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Brussels Library Re-opens With Grand Ceremony - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:40
The Brussels Library entered a new chapter of its life on Saturday with a grand re-opening ceremony for the ages. Dozens were on hand to be re-introduced to their community library, while politicians, contractors and community members alike gathered to celebrate the magnificent achievement. Cutting the ribbon are, back row, from left: Rena Spivak, Ontario Trillium Foundation; Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MPP and Doug Sholdice, Huron East/Brussels Community Development Trust. Middle row, from left: John Rutledge, architect; Mary Douma, Brussels
The Brussels Library entered a new chapter of its life on Saturday with a grand re-opening ceremony for the ages. Dozens were on hand to be re-introduced to their community library, while politicians, contractors and community members alike gathered to celebrate the magnificent achievement. Above, cutting the ribbon are, back row, from left: Rena Spivak, Ontario Trillium Foundation; Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MPP and Doug Sholdice, Huron East/Brussels Community Development Trust. Middle row, from left: John Rutledge, architect; Mary Douma, Brussels Agricultural Society; Ruth Bauer, Majestic Women’s Institute; Audrey Cardiff, Brussels, Morris and Grey catering group; George Langlois, Brussels Optimist Club; Gord Mitchell, Brussels Lions Club and Bill Aitchison, Brussels Masons St. John’s Lodge 284. Front row, from left: Harold Smith, contractor; Tim Waechter, Brussels Leo Club; Paul Gowing, Morris-Turnberry Mayor; Jim Dietrich, Huron County Library Board; Bernie MacLellan, Huron East Mayor; Joe Steffler, Huron County Warden and Brad Knight, Huron East Chief Administrative Officer. Below, Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan, left, donned his best (rented) tuxedo on Saturday for the grand re-opening of the Brussels Library. MacLellan said he wanted to get the Andrew Carnegie look in honour of the historic event. Waiting for their turns to speak that morning were Huron East Councillor David Blaney, centre, and Huron East Chief Administrative Officer Brad Knight. (Vicky Bremner photo)­
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:26
 
