Strathroy April 2020 Villager

Hometown Strathroy - Caradoc April 2020 Issue 2

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Meet Deputy Mayor Brad Richards

week or two to get used to the idea, I went into what I call fight mode. Read all I could find out about Parkinson’s, searched out the Board for Parkinson’s of Southwestern Ontario. For the last five years I have been honoured to have been elected President of the Board. I have loved going around the region talking with people who have Parkinson’s and to caregivers to have a great attitude, think positive, and never give up and the importance of exercise. I have Three Life Lessons: Life Lesson # 1 Be the best you can be. Do not let anyone bully you or take advantage in any situation. Use the rule to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Be proud of who you are. Life Lesson #2 Get involved. Growing up I learned to get involved from school to family, work, and most important get involved in your community. Jump in with both feet. I found great pride when you take on a project and it has great results. Life Lesson # 3 Never give up. Try and make a difference and always give back. I have loved being involved in our community. I have so much pride in how our town has grown, things we have accomplished and the exciting times yet to come Lastly just wanted to say, I have a small card in my wallet that I have carried for years, I take it out, just to read, it helps keeping me going. The card says “what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us is unimportant as what lies within us.

I am Brad Richards and I so proud to be your Deputy Mayor for Strathroy Caradoc. I was first elected to Council for the Town of Strathroy in 1991. I was the last Reece for the Town is Strathroy and the first Deputy Mayor for the Municipality of Strathroy Caradoc. In 2013 I was elected to be the Warden of the County of Middlesex. For

more than 40 years I have been involved in Recreation in our Municipality, from baseball coach to President of Minor Baseball, to be building Chair for the Gemini Sportsplex. I am very proud of the ways over many years that Strathroy Caradoc Council have worked together to solve problem to move our community ahead. I think we have shown how municipal councils should act, its a team effort, and add a great staff, it’s a winning combination. I was born in London, grew up on a farm on the Denfield Sideroad, raised by a single mom. Living on a farm, especially a dairy farm teaches you a lot of good life lessons. I worked for Canadian Tire for over 40 years, first at the old location where Shoppers Drug Mart is now, then to the location where Staples is now. In 2003 I was honoured to be an owner of a Partsource in London, which is in the Canadian Tire Family. I retired fromCanadian Tire at the end of 2015. I am married to my lovely wife Johanna, and have three great grown daughters and five grandchildren who are so special in my life. On May 3,2009, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which came as a shock but I knew something was off. Taking a


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All About Renos ByMarv &DrewStephenson, Owners of Corbel Renovation Company, Strathroy ENERGY STAR 2020: The Energy Star program

partner, being independently tested and then certified to meeting the requirements of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). We want our windows and doors to keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer – efficiently! As energy costs rise, so do the requirements of an Energy Star rated product rise, so it is an ever-changing program. Natural Resources Canada estimates Energy Star windows can save you an average of 8% on your energy bill. Average means some will save significantly morewhile others not somuch. All windows and doors aremeasured using the following performance scales: U-Factor: the rate of heat loss through a window or door. The lower the number, the better. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGH): the rate compares the amount of solar heat that reaches the window or door with the amount that gets through to the inside of the house. In a cold climate in the winter a higher rate is better and in a hot climate in the summer a lower rate is best. Air leakage: the amount of air flow that gets by the window or door. We don’t want air leakage. Energy Rating (ER): this is a number that factors in U-factor, Solar heat gain and air leakage. So, if window or door is less efficient in one area it can be compensated by another area. Several changes have come to the Energy Star program for windows and doors in 2020. Canada was previously divided up into 4 and then in 2015 into 3 climate zones and the colder climate zones had higher requirements to meet. As of Jan 1, 2020 we are now all one Energy Star zone. This means that one size fits all now or the same ER of 34 [minimum] or U-factor of .21 [1.22 metric] [maximum] is required for all of Canada. Essentially what was required for Canada’s arctic zone is now required for all of us in 2020.

