Byron Villager Sept 2019

Villager SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE 43

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Byron Villager Issue #43 September 2019 Publisher and Editor Barb Botten Villager Publications P.O. Box 134, Lambeth Station Ontario N6P 1P9 519-282-7262 Graphic Artists Jon Botten Writers Lisa Brandt, Barb Botten, Rick Young, Ruth-Anne Calhoun To advertise: 519-282-7262 or We look foward to hearing from you!

Megan reconnected with Backline Revival and they decided to give it a go as a different project – Loveless, Megan’s current band. Her Patsy Cline tribute grew out of her love of Canadian singer KD Lang. She single-handily put it together with people she had met doing musical theatre. “The response to the first show was incredible so I decided to make it an annual thing on Patsy Cline’s birthday – September 8th” says Megan. “I don’t pretend to be Patsy, rather I talk about my love for her and what she means to me. I did a lot of research on her, so I know what to talk about. She looked after her own career and was a woman of many firsts. The more I know, the more of an honour it is to sing her songs.” You can catch Megan’s Patsy Cline show on September 8th at London’s Wolf Performance Hall. To see what Loveless is up to, visit: Storybook Gardens Chapel built in 1961

Rick Young is a freelance writer and musician (drums). Previously a professional touring musician and then a high school History teacher with TVDSB, he was also founder and managing editor of The Beat Magazine, an independent local arts magazine, published from 2009 to 2014. You can read his blog at

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Cancer. Please bring your used eyeglasses and hearing collection box to be sent to third world countries. Ticke Hyde Park Lions on Facebook for details. Local creative art at Camp Woodeden Local metal artist Rob Mitchell stands in front of one of his latest custom pieces that he created and generously donated to Woodeden Camp in London. Inspired by some oldwheelchair wheels given to himbyWoodeden’s Site Manager and other scrap parts, Rob creatively came up with the concept for ‘The Roadrunner’ which now stands tall and proud on the grounds at Camp for everyone to enjoy. Joining Rob are Woodeden campers Stella, Asha and Kaydence. One of the 65 trivia te ms participating in t e 2019 Trivia Night on F bru ry 2nd.

eighbourhood Decision Making eighbourhood Decision Making 2019 will be accepting ideas or neighbourhood projects from August 19 until September 24. t’s an opportunity for London residents to democratically decide ow to spend a portion of the city’s budget on projects that make eighbourhoods more enjoyable for residents. Samples of past inning projects are nature sanctuaries, community bee hives, wing sets and ice rinks. Last year, Old South London received a rant for the popular Christmas Market On the Green. total of $250,000 is available across the city with a maximum f $30,000 per project. isit and search for Neighbourhood ecision Making to learn more. A & M Centre Garden $175/Person $1750/Table of 10 until February 14, 2018 General Admission $225/Person $2250/Table of 10 RSVP online at or to Allison Huston: | (519) 438 • 7065 ext.6200 RSVP online at or to Allison Huston: | (519) 438 • 7065 ext.6200 RSVP online at or to Allison Huston: | (519) 438 • 7065 ext.6200 RSVP online at or to Allison Huston: | (519) 438 • 7065 ext.6200 RSVP online at or to Allison Huston: | (519) 438 • 7065 ext.6200 CANADIAN TAI CHI ACADEMY Open House and Tai Chi Classes held throughout the Spring St. Anne's Anglican Church • 1344 Commissioners Rd. W Contact us for details: 226-270-8502 Principal Investigator: Dr. Montero-Odasso, Geriatric M dicine JOIN US AT THE on March 23rd, 2018 at 6pm and celebrate 40 years of the Big Bash in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London Area & London Hunt & Country Club on March 23rd, 2018 at 6pm and celebrate 40 years of the Big Bash in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London Area & London Hunt & Country Club Enjoy cocktails, three course meal, silent auction, andmore! Limited Premium tables available at $2500 and include a second entrée option! JOIN US AT THE on March 23rd, 2018 at 6pm and celebrate 40 years of the Big Bash in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London Area & London Hunt & Country Club Enjoy cocktails, three course meal, silent auction, andmore! Limited Premium tables available at $2500 and include a second entrée option! JOIN US AT THE on March 23rd, 2018 at 6pm and celebrate 40 years of the Big Bash in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London Area & London Hunt & Country Club Enjoy cocktails, three course meal, silent auction, andmore! Limited Premium tables available at $2500 and include a second entrée option! to make the first Trivia Night on February 5th, 2005 a success. The event grew in size and popularity over the years and quickly replaced bingos as the club’s major source of revenue. The 15 Trivia Nights have raised a total of more than $350,000 to support many youth-related activities over the years. Each trivia night requires many hours of organization and preparation by our Optimist club members. More than 50 volunteers are required o make the evening r n smoothly. Optimist Jim who has prepared the trivia questions from the beginning serves as quiz master for the ight. We sometimes receive feedback that the questions are too difficult. To mark on March 23rd, 2018 at 6pm and celebrate 40 years of the Big Bash in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London Area & London Hunt & Country Club General Admission $225/Person $2250/Table of 10 Enjoy cocktails, three course meal, silent auction, andmore! Limited Premium tables available at $2500 and include a second entrée option! Early Bird Pricing until February 14, 2018 $175/Person $1750/Table of 10 Early Bird Pricing $175/Person $1750/Table of 10 JOIN US AT THE Enjoy cocktails, three course meal, silent auction, andmore! Limited Premium tables available at $2500 and include a second entrée option! $175/Person $1750/Ta l of 10 Early Bird Pricing Early Bird Pricing until February 14, 2018 General Admission $225/Person $2250/Table of 10 General Admission $225/Person $2250/Table of 10 General Admission $225/Person $2250/Table of 10 JOIN US AT THE Early Bird Pricing until February 14, 2018 until February 14, 2018 $175/Person $1750/Table of 10

