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After the recent flooding locally and in a staggering number of regions south of us, our community is awash with perspective. I’ve been asking nearly everyone I’ve encountered, “So, did you get flooded?” The responses are: No, thank goodness; Yes, I got hit again; or – the answer that amazes me most – Oh, I only got an inch or so of water. Any amount of flood water is at the very least a hassle. But after the big flood of September 2016 and the massive damage it caused to thousands of Essex County homes and businesses, many people are now taking their minor flooding in stride. One person making the best of a different kind of tough situation is Kari Lynn Hewett. She lost her hair to cancer and is celebrating her smooth pate by transforming it into a canvas for her changing art. Emma Stewart has refused to let scoliosis cheat her out of her dream to study at Canada’s National Ballet School. The 13-year-old Windsor girl began classes as a residential student at the prestigious school this semester. Our Warrior Princess Madalayna Ducharme beat the odds and sat up for her first birthday, after receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat malignant infantile osteoporosis. These incredible ladies continue to be cheered on by family, friends and wellwishers. For even when real and metaphorical flood waters are salted by our tears of sadness, fear and frustration, our eyes also brim with compassion, pride and even laughter. I’m impressed by the individuals and groups who can dig deep and find strength they didn’t know they had. Through caring neighbours, loving relations, supportive services and responsive organizations, our community certainly knows how to overcome tough situations - together. My hope is that whatever you may be dealing with right now, you realize you are not alone. Sincerely,

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Emma Stewart Dances Her Way To The National Ballet School BENEATH A BALLET DANCER’S satin pointe shoes and pink tutu must be inner strength so powerful that nothing can knock her off her toes. Emma Stewart learned just how strong she truly is when her body, mind and spirit were put to the test repeatedly these past 12 months. The thirteen-year-old Windsor girl has had to battle scoliosis while trying to get into peak condition for her last chance at a spot in Canada’s National Ballet School. Astoundingly, Emma managed to dig deep and triumph. It’s been a long road to Toronto, where Emma began classes as a residential student at the National Ballet School this September. NBS is the only ballet academy in North America to provide elite dance training, academic instruction and residential care on the same campus. Securing her place at the school has been Emma’s goal for several years. “I started dancing at three. At first, I didn’t like ballet that much. At nine or 10, I fell in love with it,” she says. Much of Emma’s training was received at Dance Barre in Windsor, where she has been a member of the Elite Competitive Team for the past five years. During the last three summers, she attended NBS’s ballet program for


youth. In July 2016, her mother, Michele, a former ballet dancer, was pleased to see Emma enjoying learning positions and advancing her skills. While watching her girl perform barre exercises, however, Michele noticed something appeared crooked in Emma’s posture. “We took Emma to see her doctor, who did a test on her back – the same test that she had done three months prior during her annual physical, which proved negative,” says the dancer’s father, Tim. “This time, however, the doctor said that Emma now had a curve in her back and sent her for x-rays, which confirmed that she had scoliosis with a curve of approximately 20 degrees. In addition, she was diagnosed with a hip rotation, which exacerbated the condition and required additional treatment.” Feeling shocked, Tim says, “We were also scared, because we knew how fast scoliosis can progress in a prepubescent young girl who is growing very rapidly. In fact, it had gone from zero to 20 degrees in three months. And Emma had all the danger signs and was considered high risk for the curve to progress.” Emma understood the risks. She chose to look beyond them. When her parents realized it would be several months before Emma could be seen by the nearest specialist in London, they researched their options. “The traditional approach to treating scoliosis leaves a lot to be desired: Wait to see if the curve progresses far enough, then brace the child for 23 hours a day or do major back surgery to correct it,” says Tim. “We weren’t willing to sit back and wait, and we certainly didn’t want Emma to have surgery, so we took matters into our own hands.” They decided to seek treatment at ScoliSmart, a clinic in New York. “They use a combination of physiotherapy, postural retraining and neurotransmitter function treatment to reduce spinal curvatures,” Tim explains. Emma signed up for scoliosis boot camp, where she

Clockwise from opposite bottom left: Windsor’s Emma Stewart receives a congratulatory scoliosis boot camp certificate from an assistant and Dr. Aatif Siddiqui of ScoliSmart in New York; Emma poses at Canada’s National Ballet School during a dance program this past summer; older sister Laura Andrews preps a young Emma for a performance; NBS instructor Martine Lamy, former principal dancer with Canada’s National Ballet, positions Emma; Emma is on pointe performing a ballet solo in early 2017; the student shares a smile with Lindsay Angier, co-owner and co-artistic director at Dance Barre, Windsor.

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Ray Morneau Flat Rock Racing Champ With A Realistic Outlook On Life STORY BY DICK HILDEBRAND

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Ray Morneau is a grade 12 student at Vincent Massey High in Windsor. After working the summer at Hallmark Memorial and a successful auto racing season, he’s entering his final year in high school with a 90+ average, along with some pretty impressive racing credentials. He turns 17 on November 5th and has an outlook on life that many adults would like to have. His parents are Lisa and Randy Morneau… Randy is employed at Intagram, the automotive seat manufacturer in Lakeshore and carries with him a solid racing resume as well. In fact, it was an uncle and his father that woke the racing gene in Ray more than 10 years ago. As the teenager tells it, “we live in a house with a big old garage in the back. That’s where we store a lot of my uncle’s trophies and mine, a few race cars and all the equipment that goes along with racing.” And it’s a safe bet to say that during his off-hours, Ray can be found in that garage, striving to improve his equipment. “I really didn’t do a lot of stuff as a kid,” says Ray, “I raced tons of remote controlled cars and as I got bigger I hung around the tracks with my dad and uncle who raced the big cars. Eventually, I got behind the wheel myself.” He was about 5 when his dad started bringing Ray to the track – he was 7 years old when he got his first taste of sitting behind the wheel of go-karts and micro sprints, which required the family to travel to Grand Bend. The go-kart facilities were closer to home, with one on the 9th concession and another in Tilbury. By the time he had reached the age of 12, Ray again found himself at the Grand Bend speedway, competing aboard a Legends car…in his case, a ¾ size 1934 Ford coupe replica, equipped with a 1250 cc Yamaha engine. “They’re real real fast,” says the young driver, “the throttle response is right there and weighing only 1300 pounds, these cars move. It’s crazy! This was quite the learning curve for me.” After a two year stint in the Legends, Ray graduated to what he says were the ‘big cars’ at Flat Rock….the Michigan track which is owned by ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) located near the Ford Mustang assembly plant. The ‘big cars’, or Division Street Stocks are not NASCAR racers by any stretch of the imagination and don’t particularly resemble any particular automobile. The vehicles, which are built by McColl Racing Enterprises in London have fiberglass ABC bodies and since they all look the same, they’re distinguishable and identified by branded stickers which are applied to the grilles…whether they be Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, or any other model. Ray’s car carries Chevrolet’s bow-tie on

the front and is equipped with a 400 hp, 350 cubic inch V-8 CRATE engine built by General Motors which he maintains, has held up well in competition. A 4-speed transmission sends the power to the rear wheels. The car could hit a maximum of 80 miles an hour, which is pretty good considering the Flat Rock track is only a quartermile oval and doesn’t lend itself to excessive speeds. At Delaware in the London area, where Ray’s dad and uncle competed for nearly a dozen years, the car could reach 100 miles an hour. Over the last three years, Ray has notched four victories at Flat Rock…he took the checkered flag three times last year, and once this year. However, his overall 2017 record with consistent top second and third finishes was enough for Ray to win the championship…the youngest driver to ever do so. “We had a phenomenal season,” he says. Incidentally, 2016 wasn’t a complete washout as the young racer finished second in the points race. In addition to support form McColl, Ray’s sponsors...many of which come from friends and relatives, include Xpress Group Trucking of Maidstone, Scooter Pro, Highland Tools, C.N.R. Tire and Auto, Double R Remotes and Rivard Snowplowing…all from this area. There are normally 17 race Saturday on the Flat Rock calendar and fans usually make a day of it. Pits open around noon and the first race is run at 7pm. An evening of competition includes a heat race, qualifying and the 25-lap feature race. Once a year, fans are treated to a 100 lap feature, along with two others at 50 and 40 laps. Ray won the long race last year and finished second this past season because of a wreck on the 20th lap. “It was one of those races where a couple more laps would have done it,” he says, “we were getting close to the leader but there just wasn’t enough time.” Now that Ray is back in school, he is pondering his future, hoping to developing a solid game plan. But, at the tender age of 16, he has his entire life ahead of him. He does admit, he’d like to stay in the racing game in some capacity. He doesn’t think his future necessarily lies in driving….unless, of course, NASCAR comes courting with a lucrative offer. In the interim, he’ll be concentrating on his school work and spending lots of time in the beloved garage working on his competitive edge through technical improvements to the race cars which he’ll be boarding again for the next season at Flat Rock. After all….racing is in his blood. WLM