was started in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to help consumers identify and choose energy-efficient products. Computers and monitors were the first such labeled products. By 1995 it had expanded to include residential heating and cooling equipment. The Energy Star label is now found on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, electronics, windows and doors and even complete homes. Energy Star labels are a very useful tool to help average people to compare products and make informed choices that save them money. Consumers are assured that each product that earns the label is independently certified to deliver the quality, performance and savings the consumers have come to expect. It also drives the various industries to get a leg up on the competition by developing more energy efficient products at more affordable prices. Energy Star certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built tominimumbuilding code requirements. Additionally, homeowners are retrofitting their existing homes for improved energy efficiency and comfort levels assisted by the Energy Star program. Windows and doors can also be Energy Star approved and must go through a series of tests and experiments before it can be recognized as such. Windows and doors contribute to our homes energy usage and add to the overall cost of heating or cooling our homes. We can’t get alongwithout them though as they allowaccess and egress, natural light to enter and fresh air to be circulated throughout. They also can be very attractive and appealing to look at in the overall design of a house. For a window or door to become Energy Star approved it must meet several standards including, being manufactured by an Energy Star

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Hello Strathroy-Caradoc! Well our first issue is out and about and I want to thank all the retailers and service groups, who helped make it such a success; plus I would like to thank all the readers who sent such encouraging emails and potential future story ideas. Our team just wants to keep the momentum going.

Its time ladies to start looking through that closet of yours and deciding what is to go and what new accessories you need to bring your spring wardrobe up to fashion par! (Just kidding). April is the time to get outside and start working that garden and the perennials and just enjoying the weather. No more moaning about winter again. Well, Debbie and I are still out and about meeting people, looking for great leads to fascinating stories about people of your community, not to mention new clients to help make the magazine grow, and considering the size of Strathroy-Caradoc, and how much its growing by leaps and bounds, I believe we’ll both be busy for quite a long time which is great as I’m still enjoying myself and the people I meet in your area thoroughly! However, to be serious, if you are looking for some new marketing and advertising approaches or if I can help in any way please contact me. Gloria Rae, the Managing Editor/General Sales Manager, HOMETOWN Strathroy-Caradoc Magazine 519-495-4564 •

Yes, your portfolio may need Urgent Care! by Peter Mindorff, C.F.P.® Now the Easter Bunny’s on his way and he’ll be bringing beautifully coloured eggs for the Annual Easter Egg Hunts in Strathroy-Caradoc. Plus, you know what else it means… chocolate! It should be a food group all on its own, don’t you think? But Easter and April aren’t just about chocolate. It’s about the rebirth in nature, the start of growing things and getting together at the Easter Sunday dinner table and appreciating all the family around you who are there and remembering the ones who are not. April is also about Volunteer Week, and hopefully you are doing your part within the community. April is also about Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Poetry Month not to mention Alcohol Awareness Month. Considering it only has thirty days April’s a very busy month! With the Coronavirus top of mind for your health, it is equally important to be critical of how it affects your wealth too. It is often said to not panic and sell your portfolio and miss the rebound but I'm here to add/clarify what's most important. What's more important is to understand what is in your portfolio and how it will determine not if you should sell your portfolio but how you should change it to protect it and grow it when the virus threat is removed. There is insufficient space here to name all the companies that potentially have significant further downside nor enough space to name all those that are oversold and likely to endure and profit from or after the virus has been cured. At this point at the time of writing if you had the right mix of bonds, gold and companies as of March 11th, the likelihood of a loss of less then 10% was possible since the beginning of the year vs for example 20% in the Dow or more than 50% in companies like airlines, cruise lines and gas or oil. Like the virus, without some foresight, proper daily management and consideration of changing markets, virus spread, testing

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Middlesex Hospital Alliance The Middlesex Hospital Alliance is made up of two partner sites: Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Within the Middlesex Hospital Alliance family, over 500 physicians, employees and volunteers care for patients in our communities. Volunteers are fundamental tomany departments/ services at both sites of Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA). For example, volunteers assist in Emergency, Physiotherapy, the Resource Centre, the Business Office, Meals on Wheels, the Cafeteria, Adult Day Centre, Switchboard, and Gift Shop. The MHA also welcomes young people who would like to help out through the “Volun-Teen” program. Any amount of time that you can contribute as a volunteer is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering at MHA, visit https://www.mhalliance. for more information.

