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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Rebel, rebel
    different coloured eyes and sunken cheeks were strangely alluring The man wore more make up than my mother even owned His high heeled boots were higher than the shoes I snuck from her closet to play dress up Bowie s outrageous outfits sometimes had me question if he really was a man I was too young to know there were options to that definition But here s the weird thing I didn t care Everything about this singer fascinated me His oddities made him safe His freakishness made him beautiful His artistry made him real His music sounded unlike anyone else I d heard before and his theatrics expressed something authentic I could feel it even as a child I remember the first time I saw Bowie and Bing Crosby sing Peace on Earth Little Drummer Boy on our television set I was captivated He looked so normal And he was singing with the guy my Nana liked Was that even allowed In the days after his passing video footage of this memory is one many of my generation shared online There was something special about Bowie and Bing We still feel it I knew this artist was not fake It wasn t an act Bowie was an authentic human being He was unapologetically weird He pushed boundaries not to upset people not for limelight but to do right by his own sense of self Maybe that is why growing up watching him evolve as an artist taking risks and expanding his music seemed completely normal to me I expected the unexpected from him I wanted Bowie to remain different I can think of no other musician that I have admired whose reincarnations were as successful or as tolerable Even Bowie s exit from our universe was done quietly The Rocket Man headed for the stars My rebel rebel ashes to ashes funk to funky He taught us to be authentic and fearless Everything changes Turn and face the strange Vol 49 Issue 03 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Polar bears and fish sticks
    Carpenter We don t spoon and snuggle up under the blankets for a long winter s night It does not happen I cannot stand the idea frankly It s not the concept of affection that bothers me it s simply that I like my space I like knowing the Carpenter s there and with his nasal orchestra I simply can t ignore the fact he is but I cannot sleep with his big arm draped around me There is one exception to the snuggle rule okay there are two but I am not telling you about the second one When I jump into bed with my frozen limbs it is my sole purpose to absorb as much of the Carpenter s body heat as possible Depending on his mood the second exception my spouse will allow my polar bear hug to deprive him of his natural warmth But sometimes the cold draft spoils the moment like last week The Carpenter was settled in for the night toasty warm The heat radiated off him I flew into the room at breakneck speed and slid under the duvet like a baseball player sliding into home plate I was shivering The Carpenter kindly offered to snuggle with me until I got warm Even a polar bear likes a hug I nestled in He winced I am as cold as frozen fish sticks I said teeth chattering an apology With his hand placed carefully on my back that soft spot that shall we say in a former life was much firmer he made the fatal mistake of saying No you re more like a bag of frozen peas Imagine the sound of a polar bear snapping its prey like a twig Yeah that was the sound in my head Polar bears are generally mellow creatures I laughed He laughed because fear makes some people giddy and in the end I was warm Love means never having to say you re sorry but knowing you re going to be eventually Vol 49 Issue 02 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Bring on 2016
    some weird and wonderful situations I learned the hard way I always do Who cares The point is I m learning I have a lot of questions about pretty much everything Curiosity is one of my best qualities Life is short I need answers Every year I am less afraid to ask the tough questions Now I only want to invest in the people who aren t afraid to answer them Boy that really cuts the friendship list down Giggle It seems like every year I m on the planet another layer of clarity is offered and I m seeing people and events through a new sense of comfortable detachment The writer in me is happiest observing The extrovert wants to get in the mix The introvert needs a few days to recover either way Experience is the best teacher This year I have learned to challenge some deep seeded issues like forgiveness acceptance and judgment That s not just for the world around me but for myself too There was some heavy baggage that needed to be dropped Done The volume of my intuition got turned up because I finally got quiet enough to listen But that s not enough I had to trust it too I had to rekindle my faith in what I cannot see but absolutely know to be true I had to relearn to have faith in faith The effort is worth the reward Part of that includes self acceptance It s funny that the person we fight most with in our lives is actually our self I decided to win I peeled off some labels that no longer describe me but I didn t add any new ones I am not the same person I was a year ago I m not the same mother wife friend or writer I started buying my own hype It s priceless Fake it until you make it No way Make it so you don t have to fake it Hello 2016 Vol 49 Issue 01 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Centre Wellington Fusion win Bell Capital Cup international tournament
