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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of the Wellington Advertiser, Friday, December 21, 2012

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Free weekly Drop In Yoga for Adults every Thurs. eve 4:305:30pm, Certified Yoga Instructor Owen Ash. St. John’s Church, 112 Guelph St. Rockwood. Info. 519-856-9211. *** Euchre at Victoria Park Seniors Centre, Fergus. Every Thursday 7:30pm. $2 members. *** The Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus has a wide variety of programs for all. Registered programs may be taken by anyone over 18 years old. Check out our website at or call 519-787-1814. *** Families of Grade 4 to 6 students attending Palmerston Public School. Bring your whole family for 9 weeks of family fun, food, games and prizes at our Families and Schools Together evenings. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 22, 5:30 to 8pm - includes dinner and it’s free. Register by calling Jill Hope at the school 519-343-3520 x227 or Lucy Ferguson 519-994-7735. *** Free Laughter Club. Release your inner child and learn to laugh for no reason, no experience required. Reduces stress, releases emotional tension, releases endorphins and reduces loneliness. Thursdays 10:30-11:30am at the VON office, 392 Main St. N. Unit 4, Mount Forest. Call Dave Vervoort for more info. 519-323-0255.

Fri. dec. 21

Elora Festival Singers presents “Festival of Carols” 5pm and 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. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226, Wing Night. 6 to 8pm. All you can eat $14. No take-outs. Entertainment by The Collection. *** The Erin Legion is hosting a Blood Donor Clinic. Give a holiday gift; donate blood. Note time change: noon to 4pm in Bloodmobile. *** Elora Rocks Hockey Club 1st Annual Mitt and Toque Toss. Elora Arena, Proceeds go to local charities. Please place items in clear plastic bags.

Sat. Dec. 22

Arthur Legion Br. 226, Karaoke. 8:30pm. *** Guelph Chamber Choir “Handel’s Messiah” 8pm. A holiday tradition, our performance of The Messiah. River Run Centre, Guelph, 35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON. 519-763-3000. Tickets $33 each (4 for $120). Students $10. And only $5 for youth with eyeGO.

sun. Dec. 23

Christmas Carolling in James Lynch Park, Everton, 6:30pm. Sponsored by Everton Community Church. *** The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada farm will be open 10am to 4pm. Weather permitting. We invite you to enjoy time with the donkeys, enjoy refreshments and more. Donations appreciated. For more info. call 519-836-1697. 6981 Puslinch Concession 4, Guelph.

MON. Dec. 24

Sunday January 13, 2013 Games start at 1pm - Doors open at 11am

share the wealth package $15 - main program package $25 (both packages are required - extra strips available)

$10 redeemable slot play coupon provided to each bingo player

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

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Everton Community Church, 0379 Evert St., Everton, 6:30pm. Information available by calling 519-856-1185. *** St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Frederick St., Arthur. Christmas Eve Service. 7pm. All welcome. *** Eden Mills Presbyterian Church congregation invite you to their annual Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24 at 8:30pm. Come join us to celebrate Who is This Child? with readings and singing of carols. Special music by the choir. *** Christmas Eve service. St. John’s Community Church, Orton. 7:30pm. *** Christmas Eve in the Stable. Presented by Ballinafad United


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Both social and business communication require some tact this week, Aries. You can handle it, and you should be prepared to meet some interesting people. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, your confidence and energy are strong, but you seem to be having difficulty sitting still for enough time to get a

- For the Fourth week of December handle on other people’s opin- Virgo, your confidence is high ions and viewpoints. and there is just about nothing that you fear or think you GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 cannot handle this week. Float New options present them- along on these feelings of selves that are excellent for euphoria for a while. educational pursuits, Gemini. Friends will be supportive of LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 any ideas that you devise, even Libra, you will show leaderif they seem a little off-center. ship in your profession over the next several days. This also CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 will extend into your personal Cancer, this week you could life, where you may have more gain the attention of people in energy in home affairs. high positions. Use the opportunity to get your best points SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 heard if you have the chance. Scorpio, indulge your curiosities, as your imagination and LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 creativity are very high. Projects Leo, this should be one of those that require artistic work or writglorious weeks when you have ing should be the top priority on the feeling that everything is your list. moving along smoothly and according to your master plan. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Sagittarius, this is a good week

Church, 6:30pm. Good News Farm, at 4917 Eighth Line, Erin, just north of Erin/Halton Townline. Watch for signs. Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music and live animals. Part of donations received with go to local food banks. For information call 905-873-4918. *** Arthur United Church, welcomes you to join with them for their Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. 7:30pm.