The Oakridge Optimist Club is made up men and women who volunteer to work with community partn rs t bring progr s and support to youth in the areas of health, recreation, safety and education. For more inform tion on the club, visit our w bsite at

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To advertise here please contact Last year’s Christmas Market on the Green was made possible through community endeavour and a Neighbourhood Decision Making grant. New truck to help Byron firefighters August 26, 1954 The new & the old are seen in front of the site for the new Byron fire hall. At left is the $18,000 recently purchased fire truck , and at right is the old makeshift truck the Byron volunteers have been using. photo source - Western Archives London Free Press Collection Photo Andrew Lewis

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Update from the Optimist Club of Byron

CanadaDay2019was celebratedonabeautiful July1st evening at the Byron Optimist Sports Complex. An enthusiastic crowd of more than 10,000 people attended the festivities from Byron and other parts of London. This year’s event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Byron Optimist Sports Complex, which first opened to the public on June 2nd, 1979. The event opened with greetings provided by Mayor Ed Holder and MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler. Face painting and balloons were enjoyed by the children as people socialized and relaxed to the sound of dj music. The culmination of the evening was the dazzling fireworks display, which started at 10:00 pm and didn’t disappoint. While soccer, baseball and challenge baseball are enjoyed by thousands of youth, Canada Day is the largest event at the Complex in terms of total attendance. Hosting the event includes significant costs incurred for the fireworks display, portable washroom facilities, music system, private security, first aid and London Police coverage. Canada Day is financially supported by the Optimist Club of Byron, a grant from the Federal government and donations received at the gate. While revenues do not cover the full cost of the event, the Optimist Club of Byron is committed to hosting this community celebration in future years. Thanks to the 30 volunteers from the Optimist Club of Byron who helped make Canada Day 2019 a huge success.

The Complex on Boler Road is owned and operated by the “Byron Optimist Sports Complex Inc.”, a registered charity formed for the purpose of providing top quality sports facilities for the youth of Byron. Operation of the Complex is funded with support from the Optimist Club of Byron without any financial assistance from the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government. The 10th annual “Rock the Byron Village” outdoor party was held at the Royal Canadian Legion - Byron Springbank branch on Saturday August 10th. This event, which featured live outdoor music, food, refreshments, and a silent auction hosted by the Optimist Club of Byron. The silent auction included a variety of items, gift certificates and door prizes donated by businesses, Club members and individuals from the community. Proceeds from the silent auction will support the Byron Optimist Sports Complex. A big thank you goes to the Byron Legion, all of the donors who generously contributed gift items to the silent auction, and volunteers from the Optimist Club of Byron who helped out at this popular community event. Our next event is the 2nd annual Byron Optimist Sports Complex Golf Tournament being held on Sunday September 22nd at FireRock Golf Club. This fundraiser tournament, which supports the Sports Complex, is open to anyone interested in spending a fun day of golf in support of a worthwhile cause. More information on how to register as a player, contribute a gift or sponsor a hole, is available on the Optimist Club of Byron website:

