TUESDAY Jan. 19/2010


“Elgin Residents Committing to Quit:   The Driven to Quit Challenge is well under way!”

(Info supplied by the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit)

St. Thomas, Ontario, January 19, 2010 More than 40 people in the County have already committed to quit smoking this March by registering for the fifth annual Driven to Quit Challenge. There is ample time for others to join them as registration is open until February 28, 2010 and if you register before January 31, 2010, you will be eligible for the early bird prize, a $1,000 MasterCard gift card.

The Driven to Quit Challenge is a health promotion campaign hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society in support of a Smoke-Free Ontario. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is a proud partner in The Challenge. Ontario adults can enter with a support buddy and pledge to quit smoking or use tobacco  this March. Entrants who are successfully smoke free for the month of March have the chance to win a 2010 Ford Escape hybrid and one of two $5,000 vacation getaways. A $2,000 MasterCard gift card is exclusively reserved for one person in the South West region. Prizes are generously sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

To register for The Challenge, Ontarians aged 19 and over can visit www.DrivenToQuit.ca or visit the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health office at 99 Edward Street in St. Thomas, for a hard copy form.


(ELGIN COUNTY) – As a result of an ongoing Elgin County OPP investigation police have recovered a large quantity of property obtained by crime from a property on Owl Cage Rd, Bayham Twp. The recovered property is estimated at a quarter of a million dollars.  Police were led to the Owl Cage Rd. property after conducting an investigation into the theft of a farm tractor from a Glencolin Line, Malahide Twp property on the 7th of January 2010.  Police have since arrested, charged and released David REDDEKOPP, age 37, of Bayham Twp, Elgin County. REDDEKOPP is charged with;

    1. Two (2) Counts of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.
    2. Four (4) Counts of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

REDDEKOP is scheduled to appear in St.Thomas Criminal Court on the 26th of January, 2010.


-Elgin eg. Aylmer, East Elgin busses are on a 2-hour delay this morning

-EESS boys basketball, host Parkside


Sixteen Aylmer firefighters responded to a small chimney fire early last Tuesday morning on Anne St. . A creosote buildup where a fireplace insert connected to the flue had caught fire. The insert was removed, damage was minimal, and firefighters were back to the station two hours later.

“HAITI UPDATE(From Joy Jones, mother in law of Anneke (Barbour) Jones, formerly of Aylmer, who runs a mission there)”

“In Gressier not far from us 2 cement homes collapsed yesterday from aftershocks killing 12 more people.

I don`t have reports on the other churches right now!

We found more food!!

We were able to get on credit 7000 pounds of rice from one place, 8000 from another and 3000 pounds of cornmeal plus cases of oil for cooking. We have a very good reputation in Haiti so we are getting our food supplies on credit from people and we can pay back later they said once the banks are up and running!

Everyone………..not just church members…………but everyone in Neply, Ti-Brache and Rum Village received food plus church members in Marianni and the orphanage and many in Santo as well!

In Santo Pastor Osnel took the large awning from the destroyed Trade School and built a shelter for his extended family and orphanage children. That awning made a beautiful little shelter for them and they are all doing well!!

Pastor Osnel seems amazingly strong emotionally………we feel he is probably like the rest of us who just have NO TIME to grieve right now because we are too busy scurrying to find help for others!

Today Pastor Antoine and our workers passed out water to people who have no water in some nearby villages.

Our people are surviving and are taking one day at a time!!

In the area of Leogane where we are located………….CNN reported that 90% of the buildings are destroyed!!

I would like to thank all of you for the unity you show in doing your part to help us rescue these people! Donations continue to come in and we currently have no time for personal thank-you`s but PLEASE know how much we love and appreciate each and every one of YOU!!!

My heart is overwhelmed by the Compassion you are showing to the people of Haiti!!!

Joy Jones (Madame Jwa)”

(For more information on ministries, please visit our newly updated website www.lovehaiti.com)


(ELGIN COUNTY) – Elgin County OPP and the Belmont and Area Community Policing Committee present in partnership with the New Sarum Baptist Church and the Belmont United Church – two (2) sessions on The Invisible Crime: ELDER ABUSE given by Sergeant Robin Sanders, Crime Prevention Section, Seniors Assistance Team, OPP

Seniors, caregivers, family members and anyone else interested in learning about the rights of the elderly, trends in crime against the elderly and the signs of and measures to prevent abuse and protect our most important and vulnerable members of society are invited to attend.

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Session 1: The Belmont United Church at 10:00 AM.

247 College Street, Belmont, Ontario

Session 2: New Sarum Baptist Church at 2:00 PM

Just off Highway 74 (Belmont Road) in New Sarum


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