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Second Section November 30, 2012

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ‘Annie’ now on stage at St. Jacobs theatre

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Trio brings holiday harmony for two shows ST. JACOBS - Renowned for their charming stage presence and impeccable harmonic style, Barbara, Sandra and Ann Mantini never miss a beat connecting with the audience. This holiday season the trio takes to the stage to create more musical memories in The Mantini Sisters: A Christmas Concert with two performances only, Dec. 13 at 8pm and Dec. 14 at 2pm at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Fresh on the heels of their featured performance in Drayton Entertainment’s smash-hit premiere of Big Band Legends, this holiday performance promises to delight audiences with an

assortment of popular classics and meaningful Christmas treasures including such standards as Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Mary’s Boy Child and The Huron Carol as well as many more holiday tunes, old and new. Tickets for the December performances of The Mantini Sisters: A Christmas Concert are $40 plus HST, available online at, in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse box office, or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

Dance company presents The Shepherd’s Tale GUELPH - For the Christmas season dancer David Earle is creating a new artistic work, a celebration of the Season of Light. Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) will perform The Shepherd’s Tale, a quest across time for the meaning of Christmas, encompassing the miracle of birth to honour a message of peace. The work will evoke a modern legend that borrows from a bygone age, preserving the magical, darker tone of old tales of enchantment. Among the cast of nearly twenty performers will be acclaimed associates of David Earle from Toronto, such as Danielle Baskerville and Michael Sean Marye, along with Dancetheatre David Earle

Company members and participants in the DtDE mentorship and apprentice program. Younger cast members will include shepherd boy Ben Harvey from Guelph Youth Dance Company, and three angels from the Guelph Youth Apprentice Company. Performances will be presented from Dec. 7, 8, 9, and 14, 15, 16. Evening shows are Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm, at the fully accessible DtDE studio at 42 Quebec Street. Tickets are $20, available by calling or visiting the studio at 519-837-2746, or from Bookshelf Bookstore at 41 Quebec St. For more details visit dtde. ca.

Christmas FUNraiser Dec. 4 supports Women in Crisis GUELPH – Guelph Women in Networking (GWIN) continue to give back to the community through their annual Christmas Charity FUNraiser on Dec. 4. The event will be held at Springfield Golf and Country Club, 2054 Gordon Street. Registration begins at 5:30pm, followed by networking and raffle items to choose from for a draw later in the night. Dinner begins at 6:30pm, with more fun and shopping to be had from the Penny Table. The evening includes a Christmas performance by

singing act, The Over Tones. Gift donations for the Penny Table are welcome . To make a donation contact Nicole Petty at npetty@dominionlending. ca. Members of GWIN are also encouraged to bring donations of small gifts and personal items, such as toiletries, to support women and their children in crisis. Tickets for the Dec. 4 Christmas Charity FUNraiser are $30 for members, $40 for guests. For more information contact Lisa Reaume at lisar@ or visit www.

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The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm will be open December 2, 9, 16, 23 10am to 4 pm. Weather permitting. For four special Open Days this winter. We invite you to enjoy time with the donkeys, enjoy refreshments and more. Donations are always appreciated. For more information and a map, please visit www. or call 519-836-1697. 6981 Puslinch Concession 4, Guelph. *** Free weekly Drop In Yoga for Adults every Thurs. eve 4:30-5:30 pm, Certified Yoga Instructor Owen Ash; St. John’s Church 112 Guelph St. Rockwood. Info: 519 856-9211.

Fri. Nov. 30

Arkell United Church Hootenanny, 7pm. Bring an instrument or just come and listen. All ages welcome. 600 Arkell Road, Arkell. For more information call Lynn at 519-822-4809. *** The Elora Festival’s Annual Children’s Book Sale, 3pm-8pm, and also Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9am-1:30pm. United Church in Elora. Find great gently used children’s books all under $5. For more info. call 519-846-0331. *** All Saints Community Dinner. Pork on a bun, baked beans, coleslaw, salad & dessert and we’ll even give you gluten-free if you’re so inclined. Nothing in Erin compares to this. 6-7pm. No sermon & no charge; free will offerings gratefully accepted. All Saints Church, 81 Main Street, Erin. “The one with the big white spire.” *** Night At The Movies. Waverley Public School Gym. Doors open at 6pm. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Minimal Cost for hot dogs/ popcorn. Opportunity to win the Arthur Christmas Movie. Craft Table for those not wanting to watch the movie. For more information, make donations or to volunteer, please contact Waverley Neighbourhood Group at 519-821-9677. *** Fergus contra dance with live music by Relative Harmony 8-10:30pm. Rugby Club field house, 150 Albert St. W., Fergus. Admission $10 per person, students $8, youth (with adult) free. No partner or previous experience necessary. Each dance is taught by the caller. Contact: Janice Ferri 519-843-9971. *** Alma Optimist Beef Barbecue. 5-7pm $12. Alma Community Centre. *** Christmas Concert: featuring the Royal City Ambassadors (male chorus) and the King Street Brass (quintet), Breslau Mennonite Church, 226 Woolich Street Breslau, 7:30 pm. $10 /person; $25 family of 5. For ticket/information: Dennis 519-213-1397; Ernie 519-827-1360.

Sat. Dec 1

Halton County Radial Railway annual Christmas on the Rails 1-8pm. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air. Regular admissions apply for access to all the fun. For more info. call 519856-9802. 13629 Guelph Line, Milton. *** Fergus Legion Jam Session. Non members welcome. Come and join in. *** St. John CWL Arthur, Christmas Bazaar and Tea, 12:30- 2:30pm. St. John Parish Hall, Georgina St., Arthur. Something for Everyone. *** St. John’s Anglican Church annual Christmas in the Village Bazaar. 9am-2pm, in St. John’s Parish Hall located at the corner of Main Street and Guelph Street, Rockwood. *** Knox Ospringe Church Christmas Bazaar, 9am-3pm. Beautiful poinsettia plants, baking, craft tables (available for $10 donation), hot lunch. Contact person, Cindy Goulding 519-853-4523. *** Annual Christmas Cookie Sale. Faith Lutheran Church 290 Belsyde Ave. E. 9-12pm. Lots of homemade treats. *** Cookie Walk. 9-12noon. The Church of St. David and St. Patrick, 520 Speedvale Ave., East of Victoria Road, Guelph, Small box $5, large box $10, everyone is welcome. *** St. George’s Anglican Church, Harriston, Christmas Buffet Lunch & Bake Sale. 11am-1pm. $12 per person. Large bake table, door prize & tickets for gift basket. Everyone welcome. *** Adult/Senior Ice Skating 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 per person. *** Lasagna Lunch and Bake Sale. Knox Calvin Presbyterian Church, 135 Elora St. S., Harriston, 11am - 1:30pm, $10 per person at the door. Home baking, preserves, crafts. A stop on the Harriston Rocks Christmas House Tour. *** Christmas Sparkles at Three Willows Bazaar, 10-4 pm. Bake table and light refreshments available. Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road, Guelph. Tables rent for $20. For information, contact 519-822-7690. *** Just For Fun on Saturdays for children in JK to Grade 6 from 10:30 am – noon at the Hillsburgh Branch Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh. Tis the Season for festive reading, crafts, baking and fun. Please register. 519-855-4010 *** Christmas Sparkles at Three Willows Bazaar, 10 am to 4 pm. A little bit of everything. Bake table and light refreshments available. Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road, Guelph Potential vendors: Tables rent for $20. Contact 519-822-7690.

