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Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 1
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

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Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 2
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

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Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 3
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

Robertson new Warden of Huron County MacLellan's push for two-year term may have cost him Paul Cluff Goderich Signal-Star It was one and done for Warden Bernie MacLellan. Not long aft er successfully pushing for a two-year term for Huron County's Warden, MacLellan was voted out by fellow councilors at their inaugural session, Wed. Dec. 5. George Robertson is the new Warden and fi rst under the new 24-month term, which County Councilors approved by a 9-7 vote just last month. "I lobbied hard, talked to everyone on council," said Robertson, Mayor of South Huron. "Even right up until today I didn't know who was voting for me." Th e new Warden may never know. There was speculation that those who voted for and against the two-year Warden term issue would follow suit. Th at was a recorded vote. Councilors voted for the Warden by secret ballot. "I think it had a lot to do with it (the vote)," Robertson suggested. An Exeter resident, Robertson had 30 years of military and police service under ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 4
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

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Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 5
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

Friday, December 14, 2012 * www.focusnewsmagazine.com 5 ■ Avon-Maitland District School Board Avon-Maitland fi rst board to strike Elementary teachers strike Dec. 10 Laura Cudworth QMI Agency Avon Maitland elementary teachers were the fi rst in the province to walk out of the classroom. Elementary teachers went on strike Mon. Dec. 10. All elementary Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) schools were closed as a result. "They're in a legal strike position. We're disappointed this is necessary. We'd prefer our teachers in front of students," Randy Wagler, vicechair of the board, said ahead of the strike. Th e Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario announced it would begin revolving strikes and provide school boards with 72 hours' notice. Teachers will leave the classroom for one day and return the following day. Students were back at school on Tuesday. "Obviously it's a disruption - and that's the intent," said Ted Doherty, director of education. However, he noted many parent ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 6
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

6 www.focusnewsmagazine.com Friday, December 14, 2012 ■ Viewpoint Editorial Democracy is great, despite its shortcomings One of the great things about democracy is people get to vote and choose who they think can best represent them. Th e reality is that while we get to vote from age 18 and up, how each particular democratic system works is oft en diff erent. In Huron County, for example, they put two names in a hat and pull one out to determine the winner. Well, not quite, but we'll get to that. Recently, more voters in the United States voted for Mitt Romney than Barack Obama, however, Obama won the Electoral College, a system the U.S. uses to determine a winner. Each state gets a certain amount of electoral votes, from three in smaller states like Delaware to California's 55. Republicans have argued for a change to the system. It has its fl aws (George Bush, the state of Florida every election) but Republicans have won the Electoral College, so they can't complain too much when th ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 7
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

Th e editor of 'Th e Exeter Times Advocate' (January 28, 1954) ignited a fi restorm when he urged that the new court house should be build in Clinton. He argued that "it would be to the advantage of residents in South Huron if the county sear were in the 'hub town' of Huron." 'Th e Clinton News-Record' (Feb. 11, 1954) was quick to agree as he 'uttered a silent thank you to the Times-Advocate.' Th ey defended Clinton as 'the ideal location' for the county seat because of its central location. Not surprisingly, 'The Signal-Star' countered that Goderich was historically the county seat with the largest population. And besides, how many counties in Ontario have their county town in the geographical centre?' 'Signal Star' editor George Ellis cited Walkerton in Bruce County, Owen Sound in Grey and Sarnia in Lambton County as examples where the county seat is in the extremity of the counties. Th roughout February 1954, the editorial pages of the county newspaper were ablaze with strongly word ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 8
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

8 www.focusnewsmagazine.com Friday, December 14, 2012 ■ Cental Huron Municipality not interested in purchase of Holmesville school Besides council, meeting had only three attendees Melissa Murray QMI Agency Three members of the public attended a meeting hosted by Central Huron to determine the whether the community was interested in having the municipality purchase the building. AD{TS2092162} 120 Huckins St. Goderich, ON 519-524-2614 "I think we got the answer based on how many people came out," said Ginn of the municipality buying the building. Municipalities get fi rst off er on the school buildings when they close and they have 90 days to tell the school boards whether they will purchase the building at fair market value. "We're here to hear whether there are any ideas in the public or concerns or other ways that we can at least help keep the village of Holmesville vibrant," said Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn to start the meeting. Talk of p ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 9
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

Record growing season for area farmers Despite a growing season featuring extreme weather conditions, Ontario farmers have produced the largest soybean and grain corn crops in the province's history. The bumper harvests come in a year when prices for the two crops - traditionally the biggest cash crop earners for Ontario farmers - have been buoyed by severe drought conditions in the U.S. midwest. Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that soybean production in Ontario reached a record 3.3 million tonnes, up Huron County History continued from page 7 Almost a century aft er the old court house was dedication, Premier Leslie Frost officially opened the new court house on May 29, 1956. Exeter Mayor, R. E. Pooley organized the Royal Canadian Legion honour guard. The Canadian Guards Band in ceremonial uniforms 'added a touch of majesty' to the historic event. At least 10 000 people toured the new court house that day. In honour of the historic occasion, Premier Frost declared that June 4 was ...

Publication: Focus 1214 - Page 10
Publisher: Goderich Signal Star | E-editions | Community | 2012-12-14 13:58:02

10 www.focusnewsmagazine.com Friday, December 14, 2012 ■ Huron As I See It There is a reason for this season... Who doesn't enjoy the lights, decorations, children's sparkling eyes and conviviality of this darkearly time of year? And yet, it feels as though the Christmas lustre is being tarnished, the essence of it diluted by censorship. Folks, the reason we have this holiday is as much about tradition as it is about a story adopted by religious groups a very long time ago. Yet Christmas trees are now "festive trees" and in recent years, people wear buttons declaring it's OK to wish them "Merry Christmas." Rightly or wrongly, Christmas has become more than a religious holiday, regardless of its name. And its intriguing history illustrates the controversy that has long surrounded it. Romans fi rst introduced a December 17-25 holiday named Saturnalia, one which featured licentious excesses of all kinds and even human sacrifi ce. In the 4th century C.E., Christianity imported the Saturn ...


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