Welcome to The Club Spring 2023

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other! Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other!
Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.


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What's Going On?


There are two full pages of events in

this issue of Welcome To The Club, and

that’s very important for a few reasons

that I’d like to elaborate on. However,

I’d like to first ask all the organizers in

the non-profit groups, the Lions Clubs,

Optimists, Rotary, fair boards, etc. in

Sarnia and throughout Lambton County

to send us your events, well in advance,

for free publication.

For many years a wonderful lady

named Leona Allen worked at Tourism

Sarnia-Lambton (TSL) and compiled a

very thorough list of events that residents

and visitors could refer to when they

were searching for something to do. It

wasn’t easy… it was like herding cats

and I saw the expression on Leona’s

face countless times as she struggled

to help people help themselves. We’ve

also published Daytripping Magazine

for over a quarter of a century, and

we routinely contact TSL and similar

marketing organizations in Chatham-

Kent, Windsor-Essex, London, Elgin

County, etc. to build a comprehensive

events list for all of Southwestern

Ontario. It’s a ton of work, but we

feel that it’s important content for our

readers and something that needs to be

done. But to say that it’s become more

difficult over the years would be an


Things began to change when social

media sites (yes, we mean you Facebook)

came on the scene. Organizers could

use these to get the word out to enough

people easily, which was super, but

they often were content with that.

While there was no cost to add it to our

events list or to TSL’s and others, many

organizers stopped taking that extra

step and undoubtedly missed out on

a lot of visitors. It also fractured what

had been a well-established system,

and it has since become very difficult

to nearly impossible to find most of the

events in an area all in one place. Pick

any city you may want to visit and try

to find a variety of events in a certain

timeframe - you’ll see how difficult it’s

become. Google is now the best option

in most cases.

The pandemic really put a nail in

the coffin of the traditional events list,

because events went the way of the

Brontosaurus for a while. There were

none, at all, for a long time (though the

Brontosaurus probably had it worse). I

trust that you remember those boring

days. It became pointless for us or TSL

or anyone else to try to build an events

list when there simply weren’t any, and

we all wondered if things would ever go

back to normal. Where’s a fish fry when

you need one damnit!

The pandemic subsided but the effect

it had lingered on. Let’s face it - most

small town events are spearheaded by

a few volunteers over coffee (maybe

with Baileys) in a community hall

or at someone’s kitchen table, and

those groups couldn’t meet during the

pandemic. Even if they did meet, how

could they be sure that their event

wouldn’t have to be cancelled? Would

there be another lockdown? Some

groups disbanded during that time,

and some events will never come back

because it was the hard work of a few

people that made all the difference.

However, fast forward and “Revenge

Tourism” is the new term for an

explosion in the number of people who

want to travel after being locked up for

so long. A similar term may be needed

for the number of events that you’ll be

able to choose from, now that fears of

pandemic aftershocks have subsided.

And, thanks to my amazing staff, we

can now offer you a pretty impressive

list of events on pages 22-23 to consider

attending. Some are big and some are

small and we don’t have them all by any

means, but it’s a great “re-start.” Now

it’s up to the event organizers reading

this to take that extra step and email

us the basic info we need to help you

succeed. No one likes herding cats!


P.S. For up to date live local

entertainment, check out Facebook/

SarniaRocks or Sarniarocks.com


“The Inheritance”

Mark Moran,


Morris Schwartz is on his deathbed, knows the end is near, is

with his nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons. "So", he says to

them, "Bernie, I want you to take the Beverly Hills houses. Sybil,

take the apartments over in Los Angeles Plaza. Hymie, I want

you to take the offices over in City Center." Sarah, my dear wife,

please take all the residential buildings downtown." The nurse is

just blown away by all this, and as Morris slips away, she says,

"Mrs. Schwartz, your husband must have been such a

hard-working man to have accumulated all this property.”

Sarah replies, "What Property? He has a paper route!"

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to birds and insects—

dot the trail from start

Forest, the busy little community in anticipation of the opening of the to finish. An original

of 3,000 people, provides a variety of Guelph-Sarnia section of the Grand Tunk whistle post, which

recreational opportunities to residents

and visitors alike. Not only can you enjoy

Railway in 1859. In Lambton County,

the rail line ran from Thedford to Point

directed the engineer to

blow the train’s whistle

a little culture at the Kineto Theatre or Edward, passing through the villages of upon approaching a

Forest Museum, but you can keep active

in a host of ways! Forest offers The

Forest, Aberarder, Perch and Blackwell

(named after Thomas E. Blackwell,

road crossing, has been

refurbished and remains

Shores Recreation Centre, the YMCA, the first general manager of the Grand in place one-quarter

baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts,

pickleball, lawn bowling, golf, disc golf,

parks and three hiking trails.

The Esli Dodge Conservation Area,

just south of town, is home to a beautiful

park that includes an amphitheater,

Trunk Railway).

The train station was named Forest

because the steam locomotives would

stop in this densely forested area for

wood and to draw water from Hickory

Creek. From there, a small community

mile out of town. As

well, railroad crossing

signs, replicas of those

often seen in rural Lambton County, are

installed at a farm field crossing along

the trail.

picnic shelter, tennis courts and access grew and, in 1872, Forest was The well-used Grand Trunk Trail, 4

to the Forest Walkway Trail. This 2.8

km paved multi-use trail, owned and

maintained by the Municipality of

Lambton Shores, winds past a manmade

lake and eventually joins the

Grand Trunk Trail west of the Railroad

Way trailhead. From there, a short walk

incorporated as a village. Forest is now

the largest town in Lambton Shores.

In 1923 the Canadian National

Railway took control of the Grand Trunk

Railway, but by 1952 passenger service

had ended and by 1981 the Forest-

Sarnia section had been

km out and back, is accessible, flat and

just the right distance for a leisurely

walk! If you want to extend the walk,

you can take advantage of the Lagoon

Loop which connects with the Grand

Trunk Trail at Brush Road.

east leads to the Rotary Civic Square abandoned. Although

Forest Trails

where there is a splashpad for hot most of the rail land has

summer days!

returned to farmland, Trailhead

The Grand Trunk Rail Trail, which some parts remain Esli Dodge Cons. Area

begins at the Railroad Way trailhead, is accessible, including

Grand Trunk Trail

(4km Out & Back)

closely tied to the history of Forest. The a 2 km stretch of the

first village lots were surveyed in 1858 original rail bed running

southwest from Forest

Forest Walkway

toward Brush Road.

Trail (2.4 km

Out & Back)

Since 2011 Lambton

Lagoon Loop Forest

Shores Nature Trails

(1km Around) Golf Club

has partnered with

the Municipality of Lambton Shores to The Lagoon Loop follows the

maintain and develop the aptly named perimeter of a former effluent pond

Grand Trunk Trail. The trail has been (sewage lagoon) for the Forest Sewage

widened, chip and dust added, and Treatment Plant. The 1 km trail includes

several benches installed to improve a viewing platform and information

accessibility. Pollinator boxes—raised about how effluent ponds, though

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serving a very practical function,

can also benefit the environment by

creating a wetland habitat. Birders are

likely to see a variety of shorebirds,

marshbirds and waterfowl that literally

flock to these lagoons to feast on

abundant insect life.

Lambton Shores Nature Trails, in

collaboration with the Municipality

and Forest Community Foundation,

constructed the impressive trailhead

structure and gardens at 12 Railroad

Way, across the road from the Forest

Station Library and not far from

downtown. Since 2017, it has been an

access point for all three Forest Trails.

Our most recent collaboration will link

the past, present and future: the reconstruction

of the Grand Trunk train

bridge over Hickory Creek, slated to

begin later this year. The restoration

will keep the Grand Trunk Rail history

alive, but also provide a functional

and attractive addition for present and

future trail users.

Lambton Shores Nature Trails

is thankful for our partnerships to

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If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

We’re all getting older, we may as well laugh about it!

Having recently lectured on the perils of

riding a motorcycle, it seems only fair to

touch base with drivers of those 4-wheeled

Mechano sets with the roof on top - a.k.a.

the modern automobile, or my sworn

enemy, my nemesis, the curse of my

highway: The Minivan.

Now I can understand why the modern

household would find this new box on

wheels an advantage for transporting

their 2.3 children, plus Fido and Fluffy to

day-care and/or veterinarian (as they are

interchangeable), but do they have to share

MY road? With the motorcycle, I can at least

manoeuvre around most of them before I

get pelted with whatever spews from their

wheels, their exhaust and their windows,

including but not limited to: stones, soot,

oil, lit cigarettes, used Kleenexes, pop cans,

apple cores, peach pits and even spit! And

then there are the children/pets in the back

seats to watch!

So when the motorcycle is not the

vehicle du jour, and I’m relegated to our

15 year old Chevy, then I have to put up

with that horrible confining van-trap for

seemingly endless periods of stop-light.

At these times of absolute idleness and

darkness, considering the dim amount

of daylight that can pass through those

tinted windows, I can’t help but ponder

the many wondrous aspects of this form of

transportation we have all come to depend

on more than our next breath.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re

driving your car and looking for an address,

you invariably turn down the volume on the

radio? Why do you need a driver’s license

to purchase liquor, when everyone knows

Piece of Mind

By Joan Richardson, London

From Daytripping

Sept.-Oct. 2001

Angle-Parked in a Parallel Universe

you can’t drink and drive? If you’re in a

vehicle travelling the speed of light, what

happens when you turn on the headlights?

Then again, if “R” means Reverse on the

gear shift, why is Forward marked “D”?

Once while driving in Toronto, I read

a huge sign on the expressway that said

“Drive Carefully - Keep Your Eyes on the

Road.” I almost crashed into the car in front

of me while I was reading the billboard.

Another time I witnessed a young lady

deftly applying her makeup while driving

through the city streets. As she was utilizing

the rear view mirror for her handiwork,

she missed a turn off and rapidly slammed

on her brakes. The fellow behind her

screeched to a halt, romantically easing his

car up onto her bumper, but boy was he

miffed! I guess the sudden stop had caused

him to lose his cell phone connection and

drop his cigarette; but he was really upset

that her inattention had caused him to spill

his coffee all over the fax machine next

to him! Some drivers should just drive a

hearse and cut out the middle man.

It is my contention that used cars are

not all what they are jacked up to be; that

car trouble is when the car won’t start

and the payments won’t stop and that old

automobile mufflers never die, they just

get exhausted. Truly, the perfect license

plate for me would have to be “PMS 666.”

Nobody would dare cut me off! Perhaps the

trick to surviving the highway carnage is to

drive just a little slower than your guardian

angel can fly. But for now, I guess we have

to assume that if everything seems to be

coming your way, then you must be in the

wrong lane!

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3 out of 5 people living

with dementia will go

missing at some point, a

frightening experience,

and a dangerous one.

That’s why the Alzheimer

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at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with

quick access to key information to assist in locating the individual and

returning them home safely.

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As reported by

Justine Goulet grew up on the shores

of Lake Huron. Her family had a boat

at Cedar Cove Marina, and in the

summers that is where she spent a

lot of her time. “I would go swimming

and wakeboarding everyday. For me,

the lake is life.” Goulet was also

passionate about art and theatre,

and she knew from a young age

that she would work in the arts. In

2012, she completed her Bachelor

of Fine Arts in Performance

Production at Ryerson University

and apprenticed at Canada’s

National Ballet School in the

wardrobe department. “Then

I moved to Dublin, Ireland

and completed my Masters in

Philosophy of Performance Art

from Trinity College.”

When Goulet returned home,

she continued working in the theatre

industry until she discovered the

art of glass fusing. Bonnie Doone

Glass, in Forest, hired Goulet on as

an apprentice. “They were amazing

mentors and taught me everything

about glass fusing.” After two years,

the business closed and Goulet decided

to establish her own space for creating

custom glass pieces and showcasing

other artists. “The vision was to have a

combined storefront and studio space

so people could see things being made

and speak with the artist. I was also

Photo Credit: Jeff McCoy of Kaoss Studios

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excited to create larger glass pieces

like vessel sinks, cabinet inserts, and

backsplash panels,” shares Goulet.

Lake Life Studio, located at 3811

Lakeshore Road in Camlachie,

was established in July 2015. The

studio sells pottery, art, jewellery,

decorative items, and apparel, all

with a lake or beach vibe. “We are

not just a shopping experience. You

can explore my studio space and

see what I’m working on. You can

book a glass fusing workshop for

yourself or a group of friends, and

you can meet the different artists

as they drop off their products.”

Collaborating with makers and

clients is the most exciting part

of owning her own business.

“I’ve met so many sweet people.

We work together and help each

other, but we also have wine on

Saturday nights.”

Everything in Lake Life Studio is

handcrafted, with the exception of

the apparel line, though those are

screen printed locally. “The apparel

line began with two styles of shirts

consisting of my hand-drawn designs,

but has expanded to different types of

clothing and accessories for everyone.”

It wasn’t until 2017 that the feather

logo and branding came together.

“A percentage of our apparel sales is

donated to the Lake Huron Centre for

Coastal Conservation and The Clan

Mothers Healing Village. Commitment

to protecting and restoring Lake

Huron’s coastal ecosystem and

supporting Indigenous peoples is

important to me.”