FRI. Dec. 28

Karaoke with John McGlone at the Red Chevron Club, 8pm-12am. *** All Saints Community Dinner. Good old rib-sticking spaghetti and meat balls and plenty of it. We even have gluten-free. Give yourself a break after all that Christmas cooking, 6 to 7pm; no sermon and no charge; free will offerings gratefully accepted. All Saints Church, 81 Main Street, Erin. “The one with the big white spire”.

Sun. Dec. 30

Everyone welcome to join Eden Mills Presbyterian Church in the celebration of ringing out their 150th Anniversary year. 10am with a “Hymn Sing”. Come and choose a favourite hymn.

Mon. Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Dance at the Elora Legion featuring Bill Beattie. Doors open 6pm. Roast Beef Dinner 7pm. Dancing 8:30pm to 1:30am with a light lunch after midnight. Cost $40 per person. Call 519-846-0830. *** 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. *** 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 to 8pm, entertainment, munchies, noise makers etc. 8pm to 9pm. Admission-donation to food bank. Hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Arthur. *** New Years Eve Dance at The Royal Canadian Legion, Guelph. 57 Watson Parkway South. 9pm to 1am. Door prizes and party favours. Tickets $25 per person (cold buffet included). Tickets can be purchased at the Legion. For info. call the legion at 519822-1565. *** New Years Eve Dance. St. Mary Hall, Mount Forest. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Music by The Derek Moore Family. Tickets: Bert Moore 323-4931 or the church office 323-1054. $12 each. All proceeds will go to the building fund. *** New Years Eve. Palmerston, Legion.
Dance the night away. 5pm to 6pm Cocktail Social, complimentary guest drink and appetizers.
Dinner at 6pm. 11:45pm champagne countdown.
Tickets $35/ Person. Order by Dec. 21 at the club room. Call Barb 519-343 3304
or Liz 519-343-4631 or 519-343-3749.

Tues. Jan. 1

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275, Fergus. 500 Blair Street, Fergus. New Years Levee, 2 to 5pm. Entertainment by Kieran Ballah. 519-843-5662.

Wed. Jan. 2

Through the Wardrobe: A Winter in Narnia. Celebrate winter with stories, games and snacks all inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia. Hillsburgh Branch, Wellington County Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh from 10:30–11:30am. For children JK to Grade 6. Please register 519-855-4010.

Thurs. Jan. 3

Until January 19 - Out-Grown the Cupboard Book Sale at the Hillsburgh Branch, Wellington County Library, 98B Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh during library open hours. Books, DVDs, music CDs and books on disc. For info. call 519-855-4010.

Sudoku to explore new business opportunities. Apply your efforts to solving some complex problems that others have shied away from. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, your feelings of restlessness might be because you’re not accustomed to sitting still for too long. You will think of ways to fill the time. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Broaden your social contacts, Aquarius, and this way you will extend your professional reach as well. There always are opportunities for networking. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You may find that needs at home quickly drain you of any energy, Pisces. Simplify your routine to find some relief.

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!

Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, December 21, 2012 PAGE THREE

