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Merle Derbyshire celebrating 105th birthday! By Sheila McBrayne It’s hard to track for sure, but Merle Derbyshire is believed to be one of Leamington’s oldest living residents, as she prepares for her 105th birthday on February 7. Actually, she’s the second oldest. After placing phone calls to several Leamington nursing homes, we found one lady who celebrated her 106th birthday in December, but she wishes to remain anonymous. Merle was born Merle Dorthea Dawson in 1906 in Romney Township to parents Cyrus Harry and Fanny Mae (Pickle) Dawson. She grew up on a farm with her four brothers and three sisters – Rex, Max, Glen, Ray, Leta, Gladys and Norena. Merle has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and so many changes in technology, and what’s truly remarkable is that she remembers all of it. That’s right, Merle – who likes to do word puzzles and crosswords to “keep her mind sharp” – recalls her life with great fondness. So, what’s the secret to living for 105 years? Well, she doesn’t have any secrets… “The Lord’s been good to me. I can’t do anything about it. I love the Lord and He loves me,” said Merle. In her youth Merle remembers living at home on the Campbell Sideroad. It was during World War I that her brother Rex Dawson left for war. Merle took over his chores on the family’s 200-acre farm. “I did my brother’s chores and fed the horses,” she recalled. “He drove a team of mules with ammunition to the front lines… He returned one year to the day he left,” she said. Merle stayed on the farm and helped care for her sick mother when she was young. Merle married Seth Derbyshire in 1938. She raised his three children – Ruth, Mac and Don – and then they had two children, Bill and Ann (Grimes). The Derbyshires moved to Southwold (near St. Thomas) where they owned and operated the Post Office and general store. Merle’s husband passed away and she and the children returned to Romney Township. “I never really left… I’ve been back for 60 years,” she said. Merle and her family lived at 118 Erie St. North in Wheatley. She lived there until she was about 98 or 99 when she moved into town at the Leamington Mennonite Home. Stepson Don Derbyshire served in World War II as a pilot. “Don was shot down overseas and we were told he was killed, but they never found a body so he was missing,” recalled Merle. It was after the war ended that her other stepson Mac received a letter in Tilbury from a stranger in Germany. The letter informed the family of Don Derbyshire and that his body was found near a river. A German man found his body and found his identification along with a picture of his sister Ann. The German man wanted his family to know that he was not lost and returned the picture along with a letter. “He said he waited until after the war to inform us, because he would have been killed if they knew he had it. In his letter he wrote: “I don’t hate you and you don’t hate me. It’s just the higherups who want to get more territory.”

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Merle, the proud grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 4, recalls her school days at S.S. #5 Romney. She fondly remembered all the good teachers they had in the oneroom schoolhouse. “The Lord gave me good memory. I still remember things from when I was a child. I praise God for my good health. He gets all the glory,” she said. How good is her memory? Well, she told me that she used to make butter tarts to send overseas to Don, then she paused and said – “I don’t know why they call them butter tarts, there’s only one spoonful of butter in them. And the recipe calls for those raisins, those sultana raisins. I don’t like them...” How’s that for a great memory! (Continued on Page 2)

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(Continued from Front) Merle gets around the retirement home, either by walker or wheelchair, depending how she feels that day. “One thing I miss is my church (Wheatley Baptist). I used to go every Sunday. Now I watch on TV, but it’s not the same as being there and seeing all your friends and neighbours… Ann takes me when she comes,” said Merle. “Ann calls me every day and my son is close by so he stops in… I have a great family. The Lord has blessed me,” she said. Merle has marveled over the years at inventions like automobiles, motion pictures, telephones, television… the list is vast. After her husband died, Merle bought a blue and white Plymouth Savoy for $1,000. “The first little automobiles were like little carts. I can remember – I don’t know what make it was – the radiator was always red. You could see it coming for miles. The car was made in a little factory in Tilbury,” she recalled. Merle expects she’ll have a quiet birthday this year with friends and family. “My son threw a big party for my 100th… I was there at Christmas and I think I’m still full from that,” she joked. Happy birthday Merle! In Ontario the oldest living resident will turn 112 on January 30. The second oldest is 110 years, 182 days. Both are women. The oldest person to live in Canada was MarieLouise Meilleur who was born in 1880 and died in 1998 at the age of 117 years, 230 days. Sorry men, only two gentlemen were listed in Canada’s top 40 oldest residents. George Frederick of British Columbia lived to be 111 years, 146 days and Joseph SaintAmour of Quebec lived to be 110 years, 18 days.



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance earns A+ rating from Accreditation Canada

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance currently achieves 97.7% of Accreditation Canada’s Standards of Excellence. “That’s great news for patients and families, staff, volunteers, physicians and the Tri-Board of Directors,” says CKHA’s President and CEO, Colin Patey. “It’s much like earning a report card of straight A’s.” Accreditation Canada is an independent organization that provides health organizations with an external peer review to assess quality of services based on national standards of excellence. Accreditation is considered one of the best assurances to communities, that its hospitals are achieving safety and quality. It is a voluntary process to assess and benchmark the quality of services with patient safety as the cornerstone of the Accreditation process. Five Surveyors spent almost 5 days at CKHA’s campuses in Chatham and Wallaceburg reviewing policies, committee minutes, patient, staff and physician files, interviewing dozens of patients, staff and leaders, and meeting with members of the Tri-Board, senior leadership and community partners. ‘Tracer’ methodology was also used during the survey which provided Surveyors with real time input from those they encountered as they moved throughout the hospitals and ‘traced’ the path of patients and processes. Said Patey, “CKHA’s 2010 Accreditation Survey was a very successful and thorough review. In all, the Surveyors measured CKHA against 1610 standards and 32 Required Organizational Practices. The review provided an acknowledgement of the significant combined efforts everyone has made in improving quality, patient safety and work life over the past 3 years.” The Surveyors comments during their internal debriefing with staff inACCOUNTANT ACCOUNTANT ACCOUNTANT cluded:ACCOUNTANT • CKHA has a spirit of innovation, not often found in organizations of this size. • We are impressed with the commitment to Patient/ Family Centered Care • You hit the mark with focus on patient and staff safety in policy and practice • There is a commitment to continuing education BARRISTERS BARRISTERS BASEMENT WATERPROOFING and development • There is strong evidence of ethical program development beyond an ethicist consultant. BASEMENT Accreditation Canada WATERPROOFING also provides the opportunity to recognize facilities SPRAY FOAM INSULATION for leading practices that demonstrate innovation and BRAD CHADWICK creativity and have a positive impact on services or outcomes. Two exemplary practices were highlighted atYOUR CKHA: the ChathamYOUR BUSINESS HERE EXCAVATING FLORIST BUSINESS HER Kent Mental Health Crisis Response Team (a collaborative with Chatham-Kent Police Services) and susBackhoe & Trenching • Sewers Flowers for tainable green healthcare TO ADVERTISE Waterlines • Basement Waterproofing All Occasions! initiatives. Trucking • Stone • Electric Eel Service Mention this ad As a follow-up to the Clay • Fill • Sand • Topsoil and receive Surveyors’ assessment, 15% off Storewide Simona Lehan Owner/Designer ($50 min. order. Weddings not included) CKHA is required to submit further evidence reHERE 30 Years 519-326-0750 1-800-746-6627 Fax 519-326-5990 garding patient identifiers, in Business AD SIZE 2” X 2” 164 Talbot St. E., Leamington ON N8H 1M2 high risk medications, and ventilation where chemotherapy drugs areSERVICES prepared. PLUMBING SUPPORT SERVICES SUPPORT Other improvements will be addressed over the next three years in preparation for the next survey in 2013. Summarized Patey, “CKHA embraces ongoing quality improvement and achieving Accreditation speaks volumes about our commitment to best practices, quality care and patient safety.”






