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Celebrating the 55+ Community of Elgin County September 2019 • Issue 10

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Should you get an e-reader? By Staci Rae

Although I will be the first person to sing the praises of a physical book, offering the tactile experience of turning pages, that new-book smell, and the ability to read in the tub (because everyone does that, right? No? Just me? Oh. OK then.) I do have to admit that there are certain benefits to reading on a digital e-reader, especially for seniors. If you are considering getting an e-reader, here are some things to consider.

Portability: If you are a senior who likes to travel (and if you’re like me and rarely ever leave the house without a book) an e-reader can be an ideal travel companion. You can take with you hundreds of books in less than the amount of space of a single hardcover book. Convenience : An e-reader makes buying books very convenient. You can purchase them online from services like Amazon and Chapters and download them to your e-reader immediately. Great for when you need a new book fix in the middle of the night (C’mon, I can’t be the only person who has been there!) Affordability: Although an e-reader is an initial investment, once you have it, e-books are generally less expensive than their physical counterparts. What’s more, if you have a library card, you can borrow e-books from the library as well, for no cost at all! Customization and interactivity: E-readers allow readers to customize their reading experience, frommaking the display brighter or dimmer to changing the font size, e-readers allow you to read the way you want. Also, many e-readers or e-reading apps allow readers to look up word definitions, highlight or annotate passages, and bookmark as many pages as you want – great for flagging recipes you want to try, for example. Now for the downside. There is a small learning curve when it comes to downloading books to your e-reader. If you’re not tech savvy, that can be daunting, but there are lots of great resources to help you (including our very own St. Thomas Public Library!) so don’t let that stop you. If you love to read, consider getting an e-reader. Although manufacturers haven’t yet figured out a way to recreate that bookish smell we bibliophiles know and love, there are lots of reasons an e-reader is a good idea.

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Do you hear what I hear? By Staci Rae

In the early days, audiology services were provided in-house at STEGH. When the government changed their protocol for covering audiology services and the department was closed at the hospital, audiologist David Pfingstgraef opted to continue to bring his audiology services to the community by opening the practice that we now know as Elgin Audiology, in 2002. Today, the practice has expanded to reach every corner of Elgin County, with 7 offices across the region. Both David and Joanne Parsons, the company’s other primary audiologist, saw the field of audiology as an opportunity to help the community with hearing loss to communicate more effectively, allowing them to participate fully in their own lives, something that can often be a challenging for those with hearing challenges. Together with the entire Elgin Audiology team, David and Joanne make it their mission to serve a variety of clients’ hearing needs by finding the best hearing solutions for their specific situation. “We can customize the experience to everyone. We can pick from a variety of products to find the right one on the right price range,” David explains. “It’s not a cookie-cutter product experience.” What both David and Joanne find exciting about the field is that there is always something new and exciting on the horizon, new ways to help those with hearing loss live their best lives. Two of the newest innovations in hearing loss, for example, are rechargeable hearing aids and invisible hearing aids. “[Rechargable hearing aids] have changed things completely,” says David, citing specific benefits for seniors, such as not having to struggle to replace the batteries, which can be a struggle for those whose eyesight and dexterity may be less than optimal. “It makes it much more convenient and user-friendly,” adds Joanne. Invisible hearing aids, which are placed inside the ear canal for up to four months at a time, are another fantastic innovation that allows people to experience better hearing in discreet, no-hassle way. “It’s like contact lenses for the ears,” says David.