Lake Life Studio also sponsors

and organizes beach clean ups in

collaboration with The Lake Huron

Centre for Coastal Conservation, the

next one is planned for September

2023. Learn more by visiting www.


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1 Jean Shepard A Dear John Letter

2 The Davis Sisters I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

3 Webb Pierce There Stands The Glass

4 Hank Williams Kaw-Liga

5 Jim Reeves & The Circle O Ranch Boys Mexican Joe

6 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart

7 Hank Thompson No Help Wanted

8 Hank Williams Take These Chains from My Heart

9 Webb Pierce It's Been So Long


10 Hank Thompson Rub-A-Dub-Dub playback.fm


Peter Pan

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From Here to Eternity

1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge

(Oscar for Best Picture)

2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya con Dios

House of Wax

3 Patti Page (How Much Is) That Doggie

in the Window?


4 Eddie Fisher I'm Walking Behind You


5 Ames Brothers You, You, You

Prefer Blondes

6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You


7 Les Baxter April in Portugal

How to Marry

8 Perry Como No Other Love

a Millionaire

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The new calendar year brought

opportunity to create new lifestyle

habits and now, as we swing into spring,

let’s keep in mind the importance of

good postural habits.

Good postural habits are important

for overall health and well-being.

As a physiotherapist working in the

community, I see how having years of

poor postural habits can lead to pain

and discomfort, impaired mobility,

impaired balance and ultimately an

increased risk of falls. Investing in

good postural habits now can lead to

continued feeling and moving better in

later years.

Good posture refers to having a

neutral spine, where our muscle groups,

joints, and ligaments are aligned in a

way that reduces stress on them, keeps

our body flexible, reduces fatigue, and

helps maintain our balance. When we

sit, stand, or move with good posture,

this reduces strain on our body and can

prevent or alleviate pain in our neck,

back, and other areas. Conversely,

habitually poor posture; slouched or

rounded shoulders, tight pectoral-chest

muscles and forward head posture

tend to lead to muscle imbalances.

Muscles that are often too tight, too

short, too weak or too strong, can lead

to mobility issues.

Let’s remember, our bodies don’t

do what we want them to do, they do

what we train them to do. And, poor

posture habits only get worse over time,

so it’s important to condition ourselves

for better posture and better health.

So, if you typically spend 45 minutes

staring down at your phone or TV with

a slumped back before straightening up,

only to sink back and slouch back down

into slouch mode a minute later, you

are training your body for slouching.

Likewise, if you train for good posture,

you’ll develop a body that will support

good posture without

thinking about it

all the time.

So, how can

we improve our good postural habit? The

first step is in awareness. It is important

to be aware of our body positioning

throughout the day when we are sitting,

standing, and moving. Aiming to keep

a neutral spine and avoid becoming

hunched. Overtime it will become a

habit to straighten up or to take this as a

clue to stand up and move.

It’s not just a matter of knowing

the correct postures, it’s a matter of

creating a new habit. As with any habit

we must train our mind and muscles

over time. Yet, changing habits can be

difficult so to set ourselves for success,

start small.

Here are some suggestions to start

developing good postural habits:

• Counter bad posture with a simple

exercise. Common postural issues

from extended screen time include

forward head position and rounded

shoulders. So a great place to start

is retraining our body by pulling our

chin back and drawing shoulder

blades down and towards each

other. Pick a time and schedule

this exercise in. Gradually set aside

several times a day.

• Strong core muscles support our

spine. Add one core Yoga or Pilates

exercise into your day.

• Strike a pose. Standing in front of a

mirror to build your awareness of

what correct posture looks and feels

like. The mirror doesn’t lie. Start

with 30 seconds and build up from


• Add gentle reminders with sticky

note messages, “How’s your neck?”

or “Straighten Up” in all the places

you spend the most time and do the

most slouching.

• Technology is a great tool to help

remind us to correct our posture or

get up and moving.

So, as we move toward this next

season, let’s keep in mind

good postural habits.

This awareness is a

step towards change.

To improve our

good posture habits,

it is important to be

aware of our body


throughout the

day, engage

in regular

exercise, and

take frequent breaks. By making these

simple adjustments, we can improve

our posture and enjoy many health

benefits. Creating good posture habits

can lead to Moving Better, Feeling

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• It's weird being the same age as old people.

• It's probably my age that tricks people into thinking I'm an adult.

• Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads

to slipping and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked.

So remember… don't sing!

• I'm at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

• I'm at that age where my mind still thinks I'm 29, my humour

suggests I'm 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I'm sure I'm

not dead yet.

• You don't realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then

try to get back up.

• We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more

information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

• My bucket list: Keep breathing.

• Being an adult is the dumbest thing I have ever done (and why some

of us so carefully avoid it.)

• I'm a multitasker. I can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time!

• At my funeral, take the bouquet from my

coffin and throw it into the crowd to see

who is next.

• Retirement To Do List: Wake up.

Nailed it!

• Went to an antique auction and

people were bidding on me.

• I won't say I'm worn out, but I don't

get near the curb on trash day.

• I don't have grey hair, I have

wisdom highlights.

• I came, I saw, I forgot what I was

doing. Retraced my steps. Got

lost on the way back. Now I

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A Dog Called St. Clem by

When I was too small to know what a

blacksmith did besides shoe horses and

fix things, I knew that the patron saint of

blackmiths was St. Clement, and that he

was born on November the 23rd.

Dad, at this time was a blacksmith and

he used to talk to St. Clement when he was

shoeing an obstreperous horse. Later he

named the stray airedale that came to his

shop, Clement, after the saint. We never

called the dog anything but Clem, but Dad

always said Clement - he never shortened

his name. Dad would say Clement the dog

watched over him as much as Clement the

Saint did, but I wouldn’t know, because

Clem always went to work with Dad and

came home with him.

I never saw him actually watch anyone;

he was always sleeping, that is until my

baby sister was learning to walk. At that

time he offered his sturdy body for her

to hang on to, and walked through the

house with her clutching his fur, keeping

her away from anything that she might

bump in to. When she had mastered the

art of walking, Clem went back to his old

sleeping habit.

I remember once, somewhere around

1925, Dad telling Mom about two men

who came into the shop, intent on stealing

his anvil; they probably

thought they could sell it

for junk. Jobs were scarce

in those days, and maybe

they needed the money

it would bring. Dad

tackled the men and

when Clem saw that he needed

help, sprang into action. Dad

said the hackles on Clem’s neck rose like

a porcupine’s quills and the snarl on his

face would have scared a lion. The men

left in a hurry.

I didn’t know what hackles were, but

what a delightful word it was to roll around

on my three year old tongue. I didn’t know

what an anvil was either, but when my

Dad died sixty-five years later and left it to

my husband, it took two very strong men

to lift it. Mainly because it was still bolted

to the hundred pound hardwood stump it

had been attached to for so many years. I

wonder how the would-be thieves planned

on taking it away.

Once I heard my grandmother say,

“What a saint of a dog.” That was the

time some clothing hanging over the fire

guard blazed up and Clem woke us with

his barking. Of course, my older sister

immediately started calling him St. Clem.

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When he dug up Grandma’s rhubarb

plants, Grandma had another name

for him, something not quite as

complimentary. Mom frowned on

us using bad language,so we

weren’t allowed to rename

him Imbecilic Galoot, but

I sang those words over to

myself until the next day when

I forgot them.

When Dad changed jobs a few years

later, he had an awful time convincing

Clem that he was not welcome at his new

place of employment. He followed Dad

whenever he could sneak out the door.

After being brought home several times

and being soundly scolded, he decided

that his job was to guard the street we

lived on. Clem never crossed the road

but went around the block whipping the

tar out of any dog his own size or larger

that was foolish enough to remain where

Clem could see him. He didn’t bother

smaller dogs and he was in awe of cats,

but still Dad got lots of complaints from

the nearby neighbours, which he ignored,

firmly believing that Clem was a Saint as

Grandma had called him.

The only time that Dad was truly cross

with him was when my aunt made donuts

and Clem, with a sixth sense,or or a good

sense of smell trotted over to visit. On

these occasions, Dad had to go over and

bring him back. “If Lizzie would stop

feeding him, Clement wouldn’t go over.”

Dad would grumble.

It was on one of these “donut times”

that St. Clem met his Waterloo. Walking

back home with Dad, his tummy filled

with donuts, he was set upon by a dog six

times his size (that’s what Dad said) and

mauled unmercifully before he could be

rescued. Dad carried the bleeding body

back home, where Mom nursed him back

to health, but St. Clem never recovered.

He had been beaten on his own turf, his

dignity had been hurt beyond recall. He

never patrolled the block again and the

only time he had donuts was when Aunt

Lizzie brought them over to him. His

headquarters were the front steps and

he never moved until Dad came home

at night. Then he would go down to the

sidewalk to greet his master, come into

the house with him, and remain at his side

until nature called and he had to go out for

a few minutes before bedtime.

When he died two years later, still very

much a “homebody,” Dad helped us bury

him, and in his little workshop, made a

marker. The inscription on it alleviated our

grief somewhat. Dad had printed. “Here

lies St. Clem. A good dog.”

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Following a triumphant 2022, the

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2023 season. With six extraordinary

productions hitting the stage from May

until October, there is something for

every theatre goer to enjoy. 2023 marks

the Golden Jubilee for the VPP, bringing

professional productions to Lambton

County for 50 years. It also marks the

10th season (and 12th year, thanks to

the pandemic) for beloved Co-Artistic

Directors, David Hogan and David

Rogers, along with Resident Musical

Director, Mark Payne.

“We always value the feedback our

patrons provide, and our 2023 season

has been curated with the things they

most love here at the VPP,” Hogan said.

“We are known across the country for

our world-class concerts, and we are

thrilled to bring some VPP favourites

back to the stage this season. In addition,

we have a Canadian musical premiere,

a celebrated Norm Foster comedy and

a breathtaking musical

to close out this

momentous season.”

Kicking off the

season is JESSE’S


running from May

2-21. Patron favourite

Jesse Grandmont leads

a cast of musicians

in this big ol’ country

music jubilee! Country standards and

fiddling gems are sure to have audience

members tapping their toes. Grandmont

looks forward to the 2023 Season getting

underway, saying, “I’m so honoured to

David Rogers and David Hogan

get to host the first show of this historic

season at the VPP. I’m even more excited

to get to do so while playing some of my

favourite country music! It’s going to be

such a blast to welcome our audiences

back to the VPP’s 50th Season with a

show that we know will get everyone

dancing in the aisles!”

Next up is the Canadian premiere

of WHERE THE HEART IS, an original

musical written by Mark Weatherley,

with music by Kale Penny. Starring Alex

Baerg and Leah Grandmont, the story

follows a former musician (Grandmont)

who happens upon a street busker

(Baerg). The characters connect over

their love of music in this inspiring and

heartfelt story about never giving up on

your dreams, on stage June 6-25.

Celebrating noteworthy years in

music history is nothing new for the

VPP’s creative team, and they bring their

unique humour, musical arrangements

and storytelling to YESTERDAY ONCE

MORE; 1973, running July 4-23. This

concert gathers

some of our

country’s top

singers to journey

back to 1973,

through the

year’s memorable

music, including

hits from Elton

John, The Rolling

Stones, Gladys

Knight and more!

Known for his warm-hearted

comedies, Norm Foster’s JONAS &

BARRY IN THE HOME takes the stage

August 8-27. Following the unlikely

friendship between two men living in

a retirement home, this lighthearted

comedy about living life

to its fullest is sure to


By popular demand,

VPP Musical Director

Mark Payne brings the

sequel to his 2018 recordbreaking

sell out (East

Coast Kitchen Party), with



stage September 5-24.

With even more singin’,

steppin’, and kissin’ the

cod than the original, this

musical extravaganza of

East Coast music is sure

to delight audiences.

Mark Payne

For Payne, it is a true joy to share his

heritage again with VPP crowds, saying,

“I couldn’t be more excited about the

sequel to the East Coast Kitchen Party.

It’s going to be an even bigger party

than the first one. There was so much

amazing music I wanted to showcase in

the first one, but we ran out of time, so

if you thought you had fun the first time

out, make sure you come check out ‘the

leftovers’! You don’t want to miss it. I

can’t imagine a better way to celebrate

10 incredible years at the VPP.”

Closing out the 2023 season is

the award winning musical, Lerner

and Loewe’s CAMELOT. This fresh

and exciting take on the legendary

production, starring local favourite

Michael Vanhevel as King Arthur,

features a beloved and glorious score,

including songs such as If Ever I Would

Leave You, What Do the Simple Folk

Do? and, of course, Camelot. Vanhevel

looks forward to bringing

his unique take to the

character, saying, “It’s

no exaggeration to say

the legends of Camelot

are some of the most

celebrated and enduring

stories ever told. The

influence that the

characters and of course,

their triumphs and trials

have had on classic and

modern fantasy literature,

tv, movies and pop culture

really can’t be overstated

and so of course, there’s

an unbelievable amount

of personal excitement

in having the privilege to be the VPP’s

King Arthur. I have to say, that on a

personal note, Camelot was one of the

first musicals I ever saw and no doubt

helped to lead me down my own path

to the stage so getting to revisit the

show as a part of its cast is a beautiful

way for me to come full circle!” Don’t

miss it, running October 10-29.

