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NOVEMBER 20, 2009
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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 20, 2009
A $650 donation from a charity barbecue by M&M Meat Shops at a car show held at the Wellington County Museum was presented to Groves Hospital recently. It is for the CT Scanner fundraising campaign. From Left: Foundation Assistant for Groves Hospital Foundation Bonnie Bois, Fergus M&M Meat Shops owner Aileen Hawkins, and Wellington County Museum’s Libby Walker.
The Naked Truth about Osteoporosis. Free! 9:30am-1:30pm; Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener. Displays, light refreshments, and giveaways. To register call: Kate Harvey 519-500-1440. *** The 5th Annual Christmas Joy Home Tour. Friday November 20, 4:30-9:30pm and Saturday November 21, 11-5pm. Tickets $25. Contact Didi at 519- 836-8115. *** Annual Bazaar and Ham & Scalloped Potato Supper, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Arthur 4-7pm. Adults $7, 6-12 $4, under 5 free. Crafts, bake table, attic treasures and fun. *** Wing Night at Arthur Legion 6-8pm $10. Entertainment by Derek Moore. *** (PD Day) Drayton Library at 10:30am; Harriston Library, 2:30 pm. Children’s author Sigmund Brouwer will be visiting the libraries during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. If you like mysteries and stories about sports this is for you! *** Acton Rotary Annual Wine and Cheese and silent auction at Acton Town Hall Center, 11 Willow St. N. Acton. 6:30-10pm. $20 per person. Limited number of tickets. Call 519-853-0350. *** Hootenanny -an evening of innovative music, Bring an instrument and play or come and listen. Free will offering to Accessibility Fund. Arkell United Church, 7pm. No Hootenanny in December. Regular date resumes 3rd Friday in January, the 15th, 2010.
Craft Show & Sale several vendors
crafts, baked goods white elephant table | Lunch all day Knox-Elora Presbyterian Church
Sat. November 21 9am-3pm information 519-846-8061
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Craft & Bazaar Sale November 28th, 2009 9am - 1pm Rockmosa Community Centre FREE Admission Donation for Rockwood Food Bank would be appreciated. • Tea Tables • Muffins • Cakes & • Gift Certificate • Crafts Cookies Draw • Tarts & Pies • Penny Table
Many Vendors with their crafts to sell! For more info, or if you would like a table call: Grace 519-856-9650 or Sandy 519-856-4720
Breakfast with Santa at the Redwood Saturday December 5th 8:00am - 11:00am FREE Breakfast Toys, Pictures with Santa, Balloons, Prizes
BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! All proceeds to Children’s Wish Foundation Sponsored by; The Redwood Restaurant, Lions Club of Clifford, Rotary Club of Clifford and the many suppliers
CLIFFORD PARADE November 28th at 7:00pm
Elora Legion Branch 229- Dance. Featuring “Country Motion”. 110 Metcalfe St. Elora. *** Bake Sale - Grand Valley Public Library, 519-928-5622. *** The Royal City Model Railroaders open house of a dozen home based model railroads in Guelph and surrounding area. Free. Global Currency Services to be the starting point of our November 25th tour. Global Currency Services is located at 1027 Gordon Street, Guelph. Hours 10-6pm. Our alternate starting place will be at 4971 County Road #29. For more information call 519-856-4983. *** Elora Centre for the Arts presents Holiday Art Cards. 9am -12pm. $25m/$35nm. Not just your average cards, these gems incorporate printmaking and collage principles. *** Country Christmas Craft Show. 10am-3pm at the Drayton Community Centre. Light lunch available. Admission: Food bank donation. *** St. Alban’s Church, Grand Valley Christmas Silent Auction 10-2, ends with lunch, bake sale, penny table, November 28, 10am2pm. *** Christmas Bazaar, Bake Sale & Noon-time Luncheon 11am-1pm. at Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church, Harriston. Salad Plate and Dessert Lunch. $7 at the door. *** Holstein Drama Group presents "Nobody's Perfect" a comedy Nov 21 - 8pm, Nov 22 - 2 pm - $10. Egremont Optimist Community Centre, Holstein. Info: Holstein General Store 519334-3310. *** Ebenezer United Church, 12274 Guelph Line, just north of Brookville. 4:45 - 7:30pm. Annual Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings and Silent Auction! Adults $15, Students $7.50, Child (5-11) $5. Tickets at the door or by reservation 905-854-2423. *** Arthur Agricultural Society presents Crystal Gage with a roast beef dinner and entertainment to follow. For tickets call 519-8482770. *** St. Joseph’s Parish Annual Bazaar at St. Joseph’s School, 150 Strathallan St., Fergus, 10am-2pm. Free, parking, luncheon 11:30am - 1:30pm. Penny table, baked goods, silent auction and more. Raffle tickets for handmade queen size quilt. *** Elora Library at 10:30am; Marden Library, 2:30pm. Children’s author Sigmund Brouwer will be visiting the libraries during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. If you like mysteries and stories about sports this is for you! *** Acton Santa Claus Parade. 1pm from McKenzie Smith Bennett P.S. Theme: “Silver Bells” (Dreaming of a Silver Christmas) 519853-2924. *** Kenilworth Public School Craft Sale 9am-3pm. Attention: All Men!! This is a great place to bring the kids to shop for Mom (why wait until Dec.24th?) Many NEW Vendors. Admission: $2 (includes door prize draw). *** Scott Woods Christmas Show Duff's Pres. Church Corner Hwy
401 & Hwy 6. Nov. 21-2pm, Nov.22-2pm. Tickets 519-824-6749. *** St. John Brebeuf School Council presents Breakfast with Santa. 811:30am. Centre 2000 Erin - Shamrock Room. Breakfast served, chat with Santa, games, silent auction, face painting, music, crafts, bake sale. Something for everyone! Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Children under 2 free.