The power of giving back This month, we celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 19 to 25) and there’s never been a better time to get out there and make a difference. In addition to giving us a personal sense of joy and empowerment to effect change, volunteering makes our community better in a million ways, both big and small. The first who would affirm that fact are hospitals, our VON, retirement and nursing homes plus all the service groups in the community. There are so many ways to volunteer your time in the community, depending on your skills, interests, passions, and the amount of time you can allot to your philanthropic endeavours. Volunteer to help clean up the city’s greenspaces, help a child learn to read, put on a fundraiser, or raise money for a worthy cause – every act of community volunteerism has value and shows compassion. Our communities flourish when we all pitch in. Whether you can volunteer daily or simply for an hour on one occasion, every act of selflessness adds up to a big collective impact. Whether you impact the lifeof asinglechildor a largesegment of thecommunity, the trickle-down effect of those acts can be extremely powerful. Who knows? That child you helped to learn to read today may one day become a teacher and change the lives of hundreds of children over the course of his/her career. Sometimes the impact of volunteerism is immediately noticeable, and in other cases the impact is more long term. The important thing is, to know that we are, in whatever capacity, making a difference. Cheers, Gloria

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Boots and Paws, an all-ages, licensed concert will be held July 11, 6pm to midnight in Alexandria Park, Strathroy, in support of Happy's Place, A Retirement Home for Dogs. A registered non-profit, Happy's Place has assisted more than 130 senior dogs since opening in 2019. Some of the dogs had owners who passed away, or due to his/her own health were no longer able to care for their senior dog. Other dogs came in from shelter transfers or veterinarian clinics – often those who are at risk of euthanasia due to age or other reasons. Ambassador dogs and volunteers from Happy's Place have participated in senior-to-senior visits at Seasons Retirement Home and have provided volunteer opportunities or partnership with Girl Guides, Community Living London and other organizations. 100% of the funds brought into Happy’s Place go directly to caring for the senior dogs including dental surgeries that improve their quality of life, heartworm tests, vaccines, x-rays, bloodwork, microchips, spay and neuter, lump removals as well as special food and meds as required. The Boots and Paws evening under the stars will feature great musical acts such as Letters from Hawthorne, Mike Trudgen , and headliner Aaron Allen . There will be a beer tent and silent auction. If you would like to help sponsor this 2020 fundraiser or volunteer to help, please contact Angela Balcom, Director at Happy’s Place at 519-630-6256. Learn more about Happy's Place at Cycle Safe, Cycle Smart, Cycle Healthy! Strathroy Hometown Festival Bike Rodeo Saturday June 20th, 2020 Ages Pre-school to Grade 6 – Alexander Park Contact Marion 519-245-9923 or Mainstreet Credit Union 519-245-2530 for more information. MS Bike Ride – Grand Bend to London Weekend of July 25th–26th, 2020 150 km ride from Grand Bend to London and back to Grand Bend Join the Doug and Marion’s MS Erasers to raise money for MS. Join the team or pledge a rider. Contact Marion 519-245-9923 for more info. Proud Sponsors of HABIT (Helping Acquired Brain Injury Treatment) Celebrating 30 years of business in 2020 with a variety of in-store specials! FREE FREE

