April 2015 THAMESFORD RESTORE ~ HABITAT FOR HUMANITY The Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 1058 Parkinson Rd in Woodstock, is open to the public & sells quality new & gently used building supplies, home furnishing, appliances & décor. Shopping at the ReStore is tax free & is a socially conscious decision, as revenue generated is used to fund the administration costs of Habitat for Humanity. That means 100% of money donated to Habitat goes directly to building homes for low-income families. As well, shopping at, or donating used items to the ReStore is an environmentally conscious decision, as much of what is sold is product that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Shop, donate or volunteer by calling 519-421 0003, and help to end poverty in your community! Store hours are Tue, Wed, Fri 9-5, Thur 9-6, Sat 9-4. INGERSOLL CHORAL SOCIETY Join the Ingersoll Choral Society as it celebrates 25 years of providing quality musical entertainment to the community. This year's Good Friday concert will feature Faure’s “Requiem”, Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth”, and other sacred pieces. With orchestral accompaniment & guest soloists. Good Friday, April 3, 8pm at Sacred Heart Church, Ingersoll (where the first Good Friday concert was held 25 years ago!) Free will offering. www.ingersollchoralsociety.com or find us on Facebook. RECYCLE DAY ~ Don’t send it to the dump! Plan to get rid of your unwanted clutter as part of this year’s spring clean up. On Sat, April 11, 8am-3pm at the Thamesford Arena, give the Thamesford Lions Club your waste electronics, metal & vehicle batteries and we will divert them in an environmentally friendly manner... let’s keep the “JUNK” away from landfill! Proceeds from this waste recycling day will support local community activities. Prearranged pick up services for smaller items will be available. Student volunteer hours will be available. INGERSOLL HEALTH & WELLNESS SHOW Wed, April 15, 10am-4pm at Ingersoll Masonic Centre, 190 Thames St S, Ingersoll. Exhibitors - Amazing Door Prizes - Live Musical Entertainment - Refreshments. FREE Admission! Canned good donations to support Operation Sharing appreciated. WALK IN SUPPORT OF ABUSED WOMEN The London Abused Women’s Centre, in partnership with Runners Choice, is proud to present the 23rd Annual McFarlan Rowlands Downtown 5K Run & 2.5K Fun Run/Walk and Kiddie Trot and 1K CEO challenge to be held at Victoria Park on Good Friday, April 3rd. More than 600 women, men & children are expected to help make a difference in the lives of abused women. Come & join our efforts! All run levels are welcome. www.lawc.on.ca/events/runwalk. www.jcgraphics.ca Issue 255 THAMES RIVER CLEAN UP Join us at Grace Patterson Park on Saturday, April 18, 9am for the annual Thames River Clean Up. For more info, call Kevin Rye 519285-5756. Students get your community volunteer hours. THAMESFORD GUIDING Happy Spring! Thamesford Sparks & Brownies are excited for spring’s arrival. As the weather warms up, we’ll be moving our programs into the outdoors & exploring the living world – and then of course we’ll start preparing for Camp! In March, the Sparks conducted some science experiments to earn their science badge while the Brownies learned about first aid & safety and the Guides finished off their photography badge with a great night of scrapbooking. Girl Guide Cookies have arrived! The classic chocolate & vanilla cookies are here so please call Heather 519-285-1126 or be on the lookout for your favourite Spark, Brownie or Guide to get yours. LADIES NIGHT OUT Ladies Night Out - 7pm Friday, May 1st, at First Baptist Church, Ingersoll. Our guest speaker will be Merrie Eizenga, a talented story teller who brings a practical, down to earth approach to the application of God’s Word. She will both challenge & inspire you in a way that is uniquely hers. Tickets, $5 each, are available at Patinas, 112 Thames Street South, Ingersoll. HELP OUR MUSCLES London's annual muscular dystrophy walk is coming up June 13. Team Sweeney's Help Our Muscle group is busy collecting donations already. If you would like to donate please visit muscle.akaraisin.com /walk2015/HelpOurMuscles2015 or email [email protected] for more info. LOOKING FOR AN EXCELLENT WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS? The Village Voice has long been the most effective means for local businesses - large & small - to reach their customers month after month. With a focus on events & information relevant to our local community, residents of Thamesford, Embro, Thorndale, Ingersoll & South West Oxford Township. If you’d like to advertise your business in the Village Voice, we’d love to hear from you. Call Linda at JC Graphics, or email [email protected] EDUCATION WEEK AT TPS Education week at Thamesford Public School May 4-8th. Special motivational guest speaker "Josh Yandt - the door guy”. Monday May 4th, food, prizes etc. bring whole family! Check out TPS website for more information-www.tvdsb.ca/thamesford. LIKE US jcgraphics.ca ©JC Graphics 2015 TEL 519-285-3249 800-624-4218 FAX 519-285-3239 [email protected] 140 Dundas Street PO Box 400 Thamesford Ontario Canada N0M 2M0 THAMESFORD 519-285-3333 INGERSOLL 519-425-5333 DORCHESTER 519-268-2288 SPECIAL #1 SPECIAL #2 2 Lrg 3 item pizzas 1 med 3 item pizza & a sm cz salad for 16 $ & 10 wings for .99 $ + tax 36 .99 + tax CHECK OUT OUR WEEKDAY SPECIALS Mon = 1 Lg 3 item $13.00 • Tues = 2 Med 2 item $19.99 Wed = Buy one get one HALF PRICE PANZO`S Don’t forget to check out our website to “Checkout Monthly Specials!!” Like us on facebook www.thamesfordpizza.com Delivery Available Thurs to Sun Due to the rising cost of gas as of April 1/15 a $1 In Town delivery charge applies. HUNTER & FIREARMS COURSES Ontario Hunter Education Program & Cdn Firearms Safety Course *PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN FIREARMS COURSE DATES* Firearms Course: Apr 6-8 5:30-10:30pm Hunter Education: Apr 20-22 5:30-10:30pm Location: 160 King St, Thorndale, Cost: $280 (includes all manuals & testing fees). Everything you need to apply for your Possession & Acquisition licence & to buy your Hunting Outdoors Card. Apprentice Hunters (12-15yrs) & mentors are welcome to attend. Contact: Brian Kerr [email protected] 519-521-6703 (phone or text). ATTENTION ALL EUCHRE PLAYERS Every Wednesday 7:30pm at St. John's Anglican Church Hall, Thamesford (no stairs to climb!). Everyone welcome. Please tell your friends and come out. Info 519-285-2375. "Every life is worth remembering, every family deserves our very best" Helen & Bill Friesen Please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day. 177 Dundas St. W., P. O. Box 152 THAMESFORD, ON N0M 2M0 Phone: (519) 285-2427 Fax: (519) 295-0103 PORK CHOP BBQ Knox United Church, Embro Pork Chop BBQ on Wed, April 8, 57:30pm at Embro Community Centre. Adults $16, 12 & under $8. Eat in or take out. Tickets available until April 7 only. Phone: 519-475-4437 or 519-475-6201 or email [email protected] for tickets. Tillsonburg Power & Sail Squad • Pleasure Craft Operators Card • Maritime Radio Operators Cert. Both are mandatory, by law & are lifetime issue. Operators Card Classes: Apr 7-9 & 14th Maritime (VHF) Radio : Apr 16 - 21 & 23 Call Early to register Larry 1-519-842-5618 LEARN TAOIST TAI CHI April 10-12 Learn Taoist Tai Chi™ in ONE Weekend. Friday’s session will be 7-10pm; Sat & Sun sessions will be 1-5pm. Classes are at 467 Dundas St, Woodstock, across from the Woodstock Museum. Find out more at our Open Houses on Wed, Apr 8 at 1 & 7pm. Register at the Open House or the first class. Attendance at all classes will be very important. Please visit www.taoist.org/woodstock for more information or call 519-421-9956 & leave a message. $149,900 131 Dundas St. Thamesford Duplex plus commercial space $289,900 $199,900 77 Cambridge St, Ingersoll 116 Allen St., Ingersoll Inground pool w/cabana Triplex - Rents total mthly $1850 $299,900 116 Dundas St. Thamesford 6000 sq ft commercial space $149,900 107 Union St. Ingersoll Makes a nice rental unit. $219,900 111 Harrison St. Thorndale Completely renovated $229,900 46 Rossiter Rd., Ingersoll Prestigious location, amazing view! Family home overlooking ravine. CALI ROAD HOCKEY 17 & Under Boys & Girls Divisions $75 per team of 5 Registration at C21 office May 7th or 12th 6-8pm $279,900 285 Allen St. Thamesford Tammy Betzner Brokerage 519-670-1280 [email protected] THAMESFORD LIONS Social Gaming Event & Elimination Draw Thamesford Community Centre FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 CSC Blinds • New Blind Sales & Installation • Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning • Blind Repairs Doors Open 8pm - 1am Josh Rath 519-636-5663 PRIZES FOOD GAMES Thorndale, Ontario $10.00 Per Ticket Unsold Tickets Will Be Set Aside Ladies & Gentlemen Welcome! This could be your LUCKY DAY!! 1st Ticket $50.00 Every 25th Ticket $25.00 Last Ticket $1000.00 Licensed by LCBO & AGCO. Lic # 7132. Age of Majority Required LINDA McQUAIG IS COMING TO OXFORD! She still flinches when people tell the story. Reportedly, Conrad Black said he’d like to see Linda McQuaig taken out behind the barn & horse-whipped. Where that story started is a good question, but it does get repeated. It might be better to focus on McQuaig’s many accomplishments as a journalist, author & public speaker: Not only did she gleefully take Conrad Black’s money while writing for the National Post, she is a regular contributor to iPolitics & The Toronto Star; beyond that, she has authored a dozen wonderful books; as a speaker, she is known for her incisive logic, wit & humour. Better yet, she is coming May 2 to close the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice’s conference on “How to Stop a Dump”. What is the secret to endurance & renewal in a community facing a threat? She will say the words! Conference registration information is at OxfordSocialJustice.org. You will not want to miss the Friday evening showing of Jeremy Irons’ film “Trashed”. Irons will not be there for it, sadly. Happily, Linda McQuaig will do the sendoff, Saturday. THAMESFORD LIBRARY • PETER DYKSTRA Sales Consultant Bus: 1-800-264-0088 (519) 271-5900 Fax: (519) 271-6320 824 Ontario Street Stratford, ON N5A 3K1 [email protected] Happy Spring Thamesford! Escape some of those April showers by visiting us at the Thamesford Library, we are centrally located & have many activities for all ages. Stop by the library & stay awhile, help us complete our Community Puzzle, play one of our board games or find a cozy spot to read. Don't forget you can also enjoy a hot beverage (coffee or hot chocolate) for $1.25 available at the main desk. Our Chess Club continues Wed Apr 8 & 22, 6:30-8pm. Beginners to skilled players ages 5-16 are welcome to attend. Please call the library at 519-285-3219 or email [email protected] to sign up. We will be starting up a Tales for Tots session beginning Wed, Apr 8, 10:3011. It is a fun program for little ones (infant to 4) & their caregivers with songs, rhymes, stories & more. Call the library or email to register, space is limited. The library will be closed Fri Apr 3 for Good Friday. March was the last month for our Saturday story time it is now cancelled, however pop into the library Sat Apr 4 for a drop-in Easter craft (11am-2pm). HARRINGTON TRAIL LAUNCH • Light Towing & Recovery • Tilt & Load • Winching • Lockouts • Flat Tires • Boosts • Local & Long Distance • Compound Storage 519-285-3510 • 519-485-1031 Please join the Harrington & Area Community Association for it's Hiking & Birding Trail Launch Saturday May 2 at 8am at the Harrington Pond & Conservation Area. World Outdoors Columnist Paul Nicholson, whose column is featured in the Saturday edition of the London Free Press will be on hand to help launch the event. Experience our newly completed Trail including bird boxes made for chickadees, screech owls, blue birds, wrens, woodpeckers etc., with feeding stations for birds & animals alike. Springtime will bring visitors such as Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Cranes, Indigo Buntings & different species of waterfowl to the park. The Trail is approximately 1km of easy to moderate hiking through emerging wildflower gardens, meadow & forest to cross over Harrington creek and encircle the Pond. Join us afterwards for coffee at The Harrington Grist Mill! • • • • Replace Drafty Windows & Doors Foggy or broken thermal units C A L L F O R New glass shower enclosures F R E E Windshield and chip repairs ESTIM ATES 68 Thames Ingersoll 519-485-5471 Independently Owned & Operated Franchise www.glassdoctor.com FOREST CITY DECORATIVE ARTISTS Forest City Decorative Artists, FCDA, is an organization made up of a group of people who love to paint. We offer a variety of classes that are facilitated by knowledgeable & fun teachers. Our classes consist of acrylic, oil & water colors with a variety of other mediums. We welcome everyone from beginners to advanced to come out and enjoy any of our classes. If you would like more information or to see our upcoming classes please check our website www.fcdartists.com, email [email protected], or call Karen 519434-6361. BREAKFAST FOR THE UNBROKEN Rotary Clubs of Oxford County are celebrating champions of mental health in Oxford County. Eradicating the stigma of suicide & mental illness is the topic of Breakfast for the Unbroken with keynote speaker George Smitherman. This event takes place at the Quality Hotel & Suites, 580 Bruin Blvd, Woodstock on Wed Apr 8 starting at 7:30am, program 8am and speaker 8:45am. Help improve access & understanding of mental health for youth in Oxford County. $25 tickets available at the Quality Inn, Canadian Mental Health Assoc and Rotary Club of Oxford County members. For more info: Mike 519-777-6545 or [email protected] NORWICH TIM HORTON’S CARNIVAL Looking for a fun time for the kids & even you? This up coming long weekend on May 23, 1-3pm we will be holding our 3rd annual carnival beside Norwich Tim Horton's! There are lots of games & different venders for adults & did I mention theres cupcakes!? Every year our Tim Hortons staff pull together to make this event possible & love doing it as well. With your help we can send kids to camp. These camps are very awesome & life changing for the children who get to go. It can even help with confidence & self worth! So come on out May 23, 11-3 to help make a difference in a child's life. KIRBY WATER Water Softeners Chlorine Removal Sulphur & Iron Removal PURPLE HILL COUNTRY MUSIC HALL Only in Canada Opry Show! First Sunday of Every Month YOU’RE INVITED! Showtime 2pm Includes a Roast Beef Dinner ONLY $40 / Person “Picking & Singing the Songs that Made Nashville Famous!” From Hall of Famer’s to Juno Award Winners, Canadian Recording Artists to Great Canadian Talent! See Them All at Purple Hill Country Music Hall www.purplehillcountyhall.com Call Anna Now! 519-461-0538 PURPLE HILL SUMMER EVENTS The CKNX Barn Dance returns to Purple Hill Sun, May 3, 2pm. A starstudded line-up: from Maryhill's Commercial Tavern Paul Weber, Canadian Singing Champion Randy Satchell, Fiddle & Step Dancer the incredible Linsey Beckett, Canadian Singing TV Artist Harold MacIntyre and Country Singer Dianne Ditner. Only $40 person, includes a Roast Beef Dinner! Phone Anna now 519-461-0538. East Coast Calling Sun, June 7, 2pm. From "The Rock" The Carlton Showband Connection: button accordion player Felix Turrett and brothers Robert & Larris Benoit. Down East singers & songwriters, straight from Nova Scotia Fraser Newcombe & Malcolm Melanson & the Melanson Family Reunion Band! Also, a Canadian Icon, Newfoundland's Native Son Roy Payne! From Mattawa, 1st Nations Canadian Recording Artist Sandra Glabb & Canadian Step Dance Champions Tiffany Fewster & Patrick Linton & The Boy's of Purple Hill. Only $40 person, includes a Roast Beef Dinner! Festival of Rural Living Sat July 4 & Sun July 5. $20 per day and Sat night dance $10 per person. Our rural community playing host to our urban cousins. 