    and that was where it stayed as the team celebrated a 1 0 victory Fusion goalie Christian Linton earned the shutout making key saves to preserve the victory Then it was off to the final which was played at Scotiabank Place home of the Ottawa Senators The boys were bound and determined to leave no doubt as to who the best team was They came out firing on all cylinders and completely dominated the Leaside Flames winning the championship by a score of 5 1 The Fusion also had a dominating performance at the tournament skills competition winning four of seven of the following events relay Andrew Atkins Troy Hall Jake Ristov Zac Tofflemire power play offense Logan Rayner Trent Collins and Max Hattle target shooting Caleb Willmets breakaway shootout Tyler Healey and Cam Angst agility 2nd place Zachary Burt Jarrett Anderson and Cole Chipman power play defense 2nd place Zach Hatch and Tristan Cousineau and goalie challenge 2nd place Christian Linton Jakson Kirk was named top forward at the All Star Game and Max Hattle was top in points in the tournament Points for the team at the Capital Cup went to goals assists Hattle 3 4 Kirk 2 4 Healey 4 2 Willmets 2 3 Collins 3 2 Anderson 3 1 Tofflemire 1 2 Hall 2 assists Burt 1 goal and Atkins Hatch Angst and Rayner 1 assist each Cousineau and Linton shared time in net and were both outstanding The team is coached by Tom Ristov Colin Hatch JP Cousineau Mike Kirk and Don Burt January 20 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Habitat for Humanity launch well attended
    Street building will have a brick front to blend into the neighbourhood and there is a brick ticks program where people can sponsor a brick for 20 and that helps raise funds for housing materials There is a tax receipt for anyone who buys a brick Scotia Bank in Fergus is also part of that program and will contribute to that fund There are also sponsorships of 1 500 or 5 000 where companies can provide labour for a day or a week respectively Emcee Karen Welch told the group that Habitat can use donations of funds and materials as well as labour Nelson explained the process for a Habitat for Humanity house Volunteers build it and a committee chooses a family that wants a home but cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage The family or often a single member of it will put in 500 hours of sweat equity and later be responsible for the mortgage heat hydro and other bills that are part of home ownership Habitat for Humanity chooses the homeowner and holds the mortgage As it is repaid the group uses that cash to begin its next project And a huge percentage of the builds are a big success Volunteer Ian Rice said there have been only two of 18 homes where the family is no longer in the house And one of those came about because the owner remarried and her husband had a home In each case Habitat did not lose anything It simply went out and found another family that qualified to take over the mortgage Pride in ownership Melanie Fegan of Elora gave some of the strongest reasons to support Habitat for Humanity The mother of three did not work on her house she took over a house from someone who moved out to get married So she helped with a Habitat build in Guelph to provide her 500 hours of work Somebody told me I would never own a house Single people on my income could never own a house Still she applied and after several months she qualified for an interview and figured At least I ve got a shot at my own house With her voice catching she said I really wanted to own my house and have her kids be able to go to school and say they had their own home Then Diane told me I got this house It was the most incredible day of my life Fegan said She said it was a fabulous experience working with volunteers from all over at the build I can t even explain it to you unless you re doing it yourself She said on one day she spent four hours digging a hole for a fence That might be your day but the family now has a fence in their yard Fegan asked people to donate whatever you can give of yourself Fegan was raised in Fergus and now lives in Elora but we re all one family

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Chong sees party stick to plans; has two issues of his own
    average worker and We re going to have to take a look at that The so called 1 high earners was highlighted by the Occupy movement last year Chong said A number of us myself included felt the message was not clear Still The economic system collapsed three years ago The government had to bail out businesses We still haven t reformed our financial system to make sure that this doesn t happen again He understands anger behind the bailouts Public money did go to help our banking institutions through the crisis He said it was the largest complaint of the Occupy movement of privatize profit and socialize risk in the banking sector meaning when things are good banks make money and when the economy is bad public funds help them That s not a fair system and one of the legitimate complaints of the Occupy movement Chong like many wishes Europe would take firmer and faster steps on its debts which are affecting finances around the world But he said people are likely unaware Germany which has a reasonably sound economy and is the growth engine of Europe actually has government and private industry workers working less than people in Greece yet they accomplish more Chong said Germans have figured out ways to work smarter in the new economy and Canada has to find a way to do that too He said trying to compete with India and China when it comes to manufacturing cheap goods is a race to the bottom and will not benefit Canadians Meanwhile cuts in spending