As the 2023 Summer Season

concludes, there is always much

anticipation for the VPP’s Christmas

productions. Don’t miss STARBRIGHT

CHRISTMAS, on stage November

24-December 10 and THE VPP HOLIDAY

JAMBOREE, playing for three days only,

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now by calling the box office at 1-800-

717-7694 or by visiting www.thevpp.ca

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If I knew it would be the last time

That I'd see you fall asleep,

I would tuck you in more tightly

and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time

that I see you walk out the door,

I would give you a hug and kiss

and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time

I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,

I would videotape each action and word,

so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,

I could spare an extra minute

to stop and say "I love you,"

instead of assuming you KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time

I would be there to share your day,

well I'm sure you'll have so many more,

so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow

to make up for an oversight,

and we always get a second chance

to make everything right.

There will always be another day

to say "I love you,"

And certainly there's another chance

to say "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,

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I'd like to say how much I love you

and I hope you never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,

young or old alike,

And today may be the last chance

you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,

why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes,

you'll surely regret the day.

That you didn't take that extra time

for a smile, a hug, or a kiss

& you were too busy to grant someone,

what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,

and whisper in their ear,

Tell them how much you love them

and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"

"Please forgive me," or "It's okay."

And if tomorrow never comes,

you'll have no regret about today.


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am a kid who lives in Illinois with my

mother, father, brother Buzz, and Buzz's

pet tarantula. When my family decides

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somehow they forget me at home.

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bandits who try to rob my house.

I am an actress born in New York on

December 4, 1964. My breakout role in

a film about a floundering attorney

stuck in rural America won me an

Academy Award. I've had many other

film credits, including playing an aunt

to a popular web-slinging superhero.

I am a comic actor born in

Colorado on June 13, 1953. While

attending college, I worked at the

student radio station. I starred in a

popular TV show about a tool

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My mother was born January 1919 in a

small, rural town in Manitoba, she was the

eldest daughter with four other siblings,

all sisters. She met my father in British

Columbia, they married in Manitoba and

moved to Ontario for my father’s work.

Since her father passed away at a

young age, she was expected to help the

family financially. She gave up her dream

of becoming a school teacher, something

all of hers sisters became, and went to

work at Bell in Winnipeg as a switchboard


Though she never became a school

teacher, she was a great teacher and

example to us kids. She would say the

following and much more:

You’re no better than, but just as

good as anyone else.

Be proud of yourself and your


Be kind and be fair.

Every time you step out of this house,

you represent this family, make us


We still quote her from time to time.

She was known to be tough but this

forced us to do a good job, finish what we

started and do it well.

I remember coming home crying

because I was teased at school about my

size/weight and she always seemed to

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about people as well.

She surprised us all when at the age

of 56 years old she proudly displayed

her new driving license. She had been

secretly taking lessons while my dad was

at work and didn’t want to let him know

in case she didn’t pass the first time.

She liked to travel and always wanted

to visit the Yukon, so after my father

passed away she hopped on a Greyhound

bus alone and headed out for a great bus

trip, with one stop in Manitoba to visit her

family. What an adventurer!

She told us she liked to sit right behind

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When she believed in something,

she was not afraid to show it and would

encourage us to (for example) join a

demonstration to bring a French high

school to our area. Though we did not get

one till we had all finished high school,

I like to think we had a small part in

making it happen (and we actually have

three french high schools now).

One of her favourite pastimes was to

shop in a recycle/resale shop, before it was

the thing to do. She could spend hours

in there and always seemed to find that

perfect outfit to wear. She always made

sure she looked her best when she went

out in public. She was a proud woman!

She had so many talents: she was a

great sewer, loved to play cards (though

she was somewhat of a sore loser), she

did not like to be teased by my dad and

always seemed to be ready for the next

adventure, big or small.

I’ve come to realize, as I reflect on

her life, what an amazing and wonderful

woman she was, what courage and

determination she had to have had to

make her life/our lives work so well, what

she gave up and gave us.

Thanks for everything Maman/Mom! If

only a small part of you has rubbed off

on me, I will consider myself blessed and

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She hurt me…

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To Dad:

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It felt silky and wonderful in my

friend’s saline pool. I swam a couple of

lengths and then stood around in the

shallow end, chatting. Now, this is an

exercise regimen I could adopt, I mused


“Dundas Community Pool,” the cheery

voice answered. I explained that I had

phoned to inquire about the hours. She

asked what I wanted to do. The obvious

answer would sound impertinent, I chose

to remain silent. She said something

incomprehensible and then, “...or aqua


“Pardon?” I replied. I had a better

chance of understanding the first bit,

now I knew it was something special you

did in the water. She repeated it and I


“Lengths, yes, lengths, of course

lengths is what I’m looking for,” I laughed

as if misunderstandings were innately

hilarious. “Noon to 1. Thank you.”

I arrive 20 minutes early and gust at

the woman typing behind the counter.

“Hi, this is my first time. I’ve never

been here before. Do you have any

information I can have?” She hands

me a small square black and white

photocopy of the pool’s hours. I feel a

little deflated. I had hoped for a glossy

brochure explaining the advantages of

salt over chlorine with a congratulatory

paragraph that said good for me for

making such a fine choice. Perhaps a few

jaunty sketches of the different strokes,

which part of the body they targeted and

how many calories they burned would

have been nice, too. As I flipped the

piece of paper over she may have been

sympathetic to my ebbing exuberance.

She said encouragingly, “We have aqua

fit, too.”

“Oh, I couldn’t do that, I’m not fit

enough,” I shared. “I can’t keep up

with the 70-year-olds in the group. The

exertion makes me feel nauseous.”

“So, you’re going to do lengths,” she

responded. Perhaps I’d leaned over

the counter too far. Determined to be

positive about my new regimen, I loudly

sang out, “Well, we’ll see how I do.” She

directed me to the ladies’ change room.

I headed for the door clearly marked

ladies’ washroom and she called out,

“No, it’s further up on your right, it says

‘change room’ on the door.”

the slow lane. She pointed to a wide area

next to the steps in the shallow end. I

quickly removed my towel and headed

to the steps. A 90-year-old man smiled

as he passed on his way to the fast lane.

I noticed the sign on the steps said I

had to turn around and face the steps

going into the pool. I didn’t like that. It

meant the young male lifeguard on the

other side of the pool would get a view of

me I had kept under a towel until the last

possible moment. Perhaps he couldn’t

see the cellulite from there. I descended

Excitedly I entered and took in quickly and immediately swam a

the empty surroundings. Using the spectacular length with beautiful form…

lockers was a bit of

freestyle with head

a challenge, but the

and face completely

showers were much Slow Lane out of the water

more difficult. I put on

to ensure coif and

my glasses to read the By Vivienne Mathers, Dundas makeup remained

knob. It had arrows,

“hot” and “cold.” I

unaltered. On the

way back I felt a bit

turned it, nothing

tired so I switched

happened, I pulled it,

to breaststroke.

still nothing. I pushed and was blasted in

the face and shoulder with tepid water.

Still no one there? Good. I wrapped the

towel around my lower half and pushed

on the door that would take me into

the pool area. It didn’t open. A bit stiff,

I nuanced, and began pushing, heaving

a shoulder at it, running and jumping

when it occurred to me that the lifeguards

might not actually be ready yet.

I stood facing the door, dripping on the

floor hoping I’d still look wet when they

opened it so I wouldn’t get shouted at.

“Didn’t you shower?!”

“Yes, 15 minutes ago, it’s evaporated.”

The door opened, it was clear the

young female lifeguard wasn’t used to

someone leaping out wanting to chat. I

chased her retreating form and told her

it was my first time and asked which was

I’m proud of my breaststroke, barely a

ripple. I could feel my triceps burning,

good. Part way along I realized that these

lengths were a lot lengthier than my

friend’s pool.

As I reached the wall back where I

started, I was wheezing audibly. I took

a break for a few moments and headed

off again feeling some pressure to do

what this hour called for. I flagged a

little and surmised being tired in deep

water frightened me. I flipped onto my

back and headed for the part of the pool

where I could put my feet down. The

male lifeguard seemed to be watching

me a little too intently, to my mind.

Lascivious beast. I adjusted the front of

my two-piece to ensure my hysterectomy

scar was completely covered and nearly

drowned myself.

Others began arriving. A woman with

no visible body fat, wearing goggles and

about 75 slipped into the medium lane

right beside me. We set off together, her

doing the front crawl where she seemed

to elegantly submerge. I had decided to

do ½ lengths. As I turned at the midway

point she was beside me again on her

return journey. I didn’t even try to beat

her to the wall.

I stopped, began intently reading all the

signage trying to recover my breathing

and glanced at the clock. 12:10. Too soon

to leave really. A young couple arrive, he

does a swift length and she stands around

near the wall. I decide to show them

what I can do. I swim my ½ length and

then without even putting my feet down

I turn and feel a little discomfort in my

back. I fight to stay on top of the water.

About an inch of hair gets wet, which

is unfortunate as it’s the inch I spent so

much time flat ironing this morning. The

lifeguard is still watching me. 12:15. Well,

it was only $3.50, I could leave now. I

swim another 2 half-lengths and ask the

female lifeguard some questions so as

to catch my breath. She keeps glancing

away at the other swimmers, not really

appropriate in polite conversation, but

she’s pleasant enough. 12:20, respectable

I think and I exit the pool wrapping my

towel around me lightning fast and

only dropping it once in my haste to be

unnoticeable. I wave goodbye, only to

the female lifeguard, and as I enter the

change room I notice the woman who

had been standing around in the shallow

end, is showering. Hardly worth it really.

I drive home virtuously. My back is still

a bit stiff though and all I’ve been doing

since, is sitting or napping. I think I’ll go

back next week. I’m determined to keep

up my new fitness level.



Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.

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& from local fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected

over the last quarter of a century. You’re welcome to

send your own recipes, or on behalf of an

organizaon that has a new cookbook, & we can

help promote those cookbooks for free.

These recipes are taken from the 3rd Edion of

“From Our House to Yours” Cookbook by St.

Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Lambton. Call 519-337-05377 for your copy.

Cinnamon French Toast Tray Bake

Buer for greasing

1 loaf crusty bread

8 eggs

2 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. heavy/whipping cream

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. vanilla

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

1 lb. ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

2 large green peppers, chopped

1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1/2 c. beef broth

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a frying pan, add ground beef, garlic and onion.

Cook unl beef is brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer beef mixture into an

11x8 inch baking dish. Add chopped green peppers, spinach, diced tomatoes,

tomato sauce, beef broth, uncooked rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and

pepper on top of the beef. Mix to fully combine. Cover with aluminum foil and

bake for 75 minutes or unl rice is so. Take out of the oven, sprinkle

mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Southern Pecan Pie

2 c. flour

3/4 tsp. salt

3/4 c. Crisco

4 to 8 Tbsp. ice cold water

3 eggs

By: Paula


1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

Pinch nutmeg

1/2 c. cold buer, cut into pieces

Warm maple syrup and berries

for serving

Grease a 9x13 inch pan with buer. Rip the bread into chunks and spread

into pan. Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, both sugars and vanilla; pour

evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together. Mix in the buer

with a fork unl resembles a coarse meal. Set aside.

In the morning, preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle the topping over the top of

the bread mixture and bake for 1 hour. Serve with syrup and berries.

1/2 c. chopped spinach

1/2 c. long grain rice (uncooked)

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

2/3 c. brown sugar

1 c. corn syrup

1/3 c. melted buer

1 c. pecan halves

1 tsp. vanilla

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By: Sheila Courtney

For pie crust, sr together flour and salt. Cut shortening into flour mixture

with pastry blender or fork and blend unl mixture resembles lile pieces

the size of breadcrumbs.

Gradually add just enough water, 1 tablespoon at a me, srring with a

fork just unl dough holds together and forms a smooth ball. Divide and

shape into 2 balls. Flaen to 1/2 inch discs. Wrap in plasc wrap. Chill 30

minutes or up to 2 days.

For filling, beat eggs with sugar. Sr in remaining ingredients and pour

unto unbaked pie shell. Bake approximately 50 minutes at 350°F.

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Touring Bluewater Health with

President & CAO Paula

Reaume-Zimmer and Deena Little

(Coordinator, Centralized

Scheduling Office) to discuss the

current and future health care

needs of Sarnia-Lambton.

Learning more about fire service

during a tour of Stratford with

Mayor Martin Ritsma and

Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew

Rae as part of my expanded work

at Queen’s Park.

Attending the swearing in of two

new Sarnia Police Service

Officers, Kristen Carter and

Brandon Everett, as the SPS

works to strengthen community

policing and protect our


Discovering more about the

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College with Dave Machacek,

Dean of Technology and Trades.


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Building A Better Sarnia-Lambton

With the arrival of spring, all of us in Sarnia-Lambton are ready to get

out and enjoy the wide range of events and activities happening right here

on our doorsteps. The Club is a great place to start! I encourage you to

flip through the spring edition and mark your calendars so you don’t miss

any of the great things happening across Lambton County.

