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THE NEW BAY TIMES (newspaper 1996)

With spring officially here, scientists are coming to grips with the effects of the terrible winter of the’96 on the Chesapeake Bay. To see how bad, we joined the Bay’s top experts on a cold choppy boat tour of the Severn River. We knew it was spring because an osprey greeted us, wings spread wide into the wind.
As we pitched and rolled, the experts tried to put ‘96’s wild winter into perspective. “We have had several years of unusual weather conditions close together ,” said Bill Matzuseski, Director of the EPA Bay Program office.
Year after year, trillions of extra gallons of fresh, silty water have poured into semi-salty Chesapeake. So much that last January’s 16 days of flooding with 941 billion gallons of water surpassed tropical storm Agnes’1972 13 day contribution of 886 billion gallons to the Potomac, according to the U.S. Geological Survey figures. The amount of fresh water carried into the Bay as a whole was 281 percent more than normal.
As we navigated the churning and windswept waters of Maynadier Creek, I wondered about the impact of all this extra water. One big effect is tons of unwanted nutrients and sediment, which can damage underwater grasses.
Helping all those tons reach the Bay are human habits. “When people clear land to build new homes, that means fewer trees on embankments to hold back nutrients from the Bay. That’s the beginning of a runoff problem. In developed areas like the Magothy River, the nutrients come,” says Peter Bergstrom, of U.S.Fish and Wildlife’s Chesapeake Bay Office, “from ground waters, septic systems, and fertilizers which people routinely use for more beautiful lawns.”
But people are helping,too. Wetlands are now being created in Sherwood Forest in Brewers Pond in the states first program to manage nutrients in existing communities. An aquatic nursery in the program grows Bay grasses for transplant.
Freshwater floods like this year’s can however, undo all the good of previous years.
Chessie the Florida Manatee stayed so long in the Chesapeake Bay two years ago because he could see and eat the submerged grasses. That was a good sign; the water was clear of sediment, and the grasses had revived after years of depletion. Most Bay grasses will not re-sprout from the Bay’s dark bottom until later this month, so it’s too soon to judge their health.
We’ll long remember the storms of the century. The End


New Bay Times Newspaper (1997)

While on a quest for the photographically illusive migrating swans (the ones who turn their backs each time you raise your camera or breath), I met an unassuming hero.
Through my lens turned on Arundel on The Bay, I saw an angry swan. With spread wings flapping, he pecked at the water, holding something under the surface. When the large white swan swam away a dark duck splashed to the surface, desperately trying to return to the flock of thousands that dotted the waters. It was trying but couldn’t;
something held the bird back.
Nobody else was around. Nobody answered at the wildlife hot line or at DNR, and nobody was available at the fire department. Then I spoke to Joe Waldron at the Annapolis Scuba Center. Two hours later, he and I returned to the beach at Arundel on The Bay to find the duck still there and swimming in the same sad circle, about 30 feet from shore in fairly shallow water.
Putting on his dry suit, Waldron waded into the cold , almost dark March water . “He’s got a rope caught around his neck,” Waldron reported. The duck struggled as Waldron stretched to cut the rope with his divers knife. Then with a rippling wake, it swam frantically to freedom.
“The duck was struggling so hard, and I was afraid to cut so close to his neck, so I had to leave some rope,” said Waldron, of Crofton, an unassuming hero who took time to care and had the skill to back his caring up.
Migrating ducks need your help too, according to Bill Harvey of DNR. “Maryland’s $6.00 duck hunting stamp fee goes back into a program that enhances wetlands and waterfowl habitat,” said Harvey, adding that” black ducks and canvasbacks are doing better, but canvasbacks remain a threatened specie.”
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THE NEW BAY TIMES (newspaper 1998)

With spring officially here, scientists are coming to grips with the effects of the terrible winter of the’96 on the Chesapeake Bay. To see how bad, we joined the Bay’s top experts on a cold choppy boat tour of the Severn River. We knew it was spring because an osprey greeted us, wings spread wide into the wind.
As we pitched and rolled, the experts tried to put ‘96’s wild winter into perspective. “We have had several years of unusual weather conditions close together ,” said Bill Matzuseski, Director of the EPA Bay Program office.
Year after year, trillions of extra gallons of fresh, silty water have poured into semi-salty Chesapeake. So much that last January’s 16 days of flooding with 941 billion gallons of water surpassed tropical storm Agnes’1972 13 day contribution of 886 billion gallons to the Potomac, according to the U.S. Geological Survey figures. The amount of fresh water carried into the Bay as a whole was 281 percent more than normal.
As we navigated the churning and windswept waters of Maynadier Creek, I wondered about the impact of all this extra water. One big effect is tons of unwanted nutrients and sediment, which can damage underwater grasses.
Helping all those tons reach the Bay are human habits. “When people clear land to build new homes, that means fewer trees on embankments to hold back nutrients from the Bay. That’s the beginning of a runoff problem. In developed areas like the Magothy River, the nutrients come,” says Peter Bergstrom, of U.S.Fish and Wildlife’s Chesapeake Bay Office, “from ground waters, septic systems, and fertilizers which people routinely use for more beautiful lawns.”
But people are helping,too. Wetlands are now being created in Sherwood Forest in Brewers Pond in the states first program to manage nutrients in existing communities. An aquatic nursery in the program grows Bay grasses for transplant.
Freshwater floods like this year’s can however, undo all the good of previous years.
Chessie the Florida Manatee stayed so long in the Chesapeake Bay two years ago because he could see and eat the submerged grasses. That was a good sign; the water was clear of sediment, and the grasses had revived after years of depletion. Most Bay grasses will not re-sprout from the Bay’s dark bottom until later this month, so it’s too soon to judge their health.
We’ll long remember the storms of the century. The End

THE NEW BAY TIMES (newspaper 1998)

He works the water summer and early fall; late fall, winter, and spring are his to paint.
Whether riding the crest of a wave or reaching the tip of his bristle brush to his canvas, Captain William Tilghman Hemsley IV is comfortable and creative. As an artist and waterman, he rolls his talents together and sails over many waves. Hemsley’s talents have earned him respect in the corporate world as a first-class charter fisherman and a reputation in the art world for relaxed naturalism.
Hemsley grew up in the waterman’s life working on his father’s boats-as you might suspect from his name. “Both my names are famous right here on the Shore,” says he. “The Tilghmans were from Talbot County and the Hemsleys were from Queen Anne’s County. They came together after the sister of Tench Tilghman-he was George Washington’s aid-de-camp-married a Hemsley in 1725.”
Art was young Hemsley’s own choice. With his parents support, he studied for his profession at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. He returned home to graduate from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. Over the years, his loves have intertwined and the Eastern Shore ways he grew up in have become his favorite subject of his art.
He likes to portray working people in his art, oyster shuckers, boat builders, blacksmiths, lawyers,and farmers. Working in pastels, water color and oil, he captures the quality of life of the Bay and its characters.
His character-catching style is so comfortable that many people from many ways of life ask to be his subjects in commissioned portraits, trusting Hemsley to show them the way they want to be- and want to be remembered.
“Each painting is real to me, like a living thing. I like to take everyday things and bring them to my painting to have a person feel like they are discovering it for the first time,” says Hemsley.
Once again, each life compliments the other. As captain of his own charter boat, Hemsley can rejuvenate his creative energies almost daily because no day is ever the same. His days on the 47-foot Breezin’ Thru begin at 4 am. By the time that boat’s party has come aboard, waiting for them are the hearty country-style breakfasts that made famous men of Hemsley and the Breezin’ Thru’s first Captain Harry Carter. A few hours later, lunch-ideally the catch of the day-is served.
In between meals, parties chum for rock fish, troll for blues or bottom fish for perch, spot, drum or catfish.
The seasons aid and abet Hemsley’s double life. He works the water summer and early fall; late fall, winter and spring are his to paint.
“I’m doing what I enjoy, and I wouldn’t trade it,” says Hemsley, a twice- blessed man.
Call410-643-3791 for a Hemsley-illustrated brochure, to charter Breezin’ Thru or to see Hemsley’s work in his Stevensville studio. His works can be seen in The Harris Crab House, and the Kentmoor Marina, to name a few.
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Child Poverty -Food Banks- What Time is Dinner? Published The Scoop Newspaper Windsor, OntarioCanada February 2007
by Diane Knaus

When was the last time you invited your neighbors into your home for a meal? How are they really doing these days? Are their jobs adequate, can they afford to feed their families? Do your neigbours have clothes that are warm enough and not full of holes? Can they get the medications that they need on a regular basis? When was the last time you had a heart to heart talk with your neighbor?

330,491 Hungry People in Ontario Last Year

According to the Ontario Hunger Report, 330,491 people have been served as of last year in Ontario from the food banks. A number of food banks closed or were at risk of closing in 2006, including agencies in communities such as Wasaga Beach, Pars, and Minden.

40 per cent are Ontario’s children

“The real face of hunger is not what we might expect,” said Adam Spence, Executive Director of the OAFB. “It transcends definitions of geography. The problem cuts through our towns, cities, and neighbourhoods. No matter where you live, hunger can be found next door.” More people turn to food banks in Ontario than any other province. There are over 330,000 Ontarians served by food banks each month. Since 2001, the number of Ontarians served by food banks has increased by 18.6 per cent. What is most striking is who is hardest hit by hunger: over 40 per cent are Ontario’s children, almost 20 per cent are Ontarians with disabilities, and 17 per cent are working Ontarians. This translates to over a hundred thousand children being hungry in Ontario every month.

How Much Money has the Federal Government Spent on Alleviating this Problem
$0.00. The Canadian Federal Government Promised to spend Money to Eliminate Child Poverty Problem 17 years ago. They Have Done Nothing to Date -We Have An Empty Promise.

Over 2.9 million meals a month are being served by the Canadian Association of Food Banks with no monies from the Federal government received.

People who need food assistance can go to their local churches for additional information on the local food banks locations and their hours of operation. Referrals can also be received from the Social and Health Services Department, legal and community organizations such as the Kiwanis club etc.