Author Margaret Blair: Shanghai tale rooted in reality by Patrick Raftis

her second book, Shanghai Scarlet, Blair turns her talents to fiction, blending a story of love, loss and adventure, with her inside knowledge of the dangerous world of Shanghai Book talk - Author Margaret Blair chats with local residents at a book launch for Shanghai Scarlet a the Harriston Library. from the 1920s to the 1940s. Cover photo: Blair holds copies of her two books on Old Shanghai. photos by Patrick Raftis In the novel, Blair writes of conflicting political regimes and the gangsters who flourin 1960, where she studied ing such perfect French. (I’m ished in that time period, as servants to assist with physical of 1,000 people. “We really were starving history at the University of running out of adjectives.) At well as the journalists and chores. After the war broke out, and the Japanese guards came Toronto and met her husband, last! I had found the perfect MINTO - When Harriston- authors they attempted to her father, who had considered to us and said they had been cut Ronald. area author Margaret Blair manipulate. modeng girl, embodying that The couple raised three chil- quintessential modernity found That imagery provides the leaving the country with his off their funds – that they had writes of the colourful world of old Shanghai, she knows of backdrop for Shanghai Scarlet, family, was taken into custody nothing to give us,” she said, dren, as she worked in various only in Shanghai, expressed which centres on the story of and sent to an internment camp adding, “The Japanese don’t careers including teaching and by modeng, the word we what she speaks. marketing. While still work- had invented to describe it. like to lose face that way.” Born in Shanghai, China, romance between Mu Shiying, with other foreign nationals. Only the intervention of the ing in Toronto, they bought a That’s what was missing from “It was an awfully bad prisBlair’s family was part of a an independent-minded young close expatriate subculture that writer, and Qiu Peipei, a mod- on camp,” said Blair. Violent Red Cross, with food deliver- home outside Harriston about my research: the last piece lasted until she was almost 10, ern Chinese woman with a love treatment and neglect of basic ies, saved the internees from 30 years ago and moved to the of the jigsaw puzzle. I was when the events of the Second of western culture and dancing. needs at the camp left her starvation at that point, said area full-time after retiring in so bemused I didn’t go on as 1998. Blair says her second book father in poor physical con- Blair. World War resulted in her usual to dance the night away Retirement gave Blair an at Moon Palace. I had to go The last camp Blair’s famfamily being interned by the grew out of the first because dition as the war drew to a she wanted to create something conclusion. Yet he and other ily spent time in was guarded opportunity to pursue her love back to my room to savour the Japanese. “The post-war permanent out of the colorful historical detainees were forced to walk by Japanese military troops and of writing, both through her experience, to write about it, retreat from China created a characters she discovered while hundreds of miles to a camp located in a convent near a books and her involvement to think and think and think … INTRODUCING THE Gudao, ALL-NEW 2010 SUBARU LEGACYmunitions factory. Peking where allied forces Lone Islet. near lifelong feeling of having lost researchingINTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2010 SUBARU LEGACY with the Ink and Cookies about it … about her. Like a “We literally liberated He thenbehind the early thislife my roots, of This being an outside mid-size sedan doesn’t Blair’s just look different year, itinfeelsfinally different. You feel them. the difference wheel. In the were being Writers, a group of Minto and fool I didn’t remember to ask SUPERIOR a the month on a inhospital ShanghaiDrive. was idyllic, inpassengers stark observer of the around All-Wheel This mid-size doesn’t spent just itlook year, it feels You the feelsmart the difference behind the wheel. InJAPANESE the her where she lived, to ask her turnspeople with symmetrical Even yoursedan feel in different extrathis room the reardifferent. seats. From ENGINEERING FROM SUPERIOR JAPANESE ship recovering from the ordeal her wartime experime, and of the place I was in,” contrast toturns anything about herself. with symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Even your passengers feel it in the extra room in the rear seats. From the smart ENGINEERING FROM Japanese engineering dynamic to thefather, strength and presence evident in thewith exterior * before being reunited hisdesign, the Legacy gives Herperformance Scottish-born states an excerpt from Blair’s andence. After our meeting, I stag$ Japanese engineering and dynamic performance to the strength and presence evident in the exterior design, the Legacy gives you a greater sense of confi dence, comfort andwas excitement. compromise on your next Sedan purchase. Visit your local Alexander Telfer, a detec-Don’tfamily. website biography. $ gered out* of the Zengs’, you a greater sense of confidence, comfort excitement. Blair saysandher family Don’t got compromise on your next Sedan purchase. Visit your local in yourself. Shanghai’s city police Little surprise then, shrugged on my padded jacket dealer for a testBlair drive andtive feel for for British-born a test drive and feelword for yourself. from her father through met his returned to her roots for her force, whodealer and entered Rue Massenet, first book Gudao, Lone Islet. wife, Florence, while on vaca- letters while he was on the crossing through Rue Molière, hospital ship. By that point, Released in 2008, the book is tion on the Isle of Wight. past Number 29 where Sun Blair’s father’s position as Blair, her mother and brother, a carefully-researched memoir Yat-sen had lived, to Rue Père which paints a detailed portrait an employee of the city, which Gordon, had been released Robert. On this part of the of the lives of both Chinese and was then a treaty port (open to from their own internment walk home, I was still in my foreign inhabitants of Shanghai foreign trade), allowed for a facility, which she describes as French “bubble”. However, - Margaret Blair, author of Shanghai Scarlet. before, during and after the comfortable lifestyle, includ- less harsh. turning left on Avenue Joffre, I “The guards weren’t vioing a nurse Blair thought of as Second World War. entered Russia: saw and waved With the recent release of “my Chinese mother” and two lent,” she recalls. However, used as human shields. We Mount Forest area residents to my friend the doorman of food was scarce and of poor were being bombed all the who meet regularly to share the Renaissance Café, a huge their stories and thoughts on Cossack in full regalia with quality. “It really was brutal. time. It was terrible,” she said. In a passage from her mem- writing. We were starving, I’m afraid medals. It has also afforded Blair oir, Blair describes one of the to say.” He was standing outside the a chance to research the his- café, opening the door. On a Blair credits the fact Swiss bombing raids: We had no shelters and the tory of her homeland, a topic wave of the warm aroma of and Dutch consulates remained open during the war with help- camp leaders advised us to stay she shared at a book launch cabbage soup and beef strogaing moderate the conditions the indoors. There was a constant for Shanghai Scarlet at the noff, the doorman let out a blast Canadians and other foreign din from the endless waves of Harriston library on Dec. 6. of plink plink balalaika music At the launch, the author with loud, lingual Russian conplanes flying low, the bombs internees experienced. “They checked in on us,” shrieking their way down and gave a presentation on true sto- versation and hearty singing the dull crash of explosions ries of “Gangsters, Billionaires fuelled by vodka and kvass. My she notes. As the war continued, con- around the camp. The shock and Two-gun Cohen – colour- Cossack waved back and gave ditions in the camps deterio- waves from the bombs shook ful characters of Treaty Port me a big smile. rated as well, a situation she our dilapidated buildings and China,” as well as a reading “No girls tonight?” he said. attributes to the upper levels of plaster fell everywhere cover- from her latest book, an excerpt “No, thank goodness. But I’ve the occupying forces, not her ing us, and the possessions from which follows: just met the one,” and I did The Girl. Tonight I was my famous foxtrot on the road, immediate captors. Breakfast we had just set out, with a fine was “watery rice” and the eve- dust that we cleared up once at the Zengs’ salon and met pretending I was holding her. Old Shanghai - This photo depicts Shanghai in the 1930s, the most wonderful, marvelning meal was “watery stew.” daylight came. Shanghai Scarlet, published when author Margaret Blair was growing up in the treaty After they were reunited, ous, sophisticated, modern by Trafford Publishing, is Later they learned camp staff port. photo courtesy Margaret Blair was being given two pounds of Blair’s family left Shanghai for young woman, and she was so available online through www. meat each day to feed a camp Scotland. She moved to Canada sympathique, so young, speak- Terror reigned in Shanghai. People scuttled around, going out only on necessary business. They were terrified of being rounded up for reprisal executions, terrified of being beheaded “for fun” by a Japanese soldier practicing his sword skills … Terrified. - from Shanghai Scarlet by Margaret Blair.