Everyone deserves to hear as clearly as possible. One of the biggest challenges, however, is that often it is other people who notice our hearing loss before we do, not to mention there is a certain amount of denial that comes along with age-related hearing loss. “Hearing loss starts slowly over time and family members often notice it first before we do,” explains David. “It’s someone else’s problem.” At Elgin Audiology, they strive to remove the stigma from hearing loss. To that end, they offer a free initial consultation and, in some cases, clients can even take the hearing aid home with them to give it a test-run in real-life situations! If you’d like to book an appointment, call 1-888-815-2306 or go online at elginaudiology.com. Joanne Parsons & David Pfingstgraef of Elgin Audiology

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The mission is mindfulness By Staci Rae No matter what stage of life you are in, life brings with it stresses, worries, jobs and tasks that can very easily take us out of the now and into the past, the future, and the “what if.” We can be so caught up in our thoughts and worries that we often miss out on the pleasures of the present. Mindfulness practice can help with that, and a new local business, Happy 2 B Mindful is bringing the practice of mindfulness to our community in a variety of ways. MINDFULNESS MOMENT: Find a quiet spot. Get comfortable, yet be alert. Release any tension your body may be holding. Take a deep, slow breath in for the count of 5. Hold. Breath out for a count of 8. Repeat. When it comes to living life as a mature adult, we often forget to live in the present, getting bogged down by worries about medical concerns, worrying about our families and friends, and dealing with a variety of life changes such as transitioning to living in continuing care facilities. Living in the now doesn’t always come easily, and we often need a little bit of a helpful nudge in the right direction to reap the benefits of being more mindful, including mood boosts, reduced

stress levels, as well as improvement in memory, executive functioning, and attention. That’s where Happy 2 B Mindful comes in. They offer a 4-week program designed specifically for older adults living in continuing care homes. The goal of the program is to “support the emotional well-being and resiliency of our aging population,” program founders Jennifer Russell andMarcyWhitcroft explain. During each of the four weeks of the program, participants will learn about a related topic (What is mindfulness? The different types of calming breaths, kindness and gratitude, and exploring emotions). Following the introduction of the topic, there will also be a hands-on activity designed to put the week’s topic into practice through art, etc. The program runs between 45 minutes to one hour in length each week. The cost is $450 for a group of between 10 to 15 people. For more information, contact Jennifer and Marcy at happy2bmndful@gmail.com or at (226) 374-5010.

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Living healthy as a caregiver By Pam Buys, Coordinator of Client Services, VON Caregiving is a simple word used to describe the activity of caring for someone. As caregivers, we spend a great deal of time and energy invested into the well-being of our loved ones, often placing a heavy burden on our own stress and emotional well-being. It is important to recognize the signs of burnout, so we remain healthy, allowing us to continue to be caregivers. We must be able to recognize our limitations, learn to care for ourselves as well as others. It is important as the caregiver that you take care of yourself and remain healthy. According to the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, it is estimated that 4 – 5 million people are caregivers to individuals who provided care to a chronically ill, disabled, or aging family member. Many caregivers feel the stress of balancing work, family and their caregiving commitments which can often lead to caregivers juggling the multiple demands while feeling little support. As our country ages, more demands will be placed on informal caregivers. VONCaregiverSupportProgramsarededicatedtoproviding information, care and support to caregivers in a group or individual setting. Connecting Caregivers Support Group is open to all caregivers the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am. This group provides an opportunity for caregivers to connect with others living in similar circumstances who are also caring for their loved ones.

FromStress to Strength ismonthly education sessions offered to caregivers. A variety of topics are discussed to help in your caregiving role. Topics include but are not exclusive to; advocating for your loved one, improving sleep, coping with guilt, reaching your limit, advance care planning, downsizing a home, compassion fatigue and many other topics. Contact the VON for more information on upcoming sessions this fall. In a group or individually, caregivers have an opportunity to learn about the available resources and services that can assist them in their roles. For more information or to register, please call the VON office at 519-637-6408.