Making helmets a 'HABIT' HABIT (Helping Acquired Brain Injury Treatment) assists in funding medical healthcare and supportive services for individuals, charitable organizations and medical facilities with special emphasis on the needs of children and youth with brain injury. In Southwestern Ontario there are 800 brain injuries reported annually to persons under the age of 19. Wearing a bike helmet can reduce risk of brain injury due to falls by 85%.* HABIT(charitableorganization#861304459RR001) iscommitted to three objectives: Education, Fundraising and disbursement of funds. Once again this year, HABIT will be working with the Strathroy Caradoc Police Service, with the support of Doug & Marion's Bike Shop and Burger King to encourage safety through the use of helmets. "We started this program in 2006," explains Lisa Bradshaw of the law firm Lerners LLP, and campaign coordinator with HABIT. "Strathroy-Caradoc police officers are given coupons for a free ice cream sundae from Burger King to hand out to youth under age 18 who they see wearing their bicycle helmet while riding, roller blading or skateboarding. A ballot is attached that the recipient can drop off to Burger King or Doug & Marion's Bike Shop to be entered into a weekly draw for helmets, horns, locks or bells, with a grand prize to be drawn on the last Friday in September for a new bicycle, valued up to $400!" The goals of the program are to encourage youth to wear their helmets and remind them that it is required by law, reward and encourage the youth in our com- munity that are wearing their helmets to continue to be safe, and to ceate awareness regarding the injuries that someone could sustain as a result of a bicycle accident when they are not wear- ing their helmets. To learn more, contact Lisa Bradshaw at or visit

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The Passion of Quilting at “SewCreative” in Mt. Brydges By Joan Hilhorst Hello, my name is Joan Hilhorst and I am a quilt addict and fabric junkie. Have you ever heard the saying “if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life”? Well in 2007 I purchased my fabric store, Sew Creative and on merchandise-receiving days I feel like I’m experiencing Christmas…I just love the colours, textures, patterns of fabric and can’t wait to start playing with them. For a sewer or quilter fabric is not a means to an end just for a project; it’s a “have to buy” addiction, something you can’t possibly pass up without purchasing a least a fewmetres, once your creative eye has designed something in your head, seen the possibilities, so you MUST have the fabric! For a quilter, sewer or crafter, the enjoyment is in the making of an individual, unique piece that you have designed and created. No one else will ever have an exact one like yours. It’s the joy of the work, and the love you put into creating, which hopefully may turn into a family heirloom someday. In my store Sew Creative in Mt. Brydges, I’m constantly making quilt samples for the new lines of fabrics that come in regularly – “I get to play” and these samples are for sale at below cost. In the store it’s everything to do with quilting! I teach classes, offer sewing machine repair, organize quilting retreats. Quilting is my life and I love to share it with others who are as enamoured with the process and results as I am. Quilting is a passion, that starts with an idea, picking fabrics, andmelding colours. It's an artistry, and whether you are hand-sewing or machine-sewing your objective, once you’ve started one, its never enough! It just gets in your blood. Soon all your friends and family are proudly showing off the unique gift that you’ve created just for them. I am an Authorized Pfaff sewing machine dealer, plus the new Quilts of Valour representative and a Handiquilter Longarm dealer and I’ve worked hard and am very proud of each designation. Now for 2020 the quilting trends from various experts are as follows: – She says Florals are going to be everywhere. Plaids for Christmas and Farm and Country fabrics. –They say 2020 trends are:Warmneutrals, Classic patterns in solid colour fabrics and straight line quilting. – They say the trends are: English paper piecing, stripes, animal quilts, modern hexes, message quilts, dense quilting and  longarm quilting and that black is back! – (I love their rulers, patterns and books) they say 2020 trends are: Warm neutrals, Classic patterns in solid colour fabrics and straight line quilting.

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Going to war on cancer Mamma Warriors and Parent Warriors

SamandKimVander Schelde’s daughter Olivia had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at 18 months old. The little girl underwent brain surgery in 2006 followed by two years of weekly chemotherapy. Having experienced first hand the emotional distress and financial impact that parents deal with when their children face cancer, Kim established a support group two years ago for Moms with children who have been diagnosed with the disease. Called Mamma Warriors , the group has grown to 113 members. “It’s heartbreaking to think that so many parents in our area are facing this monster,” says Kim, who resides in Oakridge. “The numbers are much larger.” “Our daughter is who inspired us,” says Kim. The group meets once a month to share camaraderie, support and tips, and can also participate in advocacy measures (petitions for example) and the retreats that Kim organizes. “In February 2019, we had a retreat at Windermere Manor,” says Kim. “It was 24 hours filled with activities, make overs, workshops, many surprises and gifts. It was wonderful, however the most important benefit was that these moms left feeling less alone. They had developed connections and supports.” In October Kim held a retreat in the Muskokas for eight bereaved moms that included three days of hiking, relaxing, good food and sharing. Enough funds has been raised for 50 Moms to attend the February 2020 retreat. Contact Kim for information on future retreats.

