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Celebrating the 55+ Community of Elgin County July-August 2019 • Issue 9

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Let’s go for dinner and a show By Jacob Fewer Historically, someofCanada’sbest theatreproduction companies have come from Southwestern Ontario - in your very own backyard. When we think of theatre, most might associate it with high balconies and rose-tossing, but the modern theatre has become so much more than that. Now you can enjoy a sophisticated feast, with boeuf au jus and red wine while you enjoy classic world-renowned theatre. The Walters Theatre, a family-owned production and dinner theatre company just a 20-minute drive from Woodstock, offers evening and matinee shows to enjoy an intimate musical experience with amazing original productions. They offer up a menu of traditional fixings, like tender, sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes with hot gravy and farm fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. Sounds like a great time to me! For some, going to the theatre has become a tradition. Making an annual trip to the show see your favourite production, or maybe every time you’re on vacation, like seeing a show on the famous New York Broadway. And like some traditions, being surrounded by family and friends is the best and most essential part! Whether you’ve been close friends for years, newly acquainted, or even if you’ve

just met in the lobby, the theatre is a great way to bring people together. Throw a fancy meal in the mix, and you have the perfect evening! In recent years, dinner theatre experiences have been optimized to cater to achieve maximum comfort for play- goers. Thousands have popped up all over North America in the past 20 years, with chains like Medieval Times proving to be in popular demand, or permanent installations like the Arabian Nights experience in Orlando. Here in Canada, more specifically, southwestern Ontario, there is an entire menu to choose from. The South Middlesex Amateur Theatre in Appin, Ontario is a crowd favourite. With original comedy plays like There’s a Burglar In My Bed (Michael Parker), the SMAT hasn’t once been a disappointment! “The plays are hilarious, and their homemade pies are to die for!” says St. Thomas resident, Sherry Hellems. If you’ve never experienced dinner theatre before, why not give it a try this summer? You might just discover a new interest.

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Putting the care back in healthcare By Staci Rae

As we get older, our needs change. Sometimes, those changing needs can make it challenging to continue to live in our own homes. Nurse Next Door is dedicated to providing services that facilitate independent living in the home for as long as possible, from skilled nursing to companionship. These private services are offered 24/7, 365 days a year, to enhance independence through the holistic treatment of clients so that they can live “happy, healthy, safe, and well” in their own homes. The Nurse Next Door team believes that it’s truly the small things that make a big difference in the lives of their clients. Whether it’s help with medication management, housework, errands, meal prep or simply having someone come to spend some time, Nurse Next Door’s services are centered on showing compassion. Their services are client-centered and customized to the client’s specific needs, lifestyle, and schedule. The client is always in control of his or her care. During the intake process, each client is matched with a caregiver who meets their needs, and because they believe in continuity of care, that caregiver will be the one assigned to that client for the duration of their care, unless extenuating circumstances arise (such as illness, for example). If, however, there is ever a time when the client wishes to change their caregiver, a new one will be assigned to them. The client is always in the driver’s seat at Nurse Next Door. In addition to their in-home healthcare services, they also provide other services such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, personal grooming, cooking, housework, and companionship. These things often fall to the client’s adult children to carry out, which can put a strain on the parent-child relationship. By allowing Nurse Next Door to take care of these tasks, daughters can be daughters, and sons can be sons – not caregivers. That can be a huge relief for both the daughter and the parent, relieving the child of the feelings of responsibility and the parents of feeling like a burden to their children.

One of the lesser-known services provided by Nurse Next Door is their Dream On Seniors Wish Foundation, a private charitable organization founded by Nurse Next Door. The foundation aims to celebrate aging by making dreams come through for seniors across Canada. All seniors across the country with a dream are eligible, and dreams can be anything from travel to meeting a hero, learning something new or attending a special event. Everyone deserves to grow old with dignity, respect, and in comfort. Nurse Next Door makes every effort to facilitate this for their clients because for them, “Love is in the details.”

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The St. Thomas Legion is looking for our help! By Staci Rae The St. Thomas Legion (24 John St.) needs a new home. Their current building is in need of more than a little TLC, and they are actively looking for a plot of land on to which they can construct a new home for the St. Thomas Branch.

