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23 ON THE COVER Equally comfortable with a paint brush or a factory tool in his hand, artist and retired autoworker Dennis K. Smith creates paintings that tell stories.


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Following their passions, local residents are finding creative and practical ways to achieve their goals, as this issue reveals. Growing up in Windsor, Tyler Delben fell into his film career as a movie set extra. Hooked, he worked his way up to assistant director on many box office hits, including Guillermo del Toro’s movie, “The Shape of Water,” which scored shelves full of the industry’s top awards, including the 2018 Oscar for Best Picture. Retiree Dennis K. Smith continues to be, first and foremost, an artist. Even while working on the factory line, the Essex County man was planning his next piece. Brody Daigneau’s enthusiasm for sports is so huge it transcends cerebral palsy, giving him the drive to compete in track, cross country and hockey. Cameron Wilson of Tecumseh devotes most of his waking hours to dance, training in contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, ballet and jazz. The high school student has showcased his talents throughout North America and is determined to make a career in Toronto. Charlene Renaud shares life experiences and hard-won wisdom in her new book, The Piñata Theory™: What's In Your Stuffing? Inviting people to “Unleash the Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Smash Adversity and Rock your Piñata!”, the book has hit the Top 100 list. When an accident convinced Lorraine her East Riverside home wasn’t conducive to aging in place, she brought in renovation professionals and reveled in the redesigning process. Respect motivates the volunteers presenting the annual tribute ceremony, Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance, honouring people who served in all branches of the Canadian military and para military. Windsor’s Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick and her patriotic team are preparing for the Sept. 22nd observance. Nature lovers, birders and anglers often go to extraordinary lengths in pursuit of new adventures. With the new $5 ferry ride from Lakeview Marina to Peche Island in the Detroit River, anyone can now explore the wild beauty spot. The late Dr. Lazar Jovanovic passed in 2004, yet his wonderful care for his Windsor patients was so legendary the community came together to erect a 33’ tall memorial clock monument in Little Italy. Former patients and friends were on hand for the June 23rd inauguration. Happy reading!

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Publisher’s Note Moving forward. When I think of my home community, that is how I see Essex and Kent Counties. I’m old enough to have lived through numerous boom and bust times in Canada’s most southern region. What I’ve learned is that beneath our grumbles and worries, we are tough and resilient. Faced with a challenge, we find ways to overcome it. And then we do, time and again. The post-recession turnaround of our local Chrysler plant is one example of the tenacity of our hardworking, determined people. We are stunned by the sudden passing of Sergio Marchionne, the bold, brilliant leader whose direct management style helped revive Fiat and Chrysler and guided the merger of both to become the seventh largest automobile manufacturer globally. His positive impact on our community is immeasurable. I commend Mayor Drew Dilkens for ordering flags lowered to half-mast at all City sites on July 25 “in honour of the commitment and dedication shown by Sergio Marchionne to the City of Windsor and our residents.” Of course, Windsor not only produces vehicles, it is also the busiest commercial land crossing on the U.S.-Canada border. After years of discussion and preparation, the official ground-breaking for the Gordie Howe International Bridge took place July 17 in Detroit. Construction is expected to start this fall. Vehicles could begin crossing the Detroit River on the new six-lane bridge in 2020. Also figuring out how to get from point A to point B, Brody Daigneau of Woodslee applies his own blend of ingenuity and grit. As you will read in this issue, the teenage athlete and coach looks past the limitations of cerebral palsy and strategically uses a walker, track bike and hockey sledge to play and compete with his peers. As Brody’s dad, Ken, observes, “He knows what it takes to get things done.” Exceptional yet very human people like Brody, Sergio and so many others in our community motivate us all to keep moving in the right direction, individually and together. Sincerely,

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The Artist Reveals the Uncommon in the Everyday WORKING ON the line at the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Windsor for nearly 35 years, Dennis K. Smith didn’t experience the tedium that some workers have while performing repetitive tasks. “All day, I would think about what I’d be painting when I got back home,” he says. Preferring the security of an autoworker’s paycheque to the uncertainty of a career in art, Dennis made a conscious choice to leave art school as a young man after a summer working in the plant. Throughout adulthood, he juggled work with family life and time spent in his 9’ x 6’ home studio. “Because I worked at Chrysler, that gave me the opportunity to create my own art and follow my own flow,” Dennis says. He felt great freedom, never obliged to please patrons or fill commercial orders to survive financially. A chance to unite his day job and true passion arose when the plant held an art contest for a logo promoting the hiring of women and indigenous people. Dennis’ entry won. Approaching retirement from the plant over 13 years ago, Dennis prepared to immerse himself in his art by building a new home in LaSalle with a custom-designed, well-lit artist’s studio and gallery in the basement. His days are filled with happy activity, experimenting, producing his own pieces and teaching teens and adults to paint in his studio. “I am an encourager,” says Dennis,

who is forever grateful to the many people who cheered him on as a child artist and during decades afterward. As a black boy growing up in Harrow in the 1950s, becoming a professional artist never occurred to Dennis – even though “I had the best teachers for drawing from grade one up. They saw what I could do and encouraged me. They helped me find my voice.” When local schools dropped art courses from the curriculum, the Harrow principal arranged for Dennis to attend W. D. Lowe High School in Windsor and take art classes with teacher Bert Weir. Toronto beckoned after graduation, where Dennis studied Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art for a year. He recalls, “In the art history classes, no black artists were mentioned nor were their works visible.” Years later, Dennis met a graduate of the college: Artis Lane, renowned sculptor and painter born in North Buxton, near Chatham. Artis’ later commissions include a bronze portrait of civil rights activist Rosa Parks for the Smithsonian Institution and a bust of Mary Ann Shadd Cary — abolitionist, teacher, newspaper publisher and Artis’ great-great aunt — installed in Chatham’s BME Freedom Park. On opening night of the 1988 Affirmation Exhibit at Toronto’s York Quay Gallery, Dennis was one of the show’s participating artists; Artis was the featured guest artist. He remembers, “When she entered the room, it erupted with

Clockwise from far left: Dennis K. Smith, Essex County artist, has found a lifetime of inspiration for his work in his own community. His subjects are part of the everyday, transformed by the artist from the ordinary into extraordinary; the young girl portrayed with a book in Dennis’ Olivia appears both thoughtful and forward-thinking; In Onion Fields of LaSalle, the artist honours the agricultural workers whose efforts bring in the bounty of the county; Fred Johnson, long-time farmer and friend of the artist, posed for Dennis’ painting, Planting a Harvest; growing up in a creative and musical family, Dennis reveals his love of song through paintings like The Trumpeter and Sunday Afternoon at Elio’s.

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applause. I thought to myself, ‘Artis is a black artist making an impact in the field of visual arts.’” He was inspired. “In 2012, I was able to thank Artis personally for that milestone moment when my dream became a realization.” He shares that self-belief with other black artists, assuring “they can use art to express themselves and take it beyond their families’ walls.” Dennis is a co-founder of The Artists of Colour, a group comprised of black artists with the common mandate to speak boldly of their history through the visual and oral language of art. “We want to educate artists of the past and encourage artists now,” Dennis explains. Ultimately, “it’s not about being a black artist – it’s about being an artist.” Colour in all its significance is represented in intriguing ways in Dennis’ works. Eleven pen and ink sketches present a pictorial history of his childhood, shaped by being one of 12 siblings born to an artistic preacher and a musical mother who supported Dennis’ dreams to be an artist. “The Harrow years were black and white years – simple times, playing on swings and in cardboard playhouses. A cardboard box was my best toy because I could be creative,” he says. “I was very quiet; my words were jumbled up. That’s probably why I started drawing. I could speak through my art.” “In the 1970s, colour came into my life.” Dennis’ artwork began jumping off the canvases with vibrant hues and dynamic movement that is evident even in his still life interpretations of fruit, musical instruments and landscapes. In his portraits and crowd scenes, Dennis infuses the unguarded faces and natural postures with energy, setting viewers into the heart of the moment. One face in particular kept tugging at the artist’s imagination for nearly 20 years. Driving past LaSalle fields, Dennis would see workers picking produce. He was struck by the sight of a farmer standing among the furrows and thought about the hope, determination and concern the man must feel as a food producer whose crops and livelihood are exposed to uncontrollable elements. “I started doing print making and created Planting a Harvest, a linocut, in 1993,” Dennis says. Its reddish, black and white tones reveal a farmer, face turned to the heavens as he stands in his field and beseeches God “to grant him strength to sow and reap a bountiful harvest.” While Dennis went on to produce