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Where Crossings Restaurant in Lambeth was situated at 2300 Wharncliffe Rd., South, there now stands the just recently opened Union Pub. With an extensive menu and full bar and patio the new owners and crew want it to be the community “go to spot” for quality food, beverage and entertainment. Just the local pub you drop into on the way home for a pint, or the place to take the whole family for dinner, or maybe when you and your other want a chance to just go out for the night. Union Pub rotate their craft brews continually, have weekly specials, brunch and special dinner features (on Sunday) and generally just want to offer the local communities their friendship and superior service and fare. Friday is Family Night. Union Pub has a great kids menu but on the back of that menu the kids are ask to create their own favourite dish; then a draw is done from that Friday’s participants and whoever’s dish is picked, that item goes on the following week’s kids menu and all proceeds from the purchase of that dish is donated to a local charity. So for example if “Matty’s Macaroni & Cheese” was chosen then next Friday “Matty’s Macaroni & Cheese” is on the menu. The child also wins a $25. Indigo gift card for their efforts. Union Pub calls this their “Little Chef Challenge”. There will be Live Music each Saturday night starting at 7 pm so make sure you come out and enjoy a “Hot Time in Lambeth” each Saturday night! Then come back on Sunday with the family and enjoy a wonderful brunch or make it in the evening for Union’s dinner feature. Also note that Union Pub has a separate private room available for rent for family functions, business or group meetings, stags & does, or just to book for private parties and functions. Union Pub will create special hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, menus whatever you need for your function. So come on into Union Pub, take a load off, relax and enjoy yourself today.

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Byron United Church Celebrates 160 Years 1859-2019

In 1883, the existing Methodist congregation in Byron was 24 years old and had hopes of building their own church, rather than continuing to worship in the local school. However, the financial challenges appeared formidable. At a time when a man earned only 50 cents a day, the task of raising enough funds to build a brick building for $1,600 seemed insurmountable. However, the Trustees along with their first minister Rev. Edwin Holmes (1883-1886), called for pledges from friends and families of the Byron members. Their trust in God, dedication and desire to have their own place of worship led to the church completion in September of 1885. Later, a shed was added to accommodate all the horses and buggies. In June of 1925, The Methodists joined the United Church of Canada and the congregation became known as Byron United Church (BUC). By 1935, the Sunday School attendance had grown so much that additions had to be built at a cost of more than the original building! Over the intervening years, the faith, dedication and desire to help others has been a constant mainstay. The “Women’s Mission Society”, established in 1922 emphasized, “Looking UP to God our Father, and OUT to our brothers and sisters of every race and creed.” As the Sunday School and worship attendance continued to grow, the congregation led by Rev. Clifford Park (1954-1961), and Board members decided a new building was needed. Built on the corner of Boler and Byron Baseline, it was completed and opened in 1956. Once again the attendance exploded with over 660 members and 1,000 Sunday School youth necessitating yet another building addition! After 40 years of serving the community with two services, numerous groups meeting, and community activities, our facilities were in need of repair and upgrade. Under the direction of Rev. Arthur Hiley (1997-2008) and a large Steering Committee, a Stewardship campaign “Roots and Wings” raised $400,000. With lots of prayer, faith that the Lord would provide and commitment by the congregation, the money was raised and the project completed in 2001… Halleluiah! Fast forward to 2019, our 160th anniversary! Challenges continue to face our congregation, but our faith in God, dedicated congregation, and commitment to reach out to others remains steadfast. While many churches across Canada have suffered declining enrollments and have closed their doors, BUC continues to grow and thrive. Rev. Dr. Greg Brawn (2008

to present) and our Leader’s Board have implemented a vision for Connecting, Growing and Serving; Connecting with each other and the community, Growing together in faith and spiritual maturity, and serving within the congregation and beyond.

When one of our members requested that we consider bringing some of his family over to Canada from war-torn Syria, the entire congregation unanimously backed the project, donating funds, collecting household items and taking care of essential paperwork. To date, we have supported six Syrian families – 29 adults and children. That’s Connecting, Growing, and Serving! With deep roots in the community and faith in the Lord, our dedicated congregation and bright visions for the future continue to grow and flourish. Please join us as we celebrate our 160 years!