NOVEMBER 22 Christmas Craft Show. Arthur Community Centre. 9-3pm. Free admission. Over 65 tables of hand-crafted items only. Sponsored by Arthur Lions Club. Call 519-848-3516 for information. *** The Artisan Belles are hosting Unique Art & Craft Sales in Belwood, 12 - 4. Alpaca items, photo art, quilting & more. See the Alpacas too. 011405 E-W Garafraxa TL (old 8th line). Call 519-843-1663 for more info. *** Sacred Heart CWL Christmas Bazaar 10am-2pm in the Church hall. Huron St. Guelph. Penny table, crafts & more. Hot lunch served. Free admission. *** Crystal Singing Bowls - for meditation, a marvelous sound experience with many wholesome effects. Presentation by Zack Martin-Kilgour from Guelph - 10am. Elora & Fergus Unitarian Church, Victoria Park Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. 1-800565-2353 - All Welcome! *** The Awesome Snake Show. Guelph Lake Nature Centre, Guelph 2-4pm. Come out and meet some very cool reptiles. There will be a slide show highlighting the snakes of Ontario, live snakes, and maybe even a puppet show. $5/person. Please phone 519-8367860 to pre-register.
NOVEMBER 23 Rockwood Presbyterian Church Fall Spaghetti Social and Silent Auction 6:30pm. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Tickets available by calling Sue at 519-856-4664. Adults - $10, Youth 6 to 12 - $5, Children under 5 - Free. Advance tickets only.
NOVEMBER 24 Puslinch Seniors' Euchre Club 1:30pm. Present and former Puslinch Township residents are invited to join us for an afternoon of friendly euchre games at the Puslinch Community Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. *** Wellington Branch Ontario Genealogical Society fall programs continue with “Genealogical Cold Case Files” 7:30pm, Zehrs Community Room, 1045 Paisley Road, Guelph. 519-822-2460.
NOVEMBER 25 Buffet Style Turkey Supper at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus, 3 sittings: 4:45, 5:45 & 6:45pm. Takeout available. Adults $12, children $5. 3 and under free. Tickets at the church office. *** Annual Eramosa Union Cemetery Meeting. Barrie Hill United Church, 7:30pm. All welcome. *** Arthur Grace Anglican Church Bazaar and Bake Sale. Door Prizes.
NOVEMBER 26 Euchre - St. Mary Family Centre, Mount Forest - 7:30pm. $2.50 includes lunch and prizes. *** Until Nov. 28- Christmas On Broadway -Evergreen Seniors Centre, Guelph. Nov. 26, 27 1:30pm, Nov. 28, 7:30pm. Adults $10, children $5. For tickets call the Evergreen Centre at 519-8231291. *** Roast Pork Loin Dinner, Trinity United Church, Listowel. 4:30 7pm. Advance tickets please. Call Clara at 519-291-2736 for tickets, call Marion at 519-291-3915 for take-out or delivery.