*** Christmas Bazaar hosted by The Elliott Community, 1pm to 4pm 170 Metcalfe Street Guelph. Free admission. *** The Grandmothers of the Grand would like you to join with us for a “Crepe Experience” Fundraiser on World Aids Day, at Cafe Creperie - 40 Mill St. W. in Elora. There will be two seatings 5:30pm and 7pm. For more information call Elly 519-843-1528. *** Enjoy the music of Old Tyme Country at the Red Chevron Club, Guelph 3 to 7pm. *** 19th Annual “Wonders Of Winter” Festival of Lights, Waterloo Park, opening night – 5:30 pm. - Lights on at 6:00 pm. At The Park Inn, Waterloo Park Festival runs from December 1 to December 31, 2012. Free admission, Donations gratefully accepted.

Sun. Dec 2

Free The Children Tastes Of India fundraiser. Delicious Indian appetizers, silent auction and fun entertainment. 4-7pm at Pike Lake Golf Clubhouse. Tickets $25.
Have fun while helping to make a difference in the world!
 *** Experience the original Christmas. Journeys run outdoors throughout the evening. 5-7:30pm. Living Bethlehem at Crieff Hills Community - 7098 Conc 1 Puslinch. Sponsored by the United Churches - Mount Carmel-Zion and Arkell, the Presbyterian Churches - Duff’s, Knox Crieff, Kirkwall as well as Crieff Hills and The Donkey Sanctuary. All are welcome. No charge. 519824-7898. *** Centre Wellington Singers “Come as a Child to Christmas” concert, 3pm., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. Tickets $15 adults, $5 12 and under from members, at door or reserve at 519-843-5419. *** Carols For Christmas 3pm. Guelph Chamber Choir. An afternoon of carols and readings to begin the Christmas season with a cornucopia of 
Christmas music, both old and new. St. George’s Anglican Church, Guelph, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph. Box office 519-763-3000. Single ticket price(s): Single tickets $25 each (4 for $80). Students $10. And only $5 for youth with eyeGO. *** The Guelph Male Choir presents a program of ‘It’s Christmas Again!’ with special guests: Musica Skolye. 7:30pm. Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson Street N, Guelph. Admission: $15. Contact: 519-827-1360.

MON. Dec 3

The annual Ennotville Library Christmas Potluck Dinner will be held at 6:30pm.

TUES. Dec 4

Final meeting of 2012 for the Guelph Historical Society at St. Andrews’ Church at 7:30pm.

Wed. Dec 5

Salvation Sounds presents The Worship Uninterrupted Series #4 For Women “Worship in the Christ Child Revealed”. 7pm - 8:30pm. Guelph Salvation Army Corp. 1320 Gordon Street, Guelph. *** Until Dec 8- Not So Grand Players present a musical-comedy ‘Show Me The Money’ at Fergus Grand Theatre. 8pm. Retirement home Residents plan an ‘Evening of Improv’ to raise money. All reserved seats $12. For tickets contact Fergus Grand Theatre at 519-787-1981. All profits donated back to the community. *** Until Dec 7- Erin Theatre presents Moved By The Spirit Dinner Theatre - 6th Annual hysterical holiday romp by Susanna Lamy. 7pm, David’s Restaurant, 20 Shamrock Rd.,Erin. Dinner & Show $39.95. Info. 905-873-6868. Book seats 519-833-5085. *** The Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington is celebrating the 20th annual Christmas Carols by Candlelight featuring the Centre Wellington Singers and the University of Guelph Symphonic Choir. The concert will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph, 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Alzheimer Society at 111 Macdonell Street, Guelph: Adults $15, Seniors/Students $10, Children 12 and under $5. Call 519836-7672 for more information. All proceeds go to support local Alzheimer Society programs and services.

Thurs. Dec 6

Arthur Agricultural Society meeting. 7:30pm. Upstairs Hall. Arthur Community Centre. All Welcome. *** Belwood Lions Jamboree. 7:30pm Belwood Hall. Come and Play, Sing, Dance & just enjoy the Entertainment. Admission $5/p. (Performing musicians: Free). Call 519-843-7011 for information.

fri. Dec 7

Community Euchre, sponsored by Optimist Club of Puslinch. 7:30pm at Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person, includes lunch. 50/50 draw. Call Neil Smith for info. 519-837-3838. *** Brighton Chapter #201 O.E.S. Euchre starts in the Masonic Hall, 310 St. Andrew St. E. Fergus. 7:30pm. Lunch will be served. Call Betty at 519-787-8250.

Sat. Dec 8

Halton County Radial Railway annual Christmas on the Rails 1-8pm. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air. Regular admissions apply for access to all the fun. For more info. call 519856-9802. 13629 Guelph Line, Milton. Continued on page 11

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Volunteers are the stars at Norgan Theatre by Patrick Raftis

PALMERSTON - Several nights a week, the silver screen at the Norgan Theatre flickers with images of the hottest actors in Hollywood. However, at this unique Palmerston movie house, the real stars of the show are found behind the scenes. At the Norgan, volunteers literally run the show. They take tickets, sell popcorn, clean up and even operate the projector. For this community, it’s all about a passion for moviegoing and keeping alive the legacy of the 65-year-old venue they rallied to save from the wrecking ball five years ago. The theatre’s story is deeply ingrained in the town’s history. The Norgan Theatre was built with a $50,000 donation from George Norgan, a wealthy Vancouver businessman with roots in Palmerston who wanted to do something special for his hometown. An estimated 5,000 people were reported to have attended the opening of the theatre in 1947. Volunteers had planned a full day of events, and the first movie, Carnival in Costa Rica, featuring Dick Haymes and Celeste Holmes, and a selection of “shorts” ran throughout the day. For over 50 years, the theatre served the community, bringing movies featuring stars like Al Jolsen, Ginger Rogers, Harrison Ford and countless others to the big screen in the small town. In July of 2005, an engineering audit identified a number of safety and structural issues at The Norgan, the last municipally-owned theatre in Ontario and perhaps the only one in Canada. Prior to the closure, it had

been operating at a loss for a number of years. Spending more than $300,000 to repair it was not an automatic decision for the local council, which closed it down. While various options were explored, including moving the theatre’s projection equipment to another venue, local citizens responded with a passionate campaign to save the original theatre. Numerous meetings between municipal officials and community advocates eventually resulted in a plan to restore the Norgan and operate it with community volunteers. Palmerston resident Bob McEachern, one of the driving forces behind the campaign to save the theatre, recalls the town had agreed to commit about $120,000 from the sale of a local property to the restoration project. Local fundraising efforts had generated another $28,000. “There was one big meeting, where it came down to council wanting a firm commitment of financial viability from the volunteers,” said McEachern. “Then a note was passed down from the back,” indicating the Palmerston Lions Club would contribute $30,000 to the effort. “That did it,” said McEachern. “When the Palmerston Lions give their word you basically know they’ll come through and when they came forward, council was sold.” The gap between the cost of the project and the funds raised left about $150,000 in the form of a loan agreement between the town and the volunteer Norgan committee. Successful

Big screen - Renovations to the Norgan Theatre prior to reopening in November 2007 included seat restoration and replacement, rebuilt fully-accessible washrooms, new overhead lighting and concession booth upgrades.