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The world is your classroom By Staci Rae

Although it has likely been a few years since you’ve been in a classroom, that doesn’t mean you have stopped – or should stop – learning. Not all learning happens in a classroom. In fact, most of us continue to learn things all throughout our lives, whether it’s a new skill at work, a new hobby, or whatever, lifelong learning is not only fun, it’s important to our overall wellbeing, especially as we get older. Let’s look at some of the best reasons to make lifelong learning a priority. It keeps you more active Learning new skills and acquiring knowledge as we get older has been shown to be a very effective way to keep the mind sharp. Continued learning helps to improve memory, too. Remember: Your mind is like a muscle: You need to exercise it to keep it strong and healthy. It boosts the emotions Learning something new, whether you are a five-year-old learning to tie her shoes or a 60-something-year-old learning to speak a new language, learning something new boots one’s self esteem, improves confidents and instills a sense of pride. Also, depending on the skill acquired, learning

something new can also foster feelings of independence, which can become even more important as we age. It helps make social connections When you attend a class or join a club, you will instantly be surrounded by people with a built-in common interest. Learning new things, then, is a great way to learn new friends and expand your social circle, something that can become more challenging as we get older. One of the biggest reasons that adults don’t make an effort to learn new things is that they simply don’t have the time. When we are working and raising our families, learning new things for ourselves always seems to take a back seat. Now that you are at or nearing retirement age, your time is more your own. Why not start working on your “someday” list now by learning something new? If you’re keen to learn something new but aren’t sure where to start, the St. Thomas Seniors Centre, St. Thomas Public Library, and Fanshawe College in St. Thomas are all great places to look. You can even find some great courses online through various channels. It’s all there for you, just waiting for you to make the jump.

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Lifelong learning begins at the St. Thomas Public Library By Staci Rae It’s September. The kids are back to school, teens are starting high school, and young people are heading off to university and college. It’s the season for learning! But learning doesn’t have to end when you receive a college diploma. No matter your age or stage of life, there are always things to learn and a variety of ways to learn them. The St. Thomas Public Library is a great place to start. One of the best ways to learn is from discussions with our peers. To facilitate that, the STPL offers what they call their Seniors Café. Seniors Café runs every Friday from 11am to 12pm. Topics will alternate each week between “Culture Chat,” during which time participants will discuss topics such as books, music, trends, etc. and “Tech Talk,” which will cover topics such as computers, smartphones, etc. It’s the perfect time to ask questions about technology and get the answers you need! Speaking of technology, if you prefer to learn in amore one-on- one environment, the library has you covered there, too. Their One-on-One sessions matches a library patron to a qualified staff member so that they can learn and get answers to their questions individually. Need help downloading family photos from your phone to your computer? Not quite sure how to borrow an e-book from the library? A One-on-One session is the answer. Sessions can be booked on the library’s website or by calling (519) 631-6050. If you are looking for a more traditional course-based learning opportunities, the library can help. They offer a wide variety of free Gale courses, which can be completed online, on a wide range of subjects. Courses range from general interest courses like how to use Photoshop software to professional development courses on topics such as accounting, resume-writing skills, and more. For a full list of the courses and their start dates, consult the library’s website at: www. stthomaspubliclibrary.ca Staff can assist students with signing up for their desired courses, and library cardholders can even

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AYLMER East Elgin Community Complex 531 Talbot St W, Aylmer Activities : Adult Skate, Shuffleboard, Pickleball, Seniors Day Out, held 4th Tuesday of each month. Cost : $3/player and $10/session Call : 519-773-5631 www.eecc.ca Terrace Lodge 475 Talbot St E, Aylmer Activities : Aquafit Cost : $80/12 classes or $135/24 classes www.ywcaste.ca Heritage Place 110 Caverly Rd, Aylmer Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free BAYHAM Bayham United Church 9279 Duke Street, Straffordville Activities : 55+ Free Fitness Classes Tuesday & Friday 9:30-10:30am www.stonebridgecs.com Port Burwell Provincial Park 9 Wilson Lane, Port Burwell Activities : Biking, birding, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming and winter activities. Cost : Daily Vehicle Permit $9.75-16.75/senior, Walk-In $1.75/senior www.ontarioparks.com/park/portbur- well/activities Port Burwell Municipal Beach Activities : Swimming (Blue Flag Beach) Straffordville Community Centre 56169 Heritage Line, Straffordville Activities : BINGO Wednesdays 7-9pm www.bayham.on.ca Call : 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca/smart Our Lady of Sorrows Church 116 John St S, Aylmer Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free (Classes subject to change) Call : 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca/smart