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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How did we ever survive?

Anyone who knows me and who was in the hockey dressing room on Sunday night will know exactly what this article is about. I’m not sure how we started to talk about it, but somehow the conversation went to our childhoods growing up on a farm and with brothers… Needless to say we might be a little rougher and tougher than most girls, and I’m not talking about our hockey game. I was relieved to hear of some stories worse than mine… When I was five years old I was run over by harrows and packers. Harrows are a bed of spikes and packers, well, packers pack the ground down after it’s been harrowed. Yes, I was run over by them. My saving grace was that I fell in a furrow (furrows are the deeper trenches left in a plowed field). Needless to say, I was a little worse for wear. Many stitches and several broken bones later, I was fine. It’s amazing how well you can heal when you’re young. That was a major accident. Thankfully, Children’s Services were not as prompt 35 years ago as they are today or my parents may have had to answer for that incident - why was a five-year-old riding on a tractor in the first place? This was an accident, but our day-to-day lives on the farm were also filled with fun and some dangerous games that I’m sure none of us would let our kids do today. Let’s see, we used to jump out of trees into mounds of pillows and blankets. This was fun until we turned the game up a notch and decided to use tractor tire tubes as cushions… We may have inadvertently invented the first trampoline right in our own back yard. Apparently we liked jumping because we also used to jump from the top of the hay mow into the bales of straw. We used to open up a few bales to make a pile of loose straw and then jump from the beams that framed the barn. This was fun until one time I managed to slip through the bales and was buried about four or five bales deep. My brother and our neighbour friend pulled me out with a hockey stick. It’s almost scary to think of all the dangerous – but very fun – games and things we did as kids. We had dirtbikes and snowmobiles as well. You can almost imagine the fun we had with them. I re-broke my collar bone that I broke when I was run over. I was just shifting fourth to fifth gear when a bird flew out from the bush right in front of me. If you think bugs hurt on a motorcycle, try getting a bird in the face! Needless to say I lost control and down I went. The worst part was that I had to walk from the bush up to the house with my broken collar bone. At least this time I was 13 years old and not five. There are so many stories to tell, but again, my point to all this rambling is that there were others in the dressing room with similar stories and games from their childhoods growing up on the farm. I’m just glad my brother and I never thought of them at the time, or I’d probably have a few more scars and aches and pains.

“Set an open course for the virgin sea” - Styx It is a beautiful breezy morning on the stern of our boat Amethyst. A perfect sailing day. Our captain ensures us that we are unlikely to experience the doldrums because of the trade winds in this area of the Caribbean that offer a consistent easterly breeze. Yesterday, around midday, we arrived at the docks where we were able to view our home for the next 7 days. We passed our neighbours, Midnight Tide, Island Time, Fuego and Mistral. Boats of all sizes, ranging from 31-foot mono haul sailing vessels to 50-plus foot catamarans with 2 large hauls, some with both power and sails. Luckily, we were able to stow our bags on board while we headed out to secure our provisions for the week. Two hours later we were laden with grocery bags that included yummy cheeses, cans of salmon, juices, eggs, bananas, wine and water, and an island favourite, mangoes, both au natural and in the form of chutney. Feeling a little weather-beaten, we headed out to a ‘local’ restaurant at dusk. Through a dockyard and along narrow dark streets, strangers ‘limin’ in their backyards navigated us along. They obviously knew we were strangers and our purpose for wandering their streets was to find a little hidden gem. One young teen on his bike escorted us to the entrance that we never would have found on our own. Many Caribbean restaurants please not only the meat and fish eaters but the vegetarians as well. Ribs are popular and each place has it’s own signature sauce, but the fish is what is

a treat for me. Grouper was the recommended dish offered and one that did not disappoint. Presently, I sit with my fellow crew on Cooper Island sipping a mojito, the beverage special of the day. It was approximately a three-hour sail, but not as the crow flies because we were passed by ‘salts of the sea’. We are confident that someone is on our side because as we set out the satellite played “Come Sail Away” by Styx. Moments after arriving and attaching to our mooring ball, we witnessed a pod of dolphins. From there on it was ‘under the sea’ where we floated like mermaids and mermen and enjoyed the needlenose, spiny urchins, yellow jacks, and I think I even saw Nemo. Even though the water temperature was roughly around 82º, I had goose bumps when I pulled myself back up into the dingy. The barracuda 7 feet away helped me get in a little quicker. It’s now 5:20 BVI time, which is one hour ahead of home. From where I hold my fingers up, the sun is 2 inches of a palm tree from setting, or “43 minutes” says my captain, and no one questions the captain! Well, except for his wife, his brother-in-law and me!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Firefighters from across the municipality, including Wheatley Station #20, attended a training day to review current fire safety educational programs and explore creative ways to get the message out to the public. (Submitted photo)

Firefighters attend training day focused on fire safety messages Twenty-eight members of the Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services gathered on Saturday, January 15 to review fire incident statistics, current education programs and available resources. Some of the fire department’s education priorities were presented and the group worked on exploring creative strategies to effectively expose their communities to fire safety messages. The represented fire stations included Wheatley, Tilbury, Merlin, Blenheim, Thamesville, Bothwell, Highgate, Dresden, Dover, Raleigh South, Chatham, Chatham North and

Chatham South. “By educating the public in fire safety, we can help our citizens to prevent fires from happening, learn the importance of early detection through smoke alarms, plus planning and practising safe escapes from all types of occupancies,� said Barb Dawson, Public Fire & Life Safety Educator. “In order to provide effective fire service in our Municipality, we need to use all three lines of defence,� said C-K Assistant Chief Ray Stone. “These include, fire safety education, enforcement and use of codes, standards and guide-

Leamington man charged in connection with bomb threats

Sunday, January 16, Leamington OPP was alerted when several concerned parents and students advised that there was an anonymous person posting web-based bomb threats on The threats were aimed for Monday, January 17, 2011 at both Cardinal Carter High School in Leamington and Kingsville District High School. Leamington and Kingsville OPP officers attended the schools Monday and worked in conjunction with school staff to ensure safety of the students. The schools were searched while classes proceeded as usual with the added police presence. Members of the Essex County OPP Crime Unit worked behind the scenes conducting interviews and performing online tracking of the suspect. The suspect was identified as a 20-year-old Leamington man. He was arrested Tuesday, January 18. The accused has been charged with: 1. Utter threat to cause death or bodily harm Sec 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code; 2. Public Mischief – report offence which had not been committed Sec &86720%8,/'(56 140 (1)(c) of the Criminal Code. 1HZ+RPHV$GGLWLRQV The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a 5HQRYDWLRQV first appearance date scheduled for February 3 in Leamington. Students and citizens alike are reminded that threats, bul+RPH,PSURYHPHQWV lying and illegal online activity will not be tolerated and will 5,&. be aggressively investigated. No online post is ever anony*25' mous – there is always a way to track and trace an individual’s online movements.

lines as well as emergency response.� The training day consisted of theory and practical components providing useful information and resources, as well as encouragement to the firefighters in their efforts within each of their individual communities and collectively throughout the municipality. “I really enjoyed the training and look forward to implementing what we learned,� said Phil Resendes, a volunteer firefighter with Wheatley Station #20.

