Volume 2 Number 2

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Volume 2, Number 2 – May 28, 2008

Inside: Special report on wheelchair accessibility for Grand Bend and Parkhill. Robert Stirrett PhotoFusion, and My Fair Lady at Huron Country Playhouse

  • Preparing for prom and end of year athletics
    Principal’s Page By Jeff Reaburn The big event this week, of course, is the formal, which is being held on Friday evening in the small gym. The theme this year is “The Golden Age – Twist the Night Away,” and we are looking forward to having a very enjoyable evening. This is an annual rite of passage ...
  • South Huron DHS student of the year nominees
    Student of the Year nominees Biographies and photographs submittedKatie Anderson Katie Anderson has had four memorable years at South Huron District High School. Academically, Katie has been on the honor roll every year. This year as part of her biology class she was able to participate in the Envirothon, and after winning Huron Perth, went on with ...
  • Take a look at Grand Bend through a wheelchair user’s eyes
    View from the Strip By Casey Lessard “We’re only open two months, so…” “We don’t get a lot of people in wheelchairs, so…” “It’s an old building, so…” These are only three of the reasons Rick Lewcock and I heard from business owners about why their businesses weren’t wheelchair friendly. We made a journey through Grand Bend to examine the ...
  • Breaking the binary: does disability exist?
    Alternative View By Angela Michielsen Male/female. Caucasian/non-Caucasian. Straight/gay. Able/disabled. Civilized/savage. Rich/poor. Rational/emotional. Mind/body. Normal/abnormal. All of these pairs appear to be polar opposites. But in every set, in Western thinking, one part is privileged over the other. One is seen as “having” while the other is seen as “lacking.” This is called a binary. This ideology perpetuates Western ...
  • 2008 Wheelchair Accessibility report: Rick Lewcock profile
    Rick Lewcock: “You’re used to doing things on your own, and that stops.” Southcott Pines resident Rick Lewcock has used a wheelchair for the last 17 years after a car rollover left him unable to use most of his body. He is now a member of the Lambton Shores accessibility committee. As told to Casey Lessard It was ...
  • 2008 Grand Bend Strip wheelchair accessibility report
    By Casey Lessard with Rick Lewcock, member of Lambton Shores accessibility committee 166 Grand Bend businesses surveyed 40% are 100% inaccessible by wheelchair Only 1/3 have wheelchair parking 1 in 5 has a powered door opener Grand Bend’s average mark (on Strip survey): 47% Full results: Grand Bend wheelchair accessibility 53 Parkhill core businesses surveyed 41% are 100% inaccessible by wheelchair Only 4 locations ...
  • Grand Bend, Ontario – wheelchair accessibility
    We assessed 166 businesses in Grand Bend, from the beach in the west, to the Grand Bend Community Health Centre in the east, to Oakwood Inn in the north and G.B. Posh in the south. We also included some major tourist attractions just outside of town, including the Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend Motorplex, and ...
  • Parkhill, Ontario – wheelchair accessibility
    Home Town Memories (Bed & Breakfast) 108 Main Street 519-294-1118 Did not assess Hensall District Co-op (Farm Supply) 192 Main Street 519-294-6252 All Seasons (Automotive) 193 Main Street 519-294-0676 Deuzeman Animal Clinic (Veterinary) 196 Main Street 519-294-0243 Bluewater Counselling Services (Counselling) 197 Main Street HMS Maclachlan (Insurance) 197 Main Street 519-294-6871 The Fisher Corporation (Accountants) 197 Main Street 519-294-0340 The Right Path (Counselling) 197 Main Street 519-294-6345 Thomson & Hamilton (Accountants) 197 Main Street 519-294-0883 Waters Feed & Seed 141 King Street 519-294-6392 Did not ...
  • May 28 Amateur Art Show at Grand Bend Youth Centre
    Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Bend Youth Centre, amateur artists with the Grand Bend Art Association host a year end show for their members. They’d love for you to attend!
  • From Main Street to The Killing Fields and back
    How a former Grand Bend entrepreneur made his way into the movies and became an Internet star By Casey Lessard Sarnia native and Kitchener resident Robert Stirrett opened a hot dog and hamburger stand for his brothers in the 1970s. Today, Stirrett is a Flickr sensation, posting photographs that consist of two images fused and therefore called ...
  • My Fair Lady opens 2008 Playhouse season
    By Casey Lessard A film classic opens the Huron Country Playhouse 2008 season as Grand Theatre artistic director Susan Ferley directs My Fair Lady, running June 3 until June 21. Encountering Eliza Doolittle, a “curbstone flower girl with a lower class Cockney accent” on the street, linguist Henry Higgins believes he can transform her into a duchess. ...
  • Father’s Day – Celebrate weekend with Playhouse stars
    If dad enjoys theatre, Brentwood on the Beach’s annual Breakfast with the Stars may be a perfect Father’s Day gift. Guests who book the weekend at the St. Joseph area bed and breakfast for the Father’s Day weekend get tickets to the Saturday evening performance of My Fair Lady and will dine with the play’s ...
  • Before June 20 – Pre-register for Zurich Mennonite Church’s centennial homecoming weekend
