KKD Villager March 2020

- Delaware Villager MARCH 2020 Issue # 30

Josh Morgan, City of London Councillor Ward 7 New Ne

Komoka/Kilworth/Delaware Issue #30 March 2020 www.villagerpublications.com Publisher and Editor Barb Botten Villager Publications P.O. Box 134, Lambeth Station Ontario N6P 1P9 Barb@VillagerPublications.com 519-282-7262 Graphic Artists Jon Botten To advertise: 519-282-7262 or barb@villagerpublications.com We look foward to hearing from you!

Flood in April of 1937 was devastating to the old village of Kilworth. See full story on page --- Photograph provided by Middlesex Centre Archives The Heritage of Lobo Township 2015-0011.

We want your stories! Do you have a personal story, know of an event or perhaps have information that might lead to a story in the KKD Villager? We want to hear from you! Email Barb at barb@villagerpublications.com Photo taken in Kilworth By Wendy Stewart sent email Feb 2 asking for materials by Feb 14 LOOKIN' BACK ON BYRON BOOK



A compilation of photos and stories about the Byron Community

Josh Morgan is a regular contributor to the Hyde Park-Oakridge Villager Magazine, providing information on things that are happening in our community. Josh is currently serving his second term as Councillor for Ward 7. He resides in the Hyde Park area of Ward 7 with his wife Melanie and their three children. Josh studied at Western University where he completed a Combined Honours Degree in Economic and Political Science, and a Masters of Political Science (with a focus on Local Government). He is the Recruitment and Development Officer for Western University’s Local Government Program. If you have a question, comment or issue you would like to discuss, email or call Josh directly: Cell phone: 226-927-0395 Phone: 5 519-661-2489 x 4007 Facebook.com/JoshMorganLDN Instagram.com/JoshMorganLDN Email: joshmorgan@london.ca Councillor’s Office at 519-661-5095 Twitter: @JoshMorganLDN Available at M nstone Path or email barb@villagerpublications.com $25 (taxes included)

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THE DON’TS OF CRIME PREVENTION THEFT-PROOFING YOURHOME Theft-proofing your home before you make your own getaway may sound like common sense, but if you don’t consider the possibility of a break-in, it’s easy to forget the basics of security. Don’t forget these security don’ts :

Don’t leave spare keys in an obvious place such as the mailbox or under the front door mat. Don’t leave handbags or any other easy-to-snatch valuables in clear view in your home. Don’t leave any doors unlocked when you are at the other end of the house or in the yard. Don’t post anything on Facebook that would tell thieves when you will be out of the house.

Don’t let packages sit on your porch. Ask a neighbour to watch for expected deliveries, or have your order sent to a secure address such as a nearby postal station. Don’t put up a nameplate outside of your house with your full name. Thieves can use this information to look up your phone number, then call to see if you are home. Don’t leave a note on the door or in the mailbox telling a friend or family member that you aren’t home.




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Go Kings Go! By Paul Mylemans

As February starts the Komoka Kings are fighting for playoff position in the GOJHL as they hope for similar hockey action and excitement as in the 2018-2019 playoffs where they took the regular season leader Leamington Flyers to 7 games before losing in the semi-final series. General Manager Roop Chanderdat made several changes to the Kings roster before the January roster freeze deadline that strengthened the team’s toughness, offensive play and puck stopping. The commitment and hockey knowledge of assistant coaches Colin Martin and Mike Reati compliment the behind the bench experience of head coach Ron Horvat in getting out the best in the players’ on-ice performance.

rookie players and ended 1 win away from a league finals, and learning from an excellent communicator in Ron Horvat”. Head Coach Ron Horvat has over 30 years of coaching experience including stops in the GOJHL in London, St. Thomas and Chatham before joining the Komoka Kings for the 2018-2019 season. He started his coaching career as a player/ coach for the Glasgow Eagles in Scotland. In addition to his junior and professional coaching resume, Ron has also worked extensively in minor hockey including being a coaching mentor for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and has worked with many respected players including nephew Bo Horvat who plays for the Vancouver Canucks. On this year’s Kings team Coach Ron says “This year has been a success for our organization. The kids have

Colin Martin is now in his second year with the Kings. He grew up in London and started his hockey with the London Junior Knights program. Played three and a half years with the London Knights of the OHL, winning the league title in 2012. He continued his hockey in the CIS playing for St Thomas