NOVEMBER 27 Until Dec 6. - Traditional pantomime returns to Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh with Red Riding Hood. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Erin, performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm.; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm. Tickets at Erin & Hillsburgh Libraries $10; by phone with Visa for $12 at 519-855-4586. *** *** Alma Optimist Beef Barbeque, 5-7pm. at the Alma Community Hall. Adults $12, children $4 at the door. *** Pre Christmas Sale Children’s’ books. “Gently used & like new” Nov 27 4-8pm, Nov 28 9-1pm. Elora United Church, Geddes St. at Church. In support of Elora Festival Singers. *** A Night in Bethlehem 6-9pm, November 28 5-9pm. You are asked to come to ‘A Night in Bethlehem’ to register your family for the census and join us as we explore a busy market place and stop in and say ‘Hello’ to Mary and Joseph at the live nativity. Hot chocolate and caroling available afterward. For more information call 519-837-1457. All are welcome. *** Continued on page 11
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Wayne Fischer charging full steam ahead to preserve relics of a bygone era by Chris Daponte WAYNE FISCHER PUSLINCH TWP. - Wayne Fischer’s voice is charged with enthusiasm and his eyes alive with the wonder of a small child as he eagerly recounts the history of the steam era. “Basically, it’s the steam engine that built North America,” he says. “It was the steam engine that took man from the horse and buggy to the modern industrial age.” Countless transportation, industrial and agricultural advancements can be traced back to James Watt’s invention of the improved steam engine in the 18th century, Fischer explains. He’s likely relayed the same story hundreds of times for the less enlightened, but one would never know it. Ever since he purchased his first engine in 2000 - a 1912 75 horsepower Case - steam engines have become Fischer’s passion. Over the last decade his steam collection has grown to include eight working traction engines, eight other “project” traction engines, five very large stationary engines and 15 smaller ones, two locomotives, one boat, road rollers, a rock
crusher and various other working machinery. “I got the disease,” he said with a laugh of his hobby. In fact, his collection at the not-for-profit Ontario Steam Heritage Museum, located adjacent to his home on Gore Road in south Puslinch, has become one of the largest in North America. “It’s the only place in Canada you can come year round and see machines running on steam,” he said. “This is a working and teaching museum.” About 800 visitors annually tour the museum, where Fischer himself serves as host, curator, historian and operator. Before they arrive most guests are unaware the museum even exists, but they invariably leave impressed by the size and variety of working steam engines. “It’s a lot more dramatic when they’re running,” he said, adding some museums feature only static displays of finely polished engines. He much prefers the grease and grime - not to mention the sounds and smells - of working machines, and doesn’t hesitate
to take the steam engines out in the winter. At the very least, he’ll start them up inside the 20,000 square foot museum, thanks to the telescopic smoke stacks he had installed. Fischer, now president of the Ontario Steam and Antique Preservers Association (OSAPA), still works full time and says he is very fortunate to
might call an obsession. “She even has her own engine,” he says with a smile, pointing to a 1915 20 horsepower Sawyer-Massey traction engine. Such machines, as the name may imply, were the precursors to modern tractors, he explained. The word tractor was coined in 1902. Before that, the
“This is so important. So much of this history has been lost already.” be in the financial position to keep his collection growing. He and his brother John own Engineered Electrical Controls Ltd., a Cambridge electrical company founded by their late father, Walter. Fischer is also quick to recognize the contributions of a about a half dozen volunteers, as well as his wife, Judi, herself the secretary of OSAPA. He says Judi is supportive and understanding of what some
machines that pulled plows were called traction engines, Fisher said. They were also the first piece of self propelled equipment that did not require tracks, he added. Many antique car enthusiasts who visit the museum are surprised to discover the origin of the differential gear, clutch, coil suspension, power steering and other car features. “The automobile industry capitalized on all the steam
engine inventions that the patents had run out on,” he said. “Most people don’t realize all the technology in their cars originated with steam engines.” Fischer takes his collection on the road several time a year, visiting various shows throughout southern Ontario, including OSAPA’s annual Labour Day weekend Steam Era show in Milton and Puslinch’s very own Threshing Bee. He expressed regret that this year was the final year for the Puslinch event, and said the steam association would be strongly in favour if anyone wanted to “take up the torch” and organize future bees. “It was a good show,” he said, noting he met at least one of the museum’s volunteers at the event several years ago. Having lived in Puslinch for almost two decades, Fischer said the threshing bee was just another example of the fine sense of community that exists in the township. He said he regularly receives wood from local farmers who realize how fast the steam engines and the museum’s furnaces can eat through fuel. “I’d never move back to the city; I’m a rural person,” he declared with a smile. Early steam shows enthralled him as a boy, when he would dream of one day owning his own traction engine. It was only more recently he learned of the impressive history attached to the machines, some of which can measure 11 feet wide, 20 feet long, with rear wheels up to six feet in diameter, and weigh up to 17 tons with fuel and water. “There’s so little of it being preserved and saved,” he said. He lamented the lack of protection in North America for steam era relics, unlike in England, where the engines are protected by the National Trust. In England, Fischer said, about 17 million people annually attend steam shows, but
Canadian events are lucky to draw 15,000. And, he noted, in England there are about 2,500 working steam traction engines and over 1,000 steam locomotives, but in Canada those figures are 100 and 10 respectively. And there’s no excuse for the discrepancy, he says. Much of the steam powered infrastructure in Europe was either destroyed or dismantled and melted down for other uses during the Second World War, but steam engines have made a huge comeback overseas. Fischer said a big reason for the resurgence is Europeans will travel to Canada or the United States, buy tons of cheap steam equipment and export it back to their native country. “We’re losing our mechanical engineering technology,” he said solemnly. So he has embraced wholeheartedly the OSAPA motto about steam engines: “The best of the past, preserved in the present, for the pleasure of the future.” He tries to refurbish one traction engine per year, and in addition to year-round tours, his museum offers courses to help people become licenced to operate steam engines under the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act, which is administered by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Fischer plans on maintaining and building his collection for as long as he can. His daughter, Sherry Collings (one of seven children), as well as her sons Wyatt and Jared (two of his 10 grandchildren), also help out at the museum, and he is hopeful they will someday carry on his work. “This is so important,” he said. “So much of this history has been lost already.” For more information or to book a tour of the Ontario Steam Heritage Museum call 519-740-7185.