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Rural Life

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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 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website: www. GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO DELIVER AGRIRECOVERY ASSISTANCE TO AFFECTED ONTARIO LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS OTTAWA – More government assistance is on the way for Ontario livestock producers facing severe forage shortages as a result of this summer’s dry growing conditions, announced federal Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) recently on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Member of Provincial Parliament Phil McNeely (Ottawa-Orléans) on behalf of Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ted McMeekin. The governments of Canada and Ontario will provide assistance through AgriRecovery to help livestock producers with transportation costs incurred in accessing feed for their breeding herds over winter. “Forage shortages in Ontario have forced many livestock producers to find alternate sources of feed for their animals that must be transported from long distances at a significant cost,” said Gallant. “Our Government has delivered support through tax deferrals, Hay East and now through AgriRecovery to cover some of those extra costs producers will incur to transport feed or to move livestock to feed.” “When I toured Ontario farms this summer, I saw first-hand the impact of the drought on crops and livestock,” said McMeekin. “We responded quickly this summer to support livestock producers through advanced insurance payments and support for Hay East 2012. Now AgriRecovery completes the response. We’re all in this together.” Drought conditions during the summer significantly reduced forage yields and damaged pastures for livestock producers in parts of Ontario. The Ontario Forage and Livestock Transportation Assistance Initiative will provide up to $2.4 million to help affected livestock producers in designated drought areas of eastern and southwest Ontario cover a portion of the extraordinary costs of transporting feed to their breeding herds, or breeding herds to areas with surplus feed. The two components of the initiative are: -Up to $0.14 per tonne, per kilometer to assist with the transportation of forage and feed, or - Up to $0.075 per kilometer, per animal, to move animals to available feed This initiative is being delivered under the AgriRecovery Framework, which allows governments to respond to unforeseen

