothers of the Grand presents “A Crepe Experience” to commemorate World AIDS Day. 6 - 9pm at the Cafe Creperie, 40 Mill St.W, Elora. In support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “Dare to Dine” Campaign. Door prizes and raffles. For more info. call Cinda at 519-843-1034.

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Belwood Lions Jamboree. 7:30pm Belwood Hall. Come and play, sing, dance and just enjoy the entertainment. Admission $5 pp. (Performing musicians - free). Call 519-843-7011 for information. *** Dec 2, 3 and 4 - Guelph Wellington Seniors Association hosts their annual Variety Show Vaudeville. At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre on Woolwich St., Guelph A great variety show, performed completely by seniors. Comedy, music, and more. Call 519-823-1291 for tickets.

Dec 3

Community euchre, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Puslinch, at the Puslinch Community Centre at 7:30pm. $3 per person. Refreshments provided, 50/50 draw, all welcome. Call Neil Smith for info. 519-837-3838. *** Annual Holiday party at Aboyne. Carols, crafts, and a visit from Santa. Bring your own camera. Free. Aboyne Branch of the Wellington County Library, 6:30pm. *** Attention all former West Luther 4-H members/leaders. West Luther 4-H will be celebrating 60 years. Call Charlie Twiss for more information and dinner tickets. 519-848-3998.


Please note- the Dec 4, 2010 Dance scheduled for the new Community Centre in Alma has been cancelled as the hall will not be ready on time. *** Arthur and District Horticulture Society’s Annual Christmas Design Workshop at Arthur United Church. Contact Lesley Weaver by November 15, to register 519-848-3386. *** Dec 4 and 5- Aberfoyle Junction Model railway Christmas Special. 10am-4:30pm. Adults $8, children $5, seniors $6. Snack bar and gift shop. Barrier free access. Directions: Located on old #6 Hwy (Brock Rd.) 1km north of 401, south of Aberfoyle. Watch for signs. Call 519-836-2720. *** Christmas Craft and Bake Sale. St. John’s Church, Elora, Smith and Henderson Sts. From 9am - 2pm. *** Christmas in the Country, songs of Christmas by Gordon Burnett and Valerie Nunn. 7pm at St. Peter’s Mission, Oustic. Adults $15, children $5. Tickets call 519-824-0454 or 519-856-2192. *** Knox Ospringe Christmas Bazaar, 9am-3pm, highways 124 and 125, poinsettias, baked goods, crafts, gently used, hot lunch Tables $10. Donation. Nora 519-856-4453. *** The Upper Credit Humane Society Thrift Shop a Bake Sale 10am3pm. Proceeds go to the Trooper’s Fund at the Shelter. We will be able to accept goods at 9am Saturday. Ensure that the items for sale are in non-returnable containers and marked with name label and ingredients. Interested participants needing more information please call the Thrift Shop in Georgetown at 905-702-8661. *** Breakfast with Santa at the Redwood Restaurant in Clifford. 8 11am. Free breakfast, pictures with Santa. Everyone welcome. All proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation. *** Catholic Women’s League, Arthur Christmas Tea and Bazaar1:30-3:30pm held at Parish Center beside St. John Catholic Church, Arthur -door prizes, tea tables, penny table, crafts, many draw prizes to be won! *** Christmas Cookie Walk, 10am - 1pm, (or sold out). St. David and St. Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave, East, Guelph. *** Bake Sale St. Mary’s church 9am- 1pm. Proceeds go to Grade 7and 8 Quebec Trip. Come and get your Christmas goodies early. ***

Sparkles in the Willows at Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Rd., Guelph from 10am -2pm Bake table, vintage jewellery, crafts, Christmas book written and autographed by Jean Little and more. Luncheon from 11am-1:30pm. Cost $6, children under 6 free. *** Wellington County Library Fergus Branch. Drop in to Children’s Services and create a beautiful holiday craft. New crafts each week! Suitable for All ages. Parental supervision required. 10:30am – 2:30pm. *** Churchill Community Church Christmas Tea 1-4pm. Cost is $8 per person and includes sandwiches, scones, sweets, tea and coffee. The event includes gift, craft and bake tables as well as a penny sale and raffle. Corner of the Erin Third Line and the ErinHalton Townline. *** Breakfast with Santa at the Grand Valley Fire Hall, 8:30 - 11am. Pancakes and sausages, Coffee or orange Juice.

