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Senior Of The Week

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Our senior of the week this week is Vera Pflance, who celebrated a birthday on July 16th. Born in Downie Township, Vera has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Happy Birthday Vera!
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Save VIA In Next Phase

The committee to save and/or improve VIA service are moving to the next stage, called the ‘Action Phase”. All the MPs in Ottawa and the MPPs at Queens Park were contacted and received a copy of the transportation issue that was in the St. Marys Independent. The first phase was to bring attention to the VIA service cuts situation but now the committee wants to see action from VIA and the politicians. To achieve this, a new petition has started and the goal this time is to have 30,000 signatures. The petition can be found at moveon.org and you will find it under save via. Meanwhile, the distribution of ribbons to support VIA are now available. Under the direction of Julie Docker-Johnson, from The Flower Shop and More, who coordinated the students in making the ribbons at Little Falls and Holy Name schools, the ribbons will now be available at various locations in the downtown. Also Johnson and Carey Pope will be approaching municipal politicians from towns and cities along the train line, to have their picture taken wearing a ribbon at their local train station for publicity. For more on Save VIA, please see page 14.

No shots, no school!

Children who are not fully immunized may not be allowed to attend school.

As a parent, keeping your kids safe and healthy is your number one priority. All children attending school between ages 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario’s Immunization Schedule. Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.

Starting in the 2014/15 school year, children need to have proof of immunization against meningococcal disease, whooping cough and chickenpox to attend school. This is in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against many other diseases The number of shots (doses) required for tetanus, diphtheria, polio and mumps has also been updated. Children who are not fully immunized may not be allowed to attend school.
What you need to do
Check with your health care provider or local public health unit to make sure your child has all the vaccines needed to attend school. If your child has followed the immunization schedule, no further vaccines will be needed.
Did you know that it’s your responsibility to report your child’s updated immunization records to your local public health unit? Your health care provider does not report these records for you.
For more information on immunization, visit ontario.ca/vaccines/.
or the Huron County Health Unit or the Perth District Health Unit.

Retail Retention and Recruitment Planner Hired

The Town of St Marys issued the following press release on Thursday.
We are pleased to announce the role of Retail Retention and Recruitment Planner (as advertised locally) has been filled.
Krista Linklater, an enthusiastic St Marys resident and local building owner will be starting her 6-month contract on July 21, 2014. She possesses a diverse background that has seen her be successful working with individuals and businesses alike. Krista provides fresh perspectives to her clients while helping them identify problems and come up with tangible and sustainable solutions.
Krista will be working closely with the BIA and Economic Development Committee in the recruitment and retention of retail businesses in the St. Marys Downtown Core area. She will also be working alongside the St. Marys retail merchants, property owners, the BIA and the Economic Development Advisory Sub-Committee for Downtown Revitalization to develop strategies and recommendations to improve the downtown and assist local and new retail businesses.
If you see Krista out in her busy travels and interactions with the local businesses, please be sure to extend your help and support to her as she transitions into her new role.

Next week is “Make someone Smile Week”.

Julie Docker-Johnson, from “The Flower Shop and More” will have a busy week next week because it is ‘Make Someone Smile Week”. “The Flower Shop in conjunction with Teleflora, will be delivering a Smiley Mug, filled with flowers to bring a smile to someone’s face. Places include the hospital, Kingsway and Wildwood Nursing homes, VON Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Community Living, Home Support and many more. Julie has been doing this for 8 years now and she says she never tires of seeing people smile.

Smiles

One smart guy!
There was a flood in a village. 
One man said to everyone, “I’ll stay! God will save me!” 
The flood got higher and a boat came and the man in it said “Come on mate, get in!” 
”No” replied the man. God will save me! 
The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house. 
A helicopter soon came and the man offered him help.” 
No, God will save me!” he said 
Eventually he died by drowning. 
He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God “Why didn’t you save me?” 
God replied, “For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!”

The Big Crash
It is the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, two cars both slightly cross over the white line in the centre of the road. They collide and a fair amount of damage is done, miraculously neither driver is hurt.
They both get out. One is a doctor, one is a lawyer. The lawyer calls the police on his cell phone and they say they will be there within 20 minutes.
It’s cold and damp, and both men are shaken up. The lawyer offers the doctor a drink of brandy from his hip flask, the doctor accepts, drinks and hands it back to the lawyer, who then puts it away.
“Aren’t you going to have a drink?” the doctor says.
“After the police get here”, says the lawyer.

Adam’s Rib
Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked Adam, “What is wrong with you?” 
Adam said, “Lord, I don’t have anyone to talk to.” 
God said, “Then I will give you a companion, and she will be called a ‘woman’. This person will cook for you and wash your clothes, she will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you, and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you’ve had a disagreement. She will never have a headache, and will freely give ‘love’ and compassion whenever needed. She will never question your behaviour or the company you keep. She will support you and understand that you have important decisions to make throughout your life and don’t have time for nonsense…” 
Adam asked God, “What will this woman cost?” 
God said, “An arm and a leg…” 
Adam said, “What can I get for just a rib?”

The Perfect Son
A: I have the perfect son. 
B: Does he smoke? 
A: No, he doesn’t. 
B: Does he drink whiskey? 
A: No, he doesn’t. 
B: Does he ever come home late? 
A: No, he doesn’t. 
B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he? 
A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.