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disasters that result in extraordinary recovery costs for producers. Producers are encouraged to make full use of existing government programs - AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest - designed to help them mitigate income and production losses. This initiative is in addition to the support governments have already provided through the HayEast initiative to help with the costs of transporting donated hay from Western Canada. The federal government is also providing tax deferrals to eligible producers in designated drought areas on the sale of their breeding livestock. The full list of designated areas for the 2012 Livestock Tax Deferral Provision can be found on AAFC’s Drought Watch site at: Further information regarding details of this initiative and how to apply can be obtained from Agricorp at: For more information, media may contact: Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, 613-773-7972; 1-866345-7972 or Jeff English, Press Secretary, The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz,613-773-1059; or Amber Anderson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Ontario. 2013 Southwest Agricultural Conference It seems like only yesterday, but it has been 20 years since the Southwest Agricultural Conference steering committee embarked on this conference format version of a long tradition of producer education days in Ridgetown Ontario. For 75 years the first week of January has been locally known to many as “Farmer’s Week.” We have come a long way since then and we are proud to present the 2013 Southwest Ag conference program, “The Future of Agriculture.” The committee is extremely proud of the roster of speakers who have accepted the invitation to present to the 2013 conference, from celebrated Canadian humanitarian Stephen Lewis and renowned financial planning author David Chilton to the many leading minds in Agriculture across North America and around the world. This conference has grown to become the leading conference in agriculture education in North America. So much information in two days. The welcome sign is out and we invite you to attend this, the 20th Anniversary edition of The Southwest Agricultural Conference on Jan. 3 and 4 at University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus to see “The Future of Agriculture”. Conference agenda and registration details are online at: Also, the OMAFRA staff will be there with an exhibit. OMAFRA – Dairy Housing Design Seminars – Free Stall Housing - Feb. 26 and 27. Day 1 and 2 - 9:30am OMAFRA Resource Centre, 401 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock, ON. This course is specifically intended for producers with plans to build or renovate their free stall, tie stall or calf barns in the next few years. The focus is on fundamentals of design. The course will

provide practical information needed to build an economical, labour efficient facility that is comfortable for cattle. For more information or to Register please visit: english/livestock/dairy/facts/info_freetiestall.htm or call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 OMAFRA – Dairy Housing Design Seminars – Calf Housing - Feb. 28, 9:30 am – OMAFRA Resource Centre, 401 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock, Ontario. This course is specifically intended for producers with plans to build or renovate their free stall, tie stall or calf barns in the next few years. The focus is on fundamentals of design. The course will provide practical information needed to build an economical, labour efficient facility that is comfortable for cattle. For more information or to Register please visit: www. or call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. GROWING YOUR FARM PROFITS by John C. Benham The Growing Your Farm Profits workshop and workbook help farmers identify where their farm is at, the areas that are doing well and the area where there could be improvement that would lead to greater financial success of the business. Topics that are discussed include production, marketing, financial management, the farm business structure, the business goals and each person’s responsibilities. The workbook is similar to the EFP workbook in that you rate yourself and develop an Action Plan. The information you put in the workbook is for your eyes only. The next Growing Your Farm Profits workshop will be held on Jan. 25 in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room from 9:30am to 3pm and will be completed on Feb. 1. Lunch and refreshments are provided. No cost to you. Don’t miss this opportunity. Register online at: or call Liz at 519-638-3268 or email: ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN by John C. Benham To qualify for many of the Cost Share Programs, a completed up to date EFP is a requirement. Now would be a good time to get that completed and be in line for the Cost Share programs. The next EFP workshop will be held on Jan. 30 in the Elora OMAFRA meeting room from 10am to 3pm and will be completed on Feb. 6. Lunch and refreshments are provided. No costs to you. Several farmers are signed up already. Register online at: www. or call John at 519-846-3394 or email: COMING EVENTS 2013: Jan. 3 & 4 - Central Ontario Agricultural Conference 2013 - Georgian College, Barrie Campus: Jan. 16 & 17- Herd Management Conference presented by CanWest DHI; January 16--Memorial Hall, Tavistock and Jan. 17-PMD Complex, Drayton. Check the website: www.canwestdhi. com.