2 day celebration of country music with our outdoor stage full of pickers & singers. Memories for a lifetime & presentation of gold medals at Purple Hill for the Can-Plow Champions Enroute to the World Plowing Championships in Denmark this summer. Enjoy horse wagon rides, agricultural antique displays, Smith pony rides for the youth & much more! Welcome Canadian icon Eddie Eastman & watch for updates on many, many more entertainers! Sat, July 4 It's a Purple Hill Saturday Night Dance & CD release party for Eric Shain. Lots of parking for whatever your form of transportation! "Purple Hill's Bluegrass Reunion" Sun, Aug 16 Make your plans now to be at this All-Bluegrass Event. Showcasing: The Barn Katz * Rhyme & Reason * The Boys of Purple Hill * Pam Brooks & Lonesome Wind * The Nelson Family (The Little Boys With the Mandolin). An exciting new venture with Bluegrass and Gospel. Only $25 / person. Phone Anna now 519-461-0538. Make Your Plans Now for a Wonderful Summer of Music at Purple Hill SWEABURG & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB Ultra Violet Systems Call Max 519-285-2731 SALES SERVICE Pure Drinking Water RENTALS Just West of Thamesford on Purple Hill Rd. Our Lions Club will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary Fri, May 15, 2015 at the South Gate Centre in Woodstock. We have an evening of fun & fellowship planned which includes a meal & our famous guest speaker Ms. Lillian Kluko, a Great Lakes Ship Captain. Tickets are $30 each & can be purchased from any Sweaburg Lions member or by phoning 519-456-3425. You are invited whether you are a member now, past member or a supporting member of our community. Please join us! RR#1 356636 Embro, ON N0J 1J0 Phone: 519-475-4502 • Fax: 519-475-0272 Grant 519-533-8094 Scott 519-533-7171 CALLING ALL YOUTH! If you like to sing and are between the ages of 8 to 16, the Ingersoll Choral Society would love to have you be part of our Youth Singers at our May 8 benefit concert in support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Society. Only four Monday evening rehearsals at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, beginning April 13 (6-7pm), ending with the concert on May 8. For more info: Pam, 519-455-8525 or [email protected] H MOM-TO-MOM SALE ~ INGERSOLL The Ingersoll and District Inter-church Committee is pleased to invite you to our Mom-to-Mom sale May 2, 9:30-12:30 at Henderson Hall. We are now selling tables for families ($20) and businesses ($30). Vendors will keep all profits from selling their items (toys, clothes, books, puzzles, baby gear, etc). The registration fee will be used to help families in Ingersoll & surrounding area! Please email [email protected] or call 519-282-8351 for more info, or to register. And now ‘like’ us on Facebook. ansford COMPLETE SERVICE R Bruce REE Hansford REMOVAL RR#2 Ing. ON N5C 3J5 Logging • Trimming • Chipping • Stump Removal • Asphalt Sealing • Fully Insured • Licensed Tel: 519-485-6481 Cell: 519-852-4099 A NEW KIND OF FAIR Sat June 20 - if you like fairs & festivals, then you are going to like this event. Come out & enjoy a fun filled family day with the whole family & your dog. You thought horse racing was cool to watch? You haven't seen anything like the Wiener Races! Come out to the Embro Arena 9:30-4:30. Over 120 vendors both for the dog lover & the unique craft market seeker. Come out & enjoy the fun & see what the talk is all about. For info contact Linda Collier at [email protected] THAMESFORD FRIENDSHIP CLUB The Thamesford Friendship Club will meet on Apr 22, 10am at Westminster United Church for our spring trip. We will leave by car & return about 3pm. Please bring about $20 for lunch & program. Anyone over 55 is welcome. If you have a question, please phone Frank at 519-285-5685. Miss Ingersoll Family Restaurant OPEN ALL EASTER WEEKEND Good Friday 2 piece Fish Special & Chip Dinner $ 7 107 Thames St. South Ingersoll 519-303-2262 .25 WOODSTOCK LEGION ATHLETIC CLUB Minor Track Summer Day Camp The Woodstock Legion Athletic Club is once again offering its Minor Track and Field Program for Elementary school students ages 9-14. This program offers 14 training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings form 5:00-6:30 pm at the Terry Fox Memorial Track, located at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock. Sessions begin April 21 and runs through to June 4, 2015. Cost to register is $70.00 for non-competitive and $85.00 for competitive. You can contact Ashley Schwartzentruber at [email protected] for more information or forms. Registration forms will also be available on our website www.wlac.ca When: April 21 - June 4 • Tuesday & Thursday Cost: $70 non-competitive; $85 competitive Registration: www.wlac.ca Woodstock Legion Athletic Club is also offering a summer day camp program with the following weeks. Please keep these dates in mind for your summer needs: When: July 6 - August 28 • Monday-Friday Please look for more information in the next What’s On Woodstock Issue, or you can contact Julie Schwartzentruber at [email protected] for more information. wlac.ca WOMEN: MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN Ingamo Homes, with the support of A.P. Hurley Construction, is proud to present Women: Making Change Happen, with Sally Armstrong, award-winning humanitarian & journalist at a fundraising dinner on Fri, May 8 at the Elm Hurst Inn, Harris St, Ingersoll. Doors open 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm; tickets $65 each. Sally Armstrong has spent more than 25 years on the front lines in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia & the Middle East covering war & human rights stories. Through those experiences, she has realized that women & girls are the way forward-the key to ending poverty, violence & conflict. In addition to her many magazine articles & radio documentaries she has published numerous books, including: Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan (nonfiction, 2002), The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor (fiction, 2007), Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women (nonfiction, 2008), and Ascent of Women: our turn, our way - a remarkable story of worldwide change (nonfiction 2013). Armstrong has received numerous recognitions for her work & was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1998. She helped found Canadian Living magazine, is a former editor of Homemakers magazine & a contributing writer for Maclean's magazine. For tickets contact Diane Harris at Ingamo Homes, 519-421-0383, ext 224. Tickets are also available in Woodstock at Merrifield Book Shop & in Ingersoll at Patina’s. “Sally Armstrong is the war correspondent for the world’s women... She explores the darkest reaches of women’s experience & brings back astonishing news of hope, challenge & change.” (Michele Landsberg) COMEDY & COCKTAILS Wow! Tables are now sold out for this popular fundraiser! Limited single tickets may still be available. Call Marilyn 519-461-1539. Our silent auction is an excellent opportunity to advertise your business & support a great cause, the Thorndale Fall Fair! For info or to donate to the Silent Auction contact Amanda 519-671-2515 or amanda_hartwick @hotmail.com. Civic Corner Civic Corner appears monthly in the Village Voice to keep residents informed about upcoming meetings, notices & announcements and other important information. Please feel free to contact us with comments. The Township would like to thank JC Graphics for providing a venue for this valuable community service. UPCOMING MEETINGS: Regular Council Meetings (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) April 7 – 9:30 a.m. – Township Municipal Office April 21 – 6:30 p.m. – Township Municipal Office NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Waste Management Large Article Collection for Zorra starts on Monday, April 20 - get those items ready for this annual FREE pickup! Set out your items by 7:00a.m. See your waste management calendar for further details. PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE & SURVEY AGGREGATE POLICY REVIEW Tuesday April 14th, 2015 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Township of Zorra Municipal Office - Light Refreshments will be provided. The Township of Zorra invites residents and aggregate operators to attend a Public Open House to receive information about the Aggregate Policy Review Study being undertaken by staff from the Township of Zorra and the County of Oxford. The purpose of the policy review is to ensure that the social, economic and environmental impacts of new or expanded aggregate extraction operations and related uses are minimized to the extent possible while at the same time protecting aggregate resource for long-term use. A brief presentation on the policy review is scheduled for 6:45 P.M. The Township is also requesting residents and operators participate in a survey. The survey will be available on the Township website or at the Municipal Office from April 14 – June 14, 2015. If you cannot make the Open House, please take the time to fill out the survey! For more information, please visit our website: www.zorra.on.ca or contact Don MacLeod, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Zorra, [email protected], 519-485-2490 ext. 226, Jennifer Huff, Development Planner, Community and Strategic Planning at [email protected], (519) 593-9800 ext. 3219 or Gordon Hough, Director, Community and Strategic Planning at [email protected], (519) 539-9800 ext. 3207. LOOK FOR THE SPRING EDITION OF THE ZORRA NOW MAGAZINE COMING IN MAY!!! Township of Zorra 274620 27th Line, P.O. Box 306, Ingersoll, ON N5C 3K5 (519) 485-2490 or Toll Free 1-888-699-3868 [email protected] COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Thursday afternoons 1:30-4:30pm. Your job is out there. A consultant from Community Employment Services (CES) is available on Thursday afternoons to help you find it by preparing a resume, training opportunities & information you need to achieve your goals. CES wants to connect with people looking for work and employers looking for workers. Call Stephanie White 519-485-6088 to book an appointment at Thamesford Library. FREE program. INGERSOLL HISTORICAL SOCIETY Upcoming Meeting: Please mark your calendar to join us Tues Apr 21 upstairs at the Ingersoll Legion. Our speaker will be Laurel Beechey & we will be hearing about the history of the Lake Erie Lighthouses at Port Burwell, Port Dover & Long Point Bay. The meeting commences at 7:30. LANGFORD AUTO CARE SINCE 1988 Rick Langford 519-285-2826 • Cell 519-872-9197 124 Brock Street, PO Box 352, Thamesford, ON N0M 2M0 l l i r G Safely this BBQ season With the BBQ season under way, Zorra Fire & Emergency Services recommends taking a few safety precautions before grilling that first meal this summer. To ensure your barbecue is ready for grilling season, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority recommends making this 3 step safety check part of your spring-cleaning routine: 1. CLEAN: use a pipe cleaner or wire to make sure the burner ports are free of rust, dust, dirt, spider webs or other debris. 2. CHECK: examine the hose leading from the fuel supply to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged. 3. TEST: find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to all fuel and hose connections. If bubbles appear, tighten the connections and/or replace the damaged parts and always re-test. Fire Chief John McFarlan Township of Zorra ZORRA FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Community Contacts Thamesford www.jcgraphics.ca www.thamesford.org Alzheimer’s Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-421-2466 Big Brothers Big Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-485-1801 Block Parent Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-2755 Calithumpian, Andrea Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-5129 Canadian Blood Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-236-6283 Canadian Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-539-0265 Children’s Aid Society, Oxford County . . . . . . . . .519-539-6176 Crime Stoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-222-8477 Embro & Zorra Agricultural Society . . . . . . . . . . . .519-533-3962 Epilepsy Support Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-433-4073 Girl Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-323-4545 Harrington & Area Community Assoc. . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4097 Horticultural Society - Ingersoll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-485-1808 - Thorndale, www.gardenontario.org/site.php/tahs 519-461-0855 Ingersoll Services for Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-485-3869 Ontario Early Years Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-539-9800 Oxford County Jr. Farmers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-469-3281 Oxford District Women’s WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4502 Thamesford Business Association . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-3249 Scouts - Thamesford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-283-6159 Village Voice www.jcgraphics.ca . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-3249 Wienerfest / Tiny Paws Dog Rescue . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-5123 LIBRARY Thamesford Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-3219 Thamesford Public Library Advisory Comm . . . . .519-285-2843 SPORTS Baseball Thamesford Minor Ball . . . . . . . . . .519-285-5567 Thamesford Men’s Slo Pitch . . . . . .519-268-2232 Embro Minor Ball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4012 Lawn Bowling Thamesford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-2936 Hockey Thamesford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-619-0605 Thamesford NBC League . . . . . . . .519-639-4507 Thamesford Trojans Jr Hockey . . . .519-670-3455 Embro Minor Hockey Assoc. . . . . . .519-535-2620 Zorra Girls Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-852-4509 Soccer Thamesford Minor Soccer . . . . . . . .519-285-5408 Kintore Minor Soccer . . . . . . . . . . .519-283-9725 Embro Minor Soccer . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-0460 Skating Thamesford Skating Club . . . . . . . .519-285-5556 Zorra Skating Club . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4395 ENTERTAINMENT Beachville District Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-423-6497 Cuckoos Nest Folk Music cuckoosnest.folk.on.ca 519-473-2099 Fanshawe Pioneer Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-457-1296 Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-485-4691 Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts (ITOPA) . . . .519-485-3070 Purple Hill Country Music Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-461-0538 Thistle Theatre, Embro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4201 SERVICE CLUBS Lions Club, Thamesford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-285-2729 Optimist Club, Kintore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-283-6321 Optimist Club, Zorra Highland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-475-6017 GOVERNMENT Hardeman, Ernie, MPP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-537-5222 MacKenzie, Dave, MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-421-7690 Zorra Township . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-485-2490 SCHOOLS Zorra Highland Public School, Embro . . . . . . . . . .519-475-4121 AJ Baker Public School, Kintore . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-283-1098 Thamesford Public School, Thamesford . . . . . . . .519-285-2043 John Knox Christian School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519-539-1492 Roch Carrier French Immersion Public School . . .519-537-7321 dŚĞdŚĂŵĞƐĨŽƌĚƌĞĂDŝŶŽƌ ,ŽĐŬĞǇƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶ͛Ɛ;dD,Ϳ ŐŽĂůŝƐƚŽůĞĂĚ͕ĚĞǀĞůŽƉĂŶĚ ƉƌŽŵŽƚĞĂƉŽƐŝƟǀĞŽƌŐĂŶŝǌĞĚ ŚŽĐŬĞǇĞǆƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞŝŶŽƵƌ ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚǇĨŽƌĂůůƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂŶƚƐ͘ 094 3 5 8 2 519- Richard Fleming TREE TRANSPLANTING Trees For Sale • Lawn Rolling Phone: 519-485-2917 or 519-851-2168 Free Estimates INGERSOLL DISTRICT NATURE CLUB Sat Apr 11 Trashapalooza in Embro. Nature Club is co-host. Call Sheila for details 519-485-2645. Tues Apr14 Ingersoll Library Programme Room 7pm "Getting Along with our Wildlife Friends". Come meet Dolly & Scooter, the Skunks, who will accompany Laurel Beechey (The Skunk Lady). They will help her give a presentation on fostering & learning to live with wildlife. Laurel is an Authorized Wildlife Custodian under MNRF. Kids will love this session. Call Dave more info. 519-842-6508. Check our website www.ingersollnatureclub.com. Sat Apr 18 Hike at Pittock Lake, Woodstock. Carpool 9am behind Ingersoll Arena.Trail passes through pine plantation beside the lake, is wide, flat & easy to navigate. Distance of hike can be adjusted to your ability. Details call Ken 519-539-5234. Wed Apr 22 Earth Day. Help celebrate this 45th anniversary - take a walk in nature, plan a native plant garden in your backyard (including milkweed), commit to reducing your garbage, help clean a neighbourhood park - all small steps make a difference. Sat Apr 25 Earth Day Cleanup at Lawson Nature Reserve. Please help us out any time you have available between 9am-1pm. Help restore trails, assist with signage, pull garlic mustard & generally clean up the property. Many people in the community enjoy this property freely & the Nature Club would really appreciate some help with the upkeep. Meet at the Reserve. See website for map www.ingersollnatureclub.com or call Sheila 519-485-2645. Sat May 9 Focus on Bird Photography with Terry Parker at Lawson Nature Reserve 9am-2pm. Interested in learning best practices for photographing our avian friends? Terry Parker, Canadian nature photographer, leads this free session for beginners & advanced photographers alike. Bring your camera & questions. Lunch will be provided, so please register by calling Sheila 519-485-2645. Meet at the Reserve at 9am. To view some of Terry's photos from the tract, please visit our website www.ingersollnatureclub.com, Bird Photos section. Map can also be found on the website. ascia F • t i d ff • So Hardwoots s n o i en at e• enov• Laminat eplacems • R & or R chen inyl tions Addiough • V ow & Donces • Kitimwork 5” Tr rs • Windecks & Fe laster • Trs • Floo • Wood D rywall / P throom •D • Ba EMBRO MINOR BALL ASSOCIATION Wanted: Ball Players dusty, dirty, enthusiastic, big smiles, no chewing tobacco please. Registration dates for 2015 Minor Ball, Girls and Boys ages 5 and up can register for Learn to Play (Blast Ball) to Junior Sat, Apr 11, 9-1pm at the Embro Library Learn to Play born in 2009 and younger Tyke born 2007, 2008 • Atom born 2005, 2006 Lassie/Squirt born 2003, 2004 • PeeWee born 2001, 2002 Bantam born 1999, 2000 Midget born 1997, 1998 plus up to 4 players born in 1996 Junior born 1995, 1996 plus 1992 - 1994 We expect each family to volunteer to run the Food booth at least once during the season. The profit from the booth (approx $1,500 annually) is re-invested in equipment each year for your children. Any registration questions or anyone interested in Coaching or becoming a Board member please call 519-475-4012. HOUGH SMALL ENGINES SALES SERVICE “SERVING THE THAMESFORD, LONDON & SURROUNDING AREAS” MIKE HOUGH Phone/Fax: 519-285-5054 Tune up your lawnmower... Spring is coming! HELP KEEP THE YELLOW BIRDS FLYING If you love history & airplanes, the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association welcomes you. The all-volunteer group is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 & is looking for new members to assist with all facets of the group including maintenance & restoration. If you can turn a wrench, sell merchandise or are web-savvy, your contributions would be greatly appreciated. Come join a remarkable group of friends of all ages at Tillsonburg Airport. Our monthly membership meetings are the 3rd Sat of each month. Visit www.harvards.com or email [email protected] KARAOKE AT INGERSOLL LEGION Karaoke & dance at the Ingersoll Legion on Thames St N. Come enjoy a night with friends & family every Saturday night 8pm-1am. The Legion is open to the general public, leave your troubles at the door & enjoy a free night of dancing, singing & getting to know new people. The Legion has a lot to offer, check it out. Authorized Dealer & Cordless Chain Saws Instant Start • Low Noise Visit: oregonpowernow.com Powerful Lithium Ion Cordless Trimmer Vibration Free • GasLess @ Hough Small Engines Visit: www.coreoutdoorpower.com Free Pick-Up • We Repairs All Makes THAMESFORD ACCOUNTING & FINANCIAL SERVICES 136 Dundas St., Thamesford, ON N0M 2M0 • Accounting & Bookkeeping Services • Specializing in Small Business • Personal & Corporate Tax Returns • Estate Income Tax Returns We Offer Competitive Rates: GICs, RRSPs, Mutual Funds & RESPs Full Financial Planning Available DARRELL DOBBIE Office/Fax: 519-285-2499 Alterations & Mending Call Sandra 519-485-5387 Banner Rd. • Creative Repairs • General Alterations AL-ANON Friends, families & adult children of problem drinkers find understanding & support at Al-Anon meetings. There are no dues or fees, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Call 24 Hours 519-434-2613, www.al-anon.alateen.on.ca. Sun 7:30pm Avondale United Church, 60 Harvey St, Tillsonburg Tues 8pm St Paul’s Church, 56 Thames St S, Ingersoll Wed 8pm First Baptist, 603 Adelaide St, Woodstock YARD SALE FOR THE CURE On Sat, April 11, 8am-2pm I will be hosting my 7th Yard Sale for the Cure. All proceeds will be donated to the treatment & prevention of breast cancer. To date I have raised $6,380 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Here are 2 easy ways for you to help me in having another successful yard sale: 1) Donate the “stuff” you no longer need. Donations can be dropped off April 6-7-8-9. Please no clothing or electronics (anything computer and/or TV related). 