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$50 per person REGISTER NOW at Box Office: 519.354.8338 or toll-free 1.866.807.7770 The Community Strategic Planning Committee and the Healthy Communities Partnership invite you to join us for a day of inspiration and dialogue around how health starts where we live, learn, work and play. This conference will help to determine how the phrase “a healthy communityâ€? should apply to Chatham-Kent and what actions should be taken. Other speakers include: • Dennis Raphael, Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University, on the Social Determinants of Health • Dave Courtemanche, President of Leading Minds Inc., on Inspiration from Greater Sudbury and Voices from Chatham-Kent • Kim Bergeron, Consultant at Building Better Business, on the Chatham-Kent Community Picture • Paul Huschilt of Tales,Talks, Training, Inc., on The Ultimate Ending For more information, please call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.352.7270.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

“Raising Positive Kids”: special program being presented this Thursday On Thursday, January 27 the Wheatley Optimists Club is hosting “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World”, a program presented by Rick Nicholls. Proceeds from the evening will go to 1st Wheatley Scouts. “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” is more about parenting than the kids we are raising. Parenting in today’s world isn’t for cowards! And the best ways to raise positive kids is to start by becoming a positive parent. The solid, sensible, common-sense, loving steps we take, the greater the chances of helping our children become the kind of children we want them to be and wish we had been when we were growing up. It’s never too late to change our attitudes towards self, family and life’s situations. In this entertaining evening you will learn: • Raising positive kids is simple – not easy. • Successful parenting means consistently identifying success qualities in their kids. • Positive parenting requires positive steps to developing positive kids. • Love is spelt T-I-M-E. • 6 do’s and don’ts for building a healthy self-image in kids. • The power of FORGIVENESS. • Why discipline is the key to a positive kid’s greatness. When and Where: This fascinating and informative program is open to the public and will be presented Thursday, January 27 from 7-9 p.m., upstairs at Wheatley Legion. Tuition is $10 per person. Tickets are available from Larry McDonald (825-4576), Sue Adamson (8253360), Ken Snider (825-7872) or downstairs at Wheatley Legion. About the speaker: Rick Nicholls is a professional speaker, teacher, trainer who has addressed audiences across Canada and the USA. Besides “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World”, he also has a teen program, “Success Strategies for Youth”, and a couples program called “After the Honeymoon”. He is passionate about helping people develop in their personal and professional lives and in making their communities a better place to live. Rick complements his subject knowledge with quick wit and powerful sense of humour.

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NOTICE Annual Membership of the Leamington District Memorial Hospital Corporation is effective from April 1 in one year to March 31 in the following year. According to the Leamington District Memorial Hospital By-Law No. 16, a person is eligible to be an Annual Member when he or she pays to the Corporation the annual membership fee of $5.00, provided at the time of the payment of fee, the person must: (i) Be over the age of eighteen (18) years; and (ii) Have been a resident of the Catchment Area* for a continuous period of at least (3) months immediately prior thereto: or (iii) Be employed in the said Catchment Area or counties for a continuous period of three (3) months.

Tools stolen in break-in Sometime overnight on January 19, a large quantity of tools were stolen from a business on Milo Road, Wheatley (in the Municipality of Leamington). Culprits entered a vessel at this location by smashing a skylight window. Once inside, several bins of tools were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Leamington OPP Crime Unit at 519-326-5373 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.

Sharks United Way Night Raises $430 Monday, January 17, at their home game vs Belle River Canadiens, the Wheatley Sharks raised $430 for the 2010 United Way of Chatham-Kent Campaign. The money will help support 22 local agencies and services. The C-K United Way would like to thank the Wheatley Sharks hockey organization, volunteers and fans for their assistance in “Improving Lives and Building Community”. In the puck drop photo are Scott Chauvin, Captain of the Belle River Canadiens; Denise McCall, Chair of the West Chatham-Kent United Way Campaign; and Andy Stevenson, Captain of the Wheatley Sharks. Craig Adamson, left, and Shane Vienneau are in the background. Lower photo: Denise McCall, Chair of the West Chatham-Kent United Way Campaign, accepts a cheque from Craig Adamson (middle) and Shane Vienneau of the Wheatley Sharks.

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Heritage Society elects 2011 officers

By Marilyn Foster The Wheatley Heritage Society met on December 2 at the Friendship Club. Twelve members answered roll call with donations to the local food bank. Of interest to local families is a 1934-1935 picture of the Wheatley Continuation School. Some of the students in this picture are as follows: Bill White, Jack Kennedy, Lorne Brown, Douglas Sherwood, Sidney Liddle, Douglas White, Ray Poulter, Dorothy Hickson, Anne Robertson, Treva Thompson, Helen Stobbs, Edith Sherwood, Jean Stobbs, Vera Seili, Geraldine Derbyshire, Bertha Reid, Marjorie Mellan, Queenie Getty, Mary McLean, Marjorie Hickson, Marian Brown, Belva Charlton, Evelyn Fox, Jean Williams, Eron Stevenson, Leta Moody, Alice Julien, Bernice Liddle, Maxine Pinch, Gerhard Hanson, Stewart Chute, Bob Lynn, Jim Stevenson, Ken Whittal, Edsal Brush, Gordon Glasier, Joe Hill, George Robinson, Verne Reid, Bernice Long, Frieda Derbyshire, Lois Moody, Betty Wharram, Eva Saddler, Evelyn Chute, Lucille Heatherington, Earl Walker, Peggy Garner, Miss Foster, F.S. Phillips, Tena Cates, Verna Heatherington, Eva St. John, Martha Larson, Madeline Derbyshire, Gladyse Moore, Nellie Declerk, Marjorie Dawson, Jean Tait, Edna Hooker, Ruth Bickford, Rae Bell, Ralph Wharram, Wilfred Cott, Leonard Lamb, Rex Omstead, Gord Omstead, Bill Tait, Clifton Cates, David Tait, Frank Getty, Norman Speirn, Ronald Collison. The Heritage Society has an extra copy of this picture. Contact June Coulter (519-326-7071) if you are interested. Curator Dorothy Bailey received a request from Chris Crocker on the Crocker family business. He now resides in Winnipeg. His father operated Crocker’s Meat Market in Wheatley from 1956-59. Dorothy would appreciate pictures, etc., from anyone who has knowledge of this past business. Call Dorothy at 519-825-4594. For the program, members shared special Christmas items and memories. Everyone enjoyed Christmas goodies during the social time which concluded the 2010 meetings. The Heritage Society met on January 6, 2011 in the Cultural Room at the Friendship Club. The slate of officers for 2011 are as follows: President – Marilyn Foster; Vice-President – Pauline Sample; Secretary and Recorder of Donations – Pat Churchill; Treasurer – Donna Merritt; Curator – Dorothy Bailey; Records Room – June Coulter, Dorothy Bailey, Jean Ascott; Social Committee – Pauline Sample, Donna Merritt; Journal Correspondence – Marilyn Foster; Program Themes – all members. President Marilyn Foster welcomed 14 members, and wished everyone a “Happy and Healthy New Year”. She expressed sincere appreciation to all those who have served on the Executive in the past and extended best wishes to all the 2011 Executive members.