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LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 The best laid plans often go awry, Libra, which you'll find is the case with travel you had scheduled. With a little patience everything will work out in the end.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 There's more than meets the eye to a situation that arises on Tuesday, Taurus. You will have to read between the lines if you want to gauge the outcome.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 There's a lot going on in your life at this time, Scorpio, but being the great organizer and go-getter that you are you'll find a way to make it all work out.
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, with your financial situations in order, it may seem like the right time to do a little extra spending. However, the best thing you can do right now is to keep your wallet shut.
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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you're antsy this week and your restlessness is causing you to take shortcuts when you shouldn't. Focus your attention on what you need to get done. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Risky endeavors are not the way to go, Leo. You should steer toward safe bets instead. It's important to have stability in your life at this junction in time. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 You need all the help you can get, Virgo, but unfortunately there aren't too many offers for helping hands this week. It's time to call in some favors, pronto.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 This week you are propelled through your daily tasks and have lots of extra time for recreational activities, Capricorn. How will you put the time to good use? AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 There's not much you can say to calm an escalated situation this week, Aquarius, but your actions will speak quite loudly. Others turn to you for support. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Remarkable things happen this week without much effort on your part, Pisces. Have fun sorting it all out.
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ENTERTAINMENT Authors at local libraries for Children’s Book Week WELLINGTON CTY. – The local library system has announced that two popular authors of books for kids will be here during Canadian Children’s Book Week. Claire Eamer will be visiting the Arthur branch on Nov. 14 at 10:30am. Sigmund Brouwer will be visiting four WCL branches: - Nov. 20 (a PD Day), at Drayton branch, 10:30 am; at the Harriston branch, 2:30pm; and
- Nov. 21, Elora branch, at10:30am; and the Marden branch, at 2:30 pm. The sessions are free. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to come early. Eamer is known for her science and history books for kids. In Super Crocs and Monster Wings, she links modern animals to their ancient relatives. The highly engaging Spiked Scorpions and Walking Whales looks at how many modern day
animals came from the sea. Traitors' Gate: and Other Doorways to the Past invites kids to take a walk in time by passing through remarkable entrances of kings, saints, and slaves. Brouwer has over three million copies of his books in print, including mysteries and stories about sports. His titles are popular with reluctant readers, and in his presentations he tries to inspire kids who have not yet discovered the joys of reading.
For more information, visit his website: www.sigmundbrouwer.com/kids. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, a national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading, runs from Nov. 14 to 21. This year’s theme, Gold Medal Reading, celebrates sports, in preparation for the Vancouver Olympics. Visit www.wclib.ca to see what is happening at other county library branches.
Festival and Singers announce art contest ELORA – The Elora Festival is inviting artists to submit images that will serve as the background for marketing material for its 2010 season. Submissions can be paintings, photography, and other two-dimensional art, no larger than 14 by 24 inches, vertical. The competition first ran last year for the festival’s 30th anniversary. Fifty-five submissions were received, including one from Australia.
General manager Jurgen Petrenko said, “I was really impressed with both the diversity and the high quality of the images that were submitted. I knew at once that we had to make this an annual event.” The festival has a tradition of music reflected by fine art imagery, including works from A. J. Casson, Barry McCarthy, Joel Masewich, and Ken Danby. Minutes from a 1979 board meeting mention an art exhi-
bition to be run in conjunction with what was then Three Centuries Festival. That competition was taken over by the Elora Arts Council in 1985, and is now the popular Insights, which runs each summer at the Wellington County Museum and Archives and is the longest running juried art exhibit in Ontario. Three awards will be given. Third place is $500; second is $1,000; and first place prize is
$1,500, and the art will be used on marketing materials for the 2010 season. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15. The top three entries will be unveiled at the 2010 festival launch on April 14. Additional information and entry forms are available on the Festival website, www.elorafestival.com/ART.shtml. The 31st Elora Festival runs from July 9 to Aug. 1.
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Blackmore wins 2009 Graham memorial award GUELPH – The Arts Council here has announced the 2009 Jane Graham memorial award goes to Fergus figurative painter and teacher Meredith Blackmore. Blackmore submitted her application as a request for assistance that would allow her to work in depth with live models to expand her figurative practice. In particular, she wants to “realize the narrative or ‘storytelling’ possibilities” of models in chosen poses as opposed to the academic study of the figure or working from photographs for commissioned portraits. The jury was impressed with her desire to challenge herself and to take her painting to a new level. For 2009, the jury panel also decided upon a special
Local designer wins national promotion ELORA - For the past three years local graphic designer and artist, Shirley Al has been the designer behind 11 awards presented to Wellington County municipalities including the most recent Economic Developer’s Association of Canada’s Market Canada award for Centre Wellington’s 2008 Sensational Elora. Al is delighted her work to develop the logo was so well received.