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many artworks in various mediums, the power of the faithful farmer stayed with him. When the artist was asked to paint a historical mural in Old Sandwich Town in 2002, Planting a Harvest provided the inspiration for the illustration of a former fugitive slave giving thanks for his new life before the Sandwich First Baptist Church, built by fugitive slaves in 1847. Dennis was not yet done with the image of the hardworking farmer. Recalling his youthful summers toiling in Colchester South fields owned by Fred Johnson, Dennis asked his friend if he would be the model for a new painting in 2009. The kind, generous farmer posed, humble and hopeful, on the soil he still tilled. Fred saw the painting — acrylic on a large canvas — upon completion in 2011. Dennis’s deft brush also set the farmer in another painting, Onion Fields of LaSalle. Fred died earlier this year at age 103. Choosing everyday scenes for his subjects, Dennis believes, “Art is important because it changes people’s view of the ordinary and changes it to extraordinary.” After marrying, Dennis went with his wife to her family’s lakeside cottage. “I took my sketchbook and drew fungus growing on a tree. My new in-laws wondered why I focused on that when there was a beautiful lake in front of me. But I see beauty in ugliness,” he says. His works have been shown at The Royal Ontario Museum, the Canada-Japan Exchange Print Exhibition in Japan and various juried shows and exhibitions. Enjoying telling stories through his paintings, Dennis was intrigued when the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch asked him to illustrate Ella Finds Lucky, a storybook that explores feelings after a loved one dies. Dennis connected to his childhood adventures, real and imagined, to draw the little girl and her elephant friend. Dennis also did the freehand drawings for the companion colouring book, Lucky’s Journey. To produce the storybook’s illustrations, “I drew them by pencil first and then used a styling pen on computer. It was quite the learning curve!” Dennis chuckles. Ever curious about the world he inhabits and open to new methods for expression, Dennis says, “My passion, my focus for art is painting my realities and leaving my record.” “I’ve been steady going with my art, even when I worked in the auto plant fulltime. There are still paintings that I want to get done.” WLM

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HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? It could not be possible. But, it was. This strange movie had just won the top Golden Oscar, with thirteen mentions and four top awards. Guillermo del Toro’s movie, “The Shape of Water” hit it out of the ballpark at the 90th Academy Awards this year in Los Angeles. “The greatest thing that art and our industry does, is to erase the lines in the sand,” was del Toro’s response. He, and his movie, went above and beyond those that had come before him. A friend of our family, Tyler Delben was with del Toro as an assistant director. Tyler had grown up in Windsor on a lovely tree-lined street directly across the way from our house. He was one of my son, Mike’s best friends. They were a year apart and went to school together at Riverside High. After Tyler graduated from Riverside, he worked for a brief time at the Casino, Windsor Yacht Club and doing odd jobs for the Detroit Red Wings. He wrote articles for sports magazines. But he was restless. He knew it was not enough. He wanted something more, something steady, something full-time, something that was a bit of a challenge and something that was exciting. How is it that Tyler left Windsor and became a movie director, an excellent one at that? He moved to Toronto where he put his foot in the door and got into the movie business. Tyler went to Thailand on a vacation in 1995 and ended up on a movie set as an extra. He played two different roles in the film, both a pirate and a Redcoat soldier. The movie was called, “Cutthroat Island”. Renny Harlin was the film producer and director. It starred Geena Davis [who was Renny’s wife] and Matthew Modine. The movie was excellent. Tyler knew then that he wanted to be in the movie industry for sure. He worked his way up to be a director with 51 credits as a Second Unit director or Assistant Director.

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the changes that needed to be made on each floor so that she could age in place confidently. Family Home Improvements was engaged to handle the extensive remodeling. Renovation experts Mike and Mary Godwin recommended several solutions to address mobility issues presented by the house’s current layout. Family Home Improvements and other Canadian renovators are frequently called in by homeowners to make adjustments that will enable residents to age in place. Younger families seeking forever homes also appreciate walk-in showers, open floor plans, abundant natural lighting and other features that support independence and safety for everyone, including a kid with a leg cast and a guest using a wheelchair. In Lorraine’s home, top priority was given to the open area plan encompassing the kitchen and living room. ▼

AFTER A BAD TUMBLE, Lorraine had to rethink how she would move through her house. The biggest challenge indoors was navigating two sets of staircases. “There was also the master bedroom’s big whirlpool tub that I could no longer get into, for fear of slipping,” says the East Riverside homeowner. Lorraine applied what she learned during recovery to the planning of renovations that would permit her to stay in the home and neighbourhood she loves. Remodeling would also provide opportunity to update the décor, a huge project on Lorraine’s to do list ever since ever since she and her husband (who has since passed away) purchased the house in 2014. Built in 2003, the house was starting to show its age. Embracing the positive from her injury, she identified

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Clockwise from opposite top: The kitchen was gutted to make way for a new efficient layout, white Shaker cabinets and quartz countertops; the master bedroom gets its glow from LED lights inset into the contemporary headboard, suspended chrome pendants over the nightstands and pot lights. When Lorraine couldn’t find the right spread for her bed, she designed and sewed her own; a new walk-in shower lined with white quartz streaked with black replaces the former whirlpool tub. For added safety, a quartz bench was built in; the dining room’s sophisticated charcoal, pale grey and white palette is punched up with a spiral chrome chandelier rimmed with LED lights; original natural slate tile around the fireplace was retained in the family room.


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What Lorraine had found inconvenient before her fall had become impossible postinjury. A fresh start was needed in the kitchen. “Everything was replaced, right down to the studs,” the homeowner says. “The old kitchen had a high eating bar counter that was narrow and couldn’t really be used for anything,” Lorraine says. Wanting a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy breakfast, she asked her renovation specialists to remove the existing stepped bar counter and replace it with a new solid top. Fabricated of sparkling white quartz with grey and black veining, the counter is as beautiful as it is functional. White Shaker-style cabinetry was installed in a U configuration. A new big island with the eating counter was set at the open end of the kitchen. An intelligent organizing system was installed in the lower corner cabinet. Instead of contorting herself as before, Lorraine now swings out a curved shelf edged with a stainless-steel railing to easily access pots and lids. Deep drawers contain other items frequently used. Soft lighting glows behind upper cabinets’ frosted glass doors. A new sun tunnel penetrating the roof lets daylight wash over the cathedral ceiling. New stainless steel appliances with smart technology were installed. Lorraine chose the counter depth fridge to increase floor space, making every square inch count. The original hardwood floor was ripped up in the kitchen and replaced with long rectangular tiles with a subtle striated pattern and matte grey finish. The same tile in a polished finish was used to create the

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new fireplace feature wall in the living room. “I thought using versions of the same tile would bring things together,” Lorraine says. A rough hewn wood beam creates the mantel shelf on the feature wall. Above it is a black TV screen that echoes the shape and hue of the long linear natural gas fireplace below, done by Scotts Fireplace. The wall mounted TV can be viewed from the kitchen’s eating bar. To showcase Lorraine’s little treasures, many brought home from her travels, glass fronted white shelving units matching the kitchen cabinetry were built on both sides of the fireplace wall. Lorraine had a blast shopping for new furniture and accessories to finish her rooms. “I’ve always liked things that are different and modern,” the homeowner says. At Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, she found furnishings for her living room, dining room and master bedroom. Now a dove grey curved sofa hugs one end of the living room, facing round armchairs in ivory and grey paisley by the fireplace. A square smoked glass top floats on a geometric chrome base. A black lacquer and gold painted Asian chest serves as an end table. Throughout the main floor, contemporary paintings in sophisticated hues of grey, black, brown and white, purchased at Art Expressions, punch up the pale grey walls and white painted doors and trim. With a wide, modern Palladian window taking up most of one wall, the dining room was already primed for drama. Lorraine upped it by having the window wall painted a deep charcoal, making the white trim pop. The remaining walls were treated to a coat of pale grey. Re-interpreting mid-century modern, Lorraine arranged today’s version of cantilever dining chairs with slender charcoal grey leather seats and chrome bases around a dark glass topped dining table supported by a base of black marble vertical slabs. The table had been in the homeowner’s life for years and she is pleased to continue sharing meals with family and friends around it. The showstopper in the dining room is the horizontal spiral chandelier hovering above the table. Each of its chrome rings is illuminated with LED lights. When switched off, the chandelier is an aerial sculpture. Opting for new lighting “everywhere,” Lorraine says, “I decided to buy light fixtures from the same collection at Lighting Boutique so there would be continuity throughout the house.”


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Illumination was top of mind when Lorraine considered the redesign of the master bedroom, conveniently situated on the main floor. She instructed her electrician to suspend a triple headed chrome tube pendant light on either side of the bed, giving more room on the high gloss black nightstands imported from Italy. Pot lights in the ceiling are dimmed for ambiance. When Lorraine spotted the band of LED lights inset into the high gloss black panel headboard, she knew it must come home with her. “It glows softly at night,” she says. “My bedroom is a haven for me, where I can go and retreat.” In the master bathroom, the whirlpool tub that posed a potential hazard was torn out. In its place, the contractor installed a beautiful walk-in shower, lining the walls with large slabs of white quartz streaked with black. A bench was fabricated from the same quartz and built into one end of the shower. A wide glass door opens easily to let Lorraine enter safely. Adding to the bathroom’s contemporary elegance is a pearl grey floating vanity with a modern rectangular vessel sink. A sun tunnel was installed in the bathroom ceiling to allow sunlight to spill in. “Guests are amazed by how bright it is now,” Lorraine says. On the lower level, “very few changes were needed,” says Lorraine. Her older living room furniture was relocated into the family room. The homeowner knew she was on the mend the day she felt fit enough to get down on her hands and knees and buff the main floor’s original light hardwood with Trewax paste wax. Having enjoyed the remodeling process, Lorraine happily invited the contractors back into her home to renovate her second bedroom. “When my health and mobility had changed, my house had to, as well,” says Lorraine. Both homeowner and home have adapted wonderfully. WLM Windsor Life Magazine is always searching for interesting homes, landscaping, gardens, patios and water features to show our readers what others in the community are doing with their living spaces. If you have a home that you feel would be interesting please email photos to Photos need to be for reference only. If your home is chosen we will arrange for a complete photo shoot. If you wish, you may remain anonymous and the location of your home will not be disclosed.