With job layoffs in the car manufacturing plants so prevalent in Windsor area, and the ripple effect on jobs from that, we should expect to see more food banks struggling to meet peoples needs. A January headline said that Ford Motor Company lost US $5.8 billion dolars in the last quarter of the year. Many people are on layoff status from their employers in the Windsor area due to this alone.

What Time is Dinner

What type of dinner is your neighbors favorite, can you remember? When are you going to invite them over? Do you ever go grocery shopping together? Buy them something that you know they like once in a while? Do they have children, what do they like to eat? You know it is just like anything else, we all need to refocus on what is really important to us and our social contacts.

Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to have a potluck, invite many neighbors so you can enjoy all of them and get caught up on their lives. Not everyone has to bring a dish, only those who can, or want to. Neighbors helping each other is a great way to break the ice and alleviate some stresses.. You could always tailor the get together to help in other ways, maybe a clothing exchange as well, or job tips, contacts of people who can help.

According to the Ontario Association of Food Banks “When compared to the world’s richest countries, Canada falls in the bottom quarter for child poverty, ranking 19 of 26 nations.’
The organization is a network of over 100 communities across Ontario, and has been in service to the communities since 1992.
The low income rate means that a family who spends more than 63 % of their income on food, shelter, clothing and other necessities would be living below the poverty level.

Jumpstart Community Nourishment Program

Nourishment Program:  The main goal of this organization is to create universal access to nutritious food for all children in Windsor and Essex County. Nutrition is a fundamental determinant of healthy child development and good nutrition enhances a child’s ability to learn. Jumpstart is a coalition of several community organizations consisting of five main partners, The Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor-Essex District Catholic School Board, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the United Way/Centraide of Windsor-Essex County.

Youth & Family Resource Network of Essex County

Community Food Co-op Program:  This would be a continuation of a program in the towns of Kingsville, Leamington and Harrow to provide healthy, essential food to an estimated 200 low-income families and their children up to age 17 at a low cost by utilizing purchase agreements with local suppliers and community partnerships. Seniors and other individuals on a low or fixed income will be able to participate if they meet the “means test”.  Food might be delivered at no cost to increase accessibility.

Windsor Community Children's Fund

Birth to Six Parental Support Coalition (Windsor) a.k.a. Ready-Set-Go!
Sewing For Life/Growing Gardeners-Growing Together:  This program will help 4–6 year old children learn the basics of container vegetable gardening, teaching them to grow and care for fruit, herbs and vegetables from seed.  During this course they will also do related crafts and activities about food and nutrition.  Volunteer high school students will be available for troubleshooting and advice.  The target group is families of low-income.

Windsor Goodfellows Club

Shoe & Boot Program:  This initiative will provide up to 1150 requests for shoes and/or boots for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 who are from low-income families.

Jumpstart Community Nourishment Program

County Schools Nourishment Program:  This program will run during the school year, September 2005 to June 2006 and September 2006 to December 2006 and in partnership with all School Boards. The principal of universal access to food is fundamental to the program, and Jumpstart would ensure that all children have access to nutritious food regardless of the ability to pay. The target population is families of low income

Unemployed Help Centre/Housing Information Services

Keep The Heat Energy Assistance Program:  This program will provide financial assistance to prevent the turn-off of utilities and provide coats for children in the Windsor and Essex County area for an estimated 250 low-income families.  The public and affected families are educated about energy conservation and provided with tools such as window insulation kits.

East Windsor Community Service Centre (Drouillard Place)

Food Co-op Program:  This is a continuation of a food co-op that services low-income families/residents in Windsor East. It works in partnership with Co-ops servicing the west end and county.  It plans to increase participation by 25 percent through extended community outreach/promotion, and the funds include an impact assessment by the University of Windsor.
Food co-ops are different than food banks. A food co-op provides foods at lower prices usually for an annual fee, plus your weekly amount that you spend. Many times it is cheaper to buy grocieries there than the grocery stores.

If you would like to donate canned food, you may do so at the Unemployed Help Centre or call them 519-944-4900 for additional information.
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What is CRASH by Diane Knaus published January 2007 The Scoop Newspaper Windsor, Ontario Canada

A local organization City residents Against Super Highway, has come to the conclusion that something more positive must be done about the proposed border crossing than what has been proposed. Citing previous studies in a letter to the editor , they stated “The process has been flawed. Tunnelling was not an option for any of the other 14 illustrative alternatives that were reviewed and eliminated.” As a citizens committee they are commmitted to improving the health and wellbeing of Windsor and surrounding municipalities by stopping construction of any international superhighway that would adversly impact our communities.
Members of the Oakwood School Council started this organization in March of this year as a direct result of the Detroit River International Crossing proposed detrimental impact to the school and community. The organizations first rule is that they prevent a superhighway, dedicated to international traffic and the transportation of hazardous materials, from being integrated onto municipal streets.
The residents Objectives of CRASH are to:
Insist that a consistent evaluation of all possible alternatives be employed in order to obtain the best resolution for a new border crossing, plaza and access route that would improve the quality of life of all residents.
Demand that visionary traffic engineering principles and the highest standards of analysis and assessment are applied, i.e. full environmental assessment of the entire area of analysis, and state-of-the-art technology is used in constructing and maintaining the international traffic route and crossing.
Ensure that any process of changing a municipality's infrastructure will seek and incorporate the involvement and input of the key community stakeholders (schools, churches,residents and businesses) and that this process will be transparent at all times.
Their objections include:    
Environmental & Health issues,  Social the Isolation of neighbourhoods,
Security of residents in  emergency response times significantly lengthened,
Process weighting of selection factors for different access routes and plaza and crossing locations based on insufficient community input.
Property Value-    Loss of homes and businesses that will need to be removed
You can believe it when David Suzuki says, “Canada ranks 28th out of the 30 member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based on 29 key environmental indicators - things like air and water pollution, heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, pesticide use and more. Our performance is only marginally better than the two countries at the very bottom, the United States and Belgium.” He continued “It's not as though we're just bad in one area. We're consistently awful: energy consumption - 28th, greenhouse gas emissions - 26th, water consumption - 29th, sulfur oxides pollution - 27th, number of species at risk - 26th, nuclear waste - 30th, and the list goes on. In fact, Canada did not place first in any of the 29 indicators.
The Ontario Medical Association and Dr. Gerald Diamond, Michael Parker, Southwestern Region of the Ministry of the Environment says “Ontario is forecast to suffer in the order of 1,900 premature deaths,9,800 hospital admissions, 13 thousand emergency room visits and 46 million illnesses as a result of air pollution.
According to Derek Coronado of the Citizens Environmental Alliance “Our province is far behind in sustainable solutions to reduce power use. There is an imminent legislation package where the province wants to expend 8 billion dollars on new energy supplies, however, 50% of that is earmarked for nuclear energy which does not bode well for the future because it doesn’t work for the long run.
There is more to this story than we can put intoour pages at this time, so check out their web site. The CRASH organization is affiliated with the Oakwood School, and the Windsor International Press Club. How can you get involved?, by writing to a city official, displaying a yard sign, join one of their teams, and you may surf their web site by going to


Olde Sandwich Towne Task Force/ The Scoop Newspaper June 06 Windsor, Ontario Canada

As the Chairperson of an all volunteer committee dedicated to a positive progression for their community of Olde Sandwich Towne, Hildegard Ashe says “As a committee, each person brings to it a redefinition which comes out as a consensus for the long term. We have priorities of purpose and are working toward them. Belief in all of the Task Force plans is our ultimate goal, and I do believe in them all, however, some of them as “high vision” will be implemented at a later date. “Kevin Alexander at the City Planning Department is one of our great resources we have from the City, his vision is good for downtown Sandwich Towne and the water spaces as well.” Hildegard Ashe is the Executive Director of Sandwich Community Health Centre Inc. she was elected chairperson of the Olde Sandwich Towne Task Force in November of 2005. She stated that “as an immediate goal, our committee is to get together the community development plan and begin the implementation of it in progressive steps.”

Kevin Alexander MCIP RPP of the Windsor City Planning departments says “The purpose of the Sandwich Community Planning study is to provide strategies and actions to inform a potential Community Improvement Plan and provide a path that can be implemented by a proposed Community Development Corporation (CDC) for the area .” The committee started to meet last year and had a pre planning and expanded planning meetings from April to July. From August of 2005, through last month, they have met and created a committee which is now named The Olde Sandwich Towne Committee Task Force in order to develop a vision statement which is “Olde Sandwich Towne is a Vibrant Waterfront Community.” A community outreach meeting was held informally in December last year to listen to stake holders and hear the communities thoughts on the initial strategies.

According to Kevin Alexander “Then in March this year the Task Force held a charrette to visualize and initiate strategies, and actions which were developed in earlier meetings.” The city helped with maps and illustrations to further visualize their concepts. “As you may or may not know, the Ontario government provides funding for many projects, and getting that funding is what will propel these projects as we fulfill the mandates which the government has set out for us, “ and added. “We need to improve the visual and perceived appearance of Sandwich through the use of existing and new innovative community programming.”