As I speak to people throughout our area, one of the biggest topics of

conversation, especially for those of us in the 55+ age group, is the future

of public health care.

The government recognizes that too many Ontarians are waiting too

long to get an appointment or surgery, having to travel too far to get care,

and spending too much time trying to navigate the health care system.

That is why the government is putting Ontarians back in charge of their

health care through the release of “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and

Convenient Care.” This plan focuses on providing people with a better,

more convenient health care experience closer to home, while taking

action to reduce wait times and grow the health care workforce across

the province.

The plan lays out a broad series of initiatives under three pillars: The

Right Care in the Right Place, Faster Access to Care, and Hiring More

Health Care Workers. Designed to work together and work for people,

these pillars will deliver connected and convenient care in hospital

emergency rooms, in community settings like pharmacies and doctors’

offices, in long-term care homes, and through care delivered right in your


As initiatives of this plan continue to be implemented, Ontarians will

have even more ways to receive the high-quality public health care they

know and deserve, ensuring fast, easy access to care at every stage of life.

In closing, I hope you and your family have a very happy spring and

embrace the opportunity to experience everything that Sarnia-Lambton

has to offer. Enjoy life to the fullest!

Thanking Annabelle Rayson and

her mom Stephanie Lobsinger,

who continue to coordinate the

Sarnia Shoebox Project in support

of women impacted by



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Learning more about the

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do to support our public health

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Queen’s Park with members of the

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Contact Bob Bailey

Tel.: 519-337-0051

Fax: 519-337-3246

Working with the team at

Pathways Health Centre for

Children to provide critical

upgrades in support of

thousands of young people

in our community.

Meeting with Sarnia Site

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This is for the mothers who have sat

up all night with sick toddlers in their

arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar

Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid

saying, “It’s okay honey, Mommy’s


Who have sat in rocking chairs for

hours on end soothing crying babies

who can’t be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show

up at work with spit-up in their hair and

milk stains on their blouses and diapers

in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools

and make cookies and sew Halloween

costumes. And all the mothers who


This is for the mothers who gave

birth to babies they’ll never see. And

the mothers who took those babies and

gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose

priceless art collections are hanging on

their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze

their buns on metal bleachers at football

or soccer games instead of watching

from the warmth of their cars, so that

when their kids asked, “Did you see me,

Mom?” they could say, “Of course, I

wouldn’t have missed it for the world,”

and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at

their kids in the grocery store and swat

them in despair when they stomp their

feet and scream for icecream before

dinner. And for all the mothers who

count to ten instead, but realize how

child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat

down with their children and explained

all about making babies. And for all the

(grand) mothers who wanted to, but just

couldn’t find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go

hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read

“Goodnight, Moon” twice a night for a

year. And then read it again. “Just one

more time.”

This is for all the mothers who taught

their children to tie their shoelaces

before they started school. And for all the

mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach

their sons to cook and their daughters to

sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head

turns automatically when a little voice

calls “Mom?” in a crowd, even though

they know their own offspring are at

home -- or even away at college.

This is for all the mothers who sent

their kids to school with stomach aches

assuring them they’d be just FINE once

they got there, only to get calls from the

school nurse an hour later asking them

to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children

have gone astray, who can’t find the

words to reach them.

This is for all the step-mothers who

raised another woman’s child or children,

and gave their time, attention, and love...

sometimes totally unappreciated.

For all the mothers who bite their lips

until they bleed when their 14 year olds

dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of

violence, and the mothers of those who

committed the offence.

For the mothers of the survivors of a

crisis, and the mothers who sat in front

of their TVs in horror, hugging their

child who just came home from school,


This is for all the mothers who taught

their children to be peaceful, and now

pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway?

Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?

The ability to nurse a baby, cook

dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all

at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you watch

your son or daughter disappear down

the street, walking to school alone for

the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep

to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to

put your hand on the back of a sleeping

baby? The panic, years later, that comes

again at 2 A.M. when you just want to

hear their key in the door and know they

are safe again in your home? Or the

need to flee from wherever you are and

hug your child when you hear news of a

fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are

universal and so our thoughts are for

young mothers stumbling through

diaper changes and sleep deprivation...

And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-athome


Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us. Hang in

there. In the end we can only do the best

we can. Tell them every day that we love

them. And pray.


Wisdom of...

Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can

use to change the world.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that

goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that

goes to his heart.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are

many more hills to climb.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul

than the way in which it treats its children.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the

time is always ripe to do right.

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains

unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have


Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of


SPRING 2023 Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day.

P A G E 17

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The phrase “Don’t leave any

money on the table” apparently

comes from the game of poker. Very

popular now. You can watch it live, or

play online. Who would have thought

a game once relegated to backrooms

and basements would have such

prominence. The phrase applies to

those players that do not play with

intelligence. You are “leaving money

on the table,” by not knowing what

you are doing. By not knowing the

rules, odds, your opponents, you are

“leaving money on the table.” When

playing this game that involves betting

real cash on the cards in your hand

you should play with intelligence.

Now let’s apply that understanding

to federal and provincial programs

designed to help all qualifying tax

payers. I know, I know…there are

too many programs for me to get my

head around, and yes, I would agree

that these levels of government do

not make it easy. That is until now!

We are going to explore the Canada

Revenue Agency Benefits Finder.

All you have to do is follow these

easy steps, and by taking a few

minutes (it took me less then five),

you will have a list of programs and

THE Club

A Path to Wellness—

Don’t Leave Any Money on the Table

Getting to Know What Federal and

Provincial Financial Assistance is Available

By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia

benefits that you can then explore in

more detail.


1. Either on the Canada Revenue

Agency (CRA) website, or in

your favourite search engine

type “CRA Benefits Finder.”




2. Click “Get Started.”

3. Answer the set of

questions such as your

province, age, marital


4. When the site asks

you “Would you like

to provide a little more

information?” Say “yes.”

5. Answer the rest and

wait for the result.

So, here is where the magic

happens. A list populates of

This magazine comes with a free, built-in, old fashioned fly swatter!

federal and provincial programs and

tax credits that you may be eligible

for based on the answers you gave.

I filled out the Benefits Finder for

a fictional 82-year-old widower with

moderate income, and guess what

came back? A list too long for this

article, so I will focus on just one:

Ontario Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit

“Find out if you are eligible for a tax

credit to help low- to moderate-income

seniors with eligible medical expenses,

including expenses that support aging

at home such as hearing aids, hospital

beds, and attendant care.”

The site challenges you to take

advantage of the opportunity to help

offset many things that individuals

need as the age at home, or age in

place. The site lists examples of

eligible expenses:

• attendant care (certification


• care of a provincially authorized

medical practitioner (e.g.,

nurse, occupational therapist)

• dental, vision and hearing care

(for example, glasses, dentures,

hearing aids)

• walking aids (for example,

walkers, canes

• wheelchairs and electric


• bathroom aids (for example,

grab bars, grips, rails

• diapers and disposable briefs

• hospital beds

• oxygen and assisted breathing


• renovation or construction that

improves a person’s mobility,

access or functioning within

the home because of severe

and prolonged impairment

The site also goes deeper and gives

an alphabetized list of expenses that

are covered, and it is exhaustive.

Now there is some work involved

to get to all of the

potential benefits

and tax credits you

can get. As always,

I encourage the

assistance of a tax

preparer that is well

versed in seniors tax


Poker is a game;

filing taxes is not. I

think, in fact I know,

that my readers are

too smart to leave

any money on the


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People of a certain age may have

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and if lucky, settled nicely in

senior housing of their choice. Knowing

our home would be sold and moving

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by trying to get someone in the family to

take Grandma’s dishes which had been

passed on to me. For many decades the

family met for all the holidays, like Easter,

Thanksgiving, Christmas and other

occasions, first at our grandparents’

house in Corunna and later Alvinston.

The meals were served on fine china,

‘Myott Staffordshire’ from England. For

some reason the dinner plates were

on the small side which explained

why the men in the family went back

for seconds and thirds of turkey with

all the fixings! Surely someone would

step up and keep the memories alive.

My brother reminded me again of the

small-sized dinner plates as he gave a


Nadine Wark,


resounding, “No, we don’t want them!”

In fact, it was like an echo with many

saying the same thing, “No, we don’t

want them!” So off Grandma’s dishes

went to the thrift shop where I have yet

to go and see if they are waiting on a

shelf for the right buyer.

Next up was my two china cabinets

which I had to get down to one, so

I started with my beloved cups and

saucers which numbered close to 70.

There was a story belonging to every

set and with my photographic memory,

time stood still and I was back at

the point of purchase or receiving a

gift. Forget the nostalgia and get online

for the buy and sell websites.

(incidentally, I was on four of these for

months!) Someone did take most of my

collection, after a family member took

several which meant they would stay in

the family! One small victory!

Next up was the crystal and silver-

Welcome to ... plated cutlery plus all kinds

of knick-knacks. There were

no takers for these either.

Today’s generation show

little interest in the treasures

we once held dear to our


Then it was on to

downsizing two book

shelves to one, plus selling over

half the furniture which could not go to

the condo. I was dizzy with people online

and coming and going, just looking

or actually purchasing, and of course,

some ‘wheeling and dealing.’

My niece came to help me purge

clothing and set up kitchen cupboards.

Anxiety set in when I saw two huge

piles of clothing she was making…

one for toss-outs, the other for thinkabouts.

The keepers stayed in the

closet. “You’ve got to think minimal,

you need to become a minimalist,” she

insisted. That word creeps me out; I

like being a Maximalist, it has worked

well for me and I have been around

much longer than my niece. She burst

out laughing at some of my clothing

choices, including a jacket which, I had

to admit, resembled a garbage bag (a

$5.00 find at a thrift shop). But, you

know, she really was right. I did feel a

sense of relief and freedom as the toss-

Owen R. Wyrzykowski


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out pile grew bigger. The old saying

“less is more” rings true.

The move from a large home to a

condo actually happened a few days

before COVID hit full-force. There were

professional movers on actual moving

day, but as the women all know, there

is plenty of packing and organizing to

be done well before moving day! I did

get some help from a couple of friends,

also my nephew. However, my sister

was my “right-hand man” and we did a

lot of heavy slugging. A fond memory I

have of her is holding on to a floor lamp

and shade, trying to steer it to her car

trunk, while being blown and tossed

by a heavy wind off Sarnia Bay! The

scene was repeated trying to get it to

the downtown thrift shop on Christina


It was suggested to me that even

after the move, the purging would still

be going on, which is true. Even on

moving day, the movers took back to

the moving van, two end tables and a

small easy-boy chair. Also, I have made

many additional trips to the thrift shop.

Here is some advice regarding

purging, downsizing, decluttering and

getting ready for a move. If you are over

70, or maybe even 60, don’t do it unless

you absolutely have to. Or, start at about

age 50…it may save your sanity!

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in good shape for all these years,

sometimes adorning her with

coloured lights and flowers.

Now she lay at our feet, a

shadow of her former self.

She had been a

welcome haven on hot

sultry days when her

branches would spread

providing soothing relief

from the daunting sun.

Her boughs held nests

of fledgling birds as they

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sight. Lustrously, she gleamed with the

sunlight streaming through

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In dire need to be tided up and put

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daily ongoing Euchre - Watford Legion 9am except Sun 519-876-2351

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Mon-Fri ongoing Walk with Warwick, ELCC Watford www.warwicktownship.ca

Mon ongoing NLCHC Coffee Time - 10am Elders Lodge, Kettle Pt (1st & 3rd) www.nlchc.com

Mon Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Camlachie Comm. Ctr 10am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Mon Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Thedford Legacy Ctr 9:30am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Mon ongoing Low Impact Exercise - LHCRC 1281 Exmouth 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Mon ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, ELCC Watford 7pm warwicktownship.ca

Mon ongoing Cribbage - RCNA Sarnia 7pm www.facebook.com

Mon ongoing Darts - Watford Legion 7pm 519-876-2360

Mon til mid-June Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca

Mon ongoing Fun Darts 12:45, Cards 7pm Pt Franks Seniors, Pt Franks Community Centre

Mon ongoing Fun Darts - Watford Legion 7pm 519-876-2351

Mon ongoing Fun Darts - Grand Bend Legion 7pm 519-238-2120

Mon ongoing Euchre - Wyoming Legion 7pm 519-845-0072

Mon ongoing Pepper 1pm Cornhole, 6:30pm Corunna Legion 519-862-1240

Mon ongoing Senior Cards Alvinston Legion 1:30pm 519-898-2100

Tues Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - The Shores Rec Ctr 8:30am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Tues ongoing Low Impact Exercise - Brigden Fairgrounds 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Tues ongoing Low Impact Exercise - SEMC 707 Talfourd 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Tues ongoing Petrolia Toastmasters Club Meeting 7-8 pm, Lions Hall www.facebook.com

Tues ongoing Euchre Night - Wyoming Legion 7pm www.facebook.com

Tues ongoing Adult Pick Up Basketball, ELCC Watford 7pm warwicktownship.ca

Tues ongoing Euchre - Watford Legion 7pm 519-876-2360

Tues ongoing Euchre -Pt Franks Seniors, Pt Franks Community Centre1pm

Tues ongoing Pub Darts - Corunna Legion 7:30pm 519-862-1240

Wed Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Camlachie Comm. Ctr 10am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Wed Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Thedford Legacy Ctr 9:30am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Wed ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca