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MICHAEL C. ROHRER HEART & SOUL WALK ROTARY CLUB OF WINDSOR (1918) AND CHIMCZUK MUSEUM An iron lung used to help those who suffered from polio and a locally produced Heart Walker used to help children with disabilities be mobile represent two big projects championed by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). These items and more are part of a new exhibit, ‘A Century of Service Above Self ’, depicting the club’s milestones achieved locally and globally. Now on till the end of 2018 at the Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, the exhibit also reveals the club’s involvement with the John McGivney Children’s Centre, Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, The Safety Village and Art in the Park. At the grand opening on July 18, (from left) Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) centennial history committee member Peter Hrastovec; centennial committee chair Maureen Lucas; Rotary past president Colleen Mitchell; exhibit curator Megan Meloche; and centennial history committee member Anil Chitte were eager to witness guests’ reactions to the exhibit.

Family and friends of the late Michael C. Rohrer thank the many people who gathered in Lakewood Park on May 19 for the 2nd Annual Heart & Soul Walk celebrating the Tecumseh councillor, businessperson, community advocate and family man. Michael suffered a fatal cardiac event in May 2016. The walk has raised more than $40,000 for local cardiac care.

CORTINA GOURMET MARKET KIWANIS SUNSHINE POINT CAMP When a $110,000 Trillium grant toward costs for a new playground and pavilion didn’t stretch far enough at Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp, Double AA Metal Roofing volunteered their time and donated the material to complete the pavilion’s $20,000 metal roof. The company is looking at helping to put roofs on new cabins being built at the Harrow complex through the support of local businesses and donors. The Kiwanis Club of Windsor runs the summer camp and subsidizes or pays campers’ fees so 400 kids can spend a week in the fresh air with new friends. Kiwanis president Daniel Inverarity is a former Sunshine camper and recalls his time at camp as the best week of his summer. 519-738-2332.


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With the opening of Cortina Gourmet Market, Ralph Ferri has brought his Montreal style Italian market concept to South Windsor. Customers can pop in for hot or prepared meals to enjoy at home or work; savour fresh grilled sandwiches made to order; and shop for authentic Italian pastry, breads, meats and cheeses. Located at 4300 Howard Ave., Cortina Gourmet Market also has a gift selection and offers catering services. 226-674-4774.

FRESHII WINDSOR Located at 650 Division Rd., the new fast food health restaurant, Freshii Windsor, is now serving meals high in nutrition for hungry people on the go. The menu features bowls, salads, wraps, burritos and soups, plus gluten free and vegan meals. Every entrée starts vegetarian and can be customized by adding the guest’s choice of chicken, steak, tofu or falafel. Welcoming guests to the grand opening on July 18 were (from left) franchise partner Mike Stedman; Ironman champion, Harrow native and Freshii brand ambassador Lionel Sanders; and franchise partners Zack Stedman and John Morais. 226-216-2532.

CHIDERA IKEWIBE Chidera Ikewibe, a grade 11 International Baccalaureate student at Assumption College Catholic High School in Windsor, has won a provincial Young Authors Award, bestowed by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. Taking the prize in the senior level drama category, Chidera’s play, The Rise and Fall of the Fractionalized Nation, is a dramatic tale featuring a fictional general named Judas and is set during the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960s. The play has already been published in OECTA’s award winners annual book. The student’s English teacher Kim Pearce (left) remarked it is extremely rare to win this award. OECTA secondary unit president Joe Brannagan (right) presented the plaque to Chidera (centre). 519-253-2481.

HOSPICE OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY Construction of new suites in the Hospice Residential Home got underway in May. The contractor Fortis Group and The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County anticipate the expanded residence will have the additional rooms ready to receive the first residents in January 2019. The project is made possible with the help of $400,000 in funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Capital Branch. This is the provincial government’s first contribution toward the Hospice’s infrastructure costs and significantly augments the local community’s generous support. 519-251-2589.

POI BUSINESS INTERIORS WINDSOR After purchasing the former National Bank building at 1599 Ottawa St., Windsor in February 2017, POI Business Interiors began extensive renovations. The results were unveiled at POI’s grand opening on June 20, hosted by POI’s leadership team and Windsor area team members, including regional sales leader Debra Kennedy-Snider. The newly created showroom facility presents everything offered by the leading Canadian distributor of workplace interiors, products and services. POI located its Learning Environments in the repurposed bank vault. The company’s Education Truck, a Learning Environment showroom on wheels, was onsite for the grand opening. Headquartered in Markham and founded in 1958, family-owned POI is the sole authorized Steelcase dealer throughout much of Ontario and serves corporate, healthcare, education and government clients.

COULTER’S FURNITURE Coulter’s Furniture sales manager Tim Finlay (left) felt compelled to help when he heard there were no beds in the new home built by Habitat for Humanity WindsorEssex. Originally wanting to provide mattresses for the homeowner Holly Labelle and her daughters, Tim spoke with industry partners who came together to deliver much more. The Room at Coulter’s, Mark’s Drapery Installations, Beddazzle Bedroom & Bathroom Studio and Select Vinyl & Graphics joined Coulter’s Furniture to form a team that designed, donated and furnished the family’s entire home. Photographed with Tim are Paulette Nicodemo from The Room at Coulter’s and general manager Mark Coulter. S e p t e m b e r

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TIM CAMPBELL Launching A New Concept In Real Estate For All-Round Success

HAMMERING HIS FIRST FOR SALE SIGN into the front lawn of a Windsor house in 1978, Tim Campbell was officially on his way to becoming one of the top 1% of all Realtors internationally. However, he wasn’t focused on rankings; Tim simply aimed to give his very best service. His reputation for integrity, transparency, accessibility, dependability, courtesy and dedication spread as happy clients recommended Tim to their family and friends. Real estate agents asked him to mentor them. Five years ago, he personally selected four sales representatives and administration staff to join the new Team Tim Campbell. Like many leaders, Tim has envisioned and implemented innovative ways to advance business throughout the years. Wanting to take Team Tim Campbell to the next level, he joined forces with CENTURY 21 Canada this summer. The C21 organization gives Tim scope to utilize his vast skills in developing a program that benefits small real estate brokerages, teams and individual agents as they expand their businesses and put smiles on clients’ faces. Tim’s new business model will enable top real estate agents and brokerages to have their own offices without the overhead of running large, independent facilities. “My program means Realtors can retain 100% of their commissions, while having affordable access to

C21’s large support network of international marketing and technology, including the relocation of clients worldwide,” says Tim. Empowering Realtors with modern tools to serve home sellers and buyers will result in greater satisfaction for everyone, he believes. “In this competitive real estate market, buyers and sellers need to have experienced professionals working on their behalf.” With local properties often receiving multiple offers, his own considerable negotiation skills and relationships with peers have never been more important than now. Ever evolving with the real estate industry, Tim knows, “Both clients and agents are changing – deserving and demanding more service, better marketing and a bigger online presence. I believe my team and C21 are doing that.” To best serve clients and make room for team growth, Team Tim Campbell has moved to 11825 Tecumseh Rd. E., located east of Banwell Road. The large, contemporary boutique office was designed with clients’ comfort and convenience in mind. “You can expect personalized, professional service from your first connection with us, in our office or online at,” says Tim. Homebuyers and sellers can also feel assured that Team Tim Campbell stays current in all real estate matters. Tim says, “Clients can only know what they know; as real estate professionals, it’s our job to educate them on options so they can feel confident about making smart decisions and be happy with the positive outcomes.” Everyone on Team Tim Campbell uses Tim’s proven techniques for success, including being fully prepared with an action plan for every listing. The team includes sales representatives Trista Anderson, Shannon Chauvin, David Jas and Janice Levang; new homes liaison Tayla Anderson-Smitjes; office administrator Julie Mignault; marketing coordinator and Tim’s daughter, Meaghan Campbell; and business support person and Tim’s wife, Judy Campbell.

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519-259-9999 Trista says, “I love the energy of working with a team. It allows for more resources, group strategy sessions and shared knowledge. We are a close team and provide support and motivation to each other. When one of us has a challenge or needs help, the others step in. Succeeding as a whole shines through to our clients.” Tim is pleased to share the wisdom he has accumulated. Reflecting on his long career to date, he says, “I had a wonderful time during my 25 years with RE/MAX and appreciate the many opportunities that helped me learn and grow in the real estate industry.” “Looking forward, there are amazing opportunities right now and coming up,” Tim believes. “I am very proud to be a part of the resurgence of Essex County and grateful that I can continue to be of service.” Brian Rushton, executive vice president of CENTURY 21 Canada, says his organization is “very excited to welcome Tim and his team to CENTURY 21. For the past 2 years, Tim’s team has been named one of the Top 25 Producers nationally by REP magazine and he was ranked #18 in Canada for 2017. We can’t wait to see them flourish in Windsor and the surrounding area.” Team Tim Campbell invites everyone to drop by the new CENTURY 21 Teams & Associates Ltd. office or call 519-988-8888 to discover the CENTURY 21 and Tim Campbell difference.