Snack time - Concession sales are among the jobs handled by volunteers at the Norgan Theatre in Palmerston. From left: Samantha Smallegange, Jane Toner and Lucy Forbeck. Cover photo: Norgan volunteers from left: Elaine Elliott, Gloria Patterson, Mark Robinson, Keith Toner, Jane Toner, Grace Klacko, Sabrina Smallegange, Lucy Forbeck, Minto recreation services manager Matthew Lubbers, Susan Welsh, Connie Robinson, Sophie Proulx, Marten Smallegange, Hervey Shank and Bob McEachern. photos by Patrick Raftis

operation in the intervening five years has cut the outstanding amount in half, down to about $74,000. With the decision to restore the Norgan made, a contractor was hired to complete exterior repairs and remedy structural issues. Then it was turned over to the volunteers, and work crews were organized. “We spent every Saturday in here and one night a week. We ripped everything out,” said Scott McFadden, who later learned how to operate

the opening. “Many of us who were here when we were kids want to preserve it,” said Welsh. “It’s our heritage. It was given to us.” “The people of the town know they have something special,” said Hervey Shank, noting the Norgan provides “a sense of pride of community.” Shank enjoyed showing off the theatre to a visitor from Guelph. “She was surprised to learn that a little town would have

“Many of us who were here when we were kids want to preserve it. It’s our heritage. It was given to us.” - Susan Welsh, Norgan Theatre volunteer. the equipment and became one of the volunteer projectionists. Training projectionists was another hurdle, said McEachern. That obstacle was overcome with the assistance of Minto resident Bill Young, who owned and operated the Harriston Drive-In Theatre for many years, and Bill Van Oostveen, who had worked as a projectionist at the Norgan prior to its closure in 2005. Although serving as one of the theatre’s volunteer projectionists has been time-consuming (projectionists began receiving a nominal honorarium only in the past year), for McFadden, the effort is well worth it. “The first day we moved to town my brother and I came in here to watch a movie. I just love the theatre,” he said. Nov. 2 marked the fifth anniversary of the first movie shown at the restored Norgan Theatre: the animated hit Shrek the Third. An official open house to celebrate the re-opening was held on Dec. 3, 2007. With volunteers handling the bulk of the work, the theatre has been generating an operating profit, which allows the committee to continue to whittle down the debt from the original loan from the town. The volunteers who make it happen have a variety of reasons for participating. “I saw a lot of movies here,” said Susan Welsh, who was present at the original opening of the Norgan Theatre in 1947. She still carries a clipping of a photograph of herself, at age seven, which appeared in the Toronto Telegram coverage of

something like this. She really enjoyed it - the whole atmosphere.” “It’s always been a centerpiece of Palmerston downtown. The kids of the community have been coming here forever,” said McEachern, a retired educator who believes it’s important to provide activities for young people, particularly in a small town. It takes at least five volunteers to handle each screening at the theatre. Teams work under crew captains and take turns manning the show. “There’s been some changes and there’s been some turnover, but we always seem to have a strong level of volunteers. It’s a sense of pride and community ownership, which is great for a community theatre,” said Minto recreation services manager Matthew Lubbers. He added the municipality recently had to make the decision to switch from reel-to-reel equipment, which was rapidly becoming obsolete, to a digital projection system. With the movie industry switching to digital and 35mm prints expected to become unavailable as soon as next year, council approved a $62,000 investment in new projection equipment in September. Part of the funds came from the town’s capital budget, but some also came from Norgan reserves, contributions from the Palmerston Agricultural Society, the Palmerston Lions and the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament, at which Norgan volunteers helped out. The existence of strong, on-

going volunteer support was a key element in the town’s decision to make the upgrades, said Lubbers. “The town provides some administrative support, but on the weekends it’s all volunteer driven. If the volunteerism had dropped off, it would have made the decision to go digital much harder,” he stated, adding, “It was go digital or go home.” McEachern points out the revamped Norgan was designed as a multi-use facility. “It’s set up to be used as a lecture hall if one of the colleges or universities wanted a place to do that,” said McEachern, noting the theatre has been rented for presentations by speakers to a variety of companies and organizations. It’s also been used for musical, comedy and other types of live entertainment presentations on numerous occasions. The theatre is also rented out as a venue for birthday parties. In that case, it’s not always a movie that’s playing. A Wi-Fi connection allows party-goers to play video games on the Norgan’s giant screen. In addition to regular weekend showings of new release movies, the Norgan is also host to the Big Film Fest, an ongoing series that presents contemporary independent films on a monthly basis. The fes-

tival is a part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s film circuit. As well, the Treasures of Minto movie series was recently introduced by the Minto Cultural Roundtable organization. The series features weeknight showings of less mainstream offerings than the regular weekend fare and an admission by donation policy. For example, the next offering, on Dec. 6 at 7pm, is Deadman, a 1995 western starring an eclectic cast that includes Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop and Robert Mitchum. The film is shot entirely in black-andwhite. Neil Young composed the soundtrack, including portions he improvised while watching the movie footage. Whatever’s on the screen, the heart of the Norgan remains a dedicated group of volunteers who keep the magic of the movies alive in their hometown - for the community, and for their kids. “Most of them do it for their kids or their grand kids,” says McEachern, “They need somewhere to go.” New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested in helping out may email More information on the Norgan theatre may be found at

Latest technology - Projectionist Scott McFadden inserts a hard drive into the Norgan Theatre’s new digital projection system.

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ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW: Annie a must-see for the young, young-at-heart by Kelly Waterhouse ST. JACOBS - If you are young or young at heart, this holiday season look no further than St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse to get your theatre fix. One of the best professional productions you will see this winter is there: Drayton Entertainment’s Annie. It has everything the beloved musical requires: a full cast of outstanding performers, live orchestral music backing up a rags-to-riches score, character-driven choreography, and the charm and simplicity of a tale that has survived both the silver screen and Broadway stage, all tucked into a neat production in the intimate and comfortable setting of the St. Jacob’s theatre. The production even has a dog to keep things unpredictable and entertaining. At first sight, audiences were smitten with the casting of local girls - 41 children in total - alternating in the roles of orphans. The students’ genuine affection for the characters they portrayed was not overrun by their enthusiasm to present a polished effort. It was baffling to believe these little girls were not experienced theatre mavens. The young orphans shone through the words of every song they sang and every line

they delivered, with laugh-outloud humour and adorable mischievous intent. It could not have been easy, as they were standing in the glow of 13-year-old Nova Scotian import Dominique Le Blanc, as Annie. Audiences were spellbound by Le Blanc’s humorous and innocent portrayal of the famed fictional character of Annie. From her first note to her very last, audience members could not help but feel they were witnessing the start of something special; a natural talent that will surely blossom into a professional stage career. Her professional stage presence and candor were matched by strong vocals and a confidence that didn’t overshadow the character’s vulnerability, even when upstaged by her four-legged companion Sandy, (a Nova Scotian duck tolling retriever). Le Blanc handled the iconic role with grace. The minute Jackie Mustakas stumbled on to the stage, literally, in the outrageous role of the often-inebriated Miss Hannigan, the audience was in fits of laughter. Bringing the character of the miserable Miss Hannigan to life, Mustakas was a comic jewel, over the top and witty in her sarcasm. When joined in the plot by Keith Savage, as her scheming