This is just one of the many fundraising events planned to help raise money for the new building. Also coming up in September is a concert performance by Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash experience, in addition to the Legion’s regular met draws, 50/50 draws, fundraising BBQs, and more. Check their Facebook page for more information on what’s coming up! The vision for the new building is one that is completely accessible to everyone, offering the same services the Legion offers now (hall rental, veterans services, and more) in a fresh, new, environment. Ideally, they would like to purchase land that will allow for outdoor patio space as well and, if feasible, construct a building that may include the construction of housing for veterans and/or seniors above the Legion facility, thereby helping to further the mandate of the Legion even more. Let’s get out and support the Legion, St. Thomas!

In the coming weeks and months, the Legion plans to expand their community outreach initiatives in an effort to raise money for their Building Fund. Their biggest fundraiser to date will be the Texas Scramble Fun Golf Tournament. Scheduled for Sunday, September 8 at 11:30am, the tournament will take place at Kettle Creek Golf Course, located at 320 Carlow Rd. in Port Stanley. Entry for teams of four is $300, which includes a steak dinner, 18 holes of golf with cart, prizes, and more. (Dinner and awards to be held at the Legion at 4:30pm). Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Sign up as an individual and they’ll group you with another team. Those who prefer not to golf can enjoy the dinner only for $30. The even is open to everyone, skilled golfers and novices alike. The goal is to raise funds for the Legion and to have some fun! Access the printable entry form from the Legion’s Facebook page.

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Do you believe in ghosts? By Staci Rae

Shop our large in-store selection or have us custom order your perfect piece Giving up the Ghost promises to bring lots of surprises for the audiences: “Without giving anything away, the fist act is going to be very tricky for one actor in particular,” Dixon and Gorman say. “We’ve put in some physical restrictions that are very important for that character to “Aggie is in trouble. Her beloved museum is on the chopping block, but as the live-in docent, she’s not going down without a fight.” That’s how co-writers Arlin Dixon andMatthewGorman describe the plot of their play, Giving Up the Ghost , which makes its world premier stage at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre this summer. “Things quickly go awry when a T.V. ghost hunter, a stubborn caretaker, and Aggie’s well-meaning son with his A-type girlfriend whirl into her life. Working together, they might just find out what’s really worth saving,” they explain. The inspiration for the show came from the pair’s love of watching ghost shows: “The hosts are so painfully earnest, incapable of irony, and dead certain that whatever noise they heard was definitely a ghost. And you know what? We’re on board. We wanted to write a show in which one of these characters went up against the real world – where essentially everyone else was the straight man. But as Terry Pratchett says, ‘You can’t build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief.’”

make sense later on in the play. If all goes according to plan, the audience can spend the intermission trying to figure out what just happened!” I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see that! When asked what they wanted to let people know about the story, here’s what they had to say: “ Giving Up the Ghost is a comedy about change and what happens when you try to stand your ground when the ground keeps shifting. It’s also about people deciding what kind of legacy they want to leave and finding pride in that legacy.” Giving Up the Ghost is playing at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre from July 3 to July 20. Tickets are available in person at the theatre box office (6-302 Bridge St. in Port Stanley), online at psft.ca or by calling (519) 782-4353.

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Take a Port Stanley Summer Staycation By Marna Berry Travelling the world is wonderful, but exploring your own backyard can be rewarding too, offering a different perspectiveon theplacesyouseeeveryday. Thissummer, be a tourist in your own backyardwith a Port Stanley staycation. Whether you are a foodie, marine adventurer, photographer, historian, bird watcher, train enthusiast, theatre lover, golfer, Port Stanley can be the perfect staycation location for you. FOODIE Port Stanley is surrounded by fertile farmland and offers a farm-to-table experience at local eateries. From quaint coffee shops to fine dining establishments, Port Stanley has something for every appetite. MARINE ADVENTURER For the adventurers, a day out on the lake might be just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s a sailboat tour or a fishing charter, venturing out on Lake Erie is always a memorable occasion. Kettle Creek and the lake shores can also be explored by renting kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, or jet skis. PHOTOGRAPHER Port Stanley is a photographer’s and artist’s dream. In addition to the amazing nature in the area, the village has a historical charm and is a working commercial fishing

harbour. Port Stanley also offers stunning views of the sunrise and sunset on the lakefront beaches. HISTORIAN Local historical tours are available to discover the heritage behind the many iconic buildings and attractions in the village. One of these gems is the King George VI Lift Bridge crowning the heart of the village since 1939 -- the oldest of its type in Ontario. Our local trails and shorelines offer a scenic backdrop to snap that amazing shot. BIRD WATCHER There are many ways to enjoy world class birding in the