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PECHE ISLAND. The one time Ontario provincial park was transferred to the city of Windsor in 1999 and has remained virtually untouched over the last 20 or so years. Located on the Canadian side of the Detroit river, the 86-acre island is slightly more than a mile east of Belle Isle at the river’s opening to Lake St. Clair. Visitors have frequented the island for decades — they have terrific views of the Detroit skyline and enjoy a wide sandy beach and shallow river bottom. It has been a popular party spot, but stiffer maritime laws on boating and drinking have minimized that activity. Man-made channels have been cut through the island to ensure a fresh water supply and vegetation and unique forests have been kept and maintained. Peche Island is a virtual gold mine for nature lovers. Peregrine falcons and bald eagles can be spotted on tree tops or in the nesting platforms which have been built by the Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club, while anglers have a plentiful supply of muskie and walleye, bigmouth bass and perch to choose from. Various


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species of ducks also call the island home and can be seen throughout the year. During the 1700s, the island was occupied by a number of families. In 1883 it was sold to Hiram Walker’s sons. The liquor baron himself used it as a summer retreat and tried for many years to develop it. He built the canals and bought yachts for travelling to the island from his office on the mainland and for cruises and parties on the river and lakes. He built a 40 room mansion, planted trees, established an orchard and constructed a greenhouse to cultivate flowers. He added a golf course, stables, icehouse and a carriage house. A generator to supply electric power rounded out the amenities. Unfortunately, the entire empire came crashing down in 1929, when it was destroyed by a fire. The only visible evidence of this once thriving enterprise is the ruins of the Walker estate. In the ensuing years, the island ownership changed numerous times. One of the owners had prepared ambitious plans to

build an amusement park as part of a $30 million resort. The work had been slated for completion by 1972 but through mis-management and stiff opposition from neighbors and local politicians, that project also went the way of the Edsel and the island was put up for auction. Eventually the Canadian government owned it…then the province, and finally the city of Windsor which bought it from Ontario for a reported price of slightly more than a million dollars. Today, outside of the rare wildlife, unusual foliage, docking facilities, picnic tables and well maintained washrooms, the island is a quiet place…a far cry from days gone by. Incidentally, more details about this fascinating piece of property can be found by logging onto the Peche Island website. One of the island’s greatest supporters and visitors for the past 50 years is Chris Kulman. He says the

Clockwise from left: The welcoming sign at the island dock; the City of Windsor shuttle on its way to Peche Island; kayakers take advantage of one of the many canals on the island; the gigantic oak tree generally regarded as the centrepiece of island vegetation; ruins of Hiram Walker’s 40 room mansion; local resident Chris Kulman gets set to board the City of Windsor shuttle.

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biggest change he’s seen is the amount of erosion that’s taken place, particularly along the western sections and the southern shoreline. Hiram Walker, he recalls, had built a cement barrier along a large portion of the beach to prevent erosion and lately the city has been dumping huge rocks on the beach to prevent the water from destroying the land. Kulman says the island was a great place on which to party and have picnics at a time when customs rules were a little more relaxed than today…and swimming was allowed. Since the Windsor shuttle began running, swimmers are now prohibited from entering the water for their safety. “I think back on weekends,” he says, “when there were up to 200 boats anchored along the island, as visitors took advantage of its natural beauty. Now, you’re lucky to see 10 or 20, with many of the areas overgrown with weeds.” At one time, power boats were even allowed on the island’s canals, but that too has changed. Outside of improvements to walking trails, the island hasn’t changed much in the past half century. Washroom facilities have been on the island for about 20 years along with a covered pavilion just outside the main docking area. “After 9/11,” Kulman adds, “police kept their four-wheelers inside that pavilion and patrolled the area day and night looking for possible terrorists. We could hear them and see the lights from our building, which is just across the river.” Today the city of Windsor’s new shuttle service to and from the storied island is gaining in popularity. For $5, visitors can board the pontoon boat at Lakeview Marine and head to the island for an hour, or a day of relaxation and exploration. The first shuttle leaves the Marina at 10 am and continues every hour, on the hour until the last departure from Windsor at 2 in the afternoon. The last shuttle leaves the island at 3:30. Travellers are urged to register in advance, since only 6 passengers are allowed on board for each trip and the spaces do fill up fast. The shuttle operates three days a week, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between June 27th and October 3rd. You can book a ride by calling 519-948-3383. So why not pack a lunch? Grab the fishing gear, but leave the adult beverages at home. Pack up the kids and book the short ride to Peche Island…a great place to recharge and get away from humdrum of the everyday world. Become a pioneer and explorer for the day. As the old saying goes: “just stop and smell the roses.” WLM


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RECYCLING THE EQUIVALENT of half a million vehicles since 1975, J&B Auto Recyclers helps money-smart and ecofriendly drivers keep moving with dependable used auto parts. At Windsor’s largest auto recycler, “we have over 50,000 parts onsite, each one completely tested and warrantied,” says Max Winkler, who joined his dad, Paul, in the family business in 2015 and is now in the driver’s seat. “The first advantage to buying used parts instead of new is they cost considerably less,” Max says. “People also come to us because parts their vehicles need now are backordered at the dealerships. Bottom-line: we are problem solvers.” Having what vehicle owners need has been top priority since Paul bought the company 43 years ago. Father and son have continued to advance J&B Auto Recyclers with the times. Today, the fully computerized inventory system keeps track of all units in stock, as well as parts that can be ordered. “When you contact us, we can tell you immediately if your part is available for purchase and when you can receive it,” Max says. If a required part is not currently in J&B Auto Recyclers’ huge inventory, “we have the ability to instantly source the part through our computerized hotline network offering millions of parts,” says Max. “We’re the parts detectives. Whether you want a used or new part, we can find it and get it here for you in one to two business days.” Much more than order takers, the J&B Auto Recyclers’ team are skilled in helping customers identify what is required. Their combined experience of hundreds of years, solid expertise and efficient service ensure drivers and their vehicles are back on the road in good order. The Winkler family’s can-do attitude was in full force after

an accidental brush fire ignited by a passing train set the J&B Auto Recyclers’ premises ablaze. Hundreds of engines and transmissions along with most unbolted on the shelf inventory burned inside the destroyed building. Before the smoke had even cleared, Max was assuring customers and contacts that he would connect with them soon. He also promised everyone the company would rebuild and return stronger than ever. Max made good on all of those commitments. The J&B Auto Recyclers team transformed challenge into opportunity by creating a new purpose-built facility. The newest equipment for part removal and recycling were installed. Up to full speed, the company is shipping items from its own inventory throughout the world. Many of those parts are from local vehicles. Encouraging people to sell their end of life vehicles to J&B Auto Recyclers, “we give owners a fair price and then harvest the otherwise junk cars, trucks and vans for reusable parts,” Max says. “Auto recycling is the fourth biggest industry in North America, recycling over 12 million vehicles annually. Approximately 85% of a vehicle by weight is recovered and/or recycled. We’re proud to recycle in green and friendly ways.” Max points out, “When you think about it, all vehicles run on used parts. As soon as you drive a new car off the lot, it is now operating with used parts. Eventually, some of those parts are going to make their way to J&B Auto 1637 Provincial Rd. Recyclers, ultimately saving our cus519-969-0300 tomers time and money.”


The Teen Athlete Goes For His Personal Best With A Walker, Track Bike And Hockey Sledge STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PIETRANGELO

WHEELING AROUND AN AMHERSTBURG campground with his cycling friends, athlete Brody Daigneau is keeping his muscles in great condition during his summer vacation. The teenager’s sporty black bike gets second-looks and prompts questions from curious onlookers. Tricked out with a reclining seat and backrest, the lean machine has one wheel in the back. On each side of the seat is another wheel and a handle for steering and braking. Out in front are the gears and foot pedals, slightly elevated and rugged enough to withstand Brody’s strength as he manoeuvres through the campground or races in school track meets. It’s terrific training for the rookie starting grade 9 at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School and its Hockey Canada Skills Academy this September. When Brody hits the ice, he will be strapped into a sledge and zipping after the puck. The rink is a second home to the Woodslee athlete, who has played seven seasons with the Windsor Ice Bullets sledge hockey team. An enthusiastic cross country and track runner, Brody competed in his first


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Brody Daigneau of Woodslee loves learning, playing and coaching sports. A cross country and track runner, the teen competed in his last elementary school track meet on June 6, doing the 800 metre race using his walker and taking second place in the 1500 metre race, riding his three-wheeled track bike. This September, Brody will be joining the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, rushing over the ice in a hockey sledge.