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Remembering Wonderland Gardens

by Rick Young

Mention the name Wonderland Gardens today and most Londoners will probably respond “Wonderland what”? The site of the legendary dance hall, which burned down in 2005, is now called Springbank Gardens and all that remains of the original venue is the outdoor bandshell. The story of Wonderland Gardens begins in the early 1930s, when Charles Jones signed a long-term lease for a small lot of land in Westminster Township adjacent to the Thames River. His plan was to build a series of gardens, fountains, woods, ponds and footpaths including a luxurious swimming pool all surrounding a 550-square-metre, open-air dance floor with a bandstand and Spanish Colonial style pavilion. Wonderland Summer Gardens opened in May 1935 and it quickly became one of the city’s hot spots. Big Bands like Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians and those led by Glenn Miller, the Dorsey brothers and local musicians like Johnny Downs, and Lionel Thornton, all graced the venue’s bandshell. Generations of Londoners danced and canoodled under the stars on the venue’s open-air dance floor. As thedecades passedandmusical tastes changed, the venerable dance hall changed with the times. By the 1960s, Wonderland was London’s favourite concert/dance hall for the thousands of London area Boomers who flocked there to see major acts like Sly and the Family Stone, Deep Purple, The Mandala, Grant Smith and the Power, and many others too numerous to list. Wonderland was also a jumping-off point for local bands like The Bluesmen Revue, A Small Experience, and The New Set, who mostly opened for the headliners. For John Sharpe, The New Set’s former drummer, Wonderland holds a special place in his musical career.

“The room had excellent acoustics both on the stage and in the hall. In those days that was the exception rather than the norm,” Jim recalls. “And it had one of the smallest dressing rooms I ever saw in a venue that size. How the multi-person big bands ever managed to get their people dressed for a gig I can’t imagine!” Ken Thorne, of A Small Experience, another London band that regularly played Wonderland, remembers the venue’s dressing rooms, too.

“The original dressing room walls were scrawled with the signatures of many of the artists who performed there. Whenever we played there, we used to try and find the new additions while waiting to go on stage,” says Ken. In August 13 - 14 1969, Wonderland hosted a two-day Pop Festival featuring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Alice Cooper, Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys, George Olliver & The Natural Gas and others for the whopping price of $7.00! The event preceded the much larger Woodstock Music Festival that took place in New York State August 15 – 18. Apparently, Zappa was asked why he wasn’t playing Woodstock. His reply? “Because we don’t want to.”

“A group could play any number of teen towns or private events, but everyone knew you had not really ‘made it’ until you played Wonderland,” recalls John. “It was a magical place that attracted hundreds of teens to its weekly rock ‘n’ roll shows, so every group in the area wanted in on the action.” Jim Chapman, former bassist for The Bluesmen Revue, a very popular London R&B group, remembers headlining at Wonderland many times.

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Rumour has that after his set, Zappa waterskied on the heavily polluted Thames River which flowed behind Wonderland! To this day, the rumour has never been proven or disproven. As the years progressed, touring acts moved to other venues in town and Wonderland became more of a location for special events like company parties, conventions, rallies, and receptions. “In its final days, the City of London had an active interest in Wonderland, but council would not invest the money needed to refurbish it and keep it a top live performance venue,” Jim laments. “When Wonderland burned down there was a lot of talk that something political and fishy had gone on, though I have no way of knowing if that was the case. Like many people, when I heard news of the fire, I shed a tear for all the great days and memories gone by.”

So next time you pedal or walk through Springbank Gardens, take pause to see if you can hear some of the strains of great music that was once played on the site.

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KYLE MACDONALD Our Beloved Byron’s Bold, Big Dreamer Daughter by Ruth-Anne Calhoun

In the early 1950s, 1140 Baseline Road greeted its’ new residents: Mary, Sam, Rolly, Sandy and Cam MacDonald. Sam was an Army Captain in the RCR and Mary was a teller at the Bank of Montreal located in the heart of our village. The boys attended St. George Catholic School. During school holidays their next door neighbours, Fred and Emma Cole (formerly Wells), minded the children who often got into mischief with their best buddies, Doug and Bob Rogers. One of the boys’ favourite amusements was aggravating Barb Rogers and this writer who were best friends. A large cherry tree and a lengthy grape patch sat on the property line between the Wells and MacDonald lands. Rolly, Sandy, Doug and Bob climbed the tree to fetch the ripest cherries while Cam was appointed the crucial task of ‘the lookout’. When Barb and I headed for the cherry tree, little Cam would yell, “Here they come! Hurry up and get down and bring my cherries!”. Upon our arrival at the tree, the five boys were standing there laughing uproariously with bulging pockets of the sweet fruit. “The birds ate all the ripe ones. You’re too late girls. Better luck next time!” In October, 1958, Kyle Anne MacDonald was born, the future “Rock” of the family. Her parents burst with pride and Sam passed out cigars for days. Mary and Kyle bonded instantly as a special Mother and daughter. The boys absolutely adored their beautiful baby sister. Emma Wells predicted accurately this baby was going to be a remarkable ‘whiz’ who would do great things in her life. This tiny, ‘old soul’ would make her family proud. She would be a success with great wisdom, and have a huge, kind heart. Indeed, truer words were never spoken.