Wed ongoing Euchre - Petrolia Legion 7pm www.facebook.com

Wed ongoing LEO Diners Club, Strangway (1st Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca

Wed ongoing LEO Diners Club, Corunna (3rd Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca

Wed ongoing Meat Bingo, Wyoming Lions Club (1st Wed monthly) www.facebook.com

Wed ongoing Euchre - RCNA Sarnia 7pm www.facebook.com

Wed ongoing Bingo - Petrolia Lions Club (2nd Wed monthly) 519-882-8728

Wed ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, ELCC Watford 9:30am warwicktownship.ca

Wed ongoing Caring Quilters of Lambton Shores Pt Franks Comm Centre 10-2

Wed ongoing Pickleball - Pt Franks Seniors, Pt Franks Community Centre7pm

Wed ongoing Euchre - Arkona Seniors Club Arkona Seniors Hall, 7pm

Wed ongoing Darts - Forest Legion 7pm 519-786-5357

Wed ongoing Euchre - Courtright Senior Centre 1pm

Wed ongoing Euchre - Florence Oddfellows @ Oakdale Hall 7:30pm 519-359-9935

Thurs Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - The Shores Rec Ctr 8:30am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Thurs ongoing Low Impact Exercise - SEMC 707 Talfourd 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Thurs ongoing Low Impact Exercise - Mooretown Complex 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Thurs til Apr 28 Meat Raffle, BG Optimists - Skeeter’s, Brights Grove www.facebook.com

Thurs ongoing Meat Raffle - Petrolia Optimists Club, Crabby Joe’s www.facebook.com

Thurs ongoing Adult Rec. Volleyball League, ELCC Watford 7pm warwickrecvball@gmail.com

Thurs ongoing Pepper - Petrolia Legion 1pm www.facebook.com

Thurs ongoing Fun Darts - Petrolia Legion 7pm www.facebook.com

Thurs til May Shuffleboard Forest Legion - Ladies 10am, Mixed 1pm www.forestlegion.ca

Thurs ongoing Peer Social Club, Alvinston (2nd Thursday) www.leohelps.ca

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Thurs ongoing Euchre 2pm - League Darts 8pm Grand Bend Legion 519-238-2120

Thurs ongoing Cribbage - Corunna Legion 1pm 519-862-1240

Thurs ongoing Pool League - Alvinston Legion 7pm 519-898-2100

Fri ongoing Pickleball - Pt Franks Seniors, Pt Franks Community Centre 7pm

Fri ongoing Card Party - St. Phillip’s Hall Petrolia 7pm $5 519-882-4840

Fri ongoing Karaoke - Grand Bend Legion 7pm 519-238-2120

Fri Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Camlachie Comm. Ctr 10am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Fri Mar-Apr Low Impact Exercise - Thedford Legacy Ctr 9:30am 519-786-4545 ext. 235

Fri ongoing Low Impact Exercise - LHCRC 1281 Exmouth 9:30am 519-344-3017 ext. 237

Fri ongoing NLCHC Coffee Time - 9:30 am Crozier Hall Forest www.nlchc.com

Fri ongoing NLCHC Coffee Time - 9am Orchard View Apt, Arkona www.nlchc.com

Fri ongoing Meat Raffle, 50/50 - Watford Legion 519-876-2360

Fri ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, ELCC Watford 7pm warwicktownship.ca

Fri (1st) Sarnia First Friday - downtown multi-cultural walkabout www.Facebook.com

Fri ongoing Bridge 1pm, Fun Darts 7pm - Corunna Legion 519-862-1240

Fri ongoing Open Pool Night - Brigden Legion 7pm 519-864-1395

Fri ongoing Pepper - Courtright Senior Centre 7pm

Fri ongoing Dart League - Alvinston Legion 7:30pm 519-898-2100

Fri April/May Card Party - Sombra Community Hall 1pm 519-490-4643

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle - Wyoming Legion 4pm www.facebook.com

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle - Forest Legion 4pm www.forestlegion.ca

Sat ends May 13 Lunch - Petrolia Legion Noon www.facebook.com

Sat ends May 13 Meat Raffle - Petrolia Legion 2pm www.facebook.com


ongoing online Nnigiiwemin/We are going home exhibit (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online Lambton at War (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lambton www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online The Farmerettes (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

til Apr 14 Lamb Shores Lambton Heritage Museum - Return of the Swans www.heritagemuseum.ca

til Apr 22 B Grove Call Out for Colour! – A Juried Exhibition www.galleryinthegrove.com

Apr 29-Jun 3 B Grove Fast Forward: Senior High School Student Exhibition www.galleryinthegrove.com

Jun 10-Jul 8 B Grove Ron Broda and Taylor Broda www.galleryinthegrove.com

MARCH 2023

13-15 Forest Kineto Film Festival: The Swearing Jar www.kineto.ca

14 online Lambton Branch Ontario Ancestors Zoom Meeting 6:30pm lambton.ogs.on.ca

15 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Country & Soft Rock Jamboree 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

16 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

17 Petrolia St. Paul’s United Church - St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 6-8pm 519-383-9085

17 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - St. Patrick’s Beef Stew Dinner 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

17 Petrolia Card Party - St. Phillip’s Hall 7pm 519-882-4840

17-19 Petrolia St. Paddy’s Pot ‘O Gold Fundraiser www.thevpp.ca

18 - 19 Alvinston Maple Syrup Fest - A.W.Campbell Conservation Area, 10-3 daily 519-245-3710

18 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - St. Patrick’s Day (Plus One) Party 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

18 Oil Springs Oil Springs Legion - Meat Raffle, 4pm 519-834-2537

18 Brigden Brigden Legion - Trivia 7pm 519-864-1395

18 - 19 Point Edward Bluewater Anglers - Hatchery Open House www.bluewateranglers.com

18 Corunna Mel Wilkinson Mem. Mixed Dart Tournament Legion 519-862-1240

18 Alvinston Pool Tournament Alvinston Legion 519-898-2100

18 Brigden Trivia Brigden Legion 7pm 519-864-1395

19 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Breakfast 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

19 Warwick Warwick Firemen’s Assoc. 40th Annual Breakfast www.facebook.com

19 Sarnia cinéSARNIA - “Emily” Sarnia Pub Library 2pm www.cinesarnia.com

20 Sarnia cinéSARNIA - “Emily” Sarnia Pub Library 7:30pm www.cinesarnia.com

20 Port Franks LSNT - Habitat Stewardship Presentation foppcoordinator@gmail.com

22 Sarnia Sarnia Humane Society Pawstafest - Dante Club www.sarniahumanesociety.com

22 Alvinston L.A. Lunch Alvinston Legion 11:30-1 519-898-2100

23 Thedford Jam Session at Legion - Lunch Music/dancing 1-4 519-464-3323

23 Camlachie Huron Shores Optimists Gift Card Bingo, 6:30 519-384-8110

23 Sarnia Sean McCann Sings the Great Big Songbook 8pm www.imperialtheatre.net

24 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: U2 - Joshua Tree www.imperialtheatre.net

24 Wyoming Starlight Rebekah Lodge Lunch/Cards, 12pm, Oddfellows Hall 519-845-3146

24 Petrolia Card Party St.Phillip’s Hall 7pm 519-882-4840



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25 Port Lambton Sombra Optimists - Euchre Tournament 519-358-3188 or see Facebook

25 Forest Forest Legion - Trivia Night www.facebook.com

25 Alvinston Alvinston Maple Syrup Festival 9am-2pm See Alvinston Firefighters Assoc on FB

25 Forest Trivia Night - Forest Legion www.faceboook.com

25 Alvinston Fundraiser Meat Raffle Alvinston Legion 3:30pm 519-898-2100

25 Sarnia ISO250: Great Lakes Auditorium 7:30pm www.theiso.org

26 Brigden Ag Society Annual Beef Dinner at Fairgrounds 4:30-6:30pm www.facebook.com

27 online Lambton Branch Ontario Ancestors Chat 2-3:30pm lambton.ogs.on.ca

30 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1-4pm www.facebook.com

30 Corunna Corunna Legion - Ham Bingo 519-862-1240 or www.facebook.com

30-Apr2 Petrolia “Stag and Doe” Petrolia Community Theatre www.thevpp.ca

31 Wyoming Wyoming Legion - Painkiller Jane 8pm www.facebook.com

31-Apr2 Sarnia Home Show www.sarniahomeshow.com

31 Petrolia Card Party - St. Phillip’s Hall 7pm 519-882-4840

APRIL 2023

1 Brights Grove BG Optimists - Easter in the Park www.facebook.com

1 Alvinston Euchre Tournament Alvinston Legion 519-898-2100

2 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

2 Sarnia cinéSARNIA - “Living” Sarnia Pub Library 2pm www.cinesarnia.com

2 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Dana - Casuals 7pm www.facebook.com

2 Sarnia Tim Hummell and the Bluewater Big Band www.imperialtheatre.net

3 Sarnia cinéSARNIA - “Living” Sarnia Pub Library 2pm www.cinesarnia.com

5 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Ham & Scalloped Potato Dinner 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

6 Wyoming Wyoming Legion - Easter Quarter Auction www.facebook.com

7 Wyoming Good Friday Breakfast, Wyoming Lions Club 8am-Noon www.facebook.com

7 Petrolia Card Party St.Phillip’s Hall 7pm 519-882-4840

8 Alvinston Fundraiser Meat Raffle Alvinston Legion 3:30pm 519-898-2100

9 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Euchre 1pm www.facebook.com

12 Alvinston L.A. Lunch Alvinston Legion 11:30-1 519-898-2100

12 Sarnia Joe Trio - - Sarnia Concert Association www.imperialtheatre.net

13 Sarnia Jesse Grandmont and Friends: Swing into Spring www.imperialtheatre.net

14 Petrolia Card Party - St. Phillip’s Hall 7pm 519-882-4840

14 Wyoming Wyoming Legion - Rumblefish 8pm www.facebook.com

15 Alvinston Pool Tournament Alvinston Legion 519-898-2100

15 Sarnia Bayou County the Music of CCR & John Fogerty www.imperialtheatre.net

15 Corunna Euchre Tournament Corunna Legion 519-862-1240

16 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

16 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Borderlite 7pm www.facebook.com

16 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Breakfast 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

17-19 Forest Kineto Film Festival: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry www.kineto.ca

19 Petrolia Country & Soft Rock Jamboree at Legion 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

Country & Soft Rock MUSIC JAMBOREE

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19 Reeces Corners Marcanda Gifts Tea Room - Spring into Fashion Show - Reserve tkts 519-845-3133

22 Alvinston Chili Cookoff 2pm Elimination Draw 3pm Legion 519-898-2100

23 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Vic & Kim 7pm www.facebook.com

23 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Euchre 1pm www.facebook.com

26 Alvinston L.A. Lunch Alvinston Legion 11:30-1 519-898-2100

28-May7 Point Edward Bluewater Anglers - 47th Annual Salmon Derby www.bluewateranglers.com

28-29 Petrolia Town Wide Yard Sales 519-882-2350

28 Sarnia ISO V&V: Great Lakes Auditorium 7:30pm www.theiso.org

29 Sarnia The Big Brother Big Sisters Spring Show & Sale, AMSS 519-336-0460

29 Alvinston Fundraiser Meat Raffle Alvinston Legion 3:30pm 519-898-2100

30 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Time for Tea Party 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

30 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

30 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Roads Travelled 7pm www.facebook.com

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Apr28-7 Pt Edward Bluewater Anglers - 47th Annual Salmon Derby www.bluewateranglers.com

2-21 Petrolia “Jesse’s Country Jubilee” Jesse Grandmont & Friends www.thevpp.ca

5-13 Sarnia Theatre Sarnia presents “Tarzan” www.imperialtheatre.net

6 Forest Mother’s Day Craft Sale Fair Grounds, 10am-3pm www.facebook.com

6 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Turkey Dinner 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

6 Sarnia Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party 226-932-0599

6 Wyoming Wyoming Legion Ladies Aux. Vendors Show 9am - 2pm www.facebook.com

7 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Euchre 1pm www.facebook.com

7 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Cecil & Joyce 7pm www.facebook.com

9 Wyoming Model Lodge of Oddfellows Lunch/Cards, 12pm 519-845-3146

12 Wyoming Model Lodge of Oddfellows Lunch/Cards, 12pm 519-845-3146

13 Pt Edward Town Wide Yard Sales 519-337-3021

13 Petrolia Optimist Craft & Gift Show at the Market 519-330-1802

13 Sarnia Dunlop United Church Spring Craft & Plant Sale dunlopspringsale@gmail.com

13-14 Lambton Shores Arts, Eats & Beats Studio Tour - 10am-5pm www.artseatsandbeatstour.ca

14 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

14 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Borderlite 7pm www.facebook.com

17 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Country & Soft Rock Jamboree 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