2) On Sat, April 11 help fund the fight against breast cancer by shopping for amazing finds & great deals at the Yard Sale for the Cure at 194387 19th Line, Ingersoll, just west of the Zorra Township office on Highway 19 between Ingersoll & Thamesford. Rain or shine. There will be vintage, retro, gently used & new items. Anything from books, toys, xmas decor, crown mason jars, pink depression glass ware, table lamps, enamelware, old bibles, coffee percolators, typewriter, fridge, tart pans, Popular Electronic magazines from the 50’s, baby hammock, picture frames, games, puzzles, mid-century wall clock, vintage kitchen tools, buttons, old tins, yard sticks, perfume bottles, definitely something for everyone. If you are on facebook you can check out my events page by typing in “yard sale for the cure 2015” where you will be able to see all the vintage items that I have for sale right now. For more information you can contact me, Mariette at 519485-3673 or send me an email at [email protected] SCOUTS The Beaver Scouts have been very busy this past month. They built their Beaver Buggies for their sleepover/races that was held at the Scout Hall with 34th London Beavers. They had fun learning about Easter & having an Egg hunt. For the month of April they will be learning about nature by going on a hike. The Cub Scouts where busy building their Kub Kars & racing them in Dorchester against other Cub Scouts. They where also busy earning their Astronomy badge. The Scouts where also busy building & racing their Dragsters in Dorchester. They also held at sleepover at the hall with scouts from 34th London, 2nd Tillsonburg & the Ingersoll Scouting groups. They are also busy earning their pet care badge & their engineering badge. We are still accepting donations of pop cans which can be dropped off in Thamesford at the Scout Hall on Tues, Wed & Thurs nights, 6:308pm. Pop cans can be dropped of at 150 John St, Kintore anytime. If you are interested in coming out to a meeting to see what Scouting is all about or you are looking to rent the hall please feel free to email Jackie at [email protected] or phone 519-283-6159. JOSEPH SMIT CONSTRUCTION CUSTOM HOMES • RENOVATIONS • ADDITIONS DAIRY FACILITIES • DRIVE SHEDS REPLACEMENT WINDOWS & DOORS BY FENCES & DECKS • RESHINGLING CUSTOM DESIGNED & BUILT - SINCE 1988 - BOX 144, Embro, ON N0J 1J0 Phone: 519-475-4492 • Cell: 519-421-4965 Fax: 519-475-6127 Division of 911534 Ontario Limited RICK ACKERTS 519-425-9996 160 Whiting St, Ingersoll Serving Oxford County’s FLOORING NEEDS Since 1979 HOURS: MON.-THURS. 8-5:30 FRI. 8-8 SAT. 8-5 Three Brydges Automotive Ltd. Sales & Service Specializing in all domestic & imported car & truck needs. ELECTRONIC TUNE UPS • EXHAUST • CARBURETORS TIRES • BRAKES • AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION STATION 5939 Dundas St. E. • Thamesford, Ontario • N0M 2M0 Corey & Connie Fletcher Tel: 519-285-3809 • Fax: 519-285-5492 WE’RE OPEN WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY HEALTH STOP IN FOR ALL YOUR VEGETABLE, FLOWER & LANDSCAPE NEEDS 399 North Town Line W Ingersoll 519 485-2815 IG WE DNING! E GARD Visit us 24/7 @ BackyardByDesign.ca NA MEETING A fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous meets Friday nights at 7pm at St Pauls Church, Thames Street, Ingersoll. HILLCREST LEGION BRANCH 119 1st Sunday of every month Roast Beef Supper 4-5:30pm $12 Mon 7pm Ladies Darts Tues 7pm Euchre Wed 1pm Pot Luck Euchre Wed 7pm Mixed Darts Thurs 7pm Mens Darts Fri 7:30pm Bingo Sat Cribbage Pot Luck. 211 Thames St N, Ingersoll, 519-485-2580. RECYCLE DAY Pre-arranged Pickup Available call 519-285-3349 APRIL 11th 8am-3pm THAMESFORD ARENA DON’T PUT IT IN THE DUMP! Metal Waste • White Goods Vehicle Batteries • Waste Electronics Bins & hauling have been donated by: 100% of the Proceeds to Support Community Projects Outreach Support & information every Tues, Wed, Thurs 9-11am. We are here to help you with housing or transportations issues, advocate for your needs, or navigate agency procedures & red tape. Street Outreach is 12-2pm Fridays throughout downtown Woodstock. Express Yourself! Celebrate Creativity every Wed 10-11am. Do you like drawing, painting or crafting? How about music? Join us to relax, enjoy & create! April 1 – Music appreciation, April 8, 15 & 29 – Make a mess (we supply the arts & crafts supplies) & April 22 – Arm Knitting with Carly Ann. Call Trevor at ext 215 to register. Challenging ED (Eating Disorders) Support Group - 4th Wed of every month 6:30-7:30pm. To help participants struggling with eating disorders works towards replacing self-criticism with self-acceptance. Laughter Yoga Wed Apr 15, 22 & 29, 6:30-7:15pm. Laughter Yoga uses laughing, breathing & stretching to help ease your stress. Laughter is the best medicine! Call Trevor at ext 215 to register Hep C Peer Support Every 4th Fri 1-2pm. To educate & empower those living with Hepatitis C to live well through respectful & non-judgmental sharing with peers. No registration required. Basic Shelf Apr 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2-4pm. If you need skills, practice or confidence in the kitchen – this is the class for you! Cooking with Diabetes Apr 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10am-12. 4-week, handson skill development in the kitchen for those living with diabetes. Stress Management Mon Apr 7, 10am-12. We will look at stress & tips for coping with stress in a healthy way. Food & Mood Wed Apr 8, 10-11:30am. Learn to manage your mood through healthy regular eating. Call Angie at ext 208 to register. Family Adventures Thurs Apr 9, 4-5pm Tillsonburg. Calling all children & youth! Every program is themed & involves games, crafts & often times a mess in the kitchen! Snacks provided. Adult/mentor accompaniment required. Call Abbie 519-842-9008 to register. First Aid Mon Apr 27, 10-11:30am. Injuries can happen at any time, especially with children. Learn injury prevention techniques along with basic life-saving skills. Call Trevor at ext 215 to register Heart to Heart Wed Apr 29, 10-11:30am. Living with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other heart conditions can be difficult, but being heart-healthy is important. In these sessions YOU are the expert. Everyone brings their own knowledge & skills to help and share with others. Call Trevor at ext 215 to register. Oxford Addiction Walk-In: Information & Treatment a safe, supportive confidential place for you or someone you love to get information & ask questions about substance use, abuse and/or internet, gaming or gambling concerns Woodstock: 1st Thurs of month 9-11am & 3rd Wed of month 5-7pm at 35 Metcalf St., 2nd floor. Tillsonburg: 1st Tues of month 12:30-2:30pm at Livingston Centre Ingersoll: 2nd Wed of month 5-7pm 4th Thurs of month 12:30-2:30pm at Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic. Garden Fresh Box Anyone can purchase a voucher for a box of mainly local fresh fruits & vegetables while enjoying the savings of bulk discounts & supporting local farmers! Now offered in Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Woodstock! Vouchers must be purchased by Apr 1 in the town you want to pick up at. Pick up is April 14; a small box for $12 or large for $17. Purchase online at: www.naturalz.ca. For more info call: Beth 519-539-7447 (WDDS), Trevor at 519-539-1111 ext 215 (WACHC) or Donna at 519-842-4447 (Salvation Army, Tillsonburg). Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre – 519-539-1111. THAMESFORD TROJANS HOCKEY The Thamesford Trojans Jr ‘C’Hockey Club are looking to fill the following two (2) positions: General Manager, Trainer. Anyone wishing to apply for either of these positions may email their resume to: [email protected] COIN CLUB Zorra Mobility Mobility Scoot Scooters, E bikes & more ... B ob & H elen M a Bob Helen Matheson Embro Ontario Embr o On tario P:: 519-475-4531 P C: 519-808-6222 [email protected] E: [email protected] mmathe SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Embro, Ontario If interested please forward your resume to: is now accepting applications for Lifeguard/Crafts & Activities Positions All applicants must hold the following qualifications: · · · · · Current Certification of National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Current Certification in Standard First Aid and C.P.R. Experience working with children Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Ability to work independently and in a team environment Email: [email protected] Fax: 519-475–4155 Or call if you have any questions: 519-475-4471 OPAL CELEBRATES 3 YEARS OF SUCCESS Now 3 years old, Oxford People Against the Landfill has seen the success that solidarity brings. In March 2012, the word got out that Walker plans to put a massive dump in Oxford County, affecting all residents, but those of Zorra, Ingersoll & South-West Oxford most of all. So, we banded together, formed a group, researched & planned. We called on politicians to oppose it. Municipal ones were quick to espouse our cause. That cooperation among individuals, anti-dump groups & with elected officials has meant that what is normally a rubber stamp has undergone close scrutiny. That’s a good thing. How strong a voice does Oxford raise against the dump? One count is the number of print letters submitted through the OPAL Alliance to Minister Glen Murray. It’s unprecedented. It’s huge. It approaches 33,000 from local residents & surrounding communities. Given that Walker’s plan to put a dump in Carmeuse’s Beachville quarry can affect us all, it is wise to join in asking the minister at [email protected] to turn it down. OPAL will celebrate at its Annual General Meeting, April 19, 2pm at the Colombo Club in Beachville. All are welcome. North Oxford History To buy or pre-order a history book call Pauline at 519-485-0578. The cost of the book will be $75.00. Reserve your copy of the book today. Make sure you get your copy of our history. The North Oxford History Book Committee Ingersoll Coin Club meets every 3rd Monday at 7:30pm at Ingersoll Services for Seniors. Features a brief talk on coins & coin auction. C.H.i.P. April 11, 10am-3pm at Mount Olivet Lodge No. 300 Harrison St, Thorndale, is providing a MasoniCh.I.P. program free of charge. For more information go to www.masonichip.ca. The Ch.I.P. portion of our name refers to Child Information Program. The MasoniCh.I.P. program uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit for the ones you love. The kit collects photos, video, voice recordings, digital fingerprints, dental impressions, saliva swabs as well as traditional statistical information (height, weight, hair & eye colour, etc). This information is matched to work seamlessly with Ontario's law enforcement providers. By being so compatible, the critical identifying information can be broadcast & shared more quickly than ever before to assist with the safe recovery of missing children. The MasoniCh.I.P. program is brought exclusively to families by dedicated Masons & their volunteers, free of charge along with our sentiment that "We hope you never need to use it." For more information go to www.masonichip.ca. EMBRO HIGHLAND GAMES - July 1st, 2015 The Zorra Caledonian Society is gearing up for the annual Embro Highland Games July 1 at the Embro Community Center. The longest running event of its kind in Ontario, it offers a broad range of family entertainment, with pipe bands, individual piping & drumming and Scottish dancing competitions along with the Ontario heavy events championship, tug-of-war competitions & a runners’ road race. Sheep herding & agility dogs, a classic British car show, Scottish cattle, children’s games & crafts, Scottish vendors and Clan displays where you may discover a Scottish family connection round out the day. Visit embrohighlandgames.ca for a full description. CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES Save twice the lives! Consider donating blood with someone you know. 1 out of every 2 people who donate for the first time brings a coworker, a friend or a family member. Thorndale Blood Donor Clinic Tues, April 7 Thorndale Community Centre, 275 Upper Queen St., 5pm-8pm. Tillsonburg Blood Donor Clinic** Fri, April 10 North Broadway Church, 6 North St E*, 5pm-8pm* **Clinics now monthly! *note change in hours and usual location Ingersoll Blood Donor Clinic Mon, April 20 Unifor Local 88 Hall, 364 Victoria St**, 5pm-8pm** **please note change in hours and location** To book an appointment download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Carson’s Services & Steel Repairs Welding & Fabrication Aluminum - Stainless Steel - Steel PORTABLE WELDING Bob Carson 519-475-4802 Cell: 519-532-0279 RR#2, Embro, ON. N0J 1J0 RD. 84, 844126 BILL C-51 OVERREACHES Though the government claims that the Terrorist Act is to protect Canadians, a recent crowd in London including several Oxford residents heard that this controversial & hasty bill is in itself a threat to many. Typically of many pieces of legislation, it addresses far too many concerns to merely pinpoint radical extremist tendencies – it modifies 9 other laws already on the books & even questions the Charter of Rights which Canadians hold dear. Interference with economic activity is one of the many things covered by it. Does that mean that the shopper who boycotts products which used to be processed nearby but now are subcontracted to other nations is in violation of the act? Does it include those who ask that our environment be kept clean for the next 7 generations? Does this overreaching & vague act allow the government to decide not to reply to a question about an injustice? Apparently yes. Most surprisingly, the act allows people to accuse someone of being a terrorist without giving proof & without identifying himself to the court. Further, the accuser can testify from behind a screen. In a time when this same government is demanding that nobody remain anonymous in public, it is astonishing that Ottawa would allow this secrecy. Bill C-51, supposed to protect Canadians & to save us from worry, creates worry because of its overreach. CLASSIFIEDS FIND WHAT YOU NEED McKINNON CUSTOM FRAMING & ART SHOP Creative Custom Framing Art, Needlepoint, Photography, Laminating Home Consultation Available 1-855-765-4192 [email protected] STUMPS REMOVED Grinding of stumps up to 4 feet high. Fence wire? No problem! Free estimates. John Conway 519-461-1839 DAVE CROWLEY LICENSED ELECTRICIAN Farm - Residential - Industrial 519-349-2319 MUSIC LESSONS • Guitar • Piano • Drums • Voice • Accordion • Banjo • Ukulele • Keyboard • Mandolin • Bass Ingersoll Music Academy 40 King St. E, Ingersoll 519-485-1213 www.IngersollMusicAcademy.ca OLD TIME RADIO SHOW & DINNER The Old Time Radio Show & Dinner Sat May 9 at St. James' Church Ingersoll. Step into the time machine & head back to the glorious days of radio of the late 1940's and early 50's as we recreate the feel of the famous NBC & CBS radio broadcast theatres. Enjoy unparalleled suspense, adventure, comedy & music programming from yesteryear. The St. James' Radio Players Theatrical Troupe will once again be presenting an evening of old time radio standards. Your evening will begin with Cocktails at 6pm; Dinner at 6:30pm (a buffet dinner deliciously prepared & served by Thamesford's Julie Cook's catering firm "Eat Your Heart Out"); and then, the Radio Show at 7:45pm. Our talented cast will entertain & delight you with their renditions of classic radio episodes, songs & commercials from the past. Tickets for the evening are $25 and a portion of the money raised will be donated to The Ingersoll Relay for Life. So call the church office at 519-485-0385 to reserve your tickets. Simply tell Nancy Gallant, our office administrator with how many tickets you require. A fun & delicious evening awaits you, your friends & family members this spring at St. James' parish hall. MARIE’S PAINTING Interior & Exterior Painting Find me on facebook Call 519-494-5254 NEW TVs LED TVs from 15” to 70” Complete in home service, delivery & set-up. Shurr Electronics 157 Thames St. Ingersoll 519-485-2790 KL BOOKKEEPING SERVICES Small business bookkeeping Karen Lucas, H.B.A., 20+ years experience [email protected] ~ 519-461-0370 Now doing personal tax returns. TV REPAIR Repair to all Makes & Models In home service, wiring and setup. Repair to any electronic items. Shurr Electronics 157 Thames St. Ingersoll 519-485-2790 THE CANINE STROLLER Dog walker. Pet sitter. Transportation assistance. 