CENTRAL ELGIN Port Stanley Arena 55+ Club 332 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley Activities : Port Stanley's 55+ club, for persons 55 years of age and over. Fun, entertainment, trips and camaraderie. Please inquire about enrollment. Call : 519-782-4801 or 519-631-6504 Port Stanley Fitness Centre 206 Main St #5, Port Stanley Activities : Fitness programs Cost : Seniors discount portstanleyfitnesscentre.webs.com Port Stanley Bike Share Activities : Bikes available for rent at the Port Stanley Visitors Centre, Little Beach, Main Beach & Little Creek Park. Cost : $1/Hour via Dropbike App www.elgintourist.com Belmont Arena & Community Centre 14020 Belmont Rd, Belmont Activities : Public Skating Sundays 2:00-3:30pm (Call ahead to confirm) Cost : $2/adult and $6/family www.centralelgin.org Port Stanley Arena & Community Centre 332 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley Activities : Public Skating Sundays 1:00-2:30pm (Call ahead to confirm) Cost : $2/adult and $6/family www.centralelgin.org DUTTON DUNWICH Dutton Dunwich Community Pool 199 Currie Rd, Dutton Activities : Adult Swim Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm July & August (Prices and times subject to change) Cost : $3/swim Call : 519-762-2204 www.duttondunwich.on.ca

Dutton Dunwich Seniors Centre 185 Currie Rd, Dutton Activities : Card games and quilting group Cost : $5 membership fee Call : 519-762-2364 MALAHIDE Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer Activities : Healthy Hikes with Catfish Creek Conservation Authority Cost : Free www.catfishcreek.ca ST. THOMAS St. Thomas Seniors Centre 225 Chestnut, St Thomas Activities : Various activities including yoga, dance, shuffleboard and pickleball. Homestyle lunches for $6 daily. Cost : $286.42/year or $6.50/day pass stthomasseniorscentre.com Joe Thorton Community Centre 75 Caso Crossing, St. Thomas Activities : Indoor walking track open 7 days a week 8am – 8pm, except for holidays, Stars games and special events. Great option for walking in the colder winter months! Leisure skate and drop-in programs. Bring your own skates and protective equipment. Cost : $3/skate www.stthomas.ca St. Thomas-Elgin YMCA 20 High St, St Thomas Activities : Cardio centre, weight machinery, gentle yoga, lane swim, and more. Cost : Free senior (55+) admission on Thursdays from 6:00am-2:00pm. www.ymcawo.ca/55plus

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Fellowship Christian Reformed Church 641 Elm St, St. Thomas Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free (Classes subject to change) Call : 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca/smart Elgin Mall 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas Call : 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca/smart Central United Church 135 Wellington St, St. Thomas Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free (Classes subject to change) Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free (Classes subject to change)

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Rodney District Horticultural Society 177 Victoria Street, Rodney Activities : Gardening. Meet every third Tuesday of the month, except July, August, and December. Activities include speakers, outings, and planting flower beds and hanging baskets. Cost : $5/yearly membership www.westelgin.net/services/recreation ACROSS ELGIN Elgin County Library 10 Branches across Elgin County Activities : See local branch for details about what programs are available. Cost : Free www.elgincounty.ca/library Elgin Hiking Trail Club Activities : Hiking Cost : $20/annual membership www.elginhikingtrailclub.org Outdoor Ice Rinks Situated throughout Elgin County Activities : Free public skating available at no cost. Must have own ice skates and warm winter gear. Check Active Elgin for ice rink locations in the winter. Cost : Free www.activeelgin.ca VON Community Support Services VON offers several social and wellness services to help people maintain their independence at home and keep them active in the community. Many services are free and some have a minimal fee. Services : Social visits with volunteers, supportive programs for people diagnosed with a life altering illness, exercise classes, grief support, meals on wheels, transportation services, social programs, luncheon programs, safety checks, caregiver support and many volunteering opportunities. Call : 519-637-6408 or 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca

Joe’s Bush 21597 Silver Clay Line, Rodney Activities : 50+ acres of year-round hiking Cost : Free www.westelgin.net/joes-bush West Elgin Arena 171 Graham St, West Lorne Activities : Public skate Sundays 1-3pm Available mid September to mid March Cost : $2/person or $5/family www.westelgin.net/services/recreation West Elgin Community Band 239 Miller Rd, Dutton, ON Activities : A fun, relaxing and welcoming group. If you played in high school and have an instrument, we welcome you. We play two concerts a year. Great activity for parent/child, adults of all ages. Must be able to read music. Sept-June. New members are always welcome. Rehearsals are Monday nights, 7-9pm in the Music Room of Dutton Dunwich Public School. facebook.com/WestElginCommunity- Band West Elgin Community Health Centre 153 Main St SS 1, West Lorne Activities : Meal programs, games, social activities and exercise classes Call : 519-768-1715 www.wechc.on.ca West Elgin Pool 259 Ridout St, Rodney Activities : Adult/Senior Swim available June to August Cost : $2/person or $5/family Seasonal and monthly passes available www.westelgin.net/services/recreation West Elgin Recreation Centre 135 Queen St, Rodney Activities : Rodney Shufflers and Carpet Bowlers. New members are invited to play shuffleboard or to carpet bowl on Monday & Thursday mornings. Hours of play are: 9:30 to 11:30am. Schedule of play: October through June. Cost : $50/month + HST Seasonal and monthly passes available. Call : 519-785-0560 www.westelgin.net/services/recreation West Lorne Lawn Bowling Club 149 Jessie St, West Lorne Activities : Lawn bowling for all ages every Monday and Thursday from 7-9pm in the summer. Ends October 1. Cost : Free www.westelgin.net/lawn-bowling

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Activities : Elgin SMART Exercise Class Cost : Free (Classes subject to change) Call : 1-800-201-0909 www.vonme.ca/smart Minds in Motion A program in partnership with the YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin for people living with early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. Activities : Includes 45-60 minutes of physical activity and 45-60 minutes of mentally stimulating activities. Cost : $30/person (program runs once a week for 8 weeks) Register : Contact the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St Thomas at 519-633-4396 www.alzheimer.ca/en/elgin Kettle Creek Conservation Authority 44015 Ferguson Line, St. Thomas Activities : Hiking, nature viewing and bird watching. A 12km looped hiking trail circles the Dalewood Reservoir. Cost : Day use permit $10/vehicle www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

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Making life easier for senior drivers in St. Thomas By Staci Rae

If you’re a driver, once you reach the age of 80 years, the Government of Ontario requires you to meet some specific criteria to keep your licence in good standing. Under the senior driving program, every two years all drivers 80 years and older must: • Take a vision test • Undergo a review of their driving record • Participate in a Group Education Session, and, if necessary • Take a road test In total, the renewal process should take approximately 90 minutes. Now, the Government of Ontario has made it easier for senior drivers in St. Thomas and surrounding area to renew their driver’s licences close to home. MPP Jeff Yurek announced recently that the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre will be the new location for a one-year pilot project that will allow seniors aged 80 and over convenient local access to the mandatory education sessions required to renew their driver’s license. “Our government is making it easier for seniors in St. Thomas and Elgin County to renew their driver’s licence and keep driving safely,” said Yurek. “There is a growing demand for senior driver education sessions to be conveniently located in the community and that’s why we’re piloting this service in St. Thomas.” “St. Thomas has many active seniors. Placing this service at the St Thomas Seniors Centre is a perfect match,” adds St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston. The senior driver group education sessions will be held over a 12-month period beginning this month. The goal of the sessions is to help improve road safety by providing seniors with driving tips as well as updates on any changes to traffic laws and relevant rules of the road. The project