Blyth Lion Honoured For Environmental Work - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:36
­­Mary Lou Stewart of the Blyth Lions Club was recently recognized for her contributions to the environment, but her work with the Lions Club, both local and international, doesn’t end there.
Stewart was honoured at the recent District A9 convention of Lions Clubs held in Kincardine with a certificate of appreciation for her contribution to the environment throughout the district. In an interview with The Citizen, Stewart says the certificate recognized her work with the Lions Club’s annual photo contest as well as its general environmental program throughout the district.
“I was overwhelmed,” Stewart said of learning at the convention that she was being honoured. She had no advance knowledge that her efforts were being recognized that night. “When you do volunteer work, it’s because it’s something you believe in and it’s for the good of the community.
“There are a lot of other people who do a lot of work out there too, but in the end we’re all a team and that’s what’s most important.”
Stewart compiled a display to help promote the club’s photo contest this year. The display was on full view at the zone meeting in Auburn and the cabinet meeting in Chepstow.
She is also in the process of compiling a scrapbook that celebrates environmental initiatives throughout District A9, which stretches from the Bruce Peninsula to Mitchell to Goderich. The district includes 47 Lions Clubs, five Lioness Clubs and one Leo Club.
The photo contest, Stewart says, involves Lions Club members taking nature-oriented pictures within their community. Those pictures are then submitted locally and, if chosen as winners, they continue on through the district and multiple-district levels all the way up to the international level.
If the picture is one of the finalists at the international level, it could be included in the Lions annual calendar, which features winners from all over the world. The calendar is printed in 10 languages and distributed to Lions Club members all over the world.
Stewart says there is currently an Ontario picture in the running at the multiple-district level. It was taken by Past-District Governor Wayne White at a conservation area near Orangeville.
There are fewer rules, however, when it comes to environmental programs throughout the district, Stewart says. As long as the project benefits the environment in some way, it can become part of the program.
The program began approximately three years ago, Stewart says, at the international level with a tree-planting initiative.
The goal was to plant one million trees worldwide, but to date Lions Club members have planted over 14 million trees as part of the program. Lions Club members from over 45,000 clubs in 208 countries have been participating in the program over the years, Stewart says.
Locally, she says, the Blyth Lions Club has actively encouraged its members to get involved in North Huron’s free tree program, which many of the club’s members have done.
Stewart says she has always been involved in conservation and environmental initiatives, but in recent years through the Lions Club, she has been able to take her love of all things environmental to a whole new level.
She has been a Lions Club member since 2010, but her husband John has been a member for nearly 40 years with a number of commendations to his name. Stewart says she has been unofficially supporting the Lions Club for those same 40 years as John’s wife, but it was in 2010 when she decided to officially get involved.
“I decided to become a member when we attended the World Conference in Sydney, Australia [in 2010],” Stewart said. “When you’re in a room with all of those people and you hear all the stories about what the Lions do, not only in their own country, but all over the world, I became a true believer.”
Looking back on her time as a Lion, Stewart says that it has been her work with the photo contest that has meant the most to her.
Locally, however, her biggest commitment, she hopes, is yet to come and she hopes to become president of the Blyth Lions Club next year.
She says nothing is official yet, but after serving as second vice-president this year, she hopes that 2015 will be her time to step up to that position.
“Being involved with the Lions Club has really given me the confidence to strive to do these kinds of things,” Stewart said of her hope of becoming Blyth’s president. “But that’s what the Lions Club is all about, preparing future leaders for the world.”
Mary Lou Stewart of the Blyth Lions Club was recently honoured for her contribution to the environment throughout District A9. District Governor Jim Prenger presented Stewart with the award at the recent district convention, which was held in Kincardine. (Photo submitted)
Mary Lou Stewart of the Blyth Lions Club was recently honoured for her contribution to the environment throughout District A9. District Governor Jim Prenger presented Stewart with the award at the recent district convention, which was held in Kincardine. (Photo submitted)
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Mary Lou Stewart of the Blyth Lions Club was recently honoured for her contribution to the environment throughout District A9. District Governor Jim Prenger presented Stewart with the award at the recent district convention, which was held in Kincardine. (Photo submitted)
Mary Lou Stewart of the Blyth Lions Club was recently recognized for her contributions to the environment, but her work with the Lions Club, both local and international, doesn’t end there.
Stewart was honoured at the recent District A9 convention of Lions Clubs held in Kincardine with a certificate of appreciation for her contribution to the environment throughout the district. In an interview with The Citizen, Stewart says the certificate recognized her work with the Lions Club’s annual photo contest as well as its general environmental program throughout the district.
“I was overwhelmed,” Stewart said of learning at the convention that she was being honoured. She had no advance knowledge that her efforts were being recognized that night. “When you do volunteer work, it’s because it’s something you believe in and it’s for the good of the community.
“There are a lot of other people who do a lot of work out there too, but in the end we’re all a team and that’s what’s most important.”
Stewart compiled a display to help promote the club’s photo contest this year. The display was on full view at the zone meeting in Auburn and the cabinet meeting in Chepstow.
She is also in the process of compiling a scrapbook that celebrates environmental initiatives throughout District A9, which stretches from the Bruce Peninsula to Mitchell to Goderich. The district includes 47 Lions Clubs, five Lioness Clubs and one Leo Club.
The photo contest, Stewart says, involves Lions Club members taking nature-oriented pictures within their community. Those pictures are then submitted locally and, if chosen as winners, they continue on through the district and multiple-district levels all the way up to the international level.
If the picture is one of the finalists at the international level, it could be included in the Lions annual calendar, which features winners from all over the world. The calendar is printed in 10 languages and distributed to Lions Club members all over the world.
Stewart says there is currently an Ontario picture in the running at the multiple-district level. It was taken by Past-District Governor Wayne White at a conservation area near Orangeville.
There are fewer rules, however, when it comes to environmental programs throughout the district, Stewart says. As long as the project benefits the environment in some way, it can become part of the program.
The program began approximately three years ago, Stewart says, at the international level with a tree-planting initiative.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:27
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Huron East Council Officially Approves Its Budget - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:32
Huron East Council officially passed its budget after a public meeting was held on April 15 in Seaforth. No members of the public were present to discuss or object to the budget at the meeting.
The budget remained unchanged from The Citizen’s report in the April 10 issue, including an overall municipal tax rate increase of 11.5 per cent and an overall tax rate increase of 5.64 per cent. Broken down by ward the overall tax rate increases are: 1.46 per cent in Seaforth, 4.41 per cent in Brussels, 6.20 per cent in Grey, 7.38 per cent in Tuckersmith and 8.42 per cent in McKillop, for an average of 5.64 per cent.
The general municipal tax levy will now generate $2,991,256 for the municipality, up from $2,564,699 in 2013.
The only change to the budget between its third and fourth drafts had occurred at council’s April 1 meeting when the paving of the Huron East town hall parking lot, at a cost of $15,000, was removed from the budget.
At the April 15 meeting, a sloppy and snowy day, Mayor Bernie MacLellan complained about having to walk through mud and puddles on his way to the meeting, as a result of the poor condition of the parking lot.
MacLellan told council that he respects the democratic process and that the paving of the parking lot had been voted down by council, but he didn’t understand the lack of investment in such a public project.
“We spent $750,000 on the roof [of town hall] and we won’t pay for the ground around it,” MacLellan said to the councillors. “I just have a hard time following that.”
Treasurer Paula Michiels also detailed some of the savings created by eliminating or reducing the cost of items from the capital budget.
Improvements to the Grey Fire Hall had been reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 and roof repairs to the Seaforth Library were delayed for another year, while a building study, costing $20,000 was included in this year’s budget. Michiels says she anticipates that the project will go ahead in 2015. The repaving of Browntown Road was also removed from the budget.
Michiels also warned that high expenditures could be coming in the future.
She told councillors that capital spending is down nearly $900,000 from 2013. She also said the municipality’s equipment reserve is down to a “minimal level” and that it needed to be re-built soon to avoid large tax rate fluctuations in future years.
The year’s capital expenses are divided as follows: water and sewer, 42 per cent; transportation services, 38 per cent; parks and recreation, nine per cent; protection to persons and property, nine per cent and general government, two per cent.
Michiels told councillors that building up the reserves will be a challenge, as municipalities throughout Ontario have been told to expect cuts to Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) money in 2015 and 2016.
Over the last two years Huron East has faced large OMPF cuts, $134,000 in 2013 and $331,100 in 2014 and severe increases to policing costs, $28,341 (2.4 per cent) in 2013 and $20,688 (1.7 per cent) in 2014.
Once Michiels concluded her presentation, council passed the budget with several councillors voting against it.
Huron East Council officially passed its budget after a public meeting was held on April 15 in Seaforth. No members of the public were present to discuss or object to the budget at the meeting.
The budget remained unchanged from The Citizen’s report in the April 10 issue, including an overall municipal tax rate increase of 11.5 per cent and an overall tax rate increase of 5.64 per cent. Broken down by ward the overall tax rate increases are: 1.46 per cent in Seaforth, 4.41 per cent in Brussels, 6.20 per cent in Grey, 7.38 per cent in Tuckersmith and 8.42 per cent in McKillop, for an average of 5.64 per cent.
The general municipal tax levy will now generate $2,991,256 for the municipality, up from $2,564,699 in 2013.
The only change to the budget between its third and fourth drafts had occurred at council’s April 1 meeting when the paving of the Huron East town hall parking lot, at a cost of $15,000, was removed from the budget.
At the April 15 meeting, a sloppy and snowy day, Mayor Bernie MacLellan complained about having to walk through mud and puddles on his way to the meeting, as a result of the poor condition of the parking lot.
MacLellan told council that he respects the democratic process and that the paving of the parking lot had been voted down by council, but he didn’t understand the lack of investment in such a public project.
“We spent $750,000 on the roof [of town hall] and we won’t pay for the ground around it,” MacLellan said to the councillors. “I just have a hard time following that.”
Treasurer Paula Michiels also detailed some of the savings created by eliminating or reducing the cost of items from the capital budget.
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Blyth BIA To Create Postcard Contest - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:28
The Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) has created a photography contest to help create postcards of the village and organizers are already accepting submissions.
BIA Chair Peter Gusso explained the contest is open to anyone capable of taking a picture that shows what life in Blyth is about.
“The pictures need to represent Blyth,” he said. “They can be of anything that shows what the village is all about.”
The top four to six submissions will be turned into postcards and the photographers will receive a prize, which has yet to be determined.
Gusso stated that pictures should be printed out and brought to either Janice Peters at The Gift Cupboard at the corner of Dinsley and Queen Street in Blyth or to Pastor Gary van Leeuwen  at the Christian Reform Church on Queen Street. Both are standing members of the competition committee.
Before the photos are submitted, Gusso suggested keeping a copy either digitally or on film in case original documents are required for the postcard prints.
The contest will run until early November, giving contestants an opportunity to take advantage of the fall colours in their photos. The winners will be chosen by the end of the year.
For more information, contact Peters or van Leeuwen at their respective locations or Gusso at Part II Bistro.
The Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) has created a photography contest to help create postcards of the village and organizers are already accepting submissions.
BIA Chair Peter Gusso explained the contest is open to anyone capable of taking a picture that shows what life in Blyth is about.
“The pictures need to represent Blyth,” he said. “They can be of anything that shows what the village is all about.”
The top four to six submissions will be turned into postcards and the photographers will receive a prize, which has yet to be determined.
Gusso stated that pictures should be printed out and brought to either Janice Peters at The Gift Cupboard at the corner of Dinsley and Queen Street in Blyth or to Pastor Gary van Leeuwen  at the Christian Reform Church on Queen Street. Both are standing members of the competition committee.
Before the photos are submitted, Gusso suggested keeping a copy either digitally or on film in case original documents are required for the postcard prints.
The contest will run until early November, giving contestants an opportunity to take advantage of the fall colours in their photos. The winners will be chosen by the end of the year.
For more information, contact Peters or van Leeuwen at their respective locations or Gusso at Part II Bistro.
 