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Paul Watson will seek provincial Liberal nomination Chatham lawyer Paul Watson has announced that he will be seeking the nomination of the Chatham-Kent-Essex Provincial Liberal Association to be the next Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding. Watson spent 15 consecutive years in Municipal politics including 9 years as Alderman for the City of Chatham and 6 years as Councillor for Chatham-Kent before retiring from Municipal Council in 2004. He has been active with the Liberal party all of his adult life, holding executive positions in local Liberal constituency associations at both the Provincial and Federal level. Watson has been active with various community organizations including the Big Brothers Association, Kinsmen, the General Hospital Board, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board and the local Health Board. He is currently a member of the Chatham Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus and the Chamber of Commerce. In explaining his reason for seeking the nomination, Watson says: “I am dedicated to the people of Chatham-Kent-Essex. I intend to use my experience in helping people as a lawyer and as a municipal councillor to continue to serve the people of Chatham-KentEssex.” Watson, who is a lifetime resident of Chatham-Kent, has two adult children, Megan and John. Watson can be contacted at 351-7721 or 354-6392 by those who wish to vote at the nomination meeting.

The theme for this meeting was “How to Beat the Winter Blahs”. The group is a very special group of individuals who seldom experience boredom. Some of the ideas were to stay inside where it’s warm, putter around in a workshop, take it easy, have coffee with friends, go on daytrips, take walks to see animal tracks, read a variety of books, walk and explore the beach, research genealogy, daydream about warm, exotic places, bake, quilt, do puzzles and word games. As you can see, the members are all so very active that there is no time to feel the blahs. Bob McLean will be the guest speaker at the next meeting. His topic will be “The Life of Dr. E.M. McLean” and “Growing Up as a Doctor’s Son”. Visitors are welcome to attend and join in the fellowship that follows. Mark the date on your calendar so you don’t forget. When: Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Where: Wheatley Friendship Club Cultural Room. Hope to see you there.



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Ronald Dibbley awarded life membership to Royal Canadian Legion An extra special event highlighted a very busy day at the Wheatley Legion last Saturday, January 22. Amid a large crowd and many crocks of simmering soup, a special comrade and friend, Ronald “Turk” Dibbley was presented a Life Membership to Wheatley Branch 324 of the Royal Canadian Legion by Honours & Awards Chairman Jan Watson. Turk is a veteran who served for 5 years with the Royal Canadian Navy. He joined Wheatley Branch 324 in 1954. During his 57 years as a member of the Branch he has served in almost all executive positions, has chaired many committees such Poppy, Santa Claus Parade, the Red Shield Appeal and more. He has taken an active part in Remembrance Services at our local schools throughout the years, was an active member of the Branch Pipe Band and Colour Party, willingly lends a hand in any and all Branch maintenance projects, large and small, takes his turn on a regular basis running weekly Meat Draws, helps at Seniors Dinners and fish fries and actively encourages and recruits young members to participate in Branch activities. At 76 years old, he continues to serve as an active, energetic and enthusiastic member of the executive. His own special project, the St. Paddy’s Irish Stew Day is testament to that. Congratulations Turk! You so deserve it!

Ronald “Turk” Dibbley was presented a Life Membership by Honours & Awards Chairman, Jan Watson.

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Soup champ aces the scoreboard Competition was keen among the 11 players out for Fun Darts on Friday January 14. Laura Simpson and Steven Clements tied with Jim McClellan, Mary Robinson and Rob Gillespie for first place with 4 wins. Tied with 3 wins each for second and last place were Norma McClellan, Beth Clements and Gord Crook – Rick Pickle, Rosemary Duquette and Angie Seili. Join the dart players this Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a fun night of friendly competition. Rick Dibbley and Turk Dibbley ran the Meat Draws on January 15. Winners were Duane Dibbley (2), Al Wright (2), Ron Bell (2), Jan Watson, Oscar Tofflemire, Turk Dibbley, Chris Hodgson and Leila Blake. Doris Lamb won the 50/50 draw. Meat Draws take place every Saturday afternoon and everyone is welcome. Tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. and the draws run until 5 p.m. Our sports teams have been busy making a name for themselves and for our Branch. At a recent Zone Dart Tournament the team of Steven Clements, Beth Clements, Laura Simpson and Jamie Simpson qualified to go on to the District Tournament being held in Walkerville in April. Steven and Beth also qualified in doubles play. Way to go, guys! On January 15 the Cribbage team of Ken Snider, Shorty Wallace, Beth Clements and Laura Simpson placed third in the District tournament held in Ailsa Craig and will go on to the Provincial tournament to be held in Strathroy in March.

Provincial! Wow! Really way to go, guys! And then last Saturday a Ladies Auxiliary cribbage team placed second in the Zone Tournament held in Comber. Congrats to Velma Hope, Debbie Ottley, Sheri Arnew and Carolyn Recker. They will go on to District play in Chatham. We regret to inform you that, effective immediately, we will no longer be lending out hospital equipment to individuals in our community. This is most unfortunate as it has filled a need for those who temporarily need use of this equipment. However, several Legions that have also provided this service have found themselves in unfortunate situations where those who borrowed this equipment have sued the Legion for injuries they received using this equipment whether it was faulty or not. Insurance companies also informed several Legions that even a signed waver by the user is not worth the paper it is written on. So, as in many situations, the actions of a few have caused many Legions to cease this popular service to their communities. Many people for many years have worked very hard to ensure that we have a strong Legion Branch to serve our veterans and our community and we’d hate to lose it from a lawsuit, frivolous or otherwise. “Beneath The Vigils” is a CD – “a community’s gift of music to acknowledge the soldiers and their families who make the journey along the Highway of Heroes”. This beautiful tribute features the Pipes and Drums of Branch 43 Royal Canadian Legion, the Oshawa Civic Band and the vocals of Dan Clancy. This CD is available at Penny’s Sense of Cents for only $10 each. All proceeds from the sale of this CD that was funded by The Ontario Trucking Association will be donated to Parkwood veterans hospital in London. Thirteen pots of soup made our 4th Annual Soup CookOff the most successful yet. Our judges – Kathy Jackson, Lana Brockman and Ron Bell – had their work cut out for them. Dennis Ribble’s cream of leek and potato soup aced the scoreboard with 36 points to declare Dennis the 2011 champ. Tied with 33 points for second were Kellie Adamson’s creamy potato and Jan Watson’s cabbage soups. Angie Seili’s spinach tortellini soup took third place and, very close behind were all the other entries – Dave Moore’s Lake Erie walleye chowder, Bill Robertson’s cream of potato, leek and bacon, Kathy Faubert’s Friendship soup, Jane Pursel’s “heart attack”, Kay Shaw’s cheesie broccoli and ham, Karen Robertson’s butternut squash, Doug Oliphant’s hamburg soup, Bill (Wiz) Derbyshire’s tsunami sauerkraut and Tommy Brown’s Italian Wedding soup. Many thanks to all – participants and judges – you made this such a great day that was made even better by having 5 pipers join us for the afternoon. Many thanks, also, to all those who donated cash in exchange for a bowl of soup (or two). Your genServicing Essex & Kent Counties erosity raised $125 for the Sun Parlour Pipes and Drums. New Homes • Renovations Designing • Landscaping Senior Foot Care Clinics are held weekly at The MeadFireplaces • Decorative Concrete • Masonry & Stone ows of Wheatley. Call 1-800-897-7062 ext. 48037 to book your appointment. If you are 55 years and up and have a Wheatley (825) phone number you will receive this care partially funded by our Legion.