Dairy farmers pledge 160,000 additional litres of milk to community food banks MISSISSAUGA - With the holiday season in full swing,

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who struggle to provide their families with nutritious food, especially at this time of year,” said Bill Emmott, DFO chair. “It’s crucial for industry to step up. This is our way of giving back to Ontario and the people of our province during the holiday season.” Ontario’s dairy farmers are the single largest donor to the OAFB - donating close to one million litres of milk every year. Throughout the year about 500 dairy farmers in Ontario donate a portion of

their own milk; in coordination with industry partners the Ontario Milk Transportation Association and the fluid milk processors in the Ontario Dairy Council, the milk is then delivered to foodbanks throughout the year. “Hunger and access to fresh, nutritious food continues to be a problem in Canada,” said Amanda King, associate manager of fundraising, membership, and communications for OAFB. “DFO has always been one of the biggest supporters of the

food bank program, and with this additional donation we will be able to serve thousands more families in need during this busy season.” The OAFB, which released its annual Hunger Report earlier this week, found that in a single month more than 412,998 families in Ontario accessed food banks, with as many as 17,190 households accessing them for the first time. Tom Kane, president of the Ontario Dairy Council was pleased to confirm that processors were able to facilitate this generous donation. “This program represents what’s best about our industry. We are pleased to work with our industry partners to provide more fresh fluid milk to those in need at this holiday time,” said Kane. The donations, to be delivered beginning this week, will quickly find their way into food hampers across the province. To learn more about the role of individual farmers, transporters and processors visit Dairy Farmers of Ontario is a marketing group representing all dairy farmers in Ontario, and is financed by dairy farmers.

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ENTERTAINMENT Elora Centre for the Arts celebrates 10 years of culture in the community by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - It was a packed house as artists, donors and volunteers joined in a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Elora Centre for the Arts on Dec. 8. “This has been ten years of growth for many people,” said Lena Nudds, volunteer coordinator. “I’m happy that tonight includes all the people that make this centre happen. If people knew how much energy has come into the building, it really is amazing. This is a very emotional event.” The former Elora Public School building was converted into the Elora Centre for the Arts by dedicated volunteers and, over time, a handful of employees, who transformed 10,000 square feet of space into two art galleries, art studios, offices and performance space, as well as the Montessori School of Elora and the Fergus Elora Academy of Dance. “It is such a remarkable contribution to the community,” said Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj, during her introduction to the audience. Board chair Joanne Grodzinski agreed.

Celebrating the arts - Donors, volunteers and artists were invited to take part in the 10th anniversary celebration at the Elora Centre for the Arts on Dec. 8. Hundreds of people attended including, from left: the centre’s first board of directors chair Marion Riddell, Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and current chair Joanne Grodzinski. photo by Kelly Waterhouse “I think the centre is vital to our community in two ways;

the building is open to the community, offering a much need-

ed resource,” she said, referring to programs, studio and rental space. “The Elora Centre for the Arts promotes the arts in the community, art appreciation and activities for everyone. Both are equally important.” The evening included speeches and a warm congratulations by Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong, who was on hand to watch a short video of the history of the centre created by the centre’s first board chair, Marion Riddell. A new donor wall, designed by Joanne and Ed Harder, was also unveiled in the front hall of the historic building. “We figured we should recognize all the donors and volunteers for their dedication over the years,” said Grodzinski. There was much to celebrate, including the hiring of new artistic director Tarin Iris Hughes. There was also the presentation of the inaugural Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, awarded to Katherine Dennis, whose show As Perennial as the Grass will be exhibited in the Minarovich Gallery in the Fall 2013. Unable to attend the event, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP

Ted Arnott prepared a speech he would have read in the Ontario Legislature had it not been prorogued. “The [centre] exists to pursue artistic excellence and achievement, for its own sake, and to nurture and support other cultural endeavors,” Arnott said in his address. “What an amazing story they have to tell, and for all they’ve accomplished over the last ten years at the Elora Centre for the Arts, a celebration was well deserved. “Everyone involved worked together to make the vision of an arts centre in Elora a living and vibrant reality. What some might have thought impossible has become a magnet for cultural expression of all kinds, with significant economic spinoffs. For all that, they deserve the acknowledgment and the thanks of a grateful province.” Grodzinski has a positive outlook for the future of the centre. “I’m very pleased to say that the board is finally talking about art and our vision of how we can promote it to the community,” said Grodzinski. “We’re moving into a different stratosphere of art and