To Improve the Olde Sandwich Towne Area
A Summary of the Draft of the Strategies and Actions Needed Includes the following:
1. Attract a diversity of business that provides essential goods and services, while preserving the historical setting.
2. Preserve and maintain current buildings in the area by encouraging owners to apply for heritage certification through historic districts.
3. Develop a marketing plan for the area.
4. Improve communication between residents and expand on neighborhood traditions in the area.
5. Improve and expand on existing health care facilities within the boundaries of Sandwich towne.
6. Support and find opportunities to expand existing schools and education resources in Sandwich Towne with Community based schools.
7. Expand the parks and open space system and improve existing open space areas throughout the Olde Sandwich Towne Community.
Priorities and Strengths
As priorities were set, the towns’ top strengths were identified as were the weakness of the area.
Top Strengths are:
Appearance of the Community- designated heritage buildings, historical murals,trees and landscaping.
Parks and Open Space- River front access, several neighborhood parks.
Safety and Crime - Neighborhood police station and local crime prevention.
Community Image - Loyalty and sense of pride, “Four Corners” - intersection of Brock and Sandwich street, strong sense of history/ heritage.
Commercial Development - Potential development of vacant buildings.
Schools and Education - Schools provide most services for diverse community, which is local and accessible at all levels.
Health Care- Sandwich Community Health Centre
Opportunities for Friendships - Sandwich Towne Festival which is Bi-National
Neighborhood Land Use- Four community gardens and bicycle paths.
Weakness’ are:
Lack of a bank
Health Care - need a family physician, need more facilities, need more health services and clusters of health services, we need an emergency room at the hospital.
Appearance of the Community - Gravel yards, boarded up storefronts/homes, looks “poor”, unkept lots.
Community Image - Need to build on history,poor image, reputation
Safety and Crime - No presence after hours,lack of after hours policing, hours of operation - Community station.
Park and Open Space = Ice Rink, need more central park,swimming pool now has limited hours, basketball court.
Schools and Education- keep schools open.
Communication Among Residents- Poor communication, language barriers
For additional information see the city web site at:
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Heritage Properties Information by Diane Knaus / The Scoop Newspaper May '06

The Windsor Heritage Committee “Honors”
The Ontario Historical Society is honoring Windsor Heritage Committee members for their innovative and proactive community outreach. The Board of Directors of the Ontario Historical Society is presenting them with this year’s B. Napier Simpson Jr. Award of Merit for special contributions to heritage conservation in the community. The presentation will take place in Orillia on May 6 at the Ontario Historical Society’s annual meeting. The Windsor Heritage Committee deals with requests for heritage designation, the administration of the City of Windsor’s heritage funds, and advises City Council on any matter dealing with built heritage.
According to the Heritage Canada Foundation Advocacy organization, “conservation saves energy, and saves natural resources as well.” Not only that, but, conservation makes a community sustainable because older buildings are being reused.
While Many people think that municipal heritage designation is an encumbrance on a property. It’ is not true! Most of the time when a property is upgraded and improved the value of it goes up, just like when you improve any other property. However, this type of improvement also makes the township more interesting to visitors and can create tourism, which is a clean industry so to speak. This enhances the livability of the area, and promotes business, which promotes more jobs for the area residents involved.
When city politicians and residents commit to change and improvements, it can only help the people living there as well as the business’. Property owners can contact city hall leaders to ask about what help is available for preserving and or restoring designated heritage property.
The city of Windsor has a mandate to identify, recognize, protect, enhance and properly manage the heritage resources of the city by the Windsor Heritage Committee. The loosely formed committee has made a motion to their By-laws to establish the Windsor Heritage Committee. In their April 12 meeting, the committee discussed the possibility of designating the Sandwich Towne as a Conservation District as a well as new funding for Restoration on Ontario Heritage Foundations Easement Properties.
Among the Windsor Heritage Committee’s winning activities are:
· Heritage Highlights The Windsor Heritage Committee (WHC) has partnered each year since 1999 with the local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to produce a series of short videos highlighting important heritage resources in Windsor and the surrounding area.
· Heritage Week Coloring Contest - Each year since 2000 the Windsor Heritage Committee has sponsored a Heritage Week Clobbering Contest. This initiative, which costs the committee about $3,000 annually, is designed to engage school children and their teachers in the appreciating of our local built heritage.
· Windsor History Web Site / Walking Tour
The Windsor Heritage Committee produces walking tour brochures in order to promote the appreciation of Windsor’s heritage properties.. This information also appears on the City of Windsor web site The committee is also committed to getting all of Windsor’s designated heritage properties listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places (80 in all).
· Doors Open Windsor- Since the introduction of Doors Open Ontario in 2002, the Windsor Heritage Committee has been supporting this very important and effective heritage celebration. Members have shown support personally by opening their heritage homes to visitors.For additional information:
Greg Heil is Chairperson of the heritage committee. Nancy Morand is the Heritage Planner for the city she can be reached at:255-6543 x 6179
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5 Areas to Control for Better Air Pollution Results in Windsor, Ontario / Published The Scoop April 2006
Diane Knaus

Global warming affects us all, everyday. Many countries are using the newest guidelines to protect their citizens and companies as listed by the Kyoto Protocol Treaty guidelines (international agreement), which became law on February 16,2006.
35 countries are required to reduce their greenhouse gas by 2008 according to the Kyoto Protocol which Canada is in agreement with at this time.

According to Environment Minister of Canada Laurel Broten her office filed comments with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) February 17, 2006 detailing the Ontario government’s concerns with the U.S. government agency’s plans to allow higher emissions from coal burning power plants.

“Air pollution from U.S. coal fired generators is hurting Ontario’s health, and the people of this province are counting on our neighbours to do better,” Broten said. “I am calling on my colleagues on both sides of the border to join Ontario in cleaning up the air we share. We know that smog-casing pollution is taking an unacceptable toll on our health and economy,” said Broten. “I am here today to support our American friends who are fighting to improve the quality of air we all breathe, and to ask leaders on both sides of the border to join me at this year’s Shared Air Summit.”

According to David Suzuki “Canada ranks 28th out of the 30 member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based on 29 key environmental indicators - things like air and water pollution, heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, pesticide use and more. Our performance is only marginally better than the two countries at the very bottom, the United States and Belgium.”

He continued “It's not as though we're just bad in one area. We're consistently awful: energy consumption - 28th, greenhouse gas emissions - 26th, water consumption - 29th, sulfur oxides pollution - 27th, number of species at risk - 26th, nuclear waste - 30th, and the list goes on. In fact, Canada did not place first in any of the 29 indicators. We are decent at a few things, like recycling, but our list of failures is long and depressing. What's more, our performance has not improved over the past decade.”

Mayor of Seattle Greg Nickels is in the lead to organize a US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to forward environmental concerns by making advances faster than what the Kyoto Protocol Treaty set up. The group wants to find 141 cities to match the 141 countries that have signed the Treaty to sign up as a city involved to fight gas greenhouse emissions. "The reality of global climate change is urgent. The stakes are high - locally and globally - and we need to act. As a City government, we've already cut our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60% compared to 1990 levels. But, it's not enough - we need to work together as a community to set responsible limits on global warming pollution."

-- Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle, WA, USA
If you really think that this is a bunch of hype, then I think you should look at what happened in the Philippine’s a month ago. An entire village was wiped out because of the extreme logging that has gone on there for years, and there were no tree roots or other shrubs to hold back the water. Thousands of people were buried alive in that one instance.

Pollution affects our health, Ontario has the worst cancer rate in the whole of Canada.
According to the Canadian Cancer Statistics in 2004, Cancer is the number one cause of early death in Ontario. While Canada has a national project to create a healthier environment and a stronger economy by combining the efforts of all Canadians to build a more sustainable future, they have not told citizens what they can do on a daily basis to help keep our cities cleaner, and make our air less polluted. We understand that newer utilities and new home appliances are better for the environment, but these items will cost taxpayers big bucks when they go to replace their old models.

Reduce Windsor’s Emissions
For instance, Windsor residents can do a lot to reduce emissions, however we are actually suffering from pollutants from upper Michigan and their coal plants as we in Windsor are downwind from there. Changes to the EPA’s New Source Review program would allow coal burning power plants to operate for longer hours and pollute more per year. So Windsor residents suffer the consequences of an international government (the US) that doesn’t care about people only big companies profits, which has become increasingly clear in the past two years with the administrations actions.

Transboundary air pollution has a significant and adverse impact on Ontario’s economy and its citizens’ health. Last year, Ontario had its worst year on record for smog advisories. There were a record 15 smog alerts covering 53 days in the province. And a 2005 provincial study showed that air pollution causes nearly $10 billion in total damages to Ontario, including $6.6 billion in health costs.

“Smog does not respect international borders, neither do the ill effects," said Dr. Greg Flynn, President of the Ontario Medical Association. "We know that smog can contribute directly to cardiac and respiratory illnesses that can result in death and without a real commitment to cleaning up the air, people will continue to pay the ultimate price - with their lives.” The government of Ontario has begun to do its part by setting a target of generating five per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2007 and committing to close down all of the province’s coal powered generators by 2009.

More than half of the air pollution in Ontario originates in the United States, in particular from the electricity production sector. At some Ontario locations, including Sarnia and Windsor, more than 90 per cent of the air pollution can come from U.S. sources.

What is the City of Windsor Doing to Alleviate some of the pollution problems?
According to the Citizens environmental alliance;
Windsor, Ontario – In a 8-1 vote Windsor City Council enacted a bylaw to restrict and virtually eliminate the use of cosmetic pesticide products in Windsor. The bylaw will come into effect in April 2006 while the ban will come into effect beginning January 1, 2009. The bylaw follows the City’s commitment of October 2000 to eliminate the use of pesticides on municipal property.

“The enactment of legislation to restrict the cosmetic use of toxic chemicals has been an arduous process for the environmental movement in southwestern Ontario”, stated Derek Coronado, Research and Policy Coordinator of the CEA. “We began this campaign in the early 90’s and we still have a long way to go. The weight of evidence against these chemicals and the environmental degradation that results from their use is accumulating. We must prevent the dispersal of toxic substances in order to protect environmental and human health,” said Coronado.
2004 Preliminary Report from Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge Related to Traffic Congestion
According to the Ontario Medical Association and Dr. Gerald Diamond, Michael Parker, Southwestern Region of the Ministry of the Environment “Ontario is forecast to suffer in the order of 1,900 premature deaths,9,800 hospital admissions, 13 thousand emergency room visits and 46 million illnesses as a result of air pollution.
According to Derek Coronado of the Citizens Environmental Alliance “Our province is far behind in sustainable solutions to reduce power use. There is an imminent legislation package where the province wants to expend 8 billion dollars on new energy supplies, however, 50% of that is earmarked for nuclear energy which does not bode well for the future because it doesn’t work for the long run. The city of Windsor has looked into wind power, but it is not economically feasible at the moment.