Don’t wait until tomorrow - Catch Dominique LeBlanc, as Annie, with Victor A. Young as Daddy Warbucks in the Drayton Entertainment musical production of Annie, playing until Dec. 23 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. submitted photo brother Rooster, and his girlfriend Lily St. Regis, played by Melissa Thomson-Hicks, the havoc ensues into a coordinated effort of scheming for Warbucks’ fortune. One of the best moments for these characters was the choreographed dance scene taking audiences on a walk down “Easy Street.” Victor A. Young was a masterful Daddy Warbucks, flanked by the elegant Jayne 519-578-1570 • 1-800-265-8977


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Lewis as his assistant Grace Farrell. These two were beautiful characters, true to the original script but they still crafted a place in the memory of audiences that stands out as unique to this production. Young gave Warbucks a humility and warmth, and while his fondness for Miss Farrell is only slightly alluded to, their chemistry was on par. The ensemble cast, taking

on multiple roles, was every bit as impressive in both song and dance. Of special note was the music, directed by Michael Lerner, and the choreography of Gino Berti, set before a stage designed by Jean Claude Oliver and lit by designer Kevin Fraser. For a small stage production, the show had all the feeling and style of any big city showcase. The balance of talent made it feel like a complete production from the front of the stage to the back of the house. Annie is a family-friendly delight, with song and dance moments of hilarity and others of empathy. While audiences feel the characters and enjoy the emotions, it was refreshing to see an adaptation that didn’t make viewers wipe their eyes from tears, but instead from laughter. All the sentimental warmth is in this production, but with a genuine good feeling all the way through. Annie will be at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse until Dec. 23. It is a must-see. Tickets can be purchased online at in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse box office or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free 1-855-372-9866.

GUELPH - Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to River Run Centre on Dec. 20 and 21 at 7:30pm with performances of The Nutcracker - a Canadian Tradition, presented by Hippo Pool Events. Ballet Jörgen Canada premiered this quintessentially Canadian Nutcracker in 2008, choreographed by Bengt Jörgen to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s much loved score. The performance is born from a collaboration with the world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The Nutcracker features as backdrops, three works by Canada’s 20th century landscape artists - Franklin Carmichael’s Church and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thomson’s Snow in the Woods (1916) and L.L. FitzGerald’s Trees and Wildflowers (1922). The performance will feature 21 dance students from Guelph, Elora, Orangeville and Stratford, who have been rehearsing at Royal City School of Ballet and Theatre Jazz Inc.

Sugar plum dreams - Elora dancers Laura Hill, left, of the Fergus Elora Academy of Dance, and Phoebe Bennett, of Home Dance School Classical Dance Conservatory, are two of the local dancers who will appear in Ballet Jorgen Canada’s The Nutcracker - a Canadian Tradition on Dec. 20 and 21. submitted photo in Guelph in preparation for the River Run performances. Chosen from a group of 70 children who auditioned on Sept. 15, these young dancers will join Ballet Jörgen Canada’s professional cast for the two Guelph performances.

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GUELPH - The Guelph Youth Singers present this season’s traditional winter concert, titled Winter Song and featuring John Rutter’s story of Brother Heinrich’s Christmas told through narration and instrumental and choral excerpts. Special guests will be John and Jane Watson, professional actors based in Guelph, narrating the story and giving short seasonal readings throughout the concert. A guest tenor/bass ensemble will join in several songs at the end of the concert, adding to the richness of the choral experience. Guest players from the Suzuki String School of Guelph take part alongside all four choirs of Guelph Youth Singers. Themes and songs will include traditional offerings and songs of sleighs and snow days. Winter Song will be held at Harcourt Memorial United Church at 7pm on Dec. 1. Tickets are $25 for adults or $19 for students and seniors, available at the River Run Centre box office at 519-7633000. Contact the GYS office at 519-821-8574 for more information or visit

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Ballet Jörgen Canada is the recipient of the 2011 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring, recognizing the company’s leadership role in the development of touring by professional dancers and companies in Canada. It is the only professional Canadian ballet company with a repertoire consisting exclusively of original works. For more information on the company visit Tickets for the Dec. 20 and 21 performances are $46/$42 for adults. Senior tickets are $44/$40 and student tickets are $31/$27. Reserved premier seating is $65. This is an eyeGO performance. Tickets are now on sale at River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000 or 1-877-5202408 or

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ENTERTAINMENT Guelph Chamber Choir performs Carols of Christmas GUELPH - The Guelph Chamber Choir gets the Christmas season off to a rousing start with an afternoon concert of Carols for Christmas, in the acoustical beauty and warmth of St. George’s Anglican Church on Dec. 2 at 3pm. Come prepared to sing along with familiar carols, with an opportunity to perform the Hallelujah Chorus as part of an expanded chorus of volunteers amidst the choir. A special feature of the afternoon will be noted Canadian harpist Lori Gemmel. Gemmel is principal harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and teaches at both Wilfrid Laurier University and at her studio in Toronto. Choir members Dr. Susan and Gerald Stephenson will share their instrumental talents on flute and clarinet. Conductor Gerald Neufeld noted, “I hope that our afternoon presentation will allow families and friends to attend together, taking time to enjoy listening and singing together music beloved through the

Christmas harmony - The Guelph Chamber Choir presents Carols of Christmas on Dec. 2.

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years. We have created a concert that will present familiar Christmas favourites, along with new festive music for the season.” The evening will feature Nancy Telfer’s Noel with virtuosic flute and piano accompaniment, commissioned by the Guelph Chamber Choir in 1988, John Rutter’s beautiful Dancing Day for female voic-

es, along with many familiar carols for both choir and audience. Choir members will present poetry and readings throughout the afternoon concert. Single tickets are now available for $25 each or four tickets for $80. Admission for young adults is $10 for students and those 30 years and under. Through

eyeGO tickets for students are $5. Tickets are available from choir or board members, or through the River Run Centre by calling 519-763-3000 or online at Tickets will be available at the door. For more information visit or call 519-836-5103.