University for 4 years. After his university hockey Colin played 2 years in the ECHL for the Utah Grizzlies, Toledo Walleye and Wichita Thunder. Prior to and in-between periods Coach Martin can be seen taking a player or two aside and discussing specific game strategy and play reactions. Colin’s father is Bob Martin, the head of security for the OHL London Knights. Also returning as a second year assistant Mike Reati has extensive hockey background as a local player and teaching and coaching at the minor and high school level. He played junior hockey with the GOJHL St. Thomas Stars and in his first year was the team’s rookie of the year and nominated for the league all-rookie team as a forward and as a defenceman. Following his junior hockey career Mike attended UWO to pursue an academic career. In his years teaching at St. Andre Bessette High School in London Mike has led the Bulldogs to the OFSAA hockey finals the past three years. On last year’s Kings playoff run Coach Mike says “enjoyed watching the player development and player improvement that started with a large collection of

developed as players and young men. With the help of all our coaching, training staff , volunteers and the commitment of the players, the team continues to grow in the GOJHL”. The Kings final games of the season will dictate where the Kings will be in the standings and each and every one of the Kings players will give their utmost in winning games and points. The end of the season will also be the graduation from junior hockey for two stalwart defencemen, #4 D’Arcy Panziera and #8 Dowson Zheng who have been with the team for the three years in Komoka.

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For more details on the history of Old Kilworth please see the book “Kilworth - The Woodhull Settlement” at Hyde Park Feed & Country Store on Gainsborough Road or at Dishington’s Tea Room, Main Street, Lambeth. Contact Beth at 519 686-0951 or bethads@rogers.com

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Lobo Municipal Offices – Then and Now

The first town meetings were held in settlers homes, in the home of Donald McArthur on Lot 6 Con. 5 from 1829 to 1835 and in Marvel White’s home at Amiens Lot 1 Con. 8 in 1836. After the middle of the century a clapboard covered frame Town Hall was built on the 9th concession between the village of Coldstream and the Coldstream Sideroad, about where lot 105 would be now. It was used for classes by S.S. No. 3 for the last part of the 1869-70 school term after their school burned. When the new and larger frame Town Hall was built in Coldstream in 1880 the old one was purchased by Christian Muma, who moved it across the road and part way up his lane. It was used as a shed for many years and was finally demolished in the 1940s.

The 1880 Town Hall was used for council meetings until 1949 when the council moved to the former Continuation School. The building had also served as a hall for community meetings, concerts, and plays and for Lobo Continuation School classes from 1920 until 1925. The community hall function of the building had been transferred to the new Continuation School when it was built in 1928 and had its auditorium designated as a Community Hall. With an addition, the 1880 Town Hall building now serves as the Fire Hall for the Lobo Volunteer Fire Department. In 1988 new Municipal Offices and a Council Chamber were included in the Lobo Municipal Centre in Coldstream on the former Continuation School site. Excerpt from Delaware and Westminster Twnshp – Volume 1

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Many families do their best to achieve a work-life balance. Lawyers Steve and Cynthia Hellsten, a married couple, are no different. Their family’s needs were a big part of the decision to found their company, Compcore Law Group. The name describes the firm perfectly. Comp stands for compensation law and core, is their core business. Both lawyers represent employers in worker compensation matters, from small businesses to giant corporations. Cynthia and Steve both hail from Halifax where they married, earned their degrees and were called to the bar. They relocated to London for work in 2005 despite not having any relatives here or other ties to the city. They built a home here, and they are firmly rooted with their three active children: Brady is 8, Cally is 11 and Ryan is 13. After working at a London firm for more than a decade, Steve and Cynthia decided that the best way to keep their family in focus was to start their own company specializing in their area of expertise: workers’ compensation. In 2017, Steve earned a rare distinction. He is now one of just 13 Ontario lawyers to receive a Law Society of Ontario certification as a Specialist in Workplace Safety and Insurance Law. It’s quite an accomplishment considering there are some 52,000 lawyers in the Law Society of Ontario. In addition to their respective educations and combined decades of related work experience, Steve knows what it’s like to be on the other side as an injured worker. He crushed his left hand and partially severed a finger in an industrial accident while working a summer job in August 1996. He completely understands what it’s like to be a former benefits recipient with a permanent impairment. Although Compcore is licensed to work on cases from Newfoundland to British Columbia, the company’s heart is here at home where family comes first. Being entrepreneurs allows Cynthia and Steve some flexibility to make their own schedules and adjust to their family’s needs. The kids play sports and take part in plenty of other extra-curriculars. Cynthia is active on the Parent Advisory Council, has served as CWL President at their church that contributes to various charities in the community and coached soccer. Steve is involved with body building, collects military memorabilia and belongs to a local stamp club. Perfect work/life balance might be an unattainable ideal, but it seems the Hellstens have come close.