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NEARLY 3 YEARS AFTER its release, ‘The Scarehouse’, a horror movie filmed entirely in Windsor, is still making news and continues to amass fans. Written and directed by Amherstburg native Gavin Michael Booth, the film premiered in Windsor to a sold out crowd, went on to play at 10 festivals and was even screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It was named best feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival and played theatrically and on video streaming services around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan, the Philippines and more.

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It’s the story of two girls plotting their revenge after they were wrongfully convicted of a crime. In the process they set up a haunted house in hopes of luring former sorority sisters into their web. Needless to say there’s violence in the presentation which is definitely not for kids to watch. Booth’s creative process never quits… ideas are constantly swirling in his head. For instance, the Scarehouse concept hit the filmmaker as he toured the genuine scarehouse in downtown Windsor which was designed by Shawn Lippert. After a walkthrough, Booth and his wife Sarah, herself an actress, sat down and wrote the script. “I wanted to do a film that focused on bullying and social rejection,” he says, “and with Sarah’s help, I think we captured this in the film.” ‘The Scarehouse’ was shot in 2013 in the former Knights of Columbus building downtown. With a budget of only $250,000, Booth and the producer Mike Carriere, another Windsorite, made use of every valuable minute and completed filming in 23 days. And, in keeping with Booth’s personal philosophy, most of the people involved in the production were local with the exception of some crew and cast members. The makeup and special effects looks were created by Carly Nicodemo and Taylor Vigneux, both of whom also hail from this area. Their artistic endeavors resulted in numerous grizzly, unsettling scenes in the movie, which contains elements of ‘Scream’, ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Hostel’ and other so-called “slasher” films, along with Booth’s own personal input. It was definitely produced with lovers of the horror genre in mind. It has clicked with audiences and continues to attract new adherents. Recently, the film was guaranteed an entirely new audience with its release on Blu-Ray in North America and starting in October, ‘The Scarehouse’ will have its American cable television debut. It’s available for purchase on People interested in the film’s creation will enjoy the disc since it contains numerous features on how it was made in Windsor. For fans of the music used in films, the disc includes a detailed look at development of the movie’s score. Both Booth and Carriere have said that Windsor is a great place in which to shoot movies and undoubtedly more of them will be coming out in the future. In fact, Booth has just recently paid another visit to his home city in anticipation of directing a new WLM feature down the road.

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Warrior Princess Continues to Fight Battle Madalayna Ducharme Celebrates First Birthday And Continues To Make Progress STORY BY KIM WILLIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHERINE DUCHARME

A FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION has never been sweeter! Windsor’s “Warrior Princess”, Madalayna Ducharme, celebrated her first birthday on August 22. While any first birthday is a milestone, it is even more so for Madalayna who has malignant infantile osteoporosis. This genetic disorder is commonly diagnosed in infancy with symptoms of significant hematologic abnormalities with bone marrow failure, hepatosplenomegaly, macrocephaly with frontal bossing and bone fractures. It affects 1 in 200,000 and dramatically reduces life expectancy without treatment. Over the last year, Madalayna has been to countless doctor appointments in Windsor, London and Toronto. Throughout all of the appointments, travel and treatments, including a bone marrow transplant, and she has been a trouper and earned her name as Warrior Princess. Today, her mom, Tamara Ducharme, says that she is doing well. She is a bit delayed developmentally, but sat up for the first time on her own recently. Madalayna still needs a feeding tube in her nose as she doesn’t like drinking liquids. She continues to improve her eating habits. “She’s doing really well right now. We are hoping for good news this week when we go for a follow-up appointment in Toronto. She is looking healthy, her appearance has changed since the transplant; she looks healthier and her eyes seem brighter,” says Tamara. When Madalayna was born everything seemed fine. However a few weeks later her parents thought that she seemed sleepier than other newborns. At two months of age they took her to a doctor who performed tests and found her fontanel levels were raised. Initially they thought she had meningitis. Upon further testing they found that her phosphate levels were low and the family was directed to specialists in London. Initially the doctors in London were unable to diagnose


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Madalayna’s illness. After more testing they finally diagnosed her with malignant infantile osteoporosis. However, this is a genetic disorder and they were unable to find any genetic linkage with Madalayna. “Doctors have still been unable to find a genetic link between the disease and Madalayna. Clinically she has the disease, but genetically they cannot figure it out,” states Tamara. After finally being told the diagnosis, Tamara cried a single tear and then asked what needed to be done to get Madalayna the bone marrow transplant. As malignant infantile osteoporosis is a genetic disorder, doctors opted to search the bone marrow transplant banks for a match as opposed to looking at family. Unfortunately there were no perfect matches for Madalayna. At that point they agreed to test her 2-year old brother Henrik. Luckily he was a perfect match. Doctors were initially reluctant to perform the bone marrow transplant because they were unsure if Henrik also had the genetic disease. They consulted doctors in the United States and Europe who encouraged them to conduct the procedure. “After speaking to other doctors they were informed that if Henrik had the disease he would have shown signs of it by now as it’s a disease that presents itself in infancy.” The family then travelled to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for the bone marrow transplant to be completed on March 17. They would spend the next 94 days there. Surprisingly the bone marrow transplant itself is fairly uncomplicated. Henrik was sedated and bone marrow was extracted from him and transplanted to Madalayna. He was running around and active the next day. The transplant is as close to a cure as possible and can give her a longer life. For Madalayna it was a waiting game. Constant testing was

done to watch her white blood cell count. Once she stabilized for three consistent days the family could breathe a sigh of relief. Their journey continued with a 4-week stay in London for further monitoring and testing. Finally Madalayna was released from the hospital, but weekly doctor’s appointments were a regular part of the family’s life. “We were told that we must stay within one-hour of a hospital at all times.” Madalayna is also prone to infections. As such when she travels a bubble contraption must be worn and visitors to the family’s home are very limited. With over 3,000 Facebook followers on the Miracle for Madalayna page, the Ducharmes have received countless offers for assistance, including birthday cakes. Sadly they have to refuse all offers as it is too risky for Madalayna to be exposed to anything foreign. Instead the Ducharme family shared Madalayna’s birthday celebrations live on Facebook with their followers. “I can’t believe how many people love her and support us. It makes us so happy. We could be going through this alone. I feel like there are 3,000 fighters in our corner.” In addition to supporters on Facebook, the family is overwhelmed by all of the support of the Windsor-Essex community. Last April over 800 people showed up for a fundraiser to help cover financial costs associated with the family’s stay in Toronto. Hundreds also showed up to put their names on the bone marrow registry when it was shared that Madalayna was going to need a transplant. When it comes to bone marrow transplants the 6-month and 1-year milestones are critical. The family travelled to Toronto at the end of August for a 6-month check in and are hoping for good results. They will go again at the 1-year mark. “One-year post transplant is huge,” says Tamara. “Currently Madalayna is on a lot of medication, if she continues to stabilize she can be weaned off of these at the oneyear mark.” Long-term Madalayna may have hearing and visions issues. For now, the family is taking it one day at a time and are grateful for the progress that Madalayna continues to make. “She’s on her way, we are very blessed.” For more information about joining the registry to help others like Madalayna visit the Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Association website at, WLM

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TUNNEL BAR-B-Q Tunnel Bar-B-Q and Peas & Carrots Hospitality have partnered to create a 6 month long pop-up showcasing Tunnel Bar-B-Q classics at Beau’s Grillery, 4108 W. Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The popup was launched with a party on June 28, hosted in memory of Tunnel Barand benefiting the Heart & Stroke


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UNITED WAY/CENTRAIDE WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh is the new director of leadership development and training for the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. The recently retired principal and chief communications officer for the Catholic school board will oversee the Leadership Windsor-Essex program, offering a 10-month learning experience to emerging civic leaders from labour, government, academic, business and not-forprofit sectors. Sherrilynn will also lead United Way’s Training and Consulting Services for the non-profit sector. Information regarding the new training schedule is posted at and United Way Windsor-Essex County on LinkedIn. 519-258-0000, ext. 1186.