Blue Christmas show brings ‘Elvis’ to Harriston Dec. 15 HARRISTON - The classic lyrics of Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas, which topped the record charts back in 1957, are as familiar today. Of course, Elvis also scored a number of other hits from the 1950s to the 1970s. On Dec. 15, the music of Elvis will be celebrated in a special Christmas show at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Elvis: Blue Christmas stars Roy LeBlanc in the title role, backed by the amazing Memphis Cats Band, and features the legend’s holiday classics combined with 25 hit songs spanning the career of the music legend. LeBlanc is widely regarded as one of the most internationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artists. He’s been awarded with numerous prestigious titles including Memphis World Champion and Collingwood Grand Champion, and is highly regarded for his starring role in the musical play Blue Suede Shoes, which packed theatres

Live Nativity event Dec. 1 GUELPH - The Ignatius Jesuit Centre along with Guelph area churches will host The Road to Bethlehem, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, to be recreated on Dec. 1. Visitors are invited to come and enjoy a live Nativity presentation, a bonfire, carol singing, live music, and are asked to bring a mug to enjoy hot apple cider and goodies. Donations for admission will be accepted. The event will take place Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the grounds of Ignatius Jesuit Centre, located at 5420 Highway 6, 1 km north of Woodlawn Road. For more details contact Stas at 519-824-1250 ext. 238 or email or

across Ontario for Drayton Entertainment in 2012. The Harriston show will be divided into two parts, with the first portion of the show dedicated to Elvis’ early rock and roll career and songs such as All Shook Up and Love Me. The second half of the show reaches into the latter portion of his career including such

hits as Suspicious Minds and Are You Lonesome Tonight. Christmas songs will include Blue Christmas and White Christmas. LeBlanc and the Memphis Cats band perform all the songs with high energy and audience interaction. As a bonus, LeBlanc will also host a special “meet and

greet” with audience members after the show, during which he will sign autographs and pose for pictures. Tickets to see the Dec. 15 show Elvis: Blue Christmas, beginning at 7:30pm, are on sale now for $25 at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre box office at 519-338-2778 or Harriston Home Hardware.

New artistic director announced for ECFTA ELORA - The Elora Centre for the Arts welcomes Tarin Hughes to the role of artistic director of the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA). Hughes has been curator of numerous exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career Canadian artists. In addition, she comes to the ECFTA with history of developing critical and engaging public programs, most recently as education coordinator at the Kamloops Art Gallery and as curator and community programmer at Ross Creek Centre

for the Arts. Hughes received her Honours B.A. from the University of Waterloo and as a student began her work in the community by organizing exhibitions for the Artery and participating in multiple projects with the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Hughes joins the ECFTA as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary. Established in 2002, the ECFTA is housed in a historic limestone schoolhouse. It provides creative multidisci-



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Diamond tribute - Joey Purpura brings his Neil Diamond tribute show to the Harriston Legion on Dec. 8. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 519-338-2843 or $25 at the door of the Legion club room. For more information on Purpura’s show, visit www.solitaryChristmas Show & Sale submitted photo

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A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 5pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-4241300 or visit the OMAFRA website: PREMIER’S AWARD FOR AGRI-FOOD INNOVATION EXCELLENCE Applications are now being accepted for the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 18, 2013. The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation program has attracted more than 1,000 applications highlighting onfarm innovations since its inception in 2007.

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- improved business practices; - response to consumer demands (eg. new product development, value added, marketing, strategic alliances, local food) ; - environmental stewardship; - health and safety; - energy and bio-economy; - food safety and traceability; and - education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society. Deadline for applications This year’s applications must be received by 5pm on Jan. 18, 2013. Eligible applications will be reviewed by two independent panels comprised of a cross-section of Ontario’s agri-food industry. Additional information, guidelines and application forms are available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,

Rural Ontario Institute to review agricultural leadership programming in Ontario GUELPH - What are the impacts of 28 years of leadership development? What is the future direction for agricultural leadership programming in Ontario? These are questions being raised by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) as it undertakes a full review of the long-running Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). The review is entitled: “Development of the next generation agricultural leadership strategy.” The ROI has engaged Harry Cummings, professor and graduate coordinator, Rural Planning Programme, University of Guelph, and the George Morris Centre to lead two very distinct components of this project. “We are excited to be building on the past successes of AALP to take the program to the next level,” said Rob Hannam, ROI chair. “These projects will help us measure the success, effectiveness and

impact of AALP.” Cummings and team will gather evidence to identify what gaps exist in the current AALP program in Ontario by conducting a complete review of data; engaging in key informant interviews with program stakeholders, alumni, and other agricultural leadership programs; and holding focus groups. These activities will also identify the best solutions for addressing those gaps to ensure the renewal and effectiveness of the future AALP. “The upcoming thirty year anniversary of the program is a great opportunity to assess its impacts and to position it for the next thirty years,” said Cummings. “The University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development looks forward to helping with the development of a strategy for the future.” The George Morris Centre will evaluate AALP from the

Attention – all farmers! The Wellington County Soil & Crop are sponsoring their

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perspective of its return on investment. An in-depth literature review and a study of the impacts of AALP based on personal, business, community, and sector influences will be at the core of their study. Supporting data will be collected through surveying and interviewing program alumni to develop a framework for objectively measuring the benefits of leadership programming. “The George Morris Centre is very pleased to be a part of this project to analyze and improve the long term benefits of AALP by examining and updating the return on investment to graduates, students, employers and the industry,” said Bob Seguin, executive director, George Morris Centre. The overall project provides ROI with the opportunity to develop a blueprint which will set the direction for future agricultural leadership programming in Ontario. These two components will identify necessary changes to both content and delivery methodologies in order to achieve the greatest impact for the best cost, provide recruiting techniques for future program participants, and provide an estimate of the macro-economic benefit of the program to agriculture and the rural industry. Investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. The George Morris Centre is a national, independent, notfor-profit economic research institute focused exclusively on the agriculture and food industry. AALP is delivered by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). AALP is a 19 month executive leadership program for individuals actively involved in the agricultural and rural sectors in Ontario. For more information visit

Food and Rural Affairs website or by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. http://www. POST-HARVEST CASH ADVANCES AVAILABLE To assist producers in the timely marketing of their products, applications for the 2012 Advance Payments Program (APP) for Stored Crops in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia are now available for download on Agricultural Credit Corporation’s (ACC) website. Under the program, growers storing crops anytime after harvest are able to access up to $400,000 in operating capital, with the first $100,000 available interest-free and the remaining $300,000 available at bank prime lending rate. “This program can assist producers by allowing them to take the time to strategically market their products,” said Jaye Atkins, CEO of ACC. The 2012 program for storable crops has seen many changes over the past several months. In June, ACC received

approval to administer financing for three biomass crops in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and are looking to expand this program across Canada. ACC was also successful moving the eligibility date for harvested wheat forward from Oct. 1 to July 1 to better coincide with harvest timelines allowing access to funds when needed most. Applications for the 2012 storage program are available to the public on the ACC website, to recurring clients through registered online access, or can be requested over the phone via our customer service centre at 1-888-278-8807. Application packages will also be mailed upon request. For those already enrolled in the 2012 APP crop input program through ACC, a separate application is available through your online user account or by contacting ACC directly. COMING EVENTS: Dec. 4 - Wellington Federation of Agriculture, monthly board meeting, at OMAFRA boardroom, Elora at 7:30pm. For information, contact Lisa Hern at 519-848-3774 or email:

Dec. 4 to 5 - Ontario Agri Business Association Annual Meeting and Convention, Toronto. Mark your calendar and check for details at: http:// Dec. 5 - Building the Foundation: Dairy and Veal Healthy Calf Conference, Stratford Rotary Complex. Check the website for more information: Dec. 5 - National Farmers Union Waterloo-Wellington Local, monthly board meeting at 7:15pm at Husky Farm Equipment, Alma (meet first Wednesday each month). Dec. 11 - OMAFRA’s “Good Agriculture Practices” Webinar Series: Manure, Compost and Compost Teas, 12. Identify what is required to create or maintain a good growing base for your agri-needs. This workshop will outline good agricultural practices when using manure and compost teas, demonstrating proper implementation for better soil, growing for tomorrow. Webinar details/registration online at: http://www.omafra.