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Pictured here the Sharks dominated in Essex on Tuesday, January 18 winning 4-1.

Atom majors win game one The Reid Funeral Home Atom Majors took the first game of their six-point series against Amherstburg. Mason Gow and Jeron Kir added the punch for the Caps with a goal an assist each in the team’s 4-3 win. Joesph Alfano and Spencer Wiebe added a goal each with Gioia DiCiocco and Myles Thiessen collecting assists. The Caps had many scoring opportunities and had pressure on the Stars’ goalie most of the game. Great team effort, not just in the goal department but in the defensive end of the ice. The Caps limited the Stars to very few chances and played most of the game in the Stars end of the rink. Game two goes Tuesday night in Amherstburg at 7:00 p.m. Good luck team, and we have the snake on the ground.



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Sharks only three points out of second place! The Wheatley Sharks played three games last week and collected three points to bring their total points to 41, just three points shy of second place in the South Division of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League. The Sharks played a great game on home ice on Monday, January 17 as they faced the number one team, Belle River. The game was scoreless until second period, which ended 1-1 with a goal by Andy Steveson. The third period also ended in a draw 2-2 as K. Sawatzky added a goal. The game ended 2-2 after the regular time and also finished 2-2 after the five-minute overtime period. Belle River claimed the overtime win in the shootout. In net for the Sharks was Marc Tremblay who kicked out 35 of the 37 shots on net. Tuesday, January 18 the Sharks were in Essex where they dominated the game 4-1. Scoring for Wheatley were D. Cosford, K. Ouellette and Josh Tremblay with two. Shawn Quigley had three assists in the game.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rivalry ends in tie for midget girls

Phys. Ed. at the Arena Each Friday during the month of January the grade 7 and 8 classes at Wheatley Area Public School have been going skating at Wheatley Arena. The hour-long sessions are part of the Physical Education curriculum. Pictured here are some of the girls doing drills. They boys were at the other end of the ice doing drills as well.

Peewee A’s sweep first round of OMHA playoffs The Southpoint Capitals Peewee A’s, sponsored by Gabriele Floor & Home, swept past the St. Thomas Stars in round one of OMHA playoffs. With scores of 6-1, 6-1 and 3-2, the squad played well and advanced to take on the Riverside Rangers in round two. In the first game of round two the boys played hard and outshot Riverside 36-21. Southpoint, however, could not find the back of the net often enough and ended up losing the first game in overtime. In the midst of the OMHA playoffs, the regular season still continued to be contested, with a game in LaSalle this past Sunday. Even though the game does not mean anything towards the OMHA playoffs, it still has implications towards the Bluewater championship. After a quick goal by Brayden Klemens for Southpoint, the Sabres of LaSalle took over and went on to win the game 6-1. The Peewees play against the Riverside Rangers on Friday night at Heinz arena where they look to tie up the series before heading to Riverside on Saturday.

By Mackenzie Heyens Friday, January 21 the Rhine Danube Southpoint Stars B played their final game against the Lakeshore Lightning BB on Wheatley home ice. As usual, the two rivaling teams made for an exciting game. Kayla Lindsay scored within the first 48 seconds of the game, with the assist by Jessica Prudence. After a trip during a clear breakaway, Kim Goyeau approached the penalty shot with a comfortable tone. She then faked out the tender, easily throwing the puck over the goalie’s left shoulder, just under the cross bar. The Lakeshore Lightning came back later in the game, despite the many penalties for both teams. The final score was 2-2, finishing the rivalry in a tie. The next day, the Rhine Danube Southpoint Stars travelled to Forrest to play Lambton Shores. After a slow first two periods, the Lambton Shores girls were beating the Stars with a 3-0 lead. Kayla Lindsay then scored the first goal for the Stars with 1 minute and 30 seconds left in the second period with the assist by Shailyn Waites. This quickly changed the Stars’ game around, picking up their pace and playing their usual aggressive game. Amanda Stasko followed the goal with 14 seconds left in the second, with the assist by Lindsay. Though the atmosphere of the game had changed with the Stars putting pressure on the opposition, the girls just didn’t have enough time left to tie up the game. The final score was 3-2 for Lambton Shores. For the team’s full schedule, please visit

Celebrate Family Literacy Day at the library LIBRARY HAPPENINGS

By Allison Siddall All are welcome to stop in at Wheatley Library on Thursday, January 27 from 2:005:00 p.m. to enjoy games and stories in celebration of Family Literacy Day. In conjunction with Family Literacy Day, the winter session of Storytime will begin. All children from 2-5 years of age, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are welcome to meet at the library from 10:30-11:15 a.m. to enjoy a storybook adventure. Storytime sessions are also on February 10, 17 and 24. There will be no Storytime on February 3. The Mother-Daughter Book Club invites young ladies ages 8-10, along with mom or an adult friend, to join them as they explore the joy of reading. The club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:45-7:15 p.m. No registration is required. The Community Access Program (CAP) computer staff has started computer classes once again. CAP is a Government of Canada initiative that aims to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the internet and the skills they need to use it effectively. Under CAP, public locations like libraries and community centres provide computer support and training. Call 519-825-7231 for more information about computer classes or other activities at Wheatley Library.