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“Christmas Bells are Ringing” the Guelph Concert Band 3:00pm at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph. Special guests the Harcourt Choir and the Harcourt Hand Bell Choir. Tickets available at the door. $15 adults, $10 seniors and university students, $5 eyeGO and children. *** Christmas Music Concert, Ballinafad United Church, 14369 Trafalgar Road. 3pm. Tickets $12 by calling 905-877-4743 or $15 at the door. *** The Harriston Curling Club’s 3rd Annual “Christmas Rocks House Tour” from 1-7pm. Tour our beautifully decorated 6 homes, a church and a Horse Stable Lounge. Tickets are $12 each and include a complimentary glass of wine and cheese at the Club during the tour. They can be picked up at the Curling Club after 12 on the 4th, or by calling Sheila at 519-338-3433 . *** Experience the original Christmas. Journeys run outdoors throughout the evening. 5:30 – 8pm. Living Bethlehem at Crieff Hills Community – 7098 Conc. 1 Puslinch. Sponsored by the United Churches - Mount Carmel-Zion and Arkell, and the Presbyterian Churches - Duff’s, Knox Crieff, Kirkwall and Crieff Hills. All are welcome. No charge. 519-824-7898. *** Centre Wellington Singers “Come to Christmas “ Concert, 3pm at Melville United Church, Fergus. Tickets $12 Adults, $5 12 years and under from members, at door or reserve at 519-843-2935. *** Ebenezer United Church (12274 Guelph line) is proud to present the play “Anne of Avonlea”, a production of the Elora Community Theatre. 2pm. Adult: $18, Student (6-17): $12, Children (5 and under): $5. Ticket can be ordered from Audrey Kitching: 519822-4374.

Dec 7

Pepper Cards Harriston Legion #296, Harriston. Start at 1:30pm sharp. Come on out and have some fun.

- For the fifth week of November -

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, after a series of challenges you have an easy week ahead. Use the break to your advantage with a small vacation or some recreational time with friends.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Your head is in the clouds, Scorpio -- and that is okay for a small amount of time. But don’t let it become a habit. Reality is waiting right around the corner.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Not every mystery is meant to be solved, Taurus. Stop struggling to get all of the answers and simply enjoy more of the trip. It’s not always the destination that matters.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, hobbies can become vices very quickly. Don’t let pastimes get the best of you. Focus energy on new endeavors in the weeks to come.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, others will have a difficult time figuring out your motives. That’s entirely how you designed it. You may not win rave reviews the next few days, though.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you’re in the mood for socializing so open your home up to a few friends this week. Cocktails and snacks are all that’s necessary to have a good time.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 It’s important to let others know your plans, Cancer. Picking up and disappearing is not the way to go this week. If you need some time alone, simply say it.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Things have a funny way of working out for you, Aquarius. Just when you think the plan won’t pan out, the tides change and good fortune is in your future.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, when opportunity knocks, don’t waste any time and take advantage of the situation. Dawdling will get you nowhere. Pisces has news on Thursday.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Surprises aren’t always the good type, Pisces. A bit of bad news will put you in a foul mood for the time being.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 New career goals are in order, Virgo. Expect a few exciting opportunities in the days to come. They could be fruitful and more enticing than previous offers. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you will be called on for some assistance. A giving person, you will have no trouble stepping up to the task at hand. You may want to bring along some moral support.

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REUSE this Holiday

Season Don’t throw away used toys.

Donate them to charity, take them to a Reuse Centre or post a message on For more information, contact Solid Waste Services (SWS): 519-837-2601 or toll-free 1-866-899-0248.

WINTER DRIVING Safety Snow can create difficult driving conditions. Anticipate problems and take steps toward collision avoidance. Here are some helpful tips: • Tires play a major role in the handling and braking of any vehicle, especially in adverse road conditions. Snow tires are more effective than all-seasons. Have you gotten your snow tires mounted yet? • Adjust speed according to weather and road conditions. • Watch out for animals Stopping Distances In winter driving conditions, it takes all vehicles longer to stop on snow-covered roads.

HOLIDAY PARADE CORRECTION Elora Saturday, November 27 at 6:00 pm in downtown Elora Fergus Saturday, December 4 at 1:30 pm in downtown Fergus

Holiday Art Show and Sale December 4 & 5 10:00 am - 4: 00 pm Elora Centre for the Arts 75 Melville St. in Elora • Great Gifts of Art by over 30 Collective Members and Guest Artists • Free workshops for kids & art demonstrations • WIN an original piece of ART

Bring the Family and Shop, Shop, Shop!

The United Nations has declared December 3, 2010, International Day for People with Disabilities.


In Ontario, approximately 15% of the population has reported having a disability. This number is expected to grow as the population ages. Common types of disabilities include:

Sub-compact: -20oC with 3 to 5cm of compacted snow & ice on asphalt surface. Minivan: Vehicles equipped with automatic transmission & anti-lock brakes. 4-Wheel Drive: Tests in 4-wheel drive vehicle conducted in all-wheel drive mode. For Winter Weather Conditions, contact: • County of Wellington Central Garage Winter Call Centre 24/7: 1-866-799-4166 • MTO Road Information: 1-800-268-4686 • MTO website:

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To learn more about the International Day for People with Disabilities, visit:

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