Honouring the future - The annual Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary for secondary students in grades 9, 10 or 11 was presented to Derek Van De Walle of St. Mary’s, Ontario during the 4-H Dairy Youth Classic Show at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The award honours the Stewarts’ deep commitment and passion toward agriculture, education and 4-H. On hand to present the award are, from left: Kelly French, Donna Dolson, Lynne Moore, Bertram Stewart, Derek VanDe Walle, Van De Walle and Wraychel Horne, executive director of 4-H Ontario. The award includes a bursary of $1,000 to support post-secondary education. submitted photo

GFO looks at future farming scenarios GUELPH - Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) wants their members’ opinion on four distinct future scenarios the agricultural industry could experience by the year 2032. “These scenarios will assist Grain Farmers of Ontario with planning research investments, long-term crop management practices and predicting product quality expectations to maximize market returns for farmers,” said Barry Senft, CEO. It will also provide a thought process for farmers to think about how they may need to start positioning their own farming operations for the future. By creating these four scenarios, GFO hopes to better understand where farmers today see themselves in 20 years and determine how the organization can better position itself for success. Peering two decades into the future requires radical

thinking. Envision the year 2032 and agriculture in Ontario has experienced big changes. One possibility is for the first time in recent history the developed countries of the world, including Canada, are facing serious food shortages and many items we expect to be on our shelves are no longer there. How will farmers prepare for this potential new future? Is it even plausible? GFO, along with accounting and business advisory firm MNP, has created the scenarios that outline different possible futures along with what we estimate to be the most plausible outcomes. These scenarios for the future will fall under different categories or “drivers of change” identified by the board, staff and representatives from the industry – topics include: technology, the urban/ rural relationship, immigration, global demand and the global

economy, public expectations of sustainability and the environment, changing consumers wants and needs, public policy and regulations and innovation. “Now it is our members’ turn,” says Senft. “We have described the future under four different scenarios and are hoping each grain farmer in Ontario will take the time to tell us whether they are plausible and what each possible future will look like on their farms.” GFO appreciates farmer support and participation in filling out the survey available at GFOscenarioplanning.htm using the password “future.” To complete the survey by phone contact the GFO office at 1-800-265-0550 to request a mailed copy. Interim results will be discussed at the Grain Farmers of Ontario January district meetings to plan for further discussion and input.

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Rural Life 4-H Ontario executive director shows her true colours this November GUELPH - 4-H Ontario executive director Wraychel Horne is currently sporting bright green hair highlights to show her support for 4-H Ontario during National 4-H Month. The annual event runs in November, allowing 4-H members and supporters to celebrate their pride for the organization, including “Show your 4-H Colours Day.” On Sept. 15, Horne posed a challenge to the 4-H Ontario staff team, Ontario 4-H Council and Ontario 4-H Foundation. If each member made 4-H Ontario his or her charity of choice and donated to the organization before Oct. 15, she would dye her hair green for the entirety of National 4-H Month. “I wanted to create a challenge to have 100 per cent participation from all 4-H Ontario staff, volunteer council directors and foundation trustees,” Horne said. “When we are asking other

Wraychel Horne donors to give to 4-H Ontario, it is important to show the credibility that we all make 4-H ‘our charity of choice’,” said Horne. Her initiative received 100% participation and raised $4,377 for the Ontario 4-H Foundation. Horne is required to maintain her green hair at all times during the month of November. She has attended the Royal Winter Fair, made an address

at the Provincial Go For The Gold competition, and attended meetings at OMAFRA - all with green hair. Horne has received quite the response for her vibrant hair colour choice. “Random strangers talk to me, want to know about the hair, tell me it looks awesome, ask why I have it and even reach out and touch it,” Horne said. “I’ve been to Farmer’s Markets with my family, in line for a coffee, out Christmas shopping and people have started up conversations with me. It’s been great to explain that ‘it’s fundraiser hair’ and then tell them all about 4-H,” she adds. While Horne does not planning on making green hair a permanent choice, she is pleased about the positive response and support her hair has garnered for 4-H Ontario. For more information or to find a local 4-H chapter, visit

BDO presents Agriculture Matters Dec. 7 ERIN - BDO Canada LLP is hosting an Agriculture Matters luncheon and information session on Dec. 7. The presentation will take place at David’s Restaurant, 20 Shamrock Road, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided. The event includes keynote speaker Kim McConnell, founder and former CEO of AdFarm, one of the largest and most respected agricultural marketing firms in North America. McConnell is also a recent

inductee to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. McConnell will present, “Agriculture more than ever.” Phillip Shaw, well known columnist and insightful speaker, will discuss market factors impacting Ontario prices now and into 2013. Shaw’s presentation is entitled: “The New Volatility in Grains, Farm Land Prices and the Road Ahead in 2013.” A feature on the “Top 20 Management Tips, Farm Programs, and Growing Forward” will be presented by representatives of BDO and

their partners. “Woodlot Management and the Emerald Ash Borer” will be presented by Trees Ontario. Space is limited for the Dec. 7 event. To register contact Michelle Drewery at or 519-824-5410 ext. 4408.

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Gold medal winners - The Guelph Ringette U-16AA Sodrox Chemicals team recently returned from the Nepean Ringette Tournament as undefeated gold medal winners. The team defeated Mississauga 6-2, Nepean 3-1, New Brunswick 5-4, and GCRA 5-2. In the semi-finals they knocked out Manitoba 5-1, to take on New Brunswick in the finals with a win of 5-3. Back row from left are: Breanna Hahn, Rachel Dickie, Nicole Shaw, Kali Curtis, Katrina Hart, Selena Case, Jasmine Leclerc, Neely Jarvis, Samantha Rogers. Front row: Anna Lawrence, Halli Berry, Samantha Gorgi, Stacey Warner, Gillian Marrow. Absent from photo are head coach Todd Marrow, assistant coaches Gary Shaw, Arlene Warner and Karen Lawrence and manager Lisa Curtis. submitted photo

First place kick - Sensei Barbara Lamble of Elora Karate Dojo participated in the Tri-City Martial Arts Guelph Open Shiai on Nov. 18, a charity tournament in support of Right to Play. Lamble competed in the men’s sparring division for 3rd degree black belts, advancing through all the levels to place first. Also representing the Elora dojo were first-time competitors Mark Reynolds, 6, and Sam Wasson, 6, who placed second and third in the Junior Kids Kumite (sparring) division. submitted photo

Champions on the road - The Centre Wellington Fusion Major Atom AE team took its play to the finals of the St. Thomas Minor Hockey AE Tournament recently, where they defeated the Windsor Jr. Spitfires in the finals 4-3. submitted photo