    Zurich Mennonite Church turned 100 on March 27th and has a year of special events planned to celebrate God’s faithfulness and blessings. On March 30 celebrations started with a retro worship service that reminiscent of the first worship service held in 1908. Some of the old customs observed that day were a cappella singing, kneeling for ...
  • June 12 – Learn about the versatile hemp plant
    Hemp is not marijuana, and it can be used to build homes, cars and even to build longer lasting human bodies, not to mention protect as clothing. You can learn all about the virtues of the versatile hemp plant when Angie Richter of The Currant Organic General Store in Parkhill presents a two-hour workshop June 12 ...
  • June 7 – Give shelter to women and children fleeing abuse
    Royal LePage Heartland is raising money for its charity, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, with a barbecue Saturday June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of its Grand Bend Ontario Street North location. Broker of record Fred Lobb and representatives Julie Murphy, Ruth and Jerry Zehr, Helen Miller and Brenda Triebner will ...
  • June 5 – Grow your own trees with ABCA
    The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority planted almost 56,000 trees on private land this spring, and landowners are expected to plant 20,000 more. That’s good news considering the ABCA watershed report card gave forest conditions a ‘D’ grade last year and water quality in the watershed earned a ‘C.’ If you want to learn how to collect seed ...
  • Grand Bend OPP Victoria Day incidents
    Despite cool weather, Lambton OPP officers responded to 500 service calls over the Victoria Day weekend, most in Grand Bend. The following charges were laid in Grand Bend: 330 – Liquor License Act
38 – Highway Traffic Act 41 – Public Lands Act
14 – Trespass to Property Act 12 – Criminal Code Charges 21 – Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Yearly Totals: 2008 ...
  • May 28 Letter to the Editor re Dominion Cribbage
    To all who helped in the Grand Bend Legion for the Dominion Cribbage championships: I would truly love to thank you: Gayle McGregor, Shirley Pole, Joan McCullough, Jeanette Wales, Rick Tiedeman (my son), Julie and Harold. We made a great team. You are the best! Plus, a special thanks to Zelda and Wayne Woods for their donation of eggs ...
  • Giveaways at Tim Hortons
    Advice from Mom By Rita Lessard By now, everybody knows about the incident where that employee gave out a free Timbit to an 11-month old baby. In this Sunday’s edition of the London Free Press, a woman wrote in to say she has the solution: she suggests that since Tim Horton’s has a box for people to ...
  • The grand prize: a rooster that lays eggs
    Keeping the Peace By Tom Lessard Years ago Bill Brady, the announcer for CFPL 980 radio, ran a fundraiser for Sick Kids called “The Bunny Bundle.” Listeners of all ages found different ways of raising money. The fundraiser ran for years. One night, after work at the Dufferin, the staff was sitting around having a well-earned staff drink. I ...
  • Kudos for student of the year nominees, bands and track stars
    Principal’s Page By Jeff Reaburn As May winds down, we look forward to a number of year end activities, including the Formal, the Athletic Awards Assembly, and Relay for Life. These are all significant activities and we certainly would like to see large numbers of students involved in all of them. Parental encouragement of this involvement would ...
  • Build a better online business
    Technically Speaking By Tamara Nicola www.visitgrandbend.com As Will Rogers said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Your website, or lack thereof, can have an instant and lasting impact on your business. This holds especially true in a village such as Grand Bend, which attracts seasonal visitors unfamiliar with the area. Like it or not, ...
  • May 28 to June 10 To Do List
    Things to Do July 7 to 11 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House, 8169 Kennedy Line, Thedford Arts Camp. Summer fun for boys and girls aged 9 to 12. How would you like a week of drama, music, creative movement, painting, sculpture, pottery, wood working, drawing, hiking, games and MORE? Register for ...
  • May 28 to June 10 Community and Charity
    Every Tuesday 7 p.m. – Grand Bend Legion Bingo Every Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Gill St. parking lot, Grand Bend Grand Bend Farmers’ Market Every Friday 5 to 7 p.m. – Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw May – Ongoing Mid-May and early June – Forest Canada Day Idol Contest applications. North Lambton Secondary School. Live out your idol dream! There are three age ...
  • May 28 to June 10 Entertainment
    Every Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pinery Flea Market Live Music with Brian Dale Saturday, May 31 3 to 6 p.m. – Grand Bend Legion Live Music with Jimmy Vail 6 p.m. – Stanley Recreation Complex, Varna The Blyth Festival Singers Celebrate Canada. Featuring award-winning step-dancing and fiddling duo Matthew and Sherry Johnson. Cabaret Dinner, Concert and Silent Auction. Adults ...
  • May 28 to June 10 Health and Fitness
    Who Wants Tuesday & Thursday evening outdoor fitness 6-7 p.m. at the Grand Bend Lions Pavilion? Please phone Beth Sweeney (519)238-5555 to show interest. Mondays 8 to 9 a.m. – G.B. Lions’ Pavilion Workout for Your Life. $8 per class; $5 for spouses and students. 8:45 to 10 a.m. – Grand Bend Legion TGIF – Thank God I’m Fit. Exercise class. ...