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Celebrating our senior community By Staci Rae

On July 10, Pinafore Park will be the site of the 20th Annual Seniors Picnic. Rain or shine, the park will be a hub of activity geared toward our community’s mature members. The event runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm, rain or shine. Food will be provided by three vendors: Shaw’s Ice Cream, the Masonic Temple, and the Seniors Centre. There will also be approximately 40 businesses on site, providing information of interest to the senior community. Throughout the event, there will be five live musical acts lending the soundtrack to the event, from a honkytonk piano to the golden oldies. The picnic is free to attend, and each visitor will receive a bag (donated by Yurek Pharmacy) containing a variety of goodies, including a coupon from Wendy’s! The event will be run entirely by volunteers, and the organizers are quick to say that without those volunteers, the event just wouldn’t be what it is after all these years. “One of the things that has kept this picnic going is the dedication of the volunteers,” they say. The success of the event is also due to funding from both the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County. Over the years, the Seniors Picnic has been at tremendous success. “All seniors enjoy a day out. They enjoy the music, etc. We have a day’s entertainment and it doesn’t cost anything to go,” says Gord Campbell, committee treasurer. Seniors from across the region come to the picnic, including residents of Valleyview and Metcalfe Gardens. It’s the perfect opportunity to visit with like-minded people in the community, enjoy a meal in the sunshine, and perhaps learn about some new products or services that can improve one’s daily life in myriad ways. This year’s picnic is designed to be even more accessible to those with mobility issues. One way organizers have achieved this is through the designation of a specific

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accessible parking area. Every effort is being made to ensure the picnic is enjoyable for everyone. The Seniors Picnic has been a big part of our community for 20 years, and it has garnered much support from local organizations over that time. Yurek Pharmacy had this to say about why they have been such big supports of the picnic: “Yurek Pharmacy & Home Healthcare believes in community. As our founder, Ed Yurek, once said, when you take care of your community, they will take care of you. Seniors are essential pillars of St. Thomas and area; they deserve our recognition, admiration and support. In addition, the St. Thomas Seniors’ Picnic embodies the second core value of Yurek Pharmacy — eating with your fingers outside,” says Steve Bond. The VON has also been actively involved in the picnic, too. PamBuys and JessicaZehr explains why they have been so involved this way: “VON has taken part and been involved in the planning of the Seniors Picnic as an agency representative on the committee for many years. People don’t always realize the endless programs and opportunities available through the VON Community Support Services, and with more than 1000 people in attendance every year, it’s a great opportunity to connect with people from our community that may be in need of services. Educating the community about what is available is key to helping them stay at home as long as possible. Taking part in planning and attending the picnic is a wonderful and rewarding experience for VON staff to meet many different people, while taking part in friendly conversations and hearing laughter in the crowds.”

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Of afternoons and coffeespoons By Terry Carroll

St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News and Elgin This Month magazine, the business received a cheque from the provincial government for some $1,100. In 2011, we received a second cheque for about the same amount. The logic of this largesse? The business had increased its employment levels in those two years. I don’t want to sound ungrateful to the government of Ontario or the taxpayers who support it. Almost all new businesses are struggling businesses, and that involves the struggle to make ends meet. An unexpected cash infusion is wonderful. Thank you, thank you. However, in this real-life example, there is a huge disconnect between cause and effect. These government cheques had nothing, nada, absolutely zero effect on our hiring decisions. Why? Because every new employee comes with not only the cost of wages, but also mandatory holiday pay and the employer’s share of statutory deductions like Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance. Our decisions to hire werematters of necessity, that great mother of invention, and had nothing to do with government incentives. Even conservative politicians sometimes talk a good game in this regard, but seldom deliver on that talk. Politicians of the right, centre and left all desperately want to look like they’re helping businesses through subsidies, tweaks and enticements to innovate. But you know what’s the greatest incentive to innovate? Having your back to the wall. You want to balance the budget with the least pain? Cut out business subsidies, all of them. That’s what I tell ‘em at coffee shop, in my fantasy life. Lefty will say that don’t matter because we have to tackle environmental degradation. Just to stir the pot, Windy will get into carbon taxes and climate change. Old Walleye, he’ll say he came to coffee today because the wife (I can’t believe howmany men still say that) is doing things with curtains and it’s either the garage or the coffee shop for him. About then, it’ll be time to discuss hip and knee replacement before we amble off with everything and nothing settled. But a lot gotten off our manly chests.