17 Sarnia Buzz Brass - Sarnia Concert Association www.imperialtheatre.net

20 Wyoming Community Spirit Picnic in the Park, 11am - 3pm PlymptonWyomingEvents FB

21 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Breakfast 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

21 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Joan Spalding 7pm www.facebook.com

21 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

23 Wyoming Starlight Rebekah Lodge Lunch/Cards, 12pm 519-845-3146

25-28 Forest Lambton Film and Food Festival, Kineto Theatre www.kineto.ca

26 Wyoming Starlight Rebekah Lodge Lunch/Cards, 12pm 519-845-3146

27 Forest Town Wide Yard Sales 1-800-265-0316

27 Sarnia Race to Erase - in support of local charities sarnia2023.racetoerase.com

27 Sarnia A Celtic Evening - The Sarnia School of Irish Dance www.imperialtheatre.net

28 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Cribbage 1pm www.facebook.com

28 Sarnia RCNA Sarnia - Music by Roads Travelled 7pm www.facebook.com

JUNE 2023

2-3 Pt Edward Sarnia Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Pt Edward Arena www.sarniaquiltersguild.org

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3 Oil Springs Town Wide Yard Sales 519-834-2929

3 Camlachie Community Spirit Picnic in the Park 11am - 3pm PlymptonWyomingEvents FB

4 Sarnia Bluewater Chordsmen - Annual Show, 2pm www.facebook.com

6-25 Petrolia “Where the Heart Is” at VPP www.thevpp.ca

10 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - BBQ 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

16-18 Sarnia Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest, Centennial Pk www.Facebook.com

16-18 Alvinston Alvinston Pro Rodeo www.alvinstonprorodeo.com

17 Petrolia Antique & Unique Sale at Petrolia Discovery www.petroliadiscovery.com

17 Wyoming Town Wide Yard Sales 519-845-3939

18 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Breakfast 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

21 Petrolia Petrolia Legion - Country & Soft Rock Jamboree 519-882-1557 or see Facebook

22-24 Sarnia Bluewater Borderfest - Centennial Park www.bluewaterborderfest.ca

23-25 Watford 150th Anniversary Celebrations www.facebook.com

24 Brights Grove BG Optimists - Canada Day in the Grove www.facebook.com

JULY 2023

4-23 Petrolia “Yesterday Once More: 1973” www.thevpp.ca

21-22 Pt Edward Revelree Music Festival - Canatara Park www.revelreemusicfestival.com

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asparagus spear on each slice of bread and roll up. Dip each roll in melted

butter. Place rolls on cookie sheet and freeze (very important!). When ready to

serve, cut each roll into thirds and bake on greased cookie sheet for 15 to 20

minutes in a pre-heated 400 degree oven.

Asparagus s Lasagna


4 lbs. asparagus

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

5 cups milk

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

1 tbsp. lemon juice

Bend asparagus until stalks snap at natural breaking point, reserve bases

for another use. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces. In large pot of boiling

water, cook for 3 mins. Drain and refresh under cold running water, drain

again. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of asparagus tips, set aside. In saucepan, melt

butter over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour and cook, whisking for 1

min. Whisk in milk, bring to boil, whisking. Reduce heat to medium-low;

cook, stirring for 10 mins. or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cream

cheese, lemon rind and juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg until cheese is melted.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles for

about 10 mins. or just until tender.

Arrange 3 noodles in 13x9 inch baking dish. Spread with 1 cup of

the sauce, then one quarter of the asparagus, then one quarter of

the mozzarella. Repeat layers 3 more time, then top with final layer

of noodles and sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan over top. Place pan on

baking sheet; bake in 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 min. or until

bubbly and top is light golden. Sprinkle reserved asparagus over

top. Bake for 5 minutes or until asparagus is heated through. Let

stand for 10 mins. Makes 8 servings.

Cream of Asparagus

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp. cooking oil

2 cans or 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed

and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 tsp. dried tarragon

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

Fresh or frozen asparagus,

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

15 lasagna noodles (about 3/4 of a lb.)

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

If you have a

small family,

this recipe

is easy to

cut in half.

1/4 tsp. white pepper

3 cups half and half cream

1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Shredded Swiss cheese (optional)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until tender. Add

broth, asparagus and tarragon; simmer until asparagus is tender, about 8-10

minutes. In a blender or food processor, puree the asparagus, a third at a time;

set aside. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, melt better; stir in flour, salt and

pepper. Cook and stir for 2 mins. or until golden. Gradually add cream. Stir in

the pureed asparagus and lemon juice; heat through. Garnish with cheese if

desired. Makes 8 servings (about 2 quarts).

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In Your Easter Bonnet

By Nancy McSloy, London • from Daytripping March-April 2016

For us, Easter and spring go hand

in hand—a time of new beginnings.

Flowers bloom, leaves are budding and

the grass becomes greener. Days are

longer and sunnier, temperatures rise,

and of course “April Showers” come


Easter is one of

the most important

religious holidays

of the Christian

ing, celebrated

at the end of the

Lenten season,

beginning on Ash

Wednesday and

end on Easter Sunday. Holy Week, the

last week of the Lenten season begins

with Palm Sunday which takes its

name from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem

where the crowds laid palms at his feet.

Holy Thursday commemorates the

Last Supper which was held the night

before the crucifixion. Good Friday is

the anniversary of the crucifixion and

Easter Sunday the anniversary of Jesus’

resurrection from the dead.

In AD 325, the Easter Rule was issued,

stating that Easter will be celebrated on

the first Sunday that occurs after the first

full moon on or after the vernal equinox.

Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on

a Sunday between the

dates of March 22 and

April 25.

There are many

traditions related to

Easter. One superstition

said to wear something

new on Easter. A new

garment worn on

Easter would bring

good luck through the

coming year. The birds

would punish those

who wore old attire by

dropping “decorations”

on them from the air.

The Easter Parade grew

from this belief. The

Of all the symbols associated

with Easter, the egg, the

symbol of fertility and new

life, is the most identifiable.

grand event provided a chance to be seen

wearing the latest fashions and fads. The

elegant ritual showed displays of wealth

and taste. Irving Berlin summed this

up in his song, “In your Easter Bonnet,

with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the

grandest lady in the

Easter Parade.”

Of all the symbols

associated with

Easter, the egg, the

symbol of fertility

and new life, is the

most identifiable.

The custom of

using eggs has been

associated with Easter for centuries.

Originally, Easter eggs were painted

bright colours to symbolize spring.

Different cultures have developed their

own ways of decorating eggs. Crimson

eggs are exchanged in Greece to honour

the blood of Christ. Ukrainian Pysanky

is an ancient form of Ukrainian folk art.

Intricate designs are painted on the

egg, a small hole drilled in the top and

bottom of the egg and the yolk blown


The Easter Bunny has its origin in

pre-Christian lore. The rabbit was the

most fertile animal known and served

as a symbol of new life during the

spring season.

As for Hot Cross

Buns, some say that

they date back to the

twelfth century when

an Anglican monk was

said to have placed the

sign of the cross on the

buns, to honour Good


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Lessons From Lucy

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From My Cat

By Peter Smith, Brights Grove

It seems the world is divided into two

irreconcilable camps, those who enjoy

the company of cats and those who

do not. Being a confirmed member of

the former camp, I have always lived in

their presence and the house had never

been without a cat except for the brief

periods between the passing of one

and the arrival of another. However, as

the years had progressed, the number

of cats in our lives had increased to

the point where family expectations

required a minimum of three. And so

following the tragic loss of one, I had

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declared it my right to select our next

companion from the Humane Society.

On the 10 minute drive to make

my selection, I pondered the question

of how to decide from so many needy

candidates and from somewhere deep

inside came the words “take the one

that no one else will ever want.” And

so it was that on entering the Adoption

Room I was faced with a wall of cages

in front and another on either side.

Knowing that the cutest, most adoptable

cats would be placed at eye level on the

wall opposite the door, I pointed to a

cage at floor level and behind the door

and asked to be shown its occupant.

Out came, what I can only describe as

a pale, orange, furry football on pencil

thin legs, with a short, skinny tail, and

buggy eyes, one of which was running

and had dried in a crust down the side

of her nose. Her data card described her

as, “about 10 years old, morbidly obese,

and the mother of two other cats also

available for adoption, the past guardian

Find these words hidden vertically, horizontally, diagonally and backwards. of whom had entered the palliative care

ward of the local hospital.” Despite their

offerings of more visually attractive

alternatives and a brief moment of self

doubt, I took the plunge and signed the

adoption papers. Her name was Lucy.

My eventual arrival home with Lucy

was met with shocked disbelief. “What

had I done? Didn’t they have anything

better?” There were mutterings of never

letter me go there unaccompanied

again, but there was no turning back.

Lucy left the travel crate in the hall and

stepped out with the self-assurance of

one who has no doubt of their elevated

position in the world. Despite the

intimidating stares of the two large male

cats who also shared the house, she

took stock of her new surroundings and

immediately made herself at home. She

simply assumed her right to the most

comfortable chair and to first place at

the food bowl. Lesson One: When you find

yourself in unfamiliar and intimidating

surroundings, step out like you own the

place. Be bold.

While in the Adoption Room I had

briefly seen Lucy’s two daughters,

cuddled together for comfort in their

cage, but looking sick and forlorn. So I

was dismayed to see their picture in the


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local paper a few days later under the

heading “Pet of the Week.” I know what

that usually means, and it isn’t good.

The result was inevitable; by the time

we picked them up they were not only

traumatized and depressed but also

had serious infections. Fortunately, with

lots of TLC we were able to nurse and

coax them back to mental and physical

health, and so a three cat household

became a five cat household.

With five cats in the house now,

competition for the warmest sleeping

spots, for food or treats and for human

contact was getting more competitive.

Where a less confident cat may have let

the other, larger cats intimidate her—

not Lucy. Utterly convinced that she

had an unassailable right to her share,

if not more of whatever was going,

she was always at the front of the line,

and complained the loudest at any

supposed indignity. Lesson Two: Stand

up for yourself, and never let anyone put

you down.

Despite trying various feeding

strategies we could never get Lucy

to lose an ounce of weight, and so to

the casual visitor she was nothing

more than a fat, lazy, grumpy and

visually unattractive orange fur-ball that

consistently occupied the best spot on

the couch and refused to move. Perhaps

it was because of my frequent defences

of her demeanor or her looks, or perhaps

it was because she somehow knew that

I had saved her, that the bond between

us grew. She would always seek out

my lap in the evening even if it meant

displacing the existing occupant, or

alternatively just sitting on top of them.

At night she would often sleep on my

pillow and purr loudly at the touch of

my hand. Lesson Three: Beauty is purely

subjective and superficial, it’s heart that

counts. Purr loudly and the world will

purr with you.

The years have passed and today

Lucy is 17 years old, and stone deaf. As

I write this we know that she is dying of

cancer. She has finally lost the weight we

sought to help her lose before, but she

is doing so in that way that you know

isn’t good. She is no longer first at the

food bowl, but still makes a respectable

second or third. I know her time is not

long and I wonder if she feels it too, but

if she does, it doesn’t show. She can still

purr louder than any cat I’ve known,

and always enjoys human company.

Lesson Four: Make the most of every day,

they are all precious.

Lucy has lived every day to the fullest,

and while I may not wish to emulate her

more selfish attributes I have to admire

her zest for life. When the time comes,

I will miss her.

“What we have before us are some

Breathtaking Opportunities disguised as

Insoluble Problems.” John Gardner

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subject, Victorians and Edwardians confronted the issue in a more open manner. They

did so because death took greater prominence in their lives, since people generally

died younger and child mortality rates were much higher in their day.

To overcome their grief, our ancestors often undertook a curiously public ritual. First

of all, the family of the deceased had memorial cards, usually bordered with thick

black lines, circulated to friends and family. According to custom, recipients lovingly

preserved these cards in family photograph albums or scrapbooks.

At wakes, visitations, and funerals, the dearly departed was often on view in an

open coffin. In a similar vein, caskets could also have viewing windows built right

into them. Even more macabre to our modern-day sensibilities, photographs of

the dead body were sometimes given away

as an added gesture of remembrance. Funeral

processions were also quite public in that coffins

were generally displayed in open-air or, as the

above scene illustrates, glass-encased hearses.

Family, friends, acquaintances, and, upon the

death of a politician or celebrity, public officials

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When you age, circumstances can

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coquettish Brigitte Bardot flooded

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topless French bathing beauties, and

where did I leave my camera?

Shortly before leaving, I visited a

walk-in clinic because my doctor for

the past 45 years had reduced his

workload to three days per week prior

to imminent retirement. The walkin

doctor dutifully took my blood

pressure, and my reading zoomed off

the charts. He muttered something

about Vesuvius, and suggested that I

promptly return the next day.

Your blood pressure is recorded as

two numbers. Systolic blood pressure

(the first number) indicates how much

pressure your blood exerts against

your artery walls when the heart beats.

Diastolic blood pressure (the second

number) indicates how much pressure

your blood exerts against your artery

walls while the heart is resting between

beats. Typically, more attention is

given to systolic blood pressure as a

major risk factor for cardiovascular

disease for people over 50. It rises

steadily with age due to the increasing

stiffness of large arteries, long-term

buildup of plaque and an increased

incidence of cardiac and vascular

disease. However, either an elevated

systolic or an elevated diastolic blood

pressure reading may be used to make

a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

My results were discouraging.