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support PLAY MCGIVNEY, where children and youth with special needs, their families, friends and the community will play, learn and grow together outside in an accessible and welcoming environment. Funds were raised through In Honour’s tournaments, events and donors. A charitable organization, In Honour helps cancer patients in Windsor and Essex County.

DRIVE OUT CANCER CLASSIC The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation received a $10,000 cheque on Sept. 8th from Sarah White (centre), host and organizer of the Drive Out Cancer Classic, and the golf tournament’s corporate sponsor Motor City Community Credit Union. Pictured with


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Arm s Finds New Hom e Popular Media Personality Arms Bumanlag Has Been Named As Host Of CBC Windsor News THIS SUMMER Windsor-Essex residents were shocked to learn that Arms Bumanlag, a beloved media personality, was resigning from his position at Bell Media. Bumanlag decided that it was time to spread his wings and look for new opportunities. It did not take long for him to land a position as new Host of CBC News Windsor weeknights from 6 pm to 6:30 pm. He has already started covering stories and assumed hosting duties in September. “After 14 years of a very busy, hectic lifestyle I was looking for a more conducive schedule and also the opportunity to grow professionally. My wife and I are looking forward to the arrival of our first child in February and it is important for me to dedicate time for my family,” states Bumanlag. Bumanlag was thrilled that this exciting opportunity presented itself to him in his hometown. “Windsor Essex is my home. I love this area, the people in it, and the multicultural communities that make our region unique and vibrant. The opportunity to report on the stories that matter to you, to bring them to you live while engaging with you on social media is something I hold dear to my heart. The CBC family has welcomed me with open arms and I’m happy to have found a home at CBC Windsor.” Bumanlag’s passion, local knowledge and experience will be valuable assets as CBC Windsor reimagines its flagship newscast, broadcast live from its Riverside Drive location Monday to Friday. As Host, Bumanlag is looking forward to the revamped newscast that will provide the opportunity for VJs to do


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in-depth journalism. He is appreciative of learning the ropes and the CBC approach to journalism. Bumanlag is also learning from the CBC VJs as he goes along, including editing his own stories. “I am really excited about covering stories behind the news. We will be live start to finish and offer interactive, live elements.” He is also keen to put the “social” in media. “Social media has definitely changed the way we do things. I’m anxious to use social media in new ways and pursue interesting and in-depth reporting. My plan is to start the story during the day on social media and use the newscast to provide updates.” CBC has made a solid investment in Windsor-Essex county and is looking forward to telling stories about the region’s diverse and Indigenous communities. “Bumanlag’s deep ties to Windsor, news judgment and sense of story will help us strengthen community connections and expand our audience and reach, and drive coverage that reflects the rich diversity of Windsor and area,” says Marissa Nelson, Senior Managing Director, Ontario Region. Bumanlag, 35, was born and raised in Windsor and has been covering local stories for more than a decade on radio and television for CTV Windsor and AM 800. He graduated from the Radio and Television program at Michigan’s Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in 2004. He is also a former columnist for Biz X Magazine.

Bumanlag has been named Best TV personality multiple times by a Windsor-based media outlet and also involved with many community organizations. In April of this year, he was named a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health for his advocacy work. Over the last 14 years Bumanlag has seemingly been “everywhere.” As a weather specialist for CTV and an AM800 radio personality, Bumanlag was a regular part of many people’s lives. As such, there was an outpouring of support and sadness when he announced he was leaving. “The response was extremely humbling. It was heart-breaking and emotional, but I knew that I needed to make a change. I am very blessed, the people in this city are amazing and have always been great to me.” “Arms has reported from pretty much every street corner and venue in this city and knows the people and their stories as well as any journalist in Windsor and Essex County,” says Donald McArthur, Executive Producer of CBC Windsor. “He has deep roots in this community and a robust following on social media, where he engages with a local audience about the stories and issues that matter to them most.” His success in journalism almost did not happen. He was working at a video game story at Devonshire Mall and had the opportunity to move to Montreal to work with the marketing division of the company to increase video game sales across Canada. Eventually he decided against the move and a friend suggested visiting the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan. It did not take long for him to realize that he had a passion for the industry. He landed an internship with 89x in 2004. This lead to a producer position at AM800 CKLW which eventually lead to a broadcasting positon. His TV career started when Christie Bezaire moved into full-time reporting at CTV. Bumanlag applied and was hired for a new weather specialist/community events reporter adding to his already busy schedule. The rest as they say is history. “I had a great run with Bell Media and am most grateful for everything they taught me. I learned a lot from them. Ultimately I had to do what was best for me and my family and am so fortunate that the opportunity for CBC became available and that I get to stay in my hometown.” WLM A u t u m n

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EXCELLENCE IN VISION, CARE & STYLE Dr. Janice Bellemore has expanded her optometry practice, offering a more personalized approach to eyewear and eyecare at her two locations - Dr. Janice Bellemore and Associates in Windsor and Eyes on Tecumseh & Sunglass Cove in Tecumseh. Doctors Bellemore, Jana Kadlec and Rhonda Thompson focus on the efficient detection and treatment of eye diseases and the pursuit of excellence in eye health. These optometric doctors take time to understand your visual needs associated with your work and personal life. Educated in the latest technologies and innovations in lenses, the optometrists and optical team Dr. Janice Bellemore select the optimal lenses and coatings to address your vision challenges and enhance your lifestyle. Collaborating one-on-one with you, the optical team assists in selecting eyewear in their stylish optical boutiques. Committed to maintaining superior service and products, Dr. Bellemore meets with companies and suppliers from Canada, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and the US. The collection is carefully chosen


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to offer unique, trendy, classy and quality products with the highest standards in fashion frames and sunglasses. Dr. Bellemore is currently the president of the Windsor Essex Optometric Society. She organizes meetings centred on continuing education led by experts in the field of optometry and ophthalmology and providing a communication link between the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the community. Dedicated to education and community service, Dr. Bellemore is an active member of the Rotary Club and has volunteered her time to local and international projects. Dr. Janice Bellemore and Associates have been accepting and preparing gently used glasses to send to Ghana and Tanzania. The doctors hope you will help others by dropping off your retired glasses to their optometry locations in Windsor and Tecumseh. Focused on excellence in vision and eye health, Dr. Bellemore opened SUNGLASS COVE, a store-within–a–store concept to provide a full range of quality sunglass brands. The Sunglass Cove collections combine the latest styles with optimal vision performance and protection. Sunglasses express your unique style and finding

TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN WINDSOR, DR. BELLEMORE IS OFFERING A FREE EYEWEAR MAKEOVER CONSULTATION! Everyone is invited to book an appointment for a comprehensive vision and eye health exam or walk in to browse the stunning collection of frames and sunglasses.