5 Areas of Action we can use as Individual Citizens
Use poison free garden products. They all get washed into the rivers eventually and can harm the fish we eat. Grow your own vegetables and use organic soil. Look for organic foods in your supermarket.
Choose a fuel efficient vehicle if you are going to buy a new car, or if you drive a car that is more than ten years old, be sure that you change the spark plugs, air filter, at least once a year. Check the tire pressure at least once every three months. Don’t drive on bald tires, get new ones they will help you with car performance, which slows down the harmful emissions from your car. Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit, and don’t idle your car for more than 10 seconds because of gas emissions.
Your Home
If you are buying a new home, choose a home close to work or school.
Reduce your home energy use as much as you can. If your furnace, air conditioner, washer, dryer, gasoline lawn mower, stove, is over ten years old consider replacing it. Change the filters in the furnace every three months, replace automobile spark plugs, every six months, and air filter in the lawn mower, and air conditioner every year. If you can wash the filters in the air conditioners, do so three times a season. The air conditioner unit won’t work so hard, and will save on your electricity bill. Replace windows in your home over ten years old with fiberglass ones. Get a water filtering and air quality devices for your entire home.
If you are renovating, choose environmentally safe products , you will save more money, and be happier. Make sure that you put the old pieces in the proper place for reclamation.
Plant Trees
Landscape your property, plant evergreen trees or bushes, and other native plants. Trees remove carbon dioxide the dominant greenhouse gas from the air and cleans the air for all of us.

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Ontario currently has ongoing working relationships with the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, among others, on transboundary air issues.

Earth Day April 23, Noon-4 p.m.
You're Invited! Celebrate Sunoco Earth Day 2006 Earth Day Canada, the Essex
Region Conservation Authority and the Suncor Energy Foundation would like to invite all corporate and community groups in Windsor and Essex County to do their part to promote positive environmental action. We are extending an invitation to your company or group to enter the Team Green Challenge and take part in our annual Sunoco Earth Day Celebration in the City of Windsor
The Suncor Energy Foundation, ERCA has partnered with the City of Windsor to plant more than 1,000 trees at Malden Park - Windsor's largest urban park. These Earth Day celebrations will take place at the Matchette Road Entrance to the park, which is easily accessible from EC Row Expressway.

The Green Team Challenge - What's Involved?

. Participation and registration are free!
. Your task is to assemble a corporate or community volunteer "green team"
comprised of employees, family and friends to help plant the trees.
. Wear your company t-shirts or order some customized Earth Day t-shirts
with your company's name on them (call 1-877-566-4999 for details) and show
off your team spirit (optional).
. The group with the largest number of team members will win an incentive
. All groups will be recognized and receive a plaque during the official
greetings which take place at 1:00pm
The Toronto Shared Air Summit June 2006 will bring together political leaders, leading scientists, health care professionals, environmentalists and industry representatives from across North America to discuss air quality issues and the impact they have on our health, environment and economies.
A copy of the government’s comments to the EPA, the 2005 Transboundary Air Pollution in Ontario report and an executive summary of the EPA comments can be found at:
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National Women’s Month
by Diane Knaus
Published 3-3-2006 in The Scoop Newspaper Sandwich Towne,Ontario, Canada

The Olympic Games are the pinnacle of achievement in athletics for those participating. It is also the top of international communities playing and learning together as people sharing the earth together without prejudices and enjoying each other. This year, women have highlighted the opening ceremony by their upfront participation. Multiple Olympic medalist Stefania Belmondo ignited the Olympic Cauldron by putting the flame into the apparatus. Celebrating women from across the globe this month has to start with the first time ever women holding the Olympic flag coming into the Olympic stadium in Torino, Italy 2006. Women from around the globe include: Italian actress Sophia Loren, U.S. actress /activist Susan Sarandon, Wangari Maathai Nobel Peace Prize winner and notable Kenyan environmentalist. Also Isabelle Alllende a Chilean author, Maria Mutola, the first person to win a gold medal from Mozambique, Somaly Mam, fighter for women’s rights from Cambodia, Nawal El Moutawakel, the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal and Italian Olympian Manuela DiCenta were representatives. Canadian hockey athlete Danielle Goyette (member of the Canadian National Women’s team since 1991) carried the Canadian flag into the arena for Canada. She won an Olympic Gold Medal with Canada in 2002 and a silver in 1998. Five - time Olympic speed skater Chris Witty carried the US Flag, she also has the distinction of being a three -time Olympic medalist. She has qualified for more Olympic Games than anyone else in the American delegation.

The first woman to open the Olympic games was Princess Ragnhild in 1952. She was representing King Haakon ad Crown Prince Olav, who were attending the funeral of King George VI of England who had suddenly died.

Other notable women in the headlines this year included the new Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she was graduated from Harvard University, then she went back home to spread the intellectual information which she had learned. She has also held positions with the major banks including the United Nations Bank, and the World Bank. Elsewhere, Finland’s Tara Halnen was re-elected as the first woman president. Women from the past who have been positive reinforcements to civilization in many countries where women are not equal include such notables as: . Rosa Parks US civil rights activist who would not give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Little Rock Arkansas. Rosa Parks changed America and started the country on a march of equality never seen before the Civil War. She passed away last year (2005) at her home in Detroit Michigan. She was the only woman who was accorded the honor of being laid out in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D. C.

. American Coretta Scott King, author and wife of Reverend Martin Luther King who marched in Alabama for civil rights after Rosa Parks made history with her refusal to give up her seat. She founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Coretta lent her support to many world leaders including Corazon Aquino President of the Philippines, Kenneth Kaunda founding President of Zambia, and Nelson Mandela South African civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Laureate." Mrs. King passed away January 31,2006.
. Agnes McFail the first woman elected to Canadian parliament also was known as a fierce equal rights believer she spoke out on the Cape Breton miners, farmers needs, and women’s equality. She could be an outspoken proponent of women’s rights and at the same time deal with the frailties of men's and women's beliefs of social male dominance.
. Nellie Mc Lung was the only Canadian delegate to the League of Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. One of her strong interests was that of prison conditions, plus she wanted to make divorce laws more liberal. After much success, she was later appointed to the Dominion War Council and was the only woman on the council. Her interests revolved around social and humanitarian reform.
. Elizabeth Bushell was the first Canadian Printer. Her father originally from Boston launched the Halifax Gazette and during his working days his daughter Elizabeth helped him to print the newspaper. She became a compositor and press woman, together father and daughter launched the first printing office and the first newspaper in Canada.
. Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first woman Federal Cabinet Minister and first acting Prime Minister. She served as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and was the minister responsible for Indian Affairs and the Postmaster General. (From the web site Other notable Canadian women include Nellie J. Cournoyea she was the First Aboriginal woman government leader, Gladys Strum was the First woman president of a political party in Canada and Manitok Thompson was the first woman member of the Nunavut legislature.

Canadian athletes who have distinguished themselves in other Olympics include in 1928 at the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the Canadian track-and-field team dubbed the "Matchless Six", who finished with the highest standing, ahead of U. S. and German teams. Myrtle Cook and Bobbie Rosenfeld were members of the 4 X 100 relay team whose world, record gold, medal performance catapulted them into international prominence.
What all of these women have highlighted by their accomplishments is that no matter what field of endeavor they were active in, they didn’t give up. They did not give in, they kept believing that the could make a difference in not only their lives, but the lives of other people and they did make that difference. There are still inequalities going on in today's society, and we can make a difference with our own actions toward equality, but it takes one step at a time and a determination to go forward. A linking of arms if you will, to help each other in society, in work, in law, in fun, in family, in polite society to accept each other with our differences, should be our goals for each of us in our own field.
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Tiny Bubbles in Olde Sandwich Towne / Wine Doctor
Diane Knaus/ Published 3-3-2006 in The Scoop Newspaper Sandwich Towne,Ontario, Canada

Looking for the “Wine Doctor,” that is Denis DeHart, you just might find him in Windsor’s Historic “Olde Sandwich Towne District.” In fact, if you look for the old Jules Robinet Winery building (circa 1879-1935) Dennis’s new shop is on the side of the building. The building itself has the distinction of being known as a winery for 56 years. I am told that there are still “wine cellar tunnels below the floorboards.” Wine doctor Denis says his “Great Fermentation's” store will continue the wine service business by providing customers with “On - Premise” wine making in the historic facility. The wine cellars in the basement can provide 2,000 square feet of storage, and stocking of his most common wine varieties which will guarantee a six week turnaround for customers. The new store has the capacity to make over 200 batches of wine at a time.

Denis DeHart and new partner, noted businessman John Bewsher ‘jb’ and “partner in training” want to provide an alternative that is fun and affordable for wine enthusiasts throughout the city and surrounding counties. They can service people’s wine preparation planning for weddings, large corporate events, to small intimate evenings for friends. According to ‘jb’ when planning these events you need to order wines up to 8 weeks ahead of time, and sometimes more for proper aging. Wine Doctor Denis DeHart has over thirty years experience as a member of the famous Vintners Guild. His On-Site premise wine brewery is the oldest one in the Essex Windsor area. He said he “Chose Olde Sandwich Towne because of the ambiance and walkability of the area, the historic atmosphere and the upscale mobility of residents., such as students, and University influences, “ etc.

Denis prides himself on providing the best wine produced in the city, because, he filters the wine twice. This also gives your wine ultimate clarity, and we only use natural corks. Other vintners only do the filter once to save on cost, however Denis believes that the customer wants quality and provides that with the process which he uses. He says “ that is the best way for it to be done to ensure the end-product quality preferred by home based wine vintner connoisseur's. That way we guarantee uniform taste, batch, after batch, after batch.”

A free service that the duo provides is a sugar test for your grapes before the process is begun, so that you know how much alcohol you will have. Because there can be significant differences in making wine, most times it is in the sugar content of the grapes that is critical to the process. There is a difference in the grape concentrates, and grape juices used. They also provide natural corks, which ensures a secure seal and prevents leakage. Can you go into the store and buy a couple of bottles of wine? The answer is no. “Great Fermentation's” is not a retail winery, but a retail wine producer, who does so with the customer’s grape products.

Partner ‘jb’ brings to the business his many years as a private sector business consultant, and an array of ways to make business fun and valuable to customers service based industries. He has worked with more than 250 Windsor and private sector small to medium sized business clients in the last five years.