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From old favourites like The Laws and Dale Butler to newcomers like Tannis Slimmon and Patrick Mullin, the Two Creeks Summer Concert Series for 2011 will have something for every musical taste. The series kicks off June 5 with Leamington District Secondary School’s bands and chorus and will end Sept. 4 with Early Cash. In between will be everything from Celtic music to blues to bluegrass to classic rock ‘n’ roll. The concerts, held Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m., are outdoors in the natural amphitheatre at Two Creeks Conservation Area just north of Wheatley on Kent Road 1. In case of inclement weather, they’re held in the large pavillion on the site. The concerts are always free, but the hat is passed by volunteers from the Two Creeks Association. Funds collected defray the cost of bringing in performers and help care for the 85-acre site and its 15 kilometres of hiking and biking trails. For more information, contact Rick Taves at 519-324-6988, e-mail or visit the website at

11th Annual Home & Garden Tradeshow - March 4-6th. Still a few vendor booths available. Contact for application form if you’re a home renovation, décor or landscaping specialist. - Red Cross First Aid and AED Training - individual training dates and corporate bookings to meet WSIB and Health & Safety requirements. - Red Cross Babysitting Courses for youth ages 11 – 15 - Sat. Jan. 29th or Fri. Feb. 11th (a P.A. Day from school.) - Home Alone Course - Sat. Feb 5th - build your child’s self confidence responsibility while home alone. Register in advance for all Complex programs. Rock ‘n Swim - Fri. Feb. 18th and Fri. March 25th from 7 – 9 pm. Bring the whole family for a splashing good time in the Complex pool. Thanks to Lakeside Bakery for sponsoring the music! Kirk Bowman Hockey School – Register now for Session 5 Camp –“Power Skating and Puck Handling” which runs on Mondays from Feb. 14th – March 14th. Group A – ages 7-9 years from 5 – 6 pm; and Group B -ages 10 - 15 from 6 - 7 pm. Register Now for the Winter 2 Session - Stop by to pick up your Guide in the Complex Brochure Rack or visit us online: link to recreation, link to the Activity Guide to see all the specific details. The buzz is all around town - the Complex offers over 50 assorted Fitness & Aqua Fitness classes per week and our instructors are phenomenal! Come tour the weight and cardio training rooms to see all the latest equipment. Whether you’re just beginning, or if you exercise to an advanced regimen, the Complex offers one compact fee and no enrollment or initiation fees.

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Golden Years mini golf Forty-five players met for Golden Years mini golf on January 20. In first place was Team #10 – Lloyd Honey, Steve Vigh and Gary Honey – shooting a 1 over 241. In second place was Team 8 – Stu Folster, Julia Kos and the Phantom – scoring 245, as did Team #13, the Kings, consisting of Carolyn Daudlin, Gerry Wilkinson and Murray Knox. Third place cash prize was taken by Team 7 – Andy Orsini, Iggy Arner and Doug Vickery – with their 248 total for two round. Low score for single-round shot was a 35 by Gerry Wilkinson and Andy Orsini, followed by 36 for Don Ribble, 37 by Betty McManus and Bill Taylor, 38 for Lloyd Honey and a pair for Julia Kos. A score of 39 showed for Audrey Knox, Carolyn Daudlin, Gerry Wilkinson, Cami Keith, Iggy Arner and Mary Ann Vickery. Marg Graham, Ralph Butler, Bill Taylor and Stan Vickery had even par 40. The best two-round number was Gerry Wilkinson with a 74. Julia Kos had 76, Bill Taylor 77, Lloyd Honey 79, and even par was shot by Audrey Knox. Holes-in-one totaled 86 for the group with 5 for Don Ribble, Bill Taylor and Gerry Wilkinson. Four dropped for Barb Arner and Betty McManus. Three aces were counted on the cards of Ethel Ferguson, Bill Mayville, Andy Orsini, Stan Vickery, Julia Kos, Ralph Butler, John Murphy, Carolyn Daudlin and Marg Graham. A pair of aces fell for Colleen Pearse, Art Sweet, Mary Ann Vickery, Rose Taylor, Milton Taylor, Madeline Butler, Linda Walsh, Kathy Bradley, Stu Folster, Cami Keith, Neil Quick, Shorley Thiessen and Mary MacRae. Single one-shot holes were by Iggy Arner, Wayne Reid, Lloyd Honey, Gary Honey, Steve Vigh, Angus MacRae, Pete Daudlin and Murray Knox. The welcome mat is out, so come join the Golden Years mini golfers. No experience or equipment needed. Next round starts Thursday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Colasanti’s.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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ERCA honours Conservation Award winners

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) named the winners of the 2010 Conservation Awards at its Annual General Meeting on January 20. The awards, presented since 1992, recognize individuals and organizations that have made tangible contributions to the environment in the categories of education, volunteerism, youth, and environmental achievement. “It’s a pleasure to honour those who have given so much of their time and talent to create a more sustainable region,” said Richard Wyma, ERCA General Manager. Ashley Colasanti and Leigh Ann Mastronardi are the recipients of the Volunteer Award for their leadership as CoChairs of the Tornado Relief Fundraising Committee. After the devastating tornado blew through Leamington on June 6, 2010, Ashley and Leigh Ann pooled their resources to aid the hard hit community. Together they mobilized their friends, family, neighbours and community to raise funds for the Salvation Army and the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. As a result of their dedication, the event was an overwhelming success, raising a total of $57,200. The CALEWT, Citizens Against Lake Erie Wind Turbines, Steering Committee, was the recipient of the 2010 Volunteer Award for an organization. The group was formed in 2006 from a local common concern for a proposal for up to 119 wind turbines in the Pigeon Bay area of Lake Erie. This volunteer committee started a campaign based on educated and civilized presentations of information in organized public forums. The Steering Committee has professionally and methodically researched their case prior to presenting it to all levels of government, the media, and at public seminars. The Leamington District Weavers Guild was the winner of the John R. Park Homestead Award for excellence in the preservation and interpretation of human and natural history in the Essex region. Since the Weavers Guild was founded in 1952, members have focused on cultivating their craft to teach others the art of textile weaving. For more than a decade the Guild has partnered with the Homestead at the annual Blueberry Social to host a ‘sheep to shawl’ weaving program. The Individual Environmental Achievement Award was presented to Francis Balsam. In the late 1980s, Francis made a decision to reforest his agricultural land by planting trees, constructing a pond for wetland wildlife, and set up an irrigation system to increase the vitally of his native trees. This year he will work with ERCA one more time to plant the remaining 8.25 acres of farmland with 5,600 trees. The Buchanan Farm of Comber was the recipient of the Conservation Farm Award. Through the years the Buchanans have preserved the mixed hardwood woodlots on their property and continue to plant more trees to increase wildlife habitat. David Buchanan has established many conservation practices that enrich and conserve the quality of his soil and help to improve water quality. The Buchanan’s are true stewards for a greener, cleaner environment for future generations. This year the Conservation Award for municipalities has been renamed the Robert Pulleyblank Municipal Achievement Award, in memory of Robert Pulleyblank, ERCA’s first Chair of the Board, who passed away earlier this year. This newly named award was given to the County of Essex. The County of Essex has continually pursued environmental objectives throughout its business areas, including its transportation infrastructure and land use planning functions.

Wheatley Neighbourhood Watch Wheatley Neighbourhood Watch Group Recruiting New Volunteers! Are you interested in: · Helping to reduce crime? · Helping to create public awareness about crime? · Helping promote crime prevention seminars? · Bettering your community? · Being a leader or helping?