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Aged Refugee of Flood 1st Secures His Dog The London Free Press, April 28, 1937

James Stevenson, 80 year old resident of Kilworth and a former London jeweller, was taken from his water- filled home yesterday after a thrilling rescue in which 50 residents gathered to aid provincial police and boatmen. The elderly man had refused to leave his home, which is one of the show places of the neighbourhood. In the early evening Monday an appeal was made to him to leave but he remained while water rose to fill the lower floor. Through the night neighbours tried to paddle to the house in a rowboat but the current was too strong. About 1 o’clock yesterday morning an appeal came to provincial police. A heavy motorboat was transported from the city but it could not be launched. Again neighbours tried to traverse the churning water in a rowboat and again without success. Finally before daybreak, another light power boat was brought from the city and launched. Piloted by J. Fronton, of Grey Street, with Provincial Constable Ben Milligan in the boat, the light craft was let down stream with a long rope. A score of residents held the ropes and guided the craft downstream. After several attempts, with motor running wide open, the boat was taken through the eddy to the house . . . driven to a small attic bedroom Mr. Stevenson was awaiting any transportation -the corner of the house sunk, tilting the structure and its position was precarious. As the boat was hauled by a hook to the attic window Mr. Stevenson handed out his small dog then climbed into the boat. The return trip in the boat was even more dangerous than the course to the house but the boatman landed his human cargo safely ashore. Nearly 40 newspaper articles relating local stories can be found in the book Kilworth - The Woodhull Settlement. Copies are sold at Bookmarks The Spot, Mt. Brydges, Hyde Park Country and Feed Store on Gainsborough Road and Dishington’s Tea Room in Lambeth. Call Beth at 519 686-0951 or email bethads@rogers.com

Stevenson house May 2, 1937. The flood waters have receded and left the house in terrible condition. James Stevenson moved back to his previous home in London at 37 Evergreen Avenue. James died three years later at age 83 and is buried in the Woodhull Cemetery next to his wife Susan Kilbourne.

James Stevenson had renovated the old Comfort house that was once also a dried goods store. The building was moved circa 1912 to the southeast side of the Kilworth bridge and was viewed as one of Kilworth’s prettiest homes, a white clap-board house that graced the banks of the Thames River.

Stevenson house May 2, 1937. The flood waters have receded and left the house in terrible condition. James Stevenson moved back to his previous home in London at 37 Evergreen Avenue. James died three years later at age 83 and is buried in the Woodhull Cemetery next to his wife Susan Kilbourne.

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Middlesex Centre Community Policing Committee By Ron Wagler

5. Remove it: Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially a wallet, purse or other expensive items. Many criminals

The Middlesex Centre Community Policing Committee is a group of community volunteers dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of residents in Middlesex Centre. Here are seven strategies to help you protect your property: 1. Lock it: Always lock your vehicles, your home, your garage, or any other outside shed or building on your property, even when you are home. Something as simple as an unlocked door is more than enough to attract criminals. 2. Light it: Light is an excellent deterrent for criminals looking to remain hidden, or who are looking for houses or businesses to target when people are away. At night, always have your porch light on and use outdoor lighting to illuminate dark areas around your property. 3. Hide it: Keep your valuables out of sight. Protect yourself and your belongings with quality window coverings, blinds or curtains, and consider frosted treatments on garage or shed windows. 4. Secure it: By installing high-quality locks on exterior doors, you reduce your risk of break-ins. Use window and door locks to prevent a sliding window or patio door from being forced open.

will scope out the interior of your vehicle, and smash a window if they think it is worth the risk. Reduce your risk and keep all valuables out of sight. 6. Share it: Get to know your neighbours. By building a network of support right in your own neighbourhood, you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of property crime. 7. Report it: See something suspicious? Are there signs someone has rummaged through your vehicle, but nothing of value is missing? Report the incident by using the ‘Report Online’ link at opp.ca or by contacting the OPP non-emergency contact number at 1-888-310-1122. Reports provide valuable statistics that can be used by the OPP, and committees like ours, to plan important initiatives. For more information, please contact the Middlesex Centre Community Policing Committee at mcxpolicing@gmail.com.