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AS THE GRAY-DORT TOURING CAR motored into Bala in Ontario’s Muskoka region on July 24th, 1922, curious townspeople had no inkling one of Canada’s most renowned authors would be vacationing among them for the next two weeks. When the pleasant-faced woman emerged from the car at Roselawn Lodge on Musquosh River, she eagerly pointed out the crystal waters to her two young sons. Perhaps, she hoped, the holiday would improve the mental health of her stern-looking husband. All Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables and other beloved characters, wanted was respite from daily cares. She didn’t realize then that Bala would furnish inspiration for The Blue Castle, which she later described as “a little comedy for adults.” Fascinated by The Blue Castle, approximately 50 kindred spirits, including my husband, Jim, and me, gathered on July 26th, 2017


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to follow Maud’s Bala excursion, traveling by boat and antique cars. Our gracious hosts, Linda Jackson-Hutton and Jack Hutton, designed The Blue Castle Experience to connect people with the places that emerged on Maud’s pages. New to Muskoka, Jim and I were immediately drawn to the pines, rocky outcroppings, rivers, lakes and falls that feature in The Blue Castle. We’ve both reread the novel, cheering on the heroine, Valency Stirling, an unmarried woman unhappily living with her domineering, manipulative mother and whining cousin in Deerwood (fashioned on Bala). When a doctor mistakenly informs Valency that she will die within the year, the 29-year-old realizes she has never really lived. She shakes off her relations’ shackles and chooses to enjoy her remaining days. When Valency surprises a local rogue, Barney Snaith, with a marriage proposal, she finds happiness – and health – with him on his little island. Seeing the Muskoka mist rising off the lake and wreathing the twin pines on

Barney’s island, Valency declares it looks like her fantasy blue castle in Spain, the happy place she often escaped to in her mind. Eager to view the actual spot where Maud erected Barney’s cottage in her imagination, Jim and I got into the spirit, dressed in 1920’s outfits and joined everyone onboard the Peerless II. As we sailed past pretty cottages, millionaires’ residences and boathouses protecting wooden Muskoka boats, the chatter among passengers revolved around Maud. I thought how the author, known for her hospitality, would have delighted in these strangers striking instant friendships.

Clockwise from left: Dressed for the 1920’s, Jim Evans and Karen Paton-Evans board a 1927 Ford Model-T to follow the journey Maud traveled during her Muskoka vacation. The Bala Museum hosted The Blue Castle Experience for the author’s fans on July 26th; during a family vacation to Muskoka in 1922, Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery selected Mirimachi Island and built an imaginary cottage on it for herself and her loved ones. Later, she gave ownership of the island to her literary creations, Barney and Valency, in her novel, The Blue Castle. Today, a blue cottage with a tower evokes Valency’s fantasy escape; a statue of Canadian medical pioneer Dr. Norman Bethune stands before his birthplace in Gravenhurst; the RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest operating royal mail steamship, is 130 years old and still sailing Muskoka waters; celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bala Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery are founders Linda Jackson-Hutton and Jack Hutton; Donna Hillyard and Doug Brown acting as the author and her husband; Mari Carson portraying the owner of the Bala tourist home where Maud's family ate their meals; and Luella Veijalainen, Maud’s granddaughter.

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Our heads swiveled when Jack pointed out the former cottage property of Rev. John Mustard, who failed to win the hand of Maud when he was a 22-year-old teacher and she his 16-year-old student. During the summer of 1922, middle-aged Maud and her family visited the Mustards. One afternoon, while sitting on John’s porch, she “picked out an island that just suited me. I built thereon a summer cottage and furnished it de luxe. I set up a boat house and a motor launch. I peopled it with summer guests….We spent a whole idyllic summer there,” swimming, sailing, fishing, reading, building campfires and talking “the soulsatisfying talk of kindred spirits.” Our boat rounded Mirimachi Island, believed to be the island Maud chose first for herself and then for Valency and Barney. A real-life owner understood the appropriateness of things, building a blue cottage with a peaked tower. Barney’s fictional “shack” received an upgrade! Since the novel’s hero was a secret millionaire, it was likely inevitable. Back on land at Castle Blue Restaurant, our group relished a tasty lunch and Maudcentred conversation. Although the author and her redheaded heroine, Anne, are forever linked to Prince Edward Island, she wrote most of her 22 novels while living in Ontario. She set all of them at least partly on Prince Edward Island, excepting The Blue Castle, based solely in Muskoka. A busy mother and wife to a Presbyterian minister serving in Leaskdale and Norval, Ontario, Maud carved out time to create stories that still provide great pleasure. Often dismissed by critics in her time as a writer for youth only, the author infused her work with deeper meaning, giving insight into human nature, Canadian culture, World War I, mental disorders, poverty, status, child labour, women’s rights and love’s many forms. Maud delivered her wisdom through an authentic sense of everyday drama, peppered with comedy. Today, her works, translated into more than 35 languages, are studied at the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island. Following lunch, antique cars arrived to take us over the same roads that Maud’s husband, Ewan Macdonald, drove his family. Jim, another kindred spirit and I were chauffeured by Len in his gleaming cherry 1927 Ford Model-T, the last year the model was built. En route, we stopped in Glen Orchard, which Maud turned into Chidley Corners.

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The Women’s Institute building served as her fictional backwoods community hall, where naïve Valency received boisterous, unwanted attention at a dance. Gallant Barney rescued her by the expedient measure of tossing her out a window and then running with Valency to his awaiting car. Nearby, a former Free Methodist Church, now a private home, is considered where Valency worshipped after her liberation. The antique cars motored to the Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery. Thirsty Maud fans sampled wines crafted from cranberries grown in the surrounding bogs. Returning to Bala, we congregated in the historic Bala Bay Inn to savour a buffet of stuffed green peppers and other dishes popular in the 1920’s. Jack, an accomplished ragtime pianist, played melodies from the 1919 silent film, Anne of Green Gables. Although Maud hated the movie, we certainly enjoyed Jack’s entertainment. Linda was given a standing ovation for organizing such a wonderful day. Happy, Jim and I drove to our accommodation in nearby Gravenhurst. We rose early next morning and went back to Bala to see the falls and quaint downtown. Walking along the river, we returned to the Bala Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. This was the starting point of our three days in Muskoka; we had arrived here the day before The Blue Castle Experience for the museum’s Everything Anne Day. Children and adults competed in sack races, egg and spoon races and pea-shooting contests. Actors portraying Maud and Ewan arrived in an antique car and greeted everyone. Special guests included Maud’s granddaughter, Luella Veijalainen, and her daughter, Karem Allen; Maud’s great-grandson Blair Macdonald and his wife, Kirstin; and Ella Ballentine, star of YTV’s production of Anne of Green Gables. The museum is in a 1909 house rescued by Linda and Jack 25 years ago, upon learning it was slated for demolition. The couple knew it was once owned by Bala’s best cook, Fanny Pike, who turned it into Treelawn Tourist Home for guests, including Maud and her family. To afford their mission, Jack continued working in media in Toronto while Linda handled the year of extensive restorations. The resulting museum is charming, with Maud’s silver tea service on display, a Green

Gables dollhouse in the parlour, a large collection of first and rare editions of Maud’s books and, outdoors, the skiff that actress Megan Follows sank in the CBC production of Anne of Green Gables. In the cream and green kitchen, with children clustered round her, Linda re-enacts the tale of Anne forgetting to cover the pudding, making way for a mouse to drown itself and cause an uproar at tea. After the museum closed for the day, Jim and I enjoyed a buffet picnic with Jack and Linda and fellow guests on the Roselawn grounds. Reclining in Muskoka chairs, watching a playful otter and hearing about Luella’s new audio-recording of her grandmother’s Anne of Green Gables, everyone was content. Jim and I then headed to Windsor Park where a crowd ringed the shore to see daring water skiing feats at the Summer Water Sports show. Hydroflyer Ashton Beukers thrilled with his triple loops high in the sky, leaving huge plumes of water in his trail. On our final day in Muskoka, we visited the Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst, where medical pioneer Norman Bethune was born in 1890. The minister’s son survived tuberculosis and became an innovative surgeon, developing the mobile blood transfusion unit during the Spanish Civil War; advancing thoracic surgery; and advocating for universal health care in Canada. Turning Communist, Dr. Bethune traveled to China and treated wounded soldiers in the Second Sino-Japanese War. He accidentally cut his finger during surgery and died from septicemia in Huang Shiko in 1939. Outside the Bethune Visitor Centre, Jim and I spoke with a gentleman visiting from China, who was raised to revere Dr. Bethune. Mao Zedong’s essay, In Memory of Norman Bethune, was a prescribed article during China’s Cultural Revolution, encouraging communists to emulate the doctor’s spirit of internationalism, sense of responsibility and devotion to others. Touring the Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre, we admired North America’s largest in-water collection of classic antique boats, including the Muskoka disappearing propeller boat. Reluctant to leave, we sailed on the RMS Segwun, a 130-year-old Muskoka steamship that puffed its way around Lake Muskoka. Refreshed by the soft summer breeze, we promised one another we’d return soon. WLM