Denis describes the benefits of making wine at his establishment as “ the best of the best,” he guides peoples choices with his 30 years of experience in the wine industry and will explain the choices in different grapes, as he uses his temperature controlled rooms to ensure proper fermentation, twice filtered wines, which guarantees that all fermentation gases have been dispelled and use of purified makeup water where needed will provide a truly wonderful wine experience. Choices for the customers include California Premium Whites, from Chablis to Zinfandel Blush, to Pinot Chardonnay. Red wines choices can be from Ultra California Premiums to include Burgundy and Cabernet/ Merlot. Ultra European Premium White choices can be Chablis to Pinot Blanc, while the Reds start with Chateaneuf-du-Pape to Shiraz, and Ultra Classic Premium White Italian wines Verdicchio to Pinot Chardonnay then the Italian Reds include Montepulciano to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

There are even Fruit wines to choose from whites, reds, and blush. There are also choices for the grape juices of whites and reds and Pinot Chardonnay.
At the present time the shop provides “On-Site” wine making services for customers who have purchased or ordered the products on site. To further enhance the international community flavour that is so unique to Windsor and Essex County future items to the wines may include cheese from Canada, beer making supplies, and possibly specialty coffees.

In a century past (1896) , Jules Robinet produced and shipped 355 tons of Essex County grapes to Quebec for the industry from the same location where the “Great Fermentation's On-Premises Wine Shop” is located now. Then in the early 1900’s he wanted to sell his wine in grocery stores., but was not permitted to do so. Most of the wines made then were from the Pelee Island and Essex County areas, now the wine supplies can come from anywhere around the globe.

Since then the government of Ontario and the federal government has made the business of making wines more restrictive for retailers who are serving the public. If you want to have wine at a wedding, your coordinator has to make sure that the place where you are having the event can serve the wine in the first place. There are day licenses that have to be bought in some circumstances from the LCBO (Licquor Control Board of Ontario), and not all of the permits are granted either.

The Great Fermentation's Shop is located at 3200 Sandwich Street Unit 2 on the Mill street side, there is parking next to the building. The telephone number is 519-258-1911, and
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"Hold Hands When You Cross the Street" / Pride Guide July 2006

What is it about some of us “getting it “and others “not getting it?” That depends on what you are talking about! “Getting it in a social atmosphere could be as simple as not leaning all over someone's fabulous body, male or female just to get something from them. “Not getting it," can be as simple as being too aggressive in a place where people don’t know you well and they are not sure of your motives when you are leaning all over them.

Yet leaning can be a fun and frivolous activity when everyone knows what is going on. If you are at a party and someone starts to lean, then someone yells lean, activities can lead to loads of fun. You can lean with your eyes, squint them in someone's direction and wink at them during that flash of an erotic instant. That can scream kiss me!

Leanings can be toward some kind of work, social work, the arts, engineering, architecture, etc. Another type can be toward keeping what you already have, taking steps to insure that what you have, is also in good condition. Your personal relationships, work relationships and ethics, family, spiritual life - your spiritual center, your work, and personal assets are all important.

Most of have been heard to ask “God, how can this happen?” at different times in our lives. How is your clothing closet? Is it fabulous? So how is your spiritual closet? Is it full, or half empty, or half full like the glass in your hand? Do you want the glass to be full to the brim?
Oh sure, we all have our friends, and we share our hopes and dreams, and wants and needs mostly with them. However, do those friends have the ability and capability to get you somewhere you really want to be? Did they make fun of you when you said to them that you really were concerned about someone who had been thrown out of their home because they were gay? Laughing hard were they! Well, are you still smarting over that, or have you actually been looking into helping that person who has been on the hunt for better and safe housing? Have your
friends been chipping in to help pay for a place, providing food, furniture, etc.? Well, maybe they would if it was you huh, but not necessarily anyone else.

And God said to you as he whispered in your ear,” Go ahead, help someone else, help them to turn their lives around, into a more positive and energizing life.” So what was your answer, what did you say to God?

Do you visit with your higher being on a regular basis, or just when one of your friends or you need it? Lots of the time it depends on what kind of habits you got into when you were a child. Like whether you parents took you to church, or made you say your prayers before you went to bed, or even if you went with your grandparents to a church. Many of us don’t want to talk about these things because we think it might make us look weak, or a thousand other reasons I won’t go into here. Having a relationship with a higher being takes the onus off of you in having to shoulder all of the burdens of the world. Trust me, you can’t handle it all by yourself, it is just too much for one person to do. I tried and could not do it alone. So give it up, get down on your knees and talk to your higher being no matter which that is. Find a spiritual home and go every week, sometimes twice a week. Involve yourself in the social programs that they support, or help organize one that you see a need for, but for your sake and others who need you whom you don’t even know yet, involve yourself your fortune, and your time. It is called time, treasure and talents that you can share with others to help one another.

We only live once, what we do with our time besides partying and partnering is important, and it is good to make changes in our lives to help someone else. Change can be good and bring other good things and people into your life. Lean on your good instincts, get others to help you and support you when you lean in to help someone else.
So listen to that voice you heard when you were a tot, “hold hands when you cross the street” it can be the most important phrase you will ever hear.


Oh Those Fifties pulished online May
by Diane Knaus

What's read and white and black, if you said a newspaper, you will only be half right. if your second answer was a checkered race flag you would only be partially right. If your third answer added a 1950's Diner you would be exactly right. That is where all of the hot rod cars were after 10 pm on the weekends during the 50's. Oh my those good looking guys and their shiny hot rods, what a combination! Believe me when I tell you that, lots of girls hung out at the drive ins back in the 50's. They did so just to look at the guys with their hair slicked back and their shiny rods just spoiling for a race. The guys were wanting to put someone else's car down and show off their spiffy cars and loud mufflers. Going to the drive in to get a milk shake was only one of the skimpiest reasons we gave Dad so we could go.

That was one of the ways the guys would get their frustrations out back then. The best looking sparkly cars took hours and hours of painstaking work to keep them looking sharp. One of my cousins was washing his car twice a day to keep the dust off of it, especially if he was going to go into town. A hefty supply of Turtle Wax and clean rags, a mainstay of anybody's toolbox and maintenance program was a requirement. Some of the boys then would work at a garage to learn the trade of fixing the motors and repairs, then buy junkers and fix them up. They certainly were the precursors of today's Nascar drivers and owners.

Those kind of cars and the guys that drove them made the diners interesting, they brought that extra tingle to people eating at the diners. What with their white tee shirts and their pack of smokes rolled up in their shirt sleeves, and clean pressed jeans, they looked cool. Can't forget to mention their work boots and some Penny loafers as well!

Of course then we had to bring Dad a milkshake as a reason to make the drive in the first place. The drive ins were bright and colorful, and clean. The menus featured good hamburgers, french fries, and thick shakes. (Oh we didn't even think about cholesterol back then) The diners had bright colorful jukeboxes and flashing lights inside, so we could play our Ricky Nelson, Fats Dominoe, The Beattles, and finally Elvis Presley songs.

At the 50's Diner in the Canadian Transportation Museum, you can get grilled burgers and dogs to your liking. If you want to recreate those memories, you can take your antique car or go to see other cars at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Historic Village in Southern Ontario. You can actually dine in their new 50's Diner as did many in their first ever "Cruise In" on May 18, 2006 . With dine in facilities, and an outdoor patio area, as well as an inside bar and banquet facilities their offering to the public is one in a hundred. While sitting on their red and white chairs, listening to the jukebox you will think you are reliving history as you watch the classic cars rumble in on the blacktop driveway. Cruise Ins are scheduled for Thursdays during the summer.
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Taking Day Trips to the Canadian Transportation Museum & Historic Village in Southern Ontario Published online June
by Diane Knaus

If you really want your family to experience a taste of the "olde world" and find out about Canada's Transportation history at the same time, the best place to find an authentic atmosphere is at the Canadian Transportation Museum in Essex County. From the wooden Red River carts that farmers used to pile their vegetables into to the first cars built by the Henry Ford Company and others, you can see them all in the museum.

Restored antique cars that sparkle, old motorcycles, touring cars, a 1904 hearse, an antique LaFrance 700 series fire truck, the Champion Spark Plug Truck which was driven all across the country to prove that the plugs were reliable, can be seen at the museum. Along with fabulous antique cars some of which have been restored with love on site by volunteers, there will be an Emergency Medical Service Museum on the grounds as well. Most of these EMS vehicles were donated by Len Langlois, the former director of the Chatham and District Ambulance Service. A variety of their equipment that was used on a daily basis will be on display from the actual switchboards from a dispatch centre, to a bunkhouse, to operating tables.

The heritage village area is an authentic refurbished village of homes that have been moved from their original home sites. It offers the history buff a place as a way to quicken the beat of a young person's heart, "a truly remarkable experience to be in the moment, yet in the past. " From the naturalist Jack Miner, his homestead which he hewned with his own hands, was donated by the Miner foundation to the heritage village, as was a barber shop, and post office.

As an added attraction, there will be a 1950;s working diner inside the main building.
Decor consists of black and white tiles, red and white covered chairs, an old time jukebox which works and has CDs for the old tunes of the '50s, a full chrome kitchen where you can see people prepairing the food that truly creates a reflection of the best part of your or your parents' memories. The diner will open on May 26, 2006.

The Museum is owned and run by the Historic Vehicle Society of Ontario, a registered charity. They do have some paid staff to run the centre, an administrator, a media and tour interpreter meaning guide, and a teacher who is in charge of their education programmes to children and their teachers, as they offer Grades 2, 3, and Grade 6 day classes. The rest of the daily operations of the centre are carried out by some of the 140 member all volunteer staff. There are common areas that can be rented for antique cars shows, overnight camping, dinners, theatre, and other events. The organization features a cancer fundraiser walk for cancer each year, last time they raised over $77,000.00.

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Dave Tanner Pattern Maker Extraordinare Published The Scoop Newspaper May 2006 Windsor, Ontario Canada
by Diane Knaus

There was a truck once upon a time that was driven from Windsor to Vancouver in 1917, a "Model T" to get orders for the Champion Spark Plug company by President Charlie Speers, and Cal Evans. A year ago, Dave Tanner was talking about the truck and the idea to rebuild the entire truck was born, so he was asked by members of his car club, the Canadian Transportation Museum to rebuild it.