My insurance company was also

discouraging. If I ventured to France

and encountered a medical problem

with my heart, I was not covered.

According to their stringent rules, I

had to wait precisely three months

to be fully covered if I ventured

even out of our province. Alas, the

much anticipated trip to France was


I have since arrived at the conclusion

that insurance companies control the

world. Soon after seeing a specialist

and taking a stress test (which I

passed), I was prescribed new meds,

but had a reaction to one drug, and

guess what? Yup, the three-month

insurance period now applied to the

new meds. Any change of medication,

and they force one to wait another 90

days before travelling anywhere. It’s a

wonder that they allowed me to visit

the bathroom without a note from

our old doctor whose writing is so

bad that the chaps who deciphered

Egyptian hieroglyphics would have

serious trouble figuring out his scroll.

Suffice to say that I’m now on meds,

which have brought my blood pressure

down to normal numbers, often hitting

the perfect score of 120 over 80! My

spouse and I have a small machine that

we keep handy on our kitchen table,

and this wonderful appliance provides

accurate blood pressure readings at


I often say to her, “Let’s have

some fun tonight; let’s take our blood

pressure readings right after watching

the Blue Jays play the Yankees.” And

when we have guests over, we ask them

if they would like a complimentary

reading from this superb apparatus.

It’s part of our social package along

with handshakes and hugs. I keep a

notebook on the table, and record my

daily readings much like a navigator

might plot the course of his vessel.

Accordingly, one might peruse my

blood pressure notebook and easily

predict on which days I watched the

Blue Jays. So many strikeouts. Gees!

And pitching. Gees! After they won the

World Series twice, they were frugal

with their money despite huge crowds.

Now, they seem to be improving with

their young star athletes.

In three months, one beneficial

result (other than being alive) has

evolved from my dreary situation.

I can wear most of my trousers that

had formerly languished deep inside

the closet, patiently waiting for me to

drop a few pounds. I dropped twenty.

Have you ever lifted a twenty pound

weight? Not so light, is it? Well, that

was the extra baggage that I was about

to transport to France!

We have embraced a strict salt-free

diet, try to eat fish three times per

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a good sign—the fact that I’m still here

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nesting spot I hope. Here and there

fat robins pick among stocks of last

years blooms, they enjoy a few tasty

grubs and search for the proverbial

early worms.

A flock of busy finches are having a

picnic with seeds that had dropped out

of the feeder as it swung in the wind. I

glance back towards my garden spot,

a flash of bright blue tell me the blue

jays are busy with cleaning up a few

left over sunflower heads.

Then from the woodlot comes the

loud “caw caw” of the crows, returning

to nest again in their favourite tall tree.

Suddenly all is quiet. My faithful

antique persian comes strolling in

the laneway. Seeing me there with

the door open she makes a fast entry

into the house. Those bundles

of feathers don’t interest her

in the least, she knows her

favourite brand of food will be

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early morning routines of scraping frosty

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my winter-weary heart is the first bright

morning when I can take my laundry

basket out to the clothesline.

My mother hung her wash in all

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wringer washer. I can clearly recall her

feeding the sopping pieces of wet clothing

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into the drawers. Mom didn’t enjoy

trudging through the snow to the

clothesline, but it was a joy to her

in the warmer weather. She took

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laden clothesline is always in the

background, towels and pants and

shirts splayed out in the breeze like

banners. When Mom wasn’t watching,

we loved to play and hide amongst the

sheets, pretending they were caravan

tents, or the billowing sails of

tall ships.

My clothesline waits for me

now, out in the back yard. The

empty lines tremble in the

chill wind, and the crusted

snow is piled up around the

centre pole. When the first day of

spring comes, I will lug out all the clothes

that I washed the night before, and as the

sun rises, I will reach for my clothespins.

There is something so peaceful about

being alone at the clothesline in the

early morning, listening to the birds and

murmuring to the neighbourhood cats

that meander into the yard for a quiet

visit. Hanging clothes on the line is good

therapy. As I peg the towels together, and

the socks in their pairs, it is really my

own thoughts I am arranging in flowing,

ordered rows. Later on in the hectic day,

when I am at work, I will pause and think

of my family’s laundry, trailing languidly

on the wind, and I will look forward to

coming home and gathering it off the

line, warm and dry and sweet-smelling.

No one ever bothers me when I am out at

the clothesline. Maybe that’s because they

can’t see me out there, playing behind

the sheets.

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light garlicky taste, or at the

end if you want a stronger garlic


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Our local cover

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George says photography is "great for this

old guy to get out of the house and go

walking and hiking." He feels that by

capturing a special moment in time, you can

always remember it in crisp detail. Although

he admits not having a good memory, he

can tell you where he was for every picture

he has taken.

His advice to anyone wanting to take up photography is to make sure you jump

on the opportunity to travel, even if you only go a couple of hours away. In

addition to many Sarnia-Lambton locations, he has traveled to Alberta, Nova

Scotia and Newfoundland and Algonquin Park (about 10 times) and will

continue to take his photography skills wherever the road takes him.

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The Holland


By Lambton County Archives

In 1947, the late H.F. Holland

reached out to the community to

source and collect photographs of

former teams and sporting events to

be displayed in exhibition

at the new Sarnia Arena.

Mr. Holland was turned

down for the display as it

was deemed ‘impractical’

however he continued to

gather materials with the aid

and encouragement of local

commercial photographer

Douglas Paisley, who rephotographed

the old

pictures so that the originals

could be returned to their


The collection grew to

include people, buildings,

historical events, and sport teams

dating back as far as the mid 1800‘s

in Sarnia. For some of these original

images, this may be the only

remaining documentation of them.

The first public exhibition of the

collection was held in the office of

the Sarnia Gazette in 1951. This

stimulated public interest and the flow

of material. Thus, at the time of Mr.

Holland’s death in 1960, the collection

had grown to some 450 images and a

complete set had been purchased by

the Archives of Ontario.

Mr. Paisley continued the collection

until 1971 when the 2,300 pictures

were purchased by the Sarnia Public

Library and Art Gallery, with funds

provided by the Southwest Region

Library System. The collection was

later transferred by Sarnia Library to

the Lambton County Archives where

it currently resides. These photos can

either be accessed in person by visiting

the archives or can be searched via

the online collection which is available

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through the Lambton County Archives


Some of the original images have

resurfaced over the years including

this image of Scott’s Bros. Bread

Manufacturers from the early 1900s.

This image recently arrived at the

Lambton County Archives as part of

a donation. In this photo, the only

person identified is the man with the

black derby hat standing behind the

fence. This is early Sarnia historian,

Frank Thomas. The image below, one

we have yet to locate the original, is

the south side of Lochiel St., showing

J.S. Thom Block. Major John S. Thom’s

first studio in Sarnia was in the Clark

block, opposite the Belchamber Hotel.

On Jan 26th, 1883, he bought the

McClellan property on the southwest

corner of Christina and Lochiel

Streets, and moved his studio there.

When the building was destroyed by

fire, Mr. Thom then built the present

brick building, with studios on the

second floor. This is now the Judith &

Normin Alix Art Gallery.

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Lambton County Library:

Books By Mail

By Andrea Basra, Public Services Coordinator

Adult Programs and Outreach, Lambton County Library

Do you have difficulty accessing

transportation to get to a library?

Mobility challenges? To better serve all

Lambton County residents, the Books

by Mail service can bring the library

directly to your door. This service is

provided free of charge to patrons who

qualify for the service and can be used

on an indefinite or temporary basis.

Reserve items using the online

catalogue on the library website or by

calling any library location. Items will

be mailed via Canada Post and

will include a pre-paid, preaddressed

envelope. Return

items using this envelope, seal

it, and put the package into any


Almost any item in the

library catalogue can be

borrowed using the Books by

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library location. Accessible

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to 50 items at one time and have an

extended loan period. And if items are

held up in the mail, that is no problem:

Lambton County Library is fine-free!

To register for the service and receive

the Accessible Borrower registration

forms through the mail, call 519-845-

0809 ext. 5220 for more information.

The Accessible Borrower form can

also be downloaded from the library

website www.lclibrary.ca, completed,

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LC Long-Term Care Living Various opportunities from Coffee Program to organist/pianist to dining companions lambtoncares.ca/volunteer

Lambton Elderly Outreach Reception, Transportation, Friendly Visiting, Meals on Wheels, Diner’s Club, Forever Fitness 519-845-1353

Alzheimer Society of S-L Program, Event and Bingo Volunteers 519-332-4444

Habitat for Humanity Handyman Assistant, Build Volunteer, ReStore: Sales Floor Support, Cashier 519-339-7957

St. Joseph’s Hospice S-L Residence Reception, Volunteers for Kitchen, Grocery Shopping, Direct Support, and more 519-337-0537 stjosephshospice.ca

Literacy Lambton Volunteer opportunities in the Adult or Family Literacy Programs, Special Events, and more literacylambton.org/volunteer/

Noelle’s Gift to Children Bingo & Event Volunteers: online registration at www.noellesgift.ca under volunteer tab www.noellesgift.ca

Bluewater Health Patient Care Assistant, Help Program, Reception 519-464-4400 ext. 5406


Sarnia Humane Society


Several volunteer opportunities. Needed items: non-clumping cat litter, horse bedding pellets,

towels and small fleece blankets, and more. Visit website for full list.



River City Vineyard Donation of food, extra clothing, valuables, and small household items to foodbank and shelter 519-383-8463(VINE)

Petrolia Food Bank Monetary and food donations to food bank (please check expiry dates) 519-882-3950

Inn of the Good Shepherd

Women’s Interval Home

Needed items: Clothing, linens & bedding, small kitchen appliances, dishes & cutlery, cereal,

school snacks, juice boxes, sugar, coffee. Volunteer opportunities available.

New unused items only will be accepted to shelter: hygiene items, clothing, gift cards, etc.

Please email kyla@womensintervalhome.com to schedule a time for item drop off.


Petrolia Comm. Refrigerator Any type of food items, personal items and monetary donations 519-882-1390


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Sure signs of spring are here a little

earlier than usual, but don’t get too

far ahead of the season. Snowdrops

are showing their pure white flowers,

LEO Tundra Swans are making their return,

Forest and our Kineto songbirds Theatre are beginning their

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United spring? Way Is it of a Sarnia-Lambton

refreshed landscape to

add curb appeal to your home? Are you

finally getting to that tree you should

have planted 20 years ago?

Now is a great time to do some

research, speak to a few professionals

and make some firm plans. Since

we don’t have to wait for frost and

snowpack to melt this year, we will

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❏ Look into vertical gardening if you

are limited on outdoor space.

❏ Plan a habitat space for wildlife in

your garden.

❏ Improve the soil in veggie beds and

containers with new soil, peat moss,

compost and natural fertilizer.

❏ Keep on top of weeds in a garden

bed by starting clean and consider

adding a layer of mulch/ straw to

keep weeds at bay.

❏ Transplant seedlings and/or sow

seeds into the garden based on the

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good advice from friends or from

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❏ Feed your plants regularly for a

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your put in. Great organic options

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❏ Plant cold-loving veggies early April

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❏ In mid-April to May, plant potatoes,

broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

❏ Plant tender veggies after the frostfree

date (usually after Victoria

Day) such as tomatoes, peppers,

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Do you have one of those husbands

who loses something almost every day

of the year? I know I do and it is both

funny and stimulating to watch the steps

happening. They have this magical talent

of making things disappear to sometimes

or never to be found again. A magician—I

think not.

“Honey where did you put my new

socks? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t

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he would take care of that job. Oh good, I

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“I know I left that 3/8 wrench right

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way never to put away his tools until he

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superstition like the hockey players and

their stinky socks. Who knows? Eventually

the wrench is located right where he left it

on the fender of the vehicle. Tools do not

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grow legs and walk away, but you would

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where you’ve been hiding.”

There are numbered drawers for every

known piece of ‘stuff’ in the shed. There

are signs and numbers for all the

tools lining the walls—and still

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jobs that are unique to certain jobs, and

no others will work. The snow blower

is used only in the winter and has very

specific spools that fit over the metal bars

on the ends of the tractor arms to make

them secure. I say leave them with that

particular item, but no, they must come

into the shed and be placed somewhere

special which eight months from now will

be impossible to locate. Oh well, the fun

part is it keeps us perpetually in motion

looking for one thing, and finding others

we were looking for a month ago.

There is not enough paper to cover all

the things we have lost over the years, but

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By Therese Lecuyer

from Daytripping Sept-Oct 2015

One of the good things about getting

older (and there are things) is that with

time, we see what really matters and

what doesn’t at all. One important

thing I’ve learned is the importance of

a friend. If I live to be 100 and that is all

I’ve learned from life, I’ll consider myself

blessed. Friends may be people you see

once a year or every day.

People that I have grown up with from

a very young age are very dear to me. We

carry a history with us that few people

can boast about... like feeding the pigs,

being chased by our unfriendly rooster,

playing in my playhouse—the outhouse!