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Playing More Than 60 Years of Country Music STORY/PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK HILDEBRAND JERRY MELOCHE grew up amidst a musical surrounding. “It’s in the family bloodline,” as he likes to say. Years ago, his dad, Clarence, a popular country musician at the time, seemed to have paved the way for his son…..both of whom have likely played at the same places at one time or another. Born and raised in Windsor, Jerry and his family moved to Leamington when he was 8 years old. He worked at his parents’ business, the Sturgeon Woods Trailer Park which is close to Point Pelee National Park. Jerry was a hockey player and spent much of his time on the ice during the winter months. After a 10 year stay in the Sun Parlor, the family returned to Windsor, where, at the age of 18, Jerry changed direction, traded in the skates and turned to music. He had been a drummer since he was only 3 years old, but as he grew older…and like many other musicians, he switched to the guitar. “I started singing and practicing that guitar,” he says, “and…well – the rest is history.” Eventually, he assembled a


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band. Its first gig was at the now-closed Ruscom Tavern on County Road 46. And, it was that job that provided the group with its name. As Jerry puts it; “the place is off Exit 31 from the 401 and since we didn’t have a band name yet it was four letters and 2 numbers with a bit of history to boot….so we went with that.” The group performed, on and off in the old building for about a year before accepting offers from other sources. Over the past 26 years, the guys have probably played at every campground in Essex County and to this day they’re generally busy every Saturday night. On most Sunday afternoons, the guys can be found at the Lauzon Landing in Windsor for a jam session between 3 and 7 pm. They’ve also been featured at the Lasalle Strawberry Fest, the Tecumseh Cornfest and just lately at ‘Chaps and Spurs’ , the country hoe-down at Lanspeary Park. Exit 31 is big into charity appearances, having done benefits for Children’s Hospital and played at a number of private fundraisers that help cancer patients.

Jerry’s job in the 5 piece band is lead singer and rhythm guitar player. He goes by the stage name of “Jerry Arkansas”. The bass player is Herman Cadarrette and is best described as one of the band’s ‘senior’ members. Another senior, Rene Cuomo plays lead guitar, Randy Vereechen handles the steel guitar, while Mickey Evans, the newest member is the drummer. If a country tune was written, chances are Exit 31 will play it. Like most bands, Exit 31 has undergone personnel changes, but as Jerry says “while the current crew is pretty new, they are seasoned musicians and the formula has clicked.” He has also written a few tunes, but being the consummate perfectionist, he’s not totally happy with the end result and doesn’t feel they’re ready to be recorded. He does admit that he would like to put some of his material out there in the future. “It would be a lot of fun to do it,” he says, “but it does take a lot of money, so it has to be done right.” Jerry is also hoping to do a video showing his group in action which would be included in the band’s facebook page. Purporting to be Alan Jackson’s biggest fan, Jerry says he’s been to at least 40 of the singer’s concerts. On stage, Meloche generally wears a white or black hat exactly like Jackson’s. At one time, he even had the signature Jackson coat complete with tassels. Once he’s all decked out, Meloche resembles Jackson and certainly sounds like him when he sings. As a result, Exit 31 has prepared an Alan Jackson tribute, with the entertainer’s greatest hits performed exactly the way they were recorded. In fact, Jerry is in the process of negotiating with a local facility to host the first tribute. Check the band’s facebook page for details as they become available. Throughout the winter, you’ll be able to catch Exit 31 at the Old McGregor Tavern, one Friday each month, along with the Sunday jams in Windsor. Chances are, the group will be getting more festival gigs as their popularity grows. In the meantime, enjoy the music of Jerry Arkansas and Exit 31. The guys are all professional musicians who have been in the business for a long time. They know how to play country music and can certainly please a crowd. If you’d like to book the band or talk to Jerry in person, call 226-788-3008. Check out the Exit 31 facebook page for more information and band bios or email Jerry at If you’re a fan of pure country music, Exit 31 could just be your cup of tea. WLM

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LIBRA SEP 24 - OCT 23: It is easier to decide what to do when you write down the pros and cons in a notebook. Taking that one step can motivate you. You seek quality over quantity and you will settle for nothing less. You may find yourself backing away from neighbours or relatives who want to get closer.

SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22: You work hard for your money and would prefer to do so rather than slack off as some others might. Most likely you have a keen sense of value and it hurts you when others do not recognize the importance of getting a job well done. You prefer to build a firm foundation to stand upon.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21: Doing what you must can be difficult, but the results will be great. You find yourself looking within to get more in tune with yourself. You may be feeling tired from all you have done, so it may be better for you to deal with short term issues.

CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: You may find yourself turning into a bit of a recluse as people near you continue to ask for your help and then do not bother to heed the advice you give them. You may prefer to work behind the scenes or perhaps take a nice, long vacation so you can rest and restore your energy

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19: If the principle of equal justice for all is brought into play in friendships and with associates, everybody can receive equal benefits from shared activities. Even though you prefer to do things yourself, it helps to keep the door open for new opportunities that do appear on occasion.

PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 Stability and security come from making good choices. Do your work the best you can and follow the rules that make a difference in whatever you do. You will find that others look at you as a mentor or teacher. When all is said and done, sit back, relax, and put your feet up.

CONNECTING STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS ONLINE VIA EDSBY WHEN PARENTS ASK THEIR KIDS THIS FALL, “So what did you do at school today?”, they can already have information at their fingertips, opening an interesting discussion for everyone. The Greater Essex County District School Board has launched Edsby, an online engagement tool that interconnects students, teachers, parents and guardians. By tapping the Edsby app on a smartphone or tablet or logging onto the website, everyone can read curriculum expectations, verify in real time that the student is attending class, stay on top of homework assignments, check when events are happening and learn other important information. Parents can use Edsby to report their child is ill, and communicate with school staff. “It makes parents’ busy lives easier,” notes Shelley Hudson, Edsby project manager for the school board. Some teachers are choosing to post blogs, post homework and assignments, have a class journal, use the mark books feature and offer online answers to questions posed by students, parents and guardians. Teachers individually determine how they will apply Edsby in their classes. The engagement tool supports a whole learning environment for students in kindergarten to grade 12. Confidentiality is protected: Parents and guardians only have access to information relating to their own children. They can see what teachers are posting but can’t see students’ posts. “With Edsby, teenagers can have independence while also being engaged with their teachers, parents and guardians,” says Shelley. School Talk, an Edsby space that is exclusive to each school, enables students to ask questions and post comments. It is monitored by the principal. The private, secure social media-style space lets classmates interact while sharing and learning digital citizenship. Introverts and extroverts have equal opportunity to voice their views.