15+ years working with animals in Veterinary Clinics as well as The London Humane Society. Please call Shelley Freeman 519.532.2854 THE MUSIC OF ABBA April 25 - Perhaps a night of ABBA music is the ultimate “guilty pleasure” for us all. With hundreds of millions of albums sold, some 40 years after being formed, the music of ABBA can still be heard & seen, everywhere. We are very pleased to present the iconic songs of ABBA in all their pop, rock, dance & evocative ballad glory. All proceeds from Jeans 'n Classics London concerts go to Habitat for H u m a n i t y Heartland Ontario. Ticket prices are $55 & $69. So pull out your bell bottoms & practice your dance moves & contact Allison for tickets or for more info 519-455-6623 ext 229, [email protected] HISTORICALLY BOUND Historically Bound: The History of Embro and West Zorra: Copies available at Zorra Twp. Office; Beachville Museum, Embro Cheese House; Merrifields Book Store, Woodstock; Oxford County Genealogy Society, Woodstock; Stratford-Perth Museum and Stratford-Perth Archives; St Marys Museum, JC Graphics, Thamesford or email [email protected] or by calling Helen 519-475-4874 $100, 2 volume set. WOODSTOCK CHORALAIRES The Woodstock Choralaires presents "Broadway Songbook" featuring: Kayla James, Stephanie Roth, Matt Cassidy & Michael Vanhevel on Apr 24 & 25 at 7:30pm at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 735 Frontenac Cres.,Woodstock. Tickets: Merrifield Book Store, 519536-7630 or ticketscene.ca. General Seating $20, Reserved Seating $25, Children under 12 - $12. www.woodstockchoralalires.ca. INGERSOLL ICE GIRL’S HOCKEY Ingersoll Ice Girl’s Hockey Association will be hosting tryouts from Atom-Midget the last 2 weeks of April in Dorchester. Please check our website for further details www.ingersollgirlshockey.ca. Please join us at tryouts and enjoy the fun & friendship of girl’s hockey! Egan Therapeutics Registered Massage Therapy Craniosacral Therapy Reflexology Marjolyn Egan, RMT egantherapeutics.ca 519-614-1080 Thamesford Gift Certificates Available Triple J Haulage RESIDENTIAL SEPTIC TANK PUMPING R.R. 3, Lakeside, Ontario N0M 2G0 BRAD BALL 519-475-4168 Cell: 519-808-0197 10th ANNUAL PANCAKE HOUSE Oxford’s 10th Annual 4-H Pancake House at Jakeman's Maple Farm, 454414 Trillium Line Sweaburg April 3 & 4. Time: 9am-1:30pm. Come to Jakeman's Maple Farm to enjoy fluffy pancakes drizzled with Jakeman's Award Winning Maple Syrup, breakfast sausages & maple baked beans. All meals are prepared & served by Oxford County 4-H members. Proceeds will support local 4-H clubs. Horsedrawn rides are offered, weather permitting. Fun for the whole family! Tickets are not sold in advance, just arrive between 9am and 1:30pm to enjoy a delicious brunch! HEALTH ALERT FROM HARVARD U Harvard has a pretty prestigious reputation for reliable science. That’s why residents of Oxford should be interested in a recent publication which links the presence of fine particulate matter in the air to risks for pregnant women & their babies. In a December 2014 press release researcher Marc Weisskopf states that “Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy - particularly during the 3rd trimester - may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism”. Weisskopf’s study followed 116,000 women & their children across the United States. Those results may serve as a warning to families in Oxford County that fine particulate matter is a concern. It is not just the necessity to dust the house constantly & to wash the car weekly, it is a question of what these microscopic particles do to our health. We are lucky then that Oxford Public Health is collecting data for a study of air here, a study with the assistance of Canada’s resident expert on dust & fine particulate matter, Dr. Ray Copes. Oxfordians will await the results with anticipation. BEACHVILLE LEGION BRANCH 495 Apr 1: General Members Meeting 8pm Apr 3: Good Friday Fish & Chips 5pm Apr 5: Sunday Brunch 10am-12:30pm Got some spare time? We are looking for volunteers to help in all areas of operation. Call for details. You don’t need to be a member. Students: Call us to serve your community hours. Thurs night Euchre 7pm • Friday Night League Darts 8pm April: Friday Night Suppers 5:30pm 3rd: Fish & Chips (5:00pm) • 10th: Chicken 17th: Ham & Scallop Potatoes • 24th: Lasagna Planning a party or family get-together? We supply the bar & entertainment... You supply the people. Call Ray for details. HALL RENTAL: Banquets, Weddings, Family Gatherings. Open Thurs 6:30, Fri 4:30, Sat 4:00. Ph. 519-423-6363, http://sites.google. com/site/rclbr495beachville/, Email: [email protected] Working together in the community with “Beachville Parks & Recreation”. OXFORD WI SPRING MEETING Ron Calhoun Ron Calhoun & his wife Fran moved to Thamesford in the 1960’s, living just north of the village,on the river bend. Ron was employed at General Motors of Canada, Diesel Division in London until his retirement in 1987. He has been actively involved in many community, provincial & national charitable organizations. Ron was the national special events chairperson for the Canadian Cancer Society when Terry Fox ran across Canada in his Marathon of Hope Journey, in 1980. The annual Terry Fox Run continues worldwide to provide funding for cancer research. Ron was honoured with the “Lifestyle Award” from the federal government in 1978, the “ Award of Recognition” from the Ontario Government, in 1987, the “Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship”, in 1996 & various other recognitions. This monthly feature is brought to you by the Village Voice as a way to get to know your community better! When the new Thamesford Library & Resource Centre opened, the Wall of Recognition featured many people who built our community. Each month we feature one of these people. Thirty-five Women’s Institute members of Oxford District met Mar 2 at the OMAF office in Woodstock. The meeting opened with the Institute Ode & the Mary Stewart Collect. Glenna Ladelle our Southern area voting delegate informed us of the latest news from head office at the Erland Lee Home in Stoney Creek. Shonna Ward gave the 4H report. There will be a 4H Oxford/Perth exchange this summer to B.C. Oxford District made a donation towards this project. This year is the 100th anniversary for 4H. The Rose Program co-ordinator, Sheila Greason, announced that since the monthly meetings are in the printed program, only TBA meetings not already in the program need to be reported & sent to her before the end of April. The Advocacy report was given by Nancy Muir. Liz Harrison thanked the members for their donations to the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. Oxford District WI sent in a letter of nomination for the International Women’s Day appreSHEation award. The group proudly accepted the award on March 6th at the Oxford Auditorium. We thank our members and the International Women’s Day committee for this honour. Some upcoming dates to remember: April 25 - “Women Walk the World” at Woodstock Fairgrounds 1011:30am. A “Flashmob” will take place at 11:30am. May 9 – Oxford Celebrates Women at Embro Community Centre. Deadline for tickets $50 each is Apr 15. October 16 - “Elvis Night” place & price TBA October 27 - Southern Area Conference at Helenic Center in London. OXFORD GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY April 13 Artifacts From a World War II Nursing Sister's Collection: Mementos from a Mother to a Daughter will be presented at the April meeting of the Oxford Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society to be held at the Woodstock Public Library 6:45pm. Elizabeth Martin will share momentos & memories of her mother who was a nurse serving in WW II. Everyone welcome. For more info: call 519-421-1700 or check the website www.oxford.ogs.on.ca. Chick Days ALL POULTRY FEED MADE IN OUR OWN MILL FARM SUPPLIES (2003) LTD. 2015 (Medicated & Plain Available) IN STOCK WATERERS • FEEDERS • SUPPLIES LET US BE YOUR CHICKEN HEADQUARTERS Place Orders Before: ..................Pick Up Date April 13 / 2015.............................May 19 May 4 / 2015 ...............................June 9 May 25 / 2015 .............................June 30 June 29 / 2015 ............................August 4 July 27 / 2015...............................September 1 Varieties Available White & Brown Egg Layers • Meat Birds • Turkeys • Geese • Ducks • ISA Brown • 19wk old Layers & PET SUPPLIES Spring Yard Supplies! 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THAMESFORD LIBRARY COMMITTEE Apr 9 THAMESFORD LIONS Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays Call Dave 519-285-3016 “Sleeping Children Around the World” will be explained by Richard and Joan Hryniw. May 16 & 18 Calithumpian weekend & our annual book sale. July 31 Beryl Baigent, local poet, reading in the Beaty Room. INGERSOLL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY We are having a Plant Exchange. Members of the Ingersoll & District Horticultural Society will dig up/divide plants from their gardens/borders for their April 28 meeting. They will bring up to 4 of these, well labeled OR house plants OR started seedlings. At the meeting, opportunity will be given to select & take home a plant or plant(s) someone else brought. The goal is to share some good plants at no cost. Bring a friend & enjoy a great night. There will also be a Master Gardener there to answer any of your questions as well as much info on the coming season. And coming in May is our Annual Plant Auction! Join us at St James Anglican Church Hall, 180 Oxford St, Apr 28, 7:30pm. USE THE CONTACT FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS THAMESFORD.ORG Thamesford, Ontario ERNIE HARDEMAN, M.P.P. Oxford Ontario Constituency Office: 12 Perry Street Woodstock, Ontario N4S 3C2 Tel: 519-537-5222 Fax: 519-537-3577 Toll Free: 800-265-4046 [email protected] LAWN BOWLING for SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS THAMESFORD LIBRARY COMMITTEE TPLAC - Thamesford Public Library Advisory Committee Please mark Thurs, April 9, 7pm on your calendar to attend a program brought to you by our Committee in the Thamesford Public Library Beaty Room. Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) will be our guests for the evening to bring you information of their organization. This is a charity that raises money & distributes Bed Kits to children living in poverty. As a 100% charity, every dollar of every donation received by this SCAW goes toward the cause. Built on the notion that every child deserves a good night’s sleep, the charity has raised more than $23 Million to provide BEDKITS for children in more than 30 countries. “Sleeping Children Around the World” will be explained by Richard & Joan Hyniw from Lakeside. Dave Dryden is currently the chairman of SCAW, retired National Hockey Player (goalie with Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres & Edmonton Oilers also a retired Special Education Teacher, Principal & now a consultant for the NHL). His father Murray Dryden was the founder of SCAW. P.S. We are looking forward to seeing you Apr 9th in the Beaty Room. Also we invite anyone who is interested in being part of our group to please come out & join us, we would certainly welcome you to do so. Garden Centre Landscape Contractor inc. Family Owned & Operated Since 1969 683507 Rd 68 • RR# 2 Ingersoll MANY VARIETIES & SIZES of Shade & Ornamental Trees to choose from for your Spring Planting Call or Stop By... ...we have what you are looking for! OPEN 31st line Lawn Bowling for children / youth with special needs, their siblings & friends! Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club is providing a league for children / youth 7-18 years of age with special needs (siblings & friends welcome). This league will meet each Wed, June 17-Aug 12, 6:30pm8pm. Cost $50 each child, this will include a team shirt, trophy, group picture & end of season party. There will be theme nights planned throughout the summer! Parents / caregivers will be asked to provide snack for one of the evenings. Registration: Sat May 9, 10:30am-12 noon at Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club, 107 Ann St, Ingersoll. If you have questions feel free to email [email protected] On site washrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Monday Brooksdale to Lakeside 40 Saturday 8am-5pm 1 Embro 519-485-3081SWOX Thamesford Brooksdale Golspie Kintore Brooksdale Lakeside Ingersoll Embro Call us today! 519-285-3249 jcgraphics.ca Lakeside Brooksdale Embro Brooksdale Thamesford Thorndale Brooksdale Lakeside Thamesford Lakeside Lakeside Kintore Embro Embro S SW Golspie Golspie Embro SWOX SW YOUR CUSTOMERS! Thamesford Ingersoll Thamesford Ingersoll Golspie are reading Brooksdale Golspie Kintore Ingersoll Kintore Thamesford Golspie Kintore The Village Voice Lakeside Thamesford SWOX Kintore Thorndale Thorndale Ingersoll Ingersoll Embro Thorndale SWOX Thorndale Thorndale Ingersoll, Thamesford, Embro, Thorndale & South West Oxford Township Kintore Golspie Ingersoll 307 Harris St. 334292 Plank Line Ingersoll, Ontario N5C 3J8 On The Road 519-619-3531 Dozer & Loader Services Post Holes • Fence Lines • Ponds Laneways • Septic Systems • Sewer Hook Ups Dave Hunt Ingersoll RV & Trailers Affordable Family Vacationing Ph: 226-228-3120 F: 519-452-2238 www.aceautogroup.ca RR#2 Lakeside, ON • N0M 2G0 OXFORD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MEETING Oxford Community Foundation’s Annual General Meeting May 6, 7pm at Oxford Children’s Aid Society, 712 Peel St, Woodstock. All are welcome! Presentations by 2014 grant recipients. Board of Directors is interested in recruiting additional Board members. Call 519-539-7447 or email [email protected] with questions. THORNDALE LIBRARY Build a Babysitting Toolkit is a tweens & teens program on Sat, Apr 11, 10am-1pm. This Toolkit will include activities, books & emergency information that will be great for you to take to babysitting jobs! There is no cost but space is limited to 12. Fri, Apr 17 is a PA Day & the library is having a Mythbusters program at 1:30pm. Based on the popular TV show, this program challenges participants to use their scientific skills to determine whether or not a variety of proposed statements are myths! The NFB Film Club showing of ‘Stories We Tell’ takes place Wed, Apr 22, 3pm. This 110 min. documentary is an inspired, genre-twisting film directed by Oscar nominee Sarah Polley. Polley’s playful investigation into the elusive truth buried within the contradictions of a family of storytellers paints a touching & intriguing portrait of a complex network of relatives, friends & strangers. A group discussion follows the film. Join Laura on Fridays at 10:45am for Storytime following the OEYC Play & Learn which starts at 10am. Bundle up your baby or toddler for an hour and a half of fun with stories, rhymes, songs & play! The final Free Family Movie Night of the season will be held Fri, Apr 17, 7pm. Bring out the entire family to enjoy a free showing of a recently released film on our 10 ft. screen. Snacks will be for sale. Contact the library if you would like to know what’s showing. Chess Club is held the 1st & 3rd Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. Join us to learn or to hone your skills with Robert Kavelman. All ages & abilities. The Brush-up! Art Club takes place Wed, Apr 8, 2:30-4:30pm. We invite you to join other amateur artists to work on your current art project or to get inspiration to start a new project. Thames Centre Seniors Tai Chi continues Fridays at 11:30am with June Ross. This hour long program is $4 pay as you go. Stitch ‘n Chat is the name of the program for knitters & crocheters to be held Wed, Apr 22, 7pm. You can work on your item while enjoying a conversation & light refreshments. Daytime Book Club will meet Wed, Apr 1, 2:30pm. The book for discussion will be Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray. Evening Book Club will meet Thurs, Apr 23, 7pm to discuss the book Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. Copies are available at the library. There’s still time to join in the Thames Centre Reads. Contact the Dorchester or Thorndale Library if you would like a copy of Call of the Wild by Jack London. This program continues until Sat, Apr 18. For more information please contact the library at 519-461-1150 or visit us at 21790 Fairview Rd. www.middlesex.library.on.ca. RV CORNER Sitting here looking out the window & almost watching the snow piles disappear in front of you gives you the itch to get going & start getting things ready for another camping season. It is funny how you can go outside and it is only 3 degrees but you think it is 13 degrees & warm after the cold snap that we had in our region. We finished up our 2 shows one in London & the other in Hamilton and would like to thank the customers that came out & supported us. We are looking at doing more off premises shows this year & we will keep you informed as to where we will be. The weekend of Mar 27, 28 & 29 we had one of our trailers over at the Woodstock Home Show to be the green room for the special celebrity speakers from HGTV, celebrity real estate expert Sandra Rinomato & Damon Bennett, Mike Holmes right hand man. The pair used the trailer to relax & unwind between sharing their expertise with attendees of the show. Ingersoll RV was very pleased to have one of our products chosen to be the green room. When you get your RV out of storage, this would be the perfect time to give your roof the once over after the harsh winter. Your roof often gets neglected & is one of the more important areas on your RV. A deteriorating, cracked or ripped roof will strip years off of your unit & could very well make it worthless if it developed serious leaks that were not caught & repaired in time. Use caution when up on your roof & consider using a ladder to climb up on it, manufacturers have stated that ladders attached to your Rv are rated for 200-250 lbs. but I have seen ladders bent & screws pulled away from being climbed on. Go up on your roof & use a broom to sweep away any debris before you start your cleaning process. Once you are sure there are no cracks or punctures, start your cleaning process, people post all kinds of different solutions that they say works for them but remember the companies that develop special washes & sealants work closely with the manufactures of roofing materials & know exactly what will harm & what will not deteriorate your roof. One product that works well is Protect All rubber roof cleaner & treatment. The process is not time consuming & is an excellent way of adding life to your home away from home. If you wish to contact us we would be happy to send you the directions on doing the cleaning & treatment or if getting up on your roof is not your cup of tea, call us & we would be pleased to schedule your trailer in for its cleaning call anytime 519-425-2237 or 226-228-3120. I have been in withdrawal from grilling since last summer & decided to go to the butcher and purchase some T-bone steaks to grill up & came home with one that I am going to hide in the freezer because it weighed in at 32 oz. and I would bet the farm the good wife is going to say it is a lot bigger than the palm of my hand (I think this will be a steak night for a night when she is away). Anyhow getting back to the steak, there are a lot of marinades on the market & when you look at the shelves which one is best? Your best bet to real tender steak is to get it out of the fridge about an hour before grilling & give it good coating of kosher salt, sear it on the grill turning often then set off to a little cooler side of grill to cook slowly inside. Pepper it afterwards so you don’t burn the pepper & use your sauces to dip in. Let me know if you have a favourite tried & true way of grilling. Happy Camping, Dave Hunt, Ingersoll RV Handy Man Roy Morris To The Rescue! BIG! OR SMALL! Call Roy he does it ALL! CELL: 519-719-7999 INGERSOLL SENIORS CENTRE 250 Ingersoll St S, 519-485-3869. Coming events... Wednesday Lunches are Back! at 12 noon. $8 for a full-course meal... no tax.. no tip.. Great Deal! 2015- 2016 Membership Renewals Just a reminder about our membership: Yearly Fee is $30, effective Apr 1-Mar 31. New this year: You will receive a membership card. Keep your card in your wallet! You will be required to show your card for registration & drop in programs. Annual Yard Sale Sat Apr 18, 8am-12 noon. Also serving “Bacon on a Bun”. Donations welcome, but remember please only useable donations (if it is beyond repair, we cannot sell it! Also clothing not accepted). Volunteers needed to help with: Pre-sorting, carting, unpacking, pricing, selling and help with breakfast. “New” Massage Therapy Clinic Welcome Kelly Kupczyk RMT. Kelly comes highly recommended by several of her clients who are members at the Centre. This partnership compliments our Centre philosophy of active, healthy living. Members & non-members pay the same fee for a massage. Members Introductory Special: Members in good Standing will receive a 1 Hour Massage for the ½ hour price. (One time only). Appointments booked directly with Kelly 226-973-8673. New Recipe Club the 3rd Thursday of each month 2pm. A new Club for those looking to break out of the boredom of cooking & baking. To date we have enjoyed: Appetizers, learned to bake Biscotti's, Christmas Treats & Healthy Soups. We also offer a variety of other clubs: Book Club, Walking Club, Knitting Club, Carving Club, Travel Club and of course cards! Another popular Club is our “Dining Out Club” Once a month we visit local restaurants to enjoy a variety of Dining Experiences. 