is in response to the overwhelming number of calls made to Jeff Yurek’s office from seniors who were struggling to renew their driver’s licences outside of Elgin County. “Improving access to senior driver education sessions will help save time and make life easier for seniors,” said Yurek. Previously, seniors would have had to travel to London to renew their driver’s licences after centralization efforts saw the service moved out of St. Thomas. This new initiative brings this important service to our community, meeting a need that was becoming increasingly apparent within Elgin County as the number of senior drivers continues to rise.

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They don’t need your rocking chairs! By Staci Rae

Do you know that old George Jones song, “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”? It’s essentially a song about how getting older doesn’t have to mean resigning oneself to a life of stereotypes – rocking chairs and knitting needles. The Southwold Young @ Heart group’s goal is to push back those stereotypes of getting older and give seniors a place to go to socialize, be active, have fun, and learn something new with other people their age. “We want residents to get out, be social, and get active!” says the committee’s chair, Ian Chard. The group meets every other Thursday from 1pm to 3pm at the Southwold Keystone Complex and Grounds. There’s something for everyone at these get-togethers, so don’t be shy! Join in on a game of cards, Scrabble, Crokinole, floor shuffleboard, pickleball, dominoes, and more. Or, if you are just looking for a place to go to spend time with like- minded people chatting and having fun, you’re welcome to do that, too! “It isn’t always about playing games. If you want to just sit and talk, that’s OK, too” says Ian, noting that there are no longer any coffee shops in Southwold. He and the rest of the committee hope that these meet-ups will fill that “meeting place” role that a coffee shop would otherwise play. Bring some friends or come solo and meet new ones! The group isn’t just for Southwold seniors, either: “Everyone is welcome!” says Ian enthusiastically. From time to time, they also offer a variety of other events offsite, such as historical tours of Southwold. Plans for the coming months include having some guest speakers attend the sessions to speak on a variety of topics that are of interest to seniors, such as housing, health care, technology, online safety, and more. “We want things to be fun, but also useful in a way that seniors can appreciate,” explains Ian. There’s no fee to join the group, but they do ask for a donation at the door to cover the cost of the coffee and refreshments that are made available during the meetups. For more information, contact Ian Chard at (226) 667-4517 or ianchard40@gmail.com.

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Father knewbest how to raise a child By Terry Carroll

tone could be set, without the child remembering later in life what the offense was. Let’s say that boys, theoretically aged seven through ten— young’uns who’d had a couple of good disciplinings before the age of two—were fighting in the car and wouldn’t stop simply through parental suggestion. A male parent could turn around quickly while driving on a country road and growl, “Would you boys like a good spank?” Even though the question implied only a single swat, I don’t recall a single young rascal piping up and saying, “Yes.” Even whipper- snappers have an innate sense of when not to try humour. An answer like “Yes” would have put the child in the category of being a “smart Alec.” We were never told who Alec was, but we were smart enough to know these Alecs were not intelligent.1 Lacking the benefits of a good spanking, they were headed for juvenile detention where their inclination toward a life of crime would accelerate under the influence of “city slickers”. Don’t get me started on those disturbers of the Garden of Eden, who never had the benefit of a good spanking to clear the mind the way cheese can clear the palate between wines. Times and laws change. Over time, a good spanking was replaced with a “time out”, which is now evolving to a “time in”. Don’t ask. 1 In an apparent contradiction, many smart Alecs were deemed “too smart for their own good”. Those spankless wonders ended far, far from a life of solid toil on the farm, employed as (shudder) advertising salesmen, census takers or income tax auditors.