Guelph Symphony Orchestra offers New Year’s Day concert GUELPH - Beginning the New Year on a high note, audiences will have an opportunity to see and hear the opera stars of tomorrow, as Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO) welcomes the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble in a concert-version of the Vienna’s favourite operetta, Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus. Also featured will be favourites of the holiday season, Brindisi and Auld Lang Syne. The concert will feature members of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, Rihab Chaieb, Ambur Braid, Owen McCausland, Cameron McPhail, and Christopher Enns, and former COC mem-

ber, Ileana Montalbetti. The evening will be narrated by Joe Ringhofer. The COC Ensemble Studio is comprised of the brightest and most talented up-and-coming opera stars of tomorrow. Former members have gone on to perform on world stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera. Graduates from this prestigious ensemble include soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, tenor Ben Hepner, baritone James Westman, and mezzo Allyson McHardy. The GSO is proud to be the orchestra for the city and the community of Guelph. Now in its 12th season, the organization strives to serve its com-

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the community,” she added, pointing to things like the current exhibit in the Minarovich Gallery, Painting - The Elora Connection, with an opening show in conjunction with the anniversary party. “This is a high calibre show.” The exhibition, which is featured in the gallery until Jan. 20, includes the works of fine artists from Elora such as John Kissick, Stu Oxley, Neil Shawcross, Will Gorlitz, Ted Fullerton, Ron Shuebrook, Cheryl Ruddock and Martin Pearce. “This is the end of the beginning, and the beginning of the next phase,” said Grodzinski. The Elora Centre for the Arts is located at 75 Melville Street. The Minarovich Gallery and Harris Collective are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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PAGE SIX Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, December 21, 2012

Bantam curlers - Brianna McDougall, Teaghan Laiter, Aislyn Garner and Hanna Gordon of the Fergus Curling Club have formed a competitive Bantam team, graduating from the club’s Little Rock program. The team competed in its first Bantam Interclub Bonspeil in Elmira recently, ending play with a record of 1-1. Coach Carl Gray said he was proud of the “dignity, integrity and grace with which the girls honoured the tradition of sportsmanship that is such a part of the game.” submitted photo

Record wins - Norwell District High School’s senior boys volleyball team ended its season with a record of 37 wins, eight losses and four ties, after competing recently at the OFSAA championships in Stratford. submitted photo

Norwell finishes with record number of wins

Silver medal winners - The Elora Fergus U-16A team recently travelled to St. Mary’s for a ringette tournament. Earning a spot in the finals, the team lost in the gold medal game 6-3 against Chatham. submitted photo

by Kelly Waterhouse PALMERSTON - Members of Norwell District High School’s senior boys volleyball team recently competed in the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) provincial championships at Stratford’s Agriplex. Leading up to the tournament, the team was undefeated in District 4 play, with 10 wins in the regular season, before claiming its ninth consecutive senior boys district title with a win over Wellington Heights

on Nov. 6. The win propelled the team to the CWOSSA Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association) championship in Simcoe in November, where the team went undefeated. At OFSAA, during pool play, the boys had two wins, beating Perth and Streetsville 2-0 in sets, but suffered two losses to Cobourg and Essex. Essex went on to beat Cobourg in the bronze medal match, putting Norwell in third place

in the pool and placed the team on the consolation side. In the consolation quarter final, Norwell defeated Dryden 3-0 in sets, before losing the semi final 3-2 in sets to Lo Ellen Park from Sudbury. Norwell went on to claim the consolation championship. “All in all, we did well,” said coach Ian Strachan. “This was a new school record for wins in a season for the senior boys.” The team wrapped up the season with a record of 37 wins, eight losses and four ties.

Senior Lifestyles Lifestyles Inter-generational program pairs seniors and students by Kelly Waterhouse FERGUS - A new intergenerational program, Fitness Links, recently brought seniors from the Victoria Park Seniors Centre and grade seven students from JD Hogarth Public School together to foster understanding and friendship between generations. “Students interacted with the seniors in several different ‘modified’ fitness classes, with a focus on fun, physical activity, recreation, healthy eating and mental health promotion,” said program facilitator Nora Zylstra-Savage.

“These activities assisted in understanding ageism and stereotypes, reducing the discrimination surrounding the young and old in the community.” Activities included Pilates, tai chi, chair yoga and line dancing. Then the groups share a healthy snack and discussions about issues relevant to both groups. “It was great to see how sharp our grade sevens are,” said senior participant Bob Miller, who said current issues of bullying and teen suicide were some of the topics shared. “It wasn’t all lighthearted.