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For parents and guardians, “Edsby helps you support your children so they can arrive ready to learn,” Shelley says. “You’ll know if they have a test, had homework, require their gym clothes today or if you need to make cupcakes for the bake sale.” With more than 98 per cent of students reporting they have internet access at home, the school board was confident that Edsby could be used effectively by nearly every family. “We are piloting kiosks with iPads in three schools so parents can connect,” Shelley says. Edsby is the winner of the 2016 classroom management CODiE, the Academy Award of software. “When we first saw what Edsby can do, we were amazed,” says Shelley. The Greater Essex County District School Board tested it in four schools and then phased Edsby into all remaining schools over the course of six months. “The teachers used it for one year to become familiar and at the end of last school year parents were invited. Over 7,400 of our parents have now registered for Edsby access.” Simple to use, the tool enhances the partnership between home and school. Shelley observes, “Kids are using technology in a positive way. Edsby helps them be organized and successful. Teachers and coaches collaborate with students and communicate with parents. With everyone on board in this safe environment, it’s a win for our students.” Parents can sign up for Edsby at their child’s school by providing an e-mail address. They will then receive a confirmation notice that includes instructions on activating their account. “The reason we’re encouraging parents to participate is we want the home-school connection,” Shelley explains. “Research has proven that when parents are active in their child’s education and value learning, the child will succeed.”


DE FRANCESCHI AUTHOR RELEASES A NEW MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL SET IN WINDSOR AND DETROIT STORY/PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK HILDEBRAND GOOD THINGS are happening to prolific Windsor writer Marisa De Franceschi,who has taught English at St. Clair College and for both the public and separate school systems. Not only is she marking the release of her latest book, but recently returned from a week in Montreal that ended up being one of the highlights in her career. Following a book reading at an Italian festival, Marisa spent the remainder of the week at the biennial conference of the Federation of Fogolars Canada, where she made back-to-back presentations. Following the gala dinner, Marisa was called to the podium where she was presented with the Literary Award for a Canadian writer with ties to Friuli, a region in the north-eastern corner of Italy. (Marisa was born there and her family came to Canada when she was only 2 years old). “I was having dessert when I heard my name being called,” says Marisa, “I was in a state of shock. A couple of the girls helped me get to the podium to receive the award, but I was so taken aback I wasn’t able to say a word.” It was only the fourth time the award had been made. The following day, at a luncheon on the final day of the conference, Marisa’s name was again called and this time she was handed a $1000 cheque, the monetary prize which accompanied the literary award. Seems the association president had forgotten about


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it the night before. “I was in another state of shock,” recalls Marisa, “I just couldn’t believe it!” Incidentally, she is also a two time recipient of the Okanagan Short Story award. Her newest effort, a novel titled ‘Waiting for Chrysanthemums’ has the potential of being a very successful seller. Marisa says she had been planning the book for a number of years and based her story on the unique relationship between Windsor and Detroit and the changes that have occurred in the Motor City in the last half century since the riots of 1967. The constant struggle of “the good guys versus the bad guys and how to make the good guys win,” lies at the base of the tale. However, the author is quick to add that the goons depicted in the story are neither good nor bad, “they’re just stupid… they aren’t smart enough to be good or bad …they just do what they’re told.” ‘Waiting for Chrysanthemums’ is a murder-mystery, set during the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival in the 1980s. It begins with a murder on the Detroit side during the annual fireworks display at the festival’s conclusion. As Marisa points out, “since more than 800,000 people crowded the riverbanks for the big show, it would be relatively easy to have someone killed off without being spotted.” The narrative switches between the Motor City and the Windsor area with numerous plot twists and insights into the main characters. Numerous sub-plots are cleverly woven around the central character, Lily, and are composed as only Marisa can write. Adding to the impact, is the author’s unique ability in the use of words; “what Lily really wanted to do was spit in his face, gouge his eyes out

with her bare hands, riddle his body with lead, make a colander out of him. But all of this was illegal.” ‘Waiting for Chrysanthemums’ is a classic whodunit with all the necessary elements … ..murder, illicit business practices involving the mob, prostitution, deceit, occasional humor, racism and even romance. The book is a genuine page turner, as Marisa deftly moves through each scenario without missing a beat. The gangsters are typical of what we expect….right down to their mode of transportation: “Sal and the clan hadn’t been into fuel-saving imports. That’s for sure. They were the V-eight guzzler gang. The more extravagant, the better. Showy to the point of being ostentatious. They could turn engineering works of art into graceless glitz.” The pictures are painted so vividly that the mind’s eye can easily translate them into real images. Consider, for instance, the description of flowers and plants around the murder victim’s casket at a funeral home…“Urns cascaded with vines, a plethora of foliage which, on their own in a different environment would have been beautiful. But here, competing with one another, the flowers seemed as bold as the people who had sent them.” This is an excellent book. 271 pages showing the good and evil in humans, combined with suspense and some intense physical action, all wrapped up neatly in an excellent conclusion. Marisa has also managed to add a subtle twist to tie the entire package together…pyrotechnics at both the beginning and the end of this clever tale. There is little doubt that fans of crime stories will find this book to their liking. You’ll find ‘Waiting for Chrysanthemums’ on store shelves at Chapters in the Devonshire Mall, Indigo in St. Clair Beach, Coles in the Tecumseh Mall and Juniper Books on Ottawa Street. It’s also available at the Windsor Library. You can also order a copy directly from Marisa who welcomes calls from her many readers at 519-969-5690 or 519-567-5690. Her email address is For the time being, Marisa has put her word processor aside as she concentrates on marketing the new book. She’ll be at Coles in the Tecumseh Mall on October 21st from 1 to 3 pm for a book signing and will, this fall, be volunteering at the University of Windsor to teach a course in creative writing. However, this doesn’t mean her writing days are can bet that as her creative juices begin flowing again, she’ll be at the keyboard creating another literary gem to add to her impressive body of work! WLM



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CHAD HEDRICK AND ADAM PINSONNEAULT are excited about the future. And with good reason. Their success is a shining illustration of what can be accomplished when we work together. They are ENWIN’s first students to complete an intensive diploma and apprenticeship program, offered through St. Clair College, that combines a formal college education with summer work placements and 8,000 hours of apprenticeship training — resulting in certification by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD.) Six years ago, Hedrick and Pinsonneault were among the first students to enroll in a new Powerline Technician program at St. Clair College. Now, thanks to an educational partnership between ENWIN, the college and the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA,) they are fully qualified, certified 434A Powerline Journeypersons, enjoying full-time employment and a promising future with the utility. The story of their success is also the story of how a college, a local distribution company and key industry stakeholders worked together to build and sustain a vital program that combines education with on-the-job


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training, fulfilling a need for top-notch employees to lead the next generation of electrical workers. “Partnership is a powerful thing,” explains ENWIN’s Director of Hydro Operations, Grant Pennington. “Partnering with the college has reinforced our belief that by working together we can meet the needs of both the students and the utility. The success of this program will have a far-reaching impact — not only for the college and our customers, but for the entire community.” As chair of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Powerline Technician program, he can see the benefits to the students. As the director of the department at ENWIN responsible for the delivery of electricity to more than 80,000 customers — the same department under which Hedrick and Pinsonneault completed their apprenticeship training and certification — he can also see the benefits to the utility. The certification of the young Journeypersons he calls “Rock Stars” also signifies a growing ability to fill the gaps created by retirements in an aging workforce. Filling those gaps is essential to sustaining the

strong workforce needed to maintain the electrical infrastructure that supports the community. Pennington’s perceptions are echoed by Mark Benoit, Chair of the School of Academic Studies at St. Clair’s Chatham campus, and manager of the Powerline Technician program. For him, the success of these students signifies the achievement of a myriad of goals related to establishing and developing a successful college program — one that has exceeded expectations on all fronts. “When we started out, there was nothing like this in our region,” he explains. “We are proud of how it has grown. After only six years, we have accomplished all our objectives and are looking forward to building something even bigger.” His pride is justified. Through partnership with ENWIN, IHSA and other key stakeholders, he has provided the infrastructure needed to train students, both on and off campus. The partnership has enabled a program of study and testing that includes a pathway to help graduates continue their apprenticeship and achieve journeyperson certification. This pathway provides on-the-job experience at ENWIN, even before students enter the apprenticeship phase. As a result, St. Clair’s program has gained widespread recognition and developed a wait list for admissions. Benoit attributes a lot of that success to the college’s relationship with ENWIN. “Our partners at ENWIN offer so many benefits to our students,” he explains. “They have helped us to design and build the infrastructure, and implement a program that ensures our graduates have a very high level of industry awareness and hands-on experience. There is great value in that.” Not content to rest on their laurels, Benoit and Pennington have already begun to collaborate with other partners on a new plan to take the program to the next level. The plan includes building a National Powerline Training Centre at the college — a state-of-the-art facility that will offer an indoor pole training lab, trucks and equipment storage adjacent to the existing outdoor training field. The partners hope this new facility will expand the program’s reach, attracting students from across the country. Benoit calls it an ambitious plan — one that would benefit both the college and the community — one that would not be possible without partners like ENWIN and the ISHA.

