Today's date: Tuesday May 22, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 20
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The Wellington Advertiser encourages letters to the editor.
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Bench taken

Dear Editor:

I own the Fergus Scottish Corner Shop, in beautiful downtown Fergus. For a year now, I have had a comfortable white bench outside my shop, that I personally sanded and painted.

It said in red, on the backboard  “If It’s Nae Scottish,  It’s CRRR-AP!”

Everyone sat on that  bench.

Last Tuesday night, a late model white van with new chrome wheels pulled up at 8:30 at night. According to witness accounts, a  woman managed to load the bench by herself and drove away with it.

It was Tuesday night, garbage night for us downtown merchants.  Perhaps they thought it was garbage. It wasn’t to me, so if anyone knows about my bench, please return it with many thanks from the shop.

Joyce Reimer, FERGUS

Bro Show

Dear Editor:

Well, we did it again!

The fourth annual Bro Show on March 3 at the Fergus Legion was a great success. We had nine amazing men strutting their stuff, while modelling unique hand-crafted bras created by Jaboli Accessories, The Brew House on the Grand, Joanie’s Crafts, Gifts and Stained Glass, The Grape House, Professional Nails, Salon on the Grand, WR Designs and Sensational You.

We received items for our raffle table from very generous businesses: Brodericks for Men, Bentley’s House of Fine Teas, Aria Boutique, I Love Chocolate, Macdi Jewellery, Trendset Hair Salon, Premium Sportswear and Promotions, Drimmie Florist, Jaboli Accessories, Karger Gallery, Fergies Fine Foods, The Scrubs Room, Sensational You and RT Health Company.

Our live auction featured our beautiful bras and more business donations from Neob Lavender, Elora Brewing Company and Forge Team Inc. 

This event would not happen without the help of a couple of Fergus Kinsmen, our DJ Shawn Meunier and loyal support from Cinda and Lina - you know it sure was a team effort to pull this off.

Over the years, The Bro Show has raised over $14,000 for the Groves Hospital Foundation equipment fund.

The Bro Show, will be back – so ladies, mark your calendar and make a plan to join in the fun at the Mardi Bra event on March 1, 2019.

Mary Lloyd, FERGUS

Circles success stories

Dear Editor:

The Circles program helps people in poverty become financially self-sufficient with the help of a Circles coach, assistant coach and allies (volunteers who are already successful with work and education). The program started in the fall of 2015, providing all kinds of supports to help individuals, one by one,  get ahead and stay ahead.  Here are some results to date:

- one woman is no longer on Ontario Works, she is working full time has work benefits now and is the process of buying a car;

- another woman is no longer on Ontario works; she is also working full time and got her high school diploma;

- one person is focusing on self-advocacy and is being hired to help with a Leader in Training program;

- another woman just finished her first college course (it looks like she got an A). She is also teaching one-to-one computers at a cost of $15 per hour for four one-hour sessions, but does not charge people on OW or ODSP; and

- one adult is working full-time and is now the lead in her department.  

These individuals live in Wellington County.  Congratulations to all of them and those who continue to work towards their goal of financial self-sufficiency.

The Circles program really does work when community members get involved! We do continue to need ally volunteers. If you would like to learn more about Poverty and Circles, we are having a June 13 workshop and training session at the public health office in Aboyne beside the museum. Watch for upcoming advertisements in the Wellington Advertiser.

Elizabeth Debergh,

Curl for Cause

Dear Editor:

Curl For A Cause 2018, our 13th event, was a tremendous success.  

On March 24, 96 curlers gathered at the Fergus Curling Club to enjoy a day of curling, food, clapping, fundraising, meeting new friends, shouting encouragement to teammates and bidding on silent auction items.

This year was our most successful year in terms of fundraising.  We raised  $56,303 - over $11,000 more than last year, making our 13-year total $442,458.  

It will all be distributed to six local charities in the near future.  This year we selected the following charities to be the recipients of our efforts:  KidsAbility, The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Centre Wellington, Fergus-Elora Special Needs Soccer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington, The Centre Wellington Food Bank and Centre Wellington Women in Crisis.  This money will help these six organizations to enhance their programs in our community, thereby making life “just a little better for those less fortunate” who live amongst us.

Our committee is grateful to the many local and not-so-local business owners who purchased advertising on our T-shirts or in our event program or donated items for our auctions. If you visit our website you can read more about our history, our recipient charities and our Wonderful Sponsors.  Too late for this year but perhaps next year you might “get bidding” in our online auction.

Thank you to our hardworking curlers who collected over $36,000 in pledges from their families and friends.  When we work together we can accomplish good things.   Well done folks!



Bruce Hawkins,

Empowering story

Dear Editor:

How lucky the students at Empowerment Day on May 3 were to see real people demonstrating to them what is possible even when your life seems disastrous!

Since this was so close to Mother’s Day, the article showed that tough love can truly help a child even more than a gentle mother  love.

The young person who showed that it is really possible to be an “overcomer” (she had been adopted by parents who  bravely  allowed their crippled child to discover how to manage on her own).

Even when the school offered to give her an aide, the loving parents insisted instead that the child must attempt life’s challenges on her own!