We’ve seen each other grow up, find

jobs, get married, raise families and have

grandbabies. I attended a wedding last

weekend of one such

friend. As I watched her

daughter on her wedding

day, it brought back a lot

of memories of her mom

and I growing up.

Along with the happy

times, like weddings and

the birth of babies, we’ve

also been witness to the struggles of aged

parents and the death of each other’s

loved ones. Having a friend means there

is always someone there in good times

and bad.

The day my daughter was married

they were there, when I became a

granny for the first, second and third

time… they were there. The day I was

diagnosed with cancer and the day my

breasts were removed they were there.

The days of my chemo, the life support

and near death… they have always been

there. Having a dear friend means you

are never alone through good days and


God has blessed me with many friends

I would consider my angels. If you are

lucky enough to find such a person hang

on to her or him and thank God they

are there on your journey through life.

Everything seems a little sweeter when

a friend is near by.

A friend is someone you have chosen

to be by your side. You

probably have a lot in

common and in some cases

even look alike!

Whether you’re lucky

enough to have a long-time

friend or a new friend you

have just met, hang on

tight… you are truly blessed!

Drop us a line… we’d love to know what you think!


Comments from Our Readers

Great article on the music scene in our area. We certainly have a lot of

talented musicians, many with long careers playing locally and beyond

Sarnia/Lambton. ~ Barry Loxton

Just a note to say I didn’t know that you were paid if your work was

printed in The Club so I was quite surprised with the cheque. Thanks!

I would like to see more people write in about their varied life experiences,

as I am always interested in hearing about all the different aspects of

living in this great world of ours.

The Daytripper, and now The Club, have also had many of their poems

and quizzes, etc. recycled as I am an inveterate “clipper,” and they are

pasted into one of my many scrapbooks for future use to liven up

meetings and add some fun, laughter and information.

So thanks again for both magazines and good luck in the future!

~ Dorothy J. Johnson

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Evolution Geneology

A little girl asked her mother, “How did the

human race appear?” The mother answered,

“God made Adam and Eve and they had

children and so was all mankind made.”

Two days later the girl asked her father the same

question. The father answered, “Many years ago there

were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”

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The Wellness Corner

by Marion Clouse • from Daytripping Jan-Feb 2005

We often think of forgiveness as

something that someone who has

done us wrong must ask of US. On the

contrary, forgiveness is a gift you give

to yourself. Many of us create rules

inside our head for how people should

behave; when people break the rules,

we resent them. We grow up believing

that we can punish others by refusing

to forgive them, “If I don’t forgive you,

you suffer.” Actually, it’s the other way

around. By refusing to forgive others, it’s

you that suffers. To not forgive others

is like taking the poison and expecting

them to die! YOU get the knot in your

stomach; YOU are the one to lose sleep.

We all live our lives the best way we

know how. We make a lot of mistakes

along the way, sometimes we act on

misinformation, sometimes we do

stupid things, yet we are still doing it

the best way we know. Blaming others

gets us nowhere. If something is done,

it is done. Griping about it changes

nothing. People do what they do from

knowing what they know. Whether you

make them the guilty ones makes no

difference – except that it ruins your

life. Things are the way they are. If a

hurricane floods your basement, do you

say: “I’ll never forgive the weather?” If

a seagull poops on your head, do you

resent the seagull? Then why resent

people? We are no more meant to

control people than we are meant to

control rainstorms and seagulls.

Choice is always present in forgiveness.

You do not have to forget. Forgive

and forget is a myth. You may never

forget, but you can CHOOSE to forgive.

Refusing to forgive by holding on to

the anger, resentment and a sense

of betrayal can make your own life

miserable. If you refuse to forgive your

brother-in-law for not inviting you to his

Christmas party, you suffer. He doesn’t

get the ulcers, he doesn’t lose the sleep,


he isn’t upset, he doesn’t get the nasty

taste in his mouth. You do.

To withhold forgiveness is to choose

to continue to remain the victim.

Remember, you always have choice.

The hurts won’t heal until you forgive.

Healthy relationships are not possible

without forgiveness! You cannot have

a loving and rewarding relationship

with anyone else, much less yourself if

you continue to hold on to things that

happened in the past. Regardless of the

situation, making peace with past love

partners, your parents, your children,

your boss or anyone who you think may

have “done you wrong” is the only way

to improve your chances of a “healthy”

relationship with yourself or anyone

else. Forgiveness means choosing to

let go, to move one, and to favour the


Six steps to forgiving.

1. Choose one person you need to


2. List your feelings and the cause of

your anger.

3. Empathize by trying to understand

the other person’s views, and by

understanding that you, too, are capable

of hurting others.

4. Reflect and imagine how forgiveness

would change the situation.

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As I stood staring at the black rotary

phone at the antique store, it brought

back a flood of memories. How could

an item I used in my lifetime be an

antique already?

I was born in 1962. It would be hard

for kids today to believe, but we grew up

in the sixties without computers, i-pods,

digital cameras and cell phones.

It was a simpler life back then.

We had one phone in our house, the

classic black rotary phone. Households

could go on a “party line.” This was

when you shared your phone line with

another family. You did not know who

was on your party line, but often when

you picked up the phone, you could

hear people having a conversation.

My mother warned us if the party line

“was on”, you discreetly hung up the

phone and waited. This could be very

annoying, if you had long-winded

people on your party line. It was also

very annoying when you were talking

and the party line people kept picking

up the receiver and putting it down. The

telephone has come a long way since

then, with call waiting, call display, etc.

There were no compact disks in the

60’s. Even cassette tapes and eight

tracks had not come on the scene yet.

It was vinyl records in those days. They

came in three sizes, 45’s, 78’s and LP

albums. My sister had a small record

player and as a preschooler, I would

sneak into her room when she was at

school to play cool tunes, such as “I

Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by the Rolling

Stones, “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees

(who by the way had their own TV show

from 1966-1968) and “Purple People

Eater” (can’t remember who sang that

gem). I had only played 45’s, so when

I received an album with Christmas

songs on it, I didn’t realize there were

more than two songs on an album. I

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would always listen to the first song on

each side over and over again. One day,

I didn’t get to the record player in time

before the second song started playing.

You can imagine my surprise!

We had a simple black and white

television set. There was no remote

control; you actually had to get up to

change the channel. I remember my

family gathering around the TV to watch

the first man walk on the moon. That

was an exciting time in history. It was

also a very exciting time for my family

w hen we purchased our first coloured

television set. There were so many good

shows on TV, such as “Bewitched”,

“I Dream of Jeannie”, “Green Acres”,

“The Beverly Hillbillies”, “I Love

Lucy”, etc. My favourite cartoons were

“The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons.”

Wouldn’t George Jetson be proud, how

far electronic gadgets have advanced in

the last 40 years!

We did not have digital cameras. Our

family had a box camera, which looked

exactly like its name, a rectangular

black box. The film was taken to a store

to be developed and the photographs

were black and white.

My Aunt Sarah had a portable

typewriter and allowed me to use it when

we visited. You really had to press down

hard on those keys to get it to print. When

you pressed a key, a long silver arm with

the letter engraved on its end would hit the

typewriter ribbon, imprinting the letter

on the paper. To make copies, a piece of

carbon paper was placed between two

sheets of paper.

Gameboy, Nintendo, X-box and

Playstation were unheard of. If you

wanted to play games you went to the

arcade to play pinball. Arcades became

even more popular when they added

video games, such as PacMan.

If you wanted to “google” information

for a school project, you “googled” in

books at the local library. There were no

computers at the library. You would look

through index cards to find out where

the books you needed were located.

Kids spent hours playing in the snow,

building snowmen, snow forts and

igloos. Children played outside all year

round, in all weather. Every kid had a

bike and used it. Families generally only

had one vehicle and regular gas was

approximately $0.30 a gallon. Kids were

brought up to be independent when

it came to transportation and if you

wanted to go somewhere you walked

or rode your bike. As TV was limited to

basic channels, kids spent more time

reading books or playing board games.

Comic books were also popular.

We only ate junk food when we were

lucky enough to have a nickel or dime

to go to the corner store for candy. My

favourites were Pink Elephant Popcorn,

Cracker Jacks, Double Bubble gum (that

included a tiny comic strip) and licorice

pipes. You could act way cool with

Popeye cigarettes.

My mother was a stay-at-home mom.

She often made homemade bread from

scratch. There’s nothing like the aroma

of a fresh loaf of bread coming from

the oven and we smothered the warm

bread with butter.

Clothes were washed in a wringer

washer and then hung on the clothes line

to dry. Some of the fashions that were

“in” were hot pants, ponchos and pedal

pushers. Pedal pushers were the original

capri pants. They also resurfaced in the

80’s and were called clamdiggers. You

know you’re getting up there in age

when an article of clothing has come

into fashion three times. Also popular

were mini and maxi skirts. Footwear

fashion included mukluks, moon shoes,

go-go boots and platform shoes. You

wore thongs on your feet, they weren’t

underwear then!

When I reminisce about my

childhood, it amazes me how things

have changed. If our grandparents could

see the technology we have available in

this day and age, they would truly be

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“What?” Mom asked.

“Let’s run through the rain!” She talking to Daddy about his cancer, you


said, ‘If we can get through this, we can

“No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows get through anything!”

down a bit,” Mom replied.

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I

This young child waited about another swear you couldn’t hear anything but the

minute and repeated: “Mom let’s run rain. We all stood silently. No one came or

through the rain.”

left in the next few minutes. Mom paused

“We’ll get soaked if we do,” Mom said. and thought for a moment about what she

“No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what would say. Now some would laugh it off

you said this morning,” the young girl said and scold her for being silly. Some might

as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

even ignore what was said. But this was a

“This morning? When did I say we could moment of affirmation in a young child’s

run through the rain and not get wet?” life. A time when innocent trust can be


She had been shopping with her Mom

at the mall. She must have been 6 years

old, this beautiful red haired, freckle-faced

image of innocence. It was pouring. The

kind of rain that gushes over the top of

gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the Earth

it has no time to flow down the spout.

We all stood there under the awning just

outside the mall doors. We waited, some

patiently, others irritated because nature

messed up their hurried day.

I’m always mesmerized by rainfall. I get

lost in the sound and sight of the heavens

washing away the dirt and dust of the

world. Memories of running, splashing

carefree as a child came pouring in as

a welcome reprieve from the worries of

my day.

Her voice was so sweet as it broke the

hypnotic trance we were all caught in.

“Mom, let’s run through the rain,” she




“Don’t you remember? When you were

nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

“Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s

run through the rain. If we get wet, well

maybe we just needed washing,” Mom

said. Then off they ran. We all stood

watching, smiling and laughing as they

darted past the cars and yes, through the

puddles. They held their shopping bags

over their heads just in case. They got


But they were followed by a few who

screamed and laughed like children all the

way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I

got wet. I needed washing.

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Time together, handle in hand.

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That old trowel and I have memories,

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Digging worms and moving things,

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Of no more use to me.

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The mystery and lore of the Edmund

Fitzgerald has become part of our

culture. The glory and tragedy of the onetime

queen of the lakes only highlights

the danger and sadness that is part of

our shipping heritage. The exact number

of shipwrecks on the lakes is unknown.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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lives lost during the history of Great

Lakes shipping, while historian and

mariner Mark Thompson estimated that

the total number of wrecks is likely more

than 25,000.

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there have been hundreds of shipwrecks

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One of the well-known is the Monarch,

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in about 55 feet of water about 200 feet

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control flipping the Monarch onto her

starboard side then dragging the stern

down to the river bottom. Today she is a

popular scuba diving destination.

On May 31, 1906 the steamer Erin

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towing the schooner Danforth. About

a mile below Courtright she was run

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Half of the wreck lies in American waters

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On August 6, 1887 at the Wolf

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named for the owner of the company.

She had a beam of 41 feet and depth

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underway, fire was discovered in the

forward hold and gained fast and

furious headway because of the wind

and forward motion of the ship. The

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Answers Below

1. What is the second leading cause of death among children under

five in the world?

2. Which one of these planets rotates clockwise?

a] Uranus b] Mercury c] Venus d] Pluto

3. Which two letters are worth ten points in Scrabble?

4. Which two South American countries does the Patagonia Region


5. In what year were women first allowed to participate in the modern

Olympic games?

a] 1896, Athens b] 1900, Paris

c] 1912, Stockholm d] 1924, Paris

6. What is a nebuchadnezzar?

a] A large wine bottle holding the equivalent of 20 standard 750 ml


b] A king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire

7. In Islam, what does Bismallah mean?

a] In the name of Allah b] In Allah’s light

c] Lord of the Worlds d] Praise be to Allah

8. On average, what do you do 15 times a day?

a] Burp b] Laugh c] Break wind d] Lick your lips

9. The car in the Knightrider series was call KITT. What does this

acronym stand for?

10. The first Super Bowl (1967) was played between which two teams?

11. How hot is lightning?

a] 1,000°F b] 50,000°F c] 70,000°F

12. A fylfot is the heraldic name for what symbol?

a] Fleur de lis b] Phoenix

c] Lion d] Swastika


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2. Venus; 3. Q and Z; 4. Chile and Argentina; 5. 1900, Paris; 6. Trick question - Both!;

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