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track meet in grade 3, pushing his walker rapidly forward with every step. This past June, Brody’s family, friends and coaches cheered as he competed in his final elementary school races during the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s C Division track meet held at the University of Windsor. With his running buddies Matthew Ing and Cavan McCabe on either side of him, Brody took on the 800 metre race. For his last personal challenge before heading to high school, Brody switched to his three-wheeled bike to tackle his first 1500 metre race, his friend Nathan Levack running alongside. Juggling training and school work while dealing with the challenges of cerebral palsy is “tough but fun. I like to do it. I try my best and that’s how it works,” Brody says. Cerebral palsy affects 17 million people worldwide and is the most common physical disability in childhood. Impacting each person differently, it is commonly understood as a lack of muscle control due to an injury to the developing brain. Some people with cerebral palsy experience stiff or floppy muscle tone, unsteady walking or lack of muscle coordination. While Brody acknowledges his own limitations, “if he can be involved, he will…he won’t sit back and watch. He is very strongminded that way,” says Bob Flanagan, vice-principal of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Elementary School in South Woodslee. Ken Daigneau introduced his son to sports early. Tagging along when Ken played baseball, “Brody spent a lot of his childhood years in the dugouts with me and my buddies. He learned what the game of baseball is all about – teammates, leadership and other roles,” the dad says. “Brody very much has a sports/athletic brain,” Ken notes. “He knows what it takes to get things done, whether he’s sitting on the bench coaching baseball with the kids or whether he’s playing hockey with us – and he’s still coaching from the ice and directing his teammates as they go. Brody has always been a bit of a leader.” Having seen the student grow up in his school, Bob reflects, “I think Brody uses his disability to motivate others by saying to kids, ‘I have my challenges and look what I can do.’ It allows people to push forward harder than what they normally would.” “He is such a role model for everybody, myself included,” exemplifying “If you work hard, good things can happen,” says Bob. That message was reinforced when

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the school board recently presented Brody with the Kitt Lacasse Award, recognizing students with special needs who put in great effort to overcome their challenges. Encouraging students with autism, visual or hearing impairment and other conditions, the school board often makes accommodation. “That allows even more students to participate in our events,” says Teresa Laporte, vice principal at St. William Catholic Elementary School and a convenor of Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s inclusive track and field meets. For instance, Brody’s starting position was farther up the 800 metre track when he raced with his walker. However, “he did do the whole 1500 metre race on his bike and came in second,” Teresa says. “Brody is one of the most competitive kids I know – he will give 150% all the time. He is an example that everyone can find a way to be physically active – an important health benefit at every age.” “It doesn’t matter if you are the best, it’s just doing your best. At the end of the day, it’s about making people happy – kids and parents,” says Teresa. Exercise and athletics will be a big part of Brody’s education at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School and its Hockey Canada Skills Academy. After touring both, the Daigneau family gave high marks for accessibility and a positive atmosphere. “Everyone welcomed Brody in,” Ken says. Students in the Hockey Academy earn physical education credits by going to the nearby Leamington Kinsmen Complex to learn and improve their game skills and tactics, while focusing simultaneously on athletic and scholastic success. As a hockey player, “I’ve played all positions, but think I like defense,” says Brody. Laughingly admitting he’s not an enforcer – “not yet” – he is quick to add, “We’ll see how that goes….I’ll do my best and try to do whatever I can to improve on the ice.” His former track running partners won’t be attending Cardinal Carter. “I might know a couple people, but not many,” says Brody as he prepares for grade 9. “New school, new people, make new friends.” Ken says of his son, “He wants to go to a nice school with a fresh start and go at it.” “My wife, Terry, and I always joke that we’re supposed to be the ones teaching our kids about life, that this is the way to do things. But Brody has flipped that table on us quite a bit and he kind of showed us WLM what life is all about.”

A Hub of Hope for Everyone WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY HAS weathered several recessions since the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor Inc. opened in 1977. But even during strong economies, every day feels like a personal recession for those unable to secure well-paying jobs or struggling to make ends meet. Realizing this, UHC has steadily expanded its many programs and services, going beyond employment services and becoming a ‘hub of hope for everyone,’ no matter their situation. “Our neighbours should not struggle or go hungry on our watch,” says June Muir, UHC’s chief executive officer. Seeing people struggle with food insecurity first-hand and not knowing where their next meal was coming from, in 2000 June approached local growers and continued to work on an idea with the UHC’s board of directors. “When I saw how much unpurchased food went to waste, I knew we could make a difference for hungry people,” she says. A partnership was formed with those growers who believed in sharing the bounty of the county and UHC began developing the Plentiful Harvest Food Rescue program. For years, volunteers had to pick up produce with pickup trucks and trailers. Finally, in 2012, donations were received to purchase a 26-ft. refrigerated truck for retrieving surplus produce. It was recognized that funds needed to be raised to build a state-of-the-art community kitchen for food preparation, so soups and sauces could be put on the plates of hungry adults and children. Area businesses and unions supported this much needed initiative to resolve food insecurity and some food waste problems. “To date, we’ve rescued over 12 million pounds of produce and are feeding a lot of people,” June notes. “Having the truck for food pickup, the kitchen for washing and preparation and fridge/freezer space for storage allows us to offer a full complement of food security programming under one roof. Hopefully, we can secure donations to improve logistics because trucking is our biggest barrier.” More than transforming food, UHC’s programs are transforming lives. Secondary school students train under two Red Seal chefs in the Caesar’s Windsor Cares Community Kitchen. Students working in the community kitchen earn credits toward their high school diplomas while making soups, sauces and more. “The students love it here so much, they come back to volunteer on their own time,” says June.

Above: Helping to feed hungry people at home and beyond are Plentiful Harvest and Food Rescue program manager Mike Turnbull and Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor CEO June Muir.

During peak harvest times, UHC is even able to send a mobile food bank into low-income neighbourhoods to distribute fresh produce. June says, “No other place in Ontario has our Plentiful Harvest Food Rescue program.” In addition to providing fresh produce onsite, to 14 other area food banks and 50 social agencies in Windsor-Essex, “we share produce with over 200 food banks as far as the Greater Toronto Area. The need for nutritious food is so great everywhere.” Rounding out UHC’s slate of social programs are the Unifor Local 200 People’s Choice Pantry, which allows for people to “push grocery carts and shop for their own food,” explains June, and the Shirley & Ray Gould Community Garden, where over 100 families tend plots to grow their own food. But these programs now under UHC’s umbrella don’t all receive funding, relying heavily on donations. An annual gala and other charitable events help lessen some of the costs, but the need is still great. Mike Turnbull, food rescue manager, and June are eager to speak with supportive community members. Mike can be reached at 519-996-4909 and June at 519-981-3222. “We invite everyone to tour our facility to see these programs in action,” June says. “The passion of our students, staff and volunteers and what they are doing to help feed hungry people will truly display the need for this work to continue.”

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Armando’s Belle River - Pizza made fresh from our family to yours, with all your favourite toppings. Other menu items available. Fast delivery. Located in Aspen Plaza. 1679 County Rd. 22. 519-727-0660 Boston Pizza - Fresh gourmet pizzas to burgers and amazing salads. We have it all. Family dining room and sports bar. 4450 Walker Rd., Windsor 519-250-7670 4 Amy Croft Dr., Lakeshore 519-739-1313 Brews & Cues - LaSalle’s premium destination for craft beer, award winning wings and pool tables. Private party rooms available for groups up to 60. Call to reserve. 5663 Ojibway, LaSalle 519-972-7200. Casa Mia Ristorante - Experience authentic Italian food, local wines and homemade desserts served in a casual, completely handicap accessible setting. For many years, chef and owner Frank Puccio has been making lunch and dinner fresh to order. Gluten free options. Closed Sunday and Holidays. 519-728-2224 523 Notre Dame St., Belle River. Cramdon’s Tap and Eatery - South Windsor’s friendly gathering place. Offering great food at affordable prices. Satellite sports and billiards in a pub-like setting. 2950 Dougall Ave. 519-966-1228 The Dalhousie Bistro - We are a real Bistro, not a burger joint! Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict at Breakfast. Homemade Soups, Gourmet Paninis and Salads at Lunch. Fine Artisanal Cheeses, Pâtés, Charcuterie and Smoked Salmons. French Country Cooking at dinner. 219 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg 519-736-0880. Fratelli Pasta Grill - Offering flavour drenched “woodfire” grilled steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. A fresh and healthy selection of modern and time tested classics. Located behind McDonald’s on Manning Rd. in Tecumseh. Take-out, catering, private parties. For reservations call 519-735-0355.