To start from scratch was a challenge indeed, as Dave had to cut individual pieces to create the spine of the car, the mould so to speak. In his garage, designed and equipped to make almost anything, Dave constructed the car right here in Windsor. Most of the pieces were glued then screwed into place as Dave began fulfilling the original creation of the Champion Spark Plug Truck . Using the space between the wheelbase of 100" as a beginning for the pattern, he built it to its original specifications. The whole process took about a year to complete the truck during his spare time. Today, the truck runs, and is shown at the Canadian Transportation Museum in Essex County.
The trip taken by Charlie Speers and Cal Evans is thought to be the first cross country tour for a car. Some of the tour was taken with the truck on the flatbed of a train. Then when Charlie and Cal got to individual towns, they would take the car off of the train and go conduct their sales for the spark plugs which the company manufactured.

As a trained pattern maker, after Dave moved to Windsor in 1965 with his family, he teamed up with a few fellows to start a company here. The company called TEAM was made up of himself, Dave Tanner, Ellis, Anderson, and Mullindorf, and they did patern making in Windsor. As he became interested in antique cars and vehicles, he began to make model cars, only life size. One of his creations that produced a lot of buzz on the car circuit was the "Model T Depot Hack." Someone gave him a radiator cap and he began talking about it and talked himself right into building it when his fellow car enthusiasts asked him to actually do it. The car was called a Depot Hack because it was used to pick up people from the train station and take them to the hotels or resorts, thus the "Depot Hack " was born. His reputation as a perfectionist took off. He has been known to take something apart as many as tree times to get it just right. The rebuilding of this car the Model T Depot Hack was the catalyst that actually led to the creation of the Champion Spark Plug Truck last year because Dave had done such a remarkable job on the Model T Depot Hack.

Dave Tanner is originally from Lutterworth, England. He was trained because his uncle in England wanted to give him a chance to earn his own way. Dave was an indentured apprentice as a teen at the age of 15 until he reached 21 years of age, and became a pattern maker at that time. Dave says " it was really a term for slavery at the time". Pattern makers then were trained to make wooden molds that created molds for the foundry industry. These wooden molds were used to cast metal parts, like a cylinder head or bolt. As Dave says "technology has changed that method now." He describes his rebuilding of antique vehicles as a "Labor of Love."
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Families and Their Cars
Diane Knaus

My father came back from the Army in 1953, after spending a few years in Korea . While in the service, he learned to like the work of fixing cars and engines in the Motor Pool. He drove a tank that he named after me. I wasn't too sure about that, why he named a tank after me that is. His later life tag of "Mr. Fixit" experience came from the time when he was at the Motor Pool in the service.
When I was younger, I remember him working on his cars, changing the spark plugs, the oil, and filters. Most of the cars were Fords . A few years later I remember him buying a 1956 Ford Fairlane. At the time I was 16 and not very interested in cars all that much. Although I did want to get my driver's license, I waited until I turned 17 to do so.
When it came time to change the brake pads on the Ford Fairlane I became pretty adept at giving him the tools that he requested, like a 3/8" wrench rather than a 3/16". Seemed like every time when he was fixing the car, I was right there by his side. Soaking up the information about how the car was supposed to run, my knowledge about car repairs grew as I did. There have been times in my adult life when I have changed spark plugs, tightened wires, changed the battery and checked the oil level and refilled it to the mark on the oil stick. Not great things, but satisfying to me in the knowledge that I could do it if I had to.

I remember when my father was trying to fix my first car, a 1952 Ford. It was a light green 52 Ford convertible with a white top. He went through a series of, if the problem isn't this then it is this. If it won't start, then maybe we can clean the spark plugs with sandpaper or run a wire brush over them to get the "ick" off. Then of course he went to the parts store and bought new spark plugs. That helped but he wasn't satisfied, so he replaced some little square looking rubber brushes in a metal cylinder, and the car ran much better. The next problem was the battery. So we charged it, but it was too weak, so then he went out and bought a new one. A few months later I had taken the car through a field a few times just for the fun of it, guess that was when the muffler became loose. I never told him how it came loose.
My uncles would also fix their own cars, but then there weren't any electronic starters: there were fuses that occasionally needed to be replaced for the headlights and dashboard lights. Oil was everywhere, I had to watch where I stepped at least when my uncles were around. My father was much better at changing oil and not spilling it all over. He eventually took the used oil to a gas station where they reclaimed it. He kept his cars in good running order and in later years then in his garage.

During his lifetime my father bought me a few used cars. I'll never forget one in particular, it was an orange taxicab he bought from a junk yard. I wish he had left it in the junk yard! The brakes were nonexistent. He even bought a junked police car one time. We had a curious relationship!

Usually I was right with him when anything had to be repaired, no matter if it was a screen window, or a furnace filter, the car oil, the car oil filter, or air filter. I watched him do the repairs and learned my lessons well. Like Alfalfa in The Little Rascals (you remember the kid who had the one spike of hair sticking straight up), "Amazing, simply amazing! " It amazes me today how car engines actually perform in a vehicle.

Some of the things I learned from him was to pay attention to the normal car sounds and the feel of the car while I had my hands on the steering wheel. Tactile is the word I believe that tells you things through your hands. Like if the right wheel is wiggling, you may be getting a flat. He taught me some things that I do with my car now to keep it in good running condition. When the oil gets nasty and dark looking that it is time to take it to have the oil, the oil filter, the air filter changed and then I check the antifreeze in the radiator. Regularly I check my tire pressure for safe inflation, windshield wipers for wear, and the spark plugs annually. He taught me well, and I remember the lessons.
Now there are times when I go into an automobile parts place, and the men behind the counters don't look at me as if I don't know what I need, because I tell them exactly what I need, sometimes by brand.

I chuckle at the times when I have watched my son change the motors in his cars, the spark plugs, and he explains to me what they are for sometimes. He does know that I know about cars when he tells it as if I understand it all, and I make believe even if I don't because cars are made a little differently these days.


Hi-Ho Drive In Restaurants
by Diane Knaus

Years ahead of their time, the Fortin brothers opened Hi-Ho Service Limited, otherwise known as Hi-Ho Drive in Restaurants during the depression in 1937. The brothers Leo and Frank Fortin actually built their own building with foundry sand for their parking lot priced at $1.00 a load in Windsor, Ontario Canada.

Their first diner was 20’ by 30’ located at 4033 Tecumseh Street East where they had plenty of space to park. They flipped hamburgers and hot dogs for $.10 a piece, they did so with hydro for cooking and lights because there was no gas and for heat they used a coal stove. Their only other equipment was an electric bun toaster and a grill.

At the time the drive in opened, Windsors population was approximately 36,000 people and Tecumseh road was a paved two lane highway.

They were overwhelmed at their success because people came from everywhere to try out their menu items. Soda pop was selling for .05 each, a double dip of ice cream was .05 and a single .03 cents, coffee was only .05 a cup. Hmmm, I wonder how much Starbucks pays for theirs at this day and time.
Because Leo Fortin had joined the Army, Frank worked the diner by himself. Delivery service was instituted, but soon discontinued, due to drivers wrecking the cars too many times, and their menu list was huge. It was too large to have the deliveries made and the food in good condition at the same time. As real community people, they sponsored teams and bought a bus to transport the neighborhood kids to school. The diner was closed during the winters because Frank was holding down two jobs.

Within a few years times there were another five Drive Ins to be built and their wild success enhanced their reputation. Their reputation was so good that Walt Disney Company gave them permission to use their Seven Dwarfs images on the menus. Remember the “Hi-Ho, Hi -Ho It’s Off to Work We Go” song from the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” made in 1937? It has been said that Leo and Franks’ mother gave the boys the name of Hi-Ho for the restaurant when they first began in 1938.

Although the restaurants have been closed since 1985, Franks daughter Annette and son Norman Fortin remembered the hard work that was involved, and how hard their father Frank Aime Fortin and their uncle Leo worked. Sounds to me like Canada had another first by the brothers Frank and Leo opening the “Hi-Ho” Drive Ins. Franks son Norman Fortin made some of the signs for the original diners. Norman Fortin as an artist has replicas of the Hi-Ho Logo, in his Lincoln Street studio in Windsor.

The Canadian Transportation Museum has an exhibit which features the front of a Hi-Ho drive in, complete with images of the waitresses in their fifties uniforms. Dave Tanner, pattern maker extraordinary provided the talent and technical skills to reproduce the exhibit.
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The Senior Moments Program

(published May 2005 in the City Times Newspaper of Windsor)
by Diane Knaus

Detective Wayne Halpert donates his time to an intensive program aimed at seniors to protect them from fraud schemes. The program named "Senior Moment" urges seniors to take a moment to protect yourself by calling the fraud line at
966-2032. Some of the volunteers are retired policemen who have had years of street experience and can relate to
the problems that most people encounter. along with the retired police, there are knowledgable local construction people, and even lawyers who can asses a situation and provide a referral in a specific situation. Detective Halpert says "Fraud is really theft through deception". At least if a thief steals something from you on the street you know it is gone, but fraud is a silent thief and a person is betrayed  by a breach of trust". Police presence on the street does not affect fraud, because it is a silent thief. Fraud
happens when you either give someone money without a contract and expect them to come back to do the work and they never show up again, or your personal information, such as a bank account number is accessed and they take money or your credit cards and use them either on the street, or for online charges and even mortgages in some cases. If you get an e-mail supposedly from your bank
asking you to confirm your account numbers, go offline and immediately call the bank to check it out before doing putting in any information whatsoever.

If someone comes to your door and says they can fix your roof, tell them to come back next week, as you have a contractor who is due there anytime and you need to see contracts.This type of a delay will give you the time to check things
out and possibly call the hotline that the Windsor Senior Moment task force police have set up just for this type of incident. Do not let strange people into your home without an official badge even if they say they are from a utility company. There have been cases where con men have said that they were from utility companies and want to check your basement, or other areas of the
house while one of them stays in another part of the house or supposedly goes to the car and is in fact going through your wallet or purse to get your credit information.