2015 Bus Trips Back by Popular Demand: Ripley's Aquarium & Steam Whistle Brewery: Wed Apr 15. Learn how Canada's Premium Pilsner is made, meet their friendly staff & enjoy a sample of their beer. You will learn why Steam Whistle was designated one of Toronto's “green buildings” & about their railway history. 3 course lunch at Hot House Cafe, followed by a self-guided tour of Ripley's Aquarium. Ottawa - 3 days/2 nights, June 7-9, Three Day get-a-way includes city tour, canal cruise, admission to Museum of History and a visit to the Diefenbunker. OPEN PAINT DAYS Forest City Decorative Artists, FCDA, is an organization made up of a group of people who love to paint. We invite anyone over 19 to join us for a few hours of painting with like minded folks. This is a free, fun & informal event so bring your own paint & projects, or just drop by to say hello. Sunday April 12, May 17 & June 14 beginning at 10am at 4093 Meadowbrook Dr Unit 105, London, (Guthries Art Supplies). If you would like more info or to see our upcoming classes please visit www.fcdartists.com or send us an email at [email protected] or call Karen 519-434-6361. T hamesford Benches & Planters FOR SALE Bench with Plaque $500 Planter $300 Call Linda 519-285-3249 These cheerful, public items make a Unique Gift Idea, a lovely In Memoriam or a special way to Commemorate an Event BUSINESS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATING 100 YEARS Celebrating 100 years of the motto “Self Help & Community Betterment” By Laura Green Just over 500 past members & guests gathered at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock March 21, to celebrate a milestone in the history of the Oxford County Junior Farmers with a dinner & dance. This organization for young people between the ages of 15-29 of all backgrounds but especially those in rural Ontario celebrated 100 years of friendship, leadership development, education & community betterment. At this evening event, 2015 President Karen de Bruyn presented Geoff Innes -1989 president with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to a past Oxford Junior Farmer who has taken the Junior Farmer motto of “self-help & community betterment” beyond their years as a member & has incorporated it into their lifestyle. Geoff was very involved in Junior Farmers at both the county & provincial level. He has been 4-H volunteer (leader) since 1985 & serves as the Oxford 4-H association treasurer. He has been a director, secretary & president of the Embro & Zorra Agricultural Society. Geoff has volunteered with United Way of Oxford, was a key person in the initiation of Agriculture in the Classroom in Oxford County & a current director of the Oxford Farm Safety Committee. Geoff is currently the 1st vice president of the Zorra Caledonian Society. Geoff was inducted into the Oxford County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2009 and recipient of the Oxford 4-H Arbour Award in 2003. KEEP CALM THE BRITISH ARE COMING Oxford Lions Club presents: Keep Calm The British Are Coming a music & comedy show. Laugh with the “Never Ready for Anything” players with musical performances by Hwy 19, One Eyed Jack & the Fogg Duckers, ValenTina Plasaj & Felicia McMinn. On Sat May 23 at WCI, 35 Riddell St, Woodstock, tickets $15. All the proceeds from this event go to Sakura House in Woodstock and other Lion’s projects. Tickets are available at FirstOntario Credit Union in Woodstock & Ingersoll, from any Oxford Lions member or by calling 519-539-7437. SALES•SERVICE•RENTALS ANNUAL YARD & BAKE SALE Sacred Heart CWL Ingersoll. We invite you to our Annual Yard & Bake Sale. It will be held Sat, April 11, 8am to 12:00 noon at Henderson Hall John St in Ingersoll. On Fri, April 10, 1pm to 7pm we will be accepting gently used or new items. For our Bake Table you can also donate your home made goodies. All proceeds will go to CWL local and mission projects. Thank you for your support. FREE KIWANIS CLUB, INGERSOLL 3 Mths rental on all new rentals! 3 Mths rental on conversions from other companies! Basic install on all rentals & purchases! Call Dave at 519-349-2040 "We'll treat your water right." Quality Equipment from Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. We meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month Sept-June at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre. We have over 30 active members. Check us out on Facebook, kiwanisingersoll.ca or call: Gary VanKooten 519-485-4310. Mike Kettlewell & Buck & Doe Racheal Roefs Sat. April 25, 2015 8pm-1am Food, Games, Prizes Please call for information $10.00/ticket 519-283-6228 Friends & Family are invited. BUSINESS ASSOCIATION John De Brabandere - B.A.A. Nate Dundas - Landscape Designer Integrated Land Planning Technologies Graduate of Landscape Design 519-630-1889 JIM GOARLEY 519-671-0681 Operations Manager P: London East 519-451-2886 [email protected] 46 Firestone Blvd., London P: Ingersoll 226-984-9284 At Glassford Chrysler 30 Samnah Crescent, Ingersoll Golf Tournament Community Fundraiser 2015 Save The Date SUN. JUNE 7th Join in the FUN! Support Your Commu nity All proceeds go directly to our village. 2014 proceeds enhanced Grace Patterson Park. www.carstar.ca Contact Pat at [email protected] 519-285-3538 25 OWEN ST., INGERSOLL NEW LISTING! 2 Bedroom Bungalow situated on a 115’ x 90’ country lot. Open concept main floor offers a spacious eat-in country kitchen, living room with hardwood floors and rough in for a wood/corn stove. Master bedroom has his and hers closets. Basement has great potential to be finished with room for a 24 ft rec room plus plenty of storage in the 24 ft utility room. TEXT: T40012161 188,500 $ 469,900 D L O S $ 254,900 D L O S Holly McIntyre * Above Average 2 Storey! Absolutely Stunning 3BR 3.5Bathhomeon landscaped pie shaped lot, Park like Impressive Kitchen / living rm, Spacious Bdrms, Luxurious Master with ensuite & 2 Walk-in closets, Fabulous finished lower level, tons of updates! 313 WHITING ST., INGERSOLL 269,900 Lovely 3 BR 4 Lvl back split on a large pie lot in the White Oaks area. Kitchen has new granite counter. Formal LR & DR complete the main flr. 3rd level has lg FR with fireplace with roomtoputa4thBRand 4th level is finished. Upstairs has hardwood flrs in the bedrooms. 777-9295 CELL: 519- 29 FINLAYSON DR., THAMESFORD 3+2 BR raised ranch on a 90’x132’ lot. Upgrades include: HRV system, newer roof, main flr laundry, some newer windows. Has very spacious rms: 26.6 ft LR, 36 ft FR with fireplace, formal living room with hardwood flrs, eat-in oak kitchen. TEXT: T40004036 365 OXFORD AVE., INGERSOLL 155117 15 LINE., THAMESFORD TEXT: T40012127 $ 35 SCHNELLER COURT., BADEN 398 KING ST. WEST, INGERSOLL 209,900 $ 105 ERICA CR., LONDON New Listing! 4 level back-split! This spacious 3+1 bdrm, 2 bath home in a neighbourhood, Bright open foyer w/garage access, galley kitchen with large eat-in area & patio drs to deck, 2nd floor has 3 bdrms & newer 4 pce bath, LL has 4th bdrm w/2 pce bath,large FR w/patio doors to rear yard. 304 OXFOR ST., LONDON $ New Listing! 3 BR open concept 2 storey home on a large corner lot. Main floor wows with 17 ft ceilings with 2 storey windows in the great rm, gas fireplace, hardwood floors. Kitchen and dining rm have upgraded ceramic flrs, oak cupboards with tile backsplash. TEXT: T40012128 314,900 128 ELGIN ST., EMBRO 181 ELIZABETH AVE., INGERSOLL 6 OWEN ST., INGERSOLL $ [email protected] *Sales Representative Brokerage ® Independently Owned & Operated $ $ $ $ $ $ 314,900 149,900 314,900 282,900 315,000 259,900 New Listing! Gorgeous home backing onto Farm land! Four bedroom 2 storey home backing onto farm land. Main floor is open concept with a cherry finished kitchen with ceramic floors, water treatment and peninsula with breakfast bar. Formal living room and family room have hardwood floors and living room has a rough in for a gas fireplace. Backyard has both a sun deck and patio. Text: T40012157 JUST LISTED! 4 br, 2 bath bungalow is in need of some TLC. Overlooks a gorgeous 135x130 treed lot with a stream. Main flr has 4 bdrms, 4 pc bath, kitchen, DR, LR. LL has Huge Rec Rm, pool table & gas FP, a 3pc bath, Laundry, workshop area. Walkout from LL to private fenced yard w/patio, above ground pool. Sold in `as is`. TEXT: T40012126 NEW LISTING! Located on one of Ingersoll’s historical streets. This 2 1/2 Storey Brick home offers 4 bdrms, updated kitchen, pockets doors, 12” baseboards, 9ft ceilings, leaded glass, rebuilt wrap around porch, basement & 382’ backyard w|huge barn & heated shop! TEXT: T40012142 NEW LISTING! Open concept 3 BR raised ranch on a lg 86x121 ft inside corner lot. Main flr has updated kitchen with ceramic flrs, lg dining rm, spacious BR's, and patio doors open to a deck with stairs to the fully fenced & landscaped. Lower level has 24.6’ family room with fireplace. TEXT: T40012863 Larger than it Looks! This 4+2 bdrm 3 bath home is HUGE! Offering a mudroom, 2 car gar, Family Rm, Great Rm w/French drs, a gas fireplace , inground pool, gorgeous eat- in kitchen w/patio doors overlooks pool area, huge DR/LR with French drs, 4 bdrms on one level, MB w balcony & ensuite, Close to 401 & Cami. TEXT: T176914 NEW LISTING! Open concept 3 BR 4 lvl side split on a lg fenced lot. Newer kitchen dining room and living room has hardwood flrs, electric fireplace with built ins, new main bath 14’, 3 seasons sun room, lg 3rd lvl family room with 3 pc bath plus bonus finished hobby room in the 4th lvl. home! TEXT: T40012865 Alison Porter * 854-0856 CELL: 519- [email protected] ART IN THE HEART Thank you to everyone who came out to see the Art Show in the Beaty Room Mar 22. Thank you to TPLAC (Thamesford Public Library Advisory Committee) who sponsored the show as well as setting up the historical banners in the entry hall. It seems to be a sign of spring when folks come out to enjoy the art shows. This month you’ll find many of the artists in Oxford County are getting ready for the May 2 & 3 Studio Tour. Circle that weekend on your calendar now, it will be here before you know it. It’s guaranteed to be a perfect weekend for it. (If it rains you can’t work in your garden anyway & if the sun shines you’ll be able to enjoy the warmth as you travel from one studio to another.) This is a unique opportunity to gaze into the heart & soul of the many artists creating for the pure joy of it. Not only is the creating & developing of our piece(s) of art a lovingy act but the other half of that is the desire to share it with you! (Much like the art of music.) We want to share these with you, our friends, family & neighbours. These are pieces of the art in our hearts. We know that not every budget can afford an original but rather we delight in your appreciation of our creative works. Perhaps you can afford a print or even a couple of art cards. We always appreciate your support. I was recently at the Woodstock Art Gallery (WAG). If you haven’t been to the Gallery recently it’s time for an outing. Of the many programs & classes here are 3 events that were suggested. Simple Solar Etching (no chemicals or acids involved) an all-day adult event Sat April 11. For this you will need to register - all materials are included in the registration cost. There are free events happening as well. WAG it Wednesdays, on April 1 is called “Fun with Collage”. It is a Drop-in Open Studio from 57pm. Wed April 8, 7-8pm there is an Artist Talk by John Hartman a Canadian landscape painter. I think there is something for everyone there. And a tour through the building shows well what genres of art are out there. Before I forget to mention it the London Studio Tour takes place the weekend of April 17-19. Pick up a brochure/map at your local library. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact me [email protected] Technical Solutions Robert C. (Bob) McDonald Computer Repairs House Calls • Free Estimates Debugging • Formatting HookUps • Reloads Specializing in Internet Issues Phone: 519-285-2979 [email protected] Ingersoll Senior Centre Annual INDOOR YARD SALE Sat. April 18 Breakfast Available Bacon on a Bun $3.00 8am - 12 noon 250 Ingersoll St. S., Ingersoll ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SEPTIC TANK CLEANING SAME DAY SERVICE Residential & Commercial Cel: 519-878-0678 Serving Your Community Since 1878 [email protected] Office: 519-285-5069 Offering Farm, Residential, Commercial & Automobile Insurance Services. 519-285-2916 www.oxfordmutual.com Local People. Exceptional Service! Embro lawn bowling season is fast approaching. We are looking ahead to another successful season & we welcome new bowlers. We invite you to our opening jitney Mon May 18, 7pm. We offer 3 free instructions to be used in the month of May. Our club is also hosting a District Pairs event this year. Support your local community, mark these dates on your calendar: Sat June 13 & Sun June14. This is the best of the best challenging each other in competition play. How great it would be to have a sizeable number of spectators attend this event. More details will follow closer to the date. Looking forward to seeing you on the greens. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club is providing a summer league for children/youth with special needs, their siblings & friends. We need dedicated volunteers who are willing to work both one on one & in groups helping children participate in a lawn bowling league. Our goals are for the children/youth to learn new skills, develop friendships & have fun. Our league will play each Wed evening June 17 - Aug 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club. Volunteers do not need to commit to assisting every Wednesday evening during the summer. If you are interested contact Cindy Male, [email protected] YARD & BAKE SALE AT PIPE BAND HALL The Daughters of the Nile are having their annual Yard & Bake Sale on Sat, Apr 11 from 7am-12 pm at the Ingersoll Pipe Band Hall on Wonham St. Daughters of the Nile support Shriners hospitals. EMBRO LEGION BREAKFAST Everyone is welcome to breakfast at the Embro Legion Sun April 12, 9am-1pm. COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY IS ON A ROLL Community? Yes, Oxford County has a sense of community in its rural & urban areas. Research says so. So do people you might ask. That’s why the effort led by 15 community members and with the support of the County to help us define who & what we are and where we want to go has engaged people in face-toface discussions & on line. World Cafes and IdeaScale are now complete, but not forgotten. Sustainable? If you start something, you want it to continue if it is good, and the World Cafes saw wonderful ideas. Then Chambers of Commerce joined in. One steering committee member invited people to talk with him in coffee shops predicting in a way one of the next steps: kitchen table talks start soon. In addition, a Wiki of the draft plan appears at FutureOxford.ca for people to read, think about, add to, edit, comment & expand. That means lots of intellectual effort will go into an exercise to lead us forward to a Sustainable 2030. All of the ideas are to find ways for us to keep what we value & draw others to support it in ways which will not require such levels of materials, energy or money that they cannot continue. Plan? Without a plan, things often go wrong. Ever tried to bake a new recipe without following step-by-step instructions? That is why we will need to consider carefully the ideas contributed at all stages and build in targets for achievement along the way. We can’t just announce a plan & expect success in 15 years. The actions need to be decided carefully, with a set of clear factors. They need to build on one another & to continue to excite and sustain the community’s involvement. We’re on a roll. Your visit to FutureOxford.ca or participation in a kitchen table exercise through OxfordCounty.ca will help. Fabulous 2+2 bedroom bungalow in Thames Springs. Main floor features large foyer, front living room with tray ceiling, hardwood and ceramic floors. Gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances and island with granite counter top. Bright eating area with doors to 16 x 25 ft deck and privacy fenced backyard. Great room has gas fireplace and built-in speakers. Soothing master bedroom has tray ceiling, walk-in closet and en-suite bath with separate shower and tub. Lighted stairs lead to the lower level Rec Room, 2 bedrooms filled with light from large windows and 3 piece bathroom. Interlocking brick driveway leads to double car garage with inside entry to main floor laundry/mud room. Check it out For Pete’s Sake! 127 Sloan Dr., Thamesford. $359,900 EMBRO LAWN BOWLING Peter & Sue LeBlanc Sales Representatives 181 Commissioners Rd. W., London, ON 519-438-2222 519-670-2936 Direct Cell www.forpetesake.com Sutton Group Preferred Realty Inc. Brokerage, Independently Owned & Operated Pardy Plumbing & Heating Ltd. • weddings LINDA ARTHUR PAUL ARTHUR • anniversaries • bridal showers • birthdays Leaky Faucets Repaired Drains Cleaned • Boilers Sewer Camera • Renovations • Christmas parties Catering for any Occasion Tel: 519-425-1685 Fax: 519-425-9998 EMBRO MINOR BALL ASSOCIATION Wanted: Ball Players dusty, dirty, enthusiastic, big smiles, no chewing tobacco please. Registration dates for 2015 Minor Ball, Girls and Boys ages 5 and up can register for Learn to Play (Blast Ball) to Junior Sat, Apr 11, 9-1pm at the Embro Library Learn to Play born in 2009 and younger Tyke born 2007, 2008 • Atom born 2005, 2006 Lassie/Squirt born 2003, 2004 • PeeWee born 2001, 2002 Bantam born 1999, 2000 Midget born 1997, 1998 plus up to 4 players born in 1996 Junior born 1995, 1996 plus 1992 - 1994 We expect each family to volunteer to run the Food booth at least once during the season. The profit from the booth (approx $1,500 annually) is re-invested in equipment each year for your children. Any registration questions or anyone interested in Coaching or becoming a Board member please call 519-475-4012. CYCLING WEATHER IS COMING! The Oxford County Cycling Advisory Committee, made up of members from county council & staff, all area municipalities, police & the cycling community, was established 2 years ago to improve safety for all users of our roadways. The most visual contribution to this goal has been the installation of “Share The Road” signs on 30 kms of county roads with postings on an additional 143 kilometres to be completed this spring. South West Oxford Township council has supported the county initiative, with the very able assistance of our works superintendent Bill Freeman, by installing 24 “Share The Road” signs on Middletown Line & Mount Elgin Rd west of Hwy 19, with more to come. More info on safe cycling & the work of this committee will be provided in the future. Anyone with suggestions regarding cycling or questions about the committee is invited to contact SWOX representative Keith Kindree at 485-2005 or [email protected] Phone: 519-285-3259 Fax: 519-285-5052 • business luncheons • banquets Farm • Residential • Commercial In-floor Heating & Water Piping by Wirsbo SALES & SERVICE • pig roasts voice 519-461-1470 fax 519-461-0804 22254 Cherry Hill Rd., Thorndale, Ontario N0M 2P0 • corporate catering • cocktail receptions • dinner parties COMMUNITY HOURS/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming festival, Wienerfest Home County Festival. If you like working with animals, then this is a fun place to be. Over 1,000 wienerdogs in one area. We are in need of people to help us set up the festival, greet people, help with the games & have fun. For more information please contact Linda at 519285-5123 or [email protected] ZERO WASTE... THE IDEA IS SPREADING First Oxford People Against the Landfill challenged The Oxford Coalition for Social Justice to reduce their garbage. Then OPAL asked the town council in Ingersoll to record their garbage, measure their recycling & weigh their compost. Both agreed! Less waste is a good thing. Now, the Coalition is paying that effort forward. They have asked the County Council, representing all Oxford, to go public on Earth Day about what goes in the garbage, what could be reused or donated & what should rot away into rich soil. When popular blogger Sarah Crellin tracked her garbage & sought ways to reduce, she found simple solutions. Avoiding paper towels means using rags torn from worn garments – saving money as well as the environment. Reducing packaging & disposable items means less to sort into the blue bin. This experience is often reported by others. At first the garbage does down, while the recycling & compost go up. Later, they too go down. It is a matter of money for all of us. Each time we reduce garbage, we save money ourselves & on our taxes. Our municipal taxes pay for garbage disposal at the Salford dump. In the eventuality that we fill the dump, our taxes would pay the mammoth cost of a new one. It’s better to avoid garbage altogether. Like the Thamesford Lions who are launching an April 11th Waste Diversion project for scrap metal, e-waste & vehicle batteries, those taking the challenge are helping the long-term environmental, financial & human health of all in Oxford. When spreading the compost on your garden this spring, spread the ideas by leaning over the fence to talk to your neighbour about spreading the word on zero waste. Dave Rutledge thames developments Design/Build • Custom Home & Renovations Impressed Concrete BREKELMANS CONTRACTING For all your contracting needs. Fences, Decks, Sheds, Siding, Eavestrough, Sidewalks, Driveways JASON BREKELMANS 519-536-0168 [email protected] SECOND TIME LOVED PARENT TO PARENT SALE Come & join our families at our First Annual Parent to Parent Sale on Sat April 18, 1-4pm at the Unifor Hall, 364 Victoria St in Ingersoll. We have something for everyone, from gently used children's clothing, accessories & toys, to local vendors sharing the latest must haves. Participate as a shopper or share your loved items with other families. We have a limited number of Business vendor tables available for $30 & Parent tables are $20. Reserve your own table or share a table with a friend! Reserve today, to not be disappointed, we are almost completely sold out! Be sure to 'capture' the moment with our professional photographer in a fun 'mini' photo shoot featuring a Lemonade stand. Refuel with a quick snack & refreshment. Admission is only $1 & children are FREE! For more information or to reserve your table, please email [email protected] or check out our Facebook page Second Time Loved- Parent to Parent Sale & Consignment. MARIE KEASEY Councillor Ward 2 Corporation of the Township of Zorra 274620 27th Line P.O. Box 306, Ingersoll, Ontario N5C 3K5 www.zorra.on.ca Email: [email protected] Home Ph: Office Ph: Toll Free: Office Fax: 519-285-2542 519-485-2490 888-699-3868 519-485-2520 COUNCIL NEWS from MARIE KEASEY Country GEEK Home & Agricultural Computer Sales & Service In-Home or Drop-Off Service Doug Turvey 519-475-4937 or 519-537-9037 [email protected] www.countrygeek.ca As heard on Featuring: Denis Grignon Marc Sinodinos Greg Eckler Pasta Dinner & Show Friday, April 17 Embro Zorra Community Centre Dinner & Show 7:30 Adults $25 Kids $12 (12 & under) Dinner only 5-7 pm Adults $15, Kids $8 (12 & under) info: Call Mary Anne 519 475 4325 I hope everyone has or had a good long weekend & looking forward to spring activities. Council heard from the County’s Chief Librarian about the library’s new outreach; for example going as a mobile unit to the Embro arena to sign people up, explain programs, including downloading books & provide a check out service for the books they bring with them. If this is successful, it will be tried in Thamesford in the fall. The County Library is renewing its movie licence and will start showing movies in Thamesford. Check out the Library or the website for listings & activities. A presentation was also made by Walker about its proposed application for a landfill at Carmeuse in Beachville. There was no news–Walker is waiting as are we for a decision by the Ministry (province). Council received a delegation about the SaveVia (www.SaveVia.ca ) campaign, which is working hard to reinstate the trains to St. Marys. Save Via is also working with Network South West, a Passenger Rail & Bus Service Action Plan. It is very important to have viable & accessible transportation in Southwestern Ontario in order to attract & retain commercial enterprises & accommodate both aging and youth populations who are not driving or do not have access to automobiles (www.swota.ca). Council passed amendments to the Clearing of Land ByLaw which relates to snow removal onto sidewalks & streets, clearing of rafuse, weeds, etc. Please see the Township’s Website for a copy of the amended ByLaw. Council also passed a motion to request MPAC look at gravel pits & quarries as a special assessment class-supporting other Townships who have the same issues as Zorra. As I am sure you will have experienced, the local roads are & will not be in great shape after this very cold winter. Just as there were issues last year, so too there will be this year. It is impossible to work on these roads until the frost is out, so please be aware of the bumps & holes and slow down. Reports received from the OPP, indicate that there have been speeding tickets issued, mostly to non-residents. Thank you Zorra people for slowing down. Now we need to get others to do the same. There is a huge issue with “911" misdials. Each call to 911 gets treated as a serious, needs attention call & ties up 911 resources, including police, to ensure that the call is not a real call. This contributes to the high cost of policing. Please consider locking your phone or carrying it in such a way that it cannot misdial. There are upcoming dates & opportunities for the public to comment on various issues. Check out Future Oxford (futureoxford.ca) which is working on a plan on how all communities in the County can work together to build a sustainable, resilient & vital future. While the workshops were held in March, there is an interactive version of the draft plan on the website & a hard copy at the Library which can be written in. (Deadline for comments Apr 6). A final draft should be presented to County Council in June & there will be an additional opportunity for comments. There is an important open house & survey regarding the Aggregate Policy Review on April 14 at the Municipal Office, 6:30-8pm, including a brief presentation of the policy review at 6:45pm. A survey will be launched which can be filled in at the Open House or on the Township’s website (zorra.on.ca) or at the Municipal Office until June 14, 2015. Don’t forget April 11 at Thamesford and Embro Arenas for “reducing waste” opportunities–see more info. in the Village Voice. WANTED: NEW LIFE You know you waaaaaant it! Everyone wants a new life. After all, the one we’re living is never as good as the one we wish we had - a better body (or maybe at least a newer one) more money, more free time, more toys, a better partner, a happier family, more fun friends... a better life... a new life. We see what they advertise & we want it. It’s only natural, after all - we’re human and God put in us the desire for improvement. From the first fig fashion statement in the Garden of Eden to John’s visions of a new heaven & a new earth in the book of Revelation and beyond, humanity has dreamed of a new life for ourselves. Only problem: that dream often takes us further & further from God, which is ironic, considering God is the very source of life in the first place. At this time of year, in the midst of budding crocuses & the returning chirps of birds’ songs, we Christians do something very strange. We celebrate new life - not the new life of spring (that would be too obvious,) but the resurrected life of an itinerant preacher executed by a criminal’s death - on a cross no less! What appeared to be, at the time, the lowest of the low, we’ve exalted for nearly 2,000 years now. A miracle happened - from that lowly death came new life - not only for that young Jewish rabbi, but, even more miraculously, for the rest of the world! So, you want a better body? Start looking at it & treating it like a temple - after all God made us in God’s image. You want more money? Try being thankful for all the gifts you have in your life & you’ll see, as the one bank ad asserts, ‘you’re richer than you think.’ More free time? Start spending your time as though it is not unlimited to you, not putting off your family & friends for work and importance. More toys can come when you look at the wonderful creation that’s bursting out all around us. A better partner & a happier family are possible when we start with ourselves & offer to be the best we can be to them in the first place. And you want more fun friends try getting off Facebook & making some real connexions with real people in a real community - you’ll be surprised who you’ll meet not that far away & deeper connexions will always trump more connexions. Westminster United is Making Connexions - that’s what we’re all about! We are growing, we are getting younger (yes, more young families in our midst make us all feel younger,) we are offering more ministries, giving more to our community, building strong families & having a tonne of fun doing it - we are living a new life! That’s how to get a new life - you have to live it! Give us a try this Easter season, come out to hear the Choir’s cantata on Good Friday at 10:30 (more than 20 voices & at least 6 instruments, it’s powerful & inspiring.) Join us at the river at 7am on Easter morning - we know it’s early, but it really feels like Easter when the bright sun comes over the hill to warm the cool morning. Come have some breakfast in Westminster Hall between services. Take in our Easter worship with communion at 10:30. Or if that all sounds too serious for you to feel comfortable starting, come out on April 12 at 10:30 for Humour Sunday, the day we celebrate the joke God played on death & you never know what might happen (lots of visitors come that day so you can try us out without being too conspicuous.) There is new life in the world today... and it’s not what you see advertised on TV! It’s the new life of the resurrected Christ, the new life God offers all of us, the new life we celebrate in community, the new life we all have if we only have the eyes to see it - it’s the reason we’re Making Connexions at Westminster. “...just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” ~ Romans 6:4b. Rev. Mark Marshall, Westminster United Church: not your average, old church - come see what the excitement’s about! Check us out at thamesford-united-church.com or call us at 519-285-3212. STRAWBERRY SUPPER IN HARRINGTON Annual Strawberry Supper to be held Wed, May 6 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrington; $15 (5 & under free, 6-12 years 1/2 price). Sittings: Continuous 4:30-6:30pm; Takeout available. To reserve: call Reta 519475-4948; Sharon 519-475-6069; Helen 519-271-8638. INGERSOLL LIBRARY Kennedy’s Kridders Return! Mon April 6, PA Day, 11am-3pm. Meet Willow, Grunt and Shelley & more – Mathew Kennedy will be bringing some of his interesting animal friends that you can not only learn about, but interact with! There will be a show from 1:30-2pm, and the rest of the time is “discovery time”. Don’t miss this free event for all ages. No registration required. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Habitat for Humanity Information Session, Wed April 8. Habitat for Humanity is building in Ingersoll! Come out to see how you can help us build to end poverty in your community. 6-8pm in the program room RSVP Allison 519-455-6623 ext 229, [email protected] Ingersoll Nature Club presents: Animal Fostering, Tues April 11. Information on animal fostering, featuring speaker Laurel Beechey, "the skunk lady of Tillsonburg", who has been rehabilitating wildlife for 25 years. The public are invited to this free presentation, which begins at 7pm. It will be followed by the regular meeting for club members, which will finish by 8:15 or earlier. Friday Movie Matinees are at 2pm, free, and for adults only. Movies are also subject to availability, and we may need to offer a substitute if the film is unavailable. April 10 The Homesman, April 17 The Theory of Everything, April 24 Wild. James McIntyre Poetry Contest This contest is open to all ages: JK, SK, all school grades & adults. New categories have been added to this year's contest & the class with the largest number of winning poems will receive a free pizza party! All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the submitting author. The deadline for entries is Wed, May 13, 4pm. For more info, contest guidelines & entry form visit the Town of Ingersoll's website: ingersoll.ca/residents/ jamesmcintyre-poetry-competition. Magazine loan period has changed: Magazines checked out from any OCL branch will be due back after 7 days. Kitchen Library Are you interested in making homemade pasta, but don’t want to invest in an expensive pasta maker? The Kitchen Library may be the solution! Borrow a pasta maker, specialty cake pan, or crock pot – from your local Oxford County Library branch! In 2015, Oxford County Library will start the Kitchen Library lending service. But first, we must build a collection of kitchen gadgets & tools. We need your help. Do you have gently-used appliances & cooking tools that you haven’t used in awhile? Please consider donating them to Oxford County Library, so that they can be put to good use. Help out Oxford residents who want to try out new cooking skills & techniques before committing to an expensive purchase. Help the library reach out to families who want to eat better. The equipment may also be used in cooking classes & demos at the libraries. Here are some items on our wish list to get the Kitchen Library started: -slow cookers -breadmakers -juicers -pasta makers -fondue sets -kitchen scales -panini presses -vacuum sealers -dehydrators -canning equipment -yogurt makers -oversize pots & pans -specialty cake pans Ingersoll Grows Seed Library Our seed library is up & running! The seeds will be available to anyone who signs up & has an Oxford County Library card. It is our hope that you will “return” seeds at harvest time if your planting was successful; the more seeds in the library, the more members of our community who can experience the pleasures of growing their own food from local seeds. Author Reading: Elaine Cougler Local author Elaine Cougler is here to talk about the first 2 books of her trilogy - The Loyalist's Wife and The Loyalist's Luck. Bringing to life the tales of Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War & the War of 1812 is very natural as Elaine's personal roots are in those struggles, out of which arose Canada & the United States. Join Elaine in the program room at Ingersoll Library Tues, April 21 at 7pm to hear her read from & discuss her books. There will be some time for questions afterwards & an opportunity to purchase any of her books, if desired. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - INGERSOLL We are building in Ingersoll! Come out & see how you can help us build to end poverty in your community, on Wed April 8, at Ingersoll Public Library, 130 Oxford St, 6pm. RSVP to Allison Kampman at 519455-6623 ext 229 or [email protected] HABITAT VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED ! G N I V O M E WE AR The Dewit Family & Staff are pleased to announce that they will be moving to a new location May 1st, 2015. The new location is 105 Milton St. Thamesford “The old mill site” Corner of Hwy 19 south & Hwy 2, east of the river. Looking forward to serving you at the new location. (As of May 1) 105 MILTON ST. Thamesford 519•285•2132 Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario is filling positions on the Steering Committee for the upcoming build in Ingersoll! Positions are available for general committee members Committee Chair: Oversee the local Habitat Steering Committee Build Chair: Support the Construction Manager & Site Supervisor to ensure that the local Habitat for Humanity build is progressing on schedule & that construction-related needs are met Publicity & Outreach Chair: Inform & mobilize the community to support the local Habitat for Humanity home build Fundraising Chair: Secure financial support for the local Habitat for Humanity home build Family Selection & Support Committee: Support Habitat for Humanity partner families through the home-ownership process Volunteer Chair: Recruit & retain volunteers Administration Volunteer: Provide administrative support to the Steering Committee for the local home build. For more info contact Allison Kampman-Development Coordinator, 519-455-6623 ext 229 [email protected], habitat4home.ca. OXFORD CELEBRATES WOMEN Oxford District Women’s Institute proudly presents Oxford Celebrates Women on Sat May 9 at the Embro Community Centre. Doors open at 6pm, buffet dinner 7pm. Guest speaker is Anne Miner, entertainment by Allison Lupton. Tickets $50 until Apr 30 ($55 after). Limited tickets, available from Marg 519-645-1245, [email protected] com. Proceeds to go to fundraise for the Oxford District Women’s Institute post secondary scholarships. A conference to share stories and strategies for waste diversion, environmental protection and community action. How to Stop a ... Dump May 1st – “Trashed” with Jeremy Irons May 2nd - Keynote - Linda McQuaig and exciting Workshops - Princess Elizabeth Community & Vedic Centre, Ingersoll. ON Fri. at 7:00 PM & Sat. 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM The Oxford Coalition for Social Justice [email protected] SCRAP-A-THON Sat, May 30 at Unifor Hall in Ingersoll, 9am-9pm, $40. Unlimited use of Cricuts and Creative Memories tools. Lunch & dinner provided as well as yummy snacks! All proceeds go to support the Merry Striders at the Supercities Walk for MS. To register, contact Kathy by calling 519-537-3023 or [email protected] ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Fully Licenced & Insured Larry Haynes 519-283-9605 519-317-1801 Kintore Ont. Over 25 Years Experience THAMESFORD May 2nd 9-Noon at Thamesford Library Beaty Room Vendor Tables Mom Tables Call 519-295-2295 Susan Lockhart Buyers of Corn, Wheat & Soybeans R.R. #3, Lakeside, Ont. N0M 2M0 • Up-to-the-minute Market Information • Competitive Pricing • Cash Purchases & Sales • Forward Contracts Offered • Custom Drying & Storage Toll Free 1-866-230-4662 Tel: 519-349-2243 24 Hour Helpline 519 438 - 1122, www.oxfordaa.com The only requirement for membership in Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Sunday Woodstock 10:30am, Old Victoria Public School, 45 Delatre Street Woodstock 7pm, Old Victoria Public School, 45 Delatre Street Monday Ingersoll 1pm, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 56 Thames St, South Woodstock 7:30pm, Grace Presb. Church, 50 Finkle St at Peel St Thamesford 8pm, St. John's Anglican Church, 220 Dundas St, West Tillsonburg 8pm, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 51 Venison St, W Tuesday Burford 8pm, United Church, 137 King Street at Alexander Street Ingersoll 8pm, Trinity United Church, 118 Church St @ King St, West Wednesday Woodstock [Women] 7pm, Old Victoria Public School, 45 Delatre St Otterville 8pm, St. John's Church, 23 Dover Street Tillsonburg 8pm, Christian Reformed Church, 150 Concession St, W Woodstock 8pm, Church of Epiphany, 560 Dundas St at Wellington Thursday Woodstock 10am, Church of Epiphany, 560 Dundas St at Wellington Woodstock 7:30pm, United Church, 285 Dundas St, West Friday Woodstock 8pm, Church of Epiphany, 560 Dundas St at Wellington Saturday Woodstock 10am, Church of Good Shepherd, 1023 Devonshire Ave. Ingersoll 7:30pm, St. Paul's Presb. Church, 56 Thames St, South THORNDALE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Thorndale Vacation Bible School July 6-10. All children, Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to join us at Thorndale United Church 9am- noon for Bible stories, games, crafts, singing, skits & fellowship with old friends & new. Registration fee $25 per child or $75 family rate (3 or more children). Pre-registration only before June 1, contact Yvonne, [email protected] or call 519-461-0067. After June 1 contact Pastor Pam, [email protected] or call 519-320-9458. Register early as we have a limited number of spaces available. We welcome Student Helpers to assist for the week. We will gladly sign "Volunteer Hour" sheets at the end of the week. OXFORD COUNTY JUNIOR FARMERS NEWS Many thanks to all who attended our 100th Anniversary March 21 in Woodstock. Over 540 alumni came out to celebrate this important milestone with great food, dancing & of course swapping memories about their days in Junior Farmers. April is a busy month for the Oxford Junior Farmers, with 2 food booths, a garbage cleanup day & our monthly social. We will be selling brisket on a bun at the Holstein & Jersey Club Calf Sales April 4 & 11 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. If you are in the area, be sure to drop by & say hello! April 18 will see us taking part in the Thames River Cleanup at Roth Park in Woodstock. Any students needing volunteer hours are welcome to take part – gloves & snacks will be provided. We will be bowling at C&D Lanes April 11, 8pm. Anybody interested in learning more about Junior Farmers is welcome to attend. Our next meeting is April 10 at 8:30pm at the Woodstock OMAFRA office, with a social at Kelsey’s to follow. New members are always welcome. CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE ACTIVITIES This month offers so many wonderful opportunities to stretch your creative nature by either participating or simply enjoying the work of others. On April 10, 5-7pm you may meet & view the colourful, whimsical work of Artist / potter Michael Kifer from Michigan who will be presenting a 2 day workshop / demonstration "Expressive, Painterly Earthenware" on Apr 11 & 12. On Sun Apr 19, 1-4pm you are invited to come to the Opening of the Annual Members Exhibition, showcasing recent paintings, pottery, quilts & fibre art pieces created by our own members. The presentation of the Newell Award for outstanding contribution to the Centre will be made to Judi Boodhoo, at 2:15pm. Exhibition continues to May 24. "Pieces of Magic" QUILT SHOW, this biennial extravaganza of quilts & quilted items will be presented at Ingersoll District Memorial Arena May 7, 8 & 9. Come & enjoy the amazing array of beautiful quilts by members of our Oxford Quilters' Guild. Guest Artist, Debbie Grifka from Ann Arbor, Michigan will be presenting a lecture 'What Do You Mean by "Modern Quilting" on Thurs evening & Sat morning & will be giving a workshop on 'Hand Applique' May 8 or 9, 12:30-3:30pm. Also, don't miss out on a chance to win a gorgeous king size quilt (Value $3000) with our Quilt Raffle. The lucky ticket will be drawn at 3:30 Sat May 9. For your enjoyment there will also be a Merchants Mall, Boutique & Tea/Lunch Room. On Sat May 9, you will also be able to check out our Annual Plant & Pottery Sale at the Creative Arts Centre 9am-noon. Enjoy the Members Exhibition while you are there then hop down to the Arena for the Quilt Show. Make a day of it!! Upcoming Classes Children & Youth Landscape Painting for Teens (Age 12-18) Sat Apr 18, 25, May 2 Play In Clay With Your Child Sun, April 19, 26, May 3 & 10, 1-3pm Children's Rug Hooking Sat May 23 & 30, 9:30-11:30am Adults Painting Believable Landscapes Sat Apr 18, 9:30am-3:30pm Mixed Media Sat Apr 25, 9:30am-3:30pm Beginners Wheel (Pottery) Sat May 2, 9, 16, 30, 1-4pm I-Pad Fundamentals Tues Apr 28, 6:30-8:30pm Luminous Watercolours May 26 & 27, 9:30am-3:30pm Powerful Landscapes (Watercolour) June 16 & 17, 9:30am-3:30pm INGERSOLL LEGION LASAGNA DINNER Royal Canadian Legion Ingersoll is having a Lasagna Dinner Sun April 12, 5-7pm. Cost 10 per person. SHADES OF HARMONY Find your a cappella voice with us: the Shades of Harmony. For more information call Donna 519-660-4695 or Shirley 519-666-1974. Shades of Harmony is a member of Harmony Inc., an international organization of women who enjoy singing Barbershop A Cappella Harmony. Visit www. shadesofharmony.com for more details. Used Cars JIM CORR (519) 285-8249 140 Brock St. • Thamesford, ON • N0M 2M0 Noteworthy ALL BREED Keep them Neat! DOG & CAT GROOMING Booking for April & May Offering Free Pick Up & Delivery in your area. 519-283-9758 THISTLE THEATRE …the little theatre with a big heart Many thanks to those people who joined us Sat Mar 14 at the Embro Legion for our Annual General Meeting. We had a meal catered by Janices Fine Country Catering & “A Time for Improv” with Joan Veldman. The meal was excellent & the Improv was great fun. A number of the audience were brave enough to participate. The new Executive includes: Ann Parker, Ed Williams, Chris Cockle, Harold Arbuckle, Phoebe Campbell, Sue Langlois, Norm Northmore, Emily Walton, Sara Stephenson, Doug Turvey, Mary Anne Van Oostveen & Wendy Marshall. Our next Board Meeting is Thurs April 9 at the Embro Town Hall at 7.30pm. WOW! Many Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of Having Hope At Home, Thistle Theatres production in Nov 2014 at the Embro Town Hall. At the Western Ontario Awards Gala and Dance in Owen Sound March 22 Thistle Theatre was recognized in many ways. NOMINATIONS Betty Bartram Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Chris Cockle Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Kevin Rutherford Outstanding Set Design. WINNERS Meagan Hargreaves Best Actress in a Major Role, Susan Garner Best Director, Best Visual Production: set,costumes, lights & props, Award of Merit: Props & Décor: Phoebe Campbell, Deb Matheson, Trudy DeWit, Kevin Rutherford, Emily Walton (and all the Rutherford Family) Winner: Best Production of a Canadian Play: All of us including Julie MacIntosh & Peter Johnson. This is a phenomenal Accomplishment considering there were 21 shows in competition & 9 Canadian Plays. AUDITIONS for our next Production: My Fair Lady will be held at the Embro Town Hall Sun April 26 & Mon April 27, 7:30pm. Call Backs will be on Thur April 30, 7.30pm. Director Joan Veldman & Music Director Gord Hardcastle have requested you come with a prepared song & you may be expected to read from the script. Don & Sue Hilborn are producing (519-537-1522 or 519-535-0511) & Stage Managers are Linda Murray & Norm Northmore. The show dates for this production are Nov 18-22, 25-27 & 28. We are really excited to say that Jill Baker will be the Artistic Director for DRAMARAMA our childrens summer camp. Children between the ages of 7-14 years old are eligible. Dates this year are July 6-17 and July 20-31. Cost will be the same as previous years $150 per child per session. This programme is full, but we are accepting applications for the waiting list. We are looking for an Assistant Artistic Director & Counsellors. For more info please contact Phoebe Campbell 519-475-6033 or email [email protected] For more information about these & other aspects of Thistle Theatre, please take a peek at our website www.thistletheatre.ca. We are redoing our website, so if you want info that is not yet there, please call Chris Cockle at 519-475-4201. ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBIT AT ICAC The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre presents its Annual Members Exhibit featuring works from all the mediums at the Centre - painting, quilting, fibre arts, pottery & rug hooking. Grand opening takes place Sun April 19, 1-4pm with refreshments & admission is free! For more details www.creativeartscentre.com or call 519-485-4691. Centre hours: M-F 9-12pm & 1-4pm (closed Saturdays & holiday weekends). Show runs until May 24. s p i l s & t C Bi THANKS from TEAM ZVONKIN Team Zvonkin would like to send a BIG THANK YOU for your support at our progressive euchre tournaments held Feb15 & Mar 15. We raised a total of $845 for our team which will be donated on May 3 at the MS Walk in Woodstock. Together we will find a cure for MS!!! Thank you, Team Zvonkin CAMP TANNER - THANK YOU The Camp Tanner Board, Staff & Campers would like to thank everyone who supported their recent auction. Those who donated auction items, those who made financial donations & those who attended the auction - you are all greatly appreciated. With your help, over $10,000 was raised for camp programs and projects. COMMUNITY BRIDAL SHOWER ZORRA GIRLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION On behalf of the parents & players in the Zorra Girls Hockey Association we wish to thank Thorndale Dental, MouldRite Inc, Harring Doors, Allied Associates, KDM Erectors, Egan Electric & Brent-Reg Construction for their extremely generous donations this year to our hockey program. We would also like to thank the Thamesford Legion for including the Zorra Girls Hockey Association in their amazing community donation! Home town hockey is a treasured Canadian tradition that so many youth today take part in & it helps to shape their lives. Your donation this year has assisted our girls to play a sport they love & represent their community with pride. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you! Spring tryouts will be starting in late April for the following teams: Atom B/C, Peewee B/C, Bantam B/C and Midget B/BB. Coaches are also needed for these teams & tryouts. Please see our website www.zgha.ca for more information. Thanks and see you at the rink! THANK YOU - MANZER The family of William (Bill) Manzer wish to convey their appreciation to the Thamesford Fireman, OPP, Dr Chapeski, the nurses from Stonebridge in Tillsonburg, Brock & Visser Funeral Home, Helen, Bill & Chris for their guidance and assistance. To Cheryl & Rev Mark Marshall and Tom Brown for their music, Susan Cole for her inspiring service, to the pall bearers & the ladies of the church for their lovely lunch. Thank you to those who visited, sent donations, cards & food. Our sincerest thanks, Ann, Jim & Susan and Family, Diane & Randy and Family A Community Bridal Shower will be held to celebrate the marriage of Michelle Young on May 24th, 1pm to 4pm at the Thamesford Library Beatty Room. THANK YOU - HENSHAW The Henshaw family wishes to express their sincere & heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous outpouring of support shown to us during the tragic & devastating loss of our dear son, Cody. The unbelievable turnout at the visitation & funeral service was an overwhelming testament to the wonderful & kindhearted person Cody was. Cody had an incredible way of making everyone’s day a little bit brighter and a little bit lighter. In his short 18 years, Cody was able to touch the lives of the young & old alike with his smile & contagious laugh. A sincere thank you to all our family, friends & neighbours who continue to surround us with love & support by preparing meals, phone calls, sending flowers, writing cards & checking in.A special thank you to the emergency first response team who tended to Cody with such care & compassion. Thank you to Fran’s Village Deli for organizing & preparing the luncheon at the Thamesford Community Centre following the funeral service. Thank you to Rev Mark Marshall for such wonderful words of comfort & reassurance. Finally, a sincere thank you to Helen, Bill and their staff at Brock & Visser Funeral Home for their compassion, guidance & support. Scott, Denise & Kyle Henshaw and Family THAMESFORD TROJANS REPORT The Trojans have wrapped up another season. They would like to thank all their fans & sponsors for their support. The Trojans would like to give a special thank you to the Thamesford Legion for there generous donation. Keep in mind the Trojans annual golf tournament. Train of Thought... JC Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night. ~Terri Guillemets The Goldhawk Team will contribute $125 to the Canadian Cancer Society for every property listed and/or firmly sold during April! Your past support has raised over $6000 in contributions. Thank you for helping us continue with this fundraiser! SOLD 0 ,90 4 $ 29 236 Thames St. N., Ingersoll 194817 19th Ln, Zorra NEW PRICE 0 ,90 9 2 $2 NEW LISTING 10 Kirwin Drive, Ingersoll Updated 4 Level Side-split located in a Harrisfield district. 3 bdrms, eat-in kitchen, large living & separate family room w/gas fireplace, 2 bath. Minutes from 401, walking distance to public & catholic schools. Generous lot w/deck & newer Shed. NEW PRICE 0 ,30 7 $ 20 52 David St. Ingersoll 152 Metcalfe St., Ingersoll 3+1 bdrm, 3 bth, brick ranch. Open concept, gas fireplace, hardwood & lots of upgrades. Finished lwr lvl has in-law suite potential! Close to 401 & Royal Roads Public School. 4 lvl side split w/plenty of room for your family. Eat-in kitchen + separate dining rm, lrg family rm on 3rd lvl, & workshop in basement. Private 132' lot. Move in ready. 