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In 2007 the County replaced the North Branch Bridge over Cedar Creek with an environmentally proactive solution with a geothermal energy prototype to reduce the amount of salt needed to melt ice, lessening salt runoff into Cedar Creek. In 2010, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and ERCA, the County undertook improvements to County Road 22 to compensate for drainage alterations The ERCA 2010 Conservation Awards for groups and individuals were announced along the road and in- at the Annual General Meeting on Jan. 20. Accepting the awards were, front row left corporated fish habi- to right: Cynthia Balsam, Ashley Colasanti, Leigh-Ann Mastronardi, Jane Mustac, tat enhancements into John Falls. Back row: Susan Poth, Dr. Mennill, Steve Brunet, Gord Meuser, Al Cook. their infrastructure project. Currently, the County is working with partners on an Active Transporta- riculum, and faculty staff work together to develop both tion Plan to improve connections between regional and local ecological literacy and environmental practices for student systems to promote active transportation. in K-12. Jamieson Laboratories was the recipient of the EnvironThe University of Windsor’s Ornithology Research Group mental Achievement Award for an organization. In 2010, is the recipient of the Environmental Education Award for Jamieson announced a ten-year naturalization project in an Organization. The success of this group is connected to a partnership with ERCA. This commitment involved restor- good working relationship with ERCA, local naturalist and ing and naturalizing 121 acres of Carolinian woodland with community groups, and the amazing bird life found in the more than 72,000 seedlings. This area, which is located on wild spaces of Essex County. More than 320 University of the shores of Lake Erie near Kingsville, is part of a 317-acre Windsor students have taken Ornithology courses over the wetland and woodland habitat in the Cedar Creek watershed. last five years, conducting field studies at Holiday Beach Steven Brunet is recognized as ERCA’s first recipient of and Hillman Marsh Conservation Areas, as well as Point the new Youth Award. As one of ERCA’s Friends of Canard Pelee National Park, Ojibway Conservation Preserve, and River volunteers, Steven has taken part in a number of river along the Detroit River. clean-up projects and planning meetings. As a grade 12 VilFor a comprehensive listing of award winners, please go lanova Secondary School student, Steven worked on a num- to ber of green school initiatives including starting a school Green Team, receiving a grant to upgrade the school’s recycling system, and hosting Villanova’s first Environmental conference. This year’s Conservation Award for Education was awarded to Al Cook for his leadership role as Chair of the Greater Essex County District School Board’s EcoSchool Steering Committee. Al has been instrumental in promoting environmental stewardship a the GECDSB. He solicited the support of senior administration that passed a Board policy which has made EcoSchools a way of life at all schools through the Boards. The Steering Committee team of academic, cur-

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR •THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB invites young ladies age 8 10, with mom or an adult friend, to join them as they explore the joy of reading. The club meets at Wheatley library the third Tuesday of the month from 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. No registration required. •SUNPARLOUR BLUEGRASS - Comber Legion, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday January 30. An afternoon of Bluegrass music with performances by groups of local bluegrass pickers. •FAMILY LITERACY DAY at Tilbury St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 43 St. Clair St., presented by OEYC. Join us for a fun-filled day of books, games, snacks and so much more. Family Literacy Day is for everyone! Thursday, January 27, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. No childcare. Adult and child. No registration. •THE WHEATLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY will meet in the Cultural room at the Friendship Club on Thursday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Bob McLean, will speak on the life and times of his father Dr. E.M. McLean. Everyone is welcome. •Wheatley Baptist Church, 47 Talbot St. E., OEYC presents: “HAVE A BALL”. We’ll get you and your child up and moving in this fun action-packed program! Friday, February 11, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. No childcare, adult and child: 1-on-1 participation. No registration. •2nd Leamington Scouting is having it’s 27TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI SUPPER on Friday, February 11 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 3 Fox St., Leamington. Adults $7; youth (5-12), $4; 5 & under free. All you can eat and take-out available.

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Talbot Street and east of town

You are welcome to pop in for 10 a.m. (usually) services or Sunday School at Talbot Street Community United on the ice-flecked waters of Lake Erie at 3741 Talbot Trail East. Next Sun. Jan. 30 our guest leader will be John Cats with his marvelous singing voice. For pastoral care contact Pastor Ed Nicol 519-676 0027, kent.prestbytery@ Coming Up: UCW on Wed. Feb.1 at 9:30 at the church. The T. Street Youth Group (any religion welcome) comes together that evening at 6:30. Free art classes with Joanne Cook Thursdays at 1:30 in the church’s lower level. 825-5779. CORRECTION: The men will produce their yearly,

bountiful breakfast on SUN. FEB. 5 at 11:30. Freewill

offering accepted. The public welcome as usual. The Men’s Breakfast will be followed by church service and communion with Ed Nicol at 1 p.m. A short annual congregational meeting afterward. Pick up your copy of the annual report at church next Sunday and bring it back for the meeting please.

Don’t worry about getting hit with a committee job: all positions are already filled before the meeting, unless you insist on volunteering for something. We are holding in our prayers, thoughts of comfort and peace for our friends: John Goodison (son of the late Lois and Morgan Goodison of Salem/Talbot Street), Lydia Cummings, Terry Elliot, Ray Lott, Bob Johnston, Mark McLimont, Kathy Gardiner, Cathy and Sandy, Jane Farquharson, Olive Coatsworth, and the family of the late Keith Askew. Belated birthday wishes to Robbie Burns (1757-1796) on Jan. 25. Donna and Bill Merritt have returned from a visit in Florida with Betty Bailey and they report that it was chilly down there. Tom and Shelley Craig and other family members attended the unofficial bar mitzvah of their grandson Tanis Helman of Toronto. Tanis had recently spent 2 weeks in Israel with his paternal grandmother, enjoying all the historical and biblical sites and sights. In his speech he noted how Jerusalem was the centre for many religions: Judaism, Christianity and Muslim (Islam?). Tanis repeated the Hebrew prayers while cutting the challah bread and pouring the ceremonial wine (spar-

NAMI Ontario (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in association with Leamington District Memorial Hospital is pleased to offer this program again this year.

THE FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM The program is designed for the families and friends of individuals with, or exhibiting signs or symptoms, of a serious and persistent mental illness for example: schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar illness, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or borderline personality disorder. The 11 week course starts Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for those who participate.

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kling grape juice). He noted several environmental and humanitarian paths that he might choose from. While he didn’t suddenly pass from childhood to manhood at his recent 13th birthday, he is assuming more and more responsibilities in daily life. For a half-Christian lad, he made us all very proud of him. Jane Knister-Irwin has an interesting hobby. She charts the sun spots every day on a calendar and is following in the footsteps of her grandfather Fisher. She knows when the satellites are passing over and can be found out staring at the night sky in the middle of the highway. So please drive carefully and beware of stargazers. FROM THE HISSY-FIT FILES We were really crabby and cranky last week while writing up this column. We finished it around 2 a.m. on Mon. Jan. 17, and while driving to treatments for depression and stress, found out that Jan. 17 has been determined to be the most depressing day of the year. So guess we had good reason to be ill-humoured. But what’s our excuse for the rest of the

year!? Please call in items by Sunday suppertime, 8254092. Thanx. Till next time, don’t be fooled by the predicted warm-up to the freezing point this week, it’s still winter and good reason to be crabby, cranky and cold. – The C. C. & C. Lady



