THURS., Dec. 3/09


Northside Towing is still collecting ‘Coats For Kids’ after a successful promotion during Saturday’s Aylmer Santa Parade.  OwnerJacob Quiring, who also has Upfront Sales and Service on Talbot St. East, said he discovered he had 6 extra coats in his basement recently when cleaning and donated them to the Salvation Army in St.Thomas. He then decided to see if others had extras as well so he advertised that his truck in the parade would take coats and he collected 60, including some new ones! He will still accept donations at his business at the east end of town.


(Contributed by Kelly Pearson))

Our theme is always “CHRISTMAS”. It starts at Catherine Street at the east end of Ron McNeil Line and continues down Ron McNeil to Omemee Street at the west end of Springfield,
then down Broadway Street where it disbands. We have 2 bands again this year – Ingersoll Pipe Band and the Mocha Temple Trumpet Band. We expect over 35 entries and will accept anyone up until the time Santa leaves! After the parade Santa will be at the Fire Hall handing out candy and talking to the kids (picture taking welcome). The Rebekahs are having a bake sale inside Scotty’s Pizzeria, where Scotty’s is offering free hot chocolate and coffee to parade spectators.
The Fire Department is collecting non perishables for the area food bank. The parade is organized by Springfield Santa Claus Parade Committee with outstanding support from local businesses and organizations.On another note,  the Lioness have organized – for the second year – Holiday decorations in our Memorial Park (where the cenotaph is) on Ron
McNeil Line.  The lights are now on and Cravings Restaurant will be having “Carolling in the Park” on Friday, Dec 18th.


EESS Boys Basketball hosts AVSS – 3:30pm  Sr. and 5pm – Jr.

-(Friday) – APAC presents: “Christmas with Arcady” (Musical Performance) at 7:30 pm at Old Town Hall Theatre. Tickets = $25 are still available; Phone 765-3039

-(Friday) – Elementary School PD Day

Pandemic Update for December 2, 2009 (From Elgin Health Unit)

Over 15,100 people have been immunized with H1N1 flu vaccine at community clinics in St.Thomas, Aylmer and Rodney as of December 1, 2009. Another 10,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed to physicians, nurse practitioners, hospitals, long term care facilities and the Ontario Police College. It is not too late to be vaccinated, We have now opened our community flu shot clinics to providing both the H1N1 and the seasonal flu vaccines.  Those attending may choose to have:

  1. H1N1 flu vaccine only
  2. Seasonal flu vaccine only
  3. Both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccine given in opposite arms.

Pandemic H1N1 and Influenza Like Illness Surveillance Report

For the week of Nov 23 to Nov 29, 2009

KEY FINDINGS: For the fourth consecutive week, Elgin St. Thomas saw a decrease in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and pandemic H1N1 activity.  This is still above the rate expected at this time of year.

Measure Compared to Previous Week Explanation
Hospital emergency room visits (with Febrile Respiratory Illness). Similar Both the number and percentage of total visits to the ER with febrile respiratory illness remained the same as last week.

The proportion of people visiting the ER with fever or new or worsening cough remained at 16%.

Absence reports from schools Similar The average daily proportions of students away from elementary schools and secondary schools due to ILI were 3%, similar to 2% in the previous week.
Telehealth Respiratory Syndrome Calls Similar Elgin St. Thomas is not included in any ILI clusters reported by Telehealth.  This has been consistent for the past several weeks.
Lab-confirmed cases Lower For this reporting period there were no new cases of pandemic H1N1 or Influenza A not yet sub-typed. It is assumed that Influenza A cases are the pandemic H1N1 subtype.
Long Term Care Home Outbreaks Similar There are no respiratory outbreaks in Long Term Care Homes at this time.
Hospitalizations Lower There were no newly hospitalized lab-confirmed cases of pandemic H1N1 compared to 3 in the previous period.
Deaths Similar There have been no deaths.
OVERALL Lower KEY FINDINGS: Overall Elgin St. Thomas saw a decrease in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and pandemic H1N1 activity compared to the previous week.  However as we are still experiencing cases, it is still above the rate expected at this time of year.

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