Kim advocates for more of the cancer research funding to be directed towards childhood cancer. “Only five per cent of total cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research,” says Kim. “It results in children receiving treatment that is more appropriate for adults – treatment that causes long-term harm.” In December, Kim received notification that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who she had met to discuss her concerns, had included new investments in pediatric child cancer research in his mandate letter to Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Funds to support the group’s work have been raised through raffles and live auctions. Kim is shy about personally approaching companies or people for donations but is excited that Mamma Warriors will gain official non profit status early in 2020. Called “Parent Warriors” the with Mamma Warriors and Daddy Warriors (the support group that Sam created) under that umbrella. You can learn more about Parent Warriors at or

Hometown Strathroy-Caradoc • April 2020 • Page 9 Dear readers, I realize this story isn't about your community per say, but I believe it to transcend community borders and could maybe help those who are in the same situation, and who may want to outreach this organization for help coping." - Gloria Rae, Managing Editor

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Charlie's story by Anne Pelkman Published in The Age Dispatch, July 8, 2010

We are often unaware that some things we see around town have significant personal links to the past. The statue of a dog outside the Strathroy Animal Clinic on Frances Street is a case in point. Lyon Rapley was born in Strathroy in 1890, the only child of Manfred and Annie Rapley, who lived at 132 Front Street West across from the Strathroy United Church. Sadly, soon after his fourth birthday Lyon died of diphtheria, a disease for which there is now a childhood vaccine. Manfred was born on the original Rapley farm at the western edge of Strathroy. He was a life-long resident of the town, and was employed by and later managed James Manson’s private bank on Front Street for over 60 years. After Lyon’s untimely death, his parents had a life-size statue of a dog cast, which they displayed on their front lawn for many years in memory of Lyon. Perhaps the Dalmatian portrayed was a special family pet. Manfred Rapley died suddenly in 1935 at the age of 80; two of his pallbearers were E.J. Wright and A.W. Crawforth. His wife, Annie, died four years later. During her terminal illness, Mrs. Rapley was nursed by Amy (Ballantyne) Holt, R.N. Before her death, she gave the Dalmatian statue to Mrs. Holt and her husband Charlie. The Holts displayed the dog each summer on their front lawn at 158 High Street West. As the years passed, Charlie Holt became a good friend of Dr. Allan Marshall, a local veterinarian. When a new animal clinic was planned by Dr. Marshall and Dr. Floyd Denning, Charlie Holt gave the statue to Dr. Marshall for the clinic. In 1974 the veterinary centre opened at 425 Frances Street, and “Charlie”, as he was now called, took up residence on the front lawn. Now into his second century, Charlie is still on guard at the front door. This Rapley family story was recorded by Dr. Marshall as it was told to him by the late Charlotte Rapley, a niece of Manfred Rapley. Charlotte died in 2008 at the age of 106. Excerpt from 'Tales of Our Town – Strathroy and Area Stories – A Strathroy & District Historical Society Publication, 2013, with permission of the Strathroy & District Historical Society. For information on purchasing the book and other SDHC publications, visit

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Historic Strathroy Hull's Cottages have stood in Strathroy for 135 years by Morley and Clara Thomas