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Nov 27, 28; Dec 4, 5 at 7:00 pm Nov 28, 29; Dec 5, 6 at 2:00 pm Still only $10 from Erin & Hillsburgh Libraries $12 by phone All taxes and handling included Show Sponsor: Optimist Club of Erin Box Office 519.855.4586 Season Sponsors: THE ERIN ARTS FOUNDATION
mention award to Guelph painter and graphic designer Jay Lefler. An active participant in the Spark of Brilliance program, he has planned a field trip to study Canadian art and architecture, with the intent of developing a new direction and style of work based on interpreting external images. Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham following her death in 2005, the council’s memorial fund is managed by the Guelph Community Foundation. As a result, Guelph Arts Council is annually able to assist visual artists residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County, helping them to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.
“It is special when recognized by your peers but it is also a recognition that we are on the right track in terms of our collaborative efforts to promote our business community.” In 2007 and 2008 Al was the designer who, with Linda Reader, former economic development officer for Wellington North created the advertising campaign for The Butter Tart Trail, which won six national Market Canada awards and the two Economic Developer’s Council of Ontario provincial awards of merit.
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Kids musical series at River Run this Saturday GUELPH – River Run Centre and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony are presenting Wooly Kinderconcerts that are ideal for children ages 5 and under. The series gives children the opportunity to experience professional ensemble music up-close in the Co-operator Hall. The series opens with three performances on Nov. 21, at 9, 10:15, and 11:30am. The series is for kids who enjoy listening to great music in a fun and informal atmosphere. The first set of shows in the series is titled Music Memories
– an exploration of the tunes that stick in one’s head. Members of symphony will show children how those tunes enter the ears and get inside the head. After sold-out sessions last season, River Run Centre has added a third performance to each show in the series in 2009-2010. All tickets are $10, or save by purchasing all three shows in the series at $27 for adults and $21 for kids. Tickets may be purchased online at www.riverrun.ca, by phone at 519-763-3000, or in person at the box office.
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Grinder and Friends do Christmas at library ENNOTVILLE - Grinder Productions is presenting Grinder and Friends, a holiday variety show for the whole family Dec. 3, 4, and 5 at the Ennotville Library. Grinder Productions will close its 2009 season with a show filled with music, laughter, and Christmas cheer. “I’ve wanted to do a show like this for a long time,” said creative and executive director Eric Goudie. “Variety shows are a lot of fun, both for the actors and the audience, because you never know what’s going to happen next.” The show consists of about a dozen members of the company performing in a variety of acts, including singing, danc-
ing and story-telling. Two short plays will also be on the bill – August Strindberg’s The Stronger and an adaptation of O. Henry’s classic Christmas story The Gifts of the Magi. Rumour has it that there will even be an appearance by a jolly old fat man in a red suit. The company will also be selling gift certificates at the show and up to Dec. 24 for performances in its 2010 season. Gift certificates for a pair of tickets to any show in the Grinder season are $24, a savings of $6 off of regular-priced tickets. The show runs at the Ennotville Library, with an additional 2pm Saturday matinee. Call 519-780-7593 for tickets or purchase them online at www.grinderproductions.org.
Arts council offers web training for groups GUELPH - As part of the commitment website members and the arts and heritage of Guelph and Wellington County, the Guelph Arts Council and the web site group are offering a series of free hands on website learning sessions. They are geared to prospective site members or those who have already registered but have not had an opportunity to enter much (if any) information or to explore the features and benefits of the site. For arts and heritage groups, those web training sessions afford an opportunity to introduce the site to another person from their organizations. The next series of training sessions are: - Nov. 21, noon to 3pm,
Wellington County Museum; and - Nov. 28, noon to 3pm, University of Guelph library. Artists and arts groups in Guelph and Wellington County not currently site members are invited to take advantage of one or more of the opportunities to learn about the potential of the guelpharts and wellingtonarts website. For prospective or new members, the goal is to get a member's subsite up and running by the end of a training session. Advance registration is necessary for all the sessions. For more information visit the website at about guelpharts or about wellingtonarts (sections in left-hand navigation bar).
John Mattar exhibit at Westminster Woods branch of Guelph Public Library GUELPH – All during the month of November, an exhibition of art by John Mattar will be on display at Westminster Woods branch of Guelph Public Library. Mattar is an honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and was also a teacher at Guelph collegiate Vocational Institute, Conestoga College and the Southampton School of Art. He was also an active member of Guelph Creative Arts, often exhibiting at the Artisans
Shop and Painting on the Green. The In Love with Elora campaign from the 1990s described his feelings for that community, as is demonstrated by paintings of Elora's picturesque shops on Mill Street and a window overlooking the Grand River. Pastel portraits of a horse and a dog, acrylic painting of the Ponte Veechio, in Florence, Italy, as well as, a selection of engravings are included in this exhibition of his art.
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Parade Route - Township office on Wellington Road 34, east to Brock Road (Wellington Road 46) south to Maple Leaf Lane, then into the back grounds at the Community Centre where Santa will greet Children. Entries are required to be at the Fire Hall at 1:00pm to get organized. Following the parade there will be activities where you will have a chance to meet and mingle with your neighbours. Again we are requesting that you bring a donation for the food bank as a Christmas Gift.
