Volume 3 Number 10

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Volume 3, Number 10 – November 19, 2009

Inside: The contentious Lambton Shores Zone 3 (dunes) sewer debate, Chamber of Commerce entrepreneur of the year award, and Darlene O’Rourke runs 2010 Winter Olympic torch

  • A tough decision
    View from the Strip By Casey Lessard I’m sure Gord Minielly is ready to let someone else be the front man (or woman) for the municipality after last month’s meeting to discuss the Lambton Shores sewer project. It’s a tough job and he has to do it. You can imagine why his health has suffered; more than ...
  • When will our bubble burst?
    Alternative View By Lance Crossley Here in Canada, we seem to think we are immune to a housing bubble, so it was interesting to see the Globe and Mail – usually a real estate cheerleader – at least question the logic of why we continue to experience a booming housing sector amid the greatest economic crisis since ...
  • A few surprises
    Advice from Mom By Rita Lessard My wonderful sister Joan treated Tom and I to Remembrance Day dinner at the Grand Bend Legion November 7. We had a great time and the meal was, as usual, superb. Thanks, Joan. On Wednesday November 11th, Tom and I were out again to celebrate Remembrance Day. This is such a solemn ...
  • Deserving tributes
    Keeping the Peace By Tom Lessard, C.D. I was privileged to attend the Grand Bend Legion’s Remembrance Day dinner on Saturday November 7. My first order of business was to purchase a nice cold beer at the bar. Next was to find where Rita was sitting. My sister-in-law Joan, who volunteers at all of the occasions, directed me ...
  • “We have to go ahead.”
    Lambton Shores mayor wants low-pressure sewers before infrastructure funding runs dry The Lambton Shores sewage treatment plant and Zone 3 sewer network could be the last project mayor Gord Minielly is involved in before he retires. Casey Lessard sat down with the mayor to discuss the projects. Why is this project necessary now? We just spent a big ...
  • “Stop the sewage plant and stop the sewers”
    Southcott Pines resident Dr. Carl Belke retired from Brandon University after 31 years teaching chemistry. Dick Matzka has cottaged in Southcott for 58 years. Neither is in favour of the sewer project proposed. What are your concerns? Dick: There are two major concerns. One is the expenditure the township plans on making. Two is that they keep ...
  • Richard Webb: Low-pressure should be the last choice
    Industry professional thinks septic tanks are fine, gravity next best option Richard Webb of Stewart Webb & Sons has been installing, repairing and replacing septic tanks and sewer line connections for more than 20 years. His family has been in the excavating business for more than 75 years. The Strip asked the Southcott Pines resident for his ...
  • Work-life balance key to entrepreneurial success
    The Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce named its 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year at its annual general meeting November 12. Colonial and Gables won the business award, while Paddington’s Pub owner Jen Gaukroger won the entrepreneur honour. Interview and photo by Casey Lessard What makes you successful as an entrepreneur? I’m trying desperately ...
  • Dashwood firefighter carries a flame for Olympic spirit
    Darlene O’Rourke taking part in torch relay Story and photo by Casey Lessard This is one flame Dashwood firefighter Darlene O’Rourke won’t want to put out. O’Rourke is on her way to Summerside, PEI this week to take part in the 2010 Winter Olympic torch relay. She will run the torch November 22 at approximately 5:56 p.m. O’Rourke ...
  • Everything old is new again
    Fido… Come… Sit By Yvonne Passmore //www.FidoComeSit.com Of our three dogs, Viva is the oldest. She’s just approaching nine years old and is a great little Golden Retriever. From that first day driving her home in the car, she had a strange confidence. She calmly looked out the window without a whimper and without much excitement. She walked into ...
  • Sandra Regier steps up her business
    Zurich photographer opens shop in Exeter above Village Vines Story and photo by Casey Lessard One of our favourite area photographers, Sandra Regier, opened a studio and office above Village Vines in Exeter in July. Regier hosted an open house Friday to show the new place, which is a photographer’s dream. The former apartment has two floors: ...
  • Investing in high school music
    SHDHS receives $10,000 CARAS instrument grant Story and photos by Casey Lessard Music students at South Huron District High School are blowing new horns after the school’s music program received a $10,000 equipment grant from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). “You’d be surprised how much equipment costs,” says music director Isaac Moore. “We were ...
  • American woodcock: unique woodland species
    Living in Balance By Jenipher Appleton The back section of our three-acre property is an expanse of wonderful thickets, shrubs, and hedgerows. In late October, while walking just before dusk, Fergus the Lab managed to flush up a stocky, short-bodied bird with a very long beak. I knew immediately that it must be an American woodcock (Scolopax ...
  • To Do List – November 19 to December 16, 2009
    Community/Charity Grand Bend Nursery School is now offering 5 sessions a week of the Early Learning Program…a FREE high quality program designed to help prepare young children for school. If you have children 2.5 to 4 years old and reside in Lambton County call Grand Bend Nursery School at 519-238-8514 Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Port Franks ...
  • Restaurant style French onion soup
    Recipes by James Eddington Eddington’s of Exeter 527 Main Street, Exeter, 519-235-3030 //www.eddingtons.ca You may have heard that onions can kill the H1N1 virus, but that’s just a myth. Still, a warm soup like this is good medicine for your body and soul during cold and flu season… Caramelized onions (This is the base for the soup.) 4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp vegetable oil 6 large Spanish ...