I’m one of those Boomers who’s taking up space in the employment roster. I have

a desk and a chair that could be reserved for a Gen Xer, Yer or Zer if only people like me would stop working. Like much younger people, we working Boomers occasionally fantasize about what it would be like to be fully retired. In my fantasy retirement, when I’m not writing bestsellers and traveling (possibly at the same time), I might join other old gaffers in coffee shops to solve the world’s problems. Things like runaway government spending. We Boomers are never going to stand for solving this problem by lowering our monthly Canada Pension and Old Age Security cheques. Forget that nonsense. We have in mind other types of over-spending. Here’s an example: In 2010, when my lovely wife Nancy and I owned the

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Volunteer of the Month Brought to you by Nurse Next Door By Staci Rae The Grace Café (323 Talbot St.) is a street mission aimed at providing a free lunch and clothing to those in need in our city. This registered charity was founded by Ginny Trepanier nearly five years ago at a different location and has been going strong in its current Talbot St. spot since September of last year. The café is Ginny’s brainchild, an idea that came to her while stopped at a light several years ago. That lightbulb moment sparked Ginny to talk to everyone she knew about the idea of starting a soup kitchen, and with the support of her husband and a little start up capital, she was off and running toward her dream – and she hasn’t looked back since.

Now, Ginny and her team (typically around 6-7 volunteers daily) serve between 80 and 100 meals per day, six days per week, to those in need. “No one goes away hungry – ever,” she says. They also offer clothing and shoes to those in need, thanks to generous donations from the community. Everything at the café, from the meals to the clothing, is free of charge. For Ginny, The Grace Café is more than just a soup kitchen. “It’s my life’s calling,” she says humbly. “It’s a great honour to do it.” The café is entirely run by volunteers. No one is paid to work there – not even Ginny herself, who spends most of her time either working at the café, doing the books, or thinking about ways to constantly improve their services. It is truly a labour of love for Ginny, and it is obvious that she has a heart for community service. It is through her hard work and dedication, as well as that of her team, that Ginny has been able to touch so many lives in our community and we hope she continues her valuable work for as long as possible.

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triplets, and a first-across-the-line finish that defies belief. https://psft.ca/schedule/ summer-season/ August 15-18 Iron Horse Festival Downtown St. Thomas. August 15: 11am to 11pm; August 16: 11am to 11pm; August 17: 11am to 11pm; August 18: 11am to 6pm. August 16 to 18 Fred Eaglesmith Charity Music Festival Springwater Conservation Area, 8079 Springwater Rd. All Day. Fred’s line-up includes Americana, Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and just Great Song Writing. Enjoy great Canadian music at its best. Website: catfishcreek.ca. Phone: (519) 773- 9037. Email: springwater@catfishcreek.ca 45 Hardy Ave.,Tillsonburg. 4-9pm August 16, 9am to 9pm August 17, 10am to 6pm August 18. Tractor pullers, demolition derby, power wheel competition, rabbit viewing. 4-H show and more. $8, kids under 5 FREE. Contact: Rosemary Dean, 519-550-0748 August 17 Talbot Trail of Yard Sales 8am to 3pm. Saturday, August 17 2019 8:00am To 3:00pm. Fun-filled, treasure packed individual & community yard sales. Bargins for everyone! Talbot Line to Heritage Line to Straffordville, Plank Road South through Vienna to Port Burwell. Rain Date: Sunday, August 18th. Website: www.bayham. on.ca. Email: munderhill@bayham.on.ca August 17 3 Port Tour Bicycle Ride East Elgin Community Complex, Alymer 10am. 50, 100 and 160 km routes throughout Elgin County’s quiet roads and beautiful scenery. Fully supported ride includes lunch at Port Bruce and a t-shirt. Best ride in Southwestern Ontario. Website: threeporttour.com. Contact: brett@ aylmerexpress.ca August 24 Straffordville Watermelon Fest All Day. Firemen’s pancake breakfast at Fire Hall, silent auction, food & craft vendors, free face painting, car show, kids activities, birds of prey, petting zoo, music, midway rides & MORE! Family movie at dark. Website: bayham.on.ca. Phone: Rose - (519) 868-0324 or Pauline - (519) 866-5573 August 16 to 18 Tillsonburg Fair

