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Kiwanis Club says thanks

The annual Tillsonburg Kiwanis Christmas parade has come and gone for another year.

The parade was nothing short of a success due to the following. The Town of Tillsonburg, the B.I.A., The Knights of Columbus, The Town Centre mall, the O.P.P., the Tillsonburg Works Department, all the well-decorated floats and entries, the five bands, Stauffer Motors, Milt Chesterman, Ken Griffin, Advanced Auto and all the other drivers of various vehicles, the Tillsonburg Community Staff, dignitaries Deputy Mayor Dave Beres, MPP Ernie Hardeman, MP Dave MacKenzie, Virginia Armstrong and Doug Cooper the commentators for Rogers TV, as well as Rogers TV, Chris Abbott of the Tillsonburg News, the ladies who handed out the donuts and hot chocolate after the parade, and for Mother Nature for holding off on the rain.

We cannot go without saying a special THANK YOU to the jolly old gentleman himself, the man of the hour, for making the long journey for our parade once again. See you next year Saturday, November 16, 2016.

Ron Bates,

The Tillsonburg Kiwanis Club


2015 Poppy Campaign raises $19,000

On behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion Varnavair Branch 153, we would like to thank the local businesses who responded to our mail appeal, the many establishments that allowed us to put Poppy boxes in their premises, and of course to the citizens of Tillsonburg and area that generously donated to our 2015 Poppy Campaign.

The response this year was outstanding as our donations topped $19,000. This will allow the Legion to assist our local veterans, their families, as well as veterans at Parkwood Institute.

The many people that attended the cenotaph services and those that participated in the service were greatly appreciated by the veterans.

Once again, on behalf of the Tillsonburg Legion, our heartfelt thank you to our great community of Tillsonburg for their response.

Yours in Remembrance,

Don Burton, Poppy Chairman


Thank You for Supporting Bid for Kids Sake!

Big Brothers Big Sisters held its 11th Annual Bid for Kids Sake Charity Auction & Battle of the Hors D’Oeuvres on Friday, Nov. 27 at the Tillsonburg Lions Auditorium raising approximately $42,000!

With everyone’s generous support we can continue to offer the programs and services that build self-esteem and confidence in the children mentored through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. We cannot extend enough thanks to our sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers for making this year’s event so successful!

Special Recognition to: (Diamond) UNIFOR Local 88; (Platinum) Easy 101/Country 107.3, Heart FM; (Gold) Millcreek Printing, Verspeeten Cartage, IMT Ingersoll; (Silver) Lion's Club - Tillsonburg & Ingersoll, E&E McLaughlin, Rotary Club of Ingersoll, State Farm – Ingersoll (Ann Lofthouse), Bonduelle North America - Ingersoll, T.A Thomas Electrical Contractors; (Bronze) Brokerlink Insurance - Ingersoll, Kinette Club of Tillsonburg, Knight of Columbus, Norwich Optimist, Paul Davies Plumbing & Heating, Stauffer Motors, Stevens Resource Group Staffing, Royal Glass & Mirror Tillsonburg, Micacchi Warnick & Co. and Thamesford Lions Club.

And our generous Auction Item Donors. Special donations for the live auction were donated by West Jet Cares for Kids, Via Rail, Stubbe’s Brandsource Furnishings, Ron Finucan & Gretzky Family, John & Sandra Gilvesy, Lise & Kurt Morton, Nu Décor, The Yellow Rolls-Royce & The Elm Hurst Inn, Shurr’s Electronics.

Also MC John Biggs, Auctioneer Jared Pettman, and Battle Judges Elliott Coelho & Nancy Kuney, and entertainers Ken Archer & Jim Gonder.

This year's Battle participants were All About You Catering (2015 Critic’s Choice), Indigo Lounge, Quinton’s Catering, JP’s Barbeque & Catering (2015 People’s Choice), Kelsey’s Restaurant Tillsonburg.

Special mention to Custom Concept Photography, Alexandra Hospital, All Celebrations, Awesome Blossoms, The Tillsonburg News, and Lion’s Club of Tillsonburg.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our 2016 events - Curl for Kids Sake (Jan. 30 & Feb. 6), Bowl for Kids Sake (April 28-30; May 5-7), and Bid for Kids Sake (Nov. 4). Remember to regularly check our website for program information and event news. Like us on Facebook to follow along with our events & activities www.facebook.com/bbbsingtburg.

Heather Brekelmans,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area


Local gas prices

On Saturday, November 28, I purchased gas in the St. Thomas area for 87.5 cents/litre. The price in Tillsonburg was 99.9 cents/litre, a difference of 12.4 cents/litre, or 56 cents/gallon – for the same brand.

That works out to over $11 per tank for a full-sized vehicle. How can anyone justify this price differential?

Except for the three days in the calendar year when the price is the same as in other centres I don’t buy gasoline in Tillsonburg.

Smarten up drivers! As long as you keep paying these inflated prices the companies will keep keep charging them.

Go to ontariogasprices.com, find where the best prices are, and plan your trips accordingly. It's your money.

Gary Ramsey,


Keep railways in our area

The following is an open letter to MP Diane Finley Haldimand-Norfolk:

Honorable Diane Finley,

As you are aware by now, the CN news release has indicated they'll be re-opening the Cayuga sub spur from St. Thomas to Courtland which is 27 miles long but not proceeding to Delhi, which would make it all together 33.6 miles. My understanding is this is because of the money needed to be invested into the railway trestle here in Delhi and which at this point of time, we only have one railway customer which is the FS Fertilizer Growmart plant.

When you take into consideration that this line has been here since 1872 and it's the last railway line of eight in Norfolk County, we would be severing off a major link to the outside world and denying any future railway accessible industries to be welcomed into Delhi.

Albeit Courtland is in Norfolk County, Delhi would still from my viewpoint suffer, especially with the still lasting effect of the economic downturn of the tobacco industry.

It is my thought that perhaps Norfolk County, Ministry of Transportation, the parent plant of FS Fertilizer and any other provincial and federal grants with CN and Ontario Southern Railway (which is leasing the line from CN) could all channel their resources together in a balanced manner to save this vital railway line into Delhi.

As a further historical fact, the railway trestle in Delhi was built approximately from 1904 to 1906 by the Dominion Bridge Company and it is 1,057 feet long, the Tillsonburg trestle is 1,260 feet long, the New Sarum trestle is 388 feet long according to the Grand Trunk Railway system brochure of 1907 of which these two last trestles will be repaired by CN. It is imperative then for any future growth of Delhi/Norfolk County that we keep this line open in its entirety.

I hope and trust you can do whatever is possible/necessary to save this economic and environmentally friendly transportation link. The key for transportation and industry is option, option and option.

As Delhi/Norfolk County has missed the tobacco "boat" we do not want to now miss catching the "train" too.

Thank you for your time and understanding on this matter and for being "all aboard" as you will be doing us a world of good for all concerned.

David Rusnak,




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