Kyle and husband John Franklin

resided with my family. We had a blast! It was great fun having ‘two brothers’ close to my age in the house. They defended, protected and helped me countless times. Many thanks fellas! Sometime later the MacDonald family moved back to Byron for a few years. Then the family moved to Toronto because Sam built and ran the Heritage Nursing Home. This is where Kyle had ambitions of

becoming a Nursing Home Administrator. She spent her teenage years working there and loved helping the elderly however possible. She attended Malvern Collegiate from grades nine to thirteen, these being the best experience while growing up. She made several life-long friends and deeply admired the Principal, James D. Hogarth. In 1977 Kyle came home to attend the IVEY Business School at U. W. O. She loved all of her Professors but one stands

out, Dr. Christoph Haehling von Lanzenauer. He was known affectionately as CHVL to the students. During this time she also met a man, John Franklin, her future husband and business partner. In 1982, Kyle graduated with an Honours Business Administration (HBA) Degree. During the summers and the school year she worked at Canada Trust, City Centre Branch to pay her way through university. Here, she learned her sharp skills of the Financial Industry. One of the senior employees would influence her life immensely. In 1983, he hired Kyle at Cableshare in the Marketing and Sales Division. As a former overseer, he knew Kyle’s strong work ethic and keen business acumen. In 1987 Kyle opened her first business, Phoenix Interactive Design Inc. Along with her formal education and work experience, she utilized both her parents’ skills, Sam’s in business administration and Mary’s in finance. Phoenix created software for bank ATM’s around the world. The headquarters location was here. Kyle’s ‘big aha moment’ was when she signed the contract with The Bank of America. It had the largest A.T.M. Fleet globally. This Byron Daughter’s secrets to success are shrewd business practices, determination, and persistence, investing wisely and 35+ years of building strong relationships personally and professionally. Her most important one is with her husband, John. Over a 30 year span they built an Empire together.

As a child, Kyle attended St. George Catholic School. She spoke of the Principal, James Carey, being a wonderful man whom she liked immensely. Her grade two teacher, Miss Popowich was her favourite. Kyle’s best friends were Joanne ‘Joey’ Haggis and Mary Ann Edwards. When asked about her fondest memories of Byron, Kyle named the Little Beaver Snack Bar and Springbank Park. “Who couldn’t like the Park? It had the swings, teeter-totter, wading pool, the ‘Little Train’ and Storybook Gardens!” At age 8, Kyle’s life changed dramatically when her Father resigned from the R.C.R. He built and ran a Nursing Home in Cape Breton. Kyle and Cam left with their Dad while Mary stayed behind to sell the family home. Sandy and Rolly remained in Byron, so they could graduate from Westminster S.S. They

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TRADITIONS SERVED UP at the Hungarian Restaurant Aranka Csárda by Gloria Rae

Moonstone Path Tumbled Semi-Precious Gemstones, Crystal Clusters, Geodes, Jewellery Daily Guidance Cards Zoltan’s passion over how his children were all able to graduate university here and are each prospering well and are safe, is only ever really equaled when he’s talking about Aranka, his In 1993, Zoltan andAranka Komaromi, along with their three small children left Yugoslavia. Their town, for over three years had been not too far from areas of fighting by different Civil War factions. Fearing for their children’s future, they left everything behind, including their much loved family restaurant and immigrated to Canada to start over. And start over they did...from scratch. Years later they were finally able to open a Hungarian restaurant here in Lambeth. Why? Because both love their Hungarian traditions, culture and food, and wanted to introduce/share this experience with everyone else. It’s entirely a labour of love for their whole family. Many family generations have contributed into the making of their traditional Hungarian recipes, and they adhere to their roots by using only quality ingredients, making sure no frozen meat or additives are EVER used in their food. Whether its Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, Goulash, Cabbage Rolls, Chicken Paprikash, Schnitzel, or Strudel, it’s all fresh, and home made with love, pride and TRADITION! Zoltan, himself, manages the Aranka Csarda Restaurant, and is also the President of TISZAHungarian CanadianAssociation plus is Cultural Director, of the Hungarian Canadian Heritage Council, which is easy to imagine as he is a charismatic, enthusiastic man who loves to talk about his heritage all the while expounding on how grateful he is to now be here in Canada as a citizen.