Join in on the Easter Fun at the Annual Easter Dash On Saturday, April 11th 2020 from 10AM-12PM, the Optimist Club of Komoka-Kilworth will host the Annual Easter Dash at the Komoka Wellness and Recreation Centre. This is an active, family-friendly event that offers fun for everyone! Kids, under 9 years of age, can participate in the 100M Kiddie Dash to hunt for Easter eggs. People of all ages can take part in a chip-time 2.5KM walk/run, or a 5KM run through our community’s trail system. All participants are encouraged to show their Easter spirit by wearing their favourite Easter attire, including pastel colours and bunny ears! Come out for some live entertainment, exciting draw prizes and a FREE pancake breakfast provided by the Optimist Club of Komoka-Kilworth for all participants. You can register by visiting: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/27153/2020-easter-dash

Special prizes are given to the all Kiddie Dash participants, the largest registered team, the best outfit/costume, and so much more! All proceeds from this event will fund future youth activities throughout the Delaware, Mount Brydges, Komoka and Kilworth communities. Easter Dash Schedule of Events – Saturday, April 11th Time Event 8:30am – 10am Registration At the Komoka Wellness and Recreation Centre 9:00am – Noon Live musical entertainment 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt and Kiddie Dash For children under the age of 9 10:15am Warm Up for 2.5km and 5km Races Hosted by the YMCA 10:30am Start 2.5km and 5km Races Start line in the parking lot of the Komoka Wellness and Recreation Centre 10:15am – 11:30am Pancake Breakfast FREE for all participants, donation requested from non-participants Sponsored by the Komoka-Kilworth Optimist Club

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Council Communications

Hello everyone, Lots is going on at the Municipal office, but one of the most important things that’s starting now is the strategic planning process for Middlesex Centre! When it is complete, the strategic plan will outline the community’s goals for our municipality over the next 5+ years, and provide direction to Council and staff on how to prioritize and meet them. Your participation in the process is critical. Over the next few months you’ll have many opportunities to hear what other residents are saying and make your views known. Public meetings will be held in four locations across the municipality in April. If public meetings aren’t your “cup of tea,” you can submit all of your ideas by email. For those of you who like to use Facebook, a specific question will be posted each week throughout the spring to give you an opportunity to express your thoughts. Here’s an idea of some key questions we’ll be discussing: · What do you see as our most important opportunities over the next 5 + years? · What do you see as the biggest challenges we face, now and in the future? · What steps should we be taking to seize those opportunities and address those challenges?

Once all of the data is collected, there will be a chance for you to provide feedback on the draft priorities and actions of the Strategic Plan. Please go to the Strategic Plan page on the website to read more detail about the planning process and the many ways you can get involved (https://middlesexcentre.on.ca/stratplan). And again, reach out to me if you’d like to speak with me. It’s great to hear your ideas, thoughts and concerns! Best, Aina I’ll look forward to hearing from you, Aina Aina DeViet, Mayor Tel: 519.666.0190 X234 E-mail: deviet@middlesexcentre.on.ca | www.middlesexcentre.on.ca

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Squadron Air Cadets Submitted: Capt Sarah Redfearn

The Delaware Lions held its 9th Annual Trivia Challenge Night on Jan 20, 2020 and it was a great success. 33 tables of 8 people each competed. Join them for their next Fundraising event, the 40th Annual Fish and Chip Gaming Night April 25th. The #3 Strik r Squadro is open to Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging The Delaware Lions held its 9th A nual Trivia Challenge Night on Jan 20, 2020 The Delaware Lions were happy to donate $1250 to Parkinson’s Society in honour of Lion Ross McTaggart. The 2nd place (Porch Sitters Union) team also donated their prize of $300 in memory of Lion Ross as well for a total of $1550 to Parkinson’s Society. and rewarding activities. There is no charge to join – just come out to any of our parad nights (Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9:00 pm at the West Middlesex Memorial Cent e at 334 Metcalf St. W., in Strathroy during the school year) and sign up!