My father belonged to the Greatest Generation, and one of the things that madehimgreatwashisfirmgraspofchild psychology. He knewhoweasy it was for young’unstostartdownwrongpathsand end up in strange, fearful woods without the tools or resourcefulness to get out. His solution, as brilliant in its simplicity as the invention of the handsaw, was a variation on Proverbs 13:24, translated in the King James Version of the Holy Bible as “He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”. There was nothing wrong with most children that a good spanking couldn’t remedy. Inmy dad’s Presbyterian understanding, a bad spanking would involve a belt or a paddle or some such instrument, applied to an unclothed bottom. A good one consisted of just enough solid swats with an open palm to a clothed rear-end to establish the point (the scientifically established range was one through six), not delivered so vigorously as to physically harm the child. Ideal parents would commence this regimen between the ages of one and two. At that age, correction could occur and

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Volunteer of the Month Brought to you by Nurse Next Door By Staci Rae It only takes an hour By Staci Rae Phyllis Webb has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007, at which time she was part of a pilot program in the Simcoe area, in which volunteers are matched with an elementary school aged child for in- school mentoring, in which volunteers spend one hour per week mentoring a child in their school. Upon moving to St. Thomas in 2014, Phyllis connected with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin, where she continued with the in-school mentoring program. She was matched with a young girl in Grade 5 and the relationship continued until the mentee’s graduation from Grade 8 (the in-school mentoring program is only open to students in elementary school). A testament to the impact Phyllis had made in the life of her mentee, the student requested that they continue to spend time together after graduation. To facilitate that, Phyllis then became a Big Sister for the student, a move that allowed the pair to continue to spend time together under the Big Brothers Big Sisters program umbrella, and it’s been very rewarding for Phyllis. “Sometimes a child just needs a little extra something, someone to just be there. I find it very rewarding,” she says. “I wanted to give back to the community. I feel children deserve someone who can help them in whatever way they need.” Phyllis is quick to say that one of the reasons she has stayed with the program for so many years is that the support that mentors or Big Brothers/Sisters receive from the organization is amazing. “If you need anything, you can always call them,” she says.

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License, Bruce Parker tags over 200 Monarch butterflies as part of an ongoing study by the Entomology Department of the University of Kansas. His presentation will focus on the biology, tagging, and migration of the species. Afterwards, we will look for butterflies in the nearby meadow. Registration is required, available on Eventbrite September 18 2019 United Way 3M Harvest Lunch CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. 12pm to 1:30pme Enjoy a delicious deli-inspired lunch, served up by generous volunteers as you mix and mingle with people from local businesses, community organizations and United Way funded agencies. This event’s very social atmosphere draws all major media outlets. Tickets $10, available on www.unitedwayem.ca. September 19 CASO Night Market CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. 4:30-8:30pm The best of local businesses and a fund-raiser for on-going restoration of the historic CASO Railway Station. September 20 Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Experience Royal Canadian Legion, 24 John St. 8pm to 10pm Canada’s most critically acclaimed tribute to Johnny Cash! The band is currently on tour to specifically support Royal Canadian Legion Halls. Tickets available online at www,experiencecash.com or in person at the Legion Hall. $20 ea. in advance or $25 ea. at the door.