Fusion Major Atom AE win in St.Thomas FERGUS - The Centre Wellington Fusion Major Atom AE team competed in the ‘For the love of the Game’ tournament in Erin on Nov. 10 winning the ‘B’ championship. Playing a close game with the Burlington Minor A team to start the day, the boys were defeated 3-2. Scoring for the Fusion were Seamus Hotson and Ty Needham with assists from Carter Hyndman and Brody Shafer. The team’s next game was an 11-2 victory over Orangeville. Goals were netted by Cole Chipman (3), Hyndman (2), Ethan Kosempel (2), Justin Snowe, Shafer, Eric Feltham and Jack McDonald. Assists were added by Needham, Chipman (2), Shafer (2), Kosempel and Hyndman. The ‘B’ Championship game saw the team take on Guelph where the team shut-

out their opponents 5-0. Scoring was shared by Needham, Kosempel, Hyndman, Chipman and Hotson. Assists were added by Snowe, Chipman (2), Hyndman and Needham. Aidan Kelly and Jacob Killinger played strong, sharing time in net. Tough competition The team recently went on to win the Atom division championship at the St Thomas Minor Hockey AE Tournament. The team met some tough competition from the Windsor Jr. Spitfires to start off the tournament. Although it was a tight game, the Fusion suffered a 2-1 defeat. Kosempel scored the lone goal. The team came back in the next two games to win a 3-0 decision over the London Bandits and 7-0 over the St. Thomas Stars later that day. Goals in the London game

were scored by Ryan Gemin, Kosempel and Chipman. Assists were added by Hyndman, Lukas Mammoliti, Chipman and Kosempel. Kelly had the shutout in net. In the St. Thomas game, goals were scored by Mcdonald, Chipman (3), Feltham, Needham and Hotson. Assists added by Gemin, Kosempel (2), Koen Ashdown, Shafer and Feltham. Jacob had the shutout in net. The two wins sent the team to the finals to face the Windsor Jr. Spitfires yet again. The Fusion came out victorious, winning the championship game 4-3. Scoring in the final game went to Ashdown, Needham, Kosempel and Chipman. Assists were added by McDonald, Shafeer, Feltham, Hyndman and Chipman. Kelly was back in net for the final game.

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Inside Wellington - Second of The Wellington Advertiser, May30, 6, 2011 Inside Wellington - Second SectionSection of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, Friday, November 2012 PAGE PAGE FIFTEEN ELEVEN

Suzuki String School celebrates 40 years FROM PAGE TWO

*** Fiddler Scott Woods from Fergus, a live presentation of his “Old Time Christmas” show at Centre 2000 in Erin. 7pm. Proceeds will help support Burns Presbyterian Church and ARC Industries East in Erin. Advance tickets $20 adults, $10 kids 12 & under, and kids 5 and under free. For tickets call 519-833-0463 or 519-833-2925. *** Adult/Senior Ice Skating 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 per person. *** Breakfast with Santa co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Clifford, Clifford Lions Club and the Redwood Restaurant, 8 and 11am, Elora Street, Clifford. Pancake and sausage breakfast – donations only. Proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation. *** Annual Breakfast with Santa sponsored by the Belwood and District Lions Club at the Belwood Hall from 8am to 11am, Adults (13 and up) $5, Children (4 to 12) $2.50, 3 and under free. Canned Donations to the Food Bank would be greatly appreciated.

Sun. Dec 9

Elora Festival Singers presents “Messiah” 3pm. St. Joseph’s Church in Fergus. Handel’s immortal masterpiece, with chamber orchestra, and soloists from the choir. Tickets are $40 +HST. For tickets call 519-846-0331. *** The Guelph Legion Branch 234 Christmas Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings, served from 5pm – 6pm. $12.00 per person. Lounge opens at 2 p.m. 57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph.

Tues. dec. 11

The December meeting of the Royal City Quilt Guild will be “The 12 Gadgets of Christmas”. 7pm till 9pm, at Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road. Doors open at 6:45pm. Alma Laidlaw from Sew Fancy will give a talk and demonstration. The Guild Library will be holding it’s annual book and bake sale. Come early for the best deals.

Wed. dec. 12

Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers for modern and traditional stories for Adults and Teens. 7pm at the Main Branch of the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk at Paisley. New tellers welcome. Short open mic time. Call ten days before if you have a longer story so we can plan the program. Location varies. 519767-0017. *** Until Dec 14- Erin Theatre presents Moved By The Spirit Dinner Theatre - 6th Annual hysterical holiday romp by Susanna Lamy. 7pm, David’s Restaurant, 20 Shamrock Rd.,Erin. Dinner & Show $39.95. Info. 905-873-6868. Book seats 519-833-5085. *** Euchre. Harriston Legion Branch #296. 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a Partner. Call 519-338-2843. *** The Grand Quilt Guild will be meeting on the second Wednesday of December, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair Street, Fergus. All are welcome - door open at 7pm and meeting concludes at 9:30pm.

Thurs. dec. 13

Craft Table space available for Carol Sing event, 6-8pm at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, 6920 Concession 1, R. R. #2 Puslinch Township. Please contact Cathy 519-826-7842, to enter a craft table. *** Come for Chili and/or Hot Dog Dinner from 5 - 7pm at Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood, before the Parade of Lights. Chili Dinner - $7; Hot Dog Dinner - $4. Sponsored by Stone United Church. Contact: 519 833-2496.

Fri. dec. 14

Knox Presbyterian Church, Palmerston, Community Carol Sing. 7pm. For info. call 519-343-3805. *** Punch Party/Silent Auction. Start at 5pm. Harriston Legion Branch #296. Entertainment provided. All are welcome to join in the fun. Silent Auction tables. Bidding Ends at 10pm. (Donations for this can be dropped off at the Legion). Draws include Quilt Raffle. Come on in and enjoy Entertainment too. Call 519-338-2843. *** Karaoke with John McGlone at the Red Chevron Club, 8 to 12

Sat. dec. 15

Everyone is welcome.

*** St. John’s Anglican church annual outdoor Carols on the Green Carol Sing. 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to sing carols, toboggan or enjoy refreshments in the Parish Hall. Dress warmly. Located at the corner of Main St. and Guelph St., Rockwood. *** “A Family Christmas” presented by the Cantata choir of KnoxElora and St. Andrew’s-Alma 2:30pm at St. Andrew’s Alma, and 7pm. at Knox-Elora Presbyterian Churches. Freewill offering. Cantata- In Bethlehem, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s RC Church, Mt Forest and Dec. 17, 7:30pm, St. John’s RC Church, Arthur. Written and directed by Derek Moore - performed by area choirs. Free will offering.

Tues. dec. 18

tic director Paule Barsalou. The concert will also include a special demonstration by the SSSG’s fall violin, viola and cello beginners, ages 3 to 6 years old. The performance is Dec. 2 at 3pm, at the River Run Centre. Tickets are $10 for adults; children (13 years and under) $7. EyeGO tickets are $5 for secondary students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000 or online at

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.

wed. dec. 19

Elora Festival Singers presents “Festival of Carols” 7:30pm. St. John’s Church in Elora. A lighter look at the sacred and secular aspects of the holiday season, with humourous readings by Canon Robert Hulse. Tickets are $35 +HST. To order tickets please call 519-846-0331.

Fri. dec. 21

Elora Festival Singers presents “Festival of Carols” 5pm & 7:30pm. St. John’s Church in Elora. A lighter look at the sacred and secular aspects of the holiday season, with humourous readings by Canon Robert Hulse. Tickets are $35 +hst. To order tickets please call 519-846-0331.

sun. Dec. 23

Christmas Carolling in James Lynch Park, Everton, 6:30pm. Sponsored by Everton Community Church.

MON. Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Everton Community Church - 0379 Evert St., Everton, 6:30 pm. Further information available by calling (519) 856-1185.