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Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, November 20, 2009 PAGE SEVEN
Nov. 28 Time: 7:00pm ARTHUR & AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT presents
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104-year-old has many memories for Remembrance Day by Christina Marshall For those who have not experienced wars of the past or present, forgetting how to remember is easy, but for others Remembrance Day brings back a flood of memories. Especially for those that lived through the World Wars. Sitting in her room at Eden House Care facility Grace Dyksterhuis has a memory bank that spans more than a century. On her walls are pictures of family and friends, hand knit blankets line the couch and bed, flowers grow on the tables, and mementos of past birthday wishes from the Queen, Governor General, and parliament and legislature are the first thing one sees on entering. In December, Dyksterhuis is turning 105 years old. ''I'm a Santa baby,'' she said with a chuckle and a smile. She had seven children, the baby is now 68. Dyksterhuis’ body is tired, her sight is nearly gone, but her mind is sharp, witty, and full of zest. Her blue eyes tell a story of a life lived in prosperity and hardship. Born in 1904 in a small town in Holland, she lived through both World Wars. As a small child she said she does not remember much of World War I, which started in 1914 and finished in 1918, except they were “very poor.” Her family had nothing. Grace's father married three times. His first two wives died of illness. She said she never felt like she had a real mother. Siblings were another story. At first it was just Grace and her sister but the family expanded after each marriage. She ended up having about 18 step siblings that would see the coming of World War II in 1939. Just before her 26th birthday, she married Jan Dyksterhuis . They lived in a small home in rural Holland. During the German occupation she raised seven children - difficult task when living in a country located directly beside the birth place of World War II. As the Germans invaded, strict rules were established. “You couldn’t go outside after 8 o’clock at night. Then at 8pm, we would have to darken all the windows. That way if the German’s flew over they couldn’t see the light (to bomb)” said Dyksterhuis. “They bombed the cities, hospitals, in a way we were lucky we lived in a small town.” According to Dyksterhuis the large cities were hit the hardest. She remembers how people there had so little they would come begging for scraps of food. “They would ask for cabbage [or] a couple of potatoes, we would help some, but it was hard ’cause they would come more and more.” She added that foods like butter or sugar were rationed by coupons “Even if you had money, you couldn’t buy anything.” Her family was better off than some. “We never went hungry.” They were lucky to own a pig and goats. The Dyksterhuis's also had a garden where they would grow vegetables.
Clothing was a different story. “The kids were growing and you couldn’t get any clothes for them.” She said she would take the family’s worn, old and well used clothing, rip the garments apart and make new outfits the best she could. “There was no waste then like there is now.”
Aside from lack of clothing other hardships affected her children. Boredom took its toll on the youngsters. “It was not easy for the kids. Sitting in the house with nothing, no lights, if we ran out of coal or wood the boys would sneak out and cut the trees.” But Dyksterhuis added she was always fearful
when that happened. She knew young people who had stayed out past the curfew and were caught by the Nazi’s. Often those children were murdered. With that thought Dyksterhuis looked away and said quietly “There were days in our life when we thought ‘that’s it’. ” She knew many people who were killed between 1939 and 1945. Even though two of her half brothers survived fighting in Word War II their health was gone. Between a long pause and a sigh she said, “They had to go, but after, they were never the same.” When the Nazi’s walked through the town where she lived, fear and worry consumed the home. If there was a knock on the door Dyksterhuis would hope it wasn’t a German soldier “You never knew who was at the door.” It was a “tough time” having to be careful everywhere.
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Many Memories of Remembrance Day continued from page 9 But despite the hardships of the war she has some fond memories. Dyksterhuis recalls the community pulling together, helping one another. She remembers the day the Canadian soldiers arrived. “The Canadians came over and won the war in Holland;they freed us from the Germans.” She watched as Canadians marched the German farmer that her husband worked for into the middle of the town and
cut off all his hair. “It was such a good sight to see the Canadians coming in. We were free, we could go where we wanted to, you didn’t have to be careful outside … that is one reason I am so happy I am in Canada” In 1949, four years after the war, Dyksterhuis moved to Canada; settling on a farm in Harriston for 50 years. Her husband died 12 years ago and her siblings are long gone. Five of her surviving children live in Canada and at almost 105 years old she has
many grandchildren and great grandchildren - all of which live in this country. On Remembrance Day Dyksterhuis said she would think about those Canadian soldiers who came to Holland and freed her people. As a matter of fact she thinks about them every Nov. 11. When asked if she could say anything to the people that helped grant her freedom, with a tear beginning to run down her right cheek she said, “Thank you very much.”