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THE a nutshell, that’s Cameron Wilson’s life. The 17 year-old grade 11 student at Walkerville Collegiate Institute is gradually gaining a reputation as a top teenage dancer. Born in Windsor, Wilson now calls Tecumseh home. He became interested in dance at the age of 4, when he saw his mother perform in a local version of ‘Chicago’ with Theatre Alive. She had formerly been a member of the Edmunds Towers School of Dance in Windsor, a group that Cameron also joined and stayed with until two years ago. “I’ve never really had a job,” he explains “because when I get home from school, I usually have rehearsals and therefore a job really doesn’t fit into my schedule.” His career choice is also reflected on the curriculum he has at school. A morning jazz class, a personal fitness class and an English class is his typical day at school, usually followed by rehearsals. With his goals and priorities firmly set, this young man leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind; he intends to be involved in dance, in one capacity or another, for the rest of his life. And he has the awards and accolades to back up his burning ambition! His achievements are many. Just to name a few — he’s won multiple Edge Performing Arts Centre scholarships in Los Angeles and at the age of 11 was named Junior Dancer of the year at the Tremaine National Finals. In 2014 he was a Teen Dancer of the year finalist. Based in Los Angeles, Tremaine is a major player in introducing potential young dancing stars to the public through its competitions and conventions which are held in different cities on weekends. In October, Wilson will be travelling to San Diego to perform a Contemporary Dance Solo in a major show organized by Mary Murphy, a judge on the TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Earlier this year, he became a Maximum Velocity finalist at a regional competition and will be heading to Las Vegas in July for another round of performances and the opportunity to meet and spend time with established stars in the industry. For a complete look at Cameron’s achievements log on to


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His dances range from contemporary and lyrical to hip-hop, tap, ballet and jazz. His favorite style is contemporary. “It has such a broad spectrum of moves. It can be very technical or it can have no technique at all— you’re just letting loose and having so much fun with it. It can be very dark and mysterious, or it can be light and happy. There is so much you can do with it.” Twice a year, Cameron gets a chance to show his abilities at the St. Clair Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Windsor and even though the audience consists mostly of family members and friends, it can be fairly large at times. So far in his relatively young life, Wilson has enjoyed travelling to various cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland for performances and competitions. He does so at his own expense with the hope that one day he’ll make it big and earn a lucrative living. At 6’2”, Cameron Wilson has the perfect physique for his chosen profession. He carries 155 pounds on his lean, muscular frame and ensures that he has the appropriate diet allowing him to keep up an enormously high energy level. “I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water — nothing else and I get the necessary protein from turkey and fish.” As a member of the Dance Barre Elite Company on Rhodes Drive in Windsor, he normally rehearses for 4 or 5 hours when he gets home from school. Time off for Wilson and the 31 other members of Dance Barre is indeed a rare commodity. Wilson is a realist. He knows that a professional dancer’s career is generally finished by the age of 36 or 38 when the body starts giving out, so one of his major dreams is to head up his own competition company and travel the world. “I love to encourage young people to keep dancing and to help them in the future. It’s just so awesome to watch.” “Dance,” he says, “uses every single part of your body. It is physically demanding with preparation being one of the keys to success.” Cameron regularly does stretches at home, while he and the other Dance Barre students participate in an entire AB workout every Wednesday. When he finishes high school next year, Wilson plans to move to Toronto and hopefully hook up with an agency that’ll get him jobs in music videos, tv specials and even movies. Chances are he won’t be going into post secondary education because his future in dance is what matters to him. “I intend to make this happen,” he says, “I wanna be out there!” To date, he’s made all the right moves. WLM



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Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance Tribute STORY BY S. MICHAEL BEALE PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHERI SKOCDOPOLE ON SEPTEMBER 22ND at 1:00 pm in Assumption Park along Windsor’s waterfront, the dream and vision of a man named, Mr. Allan Cameron from Sylvan Lake Alberta and a passionate Windsor volunteer named, Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick will once again become reality. This tribute ceremony is called, “Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance”. The event continues to capture the imagination of communities across Canada. A display of patriotism and emotion taking place simultaneously in seven communities from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island. More about the ceremony in a moment. Allan Cameron began a charitable organization in 2005 called the “Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance (VVOC)”. His desire was firstly to interview our Canadian veterans. In Allan’s words, “Too many of our veterans have not had a chance to tell their story. Veterans Voices of Canada will help to ensure


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Opposite: Allan Cameron, Sylvan Lake AB. Founder, Veterans Voices of Canada. This page top to bottom: Each flag represents 1,000 fallen Canadians who served Canada, from the 20th Century to date. Both military and para military; The Essex and Kent Scottish Pipes and Drums lead the Procession. Courtesy of CO, LCol John Hodgins; families, Friends and Organizations donate and receive a plaque and flag in the name of those who they honour. These become treasured keepsakes


that all Canadian military veterans have the opportunity to talk about their personal experiences and their stories.� Allan’s work reaches out to all Canadian Veterans and touches all conflicts. Our oldest and youngest veterans share their pride, their pain and how they gave of their youth in the service to Canada. Allan Cameron lives over 3,000 kilometers from Windsor, but when Windsor’s Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick heard of this initiative she embraced Allan’s dream to honour our veterans and became the regional VVOC-Flags of Remembrance Coordinator. Terri’s father, Charles Davis is a WWII veteran and her son Ryerson Fitzpatrick currently serves in our Canadian Forces. She then began arranging interviews with veterans from southwestern Ontario. Terri then seized the idea of having a southwestern Ontario, “Flags of Remembrance Tribute�. Her vision included those who served in all branches of the Canadian military, including our para military (RCMP, Police, First Responders and Canadian Border Security Administration). In Terri’s words, “An invitation is extended to all branches of the military and Para military to attend, along with our veterans and students. This is a community celebration in remembrance.� Fine organizations like our local North Wall Riders, led by Veteran Mike Lepine support her good work. Our Flags of Remembrance Tribute captures the emotion, that feeling of presence as we as a community wrap ourselves in the memory of those who gave us all we hold dear. But why 128 flags? Each of the flags represent 1,000 of the 128,000 Canadian military and Para military not only killed and missing, but all who serve and served from the Boer War to the present. Each flag is accompanied by a sponsored “Honour Plaque�. The Honour Plaque is a tribute to, or in remembrance of, and tells the story of the person remembered by the plaque. Family, friends and organizations choose who they honour by donating to obtain a flag and plaque. As a sponsor the plaque and flag are their gift in remembrance. All ceremonies begin from coast to coast on the same day at 12 noon- Mountain Daylight Time, Sylvan Lake Alberta. The timing unifies all participating cities across Canada at that exact moment. Windsor’s ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. The ceremony itself follows the format of a Remembrance Ceremony. What is unique is the procession. All who wish to parade past the flags

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are asked to form up at the first flag and we as a community walk past each flag. As the parade passes, one by one, that family/organization representative pulls a release cord. That Canadian flag unfurls, gently wafting in the breeze. That representative then falls into the parade as we walk, until all 128 flags majestically present themselves. The name of the person honoured on the plaque features prominently on the flag pole. Leading the way last year was Mayor Drew Dilkens and Honorary Colonel, Phillip Berthiaume. The procession included all branches of our Canadian military, along with cadets, students and citizens of southwestern Ontario. And with the kind permission of the Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish, Lieutenant Colonel John Hodgins, The Essex and Kent Scottish Pipes and Drums Band played a rousing march that only the sound of bagpipes and drums can produce. If you plan on attending bring your camera. It’s a wonderful display of patriotism and love for all who are serving and who have served Canada. Sadly, some of the plaques were damaged by vandals last year. Terri and her committee insured the plaques were replaced. Many citizens have volunteered to keep an eye on these beautiful plaques and flags this year. The flags and plaques remain in position until November 12th, one day after Remembrance Day. They are then gifted to donors as treasured keepsakes. Monies raised through the Flags of Remembrance Ceremony will be used to fulfill the mandate of the charitable, Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance committee. That of on camera interviews of Veterans and locally designated, militaryoriented charities throughout the year. Allan Cameron and Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick have captured the heart and soul of remembrance in the Flags of Remembrance Tribute. We are fortunate to have someone like Terri in our southwestern Ontario community. She and her patriotic team continue the noble and honorable work of remembering all who have served Canada. They live, breathe and draw their motivation in the words of a poem by Robert Laurence Binyon, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning…We will remember them.” Mark your calendars for September 22nd. WLM References: VVOC-Flags of Remembrance Coordinator/Rep. Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT YOUR DENTURES FOR THOSE OF US who have all of our natural teeth we are conditioned and reminded to visit our dentist for yearly checkups. We know that it’s important to help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. For individuals who have lost all of their natural teeth and wear full dentures annual checkups are still very important. “There’s a lot of people who think that since they don’t have any natural teeth left, and are wearing dentures, that they don’t need to visit their denturist to have their mouth examined,” says Barry Parisien DD, a denturist and owner of the Parisien Denture Clinic. Routine exams are all part of having a healthy, problem free mouth. “When we do an examination of a person’s mouth we’re not just checking to see how their dentures are fitting or functioning. We’re looking to see if there is anything out of the ordinary in the mouth like diseases, lesions or cancer, which need to be examined further. Many times these types of issues typically go unnoticed by the individual until they’re spotted during an examination,” the denturist explains. Make no mistake though, properly fitting and functioning dentures are just as important as making sure your mouth is problem free. “We try to catch any potential problems before they become a problem. If we see a tiny crack we can repair it before your denture breaks in half. If your dentures are getting loose we can re-fit them before it gets to the point that you are having difficulty eating,” the affable denturist explains. Barry says that there are a few simple questions that denture wearers can ask themselves to determine if it’s time to



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contact his office for an appointment. If you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions you should book an appointment for examination. • Has it been more than a year since you’ve had an examination of your mouth? • Do your dentures move when you speak or chew? • Are you finding it harder to chew through certain foods than you used to? • Are you hiding your smile behind your hand or trying not to smile because you feel self-conscious about your teeth? “Our dentures and mouth change relatively slowly,” Barry explains. “Without truly realizing it, over the years you could very well have become accustomed to a set of dentures that no longer fit or function properly. It doesn’t always lead to making new dentures. Sometimes all that's needed is a reline to the existing denture to restore confidence and comfort to the patient.” At the Parisien Denture Clinic, Barry and his experienced, considerate staff take care to explain to each patient what is happening in the mouth. They present different treatment options and expected outcomes, with straightforward information about treatment, insurance benefits, maintenance and pricing. “Every patient is unique. Solutions to the challenges presented by one person might involve permanent teeth on implants, the next person may simply require a reline of their denture,” Barry says. “We can help you by giving you all the information that we can so that you can make an educated, informed decision about what treatment is best for you.” To be treated at the Parisien Denture Clinic, 375 Cabana Rd. E, Windsor, simply book your free consultation appointment by calling 519-997-7799 or visiting

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If you turn your back and walk away too fast, you could lose everything you have gained. It would be better for everyone to stand down for now. You have planted the seeds. It is time to watch them grow, both in sunlight and rain. You are not responsible for the actions everyone else takes.