Blyth To Host Mini MEtoWE Event - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:54
The Blyth Mini MEtoWE celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 25) at Blyth Memorial Hall.
Organizer Kathy Douglas said  the event is equal parts education, entertainment and inspiration, showing off not only local talent and passion but also bringing issues of note to the community’s youth.
“We invite youth who are doing things that they are passionate about and are thinking of others,” she said. “We’re doing work this year around mental health issues, helping people in other countries and promoting MEtoWE school events.
Opening the show are local musicians Broken Remarks. Jesse Smith, a member of the band, will be acting as the emcee for the evening.
Following that a speaker from Free the Children, an international charity and educational organization, will speak at the event about the good that events like the Mini MEtoWE is doing.
East Wawanosh resident Grace Caldwell will be speaking about her recent project to raise money for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Caldwell crafted bracelets and sold them to raise money for the Red Cross.
Glen Bacarro, a motivational speaker, is also scheduled for the evening.
“He’s going to do a bit about overcoming obstacles and giving your best,” Douglas explained to The Citizen. Other speakers include Farren Goos talking about humanitarian efforts and Bri Parks talking about overcoming mental illness.
“[Parks] is going to talk about making schools a safe place to share struggles about mental illness,” Douglas said. “She’s going to talk about her experience with her friend committing suicide. It gets heavy, but it gets real.”
Performers include Barb Bosman’s singers, Kendall Jardin singing, Phoebe Croft dancing and Broken Remarks returning to close out the evening.
Information and tickets are available for $10 at the Blyth Festival box office or through calling Douglas at 519-523-4380.
The Blyth Mini MEtoWE celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 25) at Blyth Memorial Hall.
Organizer Kathy Douglas said  the event is equal parts education, entertainment and inspiration, showing off not only local talent and passion but also bringing issues of note to the community’s youth.
“We invite youth who are doing things that they are passionate about and are thinking of others,” she said. “We’re doing work this year around mental health issues, helping people in other countries and promoting MEtoWE school events.
Opening the show are local musicians Broken Remarks. Jesse Smith, a member of the band, will be acting as the emcee for the evening.
Following that a speaker from Free the Children, an international charity and educational organization, will speak at the event about the good that events like the Mini MEtoWE is doing.
East Wawanosh resident Grace Caldwell will be speaking about her recent project to raise money for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Caldwell crafted bracelets and sold them to raise money for the Red Cross.
Glen Bacarro, a motivational speaker, is also scheduled for the evening.
“He’s going to do a bit about overcoming obstacles and giving your best,” Douglas explained to The Citizen. Other speakers include Farren Goos talking about humanitarian efforts and Bri Parks talking about overcoming mental illness.
“[Parks] is going to talk about making schools a safe place to share struggles about mental illness,” Douglas said. “She’s going to talk about her experience with her friend committing suicide. It gets heavy, but it gets real.”
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Movies - April 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Loughlin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:29