FRI. Dec. 28

Karaoke with John McGlone at the Red Chevron Club, 8 to 12

Sat. Dec. 29

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.

Mon. Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Dance at the Elora Legion featuring Bill Beattie. Starts at 8pm. Cost $40 per person, lunch provided. Call 519-8469611. *** New Years Eve Dance. Harriston Legion Branch #296. 9pm in the Maple Leaf Room. Admission $16 per person. Entertainment by Riverston Ramblers. For tickets contact the Legion at 519-3382843. *** Dec. 31 New Years Eve at the Red Chevron Club, Guelph featuring The Band Guess What, 9pm to 1am. *** New Years Eve family skating party, Arthur Community Centre, skating 6:30-8:00pm, entertainment, munchies, noise makers etc 8-9pm. Admission-donation to food bank. Hosted by St. Andrews Pres Church, Arthur.

fri. Jan. 4

Community Euchre, sponsored by Optimist Club of Puslinch. 7:30pm at Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person, includes lunch. 50/50 draw. Call Neil Smith for info. 519-837-3838.

SAT. Jan. 5

Fergus Legion Jam Session. Non members welcome. Come and join in.

Wed. Jan. 9

Rockwood & District Lioness Euchre, Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood at 7pm. $5 a person. Lunch and prizes to follow.

THURS. Jan. 10

Adult/Senior Ice Skating 8-9:50pm. Exhibition Park Arena, Guelph. Cost - $7 per person. With the Fergus Brass Band. *** Just For Fun on Saturdays for children in JK to Grade 6 from 10:30am – noon at the Hillsburgh Branch Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh. Holly Jolly reading, games, and crafts. Please register. 519-855-4010. *** 7pm Community Carol Sing at Palmerston Presbyterian Church. *** “Sparkles in the Park” - a display of Christmas lighting. Riverside Park Guelph. Every evening starting Dec. 15 until Dec. 31. 5:30 9:30 with a fireworks display on Dec. 31 at 8pm. Event is free but on-site donations to Guelph Rotary are requested. *** The Beach Party at the Red Chevron Club, Guelph featuring The Band Late Night Radio 9pm-1am.

January 10- Euchre- St Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest7:30pm $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes.

Sun. dec. 16

Community Euchre, sponsored by Optimist Club of Puslinch. 7:30pm at Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person, includes lunch. 50/50 draw. Call Neil Smith for info. 519-837-3838.

Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10.

GUELPH - For forty years, the Suzuki String School of Guelph (SSSG) has been a part of the artistic community of Guelph and surrounding area. On Dec. 2, 180 students from the school will join with members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, members of various Guelph choirs, and the Royal City Academy of Irish Dance to perform at the River Run Centre. “We are thrilled to be joined by this incredible group of singers, musicians and dancers for this concert. It will be a party to remember,” said artis-

Wed. Jan. 16

Orangeville & Area M.S. Support Group. 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm. Westside Secondary School, Rm.#124. 300 Alder St., Orangeville. Call Diane 519-941-3712.

Sun. Jan. 20

Sunday Morning Community Family Breakfast at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street. 9-11:30am. $6 per person, $3 kids under 10. Everyone is welcome.


Euchre- St Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest- 7:30pm $2.50 includes light lunch and prizes.

fri. feb. 1

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.

Horoscopes - For the First week of December ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you will have to work hard at presenting a different image if you want to win over a few more fans. It might take a little time, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, take a break no matter how busy you are this week. It is for your own good to recharge with some R&R and then get back on track at work. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Unexpected things can happen when you explore new possibilities, Gemini. Get out there and immerse yourself in other social circles so that you can take advantage of opportunities. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, run your ideas by a few people this week before you make a big presentation. This will help you to revise and tweak anything that needs a little work. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you will be full of energy this week and that energy helps you handle whatever is put on your plate. Take advantage of your productivity with a few days off next week. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, jump on an opportunity to take a vacation. There won’t be many other opportunities this year to enjoy a vacation. So go along even if it’s related to work. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 There are too many happy things going on in your life to let any of the negative things bring you down, Libra. Face challenges with a smile, and

you’ll sail through. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, despite firm convictions you cannot change others’ viewpoints all of the time. Don’t be hard on yourself if other people do not see things the same way as you do. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, sometimes you may believe there isn’t room for anyone else in the spotlight but you. Don’t let your ego get in the way of friendships. Share the glory. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, give an idea that would require some significant changes its due consideration. This can impact both your career and personal life in a positive way. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It may seem like too much money is going out of your pocket and not enough coming in, Aquarius. But the budget will balance out this month. Rest easy when making purchases. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Start a creative project that can be turned into something you keep for yourself, Pisces. It’s nice to enjoy the fruits of your creative labors.

PAGE TWELVE Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 30, 2012

WINTER ROAD CONDITION RESOURCES • Wellington County Central Garage: 1.866.799.4166 - 24/7 from November 10 through to April 12, 2013 • Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) Road Conditions: 511 • MTO information: 1-800-268-4686 or • Environment Canada: If roads are closed, they have been closed under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act by the Police not the road authority.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS NEEDED The Palmerston Food Bank is looking for sponsors to donate turkeys for Christmas hampers. If you would like to help a deserving family, contact Marg Todd at: 519.343.2438 before December 17. If you would like to order a Christmas hamper call 519.417.4774, leave your name and number and your call will be returned. Hampers must be ordered before December 15 at the Palmerston Food Bank.

FESTIVE R.I.D.E. PROGRAMME UNDERWAY The Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) festive season programme runs November 9 through January 1, 2013. Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. O.P.P. officers will be out in full force across the province in an effort to remove the threat of the impaired drivers and reduce the death toll on Ontario roads.

DECEMBER 5 IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VOLUNTEER Wellington County Council and staff would like to thank all of the individuals who generously spend their time volunteering at various County facilities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:

County of Wellington O.P.P. Officers continually conduct R.I.D.E. spot checks throughout the year, and will also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers, those speeding and people not wearing seat belts.

Wellington Terrace Long Term Care Home Mary Black T 519.846.5359 x 266 E

Help keep our roads safe. If you drink, don’t drive.

Green Legacy Tree Nursery Brenda Walsh T 519.546.4788 E



Decorate Our Tree Bring an ornament from home that will become part of the Museum collection.

Admission only $2.00 per person

Wellington County Museum and Archives Libby Walker T 519.846.0916 x 5224 E

Sunday December 9 12:00 to 4:00 pm 5 entertainment 5 displays 5 treats and crafts 5 and Santa!

HAS A NEW WEBSITE! The website supports families and caregivers for children ages birth to six years. Visit the website for resources and information related to:

Wellington Rd. 18 between Fergus and Elora T 519.846.0916 x 5221 TOLL FREE 1.800.663.0750 x 5221

• children’s health and development • parenting • local services

ALTERNATE FORMATS OF THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. FEEDBACK - HOW ARE WE DOING? Accessibility Clerk Do you have an idea for an upcoming issue? Page 519.837.2600 xCounty 2373 orCommunications Andrea Ravensdale, Communications Manager Wellington Advertiser 519.837.2600 x 2320* or for publication: November 30, 2012 *ALL CALLS CAN BE MADE TOLL FREE TO 1.800.663.0750 prepared by Phil Dietrich Wellington County Museum & Archives

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