Door knockers are not usually local contractors who are known in the community. A reputable construction company will be bonded and insured, and advertise how many years they have been in business in the local yellow pages telephone book.
You can usually ask them for referrals and names of satisfied customers that you can call and check out their work, reliability, and their crews workhabits. These companies don't usually go door to door. If you can see that they are doing work in the neighborhood, call the neighbor that they are workng for. According to Detective Halpert, "the goals of the Senior Moment project are to
reduce the incidences of crimes against seniors, and to provide them with a local telephone number where there is a live person at the other end of the telephone who can help them out, with no elevator music". This project is aimed to make seniors aware of current scams that are being used against them. It doesn't matter whether it is by a person at your door or someone on the
telephone, or someone on the faceless internet wanting you to give out your personal banking or credit card information. There are scams to  help these con artists get large amounts of money out of a foreign country like the Nigerian e-mail letters,.Then they ask for your help to do that by getting your bank account information so that you can transfer their money and supposedly make a
percntage, don't fall for that scheme. Detective Halpert is a 27 year veteran of the Windsor Police Force.

If you have actually won a prize, there is no fee involved, and you shouldn't pay contractors in cash because you do not have any proof that you have  paid them. Did you know that people over the age of 65 are targets for con artists?
Furthermore, you have ten days to cancel most contracts. This advocacy group provides seminars for groups of people 50 and over to give out dos and don't tips.  

This group is sponsored by other community associations by providing services or items that are needed on an ongoing basis and donations are accepted. Senior Moment is a joint initiative of Citizen Advocacy, Windsor Crime Prevention Services, the Windsor Police, National Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, CBC, Canada Trust, De Thomas Financial Group, Bank of Montreal, and Collins Barrow. If you would like to be a volunteer, or have a problem for the Senior Moment Team to
help you solve, call the number at 966-2032.

The hotlines at Senior Moment program are available from 9:00a.m.until 5:00p.m.,
and they are closed at lunch time.

Published by the City Times May 2005 Windsor Ontario Canada


The Canadian / U.S. Border International Infrastructure Trucking, Trade and the
Environment, Mayor Eddie Francis and the Residents of the City of Windsor!

By Diane Knaus

When faced with a new century’s problem, “one inherited from the last century of outgrown traffic congestion and more trade and local environmental pollution”, Windsor’s Mayor Eddie Francis and City Council members have taken on the problem. They are ready with a solid foundation of facts, and a real plan to get trucks off of city streets and across the border faster and more secure. “We have a solution for our truck traffic problems that addresses today’s needs and provides for tomorrow and that will be admired the world over. We all want the safest, cleanest, healthiest, most efficiently-run city possible. We want a better place for our children and the best quality of life for Windsorites,” said Mayor Eddie Francis. Citing a quote by Robert Kennedy “Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control." The work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that they will determine our destiny.” He continued, “we have focused on getting the basics right this year, with good management and good relationship building essential things to make a city work well, now and for the future, said the Mayor.

A World Renowned Traffic and Engineering Expert

“By hiring Sam Schwartz, a world renowned transportation expert, /engineer we recruited him to "Fix the Problems" so to speak. His research studied every proposal and work that had predated his involvement including the Lauzon EC Row solution as proposed by senior levels of government in the past. He provided a solution that will take our transportation problems and turn it into an opportunity for our city to become a hub of international trade, and manufacturing. His plan is the organ for change”, according to Mayor Francis. “Something I have learned during the past year is the importance of is sequencing”, said the Mayor. When thinking about just that, sequencing, you need to remember just where all of these plans began in the first place. In 2002 the Federal Provincial government on the heals of signing the smart Border Accord with the United States and against the backdrop of truck grid lock in the City of Windsor announced $300 Million dollars to fix the existing system and the approaches to the existing crossings. The Joint Management committee under the direction of the Provincial and Federal government, with no local input reported back 90 days later in December of 2002. The plan devastated the Windsor Community. Then Mayor Mike Hurst responded to the plan by issuing a media release on December 20, 2002 stating: “simply put it is poor planning. It will be damaging to the neighbourhoods along the route and in any event, it is not doable within the 3-5 year time frame…”

Mayor Francis and the current city council came into office in 2002.
When they came into office, Mayor Eddie Francis and the City Council members were the first people to say "we don't know all of the answers, but we are going to get them". In June of 2003 the Nine Point Plan was introduced by the senior levels of government with EC Row as its cornerstone. After which, the Point Plan was rejected by the City Council because they couldn't see any practical reality of adding 10,000 trucks to the E.C Row Expressway. Consideration Mayor Eddie Francis took into consideration just how devastating the alternatives would be by stating "We don't want to make the same mistakes that were made fifty years ago. We have a billion dollar problem that we need to solve, and we have done everything that the Federal and Provincial Governments have asked us to do. We cannot look into the future with todays lens. I am against the twinning of the bridge as that would be disastrous. and I am opposed to that idea. We will continue to strongly advocate for the best plan for our community and country, as we are an international hub of industry between two major countries, and we honor that position by using our integrity to insist on the best solution possible for our residents and our industries. There are international implications here, not just local concerns, but they are equally important. We need to strike a balance and be ready for the future at the same time, and we have the ability to reason". Last year in March the Prime Minister told Windsor that it is up to local communities to say what they want and to provide a solution to their own problems. The Windsor city council officials have spoken and actually taken action to have the necessary studies done it is called the Schwartz Report.

However, on April 21, 2005 the Mayor received notice that the Federal and Provincial Governments want additional studies done to the tune of $21 million dollars. It must be noted that no project can proceed without the agreement of the Federal and Provincial Governments blessings, and they have not made a commitment to improving the infrastructure of the rail ferry, and roads of Windsor. Sam Schwartz’s recommendation included rail and ferry infrastructure links which are key components of his report, and the main organs for change. And, his research included every thing that had been proposed prior to the study that recommended the Louzon acccess to E.C. Row Expressway, and more.

Chambers of Commerce

Sam Schwartz's plan was backed by Chambers of Commerce, labor and other third party influential community groups Industry, communities, and City Council members. Our citizens now need to get more involved, they need to be vocal, and not take anything less than what we deserve so that we can do the right thing not only for now, but for the future. We also need to remember that we have to work with the bureaucracy that is already in place. I know that the residents of Windsor want trucks off of the roads, and an environmentally safe place to live. I am also against a twin bridge. Our City Council wants to recommend solutions, not cause more problems", says Mayor Eddie Francis . “We fully understood that the Schwartz report has some kinks in it that need to be worked out along the way. We never believed that this report was going to satisfy everybody, but we are deeply pleased and surprised ourselves of how much support the plan has generated from our community, industry, third party interests and the many independent traffic engineers who approved of the plans as a whole”, said the Mayor. According to Francis “What was announced on April 21, 2005, a willingness by the Federal and Provincial governments to spend $21 million dollars in studies. This does not mean that a commitment was made to fund any building projects whatsoever! There was no specific plan to fund construction projects related to those studies. A commitment to fund studies is not a commitment to fund construction. That announcement does not represent the end of the story, merely the beginning of a new chapter. Nor does this announcement mean that the Federal government has committed to the bypass road, which is a key organ to the Schwartz plan. We have a world-class plan. But, as we wait, other jurisdictions- like China, India, and parts of Europe-are moving forward. We will not be deterred by divisive political tactics. I remain determined to see how it can be done, council and myself remain determined to ensure that the integrity of the Schwartz report is retained in full to protect all of Windsor’s interests”, said the Mayor.

The Mayor's Thoughts

"The city of Windsor has provided a smart, local solution-with a national vision. And you have my word that your city council and I are more committed than ever to resolving our border infrastructure challenges. We don’t want to simply get the job done, but, get it done right for our benefit, and for generations to come. We have provided the plans and I don't think they are taking us seriously after we have undertaken, and completed the plans that we were asked to do. Our city is competing for jobs and investment on a global scale, competing for attention and respect. There are nearly six million people within a hundred mile radius of our city. We live in the 8th largest metropolitan area in North America. The 39th largest in the world. The value of goods that cross our border makes it the world’s biggest and most comprehensive trade and economic partnership. This is not only the world’s most important border crossing, but, the world’s most critical supply chain and distribution channel “, said the Mayor. “The worst part of this problem is that the involved parties need to recognize that the problems will still be there after we are all dead and gone if nothing is done now. Because of that fact, they all need to work together for the best possible solution. Everyone, needs to work together to find a solution now, not in another six months or six years. Even if they have to have a special commission to go over the current recommendations and give them a specific time frame in which to approve the plans and actually start construction. We need to leave this in the hands of the traffic experts and let them do their jobs”, Mayor Francis said.The Mayor is frustrated over the fact that no one outside of Windsor is giving this project the attention that it really deserves. This project gives
us a window of opportunity which opens up to us to all kinds of possibilities for our community, industry, our environment, and our infrastructure ###

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Community, What is it? How can we get it? And why is it so important?This is a copy of an article printed in the Windsor 2005 Pride Guide written by Diane Knaus

So why do you need comunity? Oh sure you have the bars, the hot tubs, and foam bath parties, pot luck parties, the fragrant soaps, and the soft lit candles! Right! Sure, but, what is behind that, what more do you want in your life besides a good job, friends,nice apartment or home?

Could your answer possibly be some real friends, who you can talk to about the real things in your life? Your fears, happiness, or lack of them makes you a whole person. Maybe you want to go back to school, or change career pathsss to something less stressful or more exciting. Maybe you just need or want someone in your life to talk to once in a while who doesn't want anything from you.

Possibly you might want to do something more genuine in your life, like volunteer for a cause, get religion again, or for the first time. Maybe you want to find out if there are people who think that God really exists in todays topsy turvy world.

My friends that is what community and commitment is all about, and yes you can get it even if you don't have it now. The scary word commitment comes in all sizes, it just depends on what you really want out of your life for yourself and your community and what you are willing to do to get it!

Windsor itself is a growing community, where a voice has been heard saying it is onward into the future now. No backsliding allowed by anyone. Put your words into actions to make your commuity a better place to live for all of us, and your own family as well.