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THANK YOU from Elmer and Mildred Frederisy Our sincere thank you to Leamington Court and Allegro Residences for the wonderful 100th birthday party on January 14, 2011 at the centre. The staff went out of their way to do a superior job right down to the 100 balloons, all the other decorations, 2 cakes and the beautiful flower arrangement. Appreciation to Wayne Dibbley and Shelley Brown for all their hard work. A special thanks to the Maytag Company for the hat, shirt and plaque giving me the honour of “Maytag Service Man for Life”. A family dinner was held at Leamington Court on Saturday, so an extra thanks to Noreen Nash and Ian Murray for all their help with the luncheon. Last but not least, thank you to all the friends and family members that came to celebrate my 100 years of life with cards, gifts and best wishes. Sincerely, Elmer and Mildred Frederisy

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This week’s Front Page picture is Brett Cobby. Brett is a volunteer firefighter with Wheatley Station #20 and works at Home Hardware.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Citizens’ Police Academy accepting applications The Chatham-Kent Police Service is now accepting applications for the 2011 Citizens’ Police Academy. The start date for the program is March 9, 2011. Applications are available at any CKPS Service Centre and must be returned to the attention of Acting Sergeant Shawn Mungar or Constable Ken Lauzon by February 15, 2011. This unique program offers citizens the opportunity to learn a little more about the police service that protects them. The Citizens Police Academy is a program offered by the Chatham-Kent Police Service to enhance a partnership between the general public, through education and their police service. The academy runs for 9 weeks with classes being held on Wednesday nights for a pe-

riod of 2 hours each. The Academy concludes with an official graduation ceremony at City Hall. Classes involve presentations and demonstrations by members of the ChathamKent Police Service. Topics covered will include but are not limited to: Child Abuse Investigation Team, Community Patrol, Court Services, Crime Prevention & Community Safety, Crime Stoppers, Critical Incident Response Team, Drugs & Street Crime, Emergency Communications (911 Centre), Firearms, Identification & Forensics, Major Crime Investigation, Canine Services, Police Vehicle Operations, Traffic Management, and Training & Development. The subjects taught are intended to make participants familiar with the operation

of the Chatham-Kent Police Service. The course is NOT intended to train people to be police officers. All academy participants will be required to participate in a Ride-Along with an officer. Participants must be of good moral character, have no criminal record, and be 19 years of age or older. Due to the limited amount of space available, those interested are asked to submit an application to the Chatham-Kent Police Service. Only those selected to attend the academy will be contacted. There is no charge for this valuable experience and seniors are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Acting Sergeant Shawn Mungar at 519-4366600 ext. 81978 or Const. Lauzon at 519-358-4628.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2011

Support needed for charity canning operation Mennonite program helps feed the world’s hungry By Andy Comber Volunteers and support are being sought for the upcoming cannery operation, which will provide much-needed food to families of poor or war-ravaged countries. The Mennonite Central Committee will operate its mobile meat canner at the HJ Heinz tomato grading station, on Sherk Street in Leamington, from April 18 to 21. It is the 13th year of canning in Leamington, and 9th year of canning turkey. Just as last year, the local canning operation plans to process 30,000 pounds of turkey thighs – with the help over 700 area volunteers. Qualified canner operators supervise the volunteers, who from various area churches and high schools, as they stir, put the turkey meat into cans, cook, wash and hand-label the finished cans. The cans are then sent to a warehouse before being shipped to supply hungerstricken countries. Last year, MCC meat shipments totalling more than 519,000 cans were made to 14 countries around the world. That included 33 tons of canned turkey sent to Haiti in response to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. Turkey meat is a high source of protein, often a missing component in many diets overseas. The public can help with the meat canning operation by volunteering or donating money through their local church or at any Mennonite Savings and Credit Union. The MCC also welcomes the opportunity to speak to groups about the canning operation. To volunteer or to support the operation, contact Jake Neufeld at 519-825-7173, Gene Forshaw at 519-326-6058, Pat Quenneville at 519-687-2505, or Marlene Schmidtgall at 519-326-7709. The MCC mobile canner has been in operation in the United States since 1946 and in Canada since 1997. This year, a four-person crew will visit 13 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces during the canning season, which runs from October through April. This year’s canning crew includes George Wieler of Wheatley, Peter Reimer of Tolstoi, Manitoba, Steven Bricker, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Ryun Lawrence of Goessel, Kansas. The Mennonite Central Committee is a relief, service and development agency under the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches. The idea for the canning program developed during World War II among the Mennonites. The war left countless people homeless and hungry. Responding to the need, a Virginia business built and operated a portable canner in the area, processing food for relief overseas. A relief committee was formed in Hesston, Kansas, to respond to the needs, and they built a canning unit. Today, the canning unit is mounted on a flatbed trailer, enclosed with fold-up sides.

Volunteers packed turkey at the MCC mobile meat canner in Leamington last spring. (File Photo)

1930 Packard owned by Stan and Clarice Elliott of Arva, Ontario.

1930 Packard sedan with one owner 55 years

Chocolate Lovers Valentine Dance February 11 • 4:30 to 8:00 pm

With Gord Ciliska Chocolate, Punch, Treats, and Sweethearts!

Pub Night February 25 • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm With Terry Raisbeck Join us to socialize, sing, dance if you like!

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Stan and Clarice Elliott live in Arva, Ontario. In 1951, Stan landed a job at Kellogg’s in London. In the summer of 1952, he saw a 1930 Packard close coupled sedan with disc wheels and dual sidemounts parked behind the powerhouse. The owner was a steam fitter who worked in the plant and drove the car winter and summer. The car was not for sale. By July 1956, the Packard was no longer there. The owner had bought a 1947 Nash and stored the Packard at home. On August 26, 1956, the owner invited Stan to his house. He wanted $100 for the Packard but was willing to knock off $20 because it needed a new battery and another $15 because the window in the right rear door was cracked. Stan bought the car for $65 and still owns the car today, about 30,000 miles later. In 1957, he was driving the Packard around midnight in the rain near Thedford when he hit a bump around 50 miles an hour. The lights went out and the engine quit. He knew the battery cover had fallen onto the battery, causing a dead short. The battery is located on the passenger side exterior behind the sidemount tire. His plan was to let the car slow down, then jump out on the passenger side while the car was still moving to replace the battery cover, then jump back in and drive away. Alas! He jumped out too soon, the car was going too fast, and he rolled into the ditch while the Packard splashed on ahead until finally coasting to a stop, partly in the ditch. A year later, he began a partial restoration by doing the mechanical work himself. The body work was done by himself and his good friend John Hogg. It was repainted in lacquer, which remained good until it was given a body-off restoration in 2006-2008. The Packard was back on the road in 1960 and has been driven to many club outings over the years. After Stan and Clarice were married in 1957 (he courted her in the Packard), they bought their first house and enlarged the garage to make room for their vehicles. A large maple tree was in the way and had to be moved. After digging around the stump, it still would not budge. So out came the Packard and a chain, and the tree finally succumbed to the pulling power of the old Packard. The car has been used for many weddings and for their sons’ graduations. It is still a pleasure to drive after all these years. If the story of your car is published in this column, you will receive a copy of Bill Sherk’s book “60 Years Behind the Wheel: The Cars We Drove in Canada 1900-1960.” To share your stories and photos, email or write Bill Sherk, 25 John Street, P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2.

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