The best of local businesses and a fund-raiser for on-going restoration of the historic CASO Railway Station. July 26 Heavenly Ham & Scallop Potato Dinner St. John’s Anglican Church, 20 Flora St. 5-7pm. Adults $12.00, Children 5 to 12 years $5. Ticket sales begin @ 2:30pm the day of the dinner. Eat in or takeout available. For more information, contact: U.S. Civil War Re-enactment 2019 Backus-Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line . July 27 at 10am - July 28 at 4pm. Discover little known connections to Elgin County.Museum and Barn open for tours during the event. Admission $8/ person. Children 12 and under FREE. Reenactors can contact Wayne Nelson mississippi21st@hotmail.com Phone: 905 990-2043 after 6 pm for questions and registration. August 10 Erie Fun Tours: Grand River Lunch Cruise & Blazing Fiddles Concert All Day. Three-course meal lunch cruise! Take in the view of the scenic Grand River and experience a lively, foot stompin’ concert by the Blazing Fiddles! Cost is $109 per person plus HST. $50 is required at the time of booking. The remaining payment is due on Monday, May 13th. Pick up is in Port Stanley, St. Thomas, Aylmer, and Tillsonburg. Please visit Erie Fun Tours website for more details. August 10 Passport to Nature: Wildflower Gardens and Butterflies Hawk Cliff Woods, 4435 Hawk Cliff Rd., Union. Participants will learn how to select and grow native wildflowers that nurture our birds, butterflies and wildlife in Southwestern Ontario. Afterwards there will be a leisurely walk to view the flowers and butterflies in the nearby meadows in the Hawk Cliff nature reserve. Registration is required, available on Eventbrite August 14 to September 7 It’s Your Funeral Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 302 Bridge St. Shifting coffins, secret passageways, and mysterious millions! Jamie Williams sparkling new farce is a classic blend of high stake fast paced surprises complete with bookies, mobsters, Pomeranian 519-631-7368. July 27 and 28

Every Wednesday Aylmer Shrine Cruise Nights Aylmer Canadian Tire, 605 John St N, Aylmer , 6pm to dusk. www.facebook.com/ AylmerShrineCruiseNig Every Friday Port Stanley Friday Night Cruise Nights Mackie’s, 124 William St, Port Stanley 5pm until dusk. Cruise down to Port Stanley every Friday this summer! All are welcome! www.facebook.com/ Port-Stanley-Lions-Friday-Night- Cruise-1384017328347200 Every Saturday Horton Farmer’s Market , 1 Manitoba St. 8am to 12pm. Making memories since 1878, with high quality local food producers, craftspeople and artisans July 1 Buffalo Burger Day & War 1812 Re- enactment. Christ Anglican Church, 283 Colborne St., Port Stanley. 10am to 1pm July 2 Euchre Club St. John’s Anglican Church, 20 Flora St. 2-4pm. Free will donation. Light snacks available. Come out, enjoy the fun and meet new people. For more information: 519-631- 7368 or stjohnsanglicanchurch@rogers.com July 6 Romantic Designs Art Class All day. Romantic Designs Artist Studio, 120 Wellington St. Contact: (519) 860- 6851. Times and costs vary. See https:// romanticdesigns.ca for details and to register. Class costs include all supplies. To reserve a seat 50% deposit required. July 6 Nostalgia Nights 3-10pm. A unique downtown event, featuring train rides, live music, car show and more! July 10 Seniors Picnic in the Park Pinafore Park 9:30am to 3:30pm Free admission. Door prizes. All day entertainment. Music, booths, food available, door prizes, classic cars, fun! Info at 519-637-6408. Please be aware of Elm Street construction. Free city transportation on Paratransit (519-631-0001) or regular Elm St. bus with senior’s card. July 12 Day Out with Thomas Memorial Centre, 80 Wilson Ave.