For more than 135 years, Hull's Cottages have stood near the corner of Hull Road and Victoria/Caradoc Streets junction in Strathroy. The cottages were built by William Washington HUll in 1871 and have changed little in appearance since then. In 1854, Hull's father, William H. Hull, purchased a block of 49 acres bounded by Head and Victoria Streets and today's Pannell Lane and Hull Road from Timothy Cook and James Keefer, prominent early millers and merchants in Strathroy. The Hull family had come to Strathroy in 1846 where William Washington grew up and by the1870s was a foreman in the large cabinet-making factory in town. William Washington Hull married Emmeline Wells and they had a daughter, Ida. After he built the cottages, they lived in the brick one, now 17 Hull Road, ad his parents at 5 Hull Road. The cdentre part of the latter house is frame over rubble brick and is probably part of the pre-1871 Hull family house. The front part is frame over brick and the small kitchen at the rear is frame. Ida Hull married Frederick Lawson, a local bank employee. When her grandfather died in 1883, Ida inherited 5 Hull Road For more than 135 years, Hull's Cottages have stood near the corner of Hull Road and Victoria/Caradoc Streets junction in Strathroy. The cottages were built by William Washington Hull in 1871 and have changed little in appearance since then. In 1854, Hull's father, William H. Hull, purchased a block of 49 acres bounded by Head and Victoria Streets and today's Pannell Lane and Hull Road fro Timothy Cook and James Keefer, prominent early millers and merchants in Strathroy. The Hull family had come to Strathroy in 1846 where William Washington grew up and by the 1870s was a foreman in the large cabinet- making factory in town. William Washington Hull married Emmeline Wells and they had a daughter, Ida. After he built the cottages, they lived in the brick one, now 17 Hull Road, and his parents at 5 Hull Road. The center part of the latter house is fra e over rubble brick and is probably part of the pre-1871 Hull family house. The front part is frame over brick and the small kitchen at the rear is frame. Ida Hull married Frederick Lawson, a local bank employee. When her grandfather died in 1883, Ida inherited 5 Hull Road

and lived there with her husband and daughters. In a decade or so the Lawsons moved away from Strathroy but they continued to use that house as a summer home. Then, in 1908, when her father, William Washington Hull died, Ida also inherited his house, now 17 Hull Road. She apparently retained possession of both houses until her death in 1925. In 1925-26, Ida's estate sold the houses – 5 Hull Road to Alice Woodward and March Orchard, a local pharmacist, and 17 Hull Road to Howard Downham, a local nursery man. Several families have lived in the latter house after the Downhams. In 1927 Miss Orchard died and the McCandless family purchased 5 Hull Road and the property still remains in that family. In the late 1920s a double row of maple trees between the house and Victoria Street were removed and in the 1960s about a third of the lot was expropriated for more road allowance when the Victoria-Caradoc-Hull intersection was widened. Hull's Cottages in 1929. No. 5 Hull Road is in the foreground and No. 17 in the background. Vernon and Clara McCandless (Thomas) are seated on the woodpile and Helen Sullivan (a cousin) is standing behind. Photo courtesy of Clara and Morley Thomas

Excerpt from 'Tales of Our Town – Strathroy and Area Stories – A Strathroy & District Historical Society Publication, 2013, with permission of the Strathroy & District Historical Society. For information on purchasing the book and other SDHC publications, visit

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"A significant aspect of being active in the arts community in Strathroy is helping to promote the arts. Art has a beneficial influence on our youth and the mental health of everyone," says Gerry. Art has been his passion since early boyhood in the Netherlands. "Animals were my favourite subjects, but I also drew landscapes, portraits, and ships of all types. As I got a little older, architectural features began to intrigue me."

Theatrical arts and music captivated Gerry from an early age as well. "Classical ballet had a huge influence on me to generate visual art. While making drawings of dance scenes, I hear music passages from the great Tchaikovsky himself in my head".

Gerry moved to Canada from the Netherlands in 1968. His artistic activities were put on hold for a career in engineering and eventually a busy family life. Soon after retiring in 2004, Gerry joined The Art Group (serving as Vice President for a few years), was a founding member of the Strathroy & District Writers Association (SDWA), and joined the local Ukulele Club. As one of the Strathroy Community Players while they were active, he was cast in all of the plays at that time, and helped write one of them. In addition to creating paintings on commission and for personal enjoyment, Gerry is a published author of books and magazine articles and has taught several youth classes, encouraging the students to write and illustrate stories. "Seeing the young artists’ enthusiasm, coupled with the gratitude I received from them, gave me tremendous satisfaction," says Gerry. "Belonging to the arts community in Strathroy offers me sheer joy, fellowship and support, and the recognition that we all secretly desire. I take pleasure participating in The Art Group’s show and sale events and the occasional excursions to art exhibitions. The SDWA, which enjoys group-membership status within The Art Group , presents me with similar benefits, as does the ukulele club, called CRackerS , a satellite group of S.O.U.P. The gigs in which we are engaged and the weekly jam sessions are great fun, and there is a lot of camaraderie". As if all this isn’t enough to keep him busy, Gerry has recently begun learning the guitar!