LEO JUL 24 - AUG 23: If it feels as if the whole world is against you, take a step back and look at what is going on around you. Rest if you must, but now is not the time to give up. Faith, hope and love might help carry you through. Try to keep your arms open so you do not shut others out, but be more careful who you let in.

VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23: You have a good handle on what you are doing right now. You do not like surprises though and you may receive a few of them which try to throw you off balance. You may take on a new project and bring it to a successful conclusion. Trust your instincts.


LIBRA SEP 24 - OCT 23: This is not the best of times, but you already know that. It is time to take care of yourself if you want to be able to help others. Always being the peacemaker can wear you down. There is only so much you can do. Do not sweat the small stuff. It may be important to some extent, but how much?

SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22: Being the strong, silent type sometimes just brings you more of the need to be strong and silent. You will gain by learning to verbalize and speak out. Notice, I did not say overthrow. There is a difference. Teamwork, remember. Friends and relatives assume more importance in your life now.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21: Got an angel on your shoulder. Got a penny in your pocket. You would like to be everybody’s friend. However, good cheer does not pay the bills. It might be wise to take a closer look at your finances. Put something aside for a rainy day since rainy days do come from time to time.

CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: The ball is in your court. You may be keeping your nose too close to the grindstone. Your focus seems to be on tying up loose ends while life is passing you by. You appear to be detached and yet super involved at the same time. You will notice that the world is becoming much more business-like.

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19: Be more careful when you are out and about. Everything may not be what it appears to be. You need to know what is going on behind the scenes. Make wise decisions based on what you know. Even business matters need strong scrutiny. Be careful when signing papers.

PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 This is your year to shine. If you put in the work, rewards can be in the picture of your life. Dreams can come true. A new opportunity can move you higher than you ever thought possible. Others will be there to help you along the way.


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However, her journey to success and eventual happiness did not come without a price — the road being laced with hardship. “I knew I had a purpose,” she says, “but my subconscious junk kept pulling me into my old conditioned ways.” Charlene, the youngest of six children, was born in Windsor and grew up on a farm in the Comber area. While there were many happy days, things were not always ideal. Her father was a heavy drinker and, as a result, muses Charlene, “there were always parties at our place.” And she adds it was nothing to have gatherings of a few hundred people. She does recall plenty of good times …like playing with the kittens or playing her clarinet and making the dog howl, or picking cucumbers in the fields. She talks about the day a cow was safely rescued after finding her way into the swimming pool and of a childhood dream of being on stage singing and speaking to the audience. In fact she shared a lot of her feelings with Rachelle, her cousin from the city. “Rachelle and I would play in the corn crib on the farm standing on a wagon pretending we were stars singing to a crowd of people. We each held a corncob pretending it was a microphone. Rachelle’s mom — my Aunt Carol, was my inspiration to become a singer. She was a talented country singer in a band. Married three times, Charlene’s life experiences are chronicled in the book titled ‘The Piñata Theory™’. In the book, the self-described ‘people fixer’ uses the metaphor of the piñata to describe people while the stuffing inside is their life experiences and attitudes which can manifest themselves in various ways. She says it’s designed to help people by convincing them to examine their “stuffing”….changing what they download to change their life. “I’m not a doctor,” she writes. “I do not have a university degree. I’m not a certified, Board Sanctioned Stuffologist, nor did I work in a toy factory stuffing colourful paper animals with white puffy material and bon-bons. I earned a Masters in Life Experience, especially when it came to bursting open (often painfully), my Piñata or subconscious mind. Like a fingerprint, your stuffing is unique and forms the reality of who you are and what you believe to be true.” In easy to grasp plain English, Charlene details the types of stuffing that piñatas (or people) carry with them and the benefits or consequences that result when that stuffing is released. Fortunately, she also outlines

steps to take when the pain becomes unbearable, using her own past as an example of overcoming diversity. Every individual has two minds — the conscious and the subconscious. And she continues: “The minds collaborate, yet the pull or influence of the subconscious mind is thousands of times more powerful than the conscious mind. This is why I referred to them as dueling minds.” She says it’s advisable to know how the sub-conscious influences behavior so that the old stuffing can be over-ridden with the new. According to the book, “I believe the biggest obstacle that we have in our life is the result of being trapped in our own mind.” The book contains a font of common sense information that many of us likely haven’t bothered to think about it. However, when solutions virtually jump off the page, it’s tough not to sit back and wonder why we never considered it. For instance, throughout her life, even during the darkest of times, Charlene has always had a deep faith in God. This is evident in her writing — “God sends earthly beings to help those who truly want to change their life…when we surrender our self-centered ways and ask for help, change is possible. It’s when we are closed, narrowminded or in a state of denial, that pain continues to be part of our life.” Calling God the Grand Piñata, Charlene writes that all the good stuffing comes from Him and trusting Him will bring inner peace and joy. Simply stated, ‘The Piñata Theory™’ is a great book, one that we should all add to our libraries. It’s an absorbing piece of literature on the human condition written with an occasional humorous slant (the Piñata reference for instance)….a great way to keep the reader tuned in. So, as the author reminds us, the bottom line to improve one’s lot in life is to love the most important Pinata…..YOURSELF! Virtually days after its release, ‘The Piñata Theory™’ is already making waves having made it to the Top 100 rankings automatically classifying it as an Amazon bestseller in Canada in its category of Self Help Personal Transformation. It’s available on Amazon all over the world and may eventually reach store shelves as well. More information about Charlene Renaud’s life is available on her website: or you can contact her at The last line of the book says it all: “Start a fire in your spiritual engine, the world is waiting for you to Step Into Greatness.” WLM

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Rock drummer Jeff Burrows wields a mean set of drumsticks when playing with Crash Karma, The Tea Party and The S’Aints. Offstage, chopsticks action is called for on Thai night at the Burrows’ Windsor-area home. It’s a tradition Jeff and his wife Martina started while visiting Toronto. “We used to take the kids out for Thai food when they were very young. They couldn’t get enough of Pad Thai so we started putting this one together,” Jeff says. “The added veggies were at first an idea to get the boys to eat them. As they grew older we began adding more until they loved it regardless.” He recommends, “Always make a double recipe - this is even better the next day.”

Banana Bread Bars Ingredients: • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1 cup sour cream • 1/2 cup butter, softened • 2 eggs • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed • 2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 cup all purpose flour • 1 tsp baking soda • 3/4 tsp salt

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Ingredients: • 1/2 lb spaghettini or rice noodle • 4 cups broccoli florets • 2 large carrots, cut in julienne strips • 2 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 tbsp mince ginger root • 3 cloves of garlic, minced • 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro and peanuts-if desire

Ingredients: • 1/2 cup chicken stock • 3 tbsp of cider vinegar • 3 tbsp soy sauce • 3 tbsp peanut butter • 1 tbsp of corn starch • 1 tbsp sesame oil • 1-1/2 tsp chili past

Sauce: Whisk together stock, vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, corn starch, sesame oil and chili paste. Set aside. In a large skillet using 1 tbsp of vegetable oil sauté broccoli and carrots. Set aside. In a large skillet using 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, cook chicken-until no longer pink. Add ginger and garlic. Set aside. In large pot of boiling water, cook noodles for 5 minutes—may need longer. Drain water out. Set aside. Add the sautéed vegetables to the chicken. Whisk the sauce before adding to medium heat. Allow to thicken. Pour vegetables, chicken and sauce mixture over noodles and toss until everything is mixed in. May sprinkle chopped cilantro, chopped peanuts and squeeze a slice of lime once plated.


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Frosting Ingredients: • 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese • 1/4 cup of melted butter • 2 cup of icing sugar • 1 tsp of vanilla Heat oven to 375˚F. Grease and flour 13x9 inch pan. For the bars, in large bowl, beat together, sugar and sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, for frosting, melt butter in a small sauce pan. In a bowl cream together cream cheese melted butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Once bars are cooled off. Frost with above frosting. Cut into desired size bars.