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NOVEMBER 27 Final 140th celebration for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Hillsburgh. 6pm- Pot Luck Dinner using a recipe from their new cookbook. 7:30pm- a musical concert by Glen Soderholm and friends, $5 person or $15 family. Call Church for tickets 519-8556216
NOVEMBER 28 The Guelph Legion's Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale 10am – 3pm at the Guelph Legion, 919 York Road in Guelph.Vendors, please call Janet at 519-265-2226. *** Elora Legion Branch 229- Dance. Featuring “Marion’s Band”. 110 Metcalfe St. Elora. *** Arthur Opti-Mrs. Christmas Parade 7pm. Theme: Super Hero Christmas, start place: Arthur Public School, Conestoga Street, Arthur. All floats to arrive between 6-6:30pm. *** Craft show and bake sale at St. Patrick School 9am- 4pm. Santa will drop by noon to 2. Please bring a donation for the food drive. 391 Victoria (just south of Woodlawn) Guelph. Call Cathy 519856-0969 to rent a table to showcase your product. *** Christmas Bazaar/ Craft Sale and Bake Sale. 10am-3pm at the Guelph Legion, 919 York Rd. Free Parking and Admission. Lunch available. *** The Taylor Evans Public School Holiday Craft Sale 9am- 3pm. Stephanie Drive (just west of Imperial Road South, between Paisley Road and Wellington Street) in Guelph. Over 80 vendors will be in attendance. Admission is free! *** Karaoke at the Arthur Legion. 8:30pm. *** Harriston Firefighter’s Annual Santa Claus Parade. 3:30pm. Theme: “Christmas in Toyland”. New this year we will be collecting non-perishable items along the parade route and at the arena for the Harriston Food Bank. For info. or to participate, call Ryan Hill 519-338-2213. *** K of C Feather Party. Bridgeport Rod & Gun Club, 1229 Beitz Rd. RR 1 Breslau. 519-648-2633. 8pm. Chances for turkeys, grocery hampers, quilt, hams, money. Penny table, Crown & Anchor, door prizes. Free. Call Bob for more details 519-836-8271. *** Eden Mills Community Christmas Bazaar at the Community Hall, from 1-3pm. Tea Room, great penny table, bake tables, jewellery, Christmas arrangements & crafts. Free, wheelchair accessible. *** Gingerbread Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar, St. James Anglican Church Fergus, Queen St. E., 11am - 2pm. Bake Table, Toonie Table, Craft Table and Draws. Soup, sandwich lunch. Adults $7, Children $4. *** ChristmasFest Bazaar at Norfolk Street United Church, Guelph. 9-4pm. Hot luncheon $6/ person. For more info. call 519-8226165. *** Annual Bazaar and Dutch luncheon at Maranatha Christian School 8037 Wellington Rd. 19, Fergus. 10am - 2pm. Baking, crafts, reptile show. *** Weber family Christmas Craft & Bake sale, Public Library Harriston 9am- 4pm. Free Admission, Door Prizes & Refreshments. *** Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, 10am- 1pm. Arkell United Church Tables Available. Contact: Pat Duffield 519-821-9351. *** Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities, romantic triangles, and clowns, comes to Ebenezer United Church, 12274 Guelph Line, just north of Brookville, 7pm. A family-friendly production of the KW Youth Theatre. Tickets $16 Adult, $10 students. Call 905-854-6783. *** Headwater Hospital Auxiliary Candy Cane Fair. 10am - 3:30pm Headwaters Hospital, Orangeville. Bake and craft table, Toonie Draw, Kid's dollar store (buy a gift for Mom or Dad). Free parking. Photos with Santa. *** Arthur United Church Poinsettia Luncheon and Bake Sale. 11:30am-1:30pm. Touch and Take Table. *** Come out and warm up with the Country Breakfast at Rockwood United Church. 8am-11am. Tickets available at door Adults $7, Children $5 and Family Deal $20(2 adults and 2 or more children). For more information call 519-856-4160. Please note there is no breakfast in Dec but will restart in January.
NOVEMBER 29 Craft Show at Arthur Legion. 10am-2pm. *** Centre Wellington Singers "Love Came Down at Christmas" Concert, 3:30pm at Melville United Church, Fergus. Tickets $12 Adults, $5 child under 12. Available from choir members, at door or reserve at 519-843-2935.
*** Critic for the Status of Women - Guest Speaker Irene Mathyssen, MP London-Fanshawe, from London Ontario - 10am. Elora & Fergus Unitarian Church, Victoria Park Centre, 150 Albert St W, Fergus. 1-800-565-2353.
DECEMBER 3 Dramatic Reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol at Bethany United Church at 7pm. All profits to the C.W. Food Bank. Tickets $15 available by calling 519-846-0122. *** Belwood Lions Country Jamboree at Belwood Hall 7:30pm. Come play, come sing, or just listen. For info. phone 519-8436111.
DECEMBER 4 Optimist Club of Puslinch, Community Euchre. 7:30pm. At the Puslinch Community Centre. $3 per person. Refreshments provided. 50/50 draw. All Welcome. *** Rockwood & District Lioness, Craft & Bazaar Sale. 9am -1pm. Rockmosa Community Centre, Rockwood. Penny Table, tea tables, baking, and many vendors. Gift certificate draw, free admission – a donation for the Rockwood Food Bank would be appreciated. *** Evangelistic & healing service. Everyone welcome. Paisley Memorial Church, 40 Margaret St. Guelph, 7pm. Brought to you by Freedom House Church & Healing Centre.