We had serious discussions about politics and things,” Miller said. “It was interesting to see how the students felt about that.” Teacher Tara Bilton said the experience helped change the students’ views on aging. “I think it opened the kid’s eyes to ending stereotypes and bridging the gap. It’s breaking down walls between seniors and students,” said Bilton. Jackie Roulston, a French immersion student, said she enjoyed the program. “We got to meet new people and it was interesting to

hear about the seniors’ pasts,” Roulston said. Kathy Morgan, supervisor of Senior Services with the Township of Centre Wellington, said the fitness element of the program had a dual purpose. “It’s to dispel stereotypes students have of seniors and the other way around,” Morgan said. “It ends the notion the seniors aren’t active, in or out of retirement homes.” Morgan credits the support of a New Horizons grant for helping to make the program happen.

Bridging the gap - JD Hogarth Public School student Jackie Roulston, left, joins Victoria Park Seniors Centre member Bob Miller and fellow student Chloe Godreau. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

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Senior Lifestyles

Seniors’ drama group continues to be a hit at Victoria Park Seniors Centre

Jack and the Beanstalk - Entertaining their friends at Victoria Park Seniors Centre comes naturally to the comedic talent of this volunteer drama group. Front row, from left, are: Karen Jenkins, Bonnie Wettlaufer, Stan Fleming and Kate Gregory. Back: Carol Plume, Sam Plume, Don Sewell, Lynda French, Joan Brownlow, David Brownlow and Bernice Nelson. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

by Kelly Waterhouse FERGUS - If passersby heard fits of laughter erupting from inside the Victoria Park Seniors Centre last month, it’s because the active community there likes to have a good time, as evidenced during a recent production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Members of the community joined residents of Pine Meadows, a retirement community, and members of the seniors centre to form a drama group. “It’s fun,” said Bernice Nelson, who portrayed the role of Olive, the mischievous woman who sold Jack his socalled magic beans. “We’ve done Snow White, Cinderella, and maybe four or five other plays.” Actors helped build stage sets, costume design and props to engage and entertain the older-adult audience.

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portrayal of the grumpy Giant, complete with a mop for a headdress. Music was provided by pianist Elaine Boyes, from Pine Meadows. Brownlow said that while this production will be her last play with the group - she plans to retire her directorship - she has fond memories of working with the volunteer actors and seeing the reaction on the faces of audience members. “It’s just been great working with the cast and the fun we have in rehearsals, and the culmination of it all,” said Brownlow. “It’s about making people laugh.” And laugh they did. The Victoria Seniors Centre, located at 150 Albert Street, has a full line-up of events for older adults. For more information contact 519787-1814.

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Caring at Caressant Care - The residents of Caressant Care in Fergus Nursing and Retirement Homes worked together on a Christmas collection of non-perishable foods to donate to the Centre Wellington Food Bank. Residents on hand for the presentation, front row from left, included: Alexis Arts, Liz Zito, Phyllis Lobsinger and Bill Stahlbaum. Accepting the donation, back row, are food bank volunteer Brian Dowling and food bank manager Fred Aleksandrowicz. submitted photo

The group’s final production was a comedic and often improvised rendition of the old fable, presented to an audience for a free-will offering, with proceeds to the centre’s choir group and other special events. The audience, members of the centre, were encouraged to participate by joining in song or shouting out to the performers. Produced and directed by Joan Brownlow, the drama troupe is a group of volunteers who just enjoy putting on a good show. “We just get together and have fun,” Brownlow said of the group that began four years ago through the centre. “It’s evolved over the years and different people have joined,” Brownlow said of the cast, which includes her spouse David, who gave the audience an outrageous

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PAGE EIGHT Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, December 21, 2012

Garbage and Recycling Holiday Changes Curbside collection is rescheduled as follows: Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25 rescheduled to Monday, December 24 Boxing Day Wednesday, December 26 rescheduled to Saturday, December 29 New Years Day Tuesday, January 1 rescheduled to Monday, December 31

WARDEN’S ELECTION At its annual inaugural meeting on December 14, Chris White, Mayor of Guelph/Eramosa Township was re-elected to the position of Warden for 2013-2014, by Wellington County Council. Warden White has represented the constituents of Guelph/Eramosa since 2003. In addition to Mayoral duties, he has been a member of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Board (ROMA) since 2004 and was Chair for 2007-2008 and 2010-2011. As Chair of ROMA, Warden White was also on the Executive of the Association of the Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and Chair of the Rural Caucus. Congratulations Warden White!

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