“The ease and quickness of this recipe is something perfect for anyone who wants to try something a bit different.” – Jeff Burrows

Remembering Dr. Lazar Jovanovic’s Memorial Clock Honours Doctor in Windsor’s Little Italy STORY BY KIM WILLIS

FEW INDIVIDUALS GIVE OVER 50 YEARS OF THEIR LIVES dedicated to a career of helping others. Dr. Lazar Jovanovic was a beloved doctor who worked in Windsor for much of his career. He was near and dear to hundreds of patients in this area, particularly immigrants. In recognition of the tremendous dedication to his profession and helping so many Italian people and patients in this community, a 33’ foot clock was recently installed at the roundabout located at Erie Street and Parent Avenue. Throughout his career, Jovanovic was known to work into the wee hours of the morning seeing patients. He would routinely make house calls in addition to seeing patients at his Erie Street office. The monument was conceived by pharmacist Francesco Lazar Vella whose middle name was given to him as a way to give thanks to Jovanovic. His family was one of many who loved the doctor. Born in the former Yugoslavia, Jovanovic attended medical school in Rome and was fluent in six languages. He was cherished by new Canadians of all backgrounds. Up until his death in 2004 at the age of 92, Jovanovic followed the latest medical advances on his computer. “He was a force of nature,” says Erie Street Business Improvement Association vice-president Teresa Silvestri. Although he moved to Texas in 1995 at the age of 83, his memory and impact on the community is legendary.


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In recognition of an extraordinary man, a 33’ foot clock was recently installed at the roundabout located at Erie Street and Parent Avenue. Dr. Lazar Jovanovic was a beloved doctor who served hundreds of patients in Windsor. Photo courtesy Sooters Photography.

When he was six years old, Jovanovic’s mother took him to see a doctor for abdominal pain. The doctor told him, “Son, you should think to study medicine. You are clever.” This was during the early years of World War II and the country was occupied by the former Soviet Union. Jovanovic was not allowed to leave the country and earned a degree in agricultural engineering and then got into medical school. However, by this time Germany had invaded Yugoslavia and he was unable to return home. After “running for his life” Jovanovic was saved by an Italian Major after being put under a death sentence for refusing to kill his own people. “When we arrived in Italy, I was doing what I could to be morally obliged to the nation whose one member saved my life. I was helping Italians as much as I could,” he recalled. After graduating from medical school in May 1947 Jovanovic still could not go home as he remained on the execution list. He had an uncle living in Canada so he moved here and

worked as a farmhand while taking his certification exams. His first clinic opened in 1952. Jovanovic soon became cherished by Italians and new Canadians. He was known for handing out free medication and turned down payments from families that couldn’t afford it. Instead of payment he would often enjoy dinner in his patients’ homes. His dedication and stamina was remarkable, according to local physicians who knew him. After nearly a year of planning, fundraising and labour, Filip Rocca, President, Erie Street BIA says everyone involved is in awe of a tower that originally started at just 10-ft high. “We’re at 33-ft high and made of limestone, it's 15-ft in the ground with concrete to hold this thing, it’s absolutely massive,” he says. “We couldn't be more proud for Erie St., Via Italia and the city of Windsor.” Much of the work on the monument was donated by local Italians in the construction industry. This beautiful piece of artwork was installed late last year. A special ceremony honouring Jovanovic was held in June. Mayor Drew Dilkens and several other dignitaries joined members of the Italian and Serbian communities for the ribbon cutting. Rocca says that one special guest made the day extra special. “I wish I had a chance to meet Dr. Jovanovic, but his son just flew in from Edmonton and he’s so honoured that we've done this,” said Rocca. “The way this came about, from digging a little hole to this, is absolutely amazing.” “It’s a piece of art that represents the whole community, the people who struggled and made a success of their lives,” said Silvestri. “This clock is dedicated to them, not only Italians. It’s for everyone.” The organizers wanted to honour Jovanovic with a project to enhance the community and demonstrate that amazing things can happen when people work together. The result has surpassed expectations and is an amazing legacy for such a special man. Star “He financially did well but he didn’t do it for the money,” said Dr. Bob Jovanovic, a semi-retired orthopedic surgeon who was not related to Lazar Jovanovic but came to know him well after shadowing him as a medical student. “He was probably one of the best doctors I’ve ever known. A very knowledgeable guy in all fields of medicine. I don’t think there ever was or will be another like him.” WLM

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All vintage, classic, custom, collector, street rod and muscle cars are welcome to join the Ouellette Car Cruise, rendezvousing 1 to 11 pm at Riverfront Festival Plaza, Windsor. Cruise and parade kick off at 6 pm. Participation is free. 519-252-5723. CHAPS & SPURS COUNTRY FEST

Till Saturday. Jojo Mason, Eric Ethridge, Genevieve Fisher and other country musicians will be performing at the Chaps & Spurs Country Fest. Food, activities and vendors. Lanspeary Park, 1250 Langlois Ave., Windsor. Guests must be 19+ years old. Day and weekend passes, starting at $39.95. Proceeds in support of Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex. Wednesday, 22 CAF AIRPOWER HISTORY TOUR




Till Sunday. Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour is flying in its WWII B-29 Superfortress FIFI Bomber into Windsor International Airport, where guests can tour the cockpit. Extra fee for a ride. Other vintage military aircraft will be on display. Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, 104-2600 Airport Rd., Windsor. 9 am to 5 pm daily. $15 per adult; $10 per youth 11 to 17 years old; free admission for kids under 10 years old; $40 per a family. 519-966-9742.


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Till Sunday. Tecumseh Corn Festival delivers family fun with hot buttered corn-onthe-cob, carnival rides, kids’ activities, Vendor Village, the Miss Tecumseh Pageant, parade and live entertainment. Lacasse Park, 590 Lacasse Blvd. 519-735-4756. Saturday, 25 WETRA STRIDES FOR STABILITY HORSE SHOW

Till Sunday. Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association is hosting its 4th Annual Strides for Stability Horse Show, including the Mini Prix, Hunter Derby, Lead Line and the Grace of Dressage, plus The Border City Barkers Dogs versus WETRA’s best jumper horses. WETRA, 3323 North Malden Rd., Essex. All day, starting at 7:30 am. Free admission. 519-726-7682. ART BY THE RIVER

Till Sunday. More than 150 artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their juried, handmade artwork at Art by the River, an annual Festival since 1967. Art, music, magic and history. Fort Malden National Historic Site, 100 Laird Ave., Amherstburg. 519-736-2826. Sunday, 26 SOUTHERN ONTARIO VINTAGE BICYCLE OPEN HOUSE

Nostalgia, fitness and eco-transportation combine at the 6th Annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Open House. Enthusiasts will display, buy, sell and trade vintage bicycles and tricycles. 9 am to 4 pm. Mark and Cori McGuire’s home, 6871 6th Concession Rd. N., Amherstburg. Free event. Thursday, 30 HARROW FAIR



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Till Sunday. Now 164 years old, the Harrow Fair celebrates all things agriculture, showcasing dairy, animals, plus fruit, vegetables, grains, baked and canning goods, quilts and other needle arts, photography and crafts. Midway, bingo tent, crafter’s alley, teddy bear parade, LEGO K’Nex competition, parent calling contests, lawn tractor races, horse show, pie eating contest, all Canadian nightly musical entertainment and more. Harrow Fairgrounds, McAffee St., Harrow. $8 per adult; children 12 and under enter free. 519-738-3262. SEPTEMBER Sunday, 2 TOUR DI VIA ITALIA

Amateur and professional cyclists race through Windsor’s Little Italy, competing in

the 60th annual Tour Di Via Italia. Beginning with the Running Factory 5k Foot Race at 11 am, races occur throughout the day, with the Pro Race at 5 pm. The start/finish line is located on Erie St. E. between Marentette Ave. and Elsmere Ave. Free admission for spectators. 519-980-0982. Saturday, 8 WHEELS ON WYANDOTTE CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW

The 8th Annual Wheels on Wyandotte Car & Motorcycle Show donates all its proceeds to the Windsor Police Services Camp Brombal for Kids. Silent auction; Games on the Move, rock climbing wall and kids’ activities. Vehicles are on view 1 to 4 pm. 5300 to 5900 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor. $10 registration fee for vehicle entrees. 519-962-6550. Saturday, 15 FESTIVAL OF HAWKS

Till Sunday. Holiday Beach Conservation Area is one of North America’s top sites for witnessing tens of thousands migrating hawks and raptors flying south for winter. During the Festival of Hawks, guests can watch while Holiday Beach Migration Observatory’s experts measure, tag and release hawks back into the wild. Free family activities and programs. Holiday Beach Conservation Area, 6952 County Rd. 50 W., Amherstburg. 9 am to 3 pm daily. Also on Sept. 22 and 23. 519-776-5209. Sunday, 16 SHAR’S RIDE FOR MS

Supporting the Windsor-Essex County Chapter of the MS Society, Shar’s Ride for MS invites all motorcycling enthusiasts to participate in the Poker Run. Moose Lodge No.1499, 777 Tecumseh Rd. W., Windsor. 9 am to 7 pm. Registration is free with $100 in pledges or $30 per rider and $20 per passenger; it includes the poker ride, raffle ticket and dinner. Wednesday, 19 BATTLE OF THE HORS D’OEUVRES

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex presents the 32nd Annual Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres, where guests tour winery and brewery displays and visit food stations to taste and vote on hors d’oeuvres to determine the 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner. Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballroom, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor. 6:30 to 10 pm. $95 per adult. 519-945-6232, ext.13.


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