“This is a true testament to the power of partnership.”

“This is a true testament to the power of partnership,” said Benoit. “The program would not exist today, if not for the help of partners like ENWIN — and what we hope to achieve with the national program would be hard to conceive. Together we are changing lives and supplying the next generation of powerline journeypersons to keep our communities and businesses turned on.” ENWIN’s Supervisor of Overhead and Underground Distribution Ray Forget, takes that thought a step further. Having worked closely with St. Clair students since the inception of the program, he also recognizes that this partnership has had an impact on the utility’s ability to continue to provide a high level of service to the community. “Historically, it has been hard to find and retain qualified apprentices,” he explains. “Our partnership with the college gives us bright, engaged applicants who know the company, understand the job and are already invested in the career.” The ability to attract and retain skilled employees is vital to maintaining Windsor’s electrical infrastructure and ensuring the safe, reliable power on which the local community relies.

Opposite: ENWIN “Rock Stars” Adam Pinsonneault (left) and Chad Hedrick. Right: St. Clair College students are trained, using infrastructure created in partnership with ENWIN.

As part of the ENWIN apprentice team that brought home gold and silver medals from the Ontario Technical Skills competitions in 2015 and 2016, ENWIN’s new employees recognize the value of the partnership that contributed to their success. “We owe a lot to everyone who gave so much of their time and energy to making sure we had everything we needed to learn,” Pinsonneault commented. Hedrick agreed.

“Our future is looking pretty bright.”

“We’re grateful to the college for giving us the opportunity to help develop this program,” he added. “We were proud to be there when the first training poles were planted, and we can’t wait to see where we can go from here.” Pennington says the utility is also proud of Hedrick, Pinsonneault and the multitude of other students ENWIN is helping to teach. “Their success is ultimately our success,” he explains.

As St. Clair College Marketing Professor Nicole Rourke can attest, the Powerline Technician students are not the only group at the college to benefit from a relationship with the local utility. Her second-year marketing research class completed a project with ENWIN’s corporate communications department in 2017 that is proving valuable to both the students and the utility. “It’s one thing to read about cases in a text book, but an entirely different learning experience when students are able to interact with a community partner,” Rourke explained. “Our students get truly inspired when they have the opportunity to help solve complex problems for real companies like ENWIN.” According to ENWIN’s Manager of Corporate Communications, the project will also benefit the utility by offering valuable insight into the communications preferences of its customers. “We understand our customers better, thanks to the work accomplished by these students,” said Barbara Peirce Marshall. “And that understanding will allow us to better serve their needs.” “We are proud to have our students partner with ENWIN in work that will benefit the entire Windsor community,” concluded Professor Rourke. “That is truly a powerful partnership.”


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“Our future is looking pretty bright,” he added. “And we owe a big part of that to the partnership that gave us this opp.rtunity,” So, what do an electricity and water distribution company and a community college have in common? The power of partnership — The power of people with the vision to imagine the future and the dedication to work together to make it happen.

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Biagio (Bill) Marra juggles many tasks in his work as a Windsor City Councillor for Ward 8 and Vice President of External Affairs and Executive Director of the Changing Lives Together Foundation for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Health Care. He brings the same passion for serving others when creating meals in his kitchen. A favourite dish is Mussels al Salsa Calabrese Biagio over fettuccine, loaded with mussels, shrimp, scallops and squid.

Mussels al Salsa Calabrese Biagio Ingredients: Garlic Butter • 1 head of garlic - chopped • 1 large yellow onion - chopped • 5 stocks of celery - diced • 4 large carrots - sliced • 1lb (454 grams) cherry tomatoes - diced • 4lbs (908 grams) Prince Edward Island Mussels • 1lb (454 grams) Fettuccine • ½ bottle (375 ml) white wine • 1 lb (454 grams) seafood medley (your choice of baby shrimp; baby scallops; squid – all or some or none – your choice) • 2.0 – 2.5 Litres of Homemade Tomato Sauce/Strained Tomatoes or purchase “Passata Di Pomodoro” • Olive Oil • Salt & Pepper • Freshly chopped parsley • Chili Peppers (optional) • Wooden Spoon – an absolute must for authenticity!


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Fill/cover the entire bottom of a large cooking pot with olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the oil is heated up add the chopped onion – cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until the onion is fragrant and soft. Add chopped garlic and cook for an additional 2–3 minutes. Add sliced carrots along with diced celery stocks and cook for an additional 2–3 minutes while mixing/stirring well with your wooden spoon – don’t forget the wooden spoon! Add strained tomatoes/passata along with white wine – cook/simmer for 45–60 minutes until such time carrots are cooked. Add your seafood medley of choice and add diced cherry tomatoes and cook for 2–3 minutes. Salt and Pepper to taste. Add mussels and simmer/steam until shells are open (discard shells that do not open) – take your time with this next step (15–20 minutes). While your mussels are simmering/steaming bring separate pot of water to a boil and add your pasta of choice – for this dish I recommend fettuccine. Homemade Calabrese Bread is always nice however your local bakery will always have a nice choice for your own taste. Enjoy your “Mussels Al Salsa Calabrese Biagio” over your plate of fettuccine and a few mussels on the side in a nicely garnished bowl with the chopped parsley. Don’t forget to add the chili pepper if you like it hot and of course scoop up every bit of that sauce with a chunk of bread.

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Bald Doesn’t Have To Be Boring Leamington Artist Finds Inspiration Through Cancer Diagnosis STORY BY KIM WILLIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARI LYNN AND ROGER HEWETT

With no history of cancer in her family, the last thing that Kari Hewett expected was a diagnosis of breast cancer last March. The 36 year-old mentioned in passing at a routine doctor’s appointment that she had found a lump on her breast. “It was a real shock to get the diagnosis,” says Kari. “It was a very strange feeling. But after the shock I had an overwhelming feeling of relief that I was in Canada and was receiving excellent care. I am intensely grateful to be here.” Kari moved with her husband Roger to Leamington last year. Roger is the Musical Director with Cirque du Soleil’s production “Corteo.” As such, Roger and Kari have spent a lot of time travelling the world. Kari also has an artistic background. Primarily a singer, she has also done work with photography, mixed media and some front-of-house work for Cirque du Soleil. Within weeks of her diagnosis, Kari underwent surgery to remove the cancer. To ensure the cancer does not return she has been having chemotherapy at the Windsor Regional Cancer Center since May. Like many individuals who receive chemotherapy, Kari lost her hair.

Above: After her diagnosis of breast cancer, Kari Lynn Hewett started a Facebook page, "Stuff on my Head". Using her creativity, she uses her head as a canvas in an effort to provide inspiration to others with cancer. Right: Kari Lynn holds up her freshly cut pony tail which was donated to Locks of Love.