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian, non-profit, volunteer- led organization that in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and other partners provides educational programs and resources, including flight and ground crew training, guided visits to science and aviation facilities, and aviation-related awards and scholarships; The Air Cadet League of Canada fosters development in youth of the values of selfconfidence, self- discipline and leadership. The program encourages youth to develop an understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities, and pay tribute to the veterans of our armed forces. It provides students a way to obtain some of the hours of community involvement required for secondary school graduation. The #3 Squadron has participated with the Salvation Army food collection and kettle campaign, the Strathroy Food Bank, Remembrance parades and ceremonies, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Sales, area school and park cleanups, West Middlesex Memorial Centre gardening and more. Over the holidays we held two ground school classes for our cadetswho are candidates for theGlider andPower Scholarships. In January, three cadets participated in Glider Scholarship Exam and one in the Power Scholarship Exam. Two of the Glider Scholarship Candidates have been selected for the interviews (the last stage in the application process) and one for Power Scholarship interview. One of our cadets has been selected to interview for the International Exchange Program. Saturday, January 25 we participated with #11 Army Cadet Corps in our Annual Garrison Ball. It was a fun evening for all who participated. WOI Redfearn received her Duke of Edinburgh International Award – Bronze Award, effective from the end of the October but –presented during the January CO’s Parade.

Upcoming Events: March 16-21 – 50 cadets and 6 adult volunteers/staff will be travelling to Washington DC for civic experience tour. We are scheduled to visit the Canadian Embassy, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, NASA Goddard Visitor’s Centre, Joint Andrews Base, and several Smithsonian Museums. March 29 – Effective Speaking Regional Competition April 3-5 – the squadron will be participating in a Field Training Exercise at Camp Sylvan. April 19 – in the afternoon we have ½ day gliding scheduled for cadets who have not been gliding before. May 7-9 – we will be holding our Spring Tag Days. May 9 – in the Regional Band and Drill Competition June 6 – is our Annual Ceremonial Review Learn more about the Glider and Power Scholarship program at https://www.aircadetleague.on.ca/Glider-Pilot-Scholarship- Course. Call or text 519-852-2359 or visit https://sites.google. com/site/striker3aircadets/home to learn more about #3 Striker Squadron.

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What’s Happening in KKD Send in your ‘What’s Happening in KKD’ events and information to Barb Barb@villagerpublications.com

March Komoka Community Events Euchre March 7 - Euchre at 7 pm Komoka United Church 110 St Lawrence Ave. Monthly event through to May

Call by Friday 519-657-1459 to reserve your spot Komoka Women’s Soccer League Over 25, experienced or inexperienced players welcome Friday’s 6pm May through September Register before Feb 15/2020 komokasoccer@hotmail.com Komoka Y - 55 + Day Thursdays 6 am to 2 PM - Access everything for free Weight room, equipment, fitness, walking track 9 to 12 pickle ball 9:30 to 10:30 Group Power - strength training

11 to 12 Yoga All year-round Komoka Y Walking Track Open to NON-Members Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun 1-3 Thur 10-noon Komoka Library

Monday 2 to 330 - Cards & Games (Monday Moments) Tuesdays 6 to 7:45 - Knitting & Crochet (Stitch & Chat) Saturdays 10:30 & 1 – Family Movies Mondays 1030 Story Time Tuesdays 10 to 1130 Early On Play & Learn Komoka & Area 55 Plus Club, Pickle Ball

Monday 9 to 1 Komoka Community Centre Monday 1 to 3 Delaware Community Centre Tuesday 12 to 3 Komoka Community Centre

Wednesday 10 to 12 Delaware Community Centre Wednesday 7 to 9 Komoka Community Centre Thursday 10 to 12 Komoka Community Centre Thursday 1 to 3 Delaware Community Centre Friday 10 to 12 Komoka Community Centre and Delaware Community Centre All year-round pickle ball Komoka & Area 55 Plus Tuesday 9 to 10 High Mobility Exercise Class - Komoka Community Centre

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“Meet the Austins” Mike Austin -World Class Tattoo Artist and Illustrator and Debbie Austin Business Manager By Donna McManus

Longwoods Trail Private Tattoo Studio is located on Highway # 2, historically where the old Driftwood Diner use to be. Mike and his wife Debbie are co-owners. Two years ago, they bought the building and transformed it into the welcoming venue it is today. Tattoo appointments are booked through Debbie who manages the business side. The wait is about 5 months for a 30-minute consultation with Mike. The customer brings their images and ideas with them, and

Customers come from all occupations, from 18 to 88 and from all parts of Canada as far as the Arctic. He does not do facial tattooing unless it is a cultural tradition. Some Inuit people have lost the history of tattoo patterns in their families. Mike originally went to Iqaluit Nunavut in the Arctic to revitalize the lost art of facial tattooing and to work on a documentary called Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. Mike has visited the Arctic many times and has a passion for its people. He collaborated