If you really think we need a beautification project and you are environmentally interested or even challenged there are others who have some of the same interests. Maybe your neighborhood is the place to start or not, maybe it is somewhere else, but there are people out there to help. We build community by giving each other a helping hand. It does not matter where you live, you only need to have an interest, and then act on it.

If your search is one for cosmic and religious beliefs, Windsor has a Metropolitan Comunity church that welsomes all people. this Christian church was started by a minister who was thrown out of his church because he was gay. Over thirty years ago in California, he started his ministry. His own mother encouraged him to start a church for other gay people like himself. Today the church is active internationally.

Today this church is offering activities on a regular basis in Windsor, from Sunday services to open discussions, to bible discussions to ladies and mens dances, potlucks, bingos, to large fundraising activities.
Windsor has an active AIDS Committee which provides educational programs and service referrals for those dealing with AIDS issues. They always need volunteers. Not to leave the bars out, they do support our lives in providing fundraising opportunities, as you will see throughout this publication.

There is a busy arts life in Windsor, galleries to join, shows to gt involved in, and opportunities to be had in the surrounding areas. This community, your community is getting together to work on building a community together. It is up to you to take part in, to make Windsor a better place to live in. Come on over and join us! It is important because the future of Windsor is in your hands, by way of taking our hands while we walk across the busy street of life! Let's make Windsor a destination instead of a place to leave.###

THE SEVERNA PARK VOICE (newspaper 1992)

“The cuts that the Department of Human Resources is implementing are going to have a devastating effect on our programs. This comes at a time when there are more people on waiting lists for services than ever before. We have good services in Anne Arundel County, and this comes at a time when there are more demands for those services. These cuts contradict everything that people want and need. There are some people and important programs that will suffer if these cuts go through. There is a movement in the county of people who want to cut taxes (yet keep services). People who say this are mistaken. Someone will have to pay the price. The proposed cuts will increase welfare, and have a detrimental effect on business as a whole. There are many businesses whose employees come to us for a variety of services. The YWCA provides many programs for many people especially for women and children, and these are indeed the services that will be cut,” says Michaele Cohen Director of the YWCA Women’s Center.

“One of the most important things that makes the YWCA work so well is the give and take of the people who work in the offices. Most of the decisions are made by a consensus of opinion. There is a collective input between staff and volunteers that is invaluable. It lets me know what ‘s really working and what’s not. That is what makes our programs effective,” says Michaele.

Michaele has been Director of the YWCA Woman’s Center in Annapolis for the past 11 years. In this capacity she administers all of the Womens Center programs and personnel throughout Anne Arundel County, Including the Career Resource Program, the Displaced Homemaker Program, the Single Parent/Homemaker Program, the Life Skills Program, the YWCA Counseling Service, the YWCA Battered Spouse Counseling and Shelter Program, and the Annapolis Women’s Network, the Anne Arundel County Women’s Legislative Coalition and Child Care Committee, workshops and conferences. Her responsibilities include program and personnel; management, fund raising and financial development, financial accountability, budget and grant proposal preparation, statistical record keeping, program development and implementation, public relations, volunteer development, legislative and women’s issues advocacy, and community liaison and training.

Michaele currently serves on several boards and steering committees, including the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, the Women’s Alliance of Maryland, the Anne Arundel County Child Care Advisory Council, The Family Leave Task Force, and the Anne Arundel County Affordable Housing Coalition. Michaele has assumed leadership positions in several of these organizations as well as being an active participant.

Michaele has been an advocate for women’s and family issues for many years, educating, training, mobilizing, and coordinating the efforts of citizens in order for them to have “input, influence, and impact” on public policy decisions made through the political process. She has received awards from the Md. Commission for Women, Annapolis Business and Womens Club,and the Brenda C. KopoAward for a Professional in Community Service presented by the Council for Community Services. She received her B.A. in 1968, he M.A. in 1972 and was a candidate for a Ph.D., all from the University of Ca at Los Angelos.
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“FEELING GREAT” (community newspaper 1987)
ONE MILLION OR TEN /A National Tragedy (Feature)

“Over a million children a year are being abused in America, of that figure, 2,000 will die from that abuse,” said Dana Levitz, Baltimore County Circuit Judge. “As a prosecutor I have seen and dealt with on a daily basis, victims and offenders and the numerous others affected by that terrible crime. Physical and sexual abuse of children is a growing concern of people directly involved in the criminal justice system, yet it can be prevented and can be stopped with the right programs,” he exclaimed.
“The womens movement has brought with it a determination to end sexual assault. In research we have found that 25% of adult females were sexually abused as children. Most of the victims I have seen were abused at the age of eight and it continued until the age of fourteen, so that’s a period of six years. Sexual abuse is a crime like no other, and the children don’t know they are victims, but they are afraid and want it to stop. With the stress’ of living lifestyles changing. more adults are out of the home, less able to oversee the children, and the children are more vulnerable. There is an annual increase of 80% in abuse in Maryland, the maximum punishment for offenders in the state is fifteen years,” said Judge Levitz.
According to Beverly Jones Program Director and Manager of the Social Services Administration of Maryland. “In Maryland in 1985 there were10,000 cases of abuse reported, 3,000 of them were sexual abuse. The average age was thirteen years old, while the national age was seven years old. Sixty percent of the abusers in Maryland are white, while nationally the percentage is sixty- seven for blacks. Most of the abusers are gainfully employed, and most children come from a two person caretaker home (mother & father, or parent& friend). Of the victims 14% were girls,16% were boys, however, 24% were under the age of five years old. Of the sexual cases reported, we believe that 10 or 20 more are occurring for each one “reported.”
Dr. Charles Subin Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center at Mercy Hospital and a former chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect says, “Professionals in Maryland are mandated to report suspicions of sexual abuse to their proper authorities, and if they are part of an institution, to report it to their chief of staff. To report sexual abuse you need to have personal knowledge from the child, to report neglect you don’t have to have contact with the child. Prosecuting cases against offenders is difficult because of the age of the children, however, they cannot describe things that do not happen. “Background checks and fingerprinting is now recommended for all workers who come into contact with children.”
“We see more sexual abuse than physical. It’s hard to unearth sometimes but we’re seeing more of it lately, abuse that started a long time ago. The sexual abuse of children is still somewhat taboo. We are required by law to send a written report to the State Department of Social Services and we can call them on a 24 hour basis. Protective Services Bureau is empowered by law to take the child out of a crisis situation, and place them in a temporary home. There’s no hesitation in reporting the abuse once you’ve seen it, and we do admit children to the hospital when needed,” says Dr. Fortier Chief of Pediatrics at the Anne Arundel General Hospital. He continued, “Also I see intellectual abuse where you have children who are almost treated like the family pet, they’re not given any consideration for their feelings. I personally spend about half of my time teaching parents how to parent, myself and the other doctors here in the practice believe in preventive pediatrics. Parenting is the most difficult job of all and the
one we’re trained in the least. In our practice we’ve hired a special nurse clinician who mainly handles calls to new parents every few weeks to check on how they’re doing with their new babies.
Brenda Robertson, Director of Clinical Services of the Anne Arundel Sexual Offense Crisis Center says “County and State Police call us as soon as a crime is reported, then if the victim goes to the hospital we have someone on staff to meet them at the hospital for immediate help. Our services are free to everyone, and they include everything from rape to suicide and therapy sessions for a while after the incident. We are funded by the county, and have been very fortunate to have good paid staff as well as volunteers whom we train twice a year. By March the first of this year our volunteers had put in over 2,000 hours of helping people. We are seeing women who were abused
as children and are now abused as adults, however, we are seeing more children being abused under the age of 17, and we are seeing young boys. We believe that there is a serious underreporting of boys being abused. We have two people on duty twenty four hours a day, and seven paid staff who work day shifts. Therapy groups have been provided for children between the ages of 3-5 years old and for adolescent boys.”
“There is a long waiting list, but we do see emergency (rape ) cases as soon as possible. The longer a victim waits to tell someone about their problem the harder the impact on their lives. The first thing I’d say to a victim is It’s not your fault, you have no responsibility for their actions, get help and tell someone immediately. Sexual abuse is an abuse of power and has nothing to do with sex. The underlying reasons are always the same yet the people involved are always different and the circumstances change. Research has shown us that an offender is a repeat offender, and they don’t stoop with one incident or one child, and they are usually someone that they know, fathers, or boyfriends of their mother, dates, babysitters, acquaintances and other relatives,”Brenda added.
“Our Crisis Center has videos for presentations to groups and organizations We send them out with one of our staff who is trained to answer questions and give additional information,” said Brenda Robertson.
Judge Dana Levitz cited one of his worst cases. “We found in a repeat offenders home a computer and over 200 cases of pictures of children posed in various sexual positions that the had taken. He had a computer there and was selling copies of these to other men across the country.”
Through research it has been found that there are no demographic or social characteristics that differentiate the child molester or abuser from the general public, not race, religion, intelligence,education, vocation,or social or economic status. Most offenders are emotionally troubled from their own childhood, an aftermath of physical and or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation and or abandonment during formative years which preclude his development of a sense of relating to others.
Gloria Golfaden, founder of People Against Child Abusers, Inc. “Child Abuse is an Intentional Action, Physical, Emotional, Psychological or Sexual., Which Reduces or Eliminates a Childs Personal Dignity, Individual Safety or Basic Human Rights.”
Experts across the country tell us that over a million children a year are abused. However, by their own admission, if the cases are underreported by as much as twenty times, the numbers swell. In Maryland alone, 10,000 cases were reported last year. If you multiply that by 50 states you get 500,000. Then by their figure of twenty, you’re talking about ten million children being abused. Those child abusers across the country are in desperate need of professional help. The cycle of abusive behavior against our children who are not at fault is a symptom of a larger problem, that of coping with stress and everyday personal communication. This is a national tragedy of immediate importance to every man woman and child in this country.
Children can be taught to protect themselves in some ways by learning about good touches and bad touches. They need to know:
. That their feelings are important to communicate and what they say will be heard and taken seriously
. They are in charge of their bodies
. There are different kinds of touch
. There can be no secrecy
. If the child is a victim of a bad or continuing touch, it’s okay to tell an adult who wants to listen