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“I took losing my hair really hard. It’s a mark of identity; essentially a piece of how you express yourself to others.” While shaving her head Kari was reminded that she always wanted to try a Mohawk. She soon found herself going through her art supplies and posed with faux fur on her head. As an artist, she decided to embark on an inspiring project, using her chemo hair loss as a blank canvas and creating a photography project entitled 'Stuff on my Head'. Initially Kari posted to her own Facebook page and shared the photos with friends. However, it was soon suggested that she do more with it. She then started sharing the photos with other cancer groups and created a separate Facebook group page at Alternately, in hopes of extending her reach to more people, Kari put up a community page at Many people undergoing similar health problems, with the addition of alopecia, have been very touched by her uplifting photos and inspiration, and given Kari all sorts of ideas as to how to develop this project, so that it may positively inspire others suffering hair loss. “She has become an important member of the local arts scene here in Leamington and is loved by so many, especially with the support she is getting with this recent diagnosis,” says Roger. Thus far, Kari has done 14 photos. Initially she took the photos herself, but she has since allowed Roger to take a couple. “The response has been overwhelming positive. A lot of people love it which is inspiring to me and they get to see that I still have my sense of humour.” Kari’s illness has given her a new outlook on a cancer diagnosis. “Cancer is everywhere and touches so many people. However, I find that many people don’t want to talk about it. That has been one of the greatest things about “Stuff on my Head.” People approach me and talk about cancer. It’s a way to break the ice and talk about cancer in a way that’s not too dark.” Moving forward, Kari hopes to keep the project going as long as she can. She is also looking for other people to collaborate with in an effort to share their emotions. “The whole thing has been a life-changing experience. It has altered the way that I look at myself and the people in my life. The more people that I can reach with these photos, the more helpful I may be in brightWLM ening their outlook.”

JOE FALLEA RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd From comfortable, modest family homes in Essex County to multimillion dollar residences on Riverside Drive, Joe Fallea is selling the properties that buyers want. Making the top producer’s list in the RE/MAX Preferred Realty Windsor office in July, Joe feels positive about the local real estate market. “Unlike many other areas in Ontario, Windsor-Essex County is still affordable for people at every stage. I sold many homes in all ranges this year. Homeownership is more than a dream here; people can have their own place - and a great quality of life.” As a former restaurateur, Joe enjoyed 25 years of looking after his guests at Il Gabbiano Ristorante before choosing to become a sales representative with RE/MAX Preferred Realty in Windsor. “I love real estate. It’s my calling,” he says. His personal ethic of hard work combined with extensive experience in service, hospitality and professional marketing are benefiting his home sellers and buyers. “The better the service that I provide, obviously, the better the results you receive,” Joe says. Long hours working in his restaurant conditioned Joe for the real estate industry. It’s his lifelong habit to “always put in the extra time and go the extra mile to get the job done. I’m available day or night, 24/7 on my cellphone at 519-818-9757 or office 519-944-5955.” Joe offers a free, no obligation home evaluation so owners know what their property is worth. When they engage Joe to sell their home, the sales representative walks them through the process of preparing it to show buyers. He then assists them in finding a new home; works with the lawyers and lending institutions; and ensures all paperwork is done properly. Afterward, Joe is on hand with advice for an orderly move.

“Knowing that selling and buying a home can be stressful for people, I try to help them feel comfortable,” he says. “As a professional agent, strategist and consultant, I will provide you with excellent service through effective management of your time and money. A hard worker and committed Windsor realtor, I take pride in my work and help clients accomplish their goals.” “Most homes have some quirks or deficiencies,” Joe observes. “I recommend a pre-home inspection by a qualified inspector to reassure the seller and buyer. The inspection can reveal issues so there are no unpleasant surprises that might impact the purchase.” “When it comes down to it, there are no problems; every situation that arises has a solution,” Joe says. “My job is to provide solutions.” His eye for detail aids property owners in presenting their home. The sales representative helps them stage the rooms and provides a to do list of improvements that will impress prospective homebuyers. Once the home is ready for viewing, Joe engages professional photographers to shoot photos and videos, which he displays at and other real estate locations. “It’s important to have every advantage right out of the starting gate,” he says. From the moment your home is listed, “fusing online marketing, web traffic and social media creates a quicker sale,” Joe finds. “Using today’s strategic marketing techniques, I’m generating significant exposure for my listings.” His large personal network also proves useful in spreading the word about the properties he lists. “It feels terrific to connect people with the homes that are right for them,” Joe says. Each listing represents much more than square footage and curb appeal to Joe. “Families entrust me with the selling of their most valuable assets and the buying of their dreams. I appreciate the honour.” Not Intended to solicit property listed for sale or buyers under contract.


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Celebrating the neighbourhood’s history and culture with live music, art, performers, historic activities, crafts, games, food and more, the Ford City Culture and Heritage Festival is an all-day block party at 1092 Drouillard Rd., Windsor. EXCELLENCE IN FOCUS ART EXHIBIT

Till Sun., Oct. 1. The work of artist Nancy Bauer is on display at The Common Ground Gallery in Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St. W., Windsor. The artist, who paints in acrylic and watercolour, is at the gallery from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, 29 FREEDOM SINGER

A musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada, Freedom Singer is presented by Project: Humanity. Khari Wendell McClelland and Andrew Kushnir reinvented the music through hip hop, funk and soul. The show stars Khari, Tanika Charles and guitarist Noah Walker. Ticket information is at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor. 519-253-1605 CULTURE DAYS 2017











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Till Sun., Oct. 1. Raising awareness, accessibility, partnership and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities, Culture Days 2017 hosts free activities. Amherstburg: Voyageur and Fur Trader Rendezvous; Kingsville: Carnegie Arts & Visitor Centre, Art FreeFor-All, Lake Art Studios Paint ‘n Palooza and Matthew Romain Laughter-tainer; Windsor: Maison Francois Baby House, Sculpture Park Art Cart Tour and Excellence in Focus Exhibit at The Common Ground Gallery. Saturday, 30 38TH ANNUAL RUTHVEN APPLE FESTIVAL

Till Sun., Oct. 1. The Ruthven Apple Festival kicks off at 8 am, Sat. with a country breakfast. The parade marches off at 10:30 am from Ruthven to the festival grounds at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, 1550 Road 3 E, where there is music, kids’ rides and

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Poet laureate Marty Gervais and the City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Office present Poetry at the Manor Volume 5 from 7 to 9 pm at Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara St., Windsor. Giving readings are featured poets Laurence Hutchman, Kim Fahner, John B. Lee, Deirdre Kessler and Tom Cull. There will also be a reading from the Windsor125 Signature Project “A Group of Seven” poets, book signings, sales and giveaways at the free event. 519-253-2365 or Wednesday, 18 BRDMHA CANADIAN TIRE FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM

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Regional and international wines and foods from local restaurants are the stars of Wines of the World, held at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor. Supporting the work of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, tickets include all food and drink and are $75 each or $700 for a table of 10. Facebook: Wines of the World.



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Till Sat., Oct. 21. Horses dressed in costumes, magicians, balloon twisters, face painting, kids’ games, pony rides, costume contest for people, crafts and food at the Witches Brew Café are happening in the barn at the Halloween Spooktacular on the Farm, 3323 North Malden Rd., Windsor. The event is 5 to 9 pm daily. Admission is $6, in support of the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association. 519-726-7682 or COLE PORTER’S ANYTHING GOES

Till Sun., Oct. 22. The musical, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, showcases Cassiah Pryor of Cassiah’s Dance Company and Nicole Glass of Dance Adventures. Tapas and wine are available at the 8 pm performances on Fri. and Sat. and high tea is being served at the 2 pm Sun. matinee at Migration Hall, 170 Main St. E., Kingsville. Tickets start at $35. 519-733-6200 or Thursday, 26 THE HOUSE YOUTH CENTRE HAUNTED HOUSE

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Till Mon, Oct. 30. Zombie soldiers, executions and other terrors are taking over Fort Malden’s historic buildings at 100 Laird Ave. S., Amherstburg. Reservations are required for the guided tour through The House Youth Centre Haunted House. Admission is $9.80. 519-736-5416 or Saturday, 28 2017 ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE

Till Sun., Oct. 29. Organized by The Friends of the Court at Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St. W., Windsor, the Antiques Show and Sale is from 10 am to 5 pm, Sat. and 11 am to 4 pm, Sun. Daily admission is $3. Refreshments and parking are available. 519-944-1601.

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