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Senior Of The Week

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Our senior of the week this week is Joyce West who celebrated her 85th birthday on March 31st. Born in Ingersoll, Joyce has 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Happy (belated) Birthday Joyce!

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Happy Easter!

frontPgApr17After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Watch for the OPP this weekend!

The “Big 4” driving behaviours, impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and seatbelt usage will be a high priority for Perth County OPP officers.

“Perth County OPP officers will be out each shift this weekend looking for drivers who disregard these “Big 4” driving behaviours. They will pay extra attention to seatbelt usage. Although having taken the backseat in the last little while, seatbelt usage remains one of the easiest ways to increase your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision. From the start of the year until last week, nine people have died in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdictions, in which lack of occupant restraint was a factor. The statistics don’t lie, If you choose to disobey the seatbelt laws you are not only committing illegal acts but you are taking unacceptable risks on our roads” – Inspector Steve Porter, Detachment Commander, Perth County OPP.

A driver can be charged and face a fine of $240 and two demerit points for a seat belt infraction. (Demerit points remain on your driving record for two years from the date of the offence).

Fatal motor vehicle collision

Early Tuesday morning April 15, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Thames Road and Queen Street West in St.Marys.

Investigation revealed that sometime after midnight, a 2000 Pontiac Montana minivan was driven south on Thames Road. The vehicle crossed Queen St West and struck a parked St.Marys Ford Dealership display vehicle (2014 F350 pickup truck). The Montana van was extensively damaged while the pickup truck sustained minor damage. The male driver of the van, Grant PEARSON (83) of St.Marys was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Perth County OPP is continuing their investigation into the cause of this collision.
Anyone having observed this collision is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

What’s open or not this weekend

It’s a long weekend for most but for others it is a long, long weekend! Here is a list of what is open and closed for this Easter weekend. Stores such as Foodland and Canadian Tire are closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but will open Saturday. The LCBO, the Post Office, the Town Hall and the MOC are closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. The LCBO is open Saturday. The Beer Store is closed Good Friday and open Saturday and Monday. The banks are closed on Good Friday but back to normal on Monday. The PRC is open for swimming on Good Friday with a Sunday schedule, which means there is public swimming between 1 and 4 pm. There is also public swimming on Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 4 pm, however the pool is closed on Monday. The Sunset Diner will be open all weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And for those in the designated areas, garbage and recycling will be picked up as normal on Good Friday. Have a safe and happy Easter everyone!

Smiles

Sally walked in to the Dentist office to make an appointment. “How much do you charge to pull out a tooth?” She asked.” “It’s $130″, was the prompt reply. “$130!” gasped Sally, that’s ridiculous! There must be a way for you to go cheaper.” “Well,” said the Dentist thoughtfully, I suppose if we don’t numb it, we could knock off $30.” “Only $30?,” countered Sally, “that’s still $100, you’ve got to make it cheaper.” “Well,” said the Dentist after a long pause, “I suppose if we take it out with a wrench we could knock it down to $50.” “Perfect”, said Sally happily. “I would like to make an appointment for next Tuesday, for my husband Jack.”

A woman answered the knock at her door and found a destitute man. He wanted to earn money by doing odd jobs, so she asked, “Can you paint?”
“Yes,” he said, “I’m a pretty good painter.” “Well, here’s a gallon of green paint and a brush. Go behind the house and you’ll see a porch that needs repainting. Be very careful. When you are done, I’ll look it over and pay you what it’s worth.”
It wasn’t more than an hour before he knocked again. “All finished!” he reported with a smile.
“Did you do a good job?” she asked.
“Yes, but lady, there’s one thing I’d like to point out to you. That’s not a Porsche back there. That’s a Mercedes.”

A long time ago, there was a beehive in the middle of a forest. Every day, as worker bees do, they would go out into their fields, gather pollen from the flowers, and bring it back to make honey.
The bees had a problem, though, because every so often an intruder would come around, such as a bear who wanted the honey, or kids who thought it’d be fun to throw rocks at the hive. Finally, the bees got tired of it.
Being the intelligent bees that they are, they built an alarm system for the hive. They built it such that one bee pulls a lever, which triggers the alarm that the bees will hear from the fields, and then the bees can come back to protect their home.
There was one bee who was exclusively assigned that job, and he was aptly named the “Lever Bee.” His job was to watch for potential adversaries, and pull the lever to raise the alarm.
Now clearly, the safety of the hive depends on this one Lever Bee. So it stands to reason that he has to be constantly ready and on the alert so that he can do his job.
And that, friends, is why people say, “I’m as ready as a Lever Bee.”

It’s the 1930′s and a member of the explorers club is hunting for rare animals in darkest Africa.
He comes across the strangest looking beast he has ever seen. It’s a quarter part elephant, a quarter monkey, a quarter hippo and a quarter tiger and with a very sweet disposition.
They cage it and ship it to the explorers club where he exhibits the creature that he calls a “Rarey” and gives a talk on it before the members.
Over a short period of time he notices that the Rarey is growing extremely fast and is soon too large to keep in a cage. He decides to return it to its home in Africa even though there is not enough food around to keep it alive. They reach the edge of a tall cliff and they both look over knowing that the Rarey, unable to survive, must go over the edge to his death.
The explorer says “Good bye old friend I will miss you”. To his surprise the Rarey speaks for the first time. It looks down over the steep cliff and sings, “It’s a long way to Tipperary”.

The teacher asked if anyone could tell the class a story with a moral. Little Johnny volunteered the following:
“Out West, in the town of Diablo, there was a guy named Stanley, who was president of the Creative Credit Loan Company. He was proud of being able to arrange loans for almost anyone. One day as he was locking up to go home, some tough guys accosted him and started to push him around because he was small in stature and mild mannered. Stanley also held a Third Degree Black Belt in Karate. He counterattacked, and gave the tough guys a thrashing they would’nt forget.”
Said the teacher, “Good, Johnny, now tell us what is the moral of your story.”
Johnny replied, “Well, the moral is, if you’re ever out in Diablo, don’t mess around with the loan arranger.”