Reader to Reader: July 8

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McGuffins sought

The McGuffins are celebrating living and thriving in Canada for 200 years. We are looking for the descendants of James and Sarah McGuffin who came from Newry/Warrenpoint in north Ireland, with their sons James, Alexander, Hugh, John, William and Joseph and landed in the States sometime between 1812 and 1815. James Sr. died shortly after.

Hearing there was land available from Col. Thomas Talbot, Alexander set off and settled on what is now Prospect Hill Road of Middlesex Centre with his brothers coming later with their mother, who died in 1819.

On Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m., we will gather at Granton Community Park in Granton with food, memories and fellowship.

Contact me at 519-225-2749, 34851 Stonehouse Line, Granton, N0M 1V0.

Jean Bryan


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Charity yard sale

London Curling Club members will host a yard sale on July 15 on the club’s parking lot, 377 Lyle St. at King Street starting at 7 a.m. All proceeds will be directed to support minimally invasive prostate cancer therapies at London Health Sciences Centre’s regional cancer program. The rain date is July 22.

Harry Steele


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Going to the dogs

The London Canine Association Inc. extends an invitation to all canine fanciers to its 130th anniversary on July 15 and 16 in Tillsonburg. We will celebrate our “best friends” with conformation shows, obedience trials and rally trials at the Tillsonburg Community Centre, 45 Hardy Ave.

Come out and cheer on your favourite breed as they compete for the coveted best in show and highest qualifying score in trial.

Roy Aitchison


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Centralia beef

Our annual beef barbecue will be held at Centralia United Church on July 23. The church is at 197 Victoria Dr. in Centralia.

Dinner will be served from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults, $7 for children six to 12 with children five and under free.

Eat inside or out on the picnic tables and be entertained with the music of Harvey and Friends.

Takeouts and delivery are available. Call Larry 519-229-6304 or Judy 519-228-6704 for tickets.

Dave Elliott


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Heritage Show

The Ilderton and area community is looking forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Tri-County Heritage Show at the Ilderton fairgrounds. Community groups have been working hard to provide a fun and memorable experience for the whole family.

Activities include a parade on Saturday at 11 a.m., children’s activities, a fashion show each day, Saturday evening beef barbecue (advance tickets only — call 519-666-1488), church service on Sunday at 10 a.m., local bands, lawn tractor pull (Friday evening), antique working displays and more.

For more information, see or call 519-229-8776.

Carol Small


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Wife not dead

I took my wife to Victoria Hospital for some heart tests on June 26 and when we presented her OHIP card, twice it was declined. They did not know why and told us go to Service Ontario.

We went to the Lambeth branch as they have always provided superior service. A staff person went all out for us and called head office. She told us it was cancelled because my wife was dead.

The staff member informed them my wife was standing right in front of her with all the proper ID and the matter was cleared up.

Now we have to worry if this affected her pension.

Hans Klodner


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Pills lost, found

I would like to thank Robert at No Frills on Wonderland and Fanshawe Park roads for finding my pills ,which I had purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart and lost in his store. He called me promptly and I was able to pick them up, saving me the anxiety.

Guenter Draudt


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STCI 1967

The planning committee for the 50th anniversary reunion of students who graduated in 1967 from St. Thomas Collegiate Institute is looking for anyone we have not been able to locate.

Please email Tiena Marissen Jones at

Tiena Jones


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Thanks, students

As my 32-year physics, science and math teaching career drew to a close at the end of June, I would like to thank my approximately 4,000 students, chess players and athletes, and hundreds of colleagues for making it so memorable and special.

I started teaching at Banting in September 1985 for two years, followed by five at Saunders and the last quarter-century at Beal.

I would love to hear from any of these fine people about their lives, families and careers. Please email

John C. Hush


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Paying it forward

I would like to thank two generous women who paid for souvenirs for my two grandchildren at The Little Mermaid at the Park Palace Theatre.

The machine there would accept only credit cards, and I had just my debit card with me. I had to take the items back from my grandchildren.

But one lady near us said she would pay for them, and then another lady said she would help. The kids were fine knowing they had to hand the items back, but these ladies said it would break their hearts to see them not get them. They said I could do the same for someone sometime.

I was overwhelmed at their kindness, and want them to know. Thank you both so much. I am hoping to help someone out in the same way soon.

Barb McEachnie


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