Mike adds his own creativity. From that point, the wait is about one year for a tattoo. 9 times out of 10, they are happy to wait. Mike’s training started at the Blue Dragon tattoo studio in 1986 where he first worked as an artist. A year later, he trained as a tattoo artist with Frank Malin from Melbourne. In 1992, Mike left the Blue Dragon and started Mike’s Custom Tattoos. It was at the Blue Dragon that Mike and Debbie first met. She was celebrating her 30th birthday and wanted a small first tattoo. Little did they know that 18 years later, under different circumstances, Debbie would come back into his shop, looking for another tattoo and the rest as they say is history.

with author Neil Christopher and created the illustrations for his book of Inuit legends, “The Hidden”. It took 8 years with over 100 drawings and is the first of its kind. Mike is humble when he says that tattooing and art are all he has ever done. He is honoured to create art that will be around long after he is gone. The profession recognizes him as a leading illustrator and tattoo artist. He has represented Canada at several International tattoo competitions and his images about Inuit mythology appear in several books.

Mike has travelled for 33 years to England and other parts of the world to learn fromother great tattoo artists including the Dutchman. He honed his craft and developed a unique style. The tattoos Mike creates are from many cultures including traditional, Asian,

European and Native. According to Mike, to be successful, a tattooist needs to be able to do many styles. Mike prefers black and grey scale tattooing to colour, as they last longer and tend not fade like colour. Memorial tattoos are a very popular way for people to honour a loved one. Cover up tattoos such as for mastectomy scars are also common.

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Digitizing negatives from The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 By Carolynn Bart-Riedstra, Archivist, Middlesex Centre Archives

Archives digitize records and photographs for many reasons, but it is primarily for preservation and access. Ideally archives create three digital copies of photographs and negatives. The first is the archival copy and is done at higher pixels per inch (ppi) in a tiff format. This is to create a copy of the original image. Another copy is made that allows for the archivist to enhance the image by changing the contrast, removing dust and other blemishes to create an improved document. It is also scanned at a higher ppi and is commonly referred to as the master copy. An access copy can also be created at a lower ppi in a jpeg format and is often what is viewed on the web by researchers.

financial contribution from the Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Communities Heritage Program for a project to digitize approximately 3500 negatives from The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 book. The negatives include images in the book as well as some that were not used. When completed, these images will be available for viewing. Due to time constraints the archival copy has been created. Among the pictures that are digitized for this collection are some from Komoka and Coldstream. Some of the photographs from these areas have been included here with identifying information from the book. When you see the citation for archival material it is identifying the name of the institution, or in this case Middlesex Centre Archives, the title of the fonds or record group and the accession number. This allows anyone who is interested in seeing the item to contact the archives and identify the collection and any other identifiable information that will help the archives staff retrieve the items for researchers. One thing that was discovered working with this collection is that some of the original material from the book committee is missing. If you have any information about these records please contact us by email at middlesexcentrearchives@gmail. com or by phone at 519-518-5590.

Middlesex Centre Archives The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 2015- 0011-V34-002 Large gathering perhaps Komoka, when King Georg and Queen Elizabeth travelled in 1930. If anyone has information about this photo or the gathering please let us know.

Archives should also be aware of copyright restrictions when publishing photographs. Usually anything before 1960 is in the public domain where the original copyright holder and estate heirs no longer have copyright or receive fees for the items or images. Under the Canadian Copyright Act, it is important for archivists to know if images are created after that as there are regulations about posting images. Under the Copyright Act, Archives, Libraries and Museums are still able to create preservation copies if they are not sold or made available for a fee. Middlesex Centre Archives The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 2015-0011-V102- 016 John Laidlaw barn raising circa 1890, location unknown. If you have any other information about this event, please let us know.

Middlesex Archives The Heritage of Lobo 1820- 1990 2015-0011-V33-002A An unidentified person setting straw blower from thresher into barn. If anyone has information about this photo, please let us know. Centre

The Canadian Council of Archives has an advisory committee whose function is to monitor any suggested changes to the Copyright Legislation and advise archives about the implications for preservation and publication. The Copyright Act has different regulations for different media. Audio, film and other multi media can fall under different copyright requirements as can archival manuscripts. Recently, Middlesex Centre Archives was the recipient of a Middlesex Centre Archives The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 2015-0011-V102- 013 Chapter 5 page 128 Max Campbell and C. M. T. Carmichael in 1928 with horses during haying.

Middlesex Centre Archives The Heritage of Lobo 1820-1990 2015-0011-V100- 009 John Bycraft gathering sap home on sleigh.

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