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Coming Up in Strathroy-Caradoc

Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society Garden Nomes Program Join members of the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society for an imaginative children's program inspired by nature and gardening. The "Garden Gnomes" drop- in program is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at the Strathroy Public Library from 11:00 - 11:45 am. This month, on April 11th, the children will be making seed bombs using native wildflower seeds. The Vocal Federation – Strathroy's Barbershop Chorus 25th Annual Show: Sterling Favourites Saturday, May 2nd at 2 p.m. at the East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe Street, with Arthur Ross. Adults - $20.00, Students (12-18 years) $10.00. Children under 12 free. Advance tickets available at Doug & Marion’s Bike Shop, 25 Front St. W. Strathroy-Caradoc Optimist Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday April 11, 11am, West Middlesex Arena Ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-10. Free Skate with the Easter Bunny Check the Strathroy-Caradoc Optimist Club Facebook page for updates and details. Full-day Day Camp s in July, 2020. Bethel Baptist Church has Castaway Day Camp for JK – Grade 5 & Splat Day Camp for Grades 6-8. Check out the camps at Register soon. Fills quickly.

Mount Brydges Legion Open 3-7pm Mon-Fri and 12-7pm Sat. All times are subject to change. Every Monday in April even Easter Monday - Lunch and Bingo 11:30- 4pm. April 1 VON Smart Exercise 10:30-11:30, Community cards 12:30. April 3 Community Cards 12:30. April 5 Community cards 12:30. April 6 VON Smart Exercise 10-11, Lunch and Bingo 11:30-4pm. April8 VON Smart Exercise 10:30-11:30, Community Cards 7-10pm with Bluegrass Band. April 11 Salt Haven 9-11, Community Cards 7-10pmwith Bluegrass Band. April 13 Lunch and Bingo 11:30-4pm. April 15 VON SmartExercise 10:30-11:30. April 20 VON Smart Exercise 10-11am, Lunch and Bingo 11:30-4pm. April 22 VON Smart Exercise 10:30-11:30am, Community Cards 7-10pm with Bluegrass Band. April 24 Fish Fry 5-7. April 25 Salt Haven9-11 , Trivia 5-11pm. April 26 Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast 9-12pm. April 27 VON Smart Exercise 10-11am, Lunch and Bingo 11:30-4pm. April 29 VON Smart Exercise 10:30-11:30 Strathroy Legion: All events are cancelled until further notice. Check their Facebook page at for updates. Please note that all events, dates and times included herein may be subject to change due to the coronavirus, and inquire with the venue. For updates on Coronavirus in Ontario, check: MELBOURNE PUBLIC LIBRARY 6570 Longwoods Road (519) 289-2405 MOUNT BRYDGES PUBLIC LIBRARY 22501 Adelaide Road (519) 264-1061 STRATHROY PUBLIC LIBRARY 34 Frank Street (519) 245-1290 Strathroy Hometown Festival June 19 - 21 Alexandra Park Pride in the Park , July 11, Alexandra Park Caradoc Community Centre Annual Gala Fundraiser Saturday April 18, Lions Park Dr. Mount Brydges. Strathroy Rotary Club $1000 Scholarship The Rotary Club of Strathroy is now accepting applications for their Service Above Self Scholarship for students in grade 12. Interested students who meet the criteria, and demonstrate Rotary International's motto 'Service Above Self' are eligible to apply. Visit for details. Strathroy Rotary Club Golf Tournament Saturday May 23, 2020, Caradoc Sands Golf Club. Visit for details. At time of print, libraries were closed due to the pandemic and event listings not available. Libraries were expected to re-open April 11, Visit https:// for details on programs and events.


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