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According to Zoltan, everyone always loves traditional Hungarian cooking and he expects to see everyone from Byron and surrounding area in his Aranka Csarda Restaurant soon, so he can prove it!

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Terry Fox Run The Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday, September 15, at Springbank Gardens, off Wonderland Road between Riverside Drive and Springbank Drive. Registration is open between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and the official start is at 10:00 a.m. Participants are welcome to run, walk, bike, and wheel on a fully accessible trail, and set your own distance of 2, 5 or 10 km. For more information go to

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Byron Centurian!! Betty Muir was born Sept. 6, 1919. She will celebrate her 100th birthday Sept. 6th. She moved with her husband Roy and family of 7 children to Byron June 23, 1957. She is still residing in her own home in Byron. An Open House will be at her place Sept. 7th from 2pm-4pm

St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron) Sunday, Sept 8 - Gathering Sunday There will be a brunch following the JOINT 9:30 service Music by El Sistema South London Sunday School begins NEW starting Sept 8 - CHILDCARE for infants & toddlers during 9:30 service Regular service hours of 8 and 9:30 a.m. begin Sept 15 NEW starting Sept 16 at 7 p.m. Monday Evenings at Bernies Join us at Bernie’s in Byron if you would like to chat about faith issues with Ken & Nigel - Fall dates Sept 16, Oct 21 and Nov 18 AWelcoming Place to Nurture Faith and Engage Community. 1344 Commissioners Road W., London N6K 1E1 519-471-0800

The Hermitage Club was proud to be able to donate $5000 to ever deserving Child Can thanks to their successful golf tournament


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As a Candidate for Ward 9 in this year’s Municipal Election there will be a number of conversations that I will be talking about with constituents.

As a Candidate for Ward 9 in this year’s Municipal El will be a number of conversations that I will be talking constituents.

Dear Neighbours: September for me is the beginning of a new year. It brings us back to school, work, sports programs, community meetings and back to new routines. As the season changes, we start to look at our communities with new eyes, new conversations and hopefully new habits. How we move around our streets also becomes more challenging. I hear concerns from residents everywhere in Ward 9 that our neighbourhoods are becoming unsafe. Ward 9 is experiencing a lot of growth. As London grows to the west, we experience congestion on our arterial roads, with limited options to how we move around. Our neighbourhood streets see congestion, speeding and drivers not respecting or obeying the rules of the road. I hear from residents that we need to put in more traffic calming, stop signs and traffic lights but that may not solve the problem. The City has undertaken several traffic calming surveys. Our Transportation Department can put up P.E.E.P. boards for a few weeks that remind us of how fast we are driving. The City also has free “Respect the Limit” lawn signs which are available at the Bostwick and Byron Community Centers. I would encourage all of us as well to set the example and drive slower in our neighbourhoods.

I have also heard concerns of thefts in neighbourhoods. Here are some suggestions to change the odds: 1. Use your garage. Park your vehicles inside. 2. Reduce profitability and leave no valuables inside. 3. Make it harder – Lock your vehicles, get a metal box and get into the habit of always putting your keys inside with one last lock before going to bed. 4. Illuminate the problem and use motion detector lights, set schedule for inside and outside lights to come on/shut off. 5. Lastly, take up a neighbourhood challenge and clean out that stuff with a garage sale or donate the proceeds to help fund Neighbourhood Watch. By the way, Byron Community Organization has a great Clean Sweep Garage Sale coming up on September 21. For donations, contact Dan Doroshenko at Let’s change the conversation. If everyone does their part to make our communities safe to walk, cycle and drive and we change the odds on theft, we will be part of the change that is needed. I too want to be part of the change and encourage residents to contact me at or 226-927-0439 or go on my website at to discuss your concerns, issues or what’s happing in your area so that I can best represent you.

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