0 ,90 7 5 $2 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 9 ,99 4 1 $3 746 Frontenac Cres., Woodstock 175 Clarence Ave., Ingersoll 212 Byron St., Thamesford 324125 Mount Elgin Rd., Mt Elgin Custom built “Suzuki” bungalow w/32’x21’ heated, shop. Unique chalet design, vaulted ceilings, 2 fireplaces, hardwood, 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths on 77 x 165’ lot! Victorian Style 4 bdrm, 2 bth home on large lot w/separate shop! Oak staircase, Large principal rooms & main flr laundry. Easy 401 access. Independently Owned & Operated LORI GOLDHAWK Sales Representative OFFICE 519-485-2227 CHRISTINE BELORE LISA ROSS AMANDA CARPENTER Sales Representative Sales Representative Customer Care Manager www.lorigoldhawk.com www.InTheHouse.com/lori 159 Thames St. S., Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T3 INGERSOLL SENIOR CENTRE COMING EVENTS: Bus: Fax: • 1-800-264-0088 (519) 271-5900 (519) 271-6320 824 Ontario Street Stratford, Ontario N5A 3K1 ARLENE WRIGHT [email protected] ELECTRIC Mike Egan [email protected] • • • • INC Residential Commercial Industrial Agricultural 519-285-2514 RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The ROEDC is a non-profit economic development corporation with a mandate to support the business & agricultural community within rural Oxford. These services are being provided throughout the townships of Rural Oxford. A volunteer board of directors, representing the municipal & business interests of each rural township, governs the ROEDC. Having been formed as a corporation in Sept 2014, the ROEDC has no pre-existing brand. Why is a brand so important? This is a process, which goes much deeper than simply creating a logo & a tagline. This process will establish a solid foundation that involves our board, employees, community stakeholders & ultimately, you the business community that we serve. In January, we set out to find a consulting firm that could lead us through the brand development process. Having received a number of proposals from firms with a wealth of experience, the ROEDC was particularly pleased that one such branding firm is located right here in rural Oxford. Not only are they local, 31st Line Strategic Communications is the only company in Canada with the professional designation of Certified Brand Strategist from The Brand Establishment. As you may guess, this firm is located on the 31st Line, near Embro. This talented & enthusiastic team thrives on the adrenaline rush of unconventional thinking to grow ideas that inspire change. Their unique farm location & rural roots reflect their shared values: a healthy environment, hard work, mutual respect & caring, honesty, going above & beyond. We are well into the process of identifying our brand, a tool that drives a powerful understanding of who we are. We'll be unveiling our identity shortly. In the meantime, if your business or organization is facing a challenge as you grow & expand and could use some extra assistance, we invite you to contact us. Our economic development officer, Bernia Wheaton, is always willing to sit down & confidentially talk through your unique situation and identify solutions and opportunities. Wednesday Lunches are Back! at 12 noon. $8 for a full-course meal... no tax. No tip. Great Deal! Reserve by Tues at 4pm. 2015- 16 Membership Renewals Just a reminder about our membership: Yearly Fee is $30, effective Apr 1-Mar 31. New this year: you will receive a membership card. Keep your card in your wallet! You will be required to show your card for registration & for drop in programs. Annual Yard Sale Sat Apr18, 8am-12 noon. Also serving “Bacon on a Bun”. Donations welcome, but remember please only useable donations (if it is beyond repair, we can not sell it!) Volunteers Needed to help with: Pre-sorting, carting, unpacking, pricing, selling & help with breakfast. Call 485-3869 to volunteer. “New” Massage Therapy Clinic Welcome Kelly Kupczyk RMT. Kelly comes highly recommended by several of her clients who are members at the Centre. This partnership complements our center philosophy of active – healthy living. Members & non-members pay the same fee for a message. Members Introductory Special: Members in good Standing will receive a 1 Hour Massage for the ½ hour price. (One time only). Appointments are booked directly with Kelly 226-973-8673. New Recipe Club the 3rd Thurs of each month at 2pm. A new Club for those looking to break out of the boredom of cooking & baking. To date we have enjoyed: Appetizers, learned to bake Biscotti's, Christmas Treats & Healthy Soups, Maple Syrup & coming Apr 18: “Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies”. Mah Jong Many thanks to Lucy McCandless who has been instructing our “Mah Jong” classes. Classes are going well & anyone interested in joining us – we play Thurs afternoons 2-4pm. Not sure what is is all about? Drop by & watch the fun. Travel Club Tues Apr 7, 1pm. “Castles & Gardens of Britain”. Our guests Ernie & Cathy Wilson will be sharing their excursion to the magnificent castles & beautiful gardens on their trip to Britain. Spring Wreath Workshop Tues Apr 28, 1:15pm. Instructed by Margaret Priddle you will “make & take” a beautiful spring wreath. These wreaths are right on trend & will be a showstopper no matter where you hang it. Pre-registration required by Tues Apr 14. Senior Centre Golf League begins Apr 20 at Woodstock Meadows. Please call the Centre to confirm your participation by Fri Apr 17. Fitness Class Registration The final session for all fitness classes before summer runs from Apr 27-June 19. Registration opens Mon Apr 13, 9am. Please register early for classes – if the minimums are not met after the 1st week, classes will be cancelled. Fitness Classes you may enjoy: Clogging, Latin Line Dancing, Hula Hoop Fitness, Zumba, Gentle Yoga (4 classes to choose from), Restorative Yoga, Low Impact Cardio, Muscle & Stretch, Line Dancing, Tai Chi & more! Remember to put yourself first! The better shape you are in – the easier the yard work becomes. We also offer a variety of other clubs for a variety of interests: Book Club, Walking Club, Knitting Club, Carving Club & Travel Club! Another popular Club is our “Dining Out Club”. Once a month we visit local restaurants to enjoy a variety of dining experiences. Call us for details 519-485-3869 Bid Euchre Tournament Fri Apr 24, 12:30 $5 / person. Greeting Card Workshop: Tues May 12, 1pm. Create your own oneof-a-kind cards to use an unique gifts. “All Dressed Up” The Senior Centre will be the host for the OPP Annual “All Dressed Up” program created by the OPP to assist Grade 8 & 12 graduating girls with grad & prom dresses. If you are interested in volunteering or if your granddaughters have any gently used dresses, still in style (5-7 yrs. old) & jewelry/purses – all donations accepted. Donations can be left here at the Centre. 2015 Bus Trips “Chicago” the musical. Huron County Playhouse, lunch at Aunt Gussies. Wed July 8. 3 Days in OTTAWA: June 7-9. Enjoy a 3 day getaway exploring our stunning capital. With an included city tour, canal cruise, admission to the Museum of History and a visit to the Deifenbunker, you will see the very best of Ottawa. To book this trip please contact Great Canadian Direct at 1-800-461-8687. REGISTER EARLY!!! YODER CONSTRUCTION Steel Roofs • Sheds Garages • Additions renovations The Thorndale Masonic Lodge is available to rent for functions large and small. We can accommodate 50 to 100 people. Call Scott Ivins for more info. 519-461-0785. FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS William Yoder 156701 15th Line Lakeside ON. 519-349-2799 VON - ADULT DAY PROGRAM Our program provides seniors & adults living with a disability, an opportunity to enjoy a day of recreational & social programs with their peers in a safe environment. Daily attendance includes activities, guests & outings, all designed & developed by our Recreationist, a hot meal provided, exercise programs & much more. Our PSW staff allows us to appropriately cater to any personal-care needs of clients. Our talented multidisciplinary staff confidently supports diagnoses such as Alzheimer disease, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis, mental health & developmental changes. Our day program not only provides a social atmosphere for clients but it provides respite for caregivers. Those experiencing difficulty bathing at home are more than welcome to take advantage of our therapeutic tub. The Bathing Program is open to the community. VON nurses are available to provide you with professional foot care during your Adult Day Program visit. For all other questions and/or concerns please feel free to contact: Robin Bryce, Program Coordinator, VON Ingersoll & Tillsonburg Adult Day Program 519-539-1231, ext 238. THORNDALE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ci ety Th a re t Hor The Thorndale & Area Horticultural Society will meet Wed, April 8 at the Thorndale Community Centre. The speaker will be one of our members, Marilyn Turner who recently went to the Philadelphia Garden Show & Longwoods Garden. As always everyone is invited to our meetings. Upcoming dates to mark on your calendar: Sat May 9 Annual Plant Sale at the Cow Shed (Community Centre Grounds) 10am-1pm. For n da l e & A information contact Marylou 519-461-1146. or Wed May 13 Members Flower Show at our general meeting. For information contact Melanie 519-475-6709. Sun June 28 Green Thumb Garden Tour. For information about the garden tour & meetings i c o ult ural S contact Shirley 519-461-0855 or email [email protected], wwwgardenontario.orgphp/tahs. KIWANIS ONE DAY The Kiwanis Club of Ingersoll joins with Kiwanis clubs around the world to celebrate... Kiwanis One Day on Sat April 11. Please join us for a session of free bowling at Ingersoll Lanes, 134 Thames St N, 13pm. All ages welcome including the young & the young at heart! Come on in, bowl, visit & have a piece of cake on us. We do hope you will join us! [email protected] THAMES VALLEY SQUARES HALL FOR RENT, THORNDALE Bring a friend night, guests dance free Mon, April 27, 7-9:30pm, College Ave United Church, 22 Wilson St (corner of Wilson & Peel St) Woodstock. The only requirement for membership in FA is a desire to stop eating addictively. There are no dues or fees, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. There is a solution! Sat - 10am The Rock Community Church, 1140 Nellis St, Woodstock Tues - 9:30am Church of Ascension Church, 2060 Dundas St, London Wed - 6:30pm Church of Latterday Saints, 615 Baseline Rd E, London Thurs 6:30pm Church of Latterday Saints, 615 Baseline Rd E, London Call Gayle at 519-537-5057 for more information or visit our website www.foodaddicts.org. CRAFTERS AND VENDORS Do you think you have a neat item people would like to buy? Make contact with over 7,000 people who could see your product. We would love to have you there. Come join us at Wienerfest. Please call Linda Collier 519-285-5123, [email protected] COUNTY WARDEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT Oxford County Warden’s Golf Tournament is June 19, 8:30am at Craigowan Oxford Golf & Country Club. Enjoy a complete program of 18 holes of golf, shared cart, breakfast, snack, lunch & a participation gift for each player, $125 per golfer. Register a team or let us find you one. Call 519-539-7447 or [email protected] to register or for sponsorship opportunities. The Village Voice DEADLINE for the May edition is... April 20th TEL: 519-285-3249 FAX: 519-285-3239 EMAIL: [email protected] WWW.jcgraphics.CA Church 519-423-9191 434809 Zorra Line, Beachville "Where love makes the difference!" Sunday Worship 3pm Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm Livingway Pentecostal Church Reynolds Creek United Church EAST NISSOURI 4H DAIRY CLUB SEASON It's that time of year again & the East Nissouri 4H Dairy Club is announcing it's first meeting of the year! If you are interested in 4H, agriculture, dairy cattle, meeting new friends, then this will be right up your alley! You must be 9-21 years old as of January 1, 2015. Membership fees can be made by cheque ONLY to the Oxford 4H Association & brought with you to the meeting. The first meeting will be held Sat, April 18, at the farm of Gerry & Debbie Roefs, in the shop, 295883 29th Line, just south of Kintore Side Rd. We will be starting at 9:30am. For more info, please call Nicole Barnett 519-533-2208; Anne Matheson 519-614-7487; or Racheal Roefs 519-320-8725. We can't wait to see all of our new and existing 4H members! Also, we are looking for anyone who may be interested in helping out our dairy club as a 4H Leader or volunteer this year -- please contact one of us for more information. Truth Community Church Join us Sunday mornings for our 10am Worship Service at the former St Joseph School, Thamesford Nursery care & children's program provided during the Worship Service. For more info, contact Pastor Shawn Robinson [email protected], www.truthcommunitychurch.ca Westminster United Church 115 George St, thamesford-united-church.com, 285-3212 Sunday Services at 10:30am MON Word Alive Bible Study 10:30am TUES Men’s Shuffleboard THUR Early Years 9:30am THURS Choir 7pm FRI VON Smart Exercise 9:30am Apr 2 Maundy Thursday 7pm Movie Apr 3 Good Friday 10:30am Apr 5 Easter Sunday 7am & 10:30am Apr 15 Cooking Connexions 3:30pm St. John’s Anglican Church 220 Dundas St, Office Hrs Tues 9:30am-12:30pm Phone: 519-285-3218 - Cell: 519-630-1384 Sunday Morning services 9:15am MON 7pm Al-anon WED Pre-School, 9:30am-Noon WED Mixed Euchre, 7pm THUR Men's Euchre, 1pm THUR Choir, 7:30pm FRI Pre-School, 9:30am-Noon First Baptist Church 519-485-3046 "A great place of worship for everyone" 235 Thames St South, www.fbcingersoll.ca Pastor - Rev. Alan Adams [email protected] You can find us on You Tube and like us on Facebook 10:30 Sunday Morning Family Worship Tues 7pm Prayer & Bible Study Wed 7pm Youth Ministry Grades 6-12 May 1 Ladies Night Out 519-425-1174 7180 Hamilton Rd., Putnam, Pastor Mary Dillon. Worship time 11am, Sunday School 10:15am Banner United Church Pastor Mary Dillon Worship time 9:45am with concurrent Sunday School 519-485-4440 194552 Regional Road 119, www.mycross.ca Please join us Sundays: Sunday Bible Study: 9am Prayer 9:30am Nursery 10:30am Coffee Fellowship 10am Service 10:30am~ Citrus Sun 10:30am ~ Inside Out Kids 10:30am Crossroads Alliance Church 519-485-0961 584118 Beachville Rd. hiwaypentecostal.ca Sunday Services 10:30am Family Worship Service 6:30 pm Evening Service Wed 6:45-8pm Kidz Zone Refuel, Laurie Hawkins School Age 3-11 Thurs 7-9:30pm Regeneration Gr 7-12 at Hi-Way Hi-Way Pentecostal Church Kintore Rev. Douglas Peck, cell 519-872-6011, Office hrs: M&Tu 9-12pm www.kintorechurch.com For church bookings email [email protected] Church Service - 1st Sunday of month - 9:30am (with coffee) All other Sundays - 11am (followed by coffee time) Sunday School during 11am services MON Knitting & More 9:30am & 6:30pm Apr 2 Special Announcement 5:30pm. Church & Community Potluck Supper followed by April Koffee House at 7pm, bring your guitars, banjos, harmonicas & more, a good old fashioned jam session will start the evening off right at 7pm. Potluck 5:30, donations to Mission & Service Fund 2015. April 2 Maundy Thursday Potluck Supper 5:30pm All are welcome to come and take part. April 2 Kintore Koffee House 7pm Bring a friend; bring an instrument & jam along with us April 5 Sunrise Service at 7:45 am April 5 Easter Breakfast at 8:15am April 5 Communion at 9:30am service April 7 Bible Study at 10:30am April 9 UCW at 7:30pm April 12 Congregational Meeting after church April 13 Knitting and More 9:30am & 6:30pm April 14 OEYC at 9:30am April 16 Movie Night 6:30pm “Fireproof” April 20 Knitting & More April 21 Bible Study at 10:30am April 21 Over 50’s at 12:30 noon Potluck & Speaker April 23 Movie Night 6:30pm “Flywheel” April 27 Knitting & More April 28 OEYC at 9:30am April 30 Games Night for all ages 7-8:30pm Bring a friend and your favourite board game Chalmers United Church APRIL Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 1 MAY May 1 & 2 How to Stop A Dump May 1 Ladies Night Out May 2 Harrington Trail Launch May 2 Mom to Mom Sale, Ingersoll May 7 & 12 Cali Road Hockey Registration Thursday Friday 2 • IngersollSeniors Centre Wed Lunch • TAMHA Online Registration starts 3 • Beachville Legion Euchre 7pm • Ing. Choral concert Saturday 4 • Jakemans Pancake House, 9am-1pm GOOD FRIDAY 5 • Beachville Legion Brunch • Purple Hill Opry 6 • Firearms Ed Course • Blood Donor Clinic, • Ladies Darts, Thorndale Hillcrest Legion 7pm • Zorra Council • Lions meeting • Ingersoll Seniors Travel Club 7 8 •Embro Pork BBQ 9 • Habitat for Humanity • Ingersoll Seniors Mah Jong Info Night, Ingersoll • Tai Chi Open House • TPLAC Speaker Sleeping Children... • Breakfast for the Unbroken •Thorndale Horticulture 12 • Embro Legion Breakfast 9-1pm • Open Paint Day • Ingersoll Legion Lasagna Dinner 13 • Ingersoll Seniors • Zorra Open House Fitness Regist. begins (Aggregate Policy) •Genealogical Society • AA Trinity, Ingersoll 14 15 • Srs Centre Ripleys & Brewery Tour • Health & Wellness Show at Masonic Lodge, Ingersoll 16 • Westminster • Beachville Legion Cooking Connexions Ham Dinner • Seniors Centre • No Foul Language Recipe Club Show 17 18 19 20 21 • Zorra Council • Ingersoll & District Historical Society 22 • Thamesford Friendship Club • FA London • Euchre at St Johns • Eating Disorders Support, Wdstk 23 • Beachville Legion Euchre 7pm • AA Woodstock 10am & 7:30pm 24 25 28 29 30 FRIDAYS • Beachville Legion League Darts 8pm • NA St Pauls, Ing • Bingo 7:30pm Hillcrest Legion • AA Woodstock 8pm • OPAL AGM • Blood Donor Clinic, • Large item garbage Ingersoll pick up this week... • Hunter Ed Course •ICAC Member Exhibit Village Voice Deadline 26 27 • Square Dancing • Ladies Darts, Hillcrest Legion 7pm • First Aid class, Wdstk •Ingersoll Horticultural • Ingersoll Seniors Spring Wreath Class • Ingersoll Seniors Centre Wed Lunch • Euchre at St Johns • Mixed Darts, Hillcrest Legion IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 911 10 • Blood Donor Clinic, Tillsonburg • Ox Cty Jr Farmers • Choralaires concert • Ingersoll Seniors Euchre Tourney • Recycle Day Thamesford Arena • Kiwanis One Day • Yard Sale for Cure • Bernie & Amanda Buck & Doe • Yard Sale, Pipe Hall 11 •Srs Centre Yard Sale • Thames River Clean Up •Harvard Aircraft meet • 2nd Time Loved sale • East Nissouri 4H • Choralaires concert • Karaoke, Hillcrest Legion • Buck & Doe Kettlewell & Roefs O.P.P. 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