At the Park Theatre in Goderich

Phone: 519-524-7811 or 1-800-265-3438 (Toll Free)

Movies run from Friday, April 25 to Thursday, May 1.

 

THE LIVERY PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL SPRING FLING FILM FESTIVAL

*Call 519-524-6262 for advance tickets. Rush tickets for screenings are available 30 minutes before each show*

Friday

6:45 p.m. - GLORIA starring Paulina Garcia and Sergio Hernandez

9 p.m. - MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris

Saturday

12 p.m. - GABRIELLE starring Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Alexandre Landry

2:30 p.m. - THE PAST starring Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim

7:15 p.m. - THE INVISIBLE WOMAN starring Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones

Sunday

1:30 p.m. - THE LEGEND OF SARILA starring Christopher Plummer and Rachelle Lefevre

 

DIVERGENT

In a society that is divided into factions, Beatrice "Tris" Prior (Shailene Woodley) is facing the decision all 16-year-olds face every year: Which faction they're going to be a part of. If they decide later that the faction isn't for them, they cannot switch, but rather become homeless and destitute. She finds out, however, that she's actually a Divergent, which is someone who will never fit into just one faction, but if the wrong people find out, she'll be in real trouble.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer and Kate Winslet.

Rated PG

Show times

Sunday to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

 

DRAFT DAY

It is the day of the NFL draft and Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has a chance to elevate his team and energize a city when he trades for the first overall pick in the draft. He has plenty of decisions to make, facing a lot of choices that will have long-lasting consequences.

Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Chadwick Boseman and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.

Rated PG

Show times

Friday and Saturday, 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Sunday to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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