prepared by area chefs while you watch the sun set over the fields and forests of Elgin County.Included with your ticket: Signature Cocktail and 3 Course Dinner. Tickets available on Eventbrite.com September 12 Dare to Share Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Line, Central Elgin 6:30pm to 9pm A monthly women’s meet up event which offers a serene space and time for women to pause and focus on themselves. There is a guest speaker who just like you has a life story she will bravely share, while you hold space for her to do so. There is an opportunity to exchange contact information, make connections and friendships. September’s Speaker is Lauren Goosens - She is a mom and wife who lives out her passion for the well being of children as a director of a childcare centre. September 13 Grab & Go Roast Pork Dinner New Vision Community Church, 38 Aldborough Ave. Pickup is 4pm to 5:30pm. Pay at the door, $13. September 13-15 Rodney Fair All Day The Fair includes a tractor pull, parade, sheep show, miniature horse and cattle show, demo derby and lots of entertainment. Website: rodneyfair. ca. Phone: (519) 200-3014. September 14 13 th Annual Dingman Antique Plough Day 2730 Glanworth Drive Antique tractor pull, charity auction, demonstrations, ploughing, and much more! Free Admission. All proceeds with go towards the Belmont Lions Club & St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. September 14 St. Thomas Trails Open Pinafore Park, Waterworks Park, St. Thomas Elevated Park This FREE open house style event will run from 10:00am - 8:00pm

at Pinafore Park, Waterworks Park and the St. Thomas Elevated Park. Itinerary can be found on activeelgin.ca. Contact Southwestern Public Health for more information: (519) 631-9900. September 14 Fall Harvest Dinner Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Line 5pm to 9pm Join us on the farm for a culinary experience, using local ingredients and foraged finds. Paired with live music by Tuerto Loco, delectable dessert and fellowship. Signature cocktail upon arrival! Growing Chefs! Ontario who will be offering a 5 course vegetarian feast, Tickets can be purchased at wildflowers.farm/events/autumn St. John’s Anglican Church, 20 Flora St. 7-11pm. Doors open at 6:30. Featuring The Country Oldtimers. Tickets are $12.00 each and include snacks and a light late lunch. Cash Bar. For information or tickets: (519) 631-7368. Come enjoy a great night of music and dancing with your friends. September 14 and 15 All Crafts Event, “The Un- Birthday Event” Joe Thornton Arena 10am to 8pm both days 2 Princesses and a Tiara Events present an all crafts event to bring your own UFO (unfinished projects to work on in a bright, accessible, local location with other crafters. Look for them on FB, Twitter, and Intagram. One-or two-day tickets available. Includes workspace, gifts, meals, and more. Contact: 2princessesandatiara@gmail.com September 15 Passport to Nature: Monarch Migration Hawk Cliff Woods, 2235 Hawk Cliff Rd., Union 1pm to 4pm Each September, armed with an insect net and a Wildlife Tagging September 14 Country Jam

Until September 7 It’s Your Funeral! Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 302 Bridge St. Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat matinees at 2pm, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings at 8pm 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 triplets, and a first-across-the-line finish that defies belief. Tickets: $33.50 (+hst/handling) matinees, $36.50 (+hst/handling) evenings. Website: www.portstanleytheatre.ca September 7 APSA Annual Show & Sale Royal Canadian Legion, 310 George St. 10am to 6pm Select group of village artists present one day art show and sale. Fine art in a variety of mediums. One-of-a-kind original works. See website for more details. www.portstanleyartists.com September 7 11 th Annual Port Bruce Fish Fry Port Bruce Pavilion 5pm to 7pm All you can eat perch fish fry with coleslaw, fries, buns, baked beans, coffee. Tickets: $25 adults / $7 children (10 and under). Contact Linda Newman: (519) 773-2664. September 8 Finding Your Way Corn Maze 11am to 2pm Talbotville Berry Farm, 11096 Sunset Rd., St. Thomas Reconnect with your family and friends and enjoy a fun day out filled with wagon rides, corn maze, BBQ, live music, touch-a-truck with Southwold Fire Dept. and Elgin OPP, and so much more. This event is FREE of admission! Hope to see everyone there! September 8 to 10 September 8 Relish Harvest St. Thomas Elevated Park, 1 Centre St. 4pm to 7pm Enjoy the bounty of the harvest

September 27 to 29 Wallacetown Fair Wallacetown Fair Grounds, 24 Argyle St. All Day

Bring the whole family out for great entertainment, agriculture, rides, tractor pull, and much more! Website: wallacetownfair.ca

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