8:45am to 6pm. An opportunity to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and to have their picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway and so much more! http://ecrm5700.org/ July 12 Pizza on the Farm Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Line, Central Elgin. 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm Enjoy pizza from Elgin Harvest on one Friday a month all summer! July 13 Summer Sizzle BBQ & Dance St. John’s Anglican Church, 20 Flora St. Doors open at 5:30pm, BBQ at 6:30, dance until 11pm. Music by Galea & the Galvanizers. Doors open 5:30pm, BBQ 6:30pm, Dance until 11pm.Tickets are $15.00 Advance or $18.00 @ the door. For more information or tickets: 519-631-7368. July 13 JUMBO Bus Trip Blyth Festival Theatre, 2pm Matinee. $90 per person (includes theatre & coach) Surprise interesting tour on the return! Depart St. Thomas Superstore 9 am. Sponsored by Sparta & District Historical Society. To book: 519-762-2990 (Darlene) July 13 and 14 Calling All Crafters! Joe Thornton Community Centre, 75 Caso Crossing. 10am to 8pm both days 2 Princesses and a Tiara Events are having a 2 day craft crop. Ticket includes your space, a gift AND your lunches and suppers! Vendors will be on hand doing classes (extra fee) and there will be silent auction and door prize tickets available. We will be making a donation to Grace Cafe from tickets sold for our grand prize draw! Cost: $60\day $110\ weekend. Phone: 519-902-9297 Email: 2princessesandatiara@gmail.com Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/ events/914741708873707 July 15 Spring Flower Design Workshop 3 Harris Flower Farm at 42828 Shorlea Line 6:30pm to 9pm . Come and experience the flower farm. Stroll through the fields, admiring and harvesting the most beautiful blooms. Each participant will leave with an arrangement that they designed with flowers, greens and fillers of their choice. $50 July 18 and 25 CASO Night Market CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. 4:30-8:30pm

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7 TH ANNUAL S IGNATURE BLACK T I E GALA St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation

Raising Funds for Diagnostic Imaging at STEGH

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 TH , 2019 ST. ANNE’S CENTRE | 20 MORRISON DRIVE | ST. THOMAS TICKETS: $ 100 | DOORS OPEN AT 7 PM | SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... “Mystery Doors!”

NEW THIS YEAR! Enjoy a sit-down “Field-to-Fork” dinner supporting our local producers.

MYSTERY DOOR SPONSORS Cole-Munro Debbie Hamilton & Associates Alexelle Slipcovers & Upholstery Dr. Walt Romano - STEGH Diagnostic Imaging STEGH Auxiliary CRIMSON TIDE SPONSORS Entegrus Canadian Tire, St. Thomas Chorley & Bisset Consulting Engineers Jennings Furniture & Design Dielco Industrial Contractors Beamish Landscape Service Silverthorn Landscape Supplies Canadale Nurseries Toth Jewellers Casey’s Creative Kitchens PHOTO BOOTH SPONSORS Dr. Walt Romano - STEGH Diagnostic Imaging

PREMIER PRESENTING PARTNER

HARVEST MOON SPONSOR The McCaig Family SIENNA SUNSET DINNER SPONSOR Nicli Aggregates SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR

AUTUMN SPLENDOUR SPONSORS Seasons Retirement Living Durell Control Systems North Star Windows & Doors Talbot Trail Physiotherapy Action Financial Group - HollisWealth St. Thomas Autocare Arrow Tire Aylmer Capital Management Group

Hamilton Ward & Cathers MEDIA SPONSORS myFM 94.1 Times-Journal Impressions Printing JWA Group Inc. Hometown St. Thomas

For Sponsorship Information, contact: Sue Warden, Events Manager swarden@stegh.on.ca | 519.631.2030 x 2395 To purchase tickets and for more information visit ItsOURHospital.ca Charitable Registration No. 89081 6846 RR0001 | Lottery Licence No. 10682

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