Was it more difficult to insist on  giving her independence - or to make her dependent on others? What did  the neighbours say?

But, looking into her future when there would not be a mother to help her - wasn’t this the true gift of a mother’s love ?

Could you have been this loving?

Sytske Drijber, ROCKWOOD

Flying the flag

Dear Editor:

The recent ice storm caused many people in our area to deal with damage and to be without hydro.

Emmanuel Christian High School in Fergus fared very well, with the exception of our Canadian flag. Not only did it emerge tattered, but our pole was damaged in such a way that we were unable to replace our flag without the assistance of heavy machinery.

On the same day we had a skyjack available to us, we had a surprise visit from the Honourable Robert Black, who noticed our tattered flag and thoughtfully brought us a new one to replace it.

Our thanks to him for his kindness as we once again proudly fly our nation’s flag.

Arthur Kingma,

Great day

Dear Editor:

Every so often I feel it’s important to share positive things instead of using the letter to the editor to promote viewpoints.

Your reporter Jaime Myslik did a great job of covering Empowerment Day. My wife and I attended the event as proud grandparents watching my granddaughter Jessa co-introduce Michel Chikwanine, one of the speakers.

I want to thank the sponsors of this event and further state that this event was well put together with support from Upper Grand District School Board and many of the teachers and principals from many of our local schools.

Job well done and what a powerful positive influence this event has in shaping our future leaders and thinking of our students!

Ed and Gina Benjamins, MOOREFIELD

Great hospital staff

Dear Editor:

Louise Marshall hospital emergency staff are the best!

On May 2 my husband took me to the emergency department at Louise Marshall hospital in Mount Forest for a possible broken arm after falling down some of my stairs.

I was taken in to X-ray where the technician was aware of the extreme pain I was in and assisted me any way she could to lessen the pain while being X-rayed. Upon entering the emergency department, a lovely and calming nurse took all my vitals and informed me that the doctor was now examining my X-rays

Dr. Goytisolopazos came in to speak with me about my X-ray. He took the time to send a copy of my fracture to an orthopedic specialist as to whether my spiral fracture would need surgery to repair or whether a cast would work. While waiting for a cast, the staff had other emergencies to attend to but always stopped in to check on me and to give me info on approximately when I would get my cast.

I was treated so well the whole time I was there and am so grateful for the excellent professional medical help I received while in emergency.

Mount Forest, you are lucky to have such an excellent hospital in your community and such excellent medical professionals working in your community.


Suzanne Yates, DUNDALK

Pipeline concerns

Dear Editor:

Working as an applied ecologist for over 40 years, human-environment interactions are something to which I given much thought.

Canada is the only country in the world extracting oil from tar sands. The production process - which removes square kilometres of boreal forest ecosystems, sometimes over 100 metres of overburden soils, requires millions of litres of water and thousands of kilowatts of energy, leaving behind enormous contaminated tailing ponds that fail or at best leach into groundwater to produce a thick, low grade bitumen oil that must be diluted so it will flow in a pipeline  - always impressed me as an incredibly destructive and uneconomical activity.

Next to coal, which everyone agrees should be phased out, energy production from Canada’s tar sands have the highest GHG emissions. Canadians want a clean energy future and understand the transition will not be easy. Building this pipeline will infringe on the rights of First Nations and British Columbia and on the future of all people concerned about the impact of climate change.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project is too risky for the economy, climate, coast and progress on Indigenous reconciliation.

Brent Tegler, FERGUS

Tick found on trail

Dear Editor:

On May 9 I discovered a tick on the neck of my yellow Labrador retriever. We are daily users of the Elora Cataract trail.

We already had a “tick kit” and using the tool provided, we removed the tick and encased it in a vial. We delivered it to Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health for identification purposes. We were informed that “our” tick was a partially engorged female blacklegged tick.

This determination is significant as this species of tick is the one associated with Lyme disease. Public health was extremely helpful in providing guidance and information on this subject.

Our experience indicates to us that indeed blacklegged ticks are in our community (our dog hasn’t left the town in recent months). It appears to us that there is the potential for human or canine cases of Lyme disease here.

Residents are well advised to be aware of the various methods of preventing this devastating illness.

Dave Dorman, ERIN

Tree planting success

Dear Editor:

A note with many thanks to the 60 young tree planters from J.D. Hogarth School, along with parents and teachers, all wisely led and directed by Alison Morrison of the Green Legacy program, who on May 3, under cloudy and wet conditions, managed so expertly to establish a two-acre plantation with several hundred trees of various varieties.

We are reminded that the average new house built today will leave a 20-ton carbon footprint while every tree planted is capable of absorbing and storing 20 tons of CO2 in its given lifetime.

Every day in summer, trees release 20-plus tons of oxygen into the air per square mile (640 acres) of forest, which is the daily requirement for about 10,000 people.

Anthony Johnston, RR3 Fergus

‘Completely unjust’

Dear Editor:

Please can you explain why your newspaper has banned Letters to the Editor from members of Centre Wellington council during the pre-election period, and yet the paid for (by our taxes) advertisement “The Mayor’s Monthly Minute” continues to be published?

In my mind, and minds of many others, this is completely unjust.

Carol Williams, ELORA



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