Members of the Arthur Horticultural Youth Society receive their awards on Nov. 9. They were sponsored by The TD Friends of the Enviro nment Foundation.
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DECEMBER 5 Arthur & District Horticulture Christmas Design Workshop at Arthur United Church, 9am till approx. noon. Refreshments served. Watch our flyers for more information. *** The Artisan Belles are hosting Unique Art & Craft Sales in Belwood, 12 - 4. Alpaca items, photo art, quilting & more. See the Alpacas too. 011405 E-W Garafraxa TL (old 8th line). Call 519-843-1663 for more info. *** Twin City Harmonizers Presents “ A Musical Winter Wonderland” –Calvary United Church, 48 Hawksville Rd., St. Jacobs. 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets $12.50 each (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased in advance (519-885-5012) or at the door. *** "Sparkles in the Willows" Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Rd., Guelph. 11am- 2pm. Luncheon & Bazaar with Bake Table, Crafts, Jewellery, White Elephant table. Lunch $6, Children under 6 free. *** Christmas Cookie Walk, 10am-12pm at The Church of St. David and St. Patrick, 520 Speedvale Ave. Guelph. All the homemade cookies you can fit in a large box, $10 or small box, $5. *** Christmas Cookie Walk. 10am - Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Fergus/Elora - 290 Belsyde Ave. E. Fergus 519-843-5030. Add some variety to your Christmas goodies! *** Traditional Bazaar and Bake Sale St. John's Anglican Church Henderson and Smith Sts. Elora. 9am-12noon. *** St. John Catholic Women's League Christmas Bazaar & Tea, 13pm at St. John Parish Centre, Arthur. Baking, penny table, country crafts, & many prizes to be won. *** Knox Ospringe Church annual Christmas Bazaar 9 - 3. Corner of Highway 124 and 125. Hot lunch available. All kinds of crafts plus gently used. Tables $10 donation call Nora 519-856-4453. *** Churchill Community Church annual English Christmas Tea 1-4 pm. Scones, Devonshire Cream, jam, sandwiches, sweets, tea and coffee . $8/person. Bake, gift and craft tables as well as penny sales and raffles. Churchill Church is located at the corner of the Erin Third line and the Erin-Halton Townline. *** Breakfast with Santa. 8-11am. Redwood Restaurant, Clifford. Free breakfast, Toys, pictures with Santa, balloons etc. All proceeds to Children's’ Wish Foundation.
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DECEMBER 6 Enjoy a concert of Christmas music at St. John’s United Church, Belwood at 7pm. Featuring the St. Johns’ choir, the Beltones Quartet and the Hilltop Singers and Journeymen Quartet. Free will offering. *** A Christmas Carol – A dramatic reading hosted by The Mount Forest United Church in partnership with CBC Radio 7pm featuring Dinah Christie and friends. Proceeds to the Mount Forest Christmas Bureau and Place of Hope, Botswana. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child 12 & younger, $25/family available at the church office.
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County of Wellington “Connecting Citizens with County News” ANNOUNCING WATER STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME The Wellington County Stewardship Council, in partnership with the County of Wellington, is pleased to announce a new programme to fund water stewardship projects. A fund of $25,000 per year will be devoted to the programme. We are seeking projects that result in, on the ground actions to improve water quality, such as dam or online pond removal; vegetative stream buffers; stream, wetland or habitat enhancement. Applications are invited from: • Environmental & other community organizations • Non-Farm rural landowners The application deadline is February 1, 2010. For more information or to obtain an application, visit: www.wellington.ca (under community services/planning), or contact Larry Halyk, Stwewardship Coordinator, at: (519) 826-4936 or email@example.com.
PUBLIC MEETING: TERM OF WARDEN The County of Wellington will be holding a public meeting to consider amending the County‘s Procedural By-law to change the term of office for the Warden to a two year term, effective December 2010.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 7 P.M. NICHOLAS KEITH ROOM, WELLINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 0536 WELLINGTON ROAD 18, FERGUS For more information, please contact: Donna Van Wyck, Clerk, (519) 837-2600, ext. 2520*.
PROPERTY TAX REBATE FOR ELIGIBLE CHARITIES AND OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS The County of Wellington offers a property tax rebate programme for eligible charities and similar non-profit organizations. The provision allows for up to 40% of taxes to be rebated each year.
FESTIVE R.I.D.E. PROGRAMME UNDERWAY The Ontario Provincial Police Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) festive season programme begins November 27th and runs through January 2, 2010. 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. 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. Help keep our roads safe. If you drink, don’t drive.
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IMMIGRANT SETTLEMENT AND ADAPTATION PROGRAM LAUNCH On November 9th, The County of Wellington, in partnership with the Government of Canada, held a launch ceremony to announce the County’s participation in the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP). Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, this initiative offers specialized services to new permanent residents of Canada, currently residing in the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph. For more information on ISAP, please call: 519.823.7887, or drop into the office located at: 138 Wyndham Street North, in downtown Guelph
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