will involve the civil service He concluded Canadians have said they don t want tax increases so what the country needs is more skilled and better trained workers Personal goals While an MP s main focus is government priorities Chong has a couple of his own he is pursuing over the coming year First is democratic reform Canada is one of the few democracies derived from Great Britain where a party leader determines who runs in a riding In others the party members choose candidates There is far too much power in the leaders hands Chong would like to reform parliament for more free votes and the way candidates are chosen He would like party caucuses to have a say in choosing the leader I think we need to force these changes Particularly in Canada we have lost self government He said there needs to be some way for people to discipline parties Time after time the parties have chosen to say one thing and do another when elected He said there have to be laws enacted to make all parties and candidates accountable That s the only way we ll see true democratic reform We ve really weakened the roles of the MPs His other issue is the environment and one target is the mega quarry proposed for Amaranth Township near the Grand and Nottawasaga Rivers Chong is calling for a federal environmental assessment of that application

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Fur-friendly fashion: Creations by Rose McCulligh
    There may be pride in the stitches but McCulligh s dog coats are stuffed full of love with attention to detail that comes from someone who clearly has a passion for her work You can t beat the quality of Rose s coats said Jayne Ford of Fergus They are handmade and strong around the edges so they last Ford recently bought a tweed coat for her dog Jozie a seven pound shih poo Ford believes small dogs need the warmth in the winter so she wanted to invest in a proper coat that would last This coat is really sharp and very conservative but classy looking Ford said Rose wanted everything to fit Jozie perfectly She even did an alteration so it is truly customized You can pick the material you want and she ll make it fit She puts little details on it too like buttons belts collars whatever you want Wendy and Dave Smith arrived from England several years ago with their dog Frodo a 70 pound boxer who was about to experience his first Canadian winter Frodo needed a coat and all the ones in the stores were too small as he has a very deep chest Wendy Smith said Rose made us a fabulous army camouflage coat It has lasted five winters so she obviously did a good job The fabric choice Smith joked was at the request of her husband who insisted that the fabric could not be anything girlie that might affect the dog s confidence with other dogs Rose has a great sense of humour too Smith added laughing as she recalled she even had Frodo model a pair of swimming trunks in a fashion show She was even willing to get beneath Frodo to measure him so his coat fit perfectly and all the while he was grumbling in protest The charm in Pierre s Dog Fashions is not merely in the product but in the relationships formed and the experience of connection between McCulligh her customers and their pets When people come to see the coats I feel like this is fun for them McCulligh said People who have dogs are a different kind of people They are very relaxed and friendly and they sure never forget me How could they McCulligh s designs have become part of Fergus folklore like when her doggie fashions participated in the 2008 sesquicentennial fashion show for the town featuring Fergus themed costumes on four legged models Bert Crockett was the first manager of the Fergus Pool All of the kids in Fergus adored him He always wore white pants white shoes a white shirt and black belt and cap Everyone knew Mr and Mrs Crockett so I knew I had to make costumes of them for the show Adam Fergusson the founder the town was also represented in an old fashioned suit along with Dr Abraham Groves founder of the Groves Hospital McCulligh even has plaids and tartans to represent Fergus colours and

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Annual Fergus bonspiel fundraiser has new name, more beneficiaries
    it s always the big guys that get the money Hawkins said explaining the impetus for changing and adding beneficiaries of the event Proceeds from the event which regularly welcomes 96 teams has increased steadily over its six year history culminating with 31 486 in 2011 Money is raised four ways through pledges raised by cutlers which can range from 50 to over 3 000 selling advertisements on T shirts given to participants donations from local individuals and businesses for a silent auction and selling ads on event programs new this year We try to encourage the philanthropist in everyone Hawkins said He added organizers are very thankful for the great support from within the community for the event which features mostly local teams with a few from Guelph and the odd one from as far away as Oakville A committee of 10 puts in a lot of work to ensure the annual event runs smoothly Hawkins explained The 2012 Curl for a Cause event is set for March 24 To register a team advertise or donate an item for the auction call Hawkins at 519 787 0132 January 13 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Fergus Elora Minor Softball returns for 2012 season Centre Wellington Fusion win Bell Capital Cup international tournament Habitat for Humanity launch well attended Chong sees party stick to plans has two issues of his own Fur friendly

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